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How I came back to anime and manga

Last week, I spoke about why I fell away from anime and manga. Happily, though, that decision didn’t last forever; recently, I’ve found my way back to the world of Japanese animation and comics.
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The 2000s Anime/Manga Boom: A Reminiscence

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For my generation, many of our fondest memories are of the 1990s, but I loved the 2000s. Things seemed so much simpler then; dial-up was still common, and broadband was just getting started. Pokemon was still going strong, though its 1999 peak of popularity had passed. PlayStation 2 ruled the roost, and the Xbox was just getting started. And who could forget Super Smash Bros. Melee?

But the 2000s were special for another reason: the anime and manga boom.
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Lovely pixel art showcase

Inspired by a post I saw on the Floppy Tape Games blog, I’ve decided to put together examples of good pixel art I’ve seen throughout the internet. These show the god side of pixel art, as opposed to the lazy design seen in some games.

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Scott Adams wants to recreate community

Yesterday, Dilbert creator Scott Adams laid out a modest proposal for child-rearing in the Information Age: abolish marriage (my thoughts on that piece are here, and there is a link to Adams’ proposal there as well.) He continued the discussion with another post about reactions to it and how unreasonable many of them were. But as I read it and the comments attached to it, I realized something: far from advocating a nightmarish socialist dystopia, Scott Adams wants to bring true community back.
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An Argument Against Scott Adams

On February 14, 2016, Dilbert creator Scott Adams penned a blog post arguing for the dissolution of marriage and its replacement by collective child-rearing by a team of highly-qualified experts, with parents only playing a small advisory role at best.

However, I find this plan deeply flawed, since it cements a norm that the government owns your very children as their property.

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The failure of the First 100 Days and my plans going forward

On November 1, 2015, I began a writing journey: NaNoWriMo 2015. 30 days, 50,000 words — I relished the challenge. I was a raging river of creativity; words flowed from my fingertips like a powerful downpour. Even through Thanksgiving, I successfully completed the challenge. Full of confidence, I sought to go farther and write 164,000 words in 100 days. I called my plan the “First 100 Days”, after the period where a new US President gets used to the toughest job in the world.

Unfortunately, I hit a major problem: I had no plans for new stories.

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Happy (Gregorian) New Year!

Happy new year to everyone. It’s 2016 now…at least according to our Gregorian calendar, which is used globally.

However, not everyone solely relies on the Gregorian calendar. This article gives nice notes on non-Gregorian calendar systems throughout the world (Fun fact: the new year in the West didn’t always begin on January 1.)

People have always wanted to know what time it is, and right now, it is a time for new beginnings.

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