global issues, media, movies

Lego Batman and the Social Band-aids

Likely to be Part 1: The Family

I had originally written some huge articles but decided to synthesize my points and spare you the long rambling. You can thank me later. However, it does perhaps lose some eloquence… or congruity, so if you’re wondering why this article is so brief and seemingly disconnected, you at least now have a reason.

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blog milestones, this blog

Happy 6th Anniversary (for me on WP)

WordPress notified me today that I had registered 6 years ago with them. Wow. It’s been a long time. 83,413 views (some of them my own, lol), 64,678 visitors (many times me, haha),  102 followers, and 186 (er, 187) posts later… I still find the stats both interesting and sort of creepy. In some ways, I’d rather not see them. Having a private spot on the internet sounds like an oxymoron, but it’s easier to ramble when you don’t have an awareness of your audience. Ah well. So what’s happened in this blog world of mine?

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anime and games, media

Yonder comes a new game!

Yonder is a new game. I like to help indie devs, so today I thought I’d call out and comment on a new game set to hit the PS4 and Windows markets this July. Called “Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles”, it’s primarily an exploration and building game targeted it a casual audience: no fighting and very little “story”. For once, a game targeted at my kind of crowd – if I still played games, that is.

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anime and games, media, movies

君の名は Review
by Kirimimi

It’s time for a light-hearted article on this blog!

I went to go see Your Name in a theatre. I didn’t know you had such an interesting name. You may bow at any time – Japanese style, of course – but be sure to back away first so you don’t bump your computer monitor. Gee, I wish I could have a movie named after me… just kidding.

Like any award-winning movie, our hero and heroine repeat the title’s name over and over, supporting that typical time travel trope of only forgetting the most memorable part of your experience (if you’re good at remembering names, that is). Like many time travel stories, this romance separates our girl who leapt through time from her Satoru Fujinuma by a Stein’s gate. What a memorable trope.

The story is about a boy named Taki and a girl named Mitsuha who wake up and find themselves in each other’s bodies. As the story gradually progresses, they learn about each other through their interactions with friends and neighbors, find themselves in a desperate situation where they must work together, and by the end, they fulfill the much-anticipated happy ending and the audience isn’t walking away feeling like there are too many plot holes.

To summarize it in terms of genres: high-school, romance, drama, sci-fi, and eye-candy.

I’m going to start off with the story details and then eventually sing about the eye-candy.

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this blog

Ingredients for Humor

I feel rather disappointed in my blogging. The blog is fine – it’s serving a purpose, and lots of people have found it useful – over 60,000 according to the stats (mostly on a handful of pages, though, lol) (now that I’ve said it, I can make fun of that stat in the future). However, after looking at older posts, I realized my sense of humor has vanished a bit. I liked cracking jokes, and much of my humor is context-based. Sometimes funny things come to mind when you’re writing, but if you’re only in a serious mood or trying to be quick about writing (which, admittedly, I’ve been quite busy), you don’t get to muse as much and humorous ideas don’t readily come to mind as often. Looking back, though, I think it has made this blog slightly on the more boring end to read, at least from my perspective.

How do I fix this? I could automate my humor by spending even more time to create a generator that randomly selects a type of joke to tell and gives some keywords. And then when the project is a miserable failure for lack of creativity, I could joke about it thereafter on my blog. XD

I could also do a word-of-the-day from another language and try to guess what it means, but that takes too much time out of my week and I have no interest in boring people with such trifles like I just did with this sentence.

A few posts ago, I created some snippets for programming humor, but whenever I try other kinds of software-related humor, the result is like an overly complicated database search query for a simple result like “Column 1 = Laugh” that they don’t sound good even to me!

… Or I could just be forcing it, which doesn’t work for anyone except Bob Hope.

I suppose society in general has a hard time finding stuff to laugh about. Much of the humor I encounter is derogatory, selfish, sexual, or debasing someone, as if finding something to laugh about meant you had to be radical and take advantage of (what was some time ago) social taboos. (Not to say I’m not guilty of bending the rules.) That stuff doesn’t have wide appeal, approval, or understanding. Yes, we all have different senses of humor, and I know some people would laugh at dogs puking on birthday cakes and some people have had too rough of a life to find much funny anymore, sadly. Also, there’s the factor of being in a family/club/work place/different country and having experiences we can relate to (ok, so that’s more than one). Having something to relate to is how humor works in the first place, obviously, which is probably why self-deprecating humor is the easiest – we all know about being human and being prideful. Bob Hope could be self-deprecating, and I do it too (especially here on this blog).

I read a quote the other day by Peter Kreeft, saying “Don’t be more serious than God. God invented dog farts.” The quote itself certainly makes some people laugh, though being philosophical, it makes me wonder what God intended for us to laugh at. Laughing is a complex mechanism, and one of those that fools master where scientists struggle to understand. Rationale seems to be on the losing end here.

If you want to write a story, screenplay, plot, and it needs to be humorous, I empathize you… Sucker! XD <- Stop! How many of you laughed at that line? Would an angel laugh? Probably not. (I could ask my angel about it, but he might laugh at the idea.) Humor comes from imperfect knowledge and then stumbling on an idea so totally related but off topic, it strikes you in a magical way that lights up your face.

The third ingredient – in addition to having things in common and imperfect knowledge – would be lightheartedness. As Lincoln said, “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Of course, Lincoln probably didn’t say that first, but he got away with it for being a historic figure, but no one cares but the poor Joe lost to history who coined the phrase first. Ah, poor Joe, or was it John Smith? Sorry Joe, er, John.

So now we have three ingredients for humor:

  • Having something in common
  • Imperfect knowledge
  • Lighthearted attitude

Now we just need the correct phrasing to connect two related ideas and good timing and we’ll be all set! Ready for the best joke you’ve ever heard?!

Too bad. Come back next week and maybe I’ll try to relate pork, Pluto, and the autobahn, or not. Ok, ok, I’ll try harder. But I’ll have you know, I prefer bars that are like my humor – cold and dry. /*badum PA!* (Audience boos.) Ok, I’ll get off the soap box now. Have a good night everyone, and try to find something to laugh about tonight. 🙂

tech news and opinions, web design

How I Can Steal Your Pics – a.k.a. Some hacking for the non-tech-savvy

A friend of mine shared images with me some time ago from one of their trips. They trusted me enough to share images but not enough to show me a picture of themselves. However, they made a layman’s mistake when it came to sharing, and it becomes part of that long list of reasons why even non-programmers these days should learn a bit about what programming can do and how that seemingly safe site that they regularly visit could readily turn into a booby trap through no fault of their own. Let’s begin: Some hacking for the non-tech savvy.

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unsorted opinions

Wild Wild Web – Berners-Lee and Poli-Ad Regulation

It’s interesting how opinions can be shaped from a simple title and a seemingly well-meaning article. The Guardian ran a headline yesterday saying Tim Berners-Lee calls for tighter regulation of online political advertising. The article was carefully framed so as to pointedly remark on Trump’s victory via the influence of “fake news”. They kindly included the link to the article, hoping you, the dope, wouldn’t bother reading it. Of course, if you actually clicked on the link to the article, you’d find the “regulation” call was a possibly-but-not-really implied suggestion buried under the heading Political advertising online needs transparency and understanding. And there was no mention of political elections. None. Big difference. No misquotes, just misrepresentation. But on that topic…

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