February Note – The Unthinking Depths

Hi, I’m posting this so at least I’ll have something marked in the archives for February. I’ve had very little time for anime for the last few weeks as my lazy and uneventful student life came to a sudden end. I was called in to cover for a coworker’s holiday week, and I expected little else than making some much-needed pocket money on a familiar job. Last thing I expected was to be hauled in front of the CEO and being offered a vaguely defined carrot in exchange for some very heavy project work. I expected to smoothly sail into the regular ranks of the company after finishing up my degree in one more year, but now I’m strapped on a career rocket with little idea where the hell I’m headed. All I know is that I can’t afford to blow this thing. If I end up in another career dead end, I’m not sure if I can muster up the effort to do anything more than forest work and NEETbux for the rest of my days. Although to be fair lately I’ve been thinking maybe that was exactly what I should have been doing all this time.
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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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After Work Beer Time Rebirth Edition: Dunning-Kruger Chitose

I love Girlish Number. While Shirobako showed the sunny side of working life with passionate people striving their best at the thing they love, Girlish Number delves into the flipside, the underbelly of the ignorant, the arrogant, and the incompetent. Much of these qualities are exemplified in its female protagonist Chitose, a young voice actor whose incompetence is only overshadowed by her gigantic ego. While many see her as a particularly nasty person with the combination of worst possible traits, I see her in a more metaphorical sense whose role is to embody the theme of the entire show, while the secondary characters serve to highlight individual aspects and personalities typical of an industry gone wrong.
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