Month: June 2012

Worst Phone Ever

Tonino Lamborghini is launching a series of luxury phones in Russia this coming August “which includes two gold-plated feature phones, a tablet, and an Android smartphone”. Pictured here is the Android smartphone. Ugly even as a gauche status symbol. Add to that anemic specs and very, very outdated Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Never mind it costs almost USD3,000.

Makes the Nokia ORO an exercise in taste and restraint.

Source: Mail, via The Verge

WOY WOY TELL ME WHY

So judging from the recent news Euro 2012 is becoming (more of) a fiasco for the England national team, with Woy making nonsensical picks, players like Carrick and Richards (with some justification) taking their ball and going home, everyone conveniently getting injured and now some hulabaloo with regards to Rio throwing a hissy fit after being passed over because Woy selected Kelly to replace Cahill, and Kelly isn’t even a CB! I have zero sympathy for Woy because he just had to pick EBJT, and everything around that asswipe has to be a man-management nightmare.

Of course all this is small news compared to Henderson, Downing, Gerrard, Carroll, G.Johnson and now Kelly being swept into the final squad. This led to two competing hilarious theories currently being circulated.

  1. The England manager is a complete wuss that lost his pair and is placating the rabid RAWK crowd by picking as many (non)-performing Pool players as possible
  2. He’s actually a vindictive genius and is planning to both tire and demoralize the Pool squad after an exhausting, humiliating and fruitless Euro campaign.

In the first theory he’s wasting his time since there’s very little overlap between a Little Englander national team fan and a rabid YNWA cultist. It’s doubly pointless especially because he had the temerity to replace the Fat Spanish Waiter, which is practically almost a death sentence on the Anfield terraces. As for the second theory, that would mean he doesn’t mind them hating him even MORE at the expense of scuppering his ricebowl. Either way, it’s a comedy and we should enjoy it while we can, because the media have their knives ready for poor befuddled Woy.

Authorial Intent – A Pox On It If The Author Is A Giant Douche

I was reading up on the Machete Order of viewing the Star Wars canon films and it jogged my memory on a discussion related to the issue and one of those many, MANY depictions of fiction that took inspiration from it in Western popular culture, Avatar: The Last Airbender.

I was talking to someone who watched Sozin’s Comet for the first time and we were discussing about the show’s similarity with SW. (including the split final battle) He mentioned that a ROTJ that combined Conan the Barbarian cinematography with Aang’s communion with his self-spirits would make for a better Luke-centric show. Basically, in place of the spirits we’ll have the various force ghosts, perhaps arguing for and against Vader and what he originally was. Flashback prequel footage (COMPETENTLY DONE) could be used to highlight his humanity or lack of. I mean, if Ahnuld could make a film out of CtB it could easily be done with a less than stellar Mark Hamill.

There’s also immense irony and a splendid callout factor to have Hamill come back essentially as the anime version of the Emperor. Vader had become a peer of the protagonist in the form of Zuko, so there’s some interesting variations of the theme done here. Someone should put Hamill on a commentary track for those last few episodes.

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