Friday, February 28, 2014
I'll freely admit, I watched some fansubbed anime. Okay, I watched a lot of fansubbed anime, but what started as simply trying to soak it all in like some bizarre sponge that needed speed lines and wacky hijinks to survive instead of water, I slowly found myself becoming more and more choosy about what I watched.
It wasn't that the shows that were coming out weren't still good. It's just that I realized there were certain formulas for stories that I could predict as a series went on. It's the same reason I fell out from your standard hour long crime dramas, I didn't need evidence to solve the case, I just had to figure out the formula.
Plus, I kept feeling that there were some really great ideas that Japan seemed scared to explore further than I ever got to see. Every now and again a series would touch on something that I really wished it explored further, because it seemed like a great idea for a culture to explore itself and its own social issues in a way that audiences could understand.
I mean, look at shows like The Simpsons, South Park, The Boondocks, and so many others that are able to address controversial issues in a way that the audience can understand, and while it might feel ham-fisted at times, they can often approach it in such a way as to leave you thinking about it afterward.
Sadly, whether it was an exploration of how modern society further encroached on their traditions, an attempt to understand specific cultural matters from their perspective, or even a simple explanation of things that people in other cultures might find strange and/or bizarre (say, the sheer number of sex clubs devoted to specific fetishes, or simply just why so many things are sold in vending machines).
But my discussion of series that I don't think really got a fair shake is a story for another time. For now, let's look at one that I think did manage to do just what it intended to and explore social issues that would affect both now, in the future, and even explain some of the past.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
So what happens when they take a winning formula and add chocolate?
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
However, if that source of happiness is also something much better than it has any right to be on any level, that's good too.
Such is the case with the My Little Pony: Pony Tales comic series. Yes, that's right, there's currently two comic books being printed in trades at the moment about these characters, and I believe there's a third in the works.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Let's just jump right in.
Friday, February 21, 2014
You know "bullet time." It's that thing that happened in the Matrix movies where time slows down and you see the path of every bullet. It can also be referred to as "John Woo Time" because he tends to use it a lot, as well as spending enough money on doves to satisfy every wedding in twenty states.
So, what happens when you take a grim, gritty film noir character like Max Payne (not the movie one) and put him in a place of sun, beaches, and bikinis?
You get a frustrating but fun game experience, is what you get.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
But it's okay, I'm technically Irish.
I completely lost my train of thought there for a moment.
Clarification time: This isn't my first time experiencing Lucky Charms. This was (and still is) the go-to cereal for my sister since she was little. I would have some now and again, but being the older sibling I didn't want to just eat the same cereal as my sister, so I was constantly trying to find my own "official" cereal out of the options available to me.
Of course, when I was little, options for cereal included stuff like this:
But we'll come back to that at a later date. For now, let's discuss funky marshmallow shapes.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
So, for today's Ask Erik we're pulling back the curtain a little bit and digging both into my own history and the blog's history.
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014
After a long conversation with the vet, it was concluded that it wasn't going to be a matter of finances or whether we couldn't do a lot more for her, it was a matter of her quality of life after any more tests and procedures were performed.
So, today, I'm going to share a few more things about this cat that made her special. Yes, it's completely self-indulgent, but then again, it's a blog, and that's nothing if not self-indulgent.
Monday, February 17, 2014
Way, way, back in the infancy of this blog, I posted the following picture.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Wait a minute.
According to mine, it says today's Valentine's Day.
OH MAN, I TOTALLY FORGOT VALENTINE'S WEEK!
Man, now I have to cram five days worth of Valentine's related topics into one post! Okay, okay, I can do this. Here we go!
Thursday, February 13, 2014
So, what happens when you take corn flakes and add sugar?
Well, you get sweet corn flakes.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
My apologies to everyone, the last few days have been rather hectic for me. I think the highlight of my week is going to be Tuesday, when, after spending two hours out in a large, snowy field with the dog because I couldn't find the toy she was chasing (a note to the woman who tried to help me, I appreciate the effort, but you were stomping around in snowshoes, and that just flattened everything). This was then followed up with another hour of my searching for my keys that apparently fell out of my pocket.
Today was spent with a metal detector in said snowy field attempting to locate my keys. No luck.
So after the hours yesterday spent in the cold and today spent trying to catch up on everything I missed out on doing because of hours spent in the cold yesterday, I'm just now really getting up to speed.
Plus, since that doesn't really answer a real question, I think I'll do one more.
To Erik: What got you interested in cooking?
Monday, February 10, 2014
Needless to say, it hasn't been the best day.
So instead, I'm taking a moment today to discuss something that has always annoyed me ever since I first saw it and received it as a birthday present many, many years ago.
Friday, February 7, 2014
So, what did I think of his farewell?
Thursday, February 6, 2014
But I don't think that's fair. Granola can be anything you want it to be. You can add fruit, honey, nuts, different types of grains, berries, or any other type of ingredient you'd like to include. I've made my own granola bars from scratch and tried any number of brands of granola bars, and many are both tasty and healthy.
So, what happens when you take pecans, one of the best nuts out there, and add delicious maple syrup?
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Man, I knew some kind of event was coming up, but I thought it was a total number of articles thing, not this. It completely slipped my mind.
Crud, I had some questions I was setting aside for a day like this, let's see if I can pull them out of the archives.
Okay, to celebrate a milestone, I'm answering ten questions I had been asked in the past year but thought they either needed some extra time to make sure I worded them right, thought about them fully, or that they were just too short to get a full article.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
It's partly why I had such a problem with the Final Destination series. That, and it was mind-numbingly dumb. In video games, you had things like Last Blade 2, Last Ninja 2, and two different Last Half Of Darkness games, which I guess if you put them together is the whole darkness?
There's also a fighting game called Last Bronx which takes place in Tokyo. I don't even know how that works.
But that isn't to say I haven't liked Final Fantasy games. In fact, I've loved a few of them, even if they weren't truly Final Fantasy games. One of the first RPGs I ever played was Final Fantasy Adventure on the original Game Boy, even though it was actually a game in the "Mana" franchise. Final Fantasy Mystic Quest is a game I played through to completion, and I even played some of Final Fantasy IV back when it was called Final Fantasy II.
However, I got stuck in one area of the game and was young enough that I had never learned to have more than one save file in case I got hosed, so I had to quit the game.
Having now played it again on the Nintendo DS, I have to ask myself, does it hold up? Is the story still as good? Do the two little kid characters still bother me?
Monday, February 3, 2014
So let's get into the first episode, "The Stolen Smile."