Niagara Falls in Winter

This semester was one of the most tiring periods of my entire academic education. Every single weekend and holidays were like precious diamonds for me. Luckily it passed away like the wind and when winter break was finally upon us, I have decided to visit my brother in Ohio and relax. Of course, it wasn’t just slacking off all day long and playing Skyrim(because that’s what Ece from two years ago would do), I also showed the decency to make small trips to nearby cities. I’ve been to Washington and my favorite city of all time, New York! My final stop of my not-so-productive winter break was Buffalo, NY, with the intentions of seeing Niagara Falls. It kind of falls into the category of `Stupid things to do in the middle of winter` because it gets incredibly cold and windy in Niagara Falls.

One of my first long distance train journeys was this one. It was only for three hours, but still, it included trains for a fair amount of time. Getting to the station was the stressful part because my know-it-all brother thought  he didn’t need any navigation. We ended up in a godforsaken(and wrong, I might add) train station and figured out which train station to go to 10 minutes before the departure. Luckily, I made it to the right station and got to the train. yes, stress had ended but something was wrong. As the sun shined upon my face, I suddenly got the urge to take a photo of the coach I was in along with the outside, and realized my camera lens wasn’t working. The pictures were blurry, shutter wasn’t working and I almost started crying because all my plans were on hold.

Above picture is the small summary of the pain I was in. Luckily for me, I texted my dear friend Hande immediately, and she told me we can go around the town to search for a cheap and compatible lens for me Nikon. As I got off the train, I started walking towards the voice that was calling me. It was coming from a pepper red Audi. Hande and his boyfriend Enver were there to welcome me to Buffalo. They were kind enough to search for a lens with me for my camera after a really nice breakfast that included bacon, eggs, pancakes and unlimited coffee!! We basically tried every single camera store—both local stores and Best Buy to find 18-55 mm lens(because lets face it I have no money). Our last line of defense was the successful one and I got my lens back after driving at least 25 miles around town.  This small adventure took us more than 2 hours, we then decided it was time to go home to relax and then head out for the Niagara Falls.

We took a “lazy break” for about an hour, and this also gave me time to practice my blackjack skills, because we were obviously going to gamble after the falls. Our companions, tea, Oreo and internet didn’t let us go for a while, but then we knew we had to leave soon if we wanted to see the Niagara falls before dusk. So we grabbed our stuff and drove to Niagara Falls with the fire-red Audi! After thirty minutes or so, we saw the Canadian side of the falls with the fancy towers and casinos. We parked the car and started walking and MAN!!! IT WAS COLD AS HELL.

Seriously. If there is a hell, it’s not fiery and hot. It’s FIFTEEN DEGREES BELOW ABSOLUTE ZERO(for those of you lacking-sarcasm-detectors, this is a futurama reference.) and it definitely is Niagara Falls because all the mist coming from the falls turns into small pieces of ice that sprays your skin like small bullets and if you’re not wearing any gloves like I didn’t(I admit this was a stupid thing to do), your hands are going to be the ones that suffer. And this becomes a terrible burden because it feels like small needles are piercing your skin as you’re trying to take some good pictures and have fun with your friends. Try to take a little break. Either put your hands in your pockets or try to warm up in the gift shop.
So remember. If there is a hell, it’s going to be really cold and it’s going to be Niagara Falls. But hell is not always bad! Think of all the awesome things you’ve done to get there… Okay, this was a terrible metaphor so let’s drop all this and let me tell you why Niagara Falls is awesome in Winter:

Because it’s as beautiful and white as heaven could be. All that ice, snow and water just turns this place into somewhere magical because it’s nothing but white there. There are several places you can see the falls and one of them is an observation deck just in the imaginary border between Canada and  United States. The above picture was taken in that observation deck. There is another place I completely fell in love with. It’s the rightmost end of the falls if you look really closely. Yes, as you can imagine, it takes a really long time to get there and road to that place is incredibly painful but beautiful as always. It took me around thirty minutes to walk that half a mile but it was definitely rewarding. This is how it looked like while walking:

As you can see, it’s all ice. Even the grass was covered with a really thick layer of ice because of all the mist coming from the falls. Trying to walk to the end of that road where the people are was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life. Seriously. I am a terrible ice skater by nature and walking on ice is even worse. Especially if you have a really large backpack and a huge camera with you. But in the end, it was all rewarding and the scene we came up with was this:

Luckily for us, Hande’s boyfriend came to save the day with his fire-red car and picked us up from the beautiful hell that is Niagara Falls. Later in the day we went to the Seneca Casino and guess what? There are shitloads of people in there. I felt so sad because one of the greatest wonders of the world only had 50 people around it because it was really cold but the casino just a couple of hundred meters away from it had all the people inside. Gambling is seriously a problem in everywhere. and believe me when I say this, because I’ve already seen Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

Enough of the sadness. We should be enjoying the beauty nature has to offer to us! I, personally, consider myself lucky to have seen this wonder and would definitely recommend you to see it on winter when there aren’t many people around to ruin the joy of seeing the falls and when everything is white and gives you the illusion of purity. Maybe next time, I’ll go to Niagara Falls on summer and take the exact same pictures!

And also, I’d like to thank Hande and her boyfriend Enver for enduring me the whole time I spent there and giving me the quick tour. Your hospitality is very much appreciated! I hope one day I could return the favor!

USAF Thunderbirds

Found this photo just now while I was discovering my 3 tb hard disc. Thought it was pretty awesome. Taken in Izmir, Turkey.

Nothing

Change in the calendar means nothing. Getting overhyped about one night means everything.

Amazing Superpowers

Here’s a massive list of superpowers I came across while stumbling:

Best Futurama Inventions

I’ve been quite obsessive about Futurama(Again) nowadays, and I must state, it truly is one of the greatest Science Fiction shows. It’s not just the jokes or lines or the fact that Simpsons has an influence on this TV show, it’s the incredible imagination of the creators. What mostly makes me laugh more than jokes is the weird inventions of Professor Farnsworth or the ones that are already present in the year 3000. So, let’s take a good look at the best inventions in Futurama, and hope that someday we’ll get to see them.

We won’t really see most of them, since they’re impossible to exist but who cares, right?

Finglonger:

A man can dream. Designed by Hubert J. Farnsworth, yet still not invented in the year 3000. The index finger was developed longer than the other ones to provide important tasks like giving briefings easier or poking people while they’re sleeping. Finglonger is the most useless yet useful invention from Futurama.

Probability of existing: 1

Space Ships with Personalities:

Yeah, I know. Planet Express Ship(or the ScienceMobile?) wasn’t the first ship with a personality and there are many sci-fi movies which has an AI installed on the ship. Yet, I have seen this on Futurama too and I WANT IT. I want my ship to talk to me, guide me and help me with defenses. I even have a name for mine: EDI(Enhanced Defense Intelligence). Yeah sounds too Mass Effect 2 but what can I say? At least she doesn’t go crazy and vacuum the whole air in the ship just because she broke up with Legion. Come on. How immature is that?

Probability of existing: We don’t have spaceships, and we don’t have powerful AI’s. But I’ll give a 100 years for this one to be invented.

The Internet

I know you smart ass. DUH. Not this one. I mean the one in Futurama! The Internet where you can play arcade games and date in 3D! And this way, you can’t be an internet smart-ass or prince charming; it would save both the time and the money spent on those useless junk. And Think about the internet gaming! You can actually play Call of Duty or Left for Dead like it’s actually happening! That would be some crazy shit, a new era in internet gaming. WOOOOO!

Probability of existing: I bet somebody out there is actually trying to make this come true.

Bending Units

This is where the fun starts. Think about a robot which has to drink alcohol in order to process, smokes cigars for no particular reason, swears a lot and wants to kill all humans! Yes, Bender Bending Rodriguez is just one of the bending units in Futurama, but we already know other bending units are fun too. Take Flexo, for instance. He would usually say things that would break your heart, but you knew he was always kidding. Not just that, they’re great companions too! They would be the best friends of us nerds and idiots(reference point: Phillip J. Fry). And they have a purpose other than sitting on the couch all day long and drinking booze: Bending girders! Think about the work they could do. If they weren’t too lazy about it.

Probability of existing: Very low. We have to build AI’s, robots that could work like us humans do. And I’m sure a bending unit which works on alcohol would be the last thing that a robot manufacturer wants to develop.

The Smellescope

Behold! The mighty Smellescope!! Think about the implications of this awesome device! You could actually smell anything in the universe! Physically impossible, yet it would be nice to smell the hourglass nebula or the horsehead nebula. If anyone cooks a good dinner at the house filled with naked girls across the street; or something smelled wrong in the universe, you’d be the first to know it!!! Just try not to smell Uranus(Urektum in 3000).

Probability of Existing: Zero.

The Mind Switcher

“We’re just the people this mind switcher was made for by us!”

Say, you’re a woman and want to experience what it’s like to be a man for just one day. Then the Mind Switcher is just the device for you! Too bad you can’t return to your old body once you switch minds with another. Yet, you can use MATH and calculate how many more people you need to get back to your original body. But here’s the Good News, Everyone! The leader of the Harlem Globetrotters Ethan ‘Bubblegum’ Tate has calculated the number of people you need to get back to your original body as 2(two). So all you need is two more people willing to change minds.

Probability of existing: With this huge engineering error, I’d say none. I’m totally fine with the science behind mind switching(I hope to god you don’t need  a sarcasm sign for this).

Third & Third & Third

Don’t really know what it does, but Bender uses it for making a birthday cake for Nibbler.

Probability of existing: If one day humanity needs one more ingredient for Half & Half, yes; we might actually have Third & Third & Third.

Head in A Jar
Ah! By far the best invention in Futurama! From Leonard Nimoy to Pamela Anderson; from Beck to Richard Nixon, every single historical figure has their head put in jars! Just think what we can get from them!

Kinetic Typography

This is Stephen Fry’s opinion about grammar Nazis and I agree completely.

Thanks to Mr. Jacket Trooper for this video.

A Scratched Owl is a Happy Owl

I have been searching for this video for too long, I had almost forgotten how cute it was!!