Akiba’s Trip and the Dangers of GAS

Gear Acquisition Syndrome is a dangerous condition which leaves individuals bankrupt both financially and morally, able to communicate only through hyperbolic arguments, tech jargon and buzzwords, and makes them generally insufferable company in any hobbyist setting. Its onset may also be difficult to detect until it has entered advanced stages at which attempting an intervention is inadvisable and dangerous due to the elevated risk of uncontrollable sperging. And while GAS is more common than hemp farms in Helsinki and affects nearly any hobbyist setting where the activity has any sort of dependency on manufactured goods, I think the only field where it’s even worse than in photography would be the murky realm of audiophiles. Crazed hifi-enthusiasts’ quasi-religious drivel has long been one of the most recognized form of GAS and therefore it’s no surprise it was picked as a theme for this week’s Akiba’s Trip. I raise my hat to whoever wrote this scene, because it walks through the different steps, and ends in the eventual moment of reconciliation. Like so:
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Welcome to 2017

The feels to start the year with.

So we’ve left 2016 behind. Personally, it wasn’t a bad one after the suffering of 2015, as I found my way back into the gentle embrace of corporate life and an inch away from the intoxicating pleasure of steady monthly income. I also started to get into photography more seriously after 2015 curbed both my inspiration and budget, finally starting to process film on my own and experimenting with things like very long exposures and shooting outside of daylight hours in general. Having to reboot the blog also kicked me back in gear for writing animu opinions again.
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