18 September 2012

Movies! Why not?

I can be a film critic. Every idiot with an opinion can be a film critic. And most film critics are idiots. There are some interesting questions that arise from this.
        Q: Mario, are there really movies in Bulgaria?
        A: Yes, you ignorant racist!

But it is a valid question. Bulgaria is a small village in the little known province of Europe. So services like hulu and Netflix aren't available, maybe the Amazon video service works but it is too American for my taste. What I have is cable, and on it I have HBO. I'm paying for ti. So if I am paying  for HBO does that mean I can legally download any movie that is in the HBO library? And if the options are watch the movie for free or don't watch the movie at all, is me watching the movie illegally really costing the industry money. Money they are not going to get in any way shape or form, and that is just because the movie industry has decided to go to war with the internet instead of working with it and within it. And to add insult to injury, they are basically shoving shit down our throats.

Lets take a quick look at what we have been watching.

Another Batman. I have not seen the new Batman and that is because I am not suffering from brain damage. For the same reason I am not going to watch the new Spider-Man. Hollywood can't pay ME enough money to waste 2 hrs. of my life for X-men or Avengers. And this leads me to the conclusion that movies are actually watched out of habit or social coercion. As if we all have a compulsion to waste our time with this shit.

So what have we been missing.

I just don't have people in my social circle that share my views on the arts. So nobody I know has watched the Watchmen. A piece of art, if you see it in a store or on the web treat yourself. It is a movie about superheroes and life in general. It is a provoking alternative of the US's recent past. It is like a skewed reflection of the cold war told through the individual stories of superheroes. Each one unique and each with an underlying philosophical issue. Void of answers but full of the meaningful questions. What is the value of life, what is the value of civilization, what is happiness. It isn't a battle between good and evil but more an attempt to discern what is actually good and what is evil.

Of course as a geek, I can't not have some sort of Sci-Fi fetish. Some idiots like Star Trek and some Star Wars. Star Trek is like a sitcom. Sitcom is short for situation comedy so Star Trek is sitspastu for situation space stuff (I can feel Americans crying, and I like it). Star Wars is The Lord of The Rings in space. I wouldn't put neither of them in the Sci-Fi section. If it should be science based fiction then there is only one way to go.

The Alien universe is the only one that can easily be believable. There is nothing in Alien that requires assumptions about the future of science. There is only the stretch of faster than light travel, but it is constructed in a restrictive scheme that pays it's respects to the vastness of space. Representing space exploration as a dangerous endeavor. From the three Sci-Fi camps only Alien manages to present space realistically and gives it it's own part to play. On the other hand the struggle in Alien is infused with a futility that makes it horrific. Unfortunately Alien: Resurrection was crap, and we have been presented with one stupid film after another trying to exploit the original idea. I also like the concept of Alien V Predator but there just hasn't been a good movie to give life to that idea.

And that leads me neatly to the next point. Prometheus! Yeah. I watched it 4 times and let me tell you, I hated it the first time and I hate it even more every time. The idea that I was almost convinced by a retarded friend of mine to go and pay money to see this piece of crap. Visually the movie is spectacular and they have managed to catch the feeling of the first Alien movie. And then they inserted a fits anywhere script into it. If you have played metal gear on the original PlayStation and then you play Sons Of Liberty on the PS2, you will see how Prometheus relates to Alien. This worked beautifully for Hideo Kojima and it blew up in the face of Ridley Scott. Another thing that rubbed me the wrong way was the "I chose to believe!". Alien has a godless unforgiving reality feel to it. Prometheus has a creationism religious undertone that neither provokes thought about the real world nor relates to it. I realize it is supposed to be fiction but it shouldn't actually be fantasy.

I love Resident Evil. Resident Evil is a rare piece of art that the industry can be proud of. But I am talking about the game. The movie on the other hand I watch whenever I want to feel like somebody is spitting in my face. The people that produce this garbage have earned the hatred of everybody that has grown up with the Resident Evil games. They could have just gone with the scripts from the games. It would have been perfect. But nooo. If the movies were release by a different tittle like "zombie mutant BS" and the umbrella corporations was called "zombietron", nobody would have connected the dots between the game and the movie. It would have been just another mediocre  superhero fiction.

One of the last movies I watched at the cinema was Troy. Towards the end of the movie the girl I was with told me that this is just like the Trojan Horse. Then I turned to her and said "I don't want you to be the mother of my children!", which was harsh but fair! It was a nice movie. I like movies that tell a good story, I like the move 300! After watching the movie I was hooked about the historical background. If you do some reading you will see that the cartoonish depiction of the events, although not doing justice to the historical facts does in a awesome way represent the essence of the event.

I would love to write a bit about Heat and Fight Club. But I'm not sure I can do justice to either of them. If you have not watched Heat or Fight Club, do not delay it any longer. Heat you will love. And if you don't like Fight Club than you didn't understand it, because you are a girl or stupid.

16 September 2012

openSUSE 12.2 Broken Edition


WARNING. I have written a retraction / clarification post. You may want to read it.

Yes I said it. Broken beyond repair! Oh great Cthulhu, why do you punish us so? What have we done to deserve this, how have we insulted thine spirit? Why is your wrath so unforgiving?

If we look at the 12.2 release of openSUSE as a whole as we should in order to make a fair and balanced assessment, we would come to the conclusion that it is a mixed bag. I have no comments about the OS being used as a server, except that it rulzez. If you are a criminal mastermind planing world domination and/or destruction then openSUSE is right for you. No matter if it is used as a propaganda web-server, evil-domain controller or unified nuclear launch computer, openSUSE has got you covered. Fast stable reliable and easy to configure. openSUSE's kinship with SLES and its lineage of one great release after another are clearly evident through it's kickassery!

The nouveau driver
But we are not going to make a fair and balanced assessment of openSUSE. We are going to look specifically at it as a desktop environment, in the new to Linux user context. And in that context it is also a mixed bag, but a bag mixed with dead rats and a pedophile. Although I haven't tried openSUSE with the LXDE or XFCE desktop environments, I imagine they are it's last chance to be usable. At work I use openSUSE 12.1 with Gnome Shell, and it is a masterpiece of usability. I have already become familiar with it and I can say that I am a gnome shell type of guy. And I wanted this greatness at home. But unfortunately the people making the distro have never been at the nouveau wiki website, where the nouveau developer team pretty much admit that their code is useless crap. So I would ask if there was anybody in the openSUSE team that ever tried Gnome with the nouveau driver?

This wouldn't be a big issues because I had the same problem on 12.1 , nouveau has always sucked so you just go and get the nvidia proprietary driver. I realize that there is a great hippie influence in the Linux ecosystem that precludes some distributions from having proprietary drivers built in. But freedom or not if the system isn't usable you are wasting your time. Here is a lesson that every distro can learn from Ubuntu, have driver support. Although I really love openSUSE, I still recommend Ubuntu for new to Linux users.

Once the artifact issues caused by the nouveau driver where resolved I was presented with this screen. "Oh no! Something has gone wrong." I'm going to punch the first gnome developer I find. What? What has gone wrong? I wasted 3 days of graphics driver and kernel settings experiments, my google bill for this month will bankrupt me. And all because of this useless screen. And if you google this everybody has the same stupid idea "Video issue". No, it was actually my wacom bamboo drawing pad. You heard me. A piece of hardware that had no issues whatsoever on Linux Mint 11 (very old at this point), precludes Gnome 3 from working at all.

An there isn't a real problem here, the drawing pad works perfectly and gnome also works but you can't use it since there is this useless message in front of your windows. I'm not sure who to blame for this. I think the wacom people should test their hardware on all supposedly supported systems. While I was fighting with this issues I had KDE installed as a backup, and there is nothing new in the KDE camp as far as I can see, but that doesn't mean that I'm not going to hate on them.

KDE, breaks my heart! By far the most beautiful desktop ever made, nothing surpasses it's visual appeal. KDE is my favorite desktop to look at, and if I had an extra machine that I didn't need it would only stay in the corner with the plasma desktop as a piece of art. But there is no force on earth that could make me use it. A day in it and I was foaming at the mouth. First, the desktop icons widget disappeared every time I rebooted the system. Second, there is no way to explain to the clock widget that the hardware clock isn't set to UTC so I was always 3 hours or so in the future. Third, there is always some process that is currently installing or uninstalling or doing something else that I didn't ask for and if I decide that I want to install something I am presented with the option to wait or to ask this mysterious process to quit and wait. Fourth, the fonts look beautifully but they are unreadable, so when I change them so that I can actually read something it just looks bad.

Another issue I want to cry about is software support. The reason for this is of course the fact that 12.2 is still very new. I can't have a computer around me that doesn't have VLC installed on it, and on the VLC website there are one click installs for a lot of openSUSE versions but not for 12.2 . You can get some things you need from the packman repo and for some you will wait if you cant compile from source.

If you are thinking "Who would use this, it sounds bad?"! I would! For a new user, a hypothetical every man that is on Linux because he doesn't know what a torrent is and doesn't want to pay for Windows I would point to Ubuntu. For me, a geek who likes tinkering and is capable of resolving most problems that could occur, openSUSE is a rare gift. It breaches the gap of homebrew FOSS and the best that Microsoft and Apple can produce in the realm of ready for market finished products. This ladies and gentleman is an operating system that can fit the bill for everything from home entertainment to a high grade service providing, made so that it is usable for development and production for work and play. After this rant I need to think of something positive to write about openSUSE that will balance it out. So I will live with the lizard for a month and then review it again.

14 September 2012

Sticks and Stones

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words could never hurt me. Have Muslim people never heard these words. Ironically they use sticks and stones to storm the US embassy in Yemen, Libya and Egypt.
Libya and Egypt, the Arab spring. People have opposed tyranny, toppled political regimes. Repression apparatus made of political ideologies corrupted to the core, replaced by something even more sinister. A repression apparatus made of religious ideologies, just as corrupted as the previous one. So there you have it. The western world should have sent military personal in Libya and Egypt and helped Mubarak and Gaddafi keep the animals in their cages. That aside. Whatever you here on the news as in condemnation of the violent acts of moderate Muslims, it is always prefaced by a condemnation of the movie. So no thank you, your condemnations are useless. The freedom to express an opinion is at the core of an open and healthy society, no matter how unpopular it is or how offensive it could be to someone. If they want to challenge the views and opinions depicted in the motion picture then they should have replied in kind by a wide spread campaign of critique. If they must be violent then we must reply in kind and bomb them back to the stone-age. Which shouldn't be so hard since the already live in the bronze-age thanks to the regressive views of their religion.

If on the other hand there really are people in the Arab World who would like to move forward, then they are the ones who should fix these issues internally by being on the street to oppose this ultimate stupidity. The values of the enlightenment and the preaching of secularism is what could get this part of the world back on track. At no point do I want to sound offensive to Muslims. I actually want to sound offensive to Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus and everybody else who preaches absurdity to the unwashed masses. If you are intelligent and rational then you are most likely and Atheist. If you aren't then at least recognize that the greatness of your God and value of your Religion is best expressed by the humility of your ideology and the humanness of your actions.

12 September 2012

Blogging guide to financial success! LOL!

At this point it should be obvious to people of average intelligence that no, this is neither a guide nor does it have anything to do with finance. If you think you are of average intelligence and you didn't realize that this isn't what it says in the title it is, contact me I have a great bridge I want to sell. I'm writing this to complain about 'nice guys finish last'! Thus the misleading title that is obviously engineered to generate traffic. This blog post is here thanks to openSUSE and/or the INTERNET and/or Google.

I have been playing a lot of StarCraft: Brood War recently, and between it and job I haven't had much time to work on other stuff. So my plan to write a review of openSUSE a week after the release has gone to hell. I'm switching from Linux Mint 11 Katya (it is old), to openSUSE 12.2. The reason to switch is that I really like openSUSE. I can't because I'm working on several things and I can't spare the time. Maybe I will write a review of the new openSUSE in a month, but in a month it isn't going to be the new openSUSE but just openSUSE. If you want to have a successful blog you need to be on topic and on top of current events. If you aren't current you can't get traffic from the buzz around new stuff. So... Today (yesterday) I watched the LinuxActionShow review of openSUSE to see what they think about it, although disappointed by the review itself in the show they briefly talked about what I'm talking about here. They basically roast the guy who wrote this ZDNet The 5 most popular Linux distributions  article. What I got from the comments in the show was that somebody walks in a room and says "Quick, write a shitty Linux related article to get some quick ad revenue!". If I really had the time to write my openSUSE article I would have put some effort into it. I could have written the article without installing the OS, there is more than enough to copy and rephrase on the INTERNETZZ. So why didn't I? I don't know.

Even so, even if you get some traffic I still don't see a point. My blog hit the 2000 view mark an hour ago (two by the time I finish this fine article(the tv is on)), the revenue from those 2000 views is 0.01 EUR. Internet users have become very good at not clicking ads on websites, I'm not surprised because I can probably visit 10000 websites and not click on a single ad. And rightfully so, there is too much shit advertised to us, and I don't really need anything that these people are selling. So what is the secret to financial success on the INTERNET in general. There are two ways I can think of that would produce results. Make a great blog or website about something really stupid that the unwashed masses would like. Or con the users and the ad sellers and buyers by using dishonest tricks to get people to click and do this as a massive campaign with big volumes of useless content. I can't do either so I have given up on making a living from the INTERNET, I'm going to write two posts a month that I'm fairly happy with and develop my video game. Now as an experiment click on this link 'Make Money Around Free Content' and tell me if the information on the site it takes you to is more useful than what you just read.

09 September 2012

New Perks

I have been wondering how to get people to donate. My project will not produce anything I can mail to you and the result of the project will be free for everybody so... That makes it hard to make worthwhile perks. But the equipment I want can be used for all sorts of things. So the IDEA perks gives you a chance to think you have bought something. So how to they work, you claim the idea you like. If the goal is reached the most claimed idea perk will be brought to reality. If you look at the idea description it doesn't look like a one time thing, and it isn't. My youtube channel will revert to a personal vlog type thing. If the project is funded I will create a new youtube channel for big long hard tutorial that will have an up to date version of the BLHT plus some extra stuff, I really want to make it an ongoing thing with a new edition every year or something like that. And this is where the IDEA perk comes in. The most claimed IDEA becomes a youtube channel on the idea topic. The topics are:

 -Gamecasting. There are many channels on youtube that have game generated content, channels like WastoteOfRam and day9tv. This idea is for a game channel that covers games that can be played on Linux. Linux native tittles and Win games that can be run on WINE/PlayOnLinux together with the setup and configuration process.

 -FOSS Digital Art. I often hear somebody say that he would switch to Linux but he needs some graphics software that isn't available on Linux for his day to day work. We need a youtube channel to show how you can do everything with free open source software. There are tools like GIMP INKSCAPE BLENDER and others that are available on Linux and can actually give proprietary professional software a run for its money.

 -Web Developer. Linux is the OS of the INTERNET, but it isn't only good for serving web content but also for creating it. This idea is for a channel that covers the tools and the code for creating great web applications.

Of course if two ideas get 20 claims, I'm going for it. If the project gets fully funded and all 3 ideas get 20 claims, I can do all 3 of them (I sort of want to do all 3 of them). If you have an idea for a side project that could benefit from the BLHT funding and equipment, just contact me.

Electronic Sport Insomnia

I have never cheered at a sport event, I have never cared about somebody else doing something. In Bulgaria soccer is king and everybody watches and likes it, everybody except me. 22 idiots running after the ball. Formula 1 is a different story, I watch hoping for somebody to crash (I'm an asshole). But I never care who wins. Recently ( Wednesday ), I was introduced to E Sport. StarCraft 2 is a game I have never played, I have played a lot of the original StarCraft. But SC2 is a real time strategy game and I can understand what is going on even if I haven't played. I can understand who is awesome and who just shot himself in the foot, I can appreciate the skill of the player and the intelligence of the strategy. So I got hooked, one tournament I watched while @job was epic. 

It's not a real tournament, in the sense that the winner is voted on. But it has great entertainment value. So finally I have something to look at. If you aren't into sports, and are a geek like me, try this type of entertainment.

So after watching this I ended up going through the boxes at home and finding the StarCraft discs. I'm not buying StarCraft 2, my computer is too old. So I find SC and load it into wine, unfortunately it has no sound and lags. So SC on Linux on my system is unplayable, I have no idea why. So I actually went to Win7 ( which also has some performance issues, and a graphics issue ), and haven't slept 3 nights in a row.

I guess I could have just written watch this and StarCraft rulzzez.