I Hate Alarms! Sound Design As Afterthought

Hello, this is a little blurb because I am just really fed up with the lack of care given to sound design. Unlike our sight, we cannot turn off our hearing. We cannot decide what not to hear like how we can just turn our heads to avoid seeing something. While our sight is limited... Continue Reading →

A Semester of Generative Syntax

Hey guys. I took a really interesting class this semester and I want to upload what I learned on here partially as an online record for me to reference in the future and also as something that y'all can use if you're learning about generative syntax. This class covers elementary analyses of the syntax of... Continue Reading →

[Repost] We Should Stop Saying People of Color When We Mean Black People

One of the perils of activism on social media is the dilution of terms. Terms that once hold power and significance gets passed around as slang and it becomes a meme or "pop culture". People of color was once a term meant to be inclusive and suggests a sense of solidarity in the people it... Continue Reading →

Goblin’s Box (Mouryou no Hako) Thematic Analysis

[Reblog] Mouryou no Hako Analysis

Anime Rants

Mouryou no Hako is a 2008 anime based on the 1995 novel by Natushiko Kyogoku. It was produced by studio madhouse with all character designs done by CLAMP. It’s a psychological and sci-fi mystery with some supernatural elements. The story is about the different characters as they are caught up in solving two mysteries: the disappearance of 14-year-old Kanako Yuzui, and the three serial killings and dismemberment cases. Main characters are Kiba, Sekigucki, Toriguchi, Reijiro, Yoko, and Chuuzenji, who everyone calls Kyougokudou. I’ve written a review of Mouryou no Hako or Goblin’s Box if you’re interested. This post will serve as an analysis of the themes.

Do spirits and gods exist? What is the nature of the evil spirit known as the Mouryou? What are the true forms of demons? If you could live forever, or make a loved one live forever, would you? How can one stay stable living…

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[Part 1] Privilege: The Knapsack

We've all heard about white privilege but it's really hard to really explain what it is and how it affects, say, your life or my life. The definitions and discussions we hear about it in class or on TV include big words, race theory or the people talking over each other. None of those things... Continue Reading →

The Curb Cut Effect: How Helping Others Can Help Yourself

As accessibility becomes a much more prevalent consideration among designers, whether it's video game designers, urban planners, software developers or UI/UX designers, they've had to be more cognizant of the human conditions of often a minority of their users. However, we've found that accessibility features benefit more than just the people who need them. In... Continue Reading →

[Reblog] The Market of Humiliating Black Women

https://youtu.be/yZtPMJKBD80 This is the intersection of being black and being a woman. This is how they come together to further oppress black women in a way that most people don't even realize. Black women have to deal with the treatment of being black and being a woman. Within the community, we've seen how black women... Continue Reading →

White History Month #1

There is a good number of Americans who believe that we are more racially integrated than ever before and that segregation is a problem of the past. This is simply not true. This is a mini-series or as I call them, ramblings. Since some people want a white history month so bad during Black History... Continue Reading →

Millennial Killing Machines

It's a pretty well-picked-through trash pile when it comes to social commentary and ironic jokes but it's still something worth looking at. Millennials are killing this or that. Applebee's is killed, JCPenny is gone. It almost sounds like millennials are actively trying to bring down all of America's industries and implode our economy and way... Continue Reading →

[Crim] Collective Efficacy and Crime

**Another set of notes for my criminology class.** Social Disorganization and the Urban ecology of Crime and Delinquency  First developed at UChicago in the 1920s and 30s Plotted out the residential location of youths who had been referred to juvenile court in diff areas in Chicago Grounded in a theory of urban ecology Important peoplePark and Burgess Urban ecology... Continue Reading →

Silent Epidemic: Mental Health in Our Schools

Our kids are spending more and more time at school. Some school districts are increasing the number of classes for middle and high school students so they would have to stay at school for longer each day. More and more students are participating in clubs to gain more resume-builders for college. As qualifications needed for... Continue Reading →

Depression and Confidence

I've been operating under a huge misconception of what true confidence means. Having confidence doesn't come from achievements and lack of failure. It's the belief that even if you fail, you'll be fine. Recently, I've struggled a lot with this, especially as a college junior looking for an internship. I already have depression and anxiety... Continue Reading →

Deterrence and Rational Choice Theories

These are the notes I have from my criminology class. This is the original paper. Classical criminology refers primarily to the 18th-century writings of Cesare Beccaria in Italy and Jeremy Bentham in England. Both were utilitarian social philosophers who were primarily concerned with legal and penal reform rather than with formulating an explanation of criminal... Continue Reading →

Dumb Things Democrats Do

So, I was trying to think of a good title that would encompass what I will try to talk about today but the current title captures my sentiment pretty nicely, I think. To start off, here's Hasan Minhaj on Patriot Act talking about how stupidly American politics are set up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MykMQfmLIro&t=1158s&ab_channel=NetflixIsAJoke It's like he said.... Continue Reading →

[Repost] Propaganda Prop #11: Emotionalizing

The Propaganda Professor

In the episode called “Patterns Of Force” on the original Star Trek series, the Enterprise crew beams down to a planet that is modeled after Nazi Germany, complete with swastikas and “heil Hitler” type salutes. When they hear the supposed charismatic leader (who actually is being controlled by others) deliver an oration to rouse the rabble, Spock comments that the speech really makes no sense; it’s just a string of ideological soundbites — which nonetheless have the effect of stirring their hearers to carry out the ideology’s nefarious agenda. This aptly epitomizes the nature and the effect of emotionalizing, the next in our series of propaganda props.

If Spock was surprised to discover the vacuity of the Fuhrer’s rhetoric, then he was unduly naive. Ideologically charged rhetoric seldom if ever sounds rational. It’s not supposed to. Indeed, the less sense it makes, the more likely it is that the…

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