Propaganda? Or just self-epitomization?

Haslev, that’s the name of the town which I’ve been studying in for the last 4 years or so.

But there something very, very wrong in this little town: The town is the center for the Church Association for the Inner Mission in Denmark. And if there’s something that really can bring my blood to a boiling point; it is religious people trying to convert atheist discreetly.

The town have about 11.000+ residents, and it wasn’t before the 20th century it became the centre for CAIMD.

The latter built a folk high school, sixth-form college (with a boarding school) among others. In the 1970s and 1980s, the schools became independent of the founding association.

It is said that only a few inner missionaries still reside in the town, but trust me when I say it doesn’t feel that way. The school I’m currently studying at is definitely not the worst one in this… Eh… I just realized that “God forsaken town” would be the least appropriate thing to call it.

Most people have probably heard that Danes are very open-minded with our religion, and that is indeed true, but there’s still some groups who is the polar opposite, trying to force every little piece of Christian religion down my throat, using whatever small abstract piece of paper they happen to be armed with. (There is a reason for Denmark being the only country mentioned in the ‘see also’ section, on this wikipedia page: Inner mission )

Well, Haslev is getting better, but the hopes of the town to be completely “Inner missionary free” Is of little substance.

I’ll be completely fine with all those religious people, if they just kept their superstitious words to themselves.

Anyway; I had a little fun idea yesterday. Thus I, with the best of my current skills, drew some old-fashioned propaganda. It’s part of a group, which is against all forms of forcing both children, nor adult into an unwanted religion. (Or what they would call “self-realization”, shams!)

I was trying to get a vintage, steam punk-ish feel about it. I think it succeeded.

I’m going to print about 8 posters of this, and hang them up in the hallways in my school, to see if I can get some more teacher with me on this.

And yet again: I don’t have anything against religion, I just think that if a hovering zombie saint, who could turn the must common fluid on our planet into wine, can be the ideal vanguard for the whole human race… Then a self-destructive golem, made out of expired vanilla pudding, can be so too. (Not that I actually think there’s a golem made out of expired vanilla pudding… Buuut I’m pretty sure you get the point. (If there ever was one))

Ladies and Djentlemen

I’m sorry that I haven’t been writing anything recently, so as an excuse; I made a 3×3 panel beginners guide to the metal sub-genre Djent.

Hope you’ll enjoy, or just find it interesting. ­čÖé

A small guide to djent

As I promised:I’ll post a couple of djent bands/songs for anyone to enjoy.

Meshuggah – Bleed There’s a very small chance that anyone not familiar with really hard metal is going to like this.

Periphery – Buttersnips This one (Or rather the whole band) is a little more kind on the ears, but again; that doesn’t mean anyone is going to like it.

TesseracT – Deception part II This one is yet again a little kinder on your ears, and you’ll probably survive even if you are a musically obvious 8’th grader.

TesseracT – Ambient sax solo This could probably be the most beautiful piece of djent I’ve ever listened to. It’s isn’t really heavy, and everyone should be able to listen to it.

Cloudkicker – Dysphobia Djent in its true form, showing both the ambient, futuristic sides and the rhythmic beats. No vocals, and slightly heavy.

Vildhjarta – Shiver This one isn’t for the faint of heart. It really shows how *Squee* can make any *djum djum djum* good.

Keith Merrow – Pillars of creation I found this guy some day back, and he simply blew my mind. No vocal this time either.

Abscent distance – Traces I found these two guys a week ago, and I’m impressed.

There’s an ocean of more djent bands out there, including sky harbour and such, but these are the ones I listen to the most.

If anyone also happens to wonder, the guy with the beanie, scarf and black hair is suppose to look like me, which I actually think he does… Well, except for being a cartoony, ├╝bber pale dude with arms the size of a thin stick.

Again: Sorry for not posting a lot, but I promise I’ll post something interesting before next Thursday.

-Jonas Christensen

Edit:

I am aware of the multiple spelling errors in the picture (So much for drawing it 4AM)

The biggest one is in frame 8:

“…The song is understandably called ‘Ambient sax solo’, and is probably the song with the-…”

Ponies, ponies everywhere…

Never in my rather short life, have I ever witnessed a culture, based on a cartoon like that, spread like fire on a pool of oil. But the speed isn’t really the most odd thing that riddles me about this, it’s the peculiar fanbase it has created. If anyone is still clad in incomprehension, and haven’t figured out what cartoon I’m talking about, then you probably┬áhaven’t been beyond the borders of Google, and into the wast barrens of the desultory, antipathetic oblivion, for the last 7 months. Well, this matter isn’t really of origin on the internet.

I’m talking about the cartoon “My little pony: Friendship is magic” And yes, as cute as it sounds, as cute it is. The show is originally made to the target fanbase consisting of young girls, around the age of 8. Despite that very fact, the show has gained a large group of “cult-like” followers, which is in public speech being called by the name “Bronies”.

Bronies are predominately male adults, as well as teenager. The age group 15-25 are the most common among Bronies. And I’m not sure what to think of this jolly, and otherwise cultistic regime. On one hand: It’s cute that some people are just trying to find the childish side of themselves, and doing it with a harmless show as MLP:FiM is nothing to see as a ludicrous nor bizarre act. On the other hand: It seems a little out of hand, considering it’s is a kids show after all. I’ve seen things like enthusiastic radio podcasts, to the endless ocean of fan art on popular sites like Deviantart and 4chan. (If you aren’t familiar with 4chan, then don’t google it, count yourselves as lucky) Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to demote these acts of fascination. I think it’s awesome to be creative for any hobby anyone might have, and the to be passionate about something will always make the result better.

Before I continue, I might add that I, out of simple curiosity, chose to watch some episodes of the show. (Don’t judge me without having watched the show yourselves) As I said, part curiosity, and part “knowing what the hell I was going to write about” made me watch it. And I must admit; it is a very good show. My artistic nature genuinely want to promote the animations, and excellent drawings. But it is a rather unique show, actually explaining moral values without being too sugary. The show came out October 2010, thus it isn’t that old.

Anyways, to return to the Bronies:

It’s hard not to find traces of ponies around the internet now-a-days. But there’s some “Brony-sites” to be found, and after a rather quick search in some rather obscure (And rainbow coloured) corners of the internet, I found an image board called “Ponychan”. It’s a Brony counterpart of the infamous 4chan I mentioned earlier, but this site isn’t infested with morbid hentai (I’m still scarred since last visit… Never again) and cryptic paranormal stories.

Also, as I mentioned earlier; I found a podcast made by the most enthusiastic Bronies I’ve ever witnessed. It’s basically two guys, having a good time talking about the series, merchandise and what not. Still, I’ve nothing again thing like this. I actually think it’s rather cool to hear people loving their hobby as much as they do, and the show is actually very neatly put together, with guest commentators and etc…The sh0w is called “The BronyShow” if anyone is interested in joining the pony fever. You can also find it on iTunes, which I found out yesterday.

There’s also being held Brony meet-ups around the world. Somehow, I couldn’t help myself laughing a little about that, I think it’s a little crazy, but that’s okay. I think it’s a little too extreme, but my opinion won’t keep a handful of happy Bronies from having a BBQ or anything like that.

Just for the record: MLP:FiM is made by Lauren Faust. She’s known for her unique style, and her previous animated series like: The Powerpuff Girls, Kids Next Door and the animated movie: The Iron Giant.

So be nice to all the Bronies out there. They might be a little bizarre, but they could also be anyone you know, the mania isn’t that hard to hide I’m sure of. It’s not like it is the holocaust of the modern era. ­čÖé

Now I’ll go and listen to some Machine head to wash the rainbows out my ears.

-Jonas Christensen