Posts tagged ‘SW’

A surprise egg!!!

Oh boy! I am letting out my inner child by buying this. I loved kinder surprise eggs as a kid. I’m a nerd. This will no doubt be a shitty toy, but it will still be epic!!!

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. The suspense is kiiiilling meeeee!!!!

Here we see tangible disappointment in the shape of a FUCKING ERASER!!!

If I were still a kid I’d be having a massive tantrum right now. Any child finding this inside their Star Wars surprise egg would be choking back tears of disappointment, broken dreams while munching on cheap chocolate. Maybe it skips well across the lake when tossed at the right angle and speed…

What is this supposed to be? Preparation for life? Cheap chocolate, suspense, disappointment. Not ONE parent will buy a second one of these. I won’t. I’m 35 and I even felt cheated and deeply disappointed. 

They should make Game of Thrones surprise eggs, containing the severed heads of the cast, with a small amount of fake blood in them for maximum gore and “fun”…

Whoever made this shit a reality should be forced to watch one thousand kids opening these fuckers. 

Take care, A.

NEWS: Friday 15th Jan 2016 (incl. RoF)

I have struggled to write a new post for today.

Several reasons as to why, coincidentally, today’s the 15th. So it’s already covered by the birthday post. Then again, I don’t want the birthday posts to interfere with the normal operations on this blog. Added Bonus, FTW.

Another reason was that I have a lot of stuff going on ATM. And the last reason is, that I feel the need to justify myself. At least a little bit.

You see, there was a lot of stuff going in the last few months – in the world, I mean. You might have heard of these things going down.

Terrorist attacks, lunatic people, refugee crisis, sexual herassment and mass groping (up to mass rape).
I have remained silent on my blog. Invoking the appearance as if these posts had been made in advance.

Which is true.

The other thing is, I don’t want the tragedies of the real world derail me. Yes, it’s an ego thing. Partially.

I am an easily enraged person, a (little) choleric.
So whenever saomething injust happens I get angry. And as many of you may or may not know, if you write shit in an angry mood, it’s just that. Shit.

If I try to tone down my rage fueled hatred, it ends up being empty. If I let the hate flow through me, the texts seem like tempertantrums thrown by Kylo ren as he trashes a room. (yes, I’ve seen the movie! It was AWESOME!)

In addition: I refuse to let Terror win.
Terrorists do shit, we grind to a halt and write about it. Our empathy, our outrage, our hatred.
Derailing our plans, our ideas, and changing our world.
They win. We lose.
Unless they shoot me down, I will go on as before. That way, we win.

Anyway.

This is the reason why I am not going to comment on all this crap that is going on in the world. Terrorist attacks, refugee crisis, (armed?) militias  forming in my country (that has happened only once in history before, and shortly after we got annexed by Hitler Germany…go think about that for a moment or two!), sexual assaults on new years eve, “arm length distance” reactions to that by the mayor of that city…no. I will not comment on it.
Maybe later.
Probably never.

Again, they win. We lose.

That is also the reason why I hadn’t commented on Lemmy’s death, or David Bowie’s death, and why I won’t comment on Alan Rickman’s death.

Regarding Rings of Fate: I still need to tweak a few things here and there, get the (one) graphic right, and decide on a proper schedule. I hope to have it up and available by end of the month, but no promises….BTW: My connection to Facebook somehow won’t function properly… O.o

Until next time, stay safe, take care,
A.

Star Wars, the force awakens

Okay, just a quick post.
First off, I’m writing this only today, as I wanted to finish an Episode of Rings of Fate yesterday.

Let’s get to the trailer now. First we see a dude who is obviously startled. “Frak! Those were the droids we were looking for.” Then an upgraded Pixar-Ball rolls through the desert telling us visually that this is now Diseny territory.
Next up we are given Space-Marines Stormtroopers. A woman on a speeder thingy, that is a bit difficult to get on to if you have no ladder, speeds off.
Followed by a few X-Wings over a lake. And now my favourite comes up.
A light sabre.
With a hilt.

Everybody craps their pants about this.
Why?
It’s a fictional weapon!
No one argued with the double edged light sabre in Episode 1!? In and off itself the light sabre is impractical, the hilt doesn’t make it less impractical, or more.
“It looks like a cross!” I hear offended Christians wine, and I say, let them. Did these fuckwits ever see a sword? If you are too narrow minded to realise that the original symbol for Christianity was a fish (much like this one: “<><“) and not a cross, you deserve to be ridiculed. “It’s a cross!” “No it’sa friggin ‘t’. Or a plus sign, or a sword. Now shut up.”

It’s teaming with energy, and violent in it’s shimmer. Good. I’ve had it up to here with the sterile plastic rod shaped light sabres of the past.
Aaand we see the Millennium Falkon. In some nauseating in flight action, set to the classic tune. Mouthwatering and Nerdgasmic.

What more can you ask from a trailer?
The answer: The STARS!
Not necessarily the stars of outter space, but what happened to Luke, Leia and Han? R2D2, C3PO and Chewbakka?
They’re there, I suppose. Somewhere. Behind a dune, or on the lakeshore, on the other side of the dark forest. In the Falkon.

However. The Trailer is great, and the discussion of the lightsaber is moot. A fantasy weapon is and stays a fantasy weapon. “Normal swords didn’t have blades on the hilt!”
A.) Search around long enough, you’ll find one. I guarantee it.
B.) What in the Star Wars universe is powerful enough to deflect a lightsaber? Answer: A Lightsabre. Therefore the hilt is of the same “material” as the “blade”. There fixed it, and the reconstruction is pointless, can a lightsabre blade go THROUGH another lightsabre blade? Nope! Hence the angular hilt is as useless as boobs on a fish.
This is the way it functions, not tilted, or any other way.

There, with a little Nerdlogic I fixed that for you.

Now my fellow nerds, go forth and enjoy the time until December 2015.

May the force be with you!
A.

Give stars a chance…

we all run around all our lives trying to figure out what’s what. From cradle to barge.
You can youse all sorts of access, religion, spirituality, hardcore science, and so on. Of course colorful mixtures of this as well.
You can find the answers you seek in holy scriptures, books, scrolls, or pseudo wise tidbits spewn out be a blogging author of not that well written stories.

Or in SciFi.
Yeah, that’s where the Stars come from. Not some of my weird minded stuff flung in your face. But Science Fiction!

Science Fiction has the unique opportunity to play around. It can’t only tell you what’s what, but also what’s not. It opens unique looks on the world, as SciFi is and always had been, and for the most part always will be, a mirror for the society it originated in.

Take Star Trek for example. Black people, asians, a russian, an obvious american and a scottsman working together!
This is breaking up the restrictions that the 60s had, it took a mirror and distorted the image. Mankind, all of mankind, was united! Facing the wonders of space. That the romulans were a metaphor for the Japanese (and/or Chinese) is and was obvious, but it projected that which the western world didn’t understand outwards into space, keeping mankind united. Klingons replaced soviet russians, projected and maintained the integrity.
Although Kirk didn’t always use the fine art of diplomacy at its full potential, he still avoided all out war with the klingons, and the romulans. Even the gorn.
Star Trek even taught us to expect life where we wouldn’t, and to treat it with respect. (Horta)
All in all, the original series was a mirror, and a reminder that although we might have differences we can still work it out.
In the next generation stakes were even higher, but it was almost always brought to a conclusion with diplomacy. There wasn’t as much punching, jumpkicking and shirtripping involved.
Coming from a time in which more and more nations had a button at their desks for nukes, this message was important to us. There was sacrifice, loss, and also gain. NEw threats emerged on the horizon and were dealt with. The rise of the borg foreshadowed the technological craze we experience these days. If apple came up with a chip that connects you to the “iCollective” – the hipsters out there would run and get assimiliated.
On the other hand it builds up a trust to technology, a hopeful trust that we will find ways to integrate technology into our lives in ameaningful and productive way. People living in the big city, with close to no green areas around them would murder for a holodec.
I know I would. Grab your gear and go skiing in mid July, far away from any mountains.
No problem!
The rest of the Star Trek series is also building up on societal issues. Deep Space Nine is one big culture clash in the beginning and also resolving a great conflict with the largely unknown out there. You can see the changelings als metaphor for these brown nosed weasels out there who turn their allegiance with the wind. Whilst Voyage continues the battle with the technocrazed fools, and needs to find their way home, from a place we didn’t want to got – and at times we all feel amiss in the times we’re finding ourselves in. Back to the good ol’ days? In a way, I see Voayger as the most true to the original as possible.
Plus I’d serve under Janeway every day. 😉

The same goes for other scifi shows. Babylon 5 is trying to coarse us all into a peaceful together, rather than a powerful but conflicted “we rule them all” way. The spiritual component of the show might sometimes be distracting, or for some people out right crap, but it is again an attempt to sho us different views on our own life, our own world. The transformations of the characters, especially Londo and G’Kar, are outstanding, but yet feel natural, they take you along and uplift you along with them. The underlying tone is that you have to prevail in the face of difficulty. And that no matter how important you think you are to the greater good, there is always someone filling the gap should you fall. Takes some pressure off ones chest. 😉

Battlestar Galactica (the new SciFi Channel Version) is a great warning about the dangers of over technologizing our society, while it has its merrits, it has its dangers. This show has everything you might want or look for in ANY TV Show. A story arch, politics, action, threat, love, sex, violence, a baby, spirituality and in the end even a monotheistic victory, great hope and chance. The characters are likeable, and understandable. There is trouble, and no hero is the shining piece of gold you think s/he is, we all have a bright, and a dark side. This show more than any other before shine the cold and unforgiving light into the face of society reflected in the mirror. We might differ in our religious beliefs, but at the core, no one is just a hero, but a troubled human being, even if you aren’t a human being. So stop over diefying your war heroes and see them for what they are – heroic, yes, but still just human. That aside it teaches us that racial, xenophobic hatred is a sure path to destruction as even humans and cylons need to learn to get along, and even mingle.
With all the layers and sub layers in this show it is hard to explain, just watch the show in awareness of real world events (of the time it was written and produced), and you see the reflection of reality, and how you, I and everyone else, have to overcome certain problems we as a people and society have.

Although Stargate is the least inspiring one in my list, it is still a wonderful, wonderful mirror of the world we live in! Mirroring the rightousness a certain global superpower displays when dealing with threats and how it slowly but definitely drifts off into an international think-tank, how we can overcome threats on global scales with ways other than total war, as displayed by many nations currewntly. It even dares to touch down on holy wars, trying to combat that particular threat with science, rather than all out war, eventhough the religous nuts in the series try to drag everyone into such an all out war.
Mirroring the petty politics that are going on – despite of greater things at risk. For small, unimportant in the grand scheme, political or financial advantages, some people risk the fate of the world.

Sure, this list lacked Star Wars so far, but only because you’d have to make the distinction between the old trilogy (Episode 4-6) and the new one (1-3). in the old you see ancient beliefs that carefully introduce you to a different world view than what is given at the beginning of the trilogy, the fight between Obiwan and Darth Vader is slower paced and in many ways more epic than the one in the new trilogy, for the simple fact that it should display the ancient weight of the Jedi belief, and both men have aged. Yoda never uses a lightsaber, but educates Luke to use his mind and the force, rather than actual violence and weaponry. Comradery and Friendship overcome obstacles.
The new triology falls short of this. But together with the new Star Trek Films it is a perfect mirror of our times. Sloppy written, fast paced, action packed and perfect for everyone with ADHD. But the badly written films are still a perfect mirror, not only does it serve the need of people who have attentionspans shorter than the duration of subliminal advertising, it also showcases the general confusion we as a society suffer. The fast paced action does as well.
All the time we are bombarded with information, images, sounds, smells, we take our work mentally home with us, bills in the mail, more advertising in the mail, flickering screens in our pockets, on our desks and then theres TV and the movies. Bombarded, distracted and confused – just as these movies. For the sake of the informational clusterfuck I’ll even add Transfoermers here. Bad dialogue, bad plot, bad movie, fast paced, one dimensional characters…thats reality in the mirror, folks!

I’m not firm with Dr. Who, as the episode I saw were bugging me more than they satisfied. But on a certain level they resonated, but I haven’t found the time to get into it.

So all in all, I only can say – give Stars a chance. Watch some series, movies, with the word “Star” in the title. Or other SciFi shows. My explanations on why these things matter so much, at least in my opinion, are by far not complete. But it would exceed my time, blog-space and my will to extend them further. By watching these shows, at least a few episodes, you’ll catch my drift. Sometimes you need an entertaining mirror to see the current condition of the world. Which is partly why I am immensely sad that true SciFi is dead these days.
Remember Blood & Chrome the Battlestar prequel? Cancelled before it hit the air, because SciFi is dead. The SciFi channel even renamed itself into SyFy in demonstration of that fact. But SciFi isn’t pure escapism, since, after all, it is a mirror of the world as it is/was at the time it was created.

Until the next time: may the force be with you, live long and prosper, the corps is mother – the corps is father, so say we all!

A.