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Smoke and explosions can be seen rising from a metropolis as a huge, alien-like monster stomps and crashes about in Japanese Kaiju Glory. A group of officers, dressed in Orange Uniforms, fire lazers at the monster from Energy Pistols but don’t seem to be effecting him any. All of a sudden, one of the officers holds up a blinking wand and, in a technicolor flash, grows into a red and silver, glowing eyed avenger called Ultraman. Ultraman, the avatar the officer has become, is an alien from the Planet Ultra, located in the Nebula M78. Now that the officer had become this alien avenger, he engages in an epic battle with the monster, subduing him in the nick of time with his “Attack Ray”. Ultraman then flys off to a safe location, away from his fellow officers to return to his human form, and maintain his Alien secret.
The storyline is fairly homogenous from episode to episode but the Ultraman Series maintains a entertaining, light-hearted nature one rarely encounters in the present. The show, a visual effects pioneer of it’s time, contains some of the best in Kaiju movie effects and repeatedly shows how effective a man in a rubber suit, smashing around a model city can be.
I have been a huge fan of this series, the character and ALL of its MANY spinoff’s, since I first stumbled across the complete Ultraman Hayata Collection in the bargain bin at Wal-Mart. I had never heard of the show but I’d always had a huge soft spot for Japanese Media and old, classic cinema so I figured I’d buy it (plus, it was only $5.00). As a ninety’s kid, baptised by The Ninja Turtles and The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, this show hit a special spot for me. It screamed to my inner child and they became fast friends. I found myself watching the episodes over and over, switching disks when finished and later coming back to the very same disc after all the others were completed. The Complete Collection became one of my most valuable possessions, and one of my most valuable DVD’s. Not for its monetary value but for it’s sentimental value. I had become an Ultraman fanatic. I quickly branched out and learned as much as I could about the character, about it’s universe, and about the brilliant minds that gave the idea life.
Ultraman is a Japanese Tokusatsu (Meaning: “Special Filming” or Special Effects Film) T.V. series that origionally aired in 1966. Ultraman is a successor to the T.V series “Ultra Q”, allthough not technically a sequel or spin-off. The show was produced by theTsuburaya Productions, and was broadcast from July 17, 1966 to April 9, 1967, and had a total of 39 episodes (40, counting the pre-premiere special episode that aired on July 10, 1966).
Although Ultraman is the first series to feature an Ultra-Hero, it is actually the second show in the Ultra Series. Ultra Q was the first. In fact, the Ultraman show opens with the Ultra Q logo morphing into the Ultraman logo. Ultraman was a huge hit and became a major pop culture phenomenon in Japan, spawning dozens of sequels, spin-offs, imitators, parodies and remakes. Variants of the show are still being made today… and they are amazing.
If you get the chance, I would highly suggest you search around YouTube, Hulu, Netflix or Google for an episode of the show and do yourself the favor and treat yourself to some good, classic entertainment.
Upon checking the “Facebook Trending” tab this morning, I saw something that deeply saddened me. It appears another Passenger jet has now gone missing…
It was only announced about a half hour ago so much is still unknown. What is known is that the #EgyptAir Passenger plane, MS804, has disappeared from radar during it’s travel from Paris To Cairo. On board were 66 passengers.
As I type this, and am currently checking the news they have released information stating that an Egyptian Military Unit did receive a distress signal from the vessel a little before 4:30am, about 250km from the coast. Although terrorism is not being ruled out it’s more commonly suspected that the plane crashed in the sea off of Egypt. #EgyptAir and the Egyptian government have deployed search and rescue parties in the area where the last signal was received but nothing has been found yet.
My thoughts and hopes go out to the families who had a loved one on board this vessel and I hope, despite how grim it’s looking, that everyone is okay.
I have had this WordPress blog for a little while now and have never really used it much. I, first, thought it could be used as a good outlet to let out some creative steam on and then, moved towards using it to help promote my most recent project: “Temple Ozai”. “Temple Ozai” is the label (or branding, if you will) that I will be producing multimedia under. Right now, I am starting “Temple Ozai” small, in something akin to a beta-test, on only a few outlets that offer the greatest possibility. Those being YouTube, WordPress, and Tumblr (more will come in the future as I learn more). I have slowly been spending time with each, learning as much as I can, starting with YouTube and now coming to WordPress. In circling back to WordPress I’m startled and excited to find that WordPress is both a fully stocked website as well as an extremely powerful (and highly useful) social media platform.
My time and study with Youtube has shown me a great deal about something called “search optimization”, which, is the strategic use of meta data and keywords in your media to rank higher and be seen more often in search. From what I have tested with WordPress in the last couple of days, “SEO” (or Search Engine Optimization) might be even easier and even more successful/powerful than YouTube. I’m definitely going to test this further and I hope my posts and content are able to reach many more people because of it. I enjoy meeting new people and I enjoy showing my peers my work.
This should be exciting.
A few days ago my roomates father gave him two pounds of Deer Meat. It’s been a while since all of us (my roomate, his kids, my other roomate and myself) have sat down and had a meal together. All of us very much enjoy deer meat so we figured this would be a perfect opportunity to do so. We are all close, a bit like a disfunctional family, but with our conflicting schedules it’s difficult for us to really get together.
Tentatively, my roomate Eric (the one cooking it), said he will be turning the deer meat into a pasta dish. It’ll be mixed with thick Spaghetti & white cheese to make a delicious, cheesy spaghetti. For a side he’ll be making a lightly toasted garlic bread.