Arts – Music – Movies


So, I came across this game. It’s called Samorost and it is the first creation of a very small creative team from the Czech Republic called Amanita Design.

I have one word of advice to anyone who happens to come across this post – play the game. Whether you normally play games or not makes little difference, my partner who has only played tetris in the past, had a blast. So will you.

No need for any specialised software either, just click the link and play away.

PLAY THE GAME

This video reminded of A History of Evil in terms of style.

The Internet has allowed for the emergence of some truly prolific comics. These aren’t the “sunday funnies” of your local newspaper, which are becoming duller by the passing week as the paper medium itself slowly fades away.

I have to rank Sinfest and The Perry Bible Fellowship as the top two webcomics. I’ll allow Tatsuya Ishida of Sinfest to speak for himself:

I have discovered a way to live life in a state of perpetual orgasmic ecstasy, unbothered by the cruel vagaries of life. It’s perfectly legal, no drugs involved, no crazy meditation regimen, no change in diet or beliefs or lifestyle. It’s healthy, no side effects, no hangover, just pure bliss round the clock, 24/7. Problem is, I can’t articulate the secret method in words. There’s no verbal way to demonstrate how I’ve achieved this state. As much as I’d like to disclose the mystery to you all it resists all known forms of communication. Except one. The comic strip. I can transmit my esoteric knowledge through my comic strip and through my comic strip alone. There’s no other way. So you must keep reading, every day, all the time, forever. Buy all the books at least four times. Reminisce on particular strips in your free time, learn punchlines by heart, impress your friends with your knowledge of Sinfest. Whatever you do, you must keep reading. But now for a limited time eligible women can receive my wisdom through special tantric exercises with me as their personal guru. After only ten, twenty sessions of intense hands-on nude full-contact sensual massage therapy you too can experience The Super Duper Tatsuya Joy. Act now! Operators are standing by.

That may sound exhagerated but he’s right. You must visit Sinfest daily (and go through his archive) for the Zen of Tatsuya or else there will be no enlightenment for you!

I especially appreciation his portrayal of God as a hand in the clouds manipulating puppets (usually of the devil), as well as his beautiful version of Buddha. 

Sunday, April19, 10pm ET/PT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 2 /PRNewswire/ — From Amazon jungles to the American Plains, British mental wards, Swiss labs, New York mansions and Grateful Dead shows, the history of hallucinogenic drugs is as fantastic as the visions the drugs produce. Wade Davis, is a modern-day anthropologist, author (“The Serpent and the Rainbow”) and protege of one of psychedelia’s most intrepid forefathers — Richard Evans Schultes. Davis traces Schultes’ life’s work as one of the greatest botanist-explorers of
the 20th century and reveals an illustrated history of the world’s most mind-altering plants and substances in: PEYOTE TO LSD: A PSYCHEDELIC ODYSSEY.

Winner of the prestigious 2008 CINE Golden Eagle Award, the documentary follows the career of Schultes, who journeyed into far-flung areas in search of ritualistic healing medicines known to produce powerful visions: Peyote, mushrooms, Ayahuasca. Davis, a former student of Schultes at Harvard and author of Schultes’ biography (“One River”), travels to the exotic locations Schultes once voyaged to, seeking the same experiences. Along the way, set to the music of the Grateful Dead and featuring input from experts such as Dead co-founder Bob Weir, plus Dr. Andrew Weil, and LSD inventor Dr. Albert Hofmann, the documentary reveals how hallucinogens got from jungle shamans to the hippie generation. Questions arise about the attitude toward psychedelics: their great potential benefits versus perceived harmful side effects. Why is it that so many ancient cultures consider hallucinogenic plants — a medicine given from God, while in today’s culture they are outlawed, and even reviled. PEYOTE TO LSD: A PSYCHEDELIC ODYSSEY is a long, strange trip that began decades ago, but is probably nowhere near its end. Even now, new uses for hallucinogens are being sought and tested by leading universities and medical institutions.

PEYOTE TO LSD: A PSYCHEDELIC ODYSSEY is produced and directed by Peter von Puttkamer of Gryphon Productions Inc. along with producer Sheera von Puttkamer and co-producer Wade Davis. Executive Producer for The History Channel is Michael Stiller.

An exhibit of Richard Evans Schultes’ photographs will run at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural Historyin Washington, DC, April 16 – November, 2008.

lluminated is a new animated series being created by some of the people behind GNN (Guerrilla News Network), Phong.com (Eminem’s “Mosh”), Pod Collective, Broken Saints, and ConceptArt.org.

Set in the not-too-distant future, planet Earth is being ravaged by rampant environmental change and collapsing economies, as widespread social movements triggered by online interaction are reshaping the face of world politics. Saturated by media, people have lost their ability to dream and plug into a sophisticated communication system each night called the DreamField, which gives them access to a virtual dream-state, networked with the rest of the world. Online, dreams have become just another kind of media, and a group of dreamstars have emerged as the culture’s new celebrities. Coming from an established political family, Aya is one of the most popular dreamstars, and millions plug into her dreams every night to experience her adventures through a hyper-dimensional vide-game reality, live as they sleep.

The series charts Aya’s coming of age as she travels with her guru, Shen, on a transformational journey to visit the most spiritually charged places on Earth – re-connecting with the wisdom-keepers of the planet and re-learning the ancient spiritual traditions to evolve her consciousness and fight to restore humanity’s ability to dream.

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