A couple of new server banners

…for my KF2 server. I quite like these banners (Source: Watashi) because Misaka looks really chill in the Myst banner, while the Maelstrom banner looks a tad more hardcore (which fits the theme).

The two banners in question:

Similarly, the server name ‘Myst’ evokes a…relaxed feeling that is reflected in the free writing style of the font, while ‘Maelstrom’ is more serious with the text showing this as well.

But I’ll probably be running the server on Myst settings (aka no time to play KF2, just going to run it so that others can play) for the near future since, well I don’t have much time to play KF2 seriously. MaelStrom settings definitely will have to wait until May, minimum.

 

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Checking if WordPress posts here are shared on G+…

Edit: Yea, they’re finally shared publicly. Would advise one to head over here in order to change settings for how G+ shares their posts. Default setting is limited only to the author, so I’ve changed mine accordingly.

A spike in views

And my first comment from Shion! That’s cool~

I quite like this platform since WordPress lets me regularly type out things in greater detail compared to, say, Facebook or Youtube. Although I’m on these platforms, they’re really specialized for one task.

  1. Youtube is the video platform for drum cover uploads. I can’t type out long essays there, the best that I could probably do is to make use of the status function (that some channels used to have) to update my subscribers. This isn’t really that…useful for reasons I’ll elaborate in the future, but suffice to say, Youtube’s just a good place to upload my videos and nothing more.
  2. Facebook is primarily used for stalking following other people in one’s life. Few people post extremely long and detailed posts there, it is something more akin to a club that everyone joins to show the best parts of their life. Sure, some people will post a bit if they feel sad or stressed, but there’s a fine line between wanting others to care and posting how one feels on Facebook as an ASP (attention-seeking ploy) or to garner sympathy. One could conceivably type out how they felt in say, a diary in Notepad which has no viewers if they wanted the chance to see their thoughts tangibly. Instead a public setting is chosen and their feelings shared with all their friends. It seems more of the latter than the former, at times.
    But I digress. I don’t see Facebook as a place which can be used to type out anything in detail aside from short updates of how one’s life is going. Theoretically I could post my SOL (slice of life) posts there instead of on this blog, but I’m lazy to consistently switch between Facebook and WordPress whenever I feel like typing something.

So it’s for those two reasons that WordPress is fairly liberating. I can’t upload videos here, but I can link to them within the text. And short status updates can still be done.

I’ve cleared up the ambiguity between articles and essays and created separate categories for them. In terms of ease of writing, there are perhaps three current categories:

  1. SOL posts (tagged under rambling)
  2. Articles (tagged as articles)
  3. Essays (tagged as essays)

The ease of writing increases from the bottom of the list up, but the rewarding experience of reading increases from the top of the list down. Mainly because essays take the most time to properly research, formulate what I want to say and cite everything within the essay. However, they go into the greatest depth compared to articles and SOL posts. Likewise, articles are somewhere in between with a slight focus on a topic compared to SOL posts, but not as much is researched or written relative to essays.

Anyway, that should be all for now. I do have a lot more things that I would like to write on in the future, but those will have to wait until I had a bit more free time.

 

Ho Li Shi

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I didn’t expect the FE post to go…so far. I thought it would pick up maybe 5, 10 views, but apparently it’s jumped by 20ish views since I’ve uploaded it last night or so.

That’s quite cool, considering this blog’s still pretty new and I don’t have any followers yet compared to someone like Kafka/Jaefine/Shion. Also I’m not a cute girl like reinakathy who can pull about a 100 views in a few hours of an upload, so it’s quite surprising for me.

…my drum covers get less views than my blog posts…haha…something must be wrong.

Then again, I don’t have that much time to record covers now, so that’s fine!

This was quite amusing, though.

Full article here, but the Chinese Foreign Ministry said “…the Chinese side understands the ROK’s reasonable security concerns, but no country can pursue its own security interests at the expense of others.”

And here you have arguments saying that China’s expanding in the South China Sea because it feels threatened by the United States. So this justifies their deployment of military assets in the region.

It would be most amusing for the State Department to issue a statement that says “…the United States understands the PRC’s reasonable security concerns, but no country can pursue its own security interests at the expense of others.”

China: “But the SCS’s mine! MINE! MINE MUAHAHAHAHA’

South Korea: “So’s my goddam country. What’s the fuss about the Thaads, then?”

China: “…but…but…it’s not fair! You’re overstepping our security interests…”

SCS Claimant states: “Yea…so, uh, about the SCS…we too have security interests for our shipping lanes…”

China: “Screww off ~.~, who’s the regional superpower around here?”

SCS Claimant states: “Oh…alright…I’ll just inch a bit closer to the U.S then…they don’t seem that scary.”

Then again, double standards are practiced by most regional powers including the U.S. I was just amused to see the Chinese reaction to the SK Thaad deployment being quite suited for the SCS issue that’s heating up again.

It’s finally done!

Muahaha.

Had been working on that article for some time but never got around to finishing it after I’ve started. Finally decided to throw a couple of hours at it today and it looks quite nice. Essentially each article/essay is a collection of links rather than having cited works there. I wouldn’t mind using footnotes but I’m not running WordPress off my own server so I can’t use plugins unless I pay more dosh.

That said, this is pretty much a place for me to post random stuff. Like what Shion posted in his Useless Opinions post, it’s his blog so he posts whatever he wants there even if nobody reads. Although he has written quite some interesting reviews regarding Foreground Eclipse (which I’m sure a lot of FE fans would’ve read). Viewed in that light, my article on Foreground Eclipse is a tribute of sorts to them ^^.

The original idea for the Foreground Eclipse essay came from the magazine article that I had found somewhere….where precisely I’m not sure. It was a long time ago, but I saved that article down since I knew I wanted to know what was written there. A few years after futile efforts to translate it with what little Japanese I knew, I had made a close friend and was able to ask her for assistance.Over a few messages, she translated it quite accurately, such that if you check the original  unedited translation by her here, it’s a really good job.

That translation gave me new insight as to why Foreground Eclipse had disbanded, or rather the circumstances surrounding the disbandment which may or may not be related to the actual event. But I couldn’t find somewhere to discuss it as no forums existed for FE fans, so I gathered what…knowledge I had…gathered over the years as an overseas fan of them and smacked something together. The result you have is something that is a poor excuse for an academic paper, poorly researched and severely lacking in written flair. One might even call it a link-heavy post strung together by bits and pieces of words.

But it’s a start, I suppose. I used pretty much all the links and bits of information in an attempt to provide a brief introduction to the band. Much more could be written of the lyrical significance or their musical style, but those topics aren’t my forte as I’ve not studied Japanese to any meaningful level nor do I listen to a wide variety of songs that I can compare FE’s songs against. So that essay is pretty much the maximum I could do for this topic.

One thing completed, though. That’s good~