The 9th Soul

Oscars 2016: Too Much Race Talk But At Least Leo Won!

Posted in entertainment, politics, weather by Fated Blue on February 29, 2016

I don’t really watch stuff like this since I’m not much of  a movie person myself but I do like to keep tabs on select actors and actresses and this year we all knew it was Leo’s time to shine. Here are my two huge cents on the this year’s Academy awards.

The Good

I’m really happy for Leo bagging his first Oscar ever and his really awesome speech on raising environmental awareness.

Like, how can you not want to plant trees after that speech?

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Book Review: Generation A By Douglas Coupland

Posted in entertainment, politics by Fated Blue on October 12, 2014

I picked this book from a bargain sale a few weeks back. The synopsis intrigued me and I figured even if the book was bad, at least I got it for like 80% off. I mean, I’ve had my share of bad books but they weren’t all totally a waste of money since I then knew that those types of books don’t appeal to me.

The book isn’t too long as it barely had 300 pages and the writing style wasn’t so slow for a typical novel. The chapters were pretty short and most of them would definitely have you be interested as to what the whole problem with the story was about. It focused on the narrative point of view of five people which says something of how the author has managed to make them be individuals despite having them come out of the same head.

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Battle For The Net

Posted in internet news, politics, Random, security by Fated Blue on September 10, 2014

If you woke up tomorrow, and your internet looked like this, what would you do? Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites.Think about what we would lose: all the weird, alternative, interesting, and enlightening stuff that makes the Internet so much cooler than mainstream Cable TV. What if the only news sites you could reliably connect to were the ones that had deals with companies like Comcast and Verizon?On September 10th, just a few days before the FCC’s comment deadline, public interest organizations are issuing an open, international call for websites and internet users to unite for an “Internet Slowdown” to show the world what the web would be like if Team Cable gets their way and trashes net neutrality. Net neutrality is hard to explain, so our hope is that this action will help SHOW the world what’s really at stake if we lose the open Internet.If you’ve got a website, blog or tumblr, get the code to join the #InternetSlowdown here: https://battleforthenet.com/sept10thEveryone else, here’s a quick list of things you can do to help spread the word about the slowdown: http://tumblr.fightforthefuture.org/post/96020972118/be-a-part-of-the-great-internet-slowdown Get creative! Don’t let us tell you what to do. See you on the net September 10th!

via Battle For The Net.

Book Review: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Posted in entertainment, politics, technology by Fated Blue on May 4, 2014

Click to enlarge. I have this version of the book and I want the succeeding ones related to the cover but I’m not sure they still exist.

I’ve been looking for a cheap version of this book for, perhaps, six years now. It was only by rough chance, and a good deal of sorting through a bunch of old piled books, that I found this lying underneath the rubble. It was in very mint condition given that it still has the plastic cover protecting the whole book itself from aging. It’s original price was at 719.00 php but I got it as 200 instead. Sweet deal, right? I’ve been looking for the rest of the series but luck has yet to smile on my search.

Let me give you a quick review since I’m a bit pressed for time. This book is meant for young adults but I’m 24 and I still enjoyed it. In fact, I enjoyed it so much I was willing to purchase all the series on day 3 of this book.  Perhaps Scott knows how to fish because his book got me hook, line, and sinker.

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Book Review: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Posted in entertainment, politics by Fated Blue on January 19, 2014

I’ve read about this book in this forum and the plot piqued my interest. I”m not an avid fan of Neil Gaiman but I have known the author due to his mainstream popularity. I actually bought this book out of the mere thought that I was destined to have this book. Don’t start with the “LOL you’re crazy” statement with me yet. I actually saw this book amongst a pile of unwanted books. It wasn’t on sale or anything but it was unbelievably priced low. It was the only book left as I skimmed through the whole bookstore and since I’ve read good reviews about this I figured it was destiny that brought me and this book together.

Anyway, as for the review, I won’t give out spoilers from the book. If anything, I’ll merely put in a good quote or two so don’t worry about it. But if you’re looking to see whether you have to buy this book or not then I’m telling you to go do it. It’s a must read for voracious readers.

The plot is quite simple: It’s simply about a war that is soon to breakout between the old and forgotten gods vs the gods America has made. The old gods are those whom the settlers brought with them and the new gods are those America has created such as the god of the internet or the god of media. A war is set to break and only one side will prevail. The main protagonist, Shadow, is stuck in the middle and he doesn’t even know why he’s chosen by the old gods or why the new gods want him on their side instead.

But that’s where the simplicity ends and Neil’s magic begins. To tell the truth, the story goes on like that for the most part. I’m not diving in deeper but I assure you that Neil is a very good writer even if it looks like he’s suddenly taken a detour away from the plot. Trust me when I tell you that everything makes sense in the end. And by the “END” I mean like the very last few chapters. You’re literally filled with questions and you end up thinking you’ll find out in the next page or the page after that and soon you end up finishing a chapter and eager to start with the new. It’s very intriguing in a very interesting sort of way. You don’t end up lacking in facts but at the same time the book doesn’t tell you everything. You want to think for yourself and even do your own research on some characters or why this god behaves this way and such. It keeps you motivated to read the book and curiosity in books is what keeps the story alive.

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RACISM AND WHY WE SHOULD NOT JUST FORGET ABOUT IT

Posted in politics, security by Fated Blue on November 9, 2013

Racism is a something we’ve all seen. Many people fail to consider that race isn’t a genetic class, but a synthetic classification of individuals with no scientifically variable facts. The term “Race” seemed to have stemmed from how people view other faces and ideas that we are not used or accustomed to.  In U.S. history, the definition of the label “white” has modified over time, eventually adding groups.

Different groups, principally those that hailed from Africa, the ones we call Latinos, Native American, people from the Pacific, and the Asians, have found worldwide acceptance to be difficult. The irregular border of ethnicities touches instructional and economic chance, political illustration, also as financial gain, health and social quality of individuals of colour. This simply states how not being culturally “normal” can hinder the social acceptance of an individual in certain instances such as Africans being reduced to being slaves and how they are not allowed to be on the same level as the “whites” or how the Native Americans, the true founders of America, were treated as savages who only wanted to retain the lands their ancestors passed on to them.

Where does it all begin, you ask? There are several ideas thrown around on however racism began, although the reality lies within the history of man. Before individuals were ready to travel and had knowledge of the different kinds of “humans”, we had a tendency to preponderantly stay within the same reasonably space with pretty much the same individuals. As humans, we have a tendency to fear things that were totally different, and were lacked the ability to face those sorts of things. All this modified once we did, in fact, get this level of human advancement; however the worry never really went away. The reality is racism began as shortly as individuals faced those of various races. In this regard, humanity’s natural instinct is to fear the things it does not recognize as occurring naturally or is naturally peaceful. Humans have survived as the dominant species because of this instinct yet this primal instinct has now become the driver of human segregation or discrimination.

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Philippines Named ‘Most Stupid Country to Elect a 20-Year OJT as a Senator’ by Time Magazine

Posted in entertainment, internet news, politics by Fated Blue on May 14, 2013

Philippines Named ‘Most Stupid Country to Elect a 20-Year OJT as a Senator’ by Time Magazine.

Ugh. Just read the whole story. It’s a shame the country voted someone knowing she hasn’t the experience. The only good thing that will come out of this is that she’ll be forced to actually exceed what is expected of her. And what is expected of her but to fail the senate game.