So yes… I guess this means I’m back.
If you’ve been following me on Twitter you already know I’ve recovered something I consider mentally important to know I have, even though I have to admit it’s nothing but a drug that most of the time simply drags me out of doing the things I really need to do, like, for example, talk about that with you guys.
I’ve been meaning to come, and write. First about Hearthstone, since it’s been keeping my mind focused out of writing code in the evenings and weekends (good thing, actually), and then about the project close to our hearts.
However, when I think about it, I just can’t come around the fact that Paul Walker is no longer among us. I mean, a couple of months ago I was lying on the bed of a 4-star hotel in downtown San Francisco watching Fast Five, The Fast & The Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious, and I remembered how during high school most of my friends would mock the two first films for not being true to cars and to their spirit. I remember seeing the poster for Tokyo Drift in my (then) local cinema, thinking “how could they leave behind their cast to start over?” when in fact that would become my favorite film in the series; a film with whom I share a deep passion and understanding about what driving a car is. Then came Fast & Furious, at a time I considered myself “mature enough” for those kinds of films which were entirely made to sell tickets to audiences, and I’ll always remember thinking what was the point of that huge wall at the HMV near Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong stacked full of DVD and Blu-Ray copies of the film. Finally, in 2011, the whole thing made sense for me: my Dad and me saw the fifth film at the Metreon in San Francisco, and I finally understood, and most importantly felt, that the Fast & Furious franchise is not about being “real”, it’s not about making fiction come closer to reality like Christopher Nolan did for Batman: it’s about enjoying yourself while watching them, and most importantly, caring about those characters you’ve met and shared many years of your life with.
It was this same year, in 2013, when Fast Six came as far as my own island of Tenerife to shoot a lot of scenes. Could I ever be more proud? I was so excited when Universal kicked the seventh installment into sixth gear so it could be released by the next summer: finally, we would be back in Japan, where the best film in the series was shot, that magical land full of neon lights and tall buildings that seems to be trying to capture me film after film, with last year’s James Bond installment being the most recent example. Then I had to wake up a Sunday morning, my first Sunday with Internet connection in my apartment here in Germany, with a link by my Dad on iMessage that read something like “fast & furious accident”. I thought “well, it might just be something that delays production, kind of like what happened to that poor Camaro”. I could not believe it. Like many others I think, I spent most of that day, and the next, reading everything the gossip tabloids would shoot to catch our eyeballs and grab some Internet ad money. It is kind of disgusting, but I can’t really care: I just can’t stop and really understand that this man is gone; he was here just a couple of days ago, and in a fraction of less than 120 seconds, a bad choice, a judgment call out of the spirit to live and feel alive, took him away from us forever.
I can’t really say whether he was an angel or not, we can leave that to the people who really knew him. All I can say is, I can’t believe this happened, and I can’t get my head around it yet.
May you Rest In Peace, Paul. America wouldn’t mean the same thing for me without your contributions.
Rise. Rose. Risen.
I can’t completely decide whether writing this right now is a good choice. Or not. I’ve come home straight out of the cinema, and have sat in front of the LCD screen while the clock is ticking, and there’s work to be done tomorrow, but some things deserve that you go out of your way and simply make time for them.
Finally, after seven years, Christopher Nolan’s vision of the Batman universe has come to a close. It hasn’t done so in all of the best ways possible , but the filmmakers did everything that was on their hands to make this a great film, and they did.
More than just for pictures
Up til now, all you’ve heard me raving about has been the iPhone 4S’s camera. Well, except when it’s dark. But besides that, it’s all light and petal showers for Apple’s latest iPhone and its ability to capture moments on stills.
Last week though, was kind of a revelation to me. I hung out with my friends up in the mountains, and made a lot of shots. When the Sun was falling, a few of us were left and instead of shooting more pictures, I flipped the switch and hit the “video camera” mode in the default Camera app. The results? Completely unexpected.
This is going to be a hell of a week for me, and by the love of God, today I get to sleep about five hours. Wonder how many more of those I’ll get until the weekend.
Don’t expect much from me this week, except something really short. Today I can think of nothing better than the trailer that blew my mind a few months ago. I can’t wait to see this film, and you shouldn’t, either. There’s a new extender trailer, but it shows more of the film. If you still want it, it’s here. And it’s awesome, too.
The era of the online video
Before beginning, I’d like to point out that no way I would’ve imagined I’d find such an epic shot to reflect what I wanted to mean with this post. All right, it doesn’t necessarily “mean” what I have to say, but nevertheless, it’s a glorious photo.
After looking at WhatsApp yesterday, I’d like to reflect on something different today. As it turns out, I’ve been watching how the concept of “product launch” has dramatically changed over the last 5-6 years, and if you don’t remember correctly, it’s been only 5 to 6 years since YouTube started hosting funny videos with dogs and cats as their main cast.
Bollywood’s missing its chance
If this was my first or second outing at writing a blog, I would’ve researched the hell out of the subject before daring to speak. But since I’m not, and since this blog is all about enabling me to write my mind on a daily basis, I intend to talk straight from my heart.
As you might’ve read, I’m having some sort of “comeback” into the world of Indian cinema. Not necessarily watching, but listening to the songs I’ve come to like for the past few years. And following yesterday’s post, one can argue Bollywood could really reap some profits if they put their minds to it.
The Content Distribution Problem
Let’s rewind the hands of time a little bit, to the days where I wasn’t employed and couldn’t plan what I was going to buy on a month-to-month basis. Back then, I had a backlog of stuff I wanted to buy, and everything was sorted according to a mix of need and greed.
Some things in the backlog came hand in hand. Case in point? A Full HD monitor and a PS3. We’re talking about 2007 here, when I knew I wanted the PS3 just for two games: FFXIII and GT5, even though everyone was telling me it wasn’t a good investment and to get the XBox 360. To this day, I still don’t have a Full HD monitor nor a PS3, but the point is, they came hand in hand due to a very simple concept: we had a TV in the hall, but I watched most of my TV shows on my (at the time) 17” laptop, so I wanted the monitor to both enjoy my shows in my room and game on the PS3.
Eventually (I thought), the PS3 would open the door to something else: buying Blu-ray Discs. I think I’ve never bought a single DVD film for myself, despite wanting to have a lot of films at hand without them occupying my hard drive space. The reason was quality: DVDs were already inferior to the 900p resolution I had in my laptop’s monitor, and if/when I got my monitor, I’d regret spending all that money in DVDs.