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Visual Novels: the Rise of a Medium

Over the past decade the Western VN scene has changed dramatically. From being the realm of a few die-hard fans enviously eyeing those who could read Japanese, it’s become a small but profitable niche of the Western game industry. With both home-grown talent and official localisations starting to target the expanding fan-base, we can expect to see changes in the kind of content being produced. This series of posts will try to track those changes and perhaps offer a glimpse into where the medium is going.

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Frank Kern - internet marketing kagillionare he says a lot of useful things in the video as always 

these are notes i made 

“everyone that we know in the internet marketing world that has cool life all that stuff is bought by email subscribers and customers, when we accept that fact it often leads to what is probably the biggest myth in internet marketing today”

he goes on to explain how that myth is “the money is in the list” if that were the case anybody could by a cd with a billion emails on it and if the money were in the list that guy would be a multi millionaire so the money is not in the list

some people say that “the money is in the relationship with the list” but what creates this relationship with the list? the real truth is the money is in the value that you provide to the list because the value you provide to the list creates that relationship, trust and goodwill with the list which makes them want to buy with you, the ultimate truth in business long term is that we are paid in direct proportion to the amount of value we provide to our market place 

“our income is directly proportion to the value we provide to our market place“

quick hits do happen but they vanish, for lasting success you need to constantly be providing value for your marketplace and if you do you will be compensated for it well 

he gives us 5 pillars to create value in your marketplace to bond with any list of any size and ultimately make sales

people ask “how do i provide value and sell at the same time” many people think if you are selling you are not providing value and you are doing people wrong but actually the opposite is true 

Pillar 1: know their desired outcome

“its very important for you to know your market and more important for you to know what it is that they want to accomplish and understand how you can help me them and then of course actually help them” 

Pillar 2: overcome peoples scepticism with something he calls “shock and awe coolness” 

many people especially in the online marketplace are skeptical because of how many shenanigans have been perpetuated within the marketplace online globally so you need to understand people will naturally be skeptical, so you over come this by “shock and awe coolness” when someone comes into your funnel and joins your list its because they want to get 1 step closer or many steps closer to their ultimate desired outcome as mentioned in step 1 the best thing you can do is demonstrate you can help them via shock and awe coolness which essentially is you putting your best foot forward you overcome scepticism by giving people something they can use immediately in their business give people the most valuable thing that you can upfront and you will be compensated for it remember: our income is in directly proportion to the value we provide to our market place this is an example of that.

Pillar 3: demonstrate that they can achieve their outcome 

a normal problem that lots of people have in any niche is deep down inside people is a voice telling them that they cant do it, they’re not good enough for whatever reason and they don’t believe in themselves, self doubt really ruins many peoples ambition so its up to us to demonstrate that yes they really can do it. one of the best way to do this is show them that other people like them who have done what they are trying to do. so be sure that your prospects can achieve the results and through your actions show them that you can help them

Pillar 4: don’t just show them give them the tools to help them on their way

“so contemplate what tools can i give people in my community what tolls can i give my prospects right now that they can use today to get one step closer to that desired outcome remember they’re not on your list for fun”

so steps 1-4 are critical pieces of the equation which is generating goodwill by helping others get what they want and if you do that your doing a good job but you still ned to sell something to feed your family and support your lifestyles so that leads to step 5 

Pillar 5:  motivate them to go further 

“say listen as you can tell by the stuff i just shared with you and the tools ive given you, you can do this. and i have something that i think will really help you accelerate your results” make an offer do it kindly give them a good reason to take action quickly and provide a rock solid guarantee and if you do that consistently with your customers best interest in mind and genuinely deliver value to your marketplace you can and will be extreme successful and you don’t have to have a giant list to do so.

eclipse

darkness. it swallows everything gradually but its result is suffocatingly sudden. it leaves you feeling like you’ve missed out on some joke: “there’s no way i could i have overlooked this.” the air turns cool, and the world goes silent, and everything is still. there is quiet and cold in this moment, but there is also unity. and then, as cheesy as it sounds, there is light. we look around, expecting more, but there is nothing more. it’s over and done, we made it through, and witnessed something beautiful and awe inspiring. a once in a lifetime experience, happening in the course of fifteen minutes, bringing something infinitely more impactful than its face value. it delivers a story and a bond and the ironic broadcasting of the song “here comes the sun”. out of this darkness we’ve entered a new phase of light and birth and discovery that cannot be paralleled by any other known phenomenon. the sun’s early arrival brought with it warmth and growth.

ONS Characters Relationships

Recently, I’ve started to think about how much the relationships between the Owari No Seraph characters have changed from the beginning of this manga [regardless the light novels] till recently because everything has changed to the way that I couldn’t even get clearly. So, let’s have a look through the flow of the story

At the very beginning, the relationship had been like this

So easy to get [Yup  ( ̄▽ ̄) ]

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After a while, it has started to change till it has seemed to be like this

Complex, but still easy to get ╮(︶▽︶)╭

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After that, it has started to be more complex in the way that cannot be easily understood ( ̄_ ̄)・・・, but the last chapter has started to show us a clear image. So, according to it, we can say that the relationships have become like this chart

This means that the whole parties share the same target, which is finding the one behind everything.

[Why haven’t I mentioned Saito?

Because I don’t wanna go through a maze after I’ve started to get something (ーー;) ]

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Note: Guren’s & Ferid’s team contains many different creatures. This could lead us towards the essential value of Owari No Seraph, which is the real meaning of family.

What do I mean (•ิ_•ิ)?

Go back to the last chart and focus on it. What can you get?

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Let me explain it for you

There are three separate groups that strive for the same target. The first group which I’ve named it Kureto’s represents the humans. The second one is the vampires and the last one is a union of different creatures.

What is the relation between that and the value that Kagami sensei is working to deliver [the value of the family]?

I think he wants to show us the exact meaning of family, which can be truly represented by the last group. The real family is the whole creatures live on the earth. They need to work together to get rid of the darkness. This thing cannot be achieved by humans only nor another specific kind of creatures, too.

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OMG..That was very hard to explain (◎ ◎)ゞ

Hope you could get what I have exactly meant (ᵔ.ᵔ)

Finally, as always, you can add to, discuss or even correct my thoughts ♡  

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Look.

Look at this stunning, talented, beautiful and diverse cast that portrays different characters with such heartbreaking yet wonderful back stories.

This show is by far the most creative and well written show I have ever watched. It brought something new and something fresh to the table, something no one’s ever seen before. It was fearless and took so many risks in the way it was delivered. It valued the LGBTQ+ far more than many other shows and it valued diversity. And it was realistic, aside from them being connected the way they are, it was real and raw and dealt with such harsh situations that many deal with personally. And it was groundbreaking.

Which is why it honestly breaks my heart that it got cancelled, so many stories left unfinished. They all finally met, and it’s over.

There were so many things left unsaid, all their stories having yet to be wrapped up given that they were dealing with a tough issue in their lives where they left off.

This was by far Netflix’s best and most complex show, and now it’s gone.

The basic purpose of business is conducting a value exchange with the ability to achieve a financial benefit. Businesses exist when they can (profitably) create value for customers. This value comes in different flavors…Tangible value is relatively easy to demonstrate and quantify; It is objective. It appeals to a broad number of people who have a similar need and would all agree on how it should be met. This is a basic aspect of almost every product or service. Often, the scarcity of products delivering only tangible value, as well as the immediacy or importance of the need they fulfill, determine how much demand and what kind of pricing they can command. Most basic products and commodities fall into this category.

There is also intangible value, which can be harder to demonstrate, and is best described through qualities. Whether or not a person agrees there is value in it tends to be more subjective…Many products or services of intangible value. In some cases, the intangible value is based on aggregation of specialized tangible value, where the excess is not needed by all but is nice for some people to have for practical needs (professional-level tools). In this case where the buyer of this kind of value may never actually need to use it, the value is really measured in how possessing this excess of tangible value fulfills an emotional or psychological need of the buyer: security, excitement, habit and so forth. Because it is intangible and subjective, this kind of value is often only truly measurable by the individual. Many nonessential products and services or things that command a premium fall into this category.

Finally there is aspirational value which is related to intangible value but with a slight twist. Here, rather than merely satisfying an internally defined need, aspirational value is often tied to the status and desires of an individual– personal things we want to believe about ourselves, or things we want others to believe about us. In other words, it is about satisfying an internal need in an outward way. Aspirational value is often an attribute of luxury products and services and is commonly the underlying premise of brands (brand being a belief system originally developed to differentiate one’s products from those of competitors when relying on tangible value would be insufficient.)

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“Experience Design A Framework for Integrating Brand, Experience, and Value” by Patrick Newbery and Kevin Farnham, p. 3

There’s been a lot of discussion of lateral whorephobia lately, and I want to use this excerpt to talk about that.  But I guess in order to do so it’s necessary to define what we’re providing for our clients when we do sex work in these terms. 

I would argue that pretty much nothing that any sex worker provides could meaningfully fall under the first category of tangible value. Even when our clients claim to be seeking out “just” a blow job or a “plain, no-frills spanking” the metric by which that is judged isn’t objective or concrete, and our relationship to the performance or non-performance of “authenticity” is too complicated to really allows us to claim tangible value in what we do.  There might be an exception there for workers who create actual commodities from their labor – such as people selling clips, or used panties and socks – but I’d argue that financial success in both of those areas is absolutely predicated on those commodities actually being a delivery method for “interaction with a work persona,” and therefore really providing primarily intangible value.  

We’re creating emotional, visceral experiences for clients (even when that experience is “physical sex acts without interpersonal engagement”), and so what we’re selling is either an intentionally private experience and therefore has intangible value, or is a public, identity-affirming performance of consumption on the part of the client and therefore has aspirational value.  Most sex workers (at all price points) create both kinds of value, whether in combination, or differing from client to client. 

No particular flavor of value is better, or necessarily more lucrative than any other flavor.  We’re successful in running our businesses when we hit upon a combination of value-provision that a) our particular skills lend themselves well to, b) we can provide sustainably without burnout/self-sabotage and c) hit on a regional market-need (and obviously what that service consists of can and probably needs to evolve over time, as our skills will change, and our market environment will also change). 

Logically, then (ha), there should be no lateral whorephobia.  The kind of value we create professionally does not say anything about our private identities.  We’re all just trying to find the most auspicious ratio of effort to income.  It’s as ridiculous opera singers maintaining a vendetta against ballet dancers – completely pointless and meaningless.

So where does it come from? (Other than the obvious classism, racism, transmisogyny and victim-blaming, that is…) In part, anyway, lateral whorephobia is horrendously bad business sense – it’s a chef eating the steaks out of their own restaurant kitchen, it’s a therapist spending the whole work day writing in their own diary, it’s a bookshop owner who loves their stock so much that they refuse to sell any of their books.  

Because the key here is that, when you create and sell this value, you’re supposed to be selling it to your customers.  Lateral whorephobia is what happens when a sex worker takes the professional persona that is supposed to deliver value to clients, and consumes it as part of her personal identity.  Her business becomes primarily a means of creating aspirational value for herself rather than creating income by providing that value to others.  Whether it’s sugar babies swearing blue that they Just Aren’t Sex Workers, dancers deriding their colleagues who do offsite extras, escorts ‘splaining about why you should never trust a provider who charges less than whatever per hour, or fetish workers spouting whatever embarrassing shit we’re spouting this week about Twoo Domination Being A Spiritual Experience, it’s all the same and it’s all anti-profit and off-target. If you’re spending energy making your work about you, the real you, then you aren’t spending it on the people who are actually paying you. It’s an atrociously poor idea. 

And let’s not forget, it benefits clients, the worst of our clients, too.  Because when you make yourself a (shitty, underpaying) client, you also make yourself more vulnerable to manipulation – clients can create an aspirational experience for you, that conveniently winds up with you crossing your own boundaries or charging less than you want, because that’s what The Kind of Girl You Are does. 

Tl;dr: Lateral Whorephobia is not just harmful to your colleagues and a noxious character flaw, it is also bad for business. Don’t do it. 

(esp particularly interested in the opinions of professionalephemeral, evolvingmatter, marginalutilite, ithotyouknew and clarawebbwillcutoffyourhead here if you folks feel like chiming in. To start with. I keep thinking of more people who I want to add. Everyone chime in please.)

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My house walk-through
My house walk-through This is not horror video. This video was created simply by filming inside my house. ---------------------------------------------------...

nana825763 is back and in full force with this incredible POV video. It’s a Silent Hill PT endless hallway deal, but the atmosphere it creates is so incredibly unsettling with repetitive captions, deep muffled chanting, and a hellish paper mache progression of the apartment. It give me some serious chills at several points. I’m in awe at the production value, nana always delivers something truly engulfed in the grotesque (when they’re not posting ant nursery videos) but this was really something else. This is some truly quality Japanese YouTube horror. This is the level of quality I strive for in my work.

Since our founding in 1999, SolarWinds’ mission has been to provide purpose-built products that are designed to make IT professionals’ jobs easier. We offer value-driven products and tools that solve a broad range of IT management challenges – whether those challenges are related to networks, servers, applications, storage or virtualization.

We distinguish ourselves by refusing to accept the status quo established by most other enterprise software vendors. Face it: The vast majority of IT management tools today are difficult to use, expensive, and really do not address the realities of today’s real-world IT management challenges. Sadly, IT pros have resigned themselves to accept this as just another part of the job. But we do not think enterprise software has to be as complicated as its made out to be.

At SolarWinds, we are fanatical about putting our users first in everything we do. We strive every day to deliver powerful functionality that is easy to use with one of the fastest and longest lasting ROIs in the market.

Our approach is to deliver “unexpected simplicity” and redefine the expectations IT Pros have for enterprise software.

Simply put, we work to:

  • Eliminate the complexity found in traditional enterprise software – making it easier to find, buy, deploy and maintain.
  • Connect with our community – using daily interactions with our large, global user community to guide our product development and strategy.
  • Constantly evolve our products – ensuring that our software is on point to meet the most important problems that IT Pros have today, and continues to deliver increasing value over the lifetime of ownership.

Our company was built by network and systems engineers who know what it takes to manage today’s dynamic IT environments. They combined this expertise with a deep connection to the IT community to create IT management products that are effective, accessible and easy to use.

The result?

IT management software that works for you – and that delivers on our promise of “unexpected simplicity.”

FlexPod from NetApp

Reduce deployment time, project risk, and the cost of IT with prevalidated FlexPod solutions from NetApp and Cisco.

The FlexPod® platform, developed by NetApp and Cisco, is a flexible, converged infrastructure solution that delivers prevalidated storage, networking, and server technologies. It’s designed to increase IT responsiveness to business demands while reducing your overall cost of computing. Think maximum uptime, minimal risk.

FlexPod leverages new technologies and enables new use cases that redefine the way IT delivers value.

A Tempt

How careful are you in this life,
Do you take chance decisions?
Has it cost opportunities in turn,
Makes you wonder about living?

Calculated moves are just that,
Eggshells you walk on yourself.
It will never deliver one’s value,
Even in terms of actual wealth.

Why not make a leap for once,
See where it takes you instead.
Not off of a bridge or a building,
But something worth the tread.

Risk doesn’t matter in the end,
To the wind goes such caution.
You’re capable of achievement,
When failure is not your option.

Delivering Production Values on a Limited Budget

I get asked this question frequently - how do I maximize my production values? When you don’t really have a budget for a 10-ton light truck and a small army of hands to finesse your image, what can you do? 

Truthfully, there’s a lot you can do, and the core of it involves your basic skill and eye. Think of it this way: With a pencil and paper, a trained artist can make a masterpiece, just as someone can also make a worthless doodle with the same tools. The tools rarely dictate production value. Especially with today’s technologies, the ability to create a quality image is tenfold.

But we’ve seen those movies shot on expensive DSLRs and even RED and Alexa that look and feel like shit. Someone spent a lot of money and thought that was going to make it look Hollywood. Happens all the time. 

I’ve built a reputation of delivering high production values on a very limited budget, and it’s gotten me a lot of work. I do it also maintaining my edict to always pay my crew (no one works for free) and there are few corners cut, few favors asked. So how do I do it? Here’s six simple rules to production value. 

1) The greatest production value / special effect is the human condition. In other words, if your script and performances are strong, your perceived production value goes up tenfold. The recent film Tangerine, shot entirely on an iPhone, proves this point exactly. The performances are searing and memorable, and the film has something to say and is dedicated to it. We become immersed, and the raw aesthetic becomes part of the narrative. Spend time on your scripts and work diligently with your actors. These are two of the most inexpensive things you can do which will return tremendous value to your film. 

2) Keep it steady and widescreen. These are aesthetic choices but shooting widescreen will always give the sheen of expensive production value. You can try it yourself. Just shoot a monologue with a friend on your phone. Frame it for a 2.35:1 (anamorphic) aspect ratio. Shoot wide, medium and close. In the edit, crop it to the anamorphic frame. You will see cinema. 

The other part of this is to keep your camera stabilized, either on a tripod, slider or a dolly. Use movements like pans, tilts and dolly gracefully and with calculated precision. A precise film is an expensive looking one. Think of David Fincher. For all of his technical achievements, some of his most iconic frames are simple pans done on a tripod. Combine this stabilized image with a widescreen aspect ratio and you’ve elevated your film’s look immensely. 

3) Light for film. This takes understanding of cinematography, and if you don’t have that knowledge then hire someone who does. A professional DP costs money but she can deliver nuance and gradation that will take your work to the next level. A lot of films can be made with a basic 5-light kit, and a DP who knows their stuff can work wonders with said kit and a lot of bounce. Have them light for film, meaning do not let them rely solely on the light sensitivity of the digital sensor. Lighting for film means picking up the details, and details matter. 

4) Mise en scene. Build richness in the frame with your production design and art direction. Fill your screen with details, small objects and texture. Build layers within the frame and give your image depth with objects in the foreground, middle and background. Use these to play with depth-of-field. Choose locations with visual interest.

5) Go wide. Watch the brilliant low-budget film Court by Chaitanya Tamhe (one of my nominees for Best Film of 2015), and see how Tamhe uses very wide angle shots - some taken from a hundred feet away from his subjects - to bring in the richness of the environment and location. Wide shots convey a sense of epic scale. Imagine if you are shooting a couple of kids having a conversation at a shopping mall. You could do a standard over-the-shoulder back and forth, and punch into closeups. In fact you should do that for coverage. But then also try shooting the conversation in an extremely wide master shot from a far distance, say even the second floor looking down. You get an immediate sense of place, of scale, of design. 

6) Prioritize sound and sound design. Bad sound sinks a film faster than anything. Invest in good sound, and put aside budget for a proper mix. People won’t notice the mix but that’s the point. They’ll notice an unmixed film and tune out immediately. The best sound mixes and recording are the ones that go unnoticed, and that is a mark of good production values. On my sets I give my sound guys the authority to say cut, and they are the only ones besides me with that power. It’s because I hold firm that bad sound ruins takes, and why waste a performance when a mic is buzzing or the key grip’s breathing can be heard? Get it right, get it precise. Do wild lines - i.e. audio recordings of the dialogue done after the take - for backup. It will come in handy in the final edit / mix. 

This is the bare minimum of what you can do, and all of these things are affordable, save for the sound mix, which you should budget for. Write a simple short that you can shoot with friends in your house and apply these tips, and you’ll see an immediate rise in production value. People will notice it, and it will make your work stand out. I can guarantee this!

The Conservative government’s handling of the HS2 project has not inspired confidence - Andy McDonald

Andy McDonald MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, responding to the awarding of contracts to build the first phase of HS2, said:

“The last Labour government initiated High Speed 2 and we continue to support the project to increase network capacity and deliver economic benefits. 

“Labour will press the Government to ensure that the route causes as little disruption as possible and those affected are appropriately compensated.

“The Conservative government’s handling of the project has not inspired confidence, with independent experts already calculating cost over-runs of the initial section of almost twice the official figures. The Transport Secretary must reassure the public that there will be no repeat of the conflict of interest scandal between HS2 and CH2M. He must also clarify what steps he has taken to assure himself of the suitability of the decision to award contracts to Carillion, in light of the company’s recent difficulties. 

“HS2 must deliver value for money and retain public support, which means ensuring jobs and apprenticeships for the UK workforce and, crucially, securing the best deal for taxpayers by running services under public ownership, not for private profit.“

Smart Homes Meet Connected Cars: X Marks the Spot

Several factors have contributed to the sudden expansion of connected car services available or coming to the market, most notably the expansion of mobile broadband networks, high penetration of smartphones in the consumer market, and auto manufacturers’ re-evaluation of connected services as a competitive advantage and means to generate new revenues.

While the connected car and smart home ecosystems haven’t yet entered the mainstream, neither is in its infancy. Crossover between the two markets is evident and offers a unique opportunity for the ecosystem players.

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Ok, so I’ve been watching Crash Course History, I love watching videos from The School of Life and Neil deGrasse Tyson is Cosmos is amazing.

But does anyone know any women on youtube who do these kinds of things? Short, informational videos with a fairly nice production value that deliver information in a way that is easy to understand?