Someone requested a more detailed look at the whole Miko saga here.
Miko announces that she’s running for President of the human village. In particular, she promises to change the relationship between humans and youkai. As we all know, the human village currently has no government and Miko has experience ruling an entire country. If you don’t vote for her, society will collapse. But if she does become President, you can look forward to a bright future. Her platform is “Humanity First”
Make Humanity Great Again!
Miko gives a speech about the dangers of illegal youkai immigrants. They steal jobs and import the problems of youkai mountain: drugs, diseases and *censored*. She’s going to build a wall, and the youkai will pay for it.
Following Miko’s extreme comments, surprisingly some youkai actually agreed with her. Why? Because of the inevitable food crisis. There are only so many humans in the village, clearly not enough food for all the youkai. Local youkai would actually welcome a wall. (Pictures are of youkai eating in the human village)
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Then Aya does her interview with Hecatia and has a crisis of conscience. Or at the very least, she ain’t gonna be no pawn of the Lunarians.
She issues a correction. The photo was real, and was too exciting not to use, but Miko’s speech was actually pretty boring there. She was giving a regularly scheduled lecture on the topic of “Health tips for humans, from a hermit”. So Aya had decided to accompany the cool picture with a plagiarized news story from the outside world. Which she’s now retracting. Incidentally:
This entire thing is the book that Aya canceled. She eventually decided not to publish it at all.
One day in the future you may leave platform 9 and 3 quarters for the last time, you might climb out of the rabbit hole, you might shut the door to 221B baker street, you might throw the sheet back over the wardrobe, you might leave Camelot, you might stumble out of a blue police box for the last time, you might finally defeat the demons, stubborn angels and drive off in the impala.
But you will remember the days leading up to the end. The adventures, the love, the happiness, the sadness, the pain. For these fictional places and characters are never quite going to go away. Because the ones that love us, never really leave us.
If you’re using the new Duolingo Japanese course and find errors, please report them so that we, as a learning community, support each other and create even better resources for the future.
Also, doing this is more likely to show there’s an active demand for Japanese so may encourage higher level content on Duolinguo or other platforms in future that could be useful to us all.
Thanks to @itsumowakaranai for flagging this issue
Will MJ actually tell us what happened? Or is it just not something he's gonna do? Did he say he would tell us if it's canceled? (Since u know it was canceled officially)
Back in January he prettttty much said he’d find a way to let us know what was gonna happen if a new venue didn’t work out, so hopefully he figures something out.
Gimme a sec and I’ll edit with the link.
“If the show does not go forward, I have this little thing on Twitter I’ve had fun with… You would probably, at some point, hear what at least I had in mind, in some summation or wrap up, if it doesn’t go forward. But I can tell you, what we were doing and what we were building towards, was really good. It’s also knowing that, that makes the show ending early — it’s too bad.” –http://www.thewrap.com/girl-meets-world-showrunner-on-shows-future-there-are-interested-platforms
The sail away for the substructure of the world’s largest Spar-platform, Aasta Hansteen, is approaching. Soon it will leave Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea. The 46 000 tonnes structure will be transported to Norway on the world’s largest heavy transport vessel, Dockwise Vanguard. The transport vessel had to be submerged 27.5m to allow the platform to be onboarded. Check out the amazing video of the float on operation.
The far left have begun to settle down and openly acknowledge the influence of imageboards in swaying politics and driving the cultural narrative. What’s more, they have come to realize they no longer have the cultural capital of youth to rely on after a decade of polarisation due to unchecked social justice progressive identity politics.
But they still don’t comprehend that the meme power of 4chan is only effective because it is resonating with youth who face increasingly aggravating conditions and quality of life. Youth who threw their hopes behind obama, ronpaul, occupy and Bernie sanders; only to see their enthusiasm crushed and rolled back into reasserting the establishments grip. Radicalism ensues where democratic representation is systematically denied.
The far left are the underdog now via years of broadly held negligence of the responsibility in commanding the narrative and ignorance in the face of a radically transformed global order that undermines antiquated mainstream values of hopeful multiculturalism and cultural relativism.
The radical left can’t “punch” their way out of this one when the next generation despises them for their clearly desperate, if not amusing violence to cover for the lack of an answer or left wing vision to deal with this new global (dis)order of late stage capitalism and the decay of western led globalism. Youth identify that, past punching back nazis, the left offers nothing constructive or reassuring to the dangers and issues of contemporary nature. If not that, the previously outspoken icons of progressive values circa 2010-2015 have gone silent either from exhaustion from social justice callout hysteria (that eviscerated progressive millenial leadership) or persistent news of cognitive dissonance triggering events (if not plainly emotionally overwhelming) like upset right wing victories (trump, brexit) and exponentially growing islamic terrorism/violence that becomes an ever increasing obstacle course to be an apologist for.
So yeah. If you look into left wing discourse today, all you see is a frantic agitation and alarm toward the far right, culminating in a single rallying cry: “punch nazis.”
There is little else to glean from the left today but this call to action, which is figuratively a desperate cry to return to the liberal normalcy and assumed permanence of 5 years ago. Unless. Of course, you look into Leninist and other staunchly communist circles of discourse that remain undeterred in their criticism of western geopolitical and social hegemony, while other radical left have turned to uphold these corrupt systems in their desperation to fight back a rising tide of fascists and nationalists. Hence the odd sight of pop-anarchists marching in the wake of brexit, in defense of the EU, a supranational entity to primarily benefit the corporate elite of the richest member states of the union.
Because of this, youth now increasingly favour far right dogma because it is the only political force that offers a path out of this shit, even if it means walking back the achievements of the mainstream left. The radical and moderate left only offers more hopeful ignorance and desperate antifa posturing (co-opted from anarchists) in spite of monthly Salafist attacks in europe that continues to erode the social democrat Foundation they stand on the shoulders of.
This leads to curious cases such as Jon tron, a man of Iranian heritage, grasping onto white nationalist talking points in what appears to be a a spell of self-loathing and disillusionment.
Without a constructive and unapologetic platform to captivate aimless, frustrated people in the middle, struggling in the new global order left by boomers (and gen x), the left will continue to lose ground in dramatic fashion.
They are waking up, but are still slowly and begrudgingly peeling back sedimentary layers of accumulated progressive arrogance and hubris that made the left an ineffectual if not functionally reckless laughing stock of a political idealism the past decade.
Intersectionality will be the key in the left wing’s future platform to rise against the alt right, but not in the way progressives of the 10’s have mismanaged it, but in accommodating the issues, awareness and especially the internal criticisms of the wide world and it’s various ethnic, social conditions.
Perhaps a global community of autonomous platforms and critics mindful of sovereign limitations and conditions. Not total universal values, protectionism and collectivism, but common grounds..
Or something. Hard to give words to it.
I’ve been giving a lot of thought toward what a functioning left wing platform could be.
if you’ve never heard of glassdoor before, it’s basically this place where employees of (usually at least fairly large or notable) corporations can leave reviews of where they work. while glassdoor doesn’t allow companies to edit the reviews they get, there’s also no screening process to verify previous employment, etc. however, some trends in these reviews – as well as how they match up with what we’re seeing on the site – makes me believe they at least have some truth to them and aren’t all faked. here are some interesting insights:
Is writing something you see yourself doing/being financially dependent on? Or is it just a hobby and MAYBEEEEEE you'll write on a "professional" platform????
As of this moment I haven’t thought about being financially dependent on writing in the future, but I have been considering on taking writing as something I do professionally in the future - whether through professional platforms or published works. I haven’t made any plans ahead but I do know that I won’t stop writing :)
“I don’t think ‘Girl should have been canceled. We signed to do four seasons. I thought we would be able to tell stories through four seasons. That’s the way we set it up. It was going to be a remarkable final year.
“I don’t think this thing can go on three or four months without a decision,” he said. “I think it will be sooner rather than later.”
‘I can tell you, what we were doing and what we were building towards, was really good. It’s also knowing that, that makes the show ending early – it’s too bad.’
I maintained a fairly transparent presence online when I first started TBS, partly out of a feeling of necessity for fostering my new and enthusiastic audience, but in the last year I decided to take a deliberate step back from my initial approach to social media for a number of reasons. Mostly because it’s exhausting in a way that’s difficult to describe, especially to those who haven’t grown up in front of computers or with smartphones in their hands. Partly because of very real and terrifying threats to my privacy and personal security, troubling enough to make me feel temporarily disempowered - which is a scary thing to admit publicly considering, y’know, that was probably the creeper’s intent.
Creating and maintaining an online presence tends to steal one’s personal identity and commandeer it in a way that is disconcerting. You relinquish autonomy for the sake of social currency and it’s confusing and awkward, like going through puberty all over again. You start to think about your ‘personal brand’ - a thing that can be monetized by, yeah, you, maybe, but also by other people, companies. You begin to wonder - am I doing, sharing, saying things that uphold that ‘brand’? what’s the brand? and your personality suddenly dissolves into a handful of shallow adjectives: funny, quirky, dorky, cute, artsy, happy, nerdy. There you go. Package deal. You get what you pay for. You’re a marketable object to be commodified and sold for a profit. Congratulations, and welcome to your fame. I started to get a taste of this and it’s bitter, weird.
What the whole point of this post is, is that it’s a promise that I’m never going to bullshit you. While I might not put myself out there as much as I used to - primarily because of a concern for my personal safety as well as a mutual feeling like that type of sacrifice wasn’t worth maintaining a falsely overjoyed online presence - I want you to know that what I’m doing, sharing, creating, promoting, encouraging, is genuinely coming from me, without external pressure to live up to someone else’s standards of marketability.
When online media feels so fickle I stress about my future success on these platforms, and I just hope you’ll bear the growing pains with me. Don’t hesitate to be in touch, send a note, ask a question. I’m here because of you and appreciate your support no matter what. Thank you. Here’s my digital hug. <3
First code of conduct for the use of virtual reality established
Researchers from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in Germany have prepared a list of ethical concerns that might arise with the use of virtual reality (VR) by researchers and the general public. Along with this list, Dr. Michael Madary and Professor Thomas Metzinger have produced concrete recommendations for minimizing the risks. According to Madary and Metzinger in their article in Frontiers in Robotics and AI, additional focused research is urgently needed. They are especially concerned about the possibility of unanticipated consequences for the psychological states and self-images of users who are able to inhabit a virtual environment almost as if it is the real world.
The technological capacity for generating virtual worlds from home computers will soon be widely available to the general public, as special head-mounted displays are brought to market that create the illusion of being immersed in virtual three-dimensional worlds. The opportunities for research, education, and entertainment using VR have been much discussed in the media, but Madary and Metzinger seek to raise awareness about the risks that accompany these opportunities – risks that have received far less attention so far. Both philosophers have participated over the last several years in an EU project on “Virtual Embodiment and Robotic Re-Embodiment” (VERE) with a focus on illusions of embodiment, in which one has the feeling of owning and controlling a body that is not one’s own, such as an avatar in VR.
Main thing would be regular prints and phone cases, but there’s other things like pillows, cards, clocks, clothes, journals, laptop designs, etc.
My main designs are likely just going to be original geometric patterns (because I have a huge..passion for that type of aesthetic, thanks to hexeosis who makes fresh cool designs and inspired me) and environmental concept painting type dealios. So yeah. If you guys wanna see any sort of specific thing from me in the future on these platforms though, I’m all ears!
Several people have asked me for prints of certain art pieces before (but I’m too busy to individually ship stuff out.) I will probably update it every now and then with a new design, or an older piece that was requested in the past.
Society6 might be a better option for quality because I had a little more control over specific sizes on specific products.. but…. not sure, I’m pretty new to all this anyway.
If you like any of this stuff, or know someone that might, a signal boost would be appreciated.
No, this isn’t the start of a sci-fi horror film… it’s just awesome science.
In a basement laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, two robotocists have harnessed the sensing, swimming, and swarming abilities of bacteria to power microscopic robots. Even though their work sounds like the prologue to a dark science fiction film, Ph.D. students Elizabeth Beattie and Denise Wong hope these initial experiments with nano bio-robots will provide a platform for future medical and micro-engineering endeavors.