This spectacular white building is called Wat Rong Khun or The White Temple. It’s a Buddhist temple located in Northern Thailand just outside the city of Chiang Rai. Designed by Thai visual artist Chalermchai Kositpipat in 1997, The White Temple is an awesome blend of traditional Thai architecture and both beautiful and grotesque surreal elements. It’s as much a work of art as it is a building devoted to learning and meditation.
"To reach the temple you have to walk over a bridge over a moat filled with innumerable sculptures of out-reaching arms, apparently symbolizing desire. Once inside, you will be greeted not by traditional Buddha life scenarios but by contemporary scenes and icons of popular culture. Instead of paintings of heroes fighting demons, the artist decided to take contemporary manifestations of good and evil and put it into a Buddhist context. Murals of Batman, Superman, Predator and even Keanu Reeves as Neo from The Matrix are seen in the interior."
Although it’s already an incredibly impressive sight, Wat Rong Khun is still a work in progress. The temple sits on 3 acres of property that will eventually include a phra ubosot (prayer room), pagoda, hermitage, crematorium, monastery hall, preaching hall, museum, pavilion and rest room facilities.
As some of you might already have guessed, I’m a fan of Japanese girl idols. One of the many, many idol groups in existence today in Japan is NMB48, a Osaka-based spin-off group of the (in)famous AKB48. NMB has a weekly show that’s surprisingly entertaining as well as educational called NMB to Manabu-kun, in which the members of NMB and a few comedians listen to guest lectures by experts in various fields.
Back on May 15th, the theme of the episode was pataphysics/the science of sci-fi. One of the topics of the lecture held by university professor Yanagita Rikao was the age-old question of "WHY ARE MAGICAL GIRLS NEVER ATTACKED WHILE TRANSFORMING???"
This was his answer, based on the magical girl series Futari wa Pretty Cure.
Question: The transformation scenes in Pretty Cure are very long, so why don’t the bad guys attack the girls in the meantime?
"Even when I was little, I was thinking ‘Hey! Attack them now!’"
"I found this odd as well, so I watched the transformation scene many times. And what I noticed is, when the Pretty Cures yell ‘Dual Aurora Wave!’ and transform, a rainbow-colored column of light shoots up from the ground, going BOOM!"
"And then the Pretty Cures levitate, and go up into the air. Based on this, I believe the protagonists of Pretty Cure are being held up in the air by the power of light.”
"When we think of light, we usually think it heats up things or lights up things. But in reality, light has the power to hold up things as well."
"When the sun is beating down on us in the summer, the human body is being pressed downwards by the sun beams with a force of 2/100,000g.”
"But this is only about a one-hundred of the weight of a mosquito, so no matter how hot it is, we don’t feel that sunlight is heavy."
"So that means the light holding them up must be extremely strong. If we assume that the two Pretty Cures each weigh about 45kg and do some calculations…”
"It means the light during the transformation must have the energy of 2,100,000,000kW per 1m2.”
"While the entirety of power that Japan is capable of generating is only 100,000,000kW.”
"So they’re using 21 TIMES the amount of energy the whole of Japan can generate.”
"So what would happen if a bad guy jumped in to try to sabotage their transformation?"
"He would EVAPORATE INSTANTLY.”
“DEATH AWAITS ANYONE WHO DARES TO DISRUPT A PRETTY CURE TRANSFORMATION.”
"So this means the best thing to do would be to transform close to any bad guys."
"Yes. They are the strongest while they transform, and are practically invincible.”
we got skeleton decorations in at my work
I know, I know. Another album. This is different, though!
Featuring music from The World Ends With You, Final Fantasy Type-0, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, & more, this album breathes new life into your favorite songs composed by Takeharu Ishimoto along with some surprises!
What is The Death March you ask?
Based on The World Ends With You's Reaper-comprised rock band Def Märch, The Death March consists of music producer Takeharu Ishimoto, T$UYO$HI (Bass / The Bonez, P.T.P), ZAX (Drums / The Bonez, P.T.P), Ko Kanza (Drums), Katou Tarou（Guitar / ex-BEAT CRUSADERS., -support-ZIGGY), JUNYA (Guitar / ex-MIDNIGHT SUNS), Stephanie (Vocals), and SAWA (Vocals).
They first became an official group in September 2013 when they began searching for new members, although a few of them had been working together since their very first The World Ends With You concert back in 2012. After playing a few concerts and recording for The World Ends With You -Crossover- & Crossover ~ Tribute albums, the group decided to finally become official and release an album together.
The Death March’s debut album will release September 17th 2014 for 3024 Yen ($30 USD), and limited print editions will come with a download code for audio files of The World Ends With You 1st LIVE concert that was held back in November 2012. Cover art for the album features the main members of The Death March, drawn by The World Ends With You character designer Gen Kobayashi.
My brother saved this document and everytime he gets angry at our neighbours for being loud he prints it to their wireless printer and you can hear the wife shout “Why the fuck would you print this AGAIN?!” to her son.
"cool lol" tHEYRE ACTUALLY TESTING TO FIND OUT IF WE’RE LIVING INSIDE A COMPUTER SIMULATION AND YOUR RESPONSE TO THAT IS
They’ve done the tests, and have evidence that our universe may actually be a simulation: http://www.nature.com/news/simulations-back-up-theory-that-universe-is-a-hologram-1.14328
It’s less that we may be living within a computer simulation, but more like the foundations of our universe ( the laws of physics) are written on a lower dimensional plane, and the observable universe that we see is a projection (simulation) up onto a higher dimension.
Amazon knows what we really want
Paying Off Debt 101
do you ever play cards against humanity and there’s that moment where the perfect card for the hand is in your hand and you just go “my time has come” and lay it down with such grace
and then you don’t get the point
The World Ends With You, Shibuya 2008, Shibuya 2010.
After my Ikebukuro photoset, I suddenly remembered that it wasn’t the first time I went on a specific “mission” on my Japan trips. I had a crappy camera then though, but you work with what you’ve got. :)
p.s: HMV in Shibuya had been replaced by a Forever 21 in 2010 and the stations have changed their signs going by my 2014 shots, so the moral of the story is, sometimes life just can’t wait till you’re ready.
The fantastic letdown that is public school art class
pick up your gamecube by the handle take it for a walk