It’s trendy to hate Batman vs Superman

3 Apr

And you will go to see this movie looking for flaws, so let me explain you why.

Others influence us in a good way or bad way. Usually the ratings and reviews are pretty good determining if something is good or not. But usually means just that.. usually . In this case a 29% certified rotten and a 7.3 on IMDB it’s worthless . A lot of reviews are 1/10. How is this possible ? Even if this was a mute movie the visuals and the action itself would make it at least 5/10. Add the memorable dialog, the kickass music and it’ll jump some points more.

So what happened ?

A lil thing called suspension of disbelief. Directly linked to what you heard about this movie, you might be on the lookout for negative things, which directly makes you a bit more oblivious to the positive ones. You’ll scrutinize each scene carefully, and a feeling of mistrust will sneak in.

So how did this affect the viewer ?

In comparison to Nolan’s trilogy, which was more real: shaky hand held cams, aerial shots which some would say added more authenticity and realism, Snyder constructs each scene flawlessly, almost poetic. Day by day how many frames are worth remembering ? A beautiful sunset in specific day, an unexpected chain of events, the emotional reaction of someone dear. So not that many clearly not the majority. So this bugs some people, it pulls them out of their real world and they’re gonna call it pompous, and ostentatious and whatever big words you can think off that. Maybe it gets tiring for some.

 

nightmare batman

While you try to figure out what’s with the big spaceship in the background, try not to miss the big sign on the ground

That’s why after you leave the cinema you gonna get the feeling you kinda want to watch it again, see what you missed.

What people complain it’s the story. Seriously ? Movie it’s called Batman versus Superman ( means they gonna fight ) Dawn of Justice ( means they gonna team up at the end ) That’s 2 bigass spoilers right in the title. Watch all 4 trailers ( the last 2 trailers are a BIG MISTAKE ) and you might get spoiled more. Now hear everybody bitching about it, go see the movie all weary about the negativity and you might not like it.

So the story is predictable, and knowing superhero movies, you kinda suspect they gonna win too ( You kinda heard about the sequels too )

You know how it’s gonna end already. Imagine you’re on a date with someone you really like, someone new and mysterious – and future you comes to you and tell you you gonna have sex with that person later that night. A bit of the mystery gone, your interest dims.  The only real questions are why ? and how ?

The why  ? Why Batman does what he does . I’m gonna keep this spoiler free, but if you put yourself in Batman’s shoes for this movie, there is no doubt you understand why . I’m gonna approach only the subject of killing. To be honest I grew up watching Batman animated series, and since I didn’t really understand italian or english at that time. I didn’t get it he wasn’t supposed to kill anybody. I’ve seen Tim Burtons movies a while after and he was killing people just fine. So he kills again ? So what ? A final solution for those criminals. He’s supposed to be american so they have the capital punishment, it’s in self-defense. Why are people getting so upset about this ? Oh wait .. because everybody it’s so goddamn politically correct these days. Well Batman isn’t, his parents were killed by some arab in a dark alley, what did u expect ? 

B-b-but wait … what about Superman ? And Wonder Woman ? And Lex ? Superman it’s like trying to be this perfect do-gooder and everybody hates him. So he is a bit off and spends time with Lois doing her good and talks with his mom too like a nice son would !

Wonder Woman it’s the typical over 100 years looking 20ish chick with superpowers, so she’s flying under the radar aloof and amused.

 

And lastly, Lex Luthor .. He says it himself power isn’t innocent, and he uses it how he wants it. He just wants to stay on top the heap

My only advice is, go to this movie expecting a trilogy. The climax of the movie is definately the Batman vs Superman fight, and it’s hard to top that afterwards, not for the lack of trying.

Does the movie has some flaws, sure but it’s not one bit unsatisfying. The trailers and the multitude of bad reviews are the only thing that drags this down.

I for one can’t wait to see the next two Justice League movies directed by Snyder. Because this guy takes risks, sure he might not please everybody but in the end who can? And what if everybody is wrong and you are right ?

 

 

 

 

7 facts that sound wrong, but are not

27 Mar

1. Mammoths were still alive when the Great Pyramid was being built.

Most of you know that the pyramids were build around 2500 BCE, while the mammoths died 10.000 years ago.  Well not exactly, since a tiny population endured on a island in Siberia until 1600 BCE. Named Wrangel Island this uninhibited scrap of land sustained a population of 500 to 1000 mammoth for 6000 years before they went extinct.

mammoth pyramid

Another fact: 0% of mammoth population helped with this

 

2. There are more trees on Earth than stars in the Milky Way.

The number of trees in the world, according to a 2015 estimate, is 3.04 trillion, of which 1.39 trillion (46%) are in the tropics or sub-tropics, 0.61 trillion (20%) in the temperate zones, and 0.74 trillion (24%) in the coniferous boreal forests.

The Milky Way contains between 200 and 400 billion stars and at least 100 billion planets.

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This moon-cycle your  Mars is in Venus, so guess what that means

3. For every human on Earth there are 1.6 million ants.

There are three kinds of ants in a colony: The queen, the female workers, and males. The queen and the males have wings, while the workers don’t have wings. More than 20,000 known ant species occur around the world, yet only 12,500 have so far been classified.

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When ants fight, it’s usually to the death !

 

4. Permanent lag  80 ms

 

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Personal best

Touch your foot and your nose at the same time. You will experience them as simultaneous acts. But how can that be ? Clearly it should take more time for the sensation from your feet than the one from your nose, no ? Seems like our brain waits for all the relevant input before it experiences the “now” Experiments done have shown that the lag between things happening and us experiencing them it’s about 80 milliseconds

 

5.  It rains diamonds on Saturn and Jupiter.

Inside the clouds of Saturn is pure carbon. These solid carbon particles have to rain down and once they get deep enough they turn into diamonds. About 1000 tonnes of diamonds are raining down on Saturn each year.

 

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“Uranus is cheap like a diamond” old saturnian saying

 

6. Most of the world oxygen are made by oceans not trees

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Breathe deep

In every breath you take there’s oxygen from the ocean’s plants. Most of this is made by tiny plants called phytoplankton . Like all plants they use sunlight and carbon dioxide to make food. A byproduct of photosynthesis is oxygen.

Scientists believe 50 to 85 percents of the oxygen in the atmosphere are made by phytoplankton.

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Our actual hero – the Phytoplankton

7. Humans can hibernate

Potentially all mammals have this latent ability so it makes sense we have it too. This is were it gets tricky, we respond similarly to hydrogen sulfide ( sleeping gas ) as mice or others. The chemical bounds with the cells in place of  oxygen effectively shutting off all metabolic processes and significantly reducing the body temperature.

 

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Wake me up when this century ends

 

1000$ for each day you don’t smoke

13 Mar

I think 100% of you smokers out there would stop smoking right now if you could get your hands on such a deal.

So realize the obvious, the will,the determination, the discipline to stop smoking it’s already there.
So there’s the problem with timing, right ? Tomorrow will be a better day, less stress, less boredom or whatever the reason you think it’ll be a better time.

Now I can’t speak for you guys, but I’ve been trying to quit smoking since 3 years ago. Hundred tries and hundred failures only showed me one thing: it’s way better to quit yesterday than tomorrow. 

Why you can’t stop smoking – The truth

 

   1. Procrastination   

You procrastinate, and smoking fits right in with other vices & indulgences you might have. Realize you don’t feel guilty about cleaning your house, or helping a friend, working on your side projects. Procrastination not only makes you feel bad, but it weakens you physically aswell be it directly ( You’ll start eating right/exercise from next Monday ) or indirectly  since it’s linked to anxiety and depression

 

   2. Mental Relief 

We’re pretty much the hero in our story. Our problems are the most important and we need support, we need our nicotine sidekick. While we smoked a cig we’d let our mind wander finding solutions and the familiarity of it all would be comforting

But did you ever smoke really angry or sad ? You’d realize it doesn’t do much. Those feelings are still there and no numbers of drags will ever make them go away faster. You ever bump your knee and rub it afterwards. It made it better right ? But when your precious psyche gets hurt … you can’t rub nicotine clouds all over your head to make it better – it just doesn’t work.

If you’re smoking because you’re bored, then it’s pretty much retarded since you don’t realise 99% that you’re smoking, you’re just doing it automatically

 

  3 The other fucking smokers 

If you had a power to make everyone would stop smoking with you, it would help you so much, right ? Easier to forget about it and not only that but some of them might even push you back into your own addiction. May it be malevolent or not – does it matter ? Why you fail to quit smoking is in a large part because of other smokers.

They are your friends and family and they will try to make you fail. In any way they can. Now depends on yourself too, if you were a bit of an outcast, this might harden your resolve, but if you’re more of a conformist, you might just give in.

We’re social animals, there’s nothing shameful about letting ourselves be influenced by others. Some influences are good, some are bad, some improve us and some don’t.

But what you don’t realize is that you can influence them back.  Once you quit smoking and people will see you being ok, living your life as before through good and bad, they’ll realize it’s doable. Maybe it’s because that superiority complex we all have inside us, if this person quit smoking,  why can’t I do it ?

 

What helped me 

   Don Draper 

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This is how cool you think you look when smoking 

This guy was smoking every fucking time he was on screen. Lucky Strike unfiltered damn I had my last pack of those about 12 years ago and they tasted godly.

But the actor Jon Hamm, doesn’t smoke – each fucking cigarette you see him smoking on the show it’s some herbal shit tasting crap he just does it for the authenticity  money !

 

The torches of freedom 

Basically some propaganda done by some ad genius back in the days to trick women into smoking

Of course women were probably smoking already but making it accepted in public really pushed their sales.

This Monkey 

 

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Mad Simians level of coolness right here

Why ? Because he’s addicted. Basically there’s nothing nourishing about a cigarette he’s just addicted to nicotine – just like you . And he’s willing do do anything to get it

 Time to break free you ape and live forever !

 

 

 

 

 

What about that Metro Last Light ? Russian post-apocalyptic shooter quick review

22 May

As a person who was raised guided by the Road Warrior’s words, I enjoy everything that implies the continuity of human life after a certain doom. Preferably nuclear

So I got my hands on Metro Last Light, mostly by accident. It is a beautiful game, a detailed world, interesting enough enemies and monsters. The thing is I had problems running it smoothly ( I7 3770k 2gb AMD v card – but some people were running it on ultra with less powerful systems) , turns out it’s some issue with AMD videocards, and I didn’t want to install any updates afraid of ruining my saved games. Maybe it’s fixed now, I didn’t check anymore. But you should before acquiring the game

As far as combat goes it’s really smooth & fun – you can compare it to bigger franchises best shooters (CoD,Rage etc) . Headshot counts, there’s plenty of sneaking & exploring is interesting. I rushed through the cities but if you listen carefully everybody has a story to say, although with the same russian accent it kinda gets annoying after a while.

What do you mean my flight got delayed ?

What do you mean my flight got delayed ?

The plot without spoiling anything continues from the previous game where our hero nuked out the so-called Dark Ones, with who he shared some kind of connection. That’s where the game picks off, supposedly extinct you’re sent to capture or kill some lil darkie – Then it’s a thrill ride, much in the style of Modern Warfare series – a lot of scripted events which should be fun but sometimes are downright retarded.  The problem with the game it’s that you require a lot of filters for your gas mask. While it certainly adds to the mood, the implementation is poor and makes you rush through some interesting scenery. The even worst part is that along with the savepoint system and the scripted events it will kill you, repeatedly. Not only once I was suffocating slamming my fist frustrated into the desk while everybody was chatting casually about how hard life is.

The weapons are the same old ones with military grade ammo serving double purpose, as currency aswell. You can’t do a lot of backtracking so once you leave an area you’ll find yourself unable to return no matter how much you’ll want.

The game features a good or bad ending, basically you need to save some random civilians from time to time, or bring a toy to some kid, spare some enemies and so on. Although it sounds nice, you don’t get too much satisfaction out of it.

There’s a good amount of nudity in the game, you can even pay for some boring lapdances and there is a predictable sex scene but I found it lacking and poorly implemented. If you’re looking for more skin here’s some from an obscure side of the internet

In conclusion I’m having a bit of mixed feelings about it – with about 10h to play, no multiplayer yet – issues with running smoothly & low replayability – my advice is get it from a friend. It’s at best 8/10

Naked Protesters vs Putin & Merkel (Bonus photos!)

8 Apr

Those clothless vigilantes over at Femen strike again! This time in Hanover at the trade fair. Guess they were busy in heartless negotiation because his excellency, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin ( or Double V.P  how we affectionately call him here ) “liked” twice the naked protester

On her back it's her phone number

On her back it’s her phone number

Not joking about the liking part, he actually told the journalists that he thought Merkel wanted to smooth negotiation over with what he fondly called “doublovskaia treyaskiva” ( double threesome )

It took the president a few minutes and a couple of over-zealous bodyguards to understand what was going on

"Fuck Putin ? Da !!! Right here ?!?!"  he was heard saying while pointing repeatedly to the ground

“Fuck Putin ? Da !!! Right here ?!?!” he was heard saying while pointing repeatedly to the ground

A deeply saddened Putin had this to say to the press for the excellent coverage of the event “You cockblocked the mighty tzar today but know that I already fucked Ukraine “while shaking his fists like an angry bear. Luckily,  Angela Merkel intervened and calmed things down with typical western promises & beer.

"Democracy, Vlad .. Is big fucking joke, ja ?"

“Democracy, Vlad .. Is big fucking joke, ja ?”

Well not so fast Angela Dorothea Merkel ! What do you have to comment about this ?

10/10 would bang

10/10 would bang

How can you explain this mrs. Merkel ?!?

:X

:X

Despite our news agency several tries, we were unable to contact Angela Merkel for a response, her PR representatives stated numerous times that there aren’t any more naked photos of her. Just before writting this article I received though a signed copy of her B&W photo and an official apology.

Without getting too subjective, I think me, as well as a lot of you wonder right now if there is a link between the recent Femen actions and the german Chancellor past activities ? Only time will tell …

Women protesting (Nudity!)

5 Apr

Whenever I hear about women protesting, I get a bit happy. Comedy and nudity, two of my favorite things ! And usually with a over the top dramatic intrigue. “Save the planet, the whales, the women, the puppies, etc” . But not save the flowers, because women like dead vegetation.

Clearly some kind of protest against plants & flowers.

“You lie stupid flower, he does love me ! “

Now let’s dissect their female logic ( trust me I’m a psychologist* ). They want attention, and showing some skin gets them that. But their message gets lost & smudged between their boobs. Not only men objectify them but women aswell. See when men protest they sometimes get violent, break a few windows, burn some cars, beat up random people. This while being 100% frowned upon does causes ripples. Social instability, economic impact, political controversy. They add up somehow, decrease the rating of the certain region, and nobody likes that, politicians look bad, investors shy away, law enforcement gets accused of either weak response or abuse. Then of course some strings are pulled and the situation is controlled. But nudity, gets a different reaction :

Yeah oldman, tap that ass ... ah wait ...

Yeah oldman, tap that ass … ah wait …

I don’t wanna get into details about the significance of what they protest and honestly who cares.

wipe that smirk of your face buddy, you're at work

wipe that smirk of your face buddy, you’re at work

Don’t worry they actually act up all crazy and abused. They haven’t protested in India or Africa, and they usually pick up classy places. Lets see the video 

So it was in some square in front of a stadium. There was actually none for some good meters except the press, the stadium workers ( behind the gates ) and lastly and lately the police. Nobody else. So I imagine they spent a few hours putting make up, and drawing big thick, curvy letters on each other’s naked bodies, called the press and turn out, protest for 10-15 min till they get a ride to the police station.

The point is that as long as you protest naked, girls, no one will take you seriously – ever. Did you see Angela Merkel naked ? The Queen, Hilary Clinton or whatever powerful & independent woman is out there ? Is this why those ladies fought for equal rights back in 1900 ? Apparently so …

Enjoy some more protesting photos

*Actually I’m not

Feng Zhu Photoshop Brushes Pack

3 Apr

So I kinda enjoy his videos, he’s a really great guy – but lacking skill I was always amazed by what he does. He always says he uses default brushes but has a few that are custom made. I actually spent a few hours trying to get his flat brush reproduced and I did so with some relative success. I just wanted it and here it is.

Mmmm ... master Zhu brush , at last ! Skills .. later

Mmmm … master Zhu brush , at last ! Skills … Later !

I’ve included in this pack his tree brush, the calligraphy brushes he uses for sketching, a couple of chalk brushes he favours. Aaaaand that’s it I think. You can use Graphite 6 brush for sketching too if you favour a more round brush. I Actually use it for values too sometimes, really good all-round brush. I didn’t want a big pack, if someone reads this and wants my entire collection let me know. Hope that helps and remember skills are still required !

Edit: I actually forgot to include the brush pack – here it is the download  – http://scapefiend.deviantart.com/art/Feng-Zhu-Brush-Pack-363431446 . Enjoy !

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