Marvel’s “Villain Problem”

14 novembro, 2014

The Left Lane is for Passing

I’ve had a vision of a world made free from magic tricks.

*LIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD*

Marvel Studios, for all its great decisions and fantastic vision, is not doing its villains justice. It’s the only area where DC is supreme.

Mike Cecchini at Den of Geek has written a fantastic piece, with which I completely agree, about how Marvel’s cinematic villains aren’t up to snuff. There have been 10 Marvel movies now and, of them, only one memorable villain who headlined in two of those films. I’m referring to Loki, of course, in case you’re blind. Mr. Cecchini even makes the rather damning point that Captain America: The First Avenger wasted Hugo Weaving as Red Skull. He’s right.

Alternatively, the Warner Brothers’ DC films have done its villains justice. Of course, Christopher Nolan’s Batman films were great for their characterization of the man himself, but the villains were also…

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Google Scholar is Filled with Junk Science

11 novembro, 2014

Gustav Fiers (The Gentleman)

10 outubro, 2014

Who's Who

Gustav FiersAnother recurring character from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 today, despite he’s quite a surprise in his own right. At the end of the first The Amazing Spider-Man, doctor Curt Connor is visited in jail by a mysterious figure, known only as “The Man in the Shadows“, who tells him Norman Osborn has got some plans in store for Peter Parker. The character’s identity has been a mystery until now…and he’s not someone anybody was expecting: Michael Massee is finally credited as Gustav Fiers, and he once again appears just for a few minutes, promising further developement for both the character and the general storyline. This time, Fiers visits Harry Osborn in prison, updating him on the state recruitment of his new team: while he visits a secret section of Oscorp, we clearly see some very known equipment: Rhino‘s armor, Doctor Octopus‘s…

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Can’t stop ripping out eyeballs in Tentacles: Enter the Mind

19 setembro, 2014

Grinding Down

tentacles etm screenshot

It really seems like the Windows 8 phone just lumps a bunch of freemium games together and publishes them all closely together in one big spurt. I mean, Throne Together,Hungry Shark Evolution, and now Tentacles: Enter the Mind all came out in just the last few weeks alone, and this is following another burst of free-to-play experiences with Hexic, Snap Attack, and that trilogy of Microsoft-themed classics like Mahjong, Minesweeper, and Solitaire. Oh boy, my phone might be filling up a little too fast. There’s even a few other free games to download that I’ve held back on simply because I don’t want to overdo it, though clearly that is not a thought in Microsoft’s mind.

That said, so far, Tentacles: Enter the Mind from Microsoft’s very own Press Play studio seems like the most traditional videogame of all these freebie titles I’ve touched of late, even if…

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Dilma oferece Acre para Palestinos “fazerem um país”

13 agosto, 2014

BlackBerry Passport: Breaking Design Boundaries

11 julho, 2014

Inside BlackBerry

Many have thought that creativity around the design of smartphones was dead – rectangular device… screen… volume and input buttons. In fact, device companies have been emulating the same, entertainment-driven look for so long that there’s been a homogenization of the visual cues in smartphone design, to the point that some called 2013 “The Year the Smartphone Died.

Stuck in a Rectangular World

We’ve been living in a rectangular world for quite some time and know it’s a great ergonomic design that drives content, media consumption and quick communications. However, the rectangle has become a de facto approach to smartphone design, perhaps limiting innovations.

Just as a PASSPORT is the universal symbol of mobility and was the inspiration for the size and form factor of this device, your BlackBerry Passport becomes your ticket to open new doors of opportunity.

It’s Hip to be Square

There’s a marriage of…

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Google Will Shut Down Its Orkut Social Network In September

30 junho, 2014

Windows Phone 8.1 Brings Unwelcome Changes

14 junho, 2014

Windows Live space

If you have installed the Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview, you have likely been enjoying the use of Cortana, and possible the notification center at the top, along with other new features so that you can write new apps in time for the public release of the OS.  Unfortunately, in giving new features, it seems that Microsoft also takes away, and in quite a few big ways.  Here are the ones I have noticed so far.  I have also made the titles of each section hyperlinks to User Voice feature requests so you can vote to restore these features taken away.  Please do vote on as many as you can so that we can restore lost features to the OS, if you agree with the loss being a bad thing to you.

Bing Scrapbook

This was broken in the move to Windows Phone 8, but you can still go to…

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paint.net 4.0 beta (build 5226) is now available!

28 maio, 2014

paint.net blog

The third beta build for paint.net 4.0 is now available!

To install, you can either 1) use the built-in updater from a previous 4.0 build, or 2) use the built-in updater from v3.5.11 if you have “Also check for pre-release (beta) builds” enabled, or 3) download it from the forum at http://forums.getpaint.net/index.php?/topic/28276-paintnet-40-beta-build-5226/

Here are the changes and fixes since the last beta build (5168):

  • Rotation (Move, Shapes) now allows you to use the right mouse button to rotate, no matter where the mouse cursor is
  • The hit-zone for rotation no longer extends inside the object’s (e.g. selection, shape) bounding box
  • New languages: Hungarian, Lithuanian
  • Fixed some mouse input glitches when using Paint.NET inside of VMWare
  • Fixed all sorts of issues with Paste
  • Fixed blending modes sometimes getting saved incorrectly
  • Fixed an infinite loop with the crash dialog handling
  • Fixed constrained rotation (e.g. Move, Shapes) using a relative instead of absolute…

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A Tale of Four Countries: Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay

15 maio, 2014

Educating Internationally

The Treaty of Asunción, signed in 1996 by Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay, established a new free-trade zone in South America called MERCOSUR, which stands for Southern Common Market. Similar to NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), this treaty sought to allow people and goods to freely move between the four countries in an effort to build their economies. The signing of the Treaty of Asunción was only possible because these four nations share common Iberian heritages and tend to have worldviews that are compatible with one another. These heritages and worldviews have a direct influence on how higher education was established in each country, and serve to frame how students gain access to universities in that region of the world. In addition, the role of the family in these four nations includes caring for children even after they graduate from high school; it is very common for young adults…

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