Monday, December 13, 2010

Leonardo Da Vinci (Part 1 of 18)


If I can draw in correct anatomical proportion, a man, a woman, a child, even an animal...without fear or hesitation, and quickly, confident as if the wind itself moves my spirit and hand; then I am successfully celebrating my purpose for Christmas...for every waking hour It is for me.

Merry Christmas for all the days to come from here, where I sit and where I ponder, wherever it takes me. I celebrate with Leonardo.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Disney Epic Mickey



Once upon a wasteland, Mickey sets foot with no more than paint, a nunchuk brush, and some thinner to save himself and his long-forgotten Disney friends from the evil Blot he inadvertently creates.
  This game title premise alone is cinematically enthralling enough for the purchase kill!
  Question now is To buy & Not to Die.  But How?  That costs about $100.00 alone!  [of Real Money!]   


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BONUS Feature (try to see the "hidden mickey"):
What Mickey Mouse Money means in the Philippine vernacular


More on Mickey Mouse Money here!  And here! ~0)
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Poor Filipino worker! 
Not wanting to end this blog-exposé on a sad note however, 
maybe tomorrow, I shall buy real house paint, 2 brushes and thinner
...for much-needed home improvement (even Mickey knows!)
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This Just In !!! (for Today, November 25, 2010)

Epic Mickey - Guardian Review

4 out of 5 Stars   

Nintendo Wii; £39.99; U; Disney Interactive

Way to go, Mickey!
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Saturday, October 16, 2010

How I Tackle The News, A Possible Guide on How You Would Too (given you were me!)

(An Essay in Two Parts)
       “Talk about empathy…”
                                                                                 ---Me, Ado (recently)

If your world is defined by the News,
Carefully articulated by BBC World even...and you know it's true
British Broadcasting Corporation
Then you know life is beset with bad news and you're actually there ready to face it 
intrepidly, if only by sitting on your couch and tuning in.

If there's one constant thing in life and you are increasingly made aware of it; it's natural disasters, banking or money problems, political factions,
government dissatisfactions, and massive human fails!
In one word or two: Bad News!  Everywhere.  Anytime !
(Courtesy of BBC and other news outfits/presses)

In this technologically advancing global village we live in
(for we simply couldn't stop the industrial wheel from moving forward any more 
than we'd like to go back to the "reassuring times” of the Middle Ages perhaps
or if you would prefer, the time of Jesus Christ himself; 
Where air pollution and television realities were unheard of), 
We just couldn't get away from facing the News, which by default, is Bad and
sometimes given to us in plain and simple English.

You may be holding a shiny new iPad in your hands while leisurely sipping sweet hot espresso in your immaculately white
living room divan (or your favorite Chesterfield/Starbucks Cafe place);
but you're still looking at Sudanese people suffer in Genocidal Proportions
or some Featured Atrocity taking place in a Third World country somewhere...
and more than simply being stunned, you find yourself completely helpless
by the terrible news and simply shun away from it all ! 
Truly a proposition unheard of even in the time of Jimmy Carter just several years back
…when things or events were relatively less intense! 
(You can correct me on this…but this is my own personal reality.)

Face it, People of the World! 
This is the modern, Present Times;
New Reality or even World Order ! 
All at once perilous and exciting if you think about it

We're all breathing the same Air, even if Mountain may be more
exhilarating than City to some noticeable degree and benefit ! 
But with the way things have been speeding up lately,
It might not be long before one catches up with the other...
technologies and world Winds i.e.!

So C'mon people and Blog Readers from All over! Unite with Me on this one!

Now a word on different Views or how different people would “look” at things:

If you were a regularly-employed working class Pessimist and didn't believe 
Too much of anything and in anything except maybe the delight of 
seeing your cat play funny tricks or poses for you as you reach home,
but considered most of the world as crap going down The Hole anyway, 
then you've somehow accepted that 95% of the earth (percentage a variable 
number leaning closer to the value of absolutely 100% Sure with a 
plus or minus 5% margin for error) is truly wasteland 
comprised of  "wasted" and wasteful people (in a figurative way, of course!)
It would be a good idea therefore to embrace the general darkness of 
your surroundings and be wily enough to see in the dark
In other words, cope despite! Or as things are with you, cope with spite !

Now if you are an Optimist bent on seeing the light of day no matter what (calamity) 
is out there; you still have to accept the fact that there could be no light where 
there is no darkness and the good contrast usually occurs with a just a little amount 
of luminosity or brilliance standing out in literally a sea engulfed in darkness. 
(For e.g. Imagine lighting a candle instead of cursing your Electric Co. 
in times of brownouts or visualizing Disney's "I'll be your candle in the water..." 
theme song and please use the better of your imaginations!
Thinking beyond the obvious or "actual scene" and thinking Inspirational thoughts 
is what usually sets the true Optimist apart from and above the rest, 
...and don't they just love this! 
Being one and being so self-assured, you would look at life with 
such sophisticated discernment, the whole world would seem
almost white to the point of being white-washed! 
I'm straying from the point I know and sometimes it just feels good for me to do so, but the fact remains that even with things so nice, neat and perfect... 
perfectly clear and white i.e.; 5% of your so-called "everything" 
would still be comprised of black or darkness, blotchiness and mess,
ugliness and sadness…not that there’s anything wrong with that!  Heavens no!
The point is you’ve somehow managed to keep things in good perspective.

The basic point however, of distinguishing one “popular approach” from the other, is that things All boil down to a matter of distribution and allocation
the Pessimist being more aware of life's looming eventualities that hang over him 
like droopy wet laundry under overcast skies, getting ready for it and
coping and going through life albeit dismally; 

and the Optimist focusing largely on light or white, beauty and brilliance if only 
not to lose his personal Poise or Gracefulness, a very conscious, active; deliberate 
choice on matters at hand ! Life is a combination of light and dark and there's just NO 
getting around this, except by accepting it and taking a stand and sticking to it
& this is what defines you. 
Hang on as I babble at his point!
Now that we're on the subject of popular "views" and "viewpoints",                    
one not necessarily being better than the other but still open
to a fair mental quarrel, the word Pragmatic just pops up, doesn't it?!!
Pragmatists would define themselves as neither belonging to an 
opposing "extreme" by nature of choosing not to be pigeonholed to
one popular Polarity or mental set (not that I’m hinting at any
psychological disorder or clinical condition...and if so, what if I am?) 
or simply wanting to be a centrist, considering himself fair and balanced 
all the way and perfectly Practical !

Pragmatists would allocate 50% to light and 50% to darkness, no matter how boring 
the consequences may be or it's obvious predictable consistency because this is precisely 
what they're after: maintaining an even keel to control life’s turbulent incursions!

Nothing adamant, colorful or intense...to the point of being looked upon
as absurd by your polar counterpart!  Just keeping your cool ! 
A Mondrian
Re-imagine Mondrian shapes if you may, in alternating black and white and 
uneven sequences or Even Gray Boxes arranged and looking like a chess board. 
It's by all means a valid stance and truly appealing especially
to the self-proclaimed and openly gregarious amongst us!
__________________

Now that I've laid down the premise of how one looks at the news, or even how 
I would tackle the dailies if you will, let me go on...

... & Share with you my personal "take" on a relatively run-of-the-mill news story on 33 Chilean miners trapped in an old,
run-down mine...or one would think so. 
It's a run-of-the-mill story because it's a common occurrence 
to be trapped inside a mine, for God's sake! 
How many times have you heard on no mishaps ever happening
inside or surrounding deeply-dug holes??!! 
Presumably, there will be more mishaps than “happy endings”
with stories concerning mines!
It’s part of the nature of working so deep and underground!

But this has captured my imagination as well as curiosity,
as I'm sure others' as well, due in large part because
of keeping up and sticking with 
the News and getting updated on What's Happening right now! 
This is just a line break and its obligatory link
Part Deux:  Or why I am so intrigued by the Story

On   Miners  and   Mining.
On Working and Wanting.
. . .   M   O   R   E   !

(A Reflection on The Recent Successful Chilean Mining Salvage Operation 
that captured the imagination of a worldwide audience!
As seen all across BBC and the Globe!
~~~ As told by Me Me Me
But which you can do as Well Well ~Well !!!)

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
We are all Miners
Trapped in the chambers of our own Existence;
Trapped in the deep intricate caverns of our own Making;
Waiting and Wanting to be Lifted out of our own Laborious, at times 
sSSuffocatingly dark dungeons that we dug up Ourselves...


Making it Home for a few months at a time...


Not knowing when the true light of day has come or if it has indeed set,
Not being anymore aware of what a Daisy's touch can do to calloused fingers 
or even a heart so badly beaten...by endless work!


For having toiled this earth in search of treasures literally untold not by the bulk 
but through trickles; we trudge along not entirely willing but resigned, 
and hope for the best...like maybe not being consumed long before you can consume...
not being exhumed before excavation...you know the drill, so to speak...

(...to be continued tomorrow) 
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
...although tomorrow never comes. 
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
("not in these here mines, they don't") 
[insert graphic here: :^}]
Nov 8, 2010 is Snow White's Birthday

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

From Capcom Unity

I was just missing this Cody character from SSF4
and a few more delectable accessories/memorabilia from Amazon.com,
not that I regret my rather belated Street Fighter IV PS3-BD purchase
(w/c I recently discovered was so 2009)!  
Behold!  A treasure trove of all things Street Fighter which I'm so wishing I owned
[not really but I can only relish on the notion] !

  

Friday, October 1, 2010

Thursday's Man has far to go...

Marvel at Thor's Heavenly Body...Of Work!

My fascination with Gods and Mythology continues...
and actually began yesterday.  Oops!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Family Flintstone. Ah! The Boodylicious Days.

Flintstone 50th Anniversary Google Doodle (only for Sept. 30, 2010)
If for no reason than"liked", I am posting this blurb.

Read The Guardian Write-up here

Friday, September 3, 2010

Voltes V - Horie Mmitsuko Live 2000

One of the easiest ways to learn Japanese, sing your favorite Japanese theme song for starters. Let's Volt In! One of the Seventies' first and best anime offerings, that caused the ire of President Marcos himself

Thursday, August 26, 2010

On Tablets

Wrought Iron Cat

If there's one thing I noticed about me lately, I've been wanting devices similar to an Apple iPad, the latest digital craze, like the new Android 2.2 tablet from Samsung coming out in September, etc...any tablet for that matter.  I've been wanting, but I really am not properly funded, nor do I really need one right away.

To appreciate what I already have in my possession (since 2003 I believe), I have revived and revisited my VIEWSONIC Tablet PC and naturally drew something on it, something I've wanted to do for a long time.  Last night, after installing and uninstalling an anti-virus software (because I noticed it was becoming a resource hog for a by-now-old-machine), I fired up my best pirated drawing software ALIAS on it and drew this wrought iron cat plant holder until the batteries ran out.  This was the length of time this particular illustration took to make.  I know it needs more work but I posted it just the same to see how it would look published.  So here it is and hopefully, more to come...

TED Talks: Jamie Oliver


Early this year, Jamie Oliver was awarded the TED Prize for his unrelenting passion to teach people to eat good, healthy, quality food...so we live longer lives (period).  His Prize wish is to teach every child about food...teach them young so they don't succumb to early heart attacks, modern world's current prostration (exclamation point)...that starts with baneful obesity!!!

The importance of having a healthy fit body is closely linked with one's state of mental well-being...which when applied to many, ultimately translates to how we affect world outcomes. Hope for the future begins with you.  Don't look further than your dining table, or if you're increasingly "on-the-go", what you're going to eat for later.

I don't know how to get this point across myself any more than people like Jamie Oliver have dedicated their lives to doing.  But for now, let's all give Jamie a listen.  He does you.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Doughnut burger, fried butter, new foods at state fairs

Note:  This video is not available to be shown in this country...for good reason perhaps.  It sounds and looks preposterous!

My Comment:  What about pickle RELISH???!!?

Sunday, July 18, 2010

FIGHT!!!!

Street Fighter IV
F-I-G-H-T ! ! !


Friday, July 2, 2010

Thursday, July 1, 2010

From Chairman Meow's Pussycat Lounge!

This is just an Ode to Joy!  There's probably mee-owre!  Join Chairman's Meow's facebook page nee-ow for cat-nappy past times!  It was created and being maintained by a cool HS schoolmate.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Portraits of Celebrity Weirdness






Now here's my style of drawing, or painting...whatever.

Featured here:

1) No one wants to play Sega with Harrison Ford;
2) Mr. Noodle with David Schwimmer;
3) Anguish (of Michael Landon)
4) Uncanny Valley with Nic Cage hugging a Macaque monkey and;
5) Lazy Sunday Afternoon just hanging around Christopher Walken fiddling around in his garage.

These are featured artworks done in traditional Oil by Brandon Bird (Newsweek's featured Artist of the...Week?) but more than the style of painting, it's how the stars were depicted in a certain light or light-heartedness...and perhaps this is how I would depict them too.

If only I could :-}

In the meantime, I just made Walken my current Wallpaper.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

And Speaking of Monsters




Here are The Repuglicans: 61 monster paintings by Pete Von Sholly with YouTube Slideshow Preview.

The folks caricaturized in Repuglicans don't deserve to be depicted as famished ghouls, white-eyed vampires, drooling werewolfs, and rotting zombies. What I mean is, they aren't worthy of the fantastic 1960s monster-trading-card treatment bestowed upon them by veteran storyboarder Pete Von Sholly. In the same way that Mad magazine only parodied good TV shows and movies, this kind of honor should be reserved for good people.

In any case, it's still a treat to pore over the hilariously doctored images of Roger Ailes, Glenn Beck, Dick Cheney, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, and 55 other power-hungry fear-mongers.

As Steve Tatham (who wrote the commentary to the book) writes in his introduction:
There are 55 million Republicans in the United States. Most of them are decent, honorable people. The Republican limited government, state's rights, traditional American values, pro-business political philosophy is a reasonable and worthwhile set of beliefs. Real Republicans and real Democrats share a common goal: they want the United States to be a better place for all its people. The Republican party has its fair share of towering intellects and inspiring heroes. None of them are described in the pages that follow.
Buy Repuglicans on Amazon.com

Courtesy Boing Boing

To Celebrate South Africa World Cup 2010...or World Hunger Day

Monday, June 28, 2010

EATEN!


Film of the Week for The World SF Blog.  A Film by Israeli Director Elad Rath feat Sci-Fi Writer Nir Yaniv as the Monster!  Grrrrrreatt!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Nice one!

Contra/Tetris animated awesomeness by Tvigle!  ---Agent M

via thedailywhat:
Animated Short of the Day: Russian marketing firm and world-renowned video game masher-uppers Tvigle are back once again with an ad for whatever which features the unholy union of Contra and Tetris.
Tvigle are similarly world-renowned for taking their stuff off YouTube, so watch it while it’s up. And by watch it, I mean watch it.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

More Wishful Thinking

iPad Accessory B.C. (Before Carry-Out!)

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Part of my Curiosity Wish list.  Muy expensivo on the Kindle:  Kindle Price: $8.47 & includes international wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet

Soon to HIT your Screens!  Maybe I'll just hold out for that one.

Time to heed my Daily Feng Shui Tip

Hi Adorina! Here is your Daily Feng Shui Tip for Wednesday, May 19

Someone needs to tell my teenager and his friends that today is 'No Dirty Dishes Day' so that we can all co-exist like happy little clams under the same roof. In fact, according to Feng Shui, the kitchen should be kept spic and span since it's so heavily associated with health, happiness and abundance. The secret side of Feng Shui maintains that the flow of energy through your kitchen actually affects the negative or positive life force energy that comes from the food you eat. According to this Chinese energy theory, the amount and the quality of the Chi that's stored in your food rates more highly on the 'health' scale than the nutritional value and makeup! That's not to say that this energy theory ignores the value of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, it just places the energetic qualities of your food above all else. That means that we need to take a good look at the appliances that traditionally cook that food, and most specifically at the oven. This one piece is considered the most important factor in the whole kitchen, as it's also where the cook both physically and energetically creates the meals and menus. This is also where Oriental cultures associated healthy food with money. They believe that the space where the stove sits is the home's 'energy generator,' the place where the cook meets the food that meets the fire that creates the sustenance for strength, stamina, health and nourishment for the breadwinner. Unless you're my son, you're getting the picture. Keep the stove immaculately clean. Fire up each burner at least once a day. And, if so inclined, affix a small mirror atop the backwash to 'double' your abundance, making sure that it stays very clean as well. You'll sure to be kept fat and happy if you do all or any of these 'cures.' Proverbially, of course!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Saturday, March 13, 2010

See more Move in Sports Champions dev diary

See more Move in Sports Champions dev diary

by JC Fletcher PS3

PlayStation Move requires 1-2 MB of system memory

PlayStation Move requires 1-2 MB of system memory

Sony's GDC panel "Introducing the PlayStation Motion Controller was exactly that: An introduction to the newly named Move peripheral. David Coombes, Kirk Bender and Anton Mikhailov showcased a number of impressive tech demos, many of which demonstrated the Move's incredible precision and low latency. One of the most impressive demos showcased full body tracking using an on-screen body puppet, not unlike one of Project Natal's tech demos.

Body tracking is made possible by combining the Move and PS3's head tracking capability. According to the presentation, the PS3 can also detect faces, going so far as to identify individuals through face contour and feature detection. The software will be able to recognize gender, age, smiles and when eyes open and close.

Coombes explained that all the calculations necessary to handle image processing are done by the Cell CPU, which apparently excels at the doing floating point calculations. The raw data can be processed incredibly quickly by the PS3, taking "under a frame" to translate to a game experience. And while Mikhailov didn't reveal how much of the CPU's overall power the Move controller requires, he did reveal that the memory demands are truly "insignificant" -- 1-2 MB of system memory.

Friday, March 12, 2010

PlayStation Move's Sports Champions

Hands-on: PlayStation Move's Sports Champions

Click for the gallery of Champions

You might think it derisive to call Sports Champions (working title) the Wii Sports of PlayStation Move, but it's really intended as a compliment. Although the collection of sports-themed games are relatively simple, they adequately highlight the Move's motion-sensing capabilities and, most importantly, how they're distinguished from those offered by the Wii (something that another Move game, The Shoot, did not do). Like Wii Sports, Sports Champions seems good at selling you on the hardware's abilities -- and what they might mean in more elaborate games.

The Gladiator Duel sub-game is a simple affair of blocking and attacking (your character moves towards the opponent automatically), but the Move will take into account the height of your swings and the positioning of your shield (generated by a second Move controller). It'll also sense distance -- if you don't hold your weapon arm back, it'll swing into your own shield to deleterious effect. Aside from swinging and blocking, you can also move both arms upwards to activate a jumping attack, or shuffle the controllers to the side in order to roll out of the way from an incoming strike. Basic stuff, but natural enough to not come across as a tacked-on gesture.

Table Tennis was more promising, and easily bested the Wii's equivalent. Your paddle's angle and area of exposure is almost instantly determined by how you're holding the controller. The Move's weight, coupled with the game's quick response and predictable physics, made every swing feel ... just right. It'll be a shame if a table tennis game turns out to be one of the best launch games for Move, but at least it'll stand out as one of the best of its ilk. That's a win, right?

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The best news is the only news for me. Ping-pong with this ping-pong look-alike controller is the best game for Sports Champions, the game title I am quietly anticipating. I just hope this one doesn't come out solely as a starter kit (that costs $100).