Book Review – The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring

As I mentioned with The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings has been on my “to be read” list for well over a decade. I think I have a quite unique history with this legendary epic fantasy novel. I was first introduced to The Lord of the Rings by my 11th grade English teacher. This was around the time The Two Towers movie adaptation was about to be release on theaters. I remember how excited and passionate my English teacher was regarding LOTR. Seeing clips from the movies, from there on. I knew that one day I will eventually read the entire LOTR novel to find out what the buzz is all about (I know, I’m late to party as always).

I’m not much of a movie person (I’ve spent over eight years not watching any movies whatsoever!), so I haven’t seen any of the three LOTR movie adaptations in their entirety from start to finish. I have however, seen plenty of snippets of the movies. I obviously know some of the major protagonists in the story already and I’m certainly aware of the plot and how some of the major events end up. Luckily, not everything is spoiler free for me before I dwelled into this amazing fantasy universe.

NO SPOILERS:
Regarding Tolkien’s writing, From what I’ve seen or read on the internet, people either love his writing or don’t like it at all. That is to say, their isn’t much of a middle ground. Reading this first volume, I absolutely love LOTR. So much that I read about 1/3 of this book on a single sit down read! LOTR is massive, this first volume, introduces a massive amount of characters and their back stories. I must say, given the mass amount of character information described in this book, not all of them are completely memorable to me. Theirs simply way to many to remember. Luckily, their many online wiki’s that briefly describe character information. Thus said, for the most part I try to avoid them if possible in case they might have spoilers. However, their are times that it’s simply unavoidable to me to refer to the wikis.
As it happened to me while reading The Witcher saga, the LOTR is so immersive to me. I found myself plenty of times stopped reading, and instead I referenced the online wiki to find out more information about certain subjects that were being mentioned in the book, but not fully described in it’s entirely. In a way I’m already excited about reading The Silmarillion after completing LOTR! The entire Middle-earth lore and background history is absolutely beautiful, that I always found myself wanting to learn more of it!

The main reason why certain people don’t seem to like Tolkien’s writing is because its old school (not modern), long, to slow, and overly descriptive. While I think some of it is certainly true, I felt the chapters in this book were well organized, making it really easy to follow. I don’t have much experience reading epic high fantasy other than The Witcher series. To me, LOTR is a much easier to read since you’re not jumping between difference character point of views, or across different settings in the story. Perhaps the only drawback, is how the geography of Middle-earth is presented and described to readers. The book does have map drawings, but I found them somewhat confusing and at times I kind of felt like Tolkien was introducing a ton of new kingdoms/cities constantly throughout this book.

Finally to end, I feel that anyone wanting to read the LOTR for the first time, like myself; you should read The Hobbit before hand. Events and characters introduced in The Hobbit are mentioned throughout this book, so it’s somewhat important to know what exactly happens in the The Hobbit before reading LOTR.

New Year’s resolutions

To keep my yearly tradition going. For the fifth year, and in no particular order these are the goals I won’t likely be achieving but want too:

  1. Lose the weight I gained in 2016
  2. Learn Portuguese
  3. Write a Metasploit Auxiliary Module
  4. Read all current books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series
  5. Play the games on my backlog
  6. Be more fiscal conservative and responsible.
  7. Get a U.S. Passport
  8. Learn how to cook

Bye 2016

What can I say? 2016 has been the year Leicester City won the Premier League title, and the year were the greatest football club in the world turned 100 years old. The year were politically speaking conservatism died and turned into an authoritarian shitfest. However not all was bad in 2016. Financially, it was my best year ever. So, I can’t bitch about being the worst year ever.

Fuck off 2016 and cheers 2017.

Book Review – The Hobbit

The Hobbit

NO SPOILERS:
The prequel to the legendary Lord of the Rings, I feel everyone should read The Hobbit at one point of their lives. Seriously, The Hobbit was such a wonderful and enjoyable read, I honestly believe it’s well suited for any high school English class (hell, this book was written for children!). This relatively short book is not only a wonderful introduction to Tolkien’s iconic Middle-earth universe and to an array of really interesting characters, it’s also is an awesome introduction to high fantasy literature in general. Again, I would’ve loved to have read The Hobbit back when I was in high school, instead of having endure other absolute garbage novels (like the The Joy Luck Club and To Kill a Mocking Bird, to name a few).

Anyways, enough rambling. This book (and the entire Lord of the Rings series) has been on my “to be read” list for well over a decade. I’ve never seen any of The Hobbit movies, and was fortunate enough to put watching them on hold until I first read the book. So reading the book not knowing exactly what events would happen, made the experience of reading it, even more enjoyable. For example those events that will eventually become really important in The Lord of the Rings. Although it wasn’t the focal point, it was really cool reading how Bilbo came upon the “magic ring”.

I can’t think of anything negative of this book, if anything I wanted this book to be longer. The Hobbit definitely has deep lore, which explains how Hollywood was able to make three movies based on this short book. I wanted this book to be longer! For example perhaps more back story of Gandalf, and definitely longer content regarding the Battle of Five Armies. I’ll be reading The Lord of the Rings next, so maybe this is mentioned there. Thus said for what it is, this book is really good.

As a side note. Tolkien being the godfather of modern day high fantasy, and having read The Witcher saga (heavily Tolkien influenced) a few months ago. There were instances while reading portions of The Hobbit, that reminded me of The Witcher. Most notably how similar Zoltan Chivay’s company is to Thorin Oakenshield’s company.

2016 Person of the Year

Last year’s Time Magazine Person of the Year was Angela Merkel. Going from a person that’s culturally destroying her country and an entire continent, to a person thats pulled the greatest scam in modern politics. I prefer to have to the latter. As someone who doesn’t like Trump, the only small joy I get is the fact that we won’t have a Hillary Clinton presidency, whom I’ve always seen an embodiment of Angela Merkel.

Time Magazine Trump

I told you so #1

I completely despise Ann Coulter. This bitch is nothing but an opportunistic that’s laughing all the way to the bank, in large part thanks to the idiots that buy her shit.

fuck-you-ann-coulter

To have the audacity to say it’s not your fault that Trump would sell out, having her self published a book called “In Trust We Trust” is absolutely mind boggling! It’s because of people like her we have a liberal conman as president-elect.

In Trump We Trust

Oh the beautiful irony :-)

bill-mitchell

So to all the morons that believed and continue to belief in Trump, haha I told you so.

 

 

New Laptop: Toshiba Satellite Radius 2-in-1 12.5

I impulsively bought a Toshiba Ultrabook a few weeks ago. I’m a huge fan of small portable laptop computers. I’ve been using a mid 2012 11 inch MacBook Air and a Dell XPS 13 (L321X) laptops for a couple of years now. Performance on my MacBook Air is fair, however on the XPS 13, the 2nd generation 1.6Ghz Sandy Bridge has starting to become a bottleneck for me. Not mention it’s 4GB of RAM limitation that’s soldered into the laptop so I can’t upgrade it. So it came time to buy myself a new laptop PC. The only caveat is the fact that it’s not a new computer per say. I bought a refurbished unit. At just under $550 (including tax), I bought myself a powerful tiny computer.
Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 P25W-C2300-4K 12.5

  • 2-in-1 Table Touchscreen Laptop
  • Intel Core i7-6500U Processor 2.5GHz
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home
  • 8GB LPDDR3-1600 Onboard RAM
  • 256GB M.2 Solid State Drive
  • Backlit Keyboard

Reviews are not to great for this laptop, so I wasn’t to hesitant of the possibility of returning the computer back after the 15 days of purchase and get my money back. The 15 days have passed and I ended up keeping the computer. Also, from what I can see online, it looks like the laptop has been discontinued!

At first, to my surprise I wasn’t able to find any useful information on the internet regarding the compatibility of this laptop with Linux. I’m dual booting with Windows 10 Home edition along with Ubuntu 16.04 on this laptop as of the time of this writing. So as far as compatibility with Linux goes. Everything works perfectly fine.

Keyboard:
The keyboard is ok, I’d prefer the keyboard on the XPS 13. One tiny annoyance is that the backtick/tilde key (~`) is next to the spacebar instead of the “Alt/Command” key. Instead of being before the number 1 key, like on any other traditional keyboard. Occasionally, I find myself accidentally triggering the backtick/tilde instead of the “Alt/Command” key. Also, the arrow keys are a bit to small for my liking, but not terrible. All special functions keys work perfectly, ie.; screen light, media keys, etc.
Another small keyboard annoyance is that I can’t adjust the lighting on the backlit keyboard. In fact, the backlit is only kept on if you’re using the keyboard. I suspect Toshiba made this awful choice in favor of saving battery life.

Battery:
Battery life on this laptop is not that great, I think the culprit is the beautiful screen. Under moderate use, I get around 4-6 hours battery life.

Trackpad:
Two-finger scrolling and two-finger right click work out of the box. The trackpad was a little to sensible but after a few tweaks, it’s almost perfect. Let’s face it the only worthy trackpads on laptop’s nowadays are those in Apple computers. On the other-hand it’s such a shame new Apple laptop keyboard keys are complete garbage, but I digress. These were the changes I made so that the trackpad doesn’t get easily triggered when I’m typing on the keyboard.

Screen/Touch:
Touch screen works perfectly, however the major gotcha with my new laptop and it never crossed my mind when I initially bought the computer was the 4k HiDPI screen. When I loaded up Ubuntu, everything was absolutely tiny. I really wasn’t able to find any good documentation to fixing the HiDPI problems for Ubuntu’s Unity desktop. This was a huge surprise giving that Dell sells HiDPI XPS 13 machines with Ubuntu pre-installed! Thanks to the Arch Wiki documentation, I learned Gnome has good HiDPI support. So I ditched Unity for Gnome, and I must say the HiDPI support in Gnome is awesome. The 3140×2160 screen is absolute gorgeous. Practically all applications are scaled up properly, including my important core applications that I use the most.

  • File Manager
  • Terminal (terminator)
  • LibreOffice
  • Firefox, Chrome, Thunderbird
  • VirtualBox, virt-manager
  • Spotify

So far I’m loving my new PC.

2016 Presidential Election One Week Later

Fuck Christianity, Trumpism is the largest religion in this country. A big part of my anger towards Donald Trump, aside the fact that he’s a liberal conman; was that I saw his Republican nomination essentially as a gift towards an imminent Hillary Clinton presidency. Man was I mistaken! I despise the corrupt scum of Hillary Clinton, it took a near perfect storm for her to lose the election. From the nightmare of what is illegal immigration, to people being fed up of the current political correctness environment, to WikiLeaks, to the FBI email server investigation, and to more importantly people wanting to see a change from the current political establishment in this country. However, as someone who is rational, I’m still not convinced whether Trump is the wise choice.

People follow the populists and stupidity is contagious. Donald Trump is the perfect example. After this presidential cycle, it’s become quite clear to me that no matter what political spectrum you fall in; left, right, or in between. People vote based on their feelings, rather than based on facts.


“I love the poorly educated.”


“Believe Me.”

I really should be happy because Hillary lost. After all it’s been somewhat fun to see some liberal’s stupid reactions of Trump winning the election.  However I see Trump, and I simply don’t know were the fuck this man seriously stands on issues or how easily he’s influenced by others. Possibly a positive side-effect of Trump is the fact that Republicans now control both the Senate and House of Representatives. So now it’s up to real conservatives to stand up against any possible Trump liberal or interventionist agenda. Thankfully people like Rand Paul are already starting do so. I really want to be optimistic for the next four years, but I have a feeling I’m going to be one of those people that says “Haha, I told you so…”.


“I’m very capable of changing to anything I want to change to.”

To conclude. I really should be excited, I’ll just ignore the stuff were our civil liberties will be violated. After all according to Trump, America is going to be great again. We’re going to build a wall, and get rid off rapist illegal aliens. He’s going to make really good trade deals because he’s an amazing deal maker and businessman. I’m so pumped to finally find out what the “secret” plan is to defeat ISIS is. I very much looking forward towards seeing Hillary Clinton be put in jail; lock her up. Obamacare is going to be repealed. I mean, with Trump theirs going to be so much winning, we’re going to get sick of winning…..
Sarcasm aside, believing Trump’s promises is a lot like believing Santa Claus still exists. So for a grown adult to do so, you have to be an absolute moron. Which according to last week’s election, theirs about 60 million of them.

Never Trump

I’ve been relatively quiet about the election these past few weeks, mainly because it’s depressing see how moronic Trump supporters are. I’ve taken Hillary out of the equation since the mere fact of supporting what is possibly the most corrupt and less transparent presidential candidate; automatically makes you a fucking moron.

So we’re on the eve to what is the most horrible presidential election of my lifetime so far. This nightmare of a presidential election started back in June of 2015 when Donald Trump announced his candidacy.  Which at the time, I didn’t take seriously, and man was I mistaken. Little that I knew that both liberal and conservative media were going to jump straight on the Trump bandwagon. For the liberal media it was understandingly, but it’s been absolutely disgusting to see the “conservative” media be in the tank for Donald Trump.

All my adult life, I always thought the left were bunch of morons. However thanks to Donald Trump. The right can also be equally if not more retarded. Given Donald Trump’s history and ongoing stand on policies, the fact that this liberal conman got the Republican Presidential nomination; has to be one of the greatest scam in modern politics.

To understand Trump’s popularity you have to understand how he got the nomination. Trump has received between 2 and 3 billion dollars of free advertisement. This means that for the media outlets, a Trump presidential run meant fantastic business (ratings). However I was shocked to see that all major “conservatives” were also on the tank for Trump. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that Trump is NOT a conservative, but a pathological liar, and that a Trump presidency will make it easier for a liberal agenda.

It’s absolutely mind boggling to see Trump claim that the election is rigged by the mainstream media, and by the big banks. When in fact, the media turned him into a celebrity for decades and now boosted his presidential candidacy by giving him free advertisement, while the banks saved him from financial failure! What’s even more fucking shocking is seeing other so called “libertarians” support this liberal conman! How the fuck they don’t see Trump as a dangerous authoritarian that poses a great threat to our civil liberties is beyond amazing.

When I first heard the above clip a few weeks ago, I was completely dismayed. Hearing Rush Limbaugh saying that he didn’t took Trump seriously on his policies during the GOP primaries made me absolutely furious. I was once a massive Limbaugh fan, and if their was a conservative figure that could’ve destroyed Trump from the begging and prevented this fucking cancer to grow to what it is right now, it would’ve been Rush Limbaugh. Unfortunately, Rush decided to sit on his hands and the rest is history.

I honestly tried really hard to like Trump. I even told myself, maybe this old man, all his life faked being a liberal, only to near end of his life turning conservative for the good of our country. My theory only lasted a couple of minutes. It only takes a couple of Google searches, and reading Trump’s Twitter timeline to realize the man is a liberal conman who duped the Republican base to giving him the nomination.

Practically identical to John Ziegler’s, my evolution on Donald Trump went as follow:

  • Initial outraged – called him a cunt
  • Confound confused – saw him rise in the GOP primaries
  • Hopeful skeptic – for a moment thought maybe he was the anti-establishment politician we needed
  • Dumbfounded disgust – realized he is a complete conman
  • Frustrated acceptance – realized Trump supporters are a bunch of fucking idiots
  • Confused fear – realized Trump doesn’t have a change in hell of beating Hillary Clinton
  • Abject anger – fuck the conservative media

 

Donald Trump embodies the reason I’m an agnostic. We all had science class in school, and in our projects we learned about the scientific theory experiment on which we observed a problem, trough initial observation set hypothesis for our experiment, then we finally did our experiments to verify whether our hypothesis was conclusive or nor. In the real world this teaches us to be curious or question things in life. This means we should research about that subject we have in questioned, and try to concluded our findings. This correlates exactly with Trump supporters. They simply ignore basic rational, and want to believe in the things they desperately want to be truth.

I utterly despised the liberal mainstream media, but after this election I hate the so called “conservative” media even more. After Trump clinched the GOP nomination, it was all over for the general election. Hillary will win (If you don’t believe this, either you’re completely clueless about American politics, or you’re a fucking idiot). We only have the following frauds to blame:
FUCK YOU Sean Hannity
FUCK YOU Matt Drudge
FUCK YOU Steve Bannon
FUCK YOU Alex Jones

 
The only silver lining in all of this is the #NeverTrump people. It makes me happy to see that they’re conservatives out there that didn’t drank the Trump kool-aid and called him out on his bullshit. It’s been a breath of fresh air watching or listening major conservative people like Ben Shapiro, Megyn Kelly, Glenn Beck (who I used to despise), and John Ziegler. Of whom all mentioned the latter one completely revolutionized my politics as a teenager and even now as an adult.

On the last election, I angrily ranted about how Mitt Romney not working harder enough to convince Ron Paul supporters to vote for him. Now I wished Romney was our option instead of the liberal conman. I would NEVER vote for Hillary Clinton (or for any democrat candidate for that matter), and I’d rather drink my own piss than for voting for Donald Trump. I mailed by ballot last week, so needless to say I voted for neither Clinton or Trump.

My only hope is for a majority Republican congress so it can nullify what will some potential awful liberal Clinton policies instead of having a Republican congress rollover a Trump liberal agenda.
But more importantly I want Trump to lose BIG so that a clear message is given to all the fucking idiot Trump supporters that their false messiah was heavily rejected by the people.

Why libertarians won’t be taking seriously anymore

With two liberals running for office this year in both of our major political parties, you would think it be an awesome opportunity for a smart outspoken Libertarian candidate to shine. As a registered Libertarian myself, it’s been sad to see Gary Johnson ridicule what it means to be a libertarian. Whether by doing some absolutely stupid antics while being interviewed, to supporting Trans-Pacific Partnership, and to flat out acting stupid. It’s really hard to defend Johnson’s stupidity at times.

To me, he is no stranger since after all he was also the Libertarian Presidential candidate in 2012. But to many, this is the first time, they’ve heard of him, but more importantly first heard of what “libertarianism” mean. Unfortunately Johnson failed to portray what it means to be a libertarian. In layman terms, all three major pillars of the libertarian philosophy is someone who is beliefs in the principal of non-aggression, personal responsibility, and self-ownership.

Philosophically I consider myself a libertarian/conservative. So I lost count how many times I cringed each time Johnson mentioned a “libertarian is someone who is fiscally conservative and socially liberal” during interviews.

Libertarians are now going to be seen as a joke
So when I first heard John McAfee was going to be at the Libertarian Convention seeking the nomination, I knew they the convention was going to be complete joke. Boy was I right on that. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee did a job reporting the circus of was this year’s Libertarian Party convention.

The fact that Gary Johnson had to be elected a second time around during the convention caused a lot of controversy within the Party. Yet, when you realize the opponents he wad during convention, Johnson was the only one sane, qualified, and quite frankly the only one that didn’t looked like a complete nut-job. So to many it was understandably why he eventually got the nomination.

Thanks to Hillary and Trump’s negative popularity. The option of opting for a legitimate third party option has been missed, and more importantly, spreading the libertarian philosophy.  Growing up, I wrongfully initially tough libertarians as being a bunch of lunatic anarchists. Whether that was good or bad, now people (young ones at least) will think of libertarians as being a bunch of stoners.

Many fucking morons claim the imminent death of the Libertarian Party. Either they’re retarded or  simply don’t understand that a philosophy can’t die.