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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Why I Am Chronological Dot

About four years ago around this time, I found myself becoming more of a fan of anime. I went around looking for a place to meet other people online, hang out, and talk about it (amongst other things). I ended up joining a forum where I would spend a couple years, but the important part was just starting out, just taking a step into the unknown (*cue original Star Trek music*). How did I want to present myself to people. I had never joined a forum for its own sake (usually it was because I wanted something else the website had). I wanted to be humble, a mild individual, someone with a respectable opinion. (Me? Humble? What?) After all, that’s how I saw myself with real people (who am I kidding), though that says nothing about how stoutly -to say it ambiguously- I presented my opinion.

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Blast from the Past – LEGO website in 1996

Remember the days when websites were pages of just solid, repeated backgrounds with buttons that were cheap gif images. You know – back when gif images were cool. Think back, before the days of CSS 2, back when you still had to type in “www.” at the front of the URL, back when people knew NetZero existed, back when “You’ve got mail” could be trademarked by AOL, WAY back, when the internet was young and I was just a wee lad playing with Legos.

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media, visual novels

Clannad – The Past Path – Review

Last time I reviewed a visual novel, it was Narcissu / Narcissus by Stage Nana. Having been done professionally, it had the benefit of a good team working behind it for custom art and contributions by talented musicians. It was very kind of the company to allow the English translation to be produced and released free to the public. To date, it’s the only professionally-done visual novel for English speakers (at least, it’s the only one I know of).

Those of us working solo don’t necessarily have the luxuries of a professional team or talented artists, but that doesn’t mean something can’t be cobbled together and still provide a quality experience.

This review focuses on a visual novel created by Scope Games, which is for the most part, a single individual. After scrounging the internet for images, image templates, and songs, they pieced together this entertaining this work free for you to enjoy. Download here.

Table of Contents

  • Story – I briefly outline what we’re looking at.
  • Gameplay – What kind of game experience to expect
  • Non-spoiler Review – Basic idea of the content
  • Guide to Gameplay – How to get what you want in the game (without really spoiling it for you)
  • (Ambiguous) Spoiler Review – For if you really want to know what’s wrong with the content
  • Remarks on Realism
  • Rating – The overall quality rating, including content you might want to be aware of (ambiguous spoilers)
  • Credits

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anime and games, art, books, freeware, media, software, stories, tech news and opinions, tv

Nightmare and Serenity: Brief Analysis of Touhou

Since I am so adamantly against this game and yet frequently returning to its subculture, I thought I ought to address it. First, to be sure I wasn’t completely blabbering nonsense, I did some research on the Touhou Project at wikia (UPDATE: use this source instead: the Touhou wiki). This post is divided into two large sections:

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