Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Stop Motion

So I was searching for King Crimson on youtube and I was pretty dissapointed to see that they are not as popular as they should be, but oh well, at least I found this stop motion movie with Epitaph as the background sound... I was like oh nice! however the clip was shorter than the song so the person who did this had to loop it a little so after that I was like... aw damn! Now I'm on a quest to find the original video.

I really like stop motion short clips, the amount of work needed to make one of them is outstanding. So for now I'm going to share a few with you, starting with Tim Burton's (Nuff said) Vincent: 

The Sand Castle (Le Chateu de Sable) This one is amazing because they use sand as a central element, one wich is really hard to manage:

The Captain's Daughter (КАПИТАНСКАЯ ДОЧКА) This one is longer (around 30 mins) but couldn't find it with subs *sighs*, anyways here is the first part, and if somehow you understand russian or if you are simply don't care the next parts are here and here. It is based on the novel with the same name:

Thursday, May 19, 2011


Hello anyone who cares! I'm sorry I haven't been active lately, so much to do working on my thesis but we are almost finished and about to have finally some free time yeeeeey! Anyways, I couldn't resist posting today because I've been having a lot of signals telling me to do it. What am I talking about? well you will see!

First, a couple friends have been talking to me about how lonely they feel on the place they live, and how hard its been for them to find people they can call friends. 

Second, I saw this story about a town with only one habitant, Monowi Nebraska in the U.S.A. The only lady living there decided to stay after her husband passed away some years ago. If you are wondering, they decided to stay together after everyone in the town eventually left when the train arrived around the 30's. 

Then I saw this video of a song I like, you may not get it because its in spanish but basically is about someone's inner confrontations because he feels lonely and doesn't know why when apparently nothing is missing. On a side note the video shows a big influence from his father from who I posted some time ago, it's really cool ^_^.

This stuff made me wonder about my own loneliness, what I was probably aware but trying to ignore while making up excuses like... I'm busy for that and I don't have time to worry about it, probably the reason I've been unconsciously slacking off at college trying not to finish to keep myself busy lolwut anyways thats another story.

I think we can see a pattern here, but the question I wonder is why? Why does loneliness affect people on different ways? Or is just people reacting on different ways to it? Why do people make it a comfort zone and doesn't leave it? Is it something affecting more people than we are actually aware of? Maybe just an effect of the contemporary times? 

Oh well, I will continue on the next post on next week, but for me to get a better idea would you please  give me your opinion on the topic? Also do you feel lonely?

Saturday, May 14, 2011

F**n Holograms v2

Some of you should remember about Miku on this post, well apparently Toyota has started using her as the image for an advertising campaing for the Toyota Corolla in the USA as you can see on this, in my opinion, horrible commercial.

Why should I care? you might be wondering. The cool part is they will be also sponsoring her concert on the USA so the people in Los Angeles will be lucky and might get the chance to see the holograms in the Anime Expo convention on July 2. (If any of you actually go I'd like to see some pics please!!!)

Anyways, this seems like a risky movement for Toyota since otakus are well known to be unable to drive cars and will be asking their moms to drive them to the concert, so probably thinking on preventing this and not only aiming for otakus, they "americanized" her image as you can see here but I really don't think that will help a lot since they made her freaking creepy. Oh well she looks better on the image below but... Would that be enough to make the otaku's mothers buy Corollas? Only the time will tell.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Internet Kisses

There is really nothing much to say about this, oh Japan! Thanks to you soon we will be able to send not kisses, french kisses to people over the internet, isn't this amazing? ^_^

I will addmit the idea caught my attention immediatly but after seeing the device and how ridiculous it is I wonder how much experience the designers actually have on this topic.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mozilla says no!

When the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the USA began to hijack domains, they failed to consider that the internet is a distributed network. Nor did they realize that their colleagues in the military R & D designed it to withstand the drop of multiple nodes and further disseminate information.

Acting as a good distributed network shortly after the domains hijacking, it appeared a little utility that redirected traffic from the hijacked domain to another, just like a routing mail service. On the internet, no node "knows" nothing more than who its neighbor is, to the one it sends the information. Sooner or later, and after a few turns, the information reaches its destination. This is exactly what the MafiaaFire Redirector add-on does.

But obviously, the DHS did not like that, who have shown to have little knowledge of the technical operation of the network, and how a hijacked domain is so easy to bypass. So the Department asked Mozilla to withdraw the add-on. Without further ado.

Obviusly, Mozilla made it clear to them that they are law-abiding, therefore will only take action if they get an order from a judge. For that reason, they returned the request for withdrawal with a letter asking the DHS a few things:
  • Have any courts determined that the Mafiaafire add-on is unlawful or illegal in any way? If so, on what basis? (Please provide any relevant rulings)
  • Is Mozilla legally obligated to disable the add-on or is this request based on other reasons? If other reasons, can you please specify.
  • Can you please provide a copy of the relevant seizure order upon which your request to Mozilla to take down the Mafiaafire  add-on is based?
As expected, Mozilla is still waiting for their answer. This is another case of an attempt of self-censorship by the application of fear. First is instilled in everyone that certain activities could constitute a crime, and then it is only needed a burly and menace-looking guy to stand in front of you and ask, without more, to self-censure it. 

If a random person does this, it is extortion. But if the security departments or any of their cronies do, it is a 100% legal activity intended to protect someone or something. Who? Usually a very small part of society. Legal mechanisms acting as private security guards for four companies...

I love Firefox. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A short chinese story

Once upon a time, there were two mountains that stood right beside each other. Both were over ten-thousand feet high, and together, they were four-hundred miles wide.

Facing the mountains lived Old Man Yu, who was over eighty-years-old and also known throughout the county for his foolishness. Every morning, as Old Man Yu walked to the village, his wife would shake her head as she saw him make yet another detour around the two mountains. As the years went by, he found it a great inconvenience to make these daily detours. So one day, Old Man Yu finally decided that the twin mountains would have to be moved.

He then called a family meeting and told his wife, sons, daughters, and their families of his intentions. He will move these two mountains, Old Man Yu cried, and you will all help me do it? Old Man Yu's sons and grandsons thought it was a terrific idea. They cheered and gave him their undying support. Old Man Yu's wife sneered, You are a foolish old man indeed! Just how would you go about moving two big mountains like Tai-Ying and Yellow-House?she continued, never mind two mountains, I do not think you can even move two piles of cow-dung! And even if you could move the mountains, just where would you dispose of the dirt and rocks from the mountains? she asked.

The old man thought for a moment, and without backing down answered her, he will throw out the dirt and rocks into a faraway place. I will throw them into the sea! Once again, Old Man Yu's sons and grandsons thought that it was a terrific idea to throw the dirt into the sea. They cheered a second time and pledged to him their dying support. Even the neighbour's son named, Little Turnip Boy, gave the old man his support although he was only eight-years-old.

Off went Old Man Yu, his three sons, his many, countless grandsons, and Little Turnip Boy to work on removing Tai-Ying and Yellow House. It was such grueling work that in a year's time, Little Turnip Boy was only able to make one trip to the sea to dispose of the dirt and rocks. Nonetheless, no one lost their enthusiasm, as they all held steadfast to Old Man Yu's dream of having the two mountains removed.

Now on one of their trips to the sea, they met a man who lived along the Yellow River, who was known throughout the county for his cleverness and his arrogance. The clever man, who lived by the Yellow River mocked Old Man Yu saying, you foolish old man! I have seen you, your three sons, your many, countless grandsons, and even Little Turnip Boy making trips to the sea to dispose of the dirt and rocks from the mountains. Do you think that you can actually remove two whole mountains? And look at you! You must be over ninety-years-old and closer to the grave as each day passes. How do you expect to move two mountains in your lifetime.

Old Man Yu looked upon the Yellow River Man with pity. You are known throughout the entire country as a clever man. Yet, you are a man lacking in vision. Regarding this matter, even Little Turnip Boy has more wisdom than you. Old Man Yu continued, -You are correct in saying that I am an old man who is closer to the grave as each day passes. But I have three sons, and many, countless grandsons. In time, my grandsons will bear their own children, who, in turn, will bear even more children. So in time, my dream of removing these two mountains will become a reality. As each day passes, my dream can only increase, as these two mountains can only decrease.

Sunday, May 1, 2011


Have you ever seen the pictures of famous places that the tourists upload everywhere over the internet and wondered, well... they all look the same. Or gone somewhere and see all the tourists trying to take a picture from nearly the same angle all of them?

We travel, we see a monument, and we take a picture. But, we are millions who travel, millions who see this monument, and millions who take the same picture. If you don't believe me take a look at this images.

This images are from Corinne Vionnet and her work "Photo Opportunities", she collected hundreds of pictures from the internet about well known monuments and touristic places around the world and gathered them together in successive layers. 
I think it's pretty interesting to see how human mind works similar, I wonder what exactly makes so many people want to take a picture from the same angle?