Auf diabolisch subtile Art brilliant. Da haben die Autoren dann wohl doch mitbekommen, wie sehr ihr Charakter nervt. Well done. Einfach mal Snookie mit der Bildersuche Googeln. Da sind deutsche Idioten noch Genies.
Auch wenn man Nutzer von streaming Seiten sicher nicht als "Powerdownloader" bezeichnen kann, spiegelt dieses Ergebnis doch klar wieder, was viele seit Jahren in den Diskussionen immer wieder sagen: Filesharing macht die Film- und Musikinbdustrie nicht ärmer.
Es bleibt natürlich illegal aber das ändert nichts daran, das die Kernaussagen der Rechtevertreter nicht stimmen. Obacht EU Gesetzgebung, von wegen Deep Packet Inspection und anderer Unsinnigkeiten.
Es ist natürlich bezeichnend, das eine solche Umfrage nicht veröffentlich wird und weiterhin die unsäglichen Vergleiche zwischen Filesharern und wirklichen Kriminellen gezogen werden.
After seeing "Drive Angry" this weekend I finally conclude that Nicolas Cage will do anything, everywhere, for any price. It was fun in a campy sort of way if you feel like drilling into your brain with a bottle opener is a good thing to do on any day of the week. If overacting is an art form then Mr. Cage has it nailed down with the best of them (Tim Curry,Michael Sheen anyone?). This movie didn't take itself seriously (wise choice) so it was okay. To see a different side of this watch 8mm (yeah, we get it Nic, this is horrible..).
To illustrate what I felt right after.. please take a moment to see this old clip that remains true to this day.
After having seen six episodes I finally feel that I can form an opinion about Falling Skies. This show is quite different from most "Aliens invade Earth and everyone goes apeshit" based shows.
First of it all happens after we've lost. The aliens kicked mankind 's butt thoroughly and the remnants are mostly interested in survival. Second it focuses on the interaction, the basic parts of what makes you human and then it starts showing all the ugly parts of that too. In this world not everyone is capable, balanced, sane or good. Actually a lot of the people I would not like to share my life with but it's not like they get to choose anymore. So what makes this a promising show is that it's not just shooting, it's about people trying to survive the worst thing no one expected to suffer.
There is action, the CGI isn't really bad but it's not great either which is a shame. This has been done better and it could be done better.
In this episode the peaceful hideout is threatened by dissent as one family tries to quit, grab some much needed medicine and threaten the only doctor. Things do not go as planed as they are intercepted by one Terry Clayton of the 7th Mass. One of the few survivors of another ragtag army, bringing dark tidings about a group of aliens Mechs and Skitters coming their way. The only way out for all of the survivors, according to newly arrived Lt, is to take the children and attempt to maintain their safety by staying ahead and separate from the main fighting force. The main part of the group is to join up with another group, the 3rd Mass in 72 hours.
Things heat up quickly as this idea clearly is not something the civilians with children are happy to hear about. But after some character interaction and a timely, threatening attack by the aliens, it is decided that this is the proper course of action and thus the children are sent on their way with a small contingent of fighters for protection. I guess we can all see where this is going now.
Right after the Lt. arrived I felt this was a little to easy. Separate the children from everyone else, especially after we've already learned that the children are special to the aliens? What a splendid idea. Let's do that. This is clearly pretty much on a level with "let's feed the alien prisoner alone" a few episodes back.
As with almost any decision in stories that basically shouts "This is not good, not even close and isn't anyone thinking this is very very strange to have an advance attack on the group just as they question the wisdom of sending the kids ahead? Really, no one?"
Yes, and it all happens as I feared it would. How to increase pressure in peer groups 101 ? Threaten the children.
Come on "Falling Skies" you can do better. You do have some great characters with some pretty good actors that emote really well and yes even though it is all a bit comfy by now, you still have things to do and find out and most certainly follow up upon from the last few episodes. The set up is rather transparent. Maybe this is just me but I doubt it. It would have nice to have different twist here and not something you can see coming from a mile just because this has been done many times.
What happened to the evil biker Pope, one of the really interesting characters on the show? He does reappear, not quite as I thought he would but nonetheless, this offers a chance for redemption for him.
All in all it was not bad episode. I assume that, since the series has already been green-lighted for a second season, a few things are going to be dragged on for a while now. A little bit more conflict would be good for the suspense and please follow up on the hints you've provided so far. There is a chance this could get great with a little better pacing.
Should you watch it? Yes, but maybe wait for the first season to be finished. I for one am going to wait a bit and watch the next few episodes as a batch.
Ja liebe Leute von Garmin, Ihr seid konsequent. Wenn Ihr schon das Programm für das Kartenupdate von qualifizierten Übersetzern Praktikanten in eine andere Sprache übersetzen lasst, dann wirklich jedes Wort. Also inkl. "Exit"
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LIGHTNING BOLT LIGHTNING BOLT LIGHTNING BOLT
Und ein automatisches +1 für Summer Glau und Peter Dinklage, damit auch ein garantierter Kauf, selbst wenn er schlecht werden sollte landet der in meinem Amazon Einkaufswagen sobald er auf Bluray erscheint.
Der Teaser Trailer macht seit einigen Tagen die Runde und ich möchte dazu auch noch meinen Senf abgeben. Erstaunlicherweise würde ich hier ein ähnliches Potential wie bei "Iron Man" erwarten. Das sieht alles sehr gut gemacht aus die Schauspieler haben auf jeden Fall die Fähigkeiten dies sauber und spannend abzuliefern. Mein Geek Herz springt hier vor Freude und ich bin in der Regel schwer zu begeistern. Also genießt den Trailer in Full HD und ignoriert mal die spanischen Untertitel.
The Two Towers Extended schauen und in der Szene am Schwarzen Tor mit dem dort geblasenen Horn dafür sorgen, das Menschen auf der Straße irritiert schauen. Die Balkontür war zu und ich wohne an einer Haupstrasse o_O
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Es ist in vielen Bereichen schlimm bestellt, um die deutsche Politik. Die FDP kann ihre Vollversammlung heute wohl in einer Telefonzelle abhalten. Kritische Selbstbetrachtung? Ach was. Die Eigene Position und dazu gehörende Argumente analysieren? Bitte, kommen sie mir doch nicht mit so etwas.
Gut, das es Dirk Pfeil von der FDP in Hessen gibt. Er denkt, was viele in der FDP wohl hinter verschlossenen Türen nur sagen (Meine persönliche Vermutung, Verschwörung whatever)
Zitat aus dem Interview mit der Frankfurter Neuen Presse
"PFEIL: Es ist schlimm, dass die Mehrheit der Bevölkerung keine politische Bildung genossen hat. Die Masse ist meinungslos, sprachlos. Also sind die Wähler zu ungebildet, um die Botschaft der FDP zu verstehen? FNP-Redakteur Günter Murr im Gespräch mit Dirk Pfeil.PFEIL: Die Masse ja"
Ja, Ihr Ärzte, Anwälte und äh Insolvenzverwalter. Ach ja, damit ist ja auch schon alles gesagt. Das Kompetenzteam FDP hat wieder zugeschlagen, Glückwunsch. Ob er nun auch gehen muss und sich dann mit Westerwelle trifft, um bei einem Glas Röderer Cristal und Hummerhappen über den ungebildeten Plebs zu lästern angeregt diskutieren?
Wie merke ich mir einen Google+ Beitrag am einfachsten für späteres Lesen?
Wenn man viele Personen in seinen Kreisen hat und sich im Stream alle anzeigen läßt, geht doch zu manchen Zeiten die Übersicht schnell verloren und ein eben gesehener, interessanter Artikel geht unter, weil bereits zu viele anderes Beiträge im Stream erschienen sind.
Es gibt zwei einfache Methoden sich Beiträge zum späteren Lesen zu sichern.
1. Der pragmatische Weg mit Bordmitteln jedes aktuellen Browsers
Jeder Beitrag in Google+ ist mit einem Timestamp versehen. Dieser ist rechte vom Namen des Posters zu sehen. Die Anzeige ist relativ zum aktuellen Datum. Soweit so gut, hinter dieser Anzeige steckt allerdings ein Permalink. Also kann hier einfach per Rechtsklick, öffnen in neuem Tab/Fenster, der Beitrag mit seinem eindeutigen Link in einem neuen Fenster geöffnet werden. Dann noch schnell mit dem jeweils passenden Tastaturshortcut in die Favoriten/Bookmarks aufnehmen (bei den meisten Browsern CTRL+D).
2. Beiträge merken mit Google+
Wenn Ihr Funktionen von Google+ nutzen wollt und auch auf den mobilen Geräten Zugriff auf die gemerkten Beiträge möchtet, so geht dies am einfachsten per Teilen.
- Zuerst erstellt Ihr einen neuen Kreis, nennen wir diesen mal "Später lesen" - Dann fügt Ihr nur Euch selber zu diesem Kreis hinzu, Speichern. - Nun teilt ihr den betreffenden Beitrag nur mit diesem Kreis. - In eurem Stream könnt Ihr jederzeit die Anzeige auf bestimmte Kreise einschränken, also dort in meinem Fall "Später lesen" auswählen und schon seht Ihr nur den gewünschten Beitrag.
So könnt Ihr mit diesen Kreisen auch beliebige andere Konstrukte erstellen.
Ich hoffe ihr findet eine oder beide Varianten hilfreich. Viel Spaß damit!
Side by Side graphic comparison of the new Amazon Kindle Fire and Apple iPad 2. Please note that Amazon has already announced a 10" Version of the Kindle Fire (and by announced I mean mentioned it without anything resembling proper information)
Apparently ThomsonReuters, as a News Provider, cannot be bothered to check their sources (given in the graphic: Amazon.com, Apple, Gartner IDC), Behold, a quick jump to the official product page on Amazon.com reveals the following (extract):
*Technical Details * Display 7" multi-touch display with IPS (in-plane switching) technology and anti-reflective treatment, 1024 x 600 pixel resolution at 169 ppi, 16 million colors. Weight 14.6 ounces (413 grams). Wi-Fi Connectivity Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, or 802.1X standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2
They're everywhere but they can't be seen, smelt, heard or touched by living beings. But now an embittered and vengeful Fade has found a way to break the barrier between the dead and the living and Paul, Mac and their friends and family are all right in the eye of the storm.
Sounds pretty conventional right? Indeed it does but this is not your average Supernatural/Mistery Show.
To start with, this show is decidedly British in look and feel. That makes is somewhat more interesting than your average "Cute Guys rescue the world one episode at a time". This does not, however, mean that the show lacks in the visuals, the production value is definitely limited but the few sequences where it matters are some of the scariest stuff I've seen in some time. This is not a slasher show, nor is it using pure gore, the visual cues manage to convey dread, fear and create images that will not let you go while watching this show.
The pilot of course, has to introduce the main characters. It does take some time so the timing could be better. But this does not diminish the rapport you create with the characters. These look like real people, shit happens and people die. This is in the best George R. R. Martin tradition, don't get to attached to characters, even if you don't like them or you feel that they will be important to the story later on. Again, People die.
It does use some classic tropes sure, the dead staying behind, the reluctant chosen one, walls between worlds breaching and of course the always welcome foreshadowing of events to come and at last, the need to save the world. The execution however is done brilliantly. Once you get used to the accents and you're finished with the first episode, this show will have it's hook into you.
This being a show about the dead crossing over does leave a loophole so we'll have to see how the show fares in the later episodes.
I've not included any part of the story in order to avoid spoilers. I'll be back with more once the next episodes aired.
Nice, sharing via Google Reader directly to Google+. Easy to implement, I'll post this right away. And tonight I'll have to check my orders on Amazon UK and Amazon Germany to see if I bought this in either country or not. I sure wish Amazon would cross reference all my accounts for the "You have bought this article on..." heads up.
Science Fiction / Double Feature from the Rocky Horror Picture Show performed live by Amanda Palmer, Moby, Stephin Merritt and Neil Gaiman. Yes, Basically he stands in the background but this is still to awesome to not repeatedly use the word, awesome. Sorry 'bout that.
If you do not know any of these names, this post is not for you and you might want to fresh up your inner Geek at this point. Seriously.
All others, I think you will enjoy this just because.
What if you realize, that an artist, whose work you really like, is a normal person? Furthermore, what if that real life person is someone you don't like?
In the last year, I've started to actively engage with authors of books I like. To some extent, this fuelled by my insatiable appetite for information. I want to learn more about what drives an author, what he thinks about current and past events. What is he or she like?
Social media gives me just that chance, as always limited by the willingness of the artist to share and maybe even engage in conversation or something like that. A few months ago, I found the blog of one of my favourite SciFi authors. I've always respected him for his work, his vivid imagination and his ability to create incredible stories in a complex world.
Then I learned a hard truth, I found him to be small minded, ignorant of scientific truth in the areas of global warming, climate change and politics and much more. Please bear in mind, that this author frequently goes on extended rants about, well everything. Just like that neighbour down your street, you know, the old dude that is always complaining and knows everything better.
Now, intellectually I know that I can't expect him to be a certain person. The image I had was of my own making but still, this stings. I was wondering how someone so obviously sharp of mind, can be so mundane, nay even petty?
This is of course just my personal opinion but have any of you ever experienced something like this and has this influenced your joy and passion regarding that certain someone's work?
I know what you'll do next year... geek movies unleashed. Part 1
Charming +Stephanie Lorée and I have decided to take you on a journey though the host of upcoming movies that will make your inner geek swoon in delight. Be it science fiction, book adaptations, graphic novels turned blockbuster, whatever floats your boat, be welcome and join in on the chain of geek movies unreleased.
What better way is there to begin with the story of a journey that started it all for me? The Hobbit is finally in production and scheduled arrive in cinemas in late 2012.
Directed by Peter Jackson, staring an incredible cast of loveable characters and giving us more Sir Ian McKellen, this will allow us to witness how Bilbo won The Ring, defeated trolls and finally see Smaug in all his fiery glory.
Yes, for this I'll break my habit of not smoking ever to enjoy pipe weed. Well maybe I'll just stick to some mead and cook something tasty, but you get my point.
I recommend watching the production video blog entries posted on the official blog. This is like having the BluRay extras before you've seen the movie.
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I know what you'll do next year... geek movies unleashed. Part 3
People of a certain age, mostly geeks of my age and with my set of interests, have read the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs. In case you don't know that name, you might know him as the chronicler of Tarzan. If that doesn't ring a bell I'd recommend you go and do something else as will bore you to death with this one.
John Carter is the story of southern gentleman, civil war survivor that finds himself transported into a strange new world. On Mars he is much stronger for being used to the higher gravity of Earth. He is drawn into a conflict that will change this world forever.
This is from the era of earth born heroes, from when humans would go forth and save other worlds. When heroes had ideals and not everything was gritty. In other words, this is fun and just take a look at this magnificent trailer. This, this will be awesome!
Come and join us next year when we all travel to Mars with Taylor Kitsch, Willem Dafoe and the lovely Lynn Collins.
I'd recommend you watch the teaser trailer first. It deserves credit alone for using "My Body is a Cage" and using sharply contrasted images.
I know what you'll do next year... geek movies unleashed. Part 4
this is not about the Titan that brought mankind the gift of fire and was thus punished by Zeus to have his liver eaten every day while being chained to a rock, only to have said liver grow back. Though liver eating could, technically happen here...
What am I rambling about? This, is one of my personally most anticipated movies of the coming year. From the man who brought us true fear in space, who showed us that artifical beings have feelings and also gave us one of the greatest lines of all times
" I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time... like tears in rain... Time to die. " Batty
Ridley Scott returns to the big screen with a movie that is "not a prequel to Alien". Okay if you say so. Actually I don't care what it is about. I want real Science Fiction again, a movie that makes me care about characters, I want old school movies back. So this also means, I want Mr. Scott to make movies like he used to.
There is actually very little information available about this movie, the leaked trailer got pulled right away but can still be found. Due to the crappy quality, I'll just forego linking to it here.
A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. So says the IMDB and so say I. This could be a really great or very bad movie, the cast points to the former with some of my current favorites starring:
Charlize Theron Michael Fassbender Noomi Rapace
to name but three. These are people who can act so let's hope they'll put their acting chops to good use.
I know what you'll do next year... geek movies unleashed. Part 5
Updated with new info from the official site, 15th of December.
The Amazing Spider-Man
Honestly, there is one reason I'd watch this even if it didn't sound good. Wonderful, enchanting Emma Stone. Known for her role in Easy A (I really recommend this movie).
But, it actually does sound good, I didn't mind the first three attempts starring Tobey Maguire. Not masterpieces but still good enough for my superhero movie fix. So for some reason, it was decided to do what is common today, a reboot of the Franchise, this also marked the death of Spiderman 4. This time starring said Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy) , Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker) and Martin Sheen (Ben Parker). You can find the full cast on IMDB ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0948470/ ).
Peter Parker is still in High School, his love interest is Gwen Stacy and this is the first time Dr.Curt Connors (Lizard Man, played by Rhys Ifans) appears on the big screen. The tone of this adaption will be more along the lines of The Dark Knight and other, grittier versions of Comic adaptations.
Official Synopsis Like most teenagers his age, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. In his journey to put the pieces of his past together he uncovers a secret that his father held… a secret that will ultimately shape his destiny as Spider-Man. This is the first in a series of movies that tells a different side of the Peter Parker story.
The site also offered more stills and these character profiles:
Peter Parker Ever since Peter's parents disappeared at 13 years old, he has struggled to find his purpose in life. Now, on the bring of unlocking the mystery about what happened to them, he must face the ultimate challenge — one that has been created within the laboratories of Oscorp.
Gwen Stacy Smart, charismatic and rebellious, Gwen is the chief Intern at Oscorp, a position she takes very seriously. But her life takes a complicated turn as she watches both her boyfriend, Peter, and her mentor, Dr. Connors, undergo radical transformations.
Dr. Curt Connors One of Oscorp's leading scientific minds. Dr. Connors attempts to engineer a revolutionary regeneration serum to help re-grow limbs and human tissue. His motivations are unclear as to why he elects to to be the first human test subject — but what becomes evident is that something goes horribly wrong.
The sequels are apparently already being written with the first one to come out in 2014.
I'm not really sure this series needed a reboot. I do welcome the darker versions but still, the change of tone could have been established in the existing series. That's history now so let's see what the webslinger will bring next year. I wonder if he'll run out of Webfluid like he used to in the comics, that would also mean his web slinging is not part of his super powers but rather a mechanical solution engineered by Peter Parker.
I grew up with these super heroes and Spiderman, even though we'd call him an Emo today, was always one of my favorite heroes. The one with problems one could identify with (besides having the über-Babe Black Cat having a crush on him and him not going for it...man....I don't even...).
- worst haircut ever, sorry dude - Emma Stone blonde, I do not like (yes it is her natural hair color but I really like her as a redhead)...but that is actually not the point I guess, hrmph.. - For a high schooler, Peter looks pretty old
So now I'll just wait for 2012 to come and join Peter in his adventure. Deep down, I'm still the 12 year old that wants to see Spider Man in real life. And that is actually a good thing I believe.
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I know what you'll do next year... geek movies unleashed. Part 6
unknown to me until today, the great Luc Besson (Nikita, The Fifth Element, Leon) has been and still is busy producing a new SciFi movie starring Guy Pearce (for the ladies), Maggie Grace (for me I'd like to think), a Space Station Prison, plot elements from "John Carpenter’s Escape from New York", "Taken", "Die Hard" and whatever else was fun and needed a second round.
The plot sounds simple enough to provice an awesome fun evening at the movies and it's short too, see? No thinking required!
A man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president's daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates.
No this could be your run-of-the-mill SciFi movie with crappy acting and bad effects. But, it won't be! Just take a look at the trailer, Guy Pierce is busy channeling Bruce Willis and kicking ass, there is a prison in space and the crazy Joseph Gilgun. This is going to be awesome in space, pure fun and over the top. And I love it!
Coming to us in 2012 this is on my list for next year.
1. I have found you to be an awesome, interesting person and I like to learn more about you 2. I found you in one of the many shared circles and we have something in common, most likely a common interest 3. I just did because I could
Probably it was a combination of all of the above. That said, if you've added me in the last weeks, feel free to drop me a line. I try to check out all your profiles and if I find something I like, I'll add you back. Though it may take some time. I'm always looking forward to meeting new people so please don't be shy. Comment, engage in whatever way you like.
I'd advise to take this rumor with a wagonload of salt. But think about it, would't this be the perfect event next year? The best thing to happen in media in 2012 in the whole Verse? I could dust of my Jayne-Knit-Cap and join millions of geeks in celebration.
Usually I'm a cynical bastard but this makes my heart beat faster. Browncoats unite!
RESHARE: Looks like this is off to a good start. Let's keep it going folks.
Reshared text: New G+ Page for Science Fiction Discussion
The Sci-Fi Lovers circle really hasn't worked out as I'd hoped so I'm trying a new direction. Science Fiction Chat is a page specifically for discussion posts relating to Science Fiction and Fantasy in any medium.
I'd like to post at least one daily question or thought for people to discuss. So add it to your circles and lets see if we can really build some discussion.
However I'd also like to add a few managers to the page so there are plenty of fresh discussion topics.
RESHARE: +Alex Bledsoe unintentionally pwned his kids due to exposure to Geekdom.
Reshared text: The mater familias told the C-in-C she was going to the doctor this A.M. He thought she meant the Doctor, as in Who, and desperately wanted to go along. I fear we've overgeeked our kids.
The story of my gaming life in Skyrim. Yep, that's about what it comes down to. I really like this game but I sure wish that at least some of the things I do or achieve would have an impact on the world. Oh and dear NPCs of Skyrim and +Bethesda, when I creep up on you, sword drawn, in my Nightingale Armor, in the middle of night...please don't trust me right away and tell me story of your life, okay? +Bethesda
I used to be a reader like you, then I got a book spine in the eye.
I gave in, I admit it. Actually I gave in before Christmas... I bought a Kindle 4. Now I've been a strong advocate of sticking to books made of paper before, tactile experience and smell are just...*inconceivable*!
But I really like my Kindle, weight and size are perfect for tireless reading, the E Ink makes for a perfect reading experience (enough ambient light provided) and I can finally remove to stacks of book scattered over my bedside table. This also means I can read late night without hurting myself too often...yes that has happened, more than once.
I will always buy paper books, I love my bookshelves with all the myriad colors and covers, the different stacking techniques I use, the way I can discover books again after years of not having seen them. Now, don't geht me wrong, actually I'm a highly organized person. I scan my book upon arrival with a barcode scanner and track them with MediaMan, my eBooks have been added to Calibre, but still...books are, for me, about owning them. seeing them in my living space and reading them again after some time.
I can do some of that with my Kindle, so will it replace my books made of paper? Never. Is it a great addition? Yes.
RESHARE: We know what you want, go ahead just try it... Honestly this is good and not what you expect
Reshared text: This is funny (stolen from +Liz Page, the link that is) .... type in "sex". I know, I know, it's a bit early in the morn but trust me. All you hard core internet pic posting types (and you know who I mean) will get a laugh.
O Brother What Are Thou This will contain spoilers - go away if you have not completed this season
Last night I completed season six of Dexter. Once again this season was only 12 episodes long, this has never been a negative part of Dexter because this kept the storyline focused over the years.
Dexter has changed over the year, he is still a murderous Sociopath but his son Harrison has given him emotions, he still claims to feel nothing but the way he acts around his kid, especially whenever he is alone with him, shows a deep love for his child. Once again the nuanced performance of Michael C. Hall paired with a all over great cast really took this show to a new level. Let's not forget, that we are talking about the daunting task of endearing a serial killer to the audience.
It is always a peek behind a blood stained curtain in a basement full of horrors. The abyss waiting within the human nature and the frightening moment when the thin veil of social rules are torn aside and we see the true monsters around us.
This season the big bad was Travis, played by Collin Hanks, who was at first displayed as the weak minded dependant of Prof. Gellar, a former Professor of Religious Studies. We see both of them commit horrible killings for creating Tableaus showing scenes from Revelations meant to bring about the End of Days.
While that is happening, Debra has been promoted to Lt. and is struggling with her new role, her break up with Quinn and her general being tremendously fucked up.
We have some interesting side storys with a bunch of interns hired by Masuka for the lab. These did not add anything to the overall story arc but they are amusing and I assume one will have an impact on the next two seasons, including the final season 8.
During the course of the season it is revealed that Prof. Gellar has been dead the whole time, something that Dexter did not pick up upon, this time his ability to enter the mind of another Dark Passenger left him on the wrong track. Dexter manages to foul the plans of Travis who has been behind everything from the beginning. Travis is suffering from dellusions and justifies his deeds with his self image of being a victim of Prof. Gellar, the last one resting peaceful in a freezer while the former spirals ever deeper into madness.
The threat level rises as Travis begins targeting people around Dexter and of course Dexter himself, he believes to have killed Dexter with his final Tableau after he tried to kill the entire Homicide team with a poison gas attack employing the female half of a religious nuts couple. Her husband having been killed by Dexter unknown to Travis. This fails and Dexter saves the day.
What I have not mentioned before is a rather disturbing but important story line covering the whole season. After a deadly shooting, Debra is required to undergo counselling. During these sessions, right after she realises that she really needs someone to help her understand most of the things that have shaped her life, she comes to realise that the feelings she has for her adopted brother are clearly outside of accepted conventions.
During the last episode, Travis sets up a sacrifice during a lunar eclipse to bring about the End of Days after he has opened the seven seals. His victim of choice is no one less than Dexter's son Harrison.
This is prevented by Dexter during which he captures Travis, leaving his Sister with a good but in the end unsuccessful plot to capture the Doomsday Killer aka Travis.
In the final scene, Dexter has set up his Kill Room in the old church Travis and Gellar had been using as a base and staging point for the end of the world.
Just as he brings down the knife...he realises that he is not alone. Debra has witnessed the murder. Fade out.
My take on this season. I liked it very much, they did change some parts, Dexer for one more than once changes his MO. The killings of the big bads are more over the top, more extreme and overall it is more gruesome. Considering the audience of Dexter, this is acceptable to me and I don't mind it at all. The continued character development of Dexter and the other cast is highly interesting and deserves more attention in the next season. I'm not all that worried about the Dexter-Debra shipping going on, we are already dealing with a serial killer killing other people doing horrible things, I for one am not going to get my panties all in a bunch about some implied and maybe acted upon feelings between those two.
I'm really looking forward to the next season and will most certainly be watching it until the very last episode. Wether Dexter goes on, he finally says goodbye to his Dark Passenger or he is killed in the end by someone he loves or that love him. Well, we'll have to see about that. Dexter, is and remains my favourite serial killer.
So what did you think? What was your take on season 6 of Dexter?
I can only recommend this cover for the Kindle 4. Especially for reading in low light environments, this is a much better solution that the clip on lights running on batteries. Or the lights that actually draw power from the USB connector, thus making impossible to hold the Kindle properly.
Google makes ICS Holo mandatory on all devices in order to reduce fragmentation. They believe this will actually make it easier for developers while still allowing manufactures to retain their own style.
I'm wondering if this will also speed up deployment of Android updates on multiple devices in the future, but maybe this is just wishful thinking.
Duckfaces - an observation of cause and initial occurrence in popular culture
During a comment based conversation with the ever charming +Dee M , the question was raised as to why people would do such a thing. I admit that I actually had spend time thinking about this well before that and provided the following reply:
Life experience has led me to notice that many idiotic people have disturbances of self-recognition which they express through recurrent bodily experiences, namely, the impression of being a duck, of not having a body that really belongs to them, of feeling hot and very sexy at one and the same time, and above all, of not recognizing their own image in the mirror but of seeing that of someone that's really hot and sexy and, well not a duck.
As to the initial occurrence in popular culture, this is all your fault Ben Stiller! To prove my point: Zoolander from 2001 introduced this horrible thing on the public under the disguise of "Blue Steel".
Game of Thrones Fan Art partly [NSFW] for those that care
I may have hinted at the fact that I really, really really really, like A Song of Ice and Fire and the TV show based upon it Games of Thrones. Yesterday io9.com posted a list of, what they called "Totally Bitchin’ Game of Thrones Fan Art! [NSFW]". For me it is more A Song of Ice and Fire art but more importantly, there is some amazing art there. The one I linked to here for example, combines my enthusiasm of Easy A with ASoiaF. by Grant Gould, you should check out his work on his sites: http://grantgould.blogspot.com http://grantgoboom.deviantart.com/
This is pure Geek-Bliss.
Another artist that created fantastic images based on the books and the show is Teiiku, this is his gallery on Deviantart:
Famous Science Fiction writer Neal Asher, known for books set in the Polity universe like The Skinner, Gridlinked and many other, has provided an update on one of his current projects "*Penny Royal*". For those unfamiliar with that name, Penny Royal is a rouge AI in the polity universe, imagine the highest level of intelligence with the mind of a serial killer and absolutely zero conscience, sounds like fun? It is!
Apparently, we'll see some known faces and story elements again. If you like your Science Fiction to be thought provoking and exiting in a fascinating universe, then I encourage you to check out the books in the following order:
1. The Skinner 2. The Voyage of the Sable Keech. 3. Orbus
Polity: 1. Gridlinked 2. The Line of Polity 3. Brass Man 4. Polity Agent 5 .Line War
There is also this nifty timeline that Neal has provided, thanks Neal!
RESHARE: I already own all of Alastair Reynolds previous books, this is if course also going to end up there. Well maybe only on my kindle, maybe both. We'll see about that.
Alastair Reynolds is a writer of hard science fiction and space opera. The scope of his imagination remains unmatched without turning into the absurd, oftentimes changing viewpoints of factions from book to book in his Revelation Space series.
Few authors have managed to capture the scope of dystopian SciFi with excellent characterisations and complex, imaginative visions hidden behind the veil of space opera.
I'm very exited about this upcoming release.
Reshared text: My favourite author releases the first book in a brand new trilogy this month (Jan 19th). The book comes out in the UK then, at the very least. Those of us living in the USA have to wait until June.
To add insult to injury: there is a book signing on January 21st in London, at Forbidden Planet (my favourite bookstore in the whole wide world ) where I could pick up a signed copy.
Is it mad to consider the costs of a red-eye flight on Friday evening, camping outside the bookstore until the signing and hopping a flight back to be home in time for work Monday morning?
This is an amazing picture and a perfect representation of what's going on my head when I'm not willing to be all grown up, all the time. To be able to see the wonders all around us and to engage in creative and exiting activities or discussions is what makes us so profoundly human.
The creator of this image is Joel Robison and of course no copyright infringement is indented. You should also take a look at the other images in his gallery on Flickr, this is very beautiful and the images are among the best I've seen in my life.
RESHARE: Neal Asher is collecting questions from fans for his next video please visit the original post and post your questions there or go directly to Neal's blog and comment there.
This is a nice chance for readers to ask questions only the author can answer. Now you don't have to wait until one of the larger Science Fictions blogs writes an Q&A, just pop over there and fire away!
Reshared text: It’s been a while since I’ve done one of those video clips. I’m told by various people that they like them but, unfortunately, I’m not getting enough questions. Here are the questions in the comments of the previous clip:
ChrisW: You've probably answered this before somewhere, so feel free to ignore, but, what's up with "The Departure"(the HB not the eBook) not being available/published in the USA? Is it going the way of "The Line of Polity"?
Still annoys me that when I look at my Asher shelve that there is no Line HB. Bloody publishers! :)
Spaceoperaghost: Will you ever expand on the story of The Quiet War?
Taylor Preston: When you write, do you revise/edit as you go or do you just hammer out the first draft before you put pen to paper and start making changes? I know you've said before you don't normally outline, so I'm wondering how much revision you end up doing and how you go about it.
Huan: What size are Amistad and Sniper?
arj209: Have you reached the lofty heights of stardom of being recognised in the streets?
Friso: Your Wikipedia article mentions "runcible" is an homage to ansible. Is that how you intended it?
Thezzphai: In an interview you talked about your next Polity book possibly being called "Penny Royal". Can you already tell something about the content (pretty please) and when it will be released approximately? Are you already working on it or is it just an idea for the time being?
The last one here has been answered and is being answered on the blog but I suppose I can go over it again a bit, and the first one here is just a ‘don’t know’ but I guess I could waffle on about the subject for a bit. But I could do with some more questions. Please append some in the comments below, or in the comments section over on my blog: http://theskinner.blogspot.com/2012/01/video-clips.html
Oh, and I’m saving this one from the last post for the next clip too:
Chrish: ‘I’m finding the writing ridiculously easy (which is worrying)’. I'm puzzled, why worrying?
When I'm in the mood for some slow music, Tina Dico is my choice at the moment. Lovely voice, sometimes unusual but always great music. This live recording is one of my favorites with the addition of Ina as a second voice.
sad and good things are sometimes not mutually exclusive
Two nights ago I visited a couple for the last time for the foreseeable future as they are moving to Hamburg. We had a nice dinner, played some rounds of Dominion and said our farewells for the time being.
We'll try to stay in contact, maybe I can get him to join G+ (software designer and developer). What made the occasion a little less sad is that he is trying to reduce his book collection of science fiction and fantasy books. Since he knows me well enough to understand my love of books, he asked me to go trough them and basically pick the ones I'd like to have and take home with me.
What a splendid idea! So we ended up discussing books, sorting through them and building a pile of around 36 books, all of them books I don't have yet or have not read before. There are some truly nice classics in there, some authors I've not yet encountered, some scifi pulp and a lot of books that are out of print and can't be obtained any more today.
Now these are about to join my personal collection of over 500 books on my groaning book shelves. I love it.
Thanks for the time, the memories and the books Kai and Sabrina, I wish you all the best and we'll talk again soon.
Most men and a lot of women like to look at pin ups as long as they're not cheap and vulgar. But what if you were to turn the pin-up paradigm on it's head and reverse the gender? Enter Men-ups! After this, you will see the world with different eyes..maybe teared up from laughing and maybe burning due to man-boobs but it will change you.