Slog 05 – Why I Don't Go To Protests

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Here’s the full text script of the above video from one of my earlier posts, Why I Don’t Go To Protests:

Hey guys, it’s the Andy-San here to discuss why I don’t go to protests.One of my managers asked me to join him in a protest at Washington D.C. and I turned down his offer. Initially, the reason for this was because I didn’t want to go all the way out to D.C. and possibly be stranded since I wouldn’t be driving my own truck and also because I don’t know him very well personally. As I began to really think about it though, I found out the two real reasons I didn’t want to protest:

1 – Openly protesting exposes your identity. If a protest were to turn sour, I don’t want the FBI or whoever else to show up at my house and brainwash me. I don’t want them to know who I am as an individual. It’s not that I have anything to hide, it’s just that I want my privacy to be maintained. Obviously, I know that by posting this, I’m exposing myself a bit and they can trace me. However, I’ve protected my personal information decently so unless they really, really want to go after me, they won’t find me.

2 – Protests present problems but no solutions. Anybody can complain, but it takes someone who’s motivated and educated on the situation to present a solution to the problem. If a protest were to present a detailed, functional, and practical solution to resolve what they’re protesting about, then I would support them. I still wouldn’t expose myself, but I would do other things like put up a link to their site on my blog and recommend my viewers to visit their site and support them however they want.

Now, I’d like to define a proper solution as best and as simple as I can. Is your solution:

1 – Detailed? Picture this: you’re working a job that you really hate (some, like me, wouldn’t have to think too hard about it!). You tell the boss, “This job sucks! I hate working here!” If you didn’t get fired for saying that, then your boss might ask, “Why do you hate working here and what can I do to help?” Most people either don’t know how to answer the question or just complain about something trivial. It’s okay to vent (just try not to make a scene, ok?) because it releases your frustration and allows you to better focus on a solution. However, simply venting won’t fix the solution. If you want to change the problem, make sure you point out details. Is it a certain work policy that you don’t agree with? Is a certain coworker giving you trouble? Or is it a personal issue? Writing down the details helps you to keep track of things and lets you filter out less relevent matters and expand upon the more pressing issues.

2 – Functional? It’s as simple as asking, “Does it work?”. Can your solution work in practice or is it just theory? Have there been successful attempts at implementing similiar solutions? Be sure to cite these solutions to make your case more credible.

3 – Practical? Is your solution feesible? Can your plan be utilized with a reasonable amount of money and manpower?

4 – Good for the company? I’m sorry, I had to pull out a classic Office Space quote. It’s still a valid question though. Is your solution aiding everybody or just a select few? Will this adversly affect others within the company?

Final summation (totally not ripped off from TheGradualReport lol), the reason that most protests don’t work is because they’re essentially bitch-fits on a larger scale. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes protesting works; take Martin Luthur King Jr for example. For the most part, however, it’s just venting without a proper solution.

Well, that’s it for me for now. Enjoy yourselves!

Andy-San out!

This is the last slog, err, podcast that I’ve recorded so far. Since I have a camera, I don’t really see the need to put up audio files on YouTube unless it’s a song I wrote or something along those lines.

Here’s the original description for the video:

What’s goin on, it’s the Andy-San here with a more serious vlog about why I don’t go to protests. Enjoy and please leave a comment if you’d like!

TheAndySan

Anime Review 01 – Love Hina

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Wow, this review is incredibly lacking. I might have to do a proper review of it in the future (hint-hint).

I know that my intentions were to not reveal any plot points, but because of that, I didn’t have much to say and it negatively affected the review.

Here’s the full text review of Love Hina from the post Finally!! My Love Hina Review!!:

Anime Review #1 – Love Hina

What’s goin’ on, it’s the Andy-San hurr to review Love Hina. I’m going to try to make this review as spoiler-free as possible so don’t fault me for not revealing any plot.

I’m a real sucker for romantic-comedy anime, so I loved it right from the start. It also has the harem aspect, but unlike most harem anime, the female characters hate the male lead initially and for a long period of time. In a nutshell, Love Hina’s the story of a young man who become the manager of an all-girls dormitory while trying to get accepted into Tokyo University and discovers himself and his love interest. At least, that’s how the manga goes. The anime doesn’t change the manga storyline as much as it abridges it, which is the case for about 95% of all anime.

Now a lot of people complained about the lack of originality in Love Hina, often calling it a Ranma 1/2 and Tenchi ripoff, but I define originality in anime as how the creator puts their own spin on pretty standard storylines and how they take the story from beginning to end. Think of it like any other story. They all have words in them, but it’s the writer’s choice of words that make the difference between, say, The Great Gatsby and Scarface. They’re essentially the same story, but it’s the creator’s personal touch that makes them different.

Getting back to Love Hina, it’s a great story and I couldn’t recommend it any more if I tried. In conclusion, although the anime is quite inferior to the manga, I still liked the anime because it got me interested in the manga and it’s just plain good. I suggest reading the manga after you watch the anime so you get filled-in on some missing plot elements as well as a solid conclusion that’ll made you wanna read it all over again, which is the mark of a classic.

Pros: excellent storyline with some character development, hilarious physical comedy, and good animation.

Cons: unsatisfying conclusion, the slapstick got a bit old at times, and overall inferior to the manga.

Here’s the original description of the video:

Hey guys, this is my first anime review and I’m gonna start things off with one of my favs, Love Hina! Enjoy!

TheAndySan

P.S: I won’t be online from Sunday to possibly Tuesday, which is when I have my job interview. Here’s hoping that I get the job!!