Pop Mirrors Up!

July 3, 2011 at 12:50 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

I finally got my site http://www.pop-mirror.com up and running!  The first chapter of Snow is up.  Check it out!

 

Kagehime

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Gucci Gucci

June 15, 2011 at 10:46 pm (fashion, music) (, , , , , , , , , )

The real reason I don’t wear Gucci, Prada, or Louis.  And its not because I’m broke.

First I thought this was terrible, but now I like. It is kinda funny though. Rappers gotta step up their game. These white girls are in it now. lol

Kagehime

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Wii U Evolution

June 11, 2011 at 11:42 pm (technology) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

wii u controller

Nintendo showed off its controller for its next system, the Wii U, at E3. The controller with its own user interface. The player can play the game directly on the controller which has a 6.2 inch touch screen. This allows the player to interact with the game very much like people are interacting more and more often with the world around them, through a mobile device.

Nintendo looked at how people are increasingly interacting with the world through tablets and smart phones and applied it directly to its next system.  What will this bring to gaming? What does interacting with the real world through mobile devices bring? With mobile devices people are interacting with the world less directly and are missing out on reality. Whereas this controller will have you looking at the big screen less often.  I like mobile devices. They do let you get more out of reality, I think, as long as you don’t let them take over you or cause you to walk into fountains.  I for one don’t want this issue with the new Wii U controller, having  Mario falling down holes or Link running into Baddies all the time.

What do you think about the Wii u controller? Yea or Nay?

Kagehime

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Vamps in Italy

May 18, 2011 at 6:12 pm (books, pop culture) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The Volturi

Is it me or does every Vampire novel place the Vampire stronghold in Italy? Its so common I’m starting to think its something the authors think is a necessarily spice to the Vampire essence. Its only neat once to read that the vamps were behind the Renaissance or that their base is in Italy.

We’ve got

  • The Volturi in Twilight
  • The high council in A House of Night
  • The past in Blue Bloods

Although Anne Rice has vamps from Italy, it isn’t the only old world country of importance unlike the other novels. And besides she wrote her novels well before the other ones so in my opinion even if Italy was the only old world country of importance in her novels it would be fine. Now I could complain about the amount of awesome vamps in New Orleans considering Tru Blood’s there too, but what would be the point of that? And from what I’ve seen of New Orleans, if vampires were in the US that’s exactly where they would be with all the swamps and old magic.

And as you can see I read far too many vampire books…So what do you think about vampires in Italy? Or New Orleans for that matter?
Kagehime

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Pop Unicorn

May 13, 2011 at 6:36 pm (art, pop culture) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

Unicorns

Unicorns are appearing all over the place these days in anime and music videos. There’s Gundam Unicorn. I haven’t a clue what the unicorn is about since the last Gundam I watched was Gundam Seed.  Then there’s Ke$ha with her strange unicorn head people in the video for Blow. Although these have unicorns they’ve lost the meaning of unicorns,  Lady Gaga uses the symbolism of unicorns in the Born this Way vid. Gaga’s been claiming she loves unicorns because of  My Little Pony and that she identifies with them.

So what do Unicorns symbolize? That Gaga can identify with them and has them associated with Born This Way the song and album? Today unicorns are mostly depicted as horses with a single horn while traditional unicorns had a billy goat’s beard, a lion’s tail and cloven hooves like I drew in the above picture. Unicorns are normally associated with purity and grace and could only be caught by a virgin. Unicorns were prominent in heraldic symbolism and were often shown with a collar and a broken chain, indicating that they have freed themselves from bondage and cannot be taken again. Unicorns often have the power to heal physical and emotional wounds.

I think its the symbolism of freedom that unicorns represent and the purity of thought & emotion (not necessarily chastity) that makes the unicorn perfect for Born this Way.  What do you think?

Kagehime

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Ife and the Crowded Museum

May 2, 2011 at 11:23 pm (art) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Line to see Picasso

The Richmond Times Dispatch took the same picture on the same day as me but from the other side. In their image you can see the rabbit statue whereas I’m standing by the rabbit statue. I’m not sure if I’m in their pic or not…it kinda looks like me…could be my imagination… anyways they used their pic on Sunday so they used it before me, but then again they are paid to use the pics and write an article while I’m not. So a few days later isn’t a bad thing.

Richmond’s turning out to be quite the artsy city.  On the same day as Arts in the Park (for which artists set up booths to show off and sell their art in the park) I went to the Virginia Art Museum better known as VMFA thinking that the art crowd would be at Arts in the Park. Oh they were there. I’m sure I couldn’t have found parking there, but I almost didn’t at the VMFA either. They had buses parked out there too all to see the fantastic Picasso. I was so glad I wasn’t going to see that exhibit. It was so crowded last time I became claustrophobic or something…and this crowd was much worse than when I had gone. In fact when I had gone in there wasn’t much of a line at all. More like waves of people allowed in.

Ife Statue

Instead of Picasso I was there to see the Nigerian art exhibit from Ife which was absolutely fantastic.  They had made statues made from copper in a lost method. Now copper’s not like gold which is easy to mold. It has a high melting point which makes it extremely difficult to work with. Normally tin is added to the copper to make Bronze which I’m more familiar with people using. I’ve never heard of using pure copper to sculpt with, but they did in Ife with impeccable skill. One of the great things about having this exhibit at the same time as Picasso is that Cubism is largely based on African art.  And the Ife art as some of the best statues I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen a large amount- in Italy, in museums and college campuses. Mostly they don’t compare. Like most other artists don’t compare to Picasso. It is rare to have both technical skill and vision and he had both.

Have you been to Picasso or Ife? Or better yet both?

Kagehime

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A rip off or the power of the chords?

April 29, 2011 at 1:31 pm (music) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Everyone’s been ripping into Lady Gaga for copying Madonna’s Express Yourself for her song Born this Way.  Lady Gaga said the chord progression was similar because she used one from disco.  Which I suppose Madonna would have as well since there were grumblings of her stealing from The Staple Singers Respect Yourself. Fortunately for Madonna and unfortunately for Lady Gaga, Respect Yourself isn’t as mainstream as taking from Express Yourself.  But after seeing this vid I truly wonder how many sound combinations there are to make in music.  Especially since everyone from Journey to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Black Eyed Peas used the same four chords.

Kagehime

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A Bittersweet Flashback

April 8, 2011 at 10:38 am (music, pop culture) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

One of the most beautiful songs of the 90s and quite possibly of all time, Bittersweet Symphony by the Verve has a Bittersweet history.  A lot of songs sample music from other tracks, but don’t lose their song writing credits. I suppose it matters who you are. If you’ve got a big name like Madonna and that case over her song Frozen, I guess you get to keep your credits. Same case with Bitter Sweet Symphony. The Verve is the less known group when compared to the Rolling Stones, so the Stones ended up with the credit for it, 100% even though the lyrics were original and it wasn’t a direct copy.

So what was copied? The melody for The Rolling Stones’ The Last Time, but not directly. They sampled the Andrew Oldham Orchestra’s version.

And so the Verve whenever they play this song, their most popular and successful song, they helping to fill the bank of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards more than their own.

Kagehime

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Gagavision & Fundamentalists

April 7, 2011 at 3:49 pm (pop culture) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Gaga brings back Gagavision after a long awaited interval.  Wondering about the song playing when she’s looking at the Get out of Hell free card? Its Ladytron Seventeen. Lady Gaga listens to Ladytron lol.

Ok so more importantly what good does a Get out of Hell free card do? Like does that give her a free license to do whatever she wants because if she was sent there she can get out? Thats a real smart fundamentalist for you… A fundamentalist protester once gave me a billion dollar bill which I’m definitely keeping because who wouldn’t want a billion dollar bill?

One Billion Dollar Bill

Whose the guy on the bill?  Maybe their leader? Who knows.

Kagehime

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Woah Diva!

April 5, 2011 at 8:33 pm (music, pop culture) (, , , , , , )

Tsk Tsk Natalia Kills vid for Zombie is cool, but why the similarities to Diva? The vid seems for relevant to Zombie. For one, what’s a Diva doing blowing up a car full of manikins? But hey whatever floats your boat.

 

Natalia Kills Zombie

 

Natalia Kills Zombie

Beyonce DivaBeyonce Diva

What do you think of the vids? Too similar?

Kagehime

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