Archive for September 1, 2017

Shocking Collaboration

My friends and I are completely hooked on animation and have learned to produce them on our own. It has taken some time but we are quite proficient now. They are useful in advertising and can enrich a website functioning as an explainer video. Of course, we see animation as an art form and also as a way to spice up a TV commercial. It is an activity that is never going to get stale or outmoded.

Today I want to share a job I acquired in which I had to illustrate some sales material for a taser safety course on Facebook. Rather than make a boring video, I elected to do it in anima style. My friends were eager to help with such a fun project. We started with examples of different types of stun guns and how they work. A Taser is a variation on the basic design except that the two charge electrodes are not joined permanently to the housing. Instead, they are positioned at the end of long conductive wires (attached to the weapon’s electrical circuit). When you are in need of immediate defense, you pull the trigger, thus opening a compressed gas cartridge which resides within the gun. It is all about expanding gas pressure behind the electrodes. When in action, the Taser launches them while the attached wires trail behind. This is the essence of its power. We will use diagrams and have anime characters explain the process.

Safety measures will include keeping these weapons away from children by locking them up as you would with any gun. Other points will include a description of the barbs that are attached to the electrodes. These grab onto an assailant’s clothes, sending a current down the wires into the attacker. A variation on this theme is the new liquid stun gun. A stream of liquid conducts electricity as an alternative to the wires I mentioned. The liquid, by the way, is a mixture of water, salt and other conductive elements. It is a very interesting innovation. I had to learn a lot to execute this animation project.

In the process, I thought about my own personal safety and whether I would want to carry a Taser or other type of stun gun so I went and found this guide: I certainly know how they work. I know they are a powerful method of self defense, perhaps better than mace or pepper spray. It comes down to what a person feels comfortable doing in the face of assault. They are certainly within the purview of the police, but I don’t feel competent about assuming this role. An electroshock weapon sounds formidable and I have heard that they inflict considerable pain. It depends on the area and distance, not to mention the duration of contact. I remember the horror story of the UCLA student who was subjected to shocks while being assaulted. This is certainly turning the tables. It would have been a different matter if she had access to her own Taser stun gun.

Some Costume

There are a few of us on this blog. We share a love of anime, Japanese animation as we all know. People come to us to answer any and all questions about the art form. We love dispensing advice. Today you have me, Jack, talking about dressing up as an anime character. We don’t go out much in public in full attire, but there are assorted theme parties to attend. My girlfriend and I go together as a duo that you can identify. If you have never been to such an event, you are in for a treat. You will see many delightful costumes. You can learn about the individuals who populate the world of animation online.

There are depictions of their complete attire if you want to copy any of them. Some people like to be the same character all the time, but we like to change it up. Think of Naruto, Ichigo, and Monkey. You can go for the most popular characters or those less known. People are always debating about who is the best. Check out any Internet forum on the subject. It is all about some awesome Japanese animation. My girlfriend and I have similar taste. We base our choice of costume on legacy, impact, and recognition. There must be artistic quality involved. In other words, we like characters that do something special, are unique, and always powerful in some way. They must have made an impact on the art form of anime. As a result, we go for the more famous characters. It makes it more fun at parties as everyone knows us immediately. Above all, the costume must have good design.

That being said, my girlfriend gives her face makeup a lot of attention. It takes a lot of time to get the look just right, especially when she puts on a set of natural looking false eyelashes. I love how great she looks. Since these false eyelashes stay on for a couple of weeks, I got to see her regularly in all her beauty. I told her to use them all the time, but she just laughed. Do you want me to look unnatural? she asked. Of course not. But when you have them on, I answered, your eyes shine. I knew she wasn’t going to comply, but we have enough parties to go to so that I will see her with the extensions a good part of the time. I, for one, am happy they last so long. I thought it would be only for party night.

We are now researching some new characters that will go together as a pair. We have a closet in the basement full of the old trappings of anime figures. There is always room for more. I also wear makeup when it is required, but I have never tried eyelashes. I wouldn’t know the first thing about putting them on. If you work in the theater, no doubt you learn to do your own makeup unless you are the star. Someday I might indulge.