[Grime/Glitter] Bad Business Practices

As we’ve been seeing with businesses that have been closing or reducing, no business is invincible, and Nintendo is conducting bad business practices by not listening to its customers by discontinuing the NES Classic Edition. They’re not directly ripping anyone off. The scalpers aren’t Nintendo employees. Yet if their official response provides excuses, and as I suspect, this was all to drum up attention for their newest product, for shame. Let’s review their official response.

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[Rowing Machine] Two Six Zero

I’ve held my weight steady, from 260 to 258.8 pounds, since that weigh-in last month. That might be disappointing news if I were exercising as frequently as I was initially. I’ve just been relying on eating slightly better, because let’s face it, you don’t become overweight because you never find any tasty food. Since this weekly column is dedicated to better physical health, let’s brainstorm ways to incorporate regular exercising routines into the sedentary lifestyle.

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[Thrifting Adventures] Please Be Kind

We can still rent video tapes in 2017! In this episode of Thrifting Adventures, we’ll briefly cover the news that Rain City Video in Seattle will close on April 28th, consider cultural preservation versus technological evolution, and conclude with positivity. There are local options remaining that could inspire those abroad for watching obscure media, such as the Zatoichi television show, Spectreman on VHS, or anachronistically learning about Windows 95 featuring contemporary actors, without requiring piracy!

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[Float Tank] Physicality Of It

Having booked over forty float tank sessions within two years, clocking over seventy hours, I’d like to help demystify, clarify, and otherwise squeegee the misconceptions of what it’s like to rest in an epsom salt water bath in an occasional series. While I’d like to write objective, empirical data that can be peer-reviewed, most of this is subjective, heady stuff that’s all about what’s in your mind. Let’s start with the physical stuff you’ll encounter.

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[The Story] Hobbies Include Photography

Trishna (seated below) and John are lingering characters in my subconscious that need to be exorcised in a narrative to do them justice tentatively titled The StoryLast week’s brainstorming presented an external exercise to build nuance. Since they’re represented by LEGO minifigs, and I have more than a humble collection, why not let them inform The Story? In this first exercise, a mystery bag revealed a Wildlife Photographer. How interested are they in photography?

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[Event Review] Sakura-Con (2017)

I avoided Sakura-Con for years out of shyness over what seemed like an overwhelming sense of fanaticism toward anime. After attending videogame expo PAX twice at the same venue, it was time to experience the industry’s ninth largest North American conventionEven researching newer anime releases, nothing could prepare me for the underwhelming confusion and disorganization that awaited. It wasn’t like stepping into another world so much as temporarily peeking into a very exclusive club.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ [2/5]
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[Open Letter] NES Classic Discontinuation?

Nintendo announced last week the discontinuation of the NES Classic Edition, a plug-and-play device that emulated 30 ROMs from their NES library, which is a slap in the face to potential customers. The cool device you could bring over for family gatherings was never reasonably available in stores since November 2016. Now scalpers are reaping in the profits, reselling the device for over $300! Why let this happen? I called their hotline, 1-800-255-3700, and asked.

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[Applied Psychology] Handling Crazy Encounters

The disheveled cosplayer clamored about being hungry and found a chair inside the booth, swearing at nobody and engaging with anybody. “He must be on something!” While that was the weirdest event from Sakura-Con, I don’t want to be judgemental. We should try to help others. It’s important to determine when psychological issues others display are harmless or harmful, then act appropriately. I’ve summarized potential options both in this photo and in the full article.

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[Rowing Machine] 2017/02/17

For this week’s rowing column, let’s talk about motivation. Why exert so much effort in the process of rowing? Why exhaust yourself? Why try when it’s not surpassing your best? External motivation is temporary. Internal motivation remains when the inspiration is from a visceral moment in your past. As I was taking some photos on the morning of February 17th 2017, I realized that I was being hindered, and that it was time to get motivated.

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[Concert Review] Seattle Video Game Orchestra And Choir (Sakura-Con, 2017)

If you have to start somewhere, when do the feedback floodgates open to allow for constructive criticism? Should polite proposals remain off limits until after an absolute amount of practice posts, pictures, or performances? Is it unfair to compare performers of amateur and mature skill? I appreciate the inclusivity of the Seattle Video Game Orchestra and Choir and I’m always inspired by anyone attempting to broaden taste. I just think some improvement could reliably impress.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
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