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The Fionavar Tapestry

The Fionavar Tapestry is a fantasy trilogy by a Canadian author that prompted me into writing the previous post. I started reading it because the author helped Christopher Tolkien with the Silmarilion, so I thought his works gotta be good. In addition, The Fionavar Tapestry actually won some awards. Yeah, about that…
I also read that Kay (the author) has good knowledge of myths and legends and he demonstrated that knowledge in the Tapestry. Well, that much is true, but that’s about it. All in all, I can honestly say that Fionavar Tapestry is one of the worst works of fiction I’ve ever read.

So the story begins with five University of Toronto students crossing to a fictional world of Fionavar. I have nothing against the concept, but why they crossed – the pretence – is so bloody idiotic. So a mage came to “pick them up” for a party – a celebration of king’s 50th coronation anniversary – and none of them was a bit skeptic. Actually, one was a tiny bit skeptic, but he was quickly turned around. Mkay, a stranger claims he’s from another world and that he came to invite you to a party, and you accept everything he says, welcome him with open arms and go with him with no questions asked… Yeah… And here I can’t understand why people drawl over a royal bloody wedding…

I should have probably stopped reading right there, but I kept going naively hoping against hope things would become better because an author who helped Christopher bloody Tolkien just can’t write something this stupid. Like experience hasn’t taught me times and times again that something can be good or bad whether it’s written or played by a good or bad author/director/actor. The prime example is probably I Am Legend. Will Smith is a great author yet I Am Legend is among the most senseless movies ever.

So what happened when the students crossed over to Fionavar? They quickly became the most important people in Fionavar, of course and everyone in Fionavar was A-okay with that. Mkay… so you’ve been busting your ass for decades with something and suddenly a brat from another world – who came to your world like a day ago – is bossing you around and giving you lessons. Would you accept it so willingly? Wouldn’t you be at least a tiny bit annoyed? Could you say that everyone around you wouldn’t have a problem with such a behaviour of the brat from another world?

But, the students did lack some skills. A law student, the University’s MVP basketball player, lacked the skills to wield a sword, so the poor soul had to go for a battle axe… Minutes after appearing on Fionavar he slew a big monster. One would say that he was at least a lumberjack… alas no, he was a bloody law student; a basketball player. Basically, the 5 main characters are just a bunch of Reys.

In book two, a guy saved the day by fucking a hag… And the ending of the trilogy?! So the bad guy’s son came to his immortal daddy and the daddy told him that if his son had been killed anywhere else but there, he’d become mortal, but now Daddy could kill his boy right there because if he dies in Daddy’s presence, Daddy’s immortality is insured. And what did the son do? He killed himself to insure his evil daddy’s death… Where is the bloody sense???

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying The Fionavar Tapestry doesn’t deserve to be awarded. It really takes talent to write something that stupid. You really need to be something… And, aye, you have to be an even bigger something to continue reading the crap after being disappointed time and time again which, sadly, doesn’t go in my favour.

I might give Kay’s other works – like Tigana – a shot, but not for quite some time. After all, like I said, one crap doesn’t necessarily mean an author’s entire bibliography’s a shit, but the Tapestry… Just stay away from it! You have been warned… 😊

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Short intro (cf1)

I’d say that English is a good lingua franca because the lingo is relatively simple. That is as simple as languages go. Just ask polyglots. Lingoes like Finnish and Polish are nightmares for foreigners.

The only thing that makes no sense is spelling. But to any opposition to a spelling that has no sense, there are merits to such a spelling though. English employs simple 26 letters easily accommodated on a keyboard, so writing the language properly is no problem on any keyboard, at least when it comes to Latin script and Latin script is the most widely used script. True, in large part that is because of English, but the script is natively used in most European languages and has been adopted in many others.
Another advantage English is the language is native in countries around the world, but it has a pretty much unique spelling system (Commonwealth and American differences are minor), meaning English speakers can easily read American, Canadian, British, Australian, New Zealand etc. texts. If English spelling were phonetic, each anglophone country would have its own spelling according to the country’s standard pronunciation (and 26 letters just can’t accommodate all the sounds a standard English pronunciation has), so instead of learning just one spelling, you’d have to learn …a lot to comprehend English around the world.

Now, I get that the Yanks must have their way with colors, sabers, maneuvers etc. while everyone else (meaning the Commonwealth ×D ) has colours, sabres, manoeuvres etc… everyone else but Canadians that is.

Going through Canadian texts, I realized they employ both spellings, American spelling being “geographic” influence (the US being Canada’s biggest neighbour) and Commonwealth  be”historic” influence (ties with the UK; Canada is a Commonwealth realm after all 🙂 ).

American and British influence can be seen in words like cheque (from ties with British banks) and tire (from ties with American automobile industry), but most words are not so “standardized”. I swear, I’ve seen equal amounts of colours, colors; centres and centers in various Canadian texts.

Since foreign speakers usually aren’t bothered with American and Commonwealth differences and since we use texts from various sources; I got quite annoyed when my spellchecker underlines a word just because the word is spelled American or Commonwealth way but, in essence, is spelled correctly! So I decided to use Canadian spellchecker so many programs offer because that one should allow both forms. Surprise, surprise, some programs would still underline correctly spelled words. For example Firefox spellchecker underlines color and center, but then it underlines organisation

So, I did a bit of reading. Turns out there are “preferred” spellings in Canadian English. So while all color, center and organisation are “acceptable”; colour, centre and organization are “preferred”. Here’s what I don’t understand: if a certain spelling is acceptable, why wouldn’t a spellchecker allow it?! “Acceptable” and “incorrect” ain’t synonyms! Are you trying to make people illiterate?!
In addition, while I only occasionally bump into a Canadian organisation, I see Canadian centers and colors all around, maybe even more than colours and centres. Mkay, probably not, but still really a lot and not just on websites, where just everybody writes. I see them in video games and books which should be proofed! I’m currently reading The Fionavar Tapestry by a Canadian author Guy Gavriel Kay. Actually, the books prompted me into writing the post 😀 Anyway, words like “colour”, “honour” and “armour” are almost always spelled color, honor and armor. Likewise, words like “centre”, “sceptre” and “spectre” are almost always spelled center, scepter and specter. Shades of grey are most often indeed grey (although the spelling is often used in the US too; after all, George Martin writes grerather than gray) 😉 and Ls in words like travelled, levelled and labelled are mostly doubled. Yet there is an occasional rumour of gray travelers in the books 😉 Actually, even the name of an evil god; that is the main bad guy ain’t consistent. Sometimes, he’s Maugrim the Unraveller; other times he’s Maugrim the Unraveler. And offense is often the best defence 😉 Anyhow, books like The Fionavar Tapestry should definitely be proofed, so why are “acceptable” spellings used instead of the “preferred”. Hell, Canadian spellchecker for Firefox would underline half of The Fionavar Tapestry! 😀 In addition to being Canadian, Kay had spent a year in England assisting Christopher Tolkien in editing The Silmarillion before he wrote The Fionavar Tapestry. One would think that all those Us would have stuck with him 😀

Now that I mention The Fionavar Tapestry, I must say that the books are a major disappointment :/

Question(s) of the day (cf2)

All in all, I have a few questions for Canadians: What spelling do you use? For what words? Are you consistent? Does your spellchecker often underline words you spelled correctly? Does it annoy you? Is there a standardized spelling you learn in school? Does the way Canadians spell depend on the province? Does it depend on the closeness to the US border (disclosing your closeness to the US border and the province you’re from would be good here, but suit yourself 🙂 )?

And finally, a question for fellow foreign speakers? Do spellcheckers annoy you too when they underline correct “colours” and “colors”? 😉 Did you think you’d find “salvation” in Canadian spellcheckers too only to be sourly disappointed? 😀

Thank you in advance 🙂

Bezobrazluk ovlaštenog Lenovo servisa – trust in Lenovo seriously shaken

Ispričat ću vam priču jednu o bezobrazluku, nesposobnosti i neprofesionalnosti Zel-cosa, ovlaštenog Lenovo servisa.

Bit će dovoljno da ovdje zalijepim email koji sam poslao Potrošačkom kodu.

I’m gonna tell you about the rudeness, incompetence and unprofessionalism of an authorized Lenovo service in Croatia (actually, the only one). Pasting the email I sent to Lenovo should suffice. So… the email is right under the Croatian one, so stay tuned and keep scrolling 😀

Predmet: Bezobraznost, nesposobnost i neprofesionalnost Zel-cos; ovlaštenog Lenovo servisa

Tekst:

Poštovani,

ovim putem Vam želim ispričati svoje iskustvo sa servisom Zel-cos.

Riječ je o ovlaštenom Lenovo servisu.

Lani sam kupio Lenovo laptop kojemu se pokvario bluetooth. Malo radi, malo ne radi, ali više ne radi. Budući da mi se približavao istek garantnog roka, odlučio sam laptop dati na servis.

Kako vidite na radnom nalogu servisa, dobili su laptop 6. prosinca 2017. Na računu vidite da je laptop kupljen 16. prosinca 2016., odnosno da su ga primili unutar garantnog roka. Međutim, vraćen je prekjučer, 3. siječnja 2018.; odnosno nakon garantnog roka. Kod njih je proveo skoro mjesec dana, a oni su na njemu radili jedan jedini sat, kao što vidite u radnom nalogu. Što su napravili u tom vremenu? NIŠTA, kao što vidite u opisu rada. Da su radili na njemu malo više od sat vremena, možda bi i sami primijetili da bluetooth radi na preskokce. Ja sam doma potrošio pola dana pokušavajući pokrenuti bluetooth na Windowsima i Knoppixu. Nadalje, smo u trgovini gdje je kupljen, potrošili dodatnih dva sata u jednom danu (duplo više nego Zel-cos u 28 dana). Isprobavali smo bluetooth na Windowsima i Ubuntuu. Zato se pitam koji to moćno operativni sustav oni imaju da im je eto sve besprijekorno radili.

Također, reinstalaciju originalnih Windowsa u svrhu popravka u garantnom roku bi oni naplatili i to kao rad od sat vremena. Možda nekom neupućenom mogu prodavati te fore, ali ja znam da reinstalacija Windowsa traje uvrh glave pola sata. Ne znam, valjda bi si udvostručili trud… Ono što je bezobrazno bez obzira na naplaćivanje u garantnom roku i dodavanju potrebnog vremena je da me nisu kontaktirali da me pitaju da li da nastave. Ne znam, svi golubi pismonoše su očito bili prehlađeni 28 dana kad mi se u tom vremenu nisu javili… Ne, nego bi ja ponovno trebao dati laptop njima i dati im blagoslov za reinstalaciju. Praviti budale od ljudi i tjerati ih da bez veze hodaju po gradu je dovoljno bezobrazno. Uz to, ja sam osoba s invaliditetom i nije mi lako ići lijevo-desno po Gradu ko zadnja budala.

Naravno, budući da je garancija istekla, čak i da ponovo ostavim laptop u njihovim brižnim rukama, popravak bi morao platiti. I koliko bih čekao?! Do lipnja bih možda i imao laptop u rukama!

Lijep pozdrav,
*Ime i prezime*

Prilozi: račun laptopa i radni nalog Zel-cosa.

Sve u svemu, Hrvatima nikako ne bih savjetovao kupnju Lenovo laptopa jer je Zel-cos jedini ovlašteni servis u državi. Znači da kada odnesete svog Lenova na servis, pogotovo ako je pod garancijom, vjerojatno će prije ili kasnije završiti kod ovih budala i vjerujte mi, posao s njima će vas koštati puno živaca! Unatoč invaliditetu, za mene je olakšavajuća okolnost da živim u Zagrebu. Mogu misliti kako je Dubrovčanima i Vukovarcima kada ih jebu ovakve budale…


Objavljeno 5.1.2018. poslijepodne u 4:07

 

Mkay, mkay, now for Oonglish:

Before pasting the email, lemme tell you that I couldn’t find a Lenovo Customer Support email address anywhere; neither could I find a way to send them a ticket considering the (un)satisfaction with one of their authorized repair shops. That has shaken my trust in them because a global company like Lenovo should make it as easy as possible for their costumers to communicate with them.

In the end, I Googled out five different Lenovo email addresses and sent them the same email hoping that at least one of them would respond.

Anyway, here’s the email:

Subject: Incompetence, rudeness and behaviour of an authorized Lenovo repair shop because of which I’m never going to buy another Lenovo product and I’m going to spread the word 🙂 (!)

Text:

Dear Lenovo,

Firstly I would like to apologize for contacting you in this manner. I searched for a Lenovo support email contact, but was unsuccessful and found only these addresses. I figured that at least one of you is going to take action.

Long story short: An authorized Lenovo repair shop received a laptop on 6 December 2017, returned the laptop on 3 January 2018, spent a single hour “repairing” the laptop and did nothing in that hour. The repair shop in question is Zel-cos. Since they are the only authorized Lenovo repair shop in Croatia, at least for Ideapad laptops, most broken Lenovo products in Croatia, especially those under warranty, eventually end up in their incompetent hands. To save myself trouble of dealing with them again, I am never going to buy a Lenovo product again and I am going to spread the word to save other people the trouble of dealing with them.

I attached the relevant documents. They are in Croatian and I’m going to provide translations of the relevant parts. You can have the translation verified, of course 😊

I squared the relevant parts in different colours and numbered each square in service_receipt to simplify it as much as possible 😊

1 red square:
Date of reception: 6 December 2017
Date of repair*: 3 January 2018

2 green square:
Time invested into the repair*
Beginning – 13:13
End – 14:13
Time Spent – 1 h

3 purple square:
***WARRANTY*** Device diagnostics: the device powers up normally, OS is being booted normally. Bluetooth doesn’t function correctly
Device has been tested on our OS and it has been established that everything functions correctly. Device’s hardware is sound.
We can offer a reinstallation of the OS for additional payment of 1 hour of work.
The costumer has dropped his request. Cleaning and packing

The bolded text is the diagnostic of the shop where the laptop was bought. We spent two hours (double the time than the repair shop) in a single day (27 days! less than the repair shop…) trying to make the Bluetooth work without success. Only then did we send the laptop to the repair shop.

*Note that they hadn’t repaired anything, but they had kept the laptop with them for a month. The problem with Bluetooth is that it doesn’t work most of the times. If they had actually spent more than a single hour “working” on the thing in 28 days, they might have noticed that themselves. Upon confronting them with that argument, they had the audacity to tell me that “if a device works sometimes, it isn’t broken”. I also bolded “payment”. They request I pay them for repairing a device under warranty and they said it would take 1 hour?! A full hour for OS reinstallation?! 30 minutes tops! However that is not the point. The point is that they didn’t contact me to ask me if I wanted them to proceed. I guess all the carrier pigeons must have been unavailable for 28 days, so it must have been just impossible for them to contact me… I would also like to add that I am a person with disabilities, so while making people walk around the town for no reason is bad enough, walking around the town really is difficult for me.

Moreover, I didn’t drop anything; I hadn’t even been told anything before being handed the laptop back.

Before moving to the issue of warranty, I would like to say that the Bluetooth was tested on Windows, Ubuntu and Knoppix without success. So I do wonder what mighty OS the repair shop uses. Upon asking them the question, I wasn’t given an answer.

I attached the receipt of purchase as a proof that when the laptop had been received, it had been under warranty. However, The warranty expired in the mean time. This was most likely done so I couldn’t intervene on a free repair anymore.

Red square in purchase_receipt says:
Date and time: 16 December 2016 at 16:04

So, while the warranty is not valid any longer, it expired on 16 December, meaning the laptop was under warranty when the repair shop received it (6 December).

I would like to end the email with saying how very disappointed I am with Lenovo. I never expected such an established brand to authorize such a rude and incompetent repair shop.

Best regards,
*Name and surname*

Attachments: purchase receipt of the laptop, receipt of the repair shop


Posted on January 5th, 2018 at 15:07 GMT
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Mary Sue

First, let me point out that I really hate the term Mary Sue, but since the following image prompted me to write this post, I’m gonna stick to the term for the sake of argument 🙂

So, I’m gonna say why Luke definitely is not a Mary Sue, why Anakin could be a Mary Sue and how Rey definitely is a Mary Sue.

To begin with, I’d like to say that the author(s) of the image is probably a DI$N€¥ fanboy, that is a brat who was probably born after the prequels; all they see in Star Wars are colourful “laser swords” and they can’t tell the difference between the Force and a lightsaber, but think that because they’ve been watching “Star Wars” cartoons and reading comics for a few years, they know everything there is about Star Wars and that there was nothing prior to their existence.
Yeah, kid, Earth was orbiting the Sun even before your birth. Savvy? I’m sure your teacher can explain it to you 🙂

The comment …it could save your life is bloody immature and you will see for yourself how big of an insight in Star Wars the author actually has.

Before moving to Luke, lemme point out that both Luke and Anakin are epic Star Wars characters. Since the Skywalkers play the central role in the movies which are still “canon”, both Luke and Anakin are still “canon”… At least in the roles they played in the movies (and that Saturday morning cartoon The Clone Wars :/ ) and the characterizations of both of them in the movies is actually written in this pic. Defending a franchise by defending one character – let’s call her Rey – by trashing two other characters – let’s call them Luke and Anakin – is a poor way of defending the franchise and doesn’t make much sense… Nope, scratch that, it makes no sense at all.

The statements in the image are not written in chronological order. I don’t know what if any order they are written in nor do I much care. Anyway, I’m gonna stick to chronological order.

I’m pretty sure the Luke arguments refer to A New Hope. I mean Luke had definitely held a blaster before the films following A New Hope, so the arguments would make no sense if they referred to episodes V and VI. Although…

Anyway, first, by the time of A New Hope, only a handful of stormtroopers were clones. Proved that some clones couldn’t interpret their genetic coding to fight for the Republic and the ideals it stood for as serve the dude sitting in the chair and kill and torture if your superiors order it. So technically, it’s quite questionable how many clones he actually killed during the rebellion; as for A New Hope… did he kill a single trooper? Remember that dialogue between Tarkin and Vader: Are they away? asked Tarkin They have just made the jump into hyperspace. said Vader You’re sure the homing beacon is secure aboard their ship? I’m taking an awful risk, Vader. This had better work. said Tarkin? And then the following between Han and Leia: Not a bad bit of rescuing, huh? You know, sometimes I even amaze myself. bragged Han That doesn’t sound too hard. Besides, they let us go. It’s the only explanation for the ease of our escape. said Leia Easy… you call that easy? asked Han They’re tracking us! said Leia. Savvy? If you don’t, lemme explain: they let them go. All that shooting on the Death Star was a show. True, some troopers were probably killed in the skirmish. If for no reason, because the Empire would rather kill a few of their troopers than risk the escapees to pull a tricorder up their sleeves ×D But if he had killed any, the troopers had hardly fully employed their training…

And the poor aiming is also the result of the troopers being instructed to let them go. A trooper who would kill one of them, would have risked his own life because the Empire wasn’t a forgiving kind.

Speaking of aiming, the aiming in Star Wars; the real thing and in the abomination really goes on my nerves. I mean I almost stopped at A New Hope when 3PO and R2 virtually passed through blaster barrage at the beginning of the movie. Luckily, I decided to give the movie – thus the whole saga – another chance 🙂

Mkay, it took years for Yoda to communicate with Force ghosts. Luke actually communicated only with Obi Wan during most of the original trilogy. I mean Yoda and Anakin joined Obi Wan only in the end of the final movie. True, Yoda had been alive throughout the movies and Anakin popped up as soon as he “redeemed” himself. Speaking of redemption, it’s pretty pathetic. I mean, what kind of message does that send?! So you’re a genocidal maniac throughout most of your adult life, but then you do one good deed before you die and all is forgiven… In this case, Anakin killed thousands if not millions as Darth Vader and then saved a single life… Luke may be his son, but no life, not even the life of your child is worth two innocent lives, let alone more. Anyway, back to the topic at hand.

Has it maybe crossed your mind that Obi Wan contacting Luke wasn’t Luke’s doing? After all, it was Obi Wan who’d spent NINETEEN bloody years like a hermit on Tatooine. He spent his 19 years of solitude communicating with Qui-Gon’s ghost after Yoda “had taught him how to commune” with Qui-Gon. I guess that in that time he got a hang of it. Who knows what he and Qui-Gon had discussed in 19 years? 😮 And he did open up Luke to the Force so, yeah, it is quite likely that Obi Wan initiated his link as a Force ghost with Luke 🙂

Now comes my favourite 😀 Did Luke need extra X-wing training? He did fly and shoot from his airspeeder, When it comes to flying (and shooting from) a speeder, although different than a compact starfighter like an X-wing, it can’t be that different. I mean we’re not talking about a bulky freighter like the Falcon, which Rey flew better than Han…

As for the destruction of the Death Star, time for new quotes 😀 – from A New Hope: That’s impossible, even for a computer. exclaimed Wedge referring to the small shaft that need to be hit in order to destroy the station. It’s not impossible. I used to bull’s-eye womp rats in my T-16 back home. They’re not much bigger than two meters. said Luke; and now Yoda from The Empire Strikes Back: Size matters not! Savvy? No? Well, shooting rats and shafts ain’t sex for size to matter. It’s pretty much the same shit if you shoot at something 2 m in size alone or something 2 m in size on something big. The trick is having a good aim and reaching the target. As for the aim, Luke used to successfully shoot moving rats and by that time, he had opened up to the Force at least a bit, so a stationary shaft shouldn’t have proven to be much of a problem… And he did not reach the shaft on his own. He had help; at the very least Han and Chewie saved him by the bell.

So is Luke a “Mary Sue”? At least in comparison with Rey? Here’s a pic going in Luke’s favour even further 🙂

Now to Anakin 😀

Mkay, an all powerful brat from The Phantom Menace is “Mary Sueish” at least. Still, I gotta defend the kid here:

Anakin didn’t need a father to be born?! Only a DI$N€Y fanboy would interpret Shmi’s There was no father so literally. People living in the real word would interpret the statement as A guy knocked me over, but the bastard left me and the kid, and he’s not even paying alimo! I don’t wanna talk about that asshole! or worse I was raped and left with a child. I’d rather not say any more. because despite what Damir Stojić or a similar foul mouth might utter, it actually is physically possible for a woman to conceive after being raped. At the very least, someone could have impregnate her while she was unconscious. Anyway, I’ve always clung to one of those interpretations; even after reading Darth Plagueis where Sedious and Plagueis heard rumours of a child being born out of the Force. First lemme quote a rule of acquisition:  Hear all, trust nothing. They thought the birth of the child is a result of them manipulating with the midi-chlorians across the galaxy. It is likely that the manipulation resulted in Anakin’s blood having a high midi-chlorian concentration and, thus, in his Force sensitivity. But did they actually turn midi-chlorians into cum? Doubtful. They might have influenced Anakin’s conception as well. They could have arranged for someone to seduce Shmi and dump her or just have someone rape her. Them being sadistic psychos, I think the latter is more likely. Who knows, they might have opted for a more direct approach. Plagueis can’t be Anakin’s father since Anakin’s human, but as for Sedious… who knows… just another Star Wars mystery 😀

I must say that I don’t like a concept of a “chosen one”. It is Mary Sueish for itself, but well Anakin was the chosen one. 20 000 midi-chlorians made him the chosen one. Basically, he was very talented with the Force. If that talent makes him a Mary Sue; then every genius, talented athlete… is a Mary Sue.
So aye, his connection with the Force (the highest concentration of midi-chlorians not only in a human but on the record…) and him “being good at fixing things” – one would think he might have worked in a workshop as a kid… – made him win the pod race …in which he was the only Force sensitive racer.

He piloted N1 “without” any training after R2 disabled the autopilot and Anakin felt like “that was podracing”. How many ships did he destroy? A “battleship”, that is the control ship? Mkay, I think it is rather stupid that the main reactor would be anywhere near a hangar bay, but Anakin just shooting randomly around the hangar hardly required any skill.

As for the omnipotent Rey… well I think that the meme with her and Luke says it all, but I’d like to go through shit in the first meme.

She fights a bunch of untrained guys? So now they’re untrained?! And when I say that the First Order is nothing more than a terrorist cell… And, yeah, terrorists can be trained too, otherwise ISIS wouldn’t be much of a threat, would it? I mean, not all of them are weaklings like Finn…
She was captured by Ren, who is supposed to be a mighty Force user in command of the army of the supposedly might First Order…
She kills one stormtrooper, but fights a bunch of untrained guys? Just realized that the “untrained guys” are probably the bunch on Jakku ×D Anyway, she managed to kill a trained soldier, but she only fought a “bunch of untrained guys”??? Mkay…
You know that by making these arguments, you’re pretty much contradicting yourself?
And my favourite – defeating a “physically and mentally wounded Kylo Ren” 😀 How exactly was he physically wounded? Did a rookie stormtrooper who chickened out on his first mission actually manage to wound a would be Force user in a lightsaber wound? Pathetic. Considering his mental wounds… Yeah, Force users, especially mighty Force users, are supposed to be able to suppress their mental wounds, at least for a short time.

In all this Mary Sue mess, I only feel sorry for Daisy Ridley. I mean when being cast for Star Wars, she must have been so proud an excited only for her character do be directed into a mockery.

Merry Christmas!

P.S. And a happy New Year!


Originally posted on December 20th, 2017 at 13:59 GMT
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How Firefox has fallen from my grace …again (hopefully, it’s just temporary again :) )

With all the shit happening in Zimbabwe these days, you might have seen titles like Mugabe’s fall from Grace, especially on African news portals. Don’t wanna dampen Zimbabweans’ spirits, but nothing’s gonna change in Zimbabwe …not for the better, at least. One dictator’s just being replaced with another. I mean, Mnangagwa was Mugabe’s right hand just a month ago and the party sponsoring him glorified Mugabe just a week ago. So… without further ado, I’m not gonna talk about Mugabe’s fall from Grace, but Firefox’s fall from my grace 😀

Recently, my favourite browser – Firefox – updated. It’s Firefox Quantum now… All good and well, but what’s the problem? Most of my old add-ons don’t work anymore! The many reason I have stuck with Firefox all these years are the add-ons I’ve so much gotten used to. A particular add-on that ain’t working any more is Classic Theme Restorer. Call me a grandpa, but I don’t like much the modern look of browsers these days. That is I prefer the old “retro” style and that’s what I have Classic Theme Restorer for, so I was quite pissed to find out the add-on wasn’t working anymore! I’ve waited for a week now for the add-on to be updated. No luck! The add-on still hasn’t been updated, so I decided a different approach was needed.

Remember I wrote about Waterfox a few years back? Since the official release of 64bit edition of Firefox for WINDOW$, Waterfox has become pretty much useless. But then it hit me that Waterfox probably hasn’t been “quantumed” yet. So I installed it and all my add-ons, including the good old Classic Theme Restorer work 😀 Hopefully, by the time Waterfox receives the Quantum update, most add-ons, including Classic Theme Restorer, will have been updated to support Quantum.

Anyway, you can download Waterfox here.


Posted on 21st November 2017 at 18:24 GMT
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Mariano Rajoy is an idiot

The situation in Catalonia has been centre stage lately.

Media are rarely impartial, they usually lean in one direction. Which one in the Catalan situation? That depends on where you live and whether your government supports Catalan independence or not. In Croatia, most media pretend to be impartial, but from reading their articles, it’s quite clear they write in favour of the independent Catalonia, probably because they associate Spanish Catalonia with Yugoslav Croatia, but yeah, things ain’t that simple. Aye, the situation is quite similar in many ways, but then again, there are quite a few differences. I’m not gonna point the similarities and differences out, but rather show you how complex the situation really is (and yeah, I’m gonna trash the Rajoy fascist along the way  🙂 ).

What’s my opinion? The fact is that Catalonia is deeply divided when it comes to their independence from Spain. Still, referendum seems to be the fairest solution to see the public opinion and try to satisfy the majority. That’s why I supported the referendum. If the Spanish government wouldn’t allow a legal referendum, then yeah go for an illegal one.
Then I – like the rest of the planet – saw the behaviour of the Spanish police sent by that imperialistic scum Rajoy. The turn-out and the results weren’t surprising and, frankly, are no grounds to declare independence. Nevertheless, after witnessing the barbaric behaviour of the police, I thought that most of those against the independence would shift their views. That did not happen and a lot of Catalanoians are still against the independence, so now I’m not sure what to think anymore. One thing is for sure – Catalonia is doomed to misery. Either the supporters of Spanish unity are going to be miserable in independent Catalonia or the supporters of the independence are going to be miserable in Spain.

But who is to blame for all this mess? Mariano Rajoy, of course 🙂 True, he is hardly the only figure in the chain of events, but his incompetence is the main cause.

He should have made a legal referendum possible to begin with. Made amends to the constitution if necessary. A legal referendum would have shown the reality of public opinion. Both sides would have had equal opportunity to present their arguments; the turn-out would have been much higher and probably wouldn’t go so much in favour of independence because supporters of the unity wouldn’t have boycotted the bloody referendum! In case the turn-out would have been poor even than, Catalans couldn’t say that people were afraid to cast their pro-independence votes because no one would have tried to stop them… Federal countries where referendums, sponsored by the central government, were held still exist. Scotland is still a country in the UK and Quebec is still a province in Canada… But even if the supposed legal referendum was won by pro-independence Catalonians, Catalonia could have, and probably would have, left Spain peacefully, and Spain and Catalonia could have become good neighbours with a bit of friendly competition.

But, mkay, so the guy didn’t want to risk Catalonia breaking away in any case. Then, once he’d seen that he couldn’t stop the Catalans from holding the referendum; he should have let the events play out and have his police storm the polling places and confiscate the ballots after the closing time. Then he should have had the referendum organizers arrested. That way he would have avoided the violence, or at the very least reduced it to minimum. He wouldn’t have made martyrs of pro-independence Catalans, he wouldn’t have embarrassed himself and the entire Spanish government.

Can the situation be salvaged? Although a peaceful solution seems to be slipping further and further away, yeah it’s still possible to make a deal acceptable to both sides to a degree. After all, we are all human beings. Hopefully, the EU is gonna engage more because it would be quite a shame if there would be a military conflict in Europe over self-goverance. The nineties were quite enough :/

I think, both the Spanish and the Catalans should swallow their pride and accept the current situation. Mkay, the Spanish can throw the current Catalonian government to jail if it makes them feel better and the Catalans should accept the fact that the results and the events unfolding during and after the referendum can’t justify the independence. Nevertheless, the referendum has clearly shown that a lot of Catalns aren’t satisfied with current position of Catalonia within Spain. Therefore, Spain should offer Catalonia maximum autonomy. They should exclude Catalonia from paying federal taxes (like they did with the Basque Country), they should give Catalonia leeway in everything except foreign policy, they shouldn’t require from Catalonians to fly Spanish flags at their institutions and let them fly only flags of Catalonia. Basically, Catalonia could share only the foreign relations, the military (even that ain’t necessary) and the currency (that ain’t necessary too but it makes life quite easier). There should also be no borders between the two countries, which ain’t a problem with Shengen and all 🙂 There are also some trivialities that make life easier, like the common country calling number, common carriers etc. In every other way, Catalonia should run its own affairs independent from the central government. Catalonia could easily be a republic within the Kingdom of Spain. I mean if Serbs can have a republic in Bosnia, why the hell shouldn’t the Catalans have theirs in Spain?! Now, if the Spanish government actually makes that kind of a deal to the Catalans, they would be fools not to accept it. In addition to the cons that come with the full independence (like all the costly foreign relations), there is a larger picture Spain, Catalonia, the EU and every bloody European should consider. Who really benefits from unstable Europe? Our common adversaries. Be it the ISIS, Russia, China, North Korea or someone else.

The only advice I can give to the Spaniards is: save yourselves from Rajoy (and his lackeys). Get rid of him. He will be the end of your country.


Posted on October 28th, 2017 at 19:40 GMT
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Why The Force Awakens sucks ass

Unlike What Star Wars has become, I wrote a year ago, I’m gonna focus here just on The Force Awakens abomination just so I can give people a single link making it clear that The Force Awakens truly is a piece of shit – so no reasonable person can deny it – instead of explaining again and again when I’m asked. True, copying the part concerning The Force Awakens from What Star Wars has become should suffice, but that ain’t really a reblogging of an existing post.

Anyway, this is what I wrote in What Star Wars has become:

Similarly, The Force Awakens itself is full of such crap. I’m just going to mention three most obvious pathetic stupidities that people often overlook in the whole movie experience.

There is Starkiller Base. What’s Starkiller Base? It’s a superweapon power by a star. To fire a single shot it needs to suck a star (i.e. its sun) dry and we saw it in the movie being used a few times (i.e. firing multiple shots). So it sucks its sun dry, then a short time afterwards, it sucks the sun dry again and fires another shot. Note that it would take a star bloody aeons at best to replenish itself after being sucked dry. There is also the “mystery of its construction”. How could such a weapon be built in secrecy by an organization that’s pretty much a terrorist cell?! They managed to conceal it’s construction in the Unknown Regions? Mkay… Now I only wonder how such an organization managed to finance the construction of such a superweapon (I guess building the thing wasn’t cheap…) 😮 You see how retarded the concept of Starkiller Base is 🙂

Now, there is a fight between Kylo Ren and Finn. A mighty sith almost bested by a storm trooper at a lightsaber duel?! In other words, a swordsman mage with years of experience of wielding a sword almost bested at a sword fight by a commoner who wielded a sword for the first time… Now tell me that ain’t just idiotic! …and there’s Kylo’s wannabe crossguard lightsaber.

Speaking of stormtroopers, there’s the recruitment of stormtroopers by the First Order, a 30year old organization (yes, a terrorist cell) at most recruits their soldiers by taking the children and drilling them into stormtroopers from the earliest age. And in those 30 years (tops) they managed to create one of the biggest if not the biggest army in the galaxy. And, again, they managed to do it under the nose of the New Republic. Well, I must say that either the First Order is really that good or the New Republic is that incompetent. Now, both of those cases would make a bad story, right? So the First Order’s stormtrooper recruitment is quite similar to how the old Jedi Order had filled their ranks up. The difference is that the Jedi hadn’t had to hide their recruitment from anyone (hell, the Republic – the most powerful government in the galaxy at the time – even endorsed their recruitment); they had never been an army and their ranks had always been relatively small and, most importantly, they had been recruiting like that for hundreds of generations… and they had ever never reached the scale the First Order “had” …in just a few decades. Hmm… I know! Maybe the First Order inherited (all…) their stormtroopers, and with them the recruitment system, from the Empire! Yeah, about that… Since an Imperial academy appeared in that Saturday morning cartoon Star Wars: Rebels, Imperial academies have officially become canon. That’s how the Empire recruited their forces …and, suffice it to say, although young, they were older than 4. And the First Order should have had difficulty then establishing (that efficient) academies of their own because, yes, they’re not much more than a big terrorist cell.

I’d like to add a few post since this is a separate post:

The movie begins with a single stardestroyer shadowing the entire planet. BB-6 is a droid that moves through the desert by rolling on desert sand without catching a single grain of sand while rolling…


Posted on May 30th, 2017 at 15:11 GMT
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