Scrabble Délire: The Block Project

If you still haven’t seen the advertisement for Scrabble‘s new game, Scrabble Delirium, you should definitely watch it. I liked it despite the fact that the costumes could have been much better. But we know that they did spend time and effort on it since they decorated around 60 rooms in an empty building from scratch. Anyway, it’s fun to watch ^^

According to the Inspiration Room, “Mattel has launched Scrabble Délire in France, an enhanced version of the word game with new rules allowing for delirium. The game allows for writing words backwards, using proper names and writing a word anywhere in the grid. The new game is being promoted with a short film, “Scrabble Délire”, in which an empty apartment block becomes the source of much entertainment for a gathering crowd below. A brass band, a man in gold lycra, gorilla, pink princesses, Gulliver, a dragon, a clown, policemen, and Solo.”

Found in bigumigu, which is a pretty nice blog for turkish artists and designers.

 

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Wishery

So remember the UPular Remix by pogo on one of my previous posts? Now he made one out of Disney‘s Snow White, which is actually not one of my favorite Disney Classics, but the song is captivating. I was really surprised to see the HD version of the visuals too, since I never cared enough to see Snow White again that much. Despite all that, I really loved the remix ^^ Hope you like it too.

 

Upular

Have you seen UP by Pixar a few months back? I love the plot, all of the characters (even the villian-guy and the villian-dog). If you have, I’m sure you’ll love this catchy remix by Pogo. If you haven’t watched UP yet, I suggest you buy/rent the DVD and watch it!

Working at the Pera Museum, the Japan Media Arts Festival and Maywa Denki’s Otamatone

Remember my post about the Pera Museum? Well guess what, I have been working there under the Japan Media Arts Festival for two weeks now, therefore I haven’t had much free time to update here, but it has been wonderful. You should definitely drop by if you are in Istanbul because it will definitely be worth it. I work at the fifth floor, where all the interactive media art works are, to guide some people who have a hard time understanding what’s going on, and are reluctant to touch some of the works. I still have one week left (or three days, which makes today – oopsie, it’s already 2 A.M.!, wednesday and friday, I’m there from 3 P.M. to 7 P.M.) so drop by if you want to see me AND the exhibitions. I figured I would have seen more familiar faces, but so far, apart from the friends I dragged along, I only saw one of the assistants from college and some celebrities that I didn’t recognize but was told later on who they were (why am I so bad with faces? WHY?)

Ahem. So I’ll tell you my favorite work at the exhibition which is the Otamatone by the Maywa Denki corporation. Before I started working in the museum, I attended the seminars (because I wanted to, I hadn’t even seen the job posting at the time) where the artists introduced their works so that helped a lot while answering questions. I saw the guy who invented the otamatone and he was an adorable person. So basically the otamatone is a music-note shaped cute toy/musical instrument where the stem of the note is the handle of the instrument, the head of the note is actually… a head, and the flag of the note is a rotatable piece. This all sounds really confusing, but to sum it up:

Behold, the otamatone! To play this very cute instrument, you have to use two hands. While pressing on the touchpad on the handle, you have to squeeze the cheeks of the head so that the mouth will open and a high pitched or bass sound will be played through the small speaker inside the head. The notes start with Do from the top. You do have to press on the cheeks or there will  be no sound at all. I find this ingenious and adorable at the same time. And today for the first time, I have looked at the price through amazon.com, and the price of this black otamatone is *drumroll please* – only 35.95$! I was expecting it to be over 70$ so I guess this is pretty decent. There are a lot of different versions of the otamatone, the black one being my favorite. There is also a white version, and another version with a face consisting of teeth (the black one has a silver colored handle while the white one has a gold colored one). You could purchase one from this link.

Anyway, you could play with them for free (once you pay for the museum ticket) as long as you want on the fifth floor of the museum. The exhibition will continue until the 3rd of October, so be sure to pay a visit before it’s over.

More updates soon!

Beauty and the Beast backgrounds

Remember my old post about the blog, Animation Backgrounds? Well, I really loved the posts about one of my favorite Disney Classics, Beauty and the Beast which was the first movie I ever seen in the theatre, and I still love the song “Beauty and the Beast” which was sung by Mrs. Potts.

Here are the backgrounds from the blog, click to full-view!

Planetarium plagiarized?

I was really surprised when I found out that one of my favorite songs, プラネタリウム (Planetarium), from the 花より男子 (Hana Yori Dango) soundtrack by 大塚 愛 (Ai Otsuka) was accused of being plagiarized. More to add to my surprise was that it was accused of being ripped off from another of my favorites, 素敵だね (Suteki da ne) – the theme song from the Final Fantasy X game developed by Square Enix, sung by 中野 律紀 (Nakano Ritsuki – more commonly known as Rikki).

The two songs have very similar melodies and lyrics. The videos also share similarities. Although it is not clear if this was intentional, though I seriously doubt after watching both the music videos that it could be unintentional, it is commonly believed that Ai Otsuka used this song as a homage to Rikki.

Here is Ai Otsuka’s Planetarium video being compared with Rikki’s video