Monday, May 26, 2014

X-Men: Days of Future Past #ReadMore

X-Men franchise is an interesting franchise. Frankly, I won't remember much about any sequels of the original X-Men which was released in 2000. On the other hand, the original movie was very entertaining, opening me to a whole new world of the movies based on characters and stories from Marvel Comics.


Apart from the X-Men series, there also has been a special focus on Wolverine, with two movies making it to the big screen - X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) and Wolverine (2013). All these movies, X-Men series and Wolverine, are criss-cross of stories and move back and forth in time.

Latest story of the mutants is X-Men: Days of Future Past. The movie has a raked in a whopping $261 Million global box-office opening.

Though I am not much impressed by the movie, it did pique my interest in the characters, stories and comics about the mutants. Here are some articles from around the web which I found while reading more about the X-Men -

READING LIST: ESSENTIAL X-MEN STORIES TO READ AFTER SEEING "DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
If you are like me, you will definitely want to know more about the mutants, their adventures, and what transpires before and after 'Days of Future Past' happens. Here is a great reading list for you!

Though the title of the post says review, these are actually rants of a hard-core X-Men comics fan about gaps between original stories and the movie, and about the instances of stupidity (!).

Though, I am not so keen a comic-reader, one thing we too spotted while watching the moview was this -

Simon Kinberg Explains How the Ending of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Affects other X-MEN Movies
Simone Kinberg is the writer-producer of the movie. The title says it all. Go, read.

Here is another interesting article -
True origins of X-Men: How a second-tier comic inspired a legion of misfits and changed Hollywood
This is a great read on RollingStone.com You should read it too!

If you are interested in (being!) mutants like this lady is -
- then you should not worry at all! Watch this video to get your own claws!!


Update:
If you need to read one article about X-Men, read this -

Ranked: All The ‘X-Men’ Movie Mutant Characters From Worst To Best

Friday, April 25, 2014

Messages Overload

A few days ago, I was surprised to see the large number of unread mails and messages in the inboxes.
Four reasons for the message overload:
1. My increased use of smartphone and tablet at the expense of my laptop,
2. An always-on 3G connection,
3. Android notifications which, though give a preview of an incoming message or mail, do not allow deleting a message from notification pull-down, as of yet. Gmail notification allows you to archive a message but not delete it). So most often, I see the preview and just dismiss the notification.
4. The high unread count also indicate an over-abundance of messages which are totally useless... mostly spam, account notifications, and subscriptions. This, in spite of the fact that I use unroll.me heavily.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Friday, January 24, 2014

Some Instant Gratification!

Social networks offer instant gratification, and it is one of the prominent appeals of the medium. Generally, I try to avoid this type of usage but when gratification comes from somebody like Mark Andreessen favoriting my tweet (or Neil Patel liking my Instagram snap)...well, this will linger in my mind for some time :-)