[Applied Psychology] Doing Better Work

“Today, I helped maybe 10 people. Why not 10,000 people?” When I first started working, I was just happy to help anyone I could. As I become more experienced in both work and life, I see the value in both continually improving my work and the lives of others. This effort requires sacrifice. You might sacrifice leisure for study time or steady work for the chance to do more rewarding, better work. Bands are great examples:

Rating: ★★★★☆ [4/5]
WANNA CONSIDER HOW DOING BETTER WORK IN YOUR FIELD CAN HELP OTHERS? KEEP ON READING!

[Applied Psychology] Differing Opinions Converging

Most people shy away from differing opinions. I embrace them! Nirvana is my favorite band, IDKFA dislikes them, and our debate fortified my opinion. Our differing opinions on Avenged Sevenfold, Metallica’s recent tour opener, converged in a civil way. They are William’s (Keyboard Kommander lead programmer) favorite band, IDKFA thought they were mediocre, and I’d see them again. Since “all opinions are valid,” let’s consider the psychology of opinions, especially: why get offended over opinions?

Zombiepaper’s Rating: ★★★★☆ [4/5]
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[Series Review] Castlevania (Episode 3 and 4, 2017)

We rushed through the last two episodes of this acceptable yet underwhelming first season of the Castlevania animated series. Still, the loose adaption of the videogames isn’t all that bad. It’s just there were some avoidable hindrances preventing the show from being truly great. The poorly-drawn foot pictured below summarizes the majority opinion, however, it’s not all pitfalls.

[Series Review] Castlevania (Episode 2, 2017)

That was a surprise! Maybe Castlevania web series writer Warren Ellis found himself a ghost writer for this second episode? More likely, everyone working on the abysmal failure that was the first episode collectively told him to get his head together to write something that wasn’t terrible. Flaws in execution and writing do prevent this from truly recovering. Still, it’s a better story this time, if only because it is coherently told. Now, if only…

Agent Bon’s Rating: 3.5/5.0
Zombiepaper’s Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
There will be spoilers uncensored below.
WANNA FIND OUT WHAT KEY ELEMENT CASTLEVANIA IS MISSING FROM BEING GREAT? KEEP ON READING!

[Grime/Glitter] Finishing Incomplete Work

“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!

[Series Review] Castlevania (Episode 1, 2017)

There’s plenty of undeserved hype surrounding the new Castlevania web series, based on the Castlevania videogame series. Even before the introduction concluded, we (Zombiepaper and Agent Bon) agreed the first episode could have been significantly better, and we have specific ideas on what failed. Even though the first season is only four episodes, with such poor storytelling, I know I’m going to have trouble tolerating those remaining three episodes. Maybe it’ll pick up? Could happen…

Zombiepaper’s Rating: ★★☆☆☆ [2/5]
Agent Bon’s Rating: 2.5/5.0
There will be spoilers uncensored below.
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[Concert Review] Wounded Giant (Kraken, 2017)

Wounded Giant are so captivating that I missed something exciting during their performance. Considering my bias for soon seeing them six times, they have the potential to become massively successful. Their musicianship is top notch! Distinctly vibrant melodies guide you through each song like a narrative told through doom metal instead of through letters and words. Other than distributing their music to wider audiences, two hindrances they could refine toward achieving bigger success might be–

WANNA FIND OUT ABOUT THAT HINDRANCE? YES, IT’S A TEASE! KEEP ON READING!

[Concert Review] Melvins (2017)

(The) Melvins have the musicianship and showmanship that could have made them the biggest band in the world. If they cared. They would have been bigger than Nirvana if they removed anything weird about their slightly inaccessible brand of heavy rock. They have the relentless work ethic to compete with The Beatles. Would compromising their sound be worth the money and fame? Would they still be the same Melvins? Or would they fade from relevance?

Rating: ★★★★★ [5/5]
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[Concert Review] Video Games Live (Seattle, 2017)

Video Games Live symphonically celebrates the best of videogame music. Led by composer Tommy Tallarico, the orchestra have performed to sold out theaters worldwide for 12 strong years now. Subjectively, I dig the cultural preservation aspect of the series, respect Tallarico’s composing and reviewing work, and enjoy most classic videogame soundtracks. Objectively, there isn’t much to appeal to folks that aren’t already fans. Can Video Games Live attract wider acceptance to this maligned music genre?

Subjective Rating: “8.0 / 10” (★★★★☆ [4/5])
Objective Rating: “6.5 / 10” (★★★☆☆ [3/5])
WANNA CONSIDER A SIDE NOTE? THAT TRON: LEGACY INTRO, MAN. GENIUS. ALRIGHT, KEEP ON READING!

[Videogame Review] Shonen Idle Z (Steam)

My alarm would go off. Rather than go back to sleep, I’d jump on the computer to run through my Shonen Idle Z timers. I beat the game after 5 months of letting the idle game run in the background for nearly 1,000 hours. It’s a pretty game in a low-impact, somewhat trivial, genre. Doesn’t that mean it’s functionally useless and valueless? Why not play a more rewarding game? It can teach one big lesson about motivation.

Mechanics Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
Discipline potential: ★★★★☆ [4/5]
WANNA LEARN ABOUT SOME INCIDENTAL MOTIVATION? KEEP ON READING!