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Dave Bautista is a Character Actor?

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Movies Oct 15 2017 · 30 views
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Dave Bautista is a Character Actor? :kaukau: However, I recently rewatched Blade Runner 2049, and was wondering how tall that one replicant in the beginning was. Big guy. He seemed incredibly heavy, like a tank. At the same time, ironically had that small, Jewish scholar look going on, that kind that you associate with Itzhak Stern from Schindler's List. He overall struck me as real interesting, and I was intrigued by this seemingly unknown actor who played him. I thought, "I don't know who this character actor is, but I want to see more of him. he would be pretty interesting in a Steven Spielberg drama or something of the sort."

The first time I watched the movie I had a moment, when seeing a room full of naked, hairless models of replicants, where I noticed that one of them looked just like Bautista, and I thought, "Hey, is he in this movie? I wonder when he'll show up!" Then, as far as I could tell, that moment never came, which got me scratching my head a little bit upon further reflection. Upon rewatching it, my friend explained to me that Bautista was the big guy in the beginning, which kind of blew me away.

A couple of years ago, people were saying "He's not really a good actor, but he works well for Drax. If you'll notice, though, James Gunn makes sure that he's always complemented by another actor on-screen to make up for his weaknesses." So I accepted it that Bautista wasn't really an actor so much as a professional wrestler retrofitted for a role that basically called for an over-the-top, hammy pro-wrestler kind of person to play him. I accepted that he was basically an Arnold Schwarzenegger kind of actor.

But, for as brief as his role was, he did a great job, and furthermore, I absolutely didn't recognize him. I suppose that it makes sense why I noticed him in that one scene with the different models of replicants on display, since he had no clothes and he had no hair and it was easy to recognize him because he was basically Drax without the tattoos, but when you show him as an older man with graying hair, and then put those wire-frames spectacles, and he just becomes a completely different person.

What's ironic, actually, is that his height and physique came off more in this role as a wizened, elderly, overalls-wearing, protein-farming hermit than in a superhero movie where he's always shirtless.

I'm impressed man.


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Estimado Eston

Posted by Jean Valjean , Oct 13 2017 · 38 views
Spanish
:kaukau: As I once said, my friend Eston can introduce himself as "Im Eston eston" in Sindarin. But I decided to have some more fun with his name.

Anyway, I've realized that I can introduce him to Spanish-speaking people as "Esto estoico está Eston." Or if he wanted to introduce himself, he could say "Estoy Eston." Of course, that would imply that he isn't permanently himself, like maybe he had a split personality or something. But still, it's alliterative.

And maybe he does have a split-personality.

Also, one way of starting a letter is "Estimado," which is a formal way of saying "dear" (literally, it means "esteemed"), so I'm thinking of starting every email to him from now on with "Estimado Eston." Although I suppose I could easily just say "Esteemed Eston" in English.

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Columbus Day

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Events Oct 09 2017 · 74 views

:kaukau: My opinion on the great controversy that it this day: Why is this a day to begin with? I mean, the argument in favor of this holiday is that it's historical, and the argument against it is that the explorer himself started slavery. My thoughts? The reason why this holiday is that it commemorates the discovery of the New World by the empires of the West, which started a fundamentally different era in world history. That's the reason why we commemorate Christopher Columbus over far more accomplished explorers like Amerigo Vespucci. If you really want to commemorate the historic significance of the discovery of the New World without having any of the controversy surrounding the person that started that age of discovery, just name the day after the event, not the person. So today could just as easily be New World Day, or Discovery Day, or Exploration Day. Or "Day that Initiated Full Economic, Political, Cultural, and Military Relationships Between Our Hemisphere and that Other Hemisphere," if you wish to get particularly wordy.

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A law concerning Aircraft Carriers

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Nerd Oct 08 2017 · 42 views
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:kaukau: In America, it is literally illegal for the country to ever have less than 11 aircraft carriers, as of 2007.

The reason for this has to do with keeping continuous and indefinite presence between the Arabian and West Pacific "hubs," since carriers require regular maintenance. A single carrier is considered sufficient to fill just one hub. Furthermore, if the U.S. needed continuous carrier deployment in a third hub, or supplementation within one of the existing hubs, the country would need a whole lot more than just eleven. Probably around 16. There is also talk about designating the Mediterranean as a third hub.

Currently, ten Gerald R. Ford-class carriers are planned. There could possibly be more within that series, depending on what future budgets look like, and how much the economy expands in the next ten years. I personally think that it's fairly likely, given America's history of increasing her military budget.

Anyway, I just thought that this subject was interesting. I've been doing a lot of research lately on the world's navies. Perhaps it will come in handy if I write a science fiction story about a futuristic war. Although I'm not really sure how much of that knowledge would translate into stories about battles in outer space. But I want more than just Battlestar Galactica as a research citation for such things.

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Blade Runner 2049 Review

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Reviews, Movies Oct 07 2017 · 44 views
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Blade Runner 2049 Review :kaukau: When did I watch the original? Was it six years ago? It's been a while. The main things that I remember were the cons of having little story or character investment, but the pro of having more atmosphere than the planet Jupiter. So atmospheric.

Its sequel (and unofficially also the sequel to La La Land, if you think about it) manages to find a decent common-ground between the two. I felt that it had more story, and most definitely more likable characters, while also having a ridiculous amount of atmosphere. Denis Villeneuve packs this film with it. While not quite as dark and as noir as the original, he still recognizes that what makes Blade Runner what it is is the emphasis on directing, and he makes sure to pack 2049 with all sorts of provocative cinematography, lighting, sets, sounds, and musical language. The movie is a work of art. Ridley Scott chose his successor well.

Some people will wonder why Marvel is accused of making factory-produced films, and movies like this prove the point that the accusers are making. This isn't factory-produced. It relies strongly on a directorial vision to complete a picture that few directors can pull off. I applaud it for that. Part of me wants to watch it again because of that, and especially because of the cinematography and lighting. Earlier this year, I praised Logan Noir for having the best cinematography, but now various other films have come out, and now it's hard for me to say if there is any clear front-runner in the Best Cinematography category.

The movie also does a better job than the original of getting people to think about technology, and it really sells this world to me. The new types of artificial intelligence, the ways information is kept, and so forth. It feels incredibly fleshed out.

As for the characters, let's just say that Gosling is much more likable than Deckard back in the day. Deckard was simply an atrocious character who had no charm whatsoever, and his abusive romance with Rachael was cringe-worthy. I know that was the intention of Ridley Scott, but that didn't make it entertaining for me to watch. I'm glad that we had a good main character this time around, and an interesting supporting case, and that the pace of the film let us constantly feel that the characters were developing.

The story had me engaged. At times it also surprised me. It really was its own story and was pretty well put together, and it works incredibly well both as a stand-alone and as a sequel, naturally continuing the story of the original which should leave people satisfied while giving itself its own narrative language. What the story is about, I can't really give that away. Let's just say that the trailers don't give much away.

Some final thoughts: Jared Leto was awesome, but I wanted more of him. There was also a scene with an old character who got the Grand Moff Tarkin treatment, at which I cringed, but fortunately that moment was incredibly brief. Also, Edward James Olmos, whom I regard as one of the greats, makes a brief appearance, which in my mind was the best callback in the entire film, although that's not saying much since this film doesn't use too many "callback moments" that you often get in sequels.

Ultimately, if you really like artistic films, or are a fan of cinematography, or really like this genre, then you should check this out. Regarding its rating, strong language is few and far between, and the main reason that it has its rating is because of strong sexual themes and imagery, which I would argue aren't entirely out of place due to the strong themes of sexuality within the story. Don't watch this film if the nearly three-hour running time is a concern, although for me that extra hour really contributed toward it being a good film. Finally, while the visuals will probably hold up pretty well on Blu-Ray, I do recommend watching this movie in theatres specifically for the sound quality. Villeneuve makes very striking decisions with his music and sound editing that will likely be lost at home, but which reverberate in the cinemas.

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Nate Ain't Great, Mate

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Events Oct 06 2017 · 30 views
Hurricane Nate, hurricane and 3 more...
:kaukau: Another possible hurricane coming our way. When people look back on 2017, this is hurricane season is going to be one of things that people remember. Some of the leftover water from the hurricanes has been making its way up to the Heartland, and it's been raining for over a week now, and there were flash flood alerts on my drive home.

In other news, Mexico continues to send help. Great neighbors, those guys.

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Spanish without the letter U

Posted by Jean Valjean , Oct 04 2017 · 29 views
Spanish
:kaukau: Spanish has relatively few vowels. I've thought it through, and I just got curios thinking about just how distinct and recognizable the language would sound if it didn't have the letter U. Would it be easier to learn? I suppose that there would be more homonyms, or words would have to be longer, but I figured that it would be more interesting.

I have some really weird thoughts on French that I will be sharing tomorrow.

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Definition of Terrorism

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Events Oct 04 2017 · 53 views
Las Vegas
:kaukau: People kind of get passionate about this, but for me it's pretty simple. A terrorist is not the same as a murderer or a mass murderer. A terrorist is someone who causes great chaos and disruption in life specifically in order to cause terror. If someone kills a limited number of people (or destroys a building or other such public display of anarchy) in order to make a whole country afraid and panic just enough to go against its best interests, then it's terrorism. It must have the objective of psychologically intimidating a large group of people and provoking social unrest. If terror isn't a part of the motive, then it's just murder (or arson, if we're walking about destroying buildings). It's sort of like hate crimes, which aren't technically worse than normal crimes; it's just that the term hate-crime specifies motive.

I bring this up because people are calling the mass shooter in Las Vegas a terrorist, but I'm going to withhold the term until I know more about his motive, which is currently unknown, since word choice matters to me. However, I don't have an issue with others using the word, since given the scale of the crime, it's highly likely that he did want to instill fear in people and cause social unrest, the objectives of a terrorist. I only make these clarifications just in case I talk about these sorts of things at other people notice my word choice and try to read into it. There's nothing political to interpret about it. Until then, I will refer to him as "murderer" and "an evil man," which are less specific, but express an accurate sentiment.

If this man received any help in accomplishing what he did, I sincerely hope that the FBI can track down whoever assisted him and deliver justice for the people of Las Vegas.

Additionally, don't be afraid to go out in public spaces. If this person is indeed a terrorist, than he wins if you let your fear control you. And even if he didn't specifically want to scare you into locking yourself in home all day, you still shouldn't panic. The world didn't turn into a war-zone. I hate to bring up statistics, but it's very unlikely that you will die in a mass shooting. Worry instead about the everyday things that you worried about before, like getting good grades, or getting a promotion, or asking out that girl you like, or maintaining your diet. The dead should absolutely be mourned; just make sure that you live lives of hope in their wake.

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War is like Love

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Wisdom Oct 03 2017 · 54 views
love, war, peace, what if
:kaukau: The word "war" is like "love." What I mean by that is that I see a lot of people on Youtube who ask questions such as "What if X went to war with Y," or "What if all of the countries of the world went to war with each other?"

The answer is, it depends on what you mean by war. There are many different styles of war, and there are also many different purposes for war. You can't simply ask "What if X went to war with Y;" you have to also consider the goals that each country would have in this conflict and what would constitute as a victory. Are we talking about a Cold War in which countries are trying to gain an upper hand in the balance of power? Are we talking about a war where the objective is for one country to "contain" another? Is one country trying to merely weaken another? Take away a territory? Eliminate a threat? Take a rival down a peg? Force another country to meet some sort of demand, such as "Stop trading with Z?" Is the goal of the war to nation build? Are you uneasy with your allies and only allied out of convenience, or are you actual close friends? Is it an international policing action? Is it a war of conquest? Is it to solve a border dispute? Is it a defensive war where the goal is merely to survive?

With regard to the purpose of the war, how important is it to the countries involved? What politicians were in power at the outset of the war, and will any of the involved countries see a political shift? How important is the war too the politicians? How important is it to civilians? How important is it to the military? What are people willing to sacrifice for victory?

With styles of war, are we talking about a blitzkrieg? Trench warfare? Arms race? Is there an invasion, or are there proxy battles? Is it a siege? Is it merely a standoff, with war only being declared but no one really wanting to cross either country's borders? Are international laws and treaties followed? Is it naval war? Urban war? Guerrilla war? Are civilian casualties on the table? Is it a nuclear war?

How was the war declared? Surprise attack? Formal statement at the E.U.? Was it never declared at all? Did both countries anticipate the war and react immediately when one line in the sand was crossed?

So many things to consider. I find it pretty ridiculous when people take these "what if" scenarios and act like all war is going to look the same, like all war is an invasion.

I end this random ramble with an interesting thought: There's the saying of yester-generation, "Make love, not war." What if we were to make the word "love" even more ambiguous than it already is, and have it become synonymous with war? Boy, that would mess with people. I already had an idea for a language with one word for "love, like, want, and need." Con-langers tend to like breaking the word "love" up into several different, more specific words, but I rather enjoy obfuscating it even more.

Love,
Jean Valjean


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Fidget Spirit

Posted by Jean Valjean , in BZPower Oct 01 2017 · 78 views
SPIRIT, Fidget Spinner and 1 more...
Fidget Spirit :kaukau: Behold.
The culmination of all of society's efforts.
The purpose behind our every mathematical advancement.
The ultimate end of our sciences.
Faster than a speeding bullet, stronger than a locomotive, more glorious than Mother Russia.
Yes, you indeed died and went to Heaven.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Amen.


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