Merlin, Ogers and Disappearing Food
Have you ever been in a social situation where eating the contents of your plate is required but not desired? If you are planning on throwing the food into the water heed my warning.
While watching Merlin episode 205 Beauty and the Beast: Part One Lady Catrina being an ogre finds human food revolting. She has to eat to keep up pretenses with the king. While picnicking she tosses the food from her plate into the river to give the appearance of having eaten the food. Warning this will not always work.
As a small ogre or as some might mistake a child I would refuse to eat vegetables, they were repulsive. My parents decided to imprison me at the dinner table until the vegetables were eaten. I sat near the fish tank. Fish eat plants so I figured they would eat vegetables too.
When my parents weren't looking I would secret some of the vegetables into the tank. After a while my plate was cleared and I retreated into my cave (basement). Several hours later I heard the dreaded howl from my mother. She found the vegetables floating at the top of the tank. The fish had failed me and I was busted. She loves telling this tale.
That is my warning. If you wish to try and clear your plate don't presume throwing it into a body of water will remove the evidence.
9 is a stitchPunk, Tim Burton, movie that is in a post apocalyptic setting about the struggle of life to persevere:
The time is the too-near future. Powered and enabled by the invention known as the Great Machine, the world’s machines have turned on mankind and sparked social unrest, decimating the human population before being largely shut down. But as our world fell to pieces, a mission began to salvage the legacy of civilization; a group of small creations was given the spark of life by a scientist in the final days of humanity, and they continue to exist post-apocalypse. -official site
Here are 3 Good Trailers Looking at 9. I'm very curious about this movie, the idea sounds very interesting though I have some reservations about it.
The look of the setting is inspiring but what are we to expect from a Tim Burton Film. I just don't know about the sock puppets and the robots. I don't know if I can relate on the emotional level needed for this film with the 9. My hope is that in context of the entire film they won't look so unempathetic especially since we are dealing with the topics of hope and survival of humanity in the face of an apocalypse.
The promotion for this movie has also been a mixed bag. I love all of the web work done, the site is a little flash heavy causing slowdown and times but it is fun and emmersive into the setting. I love how they used the old timey clips to help entice the audience into discovering what horrors happened to create the post appolopytic setting.
I was very disappointed with the clips released though, read more here: New Clips for 9 and A Letter From a Fan. Now that a lot of the biggest opposition robots have been shown in a lot of detail and how the 9 defeat them I have less of a reason to watch the movie.
Looking Behind The Curtain
To put on the mythic lenses for a moment, lets look at what the film has promised us. I should expect to see the themes of:
- run away science intending to do good but cause harm
- the military industrial complex bringing about an apocalypse
- robots rising up and killing off humans
- the perseverance of the human spirit and it's amazing adaptability
What is missing from all of the materials is which side of the fence this film is supposed to fall on. I want to see either:
- A dark tale warning us about the dangers put forth in this film and their final depressing outcome. In the end 9 human spirit possessed puppets are not enough to perpetuate humanity at best they could live forever to spread our names throughout history like warning beacons for future civilizations.
- Or a tale of hope with maybe the discovery of a hidden population large enough to perpetuate the species with the lessons learned.
What I don't get is how this is a tale of good verses evil that I want to partake in. From all of the promotional material it looks like evil has won and there is no hope for the future even if the 9 succeed in their task. Why should I care? That is why this is definitely a renter for I will want to see how it is pulled off but I don't know if I will watch it in the theaters.
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Twilight - The Movie
I know that you've all read a book that really speaks to you. One that has reached into your soul and made you feel like you were one of the characters. You've waited with immense anticipation as movie rumors start and then the trailers begin. Only a fan can know how it feels to watch the opening credits roll on the film adaptation of your most beloved book. Tingles go up your spine as you grip the arm rests. You aren't embarrassed as a prominent smile comes across your face because you are surrounded by others who are just as enthused. I can still remember the thrill of the premiere of Interview With The Vampire. For me, the buildup for Twilight was the same. Sadly, seeing Twilight was NOT the thrill of a lifetime. In fact, if I didn't love the books so much, I doubt if I would have stayed. I had some worries after watching the trailers, hoping that the "teenage" flavor of the story that I was seeing wouldn't translate on screen. Unfortunately, they did go very young. The books were written in a much more mature style. Bella was the only character I saw who acted somewhat like a REAL teenager. The actors chosen for her high school friends were laughable. I don't think, if you took Edward out of this film, that any teenager would think this was a good waste of a Friday night. The screen writing, or the way the high school students were directed (I can't tell which) was very Disney sit-com style. I can't blame the whole cast for this, I just think the styling and direction were lacking somehow. It was almost like they focused only on Bella and Edward and the rest of the cast was an afterthought. Even the scenes where Bella wasn't with Edward seemed phoned in.
- A major pet peeve I have with any vampire movie is when they make the vamps look like they are in costumes. There were hints of this all through the story.
- The actor playing Jasper didn't do a bad job, but looked like the Gene Wilder version of Willy Wonka. From the description in the book I was imagining him more like Cash from Kindred: The Embraced. Although his acting seemed to fit the Jasper character, his styling made him seem freakish. I kept getting flashbacks of Edward Scissorhands after he drinks alcohol. Also, they missed a big opportunity in that they never showed that Jasper has the ability to change the emotions of people around him.
- Jacob's hair extensions were done so badly, I kept getting distracted by them and couldn't pay attention to what he was saying.
- Alice should have been more goth.
- Dr. Cullen's dye job was horrible. Perhaps if it was done correctly and with a better hair cut, he wouldn't have looked like such a Tom Cruise impersonator.
- The section where Edward was jumping all around and showing his "sparkly" chest was a bit much. In the book, he didn't reveal all of it so quickly, though I suppose they had the movie time restraint on them. Edward isn't the sort of guy to jump all around like a kid. He is more reserved. I think the Edward in the book might have punched out movie Edward if he had witnessed how stupid he was being.
- The "sparkly" chest was rather disturbing. The book made it sound like he was glass or crystal in the sun. The effects they used in this movie were as if someone had accidentally spilled glitter all over him.
- If Victoria was really at the dance, they would have sensed her. No way is she watching them from an upper window without the vamp squad tuning in.
Things they did right:
- The Bella and Edward interaction was exactly right. Her nonchalant nature may have looked like bad acting to outsiders, but she was perfectly Bella.
- The father part was also done very well.
- Showing Alice's visions by having her draw them out was done well, though it did seem rushed.
- The fight scenes (although short) were done well. The dance studio bit was pretty good, especially how Cullen asked Edward to make a choice.
- Showing a standoff (kinda) between Edward and Jacob at the dance was cool... with hope for more in the future.
The one actor to watch who had only a tiny part in this film (one scene) is Solomon Trimble. He plays Sam (one of Jacob's friends). After watching some online interviews, he has the potential to surpass all in possible sequels. Sam is a major force in the wolf storyline. I expect great things from Solomon. If not in the Twilight sequels, then in other projects he pursues.
Overall, this flick will be a must see for all teen girls in love with Edward. It finally gives them a face to fall in love with. As for fans not in love with Robert Pattinson, we'll have to hope the wolves help pull the second film out of the High School Musical demographic.
A Second Life Location: Magic Of Oz
For awhile now, Second Life has amazed me with its very realistic settings and endless options. There are writers, poets, artists, and voice actors there that astonish me with their level of talent. Recently, my friend Dream teleported me to a place I thought could never be recreated. The Magic of Oz SIM is a themed build based on the books and movie "The Wizard of Oz". I was fortunate enough to be able to chat with one of the creators Candy Cerveau.
Emz: Candy, thank you for taking time out of your busy launch weekend to speak with me. This place is awesome. How many people did it take to build this place?
Candy: A great deal of the SIM’s incredible look is due to the builder, Jenne Dibou. She took our ideas and thoughts and turned them into something more magical than we ever dreamed possible. Yet she never sacrificed utility for beauty or performance for flash. The buildings are all fantastical, but they are not mere decoration. Each area was carefully planned to be a useful space. She is really incredibly talented.
Emz: Very talented indeed. What inspired you to build this SIM?
Candy: Malkavyn Eldritch and I were looking to create a SIM for our main store locations and we wanted a theme build. I have always loved the Oz books and the movie as well, so it seemed a perfect match. We found Jenne and we worked with her to get the concept of what we wanted. Our goal with the SIM was to interpret the world of Oz differently than had been done before, while still keeping to the spirit of the books. We also wanted to put our own unique spin on the parts of the build that would be the main stores for the two of us. The Witch's Castle was given a Steampunk/Tim Burtonesque feel, while the Emerald City drew more upon natural and elven themes. Our overriding dream for Magic of Oz was to create a place where people could go and be taken out of the realm of the ordinary in Second Life. A place to explore and to experience, to shop and to relax, to dream and to love. A place that is magic. We think we achieved that and hope visitors think so as well.
Emz: Well I for one, definitely admire your vision. For those who don't know what your Second Life stores are about, can you tell me the name and what you specialize in?
Candy: Eye Candy and Treasured Visions. Malkavyn does hand drawn eyes and textures. He is graphic artist, so he works only from scratch. No photosourcing. I make jewelry and accessories. I tend to specialize more in the "elegantly casual" style of jewelry, but I do have some more whimsical type of work as well.
Emz: Your stuff is really crafted well. I just found a free box with “Halloween Eyes” that I can’t wait to try on. Magic Of Oz is amazing. How long did it take you guys from concept to finish date to do this?
Candy: Jenne is a super fast builder and we did it in 3 phases. Basically we got the SIM the first of August 2008 and began plans. So the entire thing only took two months start to finish.
Emz: That is fast for a build of this magnitude.
Candy: Yes indeed. Jenne is in Europe and so each morning we would wake up and a huge portion would magically appear!
Emz: Sounds very exciting.
Candy: It really was so much fun. The story of Oz is such a rich one and there are so many wonderful parts to it that it was hard to choose what to feature.
Emz: I like all the dark features you have here with the flying monkeys and the large skull on the hill. Is there any little secret or feature that you find particularly interesting?
Candy: The secret lab in the Witch's Castle is fantastic! Very "mad scientist". It’s hidden in the right side of the Witch's Castle
Emz: Congratulations on completing this. It's really awesome. Thank you so much for your time.
Candy: My pleasure, Emz. Thank you.
I was able to explore the area for some time and found many hidden gems here. If the pictures don’t amaze you, the features will. Right now there are tons of little shoes around the SIM that when clicked, give you free things. There are also a number of boxes, pumpkins etc… Keep an eye open and click things.
The Witch’s Castle Features: Steampunk architecture, hammock to lie in, perches to see the whole valley, skeleton fountain, elevator, flying monkeys ride.
Scary Tree / Graveyard Features: laying dead pose and sinking in lava pose.
Munchkin Land Features: Shops, park benches, a nice promenade.
Emerald City Features: Emerald throne, many little meeting or discussion areas, Oz’s curtain, 3 levels of fun activity, beautiful emerald gems.
Center of town Features: Watch The Wizard Of Oz by clicking the sign on the giant tree, follow the yellow brick road to Munchkin land, tree attack, stairs to Witches Castle.
Cool things to buy: Jewelry, specialty eyes, clothes, bodies, hair, and these gear tattoos inspired by the designs of Da Vinci.
Magic of Oz launched on October 3rd, 2008. If you would like to visit Magic Of Oz, click here: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Magic%20of%20Oz/130/152/0
Project:Shadow 2007 December Newsletter
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***Eric received a great write up for his novel Legends of the Jade Moon Book One: Liquid Sky here is an excerpt for your enjoyment.
Downwarden com Review by Nick Crabowsky
...What we have here is indeed science fiction ala Dune, though less detailed but just as vividly portrayed. Dorsett deserves praise for the execution of a story less intimidating for one more inclined to read other genres which require far less brain power to understand, breaks through those barriers and develops a narrative which renders a glossary needless and pretty much explains itself as is without asserting its vast mythology in explanatory rhetoric.
I enjoyed the damn thing. I think C.E. Dorsett is one powerhouse of imagination, inspired obviously by the greats of his craft. Liquid Sky is full of mysticism and spirituality, of themes centered on the search for one’s inner self and the meaning of the universe around him, where a youthful monk with adopted parents finds himself catapulted into an interstellar journey fueled by the death of the one he called Father and driven at odds by the results of saving him, by mysterious truth-sayers who aren’t what they seem and personal intuition telling him he’s destined to amount to something greater than himself and the savior of worlds. Ianus’ adventures and intrigue are entertaining and don’t smother us in the sort of over-explanation I’d read in other novels like this one. Liquid Sky is an extremely intelligent, very readable and delightful piece of work, and I’m glad to recommend it...
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Wow! This is a great story! 5 stars (must own)
The story picks up from where we left off with Adir Radd in the hospital tortured by his visions of the future. I was caught up in Adir’s haunting vision. It is written so viscerally I could almost hear the screams and smell the stink coming off of the battle field. This heart felt tale took me through the events and choices that led Dov Lavan to become the famed villain I knew him to be from reading Liquid Sky: Legends of the Jade Moon http://astore.amazon.com/projectshadow/detail/0595369162/. The choices and motivations of Dov were very compelling. Reading his tale turned him into a compassionate and sad character. I could empathize with his frustrations and found myself thinking that if I were caught up in the same situation I would probably make the same choices. The conclusion was extremely rewarding even though I knew how the story would end I still found myself shocked, surprised and brought to tears with a beautiful, rewarding ending. To be cliché for a minute I literally laughed, cringed and cried while reading this.
Dark Moon Rising is the second installment of C. E. Dorsett’s Fates Harrow series which covers three historical characters in the Barren’s End setting. Their tale was first told in the book Liquid Sky: Legends of the Jade Moon but from the Jade Moon’s perspective.
In this episode Dov Lavan fears loosing his friends and culture, longing to save the ones he cares about he takes on a new master who promises to help him lead his people into a safer future. Dov rises to power, forming a new group, encouraging others to join him and stand for freedom. But, his childhood friends Tien Shaa and Adir Radd are concerned with the fire in Dov’s rhetoric, so they set out to try and stop the coming war.
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