Gaff (Level 11)

Suddenly thinking of staging Othello at work. #alltheworldsastage
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Anti-Hero » Do stern characters count?

@SilverZeo: I'd say that "super stern" characters, as you put it, are actually more like classic heroes rather than anti-heroes. Think about it: "Lawful Good" heroes live life according to a rigid code of conduct, be it honour, law, or religious beliefs. They're more likely to "Do the Right Thing" regardless of the circumstances, rather than doing the right thing "accidentally", like an anti-hero. 
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General Discussion » It's Time To Pick Another Watch & Learn

Voted for Mushi-shi.

And looking at the poll: Nice boat. But, seriously?
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General Discussion » Common Anime Names

I'm disappointed that none of the posts here end with "And a partridge in a pear tree!"

I'd add some more, though my memory (and the internet, AV 404?) are failing me at the moment. Though names like Makoto, Keichi / Keiichi, Ken, Keitaro do spring to mind.
Post by Gaff (213 posts) See mini bio Level 11
Post by Gaff (213 posts) See mini bio Level 11
Post by Gaff (213 posts) See mini bio Level 11
Post by Gaff (213 posts) See mini bio Level 11

Off-Topic » 8 Character Word?

Indestructible
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Off-Topic » 8 Character Word?

basugasubakuhatsu
Post by Gaff (213 posts) See mini bio Level 11

General Discussion » Oldest anime/manga you've watched/read?

It's going to be a toss-up between Candy Candy, Thundersub, Macross / Robotech and whatever was on those dodgy VHS tapes I got as a kid.

Desperately trying to weave in a reference to Iggy Pop without sounding too forced... Sod it.

  
  
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General Discussion » What Beginner's/Advanced Guide do you want next?

Those are... some interesting picks? Going with Basilisk. Judging from the wiki, the historical setting would give some meat to the article.
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Off-Topic » Are you a believer?

@Addfwyn said:
" Also, zeitgeist makes me want to slap myself in the face, hard. "
This. Trying to convince a co-worker about its fantasies is an exercise in futility when he relies on the age-old argument of "But he brings up interesting ideas!". And I'd like to point out: It's only a conspiracy if you aren't in on the game.
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Off-Topic » Theism vs Atheism

@hitsusatsu11
@Gaff: Because its a completely hypothetical energy. Scientists observed that for some reason the universe was still expanding, even though gravity should eventually stop the expansion and eventually force the universe to contract. To compensate for this, they decided the universe must be full of some "thing" which keeps expanding it-this they named Dark Energy and declared that around 70 percent of the universe is made up of it.   
 
Science has not observed Dark Energy, nor does science claim to know what it is. 
Its was simply thought up to explain the data.
@Gaff
@hitsusatsu11
So, according to you:
1. Unexplained phenomena;
2. Think of something;
3. Done!
This is how science is done, right?

There's something missing here...
Speaking of things that are "unobservable", hypothetical", "thought up to explain the data"...
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Off-Topic » Theism vs Atheism

@hitsusatsu11
So, according to you:
1. Unexplained phenomena;
2. Think of something;
3. Done!
This is how science is done, right?

There's something missing here...
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Off-Topic » Theism vs Atheism

@hitsusatsu11 Wonderful! Now how is that the same as "completely unobservable"?
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Off-Topic » Theism vs Atheism

I suddenly have the feeling I'm thrust into a fact checker role here...

@hitsusatsu11 You do know that the "highly hypothetical, completely unobservable" dark matter has actually been observed? While not directly, its effects, such as gravitational lensing, have been seen.

I'll direct people to the wikipedia page of Dark Matter: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_matter

Sigh.
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Off-Topic » Theism vs Atheism

@Dream said:

"

The Big Bang consistently explains every observable cosmological phenomenon with absolutely no evidence pointing in another direction, in much the same way evolution consistently explains the way that life on earth operates- it works, plain and simple. Otherwise it wouldn't be a scientific theory. 

 
Oh, I wouldn't say that. The theory contradicts a number of scientific laws which include laws of thermodynamics and some other issues that come up which include personal bias in the studies theorized and a number of recent discoveries that ring in flaws to the theory as a whole which include cosmic phenomena that surpass the age of the universe and the length of the universe as a whole being too short of a time to have been created in 20 billion years (the approximate amount of time believed for our universe to have taken to be created according to the theory).
"
No offense, but reading through their bibliographies just makes me want to tear my eyes out. And I wish I was kidding, too.  
  • Seriously, you can't base one argument against The Big Bang Theory on Hubble's redshifting (an immediate side-effect from astronomical objects moving away or towards us) and then claim that "  Static universe models fit observational data better than expanding universe models.". That's just a gigantic contradiction.
  • Applying classical principles like the Laws of Thermodynamics into a level where even the smallest ray of light can change the very nature of atomic particles is... quaint, would be a... "nice" way of putting it.
I would rage on, but... pseudoscience, at best. 
 
@SilverGalford: With all due respect, you do know that there are more ways to prove Egyptians, pharaohs, Herod, etc, right?
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General Discussion » Piracy helps Anime Sales Supposedly

@sickVisionz I think the crux of the research paper (note: not the somewhat sensational headline as posted on Sankaku -while the blog is an interesting look at the more "seedier" side of anime and video game culture, it still fishes for hits-) is that Youtube promotes DVD sales, and that P2P programs like Winny don't affect DVD sales, either positively or negatively. Whether a site like Youtube actually constitutes the piracy we're talking about, in other words fansubs, is another matter. Purely going on the paper, that is what it says, ignoring anecdotal evidence.
Speaking of anecdotal evidence, if stories I've read from the early days of anime fandom in the West can be believed, copying VHS tapes and dodgy Chinese bootlegs were the only way to get anime in the West.
Now about the actual business model of anime. Japan has made a pretty big cottage industry of tying in merchandise: from action figures to bento boxes, to the frankly bizarre devices that warrant a post on something like Sankaku. The Japanese license holder has more sources, secondary income, than just DVD sales. If the opening theme of an anime gets in the Oricon charts, that's money. If Suntory wants to brand their soft drinks to boost sales, that's money. And don't forget: anime is still bigger in Japan than the West.

Now, cut off all secondary income sources, narrow the audience to what can be called a niche, and focus solely on DVD sales. If the company is extremely lucky, the show they licensed will get picked up by a major network in the West, spawn merchandise opportunities, be the next DBZ. If it's just lucky, they earn enough to recoup the licensing costs, voice work, staff, PR, rent. That is a very unhealthy business model. It's very nice of them, but depending on the kindness of your customers is, as anyone who has worked in retail, a bit naive to say the least.
Now, enter the internet. Streaming becomes an actual possibility, though fansubs are looming in the shadows. Do you embrace it, a la Crunchyroll, go all digital, provide a convenient on-demand channel for a fee? Or, like ADV, invest money in a fine magazine that is outdated as soon as it hits the newsstands, and launch a normal, not on-demand TV channel?

In the end, bills still need to be paid.
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General Discussion » Piracy helps Anime Sales Supposedly

@sickVisionz:  

4. Winny file-sharing has no effect on DVD sales [emphasis mine, Gaff], but does appear to decrease DVD rentals. People who download anime via Winny appear to be using it not to replace their purchases, but to replace their rentals.    

Winny being a Japanese P2P file-sharing program. So the only help it was, was in weeding out honestly terrible business plans, taking their parent companies with it.
 
Established media already were fighting an uphill battle against, and I hate using the word, "Web 2.0", let alone new entries. Games magazines are turning away from news stories to features, local newspapers are turning towards the web to keep themselves relevant, and I personally can't remember when I last turned on the TV...
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General Discussion » Piracy helps Anime Sales Supposedly

@sickVisionz: I assume you're talking about companies such as ADV, Geneon and Central Park Media? Not trying to play devil's advocate, but I had always attributed it to bad business practices rather than the rise of piracy. Take for instance ADV:  
  • Let's launch an English version of Newtype Japan! It's going to be printed on glossy paper and everything! Of course, there was a small problem: I remember hooking up my student flat with an "incredibly fast, 1MB" connection. That was in 1999-ish. Newtype USA launched its first issue in 2002.
  • Let's launch a TV station that's focused on anime! We'll show anime 24/7! I remember seeing the ads in my newly imported, €15 glossy Newtype USA and being extremely jealous of our North American counterparts. Then my internet provider bumped me up to 2MB.
 Also, and this is pure speculation on my part, the resurgence of 100+ episode shonen anime (or anime in general), increased production costs in Japan and the basic problem of selling a very expensive commodity to a very niche audience... It doesn't exactly make anime licensing an easy line of work.
Post by Gaff (213 posts) See mini bio Level 11

Off-Topic » AV Users addictions

 People throw around the word "addiction" too easily nowadays.
 People throw around the word "addiction" too easily nowadays.
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