Out of the Loop, Link Roundup

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Miscellaneous

Lately I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed by the number of things I want to write about here, and underwhelmed by the amount of energy I have to spare on writing stuff for this site. I think I must be coming down with something, as it’s worse than usual and I’m not even pushing myself as hard as I usually do.

In order to catch up a bit I’m going to dump a whole slew of things out here that I’ve been meaning to post on, but haven’t gotten around to doing.

Rethinking Mecha via Fledgeling Otaku. The premise is set forth that Mecha series are generally disliked because they’re gizmo-centric with not enough focus on characters, and various other smaller reasons. Personally, I tend to dislike mecha animes, but mostly for the opposite reasons — It strikes me that there’s frequently too much emphasis on characters. If I were going to watch a mecha anime (and the only one I’ve managed to sit through so far in its entirety has been Escaflowne, but I didn’t even know that was a ‘mecha’ anime until I got into it) I want robots fighting, not teenage angst and interpersonal drama between military officers. I also don’t tend to like that most mecha action sequences tend to be over the top — The main character can’t just pilot his mech between a few homing missles, he’s got to evade ten thousand of them simultaneously. I think I’d prefer anime with more realism and which gives a better sense of the battles that are actually occurring, instead of focusing too much on impossible, invincible mech pilots.

This Guardian article is spot on. I’ve never understood this obsession with constantly seeking for something to do — I guess having more than two brain cells to rub together means that I don’t need outside stimulus to find something to occupy myself.

A few days ago this link to MarryOurDaughter was making the rounds on all the social news sites. Although the site is sick, it’s not sick because it’s advertising pubescent girls being sold into marriage — It’s sick because it’s an obvious fake, yet someone actually cared enough about pursuing some [unknown] agenda to make a site like this. My speculation? This is a site made pretty much as a joke to poke fun at those backwater southern conservative yokels. In other words, it’s preening by provincial bigots. Having lived in both the north and the south for a time, it always amazes me how people in northern states feel the need to constantly bash on southerners, particularly when such bashing more often than not reveals they’ve never lived in the south and, more likely, never been exposed to any culture beyond their own.

On a sort of related note, apparently ABC is planning its own investigation of NBC’s disturbing To Catch a Predator series. Sadly, but typically, there’s more thoughtful discussion of the subject on Fark than there is in the general media.

Again, sort of related, we’ve got a Washington Post article on some gay character who’s basically threatening to “out” homosexual Republicans. I don’t know why these people feel the need to constantly go on witch hunts and expose aspects of people’s private lives. I haven’t been following the Craig affair at all, besides what I absorb through osmosis of being alive, but I wonder why it’s so “scandalous” in the minds of certain people that someone might be gay? Ostensibly the reason is because of hypocrisy, but hypocrisy is such a ubiquitous problem that it hardly justifies this sort of thing.

This Reddit “story” and it’s accompanying comments thread was a relatively interesting read for me. I’m always astounded by the number of people who come out of the woodworks to defend theories that are completely based on opinion and anecdote, ignore countervailing opinions and anecdotes, do not attempt to scientifically validate their claims and use ad hominem, intimidation and even violence against those who do not agree with them.

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  1. Thanks for the link. As I expected, a hoax, though with more of an activist angle than I suspected. It does have that whiff of “Look at how backwater these states are!” though — Unfortunately law has to have some sort of arbitrary cut off range, and I can pretty confidently say I was more mature [in most ways] as a teenager than most people seem to be ten or twenty years later.

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