Tuesday, June 29, 2010

6 - Fallen Blog Projects

Hello! For this blog entry I get to write about whatever so here it is...

The blog project is moving along at a snail's pace and thus I thought it would be a nice time to remind myself of my previous failed blog/photo project - 'project 365'.

Project 365 was downgraded to project 64 - here are the results!

Not bad I guess, you might notice at some point I totally became a lazy bum and took like 4 pictures of my face in a row. It was a lot more difficult then I thought, to take a picture that summarized my day, everyday. Next year I will attempt to tackle this beast again with more dedication. Hopefully I learn from this failure and finish my current blog project!

Gosh I wanted to write some more random stuff about 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?', my new job @ RIM, and about the confusing name of Vietnam's capital, but I am so lazy all of a sudden! Maybe another time, Good Night!!!

Monday, June 21, 2010

5 - Favorite Quote

"Nobody's perfect, but you're perfect for me"


(I will try to add to this later, I have never been a big quote guy)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

4 - Favorite Book

Coming Soon!

I am reading a book right now which is a rare occurrence. It is a Sci-Fi novel called 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?' by Phillip K. Dick.

Anyways (like many things) it is hard for me to say a favorite book at this point. I enjoyed quite a few, here is a short list:
-All Tolkien
-Harry Potter Series
-Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon
Um.. Let me check my book shelf please!
-The Day of the Triffids, The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
-Devil in a Blue Dress, White Butterfly by Walter Mosley

Those are some of my favorites, another I really enjoyed was Aristotle's Poetics and Rhetoric. Although dense at times, Aristotle's surgical interpolation of persuasion is extremely interesting and a fun read. His neurotic need to classify everything into lists is entertaining and also insightful (most of the time - there are points where things seem a bit silly to maintain a graceful classification). The book was enjoyable in conjunction with my English writing requirement for Computer Science students. Not only that, I got to share it with my lovely girlfriend. I would bore her over the telephone with it. Reading it became an ideal lullaby technique for lulling her into a deep blissful sleep. No doubt my monotone voice aided in that! Well yes, reading this book together helped solidify our bond, making it very special to me.

Apologies for the lack of activity (although I am positive anyone who actually reads this (do you exist?) is quite used to this sort of neglect from me) I have actually been busy for once with job applications, interviews, working out (Believe it or not), and birthdays!) I hope to stay relatively active with this blog project in the future.

Now to further nail in some more concepts that I should have had permanently in my head for years (RIM interview tomorrow)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

3 - Favorite TV Show

Although not watched on television my favorite show is Naruto. Breaking down the show into components I will explain why I love this show step by step :)

1) Story - While the plague of many Shōnen animes is the story line, many (but not all) feel this is not the case with Naruto. Often in the said genre plot line is broken up iteratively into discreet parts. A little more on this sort of common Shōnen plot structure. Each part of these broken down plot blocks tends to follow a very similar archetype. For example it might be a five step process like this:

i) Peace
ii) New bad guy shows up
iii) Over confident main character beaten up and humbled
vi) Train
v) Beat bad guy

Anyways there is a certain satisfaction fans get from the constant defeating of new powerful bad guys, but the overall grandeur of the series if decreased exponentially with each iteration. Not only that it is hard not to feel like a silly billy observing the predictability of the plot.

Naruto, as I said does not follow this structure. The plot follows a continuous flow (minus filler seasons, but I will pretend those don't exist..) where elements at any point usually connect gracefully with other points. Not only that, but the plot is really interesting, cool, and touching, I think.

2) The Universe - One of the biggest strengths of the show is the fictional universe created by Masashi Kishimoto. The landscape, architecture of the show does a good job setting a good mood. Second everything about being a ninja in Naruto is well done. The techniques are unique and in general pretty awesome. More importantly is the strategy and choreography of fights actually make a lot of sense. That is a phrase the show, makes a lot of sense. But the most important factor in making Naruto stand out are the characters. They're Well developed, memorable, and given lives that connect their hearts to yours. They die too, a very sadistic thing to say, but it is an important element of story telling as a struggle that everyone can relate to in someway. A happy fictional universe where everyone good magically survives seems nice, but I feel foolish letting myself be taken for a ride emotionally by something that ridiculous.

3) Animation - There are moments in Naruto where the drawings are not so great, especially in the beginning of shippuuden, but overall the animation is quite good. My understanding is that there are two different teams that animate episodes, it is really obvious that one team does a much better job then the other to me. I cannot recall where I heard this from, so I could be wrong, nonetheless some episodes are great while others are absolute bollocks. When the good team is doing work, the show looks awesome, evident by the thousands of music videos people make using Naruto primarily.

4) Sound - A huge strength of the show, the music helps set the mood in this show and coupled with great voice acting will blow you away!

That seems to sum up why I enjoy this show so much... For me what brings it above everything else I have watched is how it captures the pain of individuals and situations. It shows how the individuals are effected and the ways they deal with it, positive or negative. I guess this part of the show hits a note for me personally, as I feel seeing how people deal with the issues that pain them interesting and at times touching.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

2 - Favorite Movie

This favorite stuff is difficult stuff. The first movie I ever saw was the Little Mermaid, however it was not even close to my number one movie. The first movie I had to leave due to fright was Jurassic Park, not my favorite either. As a human being, I have always had an affinity for various geeky activities. Amongst them - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Star Wars, Mega Man, wearing bow ties, spending 3-20 hours playing games, and Pokemon.

Anyways through out my childhood a large amount of nerdanium was accumulating in the nerd center of the human body and I was also reading every novel in the fictional universe of Middle Earth (including The Silmarillion). The scene had been set for me to really really enjoy the film adaption of The Lord of The Rings "The Fellowship of The Ring" and I did. There was a fairly violent explosion of nerd emotions within me that ended in injury (a lotr inspired hockey net pole sword fight left me with a fractured bone in my arm).

Love is pain and pain is love and I loved that film! This film makes me feel inspired, sad, hopeful, and is overall very epic. My favorite scene is Arwen carrying Frodo away from the Black Riders. The hairs on my neck stand straight up with excitement when Arwen begins chanting her spell. I decided to look up a bit more on the spell and found that it is called the bruinen spell and goes like this,

Nîn o Chithaeglir
lasto beth daer;
Rimmo nîn Bruinen
dan in Ulaer!

'Waters of the Misty Mountains
listen to the great word;
flow waters of Loudwater
against the Ringwraiths!'

(credit to http://www.elvish.org for the translation)

...hehe cool !!! Anyways Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Rings, my favorite movie.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

1 - Favorite Song

Erik Satie - Gymnopédie No.1 and No.2

This is not my favorite song. Although I like it a lot, it is pretty difficult to have a number one song. Perhaps with some extraordinary memory attached to it, one could chose a favorite with a firm resolve.

For me, I do have a lot of memories with an audio sound track playing in the background, however I cannot pinpoint one that stands out among the rest. A lot of people point back to songs like the one playing during their first dance (I don't even remember mine, I was a nervous wreck), their wedding dance (Not yet!), or maybe the first time they... er nevermind.. But most of the songs in my memory come from games. Well, some example include Mega Man, Super Mario, Final Fantasy, and Earthbound. Those I would say are very nostalgic for me, but none are what I would call favorites.

Now to get back on track, although not mine, this is my friend Andrew's favorite song to play on the piano, and is becoming one of mine as well. He introduced it to me although it was already sitting on my piano bench. The song itself is simple and soothing. In its simplicity is a lot of different emotions however.

Playing this song makes you feel quite odd... You feel relaxed yet slightly on edge. The sound can be haunting and also happy and hopeful. I wonder what Satie was thinking and feeling when he wrote this?

Anyways here is a link if anyone reads this and is interested in listening.

30 Day Tumblr Challenge on Blogspot

Yep! Here's the schedule -

Day 1: Your favourite song
Day 2: Your favourite movie
Day 3: Your favourite television program
Day 4: Your favourite book
Day 5: Your favourite quote
Day 6: Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 7: A photo that makes you happy
Day 8: A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 9: A photo you took
Day 10: A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11: A photo of you taken recently
Day 12: Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13: A fictional book
Day 14: A non-fictional book
Day 15: A fanfic
Day 16: A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17: An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, and so forth)
Day 18: Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19: A talent of yours
Day 20: A hobby of yours
Day 21: A recipe
Day 22: A website
Day 23: A YouTube video
Day 24: Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25: Your day, in great detail
Day 26: Your week, in great detail
Day 27: Thi month, in great detail
Day 28: This year, in great detail
Day 29: Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30: Whatever tickles your fancy
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