Monday, January 31, 2011

These crazy Japanese game shows

It's a bit hard to believe that the Japanese in these game shows come from the same race as those gruff, humorless soldiers who terrorized my grandparents  and this nation during World War II. There's a disconnect: where did all of this crazy Japanese humor come from? Was it always in there but submerged under layers of patriotism and Emperor worship? Or is this a reaction to the horrors of the conflict -- a national loosening of the necktie / kimono sash?

This needs to be studied further -- but for now, let me get some more of these videos!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Evolution of Nicolas Cage's Hair

Everyone goes through bad haircut periods in their lives. For most of us, this was probably in the Eighties. Maybe even into the Nineties. Thankfully for most of us, those days are far away, forgotten, buried in half-remembered memories. Unless you have friends who religiously dig up their old photoalbums and make digital scans and put them up on Facebook, your past hair transgressions are a thing of, well, the past.

Too bad Nicolas Cage can't enjoy the same freedoms.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The weirdest beverage you'll never drink this year

Introducing MeatWater, "high efficiency survival drinks" that come in a variety of non-drink flavors. Like what you ask? How about cheeseburger, Thai beef salad, Caribbean shrimp salad, Peking duck, escargots, Italian meatballs, etc. Check out the rest of the flavors here. Or not.

No indicator on the website whether these things actually have any meat in them -- but I suppose they'd be non-meat really. Otherwise these'd be called soups. Incidentally, they're better taken warm, according to the founder, in an article found  here.


Sunday, January 02, 2011

RPG Metanoia : A Must Watch Movie

Just came from the movies with my 8 year old daughter and I must say that RPG Metanoia is quite possibly one of the best Pinoy animated films ever made. (That's an exaggeration, I know.)

Plot-wise, it's your classic "kids saving the world" story. But the way it's put together is quite fun. Since I don't want to spoil it for you, you'll need to watch it to see what actually happens.

What I'll do share is how I enjoyed seeing Pinoy life captured on film and immortalized for this generation's kids who need to see things such as the protagonist doing his household chores (seriously, how many kids nowadays still have these?) and Pinoy games like patintero, sipa, tumbang preso, piko, taguan, agawan base (do YOU remember them?). An aside: it was also amusing to see the hero ride a tricycle and to have daing na bangus for dinner! Oh, and I almost forgot, his weapon of choice is a -- get this -- a yoyo (which depending on who you believe, is an ancient Filipino weapon.)

The animation is quite good -- which is to be expected since a lot of foreign companies actually outsource their animation to the Philippines and have been doing so since the 80's. What I didn't expect is the sheer number of scenes in the movie -- that was a lot to animate, and they didn't scrimp or cheat their way out of it. (They took four years to do it, incidentally.)

So having said that, my point is: watch RPG Metanoia with your kids. Buy the merchandise when it comes out. These kinds of efforts have to be supported.  (If you need more convincing, read this review   and this one as well.)

With a film of this level and quality coming from Ambient Media and Thaumatrope Animation, it's safe to say that I wait with bated breath for their next outing. Hopefully, it doesn't have to take another four years.

You know you're a Star Wars geek when...

1. You get excited over a created lightsaber video! (Found this via Gizmodo, btw)

(Pretty cool, yes? Imagine how fun it would be to play with this at home.
Then again, it's not very useful. Which is why this next one might be lightyears more useful for you.)

2. Or a lightsaber umbrella! (Via ThinkGeek)

(But if you just want a lightsaber to play with, without having to go through the trouble of making one yourself or waiting for the rains to come so you can play with your umbrella, there's always Amazon: Star Wars Clone Wars Grievous Spinning LightsaberStar Wars Force FX Lightsaber Darth VaderStar Wars Force FX Lightsaber AnakinStar Wars Darth Vader Force Action Lightsaber )

3. You feel a need to click on some search term or link that says "You know you're a Star Wars geek when..." which is the reason that you got to this page in the first place!

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