Tuesday, June 23, 2009

MBP :: 13

Been looking for an alternative ever since my Vaio refused to turn on. Been using her for a good 4 years though, so I guess it's time for a rotation?

Then comes WWDC'09 at a timing that's just signaling the hell out of me to get one of these chumps. So I decided to check it out. This is the 2nd cycle for the macbook pro's (upgrade announcement since the 1st launch) and like the usual Apple routine it's better bang for money (which I think they screw over consumers). My butt cheeks were already itching from the offer, then the bulb told me my brother happens to be a university student so I can get a discount, with a free iPod.

That sealed the deal.

Not sure what the fuss was about regarding the glossy screen. It doesn't reflect at all when the screen is on. It reflects like a mirror when it's off but why the hell would you stare at a blank friggin screen? The gloss and black frame actually pops the color out really well and I was really surprised with the display quality. I haven't tried it outside yet so my fingers are still crossed, but so far so good.

And here's the free iPod. Chose a red nano coz I have a touch already and it's bound to land on the ladies hand. This thing's so thin you can slice cheese with it.

We'll see how long the MBP lasts with my bro's handling.

Check out the deal here.

Survival Cooking.04 :: Pork Curry (No Style)

Didn't realize how long it's been since I left the damn couch.

After watching what Emmerich is doing to us I decided it was time to prepare for the future (again).

Curry and Ramen (noodles) is probably one of the most popular menus in Japan (heck, in the world) so you probably see a section in your local supermarket with a exclusive lane filled with all the instants. It's really handy and the Japanese put extra attention to details (and the fly trap packaging), professional curry out of the box. But this time I went with curry powder, from zilch style.

In Japan yogurt, cocoa, apple and chocolate (yes chocolate), are commonly used for hidden flavors/spices but unfortunately I had none of the above so I just threw in some onions, potatoes and pickled pork. Ofcourse from the previous session, onions first, to pop some smell. Pork, curry powder, water and then potatoes. Cook for about 20 minutes and you're good to go.

What I learnt this time is that the potatoes give the thickness to the curry. Before cutting the potatoes into blocks, cut some chips so they melt, resulting in a more creamy gravy. Maybe common sense but I didn't know how much to put in so it turned out a bit thinner than what I prefer. Pork covered for it though.

★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7/10)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Tokyo :: Time Lapse

Exotic Stuff.

It's like any other city. But it's not. They just have to be so different in any way do they.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Recent Films :: Star Trek

Star Trek
★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)

I remember when I was a kid, back in the #0's when I turned on the TV and saw a blonde bloke with a shroom-head with pointy ears called SPOT or something. They often talked a lot and sometimes shot a "alien" down once in a while (and I swear it was just a hairy man with make up). Conclusion: I watched Star Wars instead.

So at first this movie wasn't really appealing to me because I never followed the original and I wouldn't have any nostalgic feel like the others are looking forward to. Or how everything is renewed to fit into our current generation. There was just 2 things that had me barely hooked on to the bait.

1. I have a thing for Space. Being the mystery it is, darkness it is, WTF it is. The visualized existence of everything outside our world fascinates me.
2. Sylar from Heroes being SPOCK (SPOCK!!)

So I gave it a try: --------------WHAT AN INTRODUCTION

The cast was perfect for every role (especially the main 2 above) and the plot was interesting. The Visuals, stunning. 98% of the whole movie is CG so be prepared for that but you won't feel conned in any way. 2% of it is "real", 1 being the people in it and 1 more being the crops'n fields that set a contrast with the hi-tech buildings. In SF movies like this there tends to be parts that feel long or over done (cough)Star Wars(cough), but there wasn't a slight moment of boredom in this film. clapclapclapclapclap.

But one thing. After walking out of the theater I didn't get the same heavy mysterious feel The Watchmen gave me a while ago. Sure it's fancy and entertaining but it kind of lacks depth that fuels your brain about the movie even when you're back home cleaning your crotch. I remember I was non-stop with The Watchmen for a few days. I kept thinking about it over and over 'n over. So it might just be me, it's a very good movie and EVERYONE MUST WATCH IT but with this perspective painted on canvas this film will have to be hanging on The Watchmen's ass for my ranking.

*Comparing them as a SF/CG movie in mind...that is...Not all movies apply to this perspective.

Taumata :: The Longest Place Name. Ever

"Taumata". Ain't so long is it.

That's coz it's a short for: Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapiki-maungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu

I shit you not ↓

NO it's not shopped.

Here, let me be saint enough to help you Wiki this if you're too lazy to copy the above. Mind you I shat a brick typing this the first time. It was painful.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Recent Movies :: Night at the Museum 2

Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian
★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ (5/10)

Saw a trailer for this film a while back when I went to watch Coraline. My first impression was "NO", and it was still "NO" until the day before I purchased tickets for this movie. Humans are really mysterious, mystical, enigmatic homos(apiens)that can do stupid things with just the littlest smear of dilutions (our brains are so naive. but that's where the beauty lies. The contradiction....).

Well, conscience F'No was standing strong in front of the gate, until a swarm of good reviews came gushing in. Through the vicious waves F'No was still hanging on tight, clinching his teeth, suddenly something crossed his mind. Night at the Museum 1.

Have to admit part 1 was really funny. Maybe coz the idea was pretty new. And I was still a boy. But the fact is, it was a really funny film and part 2 may have potential to follow its trails....just maybe... With a smile, F'No let go....

BTW, the movie. Had a few giggles but it wasn't up to par with part 1, but it wasn't horrible either thanks to Ben Stiller. Rent it.
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