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    Tuesday
    Mar132012

    Commercial Break: HK Street Sharks

    HK Street Sharks from SeaShepherd HK on Vimeo.

     

     

    Living in an age where my generation can't wait to glom to the next trendiest, yet rebellious movement. I'm wondering how many who viewed this:

     

    • Found the director annoying.
    • Found the not-so-cleverly edited score to be overtly manipulative.
    • Wondered, just how delicious shark fin soup really is.
    • Wondered how thousands of shark fins just casually winds up on a sidewalk.
    • Tried their best to not make a Shark Tale or TinFins joke

     

    If one of those thoughts entered your cynical brain, then you are a terrible person. A terrible person, of whom I could find friendship in.

    Sometimes, the ills of man are kinda worth laughing at. Apologies to those who were offended and genuinely care about the well-being of shark fins. I strongly endorse caring for all animals, equally, across the board. Even those ugly ones and the ones that could chomp our faces off without a second look. 

    See? I'm not so bad.

    TinfinsTinfinsTinfinsTinfins...

    Monday
    Mar052012

    What Is The Role Of The Photographer?

     

    [Props to Ruben Salvadori winning Milan's Photo Dreaming contest.]

     

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    Thursday
    Mar012012

    The Freak & The Geek: Games Journalism's Coverage Of Sub-Cultures



    [I mean, I say “sub-cultures,” but I know why you’re here. ]

    In the previous days the well-read and progressive-thinking ventured to the seediest part of town to catch a dog and pony show, respectively. Only a handful know of it, and are privileged when invited. These writing dignitaries stared into a cage rife with filth and a stench that could conjure convulsive dry heaves. When they looked in, they saw a beast that resembled a human, but clearly wasn’t capable of acting like one.

    A malnourished, feral child looks back at the visitors through a cage. It’s seasoned. It knows what faces to make and what songs to sing. But it also knows that these people are only here to see that one special trick. The freak is the main attraction, and always has been the main attraction for this one trick. When the well-dressed visitors pay their pence, the host hands the freak a whole chicken.

    SNAP! Without a second thought, that chicken’s head is off and is making it’s way through the sharpened teeth of the freak’s foul-smelling mouth. The visitors look in disgust, but they still look. They call it names. They can’t believe it’s existence. They shuffle and scoot closer. The freak picks the fowl apart meticulously, not forgetting a bone or sinewy tendon. It’s trick is over. A crass belch is let out and for any who continue to gaze, the freak gazes back.

    Only this time, the freak threw the bones back. “You’re the freak. I’m the geek.”

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    Sunday
    Feb262012

    Commercial Break: Processed Food vs Whole Foods -- Inside Of You

     

    One day me and some dancing buddies were waiting in line at an IHOP talking about cancer. Because, you know, what else would some twenty-somethings talk about while waiting to fill ourselves with sugary-fried goodness? 

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    Saturday
    Feb252012

    Commercial Break: Eager Scientist vs. Lava Lake

     

    When I was a kid, I had this eschewed vision of what lava could do. I had weird fantasies of lining up my toys next to the base of a volcano and watching the toxic plastic, become deformed representations of what Hasbro initially sold my mom. Not for once thinking that my shoes, feet and legs would be destroyed in the process of watching my toys turn to ash. I've always wanted to get close enough to touch a "super-teensy" portion and taste it. Because when you're a kid you think lava tastes like hot orange sherbert.

    Which, even in theory, is a terrible taste to imagine. When I see this eager scientist running up to the lava lake. I see an educated man tapping into that child that [momentarily] threw away logic and is dead-set on putting is toys as close to destruction as possible.

    It's cool that he got the sample and can study the inner-workings of how our planet reacts to our existence. I'd still like to see what lava does to some die-cast metal though.

    Enjoy

    Saturday
    Feb182012

    Short Documentary: The Death & Life Of Radiotron

    TRACES NO.1: YOUTH BREAK CENTER, INC. / RADIOTRON from maya santos on Vimeo.

     

    An event, I've always wanted to photograph and participate in Radiotron. I only knew of it via VHS tapes [and now DVDs]. I remember talking to West Coast bboys and bgirls years back, who said there has always been a movement to continue throwing events and gatherings in the name of Radiotron. Though the original building has been destroyed and turned into a strip mall, the people who truly care about keeping a community are still doing great things [Radiotron.org].

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    Monday
    Feb132012

    Chronicle Review -- Found Footage Failure

    Poor Chronicle. It takes a special kind of movie to make nose-bleeding, telekinetics look boring as s**t.

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    Sunday
    Feb122012

    Commercial Break: Animatronic Baby, Future Terminator

     

    Really think about that baby next to you, or in you, or possibly the one you're married to. Think about it. Wouldn't life be so much easier if that baby was a robot? I mean, look how adorbable the little fella is. Look at how it learns about the environment while playfully swimming on it's back.

    It probably just uploaded the schematics of the room it's in. You know, for the future cybernetic humonid take over?

    Monday
    Feb062012

    Video: S**t David Jaffe Says

     

    [Fast forward to the 4:15 minute mark]
    I'm a huge of David Jaffe. Speaking as someone who consistently puts his foot in his mouth on a regular basis, especially in regards to things that I'm very passionate about.

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    Thursday
    Feb022012

    Audio Files: Cornelius, James, Riley and Castor

    Winston Riley was one of many artists we lost tragically in recent weeks. Excuse me if I make a big deal about it.
    Within the past two weeks the musical genres of Funk, Soul, Reggae and R&B lost some notable figures. All figures that were introduced to me at a very young age. Below is a tribute to their music and a few words as to how Etta James, Winston Riley, Don Cornelius and Jimmy Castor -- have all made an impact on my life in some odd way.

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