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Project, Week 1

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Books (Photo credit: henry…)

It’s been so damn hard to start my “read or create” project. Until this morning, I had no idea what to do this week. Moreover, I’ve had a “no computer” weekend, so I’ve only been using my brand new tablet and my phone. So, this morning, while having my morning coffee, I decided to buy some new e-books. And I chose one of them for today. “Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate: A Trip Through Death, Sex, Divorce, and Spiritual Celebrity in Search of the True Dharma” by Brad Warner.

I’ve read (and I own) BW’s first book, “Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies & the Truth About Reality” that is a half biography, half introduction-to-zen kind of book. And I absolutely love it as it’s a down-to-earth book about what zen is and what it is not.

Zen Wrapped… is actually BW’s third book. I deliberately skipped the second one as after some research, I decided it’s not really for me. Zen Wrapped is more like ‘what happened after I wrote my first book’ kind of a story. In short, the “moral of the story is”: ‘Even if BW is a so-called zen master who has done zen for twenty years, he still does stupid mistakes in his every-day life, thinks life is hard sometimes and worries a bit too much’.

Also, I bumped into two things that are close to my heart (heavy metal and Doctor Who) and one movie that I intend to watch this summer (Rashomon). Well, first, Randy Blythe, the vocalist for Lamb of God is into zen, too, so it was only natural for Brad to meet him. (Besides, “Redneck” by LoG is one of the metal songs recorded in the 2000s). And no, BW didn’t compare the Tardis  to the human mind (because the Tardis is “bigger on the inside”) but just mentioned the famous theme song of Doctor Who. If I was superstitious or religious, I would call these things “divine coincidences”. But they are just fine examples of how small the world is. Well, the world of entertainment, anyway.

Still, I’m slightly disappointed at the book. After the mind-blowing Hardcore Zen, this one was just ok. Nothing new, Who really cares who he has fallen in love with or how much he has f*cked them? There’s nothing wrong with sex, but I just thought that the very short sex scenes could have been written because the masculine side of BW wanted to boast “hey, check this out, I just had a lot of sex!” :D. But well, BW is sometimes a controversial character and nothing like a traditional, stereotypical zen master. He’s just a stupid human being like all of us.

I’d say this is good for those who have already read Hardcore Zen and now think “now what?” and “what has happened to Brad Warner ever since?” So: if you haven’t read Hardcore Zen yet, read it. Or not.

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Christmas, New Year, Gandalf and His Snowmen

shiny christmas.

shiny christmas. (Photo credit: rhoadeecha)

It seems another year is about to end. 2012. I can’t say this has been the most exciting or interesting year of my life. It has consisted of daily routines, relaxing and thinking. Thinking of life in general as well as my life. And  making some new plans on how to take over the world.. Err, I mean, to improve my life. Sorry. Freudian slip.

Anyway, I saw two interesting films/tv specials earlier this month. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and the Doctor Who Christmas Special 2012: The Snowmen.

First of all, how can Peter Jackson and his friends make three 3-hour epic films out of a children’s book? And what about the outcome? I watched the 3D HFR version of the movie and it was fine. A bit like “welcome back to the Middle Earth, friends and fans of Arda, enjoy!” The 3D HFR was an interesting thing to get used to and at times, it made the action scenes almost too intense. Fortunately, there were some action scenes because the first hour of the movie was a bit boring with all the songs. It’s not that the songs were bad (they weren’t!) but they were just a bit unnecessary. Still, it was a great movie.

Ian McKellen as Gandalf in Peter Jackson's liv...

Ian McKellen as Gandalf in Peter Jackson’s live-action version of The Lord of the Rings. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What about The Snowmen? First of all, there was Gandalf (sir Ian McKellen), albeit only as the voice of the Great Intelligence. In short, it was good. Much better than last year’s “now we need a Narnia story” Christmas Special. The “thinking” snow thing was a bit, well, childish. But who cares? We sort of found out who Clara Oswin Oswald is, was or will be. Some questions were answered and much more questions popped up. Damn, mr. Steven Moffat is a very cunning man.

Anyway, for the last couple of days I’ve been working on something interesting again. I’m trying to finish the EToS website and (promise not to tell anyone!) we’re also trying to get our music video released next week. Before that, there’s a lot of things to do: writing biographies and press releases and much more. It’s funny and weird that most of the band related things must be done in front of the computer. I mean everything from the song-writing process to releasing videos, singles and albums. And everything in between.

So, I wish you all a happy new year 2013! May it become an even better year for us all!

 
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Posted by on 29.12.2012 in In English, Life

 

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Doctor Who vs. Red Dwarf

Red Dwarf

Red Dwarf (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve been watching Red Dwarf for some days now. RD is more than just another British science fiction television show. It is a sci-fi sitcom, a science fiction situation comedy that are actually quite rare.

Is Red Dwarf just a humour version of Doctor Who or something more? Well, let’s compare them.

1. Travelling.

In Doctor Who, the Doctor (usually) gets to decide when and where to go. Any place in time and space. The Red Dwarf just sort of drifts back to Earth at the speed of light, or just a bit faster. They do occasionally travel in time and even get back to Earth for a while. But travelling is not the point in Red Dwarf as such.

From left to right: Kryten, Lister, Cat, and R...

From left to right: Kryten, Lister, Cat, and Rimmer as they appeared in 2009’s Back to Earth. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2. Humour, including the laugh track.

Yes, RD is a sitcom. It’s supposed to make you laugh. In my opinion, a sci-fi sitcom is almost impossible to become successful. But Red Dwarf is an exception to this rule. Is Doctor Who funny and hilarious? At times, yes, but it can also be damn scary.

3. The number of the people on board.

In DW, it’s usually two, the Doctor and his companion. In RD, it’s five, Lister, Cat, Rimmer the Hologram, Kryten the Android and the ship’s computer, Holly.  Why more people on RD? Well, a sitcom with only two people must be harder to make and it is quite rare to do that. Bottom is one of the very few exceptions.

Hmm, Bottom and Doctor Who combined? That would be really weird, wouldn’t it.

Conclusion.

Well, these are the first three differences I could find in half an hour or so. In the end, they are very different shows. But there are a lot of similarities, too. To begin with, they’re British (obviously), which makes them, well, British. A bit wittier and less polished than North American science fiction television shows.

But in the end, if you’re a DW fan, you may like RD or not. And vice versa. But you can give it a try.

I’m still on the seventh RD series on Netflix, so I don’t know how good the brand new tenth series is. They say it’s good, though. Good.

By the way, I wish there were more Nordic/Scandinavian science fiction tv shows. Äkta människor (Real Humans), a Swedish show, is one of the very few great shows. Obviously, the British tv people are starting to make a new ÄM version. It could be good but I have my doubts.

 

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Seasons Change, Time Passes By…

Tomorrow it’s been eighteen years since Eternal Tears of Sorrow entered the mighty Tico-Tico studio for the first time.To celebrate this anniversary, we recorded the final vocal tracks for the forthcoming album last weekend.

And one circle is about to close . Tico is about to move to a new location in the near future, which obviously is a bit sad. By the way, it seems at least some people know and want to know about what we do. Even Blabbermouthhttp://www.blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=180793

Making this album has taken more time than ever before. We had our first recording session in spring 2011 and now we had the very last one. Writing the songs for A Virgin and a Whore and recording them took only half a year for us. But yeah, bands change and people change and ever since the 3-year break (that took place between 2001 and 2004) took place, we’ve taken things a bit more slowly. But we’ve still got the same attitude: we want our songs to be as good as we can.

All I can say now: the songs have been recorded. Finally. Now it’s time to mix them. And the video and the single will be out soon, we hope.

And now for something completely different: Doctor Who fans, have you ever wondered what Brian Williams thought when he heard his son and daughter-in-law were dead? Well, there is an answer. And a surprise.

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Posted by on 17.10.2012 in In English, Music

 

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Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death

 

Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death

Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death (1999) is an exceptional Doctor Who spin-off. Rowan Atkinson as the Ninth Doctor makes it a “Blackadder meets Doctor Who” parody. Or more precisely, it’s “Blackadder meets Doctor Who meets Absolutely Fabulous“, as both Julia “Saffy” Sawalha and Joanna Lumley play in this little DW parody episode. Nice.

In addition, Hugh Grant (who also appears in this episode) would have been an interesting choice as the official Ninth Doctor. What would that have been like?

 
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Posted by on 15.4.2012 in Humour, In English

 

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TV Show of the Month: Sherlock

Chinatown, London. Benedict Cumberbatch during...

Chinatown, London. Benedict Cumberbatch during filming of Sherlock. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s been almost three months since my last “TV Shows of the Month” post, so I’ll write one now. It’s so hard to choose. There are great British tv shows: QI (Quite Interesting) and Sherlock, great American TV shows: Game of Thrones and 30 Rock and even some great Finnish TV shows: Alivaltiosihteerin tv-ohjelma and Putous.

For those who aren’t Finnish, Alivaltiosihteeri is a Finnish comedy trio who have been doing a radio comedy show for more than twenty years. Their humour is, well, you could say it’s a more political, less surreal version of what Monty Python used to do in their tv shows in the 70s. And now that I’ve started talking about radio, I must mention the best Finnish radio show ever (well, ever since the 90s): Paskalista (“Shit(ty) List”) that only plays the worst songs ever.

Sherlock Holmes

Well, back to the track. It’s so hard to choose. But I’ll have to choose Sherlock, a modernized version of Sherlock Holmes. Instead of taking place in the Victorian England, this version is full of modern gadgets: Sherlock uses the Internet, mobile phones and other modern equipment all the time. Also, the modern version of Sherlock isn’t a cocaine addict who smokes pipe but has a healthier life style. His only (?) addiction is nicotine patches.

The series has been co-created by Steven Moffat, also known for Coupling, the modern version of Doctor Who and The Adventures of Tintin.

If you enjoy detective stories, check it out! The first series was shown in Finland by Yleisradio last summer and the second series will be shown in June.

 

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Doctor Who House and Jeeves?

Tired. That’s when you’re the most creative. I came up with some excellent ideas for new tv shows.

Now that House M.D. is about to end, it would be cool if Hugh Laurie teamed up with the Doctor Who team and became the twelfth Doctor. With Steven Fry, naturally. Imagine the possibilities!

Doctor Who House (Laurie) with Jeeves (Fry). Or Doctor Who Wooster (Laurie) with Jeeves. Or Doctor Who (Fry) with Doctor House (Laurie). Or Doctor Who Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) with Doctor House (Laurie), Jeeves (Fry), and Baldrick (Tony Robinson).

Or would it be to hard for the universe to handle these scenarios? Will silence fall if any of these tv shows actually happens?

 
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Posted by on 15.2.2012 in Humour, In English

 

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