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WuzzDate: Avatar Roku’s Greatest Failure.

Avatar Roku said his biggest failure was not dealing with Sozin when he had the chance. But knowing what we know now, I can say with 200 years worth of foresight that Roku was wrong. Again.

Avatar Roku’s greatest failure was not working with Sozin. A failure Aang fixed 100 years later, not by beating Ozai but by working with Fire Lord Zuko and creating republic city, a dream Sozin had for the world 200 years ago.

First look at the parallels.

Fire Lord Sozin, 200+ years ago had a problem. The fire nation had evolved past being badass version of the air nomads and fully into a industrial and imperial economic power house. Prosperity never seen before brought on a population boom, massive changes in quality of living and a new era of peace and prosperity. Sozin saw all this and thought “why only the fire nation has to live this good.”

Keep in mind that Sozin was no more of a bad guy than season 1 zuko and even then his motivation taken at face value is far more nobler than zuko’s quest to restore his honor. It was Utopian, a utopia rejected by Roku out of principle and tradition.

Fast forward 200 years later. War has left many areas of the Earth kingdom colonized by the fire nation. At first Fire Lord Zuko declared his intentions to restore the traditional model of the world, completing his promise to the avatar. Unfortunately things weren’t that simple. Under colonization the combined earth kingdom and fire nation citizens actually prospered , just as Sozin predicted they would 100 years ago. Zuko faced with this new “society” chose to preserve it and ultimately asked the avatar to agree. Aang accepted Zuko’s vision and Republic City stands as a beacon of light and true unity for the 4 nations (technically 5 but meh).

Roku in his failings to trust a friend prevented Republic City from being built 200 years earlier, denying the world what would have been 200 years of technology and societal progress.

But to understand how deep this failing goes there is even more parallels to follow.

Roku and Sozin were friends, close friends. Roku said some friendships transcends life times. Roku should have known Sozin and trusted his intention. He should have saw past the dogma and saw the fire nation as more than an imperial force waiting to happen.

Now lets take Aang and Zuko 100 years later. Zuko did bad near ruthless and reckless things to obtain the avatar. Despite that Aang recognized back in season 1 that Zuko was not really a bad guy and they could have been friends a 100 years ago.

Now wait. When Aang said this, we thought he was talking about his fire nation buddy he had 100 years ago. It was almost a generality for “the fire nation can’t be that bad”. Fast forward to when Roku showed Aang that he was good friends with a happy and playful Prince Sozin I don’t think anyone made this critical connection. When Aang said “he and zuko could have been friends in another time” the authors were talking about Roku and Sozin and how their friendship transcended time and even nationalities (just as Aangs relationship with Monk Gyatso transcended Gyatso relationship with Roku).

Can it be thus easily said that the relationship and partnership between Avatar Aang and Firelord Zuko should have also been what have happened between Avatar Roku and Firelord Sozin 100 years ago?

Now look at Sozin and Zuko.

Sozin was a good man and a good firelord. He inherited and over saw the fire nations industrial age. He was an idealist that believed in spreading the wealth around. Though incapable of seeing the perceived fault in his actions he thought it was his and his nations destiny to lead the world to the next age. When Avatar Roku, his friend rejected him not once but twice, the second time leading to a pride crushing bitter defeat, Sozin went down a dark path. Having been forsaken by his brother and de-fanged by the Avatar, Sozin had 25 years to harbor darker and darker feelings. Which all came to a head when given a choice between saving a friends life and for filling his dream…he chose his dream. He spent the last years of his life being consumed by the search for the avatar, even wiping out the air nomads to ensure the cycle is broken.

Zuko was rejected by his father and humiliated before his entire nation. He was a good kid but ultimately felt forced to do very wrong things in pursuit of his dream. He was nearly consumed by his search and later the promise of capture of the avatar. He even sacrifice the hope of removing his scar in order to fight Katara and the Aang in hopes of finally pleasing his father.

Roku found contempt for Sozins ideals, choosing his duty as the Avatar over his own brother which ultimately cost him his life, his brother, and his legacy as an Avatar. If Roku had stuck by Sozin, taking his fire nation point of view and using his experience traveling the world and being a part of every people group in the avatar world to refine Sozin’s ideals…who knows what the avatar world would look like 200 years later in Korra’s time.

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Wuzzdate : WuzzRanting about Nolan Batman

I’m not a man who bows down and sucks another man’s dick, least of all Christopher Nolan’s! Look what he’s done to batman! Gone are the leather tights, the grappling hooks, the acrobatics through skyscrapers, and even, god help us, the batrangs!!! Blaspheme we say to a realistic batman and for a while Batman Begins was a perfect movie for naysayers. Batman Begins is about the story of Bruce Wayne taking on the mantle of the bat, not for revenge, but the cleansing of Gotham, one broken jaw at a time (granted Nolan’s Bat never broke a bone, let alone a jaw, but I’ll get to that later.). This journey begins at League of Shadows, where I for one groaned at considering what will soon happen there after; Bruce being considered the top student and the confrontation with Rh a-zal-gul most likely being underwhelming and rushed. Later we will get to the enjoyable part of the film, Morgan Freeman handing batman next generation armor, gadgets, and yes the tank-mobile. Even now a whole decade later, I still remember the glee on Morgan Freeman’s face when he finally gets to unleash his weapons of mass destruction on unsuspecting mobsters and gangsters, while smiling at Bruce’s “splunking” excuse. Fun times movie, fun times. A few moments later — eye gouging love story, a scarecrow who should have been main villain instead of a joke side character — we get the resurrected Rh a-zal-gul!!!! Who dies 10 minutes later. Cue end of movie….

The problem with Batman Begins is that its an origin story that besides Morgan Fucking Freeman, didn’t really need to be told. Its the 21st century, and it wasn’t that long ago we had both Batman The Animated Series and the Justice League/Justice League Unlimited. Go find a book and read if you don’t know who batman is. This movie lacked tension or presence and our main villain was a throw away. The movie spends a great amount of time and detail convincing, explaining, and ultimately justifying Batman in the “real” world, but not enough time giving me a good Batman story. Considering where the Dark Knight and Rises will go, this is easily a prequel that can be watched on DVD and dissected at your leisure but not the 1st movie of the trilogy.

But Wuzzman Christopher Nolan is a GOD! How can you be so mean!! Well in hindsight, consider what this new “grounded” batman means. No batrangs, no skyscrapers, no super natural. But, but batman was always a hard gritty, blah blah! Yes and no. I can respect Nolan for making batman a real person, but you kinda miss some psychosis if you do. No Clayface, no Mr. Freeze. No Mr. Freeze. Even scarecrow is a joke character instead of the scariest motherfucka you’ll know. So understandably the Dark Knight for me was wait and see at the time….

But DAMN YOU NOLAN AND HEATH LEDGER. I can sum up the movie as the “Joker” and that would be all that needs to be said. To the point that Begins becomes a distant shadow, the death of Rachael is the only thing you really need to watch Begins to understand the significance of. Everything stands on its own, like an island of awesome surrounded by even greater glory to its right and its prequel to the left. I don’t have words for this movie, though the ending didn’t wrap it up as well as I wanted, it left a good sized dangling pointer that crashed the nerd minds of several batman fans for years to come. Where begins is the explanation of Batman, Knight IS Batman and it was glorious.

At this point the only thing problematic about the series is that Batman despite his ninja training, and all his far east travel and physical training, is not the best fighter you’ve seen on film. A lot of what happens in Nolan Batman can be explained as “Batman shows up and everyone falls down.”. Though honestly that’s not a real complaint, having trusted Nolan, the difficulty of moving in a suit that most weigh 100 pounds is inherently higher than ScarletJo sweating her titts off in that leather body suit. And considering this fact, I appreciate that Nolan didn’t bullshit the audience and pretend that his batman isn’t a man sized tank on two legs.

So Wuzzman what do you think of the Dark Knight Rises? Better than Sex? Ok good night ya’ll….

Ok lets be honest if you didn’t think this movie was awesome this may sound like the ravings of a fanboy. Call me the Co-Host! But The Dark Knight Rises, feels less like the third part of the trilogy but what I wanted out of Batman begins. Like Batman Begins, this is a Bruce Wayne story from start to finish. Batman is a persona that Bruce must drag out the personal hell of his existence one last time to beat the new evil one last time. Along the way he faces his old demons, mainly the league of shadows and his own doubts about being batman. To me this is the most reasonable or in other words, normal batman I’ve ever seen. I always found batman dark and gritty because Batman himself was dark and gritty, yet Nolan’s batman is not. Nolan takes his villains and the situation to the apex of despair and yet Batman himself remains an average joe, not much unlike you or me, facing a crisis in identity and purpose. I want a life outside of Batman but the one woman I loved was taken from me. I’m prepared to die for Gotham because there is nothing else for me to live for. Why can’t I live as just Bruce Wayne? Only Afred sees Bruce for the vulnerable young man who still has a future if he only gave a shit. Contrast that to the animated series batman where Bruce Wayne was a life time ago, when his parents was alive and his biggest worry was when the next Zoro movie will come out. For most interpretations of Batman, the cowl was a symbol of fear and for the purpose of inflicting pain. Where as Nolan’s Bat is merely a symbol of justice and of the every man finally standing up for himself and his city.

Then you contrast that to Bane, who is what batman has been for decades (yet not always); a creature of the night, an engine of pain and broken bones. Bane has every right to call Bruce Wayne a pussy and their fight resembles one of ideology than test of martial prowess. It wasn’t Batman that defeated Bane, but Bruce Wayne proving that his hope and justice is worth more than Bane fear and threats. Which is hilarious coming from Batman.

In the end, we get a great Catwoman and even a great but short lived Talia Gul. Everything wraps up neatly and we get one of the most spazz in your seats endings I’ve every seen in cinema as far as my nerd mind can remember. All in all we should start a petition for a Christopher Nolan Robin trilogy. Or at least comic/animated series.

Alright Wuzzman signing out~~

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WuzzDate : My new Hobby

So I’ve been sick lately. How sick? When after days of coughing up green mucous, seeing grey mucous escape the choppa is cause for celebration. Sometimes I must ask myself if there are either ways to kill a man…..

Nevertheless like all near death experience, this one gave me a new lease on life and enough time to reach new levels of sleep killing stress. In this stress comes the desire to have a ordered universe, a universe where life changing or ie, shattering developes aren’t 10 dollars away but mere typos any grinning super genius can make. Enter the world of computer programmer where life and death is only a notepad away *oh joy*

So here is where the rambling starts, last year I wrote a simple zombie survival script. Text based, logical and for the most part scalable. But its not entirely web ready, it needs some server side logic to create persistence, and graphics to encourage the 5 years to play. A daunting task for your simple web developer but nevertheless one that I approach with gusto! If WordPress permits a rudimentary version will be posted here on this very blog.

Until than keep in touch.

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WuzzDate – Extra, Extra the British Needs Subtitles

I promised something game development related, but I lied. I promised an update concerning Story of a David, but I lied. You see when the best thing since chips and dips invites you over for Starz and a good night sleep, at the last minute no less, you drop your plans and go watch The Best Movie Ever Sold and Attack the Block.

Now I have to say I had no interest in the former, hearing high-schoolers remark on the ethics of advertising made me cringe inside, but hey I can’t dis the guy who made Super Size Me for finding another creative way to avoid being a crazy homeless man. Bravo. Besides everyone needs to watch their better half choice in entertainment once in a while. For all you kids out there just realize that you’ll sleep better when the remote is her’s at the end of the day, just saying.

Now in event of an emergency do not watch a British film without subtittles. Seriously you Brits speak another language. You ever feel like a hillbilly infront of your well to do other half of your family? Do they talk really fast and use a lot of slang that doesn’t really sound like slang? Does their ascents make common words sound like high pitch rat squeels? Now imagine watching a movie with that as your first 15 minutes before your brain normalizes the barrage of slang and un-american ascents.

But don’t worry once the culture shock, and the realization that ur a hick, passes by the movie quickly scales up its pace. In a matter of minutes my bored coach buddy sits up and joins me in declaring who is going to get it next. Now Attack the Block isn’t just a horror movie, its a wuzzman horror movie. Takes it time to make you care for characters, before brutally snatching them away, and the monsters present a real back and forth struggle between life and death, not just a elaborate kill cam.
Combine that with humor and British writers subtle way of including unmistakable jabs at social commentary, without beating you over the head with whose world is intrinstically right or wrong (the movie is about a bunch on london street kids who start the movie off by robbing a woman, and boy does that come full circle).

In the end you’ll probably want to see Mose’s cast for the next Blade, announce fuck the police loudily, and wonder why do British police figure a family SUV would inspire fear in the hearts of criminals~~~

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Its like an update, but without the UP…………………………

Yeah, yeah cough, cough, not funny. This will NOT be edited by the way because this is a rambleDate, cause its like WuzzDate, without the Wuzz………

Alright meat and potatoes of this is that Story of a David, my flag ship story, will be going on vacation for a while. I’ll give you updates on why but the long and short of it is that I’ve come to terms with actually letting you unclothe masses read a part of it and NOW I’ve come to the confident conclusion that I need to…cough…cough, move closer to publishing it. This may happen by the end of the month, this may happen by the end of the year, who knows. But please continue reading Story of a David, and give honest opinions on what you think, having weird questions, or figuring that I suck cause I’m all ears.

In the mean time I have few more things to be honest about….

You see in every young mans life there are two passions trying to kill each other. One passion wants to type words on the computer. The other tries to break the computer. We smarty pants call that programming, or in my case, game programming, my major, my unfinished major, and the death of me. It is time to return to said passion. Which does mean my penchant for writing will decrease a bit, but my time to read all of wordpress, my likes, my follows, and the underwater gold mines of talent will increase. So expect me to bugger you more often. Right now I have a project involing zombies…in jeopordy. More info will be in WuzzDates, cause their updates without the UP you see…..

So in the meantime, look for more WuzzDates, check out the Read Me for less useless information, and be prepared for new shorts, more War Story, and a dabbling of my growing favorite to write, The 30something Boy King. Good night ya’ll.

But seriously READ STORY OF A DAVID.

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