Why review anything? What does it matter what I think? It’s my opinion, formed through my perspective and biases, which could change through time and experiencing other media. No matter how closely our opinions could occasionally match, we aren’t the same. Are reviews meant to save time and money? If I say something is good, would you be more likely to check it out? I think reviews should provide information, anecdotes, and friction to consider.
The world would be boring if we were exactly alike. If we all had similar mental or physical traits, then perhaps most external conflicts might slow down, however I don’t think we’d become peaceful. How many conflicting thoughts do you have on a daily basis? How often do like-minded groups disagree? Instead, I think we should celebrate, explore, and learn from our differences. The more I learn from others, the more I learn about myself.
Our careers permeate into everything we do. When I get invested in my work, I am no longer Anthony or the writer with the nickname Zombiepaper, I am an entity in complete service to my employer. (Oops.) We all sacrifice our humanities for money and security, though. In this first in a 12-day exploration of careers, let’s talk about “the gig life,” and how I retain, or restore, my humanity while working hard and smart.
I wouldn’t be able to output the volume of literature I currently write [500+ words published daily] without my workflow process. I’ve covered my approach to resolving writer’s block in the “Overcoming Writer’s Block” thought piece. Let’s cover what happens when I have the semblance of an idea and how I go about turning that into a finished product. It’s not just about finding a random photo, writing for a bit, and calling it good enough.
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.
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]
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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.