Enough is enough

 

I’m taking time from your regularly scheduled Serial Saturday to talk about something that is a hell of a lot more important than having a great time reading a good story. Enough is enough, America needs Gun Control Laws.

What?: I’m not usually a person who talks about politics, and I chose not to write this post immediately after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School because frankly it would’ve been just one of many posts. That being said it’s been nearly a month since it occurred and Congress still has yet to do anything but talk. It’s disgusting, humiliating and disheartening all at the same time. Kids are the future, it’s a very literal fact. They have to deal with the messes we leave behind once we’re gone. The fact that we even have to have talks about Gun Control in a country of over 300 million is ridiculous. There are incredibly strict laws in other countries where they aren’t being held at gunpoint by their governments and still have civil rights. The founding fathers didn’t ever think there would be things like Assault Rifles when they wrote the Bill of Rights.

The 2nd Amendment doesn’t state anything about owning guns that can kill more than one person easily. Even if you disagree with me, there is literally no reason whatsoever to think that arming ourselves would stop a government deadset on imposing total control. I’m sorry, but if the military wanted to take control of the country, they wouldn’t have a hard time. Sure some of the crazy gun nuts would be holed up in their homes for a while, but can 20 civilians stop a platoon of highly trained soldiers? I don’t believe that’s going to happen. Nope, if they wanted in and didn’t give a shit about people they’d just toss a grenade into a window and walk away.

But Crisis Actors!: The NRA and other assholes like those from Breitbart are ignorant fools and frankly in my opinion no better than terrorists when they try to smear the kids from MSD. Crisis Actors? Seriously? Fuck that, even if it was a fucking hoax and I’m absolutely not saying that is even remotely my opinion, because it’s not, it doesn’t change the fact that the US needs to take it’s fucking head out of the dirt hole it’s been stuck in for the last 60 years and grow the fuck up. Kids shouldn’t be afraid of going to school for any reason other than missing homework and getting an earful.

What can I do?: You can go march in your city next week with countless others around the country to get people to realize that we need to change. Thoughts and Prayers are just bullshit excuses from people who don’t give a flying fuck about kids getting killed. If you cant do that, you can call your local congressional representatives and tell them to get off their fat asses and do something. Kids deserve to feel safe in school.

But I’m just a kid: Well here’s the thing, once you can vote you should do so. Don’t ever think that your vote doesn’t matter. Don’t refuse to vote because you disagree with the choices, that’s the stupid coward’s way of doing things. Choose the least evil if you have to choose between things that you don’t like either way. This generation of kids who will turn 18 this year will now make up the majority. Prior generations won’t have the ability to drown your vote out anymore. Change can happen, it will happen if you participate. Get registered to vote, apply for an absentee ballot if you can if you want to avoid going to the polls. If you live in a place like Oregon where your ballot is mailed weeks before the election you can vote from the comfort of your home. Don’t ever think that your vote doesn’t matter. 

But I’ll be suspended if I participate in a protest!: Do it anyways, Colleges don’t give a shit about your grades from High School and especially not earlier. Not really. If you were to apply with a good set of grades marred by a suspension or three for protesting they won’t care about that suspension if you explain why you got it. If you have to write an admission’s essay, write how you got suspended for doing the right thing by going out to exercise your free speech in the face of consequences. If you get suspended it doesn’t matter. You get a break from school and you’ll know you did the right thing. They’ll eat that right up.

That’s it for this for this week, I’ll be back with your regularly scheduled Serial Saturday next week. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Four Years Already?

Hey all, I’m interrupting your regularly scheduled Serial Saturday to celebrate with a post on my 4th anniversary since I started Windborne’s Story Eatery. It’s been Four Years Already?

So first off I’d love to say I was able to make this my fourth year of daily posts without interruption, but as long time readers will know that isn’t the case sadly. Shortly after my third year anniversary post my old Mac Pro, which I had for 9 years at that point, finally kicked the bucket. I lost everything I had on that computer, from my entire iTunes library with hundreds of eBooks that I had gotten in PDF format or dozens of Audiobooks, to all my reviews I had written for Game Industry News and many, many other things. I wasn’t able to recover any of it, despite trying for weeks and frankly it really sucked, I’m still trying to get all the music I lost, 99.99% wasn’t through iTunes due to being from overseas. For those who don’t know iTunes doesn’t allow for you to re-download Audiobooks through them which is why I stopped buying anything  from iTunes years ago.

Now for the reason why I had to take such a long break afterwards and posted pretty much not at all until mid April was due to the fact I was trying to decide whether I wanted to build my own computer or get a pre-built one.  I finally decided to get a pre-built one from Doghouse Systems. It’s not the fastest thing ever, and I know I could’ve gotten a better machine if I built it myself. However I have no idea really how to do that, and I have a minor disability when it comes to gross motor skills, in addition to having my hands shake constantly. My hand shaking has gotten better over the years and it’s not even a noticeable thing unless you really look closely. However I still can’t hold a camera to take a picture worth a damn without it ending up a blurry mess. If I couldn’t do something as simple as that without messing up I wasn’t comfortable with spending money on buying the parts to build myself a computer. So I’ll apologize for having to take such a long break, and then easing back into the daily posts. I took my editors at GiN’s advice and got back in slowly.

While I’m finally back to full speed I can’t promise that I won’t have to do something similar in the future. I don’t know what the future holds, and if something happens that really affects me I may take a break from writing for a while to get myself back together. I’ll write a short post, though it probably will be only a few sentences long. Hopefully I won’t have to do that before writing my fifth year anniversary post.

Now as for my various columns’ futures, the majority of them won’t be changing at all. The newcomers, Serial Saturday and Movie Monday are both column topics I had in reserve for if something happened or I ran out of material for a column. Serial Saturday will be permanently taking over for Sensate Saturday, unless I, for some odd reason, feel like talking about mental health topics in which case I might make a post under that category. Or that might happen when I run out of stuff to cover for Movie Monday, I don’t know right now.

I’ll be honest, I don’t watch a ton of movies anymore, in fact until I had gone to see The Last Jedi on Christmas Day this past year I hadn’t been in a movie theater in over four years. Mostly it’s due to me being highly sensitive to sound and going to the theater quickly gives me a sensory overload. It’s not a pleasant experience for me, or anyone I’m with as I get pretty irritable. So Movie Monday isn’t a long term column I had planned. It was supposed to be a column I used in only the worst emergencies until I had built up a decent enough stockpile of stuff I had read or done until I could move onto something else. Manga Monday might return, and probably will. However it may be limited to my Quick Review style of posting. Whether that’s a temporary thing or not will depend on whether I can find a reliable alternative to Batoto, which had tons of obscure series that I could use for the column.

Couple last things about Movie Monday, it might not be limited to me covering movies themselves. I might talk about production or directorial decisions and whether I agree or disagree with them. I’ll also likely end up breaking my own rule about covering stuff that is really main stream and new, like a Star Wars movie.  I don’t want to resort to such things, and if I can avoid doing so I will, but I make absolutely no promises when it comes to this column. It wasn’t meant to last me forever and I don’t have nearly the time to start binge watching movies just to write about them.

That’s it for my post, and I hope you, my readers, will continue to read my columns whether it’s on Windborne’s Story Eatery or Game Industry News. Your regularly scheduled Serial Saturday will return next week!

TNT: Praise the Orc Chapters 41-80 by Lee Jungmin

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m covering the second set of chapters in Crockta’s rise to power. It’s Praise the Orc Chapters 41-80 by Lee Jungmin!

Plot Synopsis: Jung Ian, a cafe owner with a dark past, jumped into the world of virtual reality Elder Lord in order to protect his sister from any predators. However, things may not be as simple as they seem, as the world and its inhabitants proved to be much deeper than he believed them to be. Witness as he explores the lands of Elder Lord as an orc, a species labeled as the “game creator’s mistake”, making fast friends and defeating any and all before him!

Plot: This set of chapters is where the story picks up quite a bit, although my previous criticism regarding how little attention his sister gets will hold throughout the book. Frankly while the story is good, it’s not amazing and there are many things that could’ve been improved, like including Ian’s sister in the plot for more than a few sentences here or there.

Characters: In this set of chapters we get introduced to one of my favorite characters in the entire story, as for who he is, dot, I’ll leave that for you to find out. I think I gave a big enough hint already.

Overall: A solid set of chapters in a good, but not amazing, series.

Introducing Serial Saturday and Movie Monday

Hey all so I’ve got a post giving a brief explanation of my two new columns, one of which already has a post! Introducing Serial Saturday and Movie Monday!

New Columns? What?!?: Well in case you didn’t read last Saturday’s post, I’ll briefly explain what’s going on. Due to Bato.to’s shutdown I’ve had to implement plans I had in reserve for emergency situations. I’m replacing my Manga Monday and Sensate Saturday columns with something else. These are Serial Saturday and Movie Monday.

Serial Saturday? What’s that?: Serial Saturday is an idea for a column I’ve had in mind for the past year and was planning to have replace Sensate Saturday on my 4th Anniversary of my Blog. However that plan got thrown out the window with the announcement of Batoto’s shutdown last week. The column will cover various Web Serials, or Web Novels, and will focus on amateur authors. I’ll be getting this stuff from around the web, but everything will be written in English. The author doesn’t necessarily have to be a native speaker, and I may do some serious critiques on grammar for those who deserve it, but nothing I post in Serial Saturday will be translated works.

I have a huge amount of content piled up for this column, and it will operate similarly to my Translation Necessary Thursday posts. I’ll cover a set number of chapters each week of a certain series, and I’ll try to switch up between various series. I can’t promise that will always happen, because I might need to restock my supply of chapters. There are some points I need to make, I will try to cover unpublished works, however some of the stuff I’ll cover will inevitably be published in eBook format on Amazon or similar places. So the distinction between Bookish Wednesday and Serial Saturday posts will come down to one thing. Any series that has a professionally produced Audiobook will be covered in Bookish Wednesday. Everything else will be valid for Serial Saturday.

Movie Monday?: Well in case you didn’t read the latest Monday column, I’ll be covering various movies I’ve seen and do my usual thing, I’ll try covering cinematography as well as my usual categories, but I am no movie expert. In fact I have absolutely no confidence that I’ll be able to write this column in the long term. Due to various circumstances I don’t watch movies very often, so I have a very limited stock of material. I don’t have the time to dedicate to watching a movie for a post every week, so if I run out of material to cover before I can resume the Manga Monday column, I will most likely have to forgo my Monday columns. I hope that I won’t have to do that, but I might have to do so if things really go poorly in the Manga translation scene. I’m not a great reader of Japanese, so I can’t judge most series if they are untranslated.

That’s it for this post, I’ll be back next week for my first Serial Saturday post!

Anime Sunday: Ryuo Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m back with my first look at a Winter 2018 series. It’s my Ryuo Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Kuzuryū Yaichi is a prodigy shogi player who won the title of Ryūō at the age of 16. Following his victory he has been in a slump, until he is approached by Hinatsuru Ai, a 9-year-old girl who begs him to make her his disciple…

Plot: This isn’t a romantic comedy, from what I can see at least. This is purely based off the first episode, although there are moments where characters exhibit certain stereotypes commonly found in a romantic comedy, or horror.

Characters: Yaichi is our male lead, and he’s pretty interesting as is Ai. Yaichi’s a much more outgoing and forthright individual than Rei in 3-gatsu, but these two series couldn’t be more different from each other. 3-gatsu is all about overcoming mental and emotional trauma, while Ryuo seems to be more comedic. The only thing in common is that the male leads are both pro Shogi players. The rest of the cast is also interesting, but we really only get to meet Yaichi and Ai in this episode.

Art: The art is great, and while it’s not ufotable quality that doesn’t mean it’s anywhere near as terrible as Studio Deen.

Music: The musical score is good and fits the series well.

Overall: Definitely worth a watch, if only because this might turn into one of the more interesting series this season.

For those who like: Shogi, Slice of Life, Comedies, Great Lead Characters, Good Artwork.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

End of an Era

Hey all so I wasn’t at all expecting to have to write this post. So it will be rather brief, and while I’m not taking a break from writing, I am going to have to change my columns for a while, maybe permanently.

What’s Up?: So for those unaware Bato.to is shutting down permanently on the 18th of this month. It’s a huge loss to the Manga community at large, and while some of you might say “Michael they supported Pirates” That isn’t true. Any licensed series were not hosted on Batoto.

So Why Are Things Changing?: I used Batoto almost exclusively to find obscure series for my Manga Monday and Sensate Saturday columns. Losing easy access to such a large repository of content is going to seriously put a hamper on what I’ll be able to read for material to write about in those columns.  So things are going to have to change, maybe permanently.

What’s Changing?: Well obviously my Manga Monday and Sensate Saturday columns are going to be put on hold and replaced with something else. I’ve had a backup type of content in the wings in case something like this happened, although I wasn’t expecting it to occur because of Batoto shutting down. The Sensate Saturday series has a high chance of being permanently shelved in favor of that backup, and while I have tons of content to write about for that column that’s it. I do have a temporary solution for my Monday columns, however I have absolutely no confidence in that being a permanent solution due to the nature of what I’ll be writing about and my own personal disabilities and challenges. The worst case possibility that occurs is that I have to stop writing my Monday columns permanently after I run out of material for my temporary replacement of Manga Monday. Hopefully by the time I’ve run out of material the Manga translation scene will have calmed down enough. That however is an unknown and I can’t promise anything.

What Are You Going To Write About?: Well I’ll keep that under wraps for now, though I will say that Monday’s post is going to be fiery. That’s the sole hint you’ll be getting from me. If by some miracle someone manages to guess what I’m writing about and posts their guess in the comments I’ll be shocked. And yes this is a complete and shameless attempt to get people to post more comments on my posts.

That’s it, I hope you’ll all forgive me for having to do this, but circumstances have forced me to put plans in action that I was hoping I’d never have to do.

Update on My Situation

Hey all I wanted to write a quick post detailing what’s going with the blog and what is happening in the near future. It’s an Update on My Situation!

Daily Posts When?: November 3rd is the date I’m aiming for right now. I have at the time of writing this post (which is October 6th, 2017) already pre-written everything up to November 2nd. It’ll still be alternating days up to that day. My plan is to start with daily posts on the third.

Why November 3rd?: Because I’ve got a trip planned to visit the other half of my immediate family that I’ll be doing in the middle of October and I’m going to be wiped out from travelling. Hence why I’ve already gotten everything written up to November 2nd.

What about your Reviews?: I’ve got a couple already sent to the Editor at GiN and I’ll be writing a couple more in the next few days as of writing this post. They should be going out at least once a week. I’m hoping to get my daily blog posts running for at least a month before starting to do the weekly book reviews again. Game Reviews will be spotty as I sometimes don’t get games for weeks at a time, and other times I get them every other day.

That’s it for this post. Look forward to your regularly scheduled Video Game Tuesday in two weeks.