tanukivilla

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    • 5 years ago

      tanukivilla

      Apparently I've pissed off some people on here. I just checked my journal for the first time in a few days and every single journal I've ever written has been downvoted.

      The odd thing is that the more recent journals have more downvotes. So, I don't know if this has been going on for a while and building steam or if the people downvoting me simply got lazy and more and more of them dropped off as they went through the pages. Either way, I'm not going to lose any sleep over it.

      The other odd thing is, the gesture is somewhat meaningless. Since they've downvoted everything, even the most benign or asinine posts, they simply dislike me. Not any specific thing I said or did, but just me in general. Why else would you downvote a journal where I talk about useful Python functions? And I don't even know what about me they dislike since a downvote is without context or explanation, so there is literally nothing to respond to or attempt to change.

      Anyway, to the people downvoting my journals I say, "Hello. Welcome. I see what you're doing and I hope it makes you happy or feel fulfilled or satisfied or whichever emotion you're going for. I kinda wish you posted something, but then I'd have to respond whereas a downvote I can just ignore. Hope you all are doing well and I'll see you next journal entry."

    • 5 years ago

      tanukivilla

      So apparently this is a thing. I'm just surprised this wasn't tied to How to Train Your Dragon 2

      www.canadacosplay.com/cutedragon.php

    • 5 years ago

      tanukivilla

      Often, I tell people I'm agnostic. The reason being is that I don't believe in a human god. A human god is the one most people are familiar with, it's the god(s) that every religion talks about. Sometimes I'll tell people that god could be "the zero-eth law in physics, the one that binds every thing together, that god's influence could be simply picking which 'random' electron disappears or reappears during certain quantum reactions, or that god might just be the spark that turns a bunch of matter into conscience life". But this is usually to avoid talking about the only image of god I can sort of picture. The image of a god beyond all possible human recognition.

      Let's pretend there definitely is a god and that god is omniscient; we don't need to complicate things further. Now let's take what we know about the universe. The universe consists basically of two realms, the micro and the macro. The micro can be said to be everything from the smallest subatomic particle to a single cell. The macro is everything from a single cell to the entire universe. Combined, there are more lifeforms and natural phenomena than any human could comprehend. Our omniscient god observes all of this, from a galaxy being born to an amoeba splitting to create new life. This already is a being whose thoughts are beyond our comprehension. But it doesn't stop there. If you believe in a multiverse, then our current singular universe is multiplied infinite times. None of this is hidden from our god. This being sees every version of you - the version of you who stole a candy bar and the the version of you who bought it for a needy child.

      What is love to this god? What is mercy? Or anger? Those human emotions can't be applied to a being that observes every version of you, let alone everything from the tiniest quark to the largest star. Is god merciful with galaxies? Does god love neutrons? Moreover, why be angry at someone in this universe when in a different one they did good or vice versa? We're all going to hell and we're all going to heaven, it just depends which universe you were born into. Moreover, how could this being care about a single species? Again, that is human arrogance being projected on to a human god. Imagine a city planner but for every living creature on an entire continent. Would this planner care about one species and its demands more than another? Or would this planner try to heed them all equally? I believe it would be the latter because if provisions for humans are made that would eradicate bees, who will pollinate the fruit and vegetables that humans eat? When viewing the picture are a whole, the necessity of each individual part becomes apparent.

      Back to our city planner analogy, if that were a human, they would probably buckle under the task. More importantly, if you ever asked them why they made the decisions they made, they would probably wouldn't be able to tell you. The task is simply too great. Our omniscient god not only has that task but a much larger one that was described earlier. If we couldn't even comprehend how to do this for a single continent, how could we for a being that has created an entire multiverse?

      Whatever god might be out there, it's thoughts are truly beyond human comprehension. It's not just that god works in mysterious ways, every work god has ever done has been done with a justification that would never make any rational sense to a human. And that's just an omniscient god, let alone omnipresent and all powerful. So, to me, god is a being so immensely complicated, so foreign to anything human, that attempting to figure it out would drive a person to Lovecraftian levels of madness. If there is a god like that out there, the better question is, would we even be able to recognize it if we were staring it in the face?

    • 5 years ago

      tanukivilla

      One of my favorite quotes from Better Off Dead is the advice about skiing, "Go that way, really fast. If something gets in your way, turn".

      I just realized that if you change the word "turn" to "hack it", it basically describes the end of a video game production cycle.

    • 5 years ago

      tanukivilla

      It seems like some incredible twist of fate or profound irony and yet, when glanced from a distance, it seems more like pure coincidence. I've been a long time listener of the Internet Box podcast. I've been listening to them since almost the beginning. I was never a part of the community or the subreddit; I just liked listening to the podcast. However, after 100 some-odd episodes, I stopped. I was getting bored and annoyed with the podcast. People seemed to be growing apart, the chat less amusing, and the topics less interesting to me. So I stopped listening.

      Yesterday, as work was droning on, a thought popped into my head, "I wonder what happened to the Internet Box?" I decided to check in on the page to see how many podcasts I had missed and if they had finally moved on to a topic other than Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Digemon. But I was shocked to discover that the show was ending; yesterday was the last podcast they'd ever put out. After 120 episodes, the gang called it quits and ended the show. It'd be silly to say they all went their separate ways since more than half of them work at Rooster Teeth. Still, this seemed impossible and I was befuddled as to why this was happening. Going online yielded some answers. To sum up, some of them have grown apart and some don't enjoy the podcast as much as others or as much as they used to. There might be more ugliness behind the scenes, but I'm not going to dig for it.

      I wish them luck, but I'm not going to shed a tear. These things happen. Especially to young people. When I was in college, I had dozens of little side projects that all eventually fell through. I worked on 2 or 3 independent games with different groups of people and after 2 years of labor, the farthest any of them went was a demo that we entered into festivals (and won some). And that's just from my own personal experience, think of how many bands break up before their second album, how many artists only have one gallery showing, plays that close after opening week, etc... Success is hard to come by and prolonged success even harder. So the Internet Box wasn't destined to become the longest podcast ever, I'm sure its members have all learned from it and their next endeavors might be even more fortuitous.

    • 5 years ago

      tanukivilla

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lcB9u-9mVE

      Especially depressing after what just happened at Sony Santa Monica, but please watch this and remember that this is still going on. Once again, the VFX industry is planning on protesting the Oscars to get the message out www.ibtimes.com/vfx-oscars-march-visual-effects-workers-plan-academy-awards-protest-hollywood-corporate-welfare.

      Personally, I think the VFX industry should function like lawyers and bill hours to the studios rather than go through this bidding process. Regardless, I think these talks need to happen.

    • 5 years ago

      tanukivilla

      www.ign.com/articles/2014/02/25/layoffs-hit-god-of-war-studio-sony-santa-monica

      It's sad to read about this happening yet again to the studio I used to work for. Another culling with rumors reporting it to be anywhere from 25-50%. It's just plain unfortunate and I'm actually kind of shocked. I hope they all land on their feet.

    • 5 years ago

      tanukivilla

      It's always odd to me that the general public thinks all people in the entertainment industry have a social media presence. Those in a public facing position do (like actors, game designers, etc...), but those of us who don't tend to prefer it that way. Heck, I barely have time to click on the Members section of this site, but I try to find the time because I really like RT/AH and want to interact with the community. This is why it's never odd to me to meet animators, modelers, vfx artists, engineers, etc... who don't have a Twitter, Tumblr, Imgur, Reddit, etc... account. However, when I talk to people outside the industry, they are shocked that I don't have a Twitter account or other such things. "Why don't you have a Twitter account? You're a millennial, don't all millennials have such things?" No, mostly because I'm not sure what I'd Tweet beyond "going to work", "coming home from work", "staying late to work on a game I still can't tell you anything about", "Hey, I can finally tell you what I'm working on. However, don't Tweet me since I'll be hibernating for the rest of the month now that we're releasing", etc...

    • 5 years ago

      tanukivilla

      Bethesda recently announced that they are working on Fallout 4 and it'll be taking place in Massachusetts. I'm really hoping they keep the accent.

      "Ah, ya wanna join da Brathahood? Fuckin' awesome, brah! Go over dere and pick up some wicked retarded ahmah."

    • 5 years ago

      tanukivilla

      Very good comprehensive article that covers why the video game industry has been so chaotic this past decade and why it'll continue that way for the next decade

      www.cracked.com/article_20727_5-reasons-video-game-industry-about-to-crash.html

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