Alternate ending 2: The Lottery ticket

Again, scene 1-3 is the same from dialogue 1

Scene 4

Mike is at work, with Dave.

Mike : Rachel won the lottery yesterday

Dave: That’s good.

Mike: I know, but I think she’s planning on keeping all for herself

Dave: So?

Mike: I’m her husband, I should get some of it too

Dave: So what are you going to do?

Mike: Well since you asked, I’m going to need your help. I need you to help me hire a mobster.

Dave (shocked): Is that what? You’re not trying to kill her, are you?

Mike: She’s too stubborn. She won’t give up the money. It’s my only choice.

Dave (sighs) : Only because I’m your friend. I will help you.

Mike: Attack tomorrow. She will be home then. It’s her day off from work.

Dave leaves.

Scene 5

Outside Mike’s office.

Candice sees Dave, she goes over to say hello.

Candice: Hi, aren’t you Dave, Mike’s best friend?

Dave: Yes, and you’re Candy, Rachel’s friend

Candice: Candice. I thought you looked familiar. Are you coming from Mike’s?

Dave:  Yes, he told me about the lottery, I’m sure Rachel told you about it.

Candice: Yes she did, what else did Mike say?

Dave: He wants me to help him hire a mobster.

Candice : Do you know of any?

Dave: No

Candice: Here (she hands him a sheet of paper) This is the number for an agency. I’m sure you could get someone there. A friend of my sister’s husband gave it to me. He worked there a few years ago. He said to call that number if I was being stalked. But I haven’t needed to call them since. You’ll find it useful.

Dave: thanks. Will give them a call. Dave leaves

Candice (to herself) I’m sure Mike is planning on killing Rachel, what else would he need a mobster for? I better go call that number I gave Dave before he does. I want to make sure they get someone good for the job. What sweet revenge!

 

 

Scene 6

Later that day, Dave is on the phone

Dave: Yes hello,  Could you send someone over to 123, Alphabet Drive, Toronto, Ontario, L2T5K7.

Dave(writing in a notepad) : Yes, yes, okay. Tomorrow at 2pm. Excellent.

Dave calls Mike

Dave: It’s all settled. 2pm sharp. Tomorrow.

Mike: Thanks buddy. I knew I could count on you.

 

Final Scene

2pm the next day

The mobster stealthily walks into the room and shoots Rachel from behind

The mobster walks to the door, hears footsteps, turns around and sits on the couch.

The door opens. In walks Mike, unaware of the Mobster.

The Mobster raises a gun, and shoots Mike too.

The mobster gets up, faces the camera and takes off the mask.

The mobster is Candice.

Candice : Of course, When I called that number,  I asked them to let me be the one to attack. Revenge couldn’t have been sweeter. I had to kill Rachel, after all those years of causing me pain, after making me lose my husband. It was only human that would kill her and Mike (looks at the body briefly) I figured I’d eliminate Mike so I can spend the money alone.

 

 

 

 

Alternate ending 1: The Lottery ticket

SCENE 1-3 IS THE SAME from previous dialogue.

Scene 4:

That night..

Rachel is in the kitchen cooking

Sound of the front door opening.

Mike walks in.

Rachel: Mike is that you? How was ur day? How was work?

Mike: Work was excellent. Something smells good in here.

Rachel: Just making dinner. It will be ready soon.

CU of Rachel pouring powdery substance in a plate

Rachel walks out of the kitchen, same plate in hand.

Rachel : Here’s your dinner. It’s penne pasta in tomato sauce and some chicken wings. Just the way you like it. I got some red wine earlier on. Let me get some glasses.

Rachel walks toward the kitchen but stops at the door.

Rachel stands there watching Mike eat.

 Mike  (takes a spoonful) this is really good.

Rachel : thanks! I’ll be right out.

After a few more spoons. Mike Grabs his stomach.

Mike drops to the ground. He crawls 2 steps, and suddenly drops flat on the floor. Dead.

Rachel (smiling) What an idiot, he actually thought he could outsmart me? Guess who gets to keep the money?

She walks away from the camera into a room, and walks back out, towards the camera. Smiling. Cheque in hand.

My beloved Country

Nigeria, the country with the 10th largest oil reserve in the world is also the 46th poorest country in the world? Shouldn’t exporting all that oil rake in more profits for the country? Why then is the economic state of Nigeria so poor?

Growing up in the 90’s and early 00’s, I was blessed with the opportunity of living in Nigeria. Of course, at the time, I didn’t really realize how bad the situation was. I lived with my family in a five-bedroom house, with lots of space where the kids played around. When my parents were growing up, Nigeria was a great place to be, I’ve been told. At the time, Nigeria still had the groundnut pyramids (made from piles of sacks filled with peanuts), and different breweries. The first skyscraper in Africa was built, the Cocoa House in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. The Nigerian Railway was in full operation, and the cost of food was extremely low. The Nigerian Naira at the time had a higher value than the American Dollar. Nigeria in the 60s was a tourist attraction, and was booming with immigrants and visitors from international countries. This was very evident in schools, as a lot of the professors were British, Indian or American; all foreigners. The education system was excellent and ranked among the best in Africa and perhaps even in the world.

The Nigeria I grew up in couldn’t have been any different. Life in the 60’s in Nigeria when my parents grew up seems like such a mirage, compared to the state of the country when I grew up. The pyramids are now extinct, and there were several wars amongst the various tribes of my beloved country resulting in a continuing degrading of resources. The Nigeria I grew up in, is now engulfed in greed and corruption, first from those in authority, and replicated by the followers. It’s a dog-eat-dog world, where you have to fight with the skill to survive, leading to an increase in armed robbery and theft. Roads are in such poor conditions, that travelling has now become a risk. There’s rarely electricity, and water supply has been cut short, sometimes leading its victims to drink from the same source used to wash. The price of food has skyrocketed, so much so, that the average income is not enough to supply food AND pay the bills.

Is there still hope for such a country? I strongly believe there is. We have been consumed by fear that we cannot progress, so we need to conquer that fear as a country. All it takes is one individual, who is willing to risk his/her life to stand up and fight for what is right. All it takes is one individual who will put the needs of others over himself/herself. It will only take one leader, who will ensure that revenue is spent where needed, on refurbishing our roads, on the sustenance and provision of water and electricity, shelter and all other basic needs for the citizens. All it takes is one leader. Will it be you? Will it be me? Let us rise to that call NOW.

The Lottery Ticket Act 1 Scene 1, 2 and 3

Mike : the cheating husband
Rachel : the cheated wife
Candice : Rachel’s best friend and Mike’s girlfriend
Adam: Mike’s friend and Mobster (in certain scenes)

Dialogue 1

Scene 1

Rachel picks up the phone
(In an excited tone) –
I won the lottery? Are you sure about that? This is exciting news!

Rachel calls her husband Mike
Rachel:  Mikey, guess what? I just won the lottery! Isn’t this exciting? Now can we finally go on that trip to Paris.

Mike: That’s great news Rachel, I’m just going to finish up my work here, and I’ll be home within the hour. Prepare a special meal. We will celebrate, and decide how to spend the money (Mike Hangs up).

Candice : What just happened honey?

Mike: Rachel just won the lottery

Candice: So what are you going to do with the money?

Mike: I have no idea, Candy

Candice: You should get the money from her, so we could use it. Your marriage isn’t exactly a happy one. It would be wiser to spend the money on things that make you happy. Wouldn’t you agree?.

Mike: You’re right. Let me go home and talk to her. I’ll see what I can do.

Scene 2

Mike and Rachel are at home, having dinner

Mike : You should go pick up the money before the end of the week

Rachel : Yea, I will. That’s a lot of money though, how should we spend it?

Mike: Let’s save it in my bank account for now. We don’t really need money right now. Let’s invest it.

Rachel  : (hesistantly) Well I don’t know..let me get the money first. I’ll decide by then.

 

Scene 3

The Next morning, Rachel calls her friend Candice for advice

Rachel : Hello? Candice? Guess what! I won the lottery!! I got the call yesterday.

Candice (sounding a little too excited): I’m happy for you!! What are you going to do with the money?

Rachel: I’m not sure

Candice : You should invest it, save it at the bank.

Rachel: That’s what Mike said but…..

Candice: Trust me, do it. That’s the best option. Would I lie to you?

Rachel: I trust you, its Mike I don’t trust, I’ll open an account tomorrow, then save the money there when I receive it.

Candice : Sounds good.

Meanwhile…

SCENE 4

Mike is at work, with Dave.

Mike : Rachel won the lottery yesterday

Dave: That’s good.

Mike: I know, but I think she’s planning on keeping all for herself

Dave: So?

Mike: I’m her husband, I should get some of it too

Dave: So what are you going to do?

Mike: I’m not sure. But i will get some part of that money.

SCENE 5

A Few days later

Mike and Rachel are arguing

Mike: ( Grabbing her hand, shaking her violently) What is wrong with you woman? Wasn’t I the one who asked you to enter in the lottery? Don’t I deserve some of the money?

Rachel : (in tears): Exactly, I entered the lottery, I won the money. I got the call not you, I don’t see why you deserve anything from me.

Mike: (Grabs her throat) Shut up! Just shut up! I am your husband, we  are a family, what’s yours is mine.

Rachel : Let me go or I will call the Cops

Mike (in a teasing manner): Let’s see you do that.

Mike chokes her.

Rachel falls on the floor. Dead.

Mike (In a disgusted way) Stupid woman, If you had just given me the money. You would still be alive.

Candice walks in

Candice : I’m sorry about Rachel. But you did the right thing.

Mike grabs the cheque off the table and leaves with Candice. .

Blog Redesign

According to Miller (2000), almost all sites are intended to act not as end-points of a search but as conduits directing the surfer along further links, which are constituted by the society and interests of the author, and so I added a few more links to the blog.

The links include my favourite movies and my favourite songs/bands/’artists. It is important for surfer to feel that he/she can relate to the blogger when they read blog posts. These links give the audience a sort of backstage pass into my life. If the surfer knows what the blogger likes/what kind of taste the blogger has, it will give them an idea of what kind of information that will be on the blog.

I have left everything else the same because I feel like the design of the blog is a reflection of who I am. The gray background shows that I am a fairly serious person, but the hints of red on the blog, also show that I am quirky, and I can be rather spontaneous.

I left the fonts the same color and size to make it very legible for bloggers. I also added a poll for surfers, this will give me feedback on what surfers want to see on the blog.

Poll

Tumblr’s Big Test: How to Make Money

I ran across this article today at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/investment-ideas/breaking-views/tumblrs-big-test-how-to-make-money/article2182157/

The article was discussing why Tumblr, as popular as it is, is generating very little revenue, and how that problem can be overcome. While I agree that Tumblr needs a source of revenue, I don’t necessarily think that having its users pay to get accessibility to all of the site is the way to move forward.  Social media like Facebook already have their users paying for “Facebook credits” in order to play certain games and use certain applications. This is facebook’s way of making revenue and maybe this is something that Tumblr can adapt. Certain features should be accessible only to paying customers.

Again, on Imdb.com, users are able to access movie detalis such as the title, cast or plot synopsis without paying, however in order to look up the contact information of a movie star or movie director, one has to pay. Maybe Tumblr should adapt a similar method, by allowing its users to upload pictures and movie for free, but having users pay to use a video from the website.

What do you think? How can Tumblr make money without losing users?

Hello world!

Welcome to The Venus Fly Trap!

The Venus Flytrap is a site to educate you on various aspects of the web/internet, and other topics I find fascinating.

Why the Venus Flytrap? The Venus Flytrap is a plant that lures insects and bugs to itself to feed on its body, only to suck life out and eventually kill the fly or bug. The same can be said for the internet, people browse the internet thinking they are acquiring information, however, the truth as playwright Richard Foreman says is that “we risk turning into pancake people, spread wide and thin as we connect with that vast network of information accessed by the mere touch of a button.” (Atlantic Magazine, 2008).

How is the website designed? I have used the “Times New Romans” font for all the text on the site, because it is simple and very legible, making it very easy to read.  I have also included a picture of the venus flytrap, to help viewers identify better with the site, as that is what the site is called. The site’s layout is a black and gray background. I chose that background because it’s not too dull and not too bright either – just the right amount of catchy! I have chosen to use wordress as the website hosting service because it’s very quick and easy to use in setting up a blog with various design options to select from.

The website’s layout was designed to reflect not just my belief on the internet but the contents of the website. More articles and related links will be posted as well as a link to my website. For more information of if you have further questions, Leave a comment at the end of any post, and I’ll be sure to get back to you!