Psychoanalysis of The Joker – Latest Info!

The Joker – Psychoanalysis Update

Pretty excited folks. Earlier, I mentioned about the fact that a publisher showed interest in my thesis on The Joker. After a series of meetings over the last few weeks and a few edits as requested, I sent my revised draft to the publisher. I got a call this afternoon from my contact and she said that the team liked it. Hopefully, it is a good sign and I should have some great news about the publication soon. I will announce the title of the book in a couple of weeks.

In the meantime, a couple of people I know here, one a psychiatrist, and the other a psychologist have expressed interest in reading the edited draft. Both of them read a rough draft of the thesis a few months back already, and they gave great advice that was very helpful in fine tuning the book. It would be great if the current material meets their expectations.

Clown Prince of Crime – Psychoanalysis Update

The Joker – Psychoanalysis Update

I would like to briefly interject with some other news. Over the last few months, I had spoken about my Psychoanalysis of The Joker thesis. I had last mentioned that I was postponing my publication due to the shootings in Aurora, Colorado. I would just like to mention that I have not forgotten about it. The reason is a person from a publishing house contacted me sometime ago and asked if I was interested in getting it published as a book. It came out of the blue and I thought I could  give it a shot. Just a few minutes ago, I got a phone call from her and she said she has been given the go-ahead by her boss, provided I make some modifications. I am not really sure how big a change is being requested really. Got a Skype conversation planned with her this Sunday. Keeping my fingers crossed.

The publishing house is a medium-sized one and have an excellent portfolio. I will reveal more information if the deal goes through. Pretty excited!

Psychoanalysis of The Joker – On Hold!

Moment of Madness – The Killing Joke

Due to the tragic developments in Aurora, Colorado, I have decided to delay publishing my thesis, “Psychoanalysis of The Joker”, by a few days. As of now, I have been closely following the James Holmes story and it doesn’t look good. You might have already read reports that he claimed that he was The Joker to the police. A lot of news outlets are running with this story, but so far, I am not sure if Aurora PD has confirmed it.

As usual, the media is going overboard and it is only a matter of time, before they start blaming Batman, comic books, video games, movies, in that order for this tragedy. True, one can be influenced by a lot of things, but, one delusional man’s actions can never be used as a point of gross generalization. But, you know how it works in the news media. They will have airheads on their programs who will start the blame game and badmouth just about anything or anyone, from the dark overtones in The Dark Knight saga to people like Frank Miller. It’s no wonder why many Batman related pages on Wikipedia are currently locked.

I think we should remember that this is such a huge tragedy and wish for the well-being of everyone affected by this heinous act of violence and pray for the lives lost.

Tragedy such as last night’s is not predictable. Also, long-term mental illness does not sound like a logical cause for it. From what I have read so far, it is clear that there was meticulous planning leading to the massacre. Dropping out of UCD a month earlier, rigging his home with explosives and ammunition, it seems to me that James Holmes is someone, who is very much in charge of his own faculties. It suggests that he was willing to go the distance in waging a bloody battle to the very end. I may be dead wrong, but, let us wait before a complete picture of him emerges.

In conclusion, given the current circumstances, I am delaying publishing the article. I am not talking about an indefinite hold or a delay by a month or so. It would be just a few days. But, I will do something else. I wrote a lengthy article on Bane last night and I will put it here in a two-three part post over the weekend.

Countdown to The Dark Knight Rises

This is an exciting week. The Dark Knight Rises comes out on Friday and from what I have read online, is supposed to kick some serious butt. The movie is getting released here in Germany only on 24th of this month, but still, I have begun my prep already. Apart from re-reading many comic books (Vengeance, Knightfall, Cataclysm, No Man’s Land etc.), I am also revamping my desktops and laptops to celebrate the release.

This post is related to such a revamp. The following screenshot is from my EEE box powered by OpenBSD 5.1 and running  ScrotWM. I just thought this minimal Bane wallpaper fit perfectly and the terminal colors are one of my ancient creations from years back, called, Colorado. Since, there were a few requests for the colors, let me post them right here. The media player is vitunes, which is an MPlayer frontend that has vi-like key bindings. I have spoken about it in one of my previous posts.

Without further ado, here is the screenshot. Click on the image for full view.

Preparation for The Dark Knight Rises

You can get the terminal colors from the following link.

Colorado Colors

If there’s any other information needed, please drop a note.

By the way, The Dark Knight Rises soundtrack is mega awesome. Gotham’s Reckoning and Imagine the Fire are spine-tingling.

Starting with this post, I will add more Batman related posts for the next couple of days. Keep watching this space.

July 20th 2012 – Psychoanalysis of The Joker

In other news, my psychoanalysis article has been progressing quite well. I am just taking time to make sure that it is devoid of errors. I wanted to mention here just quickly that I will make it available for download on the 20th of this month, coinciding with The Dark Knight Rises release. I will start posting articles and excerpts from the book, starting from 15th of this month culminating in the release of the book on 20th. So keep watching this space.

Scene next to Gloria Cinema in Stuttgart, Germany

ToshibaTecra 8000 & Satellite 4030CDT

Over the weekend, I was given two old laptops by someone who knew about my computer collection and restoration projects. He gave me a Toshiba Tecra with Pentium II processor and a Satellite 4030CDT with Celeron. Bulky laptops, for sure. He himself wasn’t sure if they were working. I took the laptops home and decided to experiment. From my experience, such laptops usually present two challenges, namely, absence of adapter and either dead hard disk or the absence of one. I was fairly sure that the adapter wouldn’t be an issue, since, I have a Voltcraft Universal adapter for laptops that come with various pins for a variety of old laptops. Toshiba models are well covered. So, I could power both the machines up. Then a simple BIOS inspection showed that both the laptops lacked hard disks. Crap!

This led me to a visit to our local flea market, hunting for hard disks. I was lucky enough to find one laptop hard disk with the capacity of 6 Gigs for 5 bucks. Then the hack began. It was quite a thing to get the laptop opened and attaching the hard disk. But, fortunately it fit the Tecra laptop. Once done, it was time to test software.

First choice was OpenBSD 5.1. It installed just fine. Had to work a bit to get the proper X resolution. But, apart from that everything went fine. Next up was network. The laptop got no ethernet port. Fortunately, it has a usb port and I had a spare DLink DHub USB to ethernet port converter.  I got it long time ago when EEE 1000H model came out. You see, by the time the model came out, OpenBSD had support for the wireless chip on the machine, but not for the ethernet card. After doing some research, I settled down on the DLink device, since, it was well supported by the axe driver on OpenBSD. But, support for the 1000H ethernet port came about fairly quickly after my first install of OpenBSD, hence the DLink DHub was just lying around in my collection. It came in handy for the Toshiba. Hooked it up and it was all good. axe driver kills! Now, I have network on the Tecra 8000 as well.

I intend to keep the machine lean, since I gotta work with 256MB RAM. Only terminal programs are installed. I thought I could use this device exclusively to continue my Joker Project, hence, I call it The Joker Device.

Here are some pictures. Please ignore the shaky few pictures. My old hands are not that stable anymore.

Toshiba Tecra 8000

Toshiba Tecra 8000 – Shot 2

Toshiba Tecra 8000 – Shot 3

Now, a screenshot of OpenBSD 5.1 in action on the resurrected Laptop.

OpenBSD 5.1 with CWM

Once Tecra was restored, I turned my attention to the Satellite 4030CDT. Same issue as with the Tecra, no hard disk. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find an appropriate one for this little machine. I have started looking into Ebay and other sources. I am sure its just a matter of time before I find a disk. In the meantime, I was able to test other features of the laptop and I must say both Tecra and Satellite are worthy additions to the family. Here are a couple of pictures of the Satellite.

Toshiba Satellite 4030CDT – Shot 1

Toshiba Satellite 4030CDT – Shot 2

That was my weekend folks! It’s time to get back to The Joker Device for more writing.

The Dark Knight Rises – Nokia Trailer

The Dark Knight Rises

Have you folks seen the new Nokia Exclusive trailer of The Dark Knight Rises? It’s bloody brilliant. Seriously, Nolan is a God when it also comes to trailers. The trailer provides more details of the film. The return of Bruce Wayne after a decade, relationship with Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway playing Catwoman is the only thing that I hate about the film!), Bane’s encounter with Batman and many more. Another thing I noticed is that they have worked on Bane’s voice after there were a lot of criticism when the first trailer came out. There is more bass added to his voice and he is very audible in this trailer. From a comic book standpoint, I could see shades of Batman: Year One, The Dark Knight Returns, Knightfall 11, No Man’s Land in the trailer, which is a great thing. Looks like Nolan wants to go out with a bang!

The music is mind blowing. I thought they could never one up The Dark Knight. But Hans Zimmer has proved me wrong. The German genius is da bomb! The music conveys a feeling of real urgency and the havoc that Bane intends to unleash. Contrast that to the music from The Dark Knight. The track, Why so serious from the album conveys perfectly the unpredictability of The Joker, with its humming in the background, eventually exploding in your face with strong beats. Seriously, Zimmer is a God. I am glad that he has signed on to the much needed Superman reboot.

I will add another post tonight regarding essential reading material to prep for the movie. Watch this space for more! In the meantime, here’s the trailer embedded for your viewing pleasure.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoDGGNsIhno]

Oh, by the way, if anyone wants to enjoy listening to the background music track from the trailer, minus the audio track, just follow this link, if you couldn’t wait until July 17th. A certain Youtube user, Rubow89 was kind enough to do the editing and upload the track.

Gotham’s Reckoning – Hans Zimmer

Pretty Pink!

So, a couple of days ago, I just made a color scheme pretty quickly to go well with the Bats Family wallpaper. The wallpaper has been posted a few posts back. I am satisfied with the end result. Click on the following showcase pictures for details.

Pretty Pink

You can get the colors here. Enjoy!

nmap Overkill – Wayne Enterprises

I was watching Justice League: Doom again just a few hours ago. This time, I paid extra attention to the titles right in the beginning. It features the nmap scanner. The following is what you would see:

Wayne Enterprise Mainframe:- en$ nmap -v 192.168.23.10 (http://we.inc) at 2011-08-31 18.56 EDT
Machine 192.168.23.10 MIGHT actually be listening on probe port 80
Initiating Parallel DNS resolution of 1 host. at 18:56 Completed Parallel DNS resolution of 1 host. at 18.56, 0.01s elapsed

The date of the scan is 31st of August last year. I thought I had seen it for the first time, only to be disappointed that it has already been featured in nmap in movies section of nmap website. As reported on the website, nmap.org has been simply changed to we.inc. Then I paid more attention to the processes and realized that the following daemons were running:

coreaudiod, distnoted, diskarbitrationd, blued and many more. These daemons reside in the /usr/sbin directory on a Darwin box. So, there you have it, Wayne Enterprises runs on Mac OS. No wonder how Mirror Master was able to hack into the Bat Computer. Bruce must think about OpenBSD (Are you listening DC?). Being functionally paranoid as he is, OpenBSD will serve him well. Lex can kiss his Luthor Corp Key Generator good bye!

Another tidbit from the nmap scanner from the movie:

Processes 67 total, 3 running, 64 sleeping, 407 threads
Load Avg: 0.75, 0.69, 0.68 CPU Usage: 25.80% user, 5.90% sys, 68.3%idle

Oh, in addition Vmware Fusion is running as well.

As I had mentioned earlier, nmap has a dedicated page to detail instances of nmap appearing in movies. Click on the following link to get to the page. It’s pretty interesting.

nmap in movies

nmap scan appears a lot during the titles. But, I ain’t complaining.

Justice League: Doom

JLA: Doom

If you haven’t seen Justice League: Doom, then head to your local video store and grab a copy. Get home, make some nice dinner (spicy works best!), a big pot of coffee and some fine self rolled Pall Mall cigarettes and watch the film. It is a high quality production with a great story to boot. It is based on the story arc that we saw on The Tower of Babel (another one of my prized possessions). If you haven’t read that comic book series, then you should.

I am not gonna post a review of the film. The wiki article that I linked earlier would more than suffice. But all I wanted to say is, it was 01 hour 16 minutes and 52 seconds of absolute fun. Besides, who wouldn’t wanna hear Kevin Conroy’s Batman. Speaking of Batman, he is the central theme in the movie.  No wonder why it is my absolute favorite.

The animation is excellent. A large group of Japanese animators have worked on the movie and it shows in the end product. This should me a must have DVD if you are a Bats fan and JLA fan.

A monumental scene from the film:

Power of the Bats