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It’s 2012! / I am a Brony

First post of the new year. I can’t believe I still remembered to come back to this ruddy old place. I’m surprised it hasn’t been hacked yet. Then again, this blog is probably not worth the effort. It needs an overhaul real badly, but whether I’ll ever muster the time and effort to do so, I have no idea.

Nevertheless, this seems like a good place to practise my writing. It would seem that I’m inclining towards writing fiction again, so doing blog posts would be a great way to flex my writing muscles.

I suppose I should start by saying how 2011 was for me. It was pretty normal to be frank, mostly spent in National Service doing my mandatory two years. I’m in the bomb disposal division, and 2011 was a great year for me as I in particular had not been activated a single time to respond to war relic finds around the Singapore island, unlike my other colleagues.

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That was until September 2011, which proved to be a pivotal point in my life; I was brought into the brony herd. After nearly a year in existence, I finally came to know of this groundbreaking children’s series known as My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and the accompanying Internet phenomenon that is the bronies, a legion of mostly male college student fans of the show who compose a good fraction of the netizen population. A friend of mine had posted a pony reaction video to my Facebook wall one day and, curious to know more, I stumbled onto Kyrospawn‘s Youtube page, which hosted a vast collection of similar ‘reaction videos’ comprising of snippets from each episode of the series, which could be exploited to express one’s personal reaction at something, especially in places like Facebook where Youtube video embedding is supported in comment posts. Like every other brony at the beginning, I was initially sceptical about a moral-of-the-week series featuring pastel-coloured ponies with names like Twilight Sparkle and Fluttershy, and found myself questioning my sanity as I watched the first two episodes of season 1, which appeared in every way to cater to the younger population in terms of script and story. But I gradually grew more and more attracted to these vibrant, adorable characters as I sat through each subsequent episode, until I finally said, “screw this, I’m a brony.” At that point of time season 2 was just beginning, and that re-ignited excitement of eagerly looking forward to a fresh episode every Saturday night, lost ever since I stopped watching cartoons on TV, helped foster the brony-ness inside of me. It didn’t hurt that a local TV channel happened to be airing season 1 too. Meanwhile, the fanart and fanfiction artfully crafted by the talented brony community was increasingly gaining more of my attention on the Internet. 17th September marks the date that I stopped hunting for Touhou and other anime fanart on sites like Danbooru, instead pursuing pony art on DeviantArt and Ponibooru, according to my Pictures folder.

Of course, pony/anime art is still more than welcome. Applejack is best pony. Click for source.

I’ve pretty much stopped thinking about Japanese subculture by now, something I have always thought impossible. I haven’t dropped by dannychoo.com in ages, and despite going gaga over Fate/ Stay Night when it came out I couldn’t care less about the most recent Fate/ Zero. I haven’t watched a single episode from any anime for the longest time, the only exception being Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt (which I initially thought was a silly series) because of this video.

For some reason my Figma collection is still going strong. Figma Akemi Homura from Puella Magi Madoka Magica is the latest arrival in the Figma family here at home, although that can be attributed to the fact that I’ve pre-ordered her months ago way back before ponies. Figma Mami and Sayaka are on their way too. Maybe I’ll do a review and snap some pictures when I have the time. No promises.

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,100 times in 2010. That’s about 7 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 7 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 164 posts. There were 144 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 96mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was May 9th with 72 views. The most popular post that day was Exam Answers Win.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, gordonator.com, akxd.blogspot.com, dannychoo.com, and en.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for optimus prime costume, three kingdoms online units, three kingdoms online, exam fail, and fail exam answers.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Exam Answers Win November 2009

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Three Kingdoms Online January 2010
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3

Chingay 2010 February 2010
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4

My Part-time Job over the June Holidays! May 2009
3 comments

 

“Thank you, stat helper monkeys! And thank you very much, WordPress.com!” -AK

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Top Searches Fail 2

stats fail 2
I’ve heard of frog legs, and I’ve eaten them before, but this… Is ridiculous.

Also, it seems that my stats have peaked ever since I posted that Modern Warfare 3 video. Hmm, now I think I know what kind of posts I should be making to generate more public interest…

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Blogging.


It’s something I hardly find time to do nowadays, what with Facebook and SGcafe, eating, showering, shitting, time wasted telling myself I’ll do my homework tomorrow morning (never happens cos I never get up on time), all squeezed into the few hours I have at home after school. Continue reading

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Meeting the man Himself…

Hey there.

So I’m here right now at the backseat of my dad’s car, typing this blog post on Notepad while I have a lack of access to a stable Internet connection amidst a pang of heartburn from gobbling a quick dinner, and motion sickness from typing in a moving vehicle. We are currently commuting to the airport, where my family shall bid farewell to my uncle, aunt-in-law and grandmother who had come from the Philippines to visit for a week.

If you don’t know by now, my blood is a mix of 1/2 Peranakan (3/4 Chinese, 1/4 Malay) and 1/2 Filipino (inclusive of 1/5 Spanish). It would just so happen that an aunt on the maternal side is also a Japanese citizen, and that meant I have the rare fortune of an actual Japanese relative, of whom I had the pleasure of entertaining her corresponding visit to Singapore as well (she had flown back just last night). More about my relatives, and ‘me and my Japanese cousin’, later on. Tiny tinge of cous/in/cest alert!

She just so happened to miss tagging along with me to one of the more important events of my life today (more so than my birthday even), a once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet with Blogger maestro Danny Choo, a mna whom I have respected and looked up to for a very long time now.

As usual, I had no access to my mum’s Canon Powershot, so I borrowed my uncle’s Sony Cybershot. It was to my misfortune that his camera happened to be low on battery and memory. That’s okay though, it’s Gordonator to the rescue. Kind sir offered to lend me his super awesome DSLR to snap a few shots of the event.

*Excuse me while I hold back the urge to vomit.*




Danny was an immensely nice guy, no different from his Internet persona. I arrived pretty early (received the complimentary Trexi toy above from the registration counter; not really my kind of thing), a very ‘Un-Singaporean thing to do’ according to Animax manager Gregory Ho, and the man even took off a bit of time preparing his famous Macbook to chat for a short while with me. Kagamin was present too of course.

I was touched to hear that he had remembered me when I introduced myself as AK. To be one out of the many dannychoo.com members to have had an impression on him is saying a lot to me; It was a great confidence boost. I was doubly surprised when he noticed and commented on the ‘lucky go’en (five yen) coin’ hanging off my neck. I have been keeping it as a personal treasure from a Japanese friend of mine, and had worn it today after a very long time, admittedly in vain hope that it would make an impression; unexpectedly it did. I was very glad for it.

*Argh, my head is killing me. I knew this was a bad idea.*

The process began with an address by Animax CEO (?) Gregory Ho, regarding his soopur seekrit plan to utilize the blogs of those who have come to be educated with the way of the dannychoo to promote their very own original anime production, LaMB (here’s where the blogging competition comes in, see? They hid the details in the e-mail that was sent to me earlier). This was the Animax Awards entry from some one or two years ago, by a lazy bum Filipino (that makes me equal to half of this guy, if you know what I mean) which did not win the award but attracted the attention of Animax SEA, who promised some time ago that they were going to blow it up into a full-scale anime themselves. The end product? Webcomics, user-generated content, music videos, advertisements, lots and lots of hype-generating stuff. I expected nothing less from the organizer of this event. He knows how to run his business well. Then there were the usual promos, webcomic features and ads, been there done that. And finally, Danny’s talk managed to get underway.

Indeed, as I am currently engaging in a blog improvement process, this talk came in quite handy in pointing me the right direction, which is of course the dannychoo.com direction. I was introduced to things I’ve never heard of before, like Search Engine Optimization, Affiliation, etc. which I so happen to be only drabbling in. I shall definitely set to work with putting the things I’ve learnt today to good use, in appreciation of Danny’s taking his time to present this talk.

Danny Choo’s presentation skills have improved dramatically since his first live speech in Germany. There was this one post he made regarding giving speeches, and I did notice that he had himself implemented the speech strategies identified in that post, strategies he had learnt from other speakers, into this talk right here. There were the occasional 2D girl breaks, the humour jabs, and the well-known 3D vs. 2D girl poll was thrown to the audience at one point. Very impressive stuff indeed.

After the talk, the audience of mostly ‘amateur bloggers’ (including me) as quoted by TJHan, were invited to network with each other and exchange name cards. I don’t have a namecard, which is a real pity, but I did manage to retrieve a lot, from Gordon, TJHan, Alafista, Darkmirage, Nipah, Tragic Comedy, Cavalock and Danny Choo himself. TJ even invited me to join him, LianYL and gang for a game of TF2 some day. Heheheh.

I got a chance to take a few more photos, and with Danny’s permission even spent a bit of playtime with Kagamin. She would be the very first Figma I have ever played with. :3 I’m such a noob. I also caught up with the bunch for a good hearty chat about friends, blogs, anime and the works, and promised to exchange links. Yay, moar publicity for me. :3

*Oh shit. Nearly threw up. I could almost taste the foul digestive juices at the back of my tongue.*


You know by now just how I am obsessed with being ‘unique’, don’t you? I didn’t bring a notebook or pen or anything to get his autograph, instead, I brought the right shoulder armour of my Gundam Astray, and a Gundam Marker. The end result? Danny Choo’s autograph on my Astray, plus a complimentary from a rather uneasy Darkmirage. DM is either not very good with Gundam markers, or he’s got a pretty dull signature.

For the record I do not consider Danny Choo as my idol, and I refuse to call myself his fan. Rather, I prefer to think that we are comrades, even though is may be of a higher rank than me. I do not worship him, but I hold him in high regard, and accept that he is willing to extend a warm friendly relationship and even guide me along my path as a blogger. Also, he can do an amazingly convincing LotR Gollum impression, besides the different accents he easily switches around with during his presentation. Respect, brudder.

The talk ended on a rather wet (read: rain) note. After another Animax interview, a group photo of everybody who had stayed behind (thanks for the pic Alafista), and a mad dash for the remaining free food (the only primary reason I attend events like these), we bid our goodbyes and went our own ways. Gordon and I headed down to KKnM (my very first visit there after I relinquished my boycott against them) to pre-order my set of Clannad After Story 2009 calendars. Very nifty place indeed, it’s good everything you’d ever want and more. Even the store owner Sharon turned out to be a very approachable and friendly person. Nice place. I wondered why I abstained in the first place.

Kinda tired right now so I’ll only upload the photos I took with my Cybershot, while I wait for Gordon’s batch of photos to come in tomorrow. Then, another blog post. Bah, how pathetic.

By the way, for all those of you who attended the talk and are still wondering, the codeword is R5D421B. Lulz.

P.S. Yes Panther, I noticed you didn’t come, and I understand why.

*Yes, Terminal Three! Now to get me some free internets, and a sink to puke into.*

*Updated on 20th november 2008 with more pictures, amidst mouthfuls of yesterday’s buffet leftovers. Ymm, one day-old snacks.*

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First Chemo for my blog’s Cancer.

For all those of you who got redirected from the old URL, welcome back.

As mentioned before, I decided to change my blog URL. This one is much simpler, and just came to me on a whim, after some fruitless searching for another blog theme to follow. AKXD is simple to type, has a certain technical ring to it, no doubt, and it has a similar essence to xkcd dot com (highly recommend you to go check this out; you’ll enjoy it better if you understand Internet memes and witty humour), but truthfully, I only chose it because it is the acronym for my full name.

Blog theme’s change too. If you ever chanced upon weeaboo.com (which I get the common feeling you haven’t), you’d notice that the definition of a ‘weeaboo’ is very distinct and crisp; there are ‘criteria to satisfy’, and I just don’t see myself meeting these requirements. I experience true-type weeaboos time to time, and I can clearly say that, even though I had acted they way they do before, today I have more than transcended that level of mental comprehension. As a matter of fact, come to think of it, my very usage of the term ‘weeaboo’ had all along been a misnomer, an exaggeration, a satire of the person I once was. And many people have told me before that it is not healthy to keep digging up the past and lamenting about it.

A change of tack is at hand. I am weeaboo no longer.

For a very long time now, mind you.

and now I have freed myself from self-insult and abuse.

what’s next for me? The immensely tedious task of tracking down all locations where I have recorded my past blog URL: user accounts, link exchanges, etc. and make changes accordingly. A daunting mission indeed, especially for a lazy bum like me. But this is one mission which I have found the true motivation to undertake.

I leave you with my current wallpaper.

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Another general blog post.

I took a bit of time off to take a close, examined look at the current status of this blog, to find ways to improve it so it can start looking like a mainstream Internet blog, and nab more viewership. I figured that I still wasn’t doing it right yet. I initially started this blog as a place to pen my thoughts of the days’ events into words, kind of like a diary. It did not matter to me then if anybody read it, as then again it was kind of like a personal diary to me.

But, over time, as I received continuous exposure to the Internet, I found myself assimilating into its intricate culture, picking up idiosyncrasies, hanging out with the crowd and exploring new places. I learn new things every day, stuff from 4chan, Encyclopedia Dramatica, dannychoo.com, forum communities and so on. It eventually dawned on me that, taking after the many other people out there who own such fascinating and crowd-pulling blogs, I too would want to bring up my blog to higher levels, to provide scintillating insights about the world to intent listeners, discuss events with a hint of morbid humour, and so on. Blogging would be so much more fun that way.

So here I am, noting down all my intended improvements to this blog.

1. I am still rambling too much about too many things all in one post. I am supposing it is the fact that I do not post very frequently, as a result leaving me having to clump topics of discussion over a wide spectrum of topics and daily events into a single post. If I want to grab an audience I have to be crisp, concise, and to the point. One specific point, that is.

That said, from this point onwards I shall follow that certain layout for my blog posts. One, and only one topic per post.

2. Comments is still rather tedious and stuff. You have to be linked to a seperate page to make a comment. Gordon has told me about this before, and that was why he made the switch to WordPress. Incidentally, I do have a WordPress blog too (under AnimeBloggers, who unfortunately can’t care less about my hopeless situation), which is currently collecting the dust of nearly one and a half years due to me not knowing how to get it up and running the way I want it. While I still do get a fair share of replies (which is very few actually), I kinda get the feeling this complicated commenting system is deterring a lot of my other readers.

3. Layout is drab. It was kinda neat when I first did it many months back, but I think it’s time for a change. There are also plenty of interactive elements I’ve always planned on embedding into this blog, aside from the ones already provided by Blogger: I’ll have to handle that at a later date. I can afford to add music, mascots, clocks, etc. All I need to do is master the HTML.

4. My publicity needs improvement. I welcome anybody who wishes to exchange links with me, so we can all expand our viewer traffic. Email me or drop a comment; I simply have too little blog links on my site. At least I do know that a lot of my readers come in from dannychoo.com, and I have added that site in my list of live Feeds. Additionally, I’ve been trying to improve the situation of my Google Ads monetizing initiative: The thing just isn’t working at all, nobody’s clicking on them and I’m just not getting any income.

5. I’m considering changing my URL: I realize that ‘bokutachinosekai’ is really quite difficult to type for most, nobody ever bothers about its meaning, even the meaning itself is a bit lame. I have learned that if anyboody want a blog with high viewership, he needs a simple URL. dannychoo.com is simple, darkmirage.com is simple, gordonator.com is simple. That’s the kind of URL I need. What do you suggest I change it to? I don’t have many ideas on that part. I know it can be something catchy, that relates to me well, and all that. But I just can’t think of anything original.

If there’s anything you want to add to the list, feel free. Consumer feedback is a very good thing. That about sums it up for now. But, if you must really know why I suddenly decided to call for change… (No, it’s not about the new President of the USA)

I opned up my e-mail inbox yesterday to this:

… Yeah, now you know. I’m such a fag.

And now, I end off with this picture, and this quote which I cooked up just a few minutes ago.

REMEMBER REMEMBER
THE 5TH OF NOVEMBER
THE WHITE HOUSE OBAMA GOT
I SEE NO INTENTION
WHY THIS STATE ELECTION
SHOULD EVER BE FORGOT

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