“When an unstoppable force meets an immovable object”

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Oct/09
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This is a quote from The Dark Knight, something the Joker says to Batman. Whereas it might sound logical, there’s one big failure in this sentence: Neither exists.

Every force can be stopped if another force, as strong or stronger, is applied in the opposite direction. Even if it seems there is no stronger force, Chrysler will invent one sooner or later.

Every object can be moved if a strong enough force is applied.  You can move a house by crashing a big truck into it. You can move a planet by crashing a big planetoid into it. You can even move a World of Warcraft addict by turning off the router.

I still love that film, though I never was a fan of Batman. ‘ve seen all movies except for Batman and Batman Begins (Though I will definetely watch Batman Begins, since it features Scarecrow), but in all honesty, I didn’t like them much. The one with Jim Carrey was too riddiculous (mistake intended), also I don’t like Val Kilmer. The one with the Penguin… well, back then I was a small child and afraid of that guy.  Then there’s the one with Arnold Schwarzenegger. I think I should see that one again, I barely remember anything about it. I think it wasn’t too bad.

However, I played the new game. Arkham Asylum. I’ve barely ever seen a game made of this amount of plain awesomeness. Highly recommended. Luke Skywalker dubbed the Joker. I guess Heath Ledger was a bit too dead to do it himself. Sadly.  No seriously, as far as I read on Wikipedia, they took voice actors from the animated series or something. Still, Ledger was a bit too dead to do it himself. That’s what you get for being a gay cowboy.

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(I want to ride my) Bicycle

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Oct/09
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Two decks of Bicycle Rider Back cards

Two decks of Bicycle Rider Back cards

You probably don’t know, but I got into card tricks lately. I started with a deck I got from a poker set for 10 € that contained two decks, 200 chips and a poker mat (with Black Jack stuff printed on it, duh). Unfortunately, it was already pretty worn down by a lot of Durak (a Russian card game).

It is almost impossible to get a good double lift this way, and without one of the most essential tricks proceeding is hard, as you can imagine. So I bought two decks of Bicycle Riders Back cards two days ago. Just that they are both red, as opposed to the ones in the picture. I was too lazy to search for the good camera and the flash of the not that good one is too bright.

Well, I can only say wow! Those are really awesome!

The cardboard is of higher quality than the cheap Chinese cards I used to use, the printing is better and they line up just perfect, making a proper double lift way easier.

In direct comparison to the cheap cards, I came to these conclusions:

  • The Jacks, Queens and Kings of the cheap deck are directly ripped off the Rider Back, though with thicker outlines, which makes them look way cheaper.
  • The cardboard is of way higher quality than the cheap cards, as well as the printing on the cards.
  • The box is of better quality as well. Many people – to quote George W. Bush – misunderestimate the box. If you don’t have a proper box, you might damage your cards during transport.

Their price is high, but they are totally worth the money. Whereas in the USA you can get a deck for under a dollar. Mine costed 3,20€ each, which is about $4,50. Imports ‘n stuff. If I bought a high amount of decks from amazon.com, the price might go down to 2,01€, but this is only if I order 877 of them or more, which I can no way afford and I doubt they could deliver that many decks. Another option would be asking someone at USPC, because they have that many decks. But for now two of them should be enough. After all, I am far away from being a professional. But if I ever become one (which is doubtful), I’d definetely do it that way. Because they even have more colors than just red and blue and also a lot of Gimmick cards, such as regular red back cards with entirely white front sides, which would make a great trick or business card even.

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