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Posted: August 14th, 2008
at 1:56pm by Black Ock


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Coonskin & Tekkonkinkreet

A multi-layered satire of race relations in America. Live-action sequences of a prison break bracket the animated story of Brother Rabbit, Brother Bear, and Preacher Fox, who rise to the top of the crime ranks in Harlem by going up against a con-man, a racist cop, and the Mafia. Written by Alan Smithee, Sr.

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Despite (or rather, because of) the things that Dallas Penn said about this movie, Coonskin, Trizlam got me to watch it on the projector-style and I must admit, it was pretty tremendous and entertaining. And plus, it’s done-up in animated "blaxploitation-style" starring none other than Barry White with a few other strange cameos. It’s actually animated with reality mixed in (a-la-but-pre-Who Framed Roger Rabbit). The plot focuses on a black cartoon rabbit who is somewhat the frontman of a gang of other black… animals. I know this isn’t the first movie to mix animation with reality, but I’ve never seen such an early (1974) film that does it. Somebody mentioned that Mary Poppins does it but hell if I know anything about that. That’s non-ninja business. Anyway, peep Coonskin beacause: the music is dope and it’s probably the most thoroughly sample-able piece I’ve seen in quite a while; Barry White’s in it; and I know you ninjas like cartoons. Every ninja should probably take a gander at this one, maybe learn some things. Check it out on IMDB.

Originally produced under the titles Harlem Nights and Coonskin No More…, Coonskin encountered extreme controversy before its original theatrical release when the Congress of Racial Equality strongly criticized the content as being racist, although none of the group’s members had seen the film. When the film was finally released, Bryanston gave it limited distribution and initially received negative reviews. Later re-released under the titles Bustin’ Out and Street Fight, Coonskin has since been reappraised, with many considering it to be one of Bakshi’s finest works.

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While I’m at it, I will recommend to you Tekkonkinkreet, which Trizlam also forced me to watch. Tekkonkinkreet means "reinforced concrete" in Japanese (apparently). Before you hipsters point out how late I am with my movie recommendations, keep in mind that ninjas like me exists in five or six dimensions at a time and sometimes fall behind on the more insignificant happenings back here on earth. Anyway, the animation for this one is pretty bananas. It’s about two kids, White and Black (an interesting transition from the previous movie), who are on a quest to take over the mythical Treasure Town and get wrapped up in some ninja-ish beef with mafia types (also an interesting transition from the last movie). I don’t know, you kind of just have to watch it.

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Tekkon Kinkreet won the prestigious Best Film Award at the 2006 Mainichi Film Awards. It was also named the Number 1 film of 2006 in the annual "Best of" roundup by the New York Museum of Modern Art‘s Artforum magazine. In 2008, it received ‘best original story’ and ‘best art direction’ from the Tokyo International Anime Fair. It won the 2008 Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year.

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One thing I always notice from these movies is that I’m impressed by how hilarious "Japanicized" English words sound. "ENTER-RE-TAINMENT-TUH!"

[ On the update tip, our ninja in Japan just hit us up and let us know that it sounds funny when we say "sake."AA So, take that! You might hear me yelling "sakeee" shortly before a smoke bomb and a "ninja vanish" as popularized by the Shredder. ]

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Posted: August 14th, 2008
at 4:03am by Black Ock


Categories: film

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Ninja Homes: Minami-Nagano Dental Clinic & Residence

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For this week’s Ninja Homes feature we bring you the Minami-Nagano Dental Clinic & Residence by Japanese architect Hiroki Tanabe. A 274 square meter home + office combo for a dentist, the building is located in a suburb of Nagano, Japan -‘in a beautiful farm village surrounded by rice fields and peach orchards’.
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In this area of Japan the building code does not allow for the construction of any more free-standing residential projects - new housing must be combined [structurally] with ‘public’ functions. To achieve this, Tanabe created a folding ‘zig-zag’ roof-wall-floor plane out of 300mm thick reinforced concrete, which both combines the two functions of the building [home and dentist’s office] structurally, while separates them volumetrically.

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The three volumes he forms through this folding are a waiting area, the dentist’s office, and the dentist’s living space - each separated by a glass box that acts as a transitional zone between the various functions. This box gives occupants the impression of moving outside of the building [complete with glass ceiling] when moving between the different areas - further distinguishing between the different building uses.

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The interior of the building is a classic example of modern Japanese design. Clean, simple, and elegant shapes and lines - all white urethane resin paint - define the interior spaces, which was designed column free in order to leave the building flexible for different interior arrangements in the present or even different programs in the future.

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And, oh yeah - it apparently glows yellow at night, because it’s ill like that

::all info + images from Hiroki Tanabe’s webpage - where there are lots more images::

::Check out our previous a€Ninja Homesa€ features::

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Posted: August 13th, 2008
at 11:30am by orangemenace


Categories: architecture,ninja homes

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Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes - Documentary

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5739282975440441779

Usually, we give you documentaries on Monday, but, sometimes we just do whatever the funk we want. This documentary was originally shown on TV.

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Posted: August 13th, 2008
at 9:05am by Black Ock


Categories: film,documentary

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Rembrandt Self-Portrait Morph

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Posted: August 13th, 2008
at 6:36am by Koookiecrumbles


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Evolution

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What happens next?

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Posted: August 13th, 2008
at 6:18am by Koookiecrumbles


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Attack of the Pooh Bear

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese police have arrested a 20-year-old man who attacked and robbed two people after they stared at his Winnie-the-Pooh costume, officials said on Tuesday.

Masayuki Ishikawa was hanging out on a Tokyo street corner after midnight last month while wearing the cuddly costume, accompanied by two friends dressed as a mouse and a panther, when he took offense at being stared at, police said.

"It’s uncommon to see people dressed up like this, so the victims were watching them. Then the perpetrator came up and said ‘What are you staring at?'" a police spokesman said.

Ishikawa and his friends beat up the two victims and stole $160 from them, the spokesman said, adding the group had apparently donned the unusual garb because they had run out of clean clothes.

Killin’ me.

::Ed. Note: MNP cannot be certain if this Pooh pictured above is [or is not] the attacker, as everyone in a Winnie the Pooh costume looks the same. Our advice - stay clear of any adult who dresses like a giant yellow bear that’s apparently sold his pants to satiate his honey addiction::

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Posted: August 12th, 2008
at 11:24am by orangemenace


Categories: myninjaplease,fo' real?,real life news

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Did you know?

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….The Republic of Antarctica is a member of EIFA, the English-Language Intermicronational Football Association, although it has yet to play a match. via

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Posted: August 12th, 2008
at 6:54am by Koookiecrumbles


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The Future of the Book

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The no-loading features of a book really counter point the content (or books) found on a screen. All you have to do is read and breathe and turn the page. Incredible that books have lasted this long- there not going any where. While we do not recommend transferring your blog directly to a book, refer to lifehacker on how to do it.

The printed, bound, and paid-for book wasAAa€" still is for the momentAAa€" more exacting, more demanding of its producer and consumer both. It was the encounter, in silence, of two minds, one following in the other’s steps but invited to imagine, to argue, to concur on a level of reflection beyond that of personal encounter. via

However "networked texts" will have the last word. It is up to the system to decide which experience will be better for the value of the word.

Be sure to head on over to The Institute for the Future of the Book which will soon be releasing The Googlization of Everything..

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Speaking of a new society, networked media sounds a whole lot better right about now. According to Jeff Jarvis, this new society is:

built on connections, links, transparency, openness, publicness, listening, trust, wisdom, generosity, efficiency, markets, niches, platforms, networks, speed, and abundance. buzzmachine

Hmmm, well then blogging also becomes a publishable source from here on out and no longer just an extension of personality. Maybe a "blook" is merely a longer book…

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Posted: August 12th, 2008
at 6:14am by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: web,business,robots,design,et cetera,open source

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