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Adventures in South Korea: Horse Races

21 Sep

A few weekends ago I went to the horse race track in Seoul.  Getting there was really easy, line four will take you there and you just need to look for the horse race track station and go up exit two. The park itself is nice and by most Korean people it’s seen as an ideal place for date or a family outing which with all the cafés that serve beer and such it’s a valid use of it. The betting is great too the minimum is 100 won  about ten cents by US standards.

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I recommend this for a nice day or any time you just want to relax outdoors and look at horses.

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You can even buy grapes!

Doctor Who, Kill the Moon

5 Oct

Hello, first sorry for not posting in a while I was down with bronchitis and only had energy to sleep.

So another Doctor Who day. Last weeks episode was great because I love monster love stories! (I really really do).

This week we see a different dynamic between the Doctor and Clara (and it makes me a bit uncomfortable).

The episode it self was great and it had and interesting story line. It puts in perspective the differences that exist between humans and a Timelord and the awareness that Clara has of these differences. She is forced to make a decision for the entirety of the human race (and that is whether or not to kill the Moon as the tittle indicates). There is oodles of foreshadowing that has been going on in these past episodes, which are all pointing at the end of the companion term.

As far as the Episode well done! I like that is went into the debate about space programs. As many of you know whether or not to continue the current space programs (specially in the States has been a bit of an issue, people just don’t find it necessary). Meanwhile India has been catching up the US’s space program which I am rather happy to see grow. Right back to the episode: It takes place in the moon, long after the majority of the space programs have been abandoned all over the world. The moon is not actually a bit of space rock but an egg that is causing all sort of gravitational related disasters on the Earth while trying to hatch.

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The fact that Clara is left on her own to protect the egg from being destroyed (The Doctor wanted to show her she could do it on her own). And we have seen the Doctor do this before, remember the reptilian episode where the Doctor leaves the decision up to the actual humans (unfortunately this was just to much for Clara and well things do not go so well for the Doctor Companion relationship).

I have to say it was hard to see Clara so angry at the Doctor, and also see that well this might not be the end, but if you are a good Whovian (as I expect you to be) you probably know this is the beginning of the end for Clara as a companion. it is just a matter of how this will all play out.

Side note: The review was a bit different today, but it will go back to the usual on the next Who day.

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.

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: 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.

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.

 

 

Doctor Who: Robot of Sherwood A review

7 Sep

 

 

 

 

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It is another day For Doctor Who!!!

This time the doctor travels to Sherwood in search of Robin Hood at Clara’s request (as a Robin Hood Enthusiast myself I get that). The Doctor o the other hand does not seem to be too keen on meeting Robin Hood, because he thinks that he is just a legend (as anyone who was ever told that out favorite fictional characters are not real, the Doctor’s reaction hurt me just enough) but he gives in and takes the T.A.R.D.I.S. to Sherwood. Where some one takes an arrow to the T.A.R.D.I.S. which is something no living thing should ever do.
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Look at the anger in the eyes! However we do find that Robin Hood is in fact real and, well a bit of an ass. 
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The two egos (both the Doctor’s and Robin’s) do not mash well together after all both of them are legends in their own rights. But the Doctor really Dislikes him (I am willing to bet it is because of the T.A.R.D.I.S.).

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So we got a good Capaldi response to the disresect to the T.A.R.D.I.S. maybe? (I am not sure if that flip off was intentional or not, and well only Capaldi and Mark Gatiss would know)

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The feud did not end up there, because as I said earlier, their egos and ever increasing sadness prevents them from truly acting sad.

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When the Doctor, Robin and Clara get arrested, It is Clara that gets thought of as the leader, because the Doctor and Robin continued to act as little children (which is how the Doctor usually acts but he is almost always surrounded by people who want to appear more grown up).

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In this story is the lovely maid Marian that helps the Doctor defeat the robot knights (right I forgot to mention robot knights of which I have not been able to find pictures).    tumblr_nbilzoSzwY1qm1x8bo1_250

The robot knight ended up on Earth while looking for the promised land (remember way back to the first episode? yeah it appears to be where mysterious Missy is, and she does not appear in this episode but she will be back). Their plan was to gather enough gold to rebuild their engines and be able to go to this promised land, which is why the sheriff kept stealing form the people.

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Lets talk about the episode now, I thought it was nice again as a Robin Hood fan I was on board. I think that Clara is becoming a stronger character, more wit and over all strength was shown in this episode (the Writer was Mark Gatiss, Thank you sir for that strong female presence) maid Marian was also a lovely touch as a female character with gumption. I thing the theme of this season and perhaps the presence of this Doctor will be ‘The Promised Land’. Not sure what that means yet but it is exiting to know that the day is approaching when it will all make sense. The Doctor is angrier yet softening up as we go, and he even made amends with Robin and he even found common ground with hims at the end of the adventure.

 

So farewell and see you one the Next Doctor Who Episode which promises to be a scary one!