As we head into the NEXT 500 podcasts, I can't help but look back over what has worked and what I want to change. What's some things you would like to see us do in future podcasts?
1 day agoClarissa.Gonzalez RT Live Events Specialis
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2 days agoBen B. Singer Ben B. Singer
Let’s talk about some Death Battle episodes! First up is Kratos VS Spawn, which... ahem… spawned from fan suggestions. (Yes, so clever!)
I don’t really like how this one turned out, specifically the rundown on Kratos. It’s important to me that each Death Battle has enough personality and analysis wrapped up within so it doesn't feel like Wiz and Boomstick are simply skimming a wikipedia article. For Kratos, the rundowns sounds like just a list, and Wiz and Boomstick might as well have been reading articles off of the God of War Wikia. That’s how it sounds to me, at least. It’s boring, and Kratos should be way more hype than that!
Kratos VS Spawn was also victim to one of the biggest animation cutbacks thus far. I originally planned to have an entire sequence where Spawn dragged Kratos to Hell, and the final battle would circle a giant pit of fire and demons. Unfortunately, time constraints happened, and the depths of the underworld became just a big red room. Whether it’s because of time or budget or any other issue, plenty of Death Battle’s animation back then had to have something cut.
Anyway, I recognized my issue with the Kratos rundown almost immediately upon its premiere, so I took extra care to not make the same mistake with Bomberman VS Dig Dug. It’s weird, for some reason I remember not liking how this episode turned out, but after watching it again today, I think it’s pretty fun!
Why Bomberman VS Dig Dug, you ask? Well, this was the age of experimentation. The internet was the wild west, and I wanted to see what cunning deeds I could get away with. Specifically, I was curious how a Death Battle would perform with a relatively niche character in the ring. Dig Dug isn’t exactly an unknown franchise, but something tells me he’s not a regular in many versus debates. By this point, Goomba VS Koopa had really started barreling toward that one million hits mark, so I was really interested to see what other types of battles would attract that kind of attention.
On a different note, I’m seven blogs in and I haven’t even talked about the way Wiz and Boomstick introduced ads back in Season 1! In 2011, the concept of YouTubers making a living off their videos was still a pretty new thing, and not everyone was happy about it. While clickbait ads and pop-ups dominated most websites, online video had been relatively commercial free in comparison. If you “sold out” your videos to sponsors, it was pretty easy to get villainized by the online communities, as you were “betraying” what the internet stood for or whatever. Yeah, it’s pretty dumb, and things have gotten a lot better since then, but we were very conscious of this when putting Death Battle together.
We came up with a plan. We would poke fun at receiving money from sponsors by implying that this funding wasn’t for the show, but for Wiz’s experiments and Boomstick’s weapon collection. Then, if there ever came a time when we would do a Death Battle between Wiz and Boomstick, their arsenals would consist of everything the sponsors had “funded.”
This means that according to “official Death Battle lore,” Gamefly provided Wiz with funding for rats for his genetic testing, one which eventually became his poison-immune pet, Ratsputin. Thanks to Netflix, Boomstick was able to build a laser guided kitten cannon, which was later upgraded into a baby launcher with funding from Squarespace… who doesn’t necessarily endorse baby launchers.
And yeah, whenever Wiz VS Boomstick happens, all of this will be taken into account.
-Ben B. Singer
P.S. Who do you think will win the inevitable battle between Wiz and Boomstick?
1 day agoIronBridge Keeper of Knowledge
The name of a currency is a strange thing: whether they are pounds, named for their worth as a pound of silver, or a cent, which is in reference to the Latin centum, meaning one hundred.
Most monetary denominations have a relatively simple explanation of their denominations. So what about the most well known currency in the world?
The U.S Dollar.
Well, the story of how the dollar got it’s name is a bit more complicated than you may think...
The modern word “dollar” derives from the old word “thaler”, which, in turn, is an abbreviation for the word “Joachimsthaler”, which was a coin type, made of silver specifically, These Joachimsthaler we’re first minted in 1519 and were mined within the vicinity of Joachimsthal, Bohemia. Modern day Bohemia and by extension Joachimsthal can be found in the Czech Republic.
Now, “thal” is the old German word for valley, a "thaler" is a person or a thing "from the valley, Joachimsthal means Joachim’s Valley, named for Saint Joachim. Therefore a “Joachimsthaler“ means: the thing from Joachim’s valley.
So there you are, America has a valley in the Czech Republic to thank for the name of their money.
Yet another thing the Czech have given us, isn’t that right @Lamkia?
Further Info: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dollar
2 days agoIronBridge Keeper of Knowledge
About 20% of the world's tech founders are immigrants, even though immigrants only make up about 4% of the world's total population.
From the old Alexander Graham Bell’s and Nikola Tesla's to the modern
Immigration is a healthy part of any society, it’s just the managing of it that lets people down.
21 hours agoiMacOfDeath
Anyone and everyone who has ever claimed to be an otaku, should know more so than not that finding love as such a person can be difficult; and that's putting it lightly. We many few are just don't fit well anywhere else besides the places we make our safe zones, and even other otaku might not be able to hare in that space. So it would come as no surprise that anime picked up on this problem, and attempted to solve it through many different iterations. Some anime poked fun at the otaku and changed them for the "better", some anime had the romantic partners conform to their love interests' otaku ways, and some anime brought two otakus together and let their commonalities do the talking. In Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii, or Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku, we get a far more refined version of that last type of romantic attraction. It's an anime that pretty much nails the problems and issues we otaku run into with love, and does an excellent job at solving those problems with humor and a realistic approach.
The anime starts with us following Narumi, a new hire who is starting her first day working at a company with an office setting. We don't really ever learn what this agency does, but I assumed it's one of those analytical business-type offices that crunches numbers. Narumi is given a tour around the building by Hanako, her superior at the company and someone who even Narumi can't help but point out how big her boobs are. The tour is soon brought to an end when another employee by the name of Hirotaka calls out to Narumi, recognizing her from his school days, and almost immediately destroys her plan to keep the fact she's an otaku a secret. That's right, Narumi is an otaku, a fujoshi otaku to be exact. Luckily for girl her sempai is also into anime, so there's no major destruction of her image on her very first day. Later that day she goes out to eat with Hirotaka, the two catching up on what has happened in their lives since school, and talking about how difficult it is to find someone who will love them for who they are. However before they end the night, Hirotaka inquires if he might be able to be Narumi's boyfriend, in a rather awkward fashion, but none the less Narumi accepts. I know, right? It's the first episode and these two are already dating.
What follows is a series of events that us otaku may run into, and how this anime solves them. Like how since Hirotaka is a gamer otaku and Narumi is a fujoshi, they sometimes don't see eye to eye on otaku culture. Or like when they try to find anything else besides otaku topics to talk about during a date, they just can't think of anything. But Narumi and Hirotaka aren't the only otaku couple in this anime, as both of their superiors at the office, Hanako and Tarō, are otaku and dating. These two clash even more than Narumi and Hirotaka, as Hanako is a fujoshi cosplay otaku, and Tarō is a straight-laced bishojo anime lover. These two give us examples of when two very strong personalities clash, and how those personalities can lead to hurt feelings that require smoothing over. There's a number of times I was reminded of IRL moments I experienced myself attempting to date as an otaku, so I really gravitated towards this far more realistic approach to otaku romance.
Now I won't say the anime is perfect, with the biggest flaw I felt being the slow pace that the relationship progressed. Now I know I said I liked the more realistic approach, but if these two are really childhood friends who went to school together, then there should be some more movement in this relationship. Even the characters recognize this fact, fretting about how they aren't going anywhere and are simply satisfied with what they have. These aren't two high school students, they are full grown adults, meaning they should have adult needs. I mean sex. It's basically stated that Hanako and Tarō are intimate, but Narumi and Hirotaka come off as way more platonic. They do kiss and hug, and Narumi sees Hirotaka hanging dong, but I wanted a morning after shot or perhaps a scene where Narumi and Hanako are having girl talk about their sex lives. Oh well, can't have everything you want of course.
I do want to mention one more couple, or rather a paring, who are on the very cusp of the otaku spectrum; Naoya and Kō. Naoya is Hirotaka's little brother is is basically a normie, he's very friendly to everyone but is a bit of an airhead. He also sucks at video games and has almost not understanding of the otaku lifestyle, but he still played a good role. Kō on the other hand is an extremely nervous and anxious person, she also looks like a guy which even fooled me because I thought they were going for a progressive homosexual relationship at first; not that I don't find the truth just as attractive a prospect. Kō is also a gamer, though I can't say she's an otaku. What was attractive about this budding relationship though was that Naoya, who is terrible at games, was willing to try and try again to become better so he could play with Kō. Kō herself writing a journal to help Naoya, who returns her assistance with an abundance of friendliness that she's not use to. It was really sweet and soft, something that was far more suited to being a slow burn than that Narumi and Hirotaka should have had.
I was hoping the anime would wrap up with some nice conclusions, or perhaps some tantalizing appetizers for a second season, but instead it just seems to stop an episode early. That's right, this season only runs for 11 episodes, with a 12th episode easily set up for being about the upcoming sakura festival but never arriving. It was odd to say the least, but at least it ended on a highlight that all the couples were moving forward in their relationships. So while there were some minor things that could have used some adjustment, the anime turned out to be plenty good. It made me laugh and feel good many times over, but I'll admit, I'd still rather watch an anime than pursue a relationship myself.
Genres: Romance, Comedy
Animation: Outstanding work by A-1 Pictures, the same studio who brought us GATE, Sword Art Online, and Saekano. You can't nail emotions with voice acting alone, and A-1 really brought its A-game out for this production.
Voice Acting: I don't know if they could have found better voice actors for the respective roles in this anime, but it would have been pretty darn hard. Everyone fit so well with the character they were voicing, Kent Itō played an excellent mellow character like Hirotaka, Arisa Date provided plenty of energy to Narumi's character, Miyuki Sawashiro had a great mature and experienced voice for Hanako, and Tomokazu Sugita did a good job acting the part of an easily angered Tarō.
Favorite Character: Picking one character here really just isn't fair, and since this animes is all about couples, I have to use my rarely given couple's award to Narumi and Hirotaka. Yes it's true that their relationship wasn't as speedy as I would have preferred, but it was still far less aggressive than what Hanako and Tarō had and way more advance than Naoya and Kō's.
Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii gets a 8.6 out of 10
2 days agodeath5750
My brother told me the NATO headquarters was down the street a long time ago and I saw a article in the newspaper about it just now and it triggered a memory, I was riding with a friend and I saw a building with a lot of flags so i said WTF how do they think they are? The International House of Pancakes...fuck I'm a dumbass;)
4 hours agoIronBridge Keeper of Knowledge
ZhUOZ, UVB-76 or also simply known as "The Buzzer”, is a shortwave radio station that broadcasts on the frequency 4625 kHz, from an unknown location in Russia.
It broadcasts a short, monotonous buzz tone, repeating at a rate of approximately 25 tones per minute, for a total of around 36,000 tones per 24 hours.
Occasionally, the buzzer signal is interrupted and a voice transmission in Russian takes place, often including common nouns, including “virus” and “prison”. It has been theorised to be some sort of code. The first reports were made of a station on this frequency in 1983.
The Russian military claim they have nothing to do with this mysterious signal.
Perhaps the most disturbing theory of what this foreboding tone may be is that if is what is known as a “Dead Hand” signal.
“Dead Hand”, also known as “Perimeter”, was a Cold War-era automatic nuclear weapons-control system used by the Soviet Union. Designed to automatically retaliate with a deadly nuclear strike in response to a nuclear attack on Russia. Some experts suggest it may still be in use today.
Regardless, of its origins, there must be someone behind the signal and there must be someone listening to the transmission that knows what it means. The question is who? Why? Do we want to know?
Sounds like some real James Bond shit to me.
Further Info: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/UVB-76
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