Thinking about awesome


In this week’s Asian cinema lecture, Freda (sp?) talked a bit about awesome, and how overused it is now. She was talking about sublimity in Japanese films, particularly in this week’s Princess Mononoke.

I find it rather true though. She mentioned how ‘awesome’ today is like the ‘great’ of 20 years ago or something. Awesome is meant to refer to things that are awe-inspiring, things that make you go WOW.

Have we simply just averaged out all cool things to ‘awesome’ status, or lost all novelty of anything, that we’ve become somewhat numb to truly awesome things?

I hope I never come to that point. Then again, since I’ve already concluded I can never be bored, I kinda doubt it; the world’s just filled with too many great people and things :)

Which reminds me of PressPausePlay, one of the many film i watched at MIFF. I stumbled across this article that reminded me of things the film aims to make people think about:
“The film puts forth the notion, as described on the PressPausePlay site, that this “digital revolution has unleashed creativity and talent of people in an unprecedented way, in turn unleashing unlimited creative opportunities,” and ponders these fundamental questions, “does democratized culture mean better art, film, music and literature or is true talent instead flooded and drowned in the vast digital ocean of mass culture? Is it cultural democracy or mediocrity?“”

Here’s some cool pics of 39 more-or-less awesome stuff.

The 3 awesome travel videos that practically everyone’s circulating these days (even the Lee Unkrich):
MOVE (my fav)

Real-life UP house (how is it i haven’t posted this before??)

Finally… learnt how to knit. LOL. Thanks to this great tutorial video. Easy.

Pretty pretty shelves

Behind the Hustle. Stories behind some young people with big dreams.

The latest Tin Tin poster. Can’t wait till this hits the screen!

and lastly, Macbook and Firefox. How else can I have 79 tabs in 2 windows and everything’s still working fine and well, with very minimal lagging. Awesome.

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