The art of escaping real life

These are the most baller ZAFT uniforms I’ve seen

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French photographer Denis Rouvre was in Japan documenting the survivors of the March 2011 tsunami when he discovered the colorful community that would inspire his “Cosplay” project.

Cosplay is the art of costuming in the style of characters from movies, comic books, manga and video games. But Rouvre had a different perspective on the people behind the elaborate costumes.

“I was immediately intrigued by their dual, split personality, this way of taking cover and living in a virtual world and making it so real,” he said. “In this work ‘Cosplay,’ it is almost the anti-hero notion that is my point of interest. They live in a virtual world as if to reach a meaning of their life.”

He wanted to capture the characters they represented, allowing the cosplayers to control their poses and style. Although very open to being photographed, the real people behind the characters didn’t want to provide…

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Eurovision Song Contest Wrap-Up

So, first, sorry for the delay, I have had some major crap go down that did not allow me to post this when I wanted (the reason for that will be made very evident on Friday when I post my 100th [100TH!!!] post).

With that said, let’s look at the top 5 songs from the show along with what I believed the verdict would be:


WINNER: Conchita Wurst – “Rise Like a Phoenix” (Austria)



Verdict: It’s a hard call, but I think this may be the one song that probably deserves to get in, but doesn’t because it’s not poppy enough. Actually, it’s more like the song feels too dated for the times

2ND PLACE: The Common Linnetts – “Calm Before the Storm” (The Netherlands)



Verdict: This is another tricky one because it’s not going to necessarily be done on the merits. They’ll clear the semis, no problem. While I don’t believe country music is as huge worldwide as it is here, I don’t see why they don’t make the finals purely on quality. I wonder if the fact that it’s country music they’re selling hurts their chances, and I don’t know if the youth set connects to them easily, so I don’t think they win, but they may make a good push.

3RD PLACE: Sanna Nielsen – “Undo” (Sweden)



Verdict: Sanna’ll make the finals relatively easily. If she stabilizes that one word, she will be a major threat. She should make top ten, even make a good push for five. As it stands she’s hovering around the three spot in my book.

4TH PLACE – Aram MP3 – “Not Alone” (Armenia)




Verdict: Since Aram Mp3 has talent, he’ll make the finals relatively easily. I don’t think he’ll win in the finals, but I have a feeling he’ll pop relatively high. He may make top ten, even

5TH PLACE – Andras Kallay-Saunders – “Running” (Hungary)


Verdict: He’s in the finals, guaranteed. If Kállay-Saunders can pull this off live, and they keep the DnB beats on it, then he’s got a real good shot to bring Budapest a show. This is probably going to end up being my either number one or number two pick right here especially since this was my personal pick when the songs were just starting to get released.

Eurovision Song Contest: Copenhagen 2014 – Selection Show

Over the last 37 days, I have broken down each Eurovsion entry and have given general impressions of how each will do. Today, we get specific as I break down my number one, two, three spot and Dark Horse picks.. The winner needs no explanation, of course. The Number two pick is my second choice. It does not necessarily mean that it is a second place song, it could even be up for the win. Lastly, the Dark Horse pick is the track that has no chance in Hell at winning, but I really like it, and hope it wins. More often than not, it’s a cheesy as hell song. Sometimes it’s just a track that’s real good, but not what people are listening to at the moment. So without further ado, here are my picks for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest!

WINNER: Hungary András Kállay-Saunders – “Running”

This track has it all: great vocals, meaningful lyrics, kickass DnB beat, this is prime for club play and radio play. Easily my favorite in the field.

NUMBER 2 PICK: Sweden Sanna Nielsen – “Undo”

This track is just what I would have assumed if I were looking for some future sounding pop ballad.

THREE SPOT: F.Y.E. Macedonia Tijana – “To the Sky”


The only reason why this track is at the three spot is because I don’t think Macedonia has the cash to host. All things considered, I would have to put this in a tie with Sweden.

DARK HORSE: San Marino Valentina Monetta – “Maybe (Forse)”

I’m not sure what it is about this song, but something tell me this track will surprise people….if Ms. Monetta would kindly please not eff it up.




Eurovision Song Contest: Copenhagen 2014 – UK

Molly Children Of The Universe United Kingdom

Holy crap, this is it! This is the last part, part 37 (THIRTY-SEVEN!) of our 37 part breakdown of the Eurovison Song Contest. With the Contest starting on Tuesday, we are closing rapidly on when I post my official picks on Monday, but in order to get there, we hve one last piece of business to complete, and to do it, we will have to take a short hop to London to take in some Molly.

Artist: Molly

Song: “Children of the Universe”

Analysis: She’s a decent singer, but the song is just this side of vanilla of being interesting. It’s not bad, but it’s not memorable either, though the song, I think is trying to actually make a point. And what the hell is with the “Power to the people” line? What’s she trying to do, start a proletariat revolt?

Verdict: You know, I don’t know. You see, in the wake of Emmelie de Forrest’s win, it is entirely possible that the industry judges would want to sound like someone put a basic beat on Florence Welch. In that case, could Molly be a dark horse? Maybe? I feel no, but some kind of better’s instinct is saying yes. If yes, then well done UK, you will have avenged yourselves of the horror that was Scooch. I have a hunch that it will sound more electronic since now everyone is trying to ride that (and I get to gloat even more), and I’m hoping a bit more quality too. If no, then middle of the pack almost certainly.

Eurovision Song Contest: Copenhagen 2014 – Spain


Welcome the next to last post, part 36 of our 37 part breakdown of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. We’ve got one more after this one to go before the big show next week. I will give my official picks on Monday, and then we will see how it all goes down! But, before that, let’s break down today’s next contestant, who, like Axel Hirsoux, is counting on pop star show experience to get the W for Madrid. Ruth Lorenzo, come on down!.

Artist: Ruth Lorenzo

Song: “Dancing in the Rain”

Analysis: Well, I will say this, it’s certainly not what I had expected Spain to put up, that is for sure. That said, this is a standard adult contemporary pop song. If this were the States, it would be whatever this generation’s equivalent of Celine Dion is, but not nearly as good. Now, I make the point specifically in that way so that I can play that any way the hell I like. Don’t forget, Celine Dion won this in 1988 for the Swiss doing the ’88 equivalent, and by God, the music back then was HORRIBLE!

Getting back to the point, this song would be good if there was some kind of a beat on it, slightly sped up and if this chick could just goddamn stick those big notes. She sounds like she’s slides in and out of key in spots. It’s like her voice isn’t strong enough to carry the load of this song, which would be a great song with a slightly better vocalist

Verdict: All things being equal, I would be generous in saying that this will run in the middle of the pack. Realistically, it all depends on how generous the televote will be to her. The industry vote should break the correct way to get her in the low middle, but we’re talking the difference between 15th and 21st here. The televote could make Lorenzo go places, but I don’t think she breaks much higher

Eurovision Song Contest: Copenhagen 2014 – Italy


Welcome to part 35 of the 37 part breakdown of this years Eurovision Song Contest. We continue the looks at the Big Five today with the video that I started the whole handicapping enterprise with. Fresh from the streetrs of Rome, let’s see what we have from the lovely Emma Marone!

Artist: Emma Marrone

Song: “La ma città”

Analysis: For a straight rocks song, it’s not that bad. Marone has a decent range, and when she’s not shouting the words out instead of singing them, she’s a decent singer. The lyrics (that I translated) are your standard early 2000s Avril Lavigne/P!nk rebel chick singer lyrics, nothing too beyond the pale. All around, it’s a standard pop song.

Verdict: When I saw the video for this song when I wrote the draft for this post in early March, I thought this was an early lock. I watched her live at the Germany song selection webcast, and I don’t believe she’s a lock anymore. The live performance was pretty good, but I think other countries have surpassed her. I think she’ll make a run for top ten, but she may not get there.

Eurovision Song Contest: Copenhagen 2014 – Germany


Welcome to part 34 of the 37 part breakdown of this years Eurovision Song Contest. Today’s Big Five spotlight goes on Germany. Lena did her bit and brought the show to Berlin back in 2010, and almost pulled off a back to back. Can Elaiza swing it back for Germany?

Artist: Elaiza

Song: “Is It Right?”

Analysis: The song itself is just kind of boring. I appreciate the accordion and the standup bass, but those are novelties. Elaiza’s vocals don’t do much for me, and I would even go so far as saying that any decent female vocalist could have done this track better. Hell, it almost sounds like a track that I would have expected a stereotypical Balkan country or some ex-Soviet breakaway to come up with: depressing, boring, and not particularly good.

Verdict: I saw the selection show for this entry live, and I can safely say they picked the wrong entry. Let’s also call a spade a spade, there was no way Germany was winning this this year anyway, no matter who they picked. The best that Germany could have hoped for was a top five or top ten showing, and I’m pretty confident that neither will be happening.