global issues, psychology, unsorted opinions

A World Full of Walls

Posted on numerous fences around the world are the all-too-familiar words that forbid entrance: “No Trespassing”. These words apply not only to physically fenced in areas but also to abstract areas including personal space (private possessions, clothing, devices), commerce (copyrights, patents, trademarks), and social space (friendship circles, homes, social classes). The words restrict the freedom of outsiders while establishing what seem to be beneficial boundaries for the occupants.

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anime and games, art, media, music

Niconico Douga and how Japan’s Phenoms are born

The Japanese have a talent for creating awesome media and getting it in front of an audience. This article will explore a bit on how and why.

On this day in 2008, ryo from Supercell posted his song “Black Rock Shooter” named after the character created by Ryohei Fuke, better known as ‘Huke’. The song became a Vocaloid legend – a relatively rare achievement for videos on Niconico Douga, a Japanese video site.

Like ClariS – who went on to sing Connect for Madoka Magika – artists on Niconico Douga have a chance to be noticed by a big company and become music or artistic phenoms.

How? I’m not a big name producer, but having used Niconica Douga, I find it MUCH easier to discover popular music there than on Youtube, especially new stuff. If you’re looking for what’s popular in Japan, chances are you’ll see it on Niconico long before someone uploads it to Youtube. Side note: Niconico’s video player is also better that Youtube’s in my opinion, but unless you have premium membership, you aren’t allowed to play multiple songs at a time.

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business, media, tv, unsorted opinions

Common Beliefs due to False Advertising

A little more lighthearted article today, getting the soft stuff off my plate.

Society today is often shaped by advertising. Most advertising contains some truth and some lies, but because it’s on TV, the vast majority of people are passively absorbing info without really questioning all of it… Either that, or they don’t have a public channel to state their dissenting opinion. THANK YOU, INTERNET! Ads have caused a number of misconceptions or at least debatable points, so let’s have a look at a few.

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anime and games, media, movies

Spirit of the Rain – Weathering With You Review

As if heaven itself knew I’d watch the film, the day I went to see the film, it was a downpour, and when the film ended, it had stopped raining. Quite the coincidence, eh?

Tenki no Ko (literally, “Weather Child”), known in English as “Weathering With You” (which, as you may note, “weathering” is a word rarely used in English these days) is a story about a “sunshine girl” and a boy who moves to Tokyo. The boy goes to work for a man and his niece who write a mystique sensationalist magazine that looks into astrology and anything weird that is said to be occurring around Tokyo – you know, the kinds of bogus-info-filled magazines you see in the checkout line at Walmart. The city experiences lots of rain, and most people around town would like it to stop. Contrary to what the previews suggest, it’s NOT a story about escaping a mafia.

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Christianity, history, media, movies

All That Remains review

Today I’ll be reviewing the based-on-a-true-story film, “All That Remains” by the studio Pixel Revolution.

My dedicated readers may recall I once reviewed “The Wind Rises” by Studio Ghibli. Both that movie and this one are more dramatized biographies than actual entertainment pieces, so they deserve lighter criticism in that regard. However, let’s keep this short and simple.

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history, nature, science

James Tour, Rice Professor: The Origin of Life has not been explained

In textbook after textbook, students are told the latest theories in science as if they were already accepted fact and given no hint about the actual debate among scientists over some of the most popular concepts, including those that have little to do with the debate of “science vs religion” (more accurately: “physicalist vs non-physicalist”), such as the question as to whether quantum mechanics is probabilistic or deterministic.

However, today I wanted to bring up a video regarding that controversial topic of the origin of life. The video basically says what I’ve always thought and didn’t have the reputation to state with any authority. (Not that that mattered to me, but it does to some people.)

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unsorted opinions

Worthwhile Internet Writing

Most information we gather every day is “cheap” – It takes mere seconds to digest and doesn’t exercise your mental muscles. You learn very little and don’t become much wiser. This information could come in large chunks such as rambling blog posts or short snippets of news articles. Short snippets are so easy that the reader wants and reads more until the same time has passed as having read a long blog post.

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