Sunday, May 29, 2022

A Letter to Frans

     This has been the hobby I had taken the longest to recover, my blog, my writing, the first thing that ever made me happy; I been happy again with my hobbies and they usually involve audiovisual but writting is the one that has taken me the longest to recover. A while ago I started to write more throughly and thoughtfully, quality over quantitty which it reached me better and same is applied to my photos and illustrations which is better to do something that is deeply personal and meanigful than to lose yourself within the mass commercial market.

    During the last six months I've been back in somewhat of the instructional side of education as a substitute and a paraprofessional and my goal still the same, I will get my own classroom one day, working within the academics side has fullfilled once that void that I felt it was a darkness that I wasn't comfortable with, a void in which I couldn't find myself, why I said that phrase? Because as humans we have to be at peace even within the void in our personalities, is an inherent side of humanity and I am peace with that now.

    Being creative is an essential part of my persona and working in that academic side has helped me to reconnect with that creativity but it took certain steps to work in the parts that were missing which were the literacy ones. Since we are moving out and it will be more restrictive with my connectivity since will be in the countryside, I thought that it would be an enjoyable time to start writing again and postpone videos until we get a booster and the Internet lines go to the county we are moving it make me think maybe I should restart the idea of getting published and finish my manuscripts.

    Writing is always my first joy, it helped me to communicate and I extend it to the blog which became a release when I need it to speak during the moments I was being silenced but I lost it the moment I wasn't being silenced by anyone but by my own self, part of maturing as a writer and as a creative person in general is to understand the environment mold us, but also that we are our own personas, of course nobody can't let us dictate on how to live our lives that's up to us and is up to us if we see beyond the veil of madness.

    The world needs art and I don't know on what generation artist will have a comfortable living, in the meantime we need to keep expressing ourselves because we need art, art is a tool of communication and a tool to reach people, art itself is language and language is art. I am probably going to write more often, mostly one article every month minimum, one entry every two weeks, mostly whenever I am off from school and from work which at this moment they have become one and the same.

    I can't shoo your darkness away, nobody can't, is you only who can work through it, much like I did with mine. We can't change the world, we can help reaching one person at a time. I know the family isn't perfect, far from perfect or even remotly ideally accepting but there are people there who can listen and they are nice to speak with too because is always good to have someone who we know for a long time.

    People change, sometimes is hard to accept after any sense of agression, sometimes some people don't change and we have to accept that, we need to accept that a lot of times we are not going to see them again and know the wound can open sometimes and will never close.

    I will write something later, it just feels better to have written something that is not for work or school after a while.

Thursday, December 16, 2021

New Donk Architectonical and Small Social Analysis

I've been enjoying Mario Odyssey because it is such a beauty masterpiece towards details that borderline in nostalgia for older Millennial's and individuals who value retro gaming; albeit, for me the enjoyment with the game is the small details to everything - why I am saying this? - The game is a visual delight that has influences on fashion and architecture, the game is a lovely piece of art that is interesting to analyze from different perspectives because it is wonderful and enriching.

New Donk City - Metro Kingdom - is probably in my opinion one of the most amazing levels in any Mario games, but at least for me the best level is Bowser's Kingdom because it's simply spectacular and visually stounding that portraits the Edo Period and is like walking in a small piece of interactive art albeit the Metro Kingdom has that 1980's and 1950's nostalgia that reflects in the inside advertisement, the incorporation of Pauline and brief cameos of the Donkey Kong Family


I like to think as New Donk (Metro Kingdom) is as Manhattan, it does look as the main economic hub of the planet where the different kingdoms are located. Much like the real Manhattan, the Metro Kingdom seems to be an epicenter of the different cultures that surround it but opposite to the real NYC, Metro Kingdom borderlines much on the sci-fi The World Inside  with the idea of tall structures that could shelter an entire group of population without even the necessity of going to the lower levels


The urban landscape of Metro Kingdom is extremely similar to Manhattan, not only in the design of the buildings which mimics splendly the different New York styles but also it contains the Art Deco and the emergency stairs that are located in the turn of the century buildings. Much like Manhattan the streets in Metro are East to West and there is one big avenue that goes North to South which all the streets have references to the Donkey Kong Family, there are plenty of business and fashionable stores that also mimic old school Nintendo games and characters.

Much like the real New York, there is a plenty of good amount of bagel stores, fashion (who all seem to be set with business suits) entertainment and outside recreation within the use of green spaces. There is a lot to do within the city/ kingdom and the detail is so amazing because there are even the yellow cabs that are part of the imagery of NYC.

One of the main characteristics of Manhattan are the large numbers of office buildings which is what essentially the kingdom forms about the entirety of the skyline; albeit it makes me wonder if there is also a Lower and Midtown Metro Kingdom, since is a city that is wide an open; but much like the real Manhattan, the New Donk City Hall pays homage to the Chrysler Building and the Art Deco details.

Other architectural landmarks include Rockefeller Center (begun 1931), a group of more than 20 lofty buildings; Madison Square Garden Center (1968), containing a noted sports arena; UN headquarters (1947–53); and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, a complex of several theaters. Also of interest are City Hall (1802–11), a Federal-style building with French Renaissance detail; the tall Woolworth Building (1913), with Gothic-style detail; the Seagram Building (1958), an office tower clad in bronze and bronze-colored glass; and Grant’s tomb (1897), the sepulcher of President Ulysses S. Grant and his wife. In the 1980s, a number of innovative skyscrapers, such as the IBM and AT&T buildings, and the World Financial Center were constructed, and in 1986 the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Midtown, near the Hudson R., was opened. Manhattan also is known for its many large residential buildings. Among its many notable religious structures are Saint Patrick’s Cathedral (1879; towers, 1888), the seat of the Roman Catholic archdiocese of New York; Trinity Church (1697, rebuilt 1846); the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine (begun 1892; towers still incomplete), the largest Gothic-style cathedral in the world; and Riverside Church (1930), another large Gothic-style structure.

Residential areas mimic quite well the real world, there are different species around; since it's a game it doesn't really focus on the segregation or demographic per se, a lot of the other species seem to go to the different kingdoms to explore and do business; albeit seeing with detail there is some form of multiculturalism that is inside the Metro Kingdom whenever the place goes back to normal is probably one of the most interesting places around the game

Friday, September 17, 2021

Asocoyeros Recordando la Historia

 

La generación que creció en los 90 y las dos primeras décadas de los 2000, al menos en la Costa Caribe Colombiana podrá recordar la pagina de asocoyeros, fue una de las primeras paginas de chismes y al mismo tiempo una de las primeras paginas en denigrar a personas; era un secreto de boca abierta en la que todos sabían de la pagina pero nadie hablaba de ella.

No se porque después de casi 14 años desde que viví en Cartagena me llego a la cabeza sin son ni ton el nombre, tenia mi buen tiempo que no me acordaba pero por alguna razón después de ver uno de los tráiler de Gossip Girl me hizo recordar esta pagina; y la razón es porque hasta el dia de hoy nadie sabe quienes la manejaban, que de por si la premisa es similar a Gossip Girl.

Es algo extraño pensar en Asocoyeros, porque es algo obsoleto para los estándares de hoy en donde el anonimato realmente no existe y en 20 años ha habido un cambio en ciertas actitudes debido a la incorporación de la tecnología pero hay otras actitudes que todavía reflejan el pensamiento que había en Asocoyeros, aunque hay una cosa que me di cuenta quitando los chistes y las actitudes machistas de la pagina, el contenido de por si es una de las primeras paginas que contiene el pensamiento Caribe y el orgullo corroncho de la region, es algo interesante a nivel cultural porque en 20 años realmente no ha habido otra pagina que retrato el pensamiento popular como Asocoyeros.

En lo que la pagina que todavía me llama la atención que la ruta dirige a la Universidad de los Andes, cuando por conocimiento popular la pagina estaba hospedada en Geocities (el difunto servicio que vino antes de Google) y la gran mayoria de la gente en Cartagena lo usaba ya que tenia una interface sencilla de usar.

Revisando la pagina después de casi 20 años ya que sigue activa, me doy cuenta que de por si no es nada elegante, es un reflejo de la generación de la WEB 1.0. en la cual no se necesitaba algo elaborado para destacar, la pagina tiene una buena cantidad de dibujos hechos en MS-Paint que parece que fueron hechos por un niño de 5 años; pero la pagina tuvo tanta acogida que si uno busca en Google todavía hay historias que llegan alrededor del 2005 que se muestra la fuerza de la pagina, y no en un aspecto positivo ya que de por si era uno de los primeros ejemplos donde había extorcion sexual.




De pronto el recuerdo para muchos se hace grato porque esta asociado en un momento de sus vidas en la cual no había una distinción entre el daño que uno puede hacerle a alguien y solo se veía como un momento para hacer burla; pero después de 20 años estoy intrigado con el legado de la pagina ya que quedo en el colectivo del imaginario publico.

Si alguien conoce a los creadores me encantaria saber mas de la historia de Asocoyeros, pueden dejar un mensaje y respondo lo mas pronto posible.

Friday, September 3, 2021

Rocko's Modern Queer Life

 

Anyone in the last 30 years who likes cartoons, probably had a glimpse of Rocko's Modern Life; the show was extremely subversive for being a Nickelodeon show as the channel was aimed to toddlers and barely to adults, even on the nighttime block it was as clean as Disney Channel albeit within their rooster of programming back in the 90's they had so much subtle messages and coding about queer life, intersectional feminism and acceptance that Disney themselves lacked on those subjects.

As Nickelodeon started to explore entertaining aimed to adults in the early 1990's, Joe Murray pitched the idea of Rocko which he created sometime around the 1980's as a comic book format but never gained momentum; but, at that moment in the early-mid 1990's the explosion of risque cartoons that borderline in the satirical aspect of modern society were something fresh, something new as not even The Flintstone's could execute something as wonderful as the Nicktoons; but the Nicktoons were a product of their time much like the Hanna Barbera cartoons.

There are so many interpretations towards how queer the show is, a lot of the characters sided with different sides of the rainbow as being fluid; I can only think of Heffer and Rocko being somewhat heterosexual life partner's but also flirting with each other a lot. The show itself doesn't have a preset of relationships besides the Bigheads and Filburt with Dr. Hutchinson but that doesn't mean they strictly are committed to one another, but rather there is some form of polyamory and I can't stop thinking about it. It was sublet but it was there, there was this implication especially after the birth of Filburt kids and there wasn't any jealously or anything negative, it was accepted in the universe of O-Town.

The turning point of the show, came in 2019 after 23 years of being off air with the Netflix special Static Cling where the Bigheads child came to live on their true authentic self as a transwoman and the reaction Ed to his daughter Rachel was a sequence not common to see on cartoons or television, there was denial but also acceptance in to knowing that we can't as parents make our children a reflection of our own ideals and shattered dreams but instead we need to make them grow in to decent people and that they will know they will have a home to come if something bad happens, and that was probably the biggest twist but lesson in the entire show.

Rocko's Modern Life reflect sometimes the absurdity that is the human experience, not only that it also shows diversity and a honest approach in life that we can't cling to the past but rather we can learn from it, because we have memories of what we associated with happier times but happiness itself comes from living, just living every day to the fullest and that's the aspect of the entire show that made it so appealing.

Friday, July 30, 2021

A Short Analysis of Heathcliff

  

     As far I've remember, I had a fascination with Heathcliff the Cat, I always remember reading it on the comic strips of the newspapers whenever I traveled to the United States thinking it was a nice sequel of the 1984 cartoon, which is the year I was born but I remember seeing Heathcliff and the Cattilacs way into the 1990's, and not even knowing there was a previous show in the 1980's as it never got a proper distribution in Latin America.

    By that moment the impact of Garfield was powerful worldwide, it was the era also where Calvin and Hobbes was outsourced to be published outside the United States and I was mesmerized by the influx of American funnies or comic strips. the diaries in Colombia weren't strong as the ones in the United States with cartoons and as a kid in the 1990's back in Latin America I was visually experiencing something I never seen before, American comic strips and I am still fascinating by them because some of them are non-sequitur and other goes on arc, but what it got my attention the most about Heatcliff is something many other people born before the advent of the Internet it was a ripoff of Garfield while it was the opposite way Jim Davies ripped off the concept of George Gately albeit ht etones of the strips are vastly different especially after the passing of Gately which his nephew Peter Gallagher inherited the strip and it turned it in to a piece of Dadaistic non-sensical pop culture art.

 
    The strips have no sense, at least at first sight or even if you try to place it on a deeper meaning there are none. It seems on an epistemological level to understand the identity of anarchism and the Dadaism, is the notion of truth and the roles that the artist and philosopher play together "is just the concept of absurdism, where no method is regarded as indispensable" where there is an opposition to universal standards and universal laws. 

    It's a setting where all contact with  world has been lost and the stability achieved, and the semblance of truth is achieved through conformism. Is probably the most coherent way to explain why the humans are submissive to their strange environment in which Heathcliff seems as the catalyst of the madness in Westfinster where everything goes

    There is no sense whenever is just looked at random times, even on the progression of the comic strip there seems to be an influence of the Family Circus but it diverged on the point where it became a meme before memes existed. Heathcliff doesn't need to have sense because it defies the conventionalisms in the comics strips of the newspapers, it's subversive but also it contains aspects of nothingness where the readers expect to see, a hidden social commentary.

    The most non-sequitur aspect of the comment is not the helmets, the strange outfits, flying cats with bubblegum but it's the garbage ape, there can be interpretations about what is the garbage ape; is they a figment of the cats imagination? a construct that they see as the waste management workers going by? It's difficult to say, as it contains elements of David Lynch products where there is no objectivism to understand reality but rather to be absorbed in an universe where sense and reason would emotionally scar Ben Shapiro.

    The cartoons versus the comic strip, the comic strip evolution of Gately over his nephew Gallagher, is as two different universes, a what if? Even if Gately introduced the no sense concept, there was some form of conformism that eventually got discarded in favor of anarchistic and Dadaist concepts by Gallagher. 



References

  • Chiodo, S. (2019). The Epistemological Anarchist and the Dadaist. Philosophia47(5), 1379–1390. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11406-018-0049-8

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Mortality

   We all had a dream about life, it was a short dream, a dream that in reality lasted less than two hours, we blinked and we were gone. I always wondered about if I die tomorrow, what would be the legacy I will leaving? I don't know, I know our existence is erased from the collective consciousness in around 100 years. 200 years if we have an exception life and the resource to fulfill an economical legacy. The what we do today has repercussions on a long term,

    We do not know what the tomorrow will bring, and when our last day will but we can live every day as if it was the last one, to live it fully and to be happy that even if is there isn't any mythical purpose for our existence we can implement compassion in other people and animals, without expecting anything back, think of the power of connection and what you can achieve "even if you don't have a physical legacy, you can change people, you can influence your communities and after that a bigger change will come, because is not about the money but how we are all interlocked"

    I have surgery of my molars tomorrow, I am anxious because I have previous experience in hospitals that involved bad of parental care when I was younger, I get anxious even if is a day surgery and I know what to do to recover, I have my hours to skip work for 7 days and don't do anything heavy, but I fear the worse and that comes from years of repression and abuse that had channelized in to every time I go to a medical practice. I remember one day when I got one of the hepatitis vaccines and my mother out of nowhere when she was driving back with me, as I was underage "Nobody can't say anything because you are vaccinated" the words always stuck with me and even after 1\3 years of leaving and not going to Cartagena, I still remember the location.

    Words have power, they transcend time and even when is been over 20 years since that moment, I still remember it and is one of the many, I am scare of tomorrow because even with insurance I can't linger the image what I associate health care with. I hope I will be OK, I know I shouldn't be scared, but still...

Friday, July 2, 2021

Quinton Kyle Hoover

Lately I been reconsidering some of my old habits of Youtube, and I love commentary channels, but Quinton Reviews got my attention to the full extent because Quinton dead pan non-sequitur humor, honest approach and their image that can relate to so many geeks and dweebs around the world is so relate because they look like good friend you had across the street and the two of you sit down to laugh and tell jokes while playing video games and probably that's part of their appeal.

Is the ability to relate to essentially every common geek online, that it makes him endearing but also there is this mystery that surrounds them but it rather goes on trivial pop data than anything else that is more substantial, Quinton is somewhat of an enigma surrounded by their love of Garfield and collection which progressively expanded over the years but also is their sense of humor that caught (at least for me) people's attention.

I found his channel by mere accident about a month ago, maybe it was a nostalgia trip that hit me while I was looking for old Fred's videos and my surprise I found this one and I was introduced to Quinton's Fallen Titans series, which as a viewer gave me another perspective on Fred and it pointed the dark side of the character that was involved within the original run of Fred opposite to the iCarly cameos, which outside the screaming annoying voice, and the constant non-sequiturs Fred is quite a dark early Youtube series that involves a six year old with a drug addiction, who is subjected to a toxic life by his prostitute mother and predatory behavior by trespassing his neighbors house.

Curiosity as well binging on Quinton's video for over a month let me to find more information about them, and there is nothing, nothing at all, nothing relevant, no interviews, no nothing besides his own self-referential Fallen Titans video. There is no information on Youtube Wikia besides him saying on a video that they occasionally check the website, other piece of information seems to show their pronouns from one of the video (but I forgot to save it, and I been binging on them too much) which said The Force is Strong in They/Them which gives another hint but no overall confirmation either and some of his Garfield videos that reveal some of their personal information and how they got in to Garfield when they were a child.

Same as going through their Twitter and some Youtube videos, his hate for Donald Trump and that they supported Bernie Sanders, and one random photo that popped on Google seemed that they worked on Dollar General as well; but the general information to create a template profile is scarce which adds more to the mystery who is Quinton Kyle Hoover and I would love to do a full interview on them one day because they are one of the most interesting people in the Youtube stratosphere.