Thursday, October 14, 2010

Contact Juggling

I recently came across this video of this really cool Japanese dude performing contact juggling at Yoyogi park in Harajuku, Tokyo. (Using Google Chrome you can translate the whole page) I thought it was really cool so I did a little bit of research to tell you guys about it. Some of the students at my school were pretty good at it, and if I had the resources I'd totally learn how to contact juggle and go to the Renaissance Festival as a Gypsy performer and ttly wow people with my ball handling skillz (lol).

Don't touch my Dragon Balls! >(
According to Wikipedia:
Contact juggling is a form of object manipulation that focuses on the movement of objects such as balls in contact with the body. 

Although often used with "toss" juggling, it typically involves the rolling of one or more balls on the hands and arms to create visual illusions without releasing the props into the air. 

Some of the manipulations, such as balancing or rolling a single ball, or Palm-spinning have been performed for centuries. Baoding Balls, also called Chinese exercise balls, Chinese meditation balls, Chinese medicine balls, and healthy balls, are a traditional product of Baoding, China, thought to have been created during the Ming dynasty (1368–1644). These balls usually have a piece of metal inside them with a cork or rubber ball that creates a soothing bell noise when in movement.  Two or more of them are rotated repetitively to orbit in the hand, an action done to improve manual dexterity and strength and said to assist in injury recovery.

So the idea of rolling some balls in your hand isn't exactly new. It wasn't until the 80s that it became more of an art form. Contact Juggling that we know today originated from a routine called "Light" developed by Michael Moschen in the 1980s. In his performance he used 75mm clear crystal balls, palm spinning up to eight balls simultaneously. He finished the act by rolling a single clear ball so that it appeared to float over his hands and arms. Michael Moschen received high regard from the international circus community for this range of innovative new techniques, and was awarded the MacArthur genius grant in 1990. 

In 1991 after "Michael Moschen: In Motion" was released on PBS's "Great Performances" series, James Ernest wrote the book Contact Juggling. James may be the originator of the term "Contact Juggling", as Moschen did not have a name for what he did. In the credits of the Labrinth film, he is credited with "crystal ball manipulation" as David Bowie's character is seen to do contact juggling throughout the film. These manipulations were actually performed by Moschen who stood behind Bowie during filming, reaching around and performing the tricks 'blind'.

By 2000, the discipline had achieved widespread recognition, and there were many resources available for contact jugglers, such as clubs, books, festivals, videos/DVDs, and balls specifically manufactured for contact juggling. They have a large community of people who are teaching, learning, and performing contact juggling all over the world.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt: Anime :3

Today I discovered this fairly new Anime called 'Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt'. According to Wikipedia Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt is an action-comedyanime series produced by Gainax. It began airing nationwide on October 1, 2010 on BS NTV and simulcast on Crunchyroll. It is also syndicated terrestrially in 8 markets, including a few affiliates of TXN like TVQ, and few JAITS members like Tokyo MX.

Apparently this show actually has a story:
Lol gunderwear.
Panty and Stocking are angels who were kicked out of heaven due to their bad behavior. They are sent to Daten City - a compound word of Japanese DATENSHI (堕天使, a fallen angel) and City - a place located somewhere between heaven and hell, where strange monsters called "Ghosts" start terrorizing the place. Under the watchful eye of Reverend Garterbelt, it's up to Panty and Stocking to destroy these Ghosts, and by doing so they receive Heaven Coins which will allow them back into heaven. Their weapons of choice? You guessed it, a pair of panties that turns into a ghost magnum, and stockings that turn into two angelic katanas .The anime series is animated by Gainax and directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi, began airing in Japan October 1, 2010, and is expected to have 26 episodes.

So far I l-l-l-l-love this cartoon. It's so... well, animated. It reminds me of Danny Phantom, Invader Zim, Kim Possible, and Hentai all in one! lol

Here's the first episode short :3 Hope you enjoy!

Edit: Ever notice how they put English text in there? I wonder if this'll ever make it to Adult Swim once they EngDub it. Lol!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Dentist Adventure

So I came across this video a while back, and I swear the first time I watched this I could not stop laughing. This kid's mother recorded them being f*cked up on pain medication after the dentist.May I point out that they live unnaturally far away from their dentist? I've always lived within 5 miles of my dentist. But then again, this was oral surgery and I'm not sure if most dentists in my (ghetto) area qualify as such.

Regardless, this is really funny, and these kids are great. I swear if I ever have kids that have wisdom teeth coming in sideways, I'll record their painkiller trip. Out of love, of course. Who wouldn't want to video tape their kids acting ridiculous. Every time I watch this video I think "Thank god I was one of the lucky ones. My wisdom teeth are coming in fine"... I recently had to get my teeth cleaned which wasn't s bad except the scraping of the gums. I hate the scraping of the gums it hurts D:

At least they had a little fun with it. Has anybody else acted silly after a trip to the dentist? Or better yet, what was your best or worst experience at the dentist?

Friday, October 1, 2010

Money Troubles? Pshhh

Call the waaaambulance!
OK, so I know I haven't been posting for a couple weeks, and I feel pretty weird about it. This is kind of like a anti-boredom thing for me, because I usually go all out with my posts. I capitalize, I spell check as I go, correct my grammar, even add pictures.

I try and make my blog interesting and not just about my own whining. Of course, there are the few  posts where I just can't help myself but whine whine whine into the internet. :) But at least my wine comes with cheese.

Recently while surfing failblog at work, I came across two videos. Now the first one I thought was exceptionally beautiful. It reminded me so much of a bunch of things/feelings that I actually got a tear to my eye.

Ahhhh, art. The wonderful world of art has made me come out of my shell once again. That's why I love art so much. Heck, I went to an arts school. This one to be exact. Metro-Arts. If you're in my area, this is a great school. It's so laid back. Ever seen the movie Fame? It's kind of like that except not as dramatic.

Anyway, I'm now a graduate of Metro Arts, and I am reallllly missing High School about now. This is the second video that I saw that was awe inspiring. A lot of students from my school went to college for animation such as this :).

Now that I've given you the cheese, now have some whine ;3.

This looks delicious.
So the reason I've titled this money problems is because while my boyfriend was in Texas, I went a little overboard with my spending. I spent the money I usually put away to pay rent (BAD IDEA) thinking that my next check would cover it (which it normally does).

The only problem is, I called in sick one of those days because I woke up puking, and lost money. I also was scheduled a short shift another day which intern, I lost some money.

Now, let me put it in perspective. This apartment costs $550 a month, plus around $40 for water. Not to mention I have to pay Cox $46, and Allstate $25 around the same due date as rent. When I got my paycheck I almost died, because I only made about $525. Then, Chase decided to charge me their annual fee of $25 Y_Y. SO I ended up borrowing $175 dollars from my mother. I didn't want to borrow more money than what I owed.

And I get paid on the 7th, so I'll be paying my mother back. After putting money away for rent, and paying my other monthly expenses, I'll have $90 left to buy food and toiletries. o-o Normally I have double that and then a little bit more left over. Keep in mind, I haven't bought food since the paycheck before last. That's a whole freaking month. So I'm down to ramen, rice, no butter, no milk, no bread, maybe a can of vegetables, and two pieces of chicken. I'm living with my roommate.

So I'm basically going hungry. It really sucks being poor. And I won't be back to normal until my paycheck after this next one! D: God, talk about when it rains it pours.

Hope you enjoyed the story my woes :3. Good thing after it pours the sun comes out, I'll be okay.


These are some other awesome videos. :)

So awesome.

I gotta get me some Sunny-D and Rum ;)


Monday, September 13, 2010

So Ronery

My boyfriend is leaving for Texas tomorrow, and will arrive over there on Wednesday. He'll be gone until the 20th.

I live in a studio apartment with him, so I don't have any room mates that can keep me company for that long and all my good friends live out of walking distance (and of course neither of us have a car). So it's not like they'd be able to hang out with me the whole time.

I hate that he gets to go without me. I should've been able to go, but his dad was paying for the tickets, and he works overseas and can't just go to the post office to send a money order or anything. We had to rely on his stepmother. His step mother gets $7000 a month from his dad. She was supposed to send us $300 so that both of us could go.

She procrastinated for the longest time and kept bringing up how 'oh this and that is broke, and this and that needs fixing before I can give you money'. Half of which was total bullshit because now that his dad is back in the states for a month, he's going to fix all the shit thats broken for cheap anyway.

Either way it ended up to where she only sent us like $160. And the tickets before that had been $166. She sent us the money too late, and the tickets went up in price to $240. So then his real mother had to send us money so that he could go. So we ended up spending twice as much for one ticket because his step mother was being an idiot. But I digress.

My point is, I'm going to be lonely for a whole week working with no one to fill the dead air but my cat. How am I going to deal with it? I already have a short attention span, so video games won't tide me over. The internet only occupies me for so long. ;A; guh I hate it he gets to go on vacation and I can't.

/my whining. Here's some weird pictures.


I love alt art. :3

Link finally snapped.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Nostalgia Time: Games I grew up with.

Hey everybody! I have recently come to realize that as I grow older, I keep buying or looking for things that I loved so dearly in childhood that kept me sane. I guess in a way I'm holding on as hard as I can to my youth. And I guess that on some deeper level I must think that as long as I'm a gamer, I'm still a kid inside. (Aren't we all?)

But in all seriousness, I have compiled a (long) list of games that I grew up with by year. Most of these games I didn't own, but I have played at least once on a friends console, or a family members console. I wasn't born into a wealthy family, just one with well off grandparents (and not that well off, either). Middle class mostly.

I wasn't born until 1992 but I still played games released before then.

Super Mario Brothers - Released March 3 by Nintendo on the NES

Sonic the Hedgehog - Sega releases Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit) for the Sega Genesis/Mega drive. Introduced Sonic, who would go on to become Sega's mascot.

Battletoads - The first Battletoads game was designed for the NES and released by Rare in 1991.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past- November 21st released by Nintendo in Japan, and in North America a year later the Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

Super Mario Kart Releases September 1st by Nintendo in the US for the SNES, Super Mario Kart.

Doom - idSoftware releases Doom December 10, a seminal first person shooter that advanced 3D graphics for computer games. 

Point Blank - Point Blank was originally released by Namco in 1994. Namco later created two ports for the PlayStation and the Nintendo DS called "Point Blank DS" were later developed and released in 1998 and 2006.
Donkey Kong Country -Nintendo releases Rare's Donkey Kong Country on the SNES, featuring distinctive 3D pre-rendered graphics. it was followed by several sequels. I always loved the hand held versions.

Time Crisis -  Namco releases Time Crisis. I loved the arcade version, much more fun. Basically an active point blank for adults. :)

Pokemon Red and Green - Nintendo releases Pokemon Red and Green for the Game Boy in Japan, launching a widly popular game series worldwide. The games would be released as Pokemon RedPokemon Yellow and Pokemon Blue in North America.
Resident Evil - March 4th, Capcom releases Resident Evil for the PlayStation known as Biohazard in Japan.
Super Mario 64 - June 23rd, Nintendo released Super Mario 64, the first 3D Mario platformer in Japan as the flagship for their new Nintendo64 system.
NiGHTS into Dreams - July 5th, Sega releases NiGHTS into Dreams for the Sega Saturn in Japan. I absolutely LOVED this game.
Crash Bandicoot - September 3rd, Sony releases Crash Bandicoot. Crash then becomes the mascot for the PlayStation console.
Diablo - November 30th, Diablo is released. it is the first chapter in Blizzard Entertainment's enormously popular series for the PC.

Mario Kart 64 - February 10th, Nintendo releases Mario Kart 64 for the N64 console. 
Star Fox 64 - July 1st, Nintendo released Star Fox 64 for the N64 console.
Final Fantasy VII - September 7th, released by Square (now Square Enix) and published by PlayStation as the seventh installment in the Final Fantasy series. FFVII Arguably the best Final Fantasy game as described by huge fans. Not really my type of game play but I like the story.

Spyro the Dragon - September 10th, released for PlayStation by Insomniac Games. The first game in the Spyro the Dragon series. Spyro would later become one of the most recognizable, popular and respected gaming icons for the PlayStation gaming console.
Metal Gear Solid - Released October 21st by Konami for the PlayStation. Metal Gear Solid game follows Solid Snake, a soldier who infiltrates a nuclear weapons facility to neutralize the terrorist threat from FOXHOUND, a renegade special forces unit. Can you say spy movie? Heck yes, and you can say its the game which made the stealth genre popular.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time -  Released by Nintendo on November 21st for the N64. The first 3D Zelda game, a favorite among Zelda fans to this day. The player controls the series's trademark hero, Link, in the land of Hyrule. I love The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time <3.

Mario Party - Released February 8th by Nintendo for the N64 it was the first party video game series featuring Mario series characters in which four human- or computer- controlled characters compete in a board game interspersed with mini-games. Mario Party is a good game to play when drunk.

Pokemon Snap - Released March 21st by Nintendo for the N64 as part of the Pokemon series where the object of the game was to take good pictures of rare Pokemon. I remember watching my cousin play Pokemon Snap. I loved when he found Mew.

Super Smash Brothers - Released April 27th by Nintendo for the N64. It was the first game in the Super Smash Bros. series, and was followed by Super Smash Bros. Melee for the Nintendo GameCube in 2001 and Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii in 2008.

Pokemon Stadium - Released April 30th by Nintendo for the N64 as part of the Pokemon Series.I also remember watching my cousin win at Pokemon Stadium.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater - Released for the PlayStation on  August 31st. It is the first entry in the popular Tony Hawk series of video games.

Unreal Tournament - Released November 26th by GT Interactive. It was a first person shooter video game co-developed by Epic Games and Digital Extremes for the PC.

The Sims - Released January 31st by Electronic Arts for the PC as a strategic life simulation computer game developed by Maxis. The Sims is a simulation of the daily activities of one or more virtual personas in a suburban household near SimCity. Who else remembers the cheat code? I do!
Pokemon Gold and Silver - Released October 15th by Nintendo for the GameBoy Color.People argue all the time that Pokemon Gold and Pokemon Silver were the best hand held games out of the old versions.

The Legend of Zelda: Majoras Mask - Released October 26th. Ahh, just in time for Halloween amirite? It was for the N64 as a sequel to Ocarina of Time. Much harder than Ocarina of Time because you're dealing with a time limit. Clever!I love The Legend of Zelda Majoras Mask, it's a beautiful game.
Banjo Tooie - Released by Rare November 20th for the N64 as the sequel to one of my favorites: Banjo Kazooie. Banjo Tooie has more complex characters.

Runescape - Released January 4th by Jagex Ltd. The game has approximately 10 million active accounts, over 130 million registered accounts and is recognized by the Guinness World Records as the world's most popular MMORPG. Comparing it to WoW is like comparing Star Wars to Star Trek.

Paper Mario - Released February 5th by Nintendo for the N64, the first Paper Mario game of a weird series of games featuring Mario Brothers characters.
Conker's Bad Fur Day - Released March 5th by Rare for N64. Conker's Bad Fur Day is like Rare's proof they don't just make kid games. The next game of the Conker series came out for the Xbox console Conker: Live & Reloaded which features Xbox Live capabilities.

Devil May Cry - Released October 17th for the PlayStation 2 by Capcom. It is a series of four hack and slash video games set in the modern day (possible the mid to late 1990's). Originally intended to be a sequel in Capcom's Resident Evil series, Devil May Cry was such a radical departure from the series' style that it was developed into a new property entirely.

Animal Crossing - Released September 15th by Nintendo for the GameCube. Animal Crossing is a game in which the player lives his/her own virtual life in a town populated with anthropomorphic animals. The game takes place in real time, reflecting the current time of day and season. What is so addictive about this game? Nobody knows. I wonder what the world would be like if the people who played Animal Crossing for hours and hours and hours took that time to better their own lives?
Kingdom Hearts - Released September 17th for PlayStation 2 featuring both Disney characters as well as Final Fantasy Characters. The game play is similar to Final Fantasy and shares stunning cut scenes similar to Final Fantasy, however does not sacrifice real time graphics. Kingdom Hearts is a favorite among Disney fans respectably.
Sly Cooper and the Theivius Raccoonus - Released September 23rd by Sucker Punch Productions for the PlayStation 2. Sly Cooper focuses on the eponymous protagonists and master thieves Sly Cooper and his gang, as they seek out the Fiendish Five to recover his family's "Thievius Raccoonus" a book with the accumulation of all of Sly ancestor's thieving moves.

Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire - Released March 17th by Nintendo for the Game Boy Advance as part of the hand held Pokemon series. Essentially Pokemon Ruby and Pokemon Sapphire are the remakes of Red and Blue.

Mario Kart: Double Dash - Released  November 17th by Nintendo for the GameCube. Mario Kart Double Dash was the next generation Mario Kart 64 with the choice of a 2nd character and new courses. I rape at this game.

I will conclude my long list of the games I grew up with. Keep in mind these were the major releases that I grew up with. There were many other minor games that I still love to death. Now I know that millions of other children grew up with this same list of games but feel free to comment any popular games that I missed!