Metropolis Today

December 19, 2010 at 11:13 pm (anime, fashion, movies, music, pop culture) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

I find it amazing the effect a single silent film from the 1920s continues to have today on pop culture.  I only recently saw the movie, but before seeing it I knew every reason I should watch it. Many of my favorite people were influenced by it.  I didn’t need any other reason to watch it.

Osamu Tezuka, “The God of Manga” drew a comic called Metropolis based on the film. Later in 2001 a movie based on this manga was made. It is one of the few animes I’ve watched over and over. The others belong to Miyazaki. Its got great music (Ray Charles anyone?) and the visuals are astounding, but of course they would be. The visuals for the silent film are still amazing  to me and  living in the 21 century. I’m still wondering how heck they did all that in the 20s. True it ended up being the most expensive silent film ever made and if you add for inflation it is still one of the most expensive, but they just didn’t have technology like we do today so how’d they do those city scenes for one?

If you haven’t seen the vid for Queen’s Radio Gaga you should and if you haven’t heard the song know that it is awesome and you’re missing out. They used real footage from the silent film which I hadn’t realized until I watched it, because it just looks like its black and white, not that old kind of black and white that really sux, but just black and white. Of course not all of the vid is from Metropolis, but it is hard to tell the difference.

Then there’s Lady Gaga who got her name from Radio Gaga. She did a series of photos with the photagrapher David LaChapelle. 

There are more people influenced by this movie such as Janelle Monae, but I’ve got to listen more to her music before I include her in the list of favorite people. Looks like she’s fairly cool to me and her music isn’t bad From looking at her album covers really connected to the idea of the film.  Thierry Mugler robotic outfits very much like the robot in the film, but I don’t know if he watched this or not.

Hmm I could just be obsessed with robots…but I think there is something more here. If you’ve got anything anything influenced by this film please share.

Kagehime

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Thinking Man in a Dunce Cap

December 12, 2010 at 9:20 pm (rant, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

I found the thinking man wearing a dunce cap. The image shows me in class exactly.  Well maybe not exact, I’m not a man, but  I think really hard and yet it just leads to the dunce cap which means I end up feeling stupid no matter how hard I think out the problem. 

I might fail out actually….because ultimately the thinking man can think as long as he wants, but if he never comes up with something interesting or good it doesn’t matter. In advertising if its not a sellable idea then what’s the point? Its a brutal business.

Sorry for the low res.  My cell’s camera is not always so reliable, but it gets the job down. So ever feel like the thinking man in a dunce cap?

Kagehime

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My beautiful dark twisted fantasy

December 10, 2010 at 11:58 pm (music, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

This is a review on Kanye’s album, not my own beautiful dark twisted fantasy. That would more than likely interest you, but thats not something I would put on a blog. Maybe Kanye would. Actually I know he would. No need to discuss that.

So the album is amazing and everyone else is talking about it, so why would I? No one wants a blog that says what everyone else says cuz that would be instant death.

So here goes: the album is amazing because it combines the old school with the things of today. And the craftmanship in the production is astounding. Its got the old skool hip hop feel, but with autotune and plenty of rap (of course).   This album reminds me of Curtis Mayfield actually. Not when he was with the Impressions, but afterward when he started doing Funk.

And if you haven’t seen the Runaway video watch it.  Its what Kanye shows that he believes to be beautiful, well at least while making this album.  I can’t say he thinks or feels the same way for long, its just that this vid shows for at least a moment what he feels to be beautiful. It is not a waste of your 35 minutes. This vid is Kanye’s version of Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker and it’s got a tribute to him in it. Its very minimalistic, has Selita Ebanks, and a lot of ballerinas.  Its definitely at least a little twisted, but it goes well with his Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. 

Kagehime

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Why I should have my own show pt 3

December 7, 2010 at 11:36 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , )

In part three and  the end of the series of why I should have my own show. In part 1, I mentioned that I had the Fame and would explain it more so here I go. Seriously how many non-famous people find people they don’t know waving at them, have stalkers, and find that they must constantly escape from people? Not anyone I know of except me. If you share this probably please share it with me.

I figure I must look like someone famous at the rate that people wave at me and I have no idea who the heck they are. I’ve been told I look like Beyonce’s younger sister Solange, but really how famous is she? And I’ve been told I look like Alicia Keys, but I think thats mostly for hair style.   And as for stalkers? I have at least one. Unfortunately one has my number…so he keeps calling…and you know I want nothing to do with that. Last time I spoke to him he was like he didn’t care if I kept hanging up on him as long as he could hear my voice…for some reason he thinks I’m the only person that understands him.  I would consider changing my number if he called more often…

As for escaping from people.  I sometimes wish I had a bodyguard. I could be with a group of people, yet crazy people just tend to walk towards me…or people -really ugly, old dudes- keep trying to talk to me.  I want nothing to do with that and its not even like I’m walking by myself.  Literally my friends and I have more than once had to pile into a car and take off before we were actually in our seats because someone was walking towards me and saying something…ends up looking like this.

Or if I wear something a bit different things can get interesting… If it looks really nice girls decided they MUST go shopping right then or just say really awkward things.  If its a bit weird everyone feels like they must comment on it. For example once I went on in my softball shirt which features a flaming unicorn. One person went absolutely nuts raving how awesome it was, while another kept saying thats really weird, why would you wear that and this was just a trip to the grocery store.

I find that my life is not normal as it is, but if I do actually become famous it will probably be like this times 10 which would pretty much suck.  Although at the moment I feel like I’m famous without the benefits of being famous, well maybe I have some.  What are the benefits anyways? That everyone knows who you are? Is that really a benefit?

So do you want to become famous?

Kagehime

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Copycat

December 6, 2010 at 7:28 pm (commercial, technology) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

I’m going to talk about a commercial.  Talking about ads is part of what I do anyways. But this one I noticed for this one to its similarity to the Apple ads.  At first I thought it was. I knew that I’m a PC was not planning to be in any more commercials so I just assumed they got new people for the roles.  So much for assuming. Its actually a T-mobile ad. I almost mistook it except it was bashing the iphone for its AT& T service. If I didn’t pay attention to it I would have except I paid attention because of the similarity.

I don’t want to run out for 4G with Tmobile.  In fact I don’t want Tmobile.  Tmobile’s currently 4th in the race for phone service.  What does this say about its service? Is it good? How far is its coverage? I know this ad is claiming Tmobile is better than AT&T, but at least AT&T is number 2 in the race.

And the other thing about this commercial I still think iphone from seeing it. I don’t think about whatever other phone is associated with Tmobile. I might not know any phones with Tmobile…the Evo? And do people get the service for the phone? Or the phone for the service? If people get the service for the phone I’m not sure how helpful this ad is, but maybe it’ll get people thinking.

Personally I have Verizon because they bought out Alltel. So far I haven’t had any service problems, but I’ve yet to upgrade to a smartphone.  If I do upgrade I don’t want Tmobile unless they can show me awesomeness.  My eyes are currently set on the iphone. The Droid seems more technologically advanced than what I would have use for.  Really I had someone show me all the thing the ipod Touch could do before I decided to get one.  I wouldn’t have bothered to get it otherwise. Maybe the Droid isn’t actually more advanced, but that’s exactly what I think from seeing the commercials and I’ve seen more people with iphones than Droids so its not on my list to get or even look at.

What did you think of this ad? And what kind of smartphone do you have or want? 

Kagehime

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Soylent Green is People!

December 5, 2010 at 9:04 pm (movies, rant) (, , , , )

I watched both Fast Food Nation and Food, Inc in the past few weeks and I’ve come to the conclusion that Soylent Green is People or at least where our food comes from is disturbing.

Granted our food is not people like in the movie Soylent Green, its mostly corn. Food, Inc showed that  basically everything down to gum, mouth wash, and vanilla extract is corn. Sorbitol and mono and di-glycerides can be made from corn and we all know about high fructose corn syrup. Corn in general is suposed to make us fat…cuz it makes you hungrier. Of course this wasn’t shown in the film, but knowing that made it all the more disturbing. Basically anything processed has corn and as Americans we eat a lot of processed foods. Not that we should never eat corn, but we shouldn’t mostly eat corn.

Currently I’m not sure what I can do with this knowledge…its probably going to sink away into oblivion within my mind. Its not something I want to think about much. The corn is bad enough, but eating poop in my meat is not a savory idea.  But I like my meat so what am I supposed to do about that? Stop eating it? Hmm I could give it up, but its hard when meat is so engrained in our conception of a meal.  Go organic? Good idea, but I’ll have to wait until I make some money cuz that is some expensive stuff.

What do you think?

Kagehime

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Survived Hell Week

December 4, 2010 at 2:22 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , )

Hell Week is over. I guess I wasn’t one of the 300 Spartans who went to their death, because I survived. Even though I survived Hell Week I went into it with everything I had and before I could tell you any of this I had to sleep the sleep of the dead.  I was absolutely exhausted. I’m still tired so I’ve wrapped myself in mindlessness which is basically all the things I haven’t had time to do for like the past month.  I went back to read manga, watch Glee…really anthing just to relax.

During Hell Week, an ipod Touch that I’m in the process of buying really saved me.  I was able to check my email without turning on my computer and it allowed me to not have to print.  I could just walk around with the script for each presentation and study it at whatever time of night or day I was able to. Without that I would have gotten even less sleep than I already did. And at the point I was at I was already blacking out.  My body was just ready to collapse…no one should ever let themself get that tired. I know I just sounded like an ipod ad…the kind for which people volunteer to talk about a product…its probably the effect of hearing so many advertisements…It would be really neat to get free products when you talk about them, but for that I would really need higher viewership on my blog. As it is now I highly doubt Apple would care that I’m writing about their products. 

But if they do care or if you know a lot about the mac and like them, I’m planning on buying a mac and its so freakin’ expensive I keep having doubts as to whether I really do want one.  Does the laptop have as much life improving functions as the Touch? Cuz that Touch is really helpful. Keynote would be really nice and so would the touchpad. What else does it have?

Kagehime

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Why I should have a show pt 2

December 3, 2010 at 8:49 pm (art, comics, William and Mary) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Two comics from my time at William and Mary. Both are true.  I have a lot more stories…enough to make a show from college. And every day that goes by I have more weird tales. I’m rather embarassed to show these comics now that I’m much better at drawing and photoshop, but I think they represented my life in undergrad. 

Work really was like being on the Office and yes I really did get chased by a Swamp Monster…

Kagehime

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