The above image is one that has been included in several posts on The Otaku’s Study over the last year, promoting the EB Games Expo that is being held as I post this in Sydney.
While I had intended to go, due to scheduling conflicts I was unable to make it to the event… which really sucks now considering what they had on offer. But while it seems that Sydney is enjoying a nice overcast day of 16.4°C (At this current time) it is currently 29.9°C here and stifling hot with even higher temps planned for tomorrow (Source).
As a member of what would be classed “Generation Y”, I have a long and hopefully prosperous future ahead of me. Therefore, I think I speak on behalf of most people in my generation in saying that we do not desire a world full of plagues and deadly diseases because of a warped that you, like many others have misguidedly taken.
and I am not just talking about myself… in encouraging parents not to vaccine their children – you are putting the young who are encompassed in my generation at risk because they are not always able to talk sense into their parents or even understand why mummy and daddy won’t give them their needles. Therefore these kids have a greater risk of succumbing to the infections than say me who keeps up with my shots.
Several members of SAVN can recall the days where such diseases ran rampant throughout communities, some even knowing one, two or more people who came down with Polio. We have been thankful to have a medical system that has allowed us to live carefree childhoods…. and after all that effort I think no one else need go through the hell of the past.
So…. Please DO NOT attempt to screw us over and reverse what the previous generations have worked so hard to achieve in order to protect us. In the end your actions may result in epidemics or complications that NONE of us will be thanking you for.
Let’s be honest, the textagate saga that I mentioned in the last post was rather…. interesting, however I feel that while debunking pseudoscientific remarks and making sure people who cannot fund-raise actually do not… that we take a step back and look at several important scientific facts.
All important issues such as that bunnies can infact dance, however cannot play soccer, cook eggs, infiltrate game conventions or another number of different facts that is displayed in this 5 minute video.
I would like to pose a question to everyone and would hope that most reasonable people would answer correctly… even if the Australian Vaccination Network may or may not have…. If I were running a hypothetical organization… let’s say…. the Aussie Chemotherapy Network who were against Chemotherapy being used as a cancer treatment because “Big Pharma” is using it to leech every last dollar from a dying patient (For the record, I am all for mainstream medical treatments and strongly advise you to talk to a GP or cancer specialist about your cancer treatment – not a quack or the average guy off the streets).
Let’s now say that your group, which was not-for-profit had its fundraising privileges revoked and also not able to recruit any more members. What would you do when you were travelling to a conference and planned to present pamphlets to your guests:
Do not have any form of prohibited fundraising or membership information on the pamphlet.
Use the all-mighty texta to scribble out the information OR
Leave all information on the pamphlet and suddenly go blaming your opposing group of grabbing the only not-texta’d one once you are exposed.
Now, I am not going to point fingers at who did what… you see I like to think of myself as a fairly nice guy. However, in the case of the Australian Vaccination Network, the logical thing to do WOULD BE TO NOT INCLUDE THE INFORMATION IN THE FIRST PLACE!
I would elaborate but I am currently banging my head against the desk. I strongly advise checking out the Stop Australian Vaccination Network Facebook Page or alternatively… check out some of the quality and hillarious articles such as Textagate on A Drunken Madman. Please do be wary of unqualified “experts” who like to add their two cents to things – this is not just putting your children/yourself at risk, but also those who rely on others to provide herd immunity.
Team Jacob? Team Edward?…. these are two phrases I am sure going through every fan of the Twilight series mind right about now with the release of whatever novel they are up to as a movie adaptation. This is especially annoying now as some cinemas have found it fitting to distribute necklaces with both “Teams” on them and isn’t the most fashionable jewelry around… but I digress.
But instead, I pose that people forget both teams and join the team that actually has a mascot character that you can fall in love with…. TEAM GLOBOX! During my playthrough of Rayman Origins, he has proved to be the most comical character in terms of design, animation and so forth and I believe it would be much more rewarding to form teams between characters you know aren’t going to bring the poor female character to endless angst…. TEAM RAYMAN, TEAM GLOBOX and TEAM TEENSIES.
Hey, at least they get to rescue well endowed faeries without the worry that they will rip one another apart over some trivial love story!
So it is currently 2:39 in the morning and for some reason I am unable to sleep. Instead of catching some Z’s, I decided to go through a folder on my old external hard-drive that I hadn’t accessed in a while and came up with an old website source for a website known as Habboish.net and a number of my old screenshots and the like (Which I might post up later). Continue reading →
As I am sure some of you are not regular readers of my site, I thought I should share with you this piece of what I posted last night. A visual novel is generally a means of telling a story through pictures and music, and instead of having them in a novelised form, they usually come in the form of character dialogue, alongside voice-acting, sound effects, CG art… you name it. An example is shown below:
Deus Machina Demonbane - Released by JAST USA in English and produced by Nitro+.
These are both used as means of presenting a storyline (For example the Umineko no Naku Koro ni series looks at unveiling the murder of 18 people while posing to the reader it was caused by magic), a completely eroge scenario (Such as recent MangaGamer release We Love Master! which focuses on three girls who are “purchased” by their classmate and well…. I won’t go on, and then there are those that have a mix, such as Deus Machina Demonbane which presents a brilliant storyline that may or may not be ruined by such fanservice. For my reviews of We Love Master! and Deus Machina Demonbane, click on the respective titles.
The upcoming 18+ Visual Novel My Girlfriend is the President due for release in English by JAST USA in just a few weeks, has a rather interesting plotline behind it, in which I have included it below:
In the not so distant future, in an alternate universe version of Japan… a young man awakes to discover that the house of his childhood friend who lives next door has been changed into the White House. Why? Because she’s the president, of course! The president of New Japan, appointed by an alien who crash-landed on earth and brainwashed humanity to this new world order of bishoujo leadership in which you come to take a vital spot in the new moe administration. Sound like a crazy bishoujo love comedy? That’s because it is – one of the most madcap, romantic, erotic eroge tales ever told puts you in the position of trusted adviser trying to return the world to its original, pre-cute-alien-invasion state. How will you respond to this turn of events?!
My Girlfriend is the President is a multi-scenario romance simulation game with several endings to explore. Through their actions, players will be able to decide which of four cute and quirky girls Junichiro ends up with. Joining US President Ohama are Russian President Irina Putina (are these names starting to sound familiar?), Chief of Staff Ran Miyoshi, and a mysterious girl called Ell who just happens to be an alien starship in human form!
So, when this game was originally announced for / released in Japan, it seems that some excited Japanese fans took this as an opportunity to produce a MAD titled My Boyfriend is President. This does beg the question…. while most visual novels have remained in the anime style of graphics, would you ever be interested in seeing a company take the plunge and take real life character portraits and do a visual novel with them?
Either way, I end with the article with a comment one of my friends made when I showed him this as well as the original opening sequence…. how many anime-fied people can you figure out?
- A Friend
But either way, if you can play this game you actually have an excuse to say you slept with President Obam…. Ohama.
As I stated in my introduction, I am a Masters student in Medical Research, therefore the one thing that appals me more than anything is to see good strong science having non-scientists attempt to break it with little more than a misquoted study or attempted appeals to logic, none of which seem to stick all too often.
Around the world we have these anti-vaccination groups, who give themselves legitimate sounding names such as in Australia we have the Australian Vaccination Network. Unfortunately whenever a parent decides to ask Dr. Google for advice such as in the image to the left – the first website we get is a supposed “pro-choice” website, however announcements such as this from the HCCC (New South Wales Health Care Complains Commission) really do beg to differ. If you really want a full background story, I would strongly advise checking out The Millennium Project, run by Peter Bowditch (A great guy!) which provides all the information you need to know about making the right decision for your child.
I am not a doctor, so I am not going to go about preaching to you what you should do with your child, if anything I would trust your childs GP or another qualified specialist (Eg. Paediatrician). However, for a number of years now the “Stop Australian Vaccination Network” has been working tirelessly to ensure that misinformation is revealed for what it is – as no parent should take a risk for their children. I would like to discuss quickly with you a recent debate with some really interesting videos to go with it.
Mercury = Poison right? Vaccines have mercury in them… Vaccines=poison??
- AVN Member
The original fear, was that a component in Vaccines, thiomersal was toxic due to it containing a mercury compound…. but how dangerous is it really? The (very few now) vaccines that used thimerosal during the manufacturing process as a preservative only have trace amounts of mercury (You get more from eating a can of tuna for example). Alongside this fact, it is ethylmercury which does not accumulate in the body and broken down very rapidly, while methylmercury which IS NOT a component of thimerosal would be a call for some concern. However, for more information I would strongly advise your local Government Health Site or even this brilliant article on the website MamaMia by Dr Rachael Dunlop.
Back to the quote above however… there is something more interesting that can be asserted here. The claim that as vaccines contain mercury that vaccines are poison. Well, this logic gave the SAVN members quite a giggle, and you can see why in a second. Let’s take the example of Sodium Chloride (NaCl) – also referred to as common everyday salt. The below two videos show off what Sodium alone can do when reacting with water – which our bodies are composed of in very significant amounts.
But perhaps you find this a bit unfair… maybe despite this being a simple science experiment could only affect in small amounts or whatever…. that is why this experiment on a pond should quench any doubts.
Let’s be perfectly honest here…. I had McDonalds Fries for lunch and they had quite a bit of salt on them. I didn’t explode… or set on fire…. or even hear any bangs…. thus rendering this example debunked!
I don’t want to keep this blog too serious, so I am not going to post on every antic the Anti-vaccination groups get up to, however if there is some element of fun to be made about it, it might just end up on this page!