Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Inside the Voice Actors Studio

My most recent article for GotGame hasn't really gotten the attention I thought it would. I know, depressing. I'm not going to let it get me down though, but I thought maybe if I posted on my blog it might generate more hits (if anybody reads my blog).

The article I wrote was titled "Inside the Voice Actors Studio", spoofing of course Inside the Actors Studio(which I don't really watch except for that one episode with HellBoy). Voice acting is kind of an aspiration of mine, especially since cartoons, anime, and video games use them so much, so I'm familiar with some voice actors. As such I felt like I had a fair background to write the article.

In retrospect I guess the actors I listed anybody could have found information about with a google search. I just tried to list a combination of my favorite voice actors (VAs) ones that gamers might recognize from either anime, video games, or elsewhere. I also tried to show a few VAs I thought were hot. I don't know, maybe I crossed a line. Then again maybe it's just that the article isn't about a popular subject.

My other goal was to illustrate how VAs aren't always recognized for their talent, underpaid, and often lost in the shadow of the characters they play. I also gave props to Mark Hammil's Joker, and Peter Cullen, aka Optimus Prime.

I don't know if any VAs are bloggers or come across GotGame, but if they read my article I hope they like it. To the VAs of America, keep up the good work. A lot of you guys are just as good as any Hollywood actor, in some cases even better.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Vatican okays belief in aliens, Astronaut says they're already here

I've come across two stories recently that really surprised me, mostly because of how closely related they are to each other and both about the existence of aliens. What's most surprising is the sources aren't guys in tinfoil hats, but a former NASA Astronaut and the Vatican.

According to the above link as well as several other websites I've looked at, the director of Vatican Observatory, Jesuit Father Jose Funes, has stated that it is within the realm of possibility that alien life exists. His reasoning comes from a foundation as both a scientist and as a man of God.

"As an astronomer," Father Funes said. "I can say that from the observation of stars and galaxies there emerges a clear evolutionary process. This is not in contrast with the faith, because we cannot place limits on the creative freedom of God."

If someone like this is in the Vatican, then there may be hope for humanity after all.

But what's eerie is that not long after this story, another story emerged in which a former NASA astronaut stated that aliens are in fact real and they've been here.

Former astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell is a veteran of the Apollo 14 moon mission, one of the very few men to have walked on the moon. He claims in recent interviews that extraterrestrials have visited the Earth on numerous occasions and that the government has covered it up for nearly six decades.

"I happen to have been privileged enough to be in on the fact that we've been visited on this planet and the UFO phenomena is real," Dr Mitchell said. "I've been in military and intelligence circles, who know that beneath the surface of what has been public knowledge, yes - we have been visited. Reading the papers recently, it's been happening quite a bit."

Dr Mitchell's claims would almost be outrageous if it weren't for his credentials. Along with his status as an astronaut, he has a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering and a Doctorate of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics. Why would he suddenly claim that Roswell was real and alien visits are happening and continue to be investigated? Either he is going senile, or he is telling the truth. Either way, I doubt a man would willingly taint his reputation with talk like this.

"This is really starting to open up," he said. "I think we're headed for real disclosure and some serious organizations are moving in that direction."

One of these groups that I am familiar with is The Disclosure Project, who are working to fully disclose the truth about UFOs, extraterrestrial intelligence, and energy technology that the government may be hiding.

Mitchell's most chilling claim is that "had they been hostile...we would have been gone by now," because our technology is "not nearly as sophisticated."

Are we heading towards learning that we are not alone in the universe? Are they already here? I don't know, but you can bet that I'll be watching with eager anticipation.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Imagining the Tenth Dimension

It's official, I'm not the best blogger. I'm still waiting on the results for worst-blogger, but hopefully that won't be me.

Anyway, an associate of mine shared a link with me to a video that talks about imagining higher level dimensions. The scary thing is, I actually understood some of it.

Imagining the 10th Dimension.

Have a look at it, who knows what it will inspire in you. It really makes me think about the power of God, if God created more than just our planet, universe, dimension. I guess the scariest thing it made me think was that what we know as God may just be a being on a higher dimensional level. But then I think, isn't that kind of what God would be; existing on a level that we can't perceive, understand, or even comprehend.

For the record, I didn't make the video.