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Pretty Math Tony 
Posted by: Tony at 1:32 PM EST on 3/22/2003
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Recently I have been drawing...things. I really don't know what they are. Anyway, my interest in both math and art has always been high. Just recently I discovered the main reason I like math. At first it was just a simple unnoticed conflict in my mind. "I hate arithmetic, but I love algebra and calculus and all those higher things." At first, I thought, "It must be the levels of abstraction and the resulting generality of applicability present in the higher mathematics." Then, I realized that while solving calculus problems, I enjoyed solving them more than what they meant. I reduced that to "I enjoy solving problems because I am eliminating things." Kind of like shooting games where you have to destroy an enemy's henchplanes before you can easily hit the main enemy. This half-truth kept me from the full truth for a few years. Until recently. I began drawing with my hand and arm lifted above the paper. This is something that artists do to create better-looking curves, especially larger curves that cover a lot of paperspace because the artists do not need to repeatedly reposition their hand. To get better at it, I also wrote like that. AND I did my math like that. When I saw the beautiful art I could make in math with all the letters, integral symbols, numbers, arithmetic symbols, Greek letters..., I knew without a doubt why I love high-level mathematics problem-solving so much: Drawing. I enjoy drawing math because what I draw is very quick and has immediate meaning. I can look at it and say, "Yes, I see what that is saying. Very nice." Very similar, I think, to the joy that artists feel when they look at their own art and say, "Yes, I have been successful in my goals for this drawing. Very nice."

So you could say that many mathematicians are in reality just pathetic artists.

The Animatrix Tony 
Posted by: Tony at 9:29 PM EST on 3/7/2003
File Under: Movies & TV -> Anime

The Animatrix

I won't bore you with how I said The Matrix is nothing but American anime ever since I saw its commercials. That would be boring. I'm simply going to laugh at everyone who disagreed with me. The Wachowski brothers have finally jumped into producing anime, which does not prove my claims, but does reinforce them. Where else would they get such "revolutionary" ideas for a movie? American cartoons? American movies? Hahahahah. Yeah, right. And American companies are who I buy good quality cars from, too. Hahahahaha.

Anyway, a series of anime shorts related to The Matrix will be released this year, collectively titled "The Animatrix." Each episode is somewhere around ten minutes long and gives a unique viewpoint to The Matrix. Essentially, the Animatrix will attempt to flesh out the universe of The Matrix and its history (and future, maybe) in greater detail. The Animatrix will be released through a few different media. If you are watching the movie Dreamcatcher (in theatres Friday, March 21,) you will get to see Final Flight of the Osiris.

If you have access to the internet (something a rich person like me doubts you can afford,) then you can currently watch Second Renaissance Part 1 and Program. Detective Story will be viewable online in April and The Second Renaissance Part 2 in May. In June, you will be able to purchase a DVD with all the episodes.

I am impressed with both episodes that I have seen. Surprisingly, they feel just like any other anime because strange and unconventional stories are common in that genre of film. A warning: The Second Renaissance Part 1 shows strong brutality. The goal (as I see it) of this episode was to get the viewer to hate the humans and see the side of the machines. Program has well-executed Ninja Scroll-ish action. Not surprising considering its director. Both episodes have great content in terms of what you see and hear and what you actually piece together. What you piece together is a lot more than what you see and hear.

The Animatrix Episodes:

Title -- Director (stuff Director has worked on)

Final Flight of the Osiris -- Square USA (Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within)
Second Renaissance Part 1 -- Mahiro Maeda (Blue Submarine No. 6)
Second Renaissance Part 2 -- Mahiro Maeda
Kid's Story --Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop)
Program -- Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, X, Ninja Scroll)
World Record -- Takeshi Koike (Ninja Scroll, Party 7)
Beyond -- Koji Morimoto (Franken's Wheel, Akira)
Detective Story -- Shinichiro Watanabe
Matriculated -- Peter Chung (Aeon Flux, Reign: The Conquerer)

As a sidething, I now point out a well-written document thing related to content of motion pictures, books, and comics written by Peter Chung titled The State of Visual Narrative In Film And Comics. In this document thing, Chung explains the problems he sees in these media. If you are interested in writing, drawing, or directing stories and stuff, give it a read.

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