A digital cultural artifact of our networking history will be lost when AOL Instant Messenger shuts down on December 15. Museum curators at places like the Internet Archives and OoCities act as conservationists for the future. Unfortunately, technology is moving too fast now for most to consider the importance of capturing our digital remains before they disappear. Let’s use this service’s discontinuation as a reminder that we should consider how our pasts can shape our futures.
While my current rating system was forged during 9 years of cataloging 6188+ albums, re-cataloging anime I’d seen years ago got me thinking about changing opinions. What looks like garbage now, like these Street Fighter statues below, might take on a nostalgic or regretful bent in the future. I might look back 10 years from now and say, “I shoulda got these things!” No use buying crap you might want later, or holding onto regrets over missed opportunities.
I missed three alarms. It’s easy enough to sleep through chirping alarms when you’re tired. My backup alarm, set much later, startled me awake. Those alarms were trivial on the surface, however, you can draw analogies from that. I plant situational alarms that sound in subtle ways, so if something goes off, then it’s time for me to investigate before something worse happens. They’re like red flags so when one of those sound… “let’s investigate!”
One of my favorite things to do at work is taking the seriousness out of certain situations. This microwave’s note explained it was “not heating food.” I saw an opportunity: “Only heats science experiments.” While I am professional when needed in most situations, I also find the value in providing some humor in otherwise drab, stressful, and boring workplaces. More importantly, work should be like play, in that you enjoy going to work. If not?
Of all my writing, reviews are by far the most difficult to write. They’re not directly helpful to others and they instigate emotional debates. When the score is negative, all I want to do is rush it out the door so I can move on, and when the score is positive there isn’t much criticism happening. So why criticize? Celebrating well-executed things, encouraging improvement, holding people accountable for what they contribute to the world, and…
Nature unites us, even in the digital age. Natural events like 2017’s solar eclipse may occasionally remind us that there are more important events out there than the technological trivialities that we’ve accidentally become addicted to as technojunkie zombies. We will probably still process this information through digital lenses, either through photography or interacting with others abroad, though is that really that bad? Shouldn’t we embrace tools that enable us to experience life more vivaciously?
“If you listen to a studio album by Tiger Army, that’s how they sound live.” I could also say that the opener act seemed to be an odd choice until watching their co-headliner made me realize they were actually the odd ones out. That’s about all I can say about the concert last month. So why not continue by talking about finishing incomplete work? The ones lingering on their fifth draft and still not done?
Bias: No major biases
Tiger Army Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
WANNA READ A HALF REVIEW, HALF THOUGHT PIECE ABOUT FINISHING YOUR WORK? KEEP ON READING!
I don’t pull punches with people I respect. It’s better that you know how you can improve than to leave it lingering in the background like some sort of stench you can’t smell. Unless, of course, I know you’re particularly sensitive to the idea of any constructive criticism, in which case I’ll politely guide you. These sprites of the main characters of An Insurmountable Odd wouldn’t exist if not for honest feedback. Don’t fear criticism.
Effective July 23rd 2017, Washington state will pass the tentatively-titled Driving Under The Influence of Electronics Act. This act broadly prohibits distracted driving. While smartphone usage is the primary aim, a “Dangerously Distracted” clause prohibits non-electronic distracting behavior including reading or grooming, and applies to most situations. Taking photos at stoplights, as shown below, will be fined $136, considered moving violations, and reported to the driver’s insurance company. In my opinion, sacrificing shots like this is good!
It’s always a good idea to follow the laws established by governing bodies. Even if not strictly enforced, laws were made to allow the preservation of peace. How about rules requested by organizations? They’re usually more codes of conduct that range from specific requests that keep areas safe and sound to suggestions that keep polite society comfortable. How about strictly prohibited photography policies at shows? Is there any situation when it’s acceptable to be disobedient?