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Friday, August 17, 2018

What were the books from "The Equalizer"?



The 2014 movie The Equalizer(if you havent watched it you can watch it at the link) was built around the idea that Washington was a closet hitman, and he had this odd fascination with reading books to honor the memory of his dead wife.  The books  he reads are used to provide a subtext to the movie.
The first book that is introduced is The Old Man and the SeaWashington gives a brief synopsis and uses the book to explain life to the hooker he rescues that is central to the story.

The next book is Don Quixote. While the book is not explicitly mentioned or shown, the overview he tells the hooker he is saving while walking her home from the dinner makes it pretty obvious.

The final book is Invisible Man. This book is interesting because it is shown at the very end of the movie.  At first you might not think about the book because the title sorta fits with Washington's persona.  He was essentially the invisible or underestimated man throughout the story.   But when you look at that book it "chronicles the travels of its narrator, a young, nameless black man, as he moves through the hellish levels of American intolerance and cultural blindness."  The current affairs of the time were all about race with Obama recently winning the 2012 election and a few other notable events going on throughout the country.  It makes the inclusion of the book even more poignant.

Be on the lookout for the books from the upcoming The Equalizer 2. EQ2 starts off with Washington reading a book on a train.  I wonder what significance the books in EQ2 will have for the story and for commentary on current events.

What books are in The Equalizer 2?


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Thursday, July 26, 2018

The invisible gorilla and eat your carrots from Gringo

If you watched Gringo, a video by Amazon Studios, then you saw the constant references to gorillas Harry ironically points out in the movie. If you havent watched it you can watch it free here. As you may have guessed the references are from real world studies.  Here is a quick video to refresh your memory on the first one.



The first one is the carrots and bananas experiment.  Richard(Ironic name, huh) tells Harry about a book he read it in.   The movie references a book titled Dear Darwin: Experiments with Apes and Man.  The experiment and book may be real, but I was unable to find any info on the book. Making a fake book cover  is pretty simple.  However, a very real book on his shelf in the scene where he displays the Dear Darwin book was The Art Of War.  The Art Of War was probably displayed to show he was a strategic businessman.  I like to provide visuals so I found a similar experiment with cucumbers and grapes. The parallel should be apparent. The short video is actually kind of funny. 



The video is about unequal pay. Obviously the sweetness of a grape is of more value to a monkey than the taste of a cucumber.  The parallel can be seen in the example from the movie about the banana and the carrot which is referenced at the end.  In the movie this example may have been substituted for continuity, simplicity and that neat ending.  Continuity of the use of gorillas sets Harry up to say the hilarious line(Im sure you were thinking), "Why is everyone talking about Gorillas!?"

Later on his wife Bonnie tells him a story about a gorilla experiment involving a ball.  I was able to find a video on this, and spotting the gorilla isn't as tricky as you may have thought. Counting the passes is a bit more tricky.  How did you do?


The final allusion is an outlier about a bear, and is similar to an old tale about a village and a tiger.  The kids in the village find a baby tiger and raise it.  The village elder warns them that the tiger should not be kept as a pet.  The people ignore the elders warnings.  A child gets injured and starts bleeding. The tiger licks the wound and the taste of blood sends him on a killing spree wiping out the village.  The bear allusion is a truncated version of that story.


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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Easiest way to keep your gaming peripherals clean!


Here is a quick and easy way to keep all your gaming peripherals(controllers, mice, keyboards, ect) clean.  It is by far the easiest way.  Other methods were using disposable alcohol pads and water with paper towels. This way eliminates all of that expense and waste.

It should cost you nothing to do it. Because you are recycling something that should be replaced, for sanitary, reasons before its physical failure date.  Save time, money and the planet!
Hope this helps or at least inspires you to clean your nasty devices.  Drop a comment at the FB page, YT or on Twitter.






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Gaming Gear:
Mouse (Great Value)
Keyboard
Headset(Great Value) 
Gamepad
Controller 
Monitor   Learn more about choosing the right PC Monitor.
GPU 
SSD
Mobo  (Has awesome software to control programs bandwidth usage so nothing spikes causing game lag.)


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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Fortnite Cosplay Glider, Umbrella and Harvesting tool list

Rainbow Smash (most widely liked)

Fortnite is a wildly popular game.  Cosplay is a way for fans to show how much they like a particular hobby.  Fortnite cosplay list(will be continuously updated check back often) is a simple easy way to compile a list of gear that you can order online and wear to Comic Cons, parties or out to a chicken dinner. If you are looking for Fortnite Skins Cosplay click here.

The Glider/Umbrealla(used to enter the map) and the Harvesting Tool(used to gain resources) are the two main devices, aside from weapons, that can be used in the game.

The glider has no real world counterpart, but a how-to build guide can be found below.

**Video coming soon

Umbrellas, however, are easy to come by. Here is a list of real world items that mimic game items:

Umbrellas


The Umbrella(Standard):
Snowflake :

Paper Parasol:
Wet Paint :
Beach :
Founders Umbrella:

Other Ideas:

White Ninja Umbrella:
Black Ninja Umbrella:
Middle Finger Umbrella:

Harvesting Tools


Harvesting tools are another item that is hard to find without replicating in a DIY fashion.  Here are a few that can be easily bought for your Fortnite Cosplay needs. Some of these will require imagination and slight modding(dye, stickers, accessories), but additional links are provided where needed. Sssniperwolf

Studded axe(basic pickax):
Studded axe and You Shouldn't have:
Studded axe and Disco Brawl:
Studded axe and  Raiders Revenge:
Studded axe and Lucky:

Forebearer:
Tenderizer:
Cliffhanger:
Spectre:
Tactical Spade:

Renegade Roller:
"Plunija"(Plunger and Sword):
Directors Cut:
Stop Axe(requires cutting and post):

Rainbow Smash(requires dye):
Reaper:
"BatSickle" Bat and Sickle:

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Other Ideas:

Royal:
Viking:
Cobra:

**List Version(mm/yy): 07/18

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