Aoi

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  1. Never explained this buuuuuut signature is for Hogcast: Speedy Delivery. My little brother's podcast discussing all things Sonic T. Hedgehog, bad anime, lucha, and pizza reviews. I'm a walking billboard when I do post. Cheers! Plus if you've ever wondered who owns escapefromthe.city
  2. Bump. Now that all my summer 2016 series are ending and Kamisama Hajimemashita: Kako-hen wrapped up, it seems like there are a million OVAs and movies I want to see being released in Japan this September. This is a list I wanted to share. Be aware, I'm a shoujo/slice-of-life hoe Kimi No Na Wa. (Your Name.) [Eng Sub] Been looking forward to Makoto Shinkai's new work for quite a while.. I think it's been 9 months since the original PV was released. A couple of my brother's friends saw at Anime Expo and only said good things about it. It was released a weekend or two ago in Japan.. just waiting on an English translation to surface. At first I was intrigued because I thought this may be an experience-sharing story similar to the notable webcomic/graphic novel Dreamless. (A fantastic story of a young Japanese boy and American girl who experience the other's life while they dream during WWII. It is a fantastic story and I would recommend.) However, learning more it's obviously just a body swap between a city boy and country girl after wishing on the same shooting star.. and then they have to find each other through learning about one another's life. Oh well, I trust this director. If anyone sees a sub roll out, lemme know Koe no Katachi (A Silent Voice) A manga I have actually read a few times and is so fucking dark. It takes a real look at mental health, suicide, and disability. It is raw and an award-winner. It's about a bully who becomes the bullied. Before he commits suicide, he wants to atone for his sins in regard to the deaf girl his class and he bullied. The two form a friendship. Needless to say, it's emotional. Mahou Tsukai no Yome: Hoshi Matsu Hito (The Ancient Magus' Bride) [Eng Sub] A high fantasy shoujo with extremely beautiful animation. Only three episodes though. I've been holding off reading the manga until after I watch the OVA. 3-gatsu no Lion (March Comes in Like a Lion) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3u6lyeC5jOo Didn't read the manga, but read Honey and Clover. It wasn't for me, but it is a classic among shoujo readers. I'm just more amazed that the mangaka's art directly translates to this anime. It's so her style, it's crazy. Also Crunchyroll has been pushing the shit out of it.
  3. Gene Wilder RIP. My dad was a huge fan so I heard quotes weekly and watched several of his movies regularly. His quiet ferocity and charm made him one of the greatest comedians and straight men in film. Love this video Vox provided. Hopefully Netflix and other streaming sites are looking into making his films more accessible so everyone can check out his other amazing rolls.
  4. If you're like me and grew up with a family obsessed with Gene Wilder movies, you've been riding a weird rollercoaster of nostalgia and loss. Been listening to some hip hop beats from future james and Pogo remixes.
  5. I'm going to use my true blue legalized states' knowledge to my advantage here, but.. the most hilarious part about this scandal is that she's not even smoking pot in that video. She's holding it with her pointer finger and middle finger. If the joint were that small, she'd have to be holding it with thumb and pointer finger. Just common sense. She's obviously smoking a cigarette. At least the right aren't being hypocritical. They obviously don't even know marijuana physics. xD ______________________ Posting here because I have a bee in my bonnet. Though I live in Oregon now, I still keep up to date with some politics in Washington state. I received this letter from Washington state governor Jay Inslee: Oh my god, superdelegate that endorsed Clinton, worked in the Clinton administration, and had Bill Clinton raise $750,000 for his last campaign. Obviously that came from Boeing, etc. Now he has the gall to steal Bernie's rhetoric when he won the state by 70%? He's an incumbent establishment Democrat for Jesus' sake. Noooo shame.
  6. I heard about this and assumed it'd end in somewhere in Oregon.. but never knew it ended. Wonder if Bill Cipher is still there? Looks like there was a property dispute and it was moved somewhere else. @Tracer @Sean 4 hour road trip to Bill Cipher? lol I know we're too lazy for that.
  7. That's awesome! Where at?! My best friend teaches in Chengdu. I'm a User Interface (UI) Designer working for a marketing, technology, and data solutions company that serves the education market. I particularly work in creative marketing for admissions and administration teams for four year colleges (and sometimes military academies) around the country. I often design and code email campaigns, design self-mailers, design digital campaigns (those little annoying banners everywhere) and style college applications and funnel applications in JS. So if you're a sophomore-senior in high school and get annoying four year college mail, it could be from me. I work virtually so I work from home. I only see my coworkers once a year at a conference and they're all Southerners besides the one I talk to most, who lives on Long Island. Most of my clients are in the NE in Northern NY or Boston specifically. It's awesome for a hermit like me and for the 6 months out of the year that there isn't much to do, I freelance for those months to make extra cash. I worked my way to this position from just designing in my school's Entomology department and then to a startup that created fraternity and sorority gear for a couple years. Kinda bonkers that I landed into such a job with this freedom at a young age. All of the designers are chill and I'm like their nerdy younger sister since I'm ten years younger and the only female on my team of 5. I pretty much talk to them about video games, cartoons, punk music, and tattoos. My only struggle is I'm not challenged enough. I used to work 10 hours a day and now I'm more in the 4 hour range.. when I'm lucky. Thank god it's salaried. However, I stick with it. I love working with admissions departments: they always want new opinions on how to display their school as a reputable institution yet willing to make bold and innovative design choices. It's way more fun and exciting to work for clients like these than same old same old corporate designing. I also feel like I'm able to work my liberal agenda into my pieces as well.. by pushing as much diversity as I can in these pieces. I have actually had conversations with clients bordering the line of "there are only photos of white kids here, can we please add some of brown peeps to your demographic?" (Growing up in a 75% hispanic school district, I had friends who didn't even know it was possible for them to go to college or scholarships/financial aid that could help them through it. My thought process is more marketing collateral of diverse students = more epiphanies that college may be possible. But maybe that's just my naïveté.) I'm hoping to get more involved in non-profits on my slumps. (My dream has always been to design for non-profits.) I was offered a position of Greater Seattle of YMCA (a total of 20+ communities) Director of Email Marketing recently, but I had already bought a house in Portland, OR. It was unfortunate that things didn't work out, but I'm sure I'll find my niche at some point. If anyone ever needs any advice about graphic/UI/UX design and freelancing, I'm always up for lending a hand.
  8. I'm still a little mixed about Clinton's speech last night. I agree and do see her more favorably than I did before the speech, definitely. I agree she has been more emotive this campaign around and I think the speech was particularly good while hitting points most left-leaning would like to hear. A couple of pieces fell flat for me. I have to admit, I think she showed true leadership by conceding a little to Sanders delegates and the people who disagreed with her. They've been treated like second class citizens and censored throughout this entire process by the DNC while "UNITY" has been shouted from the podium for the last four days. Especially when they stripped Nina Turner, who is an amazing speaker, activist, Bernie's top surrogate and has spoken out against the DNC in the past, of the great honor of introducing Bernie Sanders. Am I a conspiracy theorist to believe that after the DNC was rather harsh to these delegates for Hillary to appear soft when she extended a hand to those delegates who were neglected? We're all skeptical, but she used the right lines with, "Our country needs your ideas, energy, and passion. That is the only way we can turn our progressive platform into real change for America." I like her relation to Donald Trump's bankruptcies to college debt: "Why can Donald Trump ignore his debts when college students can not refinance their loans?" Her insults to Trump were awesome. Particularly my favorite was her quoting Jackie after the Cuban missile crisis, "War might be started not so much by big men as by the little ones moved more by fear and pride." But the couple of that places fell flat: Her amendment of Citizen's United. I guess Clinton's donors attended the DNC and are completely free now that Bernie Sanders is no longer a threat. I hope Sanders' supporters hold Clinton accountable on these policy positions. Especially an amendment. Her calling corporations to be more "patriotic." Corporations can't be patriotic. They're cyborgs that churn profit. It might just be jargon, but it seems like red herring. I believe in science. What about fracking? It's worse for global warming than any other energy source. Hillary is still too militaristic. I understand her proving herself to be a "strong" leader, just like Bill Clinton did with his "tough on crime" bills. It's something Democrats have struggled with for years, and especially for a woman leader. Balancing the tightrope of femininity and 'leader strong enough to rule the world's largest military.' But ugh, just not my thing. People are tired of politicians. And Hillary Clinton couldn't sound anymore than a politician. It was a speech built around slogans. Poor Hillary. It's a catch-22. She's known as flipflopper so the worst part about this is if she changes, people will note it and continue this rhetoric. I haven't been totally fed up with this convention. We've been talking about how government has moved right over the last 20 years. I, however, was impressed this week Democrats being unabashedly progressive. At least more progressive than 2008 election cycle. And side note, if they want to humanize Hillary, please use this woman: Clinton continued to check in on this woman for 15 years after 9/11. Donald Trump tried to cash in on small business funds after 9/11.. really highlights the difference between the two. ^ This. This election may open the eyes for other in terms of third party affiliates. I've always been a strongly registered independent in WA state and it has always been a struggle to get independent parties in the mix. With my my couple of years in Seattle, I was particularly proud of supporting Kshama Sawant, a socialist alternative, in the fight for the fifteen dollar minimum wage and city council seat. It was a tough fight for her against the democratic party who threw money in order for her not to be elected. Now she's joined a council of corporatists including Mayor Murray who bends over backwards for Microsoft and Amazon. I hope politicians like her can work against the two strong standing parties on a local level and bring the progressive policies. But now I've moved to Oregon, there are only closed primaries. I had to register as a Democrat. I just felt dirty.
  9. I was Bernie-or-Bust for quite a while.. and I'm still in mourning. I've been grappling with it for a while and for many voters, elections are highly emotional. And for some of these non-voters, I think their love for Bernie rivals their hate for Trump and his supporters. I think fear is a deciding factor especially once Bernie voters see Trump's polls rise above Hillary. I think I am included in a pool of voters who give fellow Americans the benefit of the doubt. How naive of me. I can't even fathom our country electing Donald Trump. It seems impossible. I cringe every time a Democrat official writes him into speech, because he is an easy way out of talking real policy. Yeah, everyone left-leaning dislikes him. We get it. But the RNC convention just made that shit real. And Hillary's polls are dismal. That's why as a Bernie supporter I've been inching to 'falling in line.' However, I also have the luxury of not voting in general, because I have the privilege of living in the very blue state of Oregon. Trump is Hillary's 'trump' card. Hillary's disapproval ratings would have her lose in any other election. That's why this election is so laughable. If Bernie had won the nomination, Trump would have been crushed. Unfortunately Hillary won the popular and establishment vote (through a little help from voter suppression~), but unfortunately we have to move forward. Siiiigh. I honestly see more disenfranchised Republicans running to Johnson in more numbers than Bernie supporters resigning to Jill Stein. It seems like the two main issues that may 'tilt' a Bernie supporter is denying the TPP and end worldwide fracking. But that'll never happen with Clinton in nomination. Yeah, I saw this on TYT livestream. I've seen all the anger from Bernie supporters. I'm one of them, but more like I cry every time I see Bernie speak. I'm pathetic, hahaha. I appreciate this anger -- it it forcing the DNC to change, the platform to change. In my opinion, it isn't hope that drives the human race but dissatisfaction. Dissatisfaction is what leads to innovation and rallies people together against one cause and the revolution's eyes are trained on the DNC and their nominating process. Every election cycle has its drama. There's always drama during the primaries -- look at the Obama/Clinton race. Dear God, it was a nasty ordeal. And I'm sure the DNC was also involved. Does anyone remember Florida in the 2000 election? The system has always been corrupt and we couldn't save it in time for Bernie Sanders. Here's hoping that this anger organizes itself with the help of Bernie Sanders against the DNC to change more rules and end voter suppression. Otherwise it will fall by the wayside like every other election year. Oh we could talk for hours about Hillary's flipfloping, lactose policy, her half-truths, her money grubbing, her racist speech, her husband's support of the War on Drugs, her defaming the women who accused her husband of rape. Her 'aggressive foreign policy' is what gives me shivers at night. But there's one thing you can count on Hillary for in the next four years: social liberalism and what is popular. As far as the LGBTQIA community, Hillary was extremely late to support and to be honest, I'm not sure if she's even a supporter. But I think they can rest easy, because LGBTQIA rights are popular and positively regarded. She'll push forward legislation that will get her reelected and not cross her big-moneyed interests. I actually made an earlier post about how Bernie isn't 100% angel from up above. But for not taking super pacs, denouncing Citizen's United, and calling the DNC out on it was extremely smart. Super cred. I actually heard a very interesting theory about why Democrats lose elections and big moneyed interests. Let's say 80% of campaign donations are going to Republican campaigns while 20% are for Democrat campaigns. Republicans have more resources and exposure thanks to the cash on hand. And what do Democrats get? Big money bought their silence. 20% is enough to scrape by and not call Republicans out on being sellouts. I'm sure I'm not the only one to think if the Democratic party shifted in this direction, they'd see more wins on a local levels.
  10. Wow, I'm going to seem like a TYT freak in this thread. They're streaming live, but they also do floor and protestor interviews and shows in downtime. They'll usually give more commentary than mainstream press. I think that Bernie-or-busters are just emotional right now and come November they'll cast their ballots for Hillary when Jill is still polling at 3%. Especially if they saw the rise of G.W. I don't think their anger is misplaced, however, because that anger is bringing positive change to Hillary's platform, the DNC nominating rules, and ending closed primaries in order to squelch the flames of Bernie's revolution. I don't think Hillary earning the Sanders vote as bad. Personally, this election will not be about beliefs or policy, I'll be casting my ballot for supreme court justice nominations. I'd prefer things slowly decline rather than the hellscape of a Trump presidency. I'm sure more and more people will warm up to Hillary as the general takes place. Unrelated, but this made me cry. Old people are so cute, especially Bernie and his brother. :'[
  11. Though I know many Sanders supporters feel betrayed by the senator and his speech tonight, I didn't feel the same way. Yeah, it sucks his speech eventually rolled into the 'Trump is evil, fear fear fear', but he called out the DNC establishment and big money via prime time. And he made a good argument for Hillary Clinton and the democratic platform he and his supporters fought for (which a lot of Sanders supporters have been mulling around in their head for the last month, including peeps in this thread). His message has been consistent. I doubt Hillary will uphold much of this platform, but that's just my matter of opinion. (I don't agree with The Young Turks all the time, but I respect Jordan Chariton's opinion.) The main point I'm spreading here is that Bernie's vision is living on in an organization they're naming "Our Revolution." I'm excited to see if this anger fizzles out or if the revolution really continues into actual legislation. Contribute if you'd like. It's not hard to rally progressive supporters here in the PNW, but I thought I'd spread the word here. Also, can we say hype? DNC has decreased their superdelegates by 60%. They're down to 250. Democracy? Gasp.
  12. Surprised no one has posted about this... (Not really, everyone else is wrapped up in Sonic Mania and Sonic 2017) Steven Universe had a panel yesterday (without AT this time)! And for some reason, Amethyst's voice actress is live streaming from her phone the whole time which is super annoying. First 45 minutes is all musical performances and mini-interviews intermittently in between. Don't Cost Nothin', Mr. Greg, It's Over, Isn't It?, Both Of You, On The Run, Tower of Mistakes, Stronger Than You, Love Like You, We Are The Crystal Gems Here are my takeaways: Summer of Steven episodes will conclude August 12th. And there will stuff in the fall and "after that, we have boatloads of episodes. We're not going to run out." Steven Universe's episode "The Answer" is nominated for an Emmy and there's a children's book for sale (but we all knew that). Love Like You theory of Rose singing to Greg theory debunked. Rebecca confirms it's a major theme between all the characters. "When you can't understand why people care about you." There's a half hour special coming up according to Rebecca. "intergalactic hip hop culture" actually made me laugh. Rebecca would love to make a Steven Universe movie. Rebecca Sugar comes out as bi as she describes themes of female empowerment, consent, identity, and LGBTQ representation in SU. Toot toot! All aboard the obvious train. There will be new gems. (Obviously 'cause of the leaks.) And lastly, Rebecca plays an unaired song, "Here Comes a Thought." Honestly, have no idea who this song may be about. Maybe Lapis or Peridot? It's a song all about the fear of a relationship falling apart. So meh.
  13. i want penguin knuckles

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      I like Tails kitty cat.

  14. The crazy sad part about a David Duke's senator run in 2016 is that I think people would vote for him... Not win obviously, but ten years ago, I don't think this would've been a possibility. I think social conservatives hate being labelled 'politically correct' moreso than racist thanks to Republican leadership and Trump. Or vote for him and hide in the colorblindness that is All Lives Matter smh.
  15. Cody was telling me about you telling me to watch this! I'll really dig it since one of my favorites is Kamisama Hajimemashita (I actually bought the manga and that's huge for a cheapskate like me) and it's all about a human-girl-turned-god. I'll probably watch it today tbh since contractors are here and I get all weird and anxious when they're around. *retreats to anime* So truth.