Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Wumpus Hunting

I played "Hunt the Wumpus" over Thanksgiving break, won on "Easy" and "Hard", then promptly forgot to take screenshots. Tragedy.

Anyhow, playing this reminded me of the puzzle and text based games that I used to play as a kid. Those games required me to play with a pencil and notebook at my side, drawing out maps as I went and tracking the different puzzle clues. I used to play these games with my younger sister (correction: I'd play the computer while she played with my long hair), so I had an audience to cheer when I figured something out. Since these games lacked quality graphics, the emphasis was on the puzzles to fully engage the user. Now, the game graphics are high enough quality to fully engage the user and I don't need the puzzle aspect anymore. Also, if I am playing a puzzle game, knowing that GameFaq's can help me out if I get completely stuck helps bring the frustration level down a ton.

As such, gaming today is a much more pleasant experience for me than those old text and puzzle based programs. As I misread the twisting paths of Wumpus for the umpteenth time and fell into yet another slimepit, I was definitely reminded of this fact.

Mario Paint, anyone?

So I don't know how many of you had just about ever game for SNES like I did... I have three brothers, so I had good reason to have so many games.  ANYWAY!  Any of you remember Mario Paint?  I know I do, and I know I remember the music editor on there.  Well who would guess that people actually made that music editor into a software that you can download onto your computer?  Guess what... I have it.  Now, naturally, I suck at it.  But some people don't suck at it so much.  In fact, some people are quite awesome at it.  There are actually composition competitions with the software.  Allow me to show you an example of someone's handy work with mario paint editor...

In case the following video doesn't show up (like my last one), please just visit the following link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uZr3JWYdy8

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So if you watched it, you have now officially been paint roll'd.  Congratulations.  You have to admit, though, that it took some serious talent to make that.  I'd really suggest you check out some more of those mario paint videos.  Some of the original compositions are pretty awesome, as well as some of the song covers.  If you would like the mario paint composer, you can download it here:

http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/download/mariopaintcomposer

Let me know if you decide to try it out.  It's a lot of fun, but it's also extremely frustrating...  Hope you all enjoy it.

Brain Powered Video Games?

If you click on the title above, you can view a TED video explaining new developments in brain-powered video gaming. It's really interesting stuff. I remember always wondering whether or not technology would be able to progress like this... Looks like it can! The ultimate interactivity, huh?

Monday, November 29, 2010

Cyber Monday Sale

EA PC Games on Sale Link

EA games has a 50% off sale today for games we have discussed throughout the semester. Just thought I'd pass the information along in case anyone really enjoyed their tutorial versions.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Wumpman Cometh




We talked a bit about Hunt the Wumpus in class last Tuesday. I thought I'd give it a go and blog about the experience like Pat suggested.

The version we saw in class was strictly text-based, but I found a version online that is a bit more palatable to those of us spoiled by graphics in our games: http://www.dreamcodex.com/playwumpus.php

On "easy" I had some trouble early on acclimating to the rules, but when I got the logic down then I was more successful at bagging the wumpus than not. Playing on "Pro" though... that's a different story. I'd get to an impasse and it would literally be dumb luck whether or not the next step was instant death or not. Keeping in mind that this is based on a game that is almost 40 years old, I'll let it slide.

In terms of what stuck with me from the game, it's definitely that tense moment before you take a step and hope your logic was sound enough to keep you alive. Whether you're playing through a text-based command line interface and jotting down your steps on a map, or seeing it unfurl in front of you in all it's graphical splendor, I imagine it is that moment that has let the game endure for so long.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Disney's Oceans: A Majestic Story of Nature


So, I rented Disney's Oceans from blockbuster and the stunning quality and music absolutely blew me away. Narrated by Pierce Brosnan (James Bond), this movie fortells the story about our oceans and the magnificent stories of their inhabitants. This is one of the greatest stories that I've ever seen, because viewing these creatures makes us appreciate our oceans more and the ways these creatures live. There are a few quotes of this amazing documentary I want to share with you:


For many creatures on this planet, life began in the sea. Some have returned to the sea.

One in a thousand may reach the sea, enough for the species (of baby turtles) to carry on.



The first quote is indeed true. Many of the animals we study today in school have started out in the sea. As Pierce Brosnan states, some species depend on one another. For example, clownish hide within the sea anemone from predators such as puffer fish. Because of the idea that "big fish eat little fish" (Pierce Brosnan), some species like the leather-back turtle are either threatened or endangered. Along with these predators, we are also adding to the extinction of these species by throwing in too much fishing nets into the habitats of these certain species. This is what the second quote means. We need to be aware that many of these species already have a rough time surviving with all these seagulls and other predators around.

In addition, this movie also makes a wonderful tool in teaching elementary kids about science. Instead of learning through a textbook, both high school and elementary children can learn even faster through this interactive visual of the many wonderful animals.

Overall, not only does this movie tell an inspiring story about our oceans but also makes us aware that we have a lot more to explore in our oceans. Throughout the movie, I've seen some outstanding armies of different sea creatures, from thousands of crabs to the vibrant coral reefs. However, if we are not aware of the pollution we are causing to our oceans, we won't be able to access the rest of the mysterious creatures within the oceans. In fact, many of our resources comes from our oceans as well and polluting them will greatly lower our resources in the future. We must remember that the oceans are yet some still strange places that tell stories, places where "mythical dragon like" creatures do exist, and as wide open spaces that provide both food and shelter for both humans and animals alike.

By the way, if you want to learn more about our oceans, then this is a great movie to rent anytime you need a break for those loads of homework.




Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Know your (old) PC's


This was a response to Pats history of video games and computers. Sadly I can say I have owned a few of these while growing up and cant even remember how I used to stand using them.

Response to Binary text

I was interested in the binary text from todays presentations and found this site that encodes and even decodes b. text. So if you dont feel like learning binary (which most people wont) you can find out what your name, messages, etc look like in code. If you want to be a real geek you can make b. text messages to people.

Decode this:
010010010110110100100000011100100110010101100001011001000111100100100000011101000110111100100000011001110111001001100001011001000111010101100001011101000110010100101110

16 Bit Plethora


Wow. I knew that you could play 16bit games on the internet, but I have never found a site with so many in one place. I honestly spent about 20 minutes playing some childhood games, and now I remember why I wanted to snap the NES over my knee. Some of these games are hard! even by todays standards. If these games taught anything, it was definitely patience.

And another thing...why is Ghostbusters so hard!!??

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Storyboard APP

http://www.cinemek.com/storyboard/index.php

Kanye West - Runaway (Video Version) ft. Pusha T





I love this video, mainly because I've been in 3 weddings this year and the last one, I was the maid of honor and I would have loved to stand up and raise my glass to the douchbags!

The music video and the lyrics match as far as setting is concerned. He's making a toast about what he wishes he could say to her.

What's bizarre about this video is the random ballet dancers. I know Kanye has a love of classical dance and the ballet dancers resemble those in Swan Lake, but I don't understand why they were specifiaclly chosen for this piece. It does, however, create a nice counterpoint between the song and the video, which I enjoy.

Lyrics:

And I always find, yeah, I always find somethin' wrong
You been puttin' up wit' my shit just way too long
I'm so gifted at findin' what I don't like the most
So I think it's time for us to have a toast

Let's have a toast for the douchebags
Let's have a toast for the assholes
Let's have a toast for the scumbags
Every one of them that I know
Let's have a toast for the jerkoffs
That'll never take work off
Baby, I got a plan
Run away fast as you can

She find pictures in my email
I sent this girl a picture of my dick
I don't know what it is with females
But I'm not too good with that shit
See I could have me a good girl
And still be addicted to them hoodrats
And I just blame everything on you
At least you know that's what I'm good at

And I always find
Yeah I always find
Yeah, I always find somethin' wrong
You been puttin' up with my shit just way too long
I'm so gifted at findin' what I don't like the most
So I think it's time for us to have a toast

Let's have a toast for the douchebags
Let's have a toast for the assholes
Let's have a toast for the scumbags
Every one of them that I know
Let's have a toast to the jerkoffs
That'll never take work off
Baby I got a plan
Run away fast as you can

Run away from me, baby
Run away
Run away from me, baby
Run away
When it starts to get crazy
Just run away
Baby I got a plan
Run away as fast as you can

Run away from me, baby
Run away
Run away from me, baby
Run away
When it start to get crazy
Why can't she just run away
Baby I got a plan
Run away as fast as you can

(Pusha T)

24/7/365, pussy stays on my mind
I-I-I-I did it, all right, all right, I admit it
Now pick your next move, you could leave or live wit' it
Ichabod Crane with that muthafuckin top off
Split and go where?
Back to wearin' knockoffs... haha
Knock it off, Neiman's, shop it off
Let's talk over mai tais, waitress, top it off
Hoes like vulchers wanna fly in your Freddy loafers
You can't blame 'em, they ain't never seen Versace sofas
Every bag, every blouse, every bracelet
Comes with a price tag, baby, face it
You should leave if you can't accept the basics
Plenty hoes in a baller nigga matrix
Invisibly set, the Rolex is faceless
I'm just young, rich & tasteless
P!

(Kanye)

Never was much of a romantic
I could never take the intimacy
And I know I did damage
Cause the look in your eyes is killin me
I guess you're new in an advantage
Cause you can blame me fore everything
And I don't know how I'ma manage
If one day you just up and leave

And I always find
Yeah I always find somethin' wrong
You been puttin' up with my shit just way too long
I'm so gifted at findin' what I don't like the most
So I think it's time for us to have a toast

Let's have a toast for the douchebags,
Let's have a toast for the assholes,
Let's have a toast for the scumbags,
Every one of them that I know
Let's have a toast for the jerkoffs
That'll never take work off
Baby, I got a plan
Run away fast as you can

Hunt the Wumpus

Your village has suffered too long from the nocturnal attacks of that horrible beast, the Wumpus. At your coming-of-age ceremony, you vow to do what no other hunter in the village has had the courage to try. Donning an old suit of armor and taking only a torch and a crossbow with a single arrow, you enter the cavernous lair of the Wumpus. The path is unknown, twisting through narrow corridors and forgotten chambers. Ancient pits, built by a dead people for their lost subterranean gods, ooze slime as they wait to claim another explorer. Monstrous bats inhabit the caves, carrying the unaware through the darkness and releasing them again at whim. Most terrible of all is the Wumpus, who slumbers even now in the darkness. Woe to any who come upon the beast in the shadows!

But you have chosen to face these dangers, great as they are. You will free your village or fall in the attempt. Because you alone have chosen to Hunt The Wumpus!


This is the introduction of the game called Hunt the wumpus mentioned in class. This game is a classic maze-based puzzle game that is truly interactive. The object of this game is to use cluse within the maze in finding and hunting down the wumpus. However, you must figure out which direction the wumpus is based on these clues. You cannot run into the wumpus or else its game over. So anyways, I played the game and the puzzles are quite challenging, but fun and addicting. The game over images are so hilarious, from the wumpus evil mouth chomp to the falling candle when you accidently step in a pit. So far, I haven't been able to kill the wumpus yet, but I'll figure it out soon xD.

P.S. Here is a screenshot of my scores of this game:

Battlezone

So it turns out you can download the majority of games online... Who'da thunk it.  Here's the link to Battlezone:

http://www.classic-pc-games.com/pc/arcade_action/battlezone.html

You can download it, play it, etc., and there are downloads for more than just Battlezone.  There's also Battlezone 2, 3 and so on.  Check it out.

History of Game....Controllers!

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs810.snc4/69053_10150104061408368_659298367_7400375_296345_n.jpg

videogame history was really interesting in class today. The pic whose link I posted up above is a timeline of the history of videogame controllers. It's something to check out.

MMO

So I know we've talked about big things online like World of Warcraft, Second Life and all of that stuff, but we never really talked about the text-based MMO's.  I don't know if any of you ever played them, but those are basically what the majority of facebook games are.  You know, games like mafia wars, like street wars, etc.  I don't know if any of you ever played it or heard about it, but there was actually one of these games that was competitive among users and also had virtual forums and what not.  The game I am talking about is called Warbook.  I am slightly embarrassed about it being such a big part of my life at one time, but I don't regret it at all.  I actually made a lot of friends through this game, met a lot of interesting people and learned a lot about time management, much like you would in those complex 3d MMO's.

**Exam date = December 13**
****Exam time = 10 to 12****

So yeah, back to Warbook.  It was really interesting exactly how involved people got with this.  For example, there were actually Warbook weddings, believe it or not.  People held weddings for their characters in the forums and invited other "forum whores" to drop in.  I eventually received a status as a forum whore, not sure whether or not to be proud about that...  Aaaanyway, I just figured I'd mention this, because I thought it was something worth mentioning, simply because it shows how you don't actually need the graphics for a game to work out.  Millions of users, literally millions, gave away their social lives to Warbook because it required so much dedication, particularly if you were running an alliance.  So if you have no clue what Warbook is but you're intrigued, feel free to check it out.  It's not hard to find, you just type Warbook into your facebook search.  The only thing is, the game has lost its luster.  None of the forum whores are there anymore, none of the major players are there... It's been that way for a couple years now.  It was good for a while, now it sucks because of crappy developer changes and what not.  But by all means, look at it if you want.  I suppose it's still interactive.

Class Exam Day

Exam day is Monday December 13 at 10:00 - 12:00 noon

Thursday, November 18, 2010

MTV Storytelling

A little late, but here we go:

As soon as I heard "music video" and "story telling", I thought of old-school Michael Jackson. The "Thriller" short film is credited with changing the music video landscape, but it is also over 20 minutes long. As such, I decided to post one of his other famous clips, "Billie Jean". The lyrics tell the story of MJ fighting a paternity case with some stalker/gold digger. The video, on the other hand, illustrates the (rather paranoid) story of a man stalked by paparazzi and watchful floozies before eventually escaping by turning invisible. The slick production, costuming, dancing, and music creates a palpable air of paranoia and decadent wealth. Also, tigers? And magical touch-everything-and-turn-it-to-light powers? I'm not sure. At any rate, the atmosphere is the most striking part of the film, overshadowing even Michael's early-80's talent. Check it out:



Also, here are the lyrics:

[1st verse]
She was more like beauty queen from a movie scene
I said don't mind, but what do you mean I am the one
Who will dance on the floor in the round
She said I am the one who will dance on the floor in the round

[2nd verse]
She told me her name was Billie Jean, as she caused a scene
Then every head turned with eyes that dreamed of being the one
Who will dance on the floor in the round

[Bridge]
People always told me be careful what you do
Don't go around breaking young girls' hearts
And mother always told me be careful who you love
Be careful what you do 'cause the lie becomes the truth

[Chorus]
Billie Jean is not my lover
She's just a girl who claims that I am the one
But the kid is not my son
She says I am the one, but the kid is not my son

[3rd verse]
For forty days and forty nights
The law was on her side
But who can stand when she's in demand
Her schemes and plans
'Cause we danced on the floor in the round
So take my strong advice, just remember to always think twice
(Do think twice)

[4th verse]
She told my baby we'd danced 'till three
Then she looked at me
Then showed a photo of a baby cryin'
His eyes were like mine
Come on dance on the floor in the round, baby

[Bridge]
People always told me be careful what you do
Don't go around breaking young girls' hearts
She came and stood right by me
The smell of sweet perfume
This happened much too soon
She called me to her room

[Chorus]
Billie Jean is not my lover
She's just a girl who claims that I am the one
But the kid is not my son
Billie Jean is not my lover
She's just a girl who claims that I am the one
But the kid is not my son
She says I am the one, but the kid is not my son
She says I am the one, but the kid is not my son
Billie Jean is not my lover
She's just a girl who claims that I am the one
But the kid is not my son
She says I am the one, but the kid is not my son
She says I am the one, she says he is my son
She says I am the one
Billie Jean is not my lover (x6)

Lupe tells Stories

Professor commented about a videos relying on special effects. here is one that has minimally special effects but still gets the story across. The artist is telling the story from 2 different perspective using almost the same lyrics for both with just a little change.
He weaves the story through the video and the words.
Let me know what you think


Chorus
I can’t, I won’t, I can’t, I won’t let you leave
I don’t know what you want, you want, want from me

Verse 1 (Mother’s Perspective)
Ugh, she said to him
I want you to be a father
He’s your little boy, and you don’t even bother
Like, brother without the aura and he’s starting to harbor
Cool on food for though but for you, he’s a starver
Starting to use red markers on his work
His teachers said they know he’s much smarter
But he’s hurt, used to hand his homework in first
Like he was the classroom starter
Burt in tears, let him know she serious (serious)
Now he’s fighting in class, got a note last week
That say he might not pass
Ask me if his daddy was sick of us
‘Cause you ain’t never pick him up
You see what his problem is
Is he don’t know where his papa is
No positive male role model
To play football and build railroad models
It’s making a hole and you’ve been digging it
Cause you ain’t been kicking it
Since he was old enough to hold bottles
He wasn’t supposed to get introduced to that
He don’t deserve to get used to that
Now I ain’t asking you for money or to come back to me
Some days it ain’t sunny but it ain’t so hard
Just breaks my heart, when I try to provide
And he say, “mommy that ain’t your job.”
To be a man, I try to make him understand
That I’m his number one fan
But it’s like you born from the stance
You know the world is out to get him
So why don’t you give him a chance
It’s like…

Chorus

Verse 2 (Son’s Perspective)
Ugh, so he said to him
I want you to be a father
I’m your little boy, and you don’t even bother
Like, brother without the aura and I’m starting to harbor
Cool on food for though but for you, I’m a starver
Starting to use red markers on my work
My teachers say they know I’m much smarter
But I’m hurt; I used to hand my homework in first
Like I was the classroom starter
Burt in tears let him know he’s serious (serious)
Now I’m fighting in class, got a note last week
That say I might not pass
Kids ask me if my daddy is sick of us
‘Cause you ain’t never pick me up
You see what my problem is
That I don’t know where my papa is
No positive mail role model
To play football and build railroad models
It’s making a hole and you’ve been digging it
Cause you ain’t been kicking it
Since I was old enough to hold bottles
Wasn’t supposed to get introduced to that
I don’t deserve to get used to that
Now I ain’t asking you for money or to come back to me.
Some days it ain’t sunny but it ain’t so hard
Just breaks my heart, when my momma try to provide
And I tell her, “That ain’t your job.”
To be a man, she try to make me understand
That she’s my number one fan
But it’s like you born from the stance
You know the world is out to get me
So why don’t you give me a chance

Here is another video for fun still tells a good story


Lupe Fiasco Feat. Nikki Jean - Hip Hop Saved My Life
Uploaded by man_t. - Music videos, artist interviews, concerts and more.

And now I realize...

For some reason the embed thingy doesn't work for me either.  So to make up for wasting your time with that last post, I'll waste a little more with these next two hyperlinks.  They're real good songs, veeeerry interesting videos.  Hope you enjoy them:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnIBBbWFJ38

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKtsdZs9LJo

lol

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UO1rYr4BXAI

Video Response to Take On Me


Just an example of how popular that music video is. But of course Family Guy would make an awesome satire of something almost everyone can refer to.

So I keep forgetting...

I keep forgetting to label my posts, and that posting hyperlinks doesn't work.  So here's the music video I tried to show, in case the link didn't work for any of you...

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David Lynch on iPhone

Choreography: Busby Berkeley By A Waterfall vs Janathan's Runaway Video

Shown in class, Busby Berkeley by A Waterfall, a classic video, gives us an emphasis of how choreography was like during the 50s and 60s. This video was compared to the Runaway video Janathan posted because the choreography at 16:19 is similar to that in the Berkeley video. Based on both videos, we can see that the art of choreography has changed. In the Runaway video, there are less dancers, and they are rather in the background while in the 50s video had the main dancers as the main singers. The dancers in the Runaway video are also shown in rather a slow motion fashion, with camera angles shown behind each dancer, their tows, overhead view, etc. On the contrary, the Berkeley video showed the dancers in a synchronized pattern, mainly in an overhead view. As we can see, choreography is an art form that adds to any music video we watch. We see modern classical moves that give the music video a dichotomy of a narrative and art. We no longer see a specific singer like Elvis Presley dancing on stage. We now see a new form of media (sometimes 34 minutes long) moving into a more deeper feeling.

Kid Cudi - Day 'N' Nite



click the above image for frame selections


Day 'N' Nite by Kid Cudi was said in an interview to be a reflection on how he was feeling in his life at the moment. As you listen to the lyrics and compare them with the visuals, it is, although sometimes abstractly represented, an accurate rendition of the message he seems to be trying to convey. Before I saw the video, I assumed there would be some differentiation between day and night in the video, because of how much he talks about what happens "at night." However once watching it, it further cemented the caveat of his life, that there is no difference in day n' night, some things will never change, and it is just at night when he is finally able to free his mind.

The very basic idea of the title, "Day 'N' Nite," is a dichotomy similar to the constant oppositional comparisons he shows in the video, such as the couple walking and how they would appear versus how he sees them, or at least how he feels around them. The entire message of the visuals seems to be a reflection on how he experiences the world, whether it is a completely accurate representation or not, which may be why he used the inaccurate rendering technique of the hand drawn illustrations to show this. The constant change from reality to this fantasized cartoon world is probably a reasonable representation of how he is feeling as the self-proclaimed, "lonely stoner," as well. In the image of him walking down the yellow road, one might compare this to the "yellow brick road" of The Wizard of Oz, where both stories are about being "in search of" something, as mentioned in his lyrics.

In the end, I feel the images communicated his message clearly, "Day and night, The lonely stoner seems to free his mind at night, He's all alone, some things will never change, The lonely loner seems to free his mind at night..."

Video Story!

      Well, I'm posting this late, yes! However, I can make it up by providing the meaning of the video of one of my favorite songs: Laid to Rest by Lamb of God.
       Many of you will say, "Well, this video is all emo and stuff", but the message can be perceived. As soon as the video starts, you can see one dude chasing another one. As the song goes on, he keeps on chasing him through the facility, and in the end the other dude ends up walking away with a red sweater.
      How is this a story you ask? Well, if you actually take the time to read the lyrics, it talks about how you an enemy should take things in life rather than just lay by vengeance. The lyrics also suggest that he should take the time to just let it go or he will end up dead by someone's hand. To some extent, chained "to the truth."
      Well, here it is. Enjoy some rather hardcore metal!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOWB6rmSd4I

Coldplay - Don't Panic



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Bones, sinking like stones,
All that we fought for,
Homes, places we've grown,
All of us are done for.

And we live in a beautiful world,
Yeah we do, yeah we do,
We live in a beautiful world,

Bones, sinking like stones,
All that we fought for,
And homes, places we've grown,
All of us are done for.

And we live in a beautiful world,
Yeah we do, yeah we do,
We live in a beautiful world.

Here we go, here we go

And we live in a beautiful world,
Yeah we do, yeah we do,
We live in a beautiful world.

Oh, all that I know,
There's nothing here to run from,
'Cause everybody here's got somebody to lean on.

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This was one of the more creative videos I've seen in awhile. Apart from being one of my favorite songs, Don't Panic also played in the movie Garden State.
The video in my opinion talks about how beautiful the world is, but how much we take it for granted every day. When doing our daily chores we're unaware what is happening around us until it actually hits and you notice how beautiful it actually is and how its beauty is constantly diminishing. It shows how we bad we treat the world by industrializing every sector of it. Unfortunately, when it's too late to enjoy the beauty, the cities, lights, and skyscrapers take over. You're forced to leave but when all those fail to destroy the beautiful world around you, you can enjoy it with those you care the most about, because they will be there with you through the worst of times. It's a very inspiring video and song. For me, it always lifts me up when I'm down. Great song, great video, great band.

Hot Chip - I Feel Better



This song is an intimate conversation between two lovers. The first speaker says, "How did we get ourselves so lost?" This seems to imply that the two are lost in love. The song goes on to be from the perspective of the second speaker. It then says that there is complete futility in what we all do, but that futility is ours: "Everything's nothing, and nothing is ours."

It isn't until one watches the video that we see the true meaning of the song. The first time I saw this music video, I thought this was a boy band that used the overused auto-tune. But, it turns out, this band is sort of geeky. The video shows a boy band singing and a Jesus like person coming in and blasting them with a laser from his mouth. The true meaning to, "Everything is nothing" is that everything in the media is nothing. These fads fall in and out and nothing is of meaning. The boy band is a perfect example of this. Boy bands were extremely popular in the '90s but fell out. "Nothing is ours" is that this nothing is all we have. We must either be sheep to the media or we can call upon our own bald Jesus to eradicate this tripe from media and bring out  and praise true ingenuity and talent. And in the end, we will all "feel better" once this has been done.

Can I has California Gurls?

Apparently not, since they live in some fairy tail island where the grass is really greener, wetter, warmer, and wild. First, take a look at the actual lyrics.

[Snoop Dogg]
Greetings loved ones
Let's take a journey

[Katy Perry]
I know a place
Where the grass is really greener
Warm, wet and wild
There must be something in the water
Sippin' gin and juice
Laying underneath the palm trees
(Undone)
The boys break their necks
Tryin' to creep a little sneak peek
(At us)

You could travel the world
But nothing comes close to the Golden Coast
Once you party with us
You'll be falling in love
(Oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh)

California gurls, we're unforgettable
Daisy dukes, bikinis on top
Sun-kissed skin, so hot, we'll melt your popsicle
(Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh)
(Oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh)
California gurls, we're undeniable
Fine, fresh, fierce, we got it on lock
West Coast represent, now put your hands up
(Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh)
(Oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh)

Sex on a beach
We don't mind sand in out stilettos
We freak, in my jeep
Snoop Doggy Dogg is on the stereo

You could travel the world
But nothing comes close to the Golden Coast
Once you party with us
You'll be falling in love
(Oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh)

California gurls, we're unforgettable
Daisy dukes, bikinis on top
Sun-kissed skin, so hot, we'll melt your popsicle
(Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh)
(Oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh)

California gurls, we're undeniable
Fine, fresh, fierce, we got it on lock
West Coast represent, now put your hands up
(Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh)
(Oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh)



[Snoop Dogg raps]
Tone tanned, fit and ready,
turn it up 'cause it's getting heavy!
Wild, wild west coast,
these are the girls I love the most!
I mean the ones,
I mean, like, she's the one,
kiss her, touch her, squeeze her buns!

The girl's a freak,
she drives a jeep and lives on the beach,
I'm okay, I won't play,
I love the bay, just like I love L. A.,
Venice Beach and Palm Springs,
summer time is everything!

Home boys hanging out,
all this ass hanging out!
Bikinis, tankinis, martinis, no weenies,
Just a king and a queen,
Katy, my lady, (Yeah)
You looking here baby (uh, huh)!
I'm all up on you,
'Cause you representing California (oh yeah)!

[Katy Perry]
California gurls, we're unforgettable
Daisy dukes, bikinis on top
Sun-kissed skin, so hot, we'll melt your popsicle
(Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh)
(Oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh)
California gurls, we're undeniable
Fine, fresh, fierce, we got it on lock
West Coast represent, now put your hands up
(Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh)
(Oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh)

I remember the first time I heard the song, I just imagined something extremely racy like how most music videos these days appear. Not once did it cross my mind that they'd be in some fairy tail world where a place called Candy Mountain might possibly exist. Here is what I'm talking about:






So, the lyrics really don't match up with the visuals at all. Where the grass is always greener and everything is warm, wet and wild, there are ice cream cones everywhere. Laying underneath the palm trees instead portrays women trapped in bubbles. When she says "sex on the beach," she's poking jello. If I had an interpretation for that, I'd lay it out, but I would rather not think about it. Surprisingly, there is an actual point in the video where a popsicle melts at 2:38.
Overall, I think the majority of people that listen to this song don't even think about the lyrics. They are mildly inappropriate to say the least-- the lyrics themselves I mean. If you were to watch the video itself without lyrics, you'd be getting an entirely different message, but the half-nakedness still gives off the same vibe. It appears all music videos these days have to portray something provoking... But then again, it is Katy Perry-- these California Gurls sure are unforgettable.

Sabotage

I love music videos. I hate that MTV is never showing them (especially classic ones), but I guess now we have youtube and other websites to compensate.
Music videos are awesome. Usually the themes of the song are presented in a different manner, and its cool to see the band members either playing their instruments or participating in the story of the video. I think its cool how they can range from a concert style video to a bizarre fictional story.
Several music videos stand out as my favorites. I can remember seeing them since I was a little kid, although we didn't have MTV or VH1 until I was in high school.
I think the Beastie Boys music videos are my favorites, I like their music and the videos are usually pretty hilarious. Sabotage and Intergalactic are two that I remember in particular. The videos are great because the members play ridiculous characters and act out dramatic (and hilarious) scenes. I love the "low-budget" look of the effects and how they overcompensate with elaborate costumes. In Sabotage, the lyrics are a little paranoid sounding but when paired with the video it becomes comical and a great backdrop for the detective drama of the video.
I love this video because I love Van Halen. It's also an awesome edgy song and video with beautiful women. Van Halen took the ol' "boy in love with his attractive teacher" theme and turned it into a video that plays out every 12 year old boy's fantasy. Sure its immature but you can't help but laugh and relate (as a dude). Although I enjoy the provocative imagery of the video, my favorite part is when Eddie is playing his solo while walking down the table.
I remember seeing Marilyn Manson's "Sweet Dreams" video when I was young. It scared the crap out of me but I was fascinated with the creepy imagery. The Prodigy's "Smack My Bitch Up" is another awesome video from that era, although I didn't see it until I was much older.

The Scientist - Coldplay

This music video at first left me quite confused... knowing the song before seeing the music video, I was trying to imagine how him laying on some mattress in some alley had anything to do with the lyrics... and quite honestly I still don't get that part. But then started the more interesting action.

As the lead singer started doing his thing backwards, and the video progressed, I got the fact that... well, it looks cool that he's walking backwards (I also kind of questioned if he was walking backwards or if they rewinded the film in editing) and that basketball and BMX look cool backwards. But so what?

Then came the deeper thought (but only as the video got to the very ending with the car scene). The song talks about "going back to the start" and how life isn't easy and how sometimes you just want to redo things. And the whole video makes sense when you get to the end... or the beginning one could say. It's as if the singer is rewinding his life to redo a choice he made, like I'm sure we've all imagined doing.

The video is somewhat like Run Lola Run. actually. I'm still debating if I like the slow beginning, seeing as how it left me questioning the intent or if that aspect was even on purpose. Did they want the video to leave you questioning, or did they just want to show cool things? All in all, the story left an impact on me. It made me think about how each little decision we make can greatly affect our lives. I also really enjoy the song.

And just for giggles, in my opinion this is a link to a better edition of the song: A cover by Natasha Bedingfield.

Online - Brad Paisley



The music video plays out the story of the song with an all star cast of Jason Alexander (main character), William Shatner (father), Maureen McCormick (mother), Taylor Swift (background dancer), and Kelly Pickler (background dancer). Jason Alexander is a pizza delivery boy who still lives with his parents but he has an alter ego when he goes online. His alter ego "chats with two women at one time" and is a 6'5 model who drives a Maserati. He was a Tuba player in the high school band and has a crush on the neighbor who was a baton twirler in high school. The two share looks across the street throughout the video and in the end Jason Alexander realizes he is not his online alter ego and embraces his nerd. He puts on his band outfit and marches down the street with the baton twirler. It's a really funny song and video with a huge cast!

Lyrics:
I work down at the Pizza Pit
And I drive an old Hyundai
I still live with my mom and dad
I'm 5 foot 3 and overweight
I'm a scifi fanatic
A mild asthmatic
And I've never been to second base
But there's whole ‘nother me
That you need to see
Go checkout MySpace

'Cause online I'm out in Hollywood
I'm 6 foot 5 and I look damn good
I drive a Maserati
I'm a black-belt in karate
And I love a good glass of wine
It turns girls on that I’m mysterious
I tell them I don't want nothing serious
'Cause even on a slow day
I could have a three way
Chat with two women at one time
I’m so much cooler online
So much cooler online

When I get home I kiss my mom
And she fixes me a snack
And I head down to my basement bedroom
And fire up my mac
In real life the only time I’ve ever even been to L.A
Is when I got the chance with the marching band
To play tuba in the Rose Parade

Online I live in Malibu
I pose for Calvin Klein, I've been in GQ
I'm single and I'm rich
And I've got a set of six pack abs that would blow your mind
It turns girls on that I’m mysterious
I tell them I don't want nothing serious
'Cause even on a slow day
I could have a three way
Chat with two women at one time
I’m so much cooler online
Yeah, I'm cooler online

When you got my kind of stats
It’s hard to get a date
Let alone a real girlfriend
But I grow another foot and I lose a bunch of weight
Every time I login

Online
I’m out in Hollywood
I’m 6 foot 5 and I look damn good
Even on a slow day
I could have a three way
Chat with two women at one time
I’m so much cooler online
Yeah, I’m cooler online
I’m so much cooler online
Yeah, I’m cooler online

Yeah, I’m cooler online

Yeah, I’ll see ya online

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Black Hole Sun



Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” is a Sadistic, though somewhat nostalgic nod to youth-hood in middle America. The video opens with views of desert and scorching sun that turn into the “rolling hills” of suburbia. A group of demented proselytizers trek over a flowering field that resembles a scene from Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland”, approaching the camera with a sign reading “The End is Nigh”. This cuts to scenes of aging, caucasian, suburbanites primarily (though some of the neighborhood children), in their yards and homes, as their faces morph into caricatures and their conduct becomes more and more overtly perverse.

The lyrics are well-matched to the imagery. Chris Cornell’s words imply that beneath the cookie-cutter veneer of middle America lies an ugly reality:

“In my eyes, in disposed,
In disguise:as no one knows
Hides the face Lies
The snake, the sun
In my disgrace”

The song serves as both a pointing of fingers and as a confessional. Much as the imagery of the music video subverts the expectation of happiness in the American home, The sun is a double entendre for The Son, whom Soundgarden suggests is the real face of Evil. In their angst-ridden tale of growing up in Suburbia, the band invokes The End in an adolescent melodrama of meaningless imagery and special effects.

“Black hole sun
Won't you come
And wash away the rain”

John Mayer - Half of My Heart




The video I picked was John Mayer's "Half of My Heart" because I had to watch it a few times to get what was going on. The song is about a guy telling a girl that all his life he's never really cared about anything until she showed up and changed everything, like when he says "Made a plan, stayed a man who can only love himself. Lonely was the song I sang, 'til the day you came. Showing me another way and all that my love can bring" But he has realized that he only loves this girl with half of his heart and knows that that won't be enough and she deserves better. The best he can do is "a shotgun wedding to a bride with a paper ring", meaning he'll marry her on whim and like a paper ring, it'll be a fragile bond. He has to tell her to move on by saying that "half of my heart's got a right mind to tell you that half of my heart won't do."


So basically in the video you have John Mayer dressed up in a tux at a bar looking depressed and singing the song. They also keep showing a church set up for a wedding where the people look confused and upset. You later find out that the wedding was cancelled when the guest start leaving, turning off the candles, pack up the wedding dress, etc. The first time I saw the video, I assumed that he had left the girl at the alter because the song talks about how he's not capable of loving someone and it's not fair to whomever he's singing to. However, after reading people's comments and re-watching the video a few times, it turns out that it was the girl that left John Mayer. I guess what really bothered me about the video was that the song would make you believe that he would be the one to leave the girl at the alter. I had first heard the song and then saw the video which is why I had a hard time believing that she had left him. The two biggest indicators that she left him are the fact that they packed up the wedding dress, meaning she never wore it, and that he has a note saying "I can't stop loving you" which is more then likely from her. Overall it's a good video that matches the song but not the way I thought it would. Maybe the girl realized everything he was trying to tell her before the wedding, which would kinda make sense since there is a female voice in the song. 

Yellowcard - Ocean Avenue

Looks like I can't embed the song.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hu1hMINA7k

It's not my favorite song, but what's interesting is that it uses something we talked about in class: the idea of being able to redo things in the past. The first time I watched the music video, it was somewhat off-putting because it's not at all what I imagined the song to be like, especially with the album cover. I guess they were going for a punk/alternative rock image at the time. Although I could tell what they were starting to hint at midway, it didn't occur to me what was going on until the end, which was a very nice twist.
_______________________________
Lyrics:
There's a place off Ocean Avenue
Where I used to sit and talk with you
We were both 16 and it felt so right
Sleeping all day, staying up all night
Staying up all night

There's a place on the corner of Cherry Street
We would walk on the beach in our bare feet
We were both 18 and it felt so right
Sleeping all day, staying up all night
Staying up all night

If I could find you now things would get better
We could leave this town and run forever
Let your waves crash down on me and take me away

There's a piece of you that's here with me
It's everywhere I go, it's everything I see
When I sleep, I dream and it gets me by
I can make believe that you're here tonight
That you're here tonight

If I could find you now things would get better
We could leave this town and run forever
I know somewhere, somehow we'll be together
Let your waves crash down on me and take me away

I remember the look in your eyes
When I told you that this was goodbye
You were begging me not tonight
Not here, not now
We're looking up at the same night sky
And keep pretending the sun will not rise
Be together for one more night
Somewhere, somehow

If I could find you now things would get better
We could leave this town and run forever
I know somewhere, somehow we'll be together
Let your waves crash down on me and take me away
_______________________________

What's interesting is how the stories don't seem to be related in the beginning. The lyrics sound like they're talking about someone who is reminiscing about his friend or lover. With the video, the person seems to be either running somewhere or chasing something. He's tackled, and afterwards you see two men barring a car and replacing the license plate, which implies he's being taken somewhere. As this happens, he sings about finding someone and escaping the town. If you're like me, you probably won't see how the song and the video are related yet, or that he's being chased. Later, the same scene in the beginning repeats, but instead he avoids all the obstacles only to get hit by the car as the chorus repeats again. The final scene happens, and you suddenly see everything. He's being chased, but he manages to be in the right place at the right time, stop the car, and leave.

As it happens, the song and the video are very similar in terms of their story. To me, the song was about someone who misses a friend or lover and dreams of leaving everything behind with that certain person. The idea that it's a lover, or at least a very important friend, is expanded upon as the song mentions intimate moments that the two shared and how they didn't want to split. The song repeats the message until the end.

The video was about someone who is being pursued for something a woman he was with now has. The woman has left him, and he chases her down. As this happens, he is interrupted by various obstacles that lead to bad ends. He then repeats the same scene, except with the knowledge from the last event, and eventually is able to get in the car with the woman and leave the city.

I've already mentioned their differences, but the reason they're similar is because both have the idea of the person needing to find someone important to him [his relation to the woman in the video is unknown, so she could possibly be very intimate with him, or he could just need her to escape] and wanting to escape their situation. The ideas presented in the lyrics are hinted at in the video as the lyrics play, but it's something that I didn't catch until I rewatched it. To me, it was a very interesting story and a good spin on a typical presentation.

Eminem- When I'm Gone



I've always been an Eminem fan. The other day I watched this video for the first time. I was telling my roommate how touching it was. There's so much passion behind the video and the song. If you watch the video without the music playing you can still see the story. The synopsis would be that Eminem doesn't spend very much time with his family and they are starting to resent him for it, especially his daughter Haile. Feeling like your parents (or dad in this case) love someone else more then you is a painful experience. I can't say I relate to this video in the sense of how it was wrote. I don't have a famous rapper dad, nor am I as young as Haile. However, when I listen to this song it makes me think of my grandma who passed away in 2007. The lyrics, "And when I'm gone, just carry on, don't mourn rejoice every time you hear the sound of my voice. Just know that I'm looking down on you smiling. And I didn't feel a thing so baby don't feel no pain just smile back" reminds me of something my grandma would say.
It's obvious Eminem knows he's letting them down. He's torn between being a dad and being a star. Everyone can say what they would choose if they were in that position, but I dont think you can honestly know without being put in it. Eminem may have issues but I admire the fact that he admits it. I can watch this video over and over and still feel the emotion from the lyrics. When Haile's piling boxes in front of the door I want to cry. The story in this video is plain and simple...very clear.

Yeah
It's my life
In my own words I guess

Have you ever loved someone so much, you'd give an arm for?
Not the expression, no, literally give an arm for?
When they know they're your heart
And you know you are their armor
And you will destroy anyone who would try to harm 'em

But what happens when karma, turns right around and bites you
And everything you stand for, turns on you, despite you?
What happens when you become the main source of a pain?
"Daddy look what I made," dad's gotta go catch a plane

"Daddy where's mommy? I can't find mommy, where is she?"
I don't know, go play Haile, baby, your daddy's busy
Daddy's writing this song, this song ain't gon' write itself
I'll give you one underdog, and you gotta swing by yourself

Then turn right around in that song and tell her you love her
And put hands on her mother, who's a spitting image of her
That's Slim Shady, yeah baby, Slim Shady's crazy
Shady made me, but tonight Shady's rocka-by-baby

And when I'm gone, just carry on, don't mourn
Rejoice every time you hear the sound of my voice
Just know that I'm looking down on you smiling
And I didn't feel a thing
So baby don't feel no pain
Just smile back

And when I'm gone, just carry on, don't mourn
Rejoice every time you hear the sound of my voice
Just know that I'm looking down on you smiling
And I didn't feel a thing
So baby don't feel no pain
Just smile back

I keep having this dream, I'm pushin' Haile on a swing
She keeps screaming, she don't want me to sing
"You're making mommy cry? Why? Why is mommy crying?
Baby, daddy ain't leaving no more, "Daddy you're lying?

"You always say that, you always say this is the last time
But you ain't leaving no more, daddy, you're mine"
She's piling boxes in front of the door, trying to block it
"Daddy please, daddy don't leave, daddy, no stop it!"

Goes in her pocket, pulls out a tiny necklace locket
It's got a picture, "This'll keep you safe daddy, take it witcha'"
I look up, it's just me standing in the mirror
These stinkin' walls must be talking, ?cuz man I can hear 'em

They're saying, "You got one more chance to do right
And it's tonight, now go out there
And show ?em that you love 'em ?fore it's too late?
And just as I go to walk out of my bedroom door
It's turns to a stage, they're gone, and this spotlight is on
And I'm singing

And when I'm gone, just carry on, don't mourn
Rejoice every time you hear the sound of my voice
Just know that I'm looking down on you smiling
And I didn't feel a thing
So baby don't feel no pain
Just smile back

And when I'm gone, just carry on, don't mourn
Rejoice every time you hear the sound of my voice
Just know that I'm looking down on you smiling
And I didn't feel a thing
So baby don't feel no pain
Just smile back

Sixty thousand people, all jumping out their seat
The curtain closes, they're throwing roses at my feet
I take a bow and thank you all for coming out
They're screaming so loud, I take one last look at the crowd

I glance down, I don't believe what I'm seeing
"Daddy it's me, help mommy, her ****** are bleeding"
But baby we're in Sweden, how did you get to Sweden?
"I followed you daddy, you told me that you weren't leavin'
You lied to me dad, and now you made mommy sad
And I bought you this coin, it says 'Number One Dad'?

"That's all I wanted, I just want to give you this coin
I get the point, fine, me and mommy are goin'"
But baby wait, "It's too late dad, you made your choice
Now go out there and show 'em that you love 'em more than us"

That's what they want, they want you Marshall
They keep screamin' your name
It's no wonder you can't go to sleep, just take another ****
Yeah, I bet you you will, you rap about it
Yeah, word, k-keep it real

I hear applause, all this time I couldn't see
How could it be, that the curtain is closing on me?
I turn around, find a *** on the ground, **** it
Put it to my brain, scream, "Die Shady" and *** it

The sky darkens, my life flashes
The plane that I was supposed to be on crashes and burns to ashes
That's when I wake up, alarm clock's ringin', there's birds singin'
It's spring and Haile's outside swinging

I walk right up to Kim and kiss her
Tell her I miss her, Haile just smiles
And winks at her little sister
Almost as if to say

And when I'm gone, just carry on, don't mourn
Rejoice every time you hear the sound of my voice
Just know that I'm looking down on you smiling
And I didn't feel a thing
So baby don't feel no pain
Just smile back

And when I'm gone, just carry on, don't mourn
Rejoice every time you hear the sound of my voice
Just know that I'm looking down on you smiling
And I didn't feel a thing
So baby don't feel no pain
Just smile back

Bad Day?

I don't really watch many music videos, since MTV was banned from my house when i was little pretty much, so my library of choice for this assignment was limited to say the least. However, I chose this video primarily because it tells a story. The screen is divided in several portions of the video to show parallel stories that eventually merge and we see as the characters find a common tie as they graffiti the billboard. The idea that the lyrics convey of having a bad day and falling into routine are portrayed in the beginning as the characters change clothes as the days pass but they perform the same repeated tasks.

Where is the moment we needed the most
You kick up the leaves and the magic is lost
They tell me your blue skies fade to gray
They tell me your passion's gone away
And I don't need no carryin' on

You stand in the line just to hit a new low
You're faking a smile with the coffee you go
You tell me your life's been way off line
You're falling to pieces every time
And I don't need no carryin' on

Because you had a bad day
You're taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don't know
You tell me don't lie
You work at a smile and you go for a ride
You had a bad day
The camera don't lie
You're coming back down and you really don't mind
You had a bad day
You had a bad day

Will you need a blue sky holiday?
The point is they laugh at what you say
And I don't need no carryin' on

You had a bad day
You're taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don't know
You tell me don't lie
You work at a smile and you go for a ride
You had a bad day
The camera don't lie
You're coming back down and you really don't mind
You had a bad day

(Oooh.. a holiday..)

Sometimes the system goes on the blink
And the whole thing turns out wrong
You might not make it back and you know
That you could be well oh that strong
And I'm not wrong

(yeah...)

So where is the passion when you need it the most
Oh you and I
You kick up the leaves and the magic is lost

Cause you had a bad day
You're taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don't know
You tell me don't lie
You work at a smile and you go for a ride
You had a bad day
You've seen what you like
And how does it feel for one more time
You had a bad day
You had a bad day

Even though the lyrics say nothing about falling in love, this 'passion' that was 'needed the most' is interpreted in the video as the characters find each other and in essence this brightens their bad day. I think that the idea of incorporating love and relationships into the video made it that much easier to relate to.The song could have been about having a bad day because of anything else, but because the music video makes it about companionship and relationships it makes it something marketable, something the audience can automatically relate to. And although we all KNOW the characters are going to end up meeting each other and falling in love and living happily ever after, because it's about love, it keeps the audience watching.

Knights of Cydonia

For this post I had difficulty choosing between the Muse song that chronicled human history (of course ending with the aliens and giant fiery robotic teddy bear attacks that are bound to happen in the future) and Knights of Cydonia, which tells the classic tale of the space cowboy. I went with Knights of Cydonia.

The lyrics to Knights of Cydonia basically exhort one to "fight for their rights", in a very general poetic sense, not mentioning what exactly those rights we should be fighting for are exactly. It opens with the artist briefly mentioning history and noting the difficulty of living/"winning" when "fools can be kings"

The video tells the tale of a kung fu space cowboy who is new in town, and not only gets the girl, but gets on the wrong side of evil cowboy (dressed in black) who runs the town. We're not quite sure why he's evil, he just looks scruffy and tries to kill the cowboy and hang his girl. In the end, following some karate, a laser shoot out, and a hot chick in a metallic bikini on a unicorn, the cowboy defeats the evil cowboy and rides off into the sunset with his girl.

Perhaps what is most interesting about the video is how it makes a point to copy conventions of the classic Western film. The salon scene, shoot out, and even the pan from the sign "town of Cydonia" to the cowboy entering the town are all classic western elements. Of course the robots, kung fu, and lasers are all added fun.



My actual favorite narrative music video is the trailer for Gears of War featuring Mad World, because I love how the camerawork, editing choices and music flow together so perfectly. (Perfectly I say!)

Evolving Comics 2.5.1

The interview that Meadows conducted with Scott McCloud was interesting because it primarily discussed the evolution of media when it comes to conveying a narrative, particularly in this case the narrative in the form of a comic. His approach, rather than rejecting the change and evolution that comes with the implementation of new technology, is to embrace the new media and be creative in the delivery of the narrative. He discusses the idea of presenting comics in three dimensional cubes and other interactive ways, but doesn't necessarily limit himself to bringing comics to the monitor. I thought it was interesting how he said that he didn't think 'technology becomes extinct' and that he praises those who 'choose paper rather than having paper chosen for them.' He presents the idea of old medium and new medium collaborating.