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  As some of close internet friends may know already, I gave yesterday the speech-presentation of my final thesis for my master degree in biology. I passed and got the degree with a good score (105/110) and that's officially close one of the most busy and exhausting moments of my life: for some months I was fully absorbed in working for the thesis (that included microbiology and genetic studies of bacteria population in drinking water).

Having to focus on this, I had to put on hiatus lots of things: my activity on telegram/skype reduced, i completely cut drawing myself, and I stopped commissioning arts.

Now my life is finally turned more ease: so I would rejoice resume chatting with fellow friends, plus I needs to organize ideas and plan how much i will invest and what i will ask for commission this year and what i could resume drawing. I will probably upload future journal if i lack ideas about it, asking for suggestions.
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Hello! It is some time that my watchers could have witnessed a decrease of my activity (especially on chats). This is due focusing much of my time on working for my final master degree thesis that include lots of job into a scientific lab over bacteria and water samples.
Still I try to cut few free hours for day but I have to split very carefully this precious time...


On more sad note, also today my mothernal grandma passed away (my last living grand.). I spent this morning close to my mother who was quite emotionally shaken (even if it was not totally unexpected). Speaking of my grandmother, I will try to keep and remember a number of memories of her, she never had a easy life: born in Sicily's countrise in 1927, her family was moderately wealthy but she spent most of her life struggling against sisters (and others) to keep a share of the original inheritance. I recall from her childhood years she was disappointed to not witnessing a visit from Mussolini (canceled last-minute due weather) but she saw the italian King of the time. She married my grandfather (who I never met) after the war: a former officer who spent years of prisony in Germany due refusing to serve the pro-German fascist northern country (kooskia.deviantart.com/art/...… ). After their marriage, she endured the loss of his husband due cancer and managed to live with two young daughters and alternating-supportive/abandoning sisters of her. She spared money, and allowed my mother's to became a doctor, she endured having her younger sister (my aunt) joining a militant armed group back in '80s and helped her to recreate a life after some years of prisony.
She never had a easy life, she has been also a stern woman, but she expressed only love and support for us (me, my brother and my cousin, her grandchildren) and I will keep cherishing childhood memories with her.
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  • Watching: Lion Guard, MLP, Game of Thrones
  • Playing: Heartstone, Heroes of the Storm
Since spring I begun working hard for getting the thesis for my Master Degree in Biology, and after some slowing down, the work resumed at +100% last week after summer break.

Last months I found myself unable to produce more than 1-2 (at best) pieces of arts for month and having found myself finally a break during the weekend, I got stucked into a massive art-block.

No fix ideas, only some scattered unfinshed works I have little mood to complete, in addition to perceiving my quality of drawing of being absolutely unable to pass more of what I have shared so far.


I am not a good artist, and my drawing has been just a hobby mostly to share episodes of laugh and fun after books or shows and movies I enjoyed. Yet I feels myself progressively unable to give a fresh push or improvment or something different from past.



One of the primary reasons of my drawing has been also attracting people for chats, to dialogue and share views and opinions on things I enjoy. I hope some of my followers will be on the mood to do this (also for older pics) even if I cannot produce new arts as quickly as I did in the past ^^
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  • Watching: Lion Guard, MLP, Game of Thrones
  • Playing: Heartstone, Heroes of the Storm
Birthday in ten days and already making up my mind turning 28 <-<

Plus... moderately nice news irl because today I started officially a (unpaid still, damn) internship?apprenticeship? no idea how translate it, but basically it involve me being stuck in a lab since 9am to 17pm...
luckily people is quite easy in taking times, and while they showed me lots of stuff for now pressure is not excessive.

I can't deny this will force me to reduce my times in arts and other interesting activities.
Reduce but not cut, because while I have to study on evenings, I managed to reduce to just 3 the number of exams I have to pass before I will take this master degree on next spring.

(PS: for the few interested in my scribbles, I still think I could produce one piece for month: usually related to some animal book I read and I like to have some fun about it).
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Quite intrigued to see how it's going on.

I mean... I am a huge fan of the series but to be honest what I hope for it is to receive news from G.R.R.Marting about "Winds of Winter" <-< 



Quite clearly, Dany is on Dragonstone...

Also it could be interesting to see how much John Snow will be suspicious toward her.
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  • Playing: Heartstone, Heroes of the Storm
Little journal concerning the related news in the current Syrian Civil War that I follow on daily basis...



After so much bombastic and boasting and chest-beating by Erdogollum and his islamic-fascist media on "liberating Manbij" and even the absurd claims to advance to "Raqqah", he got two fingers in the eyes by Putin and Assad who were clearly not that much interested in having Erdogollum's islamist legions (mostly the extremists of the Sultan Marud Division who self-labelled themselves "Free Syrian Army") imposing a medieval-like ottomanism dream of conquers.

Really a quite interesting military intervention: for years Turkey helped and supported directly and indirectly islamic groups, Al-Nusra and ISIS (neat fotage of Turkish and ISIS flags standing side-by-side at the borders for years, and unstopped flowing of volunteers across the borders).

After the self-directed military coup (then blamed on not-existing  organization by purged exiles) and horrific actions against the Kurdish population, Erdogollum was forced to prevent Rojava to unify its cantoons.

Sadly they suceeded in doing so, attacking ISIS for the first time (and losing quite a number of tanks and me due messed up tactics) but this literral invasion of Syrian soil ended with Rojava making a quite smart agreement with Putin/Assad while proving the USA coalition to be the only capable fighting force able to really defeat ISIS on battlefield (all governative and Turkish advances in Aleppo province have been possible only due the number of ISIS units engaged on Raqqah front).

"Mission is over" boast Erdogollum, I am not quite sure he's going to sleep very happy today.


Disclaimer/PS: Obviously I should stress when I speak about Turkey is only the government ruled by Erdogollum,
not the masses of people who are fed with petty nationalism and especially not the ones who realize the crimes of Turkish government and are oppressed to speak against it.
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I was just a kid when I first watched Star Wars I, and while I realized only later (with some added critical eye as full grown-up xd) the shortcoming of the movie, Darth Maul was a villain of incredible look and impact despite his few lines.

Having long followed and enjoyed Star Wars Clone Wars, Darth Maul turned an incredibly cool, powerful (and dramatic) character, with episodes full of everything I could appreciate.

It was a stunning and welcome surprise his arrival in Star Wars Rebels: a series started with some childish rubbish stuff and cliché but took a decisive point for Maul's return.


((SPOILER SPOILER))


And now, after all this year, the former Sith, former Nightbrother, former apprentice, former master, former rogue, former everything still deeply Maul versus the Galaxy... it is over.

In the best way possible, in my opinion.
They correctly scrapped the idea of a demise versus Darth Vader, because Maul needed to face again a certain someone...

And while many criticized the short span of lightsaber combat, I found it perfectly fitting because.
1) that's how real sword fights are done in certain powerful cinema: without necessary saber-swinging and straight to the purpose.
2) it gave a pretty much extra hint to importance of the lightsabers Forms fighting. MAYBE the only one in visual media (movie-tv) that neatly point this rather than the show of two characters battling each other for long.



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I love to keep an eye to Japanese animated movies, because some are incredible stunning movies.
This movie, released in Japan last year, it become quickly the highest-grossng japanese animated movie ever...  for a reason!

It is stunning and charming, and powerful. Different from studio Ghibli masterpieces and also different from Mamoru Hosoda movies.

Kimi no na wa she some touch for natural landscape, agrarian life and supernatural element like in most of Ghibli's works. But rely more heavily on characters emotions and their development: the story start with a fun (and not quite un-common, for Japanese) element of "body-swap" beetween boy and girl.

While this theme was made (in)famous by Ranma 1/2, the protagonist simply find themselves into the other's body on alternate day. In this there is a similarity with the anime "Kokoro connect".

Apart the quite amusing and hilarious scenes of two young persons of different genders to try living in the other one's body, the story start develope a more serious tone of emotive and learning impact. To turns toward the second half of the movie into a more drama/supernatural element.

Until the end, the watcher is kept quite unaware on how the movie could potentially end, and I have no shame in stating I've been moved to tears in one particular scene (and it is quite uncommon for me, not easily moved by finctional stuff).

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Ok, totally surprised and amazed by the news!

www.digitalspy.com/tv/cult/fea…


www.theguardian.com/media/2015…


I read the book series YEARS and YEARS ago, in addition to reading also the two extra booklets and the few extra-text the author wrote. And waited (as many without yet result) for the final publishing of the announed "Book of Dust".

While I found the movie nice on itself (with some cool scenes and portrayal) of course I was disappointed how the movie prodoction completely censored the important criticism toward religion.

I am quite certain that they will going to "soft" certain themes but eh.... BBC is not Hollywood.
So I am quite hopeful for the result.

 
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(Sorry bad english)

Ok... yesterday I watched Rogue One, and as avid fan of Star Wars I honestly enjoyed it.

If I could give a barely 6 of 10 for movie n°7, this one get a 8 of 10.

Pace and action was quite fast, but managed to keep on thrill with a growing escalation of interesting scenes.
While I would have welcomed a bit more explains for the background of the couple of characters clearly part of some Force-related order (links to new movie trilogy maybe?) I found little to nothing to be fully criticize.

I absolutely ADORED the countless of easter-eggs, references and tributes to the whole Star Wars universe, INCLUDING the hinted mentions to Rebels cartooon-series (I almost shouted when "General Syndulla" was called in the room) also it did not followed the same path of movie n°7 that equated "tribute" with "copy" of the past movies.

Rogue One plot is quite indipendent and provide a different insight toward the Alliance (including a show of certain dark elments as bloody assassin-spy work and guerrilla/terrorist attacks). 

But most important of all I appreciated the "un-Hollywoood" style of SACRIFICE. How much time we witness movies who portray individualism overcoming and happy-ending? That's not the case, while they "rebel" each on his/her own story, the succeed through a collective effort... an effort that include sacrifice for a cause. Something we never truly saw before in Star Wars (especially on this level) where USUALLY you may expect "Good guys survive the day". Well, in Rogue One at some point you realize that this is going to be far more realistic and dramatic and beautiful exactly because of this.


I should avoid really spoiler details, but the ending of the movie was pure gold to me, with a couple of scene that really put me in awe.
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There is little else to say....






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Hello. Some times has passed since my last journal. I have been a bit busy because I am currently into studying for a master degree (after my degree in Biology) and that's also the reason for my decreased amount of submissions.

I wanted to take little time (don't worry, it will be short Xp) to highly suggest you two books' authors I've never done fanarts before. Both of them also good artists and active on Deviantart.

While different stories, they share a level of high quality writing skills. Rich and still fluent to read.

:iconelementaljess:  :iconelementaljess:  :iconelementaljess:
Wrote a series of books (The Summer King Chronicles) with sentient Gryfons (aka Gryphons Xd) into a fantasy world inhabited also by wolves, other animals, dragons and absence of humans (magic so far is only expressed through spirits etc.)

*Main protagonist is male Gryfon , having a chosen one destiny and a good character development.
*Villains are interesting and complex: they receive proper explains for their action and a good background.
*Supporting characters are a surprising point. They're not just good at helping the hero, but there is a particular degree of personal initiative by certain secondary and supporting characters that make them very interesting.
* Plot involve a number of twists, secrets and explains. Keeping high the attention of the reader.

Main criticism (in my opinion) to the series could be an excessive expectation toward the chosen one hero expressed in the first book. However I think the author fixed this in the following books with the increased amount of personal initiative by secondary characters, balancing the "chosen one" element.



:iconiron-lyons: :iconiron-lyons: :iconiron-lyons:
 Wrote the first book of a series (second book not yet released) about Lyons. They are basically evolved lions into a post-human world with certain anthropomorphic skills (like grabbing tools and creating others).

*Main protagonist is a female. While she has a very strong will and clear desire to overcome her gender's social expectations, the author managed to create a strong-will female without making her a "Mary Sue" (common mistake for female protagonists).
*Supporting characters have all some kind of detailed and interesting background. With peculiar choices from the author like a very interesting mix of anthropomorphic features and real-life lions behavior (polygamy perceived as normal).
*Plot is capable to flow well, while I predicted at some point a pair of twists, such prediction were welcome because matched my expectations being logical ones.

Main criticism (in my opinion) it's toward the villains who tends to be quite flat and totally negative. I think however that (being just the first book) there is full space in the sequel/s to address this, and give them more features and details.



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I suggest all the watchers of my gallery to follow these accounts and read their books. I tried to avoid spoilers or details to not ruin the reading, and even if I gave a criticism to both the series keep in mind that in my opinion NO BOOK is absent of this and in such cases the positive points totally overcome the negative aspect.
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My opinion is mixed. Some good elements, but also something deserving criticism.

Positive point:

* Special effects, multiple scenes, humor. All expected points.

* Some unexpected and welcome moments of dialogue concerning higher values, I mean unexpected even compared to the first movies. Can't say the focus of it due spoiler.

* References to Archer's timeline events/conflicts and related issues.

* Interesting and positive development of characters. Mixed with great actor's skill. Even minor characters get much space (Including Chekov, RIP to actor), and one character (spoiler) exposed to be gay in a very nice and warm scene.

Negative points:

* Clear movie cuts for extended editions. Lots of details and explains of the villain/s background are clearly omitted. I am FAR from happy of this poor style of decisions from filmmakers, who aim to cut stuff and then sell the special edition.

* Lack of vibrant-emotionally powerful villains like movies 1 and 2.

* One significant scene of warfare/destruction is utterly nonsense. I voiced out a complain while watching the scene in cinema.
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Quite a messed up evening...

There was a stormy weather and a big pine from the neighbour crashed on the street, blocking it, and crushing 5-6 metres of our fence. It also mashed the car of another neighbour who parked in front of us. Luckily no human damage and fence will be repayed by neighbour' insurance.

Still my brother watched the tree falling from his room's window and got quite shocked because seemed was crashing "on us". Also I spent the time with our over-excited dog inside home for 1) firefighters cutting the tree (but NOT cutting the pieces inside our garden <-< )  2) brother staying out to look (dog is veeeeery dependant of his nearness)..
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  • Watching: Lion Guard, MLP, Game of Thrones
  • Playing: Heartstone, Heroes of the Storm

A small journal to show my point of why British (especially truly left-wing ones) should vote to Leave EU.

To just simply say it, EU it's nothing more than a huge trick to allow further exploitation by the central European banks and financial groups over the European people. Making GB leave EU would be a first step to eventually breaking of the EU (a product of the Cold War) and exposing once again the historical rival feelings between England, France and Germany.

This would force the local capitalist powers (banks, conglomerates, industries) to get closer to their own states, resuming state-vs-state hostilities to protect their own interests.

And this would be a real big step to allow REAL left-wing parties to make people realize how such powers exploit the people, the wildlife and the own salute of the population just to their own profits.

 

EU its’ nothing more than an illusion to bond the people and keep it mild and submissive.

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  • Reading: Garry Kilworth books
  • Watching: Lion Guard, MLP, Game of Thrones
  • Playing: Heartstone, Heroes of the Storm
I live in Milan (north Italy), today was coming back from university, planning to eat some chinese food and then going home when at the train station of Lambrate it was clearly seen a column of thick smoke.

Some moments of collective fear for a terrorist attack, but it turned out to be a fire coming from the roof of a school (no wounded).

That's the time we lives...

People scared and fear all around you, but then they all scatter in relief... "not my problem", "something else to think about now", that's the people our society shaped and feed up.

I just hope that when they will make a real terrorist attack in my city (something highly possible) I will be luckily at home, because I don't follow lessons at university now.

Link of the school on fire: www.milanotoday.it/cronaca/inc…
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  • Watching: Lion Guard, MLP, Game of Thrones
  • Playing: Heartstone, Heroes of the Storm

 

Warcraft the movie no-spoiler review.

 

Once again (after Star Wars and Zootopia) I managed to watch a movie that’s released first in EU and then in USA.

I waited some days, so probably there are already detailed reviews, but here a bit of impressions.

 

First of all I’ve to say that I never played World of Warcraft (but I plan to test the free-to-play edition soon) but I played the old strategy games plus reading books, novels and comics and keeping updates on WoW events thanks videos.

 

Concerning the movie:

 

    1)      It is clearly aimed to WoW players or the ones who know about Warcraft lore, because MANY parts can be a bit confusing for who doesn’t know places, names, groups etc.

    2)      They altered the original lore plotline, but… not too much. In the end, it’s still fitting and it’s not annoying to watch certain changes. Also some key elements are preserved.

    3)      CGI is … sometimes good and awesome, sometimes a bit less (for example background fighting orcs and soldiers).

    4)      The movie itself is a bit cramped of events, with plenty of events rushed and patched closely together but… I doubt it could have been done in a better way, keeping such amount of characters.

    5)      The spirit of dual portrait of races is… not exactly respected. One can clearly see good orcs like Durotan or Orgrim… however, humans are portrayed ONLY in good way. I remember in the trailer there was such like “They’re beasts…” but got cut because I did not heard it.

    6)      Sadly Grommash Hellscream make just a couple of cameos, has no action (apart a brief confrontation) and say no line <-<

 

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  • Playing: Heartstone, Heroes of the Storm
Recently a dear friend of mine gave me as gift the comic book Kobane Calling by Zerocalcare.
It's a 260 pages comic book featuring a reportage-like description of the voyages of the italian artist who visited Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan), Iraq and Turkey to learn and support the struggle of the Kurdish people that is turning in something much more, a hope for a new society and our incredibly messed world.

NOTE: buying the book, part of the money will be gifted to support Kurdish activities (refugees camps, reconstruction of cities and villages, help the civilian population who suffers after the ISIS and Turkish state's attacks etc...)

LINK: www.zerocalcare.it/2015/01/16/…

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Recentemente una cara amica mi ha regalato il libro-fumetto Kobane Calling di Zerocalcare.
Sono 260 pagine di reportage con la descrizione dei viaggi dell'artista italiano che ha visitato Rojava (il Kurdistan siriano) l'Iraq e la Turchia per saperne di più e supportare la lotta del popolo curdo che si sta trasformando in qualcosa di più: la speranza per una nuova società nel nostro mondo così incredibilmente confuso.

NOTA: comprando il libro, parte del ricavato viene dato a supportare attività curde (sostegno a campi di rifugiati, ricostruzione di città e villaggi, aiuto alla popolazione civile che soffre sotto gli attacchi dell'ISIS e dello stato turco, ecc...)

LINK: www.zerocalcare.it/2015/01/16/…
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  • Playing: Heartstone, Heroes of the Storm
Ok, after some times I got a Telegram for pc.

I used Skype but recently started being a bit slow, also I know some people moved on Telegram or previously told me to not have skype. So if you're among these ones, send me a note and/or comment here.
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It has been some time that I play these two Blizzard games.

I am a player and fan of the whole Starcraft franchise, and I follow Warcraft for the old games and keep updates on books-video-comics while not playing World of Warcraft.

If there are some watchers/friends who play these two games, you could add me and I could add you x3 I have the same blizzard nickname (Kooskia).

On Heroes of the Storm, I just enjoy playing some of the heroes I love from the lore of the game (and can't wait to try Chromie! The first Warcraft dragon character to be played x3 even if the gnome form of course...)

And about Heartstone...
I usually have no troubles in winning 50% of the players I usually face. I admit I could fare much better, because I... try to pick cards I LIKE for being cool rather than the ugly but effective ones xD xD

Also I  NEVER spent a cent for boosting in such games (except buying the first wing of Naxxramas in Hearstone <-< To not miss the opportunity of playing the whole Adventure, after buying wings by wings with game currency earned thanks quests and victories).
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