This week Naruto Shippuuden features a double-episode special on the adventures of a younger Kakashi, the copycat ninja who acted as a sensei for Naruto’s team and that as for me has always been one of the best supporting characters of the anime. I have to say that I enjoyed the special as much as it didn’t happen for a long time, also because besides discovering Kakashi’s sharingan-eye origin we can finally see the Fourth Hokage in action, that is Naruto’s father and one of the most mysterious characters of the entire story. For more information: AnimeCrazy.net (alternative hosting); Episodes list on Wikipedia; Naruto on Sir Arthur’s Den.
Silvio Berlusconi, or rather the man who self-made himself by buying verdicts, corrupting judges and by surreptitiously gaining control of the largest Italian publishing group when the social, political and institutional disrepair of nowadays wasn’t even somewhat imaginable. Is there hope that the judge of Milan Court Raimondo Mesiano pronounce in favour of De Benedetti, so establishing another piece of the infamous puzzle that is Psycho-daddy’s judicial history? Every now and then some magistrate still demonstrates to have a little trace of dignity by putting himself against the strongest, perhaps this is another case of that kind…
As already occurred during the past year, Disney has chosen the San Diego Comic-Con International to present its new sci-fi project. The sequel to Tron, the classic movie from 1982 dealing with videogames, virtual reality and 3D graphics when none of these three things was widely popular, has got an official title and synopsis now while the major has released (and this time without silly censorship) the very first trailer from the movie together with some concept art and the teaser poster.
After a little argument due to diverging opinions about the same question (Jugo wanted to terminate Sasuke but this one didn’t agree) and the subsequent intervention by the water-ninja Suigetsu, the Uchiha imposes his superiority by putting an end to the fight. Apparently Sasuke succeeds in persuading all the three ninjas he was searching for, declaring that henceforth the team will be called Hebi (”Snake”) and will hunt Itachi Uchiha. Konoha will do the same thing, hence the anime atmosphere should soon heat up… For more information: AnimeCrazy.net (alternative hosting); Episodes list on Wikipedia; Naruto on Sir Arthur’s Den
One year ago, a month more or a month less, Sir Arthur’s Den was born. At that time I wasn’t fully aware of what could mean to manage a blog in two languages, to have to update the back end code every few months and to deal with DDoS-alike traffic peaks on an hosting service sold as a “premium” one but that clearly is worth just the few bucks it costs. The webmastering experience was zero but the desire to manage a personal project largely compensated the lack of familiarity with WordPress and its issues.
One thing I have learnt in the last years is that there is no meaning in being amazed for what happens in your life, because if you change perspective once this doesn’t mean you won’t have to do so again in the future. After having spent the last two years in Bologna, the past Saturday I’ve relocated once again in my parents’ house in Montesarchio, a pleasant little town in Campania that I have never particularly liked and in which I had already spent the previous 30 years.
It’s absolutely correct to say that the real problem we have in Italy isn’t as much Berlusconi as the embarrassing inadequacy of the main opposing party to this pathetic and steadily horny tyrant. However I don’t know if to wish self destruction of this insane joke Democratic Party become mean to self whip and impose ourselves some other years with Psycho-daddy or on the contrary. A stagnant party, focused only on itself, ruled by people that not so rarely are indecent and equivocal can’t be a guarantee for the fulfilled democracy of the future. So why not to destroy or overturn it as (Beppe) Grillo wants to do? Sometimes ruins are well fitted.
As the yet partial success obtained by PCSX2 with PlayStation 2 emulation demonstrates, adequately recreating the last generations videogaming machines on a PC screen - it doesn’t matter how much powerful and advanced equipped CPUs and GPUs are - isn’t an easy task. For this reason the results recently achieved by GameCube and Wii emulator Dolphin are exceptional to say the least and let foresee a bright future for the Nintendo machines emulation “scene”.
During the first week of July, the Interplanetary Internet conceived by Vint Cerf (formerly co-creator of the TCP/IP protocol at the foundations of “terrestrial” Internet) and by NASA engineers earned what should be its first permanent node in the outer space. During the second of a long series of tests to verify the reliability of the Delay-Tolerant Networking (also known as Disruption-Tolerant Networking) protocol, the software needed for its functioning was transferred aboard the International Space Station orbiting at 350 kilometers above the Earth.
For anyone having an IQ at least equal to 5, to hear the definition of “fiscal shield” for the remission of any kind of monetary trash returning from abroad can’t help but make one smile: the tens of million idiots still watching TV in this country swallow the lie, and the most criminal government I have ever seen in my life packs for its best customers (mafias, corrupters, Silvio Berlusconi who abridges both etcetera) the nth ad criminem benefit. For scum like this there is only prison, surely not a respite my not so dear, terrible, weak and opportunistic President Napolitano…
VLC media player, one of the most appreciated multimedia software has reached a fundamental point of its history with version 1.0.0, the first main release after more than eight years since the initial version released in the far away February of 2001. The supervened maturity of the player created within the VidenLAN project overlaps with so many novelties for the interface, playback and supported formats, and the amount of users that in the past days has downloaded the release well demonstrates the success and popularity the software has been able to achieve.
In a charming frame made of high snowy peaks and stone lanterns, while he takes a refreshing bath in the moonlight, the Karma Kula comes back in action against the endless legion of his antagonists holding his sword and performing high athletic moves. In Finally a chance to relax, the fifth episode of the live action series from the Ninjai Gang, our hero quits the hallucinated atmosphere of the previous installment and the show once again offers prevalently martial contents to the viewer.
It isn’t exactly the end of the world as we knew it, but the dynamism of adventure games publishers and developers in the summer of 2009 seems to have a weight in the great order of things anyway. The fact is that years after their (alleged) commercial and creative death graphic adventures continue to come out, and in some kind of reboot effort the genre noble fathers try to suggest the way for a possible new renaissance of “point and click” games through the marketplace of digital stores already projected into the future.
At last Naruto Shippuuden returns to be interesting: Sasuke’s team is tracking the third and last member of the squad put together by the Uchiha, a guy that even gave the defunct Orochimaru knowledge to develop one of the main elements of the entire anime. Not that he wanted to do so anyway, in his rotten brain there is only one idea: to kill. Meanwhile the news about the ninja-snake’s death arrives at the Leaf Village and Naruto too, so closing for good the fillers circle and bringing back the story on its proper tracks… For more information: AnimeCrazy.net (alternative hosting); Wikipedia; Naruto on Sir Arthur’s Den.
I’ve just done talking at the cellphone with my mother, a middle age woman that spends too much of her time in front of the TV screen and for the other part goes to church. I’ve talked to her about the newspaper Travaglio and other worthy reporters are building up and that I will subscribe asap, hinting about Puttanopoli and the escorts paid 2,000 euros per night by Psychodaddy (Berlusconi). She felt flabbergasted, without knowing anything about the facts unfolded in these days and that the TV lackeys like Augusto Minzolini have carefully hidden to the public. To a person of this kind, and to a huge part of Italian people to hear that Berlusconi is a mafioso must seem unreal. When reality is more unreal than imagination then it means that… we’re in Italy, anno domini 2009.
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After all I enjoyed Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, so that I went to see the movie twice in a row. And I feel a bit ashamed about that, considering that if you actually remove the robots and their clashes this movie has practically nothing worth saving. I have never liked Michael Bay that much, but maybe comic author Stefano “TheSparker” Conte has gone too far in making him face even the two main protagonists of Transformers world.
Ok I admit it, I’m a certified liar because if my personal review of old classics goes on tirelessly the amount of time required for a post of the series Videogames highlights is always the same, nay it’s getting worse. That’s the reason why I’ll change formula here, and instead of a monstrous and rebellious blob (at least for me writing it) containing any sort of thing I return to a less rich but more selected collection of videogaming stuff of the past month. Hoping that the June post won’t be on-line on September :-/
After having persuaded Suigetsu to follow him, Sasuke goes on with his recruiting work with Karin, a kunoichi follower of the defunct Orochimaru that hasn’t any particular skill except for being able to “smell” chakra at a distance. At first the girl too seems unwilling to accompany Sasuke in his revenge plan, but the Uchiha has thousand weapons at his disposal to force people to behave as he likes. This is a flabby and dull episode (a bit like this period), hoping in future improvements… For more information: Wikipedia; Naruto Shippuuden episodes on Sir Arthur’s Den.