Saturday, March 7, 2009

Animated War films

I don't know if it is a trend, or if animation allows for more versatility in showing truth, but it seems that there have been a few animated war films lately; notably Persepolis and Waltz with Bashir.

I haven't seen either of them yet...but I would really like to.

I think it is an interesting idea to use animation for war films - it almost allows the director to show things that would be too gruesome or inappropriate in reality. Does this make it a heightened reality? When I was watching an interview with Ari Folman, Director for Waltz with Bashir he said something interesting. He wanted people who were watching to know that the film, although animated, is still about real people who really died and really were effected by the 1982 war with Lebanon.

So there seems to be a fine line between stylization and documentary in these films. I'm curious to know what I will think once I get the opportunity to not do homework, and see some films.

Friday, March 6, 2009


Remember when this came out?

This is the reason I am still afraid to go to Quiznos. I thought I would be eating one of these characters in my sub. Why would anyone use rodents as a mascot for a fast food company?


Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Blogging the Bible

As a lover of the Bible as literature, I found this project very interesting.

Apparently, I am not the only one who is fascinated by the stories in the Bible, not for any religious purposes, rather for the stories. The Bible is very interesting when representing the flaws and follies of man, and I find the humanity very realistic - vengeance, jealousy, loss, love, hate. They're all in there.

My real fascination of the Bible came from a book I read a few years ago, The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant-which is quoted in this article. It is a historical fiction novel elaborating the events of a very short biblical passage. It was beautiful and enlightening-the bible can be read with so many different tones of voices, connotations, words. Each translation changed the stories.

Anywho. If you are also fascinated by the idea of the Bible as literature, I suggest you taking a peak of this article and see how anyone can enjoy it.

The Next Fffound!!

I found the next Fffound called Dropular.

I missed the beta invitations by a few days, but the idea is to combine the positives of, Digg and Delicious in order to create a somewhat searchable network of images. I only hope that I am cool enough to get in on this one, somehow!!!


trying to figure out tumblr...not sure if I like it yet.

you can check that out here.
(It's for when I have no words_only links and pictures)

EA games

I've never been much of a gamer myself. But today I stumbled across a motion graphics site that led me to the EA games website. As I was perusing the games, I realized how complicated the graphics were - and how everything had to feel like a specific game. I think I'm starting to have a change of heart and think of gaming not only as a "nerd" hobby, but as a designers playground.

I was looking at a game called Zubo for nintendo DS. And also looking at a game trailer for Dante's Inferno, which is the most elaborate trailer I think I've ever seen.

Its amazing how one little blog can take a person all over the place

Monday, March 2, 2009


I've jumped on the DAYTUM bandwagon.

For those of you who don't know what it is, Daytum is a site that compiles daily data. You can track and keep track of anything you do, consume, poop out, who knows.

There are multiple options for viewing, so you can sort your data into pie charts, x and y axis graphs, bar graphs, and counters.

It's an interesting way to monitor yourself in a very objective way - objective and visually stimulating.

The actually site is very minimal, and yet very striking. You can check out how many bowls of cereal I eat a day or my favorite movies to watch when I am designing here

Of course, if you want to be specific and keep track of your sex life, I wouldn't suggest DAYTUM - try Bedpost instead!!!!! (WHAT??) I read about it here and thought I had to see what that was about.

oh my god!!!