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Monday, 08 June 2015 19:27

[Review] Mad Max - Fury Road

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sooo....I've seen "Mad Max: Fury Road" last night. I expected nothing good, because already "Thunderdome" was horrible, and Mad Max without Mel Gibson? smelled a lot like "let's grab some big bucks by abusing the fame of the first 2 movies".

and I was totally right: "Fury road" IS absolute garbage. don't get me wrong, as standalone movie it wouldn't be THAT horrible (maybe 4/10 in my book), but advertising it as a Mad Max movie...what a joke.

I had a huge "um, what?" moment already after the silly pseudo-"Road Warrior" prelude, when Max stands besides his car. sooo....he went to one of the numerous "Mad Max car kit" shops which obviously exist in George "Greedy" Miller's dystopia and bought a new one? I mean, he must, because the car was blown into pieces in "Road Warrior".

but ok, logic doesn't mean much when all you are out for is the cash I guess.

the "new Max", after long years in the outback, also seems to suffer from severe psychological problems now, because his personality totally changed. in the prelude it is said that it's about "survival", but no, Max was never about that, he always was just running away from his demons of the past, and he also was not able to build relationships with other people anymore leave alone falling in love again after what happened in the first movie (remember how he didn't care about that blonde amazon hottie in "Road Warrior?).

but what happens? he falls in love, protects damsels in distress for no personal gain, fires out silly punchlines like a 80's action movie hero and he also fights like one now. of course his knee, which was blown with a shotgun by Bubba Zanetti in the first movie, and which was still the same years later in "Road Warrior" healed because of the healthy outback air in the meantime...I guess. and because of a lizard diet he also looks pretty chunky now, after all post-nuclear apokalypse days in the hot desert seem to be not bad for your health at all...good to know.

 

so yeah, as I said at the start, for a standalone movie I would give it a 4(maybe 5) out of 10, but for a "Mad Max" movie it is a total 0. George Miller should have called Kevin Costner instead and asked how much it is to call a movie "Reverse Waterworld", because that title would have fit SO much better.

and if Miller makes his threats true and REALLY comes out with 2 more movies (big glass of Star Wars anyone?) I will not bother anymore watching one of them. fuck you George Miller, go back to making kid's movies again.

Thursday, 12 February 2015 14:56

DNR 2015

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Somethings change, somethings will never change. Life is circumstance and how we react to it. Smarter people develop foresight and try to control what happens next. Either way, you have to be flexible and adapt to change quickly.

I know I have been busy else where, but that means I have come back with new things to share ; ) I am sure many of you will like discussing personal drones and building them.

Give me a while to catch up to the forum, I may pass over threads that are too old. If you have anything you want me to look over, bump it. I should also update the DNR's Suggested Reading thread soon.

DNR

 

 

 

 

Friday, 10 January 2014 03:20

I don't like the idea that I am not in control of my life.

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Morpheus: [to Neo who is choosing the red pill] Remember... all I'm offering is the truth. Nothing more.


Morpheus: I see it in your eyes. You have the look of a man who accepts what he sees because he is expecting to wake up. Ironically, that's not far from the truth. Do you believe in fate, Neo?


Neo: No.


Morpheus: Why not?


Neo: Because I don't like the idea that I'm not in control of my life.


Morpheus: I know *exactly* what you mean. Let me tell you why you're here. You're here because you know something. What you know you can't explain, but you feel it. You've felt it your entire life, that there's something wrong with the world. You don't know what it is, but it's there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to me. Do you know what I'm talking about?


Neo: The Matrix.


Morpheus: Do you want to know what it is?


Neo: Yes.


Morpheus: The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work... when you go to church... when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.


Neo: What truth?


Morpheus: That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage. Into a prison that you cannot taste or see or touch. A prison for your mind.


Morpheus: I'm trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You're the one that has to walk through it.


-The Matrix

 

I don't like the idea that I am not in control of my life.

It is not about laws or rules, it is about being lied to and not being able to make the right choices for your life. We woke up and realized that everyone is trying to sell us something, trying to get us to buy into their dreams. We brought it at first, we paid the high prices to peek at the dreams. We put it on credit, and we work because we owe.

The first part of being free is owning your own dreams. Live the life you aspire to, do not pay to watch someone else live for you.

The second part of being free is knowing. Your failures in life up to this point was not your fault. You were unable to make the right choices because you were denied access to the answers you needed. The answers exist. They do not want you to have the answers, they do not want you to choose. They want Fear, Uncertainty, and despair -because it makes people do nothing, it makes them fail, and gives right to others to manage your life for you.

Those who know are responsible to protect others who do not know. The next neo is waiting and searching for the answer, waiting for the next Morpheus...

Sunday, 29 December 2013 21:59

PyBass [Bass Audio API] on Android Trials

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This is the Bass Audio Library, suggested by my friend Adam a while ago http://www.un4seen.com/. This is Pybass http://sourceforge.net/projects/pybass/ the ctypes implementation of Bass Audio I contributed in the past to various developments on the Pybass scripts such as VST implementation. This is my initial tests in working with PyBass on Android. I am using a rooted phone to copy over the libbass.so file to /data/data on the internal storage. Please be sure you download the bass library for Android. The only line you will need to change in your pybass.py file is the path to libbass.so. Keep in mind a shared object file will not execute from your sdcard it has to be on the internal storage. This has to do with Android security. The test python script I ran was:


from pybass import *

@SYNCPROC
def onEndPlay(handle, buffer, length, user):
    print("playing finished.")

if __name__ == "__main__":
    BASS_Init(1, 44100, 0, 0, 0)
    handle = BASS_StreamCreateFile(False, b'/sdcard/test.mp3', 0, 0, 0)
    BASS_ChannelSetSync(handle, BASS_SYNC_END, 0, onEndPlay, 0)
    play_handle(handle, False)
    BASS_Free()

I ran this from the sdcard using a shell script (see below) the shell script allows me to execute python from the adb shell terminal window standalone_python.sh


#! /system/bin/sh
PW=`pwd`
export EXTERNAL_STORAGE=/mnt/sdcard
export LANG=en
export PYTHONPATH=/mnt/sdcard/com.googlecode.pythonforandroid/extras/python:
/data/data/com.googlecode.pythonforandroid/files/python/lib/python2.6/lib-dynload:
/data/data/com.googlecode.pythonforandroid/files/python/lib/python2.6
export TEMP=/mnt/storage/com.googlecode.pythonforandroid/extras/python/tmp
export PYTHON_EGG_CACHE=$TEMP
export PYTHONHOME=/data/data/com.googlecode.pythonforandroid/files/python
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$LD_LIBRARY_PATH:/data/data/com.googlecode.pythonforandroid/files/python/lib:
/data/data/com.googlecode.pythonforandroid/files/python/lib/python2.6/lib-dynload:
/mnt/sdcard/com.googlecode.pythonforandroid/extras/python
cd $PW
/data/data/com.googlecode.pythonforandroid/files/python/bin/python "$@"

the command was

sh standalone_python.sh test.py

Here is the result and yes there was audio playing off of my phone. Enjoy! Resources http://www.un4seen.com/ http://sourceforge.net/projects/pybass/ http://code.google.com/p/python-for-android/wiki/RunPythonFromShell http://code.google.com/p/python-for-android/

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