Thursday, October 25, 2007

Pankun and James and Other Such Craziness

So thanks to PC Magazine's "100 Favorite Blogs" I have found some new sites that I can't live without!

I think that everyone should start going to TVinJapan.com because it may be the most amazing blog you will ever explore. There are so many great things on this site because TV in Japan is completely awesome. Let me give you an example of one of the greatest things I have ever seen:
Pankun and James
Click the link above to watch as this amazing monkey and bulldog as they train to become firefighters and learn about earthquakes. I have never seen anything this amazing in my life and I just don't understand why this isn't a show here in the US! I mean seriously, if people are willing to sit and watch Meerkat Manor why wouldn't they want to watch Pankun & James? Discovery Channel/Animal Planet have to step up their game! I recommend typing Pankun and James into Google or search through TV in Japan when you have a chance in order to find more videos of this crazy pair as they Take a Meeting with Disney, recreate a scene from Jurassic Park, and so much more!

Here are some of the other great blogs that I couldn't resist after checking out PC Magazines Favorite 100:

AdFreak
Adweek's blog for all that's new and crazy in the world of advertising. Sure most of us try to avoid ads as much as possble (thank goodness for DVRs & Tivo and their fast forward functions) except during the Superbowl (though even those ads have been mostly disappointing as of late). Even so there are some ads that catch our eye and get us laughing, staring in disbelief, or drooling over whatever it is that makes us drool and AdFreak seems to do a good job at discovering many of those while allerting readers to certain advertising trends.

EcoGeek
Environmental consciousness and geekdom really do go hand in hand and this site proves it. Stay up to date on what's new in the world of eco-friendly technology. You'll truly be surprised at how far they are coming. There are many companies out there making products that will help us live a sustainable lifestyle without giving up the technological devices we can't live without.

TreeHugger
Yeah that's right this geek cares a lot about the environment (as we all should). This blog is all about environmental friendliness. It's filled with information on a variety of topics: Design & Architecture, Culture & Celebrity, Travel & Nature, Food & Health, Business & Politics, and Fashion & Beauty. It's not as hard to be eco-conscious as you might think.

Coolest-Gadgets
I think the name pretty much explains itself. Gadgets are cool and this blog will keep you up to date on what's new with robots, remote controls, concept cars, and so much more!

Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories
Have you ever wanted to be an evil mad scientist? This it the blog to start you on your way. You don't need to be a scientist to make crazy creations. Check it out and start creating!

Sci Fi Tech
The sci-fi channel knows what's cool - gadgets of the future! Their blog brings the reality of science fiction to light. Hooray for technology!

Pink Tentacle
If TV in Japan wasn't enough to show you how cool Japan can be this site should be definitive proof. From cute pillows to crazy robots to out of control architecture they cover what's new and awesome in Japan.

Kotaku
This isn't your typical video game blog. It covers video game releases to video game appearances in popular TV shows to gourds carved as pumpkins. The thing I like about this site is it's friendly tone and the fact that they talk about games without giving reviews. It tells you what's out there without telling you how to feel about it.

ShackNews
Another quality video game website. I don't really have much to say about it but they have a lot of up to date information on what's new in video games. Definitely a good place to get your info.

Blogs are truly addictive and if you haven't found one that suits your fancy check out PC Magazine's list. There is something there that will appeal to everyone. For those of you that are anti-blog (and if that's the case why are you reading my blog? not that I'm complaining you just keep on reading!) check out PC Magazine's Top 100 Undiscovered Websites and Top 100 Classic Websites.

--AnnaMay

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Trekking it

Things have been so busy but now that I have a moment it's time to finally post something we have been talking about on the show for the last few weeks: the new Star Trek film.

Articles (like this) are finally coming out with lists of the main cast members and I have to say I'm pretty pleased. So here is the list:

Captain Kirk: Chris Pine
Spok: Zachary Quinto
Dr. McCoy (Bones): Karl Urban
Scotty: Simon Pegg
Sulu: John Cho
Uhura: Zoe Saldana
Chekov: Anton Yelchin

None of them are huge stars which I like, and I really do like the choices they made. I am especially happy with Chris Pine. The thing about him is that some of his bigger movies have been fluffy (Princess Diaries 2, Just My Luck). Despite the fact that they weren't quality films he was good in them. He was also in Smokin' Aces as a complete madman. The reason I bring up these movies is because he is able to completely transform himself fore the various roles. I definitely think he should be able to do a good job as Kirk.

As for Zachary Quinto we have been pleased about him being Spok since it was just a rumor.

I don't know what I think about Karl Urban as Bones. I've seen many of the bigger movie's he's been in and he always gives a good performance, but I have never seen him do any roles even similar to Bones. Even so, I'm hopeful.

Simon Pegg as Scotty seems a little strange to me, but I do think he'll do a good job. He'll be able to bring some fun humor to the role.

So what about John Cho as Sulu? I like John Cho. He's not just MILF guy from American Pie or Harold to Kal Penn's Kumar. If you saw him in the short lived series Kitchen Confidential you would have a better understanding of why he could make a good Sulu. In the least he is another actor that could infuse some humor into his role.

And then there is the always sultry Uhura. Well in terms of looks Zoe Saldana certainly fits the bill (even as a pirate). She hasn't been in too many big films and I have nothing bad to say about her.

Finally we have Anton Yelchin as Chekov. The only problem I have with him is that he is so young. They might have to do something to make him look older so that he fits in and fits the role. It's fitting that he was born in Eastern Europe so hooray for that :) Anyway despite his age he has shown a lot of promise and talent. Even so I have never seen him play a role like Chekov or even a role where he has to play an adult so that makes me a bit nervous. Still I think he can pull it off.

So overall I am pleased and hopefull. Let's hope J.J. Abrams can pull of a quality Star Trek film. No matter what we'll end up seeing it but it will be truly painful if it doesn't live up to expectations.

--AnnaMay