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Secret Tunnels

Posted in Photography with tags , on June 22, 2015 by Aaron

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Humans are Backwards

Posted in Random Musings with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2015 by Aaron

Slow motion video is pretty cool. You can learn all sorts of things from it. I vividly remember as a kid not understanding why when I licked water, I would hardly get any in my mouth. I thought that dogs must not really need as much water as I thought they would. Slow motion has proven me wrong.

On the other end is time lapse.  Seeing things that take too long to observe normally is amazing. I could fill the page with time lapse and slow motion videos.

It makes one think that time is more relative than it would seem. As I write this I am reminded of an article that I read somewhere that says that time is perceived differently for different creatures. It is all in our brains… zombies understand.

Stripes and Plaid

Posted in Photography with tags on June 15, 2015 by Aaron

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Beetlejuice, Better Off Dead, and Brain Dead

Posted in Movies, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 10, 2015 by Aaron

If there are any movies that start with the letter B that have impacted me greatest, it would be these three. When I was 8 years old I watched Beetlejuice every single day for a whole summer. It was the prefect mix of a completely wacky story, not-to-scary (except for Large Marge, she is still terrifying), and an awesome style that I would later learn was Tim Burtons second feature film (after Pee-wee’s Big Adventure).

Every. Single. Day. My dad still makes fun of me.

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The next film that I would watch incessantly was Better Off Dead. The Bouncing Souls was a band that I loved. One of their songs had a quote from the film. I didn’t rest until I found out what movie that was. In 1997, that wasn’t so easy… the internet wasn’t omnipotent yet. I loved that there was a young Jon Cusack in it (Grosse Pointe Blank had recently come out), my favorite band loved it, most of my peers hadn’t seen it, and it was totally wacky. A white kid in suburbia trying to grow up with the perspective of trying to make sense of the world.

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Eventually I would get into horror movies. Still, to this day, my favorite is Brain Dead (otherwise known as Dead Alive in the US). You guessed it … it’s wacky! A young Peter Jackson directed this one. It is full of silly blood-and-guts that is totally over the top. It borrows a lot and builds on the amazingness of the Evil Dead series. As you watch it you continually tell yourself that you can’t be shocked anymore, and then your jaw drops again, and again …

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These movies totally hold up and I would whole heartedly recommend them.

Film Review: The Wolfpack

Posted in Movies with tags , , , on June 4, 2015 by Aaron

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I got the chance to see the film The Wolfpack this week. It is directed by first time feature filmmaker Crystal Moselle and I really like it a lot. It is a documentary that tells the story of a group of 7 children who were raised in a New York City apartment completely isolated from the outside world. Their father wouldn’t allow them to leave more than a few times a year and their mother homeschooled them. While they weren’t allowed to watch TV or go on the internet, they were seemingly allowed to watch all the movies they wanted. One of their biggest forms of entertainment were to act out movies with elaborate homemade props and costumes and spot on impressions of the actors in the real films. Things begin to change when one of them escapes.

I don’t want to give anything away so I just want to talk about some of my impressions that I left the film with. First of all, I think that Crystal Moselle did a fantastic job of walking the line between respecting her subjects as humans and profiteering or taking advantage of their story. I say this because the abuses they endured from their alcoholic father growing up leaves them socially awkward. They are shown to be very intelligent and introspective throughout the film and their love for each other and their mother is apparent. This could easily have fallen prey to exploiting the family by just saying “look how strange they are!” It doesn’t, it reveals them all to be real people who can be empathized and sympathized with. Every once in a while it takes a step back to remind us that the conditions they grew up in aren’t normal or okay. Without a doubt this was an abusive household.

The Wolfpack reenacts a scene from one their favorite films, The Usual Suspects for @sundanceinstitute #thewolfpackfilm

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The thing that I walked away from the film with I hope to hold onto is the joy they experienced from encountering things that most people would consider mundane. On their first trip to Coney Island they remark that it reminds them of Lawrence of Arabia. That was probably the first and last time someone will innocently liken those two things to each other. In a “real” world when many people are tied to their screens, they engage with it in delight. I hope to look at the world with wonder.

This is a great documentary that leaves the viewer with way more questions that it answers. If you are okay with ambiguity then you should check it out!

Fallout Homepage

Posted in Games with tags , , on June 2, 2015 by Aaron

Fallout 1, 2, and Tactics are without a doubt two of my favorite games ever made. Bethesda took over and made Fallout 3, which I never got a chance to play. People I’ve talked to about it though say that it drastically changed the game. It became less of an open world and more of a linear story. It also became a first person shooter rather than a top down tactical RPG.

Who knows what this countdown may lead to ……. I like the mystery of a countdown.

http://fallout.bethsoft.com/

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Posted in Movies, Space with tags , , , on June 1, 2015 by Aaron

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I saw this on the internet the other day. There are a ton more videos in a similar style on their YouTube channel.