Google Glasses – Never Stop Playing – Ouroboros

Watch these two videos and then watch Ouroboros. Augmented Reality glasses … video games we can take with us anywhere … it’s only a matter of time before we start creating worlds to jack ourselves into ….. and thus: Ouroboros.

Google Augmented Reality Glasses

Playstation Vita – “Never Stop Playing”

And my short film – Ouroboros Season One

Is Nostalgia Dead?

My friend Jocelyn McLean brought it to my attention that nostalgia is dead for our generation, because everything we’ve ever known is so readily accessible online. We just download it via P2P sharing sites or watch clips of it on YouTube. In fact, that TV series I’ve been searching for since the 80s, Blizzard Island, was recently uploaded onto YouTube and I was able to relive the memories of watching it as a small child!

I remember the early 90s when I was in school and looked back to my early childhood in the 80s and had no real way of experiencing those things except through my memory (and the occasional VHS) but now, as Jocelyn pointed out, we have YouTube and P2P sharing … that’s very interesting!

Here’s a video of a game I played the shit out of when I was a child.

Tiny Toon Adventures – Buster’s Hidden Treasure for SEGA Genesis

A Philosophy of Mokey – S4E05 – A Tune For Two

*visit the Mokeyism blog.

The story opens with Sprocket playing some game on an archaic computer and Doc comes shivering in through the door.  He comments on how cold it is: “and though the seasonal metamorphosis moves me in mysterious ways I still mourn the loss of nature’s abundance.”

Sprocket shoots him a confused look.

“The Garden,” Doc explains.  All of the plants in the garden have died because of the frost of Autumn. “At least we still have Lucinda,” but unfortunately, Sprocket hasn’t been keeping up with his duties to take care of Lucinda, the plant.  Sprocket feels badly about Lucinda, but Doc reassures him that “Lucinda is a hearty specimen,” and isn’t dead yet.  They need to continue to water her and also talk to her.  Doc says he read it in a book called: “You’re Okay, and Your Plant is Okay Too.”  So he begins telling Lucinda his whole life story while Sprocket giggles on the floor.

In Fraggle Rock, a social event is taking place.  Fraggles pair off and sing to each other in something called a Duet-a-thon.  It’s a “very meaningful event” in which each Fraggle picks “the perfect partner with which to blend their voice in song.”  Mokey has picked Red.  Mokey views the duet-a-thon as “a meeting of minds,” and “a harmony of souls,” they’ve written a song that illustrates their friendship.

But Red sees the event as having a different significance.

“[It’s] a really neat contest that we’re going to win!” She proclaims proudly.

Even though Red and Mokey are roommates and best friends, and had apparently written the song ahead of time, they have different ideas about the content of the song.

Red wants it to be about a great warrior slaying dragons who turns them into something called Doozer dust. Mokey doesn’t want to sing about something so violent.

“Violence? What has dragon slaying got to do with violence?” Red asks.

Rather than argue, Mokey turns to Wembley and asks him what he and Gobo will be singing about. Wembley is horrified to realize that he doesn’t know! He and Gobo hadn’t actually talked about what song they are doing.

“I’ve been so excited about the duet-a-thon that I completely forgot!” He cries.

Wembley’s words immediately resonated with me as I’ve often thought that we think too much about something (positively or negatively) and we forget to actually experience it. Continue reading

A Philosophy of Mokey – S4E19 – Mokey Then and Now

The episode blows your mind immediately as you begin watching it.  Doc is talking to his dog, Sprocket, about time travel. “Wouldn’t it be fun to travel in time? Of course you wouldn’t go anywhere because the past and the future are happening here and now in the present. It’s all a question of perception. I thought dogs knew stuff like that.”

They made a model of a time machine and Doc suggests trying it out.  So he stuffs Sprocket in and locks him inside.  Then he begins to shake the machine and says: “and now to press the button to the not so distant future.” But then he leaves. He grabs his hat and leaves with Sprocket still locked in the time machine only to return a few moments later dressed as an old man! He unlocks Sprocket from time machine and says: “Sprocket, where have you been all these years?” Wow, way to mess with Sprocket’s mind!

The story revolves around Mokey who’s putting on a play she wrote called ‘the legend of Bloomdig’; she plays Bloomdig. It’s about a great leader, Bloomdig, who was some sort of deity who “appeared out of nowhere”. Bloomdig lived in a time where everyone was bald and “anyone with hair was instantly banished.”

“Better bald than banished,” quips Wembley

Mokey, Boober, and Wembley are rehearsing in the cave in which Bloomdig supposedly appeared out of nothing.   She makes them wear hats, because the ancient bald Fraggles needed to wear hats. (Makes sense. They needed something to cover their heads, and it sure as hell couldn’t be hair!)

We learn an important fact about Mokey in this episode: she’s a method actor.  She has to go to the Sacred Cave to rehearse, and when Boober expresses his anxiousness about being in the Sacred Cave, Mokey responds: “Mokey? Who’s Mokey? I am Bloomdig, great and wondrous leader of the Fraggles who were Bald.”  Another thing we learn is that Fraggles call their ancestors Fraggles who were Bald.

Boober finds a “mysterious and somehow familiar” painting of a Fraggle, which appears on one of the cave walls.  Weirdly enough, the Fraggle was depicted with hair.  Mokey immediately dismisses it. “Wembley, this is no time for ferburps.” *I assume that’s Fragglian for: nonsense.

Obviously the word is archaic and Wembley has no idea what she’s saying.

“Bloomdig lives in a time where Fraggles were bald, she talked funny,” which I found amusing remembering my first encounters with Shakespeare and Chaucer, and I’m sure if I knew Latin or Greek the same would be true for Homer and Socrates. For Henson to include such concepts is why he’s my favourite storyteller!  It makes you believe that they have their own Fraggle society that’s been going on for a very long period of time.

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The Philosophy of Mokey Fraggle

 

UPDATE: Check out the new Mokeyism blog @
http://mokeyism.wordpress.com

Fraggle Rock is my first memory of television.  I remember watching it on the CBC one morning in our apartment at 501 Furby. From that moment Fraggle Rock has played an integral role in my life.  It figures into my memories of living in Rankin Inlet, Northwest Territories (Nunavut) and my early grades in Morden.  Even when most would consider me too old for Fraggle Rock I’d still watch my VHS copies.

But really, that’s ridiculous.  How can anyone be too old for Fraggle Rock??

I think that there’s an underlying Philosophy of Fraggle Rock, and particularly Mokey, and I’m going to investigate it more.

When I was young I was Red, in my pre-adolescence I was Gobo, in my University years I was Wembley, and briefly Uncle Travelin’ Matt, and for a long stretch of the naughty’s I was Boober, and now I’m attempting to be Mokey.

It’s 1:30am right now and must be heading to sleep, so I’ll say this: an ongoing part of this blog will the Philosophy of Mokey Fraggle where I take an episode of Fraggle Rock and analyze the concepts that Mokey brings forward.

Until then, check out one of my favourite Fraggle Rock songs “The Minstrels.”