Green Lantern – The Comic Legend Geoff Johns

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I have been a huge fan of comics since the early 90s, but getting comics in the Middle East is nearly impossible. I have always been a huge fan of Green Lantern, a hero with his only real limit is his imagination, I would always want to be the Green Lantern over any other superhero. And thanks to the introduction of the iPad it has become a relief to all comic lovers across the world, quick access to every comic made and that is being made. And one thing made easier I can keep track of the storylines at this stage. As for the Green Lantern, they have had a very active 3 years building up the Green Lantern Universe and leading this was Geoff Johns. So many colorful characters and now they have reached 4 Green Lanterns for Sector 2814 (Earth for the Non-GL Fans). Below is a short list of story arcs that you have to read from the Rebirth and ended with the Wrath of the First Lantern. I don’t want to ruin for anyone reading, but if you are even slightly into comics, these are a must read for the Green Lantern. With the end of the Epic build up of the Series, Geoff Johns has ended his career on a high after 10 years at the helm of the GL universe. Still I’m going to keep reading the Green Lantern because there is still so much to tell, I just hope its as good as it was for the past three years, with so many new characters they still have a lot of stories to tell.

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Green Lantern Universe:

  • Rebirth
  • Sinestro Wars
  • Secret Origins
  • Rage Of The Red Lanterns
  • Agent Orange
  • Blackest Night
  • Brightest Day
  • War Of The Green Lanterns
  • Sinestro
  • Revenge Of The Black Hand
  • Rise Of The Third Army
  • Wrath Of The First Lantern

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Review: Fastest

Shot around the world in 2010 and 2011 and narrated by Ewan McGregor, ‘Fastest’ captures the intense and thrilling reality of the MotoGP World Championship, documenting a pivotal moment in the sport. With Valentino Rossi chasing his tenth World Championship title the Italian ran into one of the toughest challenges of his career: a crop of exceptionally fast young competitors, a horrific leg break at his home race, and an amazing comeback little over 40 days later. Confronting such a monumental task and with rival Jorge Lorenzo taking the 2010 title, Rossi faced up to one of the most testing year’s in his illustrious career and along with his fellow competitors was left asking: Who is the fastest rider now?

Motorcycle Racing is one of the most dangerous sports out there, men riding side by side at an excess of 330 kph in corners on two wheeled machines. MotoGP is considered the best of Motorcycling, every team and company putting their riders on the line to becoming champions. I have always watched MotoGP on TV and I know its intense, but you can never really tell how it is or what they riders are thinking, and this is the main reason why I wanted to see this movie, you jump right into their paddocks, right behind them the intense moments. I have to say that having Ewan McGregor narrate throughout the movie is a huge plus, you can tell how passionate he is about MotoGP and the riders. You get a front seat view of how these riders became what they are and how they think, I loved it, it was brought together perfectly, the only thing that I wanted more was to see more. I would want another movie like this of these guys in the near future. On a side note this is the second movie the first one was a few years ago called Fast but I haven’t been able to find it online but seeing this one got my blood pumping so for any motorcycle fan this is a must see.

Link: IMDB
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Movies – The List Just Never Ends

A very interesting line up with a few foreign films thrown into the mix, Man On A Ledge was at the top of my watch list and it was worth it. I’m thinking about watching Act Of Valor even if it did get mixed reviews, but Hick seems really interesting. War of the Arrows is the foreign film I want to watch, and The Flower of War is a foreign film starring Christian Bale which Im assuming will be good. Journey 2 looks like one of those fun movies to watch on a slow day.

  • Act of Valor
  • Bad Ass
  • Detachment
  • Hick
  • Iron Sky
  • Intruders
  • John Carter
  • Journey 2 The Mysterios Island
  • Man On A Ledge
  • Ninja
  • Red Tails
  • Surviviing Evil
  • Safe House
  • The Aggression Scale
  • The Devil Inside
  • The Flowers Of War
  • Transit
  • War Of the Arrows
  • Yakuza Weapon

Review: Mazinkaizer SKL

The latest installment of one of the most popular Anime series around the world. Above Japan waits Remuria, a colossal floating islandleftover from the last world war. It s a lawless wasteland of robot super-weapons from a forgotten age of military might. Receiving word that the unstable island s reactors might explode and vaporize Japan at any time, the Japanese government awakens the most destructive force ever devised MazinKaiser!

This 3 episode OVA is AWESOME, no other words can describe it. The story of this OVA is very weak and there’s barely any character development, but what this OVA lacks in story and character development, it makes up for with probably the Most Awesome Mecha fight scenes that are almost as amazing as the mecha fight scenes in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. The story here is really just an excuse to show these Awesome fight scenes and that alone is enough to overlook the OVA’s flaws and consider it to be one of the best OVAs I have seen in a while.. Now if you want a mecha show that has a deep story with strong character development and where the Mech’s have a more significant meaning to the show’s story, then this OVA is not for you, but if you want some Hardcore Mech fight scenes, than this OVA is definitely for you. Now I remember why I loved Mazinger Z, Mazinkaiser, and Grendaizer as a kid, these amazing fights make me want to jump right into the robot. Lets hope they come up with a continuation or more episodes.

Link: AnimeNewsNetwork
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Review: Blood C

Saya is a seemingly normal girl living with her father in a shrine. During the day she goes to school and spends time with her friends at a local cafe. But when night falls Saya is called upon to protect her village from strange monsters.

Going into Blood C I thought it was going to be sort of like Blood Trinity, vampires and fighting with a lot of battles. But it didn’t turn out that way, it revolved around Saya fighting these monsters and protecting her family and friends. At first the anime started off a bit slow, I wanted to see what it would bring, there was something hidden and honestly I couldn’t tell exactly where the story was going and I had my suspicions but for a 12 episode show it could have been a lot better. There is too much wasted story and the ending honestly was over the top, the last two episodes put everything together and it was totally unexpected and good but it made the first initial episodes look like crap. This anime was honestly confusing it wasn’t great but it wasn’t bad, and the graphics was pretty good, and I was surprised how graphically violent the anime was, it was extreme more then I expected from this show. I was planning to give it a 2.5 out of 5 but because of the last few episodes I’m giving it a 3.5 out of 5, still slightly confused but still I liked it.

Link: AnimeNewsNetwork
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Review: A Good Old Fashioned Orgy

A group of 30-year-olds who have been friends since high school attempt to throw an end-of-summer orgy.

This movie is not for the faint of heart, the title gives you an idea but its also a ridiculous comedy. I think they threw all the preconceptions to the wind and went with it, some of these guys were hilarious. They are friends always throwing parties and this one is a going out party for the summer, and what ensues is fantastic. Not to ruin it for anyone but its worth it if you like these sort of raunchy comedies, and if you do then you will love it. And Tyler Labine (The Fat Guy With The MoHawk) is hilarious, he literally just takes it to another level.

Link: IMDB
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Review: The Three Musketeers

The hot-headed young D’Artagnan along with three former legendary but now down on their luck Musketeers must unite and defeat a beautiful double agent and her villainous employer from seizing the French throne and engulfing Europe in war.

The Original movie from the 90s is one that I loved and so this one movie I was looking forward to. My favorite character out of the bunch was Porthos since he is all about brute force, the bald guy in the pictures. The Musketeers serve the King of France yet the Cardinal serving the King of France is plotting against them all so it gets interesting. And the storyline this time around is a lot more fun with Disney/Pirates Of The Caribbean feel to it, its a lot of fun and a great end that I wasn’t expecting. From what I can tell their is going to be a sequel and its something I will be looking forward to.

Link: IMDB
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The Oona – A Versatile Mount

There are probably 1001 phone mounts available from phone shops or online. This Kickstarter project called The Oona, seems more versatile than most. The designers set out to solve these use cases and more:

  • A GPS on the windshield of your car
  • A reference device on a white board or Refrigerator
  • The ability to mount your smart phone to a tripod to take photos or video
  • Hands free viewing of a movie, playing on your smart phone
  • A simple stand to keep your phone in view on your desk at work

It is a well designed and versatile mount which you can use in a lot of ways. I got two when I pledged for the Kickstarter project, and honestly it feels good to help projects that have potential and genuine ingenuity. I tried it out in different situations, the one drastic point is that the back of the phone or pda or e-reader needs to be smooth for the suction to hold the item.

Overall I was impressed and kept using it on my desk, tried it in my car, and even stuck it to the fridge and left it for a few hours. Its flexible and very useful, and one of the best parts is able to use it with my tripod, the guys who made it really wanted to use it every way.


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Donkervoort D8 GTO

Dutch sports car maker Doonkervoort was planed a D8 GTO revamp for last year, and they have come through with this beast a year later. The D8 GTO was fitted with a slightly modified 2.5-liter TSFI Audi Engine, and they worked with the Audi engineers to cater the engine to this machine. I love the look of this machine and I think its a beast, I would love to see this machine in real life and try it out. While the first set of 25 cars with the Audi engines are already on sale right now, you can expect the “regular” versions with an a different engine later in 2012. Prices start at €100,000 ($130,130) and can go as high as €150,000 ($195,210)

The car sports a “steel-tube frame is wrapped in carbon panels and a one-piece door that swings up quasi Koenigsegg style”. It makes 340-400 horsepower depending on whether you flick a “race module” switch, and 331 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers in a two-seater that weighs just 1,540 pounds should make this the quickest car in Donkervoort’s stable.

Link: Autoblog


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Last Ride of 2011

4 Italians & 1 Road!

The last Friday of 2011 and we really wanted to go riding, meeting up at 8 am in Starbucks Arjan in Bede’a. Surprisingly there were a lot of people still in town and I was really looking forward to the ride. The best part about the people I was with is that they knew how to ride hard and fast in a group, they knew the rules of staying together, and they knew how to handle themselves. We were supposed to take it easy, but that didn’t really work out, we were flying like demons from the start and there was Nobody on the roads. Everybody was out of town or at home sleep so we took full advantage of it.

We went to Doha as usual because its a fun route and there are some nice long straights and a few bendy curves on the way. Then we took the 7th ring road to the Airport road to Subhan and kept on going. It was a blast, I loved hearing the exhaust of all the different machines, and we were pushing the limits of our bikes through every turn and loved it.

The Bikes We Were Riding:

  • Ducati Diavel Carbon Red – I Was Riding Like a Madman!
  • MV Agust 312R – Demon On The Road
  • Ducati 1098 TriColore – Pure Speed
  • Ducati Monster S4RS – That was a very loud machine!


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