Archive for December, 2008

25
Dec
08

Another Realm: 2008 Review Special

Another Realm: 2008 Review Podcast

With Cali-Otaku: SS away on Christmas break Mark and Dave ‘Tiberious’ Todd bridge the gap into the new year.  In this Christmas Special we discuss the years movies and games and what we’re looking forward to in 2009.  We also find out the main reason why Dave wants to go to Japan.

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=Q2F0K743

1:30:44 (41.5 MB)

 

Mark

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25
Dec
08

Happy Holidays

Seeing as this is officially a day off, I’ll keep this short and sweet.

Merry Christmas, Chanouka and any other holidays that I may be ignorant of.  I’ve got an extra special holiday gift for you all, that I’ll post soon.  Dave (not the Cali-Otaku one) and I recorded a 2008 review podcast last night; while it was supposed to be a short bridge for the Special New Year Edition of Cali-Otaku: SS… we kinda went on for about an hour an a half.  But there’s some awesome stuff in there, so I’ll get that edied and posted up here ASAP.

Have an awesome day folks ^^

Mark

19
Dec
08

A Metaphor

Wait… is it really classed as a metaphor if it’s this obvious…?

Plus, what does it actually mean anyway… I’m a child?  Or have the brain of one?

 This isn’t working out at all!!

*Runs*

Mark

13
Dec
08

Still Standing

Previous readers to my blog will have noticed that I made the ingenious decision to turn up late to a mock exam.  Real smart mark, reeaaal smart.  Luckily enough various meetings with the module leader have resulted in little more than a rap on the knuckles, bar the obvious looks of disappointment, so I’m still going to have to do my damn website design coursework. Argh!

It’s not that I dont like doing it, hell this is like bungee jumping compared to the 4 years of accounting that I’ve done previously, it’s just that I take my creative work (well it is, kinda) pretty damn seriously.  And pretty damn seriously means some pretty damn serious time being spent on it.

serious business

Bearing in mind I have little enough time as it is, that’s a tall order.  I’ve only recently just fixed my time machine so I can eat and sleep again, I dont wanna end up creating some paradoxes causing the very fabric of reality to be destroyed… or maybe I do want that… it’s been a hard week.

More opinionative stuff has been happening though.  In the spare time of waiting for my Delorian to heat up, you can only use a flux-capacitor so many times before it starts to be unreliable, I’ve been watching the first season of Avatar: The Last Airbender.  While it does have a rediculous name, it is rather good.  Although I’ve been avoiding it for a while, my fellow peddler of smut recommended I take some time out to watch it… and I did.

Avatar, no matter how you look at it, is aimed at a younger audience.  This means that themes such as; genocide; war; death and fear, while all mentioned, are quickly glossed over to reveal the moral heavy overtones in most episodes.  Subtlety is also another element that is quickly disposed of throughout the first half of the ‘Book of Water’ (season 1 to you and me) and if you’ve had a hearty diet of science fiction/anime/anything you can predict backgrounds to characters, future events and probable twists that will probably occur during the next 2 books.  Although I’ll have to get back you on that.

Yet, even the premise of the show seems to lack any solid impact.  The elemental use, or ‘bending’ as its referred to throughout seems horribly basic.  When introduced to ‘so called’ masters most (apart from the last 5 episodes) will consist of lifting something into the air and throwing it.  Call me crazy but thats kind of a sham.  It’s like when you go and see a magician only to have the rabbits eat through his coat pockets before he can get them in the hats!  At least in shows like Naruto masters means summoning dead bodies, monsters destroying souls etc.

I know I seem relatively harsh on this but the season does redeem itself in the last quarter.  Abilities become more interesting, characters (Especially Zuko the banished prince from the fire country) become more developed and less of a dull 2d walking cliché and all the elements of the previous 15 episodes are slowly wound up  into something alot more gratifying.

If the show were limited to these 20 episodes then I doubt it would be worth the hype that it’s garnered throughout the animation community.  However, considering there is another 40 episodes to come and that things are seriously beginning to pick up pace, the prospect of watching a second season becomes that little bit more exciting.

Mark

11
Dec
08

Late to the Party

Seeing as I’ve got ten minutes left before I need to go face the music for turning up late to a mock exam I can update a little on here.

This isn’t livejournal or myspace, so I’ll keep the horrific sentimental bullshit to a minimum. Its been an odd week, I say that because it really has. Up one minute then complete “WTF!?” for the rest. But hey, I bring these things on myself…

So with that, I’m off to go and probably get a warning or booted from the course (hazzah!), at least that would solve my website design coursework problems.

Mark

Oh and new podcast will be recorded at somepoint, chances are I’ll be giving this one a miss though.

08
Dec
08

4 steps to success

Blatently stolen from stumble:
  1. Remember your training
  2. Don’t fuck around
  3. Don’t give up – don’t ever give up
  4. ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE

Thought that was kinda cool

Mark

05
Dec
08

Cali-Otaku: SS Podcast 02/12/08

Cali-Otaku: SS Podcast: 02/12/08

Finally recovered from Auchinawa; Cali-otaku are back to discuss what they’ve been watching, the games that they’ve been playing and Cali-Otaku’s first even of the semester.  Also, Mark introduces a little internet culture to the group, through his addiction to twitter.

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=5H8YWP45
Length: 0:57:27 (26.3MB)

Dont forget you can send comments, questions or just tell us about your day at cali-otakuss@live.co.uk

 

Mark




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