The Hunger Games Q and A

I watched the Hunger Games last night so I figured I’d write about it. I don’t want to say it’s a review. It isn’t a review. A review requires coherent thought and when I talk about something, I’m kind of all over the place. So I figure I’d make a Q and A, ala the tribute interviews conducted by Caesar Flickerman (which were nice parts about the book that translated well in the movie by the way).

Lets get at it then.

Q. Hey man, welcome. Thanks for doing this question and answer seg…
A. Shut the fuck up and ask your damn questions already.

Q. Okay… Before we get into the movie, what did you think about the book?
A. The book is awesome. At first I was hesitant to read it. You see, the first time I heard about The Hunger Games was when I read an article that said that Stephanie Myer highly recommended it.

Q. Stephanie who?
A. The bitch who wrote Twilight.

Q. I see. So you’re initial thought…
A. Was that I wouldn’t be reading this horse shit! But as always when it comes to these things, I did read it. Why? because I can’t help it. I have to be in the know, be a part of the discussion etcetera. Good thing to, as I said, The Hunger Games novel was awesome.

Q. So what you’re saying is you hopped aboard the band wagon?
A. Yes.

Q. Did you read the Twilight books as well?
A. Fuck you.

Q. …
A. Yes. Yes I did.

Q. Moving on. So what did you think about the movie? Did it live up to your expectations?
A. The movie was great. Was it better-than-the-source-material caliber ala Lord of the Rings? No, but that doesn’t mean it sucked. I enjoyed the movie more than John Carter surprisingly. The movie exceeded my expectations greatly. Probably because my expectations where along the lines of please-don’t-turn-it-into-twilight-pretty-please.

Q. You enjoyed it and would recommend others to watch it?
A. Yes and yes.

Q. Any thoughts on the opinion that The Hunger Games is a ripoff of Battle Royale?
A. Yes I do. It isn’t. Really. Yes, both stories involve young people fighting each other to the death. But that’s where the similarity ends. The reasons behind all the killing is completely different. In Battle Royale, the motive behind the killing is to weed out delinquents from a country suffering from over population (I think. It’s been years since I watched it). In the Hunger Games, the games are meant to keep the population in line. They give the people a show to control them. In this way, The Hunger Games is more like The Gladiator (the Russel Crowe movie) or Spartacus (the TV series with the endless blood baths and wanton fucking). In other words, the Hunger Games is like the Roman Empire. Like my college history professor said; The romans controlled the populace by bread and games. In latin: panem et circenses. Now you now where the country of Panem gets its name from.

Q. You actually remember something one of your college professors said?
A. Yes.

Q. Wow.
A. I know. Wierd.

Q. What did you think of the cast?
A. The casting for all the main characters were great. No problems whatsoever with their choices. But…

Q. But what?
A. Isn’t Jennifer Laurence too healthy looking? Shouldn’t Katniss be, I don’t know, a little unhealthier? It’s called the Hunger games because the participants are fucking hungry right? She should have lost a little weight.

Q. Sigh… You’re gonna bring up Christian Bale in the Machinist again aren’t you?
A. You’re god damn right I am. Now that was fucking dedication to his craft! Christian Bale is fucking amazing!

Q. Did you stop to think that maybe, possibly… Christian Bale is just bat shit crazy?
A. How dare you! Batman isn’t crazy! Fuck you!

Q. Whatever. Let’s talk about the characters a little more.
A. Sure. But next time you call Christian Bale crazy, I’m kicking you in the balls.

Q. When reading a book, people often map a familiar face to a character, based on the description given. So before you watched the movie I want you to tell me who you imagined the characters would look like. Ready?
A. Okay. Go.

Q. Haymitch
A. Jeff Bridges from True Grit.

Q. Awesome choice!
A. Thank you

Q. Katniss
A. Joey Potter

I'm on fire and I'm Fabulous

 

Q. Peeta.
A. Dawson Leery.

You mean you were acting the whole time?

Q. So… I’m guessing Gale would be…
A. Yup. Pacey Witter.

I'mma steal your girl bitch

Q. Wow.
A. I know right!? AND you know what?

Q. No. What?
A. Every time there was something romantic happening in the book, The song “I Don’t Want to Wait” would be playing in the back of my mind.

Du doo dooo dooo dooo du doo.
Du doo dooo dooo dooo du doo

Q. Bullshit.
A. Not Bullshit. Seriously.

Q. Okay. To each his own I guess. Last one.
A. Make it a good one.

Q. Rue.
A. Dora the Explorer.

Q. I… I don’t know how to comment on that…
A. Delicioso bitches.

Q. Last question before we go. Are you Team Peeta or Team Gale?
A. … I’m team shut-the-fuck-up-this-ain’t-twilight.

Q. Looks like that’s all the time we have. Thanks for doing this man.
A. You’re welcome. Now fuck off.

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How to Set Fire to the Rain

Adele is big news recently. She won a shit-ton of awards in the Grammy’s and she had the fuck you moment on the Brit Awards (where she was cut off while giving her album of the year speech).

Boooo!

I love Adele. Even if listening to her makes me feel old (Really?! She’s only 23? Shit I’m old.). Her album, 21 was awesome. It reminds me a little about Alanis Morisette’s Jagged Little Pill. I guess heartbreak, anger and frustration really are good inspirations for writing great music.

I love Adele’s lyrics. For me it shows that there’s hope for the music industry going forward. I wouldn’t say the lyrics are deep or poetic. But they effectively convey an emotion that the listener can relate to. It’s descriptive and beautiful. Like how the song Set Fire to the Rain describes the heartache someone feels during an end of a relationship. It’s raw and powerful. Moving.

But I Set fire to the rain
Watched it pour as I touched your face
Let it burn while I cry
‘Cause I heard it screaming out your name, your name

Good right? At the very least, it’s loads better than:

Baby, baby, baby ohh
Like baby, baby, baby noo
Like baby baby, baby ohh
I thought you’d always be mine.

Fuck you Bieber

Moving on. Set Fire to the Rain is my favorite song in the album. It’s a great song with a catchy chorus. I think setting fire to the rain is a metaphor for crying in the rain. You know, imagine crying in the rain, the tears are welling up and rolling down your eyes and the tears make your eyes burn.

Set fire to the rain = Eyes burning 'cause of tears

At least I think that’s what it means. But the great thing about music, it can mean anything for anyone. It can even mean this:

LET IT BURN!!!

Which, come to think of it, is fucking awesome. Starting now, this will be what I picture when I listen to the song.

Note:

I still didn’t use a scanner when digitizing both pictures, I used a smart phone camera. Yes, I should really get a scanner. For the picture of the crying girl, I tried digitizing the drawing without inks, just the pencils. That’s why the lines are all over the place. I was going for a “sketchy look” but it didn’t turn out that well. Oh well. 

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Dear iOS haters…

There is an idea going around a tiny minority of Android users regarding the iOS user base. No, I don’t mean that iOS users are sheep who buy every possible thing that Apple turns out. I think it’s somewhat true. Come on! Apple things are sexy! If I could afford to, I’d buy everything made by Apple as well (And Sony too, and Microsoft and Samsung…). Besides, what’s wrong with sheep? Sheep are cute, fluffy and have been helping cure insomnia since the dawn of time.

Admit it. I'm cute.

The idea I mean is that iOS users are incompetent, wannabe artists, who have a deep underlying fear of technology. In other words, the idea that iOS users are “n00bs” while Android users are some sort of technology paragons.

‘The Fuck!?

First let me get two things out in the open:

1. I think Android is Awesome

Ice Cream Sandwich specifically. It’s leaps and bounds better than iOS in some ways (just like how iOS is better than Android in some other ways). I love its task manager, the widgets (specially the super useful settings widget) and that the customization options are near endless. From a smart phone OS perspective, I think Android has caught up to iOS and they are now on equal footing. Why do I prefer an iPhone then? That’s a story for another post.

2. Not all Android users believe this shit

Of course, not every android user believes this idea. I know a few Android users, and they are fine upstanding citizens. In fact, my wife is an Android user. She owns a Galaxy s2. Great phone by the way. But don’t tell her, I hate her cellphone case. Shhhhh.

In fact, I only see this idea rear its ugly head in tech site comment sections and forums, where idiots can hide behind anonymity. It’s easy to spew hate when people don’t know who you are. I want to believe these are a minority of Android users. It is because of them (whom I shall refer as “haters” moving on)that I write this post.

Most of the time, the haters attack iOS for its simplicity. Basically they take iOS’ strength (like Steve Jobs said: It just works) and make it look like it’s weakness.

“It’s limiting.”

“It’s designed for 5 year olds.”

“It’s designed for really old people.”

“Why can’t you do this on iOS?”

“Why can’t you do that?”

Yada yada yada. Yackity Schmackity.

On the other hand, they say that Android is the answer. In every way that iOS is shit, Android is king. It’s a powerful, advanced, customizable behemoth. And somehow, because they are able to tame this monster of an OS, to make it submit, to make it provide for their every whim, they think they are superior to the lowly iOS sheep who “Baaahh” at Siri and follow wherever iOS leads them.

I have a message to you high and mighty tamers of beasts: Wake. The. Fuck. Up.

Android is an OS that runs the phone/tablet you use, just like iOS. That makes you just like the rest of us: USERS. Android is a tad more complicated than iOS (okaaay, probably more than a tad). Mastering and knowing the ins and outs of Android does not make you Stephen-fucking-Hawking! Anyone can master android.

  • If you can use Windows for PC you can master android
  • If you can use a Scientific Calculator you can master android
  • If you play video games (ps3, xbox 360, psp 3ds or wherever) you can master android
  • If you can operate a television (specially with one of those programmable universal controllers) you can master android.

Basically if you have an IQ high enough to be considered a functioning member of our species, you can use AND master android given an appropriate amount of time to use an android device.

"So how about that ICS Harry. Pretty Sweet huh?"

Using android is not equivalent to winning a fucking Nobel Prize in physics. It isn’t Rocket Science.

To make a long story short: You do not have the right to brag about better than iOS users just because you can customize your theme and they can’t, because you have cool widgets and they don’t, or you have oodles of fully customized ROMS you could download into your phone and they don’t. You don’t have the right to brag because YOU DID NOT MAKE THOSE THINGS. YOU JUST USE THEM. So unless you designed those themes, wrote those cool widgets or developed those ROMS yourself, you can have a nice big serving of shut the fuck up.

Note: Obviously it goes both ways. People who hate on android should also keep their traps shut. It’s annoying as well.

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Ironman versus Magneto

Marvel’s next big event is going to be “The Avengers versus The X-Men”. I’m excited, and comics fans should be excited too. But there’s one match up that is an eensy bit one sided don’t you think:

 

Notes:

Instead of scanning the line art, I tried taking a picture of the original drawing with a camera phone instead. Just for the hell of it. It turned out pretty okay. Here’s the photo:

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Blogging – The Remix!

Wow. I haven’t updated this blog in really long time. To those wondering why there was a sudden shortage of my aweosmeness (cricket sounds go here), I share these 3 reasons.

Reason Number 1: I got a new Job
Apparently it’s hard to find time to blog while adjusting to a new work environment. I’ll leave it at that 😉

Reason Number 2: I’ve been busy with different Social Networking Sites
By busy, I mean lurking on facebook, google+ and twitter. I don’t actually generate content or interact with people all that much. But if I find something funny, you can be rest assured I’m gonna repost the shit out of it (or steal it and pretend I thought of it first).

Reason Number 3: I was playing a lot of awesome games
When I accepted my new job, I got a significant increase in my salary. That got my mind thinking:

So buy those games I did (I also got my wife to buy a few for me). In the past year I played Infamous 2, Uncharted 3, Batman Arkham City, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, Xenoblade (on the Wii) and Skyrim (Holy fuck this game is amazing). I also played other games that I can’t recall right now. What I’m trying to say is a shit-ton of my time was spent playing video games. It’s a miracle how my wife puts up with me. It’s one of the reasons I love her :-).

Aaaaannnnnddd now I’m blogging again. Why? I don’t know. I guess I’ve read all the new reddit and 9gag posts for the day. Also, my boss left early.

I guess I’m going to make a new years resolution to blog regularly again. So that brings my new years resolutions to two:

  1.  Lose Weight – I’m trying to go on a diet and failing miserably
  2. Blog regularly.

One out of two ain’t half bad right?

So I begin anew. I pity my facebook and google friends. They’re going to be getting a regular dose of shameless plugs from me again.

‘Til next time!

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Solid Snake: The Pokemon Trainer

In hindsight, this comic would have been more relevant had I made it about 5 or 6 years ago…

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