Wednesday, January 3, 2018

For Auld Lang Syne

-By Serge C Katzen-

This year has been one heavens of a rollercoaster. From things like the women's march following the innaugaration of the one who shall not be named to the relase of films like "It" (2017) and the amazing Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi and TV shows like The Reboot of "The Magic Schoolbus (tm)" on "Netflix", as well as the hit "Stranger Things" which brought back yet more 80s nostalgia.
Spring and Summer of this year were questionable in some regards, however, not so in others. Even though the feline never got to run off to Florida before "RealID"(tm) took effect, the release of "It", "Stranger things", and "The Dark Tower" served as a cosmic counterbalance.
One of my supervisors turned me onto "Stranger things" and I fell in love with the group of friends on bikes and 11. The plot involves MK ultra capturing children and tyring to use them to open a portal up. MK Ultra is and was actually a thing. The setting of the 80s with all its nostalgia makes it into a marriage of Robert Zemeckis and Stephen King. STRANGELY enough "Stranger things" was NOT penned by Mr King himself.

Monday, June 19, 2017

APD Live performance "Down by the Salley Gardens" from "Spyro 2 - Der Wa...

Here I am performing the ending piece to "Spyro the Dragon 2 - Der Wanderer und Sein Schatter" batter known to most as of now as "Gateway to Gliimmer" Or "Ripto's rage"

It's a traditional Irish piece called "Down by the Salley Gardens, notably covered by Loreena Mackennit

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Cliffsides of Yolanga

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Cliffsides of Yolanga
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Cliffsides of Yolanga
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To fans and players of the game "Spyro 2 - Ripto's Rage" (tm), the painting in this article may look familiar.  In the game, there is a world in the latter half of the hubworld "Summer forest" (tm) known as Hurricos.  Hurricos is a very dark and shadowy level featuring grasslands and a giant factory which is seemingly shut down.

Shown here is a painting depecting a coner of said world after you enter it, but with 2 "Suns" due to the way water reflects light.  

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Power Rangers: A Study on “Inclusion”

These days, if there is one word that doesn’t sit very well with most people outside the blogosphere or the Arenas of Tumpler and Reddit, its Inclusion. The ideas of diversity and inclusion in the media have been a hot topic for quite some time and the idea of things being “white washed” as well as bad cultural stereotypes have been around since the dawn of the printed word. These days, however, these ideas are being challenged.

As things go in cycles, things in the 90s are now beco ming nostalgic such as “Full house”, “Saved by the Bell” and of course “Power Rangers”. However, the prevailing unveiling of the idea of inclusion and proper, I do highlight the idea of “PROPER” representation is easier to call out.

For the few of you who were not born in the late 80s or very early 90s and not bombarded by American filming meshed with Japanese stock footage, here’s how Power Rangers works. Zordon, an intergalactic being and his companion Alpha-5 (No word on the other 4) summon a group of Teenagers with “Aittiude” to repetitively fight the evils of Goldar and Rita Repulsa. It’s a show based on a long-running live action children’s/Teen’s show Gogo Senti ZyuRanger which Haim-Saban ported over to American Audiences in 1993.

Being that the show centered around the lives of “seemingly ordinary” Teenagers with the aforementioned “Attitude” herein lies everyone’s favourite word “inclusion”. In the 90s, however, this was more a tokenization matter and not an actual attempt at showing a truly diverse cast.

In the new movie, just called “Power Rangers” ™ with a lightening bolt in the centre, the cast is truly diverse, having ethnic diversity and Neurodiversity as well as gender diversity. One of the new Rangers out of the 5 is LGBTQ+. The way this person is done is respectul as far as I have heard from mos tof my friends of that ilk.

As I mentioned before, there is Neurodiversity. Being represented. The Blue Ranger Billy Kranston is on the spectrum. Surprisingly to myself and a lot fo my friends who are Neurodivergent and or on the spectrum htemslves, this particular person wasn’t played up as a gimick, cash-in or anything of the sort. He really seemed like part of the fabric, as it were that constructed both the story and the setting of the film, like the other characters. I have to say, this is a big step in the right direction.

There is a lot of backlash these days concerning films who try to have both a diverse cast of actors, character representations and who try to tell different sotries than the normal narrative. There are even fans of power rangers who really don’t like the idea of ANY inclusion or diversity in the media. They see it as a threat. Internally in hollywood, this is also causing a problem. There are mentions on radio shows about an “Agenda” being pushed. I disagree. Having a media that tells a varity of stories with a variety of characters and narratives makes things more interesting, and dare I say it, more real.