The Next Generation of Gamers

We gamers are evolving rapidly. The change from a social stigma at the dawn of gaming to the common acceptance brought about by the onset of mobile gaming had also changed the gamer stereotype. In this time and day, male or female, bespectacled or not, just about anyone on the street can be a gamer….

Introspective: Alternate Worlds

  I have always been fascinated by the premise of “Alternative Worlds”. I loved “Stargate SG-1”. I also love the many anime titles that cover the subject, especially those that give a fresh perspective. If I remember correctly, my first contact with this subject was the anime “El Hazard”. It was a blast, being a…

On Anime and Western Animations

I shall be the unabashed fan here. I love stories as well as perhaps any other person. My preferred medium just happens to be animated works. Japanese animation or “anime” has something that western animation does not have. This is certainly not a matter of technical or artistic expertise, but more of a perception. Whereas…

To parents on party flavors

The circle of parents everywhere has a big problem…that is the unspoken need to give party flavors for every birthday, holiday and other special occasion. It adds up real quick to account for a good portion of the year. Party flavors are silly. Think that cheap toy is safe? You might reconsider if you dig…

Pondering the meaning of life

“Meaning of Life”, a question as profound as it is basic. I am no philosopher but I am sure this question should have at least popped up once in anyone’s head. Is there a meaning to life? Why am I on this world? Why was I born? What should I do? There are as many…

That shiny food marketing label

That shiny food marketing label often looks far better than it is. Some are downright absurd if you think deeper into it. And here are my thoughts on them. On Meat Products: Antibiotics-free: Means what it says and nothing more. Antibiotics are used on farm animals in crowded conditions to allow more animals to survive…

To parents on malnutrition

Looking at my kids finish their bowl of ramen today made me proud. They ate the meats, the vegetables and left nothing to waste. At 6 and 4, they did what I never did when I was a kid. I was a typical boy, hating on my vegetables and being an extremely picky eater. As…

Striving to be a responsible eater

Food waste makes me sad and in certain cases invoke a sense of disgust. Just to be clear, I am not talking about the inevitable waste from production, transport and processing either. Just take a casual trip down to the nearest restaurant and simply observe the tables around you. Food waste galore; plates of leftovers,…

A Gamer’s Musings: Honor among gamers

I shall start this article with a script excerpt from one of my favorite animes of all time. Sword Art Online: S1, E19 ~20 min: 所詮ゲームだからなんでもありか。殺したければ殺すし、奪いたければ奪う。そんなふうにいうやつはいやほど出くわしたよ。一面ではそれは事実だ。俺も昔はそう思っていた。でもそうじゃないんだ。仮想世界だからこそ守らなきゃならないものがある。俺はそれを大切な人に教わった。この世界で欲望を身に任せればその代償はリアルの人格へを帰っていく。プレヤーとキャラクターは一体なんだ。 Anything goes just because it is a game? Kill if you feel like it, rob if you feel like it. I had met more people who thought like this…

A Gamer’s Musings: On hiring a gamer

What are gamers good at? By the 10000 hour rule, I would say that the lowest denominator would be “learning“. We are experts at learning and learning fast. Consider this, for every new game, we have to learn the new rules, often from scratch. Then we have learn the tactics and strategy to get better…

A Gamer’s Musings: Religion

I consider myself an Atheist. I do not believe there is divinity or that there is a need for it. So what does a gamer have to say on it? I was born as a Buddhist and followed my mom to the temples regularly when I was young. At some point in time, the question…

That Chicken Skin

That I see being tossed in the trash at the meat section of the local supermarkets…Such a waste, what an affront to the very nature of food. I have met with much difficulty when trying to purchase chicken skin/fat. You would think that with the stores throwing them in the trash in their preparation of…