Let’s go to space

Just today I read a National Geographic article about Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson trying to get to space and whether they should instead be spending their billions in saving Earth like Bill Gates seems to be doing. I imagine there is a sizeable chunk of people who feel going to space is meaningless. Being from India, a country with space ambitions but where hundreds of millions live in poverty, it’s a question that gets asked everytime there is a satellite launch. How do you save the earth then, or even the people? The Gates foundation does some remarkable work in purification of water, preservation of agricultural lands, medicine, women’s empowerment etc. Most people can see their work and instantly recognize the value. I can see why they do not see the same value in going to space, historically some of our greatest achievements in space have been pretty useless – or have they? Continue reading Let’s go to space


All New Disney’s Ducktales: A Review

I finally got the chance to see the first episode of the new Ducktales. It was a big part of my childhood and without doubt my favorite Disney cartoon of all times. You can see it yourself for free on the Disney XD youtube channel if you are in US or have a US proxy/VPN.

I am very conflicted. I liked parts of it. I liked the art – new times and new tastes call for new art. I liked the voice acting – new and capable actors to keep things fresh BUT the writing seemed off on many fronts, that I am reluctant to suggest it to those who have seen and loved the old one.

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The problem of abuse in online gaming

Recently someone did a survey that said 1 in every 2 people that plays online games have faced abusive interactions, a report that was then headline news at BBC. That report just tells me that 50 percent of the people who took the survey blatantly lied – the 50 percent that didn’t report abuse. I have been playing online competitive games for 11 years now, and I am yet to meet a single individual who hasn’t faced online abuse. Now is it a problem? yes it is. Is it a new problem or a problem unique to online activity? to a small extent yes, but mostly no. So, why no? Continue reading The problem of abuse in online gaming

Manchester United : From a hopeful again fan

Being a fan of Manchester United used to be easier than this. Ever since Sir Alex Ferguson decided to call it quits, United have limped on, barely managing to hold on to a persistent sense of mediocrity with only an occasional flash of potential. Potential is the critical word here, United have always had potential – from the likes of Chicharito and Welback during the ill-fated reign of David Moyes to Depay and Martial under Van Gaal. But none of them have managed to kick on, some have been moved on and some are likely to move on soon. Young players need time and patience to develop, time some would say United does not have, with the pressure to return to the top of the table. As a fan, I believed in the man Sir Alex had chosen to succeed him and supported David Moyes. I had long thought David Moyes would be a like for like replacement for Sir Alex, however I suppose it was too big a job for him that perhaps came too early.

It was always going to be difficult succeeding Sir Alex, but I don’t think anyone realized the size of the challenge, Sir Alex included. During the final years of Sir Alex’s charge, there were a number of defensive shortcomings beginning to show, problems Sir Alex probably did not have the patience to fix anymore. Taking that into consideration, a higher profile manager would have allowed Manchester United to attract the right kind of players. As things would turn out, Moyes ended up making rushed panicked signings at the end, and since then mistakes have kept on coming. From the toothless tactics of Moyes to the ponderous attitude of Van Gaal. People probably didn’t expect very attacking displays under Mourinho either, and yet it has been Mourinho under whom United has looked more dangerous than ever before. Yes there are still issues with conversion rates, but at times it has felt like better football than the last year of Sir Alex’s rule.

I have always liked Mourinho, right since the fateful day when an ecstatic Mourinho ran down the sidelines at Old Trafford as he celebrated the goal that would knock United out of the Champions League. As an United supporter it was a sad moment, and yet it showed how much more Mourinho’s Porto desired the victory compared to United. They deserved it. And now after three years, United are showing that they want to win again. There is real desire again, and it is showing. Time will tell if it is real development or temporary form. Regardless, it’s fun to watch Manchester United play again. 2017 could indeed be a good year in the life of a Manchester United fan.

Gaming: Time To take it seriously

With the rerun of the “Why you heff to be mad” meme coupled with a a few recent observations in the esports industry I was reminded that the discussion of whether it’s time to start take gaming seriously is still going on. Some would argue that this discussion has already happened, but there are some indications that people even within gaming are conflicted on this. So here are my thoughts. Continue reading Gaming: Time To take it seriously

Paladins : A short personal preview

There has been a lot of talk about this new game from Hi-Rez called Paladins. Those of you who are familiar with their other game SMITE will feel at home with the graphics, while those of you who already play or watch Overwatch will be uncomfortably a bit too familiar with the game. I do have a few problems with the game, the game’s ideology and Hi-Rez’s business model but otherwise I sort of enjoyed the game. Continue reading Paladins : A short personal preview

Furious 7 : The Worst Ever

Movies are not all about a realistic experience, we have documentaries for that. Movies are meant to be a fantastical journey, I get that. What I don’t get is how some reviewer at Rolling Stone, IGN or NY Times say that Furious 7 is a brilliant movie worthy of being a candidate for one of the best movies of 2015. I am sorry, but that is pure bull-shit. Furious 7 is by no means the ideal fun movie that these people made it out to be. I have been reading the movie reviews from Rolling Stone and IGN for years to decide if I really want to spend my money on theatre tickets, but from now on I am going to rethink, and then stop and just disregard their reviews. I can no longer trust their sense of quality (or integrity) to allow me to make any kind of judgments as to which movies to watch. SPOILER ALERT! Continue reading Furious 7 : The Worst Ever