Monday, October 30, 2017

Doctor Chapatin Time Lord

Dr. Chapatin
Tampa, Fl --- Esto es una mera teoría que se me ocurrió, ¿Qué tal si el Dr. Chapatin es un Time Lord? similar a la serie Doctor Misterio o Doctor Who como es conocida mejor a nivel mundial; es algo descabellado pero las similitudes son siempre comparables.

El Doctor Chapatin (1) vino primero en términos de usar la chaqueta y la bufanda, en comparación con el Cuarto Doctor Misterio (2), que el personaje de Chespirito apareció en los años 60. Ambos personajes son excéntricos y siempre tienen diferentes acompañantes, a lo largo de la trayectoria que aparecieron como las enfermas, Doña Nieves y Sarah Jane para el Doctor Misterio.

Ambos personajes de por si son impredecibles, realmente no se sabe lo que piensan y tenían en cierto punto una falta de empatía con el resto de la humanidad; lo esencial que se ve en comparación con el Doctor es la premisa que ambos personajes nunca mencionaron su verdadero nombre y ambos guardan celosamente artefactos que podrian destruir civilizaciones.


Lo que me parece curioso que el Doctor Chapatin podría ser un Time Lord es que la bolsa que guarda con recelo es un artefacto que puede estar disfrazado para ocultar un espacio mayor del que aparenta, es más la pequeña bolsa es una comparación con la Caja de Pandora (3) en donde el Doctor guarda los rencores, envidias y defectos para que no escapen, es más, es como un guardián que puede proteger al universo de una bestia que puede acabarlo.


El hecho que el Doctor Chapatin no se acuerde de su nombre y su edad, pueden hacerlo más viejo de lo que es; casi un ser milenario que ha vagado por el tiempo y el espacio y ha olvidado su propósito a un nivel consciente pero sigue actuando de manera inconsciente para proteger el universo.

Referencia

  1. http://es.chespirito.wikia.com/wiki/Doctor_Chapat%C3%ADn
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourth_Doctor
  3. http://laestrella.com.pa/estilo/curiosidades/chespirito-revelo-llevaba-doctor-chapatin-bolsa/23825014

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Rolando

Rolando Perez
(10/11/2017) --- Tengo que escribir esto porque febrero no está lejos, y las memorias del crimen de Rolando me llegan a la cabeza de nuevo; se ha vuelto un punto focal cada año, no solo para mí, pero para muchos otros que estudiamos en la Tadeo Lozano, Seccional Caribe.

Si estas en Facebook, no voy a poner esto en mi muro, pero lo dejare abierto como he hecho todos los años. A medida que pasa el tiempo las pistas de quien asesino a Rolando parecen haber desvanecido y la policía metropolitana de Cartagena realmente no sirve para hacer un reverendo carajo.

Hay que recordar que hace 10 años el crimen de Rolando fue la apertura para el dialogo por los derechos LGBTQ en la costa, y al igual influencio en Colombia; debido al trato de la policía sobre el crimen, que lo calificaron como un crimen pasional y mancharon la imagen de Rolando, los estudiantes no toleraron eso y una década después las campañas siguen.

No es mucho lo que se encuentre online, pero la información es clara el que ejecuto el asesinato sabia lo necesario acerca de Rolando, había ido a su casa, sabia los horarios en los que iba a sus actividades de líder comunal y las clases que daba, sabia el horario de Edgar Plata, y sabia el tiempo que Rolando iba a estar en un punto ciego en el cual le iba a dar tiempo de ejecutar el asesinato y aparentar ser una víctima más.

La persona, tenía que ser un estudiante y alguien que era cercano a la pareja, que acompañaba a Rolando, y sabía todo sobre su vida; el homicidio no fue al azar, fue premeditado y esa persona que lo mato no fue una persona externa, fue interno debido a que no le robo nada, fue una persona que quería tener a Rolando para él, y quería ser una parte más activa de la vida de Rolando, sentía envidia y por eso decidió matarlo.

La persona nunca se entregó a las autoridades y puedo apostar que esa persona estuvo en el funeral de Rolando y el mismo asesino volvió a la escena del crimen, ya que sabia que iba a salir bien librado; no sería raro que el asesino continuara con su vida, tuviera una familia, pero siempre sentiría algo de culpabilidad diciendo que no fue dicha persona que ejecuto el crimen.

Referencias:

  1. https://www.elespectador.com/noticias/nacional/bolivar/diez-anos-del-crimen-del-activista-rolando-perez-aun-impune-articulo-681550
  2. http://caribeafirmativo.lgbt/2017/02/22/se-cumplen-10-anos-del-homicidio-rolando-perez-aun-esta-impune/

Monday, October 2, 2017

A Guide to the Comic Book Convention for the First Time Visitors

Ouran Host Club Cosplay
(10/02/2017) --- Hello everyone, it's been a week and half since I wrote an entry, I been slowly catching with school work as well working a lot, with the exception of the last three days that I went to my first full comic book convention.

Going a day it doesn't encompass the full experience of interacting with the cosplayers, artists, celebrities and vendors on the event; sure, you can still go for one day and it will be an amazing time; but when you go, there are some rules that you need to know and understand to have a good time.

If you have the economical resources the best bet is to buy the four/three day package almost at the beginning of the year, why? Because when the convention ends, a pre-registration time opens that usually last until the end of January and tickets are extremely cheap, which it can be the best deal but the packages for special events and celebrity meet-ups won't come up until the celebrity is booked but they can be subjected to changes in the fare and cancellation.

Steampunk cosplay
In my humble opinion, the stars of the convention are the cosplayers and there is a wide variety; there are individuals who cosplay with anime, others go within western comic books, video games and steam-punk. As an essential rule whenever you see someone dressed up as your favorite character or in a superb costume you must ask permission for the photo, and if there are kids involved you can't do anything unless the parents consent.

You as a guest, will see so many different interpretations of characters as well the persona style of different cosplayers towards fashion and interpretations of style.

One of my favorites costumes on the steampunk side was the one on the left graphic, as well the ones on the top photo from Ouran Host Club; the reason why both set of players got my attention is because they played with my interest on Steampunk and romance anime. Also if you want to take a photo with the players, don't touch and respect their personal space and always say thank you for their time.

Panel Q&A
One essential series of events are the panels, they usually involve guests from the event and they have question and answers from the visitors. It is important to know what are their proper time, because usually a lot of them take on the same set of time and you can't go and see every single one of them.

On the right image, is one of the ones I went with the illustrators and writers from the comics which are Bellman on the far right, and then Grummett, Marz and Dixon; at that same time three other events were being set, one of them with Attack on Titan voice actress Trina Nishimura. That's why it is important to know the schedule of the program, because that way you know where to go and what to do.

The panels aren't only question and answers, there are different set of events aimed to gather fans and other enthusiasts. There are maid cafe's, manga and comic book libraries for the event, trivia sessions, karaoke, movie showcase, previews of episodes, kid zones and family zones. Everything is well planned and carefully done, but you as the visitor you need to know what times are the events so you can enjoy it to the fullest.

Artist Alley on Friday
You are probably wondering what is the best day to get some autographs as well to meet one on one the illustrators, celebrities and writers? While there is no proper answer as some of them are set to a schedule, the best day is on the opening day which is usually on Thursday or Friday, there will be little no lines if you go on the opening day, there is also no major events and cosplayers won't go until the weekend.

At MegaCon Tampa 2017, which started on Friday, there was no major public until late in the evening, where the Stan Lee events started. The key date on getting autographs and saying hello to the guests of the event as it was said before it is on the opening day, lines for an autograph are nonexistent and you can spend a good amount of time talking with the artist you admire the most.

Talking about autograph, they cost money, they aren't exorbitant but if you go for a selfie as well a personal message, they prices can rise up to the hundred, but autographs themselves can go between US$25 up to US$100.  I had the chance to meet Stan Lee in person and get a selfie and an autograph, plus I could go to a panel with him in which there weren't many people.

Maurice LaMarche
One of my favorite moments, because there were no lines was that I met Maurice LaMarche, one of the most emblematic voice actors of the last 30 years. The voice of the Brain, I wish I had a chance to go and see him on the last day but the lines were insane; that I couldn't even get close and I missed his panel; that moment in which I could speak with the man who voiced one of the most emblematic characters of our generation.

He even told me an anecdote about his father nicknamed Gus after getting a tattoo that was misspelled in the army; I was trembling in happiness because I was there with one of the actors and person that gave me some happiness to my childhood and we spoke for around 15 minutes to half an hour.

Knowing whenever the crowds are going to be short, can mark a difference on the event if you want to meet actors and illustrators, also is important for you to set a budget besides the tickets you purchase.


There is another essential rule that you need to know as a guest, some items will have larger prices than they are sold outside the convention, also the best bet if you want to purchase any item is to compare between the different vendors, as they will have different prices for similar items. One item that I saw that is quite popular are the Funco's. I didn't found any expensive or rare ones, but between the vendors the prices ranges from US$9.50 to US$14.00 and they were everywhere.

Towards your budget, I wouldn't recommend investing on mystery boxes, they aren't simply worth it on some cases; some authors and some clothing vendors have it, but when you pay twice the amount for a box that has a less amount of what you pay for it, is not worth it. That's just my opinion on going budget friendly towards your visit as well to aim to maximize your time and money.

Whenever you go to the vendors, if you see something you like but can't afford it, ask for their business cards. Much of the time, conventions focus on networking with potential customers, knowing where to find them and how to sell the items on a later date is a goal on marketing, and a goal for the vendors on a long terms.

Kevin Smith and Stan Lee
One essential point, that not many people mention on the conventions are that you can connect also with local business, local artists and developers. It is important for every State and local economy to push local initiatives and spaces as the comic cons give them the platforms to connect with fans and patrons who are willing to invest on their products.

As a last note, always remember the parking spaces are going to be expensive and food inside is not the exception, knowing that Uber or Lyft are options is always a good alternative, checking restaurants on the areas will help you a lot to save more money.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Virtual Reality Essay

VR-Vision
(9/18/2018) --- I bought a simple VR set from the place I work, nothing fancy and nothing expensive. It only cost me US$10 and personally; I am not disappointed as is a basic visor, but if I purchase a second set I probably would buy one with a remote clicker so I could interact with the virtual enviroment.

Right the technology is quite primitive, not on the science fiction level but surely had evolved since the days of The Sword of Damocles (1) and it has become more interactive than it was on previous decades.

Probably the first time I heard about virtual reality was in 1995 by Nintendo and the Virtual Boy (2). Back in those while I was living in Colombia, the only concept that I had about virtual reality before the era of the Internet was by books and television shows such as Star Trek, in which I could dream about the wonders of living in a simulated reality. Within the Virtual Boy, more than immersing yourself in an alternative reality, it became mostly one of the first incurssions of 3D gaming outside P.C. gaming.

Virtual Boy
The idea of the Virtual Boy was mostly set on a 3D enviroment but with some very poor graphics, that on a personal opinion they triggered migraines and it was problematic to focus. Then, three years later on 1998, on a family trip we went to DisneyQuest (3) an interactive indoor park owned by the Disney Corporation and it was the first time I actually experience the idea of what it was virtual reality with the ride of Aladdin Magic Carpet Ride (4) gave me a full immersion into what it was virtual reality.

It was a journey to another world, a simulated world in which the senses are overwhelmed by the vision field, where there is another world just on your finger tips and you are there, but you can't touch it. It's just a fantasy world composed by digits/

It's quite unique and strange to describe virtual reality when it started to become mainstream, as there was a charm to explore the unknown in entertainment. An aspect that is amusing about virtual reality is that is not strictly bounded to lenses, as I saw in DisneyQuest for the first time 19 years ago, it can be related to the simulation of the enviroment, you can be whenever you want to be based on the experience.


The virtual ride of Pirates of the Caribbean, was something amazing as you as the player was placed in the middle of a galley fight that involved ghosts and interactive weapons i.e. cannons. You could feel the wind and sea in your face, even the seasalt making the experience quite addicting because you were there as a person and the immersion was fantastic.

In 20 years of my almost 34 years of existence, I never imagined how much the different set of technologies applied on home entertainment and electronic family entertainment would evolve in such an amazing way. I remember the days of the Atari, when the Nintendo was bought in the house, I was so happy with the pixels and to be able to play something different, it's been almost ten years since I went to DisneyQuest now that it closed only a few months ago, and I am still mesmerized by virtual reality because it can bring the impossible scenarios into a whole new level.

With the incursion of the Oculus, the idea of VR became again a hot topic a few years ago, mostly as it can take the dimensions of video game into a a level that hasn't seen before. Exploiting 3D person games within the shooter or sandbox genres can bring a whole new of development. Imagine being immersed in the world of Tamriel (5) and explore a land that is visually astounding but also with an amazing narrative.

Skyrim
It is just amazing to explore something as big as the map of Skyrim and even further to take the idea into a VMMRPO to push the boundaries of human interaction into a fantastic setting.

The ability to create strategies and explore a world that is hostile seems to be amazing, you would be able to do it in a group or do it alone, to create a persona that goes beyond the avatar and you as a player could take some fame and stardom; albeit, fame is the least of the aspects of online gaming you should seek but to enjoy a story and a new narrative.

Reference: 


  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sword_of_Damocles_(virtual_reality)
  2. http://nintendo.wikia.com/wiki/Virtual_Boy
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DisneyQuest
  4. https://www.roadtovr.com/end-of-an-era-disneyquest-first-vr-attraction-set-to-close/
  5. https://www.playstation.com/en-us/games/the-elder-scrolls-v-skyrim-vr-ps4/

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Monument Valley 2 Game Review

Monument Valley 2
(9/17/2017) --- I love Monument Valley, first part and second part. The game is not only visually astounding, the puzzles are fun, the art is amazing much as it incorporates tessalations and hyperbolic geometry; also there are metaphisical elements such as the idea of life and death and mother - daughter bond about growing up and finding your own path.

The second part continues with the formula as the first game, it follows a new character named Ro and her daughter in which they come in terms that different generations can't work without each other but also we grow as our parents start to get older.

There is a beautiful symbolism towards the game, a beautiful story that is told without words, as well the perception into reaching the sacred geometry (1) as a form of spiritual growth.

As the first game there aren't many inferences of dialogue that can be a concrete point on the story; much of the story is just left to the player's imagination and how they interpret the symbolism within each puzzle and each scenario.

Sailing away
Within the interpretation of the story, there is a point in which I saw the game could be taken as from the narrative of Ro's daugther when she embarked into her journey of development through the different mazes that compose the sacred geometry.

One aspect of the game that it takes the charm is that is too short; it can be completed within a couple of hours and there is not enough difficulty that can challenge the player; but the difficulty is the least, the part that makes the game less enjoyable is the length. I wish if there is a third part, it could take more time to defeat, more time to enjoy and more time to appreciate the beautiful M.C. Escher inspire scenarios.

The tessellations (3) that are a core element of the games give  a very unique distinct future on the aesthetics, the minimalism that is inspired from the Japanese art are the elements of the gameplay that set from other games in the market. It is quite easy to spot the art of any of the two games.

The forced perspective and every aspect that seems to defy the Newtonian Laws of Physic, can make a player imagination spark towards the adventure, albeit the narrative in which the timelines collide is what gives the game a new meaning on to tell a story with little or no words.

What would you do with time? If you can manipulate it and be able to revive the days you lived long ago?  Would you go and think about your mistakes, the old friendships that you had, what would you do? To fix it the mistakes or to go and continue with your life, even if time is fixed and even if you could revive those moments, those moments are just mere memories.



Reference: 


  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacred_geometry
  2. https://ustwo.com/work/monument-valley
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tessellation

Monday, September 11, 2017

Little Witch Academia Feminism Influences

Little Witch 
(9/10/2017) --- This is such a cute animation movie as well a television show (1), I was hesitant at first as I feel it could be just a rip-off of almost any other magical girl show or Harry Potter; but the show is so charming and cute, even the movies are quite adorable.

To give a small synopsis, the show is about the misadventures of a first generation witch named Atsuko "Akko" Kagari as she enrolls in the school of Nova Luna Academy (2) to fulfill her dream of meeting her idol Shiny Chariot and to be in the campus that she also studied; but, Shiny Chariot is nowhere to be found.

There are some elements that the show reminds me of Harry Potter; albeit, it's his own version of a magic school which it wasn't introduce in Harry Potter but just turned the genre more mainstream. I personally would love to see a second series as well a third series, as the characters are adorable and relatable to the audience and the story doesn't get stall at a certain point, it just takes the right pace to conclude the first series on a proper way.

There still material to continue the show at least for a second series, maybe even up to a fifth, to give a proper conclusion to the show as if the students graduated to work on the school or took their own path. I totally recommend this small guilty pleasure to anyone, albeit there is one aspect and that the show got my attention and is the focus on human relations but also of what is to be an independent women in a world that is hostile.

The protagonist Atsuko Kagari or Akko (3) is probably the best example, as she lives on her own rules and tries to be her own person, beyond her admiration of the witch named Shiny Chariot (4) who inspired her to become a witch because of a show that Akko saw when she was younger; but, her actions go that she wants to inspire and make other people happy with her goal of being taken seriously as a witch but as a young woman, who is quite talented and powerful.

Not only the strong character comes from Akko, but from her friend and nemesis such as Lotte (5), Sucy (6) and Diana (7) in which each one of them offers a different perspective towards the inner turmoils of growing up and developing your own persona in a world that can be hostile towards you.

Diana could be the most interesting character from the show, as she seems to be independent and talented but is bounded to the family history, a history in which she feels as enslaved and couldn't even think of happiness. There is a juxtaposition of Diana's character as someone who tries to find happiness but is tied to family traditions, which is a cultural element that can enslave women across the world such as arranged marriage (8)

The fact that on episode tenth (9) Bee Commotion, with the introduction of Andrew Hanbridge (10) as a possible suitor, that he wasn't an influence towards the series but rather much of an ally, instead of a savior or potential romance showed that human relationships within the show were more important than to fall into classical anime cliches such as romance and being a helpless damsel in distress but rather a young person who is growing up, even with the insecurities that almost everyone has to live with.

Reference:




  1. https://myanimelist.net/featured/294/Little_Witch_Academia__Studio_Trigger_Puts_a_Spell_on_You
  2. http://little-witch-academia.wikia.com/wiki/Luna_Nova_Magical_Academy
  3. http://little-witch-academia.wikia.com/wiki/Atsuko_Kagari
  4. http://little-witch-academia.wikia.com/wiki/Ursula
  5. http://little-witch-academia.wikia.com/wiki/Lotte_Yanson
  6. http://little-witch-academia.wikia.com/wiki/Sucy_Manbavaran
  7. http://little-witch-academia.wikia.com/wiki/Diana_Cavendish
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arranged_marriage
  9. http://little-witch-academia.wikia.com/wiki/Bee_Commotion
  10. http://www.mit.edu/~rei/manga-gender.html

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Confessions of a Retail Clerk Working in a Hurricane Surge

Empty water shelve
(9/9/2017) --- I am writing this before any power failures. The last seven days had been insane, I can't imagine for health care practicioners, EMT's, firemen and police officers have to deal with the aftermath or what they have to deal during the panic attacks that people have during hurricanes and other weather phenomena.

I always took advantage and bought my supplies before the storm season arrived, at this moment I am missing a good flash light but any lights and batteries have been out of stock everywhere for a week now. What it gets my attention is the behavior of some people who go into a rage frenzy, a panic and ultimately an understanding of their own mortality without even thinking about the consequences of their actions towards themselves and others.

It is madness to work in between a category five hurricane, people just fight and attack the clerks for almost anything; I shouldn't complain too much, because after a trip to the gas station I saw how badly the clerks on those establishment can be treated by people who are rushing into a panic mode. I went to the gas station, I am not going to mention which location but it was a WaWa, after picking up sand bags with a dear friend of mine, people were trying to skip the line and put gas as soon as possible.

On a certain moment, two individuals started to fight, they mentioned racial epithets to each other but their fight suddenly stopped, when one of them pulled a gun on the other, and the one who started with the racial slurs just went back to his car. The attendants who were directing the traffic were alarmed, they started to scream "that someone should call the cops" but the honest truth, there was a cop sitting behind them and didn't do anything.

A long line for water
Going back to the store setting; almost every store that I worked with, they contain one of two water filling stations. On the one that I am right now, we have one on the exit, next to it there are some other coolers with drinks and vending machines; but, the main treasure, the golden objective was to go to the water station, to fill up the gallons.

Lines were insane, just for water, to refill water. They were more people on the other side of the door, almost 30 something people in line, waiting to refill the water, going slowly as possible, blocking the entrance and exist as well the cart receiving station.

It is understandable, water becomes the main resource for survival, mostly when there can be a failure on the sewers due the rise on the water; but, whenever customers start acting aggressive and threat the employees, which they have been working hard to assist the customers, then the experience of working in a tense enviroment turns into a nightmare.

8:15 AM 09/09/17
The last day before any major evacuation and before the store closed earlier; it fell as it was rush hour, but it was 8:00AM, just one hour after we open. The photo on the left, I took it exactly 15 minutes after I arrived, and the store was full. Right now, I am just waiting for the power to fail, anyone who is in Florida, please be safe, be safe.