Observations Of An Internet Novice

A random life is the best way of life

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dismembered-dreams:

wtfisthinprivilege:

prismatic-bell:

flikkerlicht:

what-is-it-anon:

nishimikan:

why did being a weeaboo become acceptable again
(applies to all you weebs making jokes about “senpai” and “kouhai” and calling each other ___-kun or ___-sama or whatecer)
but japanese use english as a joke!: english has been used as a tool of colonisation and oppression, placed in the hands of white colonisers. after having bombs dropped on civilian cities and japanese-american diaspora being interned we should have the right to make fun of america sometimes.
but it’s out of appreciation!: if you appreciate a culture you’re not part of you don’t make fun of it
but it’s just an anime stereotype!: anime’s japanese media made for japanese people and if you make fun of anime’s language use in this way you’re making fun of japanese culture
but i’m learning japanese!: then speak it in full sentences
but (japanese person i know) says it’s okay!: that’s all fine and dandy but that doesn’t make the feelings of me or other people, including my family, just go away
i just want some culture of my own, i don’t feel like i have any: culture is literally what happens when humans interact with each other, if you’ve ever been in contact with another human being then you have a weird sort of culture. the fact that you can read this means you have culture. culture’s kind of like accents in that way
if you want to take part in japanese culture go to a festival held by japanese people (if you cosplay there i will find your bed and put breadcrumbs in it each night), read books, learn the language. just be respectful about it, culture is the way people live, not a plaything 
good resource blog for this kind of thing: thisisnotjapan.tumblr.com

Wow honestly stop bitching this happens with every second language, people throw random german bullshit in their sentences and you don’t see me bitching.
You don’t “have the right" to make fun of anyone, using historical events as an excuse. It’s either everyone can make fun of everyone and nobody ever says something funny again

Can I also mention the word ‘kawaii’ is in the Oxford English Dictionairy lol.
And seriously are we relating ironically using language to fucking historical war events?

Can I also mention that English is a language of borrowings? If you don’t want people saying “kawaii,” don’t go look at alligators in the zoo. Or eat, since most of our words for food are from French and Spanish. Or have any fascination with royalty, as with the exception of “earl,” “lord,” and “king,” pretty much all our royal-related language is French. Oh! And let’s not forget all the animals you’ll never be able to mention again, because their names are taken from North American Native languages.
I learned an appreciation of tea through anime after I saw an episode of Sailor Moon where the girls take part in a tea ceremony. It fascinated me that it was so important that they sit and drink a certain way, so I started doing research and then discovered the tea ceremony uses a different kind of tea are you kidding me I didn’t know there were different kinds of tea. So when I was 13 years old, I was learning about another culture—albeit in only the most glancing way—because of their cartoons. Because I wanted to understand why that church didn’t have a cross on it, why the tea ceremony was treated like such a big deal, why all the girls dressed that way (“that way” being sailor uniforms for school), why nothing was written in letters I could read, and why older fandomers online kept using such weird names for the characters. Lo and behold: it was a Shinto temple not a church, the tea ceremony is a huge fucking deal, sailor uniforms originated during WWII and dressing in uniform is a way of showing respect to one’s teachers, there are languages out there that weren’t affected by Roman invasion, and those aren’t weird names, they’re Japanese.
And then I started watching other anime. And learned to write a little Japanese, albeit extremely wobbly and not always grammatical, and made a few friends in Japan through websites like Tegaki—I would comment on their works with the only words I could write confidently, things like かわいい!! and すごい!! ありがとう [name]-さん! and would get back comments in English written as shakily as my Japanese: “thank you!! ^_^” and “I am glad you like it!!” We couldn’t do much beyond doodling at each other, but on both sides, the effort was appreciated.
But heaven forbid anybody should think they’re getting anything out of anime. It’s all about appropriation and stealing culture. Nobody has formed friendships through it. Nobody has developed an interest in another culture through it. And I’ve never gotten delighted “oooh!”s from Japanese-speaking customers when I greeted them appropriately and thanked them: “arigatou gozaimasu ne!” I’m sure it bothered them a whole fucking lot that I knew it was appropriate to bow and to use “komanwa” rather than “konnichiwa” at eight at night not because of a formal language class, but because of something I picked up watching Japanese television. None of that ever happened.
Because if it’s not part of your own culture, it’s disrespectful and theft.
LONG LIVE SEGREGATION!

I gotta stop learning all these languages now. Dang it.

"but japanese use english as a joke!: english has been used as a tool of colonisation and oppression, placed in the hands of white colonisers. after having bombs dropped on civilian cities and japanese-american diaspora being interned we should have the right to make fun of america sometimes.”

Uh. Have you forgotten about all the war crimes and the bloody history of the Japanese? Read about the fucked up shit they did in the south pacific during WWII and then try and act all innocent. The fuck does any of this even have to do with using words from another language anyway?

dismembered-dreams:

wtfisthinprivilege:

prismatic-bell:

flikkerlicht:

what-is-it-anon:

nishimikan:

why did being a weeaboo become acceptable again

(applies to all you weebs making jokes about “senpai” and “kouhai” and calling each other ___-kun or ___-sama or whatecer)

but japanese use english as a joke!: english has been used as a tool of colonisation and oppression, placed in the hands of white colonisers. after having bombs dropped on civilian cities and japanese-american diaspora being interned we should have the right to make fun of america sometimes.

but it’s out of appreciation!: if you appreciate a culture you’re not part of you don’t make fun of it

but it’s just an anime stereotype!: anime’s japanese media made for japanese people and if you make fun of anime’s language use in this way you’re making fun of japanese culture

but i’m learning japanese!: then speak it in full sentences

but (japanese person i know) says it’s okay!: that’s all fine and dandy but that doesn’t make the feelings of me or other people, including my family, just go away

i just want some culture of my own, i don’t feel like i have any: culture is literally what happens when humans interact with each other, if you’ve ever been in contact with another human being then you have a weird sort of culture. the fact that you can read this means you have culture. culture’s kind of like accents in that way

if you want to take part in japanese culture go to a festival held by japanese people (if you cosplay there i will find your bed and put breadcrumbs in it each night), read books, learn the language. just be respectful about it, culture is the way people live, not a plaything 

good resource blog for this kind of thing: thisisnotjapan.tumblr.com

Wow honestly stop bitching this happens with every second language, people throw random german bullshit in their sentences and you don’t see me bitching.

You don’t “have the right" to make fun of anyone, using historical events as an excuse. It’s either everyone can make fun of everyone and nobody ever says something funny again

Can I also mention the word ‘kawaii’ is in the Oxford English Dictionairy lol.

And seriously are we relating ironically using language to fucking historical war events?

Can I also mention that English is a language of borrowings? If you don’t want people saying “kawaii,” don’t go look at alligators in the zoo. Or eat, since most of our words for food are from French and Spanish. Or have any fascination with royalty, as with the exception of “earl,” “lord,” and “king,” pretty much all our royal-related language is French. Oh! And let’s not forget all the animals you’ll never be able to mention again, because their names are taken from North American Native languages.

I learned an appreciation of tea through anime after I saw an episode of Sailor Moon where the girls take part in a tea ceremony. It fascinated me that it was so important that they sit and drink a certain way, so I started doing research and then discovered the tea ceremony uses a different kind of tea are you kidding me I didn’t know there were different kinds of tea. So when I was 13 years old, I was learning about another culture—albeit in only the most glancing way—because of their cartoons. Because I wanted to understand why that church didn’t have a cross on it, why the tea ceremony was treated like such a big deal, why all the girls dressed that way (“that way” being sailor uniforms for school), why nothing was written in letters I could read, and why older fandomers online kept using such weird names for the characters. Lo and behold: it was a Shinto temple not a church, the tea ceremony is a huge fucking deal, sailor uniforms originated during WWII and dressing in uniform is a way of showing respect to one’s teachers, there are languages out there that weren’t affected by Roman invasion, and those aren’t weird names, they’re Japanese.

And then I started watching other anime. And learned to write a little Japanese, albeit extremely wobbly and not always grammatical, and made a few friends in Japan through websites like Tegaki—I would comment on their works with the only words I could write confidently, things like かわいい!! and すごい!! ありがとう [name]-さん! and would get back comments in English written as shakily as my Japanese: “thank you!! ^_^” and “I am glad you like it!!” We couldn’t do much beyond doodling at each other, but on both sides, the effort was appreciated.

But heaven forbid anybody should think they’re getting anything out of anime. It’s all about appropriation and stealing culture. Nobody has formed friendships through it. Nobody has developed an interest in another culture through it. And I’ve never gotten delighted “oooh!”s from Japanese-speaking customers when I greeted them appropriately and thanked them: “arigatou gozaimasu ne!” I’m sure it bothered them a whole fucking lot that I knew it was appropriate to bow and to use “komanwa” rather than “konnichiwa” at eight at night not because of a formal language class, but because of something I picked up watching Japanese television. None of that ever happened.

Because if it’s not part of your own culture, it’s disrespectful and theft.

LONG LIVE SEGREGATION!

I gotta stop learning all these languages now. Dang it.

"but japanese use english as a joke!: english has been used as a tool of colonisation and oppression, placed in the hands of white colonisers. after having bombs dropped on civilian cities and japanese-american diaspora being interned we should have the right to make fun of america sometimes.”

Uh. Have you forgotten about all the war crimes and the bloody history of the Japanese? Read about the fucked up shit they did in the south pacific during WWII and then try and act all innocent. The fuck does any of this even have to do with using words from another language anyway?

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theomeganerd:

The next Mass Effect might be about you and yours

The next Mass Effect will not revolve around Commander Shepard and crew, according to a BioWare Comic-Con panel. However, Phil Hornshaw of GameFront tweeted that the game’s hero will have “something to do” with N7, the military designation for special forces soldiers with the highest levels of proficiency in badassery, which Shepard was a part of before becoming savior of the galaxy.

So if the game isn’t about Shepard, who is it about? Andrea Rene of The Escapist snapped some offscreen pics of a customizable hero labeled “your hero,” as well as a picture of a new version of the Mako landrover from the original Mass Effect. Interestingly, this Mako was referred to as “your Mako.”

Does the “your” imply customization options? Are we playing as ourselves? Unfortunately, such questions won’t be answered for awhile, if ever. Hornshaw reports that the BioWare panelists caution that the game is years away, and things can change between now and then.

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Are passwords reset after a certain amount of time or something?  Because I keep having trouble with passwords suddenly not working—even when I know they’re entered correctly

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It really doesn’t happen that often.  I guess I’m not yet very good at this :)

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Got notes today and it reminded me of when Piccolo in Team Four Star’s DBZ Abridged series yells “social activity!”