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Durian

Found traditionally in Southwest Asia, the Durian is revered as the “King of Fruits”, due to its large size, sharp spines, and powerful, polorizing aroma. The smell has been described as anywhere between almonds to gym socks, and creates a strong rift between those who enjoy and detest the stench. The smell is so detested by some that the Durian is banned in many hotels and public transit systems.

In Southeast Asia, the Durian is used in a variety of dishes, both traditional and western-inspired, and at various stages of ripeness. The fruit has the capacity for both sweet and savory flavor.

Those in southeast Asia feasted on Durian since prehistoric times. However, Durian only became known to the west in the past 600 years, where it was known for the traditional belief of it being an aphrodisiac. Of the 9 species of Durio plant that produce edible fruit, only one is commercially available in the west. In its native area, the whole gamet of Durian is sold locally, cultivated by a few hundred Durian cultivators. Some of these command such high quality in reputation that their fruits also command high prices.

Durian fruit contains high levels of suger, vitamin C, potassium, proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. It’s considered by some to be a great source of fats, and by others to be something used only sparingly. Traditional beliefs held that Durian contained warming properties. Additionally, common belief held in the region made consuming alcohol and Durian together inadvisable. This supposition is partially supported by medical data.

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Pinkerton (album)

Pinkerton was the name of the second Weezer album released in 1996. Originally meant to be a rock opera with a far more abrasive sound than their first album, Pinkerton ended up taking many of the old song ideas and integrating them into the song lineup. Much of the album was written while Weezer frontman River Cuomo studied at Harvard University. Opting not to hire a producer, Weezer focused on designing the album as raw and true to the live sound as possible; vocals were recorded in tandem with three microphones simultaniously.

As Weezer recorded Pinkerton during Cuomo’s study at Harvard, the album came together slowly over multiple short rehearsal and recording sessions in between Cuomo’s study of musical theory. The others took the down time to work on their various personal projects.

Pinkerton covered a wide range of topics, such as: groupies, dysfunctional relationship, fan letters, identity, former girlfriends, and the frustration that comes from self-imposed social withdrawal for the sake of education. The cover art came from an ukiyo-e print by Hiroshige.

The music videos and the album itself received little initial success, but grew in popularity through the tours that gave the band a foothold. Eventually, with the 2010 rerelease of Pinkerton, the album gained a place at 73 on Billboard’s Top 200. Pinkerton stands as one of three albums to receive a perfect score on Metacritic.

Example of Remix Culture: LITERAL Shark Night Trailer (by Tobuscus)

Used as a parody of the original trailer of Shark Night, the creator of this video lowered the volume and overlayed his own lyrics to describe the events portrayed. Traditionally, a trailer for a movie attracts little attention if remixed, on account of it already being available for free.

This is actually a pretty esoteric form of remix, so the norms concerning it are generally nebulus. Not much to say beyond that.

8/30/11 – My Blogging Experience

My career as a blogger began sme years ago when I started a Xanga. However, I posted very rarely and ultimately I gave up on the practice entirely for a number of years. But a year or so ago, I got an itch. An itch to blog again. Seeing as how I technically had a blog already, I dusted off my old Xanga and proceeded to write in it again.

This continued for a few weeks while I attempted to determine what I ought to blog about. Experimentation yielded lackluster results, until I realized I could explore my burgening love of scathing reviews by writing some of my own. My initial efforts centered around what I happened to have experienced at the time; what books I read, what movies I watched, what games I played. But most of all I wrote about manga. It quickly became the primary focus of the blog, and I wrote many manga reviews, from scanlation sites that hosted them.

My critical style developed slowly. Very crude and unnecessarily negative for works that didn’t warrent just picking through absolutely everything. Likely this resulted from my earliest model, Ben “Yahtzee” Crowshaw; a grumpy anglo-australian game critic for The Escapist magazine. I got into a rut of writing primarily negative pieces, as well as incredibly long posts. Easily several pages in length, these reviews were written as I went through the work. Ususally, my experience with something like a manga was reading through it once, then reading it again while writing at the same time. Also, the reviews frequently went directly from initial composition to being posted. A very stream of consciousness style that I look back on with embarrassment.

I like to think this experience aided my growth, both as a writer and as a critic. Unfortunately, I’ve had little chance to put what I’ve learned to practical use as of late. Earlier in the year, I wrote my last review, and then became obsessed with the idea of creating an internet review show for sequential art in general, both manga and western comic books. Thus, I lost the drive to make written reviews and haven’t felt like blogging since then. Meanwhile, production stalled due to lack of a camera, but I’ll be coming into one soon. So production can hopefully begin proper.

As for Xanga however, I don’t think I’m going to be posting there anymore. Believe it or not, it still exists, but as a shell of its former self. Or rather, it’s exactly the same as it was when it first came into being. Hence the problem; the site is dated and stagnant, and very difficult to organize in such a way as to be an adequet site to post my videos. My needs expand beyond that site’s capabilities. But perhaps that’s for the best. Xanga functions as a kind of gateway to blogging, like Windows Movie Maker to video editing. But eventually, such things must end, like a first romance. We always remember our first love, don’t we? Or in this case, our first blog.

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