A Glimmer of Hope for “Dark Matter” Season 4? News from the Creator…

Dark Matter” is the best science fiction series in recent years. I admit that I am quite picky when it comes to series, as I do not like to binge watch. I prefer to appreciate them the way it was when I was younger (30 years ago), when I watched the old Battlestar Galactica and then, Babylon 5 (the defining Sci-fi series for me). “Dark Matter” has it all – mystery, cool space-battles, political intrigue and cliffhanger season-endings! But the last episode of the Season 3 was quite upsetting, not because of the massive cliffhanger (Spoiler ALERT: “Black Ships are coming”), but because the series has been abruptly dropped even though it was doing pretty well for a third season sci-fi series.

After many attempts at trying to get the series picked up by other companies, i.e. Netflix, there was only disappointment. Which is why I am happy to read the following from Joseph:

“Whenever fans have asked me about the prospect of a Dark Matter revival, I’ve been honest with them. It’s unlikely, but I still hold out hope for a mini-series that would allow me to wrap up as many of those narrative loose ends as possible and, hopefully, offer fans some closure. That, I honestly felt, was the best case scenario.

Until today after my conversation with a very determined individual with connections to a group of equally determined, forward-thinking individuals who have proposed an atypical but very intriguing approach to getting it done. And the more they talk about it, the more convinced I become that, maybe, the odds of a fourth and fifth season of Dark Matter may not be as long as I’d initially assumed.

Ambiguous, no? Alas, for now, all I’ll say is that the wheels on a resurrection are – surprisingly – in motion again. There is, of course, no guarantee that anything will come of this, but the strategy is crazy-brilliant and certainly worth pursuing.”

The full post can be read from here – https://josephmallozzi.com/2018/11/12/november-12-2018-distant-dark-matter-rumblings/

A chance is better than none at all. Here is hoping for the release of AT LEAST a season four for this MUST watch series.

Stan Lee (1922-2018) Passes Away on the 12th November 2018

The sad news is that THE MAN, Stan Lee, born Stanley Martin Lieber, has passed away on the 12th November 2018. It is sad, but not shocking as the man was already 95 years old. He has lived a long ful-filling life. And it is not surprising because his wife, Joan Lee, passed the year before. This is what I observe over the years, that most elderly couples pass away not far from each other – as a sort of manifestation of the dependency and love towards one another.

Stan Lee was the man who was involved in the creation of many, many PROMINENT superheroes – namely, the Amazing Spider-Man, the X-men, the Avengers and the Fantastic Four to say the least. I do not think it is disrespectful to openly state that Stan Lee was not the sole creator of these wonderful heroes – as his contribution was the concept, idea and story, while his collaborators equally contributed in the vision, the visuals of the characters and stories. But it is true to say: without Stan Lee, there would be no Marvel Comics as it is now. We cannot overstate the importance that he has left on the American comic book industry and on popular entertainment today.

Thank you, Stan Lee.

The thanks will be pouring in worldwide for the next few weeks. As it should.

Bitcoin TIPS for the CURIOUS and BEGINNER! Best TIPS for those investing from Malaysia!

Friend,

There has been many, many articles and posts written about this miracle product called ‘Bitcoin’ over the past year. Apparently, we have this ‘new virtual currency’ that is decentralised and precious. What was easily ‘mined’ by the use of computer CPU’s or GPU’s (Central Processing Unit and Graphical Processing Unit) can bring you profits that has just began to be realised. Many seem to be predicting that one Bitcoin will easily breach the twenty thousand price point in the near future. Here is the BEST TIME to jump on the bandwagon – put all your money into this investment and be prepared for financial freedom.

Friend, this is a lie. The best TIPS for investing in Bitcoin is this: DO NOT DO IT. I am not even joking. Do you want to know what is speculation? Speculation is making an investment without any real, firm, tangible expectation or evidence. There is no basis. Basically, speculative investment is no different than gambling. That is why people LOVE it. Gambling promises high payout – but with that level of payout, there is a very high risk. Bitcoin is HIGHLY speculative.

How can one really find out whether this is true or merely a personal conjecture of one person? Simple. Ask your friend who had introduced you to Bitcoin investment – what is crypto currency? What is bitcoin based on? What is it backed by? What does ‘decentralised’ mean? Is it a real commodity? Who handles the trading? What happens when the trading platform (also known as ‘exchange’) fails? What happens to those who are linked to the exchange?

I can guarantee you that most people would never be able to explain in succinct or clear terms what Bitcoin is all about. They are ignorant of what blockchain technology is, let alone the whole concept of cryptography. Yet, they are CONVINCED that this technology will change industries, in fact, change the fabric of humanity! I beg to differ.

I do agree that Blockchain technology IS a good technology of the future, but it suffers tremendously in a few areas – one is STANDARD. Unless a common standard is set on how things are done, you will find ‘trust’ to be low. Whether this standard relates to cryptocurrency, or to the blockchain technology itself – we all need regulation to ensure that consistency is made and given.

Secondly, in the trading of cryptography like Bitcoin, we have problem with exchanges. Why? The lack of regulation means NO ENFORCEMENT in the event that problems occur within the exchange. In Malaysia, we have Luno, shutting down its operations because of the bank account FREEZE by the authorities. What this means is: at the end of 2017, when the price of Bitcoin was still soaring, many could buy. But those who wanted to sell their coins suddenly found an inability to do so. Their investment was stuck – for a long time even until now (nearly one full year). Do you know what happened since Luno’s Maybank account was frozen? Bitcoin CRASHED and LOST 70% of its worth. I was very blessed to have only LOST RM15 on my RM100 ‘test’ on Bitcoin and Ethereum. Somehow, the moment I recognised the flaw of power given to the individual UNREGULATED exchanges, I quickly withdrew what I had, despite the small loss. The week after, Luno’s problems came!

Thirdly, read what the experts say about it:

“The truth is that the developers have absolute power to act as judge and jury. When something goes wrong in one of their buggy “smart” pseudo-contracts and massive hacking occurs, they simply change the code and “fork” a failing coin into another one by arbitrary fiat, revealing the entire “trustless” enterprise to have been untrustworthy from the start.”

“It is telling that all “decentralised” blockchains end up being centralised, permissioned databases when they are actually put into use. As such, blockchain has not even improved upon the standard electronic spreadsheet, which was invented in 1979.

No serious institution would ever allow its transactions to be verified by an anonymous cartel operating from the shadows of the world’s kleptocracies.”

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/blockchain-has-been-a-lie-all-this-while-10831880

So, my BEST TIP for you is: let the speculators BURN. Stay out of it. Go into Mutual Fund or the Stock Exchange of your country. Those are safer and regulated. You lose based on your ignorance of information, not because it was a gamble.

Be Brave as Firemen

Picture from The Star, https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/10/04/adnan-was-a-filial-son-says-father-of-drowned-bomba-diver/

In the 9pm tragedy on Wednesday (Oct 3), all six personnel, who were part of the rescue diving unit, were dragged away by strong currents.

My older son asked me, “What happened?” He pointed to the mournful music played over the 8 pm news report covering the funeral of the six brave young firemen who died in a tragic incident on Wednesday, 3rd October.

“Six firemen died while attempting to rescue a teenager.”

“Why did they go if they could die?” His face a sad expression. 

“That is what brave men do, son. They do what is right, not what is safe.”

He paused for a while, a thoughtful look upon him before my wife called him for his evening bath. 

It is the greatest loss for our brave firemen. I think up to this point, very few would appreciate the dedication and courage that is demanded of our firemen. They do not only rescue victims trapped in wreckages, but they also capture wild beasts and reptiles, wrestle with savage fires and brave hazardous environments for the single soul, even though there might be a low probability of success. 

I am glad that at this time, especially in my sons formative years, I can point to them the meaning of bravery and courage from around us. The word is so easily misused and tainted by the political mud-slinging that happens often in our part of the world, but true courage is usually seen in action. May we learn to be courageous in doing what is right, and not what is convenient.