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.
Dragonball Z is probably the best show ever made; this is a great scene from the Buu saga of DBZ which shows Vegeta and his son Trunks training in a gravity chamber. Trunks turns super saiyan for the first time, effortlessly, which stabs Vegeta’s pride because he worked so hard to achieve the state and has to watch his son surpass him at such a young age. He then realises that his time is up and his only chance of surpassing Goku is by training his son to be stronger than Goku’s son Goten. If you never watched DBZ then this will no doubt sound like a mess to you, but if you had a childhood, then you will love this!
When Steve Jobs died the other day Facebook was full of ‘RIP Steve Jobs’ posts, as though people really cared that he had died. Sure you wouldn’t have an iPhone if it wasn’t for him, but it’s not like you knew the guy, and people die, it’s not a huge deal. I wrote a post in response to this that was all in good fun. However; I just saw a video of a speech Steve made to a group of graduating students at Stanford University, and it revealed the humanity in the man I never knew. I still don’t know him, and I still don’t care about or mourn his death, but I still respect him as a person; for following his dreams. Rest in peace to Steve Jobs and every man and woman who has passed before and after him, and rest in peace to anyone who has died in the time I have typed this, you will all be missed by someone, somewhere.
In 1987 a groundbreaking conversation took place between scholar Joseph Campbell and journalist Bill Moyers on the topic of mythology, this conversation was recorded at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch and was turned into a famous 5 part series called ‘The Power of Myth’. In this series, Joseph Campbell delved deep into the world of mythology, and even discussed the archetypal figures that Lucas had used in the Star Wars films. Joseph Campbell left this earth shortly after in 1988, but Bill Moyers returned to the Skywalker ranch in 2000 to further discuss with George Lucas, the mythological grounding which his movies were based on. The result is another fascinating 5 part conversation series on mythology, watch this if you are a fan of Joseph Campbell or Star Wars, or film analysis in general, and you will surely find something of worth!
Joseph Campbell was an extraordinary man with an extensive knowledge on world mythology, symbolism and psychology; he borrowed elements from Carl Jung’s theory of the collective unconscious, and his concept of archetypes, and used them both to help bridge a gap between East and West and all of the world religions and rituals. Joseph Campbell is most famous for his formulation of the fascinating and widely studied ‘monomyth’ theory, which states that all myths and stories – whether they be from religious texts or fiction novels – follow the same narrative structure, which he called the ‘the hero’s journey’. This structure was outlined step by step in Campbell’s best selling book, ‘The Hero With a Thousand Faces’, and is referred to as the ‘monomyth’, or one-myth, which is an archetypal journey or transformation that is repeated in every story told by man, in an endless circular pattern. The reason this theory is so popular, is that it touches on that intuitive element found in every man, that nothing is really separate, and that man and the universe is really interconnected in every way.
1). The Call to Adventure
2). Crossing of the Threshold (Entering the Unknown)
3). Trials and Tribulations of the Journey
4). Attainment of Enlightenment
5). Return of the Hero
Take a good look at any myth, story, novel or movie, and chances are you can see all of the same elements, simply wearing a different mask. The short video below shows one such example of the ‘monomyth’, found in the great sci fi masterpiece: ‘The Matrix’.
This is one my all time favourite Seinfeld moments: when Kramer gets banned from the local fruit store for trying to return a bad peach. Jerry is left to buy the fruit on Kramer’s strange list for him and it is very, very funny! I work in a fruit/vegetable department at a supermarket so I find it particularly amusing how Kramer doesn’t want to have to resort to buying his fruit at the supermarket because ‘the apples are mealy, the oranges are dry, I don’t know what’s going on with the papayas!’ It’s also funny how picky Kramer is with his fruit, wanting avocados that are soft, but not too soft, and plums ‘that are red on the inside’! This is exactly how customers are when they buy their fruit, Seinfeld nailed this one.
Here are a collection of classic Simpsons clips that I found on Youtube, each one more classic than the last! There are so many great moments that it would take a team to collect them all. In contrast, i can’t find a single funny scene in any of the new Simpsons episodes… well enjoy!
Bill Hicks, one of the funniest men alive, also had a very interesting philosophy, watch this video to find that out.
This quick video by the great Alan Watts gives some very important advice to anyone who is either unsure of what career to pursue, or miserable in their current one. I cannot recommend this video enough, it contains such simple yet important message that applies to every human being living by the rules and expectations of society.
This beautiful video on enlightenment by philosopher Alan Watts discusses how enlightenment, or simply ‘waking up’ (The Buddha means ‘awake’), is a simple process that any one is capable of, yet we disallow ourselves to do it as we feel we don’t deserve it. As he eloquently puts it: “when you’re ready to wake up, you’re gonna wake up, and if you’re not ready you’re going to stay pretending that you’re just some ‘poor little me'”. This video is a wake up call to anyone who’s still asleep and doesn’t know why, or doesn’t even care. Watching this video however, will not wake you up, but hopefully will change your perspective and allow you the first step towards doing something about your lack of total happiness.
‘They say in Zen when you attain satori, nothing is left for you in that moment except to have a good laugh’
This is a great video by RSA about the nature of human and animal civilisation and how we are all connected through empathy.
Sorry for the bad quality, it’s the only clip I could find on Youtube that wasn’t in Spanish, but then again at least the picture quality matches the content; at 2:45 a dog can even be heard weeping for the Simpsons… and again at 3:17, poor dog. Whenever a new episode is on TV I can’t help but cringe at it, a lot of the time I will actually watch it till the ads just because it is so hard to stop watching your favourite show being ravaged. I literally grew up with the Simpsons, and it was something I looked forward to watching every night at 6pm. It shaped and nurtured my sense of humour, family values and my love of film. But now The Simpsons is in the same category as that friend of yours who used to be quite fit, but is now really fat; what happened to him? Why doesn’t he lose that weight? Doesn’t he know he’s fat? Why isn’t the Simpsons funny anymore? Who’s behind this!? The Simpsons used to be deviously clever, it never tried too hard to make jokes, and a lot of the jokes blew right past me as a kid, but made me fall over as an adult. For example, compare the above clip from the new Simpsons with this clip from the old Simpsons: Continue reading
This interesting video sheds light on a new and zany conspiracy theory: Feminism (we all love feminism!) was created and supported by the FBI to break up the nuclear family and to enable them to tax more than half the population. By giving women rights they are able to pursue jobs and integrate themselves into the workplace, therefore keeping them out of home as the ‘house wife’. Now, with the nuclear family broken down children spend less time with their mums and more time at schools, therefore allowing children to be ‘programmed’ at a young age by society, rather than their mums. Believe it or not? Believe it. Haha.. feminism.