I hadn’t realized Benedict Cumberbatch was in this movie
Just spent four hours coding a relatively simple program for python*
*also swiftly learning everything I wasn’t paying attention to or reading for the past four weeks since this is our first actual assignment and I’ve got creative writing senior things to do
I was going to play some League but NOPE BED TIME
Breaking news: The D.C. Appeals Court just killed Net Neutrality.
This could be the end of the Internet as we know it. But it doesn’t have to be.
Tell the FCC to restore Net Neutrality: http://bit.ly/1iOOjoe
they want to make the internet like tv. with channels and paying to get to specific websites and things. net neutrality = not doing that
This impacts every internet user. Please signal boost the hell out of this and sign the petition if you are American
I do not reblog things like this very often, but this affects me both personally and my business as a freelance artist.
In the economy here; cash is already strapped as it is. You bet your ass companies would suck the ever living life out of misc. art sites.
I don’t want it to ever come down to me choosing between groceries or purchasing a new tier package via comcast to be able to access tumblr or DeviantArt (let alone not guaranteeing I’ll even be seen by my customer base since they may not want to pay out their asses either). It doesn’t seem important to most, but I do 90% of my business online entirely.
Please sign up, fight for this and share it with your followers/friends/family and urge them to give them hell as well.
Not writing related, but this is incredibly important. While we pay for service via ISPs, the internet has been a relatively free space where everyone, no matter their income level, is able to connect, access a wealth of information, and express themselves. The Internet has become a major part of our culture as human beings and the notion that ISPs might be able to limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more is utterly sickening. A lot of us are cash strapped as is, and I’d rather not be limited even more by someone else’s greed. Net Neutrality is essential and I hope you guys will understand why it needs to remain.
P.S. Signal boost this if you’re able.
The internet needs to remain a level playing field if it is going to keep doing any of the amazing things that it does.
"This January, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals invalidated the commission’s rules. Unless the FCC responds, internet service providers are free to fashion the internet into something like cable television, with the most desirable news and information behind pricey pay-tiers. It is a very real threat to the delivery of news. Under the current rules, a big cable company could block access to an investigative report about its less-than-stellar customer service. Such frightening scenarios should galvanize anyone who cares about journalistic freedom.”
With Comcast trying to buy out Time Warner? (The largest ISP and cable provider buying the second largest.) This is a very serious problem. If Comcast becomes Ma Bell, we’ll all suffer for it. (Ma Bell was what they called Bell Telephone in ye olden days when it provided all the telephone service in the US. Monopolies are bad.)
There is no reason not to reblog and then act on this. Take two minutes out of your day and help keep the net a free place for everyone.
I always forget how much I adore Miike Snow until I hear one of their songs again and think to myself “OH. So this is how it feels to have music make everything better.”
Five months. FIVE MONTHS AND I WILL GET ONE OF YOU PRECIOUS LITTLE GUYS.
It’s really difficult to strike that balance of being humble enough that you don’t overinflate your ego, but also confident enough to stand firmly by your work and vouch for its quality.
The struggle is real.
Daft Punk at the Monaco Grand Prix May 26, 2013
All I could see was Daft Punk before suiting up for their first Drift.
New Glitch Mob album soon, Pokemon Bank just got released, I’m suddenly flooded with new books I need to read that I’m ecstatic about, and I also have ~20 pages of critical annotative work to get done in a week.
It’s going to be an incredibly overwhelming seven days.
Hobbit genderbend cosplay by Alexander Turchanin
everything is women and nothing hurt.
nooo they’re so cute
*drops coffee* Where’s my cosplay troop at!!?!
This makes me so happy.
So pumped on these babes! I love these cosplays
The one with the flute (Nori? Dori?) is spot-fucking-on.
Haha okay, the teacher I have for YA Lit is amazing. I had her for Sci-Fi Fiction before. But the thing is she was given this class five days before it started since she’s taking over for another teacher.
So her syllabus starts out normal, right? Like…
By the time it hits mid March…
Really excited about this class, man.
EXCUSE ME WHAT
YOU HAVE A YA FICTION AND A FREAKING SCI-FI CLASS?
WHERE DO YOU GO TO SCHOOL
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AAAAND WE’RE BACK
Still going up this freaking tower of dirt and dirt accessories, but I have a feeling that soon I’ll
VICTORY! Alright, now what kind of magical treasure-pinata is that up the—
what do you mean there’s nothing up here but the vast freezing emptiness of space
(that stupid little lizard gave me nothing)
(yeah I mad)
On the upside, falling back down was pretty rad.
THORNDANCER’S GREATEST QUARRY WILL ALWAYS BE HER OWN AMUSEMENT.
NEXT TIME: PLANET OF THE APES
you ever wanna fuck the living shit outta somebody but also cook for them and make sure they’re emotionally stable?
Miyazaki: The Problem With The Anime Industry Is It’s Full of People Who Actually Buy the Content They Consume
#I’M REALLY TORN ABOUT THIS #I LOVE MIYAZAKI AND THE THINGS HE MAKES #BUT NOW I FEEL COMPLETELY INSULTED BY A PERSON I LOOK UP TO #ALSO HE IMPLIES MASTURBATION IS AS BAD AS WAR????? #WTF MIYAZAKI WHO ARE YOU #I HATE SEEING THE PERSON BEHIND THE CREATIONS SOMETIMES #THIS IS HORRIBLE AND I WISH I DIDN’T SEE IT #IT’S JUST LIKE HORRIBLESUBS AND THE SHITTY THINGS THEY SAY ABOUT THE FANS WHO WATCH THE SHOWS THEY FANSUB #JFC FUCK THE WORLD
Methinks Miyazaki has spent a little too much time going bar hopping with Hideki Anno
He’s the new Alan Moore. Was only a matter of time.
IN WHICH I WRITE A VERY LONG POST ABOUT WHY MIYAZAKI IS NOT WRONG AND I APPARENTLY CAN’T INSERT A READ MORE BREAK SO SUCK IT IN THAT REGARD TOO, I GUESS
- If you unironically call yourself an otaku, you’re lumping yourself in with some of the least-respected members of society in Japan, and you shouldn’t be surprised/outraged when a well-respected member of Japanese society looks down on you.
- The things otaku like are off-putting, and because the anime industry makes most of their money from otaku, the anime industry in general is off-putting.
- The anime industry should probably be restructured so that otaku have less power to decide what gets animated, otherwise the anime industry will collapse because NOBODY LIKES IT.
- Gimme your lunch money, nerds.
Uh, he never implied masturbation is as bad as war. He’s being a cranky old man, as cranky old men are wont to do. The author of the article just listed those things as additional things Miyazaki doesn’t like.
And something you people really, really, REALLY need to understand is that "otaku" is not a term of endearment in Japan the way “nerd” has become so in the West. If I were to speculate, I’d say it has a lot to do with cultural values - here, we place a lot of value and pride in our individual identities, but that just is not the case in Japan. They, and the East Asian countries in general, place a lot of value in working to improve the collective. Being an otaku implies a lot of the things you’d think being the classical “nerd” implies - living in your mother’s basement, spending all your time watching anime/slacking off, and being a general drain on society. While that’s not “accepted” in the West per se, it is not directly contradictory to every cultural value we have. We’re just expressing our identities when we do those kinds of things. In Japan, they are the antithesis of a praiseworthy member of society.When the anime industry is, in Miyazaki’s mind, full of these kinds of people, who seal themselves off in insular groups and jack off to 2D waifus all day in between drawing said 2D waifus, that is a real problem.
Frankly, when I look at the entire catalogue of anime titles released over the past 5 years, I see what he means. Who the fuck is going to buy OreImo except lolicon siscon hentai otaku? Who the fuck is going to buy K-On! except ronery NEETs? I LOVE the Monogatari Series - but who the fuck is going to buy that shit except social rejects?
Real-life people do not act like the people in those shows.Real people do not say to their friends/rivals in love “hey, let’s take a shower together while I fondle your tits.” Real sisters do not fall in love with their oniichan desu~s after many sessions of counseling. I love the tsundere archetype, but a real-life tsundere is someone that nobody wants to be around because they treat other people like shit.
I probably should devote an entire paragraph to lolis. (Most) people do not sexualize little girls, and in fact find the sexualization of of little girls to be repulsive. Why, then, are there so many lolis in anime? Because lolis represent a lot of things that a lot of men find desirable in women - innocence, petite bodies, cuteness in general. But for whatever reason, it has become not only okay, but the norm for anime to have prepubescent girls in compromising sexual positions. If you like flat chests - fine. If you like inexperienced girls - fine. If you like cute things - fine. Mashing all of those things together on a 12-year-old and slapping a bikini on her to appeal to otaku with those preferences? Most people will say that is fucked up.
Fanservice is off-putting to a lot of people. Incest is off-putting to a lot of people. Lolis are off-putting to a lot of people. Unbelievable characters and character interactions are off-putting to a lot of people. But those things are things that self-proclaimed otaku audiences embrace, so that’s what the Miyazaki-proclaimed otaku in the industry draw. Because animation studios make so little money off of anything but DVD and merchandise sales, and otaku are the only people who buy that stuff, the anime industry of late has become inbred and stale at best, and offensive and pedophilic at worst.
Miyazaki is well-loved, both in the West and in the East. But he is not well-loved because his works are made for otaku. I’ve never seen anything he’s made, but the sense I get is that he’s loved in the mainstream because he tells stories that resonate with a hell of a lot of people. The problem he sees in the anime industry is that their works tend only to resonate with otaku, and otaku are not acceptable members of society in Japan. From what I’ve seen of what’s been released and been popular the past few years, I cannot blame him for thinking the way he does.
Finally someone explained it….
I agree with what was said above, and also believe Miyazaki means what he’s saying in an artistic sense. Studio Ghibli’s animation is known for being really fluid and expressive, and despite being obviously stylized, there’s something about the characters and environments that is realistic, even in more fantastic settings like Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. This is because the animators at Ghibli use real life people and objects for reference. That seems like common sense, but if you look at a lot of material that is geared at the otaku crowd, you begin to wonder if those artists are doing the same. It makes me think of another criticism Miyazaki recently made of the industry: “How can you draw fire if you’ve never really seen one burning before?”
Basically, I believe the anime industry is becoming insular not just in terms of content but art/animation style, too. The same feedback loop that is making what was once niche content increasingly the mainstream is resulting in a repetition of style and quality that is disappointing. Many otaku will tolerate poor animation as long as they are presented the themes they are looking for, and many will also lash out again character designs and animation styles that do not fit their mold of what is attractive. So what we’re getting is increasingly stiff animation and increasingly stylized and outlandish character design that result in characters that look, move and act almost nothing like actual humans and who are capable of being accepted by only a very small group of people. Basically what’s being said is that in order to improve their products and craft, connection with real life and real people is a necessity, but a trait of hardcore otaku is an ardent desire to be removed from those things. That’s what Miyazaki is criticizing, I think.
What originally attracted me to anime was the dizzying variety of styles and themes, especially as compared to Western animation. There has always been questionable and hardcore content and while I can’t speak for Miyazaki, I don’t want it to sound like I’m campaigning against the removal of stuff like that just because I don’t enjoy it. I don’t think everything should be geared toward the mainstream like Ghibli stuff is. But it is concerning that the industry has become so insular, narrow and self-congratulatory. I think any fan should be conscious of and critical of that.
Rebagling for those last two posts because they are on freaking point and perfectly illustrate every reason I pulled away from the anime scene for the most part.
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So I found this giant pillar of earth on this desert planet whilst playing Thorndancer, and I’ve been travelling up it for about 30 minutes and there’s no end in sight. WHAT COULD BE AT THE TOP
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