Power Rangers for grown-ups!



A long time ago I had found the Robocop vs. Terminator vs. Predator mash-up and much to my delight I found that Adi Shankar, the creator, had made more of these inside a "Bootleg Universe". Chief among these was the "Power Rangers Unauthorized" fan film, that you can watch below.

BUT TODAY I found out that Jason David Frank (the Green/White ranger from the famous TV show) is involved in a fan film as well, called "Legend of the White Dragon" and a trailer for the Kickstarter project was launched on July 12th, 2019. Check it out.





About that fan-film that sparked my interest in all this, I leave you with Power Rangers Unauthorized.

The Shining starring Jim Carrey (deepfake)



If you've been living under a rock, there's a good chance you will still know or have heard or have seen what deepfake is or looks like.

tl;dr

A lot of technical crap happens and a face is digitally replaced by another face.

Now enjoy one the best god damned examples of this technological monstrosity. The genius behind this is Ctrl Shift Face and succeeded in replacing Jack Nicholson's stellar performance in Stanley's Kubrick The Shining with Jim Carrey's face.

Episode 1 - Concentration



Episode 2 - The Bat



Episode 3 - Here's Jimmy!



Episode 4 - The Maze



Ascending To Hell




This was taken way back on October 14, 2013 when I was a receptionist at a college that set up shop in an old hospital building. The amount of people that would go there to ask if it was still a hospital was stupid crazy considering the damn building had stopped being a hospital for at least a decade.

Being closed for that long may explain why the third storey (or story) was full of humidity and all around creepiness (bat shit, no tile work, extreme darkness, etc.) You would risk being trapped up there as the elevator was in on the classic gag of letting others know how much you may shit yourself under stress. Obviously it was perfect for a photo op.

Site re-launch! (?)



I've been consistently working on getting all the kinks out with this new layout and although I know there will always be something to fix or modify, I can rest easy thinking "I gotta go fix that fucking code or that 1 visitor will not see it the way it was meant to be!".

So yeah, that's pretty much it. Well, I've also gotten rid of a bunch of old very offensive posts.

Now, now, that's not to say I lack a humor or that I am some sort of advocate for political correctness. I had to come to terms with a long of things that just did not feel right like the "Happy 9/11" posts. I started that shit when I was fresh out of high school I think, and back then it was more about being angry and offensive as possible and the backlash was, apparently, the joke.

That and the horrible grammar.

Safe for a few piece of original artwork, I've removed  a lot of that shit from the site and it was not entertaining, clever, or even well put together. Throwing cuss words at things is not the equivalent of funny or even ranting properly. I may re-post some of the best done pieces mainly due to genuinely liking it outside of the "Happy 9/11" part.

I am aiming to become more active and part of that has a lot to do with the ease of content sharing on social media, which segways into the social media sidebar you will see along posts. The 3 most popular platforms are the ones I tend to use the most (well, I mean Twitter is shit but it's there).

So thank you for taking the time to read this and if you understand Spanish, you'll see a bit of a parody of your typical "influencer", enjoy.

Mike Tyson in Family Matters

Mike Tyson has grown to be this weird, lovable, quirky, murderer in our society. Now he has his own sitcom! Brought to you by Mr. Fakestein, self proclaimed (rightfully so) of deepfake fucketry, he brings this gem to our eyes.




Even he can't deny the beauty in this re-imagining of Family Matters or as we used to call it "The annoying nerd kid show".

Cosplay: BATMAN (Low Budget)

The WHAT

I made my own Batman suit. Or costume. Or cosplay (I mean, it just means costume player but whatever). It is a low budget one and it is not accurate or without its shortcomings for both the person wearing it and those that look at the details.






The WHY

Ever since my 3rd birthday I've had at least some sort of evidence that I'm a Batman fan. Prior to this one could only assume looking at paint dry and angling my rectum in the perfect direction as to shit out my diapers were my only past times. I don't know. I don't want to know. Having been a fan for so long, I've bought Batman-related merchandise in some way or another throughout my life. Be it t-shirts, sneakers, cereal, action figures, wallets, you name it. I'm not the biggest or the most ambitions fan, not by a long shot, I'm just a very big fan of Batman, period. I'm also  a fan of Halloween and the opportunity to dress up, I've previously covered in this very blog the various disguises I've donned over time such as V for Vendetta, Cobra Commander, The Riddler, Ghostbusters, etc. One thing I had never contemplated for longer than 5 minutes at a time was to dress up as Batman, this thought would cradle back and forth for YEARS mainly because anything under $300 was a very pathetic attempt at a costume:



Or at the very least just not a decent version of one:




But then there were some expensive ones that while they didn't really turn any heads other than to say "Wtf?!" they just were not worth the money.

Then I discovered cowl replicas (Batman's helmet or mask) and this opened up a whole new world of Batman cosplaying to me. I had not imagined there would be people out there sculpting and molding replicas of movie cowls, comic cowls, cartoon cowls, video game cowls, and everything else imaginable. Same goes with the gauntlets, its fins, the shin guards, chest pieces, capes, etc. A pretty average  price for one cowl is around $200 and most of them are made of a type of rubber called urethane but there are others made of latex, I've yet to buy either one of these so I can't really vouch for one or the other. When I decided to tackle this project, my main thought was "If I can't make the cowl work, the whole thing is doomed" and that it needed to be done within $300-$200, no more maybe less (but unlikely). So if I didn't shell out $200 for a cowl what did I do? I'm glad you didn't ask.

The COST

I had a lot of research done, I would go back and forth video games, movie stills and ideas from groups such as Becoming: BATMAN and Brotherhood of the Bat, but it was also a LOT of trial and error. To be honest, after a while it stopped being research and it was just a mish-mash of anything I could wrap my head around and create a low-budget version of. Below you'll find most if not all the components used and a link to the website I got them from:

HEAD AREA
Batman Arkham Origin Mask = $22.00
Notice it does not cover the back of the head, so you will have to think ahead and figure out how to cover that. Plain cloth could work but it will not look convincing at all.
eBay Link




Batman Returns Rubies Mask = $27.00
This was actually the first thing I purchased. My mentality was that if I couldn't make the cowl work, nothing would. I wanted to do the Keaton version first and foremost and without shelling out $200+ I thought this was as close as I could get. Boy was I wrong... Keep in mind that both styles below are actually meant to advertise the exact same product. The grossly exaggerated poor craftsmanship of the second version is inaccurate with both the actual product and the product it tries to imitate.
eBay Link 1 | eBay Link 2



Ultra-thin Balaclava = $2.50
I have long hair so this helps keep it in place, as well fill in the gaps that will inevitably show up when tilting my head.
eBay Link

CHEST AREA

Compression Shirt and Pants (Link) = $18.00

This specific texture was a very nice starting point for the actual bodysuit. Of course, the photos are using an amazing specimen of some mannequin I bet, but it's still decent. And come on, you're not going to find a bodysuit for less than $20.00!

Foam yoga mat (4mm) for the Bat Emblem (Link) = $5.00


CLASSIC GAUNTLETS
Faux Leather Opera Gloves (Link) = $3.50
Archery Arm Guard (Link) = $2.50 x2 = $5.00
9-inch Black Zipper = $1.00 x2 = $5.00



ARMORED GAUNTLETS
Craft Foam (6mm)
Craft Foam (3mm)
Tactical Gloves (Link) = $10.00 (approx.)
Soccer Kids Shin Guards (Link) = $4.00




BELT
10 Pocket Utility Pouch Cartridge Ammo Tool Rugged Cotton Canvas Adjustable Belt (Link) = $15.00 (Approx.)

MISC.
Mannequin head (foam) = $5.00
Heat Gun = $16.00
Dremel / Rotary Tool = $10.00
Precision knives = $8.00
Velcro = $5.00
Contact Cement = $6.00
DAP Rapid Fuse Adhesive = $6.00
Plastidip = $7.00
Tall combat boots = $35-$55
Upholstery Foam = $ Varies
Upholstery faux leather fabric (at least 6 yards) = $ Varies

If you ever feel like you are insignificant...

Ever gotten that feeling that you're insignificant? Maybe you sit alone with the most miserable-looking face ever on purpose, just to try and get someone to talk to you only to find out nobody is going to give a damn?

Well maybe this will help you sort out those mental questions about being important in this world.


Axl Rosario & Toño Rose

(Originally published on 05/17/2010)

Toño Rosario and Axl Rose

Other similarities:

  1. Both their musical careers started in early 1980's but their names really took off in in the later years of that same decade.
  2. Their last names are related to the rose flower.
  3. Their second names begin with the letter A (Antonio and Axl).
  4. They love to dress up like idiots. Even more so than when it was OK in the 80's.
  5. They both have had a (ex)wife mentioned in at least two of their songs and music videos.
  6. They have never been spotted in the same place at the same time.


Toño Rosario and Axl Rose

Otras simulitudes:

  1. Las carreras musicales de ambos comenzaron prácticamente comenzaron a principios de la década de los 80's pero sus nombres cobraron popularidad al final de dicha década.
  2. Sus apellidos estan relacionados con la rosa (flor).
  3. Sus segundos nombres comienzan con la letra A (Antonio y Axl).
  4. Les encantan vestirse como idiotas. Más ahora que cuando era un poco más aceptable en los 80's.
  5. Ambos han mencionado a una (ex)esposa en al menos dos de sus canciones y videos musicales.
  6. Ninguna ha sido vistos en el mismo lugar al mismo tiempo.

'Optical relays' Ivan and Vladimir Nikitchenko (Russian Terminator?)

With the upkeep I've done as of late with the blog, I could not avoid the incredibly monotonous task of going to all previous posts and fixing broken links and/or thumbnails. I've managed to re-discover some old gems along the way and I am exceptionally happy to have found this video about an animation genius brothers from Ukraine whose names I hope Google Translate is not butchering, Ivan and Vladimir Nikitchenko.

The original post had nothing of substance I could use to fix the broken link as the original video was unavailable. It was kind of an uphill battle to find the original title as it was written in Ukranian, «Оптические перекладки», СССР, 1946 г., Вячеслав Левандовский or "Optical relays", USSR, 1946, Vyacheslav Lewandowski, according to Google Translate. Truly remarkable what was accomplished within the first half of the previous century.

"Optical relays" Ivan and Vladimir Nikitchenko (Russian Terminator?) / "Яблочко". Советские спецэффекты 1946 года!





The translated video descriptions I could find are below:

This is something incredible! See what special effects existed already in 1946! The method of optical rearrangements was developed by the Nikitchenko brothers, and the results of their research work are presented in such a charming clip.

"Little Apple". Soviet special effects in 1946!

SoyuzDetFilm, 1946

Artists: Ivan and Vladimir Nikitchenko
Operator: Mikhail Kirillov
At the piano, David Ashkenazi Sailor - Vladimir GERNOV

Ultimate Muscle Roller Legend




Back in 2009 Japan was at it again with a tribute to Billy Herrington, a gay male pornstar that then stated he was bisexual before then stating he was heterosexual. Why he had to make that clarification, we'll never know. Mr. Herrington passed away on March 2, 2018.

Educational: How to have sex [HowToBasic Video]




So I AM doing it correctly.

Joker - Batman: The Animated Series (MS Paint)

"Who needs the Bat signal when a card facing away from Batman will do?"
Completed in MS Paint without the "anti aliasing" brushes included in the modern version of the software. The Joker was initially a side-activity during downtime at my job, it was meant to be only a Batman logo with the Joker laughing in the background on the back of a box at my desk. The box was vandalized and I decided to go digital. What was only a face seemed bland and I decided to add a partial torso, which evolved into a background with a bit of detail by the end of the ordeal.

The Batman's pose was basically re-done from a variant poster of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.

DeviantArt link.

Dos, Cuatro, Tres


Pensamientos...

¿No encuentras raro el hecho de que un completo extranjero, alguien que nunca ha respirado a tu lado, alguien que nunca ha compartido un pensamiento contigo, alguien que ni siquiera sabes que existe, pueda convertirse en todo lo que vale en este mundo?

Somos algo raro, los humanos, no somos los únicos capaces de sentir, pero si nos puedo considerar como uno de los más expresivos. Nacimos solos, somos completamente independientes, somos capaces de forjar nuestros destinos con las herramientas que uno mismo construya o adquiera y traiga a la mesa, sin embargo... eso no es suficiente, en algunos casos. Siempre he creído en que el amor existe, te hace sentir extremadamente feliz, orgulloso, eficaz, útil, capaz de canalizar una exuberante cantidad de energía y hacer que el mundo gire a tu favor. Todo es perfecto, dentro de imperfecciones, todos ganan. También existe esa otra parte del amor, la cual nos quita todo eso. En su etapa más sencilla, simplemente te da tristeza, te conviertes en una persona vulnerable a los recuerdos de memorias encantadoras las cuales nunca volverán. En su peor etapa, se convierte en odio, te enfoca a todo lo equivocado de esa persona, te consume hasta que te olvides de ese otro ser. Como ya dije, mientras todo funciona, todos ganan, en especial si amor es duradero y sincero, desafortunadamente no todo es eterno y aun si pierdes a esa otra persona amándola... es igual de devastador.

El amor, sin lugar a dudas, es un negocio para perder.

A nadie le gusta perder, y si sabemos que la pérdida es prácticamente inevitable,  ¿por qué esa ardua tarea de buscar lo que inevitablemente será dolor? No soy un experto en el tema, pero si un recién testigo de lo que es sentir amor, y la respuesta es sencilla. Porque vale la pena. Vale la pena entregar todo tu ego, toda tu amargura,  toda la comodidad de la soledad, vale la pena entregar TU VIDA por algo que amas. Cierto, hay que amarse, hay que amarse para amar a otros, hay que amarse para poder apreciar lo que es compartir y sentir que tu valor como un ser viviente y pensante sigue aumentando cada día. Pero hay personas que no tienen mucha experiencia en lo que es auto-valorizarse. Hay personas que buscarán quien hacerlos sentir bien.

Yo pensaba que era una de esas personas. Yo pensaba que no tenía valor, yo pensaba que podía esconder lo que veía desagradable en mi al sumergirme en aguas sucias, en estar inconsciente, en que mi valor se definía por pertenencias materiales o simplemente en otras personas para sentirme útil de manera forzada. Pude aclarar mi mente y ver que yo no tenía que ser así y que era posible darme valor, tal vez no pensaba que yo fuese un ser especial, pero tampoco era insignificante. Necesitaba seguir reponiéndome. En medio de esa sanación, conocí a un ser completamente diferente a mi, que retaba todo tipo de entendimiento a las cosas que yo daba por alto. Yo no sabía que tanto yo dejaba desperdiciar al ser... bueno... yo. Entendía muchas cosas del pasado, la mayoría fracasos, pero no entendía como no repetirlos hasta que llegó esta persona.

No me considero un romántico, tampoco de piedra, cuando siento algo, es bastante fuerte. Hasta ahora esta es mi prueba más contundente, la piedra-- no, la montaña más... maravillosa, majestuosa y hermosa que se ha topado en mi camino. El problema fue que dejé resbalarme cuando estaba en el tope, aun no termino de caer, con cada vuelta, con cada segundo que sigo rodando, sigo golpeando fuertemente las piernas, brazos, cabeza, espalda, pero donde más duelen es en el pecho.

Dicen que el corazón es de esta forma ♥, que el corazón no forma parte del amor porque el amor es una respuesta de químicos en nuestro cerebro, pero es mi sincero pensar que es de adultos, no niños, admitir que así es como se siente todo el dolor dentro del pecho. Todo falla, todo duele, y el cerebro se convierte en tu peor enemigo, mientras en tu pecho sientes, en tu cabeza sólo te torturas. Prefiero pensar que el corazón si es quien se encarga del amor.

Y es en ese corazón en que guardo a quien una vez fue una desconocida, una sombra más en un árbol, ahí arriba estuvo mientras yo me fijaba en las raíces sin darme cuenta que después del tronco que te agarra a este mundo, existe más vida. Y es más hermosa aun cuando creces a ser hoja y comparten esa misma rama en esa sombra.

Si algún día mi pensar cambiara, no borraría estas palabras, porque son verdaderas hoy. Hoy es cuando escribo. Hoy es cuando siento. Sigo diciendo que amo a quien ahora mismo no está a mi lado, sin importar que pase después.

Te amo, Yaderis.


A few sincere words...



It's funny, how I used to make websites out of anything that would pop into my mind and just express myself out there, with or without a public. I think I need to get back on that, at least the second part. It's not news for me that nothing in life is simple, nothing worthwhile anyway, and I guess expressing myself through quotes on Facebook is an indication of that. We have... well, let me not drag anyone else into this, I have somehow negated that small hint of "art" that comes with expressing myself, regardless how many "Likes" I get, for better or worse.

For the first time in a while I'll use this blog as a personal outlet, and not just to show off whatever digital art I make (which is in itself an outlet, mind you). These last couple of months have been spent with one of the most important people in my entire life, and I'm not just saying that. We've all had that other someone that makes us feel good or even in love, but when I say important it is not completely about that, the "love" thing. This person has pushed me beyond my capacity towards many things, most importantly, respect towards others. If you've known me for a while, it is no surprise to you that I'm an insensitive asshole. Or at least a part of me still is. But, back then, that's all I was, an Internet person that slowly crawled out of the computer and took over me. This person saw through that and challenged me in ways I never thought possible to better myself.

Unfortunately, I've been on the brink of losing this person for that exact same reason, sometimes I felt she pushed me too far and I retaliated by engulfing myself in that "dark passenger" she so desperately wanted to get rid of. The bad part here is that I liked visiting that side of me, so it is easy for me to justify what is clearly wrong in the eyes of others, especially hers. Now, in the previous week and it happened again, at least partially, and it has cost me a great deal of internal pain. This person, in all of her right, her might and spiritual light, has decided to sever her ties with me. I can understand completely well WHY, I just don't want it to be true. My interaction with her has been null as of late, I begged to at least let me message her a "good morning" through text, so that I won't have to see if she read it or not because quite frankly I'd rather not know when I'm being ignored. I'd rather not see a timestamp with the word "seen". There is no point to this, I'm not going gaining anything, she will not read this, as neither will anyone else, and I am certainly not going to feel good after posting it because expressing myself just doesn't cut it for me. Not in this specific matter, anyway.

So I'm going to contradict myself and post it.

Photoshop - Voluntas

For the past two months I've been trying to bring to "life" a concept I've had in my mind ever since I found some old rubbery dismembered body parts that only qualify as "toys" if you watched Dexter (not the boy genius). As a kid.

Coming up with the concept of "Art equals self-sacrifice" in a graphical manner wasn't difficult, shooting it, however, was a whole other ballpark. My dated Canon Rebelt XTi is good for some closeups and places with decent lighting. Photography with flash is hideous for the most part (the most part is when talking about the camera's built-in flash), and it is especially dated when all you've to work with are the stock lens and a pretty below-than-average macro lens. All these factors, plus the lack of space, good shooting angles and doing this by myself prompted me to have a second shoot because the first one was that awful (see below at the end of the post).

Second time around I had help from my good friend Sofia, providing the severed arm on the right, I could've used my own, like I did in my first shooting, but it was sub-par and awkward as hell. This will be submitted to an international art magazine, let's see if it gets approved.



Photoshop - Smile for Everyone

We all wear masks, others better than others, and those who don't, just can't take theirs off.


The Moon

It's been a while since I've taken pictures of-- well, just taken pictures in general. I was busy for about a month learning, practicing and finalizing the "documentary" of the short-lived punk rock band I was in, Cheap (A) Oi!, and ever since I've struggled to go out and take pictures.

Tonight was a night out and the sky was pretty clear so I went back home, grabbed my backpack and went off, because if I didn't take the chance, I was going to wait somewhere between a year and an eternity while the "muse" visited me. I have no new equipment, which should be considered a sin, so this was still shot with my Canon Rebel XTi and the Sigma DG 70-300, a nice, cheap, albeit slow lens I've had but not used very much. I used Photoshop to play a bit with the contrast and add the watermark because even using Lightroom after so long is a hassle for me (I'm reaching new heights of procrastination, I know).


Cheap (A) Oi! The Documentary - My first video editing project!

Cheap (A) Oi! The Documentary

I'm not a master on Photoshop but I know how to use it, something I really wanted to do a few years ago was video editing but I lacked the courage to whip up a "real" program and thus work on a real practice project.

I also lacked any footage. These were times in which smartphones were a real luxury and quality mobile recording wasn't cheap. Ironically, today's devices surpass almost any other type of camcorder from yesteryears just because of the accessibility. Back then, more than 10 years ago, having a camcorder was as big as having a car. The transition from tape to digital wasn't always the most favorable, and it shows in this video. Whereas poor quality is normally a turn-off for me in pictures, in this case I could forgive it due to its high emotional value as well nostalgia factor.

These were recorded on some old camcorder, then converted to DVD via Walgreens, then ripped, converted, edited and re-uploaded, 10 years after it was originally recorded.

It's in Spanish though, but I doubt that will matter much because the low production values are evident as well the lack of talent from yours truly, both in the video editing area as well as band singer. I still dream to reunite with them one day. :)


Animusic - Resonant Chamber



This piece of art is a delicacy for the visual and audio junkies. Animusic is the name of the company/people that make these videos but it might as well be a genre name coined by them. It is beautifully synchronized because the animation is made to follow whatever note is being played, as opposed to the other way around.