Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Apple Glass, Your Future, Our Vision

‘Apple Glass, view the world your way’
Apple glass filters the world around you, eliminating distractions and focusing your word. Homeless people and the poor are pixelated, android users flagged with warnings, you can share your personal views with other Apple Glass users with a wink and a nod.

If you see a real life object you desire, your pupil dilation will mark it as a preference for your world filter. Other Apple Glass users will see a visually optimal version of yourself, tailored to please the viewer. As the battery runs low, Apple Glass will warn you by slowly turning your view to black, and highlighting the route to your local Apple Store where you can recharge the Apple Glass power unit at a convenient ‘apple life station’.

For premium users, Apple earbuds will pair with the Apple Glass to sooth the voices that reach your ears with comforting phrases about how good you look and how powerful a person you are.

Worried about theft of your Apple Glass world filters? Don’t be, a small thermite charge is embedded in a bespoke cage located at the base of each ear, three failed authentication attempts in a row and the thermite ignites burning a hole through the spinal column of the unauthorised user.

Apple Glass comes with an optional sleeping cage, allowing users to rest with the non removable Apple Glass frame suspended safely away from your pillow. Apple will dovetail your drift into sleep and your wake up with tailored messages designed to help you live your best life with Apple.

Animal Abuse - left to bleed & die at German Laboratory

Monkeys are strapped into metal harnesses, while cats and dogs are left bleeding and dying in footage which animal rights activists claim was filmed at a German toxicology laboratory.The German animal activist organisation Soko Tierschutz together with Cruelty Free International say the alleged abuse took place at LPT Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology in Mienenbuttel, on the outskirts of Hamburg. - Source
We breed, raise, and kill hundreds of billions of animals every single year, with the majority of them kept in awful conditions; especially in heavily industrialised countries that have trended towards the more efficient factory farming model.

Animal abuse tends to be thought of as an individual thing - some dickhead kicking a puppy for shits and giggles, for example - but such examples are dwarfed by this kind of systematic issue.

It remains legal, since the laws which dictate normal animal cruelty make exceptions for farm animals and any other industry big and profitable enough. These thinking, feeling, suffering animals are reduced to nothing but objects and commodities - food or entertainment or test subjects - bred to make a profit for the company that owns them. And sometimes the most profitable way of doing things isn't what's best for their welfare. If there's a country whose animal cruelty laws do hold industries up to the same standard as regular citizens, I don't know of it.

Animal cruelty is widespread, and inevitable, under such a system. We just don't legally recognise it as such, and because it happens behind closed doors, almost everyone ignores it, and even financially supports it by choosing to buy the resulting products even when they don't have to.

For more info, I suggest watching the following documentary which covers these sorts of systematic animal welfare issues.

Abhijit Banerjee among three to receive Economics Nobel

The 2019 Nobel Prize for economics goes to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer “for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty”, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced on Monday.

Fun Fact: He and his second wife ( Esther Duflo ) got the prize together (along with Michael Kremer ). Also fun fact: Esther is a PhD student of Abhijeet. That being said Esther's paper  is a nice read.

More fun facts: Esther Duflo (2019) doctoral student of > Abhijit Banerjee (2019) doctoral student of > Eric Maskin (2007) who is a doctoral student of > Kenneth Arrow (1972).

Moral of the story: If you want a Nobel, work under a Nobel.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Dolittle - Official Trailer


"After losing his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle (Downey), famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria’s England, hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company. But when the young queen (Jessie Buckley, Wild Rose) falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure, regaining his wit and courage as he crosses old adversaries and discovers wondrous creatures. The doctor is joined on his quest by a young, self-appointed apprentice (Dunkirk’s Harry Collett) and a raucous coterie of animal friends, including an anxious gorilla (Oscar® winner Rami Malek), an enthusiastic but bird-brained duck (Oscar® winner Octavia Spencer), a bickering duo of a cynical ostrich (The Big Sick*’s Kumail Nanjiani) and an upbeat polar bear (John Cena, *Bumblebee) and a headstrong parrot (Oscar® winner Emma Thompson), who serves as Dolittle’s most trusted advisor and confidante. The film also stars Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen (The Queen) and Oscar winner Jim Broadbent and features additional voice performances from Oscar winner *Marion Cotillard, Frances de la Tour, Carmen Ejogo, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, Tom Holland, and Craig Robinson."
Ah, shit...


They really don't want me to see this movie do they?

All jokes aside it looks generic as f**k. Like Pirates of The Caribbean meets The Jungle Book.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Rant #2 - Stop being an Asshole

I thought I was doing the right thing trying to be the bigger person and do whatever it took to make our relationship work, apologizing time and time again no matter who was in the wrong. But it takes two to make a relationship. One person should not be expected to change their entire way of life and sacrifice everything for a person who sees nothing wrong with their own actions and points out flaws to make a point. 

One person should not be giving 110% and the other is giving much less. Love takes time and work and if you can't see the problems within your own self, you have no right pointing fingers and trying to force someone else to change.

Were there things I had to work on? Yes. And I tried. Did she do the same? Fuck, NO ! And that's where I fucked up letting her off easy because it became a regular thing and I gave her the power and control over me.

Don't be a hypocrite and tell someone "I will be a humanoid" or "I have no free will" when you can't have an actual conversation being direct. Don't be an asshole who expects so much of others but nothing of themself. And you do NOT get to blame your past or your anger issues for your present actions and attitude. The world doesn't owe you shit like you think it does.

Thank you for listening to my Ted Talk

RANT - fuck life"

What is the point in existing? No one really knows the answer to that question, not truly. 

Are we here to procreate? If so, then why are we self aware? What purpose can there be in a life where the end result is always the same... Death. 

Everything and everyone dies. What is death? That point in time where we stop living. What's living? When we were conceived when did we start living? When the sperm and egg fused? We we developed a brain? When we started to look human? So we were created, birthed by our mothers. 

We did not ask to exist, to be self aware, to long for meaning in a universe that is indifferent to our existence. If there is no meaning in life then what's the point? Nothing matters, it never has. We're all going to die, every tree, bacterium, virus, everything. One day the sun will stop fusing hydrogen and collapse under its own mass. The earth will freeze. Eventually the entire universe will become stable or reverse back to the time before the big bang. How an I supposed to find meaning in a life that is inherently pointless? 

Some people turn to god, but how am I supposed to do that without proof? Faith? Ha! I guess for me there are two options, try and find happiness or jump off a cliff. The search for happiness is a distraction from the realisation of pointlessness. I just hope I can stay distracted long enough to live out a natural life.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

SyeRaa Narsimha Reddy - Historical Treat of Epic Proportions

Image Credits: The Hindu
The film is based on the real life story of a freedom fighter from Rayalaseema in India, who fought against the British imperialism in 1846. It shows the heroic way in which Narasimha Reddy rises to take the Britishers head-on and inflict heavy losses on them, rattling even their bosses in London!

The film has a captivating screenplay interspersed with a lot of action packed sequences which keeps you wanting for more. The swordsmanship, archery, cavalry and other war tactics are brilliantly captured throughout the length of the film. The spectacular cinematography, brilliant VFX and the stimulating sound effects play an indispensable role in the success of this film.

The film also has en emotional feel attached to it, which brings out the surrealism factor into play. The characters build up onto you slowly as the film progresses. You can feel the fear, anger, sadness, joy and trust in each of the film's characters.

There are almost negligible flaws in the screenplay, however during some instances one might feel that there could have been more dialogue usage during the war scenes. The duration of the film also could have been a tad shorter in the second half.

All the actors have given their best. Chiranjeevi shines brightly throughout the film as a warrior with his outstanding performance. Kiccha Sudeepa's acting as a shrewd, but sincere battle companion catches your eye! Tamannaah Bhatia also stands out with her astonishing performance.

All in all, this is a family movie and is an immersive, historical treat of epic proportions that gives you a great bang for the buck!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Movie Review: Ad Astra 2019

Ad Astra takes a visually thrilling journey through the vast reaches of space while charting an ambitious course for the heart of the bond between parent and child.

As human beings we are always looking outwards for inspiration. The film shows the main characters source of inspiration be the search for intelligent alien life. It's mentioned that the the father, Clifford, may have been trying to escape earth and his family by going on his search, and the space agency says that he may be hiding from them. Clifford is on the extreme end of "looking outwards for inspiration."

Then we have Roy. Throughout the movie and through Roy, we learn that constructive inspiration comes from within. Roy starts off feeling empty and longing for something greater. We see how this dismantles his relationship, how it drives him to look out to the stars.

When finding his father, Roy sees himself within Clifford. They have both endured long periods of time alone, with their mind set on their mission and accomplishing it by any means. He tries to bring his dad back, so to avoid murdering him, and when Clifford is reluctant he tells him "we're all we've got." This is where the film turns toward it's message.

Now throughout the film we are shown bits and pieces of humanity - like the space elevator, the rocket ports, the base on the moon with an Applebee's and other earthly commodity shops. It's mentioned that Clifford would have hated to see the moon like that, just a repeat of earth. Someone says something along the lines of, "we're planet destroyers." So, it's clear that Clifford has a general distain for humanity, thinking lowly of them, in fact so lowly that he remorselessly murders his entire crew to avoid going back to earth. Don't forget that this whole time on the moon were told that humans are actively at war, another huge problem we have with each other.

Now, I will argue that the message of the film is that we need to take a step back and realize that WE are the intelligent alien life that Clifford is out there trying to find. I mean obviously, but we take each other for granted. We are so used to our ways that we think there is no hope for us. We need to take that same inspiration we have for intelligent alien life and have it for one another. We need to treat each other like we would treat some alien race, we should be fascinated and driven by ourselves.

This really is all solidified for me when Roy comes crashing back down to Earth. At this point, we've spent so much of the film in space Earth is looking VERY alien as we see Roy's pod come crashing into the atmosphere. He's been alone for so long on his journey back, he's withered, landing in this unfamiliar place. The hatch opens and BOOM THERE'S THE ALIENS only it's US... HUMANS. In that moment you see these happy, helpful, sentient beings greet Roy and help carry him off.

After this emotional journey that Roy goes on, which represents the viewers journey, Roy starts small with his new inspiration and focuses on what's important, mending relationships. He's only working on fixing one little thing, but it is the reason why that counts. It really provides an interesting perspective on our species that I don't think any film before this has.

TLDR: The movie is trying to show us humans that we need to take a step back and realize what we actually are. Aliens living on a strange remote planet in million to one odds. We should find inspiration and appreciation in this and not continue to exist taking it for granted, rooted in our habitual ways.