digital manners

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Saiyuki high school AU…! Because I love high school AUs. Honestly Goku’s lines came from me thinking about my love for spinach so there. I confess. I just had Goku saying it because after thinking this, I thought ‘that’s so Goku, though?’ and I needed a reason for him to say stuff like this so I made a HS AU where Ten was the English teacher because he’d probably assign something like this.

Also…if I wasn’t so sleepy I’d have added Gojyo and Banri laughing, teasing Goku or something but…alas. Maybe I’d do more of these some time! x’)

@holysea: I wanted you to see this, hahaha.

Just Monika.

Okay, here we go. First, this will contain SPOILERS. Please scroll past it if you don’t want to see it. Second, only play Doki Doki if you know it won’t compromise your mental health. This is important.

Second, I will be discussing the actions of Monika and how it reflects on her character. As a disclaimer: I understand that DDLC is fiction, and I will not discuss real-world implications of if she were to do these things to someone in a more permanent and less digital manner.

I will instead discuss how it reflects on what kind of character  she is.


1. We already have a clear division in opinions. Some say Monika did nothing wrong. Some say she evidently did and is not a good character for it.

But slow down.

Sure, Monika killed Natsuki directly and Sayori and Yuri indirectly, and she kept you in a room with her with nothing else. She scared the shit out of a few people who recorded her. But these things won’t make her a bad character.

Monika did do many things wrong, but she is not a “bad” character.

What would she be without her flaws, or her actions both in manipulating the others’ “files”? (Which is merely an in-game explanation; Monika is a png, Sayori is a sound file that makes a picture, if I remember correctly Yuri is txt with base64, et cetera) She would not have the depth of character that she has. That, essentially, would make the game a flop.

You see, Monika is an example of why there can’t easily be a flat, lawful good character who has NEVER done anything wrong. The game is immersive because she goes beyond expectations in a chillingly cruel way.

If Monika truly had done nothing wrong, or all of her actions were justified in YOUR mind, you would not have been shocked, intrigued, or invested in DDLC. You know Monika did wrong. You saw her drive Sayori to suicide. You saw her tamper with Yuri’s obsessive tendencies. You saw her delete Natsuki’s .chr file right before YOUR eyes.

BUT if it made her a bad character, it would mean that you would have no sympathy for her. You would not wish to play the game even to the point in which you’re left with Just Monika. If you think she’s a bad character for her actions, how can you justify continuing to the end now that the others are gone? Face it. It’s not :just to see what happens.” You signed up for a dating sim, and I doubt you’ll go through it with no emotional investment to the end.


Monika, we must admit, did things that were wrong. She didn’t do “nothing wrong,” because the game relies on the growth of her character and her whims to dictate what happens to the others.

But Monika is not a bad character. I believe that if a character does wrong in the right ways, it means that they are a stronger (read: more developed and complex) character than one who is nothing but pure, altruistic goodness.

I may have lost my train of thought. Anyway, this is just how I feel about Monika’s role in the debate of is she good or bad. Feel free to add, contradict, correct, or expand upon these statements.

What do you guys think? At what point do a character’s negative actions reduce their development rather than build it up? (Please discuss, but please respect everyone’s opinions!!)

anonymous asked:

I have a few questions and I'm sorry in advance if you've already answered these before. If you have, please link me! 🙂 Firstly, what is the object Dylan is holding in his hand when he flips off the traffic light in the Breakfast Run video? Secondly, approximately when were his senior photos taken? And thirdly, when were the senior class photos taken? (Also when are you going to post another video of your trip to Littleton? You and CVA are the only people keeping things interesting for me lol)

Well, first of all: I’m not really convinced he’s flipping off the traffic light. It’s definitely not a cell phone as some believe but possibly his wallet? I’m not entirely certain what it is he’s holding, it’s rather narrow.  Keep in mind too, Dylan has some long digits. So the manner in which he’s holding the object, his index finger is extending beyond the object he’s holding with his thumb laying along the side of it. If he were flipping the lights off, he’d be using his middle finger, right?

Senior photos would’ve been taken around August of ‘98 right before or around when his Senior year started.

The Senor class photo in the gym was taken on March 4, 1999.

As for more posting more photos from my trip, I’m mulling over having a poll to let you guys decide what you’d like to see next.   It’d be great if Tumblr had polls that I could insert in my post but Tumblr is so basic.  Anyone have any polling ideas? 

Such an honor to be mentioned along side CVA for all things interesting - thankss. :)

anonymous asked:

Do you have any theories about Shinichi Tsukumoya? Is he a normal human? Is he several people pretending to be one person? If Izaya gets most of his information from him, why don't people just hire Tsukumoya?

Tbh!! 

We’ve actually been pretty much given confirmation on what Shinichi is.

Here is what Ruka has translated for me from Novel 11 (keep in mind up until this point Shingen has been ‘tweeting’ all of Nebula’s little secrets):

Shingen: the world has become a scary scary but awesome place. The entire world spreads out connected through network in a sea of information. As if brain cells are exchangings signals using synapse. If a higher existance, that is like the brain of humanity, were to be created, i won’t be surprised.

At which point Shinichi interrupts Shingen to proclaim”

‘I won’t be surprised if that ‘being’ is already been born.’

So if I can put this in layman terms this is ‘basically’ what Shinichi is:

In the brain there are things called Neurons which are like little pathways inside of your brain that transmit information at a ridiculous speed. The way they transmit this data/information is through these little gaps called Synapses. At the Synapse what was an electrical impulse is changed to a chemical so it can cross the gap between the Neurons before changing  back to an electrical impulse.

Thus what Shinichi is saying is that the world has created something like that through the internet. We send impulses of information through the ‘neurons’ of the internet and that when these impulses jump from pathway to pathway it’s through this ‘synapses’. Furthermore, just like the synapse of our human brains, the synapse of the internet must also play a hand in creating ‘memory’. So with every impulse of information sent through those synapses we strengthen that ‘memory’. And, with that ‘memory’, a higher being could begin to develop and be ‘born’ in the same way that a human child’s brain would be born and developed.

To which Shinichi replies that ‘I won’t be surprised if that ‘being’ is already born’.  

Further evidence to support this is how Shinichi claims that unless it is connected through the internet Shinichi won’t know about it and how he says if it can’t be done through the internet than he himself can’t do it. Shinichi ‘is’ a being created by the internet thus cannot leave the digital plane. I think the only way he’d be able to is if they create him some kind of cyborg body in which he can take over in the same way that EDI from Mass Effect did. For EDI, she still exists within the Normandy - which is the ship she is the AI for - but while she pilots the ship she can also move in that body. So essentially she is still the ‘ship’ and you can talk to her even if her ‘body’ is 2 floors away, but she can now ‘leave’ the ship through that body. (So for Shinichi he’d ‘leave’ the digital plane in a manner of speaking through his ‘body’ even though he’d still ‘exist’ within the digital plane.)

But I’m digressing. I’m not a Shinichi expert nor am I a psych expert so some of this might be off. That’s just my overly simple interpretation of what Shinichi is.

As for your last question of why no one hires Shinichi instead of Izaya - it is because his ‘chat room’ is very private in the same manner that Izaya’s chatroom used to be private before everyone in durarara!! joined it. You are not able to access it unless an invite has been sent to you and only Shinichi can invite you. Then, once he does invite you, even if you try to hide under an alias or anything like that it immediately exposes you for who you really are. So not many people know about him as a broker. Imo I don’t think he makes brokering information a job like Izaya has. I think that is cause Shinichi is more hands-off? He really doesn’t seem to interfere beyond to help people or cause Izaya problems where he can. But that part is just my opinion.

edit//ahhh ruka reminded me I had forgotten. But yes it’s true Shinichi isn’t an information broker like Izaya. In actuality he is an author - a pretty well known one. Walker has read his stuff before. So the reason no one hires him is because  he isn’t a broker like Izaya is. He just lets Izaya ‘buy’ information from him. 

ichimui  asked:

Love your art man, you're one of the best artists I know here on tumblr, and your personality is just golden too~ <3 I really hope you're doing ok! ✌️ Have a great day! •w•

Thanks! It’s always nice seeing your blog, I really appreciate the compliments! I’m doing fine, and I hope you’re having a great time too ^_^

A farewell gift born of immense gratitude. For Alexis Kennedy when he recently departed from Failbetter Games, known for Fallen London and Sunless Sea particularly.

For those not familiar with Fallen London, it’s a great browser game with all focus on narrative and storytelling. The lore and worldbuilding is fantastic, exceptional and utterly delicious. Sunless Sea is a zee-faring survival exploration game set in the same world, also with a heavy emphasis on storytelling.

Fallen London has taught me so much, and showed me that storytelling still matters, and that a love for words is never a love wasted. It made me come up with the genre ‘shadows wearing a smile’ in order to explain what it was for others. It’s often silly and ridiculous in a good way, but sometimes, sometimes it bares its teeth for just a moment and reminds one that even stories can have a sharp bite.

I’ll always be grateful for the work he’s done, and I’m certain that wherever he go and whatever he does next he will find other ways to bring beauty and marvel and important words to the world.

Seven is the number, and a reckoning will not be postponed indefinitely.
All shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well; this the Bazaar has promised us, and the Bazaar would never lie to us. <3

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I’ve noticed that Halloween things are out at the stores around me, which made me wish fall was here as well. So in wishing for fall, here are my pumpkins, including a recent doodle based on the tag that the lovely Lady of the Manners at gothiccharmschool uses for the arrival of Halloween things, Threat Level: Pumpkin.

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