Nike Kimono


HEY HEY San Diego! Are you sad you can’t wear your flip flops and shitty abercrombie clothes cause of the gloomy weather we’re having this week? UP your style with this Nike Jacket. Nike ACG Global Design Director Stewart Horner designed this jacket from inspiration on a trip to Tokyo. The print featured on the jacket was made from a 150 year old hand cut paper stencil, printed on a technical interpretation of a traditional kimono fabric with a 20,000mm waterproof breathable 3-layer Nike Storm Fit laminate. DOPE!

HUGH.

God damn look at that garment. You know the one I’m talking about. The majestic and wonderfully buoyant looking fur puffball that somehow encircles the massive corpus of one Rick Ross as he stands in a wind tunnel/Maybach storage space. That coat sums up Rich Forever perhaps better than any song or video. I want that fucking coat!
 Surrounding the coat is a delightful new video for Rich Forever standout “MMG Untouchable.” Following up last week’s amazing and goofy “Yella Diamonds” video, we sure have gotten an eyeful of Richard’s heaving bosom recently. Though this time he is, more or less inexplicably, accompanied by Timbaland, who makes that dumb Timbaland face like he does. Is this a sign that they’re working on music? Please?

A Real Guys Movie

I remember when that movie 500 Days of Summer came out, and a bunch of media outlets were saying that it was one of the first romantic-comedies to be made with the guy in mind. I took the bait and checked it out. As it turns out, those media outlets were full of crap and the critics who said it was the first romantic-comedy for guys are obviously some sucker-for-love men who are still tripping about that one girl in high school who wouldn’t give them any type of play.


In the months and days leading up to the release of Crazy, Stupid, Love, I heard no such thing. Nobody was saying this was a romantic-comedy made with the man in mind, so imagine my surprise when I watched it this morning. “CSL” succeeds at being a romantic-comedy guys can get into because it doesn’t make love soft or easy, as most men who have been in love know it to be. I imagine a lot of this has to do with the fact that the film is the work of not one but two male directors, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. It’s as though they were trying to fit in every experience they had or heard about love and marriage through each of the three male protagonists.

There’s the young, naive idealistic love found in the teenage Robbie. There’s the jaded, cynical, I-never-want-to-fall-in-love-because-I-did-I-got-hurt-and-it-sucks from the middle-aged Cal, who from the very beginning is trying to figure out how to deal with divorcing his wife. And then there’s the love-is-for-lames ethos of Jacob, who tries to help Cal get over his divorce by pushing him into the lion’s den of bachelorhood.


Eventually, we see the two switch places. Jacob falls in love, Cal gets fully acclimated to the life of a bachelor, becoming a bonafide ladies man. Both depictions are as honest as I’ve ever seen, and intertwining the evolution of their attitude adjustments is what provides the balance most romantic-comedies are missing.

The reason I enjoyed the movie is because it wasn’t short-changing me when it came to emotional range and that’s the problem with most male characters in romantic comedies. I don’t want to see a man fall in love with a girl to the point where he can’t keep it together and loses damn near everything else in life, because that’s not honest. I don’t want to see a man whose heart is so cold he can’t manage to fall in love with the perfect woman even though she’s staring at him right in the face, because that’s not honest. And I definitely don’t want to see the movie where the man eventually gets the girl because he worked out whatever issues he had, because that’s not honest either.

In real life, we don’t always get the girl, it’s not always our fault, and if we do always get the girl, we might want to find a way to keep her instead of trying to get another one. Love is hard and complicated and dealt with in different ways by different men. “Crazy, Stupid, Love” understands that.

I really want to take one of these to go.

AKB0048 – They gave AKB48 an animé? WHAT.

So you’re AKB48, Japan’s biggest and possibly greatest pop group ever (though fans of Morning Musume would beg to differ).  You’ve released a bunch of overly cheery J-pop songs that ooze saccharine.  The songs are so sweet that they induce cavities within 10 seconds of listening.  You hold theater performances every couple days.  What’s next?

You get Shoji Kawamori to make you into an anime, that’s what.  Yes, that’s right, Mr. Macross himself is directing an AKB48 anime.  I shit you not, ladies and gentlemen.  And you know what?  I’m actually psyched to watch it.  Can you imagine if it’s actually set IN THE MACROSS UNIVERSE?!  OOOOOOOOOOHHH YEAHHH!!

SM Entertainment, are you listening?  You’d better make a Girls’ Generation anime where they’re in a hot springs inn and they all fall in love with their manager.  AKB48′s got the lead here, and they’ve already called the space opera setting.  Your move.

Oh yeah, we of Team Mixed Nuts want to wish our friend Lester  a very happy birthday.  He’s one of the bloggers from rhythmemotion.net.  So give him his birthday punches. :)

I really want to take one of these to go.

Taco Surf – Bow to your California Burrito SUPERIOR.

BACK THE FUCK UP. CAN YOU HANDLE THIS MADNESS?

After some shenanigans involving a certain magical restaurant on Convoy street last night, I had to drive to PB today.  I remembered one of my old coworkers raving about this place non-stop, I figured that I had to drop by and check it out.

Welcome to Taco Surf.   What awaited me was the pinnacle of Southern Californian culinary culture, the perfect California Burrito.  I’ll get to that in a minute.

The place is right by the beach in PB.  And like most of the neighboring businesses in the area, the building is heavily steeped in surf culture.  How heavily?  Take a look.

USE ALL THE SURFBOARDS!

It's a bright sunny day in PB, and here I am indoors, eating a California Burrito. Life. Is. Good.

The burrito?  Oh yes.  Let’s get back to that goodness.  At Taco Surf, their california burritos are served with Hash Browns instead of French Fries.  The standard fixin’s with their burritos are the following:

  • Carne Asada
  • Guacamole
  • Sour Cream
  • Cheese

You are more than welcome to sub out any number of ingredients for something else.  You can also sub out the meat for Adobata, Carnitas, or I think fish too.  Why not.  The price was reasonable too.  The taste??  HEAVENLY.  The Hash Browns give the burrito an added dimension of crunchiness lacking in previous burritos.  Everything works out to a cavalcade of taste sensations, the waves of flavor taking you away to…a taco shop in PB.  Full of surfboards.

A little piece of heaven, wrapped in a flour tortilla and leaking sour cream.

Yes, the burrito did not disappoint.  Every bite was magical.  As I ate the burrito, I could hear the chorus of angels singing.  Then I heard the Rolling Stones’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”.  It was awesome.  After we ate the burrito…I felt fine.  No food coma.  It felt rather refreshing.  That’s the mark of a good burrito right there.

So would I go back to Taco Surf?  You bet your ass I would.

Taco Surf is located at:
4657 Mission Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 272-3877

Before I forget, lemme give a shoutout to my Ate Abby and Kuya Ian, out in the United Kingdom.  Stay warm and safe, you guys.

-Francis

Is that a gun in your pocket? or are you just happy to see me…

Man oh man! If I could shake the hands of all you bastards I surely would. You’ve asked, questioned, demanded and if I could rack up seventeen pennies for each time I’ve been harassed about what the deal with me blogging again for Strawberry Scented Burnout, I wouldn’t be a rich man, but I’d probably have enough for a decent sized burrito…ANYWAY

 

If you’re like me, you probably wish they made pants that accommodate your bulky wallets, phones, keys, and everyday essentials without looking like early 2000 Gap brand cargo pants/capri shorts…Yeah carrying all that stuff in your pockets could get pretty anoying but guys that carry heat(guns) have a different problem. If you’re a gun owners that live in the states and worry about carrying your heaters in public. The Woolrich Elite Concealed Carry Chino offers the discreation you’re looking for.

These pants come in Black and Khaki and were were designed to look like a normal pair of chinos, but they offer an extra feature for your gun. The pants are constructed with a hidden chamber wich is accessible through an invisible zipper. It also has 2 spots for you to hold your knifes…just in case you carry those too, you psycho.

I really want to take one of these to go.

I’m not in it for the money, though it would be nice :P

This is related. Seriously.

I usually lead my entries with a youtube video of some sort.  They’re relevant most of the time.  This time, it’s CRITICAL that you watch the video.   CosplayJP, I know you’re reading this too, so you better pay attention.  Go ahead, watch the video.  I’ll wait.

Did you watch it?  Good.  What did you see?  A bunny girl flying around on a sword beating up various contemporary sci-fi entities?  Good.  If you look a bit deeper you’d see just how the depth of the madness.  You see, the video was created for the 1983 Osaka Sci-Fi convention, nicknamed “Daicon IV”.  And it was created by a bunch of otaku working out of their basements and garages.  They weren’t doing it for the fame, rather, they were doing it ‘cuz they loved being an otaku.  And I’m sure that they had fun doing it.

What happened to those guys that made that video?  Did they live happily ever after?  Sort of.  They went on to form a certain animation studio.  I don’t know if you’ve heard of ‘em….they’re called Studio GAINAX.

Time and time again, Studio Gainax would reference their Daicon IV video in all their subsequent works.  Hell, even Haruko yells out “DAICON V”.  On top of all this, Studio GAINAX has a reputation for being the most hospitable to the otaku, since well…they are too.

Now back to the original point of this entry.  When I first created Team Mixed Nuts 4 years ago, I had no idea what I’d be in for.  I saw the Daicon IV video and got inspired by it all.  I got even more inspired after I learned the backstory and how Studio GAINAX got formed.  Now….here I am.  Surrounded by a crack team of creative minds that refuse to do anything less than epic.  I know that if it wasn’t for them, and numerous other people, I wouldn’t be here, still working on my webmangazine.  You can’t be doing this stuff because you want to be famous.  If it’s good, that’ll come on its own.  Along with the money.

I’m working on this webmangazine because I genuinely love being a geek.  It’s fun!  And I know everyone else on the team feels the same way.

-Francis

I really want to take one of these to go.

Phoenix Wright’s Theme 8 Bit – Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 – YouTube

I’m a big fan of Chiptune music.  Now this piece right here is based off a theme song from a fighting game, namely “Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3″.  This is Phoenix Wright’s fighting music, as well as his hyper combo theme (kicks in at 1:41).

8-bit-ception right here.  Music based on a game that’s based on another game.

I really want to take one of these to go.

The Beginning of Something Special

I am BNMotive, but you may call me BN. In short, I am a Mexican college student currently working on my Illustration mayor. However, what truly matters is that I come here to share with you my experiences as an artist. Why? Well, I didn’t have much guidance as a kid, and so I want share some of my experience with the readers.
That being:
-my art techniques (occasional tutorials)
-stories and photos of my trips
-and my views on entertainment. (like  games, comics, movies and shows).

Talking about sharing experiences, I think the 90′s entertainment made a huge impression in my life as an artist. Those were the times in which I was completely oblivious of story archetypes and clichés, so I was very open to anything I could get my hands on even if i didn’t understand it’s intended meaning. however, never the less we can all agree that we could never wait for new episodes of our favorite programs to show on TV, specially the ones with our favorite theme songs.

now days I can always come back and look back at that precious nostalgia and re-interpret all those theme songs and shows as an adult and bring a whole new light of appreciation for the things I love.

take Dragonball and Digimon in this case, back then I only saw the Mexican version since it was the only thing available at the time. but seriously, how was I supposed to know that all these great series came from a different country called Japan? and to make it even more intriguing, how was I supposed to know that each version of these series came in different languages and had variety of editing choices? knowing that information blew my mind. so I was hooked to know even more about the matter.

thankfully the internet these days are great sources for such things, so now we can appreciate the work of the people who made these shows possible. I went out there and did some small research, so here are some of the interesting samples I got for DragonBall and Digimon. personally, I like the intros the same in their own particular ways. in addition to that, I found a very interesting site that links to the portfolio site of American composer Shuki Levy. this man was involved in an incredible repertory of series that probably most of us grew up with, so give it a try and see what you can find, you could probably find something that you had forgotten in the past! also, here I sign out. enjoy!

http://www.shukilevy.com/Shuki_Levy_Online/Music_Compositions.html

Dragon Ball Z

Rock The Dragon by Shuki Levy and Kussa Mahehi. (United States)

Chala Head Chala By Hironobu Kageyama (Japan)

Chala Head Chala By Ricado Silva (Mexico)

Digimon

Digimon: Digital Monsters by Shuki Levy:
The Biggest Dreamer by Koji Wada
Gran Sueño by Doblaje Intertrack Mexico