Saturday, August 31, 2013

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Is Sasha Grey A Good DJ?

That geek is me, that girl in the back is Sasha gray, and that makes me FK%!N HAPPY!
          I had the pleasure of attending the Foam N' Glow Party, which was held in my hometown, and it was pretty awesome, I saw the sexy DJ Rhiannon, Chris Lake, Zyruz, but the attractive artist was the ex-pornstar Sasha Grey. She'd already been involved in music before, so I was interested to see if she would make a good DJ.

She rocked out this pretty cool hairstyle.
          She knew how to mix music, there were good beats and all, the songs were pretty decent, but I did have a couple of complaints. For one, she didn't interact much with the crowd, as in she would raise her hand every ten minutes or so and she never spoke , not once.

         Aside from that, the foam party was pretty well set up, but Zyruz and his brother were the ones who seemed the most involved, then Rhiannon. It was awesome to be able to see Sasha Grey up close, though, there's something to scratch off the bucket list. If she read this, I would just tell her to have a bit more of stage presence. 

Her carreer's taken a good turn, though. Kudos for you, Sasha, keep it up.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

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Movie Review: The Conjuring

        So, I just went to see what was presumably the scariest movie of the year, The Conjuring, which is based on some specific case the Warrens tackled which, so they say, was so heavy they didn't tell anybody about it in thirty years. So, this movie, directed by James Wan ,who incidentally also started with the Saw franchise a while ago, is supposed to be some heavy shit. Was it? Well, let me tell you about it.

I'll just leave this beautiful scenery here.
           I'd heard that some cinemas in the U.S. had to stop the film due to panic attacks suffered from people in the audience. Now, this movie's based on a "true story", so if you believe in some sort of god and ghosts and demons and the afterlife, then yes, it can be a little freaky.

Especially the demon part.
           If you don't believe in that sort of stuff then all right, at least it's a horror movie, you go on and see if it can give you some scares, all for shits and giggles. I'll have to tell you, if you've seen at least one or two horror movies before, then you've seen this movie before. And i'm not exaggerating.

          There are dark moments, silent moments, loud moments, the beds move, some kid appears in a mirror, there's a witch, it's like any other haunting movie, like a modern Poltergeist, and I'll be honest, it's one of the best horror movies I've seen in terms of stories and production and all, but I swear I can take my twelve year-old brother to see it and he'll come out psychologically unscathed.

I mean, that looks like my great aunt Tessie. Badly applied makeup, especially the lipstick.
         Still, the fact that this movie was so well-produced surprised me. And they did use some horror aspects that I'd either never seen or hadn't seen for a while, so of course, it was interesting. The story was good, too, but I knew that if I'd heard of it though listverse or something I would've passed it off as bullshit. How many "hauntings" haven't occured in the U.S. in the last hundred hears?

Typical haunting, deposited by a bull.
              Should you go see it in the movies? If you're not used to horror films, go ahead, it's a good starter, if you believe in gods and demons, then sure, why not? If you're a skeptic, though, you're not going to be as entertained, so it's really up to you. Still, if you go, then try to enjoy it, and leave the popcorn-holding to the man because a few girls dropped theirs around me.

As such.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

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How To: Promote/Explain Atheism

          As of late, atheism has been observed as less of something that can cause social stigma and more as a point of view that's increasingly being accepted around the world. Still, there are a lot of people that are having doubts, either being agnostics, or people who simply don't believe much in their religion anymore due to being open to other religions, not being decisive, and a variety of other reasons. 

          First things first, you cannot force anybody to abandon anything, due to, of course, basic freedom and morality. What you can do is recognize that people have the right to their opinion and you have a right to think that opinion is stupid or wrong. So the first step is that if the topic of religion or lack thereof ever arises, you shouldn't be afraid to express your take on the matter. Some people will get mad, some won't, some will pay attention and in the end that's the important thing. 

         As with anything there is, there will always be somebody who's worked on it before you have, so you can watch debates in which Richard Dawkins has participated (In the past, of course, lately he's been too immature), Christopher Hitchens, watch George Carlin's rants, etc., and learn the arguments, and know the usual counterarguments like Pascal's Wager, but always remember that the burden of proof lies with the believer. You can say anything exists if nobody can prove it doesn't.

        Speaking of already existing material, you can post it on Facebook, share it on Tweeter, give it a thumbs up in Stumbleupon, that sort of thing which will help it spread. If the content's good, trust me, people will like it and a good enough argument can change somebody's mind, no matter the circumstances. 

Unless, of course, a man deliberately ignores you.
          Just remember not to bash somebody with logical fallacies, like ad hominem or anything like that. That sort of attack is for somebody who doesn't have anything to base himself upon. So, remember, it's not something you can force on anybody but worry not for the world's already moving to this state of mind - atheism has increased in the newer generations, not by much but it's formidable enough. So, go ahead, promote it a little. We can speed it up.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

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How To: Survive A Shark Attack

          Well, it seems, according to some posts I've read on facebook, that it's shark week! So, yeah, I guess some homage to these scary bastards wouldn't be so bad, and the sort of tribute I'm paying them is showing you how to deny them a meal!

None of my delicious gluteus for you, Mr. Shark.
        So you're swimming on some beach, in some ocean, who gives a shit, you see a fin on the water. Thinking it's your stupid cousin or whatever, you ignore it, and then you see that terror-inducing silhouette below the fin and think: "Well, now I'm screwed". But wait! You can still save yourself!

*dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun*
           First of all, you have to understand that sharks usually don't eat humans and will attack humans when they confuse them with other animals such as seals (So if a shark attacks you, it probably means you need to lose some weight. That's why the shark's there, though). Still, there's more of a chance of lightning striking you than some hammerhead nibbling on your buttocks.

There's an even lesser chance of some shark-related natural disaster such as the above or the sharkquake.
         Can you prevent it, though? Yes. Stay away from steep drops, between sandbars, you know, wherever the beast fits. Also, most attacks happen in warm places such as Florida, Hawaii, California, Australia, South Africa, you know, those places where kids love to go.

You know, that sort of place.
          But out of thousands of species, only 20 shark types appear to attack human, and out of those, 4 actually kill humans, so who are these nifty not-so-little monsters?

           Well, the most infamous is the Great White. You know the type. Huge buster, almost half a ton of weight, and still, it can swim faster sleeping than you will with an adrenaline rush.

Bring it.
             Another one is the Tiger Shark, who has stripes while it's young reminiscent of a tiger. They reach speeds of 20 mph and their bones can cut through turtle shells. You're not wearing turtle shells? Well, don't worry, as a weak sack of flesh you wouldn't suffer long.

Frankly I'd be scared with one of these.
              The Bull Shark is as ferocious as it sounds, but wait! This one can get into freshwater and will go to rivers just because. And, coincidentally, this shark has been involved in the most near-shore attacks on humans. 

             The Oceanic Whitetip Shark, though, with its stupidly long fins, has attacked more humans than all the others combined. It tends to attack people in boat accidents.

            Now, an attack can come provoked or unprovoked. Yeah, it's self-explanatory. The provoked happens when some dumbass thinks it's a good idea to ride on one of the sharks and grabs its tail or whatever. There are three sort of unprovoked attacks, though.

Hey, Joe, cut it off, man.
Damn it, I told you I hate your songs, Joe! I swear I'll eat you one of these days.
            There's one which people call the Hit and Run. The shark wants to figure what you are, takes a small nibble, and when it sees there isn't near enough fat to feed, it goes away for ever. Then there's the Bump & Bite, which is the shark circling around you, bumping into you a few times, messing with you. Then it bites again and again until either he's bored or you die.

This is a victim of a hit and run.
           Then, the sneak attack. Not unlike the Hit & Run, but the first word you can change to Devour. Yup, the shark simply comes up, bites you and gets out of there. This one has the most fatalities, of course.

          So, again, preventative measures? Swim during the daylight, don't swim if there's a goddamn shark around, stay in a group, don't wander into deeper water, don't fucking bleed in the ocean, that's like telling them that you're hot and ready to serve, don't pee in the water, don't wear bright jewelry (Who does that while swimming, anyway?), and of course, if there are fishermen then be careful because they can drop off a lot of meat. 

Now, we're ready. You know thy enemy, now it's time to fend it off. 

             If there's a rock or something put your back on it. This reduces the beast's angles of attack. Now, when the bastard gets near, give it to him. Don't be a dumb asshole and try to hit the thing on the nose. Your fist can slip off into its mouth. Try to poke its eyes out or hit it in the gills. Resist the temptation to bite them off, though. You get to eat the shark if you kill it, trying it before is just stupid.

Time for a spinal fracture smackdown!
              Of course, if you can get your hands on a weapon, use it. A rock, stick, your goggles, a camera, a bazooka, I don't care, if you can get ahold you use it. If you don't, use your hands, like a man. If you're a woman, hopefully you have claws. Be creative. And don't do anything elaborate, use jabs (straight, forward hits), if not you'll lose some vital speed. 

Weak bitch.
              Don't give up, of course. If you give the creature enough trouble it'll look for some easier food (a fat seal, maybe). If you survive then get the hell out of the water immediately because you're pretty likely to bleed, and like I said, that's like putting salt on your ass and telling them to come and get you while you're hot. 

Fee-fi-fo *sniff* ew, no, that's a period.
             Once you're done, and you survive, then you have your bragging rights. Get a shark tattoo, show your scars, and of course, develop an awesome bar story. Or write a novel, you earned it.

Get this gnarly tat.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

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Book Review: Fahrenheit 451

        Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury's one of the more awesome dystopian novels written in the previous century. This one has a few interesting topics surrounding the story, and of course, the most notable thing in this novel is the book burning, but there are a few other things.

      But well, let's begin with the context. The novel takes place in some American city at some point in the future. Houses are fireproof and for that reason firemen don't put out fires but start them. Somehow society has gotten so simplified to this point that firemen put themselves upon the task of burning books and it counts as entertainment.

      There's also the resistance to conformity. The main character, Guy Montag, meets a girl who, after a few hours of chatting, changes his life forever, for he realizes that nothing is questioned and nothing with actual depth is spoken about and he begins wondering about the world. 

      Another problem is the fact that people want simple lives with no suffering and sadness. This is something that I see in real life a lot, too. People try to run away from their problems or simply ignore them and then a certain point is reached in which all that tension under the surface has to be released, and this is something that the book portrays beautifully.

Sometimes you just have to read poetry.

       There's also the hint of political correctness. A certain book doesn't appeal to a certain group? Burn it. For example, white people didn't like Uncle Tom's Cabin, so it was burned. This comes to show that even though something's neat and all, somebody can simply say he was insulted and he'll be more supported than the one who created the material (Of course, there are limits). 

       So, if you're in the mood of questioning society for a bit and being a nonconformist of sorts, go ahead and read the book (it's pretty light, with some decent speed you can finish it in three or four hours), and once it's over, you can go over with your friends and rant about the danger of censorship and technology and simplicity. Go ahead and read Brave New World while you're at it and complement your bases for argument.

Friday, August 2, 2013

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Why Critics Are Secretly Good

       A novel, song, program, movie, painting, drawing, play, sculpture, any art form you can think of, will always have a critic. Some will be more "good" to the artist than others, and yet, all of them will have something to say about that creation or piece of work that somebody produces. Many feel that they're entitled snobs because they can shred somebody's feelings with a few words. 

         Does that mean they're evil? No. If the critic can name you one single reason as to why your work isn't that perfect piece of art you intended it to be then they're already helping. Good or bad critiques are constructive, period, because from them, as from your mistakes, you learn. 

          How? Imagine the critic says something like: 

         "The story's characters lacked depth and the narrator did not describe the novel enough for people to be able to form a good image of the environment in which the action takes place."

        Excellent. Now you know that you need to work on your characters more. In what aspect? Who knows, but you can prevent that mistake again by either getting in touch with the critic and asking him or reading other novel so you can observe how a three-dimensional character is.

         Some, of course, can talk about the artist's style, but understand that one man's garbage is another man's treasure and as such, for example, a critic who loved Daniel Day Lewis in Lincoln might not like the same actor in Gangs of New York

          What you have to remember is that it's never personal, unless you have a feud of sorts with the critic, which could happen at some point, but then again there will always be something worth improving that will be mentioned. If you are afraid of creating art because of the fear of being criticized, then get rid of that fear because without anybody who can judge your work you won't have a reliable mirror which can show you your faults, and if you don't know them, than you can't improve much.

Also if something of yours is ever famous and it gets criticized, you don't want to look like this.