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terça-feira, 28 de fevereiro de 2017

The satire of GTA V

Great analysis, the examples they use help do make it clear that the guys behind GTA are fully aware of what they are creating and criticizing. If you had any doubt it, of course XD

sexta-feira, 20 de janeiro de 2017

Peacock spider

Here is the dancing of the male peacock spider to attract females. If you wanna se more, these videos come from the youtube channel PeacockSpiderman and they have much more over there.

Oh, and if during the videos you imagine a voice saying "Here! Look at me! See how I dance! See how I sexy! See how I move! Me! Yeah, you want it! See!", well, you are no alone.

domingo, 27 de novembro de 2016

domingo, 20 de novembro de 2016

Fantastic beasts and where to find them

When I first heard about "Fantastic beasts and where to find them" I was not very excited. I didn't liked to know it would not be based on a book. I liked even less when I heard the news that it would no longer be just one movie but three and then that it would not be three, but five. Yes, five!

It sucks to see how, more than any other time that I can remember, we have today a search to extract the maximum of any and every franchise from the world of entertainment.

The idea that seems to dominate the minds of those making decisions is not to stimulate new creations but to divide final chapters (or even firsts and middle ones), create things that are on top of others that had financial success, doing a thousand references, rebooting franchises, but keeping tied to the the originals, creating a layer of parasites attached around every idea that made a profit.

The objetive is profit, not the idea. The objetive is to make money, not to tell stories that can pass messages ou simply make people fell better. Pay! Pay now! Heroes journey once again, down your throat! Copy the ideia of that movie, so they will like! Call all actors again so we can make some scenes with silly jokes here and there! Pay again! Go!

It's all so entangled and so dependent that the door to to make this projects to become more than parasites gets to small. It is no surprise that that just a few save themselves.

And yet, I went to the movies. I got there without watching any trailer, I was there because I knew the script was written by J. K. Rowling and because to me it was a universe worth revisiting, even if the movie was bad, sold out, another product of this scheme of formulaic parasite copies. Even if this was not a movie for me.

To my surprise, I didn't needed more than fifteen minutes to realize what my final opinion would be about the film. The actors, the script, the feel of the movie itself, it was all there. That fifteen minutes were enough to make me see how my fears were wrong, to fell myself being filed of joy because this was good and this were just the first minutes, I still had the whole movie. Better than that, I still had more four movies! The magic was back!

Making it very clear, the movie is really good. It is not perfect, but everything is there, all at the right place. If you like the universe of Harry Potter, the books, the movies, the games, or just some of it, you may stand up and dance around your computer. Go, celebrate, I wait.

It is new, it is different, but is familiar. It is a world of magic outside of the school, with grow up characters, allowing new problems, new nuances, expanding the world. This change of tune gives freedom to this movies to be something else, to be their own thing. It is the same world, the same rules, but, repeating myself shamelessly, it is different. This is not a parasite and manages to have that vibe of a first step, the first chapter, introducing new characters, open and closing conflicts, creating a problem that is proporcional to the beginning of a new journey.

If you are a fan of the series, a fan of J. K. Rowling or just someone looking for a light and fun adventure movie, go watch it. Fearless. It is worth of your time.

I don't wanna be a complainer and all, but, just because I really like the way she writes, I can't stop thinking how good a book of this story could be, you know? A book, one of those with pages, well written, with words and words of layers and immersion like Rowling can write. Nevertheless, I'm very happy with what was delivered here.

quinta-feira, 17 de novembro de 2016

About the video game industry in Brazil

The video above is the first episode of a 3 parts documentary produced by Red Bull, talking about the video game industry in Brazil (as the title may imply XD).

The 3 parts together sum around 30 minutes and if you like video games and technology it is worth of your time.

To watch episodes 2 and 3, or to learn more click here.

terça-feira, 15 de novembro de 2016

Software learning how to shoot

The video below shows and implementation of a neural network to make to balls learn to shoot one another. The idear is to test strategies, remember the results and use the ones that better reach the objective of hit the enemy and avoid being hit.

Each ball can see their adversary, the bullets and the filed of view of their enemies (that lines coming from each ball). Their movement options are to move forward, spin clock-wise, spin counter-clock-wise, shoot and adjust their field of view.

Despite the tendencious music, it is quite impressive how fast their evolution is and how easy it is to understand their learning as "intelligence", right?

If you wanna know more about the program and prepare to the eventual war against the machines click ehre.

domingo, 13 de novembro de 2016

Do teenagers of the world know the same things?

There, over there in the world, there is something called PISA, Programme for International Student Assessment. From all the things they do, the most famous is a test they apply to students all over the world from the age of 15 to 16 to evaluate how their well selected minds are.

The last report is from 2012 and the next one will be out this year at the beginning of December.

The 2012 test had scores, one the knowledge in math, on for reading and one for scientific knowledge.

These are the results from 2012.