altIdeas

thickest/densest/most sleep inducing book ever (thrice) I’ve read

thickest/densest/most sleep inducing book ever (thrice) I’ve read

I have many thoughts about the new Doctor

In his 12th regeneration, Doctor Who has finally accurately captured and portrayed a companion’s struggle with change. The change of somebody you’ve known for the longest suddenly changing and quite literally getting a new face. Of course, for all intents and purposes such a drastic change is not possible in real life, but then again that’s what fiction is for: to explore (emotionally, in this case) what isn’t possible. I was able to viscerally bond with Clara’s struggle to accept change as that is something I have trouble with myself. Again, not as drastic, but still very similar. How Clara so wishes for things to go back is relatable to anyone who wishes to go back to the past. 

The episode made me consider for the first time what regeneration must feel like for a Doctor. To have all those around you, your closest friend, not be able to see you in the same fashion, despite the fact that deep down you know you are the same person. 

Some critiques: I found it slightly odd that Vastra and company seemed to be so well adjusted to regeneration. More so, than Clara, who one would think would be more understand and adept. Though necessary, Vastra and company felt too campy and reminded that Doctor Who is a children’s show. 
As for theories to who Missy at the end is: my wildest guess is that it’s a jaded River Song-esque character from the future. If death is going to be a theme this season, it would make sense that Missy will use all the people the Doctor has let die to guilt him in the end in the final confrontation.

Again, Doctor Who tried to deal with the more than platonic love between the Doctor and his companion. This episode firmly resolved Clara’s resolve as a non-loving companion. 

The episode dealt with the Doctor’s age quite well. The question left to answer is why the regeneration cycle gave the Doctor and old face. Maybe as a reminder that he is not really young and shouldn’t let surface appearances get the better of him. I hope this question gets answered in future episodes. 



I need Peter Capaldi to cuss. The shades of Malcolm Tucker were there one the Doctor was made.
 

Lovely octopus balls (at Ramen By Omae)

Lovely octopus balls (at Ramen By Omae)

Lazy Sunday mornings writing

Lazy Sunday mornings writing

On a freakin’ ski lift.  (at Mount Baldy- San Gabriel Mountains)

On a freakin’ ski lift. (at Mount Baldy- San Gabriel Mountains)

Parisian art adorning now less bare walls. Thanks @yuheffa!

Parisian art adorning now less bare walls. Thanks @yuheffa!

Borderline Vertigo (at Mount Baldy- San Gabriel Mountains)

Borderline Vertigo (at Mount Baldy- San Gabriel Mountains)

The road less taken (at Mount Baldy- San Gabriel Mountains)

The road less taken (at Mount Baldy- San Gabriel Mountains)

#tb (at Mount Baldy- San Gabriel Mountains)

#tb (at Mount Baldy- San Gabriel Mountains)

The object of Monument Valley is to get Princess Ida from point A to point B. To do so, one must manipulate the impossible objects in the environment. Impossible objects, think Inception, trick our brain into thinking two dimensional objects are three dimensional. Objects that you wouldn’t think connect do and as such it is possible for Ida to walk across seemingly impossible environments.

Not Enough Gameplay
There is no real antagonist in the game. There are crow-like people in several levels which you have to avoid. They will block your from moving forward, but that’s as much of an antagonist as you will get in the game. Several times during the game you will encounter a mage-like figure that asks Ida questions. It is through this line of questioning that you clue-together what Ida’s mission is.

The lack of an antagonist contributes to my problem with Monument Valley. It is an extremely beautiful game, but not enough of it. In a sense, that is a great problem for any game to have. I want more of Monument Valley and by all accounts we’ll get more levels through future updates. But I do not think that is enough. The game isn’t challenging enough by any account. It’s easy for pro gamers and even for those who aren’t it doesn’t take too long to get a grasp of the universe.

I’m somebody who likes Call of Duty and Halo because of the story. In my mind, military and sci-fi first person shooters are more or less movies belonging to their respective genres. On that regard, Monument Valley’s story was extremely lacking and not satisfying. When I first encounteted the mage-like figure, I thought I stumbled on an esoteric story. Rather the story barely made sense and at the culmination of the game I had no emotional investment in what happened to Ida. In comparison, Sword and Sworcery’s story made me weep when I parted with the protagonist at the end of the game.

Elevation (at Mount Baldy, California)

Elevation (at Mount Baldy, California)

Cautionary Tale: Android File Transfer.app & lost photos

Cautionary Tale: Android File Transfer.app & lost photos

Was transferring some videos to my 2012 Nexus 7 using the Android File Transfer app on Mac. (OS X requires an app to transfer files over to Android devices versus how Windows just recognizes an Android device.)

Reminded me of an incident last summer. Wanted to wipe my N7 because it was getting remarkably sluggish. I keep a folder of favorite photos going back to 6th grade on my daily drivers (Nexus 7, iPod touch, Pre3).

However, over the course of 10th grade, I stopped using the 2 latter devices and as a result stopped manually transferring the photos between them. N7 had become my day to day mobile device and I kept all my photos there.

Anyways, I wanted to transfer those photos to my Mac while I wiped my Nexus 7. While transferring, Android File Transfer stalled & force quit. When I restarted the app, that favorites folder was gone. I had lost all my photos from 10th grade. (Luckily photos from 6th-9th were still around on the Pre3, and iPod.)

I was able to recover a few photos from Facebook albums, but most of the photos had been deleted.

Moral of Tale:
-Keep up to date back ups across multiple devices.
-Keep a cloud backup. After this experience, I finally decided to take the long process of uploading all my photos to Google+.
-Don’t use Android File Transfer. (Hey, Google can you please make it less buggy. It still hangs when tranafering large files).

Paintings I want part 2

Paintings I want part 2

Twitter has a perception problem

@twitter has a perception problem. I love Twitter. It’s fantastic. One of the main reasons I like it is for its altruistic purposes.

I’m referencing the role it played during Egyptian Revolution, the following Arab Spring, & all other ex. of social unrest.

I believe the internet is a tool for good & Twitter has been at the forefront of that.

Recently, I have noticed it has been straying away from this in order to appeal to the mainstream audience.

There is nothing wrong with that as it can still be used for those altruistic purposes.

However, I recently began noticing an issue. In school, we were discussing racism & ex. my teacher used were tweets.

My teacher made the point that she doesn’t believe these people are particularly racist, but rather what happens when people voice themselves.

My teacher has pulled up screenshots of Tweets several time to show Asian, Latino, etc. racism.

Every time we do so there is more or less of a “fuck Twitter” reaction among my classmates.

It kills me every time they say that because I know Twitter can be used for so much more than that.

Twitter has & can change the world a hundred times over, but nobody sees that in the face of such blatant racism.

I realize compromises have to be made in order to be a public company, but please do not stray too far.

To be honest, most people do not use Twitter to broadcast revolutions or to change the world. They use it to talk w/friends.

I realize a tenant of Twitter is free speech and the right to say whatever you want.

But, in people’s (young people’s) minds Twitter is quickly devolving into examples of racism and frankly vile, horrid things that people say.

It’s associated with the worst of the internet, not the best. I and other more tech enthused people know otherwise. But, weren’t not the bulk of Twitters users.

Food for thought. Keep Twitter awesome. Thanks.