How to Fix the Sequel Trilogy

Let’s start out with me finding Ep.7 lame and Ep.8 outright crap. That can’t be changed, even if Ep.9 turns out to be great (which I doubt). Not even with TLJ’s “feminism” being antifeminist in disguise by showing how “toxic masculinity” picks off the female-led Resistance with ease, but that’s a post for another time. Let’s look into the future instead.

We had a few supposed leaks that suggested that TRoS will be even worse than TLJ, including that the whole point of the story is to find the downed Death Star 2’s communication array and broadcast the story of Skywalker(s) to all inhabitants of the galaxy to incite a new wave of resistance. We also had the infamous Palpatine laugh in a trailer, and the actor was already confirmed playing in the film. There’s also an EckhartsLadder video showing how the sequel trilogy is actually a ripoff of a comic in addition to being a ripoff of the OT. I know, it sounds bad, but it can be salvaged.

How? Continue reading “How to Fix the Sequel Trilogy”

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Immortalizing Digipaks

What sucks about digipaks is that they’re extremely vulnerable compared to jewel cases. So, what should you do if you want to use the discs but don’t want to fuck up the packaging? Scan the digipak, alter the images if you’d like, then print ’em all and insert the new labels into the case and put your discs in. This way, your digipak won’t be damaged and you can even put it out on a display if you’d like.

So, what do you do if you don’t have color ink and don’t wanna pay extra to have them printed in color? Obviously, you go grayscale, but if the original color is mostly dark by default, you might wanna edit it a bit. Inversion, desaturation and a few other tricks in GIMP and you’ll get the following results:

Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom. Sathanas Alive (2016)
Mayhem – De Mysteriis Dom. Sathanas Alive (2016)
Tormentor - Seventh Day of Doom (2018)
Tormentor – Seventh Day of Doom (2018)

Use two pages per cover, you print them on the same paper and it should align up nicely, you can cut ’em out and insert ’em into the case. Want a template? Here you are. The first page of the odg (LibreOffice Draw file) file is what I used for these ones (twice per project). The second page is useful if you want to make a booklet (as many pages as you like), while the last one is for discs for which you don’t have any cases at all.

Reviews in progress

I’m not really good at writing intros, so let’s just get into it!

The Expanse: I read the first 7 books in Hungarian, and saw the first 3 seasons in English. In short, it’s definitely the best sci-fi of this decade. The series ranks #3 in all time favorite sci-fi TV shows, only bested by Star Trek Enterprise (#2) and Stargate SG-1 (#1). The books, however, are massively superior to the series. Pacing is much better, the plot makes more sense (some alterations are just nope), and character development can actually happen.

Star Trek Discovery: it starts out ridiculously bad, but improves a lot during the second season. In the first, almost every SJW virtue signalling is visible and present, while in the second, they make fun of it repeatedly in a form of self-parody. It’s visually stunning, while the plot could be “a bit” better, but it picks up later on.

The Gifted: while the only comic I care about is Garfield, I do love the movie/TV iterations of the X-Men, and this series is no exception. Also, Amy Acker is my all-time favorite actress, so what’s not to like? A few signs of wokeness in the beginning of the second season, but it goes away quickly. I found the Von Strucker family line intriguing, to say the least, and would’ve loved to see more, if it wasn’t cancelled, that is.

The Orville: you better skip this one. The first season has a few cool sci-fi episodes (like the one with the huge ass generation ship), but most of it is just normie “humour” and unnecessary drama about relationshits, “oh I’m sooo awkward xd”-ness and just plain annoying characters. Also, if you don’t see the “plot twist” of the Identity two-parter coming after 10 minutes, then you’re hopelessly stupid to recognize an age-old sci-fi trope. I stopped watching afterwards, it was just too cringy to continue.

I’m so glad I never started watching Game of Thrones because it was over-hyped; while now seeing all the outrage after a lackluster final season. I can’t stop laughing watching others rant about it, the schadenfreude I feel is just too great.

I’m planning to write a few proper reviews and analysis posts about them, don’t worry. I also might (or might not) include Andromeda, the MCU, the Star Wars films, etc.

Now onto metal: Frost (the Hungarian band) has put all their material on YouTube! Thanks to this, I finally managed to listen to their 2014 album, and while it was weird I liked it. I’ll write a proper review of Deathtree Mystery (their latest one) later on after a few spins.

As for newer materials, I’m in the process of writing a Java application which I’ll use to fetch the discographies of each band I care about off Encyclopedia Metallum, compare it to my media library, and print any differences found. Yes, automating this is laziness on a whole new level, because I could easily follow the news for a hundred bands, right?

Live shows? Nothing planned as of today. I know that Marduk and Mgła are coming to Rockmaraton, but I simply don’t care. I skipped Marduk the last time they came, because I didn’t want to hear them play Panzer only, and I went for Ragnarok anyway. Also, I’m actually tired of Rockmaraton, it was fun a few times, and a disaster at others, so unless I see a band I definitely want to watch, I’ll go, so I won’t this year.

Finally, I’ll write about the Guayadeque Music Player (the best I found for linux so far), Featherpad, Tixati, PulseEffects and a bunch of Android apps, including the games I play, and Samsung Internet because fuck Firefox, that’s why.

See you later.

Being forced to switch browser (Vivaldi, 0.85)

It happened. Mozilla has finally chased me away.

I “survived” multiple revamps, first when they changed the UI (Australis), then also when they threw out the new extension API with Firefox Quantum, and also when I learned that the abomination known as Fenix will completely replace Firefox Mobile. That one already had me look for alternatives, but you know how it is: you can choose from Chromium-based browsers, Firefox-based browsers or obscure ones that mostly run in a terminal or don’t have proper adblock functionality. (To windblows users: even Edge jumped on the chrome bandwagon recently.) Recently, it became harder and harder to disable autoplaying media… putting the option to more and more obscure about:config entry, and even that doesn’t work sometimes. Finally, we had the recent addoncalypse in which already signed addons stopped working, and you either had to install a “random” extension, enable telemetry or wait for the update to fix it…

So, you might ask: what broke the camel’s back? Identity politics. Continue reading “Being forced to switch browser (Vivaldi, 0.85)”

Kubuntu, or should I say Qbuntu?

I’ve been using Ubuntu 14.04 for a while, loving it, especially Unity. I didn’t even upgrade to a newer version until the LTS support lasted, but then I had to. Seeing how Unity was only on LTS life support now and how Gnome 3 has deteriorated over the years, I went ahead to try other desktop environments, ending up with KDE 5, with my current OS being Kubuntu 18.04.

I didn’t like the original look much, but KDE was always known for its customizability. The United layout sets global menus, which I always disabled whenever possible as locally integrated menus are just the best option for space saving and retaining functionality… too bad Plasma doesn’t support it. I know about the menu button I could put on the title bar, but that’s already one more click, slowing workflow tremendously, so that’s why I use classic menus (except in Firefox). Also, other people have tried to merge the top panel with the title bar of the maximized window with less success, so let’s see how I hacked around this: Continue reading “Kubuntu, or should I say Qbuntu?”

Migration Complete

I have successfully transferred my posts from blogger, and apart from a few broken links it should be all right. I’ve created an elaborate tree of categories, a feature which blogger completely lacks. The editor is also a lot nicer and more useful, and embedding videos is a trivial matter now, while I had to fuck around with embed codes on blogger.

I’m still to finish tweaking stuff here, but after that I’m ready to roll.

For a sneak peek, check out this video of mine:

See ya’ll later.

Rotation Control – 1.0 – #LandscapeMasterRace

If you’re like me, and you prefer to keep your huge ass tablet in a case instead of holding it, you’ll use it in landscape mode most of the time.

Mine is entirely different, but you get the idea.

This is nice and all, until you encounter a few games that don’t support landscape mode. What’s worse, these games are usually pixelated as hell in full HD. I was looking for online solutions and tried a few apps until I found the gem in the title. While some games do experience a few bugs when forced into landscape mode, it’s still worth it.

The app is easy as hell to configure and use, it’s pretty intuitive, and all info is available on the play store page in case you need it.

Screenshot time! Continue reading “Rotation Control – 1.0 – #LandscapeMasterRace”