Archive | September, 2014

Doctor Who, Time Heist A Review

22 Sep

Another Doctor Who episode has come!

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This week on Doctor Who, the Doctor is asked to rob the biggest and most secure bank in the galaxy (so Ocean’s eleven but way better right?)

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Essentially, just like Ocean’s eleven, except that you know the Doctor and Clara get paired up with a human mutant and an augmented human. How cool is that! And Saibra gives us all of the feels we got with Rogue (the comic book/animated x-men Rogue not the movie Rogue). Psi well he is just as cool as Saibra because he can connect to computers (could you imagine being a gamer with that?).

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The team has no recollection of having signed on for the mission except for the fact that their recorded voices say they do and the architect who is giving them the orders. The Doctor of course takes charge and because of his eyebrows, names the team (which I think may even win over team free will).

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Saibra and Psi acted too cool for it but, all of us reacted like Clara.

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Ok so Sabria gets trapped and taken apart so her brain does not scrambled (sorry I can’t explain this any better in my head it makes sense, and just watch the show) by the Teller (a monster that can focus on people’s guilt and then eat their brains sort of, using telepathy). Psi becomes a Thief/hacker to hero story when he offers himself up to the beast to save Clara (because he is cool).

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At the end of it all the Doctor discovers the whole thing as he often does and it all makes sense!

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And it ends up being awesome, like really awesome.

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 ok my thoughts come with Spoiler alerts so look away now if your want to be safe from spoilers!

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Right, so this episode was good because well the fact that it is a heist makes it all awesome. I have a soft spot for those heist, that while I would not like people to steal my money (not that there is much to steal anyways) I do like a bunch of misfits getting together and outsmarting the powerful.

The second reason this episode is awesome is because of a monster love story (and Doctor who has done well by this small genre that is monster love stories). Who does not like two monsters who are in love and would do anything for each other (and maybe this is just the romantic in me but I appreciate them) so thank you Steve Thompson and Steven Moffat for this monster love story.

Next week’s episode also seems awesome because the Doctor is still not too cool for school and well it looks like Mr. Pink might get to know the Doctor soon and we will see how this will turn out (because lets face it the Doctor is that over protective family member to Clara now and well he might not like the people she dates, which can be a bummer. I am not sure How to feel about this though. I don’t think the Doctor should be making those kind of calls but then again maybe he has?

We will see what happens next week.

Crossfit in South Korea

19 Sep

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So I am now living on my own in South Korea, and I decided to attempt to get in shape, instead of just sleeping all day and leaving my apartment for work and the occasional search of food.

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I had sort of been working out (things like yoga and the very useful youtube video that allowed you to pause and forget about the video. I perfected that technique by getting food.). Then one day someone mentioned crossfit ( personally was one of those people who thought crossfit was not the ideal workout since you could get seriously hurt if you don’t know what you are doing. However the fact that most of the exercises make it seem like a Ninja warrior obstacle course. Now I have signed away my rights to be an unfit slob and agreed to going every weekday.

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I do manage to get up early no and I can do some of the excises. But I am on my fourth day and the equipment has not fully accepted me as a matter of fact the pull-up bars reject with all their might, and my only friend (sometimes) is the mat where I can lay, in between push-ups.

I goal so far is to be able to do a normal run without having my arms trying to jump ship. If the day does come I will write it here, so you will know.

Doctor Who, Listen : A Review

14 Sep

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Alright Happy Doctor Who day!

So this week on Doctor Who, we get a bit of the scary factor, What is under your bed and are truly alone? (well are you? do you you really talk to yourself or do you subconsciously know there is something or someone else with you?)

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Despite that Clara and Mr. Pink get to know each other better (which is really nice I like Mr. Pink). But we also see a line previously used in a certain Movie?

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The focus of the story is a common dream that people have, which is having something under the bed (and I can say that the fear is real for a your person).

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While trying to get into Clara’s past she gets distracted and they end up in Mr. Pink’s past and we get to see him as a little kid afraid of monsters under the bed.

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As they are able to physically see that there is in fact something in the room, Clara then attempts to calm the your Mr. Pink (Danny) down with a brave soldier that does not need a gun to protect people.

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Meanwhile the Doctor shows off his awesome dad skills.

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The travels through Clara’s and Danny’s time lines continues as they go to the end of the universe and find that perhaps all that is left is the monster under the bed.

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What I though about this episode: I think that it is an awesome concept it puts it right up there with the silence and the weeping angels. (Can you remember that fear that made you hide under the covers because that would make you safe?). It was a great monster but again it deteriorated into a very happy dandy episode. Where Clara is happy and the Doctor is left in a bitter state (don’t get me wrong I like the bitterness of the Doctor but the episode did not go the way that could have made for a great episode). There is the initial idea that the best organism at hiding could never possible be found (which makes plenty of truth, how would you know?)

Moffat, made a great monster but then and this may be spoiler alert for some so look away:

Clara turns out to be the monster that the doctor experienced as a boy. However if it was indeed Clara that how could you explain the other people having the same dream, this monster lost it’s structural integrity before the episode ended. At least with the silence and the angles it took a bit more time for them to loose their bay to great Doctor monsters.

With that though I wonder if they will be brought back as a bigger part of the story or if they in fact tie into the story at all and were not just created for filler.

A potential Spoiler again!!

I think that Mr. Pink will become a companion soon and while the Doctor has demonstrated some fatherly concern for Clara dating, will that be an issue? Well it is not like this will not be a long romantic relationship between Clara and Danny.

The next episode will be a fun one surely as most heists tend to be, but we will see.

For now I leave you with a moment of Doctor Who zen.

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Adventures In South Korea: Samcheok Beach in The fall

14 Sep

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Fall is here, and beach season is officially over in Samcheok (people just do not go to the beach during no beach season all that much.)

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But it is still pretty even when the sand is cold.

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I believe I have mentioned before the obsession that Korea seems to have with romance and couples and the words ‘I love you’. Because there are sculptures like this one everywhere, this one as you may have notices has the words I love you in many languages. (I still cannot get over the fact that my boss has sent harts over messaging) all of my being just wants to say ‘look you are a great boss and all but I just can;t do the hearts’, but oh well what are you going to do. Not that I am not “girly or anything like that but ‘I love you’ is said way to soon (Does that say something about me? I think is a healthy amount of detachment).

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But even in the fall people will write stuff in the sand, and hope that the wind takes the words away.

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These swings are there to look at the sun rice (which I will take pictures of soon) or watch the sunset (not really the sunset just the light as the sun sets on the East).

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Friends will through each other into the cold and unforgiving water (because it is really cold now).

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i found a bee on the shore and it was struggling to walk as it was covered in sand I did all I could as far as removing some had without hurting it’s wings but at least it ended up near the flowers.

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And finally the moon comes up and it just beautiful to look at (one day I will have a better camera for it).

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Adventures in South Korea: Survival Game

14 Sep

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So, I did stuff!! (yay me!) I have never been to paintball but according to this awesome show community. Getting two teams together and battling it out for ultimate survival, in an arena with paintball guns sound like the best experience ever.

So I saw some fliers showing paintball in them in South Korea and I decided that this would be he time I would make a plan and make people go (unfortunately being here for only a few months, and having a bit of a social awkwardness to my name, did not grant me enough social pull to make people come to it, but more on that later). I also admittedly am not really good at the making plans thing.

But this time I did my homework, I searched the internet for places near Samcheok and I found nothing (this was mostly due to the fact that, most of the websites where in Korean, and the little English did not quite make sense to me) so I did what I always do (since I have been in South Korea and became aware that this was an actual thing) and called the ever so helpful  1330 tourist info line. They gave me a number of the closest Survival game place (because according to the internet this is what they call paintball games here).

I have to say the man does not really speak English but he made more of an effort that the other places I tried to call which was nice. I set a time and he gave me a price along with his address. The price was actually great 10,000 won per person per hour, and well the address I sort of had to go to the actual info center to get a better address (because I was way off).

The owner even went as far as messaging me on Kakao talk (which if you don’t know it is an awesome message system widely used in Korea).

So Where is this place in Gangneung (remember the place I wanted to go to but accidentally got sent to Gangnam instead?). I handed the address to a cab driver who had to input it in his GPS (this may not sound like a big deal but usually cab drivers have been everywhere and never need to input things on their GPS systems).  This place is a bit remote, we (the three of us awesome enough to go to this) were dropped off on the side of the road (only 6,00 won for the cab ride from the bus terminal btw) and I then proceeded to call the man and ask him how we wound ever get to this battle ground (Battle Ground is actually the name of the place), he told me to wait at the parking lot where there is a restaurant and tennis/sport court and he came to meet us and lead us to the battle grounds.
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Which were really nice actually there are several, crates that can be used as shields (you do have to be careful because this gets real and that means really big spiders everywhere) and trees.

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ok so here is the thing this was not paint ball, this was more like laser tag. You got fitted with sensors and the gun lets you know when you are out of lives.

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That being said, it was like being n a video game, once you got shot you had to re-spawn and hope someone does not shoot at you as soon as you do. The gun vibrated as game controllers do when you got shot and it would even make a death noise. You had to press a button in the gun to recharge, and head shots felt awesome to do.

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I have to mention the bugs, there were many of them and also the bugs in Samcheok are fairly unreal, and awesome to look at.

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The whole experience was really great, and like I said earlier larger team would have been nice specially if you get theatrical about it. But the owner gave us water in the middle of the game and was really cool and exited (he actually told us he had made all of his own equipment, how awesome is that?!).

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If you are interested, The name is Battle Ground in Gangneung acreoss from the beach and a military base (not sure if that speaks to you or not, but the beaches in Gangneung are really nice). The phone number is 010-3263-5620 if you are interested, if you get into it it will be awesome.

Join Us in the Fight For Net Neutrality

9 Sep

Because the internet belongs to us all.

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Lucy A Review

7 Sep

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This weekend I went to see Lucy, you Know a girl who is studying abroad in Taiwan, and dates the wrong guy who makes her deliver a case full of a drug. Which land her as a prisoner of the Korean drug lord (which I noticed because being in Korea that did not really get translated). Anyway they end up putting the drug inside her body. The bag of drugs burst inside of her which then goes straight to her blood stream giving her special abilities. The entire premise of the movie is based on how humans only use about 10 percent of their mental capacity (not true btw). 

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SO first of all lets talk about the awfulness of having someone tamper with your body, without your consent it has to be horrible.

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Then mostly because she was a woman, she is sexually harassed and when she does not allow that to continue she is hit and kicked which leads the bag of drugs in her body to break. Giving her the ability to control matter.

Now to me in the beginning she sort of gets elvish eyesight and hearing at supposedly 15% brain capacity.

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Then at 45% or so she is ale to see radio waves, just like in Alphas! (remember Gary Bell?)

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Nearing 70% she can manipulate matter and move people around (this also compromises her corporal integrity which makes her into a bit of an addict of the drug in her system).

Fianly when she nears 100% she sort of turns into a time lord because she is able to understand all of time and space (she actually travels through time!)

Ok so now my thoughts on the movie I already said that well, humans do use all of our brain capacity. Now 100% of our neurons firing all at once well then you get an epileptic episode which is not desirable.  Second The national geographic images through out the movie, did not help the movie. While they were in part related to the subject in that precise moment they seemed like filler. But mainly the fact that Hollywood is again telling people we only use just part of our brain (please look it up).

I liked how Scarlett Johansson acted for this role. This kind of movie has been done with a man being the one that takes the drug (limitless) but because of what she experienced before the drug entered her system, she acted in a more cold and calculated way. This could also be to the fact that intelligence is often linked with logic, so if you are logical about things you are less likely to freak out or do stupid things. Yeah she looses part of her humanity (needing to take in a companion to help her remember) but it is a lonely world when others do not understand what you understand. Morgan Freeman as always it is just good to hear his voice. 

Another issue I had with this movie is the whole drug lord vs. interpol was a bit ridiculous. No police officer noticed that there were people pulling out bazookas from their car trunks?  Did they not have bullet prove bests? why were there so few policemen? Just saying people are pulling out weapons near a university campus, someone should do something. Specially after the hospital has been attacked by men in suits.

I enjoyed this movie because it had a strong female character, and it did not end up as a romance and also because we need more diversity in science fiction.