After a recent trip to Japan I decided to get into drawing manga. I’ve loved anime ever since I saw Dragonball Z growing up, and I’ve always been fascinated with the great skill manga artists possess. If you’re thinking of getting into it yourself, two great resources are available to you, they are: ‘How to Draw Manga – Getting Started’, which is an online hosted ebook, and ‘Manga University’ which is a site dedicated to aspiring manga artists.
This song was performed by ‘Axis of Awesome’, at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and is a mashup of a bunch of songs that have used the I-V-vi-IV chord progression (ONE-FIVE-SIX-FOUR), obviously a lot of these songs are in different keys, so they use a different 4 chords, but they all sound exactly the same because of the progression. If you have a dusty guitar in your room that houses spiders due to inactivity then maybe it’s time to pick it up and play four chords over and over again; you just might make it big in the music industry! Check out my guide on chord progressions if you want to write something slightly more original.
In the Simpsons a hilarious running gag was McBain and his macho action man appearance and poorly worded one liners; a clear parody of Arnold Schwarzenegger and all his movies. In true early Simpsons spirit the character was never overplayed and was given just the right amount of screen time, which was on the Simpsons TV at the start of a few episodes; if you put all these short segments together you get McBain: the Movie! This is one of the best things I’ve ever seen, can’t wait for the sequel: ‘You Have the Right to Remain Dead’
This short video of a conversation between The Dalai Lama and journalist Bill Moyers, shows two sides to The Dalai Lama. The first side is that he is a fairly patient man who shows compassion to all living beings – evidenced by his allowing a mosquito to drink some of his blood. While the second side is that he is a cold blooded murderer, who behind the scenes, kills mosquitoes for fun. Seriously, The Dalai Lama is ruthless, don’t let his playful exterior fool you. This is one man that is not to be messed with.
Nah, the Dalai Lama’s a good guy, not that I know him or anything, I’ve just been fooled by his playful exterior. Check out this video of him not getting a joke – it’s very funny!
Ghost in the Shell is a sci-fi anime masterpiece set in the future where technology has spawned cyborgs, cybernetic enhancements, and super artifical intelligence. If it wasn’t for Ghost in the Shell, The Matrix would never have hit the cinemas. The above clips from the movie showcase three of the films most philosophical moments, so if you have no intention of watching it from start to finish, you can at least absorb some of it’s most profound moments.
Check out my post ‘Are You a Bot?’ for my thoughts on the direction of technology.