Empowering the hero in movies

I see this happening more often than not. You take one character, and you give him more power than the adversaries.

When James Bond is in prison, there’s always an escape route, even if in real-life, James Bond would probably not escape. It doesn’t matter how smart you are, it’s just difficult to escape.

Sometimes, in more recent movies, the bad guys also have lots of power. They dominate, and they almost win. You need to believe this, that if you have some special skills (intelligence, brute force, agility), you can overcome any obstacle.

Real life is really not like that. You can be a professional martial arts fighter and get beaten in a club.

I like “Gattaca” a lot. One of the reasons for doing so is that it is really really difficult to beat your condition. I also like “The Grey“. In the movie, there are no superheroes. Plain humans. It’s hard to beat your condition. Same for “Le notti di Cabiria” – no super powers. Real, tough, life.

I really don’t get into superhero movies. Sure, it would be lovely if life were like this. It generally isn’t.

James Bond, in the last movie of the series, has little weapons arsenal, has little powers. He beats others with his intelligence, mostly.

In the last Superman movie, the main character is very powerful & all that. But he’s not invincible, based on powers. He still needs brains.

You can’t solve all the dilemmas by insisting.

In the last Bourne, the bad guy is better than all of the police at being an opponent for Bourne.

In the second movie of “How to train your dragon” the main character wins by finding creative solutions. He can’t win by skills, he needs things which others have – creativity, leadership, courage.

Hani Amir - It's Superman!, https://flic.kr/p/ZwLzpHani Amir - It's Superman!, https://flic.kr/p/ZwLzp
Hani Amir – It’s Superman!, https://flic.kr/p/ZwLzp

Ce pluginuri să instalezi pe un blog de WordPress pentru a îl face mai performant?

Bună, găsiți în articolul de mai jos atât câteva resurse online despre ce pluginuri să instalezi, cât și sugestiile mele. :)

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Eric Martin – WordPress Pumpkin, https://flic.kr/p/5xNAJt

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Câteva idei despre Univers

1. Ori de câte ori amestecăm un pachet de cărţi, aproape sigur creăm o combinaţie care nu a mai existat.
2. Există mai multe combinaţii în jocul de şah decât atomi în universul cunoscut.
3. Richard Feynman a propus cândva ipoteza că n-ar exista în Univers decât un electron, prezent simultan în mai multe locuri.
4. Doar 0,000000000000000000042% din Univers conţine materie, restul este gol.
5. Universul şi-a consumat până acum 0,00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001377% din timpul de viaţă estimat.

(sursa: D. Căstăian pe Facebook, via http://www.cosmosup.com/)

Matt Hosford - Underneath the Universe, https://flic.kr/p/kDtNdZMatt Hosford - Underneath the Universe, https://flic.kr/p/kDtNdZ
Matt Hosford – Underneath the Universe, https://flic.kr/p/kDtNdZ

Audit SEO (analiză completă): 101jucarii.ro

Analizez din punct de vedere SEO site-ul 101jucarii.ro (SEO intern + linkbuilding).

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Câteva idei design / uzabilitate de la conferința SmartWeb 2014 (Radisson Blu, 2014.09.23)

În data de 23 septembrie 2014 a avut loc conferința SmartWeb 2014 (Evensys) – “O conferință pentru web designeri și developeri est europeni, care prezintă îți aduce speakeri de top”.

Vorbitori:

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Mai jos, câteva idei de design și uzabilitate de la conferință (cu imagini): :)

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Some Design/Usability ideas I got from SmartWeb Conference 2014 (Radisson Blu, 2014.09.23)

On September 23, 2014, took place SmartWeb Conference 2014, Bucharest (by Evensys) – “A conference for East-European web designers and developers, bringing you an exquisite lineup of speakers.”.

Speakers at the conference:

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Below, some design/usability ideas I got from the conference. (with photos) :)

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Produs expirat – cum procedezi?

Teoria zice așa:

Experiența altora zice așa:

Părerea mea zice așa:

Dacă vorbim de un telefon mobil, care e scos din uz, are sens să îi arăți produsul vechi, că sunt multe motive pentru care poate ajunge în pagină, nu neapărat fix ca să cumpere. Pe nișa IT, în general, cred că are sens să păstrezi produsul vechi pe site, și să pui anunț “nu mai poate fi cumpărat, ce-ai zice de un alt produs?”

Dacă vorbim de o rochie gri închis, poate are sens să îl redirecționezi la categoria “rochii”, cu filtrul “gri închis”. Pe fashion, mi se pare logic să redirecționezi la categorie, eventual cu filtre și sortări.

Dacă tu vinzi azi miere, și peste 2 ani nu mai vinzi, faci altceva, poate e OK să nu ai redirect, și să trimiți direct la o pagină de eroare “nu mai vindem miere”. Dacă nu te mai ocupi total de un produs / tip de produs, pagina de 404 poate fi o soluție bună.

Dacă vinzi parfumuri făcute de tine, nu brand, și un parfum vândut de tine nu mai e produs, și nu aveai pe site decât nume + o scurtă descriere + cumpără, poate are sens să îi dai redirect la homepage, unde să vadă un slider cu promoții, să vadă noutăți și să îl încânți cu altceva. Așadar, pentru anumite tipuri de produse, care îți vând o stare și o emoție, poți evita să dai mesaje alarmiste “nu mai avem, nu mai vindem”, și să încerci să atragi vizitatorul cu plăcere spre altceva, chiar dacă el/ea căuta altceva.

Sunt nuanțe și circumstanțe. :)

K2D2vaca - Old-Fashioned, https://flic.kr/p/2mWEV3K2D2vaca - Old-Fashioned, https://flic.kr/p/2mWEV3
K2D2vaca – Old-Fashioned, https://flic.kr/p/2mWEV3

Tool-uri și unelte în SEO

Dacă vreți să învățați SEO, și aveți nevoie de tool-uri și unelte, uitați-vă peste:

Iar răspunsul meu la întrebarea “linkuri și legături despre SEO, la modul general?” este:

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arbyreed – Old Tools, https://flic.kr/p/hQQFyG

The Hustler (1961) – very good movie! (for three reasons – inner fights / fight to be better than the system / well made script)

I just saw The Hustler (1961) for the second time. I actually saw the main scenes of the movie quite a few times during the past years, I liked reseeing the movie quite a bit.

(note!) Spoilers ahead, don’t read the review unless you already saw the movie (note!)

Some thoughts?

  • The movie is intensely psychological. On the surface, it’s a movie on fights & winning. But the inner fights, the inner struggles are much deeper and are quite interesting to see. Some conflicts to see:
    • Eddie Felson (Paul Newman), the main character, and his wish to win.
    • Eddie Felson and his wish to beat his condition.
    • Eddie Felson and his wish to never settle for something small.
    • Eddie Felson and his fight with the systems (he is insubordinate, he always fights).
    • Eddie Felson and his fight with being better.
    • Eddie Felson and his fight with its vices (drinking).
    • Eddie Felson and his fight of being the successful capitalist, rather than the unsuccessful socialist (there’s a fight with other people, who prefer people to be equal one to the other; he develops his skills, others want to drag him down).
    • Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason), the already-proved champion, and his fight to always succeed.
    • Minnesota Fats and his fight to be a kind person, nevertheless.
    • Sarah Packard (Piper Laurie), Eddie’s girl, and her fight to have a fulfilled life.
    • Sarah Packard and her fears of the unknown.
    • Sarah Packard and her fears of not being loved.
    • Bert Gordon (George C. Scott), the bad guy, and his fight to succeed.
    • Bert Gordon and his fight to make life more exciting, his appetite for the rush of adrenaline.
    • Bert Gordon and his wish for control.
    • All the characters try to be polite, even if the world around them isn’t.
    • The movie focuses very little on the game of pool, and very much on the inner fights of the characters. What happens inside you is more important than what happens outside. For example, the development of the relationship between Sarah, Eddie and Bert.
  • The most intense fight I saw in the movie was the fight induced by Bert Gordon for others to be better:
    • He tells Eddie he’s a loser and insists on that. At times, he calls him a “crippled”.
    • He tells Sarah Packard she’s not worth much.
    • He tells Findley he’s a loser.
    • He forgets people’s names on purpose. He purposely tries to make them feel unimportant.
    • Each character tries to fight against this. They can’t stand being called a loser. Eddie wants to prove things, so does Sarah, Findley doesn’t, and he, thus, loses. The movie is mostly about the fights each person has to be better. When Charlie Burns (Myron McCormick) says he only wants to retire and have a pool room and live on that, he is looked at with discontent. This is accepting a situation, and no one in the movie does that. Bert Gordon only ignites the fire, but the conflict is already in each of the character.
  • I liked the script a lot. I also liked the play of the actors. Well made movie.

A quote from IMDb:

“Every character in The Hustler is a hustler of some sort. Fast Eddie makes a living hustling and his relationship with Sarah begins as a hustle. Sarah’s own hustle involves her invention of a character that she pretends to be all the time instead of being herself. Everything she tells Fast Eddie in early scenes is later revealed as a lie, ironically including the part about her past career as an actress. Eddie’s manager Bert Gordon (George C. Scott) hustles Eddie by mocking him at certain times to keep him in control. Even Minnesota Fats hustles Eddie in subtle ways by acting as if he is in control during their contests.

Essentially The Hustler is a character driven film about Fast Eddie’s struggle to find meaning in his own life. He has to choose between success in pool or his relationship with Sarah. This conundrum (and his desire to prove himself) torments Eddie, but the decision is ultimately taken away from him and Eddie learns the bitter lesson that an individual doesn’t always have time to make his own decisions.” (source)

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Follow-up: Costion Nicolescu – “Jertfa mucenicească a Sfinţilor Martiri Brâncoveni – pildă autentică spre dobândirea demnității, curajului și libertății în Iisus Hristos” (2014.09.15, Parohia “Sf. Cuv. Antonie cel Mare”, Titan) – seară duhovnicească

Luni – 15.09.2014, în parohia “Sf. Cuv. Antonie cel Mare” din cartierul bucurestean Titan, str. Jean Steriadi nr. 19/A, sector 3, București, a avut loc seara duhovnicească cu Costion Nicolescu – Teolog si Cercetator în cadrul Muzeului Țăranului Roman (MȚR) din Bucuresti, care a vorbit despre “Jertfa mucenicească a Sfinţilor Martiri Brâncoveni – pildă autentică spre dobândirea demnității, curajului și libertății în Iisus Hristos”.

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Mai jos, foto + video de la eveniment.

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