Listening to songs that Makoto Shinkai used as main songs. Oh god, the FEEEELS! is comming! For those that just saw The Garden of Words, this is the main song used
A central thing Makoto Shinkai does is that he takes a main song and molds an entire movie around it(not exactly, but easier and less typing to just say this)
Dang, I still need to get this song! :/
Aww, yesss. I still have yet to beat the campaign mode on legendary difficulty, let alone the first level. -.-
Finding glitches in Cairo, Outskirts, Metropolis, Delta Halo, and regret is way more fun. Putting a Scorpion tank on one of the stationary regenerating shields and blasting off to unknown parts of the map? Sure! :D
Hahaha, I don't think I ever beat any of the campaigns on legendary... :X
That, and I only ever got out of one map to try and get the IWHBYD skull, which never worked. -_-
And on a small side note....this thing is just mental.
Those CIEMs look awesome, quite frankly.
Great posts by Rikkun and Eve. In Australia, it's not really all that common to find people discussing left wing/right wing politics or what have you nowadays.
I think I fall somewhere on the leftist side of things, but let me explain myself. Around the 1970/80's, my mum had a largish family with around 10 siblings, they were doing just fine until Communism hit Cambodia hard, where most of her family was slaughtered. She was very lucky though, as she managed to immigrate here to Australia after Communism swept her country.
Not too long after, I was born in 1991, and things were looking okay as my parent's had just bought a house (home loan of course). Until my bitch ass mother ****** of a dad left my mum for some slut back in Cambodia, making my mum take care of two kids and a new mortgage all by herself. She was an unskilled worker of course, and like many asian mothers from that time, she was a seamstress who worked from home, with 110+ hour work weeks. I vividly remember falling asleep many times on a mountain of clothes, listening to the hum and clacker of a sewing machine throughout the night (thanks to that, I can fall asleep anywhere, even in a loud-ish environment ).
So obviously, we were very dependant on welfare while growing up, we had it pretty tough, living paycheck to paycheck for a decade. It's not all doom and gloom though, she did manage to singlehandedly pay off the house with about 12 years of hard work, I respect her greatly for that, and that's probably why we get along so well.
That's why I won't mind paying silly taxes when things kick off, sure, I'll be helping the "lazy", but I'll also be helping the people who really need it, the people who were like my family, and that idea completely overwhelms the sour notes from helping bludgers buy cigarettes and booze. I realise that I'm very lucky to have been born here, so why should I get angry that I have to pay taxes to the government? I could have been born in a third world country, and I wouldn't have had the same opportunity in life as I have here in Australia.
Do I feel that our tax dollars could be spent more wisely elsewhere? Of course I do!, but some people feel like that's the right thing to do, so who am I to judge on what's right or wrong? I practically owe my life to the government, so I'm not going to get my panties in a bunch every time they do something that I deem 'wrong'. And like Rikkun's example, I have mad respect for someone who studies a bazillion hours and works 50 hour weeks in a stressful job, but the thing is, that person is more likely than not, doing significantly better well off than some lazy hobo on the street living off welfare, so why are they complaining so much? Imagine how different that person's life would have been if he/she would have drawn a different ticket in the game of life. Mad respect for the hard work, they deserve it, but most people won't even have that opportunity.
I've always thought hard on how I can contribute back to society in my lifetime, and after many a drink, I've decided that don't want to live life like the stereotypical 'salaryman'. I'm going to work hard and start a business, I'm going to master the ins and outs of investing, and finally, I'm going to give my fortune away to charity and/or pursue other philanthropic ventures when I fade into twilight. I don't know why, but I don't really believe in inherited wealth, which may come across as blasphemy for most of you guys! I don't want my children to have a free ride through life just because I'll be wealthy, and I certainly don't to fund a dynasty of deadlylovers for hundreds of years after I disappear into legend!
I won't be doing it so I can feel better about myself for being more useful to society, for the ego or anything like that. I'll be doing it because I can, and I feel like that's the responsibility bestowed to me by the gods for drawing this ticket from the hat.
Or, I'll die trying.
Wow, your story actually sounds a bit similar to mine. At least the bit about the father leaving and mother having to work extra hard.
My mom worked as a teacher's assistant until she had me, at which point she went back to school on the weekends and earned a degree in education and became a full-on teacher. Fast forward a few years and a few jobs later and she can no longer work (or do much of anything) due to a disability and so she's been living on disability (which is different from unemployment; you have to be actively seeking work in order to receive that) for the past few months. To say the least, the current system is pretty f***ed up, especially the healthcare portion. The government would only help with health insurance if she spent ~40% of her meager income on healthcare costs.
whoops sorry, that turned into a bit of a personal rant there. I'll cut it off here for now because I have to get to class.
Yes, yes it is!
Great and touching post. Regarding more humanitarian purposes, I feel that that should rest in the hands of the people. Call me naive, but I do think private organizations, if developed further can outperform the aid the Government provides. The government in my mind seems to act like some distant entity. It is no longer part of our general identity.
If we're talking about foreign aid, then yes, I agree. Take a look at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, they've done great things in the polio and malaria front, and I don't think any government could have achieved the same thing. But then again, they don't have to, the governments should be focusing on their countries, and they are (well, more or less).
Considering that neither of us are economists, I don't think we can be tooooooo critical in judging the actions of the government. There will always be another depression around the corner, who knows where it'll come from, but I'm sure the US economy will bounce back, because there's something about the US that just works.
I'm not well versed in US politics and the state of things, but from what I can remember, I do think the proposed universal healthcare plan is too expensive to sustain. Again, I don't know if they've made any changes to the plan or not, but was it supposed to be something like 20% of GDP? They were cutting back on military costs IIRC, so hopefully those funds can be redirected elsewhere. National debt is only a problem if the country can't pay it back, and I'm sure there's a bunch of smart folk working hard on not letting it ever cross the line.
Feel free to educate me on how things work over there, I think non-hostile political discussion should be fine, it'll fly under the radar anyway. By the way, how are things in congress, and has it affected you at all?
Luckily the government shutdown hasn't affected us too much, considering the university I go to is funded by the state mostly.