R.I.P George Carlin

George Carlin

Shit, Piss, Fuck, Cunt, Cocksucker, Motherfucker, and Tits. This series of words were uttered nonchalantly on TV one fine day in the summer of 1972. As one would expect, it caused an uproar which eventually led to an arrested and a court ruling which probably defined the baseline for TV cencorship for the next 2 decades or so. George Carlin broke the mold in more ways than one.

Arguably one of the best comedians of all time, George Carlin passed away on Sunday afternoon of heart failure. He was 71 and still funny as hell. He was admitted into hospital just hours earlier after complaining of chest pains. He will be missed.

He was very influential to me. Both in they way I think and how my sense of humor developed. Not to say that I seriously believed in what he says. He’s a comedian and only an idiot would take a comedian so seriously. But he does make me think and question certain things. He’s also funny as hell. He was ahead of his time and even though he didn’t really believed in an afterlife, I’m sure he watching down (or up) on us and smiling….while showing us the finger.

It’s like my grandpa use to say……”I’m heading upstairs to fuck your grandma”…….Grandpa was an honest man, he wasn’t about to bullshit a 4 year-old

The very existence of flame-throwers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I’m just not close enough to get the job done

Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday

Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?

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Streetfest ’08 & Otaku blogger’s gathering

Gaijin Meido


Disclaimer: Yes yes I know this is waaaaay overdue but I was busy at work and by the time I got back I was too lazy to do any actual work.

Ok let’s get started then, on the 25th May the local Otaku Blogger’s decided to have a gathering and coincide it with Streetfest 2008. Actually we had already met up the day before but we unanimously decided that Streetfest would be a better event to take pictures at and blog about. Of course, i was not present at that decision making moment.

Streetfest Singapore is actually a month long event involving Music, Art and Popular culture however this day’s event was all about Japan and it’s Pop culture that has permeated the world. So what we get mostly here are mostly cosplay, Jpop/rock and more cosplay. So after meeting up with the guys, we quickly head over to the event. I rarely go to this kind of events so I was looking forward to taking some pics of cosplayers and the live bands.

Apparently Jon couldn’t wait too….

Jon fiddling with his Nikon D40

So we arrived at event area only to find out it’s sharing space with a Sony promotional event. WTF? The space wasn’t even that big in the first place and it was clear that most of the crowd was there for streetfest. We then noticed most of the cosplayers went outside and so we decided to tag along.

First thing I saw…

desperately in need of hugs

And then this….

masked goth loli

Suddenly, my eyes caught a glimpse of a rare sight! Ang moh meido!

Gaijin meido n Neko-eyepatch

Yeah same girl from the OP pic. By this point in time i realized the group has pretty much split up. All were in their own world chasing cosplayers for pictures. Of course I did the same and here are the results. Don’t expect too much as my camera is t3h SUxX0rz.

poor free hugs

butler & Nekomimi patches

goth loli

hitman reborn

sakura & syaoran

We then saw a crowd of photographers moving somewhere so we decided to check it out. Then we found out why, Hatsune Miku and the Vocaloids were in the house. This is also when Raven received his nickname, Miku Stalker.

vocaloids

More Miku…

Hatsune Miku

More Hatsune Miku

Sadly, I don’t know or care to know about the other vocaloids…

the other vocaloids

Also saw this really cool Haruhi Cosplay. Best Haruhi cosplay in SG IMHO.

Haruhi & Guitar

More guitar Haruhi

Also, big group of butlers and meidos. Must be their off day…

Maids & Butlers

Same group doing the caramelldansen..

Next, they do the Hare Hare Yukai dance..

Us otakus taking a break after a hard day chasing anime characters..

Pseudo lunch on the floor

Taking a break..

The other segment of the event was the live band performances. While most of the guys left early, Me, Sam and Yumeno stayed behind to make sure that we catch all of the performances. We took a lot of pictures but unfortunately the ones I took were mostly FAILZ. Except for this one…

Live band performance

The bands were all really good. Songs covered ranged from JPop Ayumi to mainstream JRock like AKG and even some classic JRock like L’Arc en Ciel. One band even covered the smooth Jazz Fusion-like Tokyo Jihen. Unfortunately, the soundman the hired for the even absolutely failed at his job. EPIC FAIL. Only one band managed to sound it’s best and that was because another soundman took over for a while. The original guy must have went to the toilet or needed a hit or something. I really feel for the bands on this because I know how it feels. You practice for months for a performance and finally managed to get it all down by performance night only to end up with audience not being able to hear the lead guitars and vocals because the soundman thought monitoring a live performance with in-ear monitors is a good idea. It’s a concert ruiner.

And here’s the obligatory group photo..

Otakus@SG Bloggers

Clockwise from Top-left: Akabane, Kazearashi, Dead Snake, Sam, Panther, Fariz, Yumeno, Me and Jon on the floor.