Favorite Albums

January 15, 2017

2018

Hop Along – Bark Your Head Off, Dog
Superorganism – Superorganism
Frankie Cosmos – Vessel
Snail Mail – Lush
Melody’s Echo Chamber – Bon Voyage
Gorillaz – The Now Now
The Beths – Future Me Hates Me
Wild Moccasins – Look Together
Kimbra – Primal Heart
Natalie Prass – The Future and The Past

2017

The Courtneys – The Courtneys II
Diet Cig – Swear I’m Good At This
Electric Mantis – Braincase
Hazel English – Just Give In / Never Going Home
Borealism – Ripples in the Stream
Cut Copy – Haiku From Zero
No Vacation – Intermission
Day Wave – The Days We Had
Slowdive – Slowdive
The Horrors – V

2016

Angel Olsen – MY WOMAN
The Avalanches – Wildflower
Basis Bulat – Good Advice
BT – _
Islands – Should I Remain At Sea / Taste
S U R V I V E – RR7349

2015

Carly Rae Jepsen – Emotion
Chvrches – Every Open Eye
Grimes – Art Angles
Nate Russ – Grand Romantic
Purity Ring – another eternity

2014

Charli XCX – Sucker
Kimbra – The Golden Echo
Phantogram – Voices
Stars – No One Is Lost

2013

AlunaGeorge – Body Music
Anamanaguchi – Endless Fantasy
Charli XCX – True Romance
Chvrches – The Bones of What You Believe
Haim – Days Are Gone
Islands – Ski Mask
Los Campesinos – No Blues
MS MR – Secondhand Rapture
Paramore – Paramore
Sky Ferreira – Night Time, My Time

2012

 


A Tale of Two Cities

August 21, 2016

I work in North Saint Louis City and I live in one of its suburbs, Saint Charles. These are two starkly different places and I have an anecdote for each that may seem as unrelated but I believe they can be connected.

North Saint Louis City is a colossal shit hole. It is run down buildings and broken roads; littered with trash, crime, and hopelessness. I have always known this area to be in such disrepair but my experience with it was limited to driving through it to a baseball game or to get something to eat in the relative haven that is Downtown. It was more or less kept out of sight and out of mind.

For the last several years I have worked in a dilapidated warehouse building on the edge of Saint Louis City not far from the now infamous city of Ferguson. This building is one of many reminders of what this area used to be. It once was a bustling factory in an active industrial area, surrounded by modest homes. Now much of the area is derelict and covered in garbage.

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Interstate 70 at Union and Kings Highway, July 28, 1961

I am not a person that litters and at times I will even go as far as to pick up other people’s trash. Given my propensity to not be a slob when I am at work I find myself not caring and even contributing to the filth. The Broken Window Theory states that a broken window left broken signals the lack of care and will lead to more broken windows. This theory goes on to expound that disorderly conduct in vandalism or neglect can lead to greater crime and lawlessness. This theory rings true for the Saint Louis metropolitan area.

My reaction to being in such an environment is small but I only work there. I currently spend much of my time in Saint Louis but it is not my home. I imagine what it must be like to live in this environment. If I came home to this every day; what kind of person would I be? Growing up in a place where buildings are falling apart and trash is everywhere must have a great effect. Left to perpetuate, what does this do to a community? I think we see this play out in cities across the country.

Where I live is a pretty nice area. I have lived in Saint Charles County all of life and within about a 3 mile radius for all but a year of that. It is a nice community. The schools are good, the roads are well kept and clean, and most things are improved over time. No place is perfect. Despite any issues I have with it; I like my home town.

Very recently some graffiti has been put on an overpass not far from my apartment. I appreciate artistic talent and like to think I have some of my own but I find graffiti to be absolutely disgusting. I know this is not the first graffiti to appear in my town but I find this graffiti particularly glaring. I hate it.

I feel connected to Saint Charles. I feel responsible for this place and when I see something like graffiti on a near by overpass it bothers me and I want to do something about it. This is my home and I should be a good steward to it. I have given thought to if I could possibly remove or paint over it myself. If only someone would have caught whomever made the graffiti before it happened. I fear that if left on that overpass the graffiti will invite more vandalism; that at some point the Broken Window Theory will emanate around this overpass.

I have been lucky enough to live in a place that people before me kept clean and orderly. This environment gave me the freedom to pursue things of my own interest. I think that facilitating living conditions similar to what I have enjoyed is essential for society to prosper. It is morally reprehensible that we allow cities like Saint Louis fester in such terrible conditions for decades on end.

It does not matter how it started. Something must be done about the disaster of our cities. It is time we stop pointing fingers and begin taking actions. Our country has become more divided in my lifetime. Tension is rising and things are getting worse everyday. I don’t feel we can afford for things to get much worse. Unfortunately, I don’t know what should be done. I want to start somewhere but damn it that overpass is too high for me to reach.


Facebook Help

January 11, 2016

Door

January 5, 2016

Songs That I Have Bawled My Eyes Out To

June 7, 2015

Better Than Ezra – Desperately Wanting

Third Eye Blind – Motorcycle Drive By

The Postal Service – Nothing Better

Relient K – I Celebrate The Day

Rufus Wainwright – Hallelujah

Lost – Life & Death

Stars – In Out Bedroom After The War

Sky Ferreira – Sad Dreams

The entire Dashboard Confessional – The Swiss Army Romance and The Place You Have Come To Fear The Most albums.


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May 17, 2014


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May 17, 2014

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February 19, 2014

Nintendo has been around for a long time; since September 23, 1889, when it was founded as Nintendo Koppai. They have existed for much longer than what is commonly considered their competition. Sony was started in 1946, and Mircosoft has only been around since 1975. You could easily look at these much younger companies and applaud them for all they have been able to accomplish is a much shorter time, but it is Nintendo’s humbleness that I think sets them aside from some many other companies and is one of the things that I believe will keep Nintendo around for generations to come. Where Nintendo has succeeded is in bringing joy to people’s lives. Nintendo started off making Hanafuda cards. These cards cards became popular and the company expanded. Many people know this and even today Nintendo manufactures playing cards including Hanafuda.

But it was in 1965 when Nintendo’s Hiroshi Yamauchi visited America to speak with the United States Playing Card Company, and seeing how small the company was, that would forever change the direction of Nintendo. Mr. Yamauchi saw in order to survive in the long term and keep his Grand Father’s business alive Nintendo would need to expand beyond playing cards.

Following the 1965 American visit Nintendo dabbled in a taxi service, love hotels, a TV network, a food company, and various other business. All of these were unable to expand the Nintendo company. It wasn’t until 1966 when Nintendo released the Ultra Hand, that the company found a new niche in the toy market. Designed by Gunpei Yokoi; this simple extending arm toy was able to sell millions. Nintendo released several toys in this period but they could not keep up with more established toy manufactures.

In 1973 Nintendo started manufacturing the Laser Clay Shooting System that were put into vacant bowling alley properties. Eventually variations such as the Mini Laser Clay and Wild Gunman were created. This move marked move from toys to the video game. In 1980 Nintendo released the Game & Watch series from designer Gunpei Yokoi. Nintendo’s original handheld gave the company great success. The next year under the creative design of Shigeru Miyamoto, Donkey Kong was released.

In the following decades saw incredible growth with the popularity of the Famicom/NES, the Super Famicom/NES, and the Game Boy. Within the period of those systems Nintendo continued it’s tradition of trying new things. While Nintendo’s handhelds have remained relatively strong, their home consoles haven’t always retained as strong a hold on the market. This is in some way do to handheld devices being better accommodating to Gunpei Yokoi’s philosophy of, Lateral Thinking with Seasoned Technology. With the 64 and GameCube, and the even worse the Virtual Boy; Nintendo struggled with sales and attracting outside development of software. The Wii gave Nintendo incredibly high hardware sales but with the Wii’s seasoned technology, and two similarly more powerful competitors; Nintendo failed to attract the same attention from software developers.

Nintendo openly had a goal to gain back a great amount of outside software development with the release of the Wii U in 2012. Unfortunately the company failed to the momentum of that idea.  They misread the market in several ways. Nintendo underestimated the importance of their own software, and at the same time overestimated other companies’ ability to provide compelling and relevant software to the Wii U.

I would say for a launch Nintendo put some pretty good and varied cards on the table. Nintendo Land, Super Mario Bros. U, and and an in-house improved, re-release of Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge. While that isn’t a massive showing it is at least a collection of enjoyable games. In the meantime EA offered a full-priced Mass Effect 3 when a same-priced Mass Effect Trilogy was known to be shortly released on other systems, and a Fifa and Madden game on last years game engines and not including the most popular Ultimate Teams mode. Ubisoft offered a pretty good idea with Zombi U, a game with a good premiss, but with a lack of play testing and a overly harsh review on an influential gaming site. Activision released a Call of Duty with awesome split-screen multiplayer, but no downloadable addons

Since launch there has been a mediocre at best showing from the likes of EA, Ubisoft, Activison, Bandai Namco, WB Games, and 2K Sports. Large studios such as Bethesda, 2K Games, and Rockstar have been complete no shows. This problem has been compacted by poor sales of slapped together games and an oddly overestimated sales of the Wii U system. The estimation of Wii level sales on the Wii U was idiotic, and was likely done to appease share holders. Nintendo got lucky with the Wii system sales. Sure, I think it’s a great system, but it just happened to be the right system at the right time. Given this information, surely the sales could be better, but they could be worse.

I have seen many articles asking questions or making suggestions on how to fix the Wii U problem. That is not my goal with this collection of words. I had high hopes for the Wii U last year. I thought that a remake of the best Zelda game would help more than it did. I thought that Super Mario 3D World was more of a system seller that it ended up being. Now in 214 I am more humble. I think if Nintendo pulls amazing out of e3, that Mario Kart and Smash do well but fail to draw in audiences the same way that their Wii counterpart did in the past, that even with things staying they same way that they were last year; Nintendo will end up making a profit this year. They may not be at the top as they have been with the NES and Super NES or the first years of the Wii, but I think that everything will be okay.


We Found Love Together

September 22, 2011


A Change in Format

February 18, 2011

I am going to start focusing more on my own art work for this site. I will continue to post things about gaming, movies, politics, and art in general, but I have lost sight of why I started this blog in the first place. That is to share my art with the world, be it drawings, writing, or the animation project I am working on.

For more robots stay tuned here.

For my views on the world of Nintendo related video games feel free to stop by www.wiiarefanboys.com

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