Cat Zen

Relationships are strange.
We are kind to strangers and yell at our close ones. We can be courteous and nice with clients, anticipating their needs… and deaf and blind to the needs of our neighbors.

Someone may say that’s the problem of man’s egoism and search for profit in every interaction. But I can’t agree, because there’s one great exception. Cats.

We love cats unconditionally and sometimes with a greater tolerance and respect than of a mother to her own child. Cats are the perfect example of a person taking things as they are. There’s true wisdom in the way we treat and appreciate our cats.

Some people even consider their pet a real person, they imagine cat’s feelings and talk to them… May be it is time to turn it around and imagine that all people (including yourself) are also like cats and treat them accordingly?

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10+ asian movies you should watch

Hooray! Another movie list!
Have you already seen my list of 10+ visually influential movies?

Many of these movies on the list are exquisitely over the top and this is exactly why I love asian cinematography. Here you will find the most dramatic, most scary and most weird movies I’ve ever seen!

They are arranged alphabetically to make it easier for me.

Avalon

What happens if an anime director of one of the best cyberpunk animated movies (Ghost in the Shell, Mamoru Oshii) makes a live action movie in Eastern Europe? Love the tone and aesthetics of this movie, all these old trams made in the Czech Republic are exactly like they were in my home city. And this atmosphere is perfect for such sci-fi dystopia.

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Einstürzende Neubauten — Sabrina

One of my favorite music videos of one of the best bands. It’s a little bit unusual and graphical for this band, and the lyrics are minimalistic and seemingly easy to understand.

What I want is to share my point of view on what’s happening in the video.

The main character is obviously a Minotaur who was a bastard of a queen and a god hidden in a maze. And I feel like this maze is a brain and Minotaur is a part of the identity of protagonist exposed in the toilet chamber of his own mind. This part of him reflects on his life in this moment of sincerity and weakness deep inside, tries to tell what kind of person he is. In a second-person narrative.

I like how the room weeps at the end. And how on the verse about black color Blixa himself comes in all dressed in black. Blixa is like a superego checking out on himself and washing hands after.

10+ visually influential movies

I love to advise movies to my friends. And sometimes it’s the same movies all over again…

Because of that I tried to make a long list of the “best movies alive” but it became too long too fast. And it’s extremely hard to pick how broad should I be in genre and popularity. For example: anyway everybody has seen The Matrix?

So I decided to break the list into different parts. And here’s the first one!

10 movies that influenced me, especially in a visual way

That’s also quite a broad category, so I tried to pick pretty different flicks and arrange them alphabetically.

Blade Runner

This is the best sci-fi/cyberpunk movie from the visual perspective. Period. If you have already seen it, then check out this 99 page sketchbook!

And if you haven’t, go and watch it right now. And yes, I know, it is a little long and slow, but totally worth it nevertheless.

Interesting fact: That Rutger Hauer iconic monologue at the end was improvised!

Also consider watching: Lexx (tv show), Johnny Mnemonic, Total Recall

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Best Albums Ever:
Mind.In.A.Box — Crossroads

This is my favorite album of the said band and probably the best album for me in this whole genre. It’s perfect when you want to spend some time with yourself among pulsing and ethereal electro soundscapes.

Get full album: on Google Play Music or iTunes or as a YouTube Playlist

I would recommend to start with Amnesia track (and there’s a full album playlist inside this player).

There’s a very particular genre of music called futurepop.
It’s something in between old 80s new wave romantic synthpop music like Depeche Mode mixed and stirred with trance like futuristic rhythms. Or at least it sounded futuristic in the 00s.

Reasons to love Mind.in.a.Box:

  1. It has a concept. All albums are tied into one cyberpunk story. The story adds another level to it, but everything totally works even if you don’t pay much attention. It just creates a wonderful and thought-thru atmosphere.

  2. Lyrics while simple and easy to follow resonate with me personally. They say true art is to express in simple words something complex. And it manages to capture and picture certain feelings and states of mind.

  3. For any synthpop band vocals are a pretty big deal. You either like the lead singer or not. MiaB uses different vocoders and it’s almost the ONLY band where I can really enjoy them and where they are put to good use.

  4. Music :) Probably both new wave and trance fans will be disappointed. But try to understand this sound and it will grow on you!

mind in a box - crossroads

Best Albums Ever:
The Future Sound of London — The Isness

I’m still that old-fashioned guy who listens to albums. Not in that hipster territory with buying vinyls…

But whenever I want to listen to an artist I really care about I would choose an album and listen to it from the beginning to the end, several times in one day.

So here will be some albums I could’ve taken to inhabited island with me or recommend to anyone. Here’s the first one.

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The Future Sound of London — The Isness”

Okay Siri Now

The idea of a digital assistant has been around since Clippy and Microsoft Bob. And in the past year or two it actually became useful thanks to Okay Google and Siri.

Siri is great at making conversations, while Google tries to be a silent butler anticipating all your needs with Google Now. Sometimes it can be scary, and even scarier if you are a tech person.

I feel that Google and Facebook are keeping a lot of functions and data away from users, not only to keep us from feeling overwhelmed, but to hide how much they already know about us.

So. What are they cooking in their labs? What brave new world is waiting for us?

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