Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Faith in Humanity

These days I have been more touched by news showing that humanity is not lost. There is so much so wrong that happens every day, that to know that there are positive things happening makes me happy. This news I found it some time ago, but now I share it because I think it's worth it. Have you ever seen the movie Fanboys?

Well, this real-life story has a similar parallelism. Daniel Craft, a 41 year-old  man with a diagnosis of terminal cancer with only weeks to live, had to be hospitalized and missed the 9-minute preview of the film Star Trek: Into Darkness accompanying selected screenings of The Hobbit. Knowing how he was an unconditional fan of Star Trek, his wife made ​​an appeal on the internet for someone to arrange a copy of the preview. The application has become viral and reached the ears of Paramount and J. J. Abrams. As such, they invited them to see the full movie. Days later, Daniel died. A friend of his reports the experience of Daniel on Reddit:
A day or so after the thread began, Paige, Dan’s wife, got a voicemail from J. J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof that was very nice and very straightforward: a producer for the movie would get in touch with them. The next day, one of the film’s producers showed up at the door of their apartment with a DVD containing a very rough cut of Star Trek: Into Darkness in his hands. Paige had made popcorn, Dan had spent the previous day resting so he could sit through the movie, and after signing about 200 non-disclosure agreements they watched the film and had a blast. 
Afterwards, Dan got back into bed, exhausted, and didn't get out again. Yesterday he was pretty non-responsive and Paige took him to the hospital for hospice care. Last night, at 10:15pm, with Paige and his brother in his room, Dan died. The last thing he got to do that gave him pleasure was watch the new Star Trek movie. And it’s because of you. 
At a time when he didn't have a whole lot to look forward to, Star Trek, J. J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, and Bad Robot performed a simple act of kindness for a total stranger and gave Dan something to be excited about for a couple of days. The movie did exactly what movies are supposed to do, it helped him forget about his problems for a couple of hours. It doesn't sound like much, but in this case it was. 
This is a difficult story to write about without getting sappy, sacharine or insensitive, but to those of us who didn't know him, Dan now stands as a symbol of the power of film. Here’s a man who spent his days helping to cultivate one of the best film festivals in the country and when the end was near, he took solace in cinema. “Dying Man Gets to See New ‘Star Trek’ Movie” is flashy headline, but this story is a powerful reminder of why we love cinema. Movies are capable of transporting us to new worlds, of helping us forget our pain for two hours — it’s comforting to know that a real movie fan was able to embrace what he loved until the very end. 
Rest in peace, Mr. Craft.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Games Are Not Just For Kids

Video games have been pointed out several times as instigators of violence. It doesn't matter if anyone says that gratuitous violence occurs when someone is mentally unstable, either due to illness or mental problems, or life circumstances. But if there is someone who can counter this is Hilda Knott.

This lovely lady, an 86 year-old granny, uses video games to keep mentally active. And it's lovely to see her playing ... GTA IV. Yes, GTA IV. Hilda played for the past 40 years and this time does it in a 65'' TV screen ... to help with her eyesight. Might well be the elderly in a few years, enjoying their video games in the comfort of home. Game on!

(found here)

Friday, January 25, 2013

Star Wars movie news!

The next Star Wars movie is on the way and now another piece of info has come to light. Although is not yet official, it seems that J. J. Abrams will be the director of Star Wars Episode VII, due in 2015. Abrams produced Lost and was in charge of the reboot of Star Trek.

But for now, this is still unconfirmed, but Roberto Orci, producer and screenwriter that worked with Abrams on Star Trek, Star Trek: Into Darkness and Mission Impossible 3, tweeted simply "True!". Let's wait and see :)

(news here, image here)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Could you sign my petition?

I'm so sorry for the long absence :s Christmas has really messed up my routine up to this point... But yeah, I'm back :)

I don't know if you knew this, but a petition was made to the White House to build a Death Star. You didn't know? No... it's not a joke! Of course, one would expect it to be simply dismissed and thrown in a pile of all petitions that are of no interest to anyone... But, given that President Barack Obama is awesome we could expect a surprise. Oh... you don't believe that Obama is awesome? There is photographic evidence!

As if all this were not enough, they answered the petition! The response, titled "This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For", is written by Paul Shawcross, chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget. 

Some of the reasons cited are the estimated $850 000 000 000 000 000 cost ("We're working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it"), the famous Death Star vulnerability ("Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?") and last but not least, Shawcross says that "The Administration does not support blowing up planets".

Finally he suggests: "If you do pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field, the Force will be with us! Remember, the Death Star's power to destroy a planet, or even a whole star system, is insignificant next to the power of the Force."

This made my day! :D

(saw it here and here)