New Godzilla Game Looks Incredible

This trailer for Godzilla, the new game from Bandai Namco coming out next month, looks gorgeous and fills me with lust.

I am having a lot of feelings right now about the fact that I don’t own a PS4.

The best day ever

Today has been an amazing day.  Reed and I walked through a gorgeous spring evening to our favorite neighborhood pizza place, sat outside under the oak trees, and followed up some damn good pizza with a special treat; chocolate cake to celebrate the raise I got today!  It really is amazing cake.  We go to this pizza place all the time, but only buy a slice of cake for special occasions.

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On the walk back we made friends with a very nice cat who got up from its porch, making a squeaky meow the whole while, then plopped down on the sidewalk direclty in front of us and rolled about for several minutes.  We all hung out together on the sidewalk for a bit, then Reed and I continued on our way. I love making friends with funny neighborhood cats.

To recap; my employer values me, I had pizza and cake for dinner, went for a lovely evening walk with my sweetie, and made friends with a cat. I could not imagine this day getting any better.  And then I got on Twitter and heard the real news.

Toho is reviving the real Godzilla franchise! A new film in the official cannon will come out next year.  This is how I feel about it:

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This is a big deal. I said last year that the only thing that could possibly redeem Legendary’s Godzilla would be a resultant revival of the real Toho franchise.  They’re pulling in amazing people, like writer/director Anno Hadeaki of Neon Genesis Evangelion, and special effects head Shinji Higuchi, a respected SFX supervisor best known for his work the Heisei Gamera series in the 1990’s.

My brain is having issues processing the true depths of this awesome.

Head to Skreeonk.com for more information.

Godzilla Hotel Rooms Opening in Tokyo

The Gracery Hotel in Tokyo is soon to open Godzilla-themed rooms at their location sitting atop the Toho Cinema.  And they look really cool.

The Godzilla Room includes a giant claw reaching out of the wall and clutching menacingly towards the bed.

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The Godzilla View Room is very literal, with an amazing view of the Godzilla statue that bursts upwards out of the Toho Cinema roof:

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Here’s a street view of that statue (from Cinema Cafe):

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According to Kotaku, prices will run about $334 US (39,800 yen) on weeknights and $417 US (49,800 yen) on weekends.

I really am a little blown away by this. Based on everything I have heard and read, Godzilla’s popularity has waned significantly in Japan over the last decade.  For all its flaws (its many, many flaws), if the 2014 American Godzilla film has reinvigorated the Toho franchise and its ridiculous glory, I may have to forgive Legendary Pictures. Maybe.

And of course I will be adjusting my projected budget accordingly for that trip to Japan I keep fantasizing about.

Godzilla: Cataclysm is Really Great

Godzilla-Cataclysm01-cvrSUB-5ca66I am really loving this new IDW miniseries, Godzilla: Cataclysm. It’s a post apocalyptic story of life after giant monsters tore down civilization. It’s only four issues, but I find myself hoping that IDW decides to play more in this world.

Post apocalyptic fiction AND giant monster fiction? It’s like writer Cullen Bunn‘s muse decided to mix up my very favorite things!

Dave Wachter‘s art is fun too.  The monster battles thus far are well choreographed and executed, which I bet is hard to do with (spoiler giant plant tentacles>).

If you’re into either great kaiju comics or post apocalypse stories, I highly recommend picking this book. Issues 1 and 2 are currently out.

What I read today March 27th

Behold the glory of the Poster Posse’s ‘Godzilla’ fanart project, an interview with Nathan Edmonson, writer of the Marvel comic Black Widow, NASA made a time-lapse video of the unending freak hell winter of 2013-2014, a new Austin-based magazine published my friend Michael Walker’s poetry, Zapier has some great advice about video and email marketing, the shocking revelation that at least one entire demographic doesn’t ‘get’ the most recent Aronofsky film (Noah), and Michael Bay has excavated yet another of my childhood memories from its cold grave in order to create a monster of dubious purpose and quality.

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Blurrpy: EXCLUSIVE: Poster Posse Project #7 Releases The RAGE With Phase 2 Of Our Fan Art Project For “GODZILLA”

Green and black image of a giant reptile breathing fire

Comic Book Resources: Edmonson Drops the Hammer on Black Widow 

“Phil came up with Molot Boga; I took what he sketched and described and ran with it. You’re right on the money about the disparity between their apparently similar motives; Molot Boga, we will find, is someone whose motives have been exploited. He’s nothing if not loyal. He will keep killing until the end.”

NASA: Satellite Time-Lapse Movie Shows U.S. East Coast Snowy Winter

“A new time-lapse animation of data from NOAA’s GOES-East satellite provides a good picture of why the U.S. East Coast experienced a snowier than normal winter. The new animation shows the movement of storms from January 1 to March 24.”

Velvet Dust: Of The Ribboned Heart

Velvet Dust is an online, Austin-based quarterly magazine dedicated to the arts and the community. We explore art, fashion and culture through editorials, design, interviews, video art, and other forms of digital media. We are dedicated to emerging artists and to providing a platform for quality work from up-and-coming talent, both in Austin and throughout the world.

Zapier: One Easily Overlooked Way You Can Increase Email Click-Through Rates by 300%

“Customers and potential customers really liked seeing information conveyed through video. It’s a richer, more concise way for people to learn about you, your company, or your product. It gives your site visitors a taste of your personality or company culture, helping them develop a connection with your brand.”

Mother Jones: “Noah” Film Inspires Flood of Religious Freak-Outs

Aronofsky has dubbed his $160 million epic the “least biblical biblical film ever made.” “

YouTube: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES – Official Trailer (2014) [HD]

Wow. I… I don’t know how I feel about this. I’m a child of the late 80’s/early 90’s, which means I was the target demographic of the original TMNT show. And now Michael Bay, who did what he did to Transformers, has taken hold of another of my very favorite childhood things.

What I read on Friday

Friday is here.  To celebrate I am including two anecdotes about my day.

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A coworker showed up with amazing chocolate cupcakes. This makes me self-conscious because I’m planning to get up early tomorrow to make chocolate cupcakes for my boyfriend’s birthday party (but they’re not traditional cake cupcakes, they’re going to be my ridiculous dark chocolate pumpkin bread in cupcake form).  Coworker’s cupcakes have beautiful, perfect, home made frosting in a delightful pink shade balanced with chocolate chips.  My frosting execution tends to look like something about to creep, and leap, that one should generally beware of. Anyways, here’s some marketing stuff, an article on how cool volcanoes are, a great podcast on the search for exoplanets and extraterrestrial life, and a return to the dream of the space elevator, which it seems is really going happen, eventually, in the future.

Business Insider: Your Facebook News Feed Is Changing Starting Today
Not particularly interesting.

Pando.com: Jonah Peretti: “Both Time and BuzzFeed grew by creating irresistible lists”
Apparently Buzzfeed’s founder hopes that Buzzfeed will be the Time Magazine of the digital era.  It isn’t a totally crazy idea.

Scientific American: Found in Space, Part 1
Scientific American: Found in Space, Part 2
“Journalist Lee Billings Talks about his book 
Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search For Life Among the Stars. ”
I love this podcast. I may have to pick up Lee Billings’ book.

Video: Drones Over Dolphin Stampede and Whales off Dana Point and Maui
Beautiful video of a huge school of dolphins, and a baby whale cuddling with its mom.

The Bloggess: Dogs love (to eat) me
I recently started following this blog (thank you, WordPress suggestions box).  She’s hilarious, and I need to buy her books.

Kickstarter: Ifukube and Godzilla: A Musical Celebration
As will eventually be evident in this blog, I have something of an obsession with Godzilla, and kaiju movies in general.  Akira Ifukube was the genius composer behind all the most iconic monster themes to come out of Japan in the second half of the 20th century. G-Fest is an annual convention for Godzilla fans that, sadly, I haven’t yet made it to. This kickstarter is funding for a live symphonic concert of Ifukube’s work at G-fest this year.

The Daily Dot: Laverne Cox should win an Emmy for ‘Orange Is the New Black’

Mashable: What Glaciovolcanoes Can Tell Us About Past Ice Ages
“In western Canada, where scores of volcanoes erupted in the past millennia, geoscientists are quilting together the past thickness of the North American ice sheet with lava, and linking it to ocean cores. For example, ocean cores are often correlated by changes in oxygen isotopes (atoms with different numbers of neutrons) in ocean sediments. Edwards can now point to a volcano in British Columbia and say the ice on land was at least 985 feet thick during a certain marine isotope stage that corresponds to a cold Earth.”

Extreme Tech: 60,000 miles up: Space elevator could be built by 2035, says new study
“Arthur C. Clarke once famously said that we will build a space elevator 10 years after they stop laughing — and they’ve stopped laughing. He said that in 2003, and while his timeline may have been off, his sentiment surely wasn’t. The concept of a space elevator is taken seriously at NASA these days, as it eyes both shrinking budgets and growing public expectations. Space is quickly becoming a bottleneck in the timeline of human technological advancement.”

Final anecdote:

lovecraft seussWhile eating my pizza at the Greek place around the corner that is far too complicated to get too, an older gentleman in an EMT jacket who sported a fantastic white mustache waved and muttered at me in an effort to get my attention. He wanted to look at my t-shirt. Realizing this, I straightened up, moved way from the table, and adjusted my hoodie so that he would have a clear view.

“Lovecraft and Dr. Seuss? Right on!” he cried out in the middle of the restaurant.

I laughed, excited that someone outside of the convention world got the joke. Especially a random old EMT guy whose visage would have fit into a cowboy movie.