The following is a list of all entries from the General category.
-Saturday morning cartoons, especially pokemon
I’ve realized… now that I’ve graduated, many of the mangas that I’ve liked/loved will no longer directly apply to me… since they’re often about high school characters and students… that’s kind of sad…
So after watching Prometheus and Paper Chase, both of which were depressing to me (for personal reasons), I’m like, heck, I’ll do happy things.
Then a new scanlated volume of Shamo comes out.
tues jan 31 2012
I find one of the most surprising things in ms is meeting people who aren’t on your bl again after many years… You only realize that you know them after looking through your screenshots… It’s happened to me twice, with kind and hyebandit. This and a lot of other chance meetings of people I already know. It’s a small world…..
thurs feb 16 2012
gl mangastream and red hawks scanlations…. times be changing
wed mar 21 2012
wed mar 28 2012
tues jun 26 2012
Miracles don’t happen
Well, if you don’t know, I live in Connecticut. Newton is around an hour away.
So…. yeah. I probably wouldn’t dwell too much on it, but it’s so close to home. So I’ve been thinking. Newton’s in Fairfield county (aka parents all work in New York but can afford to live elsewhere) and is a good upper-middle class suburban town. Out of all places, an elementary school. I don’t really know how much more innocent/helpless you can get than kindergartners are. Probably the target that would shock people the most… They haven’t done a thing to offend others.
I guess it’s true that we don’t know reasons or exact details yet but still… I wonder.
Funny thing is we were talking about gun control laws in French class 2nd period, which was around 9:00. Right before the shooting happened. So what’s to blame, the guns or the people? I mean, probably no other peaceful country has as many gun deaths as the US does. But it’s impossible to ban guns because of the second amendment – the right to bear arms. That and over 200 years of gun history has made the NRA strong. I think the guns are to blame. Not directly, but they are the problem. Though it’s the person who pulls the trigger may be the killer but the gun makes it hella easy to kill. So easy. So simple. All it takes is a couple seconds of uncontrolled anger and you have dead bodies.
Getting rid of a lot of guns won’t end all violence. There’s always some psycho who will go out of his/her way to get it. But it will really get rid of a lot of the spontaneous violence. Most people are law-abiding citizens. So yeah. Less guns = less gun violence fo sho.
But of course, I’m kind of reluctant because of the bill of rights… The constitution was only changed 27 times (the amendments) in our entire history. 27 times. It’s dam hard to change the constitution.
It’s entirely true that the second amendment was made for protection – protection against two groups, foreign invaders (like the indians, the french, and whoever else may attack the country) (because the national army and navy would never be able to get on location in a short amount of time – so militias were necessary) and the government itself, because the possession of guns would in a way threaten the government to please the people or else they would take up arms and revolt. Thing is, it was how the US government protected its people against itself. In the 1700’s French declaration of rights (or whatever it was called) the people were given the right to revolt and protest against the government if the government did not meet their needs. Not guns. Just a right to protest. (Which we kind of have in the first amendment… but that was originally aimed towards political and religious freedom – and only for words, not actions). Nowadays we generally trust the police or national guard to protect us against others. And the police will probably have guns… And there’s been no issue with the government/police (though never hurts to be cautious) recently. But guns never really work against fellow countrymen. I mean, if the dude next to you in line wants to kill you, you’d never be able to protect yourself. That’s the way it is.
And do I think society has some influence in this? Probably. Personally I love explosions and gun action movies and all that crap. But I think a lot of it has been a horrible influence on me. (like Shamo). I admit I like to imagine a lot of violent things and I do like dark/violent fiction. But I still don’t want to see them in real life. Maybe I’m still sane yet.
written on 2011/09/23
You know, torrent sites, YouTube converters, blogs, and all the like….
I think piracy on the Internet is something detrimental to the industries it affects, but it’s also something that people in general don’t want to give up. I personally tend to download media for free rather than buy it. As to software, I occasionally download but I’m more guilty about it.
I bet music industries, programming companies, publishers and more all lose money from illegal downloads. However, is the lost profit made up for by the popularization of the product via widespread distribution? I don’t think so
Consumers can be categorized into four groups: people who buy the product and don’t know better/are too lazy to download for free, people who buy the product to support the developers, people who download illegally but would buy the product if they had no other choice, and people who download illegally but would never get the product if it wasn’t for free. Although we all probably fall into more than one of these categories, fact is, for every single unique purchase/download you only fall into ONE of the categories. Thus we can say that there are four groups, without any blurred lines.
I bet a lot of pirated products are downloaded by people who wouldn’t pay if they couldn’t download. And so with the industry claiming losses from illegal downloads, I can’t help but wonder if they take this into thought (they might, but I think that corporations would want to make their losses seem as great as possible to make the problem look worse). However, the people who do buy the products would buy the products whether there’s an option to download for free (which, by the way, takes more effort, time, and risks), and people who don’t buy but would buy if they had no choice would, obviously, buy because they had no choice. And we’re speaking theorhetically here, assuming that it is impossible to find/download pirated products.
But what about the popularity factor?
Written december 12? 2011
So I had been looking for a good action manga… And I had problems
finding new ones. So…. I went back to zombie powder, and since it
was short… I decided that I had nothing else to do and decided to
read bleach next. I hadn’t touched that manga since maybe July/august
because well.. The fullbring arc was boring. I’ve tried re-reading
bleach in the past but I’ve never gotten far. And so.. With a fresher
mind, I realized that bleach is actually a good manga. It’s pretty
simple, sure, but the action scenes are nice, there’s a variety of
characters, and the plot knows where it’s going. I gotta say, my fav
characters are…. (warning: butchered names ahead) Ichigo, rukia,
renji, and grimmjow. Also like sado and youruchi. In a few days, I’ve
gotten to chap 230ish (my sleep schedule has taken a hell of a beating
because of that). So during the beginning of the hueco Munro arc, I
realize that since ichigo loses his shinigami powers, he loses his
sword (not quite sure what his name is, translations vary, probably
because of viz’s translation) and hollow ichigo. And if they’re gone
for good, then I miss them very much D:
And so, I decided to catch up on all the bleach that I had missed
I agree though. The fullbring arc is full of crap. Inconsistencies,
loopholes, awkward plot twists. A series that long is bound to and
allowed to have a few errors, and they’ve been minor in bleach (the
plot, at least the soul society one, flows very smoothly and twists
don’t seem contrived) but this was just ridiculous. I mean, why da faq
even mention that the guy was attacked by a hollow in the past and
that he had some hollow powers if his ass was going to be whipped by
ichigo in only bankai form? And screaming through my mind the whole
time with his “complete fullbring” was mecha. I don’t have anything
against mecha, but really? It’s just weird seeing it in bleach. Yes,
the plot against ichigo by the fullbring people with the sword and
inserting him in their past as an enemy was clever, but the rest of it
was messy and one good thing can’t redeem all of the bad. I don’t even
know why it was necessary to bring so many twists into the soul
society’s role (like the true purpose of the shinigami badge, the
reason why the captains came to help ichigo, what they were originally
planning to use ichigo for). It’s pretty simple just to make a new
enemy with a simple goal like destroy/rule the world without screwing
with our conception with the SS, becuase that’s just asking to give
away free plotholes.
So.. Yeah. In summary, after a long break from bleach I’m back into it
So, after putting off reading detective comics 14 ever since it came out Wednesday, I finally looked at it. It’s actually not that bad.
(interlude: why the hell am I talking about this? >_> oh well)
Aside from the fact that there’s an awful lot of unecessary kissing (I swear if you look through the dc comic tag on tumblr there’s always at least one image of Bruce kissing some girl lololol) I loved the batman-robin conversation. Really brings back the old exchanges they’d have and actually didn’t end in some kind of argument or lecture. Just a mentor and his sidekick. Gave me a nice fuzzy feeling. And with Damian, of all the robins. Wow.
I think Tim drake never got much of the batman-robin parnetship between all the crossovers and his own solo series… But maybe I just don’t remember as well. Tim really IS more of a partner than a sidekick in the sense that he held out quite well on his own.
First of all, I don’t mind that Barbara has her spine fixed or whatever (given the high rate of recovery in the comic universe), and she is the original batgirl (Cassandra and steph and to an extent kane were all extra add on characters).. But… I loved Barbara as Oracle. As I said earlier, she can whup your ass even in the wheelchair, and to abandon cass and steph out of existence is just avoiding responsibility. If you’re going to waste the time and effort to make characters, then seriously, keep them. All of that I can live with (as long as cass and steph eventually come back) but the big thing is, Barbara is NOT a girl. She’s a woman. Just as Dick is no longer Robin, Barbara should no longer be batGIRL. She’s more of a batwoman now… She’s grown up, she’s experienced more, (has she graduated college yet in DCnU?) etc, etc. Batgirl is more of a teenage role.
I do love how Tim and Jason get along in DCnU. It’s really a nice take
but last time I checked…..
Tim and Jason last saw each other in battle for the cowl (crowbar is duly noted)
okay. Wow. Huge turnaround. It’s more amusing than anything else, but I just wanted to put that out there. Though looking back at the Tim/Jason relationships before battle for the cowl, I could see how they could have been friends
So. I know that the relaunch is more for new readers than it is for old, but some parts of it are just infuriating. I would have been okay with most of it, if it weren’t for the red robin relaunch.
Let’s start out with all the differences.
In pre-DCnU Tim finds out batman’s identity through a bit of luck and some deductive skills. He surprised Dick and Bruce and Alfred by telling them that he knew. About all of them. And Jason. And he figured that Jason’s death was what was causing Bruce to go a little berserk. And then after being unable to convince dick to return to robin, he helps Bruce and eventually becomes robin himself. All of this because “batman needs a robin”. His parents do love him, though at the time they’re globe-trekking archaeologists that Tim sees little of. Once his mom dies though, his dad returns home and is the good, caring father. Tim never wanted to stay robin. He only did it because he felt he had no choice, because no one else could be. And batman needed him. For him, with his father and regular life, robin, and vigilante crime-fighting, was a temporary thing. Sure, Tim has always been the detective of the robins, but before he became robin, though he was smart, he never really exploited that potential. And he was probably an above average athlete, nothing special (though he is a bit young when he first becomes robin – too young to tell if he was a good athlete). The only reason why Tim became a brilliant detective and athlete was because of the training and experience Bruce put him through. And Tim probably grows and develops the most out of the robins so far. Originally he sees things in terms of black and white, but with the death of his dad and Bruce, he begins to drift into the grey. And of course, his detective skills become extremely honed and powerful. Still, he isn’t as good as barbara at hacking. Tim was the easiest to influence robin, and because of that he could change a lot.
Then when Red Robin was at its best, flashpoint happens.
DCnU Tim…… man. Alright. First of all, Tim’s a bit (edit: a lot) more like Jason, a bit cocky (Jason, on the other hand, is more tame). He’s friends with Jason (funny thing is last time Jason and Tim saw each other in battle for the cowl, Tim tried to beat Jason to death with a poker (he originally was supposed to be screaming “I’ll kill you” or something) and Jason stabbed and tried to kill Tim with a batarang). Aw, what the hell. He’s as arrogant as Damian. His real name isn’t Tim drake (though tbh i can live with that). Tim wants to APPLY for the robin job. He’s a gifted athlete and HACKER from the start. I guess in some ways he’s meant to fill the gap oracle left behind (I did love Barbara as oracle and as the original, she’s fine as batgirl again, but oracle was a badass hacker and could kick your ass, even in a wheelchair), but he certainly isn’t doing that while running around with the teen titans (and him and kon-el aren’t besties, wth). And Tim uses people from the start – on some kind of quest for excellence or something. Tim spends a heck of a time trying to find out who Bruce is. He’s not introduced through the graysons. He hacks penguin’s accounts to get Bruce’s attention. wdf, Bruce’s attention? really? He never was robin too. That’s sort of okay, except for two things: 1. we miss joker’s “wth I thought I killed you reaction” and we have an obvious change of the person on the job (guys guys! The old sidekick is probably dead. He’s running around with a new kid!) which probably makes Jason’s death more apparent. he’s a lot less obedient to Bruce. Again, using them.
So. There is almost no original Tim. from the name to the detective turning into the hacker. Bleh. But thing is, Lowell’s got it all wrong. He said in an interview that Tim was the normal kid, the one with the loving and living parents. But what kind of normal life does a kid who’s a olympic-to-be gymnast, a manipulative hacker, and a parent-loving pre-teen have? That is nothing normal. It’s not normal at all. Pre-DCnU had a choice between his two lives. This Tim gives himself no choice.
*sighs* … after all of this, there is a way DC can fix this. They’d better have uber duber awesome character development in order to make up for these changes. Tim won’t change in the new future, so I guess my favorite robin DCnU will be Damian. It’s much too hard to fk up given Damian’s character and potential development. At least I hope.