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Ei Wada

Another great short documentary from tocotocotv focuses on Japanese new media artist who loves old redundent media, creating new musical instruments.

[PS - to get subtitles you will need to click on the ‘Captions’ icon third from the bottom right of the YouTube menu bar:]

In this episode, we follow Ei Wada, a young artist evolving in Tokyo, whose universe revolves between music and contemporary art. The instruments he uses for his compositions vary between open reel recorders and all types of old appliances, such as electric fans or televisions. Wada performs in a band named “Open Reel Ensemble”, and also works on various solo projects such as “Electronicos Fantasticos!”, he is also in charge of music for the shows of world-renown brand Issey Miyake during the Paris Fashion Week.

We will follow him in the Sumida district, located in Eastern Tokyo, where Wada has an atelier for one of his projects. Our first stop will be at Retro Enterprises, an old camera shop, which is also the only place in Asia where one can develop 8mm film, Wada often goes there to find inspiration and learn the staff’s techniques to preserve old media.

We will then head towards the Yoshinari steel factory, a local workshop that specializes in a specific type of part for daily-use objects, before heading over Topping East, where Wada does part of his work. He will share more about his universe, his inspirations and his motivations behind giving a new life to appliances that have become obsolete with time. 

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why skyrim modding proves dude spaces understand content warnings-- they just hate ones that aren’t for them

The dude-dominant trend of mocking trigger warnings or content warnings and ‘safe spaces’ is obviously bullshit but let me tell you a story. (long post)

So my friend and I decided to publish a mod for The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim. They had been working on it for a pretty long time, and I helped out by providing some of the written materials, beta testing, and concept work. It was a pretty extensive mod, overhauling many aspects of the game and adding some entirely new ones.

This means that it would be incompatible with many other popular mods to install. This didn’t bother us because other overhauls of the same scale exist already, and they do well enough.

And it made hot files! It was pretty cool. We decided to provide involved support for it, especially after launch, as we still were fixing bugs and tweaking features. Their feedback also may be important for future updates.

However, because our mod made so many changes, we released a full readme with what types of things the mod changed, and what sorts of mods would probably not work with it. Our landing page gave a good sampling of the features within, way more detailed than most of the frontpages of whole video games on Steam.

But neither were good enough.

I can’t really presume their genders, but the heavily male-dominated culture over on NexusMods wasn’t comfortable with anything but a full spoiler list of every single tweak. Where to get every new item. Every change made, a full list of every available perk, beyond a simple summary. Previously secret or hidden surprises had to be spoiled, because how else would they know what they were getting?

The constant questions, ‘is this mod compatible with X’ despite pretty clear compatibility directions and restrictions continue. They want to know everything about the mod, every tiny detail of how it might interact with other mods we didn’t even consider, before trying it. And they’ll ask us before reading the readme or even the landing page and figuring it out themselves. 

This isn’t about content as sensitive as personal stories of trauma, disturbing content, or anything along those lines. This is, presumably, mature people not willing to try a mod for a video game without the creators themselves personally holding their hand and spoiling all the content’s details to them, or asking for 1:1 geek squad support over reading simple compatibility notes.

We’re not entitled to anybody playing with our work. That’s up to each person to decide. But as we published and then were faced with that we (mostly I) had woefully underestimated the need for total detail disclosure. It became clear to me that this is a level of detail that blows simple “CW: blood” out of the water.

And it’s normal for them. To them, media isn’t like the “back in the day, you read a book and whatever was inside was inside!” situation that a lot of them tout. It’s like buying a car. They want to know the mileage of the car. They want to know if the car can be tuned up or have parts swapped out. They want to know about the measurements of the car, its headroom, the width of its axles, how high it is off the ground. They want to know what noise the unlock of the car makes, its emissions, its safety rating, who else owns the car, and what other cars that it’s similar to.

And that’s not unreasonable, at least for a sensible level of detail. But the reality is, if you said “no, I won’t tell you, you need to find out for yourself” these people wouldn’t suck it up. They would pass up your product because they do not know if it contains something that is displeasing to them– whether that is in a technical sense that it would not work well with other modules, or a hidden message or piece of unmarked content that may insult or disgust them.

Plenty of shitty clickbait has been written about how content warnings, media ratings, and clear specifications of a product are different from the plague of ‘trigger warnings’ but so far the only observable difference between them is the audience that trigger warnings is intended to serve: people with mental health concerns.They are all notes that may be in varying detail, that forewarn an audience or consumer of the content of something presented before they commit to it fully.

That speaks to me that what trolls really mean when they say ‘suck it up’ is anything but– They do not want others to stop having feelings or stop being cautious of potential hazards, but to be subject to them on purpose. Meanwhile, they get all the level of information they want about what they care about. It solidifies them as a legitimate audience and their needs as legitimate, and others and their needs as less so.

What they really mean is, “I would rather you not be informed, or see you being informed.” They would, in a matter of speaking, prefer that women and people of color and PTSD sufferers be continuously sold a mystery car, even a shitty one. They do not want to hear that the car they like, or the mod they want, or the books they read, or the movies they watch, do not suit the needs of someone else. Because if they like something, and someone says that it just doesn’t work for them, then that thing can’t objectively be always worthwhile or ‘good content.’

They don’t get upset when their peers request if this extensive overhaul is compatible with any number of extensive overhauls that touch similar features (spoiler: it’s not). They aren’t special snowflakes for wanting to know, even if they are very annoying and obviously aren’t using their brain or even reading the content warnings before asking for personalized assistance. The opposite: they chime in and even help provide the information to their peers or advice to the media maker unasked-for, or even demand more detail so they can begin optimizing before they even download the content at all. 

They already are fluent in the idea of marking content according to the needs of a potential consumer– even entitled to more of that information than someone making media might want to divulge openly. What is despised is not somehow information cowardice or a potential echo chamber but that someone other than themself might have needs.

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Wand Personalities
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More product for the shop. I snuck in one of my other projects. Uploading some My Little Pony inspired wands this week. Rarity has to be my favorite, but I had a fantastic time making the others.Thank you all for waiting! I will try and catch up with all the photos I need to take.

PSA to everyone

My Hogwarts Houses as Literary Quotes and The Houses as Studyblrs graphics and has been reposted and spreaded both on tumblr and twitter respectively as of late.

These are the original posts:

And these are the reposted ones:

I have contacted one of the reposters on tumblr and ask them to take down what they’ve reposted from me and they cooperated. They confessed that they found my creations on twitter. 

The other reposter @fadsarchiblog, though, wasn’t as polite. Despite taking down what they’ve reposted without permission, they blocked me.

Last week, the same thing happened and I dealt with it privately but seeing as it happened again, I would just like to highlight this issue because it is simply unethical to repost someone else’s work completely without permission although you’ve credited and/or tagged them in your post. It is one thing to share a picture, but a whole other thing to save the creator’s work and upload them again on your own social media account. Graphic makers spend a lot of time and effort in creating their work, so please respect them.

If you’re going to credit the original creator, you should probably share the original post by permalink and link it back to the actual post rather than only mentioning their URL (e.g. [cruvcio]). Otherwise, nobody would know who and where it was from.

It is NOT OKAY to repost someone’s creations regardless of whether you credit the author or not. There is just no excuse, unless if the original creator permits you to.

If you have reblogged these graphics from a source that is other than me, I kindly ask that you please delete them and reblog the original source instead if you want to.

Thank you! ♥

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So —> Representation in animation in regards to beauty standards! 

Through “Disney Confessions” I have noticed several debates talking about this and for a film/media student like myself whom also has working-experience with children, I find it it all very interesting. I will not go into where I stand in this, even though I could make a whole documentary about the topic. I just wanted to share a personal experience: 

A few years ago my little sister and I were fooling around on the computer, playing a princess dress-up game. After a while I noticed a strange trend. You see, there were two different body types to choose from; a thin body and a slightly more average body (as shown above). My sister kept choosing the thinner model and after princess nr 10 I pointed out the other model. Maybe she missed it. But no, she was aware of it, so I proceeded with asking why she wouldn’t use it.

“She is fat! She can’t be a princess.” was her reply. Dead serious. She was 6 years old.

I will just leave it at that.  

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Publicists Agree That Successful Campaigns Require Fast Thinking and Social Media
Hollywood’s union publicists have their moment in the sun two days before the Oscars at the 54th annual Intl. Cinematographers Guild Publicists Awards luncheon Feb. 24 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. …
By Dave McNary

“The key duties of an agency publicist is to craft a client’s image in the best way possible that enhances his or her career,” says Jennifer Allen of Viewpoint. “This means coming up with a workable, yet flexible plan, executing it and refining it as the client’s career progresses.  It demands a working knowledge and personal relationships with key media, decision-makers, key studio, network and production executives, all of whom are necessary to make the plan succeed.”

Viewpoint clients include Matt Damon, Dwayne Johnson, Kristen Stewart, Lily Tomlin, Zac Efron, Kate Mara, Kevin Bacon, and Jesse Eisenberg.

“The most important part of the job is being honest, both with the client, as well as the media and those involved with a particular project,” she says. “Not all things are possible, or even desirable at all times. Having the foresight and ability to select and generate correctly is key.

The role of a publicist in the general sense hasn’t changed; it’s everything around it that is constantly evolving and it’s our job to not only remain relevant but to progress with the changing times accordingly.”


If the publicist (and talent) are working at cross purposes from studio, network, and/or production executives, the plan will not succeed.  I imagine that certain strategies then have to be revised.  Which can be very very difficult.