Schilling balks at day in court – Derrik Trombley

Schilling balks at day in court

Derrik Trombley

Anchor Staff

 

In a surprising move, the former Boston Red Sox pitcher and ex-video game entrepreneur Curt Schilling came to a $2.5 million settlement with the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation. The settlement is expected to be approved by the judge overseeing the litigation and is expected to net the state about $2 million after lawyers’ fees are adjusted.

By now, there is not anyone in Rhode Island who pays even tangential attention to the news and has not heard of the great collapse of 38 Studios. The state guaranteed a $75 million loan to the company in 2010 in exchange for operating in Rhode Island and providing needed jobs.

However, not two years later, 38 Studios collapsed into bankruptcy leaving Rhode Island on the hook for the remainder of the $112 million loan, when accounting for interest. Since then, the state assembly has had to take from the tax pool to pay off the remainder of this loan, causing large budget problems and tax increases.

Not all of the burden will be on the state as, in the direct aftermath of the collapse, the leadership of the state of Rhode Island claimed fraud on the part of the bond agencies that approved the loan, on the law firms involved in the deal, on the former Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC), and of course the 38 Studios executives, Schilling among them.

At the present time, Rhode Island has settled with the law firm that worked on the deal for $4.4 million, the former Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation officials for $12.5 million, and Wells Fargo and Barclays for $26.5 million. Altogether the Schilling settlement makes the total amount recovered to about $45 million.

That being said with his current settlement, after lawyers’ fees, the expected balance still left on the loan will be nearly $50 million that the state will have to pay back.

Schilling’s settlement was considered a surprise by many as he had repeated claimed that the trial would be his opportunity to show Rhode Islanders that he had done nothing wrong.

However, it appears that by settling now Schilling and his co-defendants would pay nothing out of pocket as their insurance would cover the cost of the settlement but would not have done so during a trial. All in all there is now only a single defendant remaining in the 38 Studios litigations, who will go to trial soon.

The classic corner: Tim Burton’s ‘the nightmare before christmas’ – Thomas Sack

The classic corner: Tim Burton’s ‘the nightmare before christmas’

Thomas Sack

Anchor Contributor

 

A smorgasbord of laughter, emotion and song, Tim Burton’s 1993 film “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is a Halloween classic! It is a dark fantasy that never gets old; at 23 years of age, the film continues to astound and delight audiences to this day!

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” takes place in “the holiday worlds of old,” and tells the story of Jack Skellington, a skeleton revered in Halloween Town as the Pumpkin King. When Jack grows tired of Halloween, he discovers and becomes obsessed with Christmas. This sets a chain of events in motion that winds up jeopardizing the joyous holiday for the human world. Before he can turn things around, Jack must learn to be content with himself and his lifestyle, rather than try to replace someone else. A simple plot does not hinder “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Rather, it allows one to become fully invested in the film’s world and characters without getting overwhelmed.

This musical tells its tale primarily through songs composed by the brilliant Danny Elfman. These songs are linked together by short sequences of dialogue and instrumental music, and they do a fantastic job of conveying characters’ emotions to viewers. The music in “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” both instrumental and vocal, is nothing short of spectacular. Every piece on the film’s soundtrack is memorable and a staple of the Halloween season. It really is no surprise that the score was nominated for a Golden Globe the year of its release.

Visually, “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is an ultimate tribute to Tim Burton’s unique art style. Every aspect of the film’s design screams Burton’s name, and that’s what makes it so iconic. Masterfully executed stop-motion animation further enhances the film’s eccentric look, and leaves the viewer gushing with appreciation for Tim Burton as an artist.

When it comes to voice acting, ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ has a stellar cast. Chris Sarandon brings Jack Skellington to astonishing life, Catherine O’Hara of Home Alone fame charms as Sally, and Ken Page delights as the evil Oogie Boogie. Minor characters in ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ are also memorable, and this is all thanks to the terrific effort put in by their respective voice actors. That said, the singing in this film is more like a mixed bag of Halloween candy. While Danny Elfman and Ken Page give outstanding performances, they also overshadow their fellow cast members, who either can’t carry a tune or simply aren’t as skilled.

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” is a film families can enjoy one Halloween after another. It’s so good, in fact, that one may wish to whip it out again when Christmas rolls around. There’s something for everybody in this holiday classic. Those who pass it up are definitely missing out, and those who see it are in for a treat!

 

This article is the first in the “Classic Corner” series, where Thomas Sack will recommend and critique older media”.

Sunday funday at drag brunch – Mike Dwyer

Sunday funday at drag brunch

Mike Dwyer

Anchor Contributor

 

You asked for it, and you got it! On Sunday, Oct. 2, end your weekend with a bang at Drag Brunch! The event takes place on the first Sunday of each month at Massimo restaurant on Federal Hill. With an enduring legacy in the city of Providence, Drag Brunch has found an audience at various restaurants downtown, slinging comedy and cocktails. Hosted by the 2016 Miss Gay Rhode Island and the co-host of DRAG Bingo, it’s the perfect way to wrest yourself from a lazy Sunday.

Massimo’s brunch menu offers enticing choices, including Pork Cheek Carbonara, Short Rib Hash and Pork Belly Grilled Cheese, courtesy of Chef Christopher Nardoza. For those with a sweet tooth, there are homemade Ricotta Pancakes and Cinnamon Buns, among other treats. If what’s needed on an early Sunday morning is a little hair of the dog that bit you, Massimo has you covered with an array of cocktails. Cure that headache with a Strawberry Mint Fizz, some Massimo Sweet Tea, or try one of their classic Blood Orange Mimosas or Dirty Bloody Marys.

Contact Massimo to make reservations beforehand; seating begins at 11 a.m. As your hostess with the mostess, Jacqueline DiMera, a self-described “classy dame,” who “can be a bitch when she needs to be,”  is sure to open those drowsy eyes and kick off your Sunday Funday in style. Alternately known as Anthony DeRose, DiMera is an outspoken activist for the greater Providence community, Chair of the RI Democratic Party LGBTQ Caucus and recent recipient of the Fredd. E. Tree Spirit of Stonewall Award. DeRose explained, in an interview with Get Ri Magazine, where the two personas diverge and where they overlap. “Jacqueline is a larger than life personality. She’s big, she’s loud, she’s fun and a firecracker of energy. Anthony is a bit more reserved, relaxed and even at times shy. Where the personalities overlap is the commitment and dedication of helping others and enjoying life to its fullest.”

An avid supporter of Hillary Clinton, DeRose will be hosting an LGBTQ and Allies Debate Watch Party at the Alleycat on Snow Street in Downtown Providence on Monday, Sept. 26. The debate begins at 8:30 p.m. and the venue will provide a positive environment for those wishing to hear and discuss what the candidates have to say about the issues concerning the LGBTQ community. After suffering through the debates and the long work week, make sure to head out to Drag Brunch at Massimo restaurant to restore your sanity.

 

Snowden – Angelina Denomme

Snowden

Angelina Denomme

Opinion Editor

 

Mix a gritty thriller, a dramatic romance and a haunting title card that reads “Based on a true story” together and you get Oliver Stone’s recent release “Snowden.” Based on the life of famed whistleblower Edward Snowden the biographical film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the titular character and Shailene Woodley as his free spirited long-time girlfriend Lindsay Mills. Though their on-screen romantic chemistry was somewhat lacking Gordon-Levitt and Woodley skillfully played characters under an immense amount of emotional distress and growth.

“Snowden” moves between major points in the life of Snowden as it builds a more complete image of who the man was and how he became someone willing to steal government secrets. The timeline which anchors the entire film is set strictly in a 2013 hotel room in Hong Kong amongst documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras (Melissa Leo) and journalists Glenn Greenwald (Zachary Quinto) and Ewen MacAskill (Tom Wilkinson). It is in this room where Poitras films the documentary later named “Citizenfour” and where Greenwald and MacAskill utilize Snowden’s stolen data to craft articles for their series that broke the news to the world that the government was illegally spying on its citizens in a major way.

Between the scenes in the Hong Kong hotel room, Snowden’s life is depicted in flashbacks beginning with his 2004 enlistment into the Army Reserves as a Special Forces candidate. The flashbacks tend to fall in one of two categories; either Snowden finds out some major malpractice on the hands of the U.S. government or he’s in a knock down drag out fight with his live-in girlfriend wherein his inability to share his knowledge of what he learns about the government causes tension within their relationship. Though these scenarios easily become repetitive throughout the film the humanity the conflicts bring to the situation add a layer of understanding and empathy for Snowden’s character that would not otherwise exist. Throughout the flashbacks Snowden moves from idealistic Army recruit to strong-willed whistleblower in hundreds of incremental steps. Each flashback of Snowden’s life sheds more light on the question that plagues everyone’s mind, “How does a patriotic man steal government property and potentially endanger the land he swore to protect?”

For those who have seen the Poitras’ documentary “Citizenfour” or who have followed the story of Snowden, Stone’s film is an intriguing look into the evolution of a man and how the information he learned about the government changed his sense of self completely. Conversely, for those who may know nothing of Snowden’s work the film serves as a thrilling vehicle for learning about the illegal government spying practices that Snowden brought to light. And the appearance of Nicholas Cage in a minor role is always a nice surprise. Whether Snowden is considered a heroic whistleblower or a traitorous hacker there is no denying that this film will leave you emotionally and mentally satisfied as well as itching to cover up your webcams as soon as possible.

 

Quick, delicious and healthy breakfasts for students on the go – Sophie Costa

Quick, delicious and healthy breakfasts for students on the go

Sophie Costa

Anchor Staff

 

Breakfast is easily one of the most frequently skipped meals in college. Mornings are certainly very hectic, and it’s not uncommon that we rush out of the house before grabbing a bite to eat. Breakfast literally means “breaking the fast,” which is important to do before heading out for a long day. Even though sometimes we have those days where we wake up twenty minutes before class, there is always time to grab something quick and healthy to take with you on the go. Here are some quick and delicious ideas for your speedy breakfast.

The first recipe is smoothie bowls. You haven’t lived until you’ve had a smoothie bowl. This recipe calls for two bananas sliced and placed in the fridge the night before. In the morning, put the sliced bananas into the blender and pour in about half a cup of soy vanilla milk, or enough to cover about half of the bananas. Then, pulse the bananas and soymilk until the consistency is smooth, like ice cream. The next step is to add in whatever other fruit or vegetables you want. I think blueberries and spinach are the best options, but you can tailor this to your liking. I like to top mine off with some chia seeds and pumpkin flax granola, or some frozen mango and dairy-free chocolate chips. This recipe will make about two servings and it is very easy to stick them in the freezer and take out at a later date.

Another quick recipe is oatmeal. Oats are perfect for the fall season, and they’re absolutely delicious. To make this process a quick one, I would recommend using a packet of instant oats (preferably the cinnamon swirl sugar free) but any kind will work. Mix that together with about half a cup of water and stick it in the microwave for about two minutes, depending on how thick you like them. The longer they stay in the microwave, the thicker they will be. After the oats are cooked, plop on a tablespoon of nut butter and sprinkle in some ground cinnamon. If you’re feeling really festive, add some pumpkin pie spice. Then, drizzle on a little bit of sugar free syrup for some sweetness, and top it off with pumpkin flax granola or some dairy free chocolate chips and hemp hearts. Now you’ve got yourself a hearty meal on the go. This travels really well in a thermos or a glass container and is also just as delicious when eaten at room temperature.

Another great breakfast, which just happens to be one of my favorites, is whole wheat bread—toasted or otherwise—topped with a thin layer of peanut butter and half of a sliced banana. I also like to sprinkle it with some chia seeds or a dash of cinnamon. This breakfast is perfect if you want to eat while you’re walking to class.

If you are really rushed and just don’t have time to use even a microwave or a blender, there are some really healthy and yummy bars that will come in handy. Some of my favorite breakfast bars are KIND bars, which have a ton of different flavors to choose from, and Health Warrior chia bars. These are just some of the many breakfast ideas that you can use to make sure that you are starting your morning off on the right foot.

Pete’s dragon – Patrick Connolly

Pete’s dragon
Patrick Connolly
Anchor Staff

It’s one thing to remake a Disney classic that the majority of the world’s population seems to know, such as “Cinderella” and “The Jungle Book,” but it’s quite another to remake a Disney classic that is not nearly as well-known. “Pete’s Dragon” is certainly not well-known by me. Despite seeing the original a long time ago, I barely remember anything about it, aside from the fact that the dragon is green.

After all, green is a memorable color.

So naturally, a remake of “Pete’s Dragon” comes along. All in all, I did like it, despite having little to no memory of the original. I had to see it twice, because my first viewing was smirched by a bunch of little kids making obnoxious noises throughout. Thankfully, the second time was more of a breeze, and I was able to appreciate the quiet atmosphere which director David Lowery applies to telling the story.

This story is pretty straightforward: a boy named Pete (Oakes Fegley) lives in the woods with his pet dragon, Elliot, and is found by a woman named Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard). Pete is taken in by Grace’s family and is separated from Elliot. Meanwhile, Elliot has to defend himself from being captured by construction workers, led by Gavin (Karl Urban).

Make no mistake: if you’re looking for originality, you’re better off seeing either “Kubo and the Two Strings” or “Sausage Party.” With that said, I don’t mean that as a large criticism, considering “Pete’s Dragon” is well-directed, well-acted and somewhat well-written.

The film is at its best during its quiet moments between two characters. There’s a great scene, for instance, when Grace’s father (Robert Redford) is talking to her about how he saw a dragon as a child, and he believed it to be nothing more than magic. There are no visual effects here. No gimmickry to be found. It’s just two people talking, and yet it creates as much of an emotional impact as Pete flying on his dragon’s back.

There are also some songs written for the film that are guaranteed to be Oscar hopefuls this season. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if one of them won.

Nothing is unnecessary as long as it’s done well, and while I never asked for a remake of “Pete’s Dragon,” I am glad we got one. It’s nothing groundbreaking, but it’ll do, Pete. It’ll do.

Horoscopes for September 25th 2016 – October 2nd 2016 – Jason Windrow

Horoscopes for September 25th 2016 – October 2nd 2016

Jason Windrow

Anchor Staff

 

Aries (March 21- April 19) Aries, think about fracking and how fracking could be considered your fault. However, also realize that literally everyone is at fault for fracking so don’t get too bummed out. Fracking sucks but it’s definitely a thing that happens. Make a 40 slide powerpoint (transitions included) about fracking and report to your friends about it.

 

Taurus (April 20- May 20) Taurus, be a starlight on the rise this week. Wear sunglasses inside and lick your lips a lot so you seem important. Go to a midnight release, pretend you’re an extra in the movie, and tell everyone one in the theater who you are and what scene you’re in. Buy lots of chapsticks and put on 100 layers to really volumize your lips this week.

 

Gemini (May 21- June 20) Gemini, be quiet this week. Take a white sheet and cut two little eye holes and drape it over your body. Be a ghost you always want it to be. Spook everyone to the best of your abilities and play pranks on those you love.

 

Cancer (June 21- July 22) Cancer, life may be tough but there’s always cheesecake. Order cheesecake from your favorite place at least twice this week and spend times with people you love. Light candles and practice dark magic if you’re into that or just like watch a movie.

 

Leo (July 23-August 22) Leo, take a load off and submit papers that could be “not your best work”. Realize that having “not your best work” means that you have worked hard and your work is actually good. B+ on a paper is still good. Treat yourself as much as possible and buy things for an elaborate dinner but have the dinner alone and in a bathtub.

 

Virgo (August 23- September 22) Virgo, WAKE UP AND SMELL THE ROSES! No, for real. Go to a place that has a lot of trees, flowers, or candles this week. Go to the Yankee Candle shop or Bath and Body works and just smell smell smell. Bad smells, good smells, who cares, just use that sense as much as you can this week.

 

Libra (September 23- October 22) Libra! It’s your season, celebrate with lots of cake. Eat cake in cemeteries, churches, parks, benches, amusement parks. Eat cake for breakfast, lunch, dinner. Sure, people may call you Marie Antoinette or think it’s weird to eat cake all the time but cake has some sort of nutrition for sure.

 

Scorpio (October 23- November 21) Scorpio, you may be feeling lonely this week. Love songs won’t help you so it’s best not to listen to that. Unfortunately, every song is really about love in some way/shape/form. The stars suggest you only listen to whale sounds or ambient noise alone in your room.

 

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21) Sagittarius, order a lot of hot dogs this week. Think about how underrated hot dogs are in our society. Sure they might seem youthful or even gross, maybe they are rightfully underrated but still, order hot dogs whenever you get a chance. Create a hot dog rating scale for yourself and let everyone know where to get the best hot dogs.

 

Capricorn (December 22- January 19) Investigate some spooky happenings in the Tristate area and lead a bunch of your friends on to a camping trip. Delete all the navigation apps on your phone and try to find your own blair witch and tell your friends you lost the map because you needed to make space to download IOS 10.

 

Aquarius (January 20- February 19) Aquarius, do something Autumunesque this week. Go apple picking with someone you love, make ten pumpkin pies, and throw pumpkins out your window to represent a new leaf turning over. Sit underneath a tree this week and think about how life would be if you were a tree.

 

Pisces (February 19 – March 20) Pisces, despite the environment telling you it’s fall, you should do your best to still believe it’s summer. Wear shorts to every occasion, even if it’s 50-69 degrees outside. Be that guy who just wears shorts when they really should invest in pants.

He said, she said – Gianna Rocchio and Jeremy Boutin

He said, she said

Gianna Rocchio and Jeremy Boutin

Anchor Contributors

 

Question: “I am a sophomore in college, and I can’t stand the major I am in. I really want to switch, but my parents are paying for my school, and they do not want me to switch majors. I am worried that if I switch, they will stop paying for college. What should I do?”

-Broke and Miserable

 

Hello Broke and Miserable!

Our job here at The Anchor is to make you happy, and it doesn’t seem like you are, honey pie! During my four-year journey at RIC, I’ve change my major at least five times, so believe me when I tell you not to rush this decision! I’m not trying to sound like a walking stereotype, but your future is important. You should breathe, take a weekend to yourself, Friday through Sunday. Friday, do what makes you feel relaxed, detox the work of the week away. Saturday, reflect by walking yourself down memory lane and consider why you are here in your career. Sunday is the time to work; jump head-first into what makes you passionate. Focus on what motivates you.

Life is not easy when you clash with your parents. However, your career is something that will follow you for your whole life. There is no point following a path that will not make you happy. If you are truly happy and making the right decision, your parents will eventually support you. They just want to see you happy, that’s why they seem overbearing right now. Parents will always love and support you; they’re the best!

 

With love,

Jeremy

 

Dearest Broke and Miserable,

Unfortunately, your situation is one that many college students experience. When your ambitions no longer align with those of your parents, things quickly get complicated. It’s important to remember that you and your parents are ultimately all on the same team, rooting for you to graduate and be successful and happy. The problem is that you and your parents have different ideas as to how you will achieve this.

If you switch majors without trying to at least discuss the issue with them, your parents may feel hurt that you feel you cannot come to them. They might even interpret it as disrespectful, since they’re paying for your education. You and your parents are all deeply involved with this, so try to initiate an open discussion where everyone has a chance to talk. Avoid telling them in passing, like while you’re helping with the dishes or at dinner. Chances are, they’ll respect how seriously and maturely you are handling the situation if you make time to discuss it.

Make sure you prepare first. Without preparation, these situations can often turn into mean arguments. Stay calm and level-headed while still asserting yourself and the gravity of the situation. Explain both why you are miserable in your major and why you feel the need to switch. Explain the benefits of your new major. Explain how the situation has been affecting your mental health. If you really want to knock your parents’ socks off, email an advisor in the major you intend to pursue and schedule a meeting to get an idea of what the transition into that program would be like. Take what you learn to your parents and show that you’re putting in the work and that you’re serious about it.

The most difficult discussions are often the most important ones. Likewise, the longer you wait, the harder it will be to approach the topic. Stop paying for misery!

 

You got this,

Gianna

Events happening this week – Gianna Rocchio

Events happening this week

Gianna Rocchio

Anchor Contributor

 

Thursday, Sept. 29

 

Movies on the Block Creature Double Feature: “The Wolfman & The Bride of Frankenstein.” Bring your blankets and take-out food to enjoy these classic films outside on the big screen. Grant’s Block, 260 Westminster Street, Providence. Free; All ages; Movie begins at sunset.

 

Detention Thursdays Drag Night. Drag show, music and dancing recurring weekly on Thursdays. EGO Providence, 73 Richmond Street, Providence. Free cover; 18+; 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

 

Providence Improv Guild. PIG performing a variety of improv sketches and games created on the spot. Recurring weekly on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Southside Cultural Center, 393 Broad Street, Providence. $5; All ages, 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

 

Friday Sept. 30

 

Food Truck Fridays. Enjoy local food trucks, live music, pony rides, and a bouncy castle. Roger Williams Park Carousel Village, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence. Free; All ages; 5 p.m.-8 p.m.

 

Salon: Ordinarily Well. Doctor & psychotherapist Pete Kramer uses his personal experience and extensive research to discuss the current state of mental health and psychiatric medicines. Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street, Providence. Free; 5 p.m.

 

Saturday Oct. 1

 

8th Annual Afrika Nyaga Drum & Dance Festival. Live music, storytelling, food, games and activities celebrating African culture. Burnside Park, 2 Kennedy Plaza, Providence. Free; All ages; 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

 

Gloria Gemma Flames of Hope Waterfire. Music, art, food, performers. Waterplace Park, Memorial Boulevard, Providence. Free; 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m.

 

The Providence Y2K International Live Looping Festival. 30 local, national, and international musicians playing a variety of genres. AS220 Black Box & Main Stage, 131 Washington Street, Unit 302, Providence. $7 advance, $10 at the door, Saturday Pass $15. All ages; See pvdloop.org for full schedule.

 

Wakefield Riverfest: 4th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration. Enjoy the Riverfire, food, live music, games, crafts, art, and entertainment. Downton Main Street, Wakefield, RI. Free; All ages; 12 p.m.-9 p.m.

 

Sunday Oct. 2

 

The Providence Y2K International Live Looping Festival. 30 local, national, and international musicians playing a variety of genres. AS220 Black Box and Main Stage, 131 Washington Street, Unit 302, Providence. $7 advance, $10 at the door. All ages; See pvdloop.org for full schedule of acts.

Building up the rock foundation (musical journey part two) – Jon Carney

Building up the rock foundation (musical journey part two)

Jon Carney

Anchor Staff

 

Shortly after my initial experience with rock music in the seventh grade, I was still on my country kick. Eventually, someone else in my class decided that Carney needed to know a rock song other than System’s B.Y.O.B, mostly because they were tired of hearing me play that one song.

She sat me down at that same computer station to inform me that if she heard that same chorus one more time, she was going to jump out the window. The new song she introduce me to would, years later, become a staple opener for my cross-country and track training in high school. It was Breaking Benjamin’s “Diary of Jane.”

The song opens with a soft and sorrowful pattern of notes that, when heard once, is remembered forever. After the pattern plays once, other instruments gradually wake up to cast a more ominous tone. This progression builds up to an aggressive kick from the drums and a scream from the guitar. The pre-verse cacophony subsides as Benjamin Burnley’s voice emerges to deliver the first lines of the song, amidst steadier and more controlled rumblings from the guitars and bass. Ben’s love-related ramblings periodically augment to a passionate shout, invoking a wrathful outburst from the instruments before simmering back down to a steadier pace. After a final grief-stricken scream of denial, the verse ends and the instruments pick up for the chorus. In this chorus Ben mournfully bemoans some obstacle “getting in the way” of his finding love with the girl named Jane. He solemnly pledges to, somehow, become important enough in her eyes to earn himself mention in her diary. The chorus ends with what can best be described as a caterwaul of frustration. After the second chorus, the brief guitar solo builds slowly to the bridge. The bridge continues Ben’s lamentations and climaxes in a guttural shout as he struggles with the way this unrequited love seems to be changing him. The song ends with another chorus and, once again, a repetition of the pattern which first introduced the song.

I put this song on my iPod’s running playlist so frequently, that when it is played I can practically see the snowy woods I used to train in during the winter. The impassioned singing of a rockstar wrestling with love just gets the blood pumping.