“Hands of the apes”..the new movie perhaps

Finally more chaos! Covid only a few years ago, which meant that we people with mental illness suddenly, like everyone else, were affected by what is everyday, precisely because of the norm in society. It made us Elite Soldiers in the mental army because we have the habit of fighting against our brains. Pretty cool. Believes that Covid increased the understanding of the exclusion of people with mental disabilities. Then Putin came and put the focus on himself and no one talked about Covid anymore. Now we have just received the first monkey cups in Sweden. This may provide another dimension of new insights if there is a similar epidemic. So maybe we should not judge the monkeys with smallpox too harshly but see it as a clever trial 🙂

Otherwise, I hope that there will be a film called "Hand of the apes" which will be a horror film instead of another new "Planet of the apes"
SWEDSKI!!
Äntligen mer kaos! Covid först sen i nĂ„gra Ă„r som gjorde att vi folk med psykisk ohĂ€lsa helt plötsligt var som alla andra just pga av normen i samhĂ€llet med drabbades av det som Ă€r vardag. Det gjorde oss till Elitsoldater i den mentala armĂ©n för vi har vanan att kĂ€mpa mot vĂ„ra hjĂ€rnor. RĂ€tt sĂ„ ball. Tror att Covid ökade förstĂ„elsen för personer med mental begrĂ€nsad hĂ€lsas utanförskap. Sen kom Putin Ă„ satte fokuset pĂ„ sig och ingen pratade om Covid mer. Nu har vi precis fĂ„tt de första apkopporna i Sverige. Detta kanske ger ytterligare en dimension av nya insikter om det blir en liknande epidemi. SĂ„ kanske vi inte ska döma aporna med koppor för hĂ„rt utan se det som en fiffig prövning 🙂

I övrigt sĂ„ hoppas jag att det kommer en film som heter ”Hand of the apes” som ska vara en skrĂ€ckfilm istĂ€llet för ytterligare en ny ”Planet of the apes”

ART & TEXT: USHiRi

Spiritbears

Spökbjörn – Spiritbears – Dimensionsbjörn

Exists in the dimensions Ushiria & Nukeria and Depravia. Here you can see a spiritbear that is being lubricated with Gortmass ( More about Gortmass will be explained later on)

Mission: Spiritbears are dimensiontravellers and can help mortal beings trave between he worlds Ushiria & Nukeria & Depravia. Spiritbears are rather easily frightened and shy by nature. They can often be seen in homes in the shape of regular teddybears in homes where children lives. If you want to befriend a spiritbear you need to talk to it a lot and reveal your inner secrets and desires. Spiritbears have no moral or ethics that are defined by any standard, It will usually share itÂŽs friends values over time.

Uppgift: Dimensions teleportörer, Kan hjĂ€lpa varelser mellan vĂ€rldar. Är ganska lĂ€ttskrĂ€mda och blyga. Antar skepnader av vanliga teddybjörnar i barns hem.

Size: about 60cm, Storlek: Max 60cm

Technobears is genetically and technologically modified spiritbears engineered at Åskhem/Thunderhome

Fingered Stroller

Spiritbears are dimensional travellers between Ushiria and Nukeria. Visualized here is the perfect stroller that can drag itself forwards and at a slow calm pace so that the being inside of it can relax and enjoy the ride.  ( The dimensions Nukeria is a place where Göran Persson is the swedish dictator and have A-bombed Norway, read more about my boardgame Nuke Norway Now at BGG or at my boardgamepage)

USHiRiA RPG world index page

Sword of scary

Toilet / Malmö

Guests at the Coffee Square in Malmö MöllevĂ„ngstorget Sweden can expect the very extra if going to the loo (or should we say the loovre?) during their visit. This “rest room” (no, no rest), referred to by many as “the cave toilet”, offers a mix of musketeer romance, high renaissance art and stuffed birds.

Erik Vestman

Text: Anna Karlsson & Photo is all copyright Clayton Monty @claytonmonty7

Hatecrimes against carrots

We have incoming reports of gangs of carrots loafing about threatening turnips with potato pealers. The incidents seem to be racially motivated and the police are looking into a possible connection to the growing orange power movement.

A spokesperson asks the public to remain vigilant, but not to cater to the agenda of extremists by giving into unfounded suspiscion and hatred: “It is important that we stay united and work together to counteract any divising effect that these senseless actions may have”.

An historian at the university of C.A.R.R.O.T. emphasises the long tradition of peaceful cohabitation between carrots and turnips, which has always stood out in the Scandinavian cuisine: “We have always married well in casseroles. Our different flavors and cultures have reached a mutual height unattainable on their own”.

Our reporter tried to get a comment among membrrs of the chestnut community, but the ones he spoke to said they preferred to remain taste neutral…

Naturally however, occurrances like the ones we’ve seen these last month, raise issues about our current gun regulations. Is it too easy nowadays for anyone to accquire a potato pealer? Do we need tougher restrictions?

The spokesperson for one of the largest suppliers of potato pealers in the country disagrees: “It’s absurd”, he says, “the problem is’nt the pealer, it’s the person. A potato pealer is a tool, and like any tool it can be used without proper discretion. We as a company cannot be held responsible for the misguided actions of a few troublemakers”.

It is obvious that the matter spawns many different views and emotions. Here we believe journalism has a vital role to play as a neutral platform for rational discourse.

Art: Harenheit

Text: Paul Wahlström

Swedish version – Hatbrott mot morötter
Nya rapporter har inkommit om ungdomsgĂ€ng som driver omkring och hotar rovor med potatisskalare. Brotten tycks vara rasmotiverade och polisen undersöker gĂ€ngens möjliga anknytning till den vĂ€xande orange power-rörelsen. Polisens representant ber allmĂ€nheten att hĂ„lla potatisögonen öppna, men att inte spela extremisterna i hĂ€nderna genom att ge vika för misstĂ€nksamhet och hat. “Det Ă€r viktigt att vi stĂ„r enade och samarbetar för att motverka de polariserande effekterna av dessa vettlösa handlingar”.


En historiker vi har talat med pekar pĂ„ den lĂ„nga tradition av fredlig samlevnad mellan rovor och morötter som alltid hĂ€rskat i det skĂ„nska köket. “Vi har alltid gĂ„tt bra tillsammans i grytor. VĂ„ra respektive smaker och kulturer har lyft fram varandra”. VĂ„r reporter har sökt en kastanj för en kommentar, men de hon talat med sĂ€ger att de vill fortsĂ€tta att förhĂ„lla sig smakneutrala och avstĂ„r frĂ„n vidare kommentarer.


De beklagliga hĂ€ndelserna har vĂ€ckt frĂ„gor om vĂ„ra nuvarande vapenlagar. Är det för lĂ€tt idag att komma över en potatisskalare? Behövs det skĂ€rpt reglering? Talesmannen för den största leverantören av potatisskalare förnekar detta: “det Ă€r absurt”, sĂ€ger han. “Det Ă€r inte potatisskalaren som Ă€r problemet, utan den som anvĂ€nder den. En potatisskalare Ă€r ett verktyg, och som alla verktyg kan det missbrukas. Vi kan inte ta nĂ„got ansvar för vad nĂ„gra enstaka galningar hittar pĂ„”.


Det Àr tydligt att frÄgan vÀcker kÀnslor och Äsikter. MÄnga av de vi talat med uttrycker sin frustration med starka ord. En del ger uttryck för sin bitterhet mot myndigheterna, och sin egen maktlöshet. Journalistiken har hÀr en vital roll som neutral plattform för en rationell diskurs.

Pink carrot

Text: Xerxes RĂ„nby Art: Ushiri

I am in a process where I am exploring my own inner world and trying to put the experience into words.
For me I have an emotional rich experience that is visually connected to colours. Each colour has a unique property in my mind. Blue is a symbol for shape and form, the blue colour can be seen when I close my eyes. I can shape the blue colour light by will in my dreams.


The yellow colour connects with fine-grained detail in perception.
The red colour connects with the emotional response from inner organs.
The green colour connects with the immediate response from my external sensory organs.
The green colour thus represents the now, and it interacts and shapes the blue form while awake.
By conversation a mixture of green and blue into cyan is apparent.
This cyan colour interacts with the red emotions and puts them in motion.


The feeling resulting from a conversation is a movement of emotion, a Tingling sensation.While observing the world long enough it is covered with all the fields simultaneously, and the gaze turns white with a touch of golden that captures the changesIn sight… a long deep exhale. Thank you.

There is a color within me that is beyond the mind’s current ability to perceive, a Magenta shocking pink color, that color symbolizes what I cannot perceive, a color that I stumble on when my body physically changes to be able to receive new impressions. A color that symbolizes the thoughts I have not yet thought. A color I am very attracted to strongly attached to my #imagination. A color created out of emotional feeling mixed with shape.

Art is from Ushiris boardgame Galactic worms BGG link

Popee The Performer – Review

Text & Art: Annie Hansen 

Popee The Performer is a 3D animated kids show created by Ryuji Masuda. The show aired on TV back in 2001-2003 in Japan and it lasted three seasons with 40 episodes that have around a 4-5 minute long runtime.

At first glance, Popee The Performer might look like a bizarre and creepy low quality project with ugly, lazy animation and filled with over-the-top violence and immature content. Some people might therefore turn their nose on it and not give the show a proper chance. But there is so much more to Popee The Performer and it’s 100% worth giving it a chance. Keep in mind, this is early 2000s computer animation so it’s not going to live up to today’s standards, especially not with the small budget and tight deadline the creator had to work with. Ryuji Masuda took all the limitations and used it to his advantage and really made it work. The unique and somewhat off-putting artstyle and movement of the characters work in the show’s favor, because it adds more spice to it’s already bizarre nature.

The plot is quite simple. The show’s two main characters are, of course, Popee the performer himself and his assistant, Kedamono. The episodes often start out with the characters trying to perform a circus trick or something similar, and it somehow always goes horribly wrong. Popee is a clown with severe anger issues and he loves to use violence to deal with all of his problems. The one who usually has to suffer through Popee’s excessive violence is Kedamono, Popee’s masked purple wolf assistant. There are other characters that are introduced later on, such as Papi, who is another clown with a very flamboyant personality that loves to challenge Popee’s violence with even more violence. There is also a frog, an alien and a sentient elephant car. 

The series is filled with slapstick comedy and is pretty similar to Tom and Jerry, just way more extreme and bloody. The characters die regularly in very gruesome and violent ways. Anything from getting shot or hit by a car to destroying the earth by throwing the sun at it or even fighting God, could happen in this show. Because of its short runtime things need to happen fast. The plot of the episode therefore always escalates quickly in very extreme and bizarre ways and it is always hilarious. The creator couldn’t afford voice actors so the show had to rely on visual storytelling and physical comedy instead, which is a great choice since it makes Popee The Performer completely universal. Anyone, no matter what language they speak, can understand and enjoy the show. 


Popee the Performer got pretty popular in Japan back in the days. Both the TV-station and viewers of all ages seemed to enjoy it and there was even some merchandise and a manga made. Now, twenty years later it lives on as a bizarre series of videos with a dedicated fanbase that you might stumble upon on the internet if you are lucky. Go check it out.

Boardgame playtesting mixed with fresh new ideas – Cuties and Monsters – Part 1

Text & art & photos: Ushiri

The idea for the game came to me at 2014 but I postponed it since I had other projects. I then started developing it again in 2018 and have been playtesting it through 2019 to this date intensly with people I know and not know at all in different groups, also over zoom from different places in Europe. Game eveluation sheets are handed out both physical and digital to all playtesters.

Playtest & combined open-source development

The way I playtest is a sort of combined open source developement variant where all people can speak their creative mind and we directly test it in the game without hesitation. IÂŽm a strong believer that regardless of your own creative ego you can allways take input from others. This can of course be challenging to keep the red thread and not to steeraway from your intended vision of what you want to achive in the end.

Excerpt from a Childrens book based on ” Sötisar & monster”

Bad gamedevelopement & playtesting

I meet boardgame developers where their ego canÂŽt stand pure clean critizism of bad gamemechanics and when the game suffers of being boring. Playtesting with tons of people is the way to make a good game and not take it personal if someone says they dont enjoy it or just think itÂŽs plain dull. If they say this ask them why and what it is they donÂŽt enjoy to get knowledge of why it does not appeal. Perhaps the game is not for them or there really is a strong truth in what the say. The most important of playtesting is to amass a ton of people that are not your real friends and just random people to get more honest opinions because they are not afraid to hurt your feelings.

Developement so far 2021-06-03: Optimize card text, redraw illustrations on cards bricks, colourize them and continue to develope/edit the layout for the gamemanual. Further playtesting to streamline the cards for the basegame. Add more objects art to the gamemap. Reach out to new playtestgroups that will do ” Blind gametests” which in practice means that they will playtest it with me silently being in another part of the room or sitting over the net watching them play without me.

Sötisar och monster / Cuties and monsters ( All art/design/rulesystem names are copyright Ushiri Stenberg©2021

Content: 16 cuties, 4 monsters, 2-sided gamemap, 1 manual, 1 box, 1 dice, bricks, cards. Playtime: 60min

A tactical cute boardgame that has more depth than meets the eye. Rules will be available firstly in Swedish and then, German, English. Possibly French & Spanish.

Instagram tag: #sötisarochmonster and some videos not uploaded here.

Future playtester?

Are you interested in being a playtester with 2 of your friends or over zoom, donÂŽt hesitate to write me at ushiri@ushiri.com

Xerxes RĂ„nby

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“I first met Ushiri behind a buzzing computer modem in the early nineties. Internet was not yet mainstream, but that did not prevent me to explore my digital surroundings.

While some of you may have dialed your friends or the hotline, I dialed the numbers of strangers Bulletin Board Systems, numbers that connected myself with these strange miniature digital worlds. Ushiri had such a world.

The modem gurgled, hizzed and finaly the lovely CARRIER CONNECTED message appeared when my machine connected with Ushiris digital world Necronomicon.

Necronomicon was a place for personal discovery, however if you stayed long enough inside this world you were caught by its guardian; the mighty Ushiri, who happily interrupted your search for knowledge in the digital realm of Necronomicon.

SYSOP INTERRRUPTION: all my keystrokes were now wired directly to the Ushiri brain…”

Carrot soup – Build your body with carrots

Text: Anna & Ushiri

In opposite to some people’s belief, meat protein isn’t really necessary when building muscels. There are seveal vegan athletes and body builders online…

today, to find the strenght to start this new site, we eat carrot soup.

Our opinions:

Ushiri: I feelt a strong urge to start infusing carrots in liquid form into my body since I feelt the taste was a bit weak and there for this seems like the most unlogical idea to get more carrot inside you 🙂

Anna: I like the texture with chunky bits of vegetables and cheese. The overall taste is a little bit anonymous but good anyhow…

Some months ago, Svenska Dagbladet also told about what good can come out of different carrot usages. If you have a scar for example, just put some carrot (like aloe vera) on it, and watch it heal. In all we give this Swedish carrotsoupfrom Felix 3 carrots in total.

If you have other recipes feel free to write to us 🙂

bkdove

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bkdove: Writer, pixel manipulator, sci-fi addicted, arts' admirer, retro gamer, hobbyist, game designer and messy wannabe musician. From Italy, based in Ireland. 

Ushiri: I met bkdove on steam because we share a strong interest when it comes to retrogaming and weÂŽve had some good sessions together, and we both to like to create worlds.
Contact: bkdove on instagram.

Paul Wahlström

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Paul Wahlström, Malmö, Sweden.

A poet (very few people know this but he is spectacularly famous!). His overuse of the swedish letter Ö in conversations defines him as a swedish poet, and a lazy one at that. In fact he is too lazy to be as crazy as he otherwise would be, which in every practical sense makes him a tory! (Oh, safety first. Ah, soft, silky flags. Cup o tea…) Indeed he might be considered the intellectual equivalent of a small country village. First published at Ushirimagazine netportal USHiRi.com.

Paul: We first met at a spa for retired proletarian writers where we both worked as “cursers” at the very popular shaming sessions held every afternoon at five.

Books published at Adlibris

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Helena Rosén

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Poet.

Helena RosĂ©n lives in Berlin Germany, the biggest playground for adult people in the world. She loves to play tabletennis and hanging out in recordshops. She’s Is looking forward to enter the age of aquarious and worships Greta Thunberg. Published first in USHiRimagazine#2


Helena: I was living in a collective in Malmö 2005, I met Ushiri for the first time and I fell in love with the playful glimpse in his eyes.