Sunday, December 23, 2012

30 Day Anime Challenge -- Day 16: Kigurumi Cosplay

The idea for this prompt is to find a kigurumi-style cosplay of my favorite anime character...although I think it will be quite hard to find...yes, there isn't one of Kino. So, let's go with:


Haruhi Suzumiya. Close enough, right?

Tomorrow's prompt: "favorite tsundere"

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

30 Day Anime Challenge -- Day 15: Cute Neko-girl

Ah, halfway done!



I just looked into this neko-girl's eyes, eyes that carry sorrow unknown, and could not help but feel sorry for her.

Tomorrow's prompt: "post a kigurumi cosplay of your favorite anime character." Sounds difficult.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

30 Day Anime Challenge -- Day 14: Most Recent Anime Wallpaper

It's been awhile since I've had one up, but this is my most recent one:


This is Masakaki (sp?) from "C - The Money of Soul and Possibility Control" or something like that. My favorite character. Sort of a clown. Very lawful neutral.

Tomorrow's prompt: "Post a cute neko-girl"

Monday, December 17, 2012

30 Day Anime Challenge -- Day 13: "Waifu" Cosplay

I don't exactly fully understand the concept of "waifu," so I'm just going to go with this cosplay of Rukia. (Remember when I explained my high school anime crush?)


Tomorrow's prompt: "Current (or most recent) anime wallpaper"

Sunday, December 16, 2012

30 Day Anime Challenge -- Day 12: Ecchi

Today's prompt is: "An ecchi picture from your favorite series." For the longest time, I refused to answer this prompt because I could not bear to ruin Princess Tutu by looking for an ecchi picture from it. However, now that Kino no Tabi has taken Tutu's throne, I feel more comfortable with the prompt.

Without further ado:


This is about as close as you're going to get. :P


Tomorrow's prompt: "Cosplay of your 'waifu' or 'husbando'"

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Marijuana Means Increased Voter Turnout!

It's genius! The activist groups are using marijuana as a way to get people to vote! (Probably not true, but it's a side-effect.)

Many people in Colorado and Washington who are vehemently against legalizing recreational marijuana use are about to put forth a referendum (if they haven't already) to re-criminalize it. Because of the controversy, many people will go to vote to re-criminalize it and, if the opponents of this are wise, they will go to vote to keep it legal.

In the process, they will be bombarded with other issues at the ballot, including elections. Most of them will probably then vote on those as well.

I understand that this probably happens with many other issues, but marijuana legalization looks to be the most impacting current issue that could have this effect.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Concept of "You" is Incorrect

The universe is what...~13.7 billion years old? It is the totality of existence. It comprises all of the matter and energy in existence. Everything that exists is the universe.

Our own Milky Way galaxy is ~13.2 billion years old. It contains countless stars, countless planets. On one planet (that we know of) there are countless plants, countless creatures. These plants and creatures are part of a planet among countless planets among countless stars. All of that makes up countless galaxies, which are, collectively, the universe. Thus, transitively the plants and creatures are small bits of the universe.

Makes sense, right?

However, for some reason, we have a tendency to view the rest of existence as something outside ourselves. We think, "All that out there is the universe." In so doing, we abstract ourselves unnecessarily from the rest of existence. We form in our minds the concept that we are from the universe but not of it.

This abstraction is simply incorrect. Our existence is not separate from the existence of the universe.

I am the universe.

That's not a haughty whim: that is a statement of fact. I often tell people, sugarcoatingly, that we are stardust: we are cooled-off pieces of stars. That helps us realize what we are. I am no different than that star over there. Everything my body is made of came from stars just like that. The corn chips I'm eating? Also from stars like that.

We are the universe discovering itself. When we look up at the night sky and see the Milky Way, we can logically say that we are beautiful (even if we are specifically pointing out one cluster of stars) because we are the same thing as those stars.

So how is the concept of "you" incorrect? We are all the same thing. One thing. Thus, there is no other thing to call "you." So, then. The reason for this post.

If we are all one thing (the universe) then why do we go around insulting and injuring and killing ourself? It makes no sense to me. Sure, sometimes the universe (us) can't make up its mind on something, but it's not worth hindering our ability to discover ourself.

(Grammar has become irrelevant in the context of the universe...there's no way to say it correctly in the English or Mandarin languages.)

This is not the cheesy maxim, "We're all connected." No. The correct statement is that we're all the same, exact, one thing.


Maybe I don't make sense. Whatever. This is the hardest thing I've tried to explain to other people. Please comment with questions for me. I'd love to tie up whatever ends I left loose. Ciao!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Let Them Die: An Interlude

Today I saw an article on Slashdot about how the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) has decided to ignore browser do-not-track requests, citing that advertising is crucial to supporting many free services on the Internet.

Do Not Track is a detrimental policy that undermines the economic foundation of the Internet.
-Daniel Castro, ITIF senior analyst

[For sake of this discussion, let's say that "web service" means a website or other Internet service that does not involve multimedia data like movies, games, and music. Such multimedia services require immense funding because of the nature of what they sell. Braingle.com and any web forum are good examples of what this discussion considers web services.]

The need for advertising implies that web services are not good enough to entice users to support them. If the service is good enough, people will pay to support it. Let the ones that are unpopular die. Sounds like an economics exercise, yes? If it's good, it will succeed. If not, it will fail.

We shouldn't have to have trackers for advertising. The only web services that should exist are ones that are user-funded so as to not have to resort to invasive advertising schemes. Practice of such a philosophy would create a sort of "web service survival of the fittest" situation, and the amount of crapola on the Internet would decrease greatly.

Monday, August 13, 2012

30 Day Anime Challenge - Day 11: Favorite Mech Anime

I can honestly say I've only really watched one mech anime: Code Geass, and only because the Anime Society was watching it. So that wins.


Tomorrow's prompt: "An ecchi picture from your favorite series" ... Oh, dear.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

30 Day Anime Challenge - Day 10: Favorite "Slice of Life" Anime

Less of "favorite" and more of "only," Working!! reigns supreme. It details the life of a group of teenagers/young adults working in a restaurant. Here's a clip:


Tomorrow's prompt: "favorite mech series"

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

30 Day Anime Challenge - Day 9: Saddest Scene Ever

[Spoiler Alert: if you're reading the Anime Challenge posts in this blog, you should assume that each one of them contains spoilers. Read at your own risk.]

This is a more difficult one to answer. It has just about the same difficulty as the most epic scene ever.

First Place: Cowboy Bebop finale


We go through the entire show and find out the real reason Spike is searching the solar system: he's looking for his long-lost love, Julia. When they finally find each other, she is murdered in cold blood by Spike's arch-nemesis' cronies. There's a touching display of love in her last moments, most of it unspoken but wonderfully connoted through the visuals.

Second Place: Metropolis ending


Tomorrow's prompt: "favorite slice of life anime"

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

30 Day Anime Challenge - Day 8: Most Epic Scene Ever

Well now, I guess this can be considered "bad." It's been three weeks. But never fear! I will finish this challenge...even if the days aren't consecutive, there will be thirty of them! Consider it a challenge of my willpower.

[spoiler alert for the anime movie Metropolis]

The most epic scene I have witnessed in an anime so far is certainly the end of Metropolis when Tima-controlled robots began to attack the humans in the Ziggurat and, in serving his maniacally hysteria-fueled purpose of preventing robots from overtaking humans, Rock pushed a big, stereotypical red button to destroy the Ziggurat and all the robots inside (including the controller-robot, Tima) to the tune of Ray Charles' "I Can't Stop Loving You."


Tomorrow's prompt: "Saddest anime scene"

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

30 Day Anime Challenge - Day 7: Favorite Anime Couple

So I missed a day...oh well. Here's my favorite anime couple:



Ahiru and Mytho from Princess Tutu. In one scene they were finally able to be together, and they danced a beautiful ballet. It is a shame that Ahiru could not remain human at the end, where she expressed her love for Mytho by sacrificing herself for him and the good of the land of the story. A tragic ending to a story full of emotion.

Tomorrow's prompt: "most epic scene ever"

Monday, July 16, 2012

30 Day Anime Challenge - Day 6: Most Annoying Anime Character

I've got this one easy.


Cecile Lafitte from Gosick. This woman is one of Kujo's (pictured left) teachers. And boy, is she annoying. You know what she told Kujo on his first day at the academy? To "make 100 friends and climb the Alps, Kujo-kun!" With a squee here and an immature rant there, this adult teacher acts more childishly than Victorique (another character in the show). And she just pops out of nowhere everywhere.


This character tends to make my blood boil. I wish she would be spirited away by the demon. (Haha, Higurashi reference!) Cecile makes me take on this sort of expression/feeling/mood:


You know who Cecile can be compared to?


Yeah, I went there.

Tomorrow's prompt: "favorite anime couple"

Saturday, July 14, 2012

30 Day Anime Challenge - Day 5: Anime Character I Feel I Am Most Like (Or Wish I Were)

I have no idea how to answer this prompt. I like myself as I am. I can't really see myself as any other character. I must apologize, but I can't quite answer this one.

Friday, July 13, 2012

30 Day Anime Challenge - Day 4: Anime I'm Ashamed I Enjoyed

Well, now. This is an interesting subject with many answers. A few come directly to mind while others came close to fulfilling this criterion.

I am most ashamed that I enjoyed (possibly not safe for work):


B Gata H Kei. o.O Oh my gods, oh, oh my gods. >.> <.< <.>
This anime is about...oh, I'm done thinking about this. B Gata H Kei at MyAnimeList.net
My only wish is that I could go back and not watch it.

Another one:



Astarotte no Omocha. (Astarotte's Toy in English.) I can talk more about this one. It wasn't that bad. This one is about a succubus who is coming of age and so must begin to ingest "life-seed" in order to continue living. That's actually RL mythologically correct. What makes this so shameful is that it details young teenagers. Granted, it's only a teaser, but still.

 (I had the hardest time finding a good one that isn't ecchi.)

Ladies vs. Butlers! [sic] This one isn't as bad. I only consider it shameful because of its particularly Dom vs. sub teasing. Essentially there's an academy where the rich folk learn to be rich folk and how to command the poorer folk learn to be servants. Or something like that.

Now, there isn't a prompt for anime that I should be ashamed about for enjoying but still am not ashamed. So I put those here:

(Also difficult to find a "safe" picture.) Link to a video: Kanokon episode 9

Kanokon. Easily one of my favorite anime. No shame. Wolf girls, talent of all shapes and sizes and dichotomies ;)



Miyuki-chan in Wonderland (good)/Mirrorland (best). Made by Clamp. For the uninitiated, that means "made by women for women." If you haven't seen it, you need to watch it. Stop by the Anime Society office sometime and enjoy.

Tomorrow's prompt: "anime character I feel I am most like (or wish I were)"

Thursday, July 12, 2012

30 Day Anime Challenge - Day 3: My Anime Crush

This is an interesting one. I can honestly say I'm past this phase, but here's "what was and when."



Rukia Kuchiki. As much as I think Bleach is repetitive and nothing but reiterations of deus ex machina, I had an enormous crush on Rukia. It was to the point where I would have dreams about her character. I even named a star after her. Yeah. That was when I first learned what anime is, my sophomore year of high school. (Bleach can be likened to a gateway anime.)

Runner-up:



Hoshi no Kaabii. Yup.

Tomorrow's prompt: "anime I'm ashamed I enjoyed"

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

30 Day Anime Challenge - Day 2: Favorite Anime I've Watched So Far

This was a difficult one to decide. I have many favorites. But, if I must choose one, then I choose:



Princess Tutu. It is an anime fairy tale, with themes from other fairy tales, poetry, opera, and ballet. As a musician appreciative of the fine arts, I really enjoyed the concept of the show, the plot, the characters, and the impressionistic style. It is a must-watch for every human with access to first-world technology.

The runner-up:



Cowboy Bebop. I must say that I do enjoy science fiction. This one blew my mind. Not only is there action and drama, there are tons of scientific "yet-to-bes" for me to mull over in my mind and wish existed. Couple that with awesome music courtesy of Yoko Kanno and the Seatbelts and a successfully-fitting aesthetic, and you get one spectacular show.

Honorable mentions: xxxHolic, Miyuki-chan in Wonderland, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, FMA: Brotherhood, Kanokon, Chihayafuru, C, Death Note.


Tomorrow's prompt: "my anime crush"

30 Day Anime Challenge - Day 1: Very First Anime

So this guy has a tumblr, and on it, this post: clicky!

Essentially, it is a "30 Day Anime Challenge." The problem is, he posted no instructions. It appears that he invited his readers to post their answers to his tumblr page. However, I am simply going to answer them on my blog for the next month. As it is July 11 now, I should be done on August 9. (I will do one for yesterday right now because it's only 00:40.) Oddly, August 9 is my brother's birthday.

You can see a list of what to expect on each of the thirty days at the aforementioned tumblr blog. I will answer each prompt with an image or otherwise appropriate media file.

The first prompt simply reads, "very first anime". It is:



Yes, Sailor Moon. I first saw it in about the fifth grade. I would usually wake up at 6:30 in order to get to school by 7:25. However, on mornings that Sailor Moon was on, I'd get up at 5:30 and watch that show. It would seriously freak my father out. At that time, I had no idea what anime was; it was just another cartoon to me. But it was a special cartoon...a different one that struck different chords in my imaginative mind.

I haven't seen Sailor Moon in years, but I can still sing the opening theme for you, although I won't. Okay, maybe not, but close enough!

Tomorrow's (later today's) prompt: "favorite anime you've watched so far"


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Spewed Gibberish

Ah, I forgot how soothing listening to an entirely vocal version of The Sims' "Time to Buy" song is.

So it's the third of July. Something about independence and a war? Words.

Reality is broken.

BASHCon is coming along. So far I've completed a trade agreement with Gen Con Indy, and I have pending agreements with Shuto Con, AetherCon, and Ohayocon. Should get Con on the Cob on board, too. Also next year's Garasunoshicon, if there will be one. Also, apparently I dropped a comment tag on the website and it's fucked up? I can't access either of my computers right now, so it must stay that way temporarily.

Also, Stan Lee. Trying to bring him to BASHCon. And the people from Artemis. Maybe Christopher Tolkien.

I was actually able to live life in some degree of normalcy over the last weekend...a taste of how my life was before I was forced to move back home. :sigh:

I miss my friends. (What's new? Summer is boring.)

Rawrzorz.

Apparently "National Nude Recreation Week" is July 9-15 this year. (Yay, fun facts!)

Sunday, June 10, 2012

A Declining America

Let's face it: America is in decline. Not far, but just starting. We've reached the tipping point, and are following in Britain's footsteps. Here's the thing, though: we don't have a figurehead, a queen, to ease the pain. HRM Elizabeth II is as a mother to her people: she comforts them and shows them how to tap into their inner strength. It is safe to say that the Britons look to her to make it easier to accept the fall of the empire. We are falling. But we don't have a comforting mother to soften the fall. All we have is a choice between Mitt Romney and incumbent Barack Obama.

I'm an old soul. My spirit seems tired, even though my body is not two decades old. I have felt it for many weeks now...a slow enervation. I feel that it is pointless to try and fight the ways of the world that we can't control. A change as massive as the decline of one country and the coming-of-age of another is a powerful change, one that cannot be mitigated simply by changing the attitudes and mindsets of the masses. We are already past the tipping point, and we can't be untipped. Therefore, I wish for a compassionate figurehead, a ruler who will make it easier to live in today's declining American society, someone who will ease the pain of our fall. Out of our two choices, Obama seems the better choice for that purpose.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Quote of the Moment

"In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit." ~Albert Schweitzer

Friday, May 11, 2012

On Elections

It has come to my attention that many people seem to vote for a person who appeals to their social values, and for no other reason. This is irresponsible. While a politician's social views are one part of the mix, they are just that: one part. There is so much more to an election that it is severely and irresponsibly closed-minded to vote for someone just because one likes their stance on the social aspect of society. Two key points come to mind: the so-called "war on women" and LGBTQ rights.

When you vote for someone, you are saying that you endorse everything that person stands for. (I mean, you can't just vote for a few aspects of someone; you either have the person or you don't.) When you vote for someone, you vote for their economic views, their view on war, their idea for what to do with the education system, the list goes on. Social issues are but one part of the ordeal.

In short, my point is to look at the whole person, not just at their standpoint on your favorite social issues.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

BASHCon 28

The UT-BASH Executive Board unanimously decided to appoint me to the position of BASHCon 28 Coordinator. I'm ecstatic! (Um...you're letting a 19-year-old run a convention!?)

I just realized one of my duties though. I will have to hurt feelings. It's part of the job. People will want to do things and I'll have to tell them no. I'm not looking forward to that, but it's a necessary evil.

Ah well, such is life.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Rice, Music, and Pro-feminism

Ah, I want some rice now!

It's odd how listening to one song brings back memories from over a year ago. It's like, "I was here, doing this, at this time, listening to this song!" So then, on to business.

I am now in deathly fear of any sort of physical contact with a woman. It seems that any little touch could be "okay" with someone, but it's really 99.9997% okay, but they don't tell me that it's not 0.0003% not okay, and then accuse me of sexual assault for it being completely not okay in retrospect. I can't do it.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Re-beginning

T&R is a depository of philosophy, a platform for politics, and a sanctuary of wisdom. It is here that I try to figure out life and its intricacies, call for humanitarian reform, and provide insights into the very nature of humanity.