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.

https://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm3645817

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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media, music

Beegie Adair – “The Way You Look Tonight”

Every once in awhile we like hearing something soft and smooth. Some prefer orchestral; some prefer jazz. Talk about about a soft mellow swing – this song has it. It’s definitely a classic rendition of the tune by Dorothy Fields and Jerome Kern.

If the video above won’t load, here’s an alternate link.

If you’re like smooth music and just want some jazz, try this station on Pandora:
http://broadcaster.pandora.com/t?r=927&c=901946&l=37961&ctl=46FA5CA:9B50A2B81C3816CAFBB2BA1C80D7A55AF237C5BC0E41A2D8&

art, software, unsorted opinions

Licking Mints…

This is my first post on this blog using a Linux-based operating system. Currently, I’m running Linux Mint, supposedly the 4th most-used operating system in the world. I used to not think anyone but geeks used Linux OSes, but this package of software is pretty nice. I’m hoping to call this distro “home”. That’s in stark contrast to my comments about it not much more than a year earlier: “Oh isn’t that a cute OS. I’ll never install that thing on my PC”. It’s also in stark contrast to my optimism in trying a “truly” free software distro, Dynebolic. Allow me to compare experiences…

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