Book Review – Sword of Destiny: Tales of The Witcher

Sword of Destiny
Sword of Destiny

Given that the official English translation of Sword of Destiny was published three months ago, in a way I’m glad I discovered The Witcher fairly late. This book is a collection of short stories and follow up of The Last Wish: Introducing The Witcher.

NO SPOILERS:
This book is divided into six different short stories. It is a precursor to the epic Witcher saga. As with The Last Wish: Introducing The Witcher, this book continues on taking jabs on fairy tale Disney stories. One of reasons why I love the Witcher, aside from having an amazing story, it also has that bit of funny entertaining dark fantasy… Hell, aside from the traditional monster slaying and foul language, this book has anything from a charming family story, to love triangles, and orgys in it.

Yennefer is my favorite character in the Witcher universe, behind Geralt of course. Though a lot of prefer Triss over Yennefer, there’s a reason why Yennefer is Geralt’s main partner. The short stories in this book will definitely help understand Yennefer’s character much better.

But the focal point has to be the story on how Geralt first met Ciri, and the destiny that would bind them together.

Book Review – The Last Wish: Introducing The Witcher

The Last Wish
I loved the main story in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, so it was an absolute no brainer that I was also going to read all the books of this amazing dark fantasy series. The original story/books are written in Polish, so initially I was a little worry the English translation might be either not great or literally lost in translation, however The Last Wish: Introducing The Witcher was an enjoyable read. The Witcher universe has a lot of Eastern European folklore and mythology which I had to refer to Google to fully understand what Sapkowski was exactly referring too.

This is the first book of the massive and complex Witcher universe (The official Wiki has over 5k pages!). Amazing how reading the book, thanks to the video game I can picture the stories that it narrates.

NO SPOILERS: It was cool reading the backstories of Geralt himself, how he met Yennefer, his adventures with Dandelion, and most importantly to the Witcher saga itself, the relationship between Princess Pavetta and Duny. I also found it amusing that the books describes events that are exactly as of the major Walt Disney fairy tales stories, almost implying that The Witcher is the opposite of the traditional Disney fairy tales. As well as finally learning why Geralt dislikes traveling through portals.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Best video game I’ve ever played

I’m not much of a gamer, but The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is hands down the best video game I’ve ever played. Holyshit this game is amazing. Having played over 200 hours to complete the main story, not including all possible quests, hell I’m even definitely buying the additional expansion pack to continue playing this masterpiece of a game. I haven’t played any of the previous Witcher games, but this massive beautiful open world game; has an amazing story, lots of great characters, and an absolutely incredible soundtrack. In my humble opinion this game is one of best games ever to be created and certainly the best game I’ve ever played. So it’s no surprise to see this game winning tons of awards.

 

 

Watching the launch trailer after completing the game literally gave me a teary eye.

Bye 2015

What crazy year 2015 turned out to be.
A year where I turned 29.
A year where terrorism hit very close to home.
A year where first world feminists gave a speech in front of the United Nations, advocating for internet censorship, simply because people call them out on their bullshit.
A year where sadly, ignorance and bigotry is embraced by a large portion in this country.
A year where a very small, yet vocal minority gets offended by just about anything.

Cheers 2015, not before I mention the following:
Fuck Donald Trump
Fuck Radical Islam
Fuck First World Feminism
Fuck Social Justice Warriors

Lastly, if this blog post offends you, Fuck You.

Donald Trump wants to “shutdown the internet”

Donald Trump goes full retarded, yet again. All of my adult life I’ve been amazed of the stupidity of liberals, but now Donald Trump is making realize how fucking stupid the conservative base is as well. The fact that this man has taken a piss on all Latin Americans, women, Muslims, and yet continues to be the most popular GOP candidate, is absolutely mind-boggling. On the last GOP debate, he suggested an absolutely terrifying plan on censoring the internet to combat ISIS, almost as if he hasn’t heard or doesn’t have a clue of the National Security Agency and their role in Cyber Warfare.

What angers me more about the Republican base, is that these Trump supporters only seem to love him because he acts like a tough politically incorrect personality that insistent part of the establishment. So I ask my self, were these fucking idiot Trump supporters alive during the 2008 and 2012 elections when Ron Paul ran for President? Oddly enough Rand Paul shredded Donald Trump to pieces on his ridiculous plan, however given Rand Paul’s popularity and Trump’s poll numbers, it doesn’t look like the conservative base even cared.

Retro Gaming with RetroPie

Holyshit, RetroPie is one awesome Raspbian based distro. Regardless what people think of emulation, RetroPie is every retro gamers wet dream. I purchased Raspberry Pi 2 Model B and a Buffalo Classic USB Gamepad just for the sole purpose of installing and using RetroPie.

RetroPie
RetroPie Splash Screen

The install process was dead simple, practically just a matter of downloading the correct SD-card image for my Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, and dd the image onto the SD-card device. It simply can’t get any easier than this to get RetroPie up and running on your Raspberry Pie. I did however, had to do a few manual tweaks. First, I reset the default user name and password. Then, I had to manually expand the SD-card storage using
sudo raspi-config

Thirdly, my TV was not outputting any sound, so I had to comment the following line in /boot/config.txt
hdmi_drive=2.

Additionally, since I also purchased a wireless USB dongle, I had manually connect it to my wifi network. Luckily, RetroPie includes a GUI interface for connecting to your wifi network, instead of manually using wpa_supplicant.

Configuring my Raspberry Pi 2 Case Buffalo Classic USB Gamepad was also fairly straight forward process. Basically as you connect the Gamepad for the first time, EmulationStation will detect the device, spawn the initially game pad configuration. Which is just of matter of mapping the matching button types respectively. After the initial configuration, the game pad is all set and ready to use.

The EmulationStation interface, although not the prettiest. It is absolutely simple and straight forward to use. Their is practically no need to have a keyboard connected to the Raspberry Pi because the interface can be completely managed using the game pad controller. Uploading roms to RetroPie is just a matter of copying over files onto a specific directory, and restart EmulationStation. RetroPie even ships with pre-configured samba shares,  so it’s easier for Windows users to upload rooms onto RetroPie.

 

Cons:
With the stock RetroPie install, you’re limited to just single player mode. If you want to have multiplayer support, you’ll have to purchase and configure an additional GPIO adapter.
Also, regarding the Raspberry Pi 2 itself, it’s network interface only being 100/mbs. My wifi usb drive has better throughput than having the Raspberry Pie wired.

Pros:
I don’t want to endorse piracy, but you can literally find entire NES/SNES, Game Boy (Color and Advance), and Sega game libraries on the interwebs, and have them all playable within your $30 Raspberry Pi2.

Setup:
Raspberry Pi 2 Model B
Raspberry Pi 2 Case
Buffalo Classic USB Gamepad
Edimax EW-7811Un 150Mbps 11n Wi-Fi USB Adapter

Death of Free Speech

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For starters, I’m a Millenial and also considered a minority (although in the state of California, the Latino population is technically the majority, but I digress).

A survey was made by the  Pew Research Center which found 40% of Millennials support government intervention on censoring offensive speech to minorities. After reading the article, the first thing that came to mind, is this finding is not only terrifying, but at the same time, not surprising at all. As an example, let’s take illegal immigration. Spanish news media outlets refuse to label “illegal” immigrants as “illegal”, instead they opt to use the term “undocumented”, because they considered the term illegal to be derogatory. Illegal, undocumented, what’s the bloody fucking difference?! They’re both the same thing. We’re living in an era of political correctness, that’s beyond mind boggling. Interestingly enough, Drudge Report had a feature article about a High School cheer-leading student that made a tweet which some seemed as being offensive, thus resulting in her removed from the team.

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This research reminded me of the fiasco a few months ago back, at the University of California Irvine, were the student council wanted to ban the U.S. flag because they seemed it as being offensive.

American Universities are breeding grounds of Liberal and Socialist ideologies, so it’s not surprising that a generation who hasn’t experienced any threats to their first amendment, would support such restriction to their freedom. We live in a world where feminists under fraudulent claims, can go to the United Nations, and give a speech to promote internet censorship, now a substantial percentage of a generation of young Americans favor limiting free speech.

 

U.S. Millennials More Likely to Support Censoring Offensive Statements About Minorities