For a lot of people - especially for Star Wars fans - Carrie Fisher always will be Princess Leia. And that's all what we really need to know. A beautiful actress who had a major role in a pop culture movie that became a iconic part of our society. As long as those movies there for us, we are all able to celebrate her life and her achievement. She was a beautiful actress, a great character and a good human being. In Star Trek 2 Doctor McCoy said to Kirk: "He's really not dead as long as we remember him." That really helped me accept the death of Leonard and I hope this will help all the Star Wars fan out there: "She's really not dead as long as we remember her."
All of my condolences with her family and with all the Star Wars fans across the globe. _\\//
If you follow my blog, you sort of know me as much as I do myself. I stated at the very beginning of this journey, my reason to do this blog is simply to share my passion about - mainly - Star Trek, Doctor Who and other sci-fi and geeky stuff. Today I'm going to talk about one of the movie franchise that I do LOVE just as much as I love Trek. That is Ghostbusters. I remember watching the movie back then when I was younger and I fell in love with it. The fact as you have cool guys chasing ghosts with a cool car just had my mind blown away that time. :) Here's a shocking secret from my little life: I was probably a Ghostbusters fan before even being a Trekkie. I know, what are the odds? :D
Somehow, when you are not really able to make friends in real life, you obvioulsy looking for answers. Seeing movies back than like Ghostbusters, Men In Black, and Star Trek of course, always had the implication to want to be there and have those people as friends. All I wanted to do just to be like them and hang out with those people, be part of the gang! :) After all those years... I still want to do the same sometimes. :) The best thing about Ghostbusters as you can still watch it this day and it will make you feel awesomely good inside. :)
Who Are The Ghostheads?
While I was watching the film I had quite a few emotional state. Listening to the stories of the fans, how much the movies and the series means to them, the personal attachments and the experiences is just something extraordinary. I can clearly see a similarity between Star Trek as it affected many lives. Some people recovered from being an alcoholic, it helped others to overcome social anxiety, or dealing with hard emotions... some of the story was quite touching and I did feel the personal connection with everyone.
Living The Dream
Proton guns, Ecto 1, and of course the friendship. This 3 things describes this franshice for me the most. The proton guns are one of the most awesome technology ever invented for hunting paranormal beings. That old, sexy Cadillac just something that will turns your head if you see that in the roads, but at the end you really have to admire the friendship between these people. They have their problems and their struggles, but they are fighting over something that helps other people. A fantastic friendship between the main characters, and that unbelievably great atmosphere behind the show that makes Ghsotbusters very much loveable.
I never really had any problems to use my imagination - and my money - to have those things closer to me as they were before. Sadly I don't have any proton gun, the suit, or a Stay Puft marshmallow figurine in my collection, but I do own a 1:18 scale Hot Wheels Elite Ecto 1 that I'm really proud of. :) She's a real jewel and every time I look at her - pictured above - made me feel extremely good inside. :) Sometimes people can put you in a box as geek, nerd or just weird. I never been ashamed about what I love and why I have the passion towards these things. I love them and I think in a way they help me maintain that kid in me... and that worth everything. :)
If you haven't seen Ghostheads yet, please do check the movie out. It's a must wacth for fans and even non fans. :) _\\//
When I started this blog, part of me said: “You are not just a Star Trek geek!” And that part was right. I’m also a Whovian, a beginner blogger, a starter youtuber, and a human being who tries to manage to escape from the everyday life every now and then. A traveller if you like, but it barely happens once or twice a year in terms of going abroad. Usually I’m always going for a vacation around October, the weather is still good enough and I can get cheap tickets as well… something that always worth considering. :) So let’s jump into this… :)
Barcelona – 2 days in the Catalan capital!
I’ve been in Barcelona 2 years ago, but staying a few days is never really enough to fully experience the culture of one city and its surroundings. I've spent 3 days in Barcelona and I loved it. The city is really nice. Spent quite a few hours walking around La Rambla. That’s basically the Portobello Road (London, UK) of Barcelona, only bigger and longer. :) Seeing the street artists, the lot of restaurants, the shops is fascinating. The street ends in Port Veil, which is basically the shopping and maritime area of the city. The amount of yacht, and ferries are just magnificent. Just the view to Montjuic is beautiful, not to mention the funicular that connects the port with the mountain.
Montserrat – 1 day above the clouds
Lisbon – 3 days in the Portuguese Capital
After 3 days of staying around Spain I’ve flew over to Lisbon, where I’ve never been. The city is very compact compare to a giant like London, or even Barcelona. I didn’t really had o use any public transportation over the 3 days as I walked everywhere. It sounds a bit crazy, but the overall walking was about 12 km a day. Quite a lot indeed. The main attraction for me was definitely to see the good old trams and try the Portuguese food… well, at least the ones without fish and meat. :) Being a vegetarian is a bit hard in a city where they serve fish and meet almost with every meal. But fortunately the pastry shops fully prepared for non-meat eaters. Pao Deus, Pastel De Nata, the different type of croissants are just what the doctor can order for sickness. Off course after a few days you will need something else then sweets… for a non-vegetarian that’s a bit harder to manage, although there’s a few vegan restaurant around the city. I wasn’t able to try the tram… the historic route 28. The queue was enormous every time and the same applies to the escalator as well. In the last day I decided to follow the tram which was a good idea as it turned out. Walking along the city although is a really nice experience as you can discover many hidden place that not necessarily in the tourist guide. The two bridge is something that personally I recommend to see. There’s two big and scenic bridge in the city. The Vasco De Gama bridge which is the longest one in Europe, and the 25th of April which from the far looks like the good old Golden Gate in San Francisco. What a view. :)
Summary, alias what I’ve learned
I believe there’s many things that I would be able to talk about, but I have to save something for later and this article already got quite long. :) I really enjoyed staying in both cities. In both case I’ve used Airbnb as my living option. I’ve never tried it before, but in both cities I’ve had nice experience to getting to know different people and get a glimpse of their life. When we are living in a big city, maintaining our life, we often find ourselves falling into habits that can cause us problems. We always complaining about traffic, people, money, expensive and the list goes on… generally we always have something to get annoyed about. Travelling is certainly a really good way to get to see how other people deal with different situations, how is their life going. Talking with many people during my travel I realized quite a lot of things about myself, about the place and life itself. Without going into too deep on self-analysis I believe getting out from the comfort zone, from the usual atmosphere… that’s when personal growth happens. Do not travel just for because of the destination, to take the same photo from the same angle as everyone, but to meet people and grow emotionally. After all, we are mortals. All we have is our memories, experiences and that’s what really worth travelling for.
I think I can safely say I had the fortune to meet few very nice individual through YouTube. This is something that I wasn’t really expecting when I started. One of the many YouTuber is Sean over Orange Ranger Videos. As a Star Trek fan I’m always looking for people who has similar mind-set about the series. Of course now we have a much bigger audience thanks for the Kelvin Movies and the upcoming sixth “TV series” called Star Trek Discovery. When the first teaser came out I was constantly looking for other people reactions and opinions and Sean was one of the many who I happened to see his video about the subject. We had similar opinions and after watching any of his videos made me feel think about my YouTube journey here. Was a very interesting development through the years over the videos which he made for his audience and now became a solid point in the Power Rangers Fan Community. We happened to work together as well in a creative project and the more I knew about him I thought it would be good to actually do an interview. So all of you who love or like Power Rangers I would recommend to go over to his channel and check his videos. On this note let’s begin… ;)
What made you start posting videos online?
I started my YouTube channel just as a place to host a video I made for a church group. It went unused after that for a while until I posted some videos from my time working at Walt Disney World. That was about when my interest in Power Rangers rekindled and I started posting videos about that. I've always been creative and interest in video production, so being a YouTube creator just seemed like a great idea.
Where do you get inpiration for your videos?
Well, my regular ongoing series, Power Rangers Episode Reviews, was inspired by other reviews like Black Nerd Comedy and Linkara. Also, elements of the series have been inspired by things that happen on the show. For example, when Super Megaforce did an episode about their robotic assistant, Tensou, it inspired me to add that kind of character to my show in Kaizoku. The other videos I've done (vlogs, video game news, sports news, food reviews) have come from my general interest. Chances are, if I care about it, I can make a video about it.
Which do you like better, filming or editing?
This is a tough question to answer, because both can carry their own frustrations! I think I like filming the videos a little more, because that's when I have control of what I can edit in, when I can make creative changes, etc. But it can be frustrating when I'm tired and not "feeling it" as they say. Editing is normally pretty fun too, but the process can get a little tedious if I let it. So, filming, but just barely.
How many people, close to you, know about your YouTube channel? Is it something you like to tell people?
Most of my family and close friends know about my channel, even if they don't totally understand exactly what I do. It's not something I'd put on a business card, but it is on my resume. Normally, it's kind of in Phase 2 of getting to know someone. In fact, more often than not, it's something they will mention to me, because they saw me post about it on Facebook or something.
Which video are you most proud of?
There are two that come to mind, and they are somewhat similar; The Lost Labor Day Review, and The 100th Episode. The Lost Labor Day Review was a short movie I did for the channel when a new episode of Power Rangers didn't air. I could have taken that weekend off, or posted a simple topical video, but I decided to stretch myself. Now, I'm not 100% proud of that video; every time I watch it I wish I still had the raw footage so I could remaster it! But the story is good, and the video works well, especially for being a one-man production. The 100th Episode was an accomplishment both in terms of reaching that milestone and getting the story done. Again, in terms of effects and stuff it looks pretty amateur, and actually the scope of that video kind of threw me off and delayed channel production for a bit. But I got it done, and I liked the result.
Name a few vloggers who influence you..
I mentioned Black Nerd Comedy and Linkara for Power Rangers. Black Nerd gave me the idea of reviewing a show one episode at a time, and Linkara influenced my style of deep examination and critique. As far as vlogging in general, there are several I like and really admire; CTFxC, Vlerabrite, Shaytards, the list goes on. Also, Bruno and Mia who have two channels (a Power Rangers toy review channel called MMPRToys and a vlog called DividedAsOne) were big influences in the idea that it's okay to have a channel that is JUST about Power Rangers.
What is the most exciting thing that’s happened to you since starting YouTube?
I don't mean to keep answering "what is one thing" with more than one answer, but again two things come to mind. The first is crossing 10,000 subscribers. That was just such a major milestone, even if it's still rather small in terms of YouTube channels. I was actually awake and watching when it happened, and it was just a great moment. It showed me the channel really is growing significantly. The other was related to that; a week or so after I crossed 10,000, YouTube invited me to a Content Creator Lab in Atlanta. It's basically a workshop where they help teach you how to make your good channel even better. It was a great experience, and there's a video on my channel about it.
What is more important to you: likes, subscribers, views, or comments?
I'd say subscribers, with comments a close second. Anyone can like a particular video, and a view only means they literally clicked it. They can watch 5 seconds, close it, and it's still a view. But subscribers have to take an additional step, clicking that subscribe button and indicating to YouTube that they want to see MORE of this channel. Comments are second because I love having an ENGAGED audience, that isn't just watching the video mindlessly but responding to me and starting a conversation.
Are you ever nervous about posting new videos? Do you feel like you have a certain standard to uphold? Does that hinder or help you as a creator?
I don't get as nervous about my week-in, week-out episode reviews, as my videos are already pretty form standard. I get a little nervous when I'm doing something more involved, like the movies I mentioned, or when I branch out to other things. I try to make the best videos I can, but I think my audience knows what to expect from me. Sometimes my channel looks a little amateur in the graphics department (until a certain fellow YouTuber helped me out with that, I should say!), but what my viewers come for is my in-depth review style and discussion of episodes.
Define your channel in two words.
Power Rangers? Heh. I actually don't want that to be all that defines my channel, I want to branch out more. So I'd say my answer is "Fun Geekiness".
Where do you see yourself/what do you see yourself doing in 5 years?
It's so hard for me to answer this question right now. Without going into too much detail, I'm in an extremely transitionary period. I will say that I WANT to be living in a bigger city, in an established career in video production, hopefully in the sports world. And still producing Orange Ranger Videos, which will hopefully look even better and hopefully have branched out into other creative properties and media.
Define yourself in two words.
Giant Child! I'm a huge kid at heart, hence liking stuff like Power Rangers. I only pretend to be an adult.
Advice for new YouTubers: What is a DO and what is a DON’T?
DO videos about something you truly love. Making the kind of quality YouTube content that attracts views is HARD WORK. If you just try to find what is popular and do that, and you don't love it yourself, you will burn out quickly. DON'T give up. If you are doing videos you love and your channel isn't growing, give it time. That moment I mentioned where I crossed 10K subs? Getting to that point was almost literally a double-take. I hadn't even REALIZED I was that close. I was sitting there thinking my channel was TINY and growing slowly and then a viewer said "Hey, you're almost at 10k!" And I went "WHHHAHAAATT?" If you look at all the really big YouTube channels, they've all been around at least 5 years. There are very few flashes in the pan...it takes time for people to trust your channel and come to it regularly.
In this way I would like to extend my thank to Sean at Orange Ranger Videos who took the time to answer this questions. I hope in the future I will be able to do more of this kind of an interview with more people, more YouTube person or even actors... :) LLAP _\\//
I've been truly honoured today with a fellow youtuber Sean, the man who's behind the very popular Oranger Ranger Videos. He does an amazing work with his channel, his enthusiasm towards the Power Ranger franchise is just incredible. He's a passionate Ranger, just like me a passionate Trekker. :)
A while back, when I started to follow his work and started to watch his videos, I was very fascinated about the progression how he evolved through the years. His passion, his creativity, and the enthusiasm brought him beyond to his success. It's a truly inspiring journey, and for an extra boost I offered my help to revamp his channel design with a new logo and some other artworks. He was very welcoming regarding my offer, and it was a pleasure to work with him in order to make the best design what he really wanted. :) As a payback, I've got a cameo in his show which I couldn't be any more greatful for. :)
I was overwhelmed while I was watching the video. I'm greatful for his kind and generous effort to make this happen. And of course I was very glad as I could help with the design. :) So a big shout-out from this blog enty goes to him. If you like the Power Rangers franchise, you're looking for in depth reviews about the show, TOP 10s, other geeky materials, Orange Ranger Videos is the place where you should go. :)
Thank you Sean, may the power protect you! Live long and Prosper, _\\//
I've been neglecting my website in the past week... and it feels terrible. I started this creative writing to share my thoughts with everyone who interested about Star Trek, Doctor Who, and the occassional meaningful nonsense. :) But youtube came along, some drawing has been made, and of course I have a job where I have duties to fulfill. But I'm back now! If you following me here and also in youtube, you probably noticed I had a few ideas about what should I do in the future, how should I command this ship into a new frontier. I figured it's a very complex story and sometimes it's better to just sit back, relax and look over what have I done, how things are progressing. Soon, my youtube channel will become more complex as I've been working on some extra projects. Also this website will have some new articles in the future, regular times. I'm drawing as well, which is not just a profession, also a hobby and it takes time. Those pictures will go to instagram and of course I will publish some of them here as well. I will make an official schedule for everything to make sure I will do my job and I will do what I really want to do: share my opinion, share my thoughs and also my vision.
I would love to say a big thank you for everyone who's with me from the beginning. It's an interesting process even for me, to see how one can start and where this will lead in the future. Thank you for being here and as they say in Star Trek: "the journey is just beginning!" ;) _\\//
I had something in my mind about this this subject for a while now but I never really had the "kick in my backside" to write it out from myself and make some sense of the whole issue. So there we are, right here, right now. The issue what made me think a lot, why do we ever want to be someone who we are not? Ok, that's sound a little odd I know, but if you think about it. We all have friends, family around. We all follow media and famous people. We all want to be someone who we are not. But at the end of the day non of them really counts. We are who we are and we should be true to ourselves. Family usually set up standard for us while we grow to become an individual. That's all good and I'm soo glad and thankful for my parents for how I've been raised to be the person who I am today. I've never really had a lot of friend and the very few who know me they always appreciated me for who am I! Althought I know there's a lot of people out there who try to chance how I look. They say it's for the better... but is it really? Or this is the way how they want You to look? Our personality the choice of our surroundings or ourselves? I believe if we know who we are, we should be always true to ourselves. A recent haircut expereince made me realize that more then ever...
So You asking what happened....
If you happened to know me before this whole "website left the spacedock" or you kept following me on YouTube and reading my occasional nonsense in this website you probably saw a few picture of me. In the last few 3 years I always had long hair. Despite the fact as everyone told me I look better with shorter hair I have to say I totally disagre. I know myself and having a long hair maybe not as cool and macho as some of the people think about it, but I always thought "I don't care" it's totally up to me how I like my hair and how long is it. I never had longer hair though than shoulder-lenght. But between mid-long and shoulder was the optional. This time I went soo far: 9 months without seeing my barber was quite a time. I knew I had to go and make some changes now, at least a tidy up would be great. As I always had problem to explain the look what I'm looking for - not that I'm incapable just I don't want to sound silly - so I normally bring a few picture to show them what I want. I did the same this time as well. I thought I will go there I show them the picture what I like - which was a 11th Doctor Who Matt Smith look - and I'll get it. So here's what happened:
Left to right: how it was, what I wanted and what I end up with... fantastic! :(
As you can see the lenght of my hair actually got shorter then expected. Coming from a longer hair-style it's not easy to look at the mirror and be proud of how I look now. For most of you this could sounds very stupid, but if you had a long hair before and you suddenly cut it you understand me. Sadly my face has never been very sharp, rather rounded and having a long hair made me realize my "cuteness"... now a lot of my friend told me I look much better with a shorter hair... but I don't really feel it right now. I know it's just hair and it shouldn't be a big issue as it will grow back soon. There's no chance to go to the barber again any time soon... ;)
So what is the whole point of this?
I know, now you think why do I make such a "big issue" out of this haircut? "It's a not a big deal, it will grow back and you can have it long again!" What I've learned from the whole process is more then regreting a haircut. It's to be true to myself... and off course be much carefull next time. :) The most important thing is to hear you inner voice and be true for the person who you are. People has their idea of how everything should look. Your family tells you what you should do, your friends shaping your life and your over all look with their opinion and suggestions... but if you know who you are and if you know what do you like don't give up on yourself. What you stand up for, your very own personality it's what makes you unique. Be yourself, do what you like and take care of the things what you really love. Your friends and the people around you will like who you really are, not for the person who they want to see you as. So if you like your hair long? Be proud of it! :) You like your so called "dumbphone"? Stick with it! You like to make mistakes and try to correct them? Make it so! ;) Never underestimate the power of learning from mistakes. ;)
Live long and prosper _\\//
Well, here we come... this is something what I was thinking a long time ago and now I sort of got to the point when I can safely share my thoughts about the topic. Smartphone VS Dumbphone. This article is a bit more complex and even a bit controversial as I had both sort of device and at the end of this you will see what I use as a daily driver. I know there's tons of people who already shared their opinion about this issue and I thought why should I skip this chance? :)
They call it progress....
I think no one really can argue with the fact as smartphones has their place to the modern society. Social media became very popular, everyone uses facebook, twitter, instagram, youtube, flickr and the list goes on... so basically everyone uses the smartphone for staying connected and tuned with others. Post pictures and check status on the go, make connections and spend countless of hours hunting Pokemons and watching cat videos. It's a so called "social atomic bomb" what hit us, humans with these devices. I see, now you reading this and you're thinking "This guy doesn't like technology!" That's not true, I do like technology, and I have a few things around my house, but the with the smart technology I'm still not 100% convinced...
Smartphones are good...
...but what's the downside?
Well, I guess I sounded a little bit sarcastic at the end, but to be honest there's one (actually more) seriously dangerous feature of using a smartphone: it's highly addictive. You checking your emails in every second, checking your status on facebook, listening for notifications and chatting with people who actually close to you. When I say close, I mean the distance. :) I guess Pokemon GO is great and I do admire those people who actually can find joy walking around the street with their head in their phone and chasing those virtual creatures. A few days ago I was in the shop and if I don't see I never believe: a woman was playing with the game, inside the shop!? I kept wondering why do we even go to the shop? Don't we have other things to do? Well I guess we could find other stuffs to deal with like reading or watching a movie... but that't not as fun any more I guess. I was in a cinema with a few friends a few weeks ago and while my phone was switched off and I was focusing on the movie one of my friend kept checking his smartphone in the dark... well, he wasn't alone with this. Actually I was the only one who was really watching. :) I guess if I would have to summarize this I could end up with the same conclusion: the weapon of mass disruption!
So I'm against smartphones then?
By now I guess you can figure the phone I use it's not a smartphone. Well... at least not any more. Maybe because I'm old and I remember the times when monochrome display were the only available option with a phone and you had to type a long code to get a personalized ringtone... good old Siemens C45! :) I was using a feature phone for a long time and I remember when the first Samsung Galaxy Ace came out everyone was so excited about, not to mention the iPhone a little earlier. I was excited too. But hence of money and as I was working with phones as a sales consultant for a phone company I had too many choices and I simply didn't want to spend soo much money. Off course smartphones are way cheaper now and about 2 years ago I've got my first smartphone which was a Nokia N8. Well that wasn't really a smart phone but I really loved it. I didn't use it for so much, just taking picture. Coming from a 2 megapixel phone this was a wicked option with it's 8mpx. ;) But then I wanted to use some other stuffs like whatsapp and that wasn't available for symbian, so I switched to an iPhone 3GS what I had for 3 months. Well it was ok, but it was't really the phone what i was looking for, so I changed to a Nokia Lumia 520. Now that phone was a huge step forward for me. I can hear a lot of people saying already "ehh, windows phone...", but I really loved the system and if I would have to choose I would go for that. After a year of using that phone the Windows 10 update was available, but sadly it killed my phone. Don't ask me what happened, I don't understand either, I'm one of the unlucky dudes. :)
Ok, so what phone do I have?
My final thoughts
Live Long and Prosper _\\//
I know the title is a little bit strange, but it has it's story. :) This I was going to work with my bike. Typical Friday morning if you asking me. I cycle every morning around 30 minutes and usually with music in my ears. There's a lot of music in my iPod and I choose the actual playlist according to mood and the weather. I know, London and it's beauty! ;) So this morning it was a bit grey, rainy, saw a black car and I thought "lt's go to SPM mode"! :) So I press play on my Knight Rider album and off to go. While I was listening this iconic music and all the additional ones from the series I had this feeling as how good was everything back in the 80's and 90's! Series like Knight Rider, SeaQuest, The Next Generation, Columbo... series what I've enjoyed watching every time. So this is also a little announcement as well as I decided this morning to do a little review about my favorite TV series apart from Star Trek off course. ...and yes, there will be some YouTube video as well coming in the subject. :)
But what about Knight Rider?
Kitt was more then a car for me. He was a friend. A true and loyal friend who we all knew i was a car, but he had a personality. In StarTrek I had the similar feeling towards the ships, but the one thing what this car is different as he has this sense of humor, he is like a real human... ok, I know he is a car, but still. :) He was... IS one of my favorite TV car and I'm proud to own one in my collection along with some other. If you interested about my other pieces feel free to check out my initial introduction for my collection on YouTube. ;) I will do an update on this soon as I have other pieces since and I'm sure You going to like it. :)
Final thoughts... ;)
So summarizing this "thought-cloud" of this morning I'm really blesses I was born in the era when all the cool stuff came out on TV including this brilliant series. The golden age of Television if you ask me, as since then TV shows are easily forgettable. Some of them are good and iconic like Game of Thrones what everyone's watching apart from me or Walking Dead... also not in my list, but everyone has it's own fandom right? :) Mine is focused around this era and maybe with time it will change/expand as I do like some of the newer series like The Big Bang Theory. I always say even these days if we have some good TV shows from back then what we can still enjoy and talk about that's still a really good thing.
Live long and prosper. _\\//
Last week by that time I came home from the LFCC (London Film and Comic Con) with lot's of fun memory and a few little gifts and pieces. Today I thought althought it's been a week by now I'll share with all of you my experience and some details about my costume.
The Costume - Mork from Ork "nanu-nanu" :)
Ready, Set, Action!
What a lovely bunch of people. Every time when I'm going to comic con I'm amazed how many great people dresses up and how much fun they have with other cosplayers. I've decided to take many photo as I can with people, and have some fun. Well I have to say I had soo much fun. The initial reaction for my cosplay costume wasn't as common as I thought as it turned out apart from the "older generation" - with all due respect - no one really knew who was I! Quite a few people stopped by and said "nanu-nanu" also took photos with me. :) It was great and I managed to meet some nice people. :) Here's a little selection of the day best photos. ;)
The day over all was great. I've really enjoyed myself, had the chance to meet some nice people there and also I've managed to have a caricature made by one artist. I've really enjoyed the reaction with other cosplayers, the vide was great and I'm really looking forward to the next time when I can call myself one of my favourite TV/Movie chanacter. :)
Live long and prosper _\\//
Check out my video review about Comic Con at my Youtube channel: