Moving ........

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Just in time for a new beginning ...

going to be moving to a new domain ...

since its my domain I can do a lot more with it than I did before. Its Wordpress so the visuals will be better and the tools work much better.

I have been wanting to post fiction and gaming stuff that has to do with the upcoming Hackmaster campaign.

lots of fun stuff to come :)


10 things Japanese TV has taught me

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

from Smashed and Sinking we have a list of 10 things learned from Japanese TV. Picked from the list:

1) All food on earth is ungodly and orgasmically delicious.

Watch virtually any travel program and you get to see this in practise. EVERY single thing they eat is the best thing ever made on earth.

3) All I really needed in life is a speedo and a catchphrase

I cannot begin to count the number of guys in Speedos, on Japanese TV. It is like an unwritten rule that every variety show must have at least one fella in a Speedo.

9) Japan single-handedly keeps poster board companies in business. It’s like the news and variety shows never even learned that computer graphics were invented

I realized this after the first morning news program. They literally cut articles out of the newspaper and tacked them to a posterboard. With VERY neat highlighting around each article being discussed. Very surreal moment .... The most high tech country in the world and they use posterboard and highlighters for topics to discuss on the news. Unreal.


When did Japan stop being the future? ...

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Io9 has an excellent article on how the scifi interpretation of Japan changed over the years. From Blade Runner and Nueromancer to Steven Speilberg's A.I.

U.S. science fiction used to be fascinated with Japan, from Blade Runner to Neuromancer. Everything Japanese was cooler, sleeker and shinier than our grubby American aesthetic, and Japan was destined to dominate. And then, Japan's futuristic status waned. What happened?

Back in the early 1980s, Japan's ascendance seemed assured — there were a host of business books claiming that Japan had lost World War II, but won the peace through superior economic policies. Books like The Enigma Of Japanese Power by Karel Van Wolferen became unlikely bestsellers. Meanwhile, Japanese politicians like Ishihara Shintaro started flexing their muscles — Ishihara made waves with a book called No To Ieru Nihon, or The Japan That Can Say No (to the United States.)

Sadly, Japan's economic hegemony ran out of juice in the early 1990s, when their real-estate bubble burst (sound familiar?) and the country spent an entire "lost decade" mired in stagnation. The vision of Japan as future economic uberpower was replaced by a creeping irrelevance — but Japanese pop culture remained as influential as ever, maybe even more than during the powerhouse days.

I remember the influence of Japan both on futuristic scifi as a teenager growing up in the 80s. I also saw the decline of American manufacturing and then witnessed Japan's economic collapse in the 90s. Scifi has somewhat moved to other things. How many stories have been based in a futuristic Addis Ababa? But the influence of the cyberpunk/Neo-Tokyo continues to resound throughout recent scifi. It will always be there just as Shibuya styled Blade Runner setpieces will influence movies for decades to come.


Shared World's top five real fantasy/SF like cities

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Marrakesh nights

The Shared World project asked five scifi/fantasy authors what five cities they find our earth the are the most fantastical. The results are a little surprising. No cities in Asia, and no cities in the USA.

Our own planet is often surreal, alien, and beautifully strange–and cities tend to focus our fascination with these qualities. Sometimes the exoticness comes from finding the unexpected where we live, and sometimes it comes from visiting a place that's foreign to us. Everyone also has a different idea of what "fantasy" or "science fiction" looks like in real places.

Michael Moorcock's pick of Marrakesh is not so out there but Nalo Hopkinson's pick of Kingston surprised me.

(photo of Marrakesh is copyright to movingthings on flickr)


IT'S ALIVE!!! The Life Sized Gundam moves ...

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Gundam Odaiba

Ever closer to completion, now the lights, sound and steam is on for the Odaiba Gundam ...

Now all we need are rules for movement and combat ...

photos via Danny Choo, btw)


1:1 Scale Gundam

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Odaiba Gundam 9

The life sized Gundam being assembled in Odaiba, Tokyo is almost complete. Pew Pew!

(photo via Ken Lee)


Adventures of Unko-san: the Lucky Poop

via Pink Tentacle:

“Unko-san,” a new anime series about a brown turd-shaped fairy with lots of luck, is fast becoming the rage among high school girls in western Japan. Short episodes of the anime are now showing in the Osaka area on Kansai TV’s “Otoemon” music program. The stories revolve around Unko-san — whose name is a play on the Japanese words for “luck” (un) and “crap” (unko) — and his quest for happiness on Lucky Island, which is populated by a host of other poo fairies.

I am a bit speechless, as fastidious as the Japanese can be about hygiene and cleanliness every once in a while you encounter something that makes you just shake your head.


Siege of Vienna - MOGG version

Monday, June 08, 2009

Battle of Vienna

The anniversary of D-Day, MOGG decides to play a table groaner Battle of Vienna.

Whats a table groaner?

Battle of Vienna

See the above photos. When the table groans from the weight of thousands of miniatures....

Battle of Vienna

I ran the Wallachians, we occupied a precarious position between a rock and and hard place.

Battle of Vienna

despite reaching the wall, we were overun from the rear and decimated ...

Battle of Vienna


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