Monthly Archive – January 2017

Week of Geek: To tide you over…

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Hi Geeklings

I’m taking off for a couple of weeks for some vacay, but before I go I wanted to leave you with a couple of parting shots in the worlds of fandoms.  Just because I take a break doesn’t mean the world of entertainment does.

First off, not too sure if you guys are all that familiar with the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.  This was a pretty big staple of my childhood, and it’s had a few iterations since then, so maybe you saw some of it, or maybe not.  5 teens protect the galaxy, wear different colors, drive huge robot dinosaurs that combine into one giant robot.  And their main villain was named Rita Repulsa.  Anyhoo, they’re bringing it to the big screen in March.  We got a teaser for it a few months ago…

And then a full trailer last week…

Kind of a Breakfast Club meets super heroes meets Saturday morning cartoons vibe.  I’m digging it.  What do you guys think?

Also, some big news in the Star Wars galaxy.  Episode 8, due this December, officially has a title.  Drumroll please…

OOOOOOOOOH!  What does it mean?  Does it refer to Luke?  Or Rey?  Is Jedi plural or singular in this case?  Let the speculations begin!  Post your favorite theories and reactions below and check out Episode 7, The Force Awakens, in the meantime.

That’s all for me.  See you guys in a couple of weeks, and until next time, End of Line.

Pokémon avec un accent

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Pokémon. La seule franchise qui excite autant les jeunes que les vieux, dure depuis plus de 20 ans et est réellement un phénomène mondial. ET vous savez quoi? On n’avait même pas les mangas en français! J’ai donc rectifié le tir et vous pouvez désormais les emprunter dans une bibliothèque près de chez vous~ Les mangas sont très passionnants à lire et beaucoup plus matures que la série TV.

D’ailleurs, les différences entre les noms des Pokémons sont très intéressantes à étudier. Pikachu a le même nom en japonais, anglais et français mais plusieurs ont été complètement changés. Par exemple, Iwanko est le nom japonais du nouveau toutou trouvable dans la zone de départ. C’est un Pokémon roche comme son nom l’indique : ‘iwa’ = roche et ‘wanko’ = chiot. En anglais, il est Rockruff et en français, Rocabot. Le jeu de mot reste le même en français : ‘roc’ = roche et ‘cabot’ = chien!

Voici les séries que nous avons

Or et Argent
Rubis et Saphir
1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3
Noir et Blanc
X et Y
Soleil et Lune
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 2 3 4 À venir!

The Essential Rumi

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Coming across the phenomenal words and verses of one of the greatest spiritual poets to ever live, is the ultimate dream for any poetry enthusiast. Coleman Barks’ translation of the mesmerizing works of the renowned 13th century poet Jelaluddin Rumi, in “The Essential Rumi” would surely do the part in making even the most uninterested person fall in love with Rumi’s poetry.

“The Essential Rumi” is an incredible collection of some of Rumi’s most amazing poems about love, soul’s yearnings, divinity, Sufism, spirituality and the bond of friendship with The One. Coleman has managed to make the world and all those who read his books fall in love with Rumi and the one whom he loved, by translating his soulful words in Persian to English, while preserving the beauty, and flow of spirituality that Rumi’s poetry embodies. It would be sufficing to say that most of Rumi’s poetry, composed of quatrains, odes, and letters within poems was based on his unconditional and mysterious love for the wandering dervish of Tabriz, Shams, whose desire and quest of soulful companionship led him to Rumi’s hometown, Konya. It was there where the two met and fell in love, but theirs is a unique story of love and friendship that cannot possibly be fathomed or described within words. Shams of Tabriz, a mere, poor, dervish of no repute managed to transform the renowned and respected religious scholar of Konya, Rumi, into a mystical artist and poet. After a lifelong, one-of-its-kind friendship, that was not without its social and religious controversies and ramifications, Shams’ murder and the tragic end to their tale inevitably drove Rumi to a state of agony, hysteria and disbelief until he realized that theirs was the bond that was eternal and divine. Following this realization, Rumi embarked upon a path to immortalize Shams’ words, and his wisdom through his poems. Till his death, Rumi never stopped writing poems in ode to Shams; his poetry became as eternal as his love for him, and erased from existence the very definitions of love, ecstasy, emptiness, the divine truth and the search for God, giving them a whole new meaning and perspective that very few, lucky souls could understand.

Infatuated by Rumi’s words, Coleman has managed to preserve his poems’ essence and do justice to his remarkable poetry in “The Essential Rumi”, while somehow making it easier to unveil the mystery that is Rumi’s school of thought and words, in the best way possible. Before reading the book, I was entirely convinced that I would never be able to comprehend what Rumi conveys through his words, but reading some of his most beautiful poems in this book has at least paved the way for me. I am sure for those who truly are interested in reading and understanding Rumi’s words, Coleman Barks’ translations would make the process a whole lot easier.

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

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the son of neptune   Son of Neptune is the story about what the title says. Percy Jackson, demigod, son of the Greek god Poseidon, Neptune in roman, has lost his memories. He finds himself in a situation where the Gorgon sisters are avenging their fallen sister, Medusa, and attempting to defeat Percy. Percy then reaches Camp Jupiter, Camp Half-blood’s roman counterpart. In doing so, he meets his new friends Hazel Levesque and Frank Zhang. They work together in defeating enemies and monsters, but even with everything going well for Percy, he still runs into troubles that surround himself, his friends, and his past memories. Percy will need to find a way to fix this and be able to regain his previous place in this world of Greek gods.

Themes that arise in this book include friendship and loyalty. Percy’s past commitments come back to haunt him and his new friends begin to split off. The inconsistency between Percy and his new life are a struggle and he must know how to combat this and live through his new lifestyle. He must regain trust again and recognize his fatal flaw so he can progress with his previous life. His loyalty also acts as a boundary so stop Percy from putting his full trust into something unknown. This throttles that potential that he could have and he must defeat his flaw to succeed and finish his prophecy.

Overall the book is an enjoyable read with no difficult language. The novel is quite lengthy so that may cause a problem for many but the interesting plot, details, and story line will keep the reader enticed in the book and continue reading. In a series of 4 books, this is nearing the climax and has many themes and morals that the reader could learn about or follow to be an overall better person.

The Power of Why

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Innovation is decaying and ideas are being reduced with the fast advancements of modern society. The already made products are becoming dull as if there is nothing new to actually innovate or create. It’s like we have it all, we have computers, cars, and all the technology in the world. But, what do we not have? Questions are the answers to innovation as depicted by Amanda Lang, why is this product not perfect, how can we improve on it. These are the questions that influence young thinkers and that everyone should ask. By doing so, we may learn the answers to how to continuously innovate our technology and progress society by making it more convenient while not deteriorating it from the proper path it is currently going through.

The main theme surrounding this entire novel is curiosity. People say that curiosity killed the cat, but that is a thought created by those who are afraid. If individuals did not absorb curiosity, they would never have been able to move forward. We wouldn’t have the things we do today, astronauts, computers, even electricity and fire. Sure these things definitely has risks that may end in a fatal result, but continuing to explore whilst knowing those risks is what will truly come on top. The evolution of mankind depends on curiosity and also asking, “why?”.

This book is a very inspirational read although slightly slow at some points in time. Written by famous economist Amanda Lang, the stories and themes in this book are very credible and can influence many that decide to read it. The novel is not too difficult with a few business terms that may need to be clarified by as a short book, this can have a great influence on the lives of the readers in a positive way.