Despite being in three different philosophy classes, I have been assigned a number of papers best expressed by 0. Here, 0 expresses an empty set.
I have however been assigned two in the two film classes I’m taking.
This one does a close reading of the theatrical trailer for Gojira in an attempt to illustrate Toho’s expectations of their audience and how the average audience would’ve reacted. Unlike how academic papers are supposed to be written, it’s primarily elucidatory rather than argumentative, and the style is very blog-like. This is because I have no common sense and apparently can’t be assed to take grades seriously (fortunately, the professor really liked it anyway).
It’s also not very polished, which I could easily fix for you guys, but I’m lazy and want to go eat dinner. Enjoy.
derpyanthropologist asked: I can't answer your reply for some reason, but I agree. I know it's part of her character (and hell, I totally know where she's coming from... might lead to some of the secondhand embarrassment) but it's rather hard to sit through regardless. She's a good character, though not necessarily a "good" one yet. But that's part of her... very strange... charm.
If you don’t mind, I’m going to post this response publicly, because I actually have more to say than I thought I did.
I totally agree: you and I are coming at this show from a position of wisdom (…well, kinda). I also find myself going “oh shit don’t do that you’ll be fine if you don’t dammit” from time to time. I personally don’t have as strong a reaction because of two reasons.
The first is that Tomoko for me is more sympathetic than empathetic: I was and am shy and awkward, but in a bit of a different way than her.
The second is that, this show can get away with it because it plays as comedic irony. Its use of juxtaposition in editing, timing, etc. take the otherwise soul-crushing social anxiety and find the humor in it. Watamote subtly points out the absurdities in Tomoko’s every day struggles.
I’d like to compare it to a show from the previous season called Flowers of Evil. Flowers of Evil also featured a basically good protagonist who keeps on making all the wrong decisions. That’s about as far as the character similarities go, but it’s the same dramatic thrust: that we as viewers know things about life that he doesn’t, and that’s where the irony comes from. The difference is, Flowers of Evil plays as a psychodrama. Flowers of Evil does not point out the humor in the irony, it is instead completely immersed in the main character’s anxiety. Like in Watamote, the instinct to yell “dammit this shouldn’t even be happening” at the screen is great, but instead of being funny, Flowers of Evil is stressful and downright unpleasant to sit through.
Ultimately, the show makes a point that what seems edgy and important when you’re young is really just your own naïveté, but that it certainly doesn’t feel that way. The irony is, then, not only the center of the drama, but the center of the message as well. Flowers of Evil is actually a pretty simple show that way.
I’m not sure where Watamote is going (I haven’t read the manga), or even if it’s going anywhere at all, but given the core similarities, I’m guessing that it’ll be a little bit like Flowers of Evil.
(PS: despite being unpleasant, I do recommend Flowers of Evil. It’s pretty brilliant stuff)
…I have no idea if this is even accurate, the song is already so weird.
Bakka ja nai no?
You some kinda idiot?
Minna bakka minna bakka soruto aji
Minna bakka minna bakka hokufusuma
Minna bakka minna bakka kaigoroshi
Minna bakka minna bakka wanruumu
Y’all are stupid y’all are stupid salty taste
Y’all are stupid y’all are stupid facing off in battle
Y’all are stupid y’all are stupid just kept around for nothing
Y’all are stupid y’all are stupid in this one-room apartment
Yamete uwate tana ga botamochi
Somete karete meka busou
Tsugi no oto-ra
On the very top shelf are botamachi
Stained and withered mecha armarments
The next sounds:
Konekuri mawashite konna dou?
Gazeru to shaneru ga hakkan kontesuto
Babiron no higashi no hou gakkou sappou
Konekuri mawashite konna dou?
Adamu to genomu no imouto to
Rimouto no imouto to
Do I knead like this?
Gazelles and Chanel are having a sweating contest
The school of murdering to the east of Babylon
Do I knead like this?
Thinks the sister of Adam and the genome.
Thinks that remote sister.
Don’t worry, this one is less about the logic of language and more me being tired.
First, I should clarify that I still talk of opinions in terms of being able to have one or not, because that’s just how people speak. When I write this, I am not suggesting some change in the language: I’m just trying to discover just what’s at the core of the language we do have. It’d be silly to try otherwise.
Anyway, a consequence of my theory of opinions is that I cannot refrain from holding them. I want to say in some cases “I don’t have enough information to form an opinion,” but all I can sensibly say is “I can’t assume that I know: my opinion is obviously wrong because I don’t have all the facts.” The only instance where I can say “I don’t have enough information to form an opinion” is a case where I simply wouldn’t form an opinion because I hadn’t any facts at all. “Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must remain silent.”
Speaking of Wittgenstein, I also seem to have unconsciously appropriated a little bit of his Tractatus when I said one cannot experience x without concluding ∃x, and such is where logic comes from. He makes the same point in section five. Oops.
If all the facts are necessary to hold a perfectly sound opinion, then Gödel’s incompleteness theorem would hold that human knowledge can never be perfect. I would be worried, but I suspect this too is wrong. lol
"You get to have an opinion" is a proposition you see all the time on the internet, usually followed by "…but here’s why you’re a dipshit nonetheless." The sense of the phrase is, as near as I can understand, "I will not try to stop you from expressing your opinion." It always seems to have more significance about the wish of the utterer to seem amiable than anything else, and I can even see how you might call it an illocutionary act of sorts. Its usage is very interesting.
It very rarely, however, has the sense that you would understand it to have literally, that “there is a class of thing ‘opinion’ which you are allowed to form (by some external agent).” This is because understood that way, the claim it makes is baffling. What is this mysterious higher being which grants the power of opinions? You? Ishtar? Misaka Mikoto? It seems intuitive that nothing of the sort is the case (but…who knows O.O).
However, I don’t merely think the literal phrase is baffling, I think it’s completely nonsensical: opinions aren’t the sort of thing that can be sensibly talked of in those terms. This is because knowing a fact about the world and having an opinion are actually the same thing.
Let’s look at what an opinion is.
Since I can’t continue with my Japanese minor due to a single misread date on an ordinary exam schedule (true story), I’ve taken it upon myself to further my Japanese education on my own. I’ve been telling myself I should do this even when I had been taking classes, but now the necessity outweighs my incredible laziness. So, part of my plan is translating random stuff and posting it here.
My first attempt is a track from EastNewSound’s latest Touhou arrangement album from Reitaisai 10, Mindless Act. The arranger is Kirin and the vocalist is Miko. The original track is Apparitions Stalk the Night from EoSD.
If I have made any really dumb mistakes, please comment.
Man oh man did filling this out take a long time. I have no idea what possessed me to do it, but here’s this random music survey thing I found floating around and filled out because why not?
It reminds me a lot of some of the old facebook notes that used to make the rounds. The days of those are pretty much over as far as I can tell. How unfortunate, now I have no insights into what 14 year old girls think love is! Lol.
Some questions are edited for grammar. If any of the links are broken, comment.
Last night I saw a film called Frances Ha. As the first twenty or so minutes of the film passed, I said to myself, “I’m gonna love this movie!” As the movie came to an end, I had no idea whether I loved it anymore. Most of that movie’s working parts are hard to discover at first, and it’s something that really deserves to be looked at more closely.
Frances Ha, however, does not have a scene where she fights a psychokinetic robot on top of a massive radio tower by punching it in the face. Cyber City Oedo 808, does.
Really, there’s not a lot I need to say about it other than that.
I am having a very difficult time talking about this movie, because I find myself constantly reassuring people that I actually did enjoy it. It’s true, but maybe you shouldn’t have any reason to believe me, because as I watched the movie, every single observation that occurred to me was negative. I agree with Tarantino when he says “never hate a movie,” but that doesn’t stop me from saying that this movie is actually pretty terrible.
So how do I reconcile all this?
(by the way, there will be spoilers, if you care about those)