Movies review

Zilele trecute eram disperat ca o fată mare la măritiș după niște filme calumea. Am tot auzit propuneri, și sugestii, dar două dintre ele au fost chiar ca o gură de aer curat: Das Experiment, si Die Welle.

das_experimentPrimul, Das Experiment, e un film nemțesc de prin 2001, și urmarește un jurnalist care se înscrie într-un experiment social. Experimentul împarte un grup de oameni în două echipe, gardienii si deținuții, grupuri care urmează să trăiasca împreuna următoarele 15 zile. În idee, filmul se bazează pe experimentul din ’71 organizat de Universitatea Stanford, doar că introduce pe lângă ideile de bază “cerute” de experiment o dimensiune în plus: istoria Germaniei, și evident tot ce reiese din asta. L-am început pe la 1AM si nu m-am putut opri până la capăt. Big thumbs up de la mine.

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die_welleAl doilea, Die Welle, acoperă o saptămână din viața unor elevi, si este tot un experiment social, bazat pe autocrație, dictatura, și evident se ajunge la fascism. Efectul celor două experimente din filmele astea este mai mult sau mai puțin același, diferența majoră între ele fiind ca primul lucrează cu un lot controlat de subiecți pe când al doilea folosește niște elevi care au posibilitatea sa se înscrie de bună voie, și nu sunt selectați in funcție de stabilitatea lor mentală, ca și în experimentul original organizat de Stanford.

Vi le recomand pe amândouă, dar numai dacă v-ați săturat si voi la fel ca mine de aceeași poveste americană over and over again, cu sau fără happy end.

MyEpisodes.com

Citeam azi niste feed-uri RSS din urma, (feeduri pe care le las sa se adune si cand am cate un pic de timp liber mai trec prin ele), si pe blogul lui Tim am dat peste http://www.myepisodes.com.

Pare foarte similar cu http://pogdesign.co.uk/cat/ dar e un pic mai interesant, si ofera cateva chestiute in plus, and I like that! Mi-am facut evident un cont, si ii dau bataie, sa imi adaug serialele vazute si care vreau sa le vad.

Printre altele, iti ofera o optiune pentru episoadele pe care vrei sa le vezi (Aquire) si o sectiune pentru cele pe care le-ai vazut (Watched). Iti calculeaza timpul (pierdut) petrecut cu serialele (fiecare in parte sau totalul) in functie de episoadele marcate ca vazute, imaginea cu titlurile este unul din features, si este dinamica in functie de ce schimb eu acolo pe site. Ma gandesc sa o adaug si in bara, mi-e frica doar sa nu creasca prea mult bara… : – )

Deci, daca sunteti impatimiti de seriale, si nu aveti vreme sa stati la curent chiar cu tot ce se misca, ce sezoane noi mai incep, etc, dati o tura pe acolo, faceti-va un cont. Daca va si place foarte mult, au si un cont de PayPal unde puteti sa faceti donatii cu nesimtire.

How do you blog?

A few weeks ago, I read on DailyBlogTips a nice guest post by Joshua Clanton about blogging like a Klingon. Yes, you heard me right, blogging like a Star Trek Klingon. In his opinion “In the world of Star Trek, Klingons are known as a warrior people, formidable in battle, fierce in their passions, and concerned with honor above all. But the life of a Klingon has lessons for humans, even for that sedentary class known as bloggers. Here are three proverbs that can help you learn to blog the Klingon way

If you think that was interesting, a few days ago, he came up with a second part of that post, bloging like a Vulcan. And believe it or not, everything he wrote there, makes complete sense, and like in the first post, he uses Vulcan proverbs to put blogging in perspective: “Of all the aliens in the Star Trek universe, Vulcans are probably the most well-known, thanks to Mr. Spock. Vulcans, by and large, are a people devoted to logic and suspicious of human emotionalism. As a result, they tend to be highly practical and place a great deal of trust in scientific methodology. Over the centuries, they have developed certain precepts to guide their thoughts and actions. Here are four which can be applied to blogging…

The two posts can be reached by clicking on the appropriate image below, I suggest you read them, and think about them, and use them the best you can.

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The Daily Blog Tips is one of the few RSS feeds (about 5) that were not placed inside a category in my RSS Reader. They are just in the root, and I can barely expect to read what they write next.

Joshua Clanton is a freelance web designer who blogs about design, productivity, and creativity. He’s also quickly approaching his long-term goal of watching every Star Trek episode ever made.

The images were created by Eli from PhotoshopStar.

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MacGyver vs O’Neill

richarddean.jpgI’m a very big fan of Richard Dean Anderson as you might know from reading my posts, and me ranting about Stargate SG1 or Atlantis, and I am very disappointed that people around me don’t get the t-shirt joke. It’s about MacGyver, a show that aired between 1985 and 1992 where using science and his wits, rather than violence, MacGyver could solve almost any problem. The action-adventure format addressed social issues as well, and MacGyver became a role model praised by critics, parents, and teachers alike.  MacGyver continues to enjoy tremendous popularity around the world.

The fact that people don’t understand the joke culminated this weekend on St Patricks Day, when I was wearing it, and when someone said “Hey man, cool t-shirt!”  I asked: “But do you know who MacGyver is?!” and the reply was “Well, I guess it’s some irish dude…

That being said, I’m just sorry that many people missed out MacGyver’s adventures,  and the (life) lessons he taught. Forget the joke, that’s nothing… I just know I learned a lot from that character.

And now, a funny clip called “The funniest Stargate SG-1 prank”. Practically Samantha Carter just trashes RD Anderson’s character. I’m always rotfl‘ing when I see it.

Spreading information

Last weeks I’ve been watching a TV series called Jeremiah, starring Luke Perry, (Dylan from Beverly Hills 90210) and some other unknown guys. The show is not exactly strong, nor good, I would rate it 5 maybe 6 on a scale from 1 to 10, but it had to do…

One line that I liked, was something like:

If you want to let people know about something, you have 3 ways:

  • Television
  • Telephone or
  • Tell a friend…

It was damn funny, and it’s also quite true.