My The Walking Dead Rant

I’m starting to write this 24 hours after watching Season 7 Episode 1 of The Walking Dead: The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be. So major spoilers ahead, but you should read anyway, because it’s not that important! There will also be swearing and words, lots of words, don’t be offended by words.

SPOILERS incoming

The Verge (see link above) is obviously done and I might be just as well. Having invested 6 years or so, it’s a bit said, but again I might watch the whole season because Jeffrey Dean Morgan is awesome and if it continues to get good ratings for the majority of the episodes (from my friends and some websites).

Let’s start this off at the lightest note, with a scene about that episode from one of my favourite movies ever (of course it was the most watched episode!):

Yes, I agree the episode was good in parts, but fuck them!

It was a bit of a love and hate relationship with The Walking Dead since the ending of season 1: it’s unbalanced, it’s great at times usually at the beginning of seasons, has some great character development (Carol), some really, really great characters: Shane, Negan, Abe (and Eugene and their chemistry) and Rick (great actor too!).

I did not read the comics and don’t like the style too much. I knew Glenn died in the comics and that this was pretty accurate. But here is what was wrong with the episode:

It revealed ‘the big secret’ (of who died – woah! – how edgy) 20 minutes into an episode after months and months of waiting. This is not the worst thing nor my biggest grasp with that episode. It is that this is a cheap trick and the second death was probably the most brutal thing I have ever seen in my life and it was pointless. Look, I can watch violence, I am okay with showing violence in fiction, but this is a show that doesn’t show tits, butts, penises, vaginas, explicit sex scenes or swearing. Fuck! So it seems to be okay to show a beloved character for what felt like 5 minutes with his head smashed in, an eye hanging out, blood all over, gargling, mumbling, suffering with the camera lingering on him, his pregnant girlfriend whining, sobbing, crying in the back but, oh dear, glad they don’t say fuck or tits or tight butthole  or whatever.

There was no point in showing that scene like that. There was no point to the violence. Just from Glenn dying (in a faster cut scene or a different cut scene all together) and everything else happening it would have been clear what an adviser is and why Rick’s group had all that coming. When the Mountain killed the Viper in Game of Thrones that was brutal. It was also fast, it was gory too, but it was interesting, it fit the tone of the whole show up until that point. Compared to the scene in TWD where this was the most brutal person on person violence in that show up to this point. Let me introduce you to a shocking movie Martyrs (can’t believe this has been remade): Martyrs is a french horror movie that is absolutely gross. It’s ultra violent, it’s gut wrenching, but if you stick through with it, there is a reason for this violence (not the smartest one, but it made me think) and it makes sense in context. It’s not A Serbian Film that is super stylized and a movie that for the smart viewer is always self-aware and clearly fiction and is meant to critique what is going on in Serbia and similar can be said for Martyrs.

That dragged out ‘big reveal’ of who dies was dumb. Cliffhangers can be dumb! And I felt insulted waiting for this, this could have been the last episode of the last season or they could have ended with Abe dying and then start of with the second death, again, anything would have been better. The show does not trust it’s own writing. Remember when Jon Snow died? He got killed. At the end of a season. You know what the views wondered about? How will this go on from here? The Walking Dead did not have the guts to do that. They went with: who dies? The dude from the comics? Maybe? We keep you assholes guessing and throw you red herrings left and right until your brain rots, but we are sure you tune in and find out. We even show you everyone dying with mini-flashbacks that somehow are all equally important to Rick (for a second they got me with that and damn that would have been ballsy, but that is a different writing team in a parallel universe where that happened). Instead we got this and people now have to wonder what they should have wondered for months if the writing would have been consistently good: where do they go from here? How do they cope with the new reality? Fuck them!

The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be (a good title by the way) was more Hostel (the first one, which I despise) for the lack of self-awareness and the missing assumption of a brain of the viewer. Glenn could and would die and that I accept. It could even have been brutal, but not in the way it was shown, that was torture porn. Hostel 2 by the way is self-aware and I would even say, just because of that ‘fun’. Not linking to those movies, they are not really worth watching or the time.

Maybe I pick up The Strain again (2 seasons still to watch) but until then I enjoy Westworld and the third season of Black Mirror. They are dark, violent and shocking too, but they don’t take me for an idiot.

 

Sometimes things just work!

This is the first blogpost ever that I write completely on my iPad. I really don’t know how or why but even without a VPN, the WordPress app is working and jumping the great firewall. So here is a test run.

Hyperlinks are a pain in the ass to do on mobile.

My iPad just works, but for reading purposes the Kindle Paperwhite blows it out of the water. It’s however great to relive Magic the Gathering, awesome to experience Shadowrun and as a second display for my MacBook Pro 2010 (and still working like the first day, possibly faster with a Samsung 500gb SSD and 8gb of RAM – also battery is still alright).

Baidu (not even linking that) is the crappiest search engine if you search in English since AOL.

So what is this? A brief overview into what I enjoy electronics wise and how I work or enjoy myself with technical gizmos. I also enjoy my iPhone 6, will skip the 7 though for obvious reasons and possibly eying a Pixel in the future, if and when the 6 will give up. Until then I enjoy it, because it just works.

No headphone jack is a dick move!

Look I have these great Marshall’s and these awesome AKGs (375 actually, 374 is without the iPhone controls, that come in handy while biking) and they bring me joy and sound great to my ears and musical tastes. Not upgrading these soon and having another gizmo that asks to be charged regularly to get joy out of.

A vaporizer is better than cigarettes.

95% better as the U.K. Government likes to state on cigarette boxes. I’m vaping on a VGod Minikin (limited edition) with a Moonshot tank (mainly). It got me off of cigarettes for roughly 1 year now and leaves me with more energy and a better sense of smell and taste.

So yeah, no my fingers hurt from typing and I gotta watch Westworld. Hope this just works and you got a tiny bit of enjoyment out of this.

I’m no Tim Ferris…

…but at the point of writing this I am deep into 72 hours of being really healthy.

Shanghai can be a bit stressful. There is honking cars, subpar driving everywhere (one should know that my primary means of transportation is a bicycle) – so I have to deal with scooters, bikes and sometimes cars coming my way sleep-driving (that is what I like to call it) towards me, honking, people turning in black Audis without signalling and of course (making use of) not their right of way. It’s the negatives that still don’t outweigh, at least for me, being outside, waking up on the bike ride to work, getting to know the city and my way around it, the exercise, the being in touch with ‘nature’ and the not being too comfortable (really it’s just odd to take taxis or uber everywhere – I probably wouldn’t do it anywhere else, so why choose this as the place to get used to it).

It’s 3 days of not touching alcohol so far.

Yesterday I got my haircut from my two fat guys in Zhabei and they know me  not only as the only foreigner that goes there, they know me as the only person that comes in there with a beer. It’s similar with the vape shop I frequent. Beer is awesome. Beer tastes great, makes you a real German, a man and is refreshing and usually low in alcohol here. It also gives you a bit of a belly when indulging on a daily basis. I am no beer snob, I don’t care. I go for the Suntory (and the beer ratings are through the roof!), it’s 5 RMB for a 500ml can (a slightly better variant) or 3.6 RMB or so for 600 or 660ml bottle (the one wit the ratings). It’s beer, it’s refreshing and tastes okay when cold and if you drink it fast. There is no surprises. You get what you pay for and it tastes like 50 cent a small beer step above water. So if you like okay beer then we can be friends (also if you like beer in general).

China makes a lot of foreigners drink. Sometimes it seems like there is not much more to do, because the fun police closes popular bar streets (not that I care too much, but that street is completely dead now). When I was still working in the insurance sector things where worse, the drink after work seemed needed just to calm down and detach from the sales, the meetings, the phone calls and the pressure. It can get excessive.

A Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday after a holiday that I am smashing my goals with my Fitbit.

I got the Charge HR and it’s my second fitness tracker after the quickly destroyed UP24 (by Jawbone) that had a cute app. It’s motivating. It auto-detects my bike rides to and from work as well as the boxing workout we did yesterday and other sports (but swimming – it’s not fully waterproof). The app looks cool and it functions for 5 days on a charge which is roughly 5 times more than the much more expensive Apple Watch. I still wear a watch even though the Fitbit shows the time as well.

Step by step I am trying to go to a 80 kilo physique with small habit changes. When I returned to China in 2011 I was also biking, making green shakes in the morning (chocolate whey protein, a banana, a apple, spinach and peanut butter) and moderate exercise. I was at that and want to get back there. One of my friends and coworkers goes all Keto and it’s working like a charm – it’s motivating. It also helps to work in a healthy, friendly and fun environment. Gonna give myself this week and then keep it up moderately while drinking socially on the weekends and on special occasions.

In addition I am currently reading ‘Presto!: How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales’ by the great Penn Jilette and it’s great fun. Highly recommend it.

There is tons of ways to be healthy and it begins in your head and it’s always habit changing for permanent results. Drinking isn’t the only activity but an okay one, like the Suntory – so have a good beer or a glass of wine once in a while.

What I really wanted to say is: have a beer, enjoy your life and work and find a way. I also just wanted to write again and share something from my life and just write. So that was me doing the worst Tim Ferris expression as a non-scientific brain fart without a proofread to my blog. Living on the edge!