17Feb28 I’ve been busy (part 4 – Fun)

In roughly chronological (from past to future) order, here are videos I’ve been watching that are somewhat art-related, but more fun, YouTube meta, or interesting.

In another sort of cautionary tale, this one informed me of probable common knowledge among fellow web denizens. Artists get bored, lose inspiration, lack funds, change job, move house or computer, seek different themes or styles, forget, and many other things. Artists are not only their art, but myriad infinitesimal minutiae of life. I don’t know if that quite makes sense altogether like that, but the words appeared in my head, so It Must Be So!

I used to tell my teachers I was plagiarizing because my ideas for drawings seemed to came from some voice in my head that didn’t feel like my own. I was adamant I was doing something wrong. Creativity is a weird and ungraspable thing.

Like, I don’t know what this video says is true, because I didn’t do the research, trot down to some national / international library, and confirm for myself that their statements align with my interpretation of primary evidence in a respectable establishment. Buuut their About page does have contact information, which is somewhat reassuring. Nevermind that I didn’t look up that About page until just now. Argh. Argh. Argh-argh.

I’d say I should get around to doing this, but actually I’ve been super productive today! So, go me! Go me. And yesterday, I was great then, too. I’m awesome. Go me.

So basically, you’re more likely to keep working on things you’ve invested in, you’re investing in something by thinking about it, and answering involved questions means you’re thinking hard about something, so you’re investing in it with mental resources, and you’re more likely to feel attached to it, and to keep working on it when you can imagine positive returns detailed-ly.

Because I might have a crush / lust for Jim Sterling and legit have been quite ‘aww!’ when I found out he was married. But also this is good news for him. Omg, do you think there’s fanfic of him? omg. I mean, there must be, right? Omg. Ahem, anyway. I’m engaged, damn it! Focus!

Again, I gotta be honest, I actually do agree with what she’s highlighting for the first part. Because data without context is meaningless.

Yes, part of the context for watching anime will be from within your own head, and the fandom is without,
but I think it’s unfair or inaccurate to say that ‘fandom should be completely divorced from the show’. For me, scrolling through comments on anime and manga websites (please pay me, I’ll talk about your websites, plz) is part of what makes the show or written and drawn story so compelling. I’ve already mentioned that being autistic makes determining someone’s motivations, intentions, and feelings very difficult for me.

Reading what other people think about a show I’m watching, or a story I’m reading, effectively acts as ‘reasonable adjustments’ to support my ability to understand a show or story – to a level which is similar to what others do.

I understand not everyone faces this barrier, or even the same barrier in this way. But I feel it’s important to discuss, because this kind of thing is broadly applicable anywhere in ‘professional’ life, where anyone says to focus solely on the content. Yes, the creators cannot ever be expected to accurately predict something’s response with the intended or outside audience. But there is a certain amount of control over one’s presentation of ideas that can mitigate certain circumstances’ probability of happening.

What I mean is that large, usually public sector, organisations have in place clear, detailed guidelines for behaviour, standards, and etiquette for common situations in a given industry. For example, the NHS follows Plain English campaign style of language, and UK governmental (lip service) standards on policies and research standards. For the UK’s English-speaking population, most can agree that certain words or phrases should not be used except in very clear, usually academic or otherwise sanitised, situations.

I have no idea where I was going to this, but if I remember, I’ll link to the continued explanation / discussion here.

NSFW link. Here’s a violent song about Five Nights at Freddy’s, from the robots’ and cyborgs’ (?) perspective. I. Love. It.

Here’s a link to Manly Badass Hero‘s Let’s Play of the Nintendo DS horror video game ‘The Nameless Game’. The sequel, which is also fan-translated from Japanese, is ‘The Nameless Game: EYE’.

Just like with Ikenie no Yoru or Maiden of Black Water or Ju-On: The Grudge, I love the soundscape. Sure, you could very easily make a point about Nintendo hardware being unnecessarily gimmicky, with little emphasis or room to be able to upgrade sound and video standards… But I don’t care. Something about the developers of Japanese video games on Nintendo, the way they make footsteps sound – agh, I just love it! So soothing and sway-inducing.

This one’s for if you’re having issues making sound recording (for video narration, personally) work between OBS, Windows MovieMaker, and YouTube. I learned about OpenBroadcast Studio from picarto.tv, which was way more user-friendly and *actually helpful* than twitch was when I was first trying to figure out how tf to stream. Like, how? Exactly. Step by bloody step, because that is what I need. I need clear, detailed instructions, or one’s genitals end up on the ceiling fan.

Finally, a home video. Enjoy.


(OMG, Manly! *swoon*)

Thanks for reading. I hope it was enjoyable! Let me know if you had any ideas while reading or just now. I look forward to meeting you :3

Mx Dozana, of Mx Dozana Art


Author: mxdozana

Autistic Physicist Artist AD(H)D'er. Person who lives in the UK. I am anxious, depressed, was dx'd OCD as a kid but who knows if I still meet the criteria now. I like anime and video games, as well as cats, Zelda, Elder Scrolls, science, neuroscience, math, linguistics, art, cats, music, and cats. ... Cats are my thing.

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