Sorry for the lack of a brand new Low-Down this week folks I unfortunately was unable to get one done in time this week. With that being said though I did have the chance to go back through and put together an unedited version of last weeks episode. Be sure to check it out below and like always and if you like you are seeing be sure to subscribe to Powercords on YouTube!
So Brendan and myself are both rather excited about Halo 4 and we touch on that in this latest episode of the Low-Down. We also discuss the latest Star Wars news.
Where the hell were we this week? So much happened, so many big pieces of news hit the internet. But we weren’t here. It’s possible we were just busy with Halloween stuff.. or perhaps there are other forces at work and secret plans being hatched… hmmm….
We weren’t completely silent though; we had an awesome new Halloween-themed episode of The Low Down featuring Casper, the friendly ghost! And I reported on my weekly gaming with this week’s Gaming Journal entry. But that’s not all that happened on the internet this week…
Things I Read
Obviously, first and foremost: Disney bought Lucasfilm, and the entire Lucas empire(Skywalker Sound, Light and Magic, LucasArts), for like a gajillion dollars; with the aquisition came the news that an entirely new trilogy — episodes VII, VIII, IX — were on the way, with Episode VII scheduled to hit sometime in 2015. Included in this annoucement was the news the George Lucas would be only filling an advisory position. The internet went fucking NUTS over this news; People’s reactions have ranged from ecstatic to scared, to pissed, to totally ambivalent because ho my god, Star Wars is old news. Personally, I’m kinda interested in three news movies. I like Star Wars, I dig the fiction and the universe, and I I’m excited to see what some new minds could do with the property. We’ve got no word on what to expect from this trilogy-trilogy, and probably won’t for a while. I wonder if it will be anything as good as KOTOR, though…
I read a bunch of Halo 4 reviews. I’m really looking forward to the game, and the universal praise is both reassuring and exciting.
Early PS4 dev kits have reportedly hit developers this week. Word is, Sony is insisting on calling the system “Orbis” instead of the somewhat obvios “Playstation 4.” I’ve already talked about my feelings on a new console generation, but between this, Microsoft “Durango” devkits being leaked a few months ago, and the Wii-U hitting in just a couple weeks, we might as well start getting excited for this new round of hardware.
Things I Watched
I watched the finale for the Halo: Forward unto Dawn live-action series. It was awesome. Watch the whole series here, and peep the finale below.
Speaking of Halo, the latest episode of Red vs Blue ONCE AGAIN knocks it out of the park. What’s gonna happen next? What do Church and Carolina have planned?
Converge, who released one of the best albums of the year last month, gave us a tour of one of the most disgusting venue bathrooms ever.
I watched a baby do kung fu and kill his stuffed dragon.
Awesome games that came out this week
The big one is Assassin’s Creed 3 – The reviews have been decent-to-good, and seeing as how I’ve only been marginally interested in the series before, I’m probably gonna hold off on this one until next year. Still, if Assassin’s Creed is your jam, pick it up!
Painkiller HD – Painkiller is the modern-day DOOM. Guns, monsters, and non-stop action — no more, no less. It’s over the top, and insane, exactly my kind of shooter (unless it’s Halo or Half-Life, of course).
There isn’t really all that much more to report on. Like I said, some big news but we’re nearing that part of the year where announcements slow down, games start coming out non-stop, and we start thinking about year-end lists, and our plans for next year. And my oh my, what plans we have…
See you next week dudes!
With the release of the Dark Knight Rises there has been a lot of debate about who was the better villain: The Joker or Bane? I spent a lot of time thinking over the matter and after coming to a decision about the two I took it a step further. I asked myself not only do the last few Batman villains compare to one another but rather how do they compare to every other movie villain to date? It was this question that lead to creation of the following list.
For this list two issues in particular arose that required me to further define and narrow down the list. First off I decided to exclude animated villains. Every Disney villain arguably belongs on this list and there so many that there will undoubtedly be an animated villain list at some point or another but at this junction I elected to simply exclude the bunch. Secondly the villains had to be human or very very human to be eligible for this list. There are so many villainous monsters throughout cinematic history that to include them in this list would be a difficult feat so once again I chose to leave that to a different list.
The following characters are the one that I feel are some of the most evil, sinister, memorable, unique and terrifying movie characters to ever exist.
SPOILER ALERT. PROCEEDE AT YOUR OWN RISK.
10. Bill ‘The Butcher’ Cutting (Gangs of New York, 2002)
After There Will be Blood it was kind of universally accepted that Daniel Day-Lewis is an incredible actor. While I was very impressed by his role in the film I fell in love with the man after seeing him in Gangs of New York where he played the beastly Bill, the Butcher. The man is a vicious tyrant of a crime lord who is all the more frightening by the complete power he holds over everyone. Cutting had the power that Falcone mentions in Batman Begins. He is able to kill elected and government officials in public and remain untouched. Admittedly a powerful and tyrannous gangster is not enough to earn a character a spot on the list. The relationship he had with Amsterdam was tremendous and the role he played for Amsterdam is what seals the deal for me. Amsterdam was forced to live and work for and save Cutting, the very man who killed his own father. He was forced to live with his personal devil right at his side and Lewis did an incredible job playing that devil.
9. Kaiser Soze (The Usual Suspects, 1995)
The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist. Throughout the Usual Suspects Kaiser Soze is made out to be one cold and evil guy. We see the heinous activities that have earned him the fear of all who know the name. Part of the beauty of the villain is the mystery behind the name. The unseen is more often than not vastly more terrifying that what is in front of because no image is able to compare with what the dark corners of one’s mind can conjure up. The beauty of Soze lies within the fact that the entire film portrays him as the devil and his true identity is shrouded in mystery yet it turns out he has been right in front of us the entire time. Not only is the devil evil but he is slippery enough that he can escape from right under your very thumb. And like that, poof. He’s gone.
8. John Doe (Se7en, 1995)
1995 was a villainous year for Kevin Spacey.
Lust, gluttony, sloth, greed, pride, envy, and wrath. Never before have the seven deadly sins literally seemed so deadly until Se7en, all thanks to the work of its nameless antagonist. From the very beginning of the movie we see the vicious atrocities he has committed not only against the actual victims but against all of society. This villain steps it up from brutal murders once he turns himself into the detectives to evil mastermind. He is able to foresee his opponent’s next move so far ahead that even behind bars and in the custody of the police he is still able to fulfill his self sacrificing master plan. Part of the evil behind the man is revealed in his dialogue, in his absolute dedication to his brutal plan. In Se7en he played a real life Boogeyman.
7. Bane (The Dark Knight Rises, 2012)
Regardless of your thoughts on whether Bane was better than the Joker you have to admit that Bane was pretty phenomenal. As I have already mentioned in my review on The Dark Knight Rises review, Tom Hardy was faced with a tough job playing the classic DC villain due to the mask covering the majority of his face. Despite this difficulty he was still able to play one of the most intense and menacing villains to date. One of the great things about Bane is that he completes what the Joker set out to achieve. The Joker talks about how once the chips are down, these civilized people will eat each other and guess what? Bane puts the chips down and Gotham eats itself alive. That was another beautiful thing about Bane, halfway through the movie he wins. He breaks the Bat and takes over Gotham and puts it in a state of complete chaos and fear. How many villains literally win half way through the movie? Not too many
Also his eyes are intense and terrifying as hell.
6. Hal 9000 (2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968)
While Hal might be the least human on the list he feels human throughout the story. Perhaps one of the most chilling aspects of HAL is the story he tells, where the technology man has come to rely on malfunctions and turns on us. Now this is a terrifying situation but imagine the worst possible situation: being trapped in a machine in the middle of outerspace, the furthest away from mankind any human has ever gone, and your ship wants to kill you. One of the spectacular things about HAL is that he has that cold emotionless feel of a machine yet you can still catch those little blemishes of human emotion and insanity. It’s the combination of these things and the fact that HAL was such an important and integral facet of the team’s survival that makes this machine worthy of the list.
5. Anton Chigurh (No Country for Old Men, 2007)
If you were to take a pinch of the Two Face’s love of luck, a healthy dash of the Joker’s insanity, and then were to add equal parts of cold blooded killer and of terrifying evil then the resulting concoction would be Anton Chigurh. Javier Bordem delivers one of the most astonishing, memorable, and horrifying performances in the past decade. He was able to play a character who evokes terror from the audience every single moment he is on screen. When he is alone, when he is quiet, when he is talking it matters not. Your eyes are going to be wide open waiting for his next terrifying move. It’s not just the personality that makes Chigurh but all of the little things that sell it. That smile as he cattle-gun’s someone between the eyes, or how he snarls as he strangles a police officer, the way he utters ‘call it’, or even the simple sight of his weapons. Anton Chigurh is one man without a sense of humor.
4. Hannibal Lecter (Silence of the Lambs, 1991)
Well this man might not be a villain technically, he is definitely just as sinister if not more so than many on this list. As chilling as any cannibal is it is the brain behind this monster that earns him his spot. He feels like Sherlock from the current BBC series if he was an evil madman. The fact is that Hannibal is a genius. He understands people and the nature of people better than almost anyone. His memory and deductive reasoning skills allows him to use every little thing you say, do, and are against you. He can read you like he reads a book and sees through you like a crystal clear pane of glass. Perhaps that’s where the true terror behind this man monster lies, in the fact that you can hide nothing from him. You might as well wear your insecurities and weaknesses on your sleeve because Lecter will find them and he will use them to destroy you. The fact that he is a serial killing cannibal only serves to seal the deal.
3. Jack Torrance (The Shining, 1980)
In the book Jack Torrance does most everything he does in the movie but in the end it really feels like it was the hotel itself who was the villain and that Torrance was simply its pawn. The movie does not portray Jack this way but rather as the individual whom the hotel pushed into madness creating the villain. Part of the terror around Torrance is similar to the reason HAL is so terrifying: the one who you have come to rely on and trust turns on you in a location you cannot escape from. A lot of the evil behind Jacky boy is the madness the hotel incurs in him, but unlike Lecter or Chigurh who are apparently inherently mad and evil we see his sanity slowly slipping away as the movie progresses. We get to see the man he was and then we get to see monster he becomes. The fact that mixed in with all of that anger and insanity is the joy we see him exhibit in his actions. In the end of the film we see the devilishly evil smile constantly creeping back across his face, we see him grinning as he gets closer to finishing his job. That smile on top of everything else is more than enough to earn him the number three spot on this list.
2. Darth Vader (Star Wars, 1977-2005)
Darth Vader couldn’t be a better and more iconic representation of evil. I mean he is everything a villain should be. He is overwhelming, menacing, has a deep and memorable voice, awesome mask and he is pretty darn evil. Sure everyone and there grandma knows that he is Luke’s father and that he is ultimately not completely evil but when Star Wars first came out he was that pure evil and dark antagonist that our hero needed to overcome. Sure the prequels humanize the villain who has become more machine now than man but ultimately they further build the character more, letting us better understand and connect with the character. Darth Vader is perhaps the single most iconic villain of all time and was a clear shoe in for this list.
1. The Joker (The Dark Knight, 2008)
Returning to the debate that originally sparked this list, not only is the Joker better than Bane, I would go as far as to say he is the better than every other movie villain to date. When I first started writing this list Heath Ledgar’s Joker was the first name I wrote down but guess who the second was? Jack Nicholson’s Joker. The thing is the Joker honestly is perhaps the best villain ever created. He is clearly the best Batman villain due to being the antithesis of the Bat but that hysterical insanity that drives the villain sets him on top. If I had been including animated characters in the list you can bet Mark Hamill’s many takes on the character would have been the third entry I wrote down.
What can you say? Some men just want to watch the world burn. It is this focus on destruction paired with his insanity and that evil cackle that make the Joker the best villain. And when the best villain was played by Heath Ledgar the world was given the best take on the character to date. While a Batman reboot might already be on the table it is going to be damn near impossible for anyone to surpass the incredibly high bar Ledgar has set.
Hans Gruber (Die Hard, 1988)
Amon Goeth (Schindler’s List, 1993)
Hans Landa (Inglourious Basterds
Roy Batty (Blade Runner, 1982)
Mr. Smith (The Matrix, 1999)
After going back through and reading this list I have come to realize that written words cannot give the adequate justice needed for these movie villains. In light of this I now present to you a compilation of scenes and clips of each villain when they are at their most villainous. Check it out below and if you enjoy what you see be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel!
So again to reiterate these are the characters whom I believe to be the best movie villains ever. This was one of the more difficult lists for me to narrow down. I really would have liked to have done a top thirty-two movie villains list but it just isn’t as catchy as top ten.
So who are some of the villains I have cheated out recognition from? I feel that the Joker beats Bane and all other villains but do you guys feel the same? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!
Yesterday Bioware and the Star Wars” The Old Republic team announced that SWTOR would be going F2P later this year. This is both exciting and upsetting at the same time. For how much I loved the game in the beginning, it lacked later on and I lost interest. In that regard, I’m glad the game is going to be free to play — however I still am disappointed because in my heart I wanted the game to be an utter success.
It’s exciting that everyone will get a better opportunity to try the game out. Granted the limited amount of features that you have available in the f2p version will make it a glorified story mode. However, this also allows people to take time and figure out if they really truly enjoy the gameplay enough to fork out the monthly payment to try out the bigger better aspects of the game.
However, seeing as there will still be micro-transactions available, the features you get for free are pretty great. I’m not quite sure how they will handle the micro-transactions but if they do it anything like how other games have, then once this game is F2P it will hopefully be a bit more popular. It may not become a favorite for many among the MMO community, however it does give everyone a great option to fall back on when boredom strikes and you’re looking for great story with good people.
This is absolutely amazing. Voice actors Kevin Conroy (Batman in Batman: The Animated Series), Maurice LaMarche (Pinky from Pinky and the Brain), Billy West (Fry, Zoidberg, and Professor Farnsworth in Futurama; Stimpy from Ren and Stimpy), Tara Strong (Bubbles from The Power Puff Girls; Timmy Turner from Fairly Odd Parents; Harley Quinn from Batman), John DiMaggio (Bender from Futurama; Jake from Adventure Time; Marcus Fenix from Gears of War), Jess Harnell (Wako from Animaniacs) and Rob Paulsen (Yako from Animaniacs; Pinky from Pinky and the Brain) got together at the Emerald City Comicon to put on one of the best damn things I’ve ever seen.
They read through the first half or so of the Star Wars: A new Hope radio play script. They play different character and switch between various voices, including their iconic characters, as well as well-known celebrities and other famous voices. It’s absolutely worth the watch, even if you only have a passing interested in animation/cartoons like myself. It’s fun, entertaining, and even fascinating to watch this actors work their magic.
Plus, I can cross off hearing John DiMaggio impersonating Tracy Morgan saying “That’s not moon, that’s a space station!” off my bucket list.
What were you favorite moments from the clip? Are there any voices you’d like to have heard? Let us know in the comments! Or email us at email@example.com
So as I have mentioned several times over the past few weeks that a top ten sci-fi movies list was in the works and as you can see it is finally here. For this list the entirety of the Power Cords crew came together to hammer out and discuss some of the most innovative, creative, thought-provoking, and breath taking movies of the genre. The following ten films are what we as a group settled on as what we believe are the ten best science fiction movies of all time.
10. Predator (1987)
Nick, Associate Editor -1987′s Predator has made the list and I couldn’t be more pleased. A team of commandos, on a mission in a Central American jungle, find themselves hunted by an extra-terrestrial warrior. What more could you ask for? Arnold Schwarzenegger did what he did best and lit up the forest with bullets and was just an overall badass, but what makes this movie stick out from the others is that the CGI and prosthetics used on the predator itself still keeps your eyes glued to the screen. Nothing like hearing the *click click click* noise of the predator or Arnold’s “What the hell are you?” line. It truly is a classic.
9. Planet of the Apes (2001)
Kyle, Associate Editor - Alright so Planet of the Apes was bound to be on our top 10 Sci Fi list. There was some dispute between what version of the movie should be voted into the top 10 slot. I (Kyle) and Nick both wanted the 2001 edition staring Mark Wahlberg and Brendan and Marshal wanted the original 1968 version so appear on the list. Either way it was making the list. The story is about an astronaut that crash lands on another planet where evolved apes are the dominate species and humans are mere slaves. They are both great movies. If you have the extra time you should watch both versions of the film and let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
8. The Fountain (2006)
Marshal, Senior Editor - The Fountain, while being a beautifully crafted science fiction venture is also simultaneously a heart-breaking love story as well as a glorious, fantasy adventure. The movie is comprised of three different time lines; one of a conquistador venturing to the New World on a voyage for his queen, one of a modern day scientist trying to discover a cure for his dying wife, and one of a space traveler on a long trek to a dying star to return to his love. All of these stories may make the film seem jumbled and confusing but as the film progresses the connections between them become more clear and the three different plots become perfectly intertwined ultimately building upon the story and making it that much better. While the story is powerful, it is also incredibly thought provoking and emotionally evoking thanks to the amazing performances from Rachel Weisz and Hugh Jackman. The fantastic content is topped off with a perfectly composed score and is visually one of the most stunning movies made to date making it appealing to the ears, eyes, heart, and mind (forgive the cheesiness of that last statement but it’s just so damn true!). The film does an incredible job blending three stories together while simultaneously exploring themes of love, life and death in one of the most breath-taking and all around beautiful movies ever made.
7. Serenity (2005)
Evan, Contributor - Have you ever watched a TV show and thought to yourself ‘damn, this would make an awesome movie’. Well the first time I had this thought occur to me was when my Dad sat me down to watch the show Firefly. With such awesome characters and story behind each corner and every episode seeing the characters come to life even more in the movie Serenity just blew me away. It was spectacular getting to see how the crew changed and grew, and even more wonderful to see what a movie budget could bring to the shows already stunning graphics and effects. I was pleasantly, awestruck by the movie upon release. Intense action, Reavers always keeping you in a thriller like suspense, but knowing that Mal could always keep his crew together and Wash could always keep Serenity afloat was enough to enjoy seeing them together to fight off this Reaver attack. Joss Whedon is without a doubt one serious sci-fi writer and this fantastical universe is one of my favorites.
6. Inception (2010)
Kyle, Associate Editor - This movie isn’t set in the future and isn’t about anything crazy happening to the world; it is just one new piece of technology that grants the user the ability to enter the human mind through dream invasion. This movie is about Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his attempt clean his slate and return home to his kids, but in order to do so he must first pull of Inception. The first time I watched Inception I was somewhat lost and confused during parts. I would say it is the type of movie you want to watch at least twice to catch everything.
5. Star Wars (1977-2005)
Evan, Contributor - When I think Sci-fi, I think Star Wars. There is almost no greater icon for the genre. Star Wars has arguably the most in depth and detailed fantasy universes to date. There are hundreds of books and comics that add to the story that all began with a simple movie trilogy release in 1979. The movies are captivating and draw you in and make you attach yourself to the characters. Not only are there multiple heroes but the heroes are all sorts of unique individuals with a huge array of different personailty traits and special qualities. George Lucas did a great job incorporating tons of different characters, each having their own story behind them and their own role to play in the main over-arching storyline. Bringing them all together with his favorite plot device of huge reveals! There’s something about Star Wars that sticks with you after the movies and it will probably until the day you die. Whether it’s wishing you had a lightsaber, or could weild the force, or even if it was just to have your own space ship. Star wars brought these things to life early on with astounding special effects both visually and audibly. A movie like this is more than just a fun story filled with action and romance, it also sets a technical standard for all sci-fi movies to follow.
4. Alien (1979)
Brendan, Editor-In-Chief - In space, no one can hear you scream. Such immortal words haunted the minds of movie goers in 1979, the year director Ridley Scott’s Alien burst forth and into the collective consciousness of pop culture forever. Alien is special because it wasn’t purely a sci-fi movie, nor purely a horror movie. Instead of just smashing these two genres together into some unrefined mixture of space and spooks, it instead picked out parts of sci-fi – such as the emptiness of space, extra terrestrials, massive space ships – and morphed them to fit a horror theme. A giant, claustrophobic ship in vast and silent space is an unsettling thought in its own right, but to know the halls of this hulking space-tanker are being stalked by an acid-spitting xenomorph has you on the edge of your seat throughout the whole flick. Aliens has awesome technology, other-worldly mysteries, and heart-pounding suspense; its not just the first sci-fi/horror film, it’s the best.
3. District 9 (2009)
Nick, Associate Editor – In 2009, we were introduced to District 9. A film that at least to me, caught me off gaurd with how fantastic it was! From the original setting to the things that happen I was always curious what was going to happen next. The style of the film was a great choice as well. The documentary feel really allowed the viewer to become connected to the characters as the story unfolded, and on top of all that the movie as a whole looked AMAZING. From all the different alien weapons to the Prawn themselves I was glad to see this film make the list.
2. Blade Runner (1982)
Brendan, Editor-In-Chief -Something happens when you mention the word sci-fi to a group of people; either their eyes glaze over and tune out, or they begin to gush about lasers, explosions, and argue over the minutiae of alien politics. Simply put, sci-fi is not usually known for telling stories that challenge audiences. But Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece Blade Runner does exactly that. Set in a dystopic future Earth, where humans have colonized the solar system, and androids (known as Replicants) have reached human-like intelligence – so much so that some now believe they’re human. Que Deckard, a “Blade Runner,” people hired to hunt down and kill Replicants who now believe they’re human – or worse. Blade Runner is not on this list just because of its great sci-fi setting or unique cyberpunk technology, but because it asks questions about what it means to be human, and what it truly means to be “alive.”
1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Marshal, Senior Editor - 2001: A Space Odyssey is about progression, advancement and evolution. 2001 starts with the discovery of an alien monolith on the moon and the following measures taken to discover its origin. The story is one of the greatest ever told and the ideas it proposes are some of the most thought provoking and mind boggling in the genre. Arthur C. Clark, the author of the novel on which the film was based once said that “If you understand ’2001′ completely, we failed. We wanted to raise far more questions than we answered” which he and Kubrick do perfectly. The film is a little more confusing than the books in several aspects, which does not make it worse but instead makes it more thought provoking and provides the viewer with a slight sense of ambiguity that allows he or she to interpret it as they see fit. The ideas proposed regarding human nature, life, death, time, existence and alien life will not only change how you see the world but it will change how you see the universe and existence. Stanley Kubrick gives Clark’s story a dash of his fantastic style and goes on to push the limits of film making in a way only fitting for the film’s mind expanding content. 2001 is an absolutely epic story of man and the scale and weight of it makes it stand out significantly above the rest of the genre as well as above most other movies in general, even after almost 45 years since it‘s release. It is because of all of this that 2001: A Space Odyssey is Power Cords number one science fiction movie of all time. Plus, it is one of the most realistic portrayals of deep space travel to date.
The Matrix (1999)
Back to the Future (1985)
The Fifth Element (1997)
So that is our top ten! For the list we decided to exclude super hero and Zombie movies because including those would open up a whole other can of worms. We were tried to avoid movies that took place in modern times that didn’t have some sort of particularly crazy science fiction aspect to it, ruling out films like Donnie Darko and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. As you might of noticed Ridley Scotts ventures into the sci-fi genre had a tremendous impact on our list and we are all relatively sure that with the release of Prometheus next month the list is sure to change.
So what are some of your guys’ favorites? What are some that you are pissed didn’t make it onto the list? Let us know in the comments below or email us at email@example.com!
We’re back! New, improved, and better grooves. On this week’s main segment, we discuss some awesome recent happenings on the site; how excited we are for Hawken; the Diablo 3 and the Paths to Exile betas; [Read more...]
We brought you a review of SWTOR a few months ago, but we had yet to really experience much of the end game content. Well, now we’re making up for that. Our newest writer, Evan Reedy, has his review on the end game content of SWTOR. Be sure to let us know how you feel about the SWTOR endgame in the comments, and give Evan a warm welcome!
After having played through Star Wars the Old Republic (SWTOR) from Apprentice to Darth, I’ve encountered many different mechanics within the game that I love, hate and am intrigued by. While leveling you get to experience the quests, the skills, the flashpoints and the story of each individual class molded by wonderful voice acting. However that’s only part of the game.
It is safe to say that Star Wars prequels are far inferior to the original trilogy. I have always considered Star Wars: The Phantom Menace the worst of the series, even before watching RedLetterMedia’s review on the film (which you can check out here). Recently I stumbled upon another video about the mediocrity of Episode I, but this time focusing on it in a much more positive light. The video, posted by belatedmedia asks the world a hypothetical question too fantastic not to ask: What if Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace was good? Ultimately the video makes me think back on the film a little more fondly while also making me dream of the Episode I that could have been.
The last 30 seconds are dedicated to Nicholas Nims ; )