[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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[Grime/Glitter] Worse Than Sickness

We covered basic advice for treating sickness last week, so let’s cover an ailment that’s worse than mild illness, fever, or allergies. Headaches make you instantly regret doing anything other than laying down with constant pressure to your head and might be terribly stressful to the body and mind. I’ve asked some doctors for advice, and have done independent research, so here’s what I’ve done to help overcome headaches and eventually return to clear thinking.

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[The Story] Searching for Friends

“What kind of friends do they have?” Most of my brainstorming efforts have been developing the personalities and relationship between Trishna and John, the main characters of the story tentatively titled The Story shown below, so let’s talk more about hypothetical background characters or potential situations that may appear during the currently unwritten story. Narratives, after all, combine characters, story, and premise, and some narratives like Final Fantasy VI feature an ensemble cast of friends.

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[Movie Review] Your Name (2016)

Your Name is almost completely style at the expense of substance. We follow two teenagers through elaborately animated set pieces around homes hidden in forests, interiors of homes that are shown at extreme angles, and clouds, because of course there are clouds, it’s by the director of Voices of a Distant Star and 5 Centimeters Per Second. Those teens encounter a certain premise that, if the reveal wasn’t spoiled for you in the advertising…

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ [2/5]
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[Event Review] Penny Arcade Expo (West, 2016)

Let’s finish an old draft covering last year’s Penny Arcade Expo, partially to compare against a recent smaller videogame convention, along with preparation for an event this weekend also hosted at Seattle’s Washington State Convention Center. PAX is the industry’s second largest convention. Everyone’s passionate about their newest project and digs what they’re selling. That’s great if you want to play the absolute newest videogames. How about everyone else? Would the casual gamer enjoy attending?

Rating: ★★★★☆ [4/5]
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Series Review: Sengoku Choujuu Giga (Season 1, 2016-17)

Sengoku Choujuu Giga is like clever 3-minute poetry. Each episode uses limited animation to adapt the historical Choju-jinbutsu-giga scrolls, roughly translating to “Animal Person Caricatures” or more commonly called Scrolls of Frolicking Animals, into a modern format. The implied storytelling with unconventional humor puts a unique twist on possibly serious events. Inspired by the nature of the first season, the spoiler-free episode synopses below are stylistically poetic. They loosely interpret haiku and feature interpretive kigo, maybe.

Rating: ★★★★☆ [4/5]
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[Rowing Machine] 246 > 0

Compared to last week when I obliterated my anaerobic times, I ramped down. I could blame external frustrations like a float tank session leaving me uncharacteristically stiff, dealing with bad newsfeeling ill, or prioritizing my time in the mostly sedentary sport of writing. It’s good to acknowledge those excuses. It’s better to prevent excuses from reaching your goals. Dust them off, like my rowing machine below, and let’s brainstorm some ideas to get back to it!

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[Event Review] Renton City Retro (2017)

The first Renton City Retro happened this weekend in the greater Seattle area. It’s a flea market that specialized in videogame and toy collectibles featuring convention staples like artist booths, free-to-play arcade cabinets, raffles, and competitions. Events like this, including larger conventions in Washington, Oregon, and Texas that have broader content, can easily appeal to collectors and hobbyists. How about for others that may only be casually interested in any of these subjects?

Rating for collectors: ★★★★☆ [4/5], otherwise: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
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[Grime/Glitter] Spreading Their Sickness

“I’m sick! This is the worst time to get sick!” A buyer said this to a seller as I was looking through a bin of action figures. While there’s something to be said for staying the course and pushing through minor adversities, once you forget your sickness responsibilities of taking care of yourself and not exposing others to your contagions, that’s when it’s selfish. Though isn’t blaming others when you get minor illnesses playing the victim card?

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