As I sit here burred under ice and suffering from the ill effects of an ice storm I like being reminded of the positive side. This ice sculpture if truly a thing of beauty and awe. I love just starring at it, taking in the intricate details and getting lost in the colors.
(via Pink Tentacle)
Alien King As Life Size Steel Sculpture
Words can not express how badly I want a 2.4 meter tall Alien King sculpture! Made from recycled parts and welded together.
I went to Robosteel site where there are more awesome pictures of the Steel Alien sculptures and the worse thing ever happened. They are actually for sale... *drool*
(via Fantasy SF Blog)
To Dare to Dream: Castles in the Sky
The tale of SeymourPowell’s Hydrogen Airship.
As I sit listening to the Biography Channels piece on H.G. Wells I came upon a fun article about the rebirth of hydrogen powered airships. Samsung Corporation and London architectural design firm SeymourPowell created a video to share the vision of a floating hotel concept.
This was picked up by many including CNN. What is sad about the whole story is how many are concerned with the reality of the concept video or if CNN didn’t do their homework. CNN is clear that the video is a concept proposal not an actual project.
While the Aircruise is only a conceptual proposal, designers have developed a detailed and achievable technical plan for the craft that could allow it to be built in the future. (via CNN )
That misses the point of the whole exercise which is to dream.
I’m overjoyed that so many would allow themselves to share in the dream. To consider what life would be like if we could have floating structures in the sky. “Castles in the sky may soon be real” is a great article playing in the possibilities and implications.
It is also important to be aware of the concerns in dreaming to help guard from harm. Asking constructive questions are important. Like exploring the FAA restrictions on using Hydrogen as a lifting gas in air travel and the obvious aerodynamic complications in the design plus the docking difficulties. These things are mere points for discussion to possibly come up with a better design.
Being contrary to the tech or position is fine. To attack or dismiss the conversation is not. The most important thing is the dream and the conversation about the dream. That is how we evolve and move forward.
Like H.G. Wells we need to dare to dream to challenge our current existence and to dream of a better future.
Growing Buddha Shaped Pears
Agricultural and Religious Geek mashup that will leave you in awe. These pear trees are taught by a Chinese farmer to grow Buddha shaped pears!
They look so cool. Part of me was a little uncomfortable with the thought of eating them but then I remembered that all life is impermanent and reveled in these little meditation fruits.
I wonder if just walking through the grove would help to steer one's mind toward an enlightened direction.
They cost about $7.32 each which is not much considering that they grew in that shape.
Ice Art: Namdaemun Snow Sculptures
Namdaemun under construction.
Just a nice reminder of ice in a positive light.
Here is the actual building to compare with... just amazing detail
(via Pink Tentacle)
Mangas NOT To Waste Your Money On
Some of you might think I like all manga. The reason that I don’t usually review mangas I dislike is because I’d rather not give them the attention. I feel like they don’t deserve my time if they have not done their job and entertained me. In this post, I’m going to warn you about several books I did not enjoy.
- Bizenghast, Volume #1 by M. Alice LeGrow I was first attracted to this manga by the spooky gothic artwork on the front of a girl whose body is a violin. The cover stopped me in my tracks as I perused the manga aisle. The artwork inside is just as breathtaking, but with such beautiful artwork, you would assume the story would be just as chilling. Sure there was a graveyard, lost souls, riddles, and keys, but somehow it wasn’t as scary as I had hoped. I may, in time decide to return to this series and give it another chance, but at this time it will stay on my shelf.
- Dark Hunger by Christine Feehan, Illustrations by Zid & Imaginary Friends Studio I have not read any of Christine’s novels and am sure they are good by the reviews I’ve heard from some of her fans. This book seems like a mistake made by the publishing company. It was overly illustrated, not like a manga at all. I felt like I was reading some 1980’s comic out of the back of my mother’s Redbook. This was definitely a stab by the publisher to try and get in on the manga market, but it was done very badly. The underlying plot was interesting, so I don’t fault the writer. I think it was probably just made by people who have never read a manga before in their lives. Perhaps it will interest Christine’s fans to own a copy of the manga just to say they have the whole collection. I doubt it though as the fans I’ve talked to have said things like, “I don’t read those weird manga things.” So, if the publishers were trying to corner the manga market, they missed it by a long shot. I’m glad I only paid a dollar for it from the sale aisle.
- I Luv Halloween, Volume #1 by Keith Griffen & Benjamin Roman I really wanted this to be a great book. Halloween is my favorite holiday. The art promises greatness when you see kids dressed in costumes and spooky jack-o-lanterns around. How can you get that wrong? Well, they did. I think perhaps you would love this book if you were a ten-year-old boy who likes boob jokes and farts with the intention of grossing out your friends. Reading this manga is like being trapped in a station wagon with pre-teen boys all the way across the Great Salt Lake. No one wants to do it and once you reach Nevada, all you can think of is leaving them at the pitstop so you don’t have to listen to their nonsensical chitter chatter any longer. I pitched this book out of my house the first chance I got.
- Ghost Talker’s Daydream, Volume #1 by Saki Okuse & Sankichi Meguro I almost bought this book, but thankfully for a long line at the register, I was saved. This cover was so beautiful, I was about to be fooled again! If there is one thing these manga companies are getting right, it is the glossy cover art. If you get a chance, check out the cover at a store because the photo online does not do the cover art justice. When I saw the cover, it reminded me of spooky Japanese movies I’ve seen where there is some sort of ghost presence in the closet waiting to kill you. Something I awe at when reading manga is that the artists are able to redraw the characters in so many different moods and poses, but they still look like the same character. This manga’s art was very inconsistent and the characters even sometimes ugly. The lead girl pictures were so different, I had trouble knowing it was her. There was a parental guidance label on the cover, which was warranted because of the strange “up the skirt” shots the artist chose to depict. At times these shots were awkward and not in pleasant proportions. The reason I finally put it down was that although they had the parental advisory, talked about the lead having a job at an S&M club, and showed various vulgar shots of her womanhood, they didn’t allow her to say the name of her body parts. Perhaps in some ways, it is more x-rated to say the word than to see it displayed on the page in art? I have no idea, but didn’t want to find out.
If you’ve read these mangas and have another view, I’d love to hear it. I’d like to know if there is something I missed. Feel free to comment here and let me know.