Wednesday, April 25, 2012

dying onstage

knot? or knife?

well, ok, the knife guy didn't actually die.

but the audience did applaud the realistic "special effects."

i wonder if they were cheering for the hanging guy while he kicked and pissed his life away too.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

the banana of the future

just read a post over at boingboing about what would happen if all the cavendishes (the standard western banana, which are apparently genetically identical) in the world get wiped out, just as their predecessors, the gros michaels, did.

the heir apparent? this little guy:

isn't that a senorita?

Monday, April 16, 2012

the end of blogs

from xkcd:

i have never understood the attraction of tumblr. it's like a blog, only you can't comment?

Sunday, April 15, 2012

video: budjette tan talks trese and his creative process

brought to you by the la salle students behind panelmag, an online magazine about pinoy comics.

i especially enjoyed his comparison of a long-term comics writer-artist relationship to marriage.

Monday, April 9, 2012

i did not like the hunger games.

i mean the book.


i was expecting to read about a heroine plunged against her will into a deadly game of combat and survival. but what i got instead is some kind of bizaare prom queen story. plain jane is selected! she is given a nice dress and is the center of everyone's attention! which hunk will she choose? will she become prom queen despite the odds?

i did not like how katniss went from kitten-drowning outlaw to rose-kissing, dress-twirling, camera-conscious media darling literally overnight.

can we please stop with the titles? "the boy who lived." "the girl who was on fire." howsabout "the reader who rolled his eyes"?

i did not like how the other tributes had no personality at all. the strongest, funniest, most interesting character in the book was actually peeta. but with a name like that who cares.

i did not like how the actual games' narrative was driven neither by the human interaction/tension amongst the tributes nor katniss' resourcefulness and ingenuity but rather these lazy, artificial plot devices like cornucopias, game master brush fires, and silver parachutes.

those effing silver parachutes. deux-ex-machina in a bottle.

el cheapo sci-fi bits like "artificial fire" and "muttations" that aren't explained properly and ultimately go nowhere.

the hunger games are glorified, despite the author's efforts. we are supposed to be appalled by what goes on, but we end up buying into the concept and cheering for katniss to win anyway. the book gives in to the games. how can we be horrified by all these kids being forced to kill each other, when except for two or three, the author makes no effort to portray them as human beings?

and i do not accept the "it's YA fiction" excuse. king arthur is considered a children's story these days, and it deals with murder and infidelity pretty head-on and in much more depth than this fluff. if it's a good story, it's a good story. "young adult" is just a shelf in the bookstore.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

de flying car! de flying car!

if you grew up watching M.A.S.K. like me, you probably wanted one of these:

(it's called condor, by the way)
well, soon we may be seeing these things in commercial production:

as close as it's going to get, i think.
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