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Intelephance- (N) Possesing the memory or other mental capabilities of an elephant.

Bannanacanada- (N) A descriptive term for a socialist state populated by bannanas. Used by Sir Edward Edddy Edvard Ardon in 1792 in his essay “The Political State of Europe”, wherein he used it to describe Germany.

Souvinate- (V) 1: To make an item chep or trivial, as with a souvenir. 2: To make something soupy, to give it the quality of soup.

Arborharbor- (N) A semi-enclosed body of water, characterized by trees.

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Whoa…

More serious post today, but I just read this article.

Whoah.

For those who did not read the article, on May 1 Osama Bin Laden, the most wanted man in the world, was killed by American soldiers.

Yeah.

There’s not much else to say, other than thank God.

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Art Contest/Visulization Exercise

DUN DUN DUN!!!!!!!

By the title of the post, you’re probably thinking a lot of things.

A) What is he talking about?

B) What is he talking about?

C) Mmmm… Bacon….

(There is a part of your mind that is always thinking about bacon. Science says so.)

Tis true, tis true, tis pity, tis true!

Anyhow, the contest is to draw one of the characters from my Webcomics idea entitled Ratchetball (Working title).

Don’t worry though- entering doesn’t obligate you to anything.

In the following week I will be posting character bios- look for them! I will also be making this announcement on the Redwall Wars Wiki.

Thank you for your time. And for kicks, here’s a picture I drew of a Canadian Frog.

Now you may understand why I don’t draw it myself.

See all ya’ll later, you crazy ice cream eating camper fisherpeoples, you!

In the words of Douglas Adams:

“So long, and thanks for all the fish.”

–Martin of the Thirty Fishes

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JLL: Pika-Llama

“What did you say, Pika-Llama?”

“Llama! Llama!

“Yeah, I can’t understand you…”

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It Takes Two…

To get Tangled.

This is, without a doubt, the best movie released in 2010. Forget The Kings Speech, Avatar: Re-Released Due to Oscar Envy, or Inception. Hands down. Let’s do a breakdown of the things that made me want to see this before the trailer.

A) John Lasseter as Executive Producer

While working at Disney in 1981, Lasseter saw a light-cycle test animation for the movie Tron. Fast forward to 1986, where the recently Apple-less Steve Jobs purchased Lucasfilm Animation studios and renamed it Pixar.

John Lasseter’s touch makes every movie better. It’s true. He oversaw (as executive producer) some movies you may have heard of:

Toy Story, Toy Story 2, A Bug’s Life, Cars, Howl’s Moving Castle, The Incredibles,  Monster’s, Inc., Finding Nemo, Toy Story 3, Meet the Robinsons, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Bolt, and Up.

Don’t know about you, but I really enjoyed all but one of those movies (Howl’s Moving Castle), which only sorta entertained and confused me.

With a track record like that, Tangled was off to a pretty good start in my mind.

2) Alan Menkin writing music.

Alan Menkin is the God of Animated Musicals. You may recognize some of his work in:

The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Enchanted, and Sister Act: The Musical (the last of which I admit I have not seen).

So… yeah. He’s supremely awesome.

Keep in mind, this is before the trailer. Then I saw the trailer:

 

MUST. SEE. MOVIE.

Keep in mind, this is before I saw the movie.

 

Then I saw the movie. I was not disappointed. The music is amazing. Especially this number, which was definitively my favorite. (slight spoiler warning)

(Sorry for the poor quality, the DVD’s only been out for a few days, give YouTube some time)

I don’t want to spoil much, but if you can possibly do so, see this movie.

9.3/10

–Martin II

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Snubbyj:Ocarina of Time Medly

One of the things I hate to do, but somehow end up doing a lot, is write a post that essentially shows you a video. That being said, I wasn’t even planning on a post till later this week so let’s call it even.

Behold, Snubbyj’s PVC Pipe Instrument, playing the music of Ocarina of Time, a fantastic game with even more fantastic music by Koji Kondo, who also scored the theme for Super Mario Brothers.
That’s pretty much all there is to say except that I plan to do another post, possibly meaningful, most likely another review, around mid-week. Also, comment with suggestions for the Justice Llama League.

 

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Practicly Perfect in Every… Well, Some Ways

(Apologies for half finished posting; There was a technical error)

The second installment in “Martin takes on those classical movies that everyone loves that are really cheesy but everyone is too afraid to criticize”, also known as “Martin talks too much”. This time it’s…

Mary Poppins! Yayyyyyy…..

(Utter lack of enthusiasm)

To start off, let’s think about the background of the movie. It was loosely (verrrryy looooseeelyyyy) based off of the book series Mary Poppins by Pamel Travers. The first book entitled simply Mary Poppins was published in 1939. Now, to quote the character description from the Internet:

“Mary Poppins in P.L. Travers‘ books is strict and no-nonsense, asserting her unusual brand of discipline over the four (later five) Banks children in her charge. Mary is very vain and is always admiring herself in the mirror and other reflections. She constantly scolds the children for their “bad” behaviour, especially when they point out the magical things she does, for she constantly denies she is anything but a prim and proper lady. Mary only shows her gentler side around her friends, among them the Matchman (Bert), Mrs. Corry and Nellie-Rubina.”

In the movie Julie Andrews portrays that well, except she’s far more kind to the children. In the book it seems the only thing separating her from other nannies is her magical abilities. Early in the movie, the two children give their impression of a perfect nanny:

“If you want this choice position
Have a cheery disposition
Rosy cheeks, no warts!
Play games, all sort

You must be kind, you must be witty
Very sweet and fairly pretty
Take us on outings, give us treats
Sing songs, bring sweets

Never be cross or cruel
Never give us castor oil or gruel
Love us as a son and daughter
And never smell of barley water”

Take note of “Never be cross or cruel”. Another source describing the character of Mary Poppins called her “constantly cross”.

CONTRADICTION DETECTED! CALL THE STARBURST MARKETING DEPARTMENT!!!!

This is, all in all, a fantastic movie. The major issue with me (We’ll get to the other big one soon) is that Mary Poppins seems far from “Practically Perfect in Every Way”, and actually seems to be a horrible nanny. She always scolding the children for things that they can’t be blamed for and her use of reverse psychology is simple enough your average three year old could see through it.

Except: Around Bert and others she acts completely differently, appearing to be a cheery and wonderful person that everyone likes to be around.

CONTRADICTION DETECTED! CALL THE STARBURST MARKETING DEPARTMENT!!!!

In many ways, I think this may reflect the depth of her character, for which Julie Andrews won an Oscar for Best Actress, by the way.

Now we get to Concern # 2:

Thirty Fishes, Step in Time!

This is probably the most crazy musical number I’ve ever seen. A bunch of Chimney Sweeps going around and, whenever they see something, yelling it before saying “Step in Time!” This happens with “Kick Your Knees Up”, “Mary Poppins”, and later, “Votes for Women”. But that’s not the strangest part. Around 5:30 in the video above, you can see Admiral Boom firing upon the Sweeps, after saying something along the lines of “We’re being attacked by Hartendarts(?)”. Thus follows the sweeps running away from a barrage of fireworks and into the Bank’s house, causing all sorts of Mayhem.

In the end, Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews really bring the show to life and make it worth watching, but the musical score ain’t bad either. The whole Chimney Sweep focus confused me a little, and the bird-parrot-thing-that-talks-on-an-umbrella doesn’t make sense, but all in all it ends up being a fun child’s  story that is well worth watching.

7.3/10

 

–M2

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