July, 2001: 30 posts.
What? You’ve never heard of Manga? Manga is a style of comic from Japan. Manga which you might have heard of in this time period might include things like Pokemon and Dragonball Z. These two examples, say almost nothing about the medium though. Here’s a definition of Manga which includes discussion of Anime as well.
Which reminds me: Comic-Con is coming!
I don’t know where Dennis Wilen got it, but he gets it when he says that it’s not the downloads that are the amazing part of the ‘net. It’s the uploads. The instances where people are encouraged to dive in and have a new experience on the web, and on the net. These are the things which are where the fun stuff happens.
Eye candy can be a bonus, though.
He’s a great speaker. He’s articulate about creativity. He has a passion for design, and is evangelistic about the power of design to change, and look ahead which is completely infectious.
His book: The Creative Priority : Putting Innovation to Work in Your Business – is another thing I need to put on my shopping list.
And yes, eBay does the same thing with, say, Beanie Babies.
You might also want to harangue him into putting some darn audio files of his work up. Heh heh.
What do I know from guitars though. I think my musical taste is atrophying. This is my playlist this morning: The Gourds: Gin and Juice; Dynamite Hack: Boyz N Tha Hood; and Pink / Mya / Lil’Kim / Christina Aguilera: Lady Marmalade.
I used to passionately follow Talking Heads, Joy Division / New Order, They Might Be Giants, Matthew Sweet, Tori Amos, Morrissey. I think I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t take popular music seriously enough. When people recommend bands to me I’m usually unimpressed.
For me I think it’s got to be be either Zappa: vast Antarcticas of history and complexity in a huge body of work … or it’s Christina Aguilera: aesthetically pleasing, with an underlying vocal talent, and evidencing hard work – but ultimately the judgment of history will probably be that her work was overproduced.
Maybe I’ll get into Gilbert and Sullivan. That music has lasted a hundred years already. I did really Like Topsy-Turvy. I could definitely see myself in the depiction of Mr. Gilbert.
The only explanation of these fictional characters coming to life is San Diego Comic-Con!. I missed Thursday and Friday. But I’ll be there all day today and Sunday. Should be good. Toss me a message if you’re in town!
The best thing I picked up was a book — The Busy, Busy World of Richard Scarry — a biography of an artist / author whose work had an impact on me as a child. His best books are oversized, superdense with words and text, very innocently drawn, but definitely educational. I loved the details in his work. I loved the fact that there were always things going on on the page which were not referred to in the text. For me, a visual child, always, this was a special treat. Words and pictures can interact – this is a core principle of comics. It’s not simply illustration. It’s not merely writing. Comics happen when you multiply the two together!
I was reading the biography last night. I got it from the booth of Bud Plant (a great comics and culture book dealer). The book is out of print on amazon, but they have it at budplant.com and they have it at the Con.
Unexpected things delight.
Hm. Looks like urls with querystrings (like my wedding photos) get treated gently. That’s good robot behavior! You can also set a delay so that you don’t inadvertently slashdot yourself. Heh.
As the credits rolled and Bea Arthur and Harvey Korman and Art Carney rolled, I started uncontrollably laughing at the thinking behind the special. Essentially they crammed The Star Wars Phenomenon into the 1970’s Variety Format. And the end result is long, disturbing, and just silly.
And I will not be accepting that Chewbacca has a son named Lumpy. Or that his father is named Itchy. This is not part of the Star Wars Canon.
Jenny and have watched about 40 minutes of it so far. We’re trying to pace ourselves. We feel prolonged exposure may result in health problems.
I love books. I love technology. I love the internet. I think authors have rights to be protected.
Dmitry’s incarceration is wrong on many counts. Free Dmitry!
Unsettling to see one’s dwelling in Smart-Bomb-O-Vision though.
– Robert F. Kennedy.
Comment: This sentiment bears repeating.