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Wall-E

I had high expectations for this anime and wasn’t disappointed. The anime is full of delicate portray of emotions and touches on some deeper themes (Spoilers ahead). The anime can easily to made into a dystopia in several ways if we think about the power of robot or people’s tendencies to behave in a situation portrayed in the anime.  On a personal level, Wall-E’s memory loss can be comparable with people with Alzheimer’s disease. If Wall-E didn’t get his memory back, is he the same being as the old Wall-E, and what to make of the shared experience between the two? Robot’s in general identical and replaceable as opposed to human being for now, but this would be questions we have to face if we can successfully make copies/uploads of ourselves in one way or another.
Here is an interview with the anime director with some quotes below:
it was literally born from the sentence, “What if humankind left earth and somebody left the last robot on, and it just kept doing the same futile thing forever?” And I thought that was the saddest, loneliest character I ever heard of in my life.
But definitely it had that first man, first female theme. But I wasn’t trying to replace man in the bigger story. I just loved the poetic-ness that these two machines held more care for living and loving than humanity had anymore.
The theme that I was trying to tap into was that irrational love defeats life’s programming—that it takes a random act of loving kindness to kick us out of our routines and habit. You could blame consumerism as one thing that’s happening in this film, but there’s a million other things we do that distract us from connecting to the person next to us and from furthering relationships, which is truly the point of living. So I came up with the idea that as WALL•E was picking up trash, it would have all these signs of humanity for him to rifle through, to get him interested in what humans were all about. I loved the idea of WALL•E finding something real. He was fascinated with the idea of living. And what’s the point of living? Something real. He was a manmade object with something real inside him. And he found something real while surrounded by manmade objects. That just was poetic for me.
I wasn’t trying to make the humans into fat, lazy consumers, but to make humanity appear to be completely consumed by everything that can distract you—to the point where they lost connection with each other, even though they’re right next to each other.
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Dreams

Dreams

Regardless how old we are, or what we do
Anyone, anytime, anywhere
 
Gaze at the sky
And Imagine a future that’s ours
 
It’s all up to us
To go after our dreams
And live the life we want

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Distance

 

Are we looking at the same sky

Sharing the same dream?

Are we hearing the same sound

Feeling the same breeze?

If we were in the same room

Would I recognize you?

If we talk

Would our words reach each other?

Even if we’re world apart

We might still be able to connect

The farthest distance is in the mind

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Recent Updates

Health

Feeling sick and seems like getting fatter. Conclusion: not fit enough, ought to sleep and exercise more and cut down on sweets. Hope to recover soon so won’t have excuse to be lazy.

 

Reading

Buffet – The Making of an American Capitalist by Roger Lowenstein. Not a book on investment but rather an interesting biography on an extremely smart and obsessive person.

 

Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky. Talk about how technology changes media, soical orgnizations, and ways we do things. I find the topics interesting and the book’s filled with insights.

 

Yes – 50 scientific proven ways to be persuasive by Robert Cialdini, Noah Goldstein, and Steve Martin. Ways to become more persuasive using results from psychological research. Prachtical book: interesting for those not familiar with the research, while good reminder for people who want to apply them to everyday life.

 

Why I hate Saturn by Kyle Baker. A graphic novel about an intelligent woman who can’t stop complaining and be satisfied with life. I found Western graphic novel to be very different from Japanese Manga, with less emphasis on beautiful drawing (at least from my aesthetic viewpoint) but more sophisticated conversation, plot, and nuances.

 

Books I hope to get through in Summer.

The Blank Slate by Steven Pinker

Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

 

Movies

The Dark Knight. I like it: good acting, rather realistic and dark.

 

Honey and Clover (movie version). Prefer the drama better as condensing 10 books into a movie means lots of cutting. But the OST is nice, featuring songs by James Wendt.

 

Anime I want to watch: Wall-E, Gake no Ue no Ponyo (new anime by Miyazaki), Gin-iro na Kami no Agito

 

Also thinking about watching Kimura Takuya’s latest drama: Change

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