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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history, politics

The Heart of Political Division – Part 6

To understand the platform of conservatives, it’s important to understand their unifying factor: the Republican Party. Recall in my previous post how this was shaped by the Democratic presidents leading up to that point. For Republicans, the political platform had revolved around a capitalistic economic ideology predating President Herbert Hoover and tracing its roots back to its very formation.

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history, politics

The Heart of Political Division – Part 5

And now we begin an exploration of conservatism and why it is what it is today. For that, we need to look at the most pivotal point in modern American political history and its background.

It was March 31, 1968, towards the end of the bloody Vietnam war when a shocking announcement was made that called out and inadvertently declared the ending of American political unity. While the tensions in the months preceding the announcement were evident and the collapse of the American political system into liberal and conservative parties may have seemed inevitable, it was the presidency that had held the nation together.

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The Heart of Political Division – Part 1

Late last year, the Linux Project decided to adopt a “Code of Conduct” document that has been highly controversial from the get-go. I wanted to write about it then, but I think I’m in a better frame of mind to write about the more general issue now – something more applicable to my readers than a simple rant. 🙂

The source of the issue is quite deeply embedded in people’s minds and thus remains hidden or unaccounted for. Most of the time, people are arguing about the surface: security vs privacy, socialism vs capitalism, “green” vs economic, “tolerance” vs intolerance. And while these issues have become sensitive, they are only sensitive in the fact that people have come to believe strongly in these opinions and see them as an identity. However, I would contest these things are not identities at all but are instead masking the underlying perspectives that have and are shaping these identities.

The truth is, there is no true “conservative” nor “liberal”, but a diverse set of opinions that have become globed into two categories. Neither category fully represents their constituency, but the “liberal” side is hurting its members the most.

In a series of articles, I’d like to break that down. Let’s start with the basics.

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global issues, history, psychology, religion and spiritualism

The Modern European God

Not too long ago, medical and European ethics entered the global spotlight when a boy named Charlie was denied experimental treatment that had a possible chance to cure him. Since the boy was too little to decide for himself, the parents were attempting to take action. However, the state denied their request for treatment and even went so far as to deny them the opportunity to see their child.

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