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A blog about life in general, in as many languages as I can manage. Ενα ιστολόγιο περι ζωής, πολυγλωσσο - σε όσες γλωσσες εχω μεράκι να γράψω.

Καλό μήνα...

 Να τος και ο Αύγουστος!  Για το πότε μας πέρασε ο Ιούλιος...δεν το κατάλαβα! Όπου να'ναι έρχεται και το fall semester και οι δουλειές.  Μακάρι να είχαμε άλλους δύο μήνες καλοκαίρι. 😎




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Review: Assassin's Creed: Brahman

Assassin's Creed: Brahman Assassin's Creed: Brahman by Brenden Fletcher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I think this is my favorite comic story to date. While you do have the who assassin/templar thing going on, the protagonist is just a regular Joe Schmoe working for Abstergo.  His significant other is of an Assassin heritage (something she doesn't know) and ultimately becomes a victim of a centuries-old feud. In the end, you see the collateral damage done by this difference in philosophy.

Synopsis from book:
Who is Jot Soora? Devoted fiancé of movie star Monima Das, gifted programmer at software giant MysoreTech, or deadly Assassin with a secret?

When Jot stumbles into a layer of code deep in his company's new device, the discovery threatens his relationship, his job and his life. it also reveals shocking links to an ancestral past that cause him to question everything he knows about himself. As he delves further into memories stored in his genetic makeup, he uncovers an age-old battle between The Templar Order and The Assassin Brotherhood, both of whom are racing to find a mysterious artifact buried in the past that has the power to alter the fate of all mankind.

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Review: Assassin's Creed: Volume 3 Homecoming

Assassin's Creed: Volume 3 Homecoming Assassin's Creed: Volume 3 Homecoming by Anthony Del Col
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was an OK story. Reading it made me wonder if they had more in mind as a continuation to this, or if it just fizzled.  It wasn't bad, but it was also not super exciting. 

Publisher's summary:
The Brotherhood of the Assassins is in trouble. Resources depleted by their long feud with the Templar Order, faced with a world where the goalposts are constantly shifting, they can only struggle to regain their footing. A mysterious collective offers an alliance, but is this third faction a golden opportunity? Or a Faustian bargain?

Join Charlotte de la Cruz and Galina Voronina as they try and navigate a clear path for the Assassins through turbulent waters!

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Review: Assassin's Creed: Assassins Vol.2: Setting Sun

Assassin's Creed: Assassins Vol.2: Setting Sun Assassin's Creed: Assassins Vol.2: Setting Sun by Anthony Del Col
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fun continuation to the first volume.  The animus components of the story take place in the Incan Empire during the Spanish invasion. This is not addressed in the comic book or the lore, but I'd love to get more background as to how the Assassin Order's numbers dwindled (or were they always low?...)

From the synopsis:
WHEN ALL SEEMS LOST, THE CREED REMAINS

There's no turning back for Charlotte De La Cruz as she delves into the workings of the Assassin Brotherhood – and deeper into her genetic memories. A lead from the past is about to land her in the heart of the Inca Empire... just as it's about to fall!

Galina is desperate to keep the dwindling Assassin cell together, but Charlotte has her own agenda. Blades are drawn, blood is spilled, and sparks fly as they both fight for what they believe is right... and their cold war spells death for allies and enemies alike!

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Review: The Dark Veil

The Dark Veil The Dark Veil by James Swallow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Interesting story! Felt a lot like a Titan series novel, but being set in Picard (and probably in a different 'universe') there were notable differences in crew composition on the Titan. I'd gladly read more Titan stories set in the TV universe.

From the book jacket: 
The Alpha Quadrant is mired in crisis...
Within the United Federation of Planets, a terrorist strike on the shipyards of Mars has led to the shutdown of all relief efforts for millions of Romulans facing certain doom from an impending super­nova.
But when the USS Titan is drawn into a catastrophic incident on the Romulan-Federation border, Captain William Riker, his family, and his crew find themselves caught between the shocking secrets of an enigmatic alien species and the deadly agenda of a ruthless Tal Shiar operative.
Forced into a wary alliance with a Romulan starship commander, Riker and the Titan crew must uncover the truth to stop a dev­astating attack – but one wrong move could plunge the entire sector into open conflict!


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Review: Assassin's Creed: Assassins Vol.1: Trial by Fire

Assassin's Creed: Assassins Vol.1: Trial by Fire Assassin's Creed: Assassins Vol.1: Trial by Fire by Anthony Del Col
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Interesting story. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the past life/animus sequences take place in Salem during the Salem Witch Trials and the hysteria that ensued.  Of course, it was all a templar ploy ;-) I do like that at the end of the individual comics they've collected a bit of the actual history, which is a nice nod to the animus database.

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The MacPocket

Another concept from Reddit (or somewhere).  This one is a PDA version of the Mac, if done in 1984. I love the QWERTY keyboard and the trackball.  Reminds me a lot of Apple x Blackberry. The battery would probably need to be huge...

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The MacPhone

I came across this concept on Reddit (I think) a while back.  It's basically a "what if" Apple had made some sort of phone out of MacOS back in the day of the Mac Plus. Fun concept to play around with, but I really doubt that the size would be that small.  The battery alone would probably require a backpack.

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Review: Death's End

Death's End Death's End by Liu Cixin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well...that was an interesting ending... It wasn't bad, but it did feel very nihilistic.  I suppose the opposite view might be a continuous renaissance, but still, it felt a bit bleak.  Overall throughout this series, I felt that we were witnessing the increasingly bad decisions of humanity. It was still a good read, but oh man.  The facepalms and the "WTF"s were constant.

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Brain (re)gain

 Got this ad on facebook recently. Greece is trying to woo back Greeks living abroad with jobs that exist in Greece (😂LOL).  I ain't gonna lie.  I would be tempted to move if the right job came along, but I seriously doubt they can match salaries. Some video ads I've seen tend to focus on the way of life as a perk of being in Greece, but no one mentions how difficult it is to get actual work completed when dealing with public offices, banks, and other "little" every day things that impact your quality of life. I don't even know if the internet and other infrastructure elements are at a level needed for people moving back and being digital nomads. 

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