Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Chinese dragon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Cadmus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


"Referential to the founders of Thebes, warriors who sprang from the earth when the teeth of a slain dragon were sown by Cadmus."

Sounds and visons: Ong-Bak

Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior:
"Mr. Jaa is a gifted athlete, and there's something to be said for a fighter who dances on heads only for the honor of the Buddha."

"[Jaa] delivers a constant stream of suicidally crazy-legged stunts that would make the Jackass crew reach for their Blue Cross cards."
-- Andrew Wright, THE STRANGER (SEATTLE, WA)

The Thai Warrior "No stunt doubles, no computer images, no strings attached"

Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior
If the stories are true - and only a scene or two in "Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior" made me question their authenticity - Tony Jaa is not human.

The stories are that Jaa performed his amazing string of acrobatic stunts in this otherwise-dreadful crime drama without benefit of the usual assists (invisible flying wires, spinnable harnesses, CGI, etc.) found in Asian martial-arts movies.

Nope. This Thai superman can jump over your head, and do three or four somersaults in midair, from a standing position, all powered only by his own muscular agility. He's pretty convincing at this throughout "Ong-Bak." Convinced me he was born on Jupiter, anyway.

Besides making the likes of Jackie Chan and Buster Keaton look arthritic, Jaa is also as fierce a fighter as Bruce Lee was in his prime.


The movie's strong points are its clever chase sequences, in which Jaa outruns (or levitates over) gangs of murderous baddies through obstacle courses of everyday Bangkok commerce and street traffic. They're like running sociocultural travelogues - guided by a guy from Jupiter, so you never have to worry about getting bored.
-- Los Angeles Daily News

Saturday, July 22, 2006

He stretched out his arms and...

“Not one great country can be named, from the polar regions in the north to New Zealand in the south, in which the aborigines do not tattoo themselves.”
– Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man, 1871
"For, you see," said the Illustrated Man, "These Illustrations predict the future."
– Ray Bradbury, The Illustrated Man
"I want to get a tattoo of myself on my entire body, only two inches taller." - Steven Wright
"A man without tattoos is invisible to the Gods." - Iban Proverb - Mingatt Anak Casa (Akai Basai), Iban Headman on the Sekerang River, Sarawak, Borneo - from The Vanishing Tattoo Documentary
In the 19th century, Field Marshal Earl Roberts said that "every officer in the British army should be tattooed with his regimental crest. Not only does this encourage esprit de corps but also assists in the identification of casualties."

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Wednesday, July 05, 2006


Sport: Tennis: Cartwheeling Streaker Interrupts Wimbledon
Maria Sharapova kept her eye fixed firmly on the ball when she reached the Wimbledon semi-finals on Wednesday morning (NZ time).

The glamorous Russian's 6-1 6-4 victory over compatriot Elena Dementieva was interrupted in the second set when a naked man streaked on to Centre Court and performed a cartwheel before being bundled away by security.

Sharapova politely averted her gaze and said it was the strangest thing that had happened to her on a tennis court.

"It was real bizarre. Even more bizarre that it took 10 seconds for security to come," she told her post-match news conference.

"I didn't really look at the guy, thank God. I didn't want to look at all the details."

However, when told that some of the female spectators had been impressed by the streaker's physique, Sharapova added: "He was? Maybe next time I'll take a look."