Monday, February 23, 2009

Dragon Ball Evolution

Dragon Ball Evolution is


Dragon Ball.

Dragon Ball is my favourite comic. It is the last manga that I truly enjoy. After more than a decade, it still is. But that's probably because I grew up, and grew out of manga series. I did try to get back into mangas, but after Dragon Ball, none looks appealing.

When I first learned that Dragon Ball is going to be presented in a movie, I was skeptical about how the movie would carry the storyline, the fight scenes, the air cannons, the comical facial expression, the humour, and, of course, Goku's hair!

I didn't watch the trailer until I learned about its imminent theatrical release. After watching the trailer, I'm skeptical still. Dragon Ball Evolution is NO Dragon Ball.

From the trailer, it seems that the fight scenes are nowhere as fast and furious as the comic, and the humour seems non-existent, and Goku's hair ... though this was probably no fault of the movie makers. The best hairstylist probably can't make that multi-direction-pointed hairstyle look realistic. With CGI, the explosive air canon, the earthly damages and the capsule-vehicles look good.

Having said that, to enjoy the movie, if you're a Dragon Ball fan, it will be best to detach oneself completely from the comics.

Following is the official theatrical trailer:

Title: Dragon Ball Evolution

Director: James Wong

Release Date: March (Singapore / Malaysia(?))

Actors: Justin Chatwin (Goku), Joon Park (Yamcha), Jamie Chung (Chi Chi), James Marsters (Lord Piccolo), Emmy Rossum (Bulma), and Chow Yun Fat (Master Roshi)

Synopsis: Goku fights with evil Lord Piccolo in the race to gather all seven Dragon Balls, with the help of Master Roshi and other characters.


Saturday, February 21, 2009

Hold It!

I told you once, I told you twice, I told you a thousand times -

Go to the toilet before you leave home!


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Beatboxing Flute

To play a flute, you need a pair of lips and a lung that can blow out breathes in variable length. You would require the same set of instrument plus your tongue, voice, and more if you want to beatbox. But to do it at the same time?

I came across the following YouTube video while blog-hopping. To heighten your amazement, click play at the following clip and close your eyes, or switch to another screen to firstly listen to the music. Then watch the replay to be amazed.

If you can't get enough of this amazing piece of music, don't worry. Apparently this guy have a few songs in his repertoire. And he's not the only one! But, by looking at the dates, it does seem that he's the first to come up with this amazing technique. Search "beatboxing flute" at YouTube, and enjoy.

Warning: DO NOT get too close to the screen. Beware of flying spits!


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

How to Change Case of Text

For some reason, Blogger forces all text into upper case.

I use the "Minima" template of Blogger. To turn off this setting, go to the sub-tab of "Edit HTML" of the "Layout" tab and delete, or comment out, the following statement:


in corresponding sections of the template.

To comment out the statement, insert "/*" at the beginning of the statement and "*/" at the end of it, like this:


For the text of the title, look for the following block of codes:

#header h1 {
margin:5px 5px 0;
padding:15px 20px .25em;
font: $pagetitlefont;

Delete the statement "text-transform:uppercase;" or change it to "/*text-transform:uppercase;*/".

For the title description perform the change at #header .description (

For the sidebar, at h2 (

For the footer of the post, at .post-footer (

For the comment page, at #comments h4 (

For the footer of comment, at #comments-block .comment-footer (

For the profile, at .profile-data (

For the profile link, at .profile-link (

Press Ctrl-F to search for the relevant keywords within the codes.

Click "Save Template" to save your changes.

For the font family, style (bold or italic), and size, you can change it at the sub-tab of "Fonts and Colors" at the "Layout" tab.