Selfish, a short & sweet environmental short film

Masterfully executed. Perfectly realized.

Wow. Just wow.

Below is about the film from Vimeo:

In an izakaya, a chef notices a group of special guests. He decides to serve them a variety of signature dishes...

“Selfish” talks a story about human beings are consuming delicious seafood, but sea animals are suffering from the trash we make — not only do we eat them but also make their living environment poisonous and miserable. 

Now “Selfish” has been showcasing around the world and won several awards, such as 
the “Best Animation” in 2020 Borrego Springs Film Festival, “Best Animation” in 2020 Ocean City Film Festival, “Best Animated Micro Film” in 2020 Oregon short film festival and more; it also has been selected in several film festivals such as 2019 Siggraph Asia Electronic Theater, 2019 St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF), 2019 Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF), 2019 London International Animation Festival (LIAF), 2019 Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF), 2020 American Documentary And Animation Film Festival and more.

More details:

Director: Chen, PoChien
Story: Chen, PoChien
3D Production: Chen, PoChien
Music: Yong Eun Kim
Sound Design: WinSound Studio
Foley: Lin, HsiaoChin, Lin, SzuYu
Dubbing Mixer: Lin, HsiaoChin
Advisor: Kristian Howald, Noel Hooper, Devin Lim, Dhruv Joshi

Software Used:
Maya, Zbrush, Substance Painter, Redshift

The new Dune trailer. I’ve watched it four times. All kinds of yes.

This trailer looks amazing. Such a great take on an epic universe.

I have to agree with Jason Kottke, though. It’s slated to appear in theaters. To that I echo: “What the fuck.”

His words:

I remain baffled that movie theaters are a) currently open (Tenet was showing in 2810 US theaters last weekend) and b) slated to still be open in December in a country trapped in a pandemic death spiral. Easy testing w/ quick results and contact tracing, the twin keys to controlling the virus, are still a mess. A safe & tested vaccine that’s distributed widely by the end of the year? I wouldn’t hold my breath. And you’re going to put a bunch of people who are laughing and gasping together in a room for two-plus hours with a virus that’s airborne and assume they’re going to stay properly masked up (except for when they are eating popcorn and nachos!) and properly distant from each other? (Have you met Americans?!) Even if you assume that movie theater screening rooms are huge & well-ventilated (some definitely are not) and capacity is restricted, I repeat: What The Fuck? And in terms of societal trade-offs, reopening places where people gather indoors for entertainment is more important than ensuring our kids can safely go to school? *extreme hair-tearing-out noise*

Podcast Recommendation: WTF on Pepe the Frog and Qanon.

Yesterday, my brother recommended that I take a listen to Marc Maron’s podcast from September 7, 2020. It was two interviews. One with the guy who originated Pepe the Frog before he was commandeered by the White Supremacist movement and became the representative icon of hate. The artist and a filmmaker are hoping to steal him back.

The second interview is with a writer for The New Yorker who has been writing about right-wing fringe movements for years and followed the conspiracy theorists into what is now called Qanon.

I recommend it to you.

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Yesterday I learned: “Jeremiad” is a word

It’s a bit jarring to come across a new word that is based off of one’s name.

And I did that today. In this opinion piece by umair haque called: “How America became an idiocracy.” I’m not sure it’s actually worth reading. It’s the same old same old in terms of opinion rhetoric. It’s a little doom and gloom, even for this doomy gloom bottoms.

But this was the part that stopped me in my tracks (second paragraph):

But this America, Trump’s America, seems to have confirmed beyond a shadow of a doubt what the world’s suspected about America: it’s a nation of idiots. Not all of them. Enough of them, anyways, to have caused this kind of spectacular and nightmarish collapse of a society.

I don’t mean that as an insult, or as a jeremiad, or even a rebuke. I mean, funnily enough, analytically. To the Greeks, the idiots was someone only interested in private gain, private advantage. And America is a nation like that. The Greeks thought, though, that such societies — made of too many idiots, or at least enough idiots — wouldn’t prosper: they’d be unable to cooperate to provide any form of public goods, or even cultivate virtues, which are allocentric (I care about us, you, not just me) human qualities. The Greeks, it seems, were far, far smarter than America’s crop of intellectuals — because if America’s a nation of idiots, then the Greeks were right: idiots do cause the ruin of a society, by leaving it unable to have any real form of common wealth, public good, functioning systems, or even gentle virtue.

My life is forever changed to know that a long lamentation of Biblical proportions is a “Jeremiad.”

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