[Quickie] Jungle Book 2016

Look for the~ Bare necessities~
The simple bare necessities~
Forget about your worries and your strife~

TL;DR: 9.5/10, would watch again, completely enjoyed it, might be worth a watch in 3D.

As you can tell, I really liked the new Jungle Book. It was a fun romp, and one that I would be glad to watch again. I’m impressed by just how many arcs they managed to cover in the movie, from Mowgli’s ousting to Kaa to Baloo and then to King Louie. It was a good childhood romp, and the fact that Mom enjoyed it too was a real bonus.

It is a bit darker and grittier than the original though, so I’d recommend this for kids aged 7 and up. Neel Sethi, as Mowgli, is quite the right mix of bratty and innocence. As for the rest of the cast, I’ll admit that Lupita’s Raksha’s was the one that stood out the most to me. The right mix of motherly care and firmness. And now, bed.

[Quickie Review] Captain America: Civil War

Now Kiss: What I thought of Captain America: Civil War
Now Kiss: What I thought of Captain America: Civil War

TL;DR: 9/10, completely enjoyed, would watch again.

Captain America: Civil War was surprisingly deeper and mature than I thought it would be. There’s far defter and subtler storytelling going on in this movie compared to Avengers: Age of Ultron. Some say that it’s Avengers 2.5, which I tend to agree with.

That said, here’s the non-spoilery impressions I had:

  • OMG Peter Parker so adorable
  • OMG they really behaved like fans or like meeting their celebs I like how normal they are in comparison to everyone else
  • Ho shit people of colour are actually speaking up, have their own opinions and are treated as more than props!
  • DAMNIT VISION STOP BEING ADORKABLE
  • I want to hug Wanda
  • JIE JIE NATALIE!
  • Papa-wannabe Single Dad Tony Stark
  • Kor Kor (no longer senpai, but elder brother instead) Steve
  • McGuffin Bucky
  • Damn those fight scenes my eyes
  • Second watch much suggested
  • I don’t have an overload compared to Avengers 2
  • Tone is slightly darker than what I’ve come to expect (Bear says it’s more realistic)

I now have a tiny crush on the T’Challa’s bodyguard because damn SHE HAD PRESENCE. And unlike previous Marvel movies, I did not come out completely overwhelmed by the visual spectacle. It’s surprisingly refreshing, and there’s a lot more nuance in this than I thought.

That said, I do have one thing to say about Chadwick Boseman: his face doesn’t match his voice. Or the other way around. He has this really deep and serious voice that is full of maturity and seniority. He has depth I would say, in a more substantial way than Robert Downey Jr or Chris Evans, but his actions and his character feels very much like a yuppie. It’s disconcerting (but in a way that plays out! Read spoilers below).

So yes, this is where the spoilers begin. Under the cut. Continue Reading

Quick Updates

This year has been both good and bad so far, and April’s just ended!

  • Dad passed away
  • New job is working out better than I expected
  • House is still untenanted
  • Money coming in is nice
  • Boss likes my work, and colleagues are good
  • ALL THE MOVIES

Also, HUNTCOOK WHY CAN I NOT STOP PLAYING THIS.

Good night.

On authority

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We have been taught to rely on authority.

Responsibility is something that is handed to us, not something we seek and shoulder. We have tasks, duties and thus responsibilities thrown onto our shoulders. It is not something we claim.

Authority is not something we claim. It comes with both power and responsibility. It also means being accountable and holding in trust, the consequences of our actions.

We look to authority to save us. We look to external factors, the outside, to tell us what to do, to define the lines, to enforce discipline. We look to authority, most importantly, for approval.

We are kept small by our submission to authority, whether in fear or by our own choice. We have been taught that to question authority, is to incite embarrassment, thus we do not allow those who come after us to question our choices.

We pass this down to our children, from teachers to students, whenever a child corrects an adult or a senior. Is there any wonder why we suffer?

From Windows 10 32-bit to Windows 10 64-bit

Right, this is an overdue post (several weeks, in fact). I upgraded from Windows 10 32-bit to Windows 10 64-bit over the Chinese New Year holidays. If you are upgrading from a previous version of 32-bit Windows (like Windows 7, Windows 8, etc) then yes, I can confirm that there is no issue upgrading from your 32-bit version to 64-bit. Here’s how you can upgrade:

Ingredients:

  • ACTIVATED Windows 10 (aka you must have accepted the Win 10 Upgrade notice when it appeared on your PC)
  • Download the Media Creation Tool
  • A 64-bit system
  • An empty thumbdrive of at least 16GB to store the installer files (your thumbdrive will be overwritten, so use an empty one)

Recipe:

  1. First, backup everything. Really. BACKUP EVERYTHING.
  2. Then on your 32-bit OS, upgrade to Windows 10 if you have not already. If you have, then check to ensure your Windows 10 license is activated under Start Menu > Type Activation > Windows is activated.
    • Check what Windows version you have, aka Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro etc.
  3. Start the Media Creation Tool you downloaded (in the Ingredients section). Select “Create Installation media for another PC.”
    • Ensure that the Edition you’ve selected is the one you currently have.
  4. Select 64-bit architecture. Now let it download and install to your thumbdrive. Go have a cup of something, this may take a bit of time.
  5. Restart your computer and boot from the USB thumbdrive.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions until you see “Which Type of Installation do you want?” Select “Install Windows only” here.
  7. Select the Primary Partition. This was where I ran into trouble.
    • If you get the “Windows can only be installed to GPT disks” error, don’t panic. This was also the reason why I said to backup everything.
    • I manually wiped my drive and converted it to GPT using this guide. If you have multiple drives like me, be VERY careful about which drive you delete.
  8. After converting your drive to GPT, Windows should be able to install Windows 10 normally.
  9. Sit back, have a drink and raid a town in Clash of Clans. By the time you’re done, Windows should also be done installing after several restarts.
  10. When you’re done with setup, click on Start > Type Activation. You should see the screen below.
  11. 64bit

Enjoy your new 64-bit PC!

Credits to Groovy Post and How-To Geek for the original advice.