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31
Oct
10

Happy Halloween, 2010!

Yay!  Happy Halloween!  Ok, I know many people celebrated Halloween yesterday but today is technically Halloween!.  If you are celebrating today, then I  hope you have a great time.  Me?  I worked at the Halloween block party my small town had last night.  It was epic and there was plenty of candy.  (I may be on a sugar high)  I dressed as an air-force Sergent.  (mainly cause I did not have a costume and my step-dad is retired from the air-force)

Today is the day to play scary games/movies, cosplay, and eat candy until you barf.  Halloween, I love you!

Hope you have a great one!

12
Oct
10

Magic: The Gathering – James Dojo Style!

I got bored and decided to make some Magic cards.  Hope you enjoy them! [click on a card to see the full sized image]

04
Oct
10

Please, Vote for Me!

{Edit: Voting is now closed! Thank you to everyone who voted for me!]

The Local Listerhill Credit Union has opened a branch at my college.  They are looking for workers and have decided to turn the job hunt into a publicity stunt and I got myself involved!

Please vote for me!

If I get the most votes, I win an iPad and enough credit at the bookstore for a semester of free books!  Please, your vote would really mean a lot to me.  I really need a job, and the books/iPad would come in *really* handy.

I made a promotional video explaining why I need to be hired.  Feel free to watch it (I tried to make it funny) and vote.

Click on the link below to vote!  (The name is James Reatherford)  [my name in the voting is near the bottom and my video is on the 3rd row all the way on the right]

http://www.youngfreealabama.com/gurus

(Oh, and you can vote as many times as you would like so…yeah)

Thank you for your support!

27
Sep
10

Dojo of Fame – Genndy Tartakovsky (Animation Week: Day 1)

Welcome to animation week!  Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a big fan of western animation.  I just never really grew out of cartoons.  But as I have grown, my tastes have still matured and while I still enjoy cartoons with the same glee that I did when I was a little kid, I can appreciate what goes into making a good cartoon.  Now there have been plenty of good cartoons come around in my lifetime, but some were just exceptional.  And in order for a cartoon to be exceptional, it has to have some exceptional talent behind it.

So that is why I am dedicating this week to some of the most talented creators in the industry.  Unfortunetly, I am not going to list any voice actors (I am not skilled enough at recognizing them yet…but their day will come eventually) rather, this is more about the creative people who created these amazing shows.  Everyday I will be showcasing a different creator and adding them to my “Dojo of Fame”.  I hope you enjoy it!

To kick off my Animation Week, I am going to start by spotlighting the man who inspired this week:

Genndy Tartakovsky

Genndy Tartakovsky is a man who will blow your mind.  Most of us got hooked on his creations with Dexter’s Lab: A series about a boy genius named Dexter and his insane sister Dee Dee.

Dexter, with the aide of his secret laboratory, is constantly creating crazy inventions and Dee Dee is always breaking them.  While this show could have gotten into a rut of “what is Dexter’s new invention this week?” it kept it fresh by mixing invention episodes in with episodes about dexter trying to fit in school, having a baby sitter, and going on road trips.  Some of the episodes did not even seem to have a plot, they were just pure madness.  Topped off with the “Dial M for Monkey” and “Justice Friend” shorts that were sandwiched between segments, and you have a formula for one of Cartoon Network’s best TV series.

After Genndy was finished with Dexter’s lab he started on something completely new, Samurai Jack.  The plot was…well, I think the opening theme explains it best:

Long ago in a distant land, I, Aku, the shape-shifting Master of Darkness, unleashed an unspeakable evil! But a foolish Samurai warrior wielding a magic sword stepped forth to oppose me. Before the final blow was struck, I tore open a portal in time and flung him into the future, where my evil is law! Now the fool seeks to return to the past, and undo the future that is Aku!

Stuck in the future and trying to get back while fighting the evil forces of Aku, Samurai Jack never ceased to amaze.  His almost otherworldy skills with his sword provided for some of the best action scenes in all of animation.  His quite, polite demeanor set him apart from most Bad-A protagonists of the day.  The beautiful artistic direction of the show accompanied with the slow pacing of the opening scenes gave the show an amazing artistic feel.  The soundtrack was perfect, with the score capturing every mood imaginable.  It was filled with action and adventure.

The sheer variety of the themes in the episode were near unimaginable from the artistic and sobering episodes “seasons of death” to the hilarity that is “Jack Meets the Scottsman”.  Jack took us into space, to a village of talking dogs, to Egypt, into the world of 1930’s mobsters, to the world of the Spartans, and everywhere else.

Samuri Jack was truly an amazing show and Genndy’s best work.

In fact, Samurai Jack was so good that it inspired George Lucas to commission Genndy to make a mini-series based on Clone Wars.  This series had the action of Samurai Jack, without the slow pacing.  Clone troopers firing everywhere, Jedi engaged in epic battles.  Genndy’s Clone Wars set the standard for Star Wars animaion…a standard that the new Clone Wars series has not even come close to achieving, unfortunately.

Now Genndy’s newest project, Sym-Bionic Titan is starting to air.  At the time of writing only 2 episodes have been aried, but they are both amazing and seem to live up to everything Genndy has done so far.  I could go on and on about how much potential this series has, but I have already written that article and I don’t want to bore you too much.

Anyways, Genndy Tartakovsky is one of the greatest minds in animation and he deserves a proud place in my Dojo of Fame.

19
Jul
10

Betty White Should Play Aunt May in the Spidey Reboot!

Please support our cause!  Help Betty White play Aunt May!

31
May
10

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day everyone!  To all the veterans out there, I thank you.  (And thank you Danny, for serving in the Air Force)

21
May
10

Netflix!!!

Ok, so I on day three of my 1-month trial, and I am already a satisfied customer.  This morning I got my first DVD from Netflix in the mail, Star Trek TNG disk 1.  Ok, I admit that I have not actually watched the DVD yet, but I am impressed that it took less tha 48 hours to arrive.

The real beauty of Netflix does not even seem to be the DVDs.  I am having more fun with the Instant Stream content.  They have all kinds of great movies and cartoons.  It feels like we have cable again…but without the commercials…or having to have cable.  In the last three days I have watched a little of everything from spongebob and American dragon: Jake Long to Dead Zone and Heroes.

Along with Star Trek DVD, I revived wii and ps3 disks.  They were a breeze to set up, and it’s great to be able to watch fairly oddparents in my room.  There is a great selection, and it has nice little features like keeping track of where you are in each show you watch, so you can pick up where you left off later.

All in all, I am giving Netflix a thumbs up.  This is one of the best services the net has to offer, especially if you have ditched cable and are relying exclusively on Hulu and Youtube like my family.  Its much cheaper than cable, and twice as entertaining.




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