November 2012


Flickr has so many nice photos. I only choose to share photos that really stand out or unique from the usual beautiful shots. This one of a blacksmith caught my eye today by Flickr user Barry.Turner who was at a Christmas fair in Chichester, England. Beautiful red and blue colours!!

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photo credit: Barry.Turner (‘shopped: saturation, contrast/brightness)

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Nintendo’s 6th generation console system, the Wii U was released today, November 18, 2012. Although the jury’s still out on the Wii U, early reviews have been positive! The system’s tablet controller is going to be the main feature that every kid and mom will be drawn to. You will be very lucky to find any supply anytime soon, unless you preordered.

Here is a list of first impressions by the early adopters that waited in line or preordered:

  • The GamePad feels awesome! It’s light, ergonomic, comfortable, and not as heavy as an iPad.
  • Gamers are already enjoying the added map and inventory views you get on the GamePad in single-player games. It frees up TV screen real estate, and no more need to pause to bring up your secondary screen, cuz it’s right there.
  • The charge cord for the GamePad and Pro Controller are 8-feet long (and you can play while you charge it (battery charge is 3-5 hours).
  • The HD graphics in Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros U are simply beautiful (this is Nintendo’s first HD-capable console in the company’s history).
  • Gamers were able to play certain games on the GamePad even after they turned their TV off, or when someone wanted to watch some TV – games such as Madden NFL 13, Call of Duty: Black Ops II and New Super Mario Bros. U. And since the GamePad is wireless and has a range of 26 feet, depending on your walls, you can keep playing in your bedroom, washroom, etc.
  • With a system update, the Wii U is backward compatible with the Wii (but not Gamecube games). You can also transfer Wii data to the Wii U.
  • The GamePad’s resolution is not HD (so not better than iPad), but the graphics still holds its own. And this pad has controller sticks (so better than iPad!)
  • There is no built-in system-wide achievement or aggregate scoring system.

A nice editorial of why it was made, and Nintendo’s philosophy on the Wii U:

The Wii U is the right console for this moment in history. Regardless of its future, the Wii U feels like a machine of the moment… The Wii U is for a new way we live. It’s for the era of four people going to dinner, theoretically being together, but all also being off in their own worlds via the cell phones that they keep checking… Look at New Super Mario Bros. U: four people are looking at the TV, running across a sidescrolling landscape using Wii Remotes held sideways. They are jumping on platforms and crushing enemies. They are four people at a dinner party talking about the same thing. The fifth player is on the GamePad. They control no characters. They press no buttons. They just watch the same game world scroll by and tap the screen to create blocks that catch any TV players who are falling and that make staircases for any of those TV players who need a leg up. The GamePad player is at the same dinner party, but they’re not really listening. They’re on their cell phone. This is our world right now. The Wii U is a perfect video game console realization of that. Its timeliness is exciting.

– Stephen Totilo, Kotaku.com

So, this is why the Wii U will sell millions? Oooh… Ahhh…

Comparing Wii U Pro Controller vs Xbox 360 / PS3 controllers

Credit for first impressions: kotaku.com

Flickr is awesome. So many beautiful photos, so little time to browse through them all… Here’s a superbly-taken spooky shot by Latyrx. You would think this was from a horror movie. Latyrx, my hats off to you, sir.

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photo credit: Latyrx on Flickr (untouched and unshopped)

Flickr has tons of incredible photos. I found this beautiful shot of Dubai in UAE posted by vitalogie. Did you know that Dubai holds the title of the city with the most number of skyscrapers above 200m? I’d love to visit this oasis in the Arab desert some day.

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photo credit: vitalogie (unshopped)

Flickr has millions of photos. Here’s one of a million that caught my “eye”. RED Rudy was bored. He had no electricity due to the recent storm, so naturally, he took some photos of himself. Turned out really good!

photo credit: RED Rudy (‘shopped: grayscale, darker contrast/brightness, layered coloring)

So why is everyone going bananas for Looper, starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt? Here are seven reasons:

  1. Yay! A time travel movie? I’m in!
  2. Bruce Willis sent back to be killed by his younger self (portrayed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt). Sounds cool!
  3. Wait, Gordon-Levitt is acting as a younger Willis? Yes, this movie is worth watching just to see how awesome Gordon-Levitt’s uncanny resemblance of Willis is. His like-mannerisms are freaky!!
  4. For a sci-fi action movie, Looper is beautiful to watch in terms of its cinematography.
  5. Try not to get carried away with debunking the time travel logic of the movie. Enjoy the film for what it is – entertainment.
  6. Actually it’s not about time travel; it’s about “longing, loneliness, and yearning for someone to love and be loved by”
  7. You will be moved, you will be talking about the movie afterwards, and you will want to watch it again.

Looper is rated R – not for kiddies.

Nice. A beautiful vibrantly-coloured photo of a fruit seller in Halong Bay, in Hanoi, Vietnam.

photo credit: Life in AsiaNZ on Flickr (‘shopped: colour saturation, contrast/brightness)

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