Sports

Favorite Sport:

Football

Jackson developed his appreciation for Football during his time as a Film Manager for the UNC-Chapel Hill Football Team. What Jackson likes most about the sport is the strategy that goes into every play and the comradery of the teams. Though, this appreciation for the sport may have been knocked into him by the few stray balls that him in the head over the years.

Favorite Athlete:

Tom Brady

Love him or hate him, Tom Brady has a fantastic underdog story. At the University of Michigan, Brady had to fight for his spot on the team. When he went professional, he was a sixth round draft pick. Now, he is one of the most famous athletes in history and has the most Super Bowl wins of any player. Brady is the best underdog in sports history.

Favorite Pastimes

Experimenting with Virtual Reality

Jackson enjoys exploring and experimenting with developments in virtual reality. When Google Carboard released, Jackson jumped on board and was amazed with the experience. While Jackson continues to support games and other releases for virtual reality, he also has made his own experiences.

Under the guidance of Dr. Steven King of the Reese News lab, Jackson learned to build his own playable and working VR world. Dr. Steven King was so impressed by Jackson’s work that he offered Jackson a position in the lab.

Jackson believes that virtual reality is the future and wants to experience the best the technology can offer.

Photography

Jackson’s creative outlet is searching for interesting subjects to photograph. Everywhere he goes, whether it is on vacation, travel for work, or simply across campus, Jackson is always looking for great photo opportunities and to capture the present beauty of the world.

Researching History

Jackson enjoys researching and learning about history in his free time. Particularly, Jackson enjoys studying late Roman Republic history and about aviation in the 1920s and 30s. However, more recently he has been collecting “funny” historical stories.

Jackson believes that the past is a great teacher and can help us improve our future in the present.

Weh Antioch Khosrau

Battle of Karansebes

The Reign of Joshua Norton I, Emperor of the United States

Favorite Media

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Favorite Movie

Deadpool 2

Jackson loves this movie because of the way it mocks the post-western style movies. At the very beginning of the movie, Deadpool tells the audience he has to one-up Logan for dying. The movie “Logan” was a modern-day post western movie. Deadpool 2 mocks “Logan” by following a similar plot and making fun of the post-western genre as a whole.

Runner Ups

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

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Beyond the comedy this movie provides, Jackson loves the way it mocks clichés of medieval stories. Jackson’s favorite scene is John Cleese’s taunting Frenchman scene. However, Jackson’s favorite line from the movie is when King Arthur is throwing the Holy Hand Grenade and goes 1…2…5. 

Dr. Strangelove

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Dr. Strangelove is one of Jackson’s favorite movies because of its absurdity. The movie jokes about the threat of Mutually Assured Destruction. It jokes about how easy MAD could be triggered and the entire world could be turned into a barren wasteland. The best scene in this movie is when Dr. Strangelove nonchalantly starts spitting out figures about how many men and women could be saved and suggesting that there would be a ration of ten to one females per male. He’s spitting out all of these facts while fighting not to perform the Nazi salute. Even though the world as we know it was ending, the President and Pentagon were already worried about a gap in mine shafts between the US and USSR to house the survivors.

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Favorite TV Show

House of Cards

House of Cards is arguably the best original show Netflix has ever made. This show is one of Jackson’s favorites because of the way you grow attached to the characters while at the same time despising everything about them. The show is also unique because the show highlights a lot of topics about our current political atmosphere. The show discusses the press’s role in politics, the influence of donors, and the influence of lobbyists. House of Cards also utilizes art and theater to enhance the story. The art in the show, especially, alludes to historical stories that resemble the plot. For example, one character is facing impeachment and during one scene where he discusses the possibility of impeachment, a portrait of President Nixon hung in the background.

Favorite Character: Francis (Frank) Underwood

Frank Underwood is an amazing character. He is a ruthless and hypocritical character, but no matter how evil he can be you still are drawn to him. Jackson hopes to one day visit Frank’s grave in Gaffney, SC, while wearing his t-shirt inspired by his campaign.

Runner Ups

Gotham

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Gotham is one of Jackson’s favorite TV show because he loves the overall feel of the show; it feels like an 80’s crime show in today’s world. Jackson is amazed at the detail the production team puts into every detail on set and in the story.

Favorite character: James Gordon

Every episode, Gordon is in conflict with himself. His fight between justice and the urge for revenge always makes me question which side of him will prevail that episode and what the consequences will be.

Game of Thrones

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Game of Thrones is one of Jackson’s favorite TV show because the plot and characters are amazing. The show had Jackson on the edge of hi seat and questions who was going to die next.

Favorite Character: Tywin Lannister

Tywin Lannister is Jackson’s favorite character in Game of Thrones because of the way Tywin leads. Tywin prefers to play the long game when trying to acquire power in Westeros. He also didn’t seek power exclusively for himself, rather for his son and daughter as well.