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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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

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

Dear Esther : A game that isn’t a game

I have been playing video games for the best part of my short life until now. I am sure my mother would be of the opinion that games are just an useless waste of time and I am sure that many would agree with her. For many games I do see her point, games like Call of Duty are fleeting experiences and even if you chose to say that it gives a way to escape from the real world, I do not see the point of doing just that even though I have enjoyed such games before, a good game of football with friends will do just the same, but feels much nicer and gives a greater sense of togetherness with your friends. Dear Esther isn’t anything like that. Continue reading

PS4 or XBOX ONE ? – An expectant gamer’s view

I have a confession to make – I have never owned a Playstation or Xbox. It was a luxury that my family could not afford. So like a hungry nerd gamer I have only ever watched from the sidelines. My experience on the consoles came from luckier friends. This way I have gotten the chance to play on PS1, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, so I am not exactly complaining. Now at the cusp of a new generation of console wars I intend to finally own a console. But which one? I have always been a PC gamer and a dedicated one at that, happier on Dota 2 than Halo multiplayer I have nevertheless wanting to get in on the party purely since so many of my friends are avid Halo fans or MGS fans. Continue reading

Megashark – A Mega SHAM! – A blow to shark conservation

Sharkweek just ended. Finally managed to see the Megalodon episode. I was extremely curious since it was so widely panned. Being from a science background and an avid fan of marine biology, I wanted to see how bad it was. I realized from the trailers that it was going to be absolute bollocks! but I was not prepared for this. The Moon-landing conspiracy is better designed than this. What the heck! Nessi is better designed than this. Everything they showed was pure BS. Every claim they made was full of holes. This idea had more holes than a tea-strainer. Scientists who do not exist in real life? Scientists who do exist but their schools are not shown just their department is shown? I have lost faith in the three “experts” that were shown on the show. They deserve to be banished from the scientific community after this farce. The photos do not match up to the accounts, heck! the dramatization does not match up to the accounts.

I have spent a lot of my childhood seeing Discovery Channel and while I understand Discovery is not a declared scientific organization like National Geographic , they still do have a responsibility towards their younger audience. Adults can clearly see that this is pure BS and they do, the widespread uproar suggests so, but Discovery Channel is also seen by young impressionable children. I am terrified of sharks. They are the one fear I have, that I know of, but I also know that my fear is irrational. Sharks are not out to hunt humans. All the interactions are misunderstandings on the shark’s part and encroachment of their territory by us on our part. I was terrified of them in my childhood and I still am but if tomorrow someone comes up to me and asks me to help with Shark conservation, then I will do my best. I am afraid of them but now I am more afraid of Discovery Channel.

It would appear that Discovery Channel has been exemplary in creating works of SH*T lately. I also found out about the “Mermaid” shows and watched them. I am not sure if anyone in Discovery network is ever going to read this, but from this moment on Discovery Channel is NOT a education channel, its NOT ONLY an entertainment channel, but I now consider it to be a criminal organization. Its crime? It has betrayed my trust in them, it has dealt a blow if nothing else to shark conservation and will be responsible in part for every shark that dies from humans from now on. How can they claim an actor for a scientist? How can they say that he is a marine biologist? How does putting a tiny 1 sec disclaimer make it acceptable? How can they show an ordinary video of a shark swimming by and then “calculate” its dimensions to be 60+ ft? Do they even know what 60 ft looks like? The claimed witness photo by the SA spotter is so downright a blatant lie that I cannot even believe they thought it would be believable in any context. The Brazilian rescue footage does not even tally with whatever they made the poor guy claim. I am not a student of marine biology but even I can tear the whole episode apart from pure logic. And don’t even get me started on the excellent “scientific” conclusions that the “marine biologist”s and presumed “experts” got to in the last dramatization.

I am now actively going to ask the people I know to stop watching any channel from the Discovery network for any remote scientific sense. I can only wish that Steve Irwin is not turning in his premature grave, for if he witnessed this attack on shark conservation then I cannot imagine how hurt he would have been. If you want to see a FAR FAR more accurate documentary on Megalodon then watch this documentary from National Geographic (which still remains a scientific organization for me).

Sager NP9170 (Clevo P170EM) Review : A Personal Take

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If you came here looking for fps figures in games and in 3D Mark then go elsewhere, I will suggest http://www.notebookcheck.net. This is a personal review of the Sager NP9170 / Clevo P170EM. This is my first proper gaming laptop. Let me just say this right away, I have never seen a laptop like this. I have seen Alienware laptops but I knew this was the laptop for me more than 3 years ago when a friend had introduced me to the name Sager. He was looking for a gaming laptop and had planned to get one sent over from US to India. I could not do that for more than one reason, but I had decided then that a Sager will be the first thing I buy when I get to US. Call me a nerd but I like my technology stuff.

The laptop is good. Well when you are paying $1400 it better be good, but this is just better. A friend of mine had an Alienware M17x and that was nowhere near as good as this. The laptop is very well powered and at the same time its the coolest running laptop I have seen. The palm rest sure gives me shivers even when gaming, its that cold. The laptop is completely customizable from all of the sellers so there is no sense in giving a spec sheet, but since nerds (I am one!!!) may be reading, here goes : Intel Core i7-3610QM 3rd Gen, 16GB(4x4GB) DDR3-1600 RAM,  NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M 2GB GDDR5, Switchable Intel HD4000 chip with NVIDIA Optimus, 500GB 7200RPM Seagate Momentus XT, 17.3″ Full HD 1080P LED-Backlit with Super Clear (1920 x 1080) Display, IC Diamond Thermal compound CPU+GPU. Add to those a Sony V6, Logitech MX400 and a SteelSeries pad and its a beginning of a pretty good gaming machine. Continue reading