Friday, June 20, 2014

Joy's Popsicle Recipe

Sorry I'm late this week, everyone! Due to my schedule, I am going to be changing the date I publish a new article to Friday instead of Thursday. I can't believe the month of June is almost over! Tomorrow is Summer Solstice, the first day of summer (in the northern hemisphere)! For those of you who don't know, Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year! How exciting! To celebrate, before we get to our "usuals" for the week, take a moment to look at some music videos for one of the latest Phineas and Ferb episodes: "Phineas and Ferb Save Summer".

Days Till
It is: 1 day till Summer Solstice and the first day of summer!
It is: 14 days till Independence Day

In the Spotlight

OK, there's a lot of news about Jurassic World for this week. As you might recall, Jurassic World is the fourth Jurassic Park movie to be made, and based on what I know about it so far, I'm going to LOVE it! Lots of pictures from the sets and promotional posters and etc have been posted on the internet. Let's look at several of them now.

The pictures below are of Chris Pratt's character, Owen's, shack where he lives. Apparently, he prefers this to any of the hotels or staff accommodations the park has to offer:

Based on what we know about Owen, it appears that his role will be similar to that of Robert Muldoon from the first film and novel. Robert Muldoon was Jurassic Park's game warden, who was described by the park's owner, John Parker Hammond, as "a bit of an alarmist, I'm afraid, but he knows more about raptors than anyone." Robert Muldoon definitely did know a lot about raptors! As you might recall, Owen will also be dealing with raptors in Jurassic World, to study their behavior. In the first film, Muldoon meets a gristly end when he's outwitted by a pack of Velociraptors just after he uttered his famous final words: "Clever girl."

Below are some promotional photos from this year's Licensing Expo and they portray a 3D Tyrannosaurus rex above the film title. This is appropriate, the film will not only be released into theaters in 2D, but 3D as well:

This set of photos are also from this year's Licensing Expo. They actually show us many of the extinct creatures that will be appearing in the movie!!! That in and of itself is really exciting for me! Here they are:

According to these images, a large number of prehistoric creatures will call Jurassic World their home when the park "opens" on June 12, 2015. The creatures depicted are: Tyrannosaurus, Velociraptor, Pteranodon (not actually a dinosaur), Triceratops, Gallimimus, Stegosaurus, an unidentified species of macronaria sauropod (it looks a little like a Camarasaurus or Brachiosaurus to me), possibly some sharks and a mosasaur (possibly Tylosaurus or Mosasaurus and also not a dinosaur). You might have also noticed Mr. DNA's picture in the top left corner of the second photo. Of course, more dinosaurs might be appearing in the film that aren't on these posters, so be sure to stay tuned as we learn more and Jurassic World!

The final photo I'm showing today was taken by Colin Trevorrow, the director. The photo portrays a shadow from a carnivorous set of jaws in the movie:

Is this Diabolus rex?
We can't say exactly what this creature is, but based on skull shape and tooth configuration, it appears that it is not a carnivore that's yet appeared in the Jurassic Park movies. Perhaps this is the infamous Diabolus rex?

Also, the movie Dolphin Tale 2's release date has been moved sooner: to September 13th! I can't wait to see Winter, Hope, Morgan Freeman, Bethany Hamilton, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Nathan Gambles and everybody else in the film. Here is the second trailer for the movie:

Topic of the Week by Joy Hammond
So Summer has begun, time we make a cool snack to go with it: popsicle sticks! Here's an easy recipe that anyone can try. You will need: 2 ½ cups of seeded watermelon, cantaloup, or honeydew melon, ½ cup fresh or frozen raspberries, thawed. ¼ cup sugar, 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice and popsicle sticks. 
  1. First put the melon,sugar, and lemon juice in the blender.
  2. Cover blender with the lids on and blend it into a high speed until it is all smooth. 
  3. Then, pour the blend into cups or pop molds.
  4. Put the cups in baking pan.
  5. Cover each cup or mold with foil.
  6. Use the knife to make a small hole in the center.
  7. Slide the wooden popsicle stick through the hole. 
  8. Third, put the baking pan or pop mold in the freezer for several hours or over night until the pops are firm.
  9. Remove from the freezer and remove the foil.
  10. Tear the plastic cups away and remove the pops.
  11. Then have a good time enjoying your pop.
From Joy and I to all of you readers, have a happy Summer Solstice!

P.S. 1: Have a puzzling question about animals (including dinosaurs), myself, my latest book, my stop-motion movies, Creation or etc? Please post your question as a comment or send me an email at PS. and/or at, as sometimes messages don't come in via my AOL account.

P.S. 2: Many (or in some cases all) of the photographs and images above are not mine. If you own one or more of them and would like them to be removed, politely let me know via one or both of the email addresses above.

P.S. 3: What’s the new in the news? Check it out at SMILEY’S NEWS.

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