Reader’s Pulse: Super Abilities

August 28, 2009 § 3 Comments

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What would you do with a time machine? Travel back in time (60%)



In Focus: Sky City 1000

August 27, 2009 § 3 Comments

Would you like to live in such a city? I wouldn’t.

Video Credits: Observadora78


How to Defend a Smash in Badminton

August 27, 2009 § 1 Comment

The article explains how to successfully defend a smash in badminton. The focus is on strategy and not on techniques.

A Special Announcement!

August 23, 2009 § 8 Comments

It’s official! This blog is now a weekend blog. There will be no weekday update from now on. Keep blogging!

Reader’s Pulse: Time Travel

August 13, 2009 § 5 Comments

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Most favorite world wonder – Stonehenge (27%)

[Simon N.]

In Focus: Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea

August 11, 2009 § 6 Comments

In recent years, mainstream animation has shifted from hand-drawn to CGI. As I am a fan of traditional animation, I find this to be quite disheartening. While CGI animation is certainly impressive, it lacks one important ingredient and that is the artist’s touch. This is something that can’t be replicated with technology.

I do not know what it is about CGI animation that has led to the inventive and artistic void. Perhaps, it has to do with the limitations of the technology which often render the characters lifeless and uncreative. The fact that making animation with a computer program is far from equivalent to doing it with pen and paper might also be a factor. Technology tends to discourage creativity and obstruct the artist’s vision.

Unfortunately, my opinion is in the minority. Most people are trend-loving; they tend to favor things that are more current. This explains why CGI animated movies fare much better than traditional animation in box office performance. As a consequence, movie studios are phasing out traditional animation at a blistering pace. Animation as I know it is dying before my eyes.

Fortunately, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. My love for animation is once again renewed when Walt Disney Studios announces its support for the theatrical release of Hayao Miyazaki’s newest animated feature titled Ponyo. As Miyazaki is one of few animation directors who remain faithful to traditional animation, this is fantastic news. In fact, the Ponyo movie was 100% hand-drawn with no CGI effects. This movie involved the collective cooperation of a number of artists (including the master Miyazaki himself) resulting in 170,000 separate sketches.

For those who may not know, Miyazaki was the director of numerous award-winning animated movies including Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and the iconic My Neighbor Totoro. Below is the trailer for the latest movie. As one can see, the movie’s art direction is as perfect as it could be. The animation is outstanding as well. The movie opens in the United States on August 14, 2009.

[Simon N.]

Reader’s Pulse: The Greatest Wonder of The World

August 7, 2009 § 5 Comments

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Most Favorite Cartoon/Comic Character – Bugs Bunny (19%)


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