Similes and Smiles

This gave me some insight to the power of meditation.

A Quiver Of Quotes

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In The Quantum and the Lotus Matthieu Ricard speaks about meditation, and how the effect of meditation on the mind can be described.

Quote: For example, some authors say that thought is initially like a frothing waterfall, then like a stream with occasional eddies, then like a large river with the odd ripple running over it, and finally like the ocean, whose depths are never disturbed.

A simile is a figure of speech that compares two seemingly disparate objects. It describes by analogy. The word simile itself comes from the Latin word like, and used to also mean likeness, resemblance, similarity (in examples such as: there is no simile between the two). Imitation is a basic learning mechanism. Our acts, words, ideas are first seen, repeated, then modified by circumstance or will. We start by emulating our parents, our friends, our teachers; later on we emulate ourselves, learning and…

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The Art of Film: Stanley Kubrick

With defining films that have set the tone of “unorthodox” and “compelling,” Stanley Kubrick has given us works that’s still referenced to this day an age. With visually eye-catching movies that drags you in deeper, as it tackles various subjects dealing with creation of life and it’s meaning, the troubles of our government, and the troubles of youth. Kubrick has set a standard that’s gone on to inspire his directorial counterparts, television, and pop-culture. Because of his achievements the Mondo Art Gallery of Austin TX, wanted honor the late director by releasing customs pieces dedicated to some of Kubrick’s finest works.

A Clockwork Orange

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In an England of the future, Alex (Mathew McDowell) and his “Droogs” spend their nights getting high at the Korova Milk bar before embarking on “a little of the old ultraviolence,” while jauntily warbling “Singin’ in the Rain.” After he’s jailed for bludgeoning the Cat Lady to death, Alex submits to behavior modification technique to earn his freedom; Returned to the world defenseless, Alex becomes the victim of his prior victims.

The Shining

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Dr. Strangelove

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A film about what could happen if the wrong person pushed the wrong button — and it played the situation for laughs. U.S. Air Force General Jack Ripper goes completely insane, and sends his bomber wing to destroy the U.S.S.R. He thinks that the communists are conspiring to pollute the “precious bodily fluids” of the American people.

2001: A Space Odyssey

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If you want to inquire about these fine pieces of art, here’s all of Mondo’s information and a hyperlink to their website. Plus I posted a little information about the Texas based pop-cultured gallery, and so yeah….

“Peace to the planet, and live awesome.”

Kelby

Mondo Gallery

Address: 4115 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78751

Phone: (512) 296-2447

About Mondo: We create limited edition screen printed posters for our favorite classic and contemporary films, television shows and comics, along with vinyl movie soundtracks, VHS re-issues, toys, and apparel. In addition to our online shop, we have a permanent gallery space in Austin, TX featuring a mix of original artwork and limited edition screen prints.

 

Diversity: The People vs. Marvel

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Following the rampant changes within today’s society regarding the ideas of race and where we stand when it comes to diversity, is like navigating a minefield. As news outlets and social media find themselves riddled with more-and-more stories of cultural oppression, mass aggression, and a wavering political government. Entertainment though never far from the fray, is now deeper into the fight with unearthed years of racial favoritism and black balling, sets us on the cusp that “nothing is safe anymore.”

As new challengers arrived and ripped away the band-aid of stereotypes, we’ve seen these companies embrace the changes brought on by the millennial culture. Yet with Netflix bringing in more shows that touches on the gender norm and societal issues, and DC Comics writing more pivotal stories that involve characters of different races and ethnicities. Never too far from the cutting edge, Marvel has always used its voice to stay connected with its most seasoned and casual readers alike. Marvel took no time to transition its main roster of legendary heroes to introduce more racially friendly alternates. Introducing us to characters like Miles Morales, the African-American Puerto Rican mixed Spider-Man or the new Ms Marvel, Kamala Khan the Pakistani American from Jersey City. With these changes, Marvel was seen as a beacon of give an opportunity to showcase a new age. Yet Marvel’s core readers found themselves lacking the legendary heroes they’ve grown to love, splitting their readers and drawing a line in the sand.

Diversity Killed Marvel

With 20 New storylines, Marvels readers were split between its core base and the new millennial. The diversity of the new books created a tension that was never seen before, buy was it solely a race issue or just poor planning on Marvels part? With this ever sparking controversy, brought a revamp of Marvel’s lost characters and their best writing up to date. Yet despite the finger-pointing within a continuing divide, not every Marvel story was a breakout hit and it reflected within Marvel’s sales.

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Leading to a backlash from distributors and readers not wanting diversity, to compensate for stories that suffered with extreme plot holes that were force-fed to us on a weekly basis. There diversity made a lot of great characters for seasoned and casual readers, but misjudged readers were thrown into a basket with the small percentage of those who were actually racist. personally I love the great cast of diverse characters, yet due to poor writing and over saturation is what’s caused the decline. Also by alienating the core following with writing off the legendary characters, nor writing a proper origin story for the new characters was a disservice to both sides of the audience.

Pairing of Old & New

A suggested fix would be to pair the new characters with their legendary counterparts, to help ease the reader’s into why they should invest in the new characters. By allowing this relationship to build, helps create a good story for the new character and signifies the “passing of the torch” from the old to the new. Marvel has built a good universe with great characters, and continues to do so within in film and comics. Yet though we see a few issues at hand, it doesn’t stop us from enjoying the hard work they do to bring our favorite characters to life.

Though no matter what side you may fall, we can all say that we enjoy what they’ve done over the years, as they ride the wave to bigger things. I know with time they’ll get the Marvel method right, while maintaining that love they’ve built-in out hearts. “with great power, comes great responsibility” and they’ve always come through.

“peace to the planet, and live awesome.”

Kelby

Netflix & Binge

“Netflix and Chill,”  is not just that common bating phrase used to get your date to come back to your place anymore. With an ever growing catalog of television series the streaming giant, has been churning out TV shows that’s good enough to keep you glued to the screen and begging for more. Beware of these amazing stunning shows that’s sure to consume your time in Pac-man-esque type fashion, here’s my personal list of the most binge-worthy shows on netflix.

Stranger Things

28f0cf25-3a9d-4c51-9d87-612f9bfce14fThis thrilling Netflix-original drama stars award-winning actress Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers, who lives in a small Indiana town in 1983 — inspired by a time when tales of science fiction captivated audiences. When Joyce’s 12-year-old son, Will, goes missing, she launches a terrifying investigation into his disappearance with local authorities. As they search for answers, they unravel a series of extraordinary mysteries involving secret government experiments, unnerving supernatural forces, and a very unusual little girl.

Black Mirror

Netflix-found-an-eerie-way-to-target-people-who-use-ad-blockers.-The-Next-WebFeaturing stand-alone dramas — sharp, suspenseful, satirical tales that explore techno-paranoia — “Black Mirror” is a contemporary reworking of “The Twilight Zone” with stories that tap into the collective unease about the modern world. Each story features its own cast of unique characters, including stars like Bryce Dallas Howard (“The Help”), Alice Eve, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Cullen and Jerome Flynn (“Game of Thrones”). Joe Wright, Dan Trachtenberg, and James Watkins are among the featured directors.

Chewing Gum

Over the pond this a hidden gem focus on Tracey, the virginal girl that’s raised in the strictly religious Tower Hamlet Flats. Wanted to see more and realize her85f86677a79fe2f57b122aacd2c800755d5da00a potential, she starts to ready herself as she dives into her first steps towards having sex. Created by and starring Michaela Cole, the cleverly written dialog and awkwardly charming makes for a smooth transition of stepping into the shoes of Tracey.  This coming of age comedy about “doing the deed,” is something that we can relate to and as it keeps us glued to the couch we can’t help but to root for Tracey as she takes on finding confidence within a sexually charged society.

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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Rescued after 15 years in a cult, Kimmy Schmidt decides to reclaim her life by venturing to New York, where she experiences everyday life with wide-eyed enthusiasm. On a whim, she rents a room from Titus, a gay wannabe Broadway actor, who makes ends meet as a street performer in Times Square. The unlikely pair find they’re well-suited to help each other out, with Titus reintroducing Kimmy to modern life, and her providing him with the inspiration that you should never give up. 

House Of Cards

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Bolstering four seasons, the show focuses on U.S. Rep. Francis Underwood of South Carolina starts out as a ruthless politician seeking revenge in this Netflix original production. Based on the U.K. miniseries of the same name, the U.S. version offers a look behind the scenes at the greed and corruption in American politics. A number of real-life media figures make cameo appearances and fourth wall breaks from the amazingly talented Kevin Spacey. Grity. Calculated. Its makes take a second look at what it takes to be apart of our government.

Luke Cage

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This gritty, action-packed drama follows the evolution of Luke Cage, a man with super strength and unbreakable skin caused by a sabotaged experiment. Along the way, Cage cannot avoid confronting his past, which he has worked hard to bury. “Marvel’s Luke Cage” is the third show in the Netflix-original Defenders series, which features outstanding performance from Mike Colter, all set to a beautifully scored array of modern and classic hip-hop.  

Masters of None

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Comic Aziz Ansari and writer Alan Yang are the creators of this Netflix-original comedy, which is loosely based on Ansari’s real-life experiences. Ansari plays the role of Dev, a New York-based actor who is struggling to identify what he really wants, both personally and professionally. The series reveals glimpses of Dev’s younger years, and explores current aspects of his life, including modern etiquette (regarding texting and social media), and being young and single in the city. With perfect comedic execution and a well written pace, this show takes relatability to a whole new level… Showing us that love period, can make us feel a naive.

I wanted to show some of my favorite picks from my adventures on Netflix, and as I continue this wave… I hope to have more to share with you, live awesome and peace to the planet.

-Kelby-

That “Damn” Kendrick

 

No matter where you stand with Kendrick Lamar, he’s been setting levels within the hip-hop community ever since his 2012 debut album “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City”. Yet now on the cusp of his fourth studio album, that features the kiltered sounds of tracks like “Humble” that fired veiled shots at Big Sean (and potentially Drake) or the lyrically impressive promo “The Heart Part 4,” I’m personally not mad at the album.

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Though a spark of controversy, the album bolsters an impressive 14 tracks. With single-word-titled cuts like “Lust,” “Love,” “Fear,” and, perhaps the  most oddly titled of all, “Duckworth”. Now, with Kendrick headlining Coachella and a live stream courtesy of Youtube, To Pimp a Butterfly and Good Kid M.A.A.D City are considered classics…. Could he go for a three-peat?

How “LOW” can it get?

If you didn’t know by now comics are the new wave medium, from the throwback references within music to their new age appearances as big box office smash hit films. Though there’s nothing like a good punch from Captain America to chin of the Red Skull, or the dark and brooding ways of Spawn. There’s nothing like recapturing the spirit of what it means to be a hero, but Rick Remender’s LOW is not that sparkling book. LOW captures you with the reality of what it feels like to be pushed to your breaking point, all while complemented with the beautiful array of artistry by Greg Tocchini.LOW_Preview_3

Set in a dystopian future that forced man to establish a new way of living under water, the protagonists of the first issues are Stel Caine, who searches for life-supporting planets with robotic probes, her husband Johl, and their children. While the Caine’s are on a routine check of the Salus probes, a surprise attack from priate enemies would change the course of their families lives. Follow Stel into the darkness of the weighted sea as she tries to sort out the pieces of her broken family.

Remender summarized the story as being about “one woman’s optimism in the face of inevitable and true doom”. After reading LOW, for me it was an automatic top runner of books that I must suggest to any casual or seasoned reader.

“Peace to the planet, and live awesome.”

-Kelby-