Words worth hearing Vol.4

These are some lovely definitions created by that treasure trove of new words the dictionary of obscure sorrows. I have always been a huge fan and these are some of my favorites.

Ambedo

n. a kind of melancholic trance in which you become completely absorbed in vivid sensory details—raindrops skittering down a window, tall trees leaning in the wind, clouds of cream swirling in your coffee—which leads to a dawning awareness of the haunting fragility of life, a mood whose only known cure is the vuvuzela.

 

vellichor
n. the strange wistfulness of used bookstores, which are somehow infused with the passage of time—filled with thousands of old books you’ll never have time to read, each of which is itself locked in its own era, bound and dated and papered over like an old room the author abandoned years ago, a hidden annex littered with thoughts left just as they were on the day they were captured.

Do you wish you had a superpower?

I cannot recall the first moment I decided I wanted to have superpowers. I must have been very young, as I began reading fantasy at quite an early age. All I know is that ever since that moment, I have lived with a mild pang of sadness at the thought that I will never know what it is like to wield power beyond this normal human shell.

Imagine being able to whisper to the very air and have it lift you high up into tendrils of the clouds and soar across the world, a cloud walker.

Or to feel your bones and muscle tighten with such strength that you could lift a whole building, or perhaps even simply remake the very substance of life into anything you wish, fusing your very own creativity into reality.

Ah the dreams I have had all my life, the stories I have told, only to awaken again and again to this damn normalcy. But at the same time I am quite grateful, because I recognize that it is being this normal guy that has pushed my imagination to its limits(with the help of copious amounts of books and games created by other inventive folk)  and allowed me to imagine world upon worlds of magic and wonder.

If Humans have one true superpower it is our ability to create within our minds an infinite universe of possibility, to bend and twist the fabric of reality into anything we can think up, and we can do this again and again until the moment we leave this Earth.

Creativity is our gift to ourselves and those around us.

It is quite wonderful when you think of it that way, isn’t it?

Your body is more than just click bait

There are many training methods vying for dominance in the world. With the rise of social media platforms such as instagram, it’s become easy for people to use their bodies to push ways of training that MIGHT get you to look good naked, but most definitely do not build a healthy mindset towards movement and fitness.

For obvious reasons, aesthetics have been the primary concern of most people looking to get in shape, and although there is nothing inherently wrong with wanting to look good naked to attract a partner, when coupled with social media, it starts to create problems for those who want people to train intelligently and with a broader view so that goals go further than just losing weight or gaining muscle.

For those of us whos interests tend to lie more with books and games and the finer things in life( YES, BOOKS ARE THE FINER THINGS IN LIFE!) , this can be especially problematic.

When you spend most of your time in your own head instead of deep within your whole body, you lose connection and the capacity to move as well as you should. It is very easy to push aside this need to move and say it’s stupid or useless or just for jocks, and seeing the social media crazed “look at my body” attention seeking we see all the time, it makes it even easier to just consider it not worth your time. 

Couple that with a general lethargy from sitting on your ass so much, and you have a bad combination if you want people to take care of themselves. It gets even more difficult when the large majority of people who do start to care about their health, tend to get all their examples of fitness from people who are just focused on looks, instead of the dysfunction we create in our modern society. Excessive sitting, phone usage, and an overall lack of knowledge as to how our bodies should work has created a group of people who move like sick, elderly people. 

We need a paradigm shift, one where we care about how good we look naked, but as a subset of our overall focus on being able to move well, be strong, and  age in a way that allows us to live as optimally as possible with the least amount of problems. 

Learn to enjoy your body. Explore it, develop it just like you would your mind, expand it’s horizons, get comfortable with it and grow into a better, stronger human that won’t be limited in any way.

And look damn good naked while you’re at it.

Breaking tradition: Looking to books for animation ideas

Sometimes society gets so stuck in it’s ways that it misses out on tremendous opportunities to expand it’s artistic repertoire, until someone comes around with an idea and the will to act upon it, smashing through the barrier of tradition.

We see it time and again in the music industry as musicians do away with the rules set down by the past generations and start entirely new genres.

Painting and drawing went through multiple renaissances over the millenia from scratches in cave walls to the masterpieces of Da Vinci and Michaelangelo.

Writing has changed tremendously in the last century as our ability to transmit information has shifted from paper to electronic and as the quantity of literate people has grown.

As we dive deeper into this tech driven age we are going to see paradigm shifts, and the bastions of the old traditions will not give away so easily. Sometimes that is a good thing, as there is beauty in old ways of doing things as well, balance is key.

Personally the biggest shift I want to see, which I have written of before, is for people to start using fantasy, sci fi and other novels to create animated worlds as we see the japanese do with their anime.  There is a massive amount of books just waiting to be brought to life, and we need to stop trying to make them into real life series and films when the animated genre is exploding and becoming more popular year after year.

Brandon Sanderson’s stormlight archives and mistborn series, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time, Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera and so many other amazing authors have created beautiful worlds which could be realized in animated form, and yet because we have simply tossed this field to the Japanese and to Disney and Pixar for children, they lay dormant.

It just needs one team of dedicated people who love books and love the magic of animation to smash through these old ways of thinking to expand the genre into a whole different realm of experience.

There are a myriad of other domains that lie waiting for similar breakthroughs.

I look forward to a future where these potentials are realized.

Anime; will it continue to rise in popularity?

Love it or hate it anime has been growing and spreading it’s influence every year.

But even as it grows it struggles to mark a place within our entertainment industry, the biggest hurdle being that the large majority of anime comes out of Japan and there are significant cultural differences between Japan and the western cultures which could be it’s largest market.

I see more and more of our youth getting into anime, especially with the rise of Netflix and sites such as Crunchy Roll creating a legitimate place for studios to market their shows, but many people still view all anime in the same light as children’s shows such as Pokemon, and even very famous shows such as Naruto and One piece have such a large amount of silliness within them that people never end up delving into the more interesting shows tackling serious content. On top of that lies another problematic issue, which is Japanese studios need to include large amounts of nonsensical ecchi and incest themed content to their shows. Now I have no issues with sexual content within a show, real or animated, but at least make it cohesive with the story line. Many times these themes are just dumped into the middle of moments and situations and completely ruin them, they are generally awkward and don’t even lead to some kind of relationship or emotional connection between characters, they are just there to attract horny people to watch the show.

Many anime series are never finished as well, being used as simple draws to get people to read the manga, but this leads to people being turned off from beginning series they know will never finish as many are not interested in reading manga. There is also distribution issues..many, many people use illegal sites to watch anime as it is impossible to find legal versions online, as crunchy roll is in a constant fight to get the rights to get shows on their site. Netflix barely has any anime as well. To understand this fully all you need to do is look at studio Ghibli, their movies are world renowned and yet Netflix and Crunchy Roll do not carry a single one of their titles, why is that? it makes no sense whatsoever. Many shows come out in Japan years before they are ever released to other markets, and so the only option for those who want to watch these shows is to do so illegally. Personally I want my money to go to these studios producing high quality shows and would appreciate it if big names like Netflix and Crunchy Roll actually carried some of the most famous shows and movies in the business.

It’s a difficult issue and something I hope resolves as more and more people get into this genre and sites like Crunchy Roll grow in size and have the money to push back against stubborn studios who are not listening to what the world wants.

Personally I hope that western studios start producing anime and manga, it’s about time it expands. Especially for anime, people need to learn that not all anime have to come from Manga! there are thousands and thousands of amazing fantasy, sci-fi and other styles of books which would do fantastically well as anime. We keep getting these trash movie and tv series based off books when we have this incredible medium that lends itself perfectly to novels with large amounts of magic or other types of fantasy.

For now I will just be crossing my fingers and hoping someone with talent starts the ball rolling.