What the Fuck Just Happened Today?

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Staying sane in the US given the whirlwind of insanity spewing out of our 24 hour new cycle is hard. This website has been very helpful to me in filtering out all of the drama and spin in the news and breaking it down to the major news stories of the day, their supporting articles and most importantly the Facts. Actual facts not alternative ones minus the drama and celebrity gossip. Just the stories documenting the daily shock & awe of Trump’s America.

I hope it helps you too.

WTF Just Happened Today?

If you think White Washing is an issue with the New Ghost in the Shell Movie. You don’t know the material.

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I’ve been a Huge Fan of Ghost in the Shell creator, Masamune Shirow’s, work for decades now, I have first prints of the Dark Horse Comic release of the first series in my comics boxes. I even have the misprint with the doubled up Color Pages. The Major’s racial identity/sexuality has always been ambiguous in the comics and various Anime adaptions and frankly discussion of it is kind of pointless, She is a full body cyborg. The only organic part of her is her brain, it’s in the title, Ghost in the Shell, its pretty self explanatory!

Ghost in the Shell has always been about the exploration of what is consciousness, what is the self when only the mind remains. It’s pretty much one of the defining themes of the work. All of these people up in arms about Scarlett Johansson getting the role are reactionary idiots who do not understand A: the Source Material and B: the economics of Hollywood.

This video gives a great Breakdown of these points and made a few I had not previously considered.

Animating Light – Akira

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When I went to school for 3D Animation, lighting was one of my worst areas so I focused on my strengths of Character Modeling & Animation. This video I recently found gives a fantastic breakdown on the power of light in animation and why understanding how it works is so important, it just so happens to use one of my favorite films of all time as it’s example.