January 23, 2017

rogue one & passengers

Rogue One - I love it for its well connection of events in Starwars universe. And that is cool to see characters and events from The Clone Wars, Rebels and also the Main Saga to come back. The only worry is how good will be for coming two films on Han Solo & Boba Fett?

Passengers - I'm just interested in two things, animation & Jennifer Lawrence... I don't mean I do not respect Jennifer Lawrence. But I cannot find anything else can attract me when comparing to Rogue One. There are several faults in the story making me a step back from saying the film is good, like how would a person like to sleep for 120 years? How can the company apply the loans & capital from stakeholders for such a long period?

September 18, 2016

lego star wars #75038 jedi™ interceptor

It has a different design from Obi-wan's one, from wings, droid socket to even the cockpit, even the major layout remains the same. Obi-wan's one has more details on wings but much more stickers. A open-ended droid socket makes R2 not easily removed by buzz droid.



The best of this set against his master's one is there is space to hold lightsaber!

What will Yoda's one be as available in next year?

July 23, 2016

improvement of bus arrival prediction system

Implementation of bus arrival prediction system is a mandate for HK franchise buses. But tons of high-rising buildings here make GPS-backbone system not as useful as we expect.

The signals cannot be sent and received from buses to satellites due to blockages of buildings & bridges. Also reflections of glass curtain wall can distort the communications.

Bus companies currently use historical data to compensate the inaccuracy mentioned above. However we cannot know how long ago the data are. Even worse the road condition always changes such that the information used can deviate a lot from actual situation. Customers are suffered and misled. The experience actually worsens especially the companies are adjusting the route frequency to adopt more and more railways around.

One of the methods can be by handshaking when buses are passing each other. If there is a GPS signal, positions and time can be dropped down. If the memory is large enough, all data collected by a bus in between the trip can be copied to another bus nearby. Once the bus arrives the terminal, the data can be uploaded and let the mainframe / cloud adjust the prediction. The data is more updated than the historical one and relevantly more accurate.

Finding Dory

Piper - The background is made as so damned real. The story is simple but meaningful.

Flaws are including not many species of fish living in salty water can survive in fresh water. And how can the pipes of Marine Life Institute connect to sea outside directly? But without these, the story cannot go on.

The surprise brought is weaker than Toy Story 3 or Inside Out. I'm really working on how the story is  in Cars 3 and Toy Story 4.

February 10, 2016

lego star wars #75135 Obi-Wan's jedi starfighter

This should be the only set so far Lego solely built for Obi-Wan's Eta-2 Starfighter.

It is cool to have a new Obi-Wan with a headset. The wings are nicely built to provide the rigid structure and also weight to play nicely. Even R4-P17 can be fit nicely compared to the previous build. Some older one can only put the head on the wing while later run can only leave the legs of R2-D2 hanging. Higher R4 can also fulfill what the movie shows which it was destroyed by buzz droids.

The cockpit is a bit disappointing. Obi-Wan cannot sit straightly. There is no proper place to hold his lightsaber. That's such a shame. The worse thing should be the amount of stickers used. Why does Lego really like stickers but the size cannot fully fit the brick?

February 08, 2016

lego star wars #75136 droid escape droid

This is one of the sets with both C-3PO and R2-D2. It should be the one most following the storyline which both droids are captured by Jawas.

Compared to previous 2 sets, this set is with most details. The engines rotable and the case can be opened. There are two different printings on the Jawas. And also a printed death star. But there are a lot of stickers which need skills to stick. Especially to make the stickers of the case in sync and also stick the panel correctly in a small piece of lego.

January 16, 2016

the abominable bride

First half is brilliant enough even those who did not watch the tv series before can understand. But second half you need to have some background before. And the frequent time traveling made that worse. Is that because both are working on Doctor Who too much?

Is that the first time to formally incorporate the actual scene of the original story even the story line has been tuned? Is Mary also hired by Mycroft or just imagination? Is the line of Moriarty finally ended? Sherlock really wants his brother to die faster while his mind is attracted to Irene. He thinks Hooper wants to show something to him. Using Christmas special to explain Sherlock back from exile earlier can make Series four a reboot.

Make up of Mycroft is funny. First part of additional footage is nice but later part, just like the special, becomes boring.

January 03, 2016

the force awakens

Spoiler alert!

Who is the wise man to find and keep the fraction of the location of first Jedi temple where Luke is hiding and hated by Kylo Ren? Wookieepedia said he is under the group of people close to Jedis. But why did Luke leave the clue to him/them?

How is the fate of other Jedis under old Jedi Order like those in Star Wars: Rebels?

Is BB-8 weaker than R2 as it cannot fly?

Kylo is strong in getting other's mind & control blaster bolts. He should be able to fight against Rey but he was hurt. Kylo is right to wear a mask as he really doesn't look alike Leia or Han Solo. His temper sucks even comparing with other people using dark side. Has Leia, Han or Luke told what Anakin did and how he redeemed? What is his relationship with General Hux?

Poe is obviously not Force-sensitive.

Is there any chip in Finn when stormtroopers were brainwashed just like clones? Is he Force-sensitive?

Has Captain Phasma removed her helmet in the film? Is she so weak? Has she escaped from garbage chute before the base explosion?

What has happened before Rey was left behind Jakku? Who has said to her to keep quiet? How does she know the Jedi tricks? Does she relate to Kenobi? 1. Romance between Obi-Wan & Duchess Satine; 2. The lightsaber was used by Anakin, Obi-Wan, Luke & Rey; 3. Strong Jedi Mind Trick which Obi-Wan was strong on; & 4. Ewan McGregor voiced Obi-Wan again when Rey first touched the saber.

I really think Harrison Ford would wannabe Indiana Jones more than Han Solo. How was the faith of Han's freighter? Would it be used to pay for his debt by Guavian Death Gang or Kanjiklub? Ben is really the sting in Han's mind. How will Han be presented in next film? Force ghost?

Has Chewie got old?

Is Snoke one of the inquisitors under Galactic Empire? He is strong with Force and only two types of people can be allowed to be Force-sensitive in the Empire. One is Sith but only two allowed (Emperor & Vader) while another are inquisitors.

Why did Luke not stop Kyle to kill the Padawans? Has Obi-Wan or Yoda done something to stop?

How can the super-weapon of Starkiller Base destroy several planets nearby as the same time?