Saturday, November 28, 2009

Pink Tentacle Illustration

Inspired by Transformers 2 non plot seen today and way too many Godzilla movies...

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Corny 80s Videos of Music Against the System

Before this post begins let's start with the larger against the system franchise of the last 10 years the Matrix, in Legos:

Now the cause of this rant...

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It started with the Mr. Roboto video by Styx. This was a concept album Kilroy Was Here. They even made a very costly mini movie called Caught in the Act. In retrospective it is a very corny record that has not aged well. But, it was one of my first LPs. I was really trying to find the original movie to assess its degree of corniness but only managed to find a few videos running on the web.

The songs are hit or miss. This was one of my favorite songs out of that record:

High Time has a nice arrangement, but just ignore the ridiculous lyrics. The evil corporative demon that wants to ban music. Let's go against the system. Yeah! And go buy me some more records. And a new T Shirt too. Go to my very expensive concert. And down with the system! yeah!

Here is more stuff on the cool looking japanese masks.

The US vs THEM against corporative and religioius control of media resounded in this video:


Murolces odro suvon sitpeoc tiunna

What the devil's goin' on

Why don't your turn that music down

You're going deaf and that's for sure

But all you do is scream for more

Get the lead out go for broke

Pop your pills and drink and smoke

Shoot those chemicals into your vein

Anything to ease the pain

Heavy metal (heavy metal) poisoning (it's a poison)

A toxic wasteland (got a toxic wasteland)

in your ear canal (in your ear canal!)

Overloaded (I'm overloaded), suffering (yeah!)

Overloaded (overloaded) on sex and drugs

Everything is black and white

You are wrong and we are right

First we'll spank your big behinds

Then we'll twist your little minds

I'm dr. righteous (I'm dr. righteous),

and I'm here to sing (yeah!)

That heavy metal (heavy metal) is poisoning

It's a music wasteland, that destroys the young (yeah!)

They're overloaded (overloaded)

on sex and drugs, sex and drugs, sex and drugs

And rock and roll!

Sterces eht sdloh natas

I'm dr. righteous (I'm dr. righteous),

and I'm here to sing (yeah!)

That heavy metal (heavy metal) is poisoning

It's a music wasteland, that destroys the young (yeah!)

They're overloaded (overloaded)

on sex and drugs, sex and drugs, sex and drugs

And rock and roll!

Heavy metal (heavy metal) poisoning (it's a poison)

A toxic wasteland (got a toxic wasteland)

in your love canal love canal!)

Overloaded (I'm overloaded), suffering (yeah!)

Overloaded (overloaded) on sex and drugs, sex and drugs, sex and

Sex and drugs, sex and drugs, sex and drugs, sex and drugs, sex and

"righteous! righteous!...

""shut up!""

...righteous! righteous! righteous! righteous! righteous!

yeah!""shut up! shut up!"[giggles]

Anyway, I always liked the early David Bowie later. It is a pity his records were not as available when I was in high school. For instance I like this japanese version of It's No Game:

and even if I haven't seen the Tarantino's Movie of Inglorious Basterds I still love this alternate track of Cat People (Putting Out Fire) recorded in Australia:

Going back to subject, my rant was on corny videos against the system. Where the concept was more important than the lyrics. So yes, I liked Rick Springfield's videos. Same as Styx. They just haven't aged well. Here is Bop Til You Drop. This is still nice and tolerable although very 80s. And once again we scream

Bop Til You Drop (
Affair of the Heart (

Anyway I cannot leave this post against the corporate establishment without mentioning Aerosmith's Revolution X video game. Shame Helga! You can't kill rock and roll.

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Dismiss AMA, Give the Buses to Cooperative Groups

After having a lot of turkey and stuffing these past few days I need to make a rant. I have been so busy these last few weeks that it is insane. To top things off I went to office today to get some dues completed but got screwed up with the bus...after making such good time walking to the Bayamon station. Waiting for that C 30 bus really got me steaming. I am so pissed I am not even going to bother to write in Spanish. So let's get down to business:
Subject 1 :
AMA should be dismantled, bus routes given to Locally Owned Cooperatives
I have discussed the situation with the Puerto Rico's Metropolitan Bus Authority (AMA) before. Those articles are here:
The problem is not the routes, is not the buses, is not even the drivers. The problem is that there are too many routes, and these routes have been increased further by increasing transfer points. The idea was to have more buses available in shorter paths, reducing idle time between buses. However, our shitty administrations, both red and blue always manage to screw plans up and instead of reducing the bus intervals have actually increased the idle times creating the following situation:

1.5 hours waiting for a C 30 bus to take from the Martinez Nadal station to San Patricio is plain wrong.
1 - 2 hours waiting for a B-4 bus to take you to Rio Piedras is criminal.
2 hours waiting for the Metrobus II to pick you up is abusive.
Who the hell can use this unreliable bus system before having the file filled with tardiness reports. After all the bus being late is not an excuse the second or third time around. Something needs to be done because the situation is worse every passing day. Either we go private and have the excellent service Metrobus I and Tren Urbano have or dismantle AMA and give the bus routes to Cooperativas that can manage the routes much more efficiently, even if the fare is larger. At least give more access to small pisicorres to the areas.
Fortu/no has announced a reduction in fares for the Tren Urbano to increase rides. That will only worsen the situation. Fix the AMA problem and people will use the service. Right now only the poor or those that have no other choice use the system. Let's go green and get people using the public transportation system.
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Friday, November 20, 2009

Moebius - Arzach

Decidi ir cinematografico hoy con el artista grafico Moebius, conocido principalmente por su participacion en peliculas como Alien y Fifth Element. Su influencia ha definido a mas de una generacion de ilustradores y productores de Hollywood. Aqui incluyo una version animada de su personaje Arzach (links debajo, en espanol)

Aqui esta su pagina web (frances)


Ilustraciones y Galerias

Parte 1

Parte 2

Parte 3

Parte 4

Parte 5

Parte 6

Parte 7

Parte 8

Parte 9

Parte 10

Parte 11

Parte 12

Parte 13

Parte 14

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Random Stuff

Have been very busy these last few weeks. Therefore I have not been able to post anything new, except the ocassional youtube video on Facebook. Here some interesting finds I have stumbled upon the Web:

# 1 - Stray Bullets

Someone posted the first four issues of this polemic comic at the above listed site. A very pessimistic view of life and with issues that criticize many evils of our society. Reminded me of Visual Arts Bookstore in Condado.

# 2 Nineteenth Century China Tradition

These short stories presented by Chinese Gatewway provide insight to Chinese Culture on the Nineteenth Century with Dianshizhai Pictorials. These images presented a history or a moral (a dated moral analogous to Victorian England morality).

These vignettes reminded me of Rafael's Tufi/no's excellent series of serigraphy's of the Plena in Puerto Rico. Don't know Tufi/no, here are some of his most known works (Note: AutoPlay Music) including Cortaron a Elena.

#3 - Alternate View of the Water Crisis (Non Crisis)

Everyone gives as a fact that the water will not be available within 20 years and compares water to a fossil fuel. Water cannot be unavailable given the large amount of it, and the effect caused by the water cycle, where seawater is recycled by evaporation and rain. The actual problem is of infrastructure or making the water available at hard to reach areas. These areas are reserved for the poor and helpless, that are always exploited in these issues.

I may not agree with all the points of the writer but he hits hard on the real issues behind the water. Corruption and Unaccounted Water Losses (sounds familiar to PRASA?). Reuse and proper treatment of residual water is critical. That is why a good sewer system is required. Puerto Rico has the opportunity to enter into this market if we switch from primary discharge regional wastewater plants and enter the advanced treatment with nutrient removal systems. This will be discussed on further issues of the Alcantarilla.

Here is the original article, check the presentation and the comments made in favor and against the speaker.

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