I think one of the main reasons why people get more annoyed by ads when watching videos online than when watching broadcast/cable television (and certainly my reason) is because the former has no real filter against repeating the same ad too close together.
Watching just one episode on Crunchyroll, I just saw the same ad seven times; three times in one break; and yes, literally twice in a row. Which is worse than usual but not unprecedented.
Except this time the ad being repeated so many times was the worst kind of ad; a political ad funded by a superPAC.
(I started to dissect the horrible content of the ad itself, but it’s not worth the amount of time it would take to finish. It was simply a particularly extreme example of how ads for horrible candidates are often full of euphemisms and dysphemisms so inaccurate that they should be considered false advertising and slander respectively. And it told me exactly what I need to know to vote against the jackass it was for.)
“A song currently stuck in your head”
I have something to say about ear worms. And I don’t mean the kind from Star Trek II.
A song’s ability to get into your head and just stay there isn’t necessarily proportional to how much you like it, even though that’s generally the way you wish it would work.
Right now, it’s “PonPonPon” by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. This song is really cute and generally feel-good, so it’s not a bad thing at all to keep hearing it…unless I’m trying to concentrate on something important.
And no, I don’t know what kind of drugs were involved in the production of the video.
“A song that makes you angry”
There are songs that are about things that make me angry, but there isn’t one that’s standing out. Instead, let’s go with a particular cover that made me angry: Cee Lo Green’s version of John Lennon’s “Imagine”.
First, here is the song as it should be:
(uploaded by Rasty Adem)
Continue reading Song Challenge Day 24: Anger
Some anime, especially certain shounen series, seem to have a “throw it in” mentality. They have all kinds of individual elements whose presence in the series seems unrelated to anything else in the series. This results in some really unique worldbuilding.
Dragon Ball is a great example. At it’s core, the central premise of the early parts of the series was “loosely based on Journey to the West and has magic balls that summon a wish-granting dragon”. But just look at everything we see within just the early episodes. Dinosaurs! Hovercars! Animal people! Whatever the heck Puar is! Transforming at the full moon! Then we get robots (including Arale from Dr. Slump), a manwolf (which is not the same thing as a wolfman), someone whose personality and hair color change when she sneezes, and Krillin being able to smell at first but then not after he’s reminded that he doesn’t have a nose. (Okay, that last one falls under Looney Tunes territory.)
Continue reading Science of Anime: Capsules and Poke Balls
I just read the hardcover book of Marvel’s Civil War event.
Continue reading Looking back on Marvel’s Civil War