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Saturday Morning Rant: It’s 6am, I’m Sick, I’m Fucked

I wake up at around 5:30 in the morning on Thursday with the full-knowledge that I’m probably going to be feeling less than stellar. The night before, I started feeling a tickle in my throat, usually the feeling I get when a cold is coming along. Day 1 of a cold for me is the “No, no, no, no, no, nooo!!!” day where I try to convince myself that I’m not getting sick and a lot of the time it works. I take cold medicine once, go to sleep and I wake up the next morning with the realization that I set off a false alarm the night before.

The time was not the case however and sure enough, I woke up Thursday morning on Day 2, the “Fuck.” stage. Even worse I didn’t realize till just before going to bed that I only had enough medicine for one dosage before bed, hence why I woke up at 5:30, a half-hour earlier than I normally do before going to work. I figured that’d give me enough time to get to a grocery store and pick up a bottle or two (or fifty) of cold medicine, since I have the inability to swallow pills for whatever reason.

However, I didn’t count on the fact that, well…most grocery stores don’t carry medicine.

I got really frustrated in that time. Not only did I lose a half-hour of sleep doing this, but now I’m going a whole work shift without any medicine while on Day 2 of a cold. I was screaming in my head as to why a 24-hour grocery store had a shelf chalk full of vitamins, but not a single bit of cold medicine. How the hell is that even possible?! How do you have loads of Vitamin B2, but not a single bottle of DayQuil?! You have several different brands of Vitamin C, but not medicine for the most common illness?! Needless to say, I was a tad bit pissed off.

Now I get it, not every store is going to carry everything, but the ones that do, they’re not open before 7am, most of them. I don’t know of any 24-hour pharmacies or Wal-Mart stores in my area, this 24-hour grocery store I went to is literally the only place around me I know of. There needs to be more options out there, not just for when you’re sick, but if you’re hungry, thirsty, whatever, there should be at least a few places you can think of that you can go to.

Sure, does everyone like night shifts? Of course not, they’re really hard shifts to balance a social life with, trust me I know, I used to work a job that was 6pm-6am four days a week, it was miserable. But I’m honestly surprised in this day and age there’s still very few options when it comes to 24-hour establishments. I can think of on one hand how many chains I know of that I’ve seen a 24-hour schedule on, three of them are fast food, one’s the grocery store in question and the other is a gym. If there are 24-hour department stores like a Wal-Mart anywhere, they’re certainly nowhere near me and that’s a real shame. There’s a lot of people who work night shift jobs that would kill for a few places to go when on break or on their way home.

Thursday was a long day for me…*cough*

Saturday Morning Rant: We Get Death Threats Too!

This rant is likely going to piss a few people off and admittedly it’s a bit late to the party, but it’s something I’ve had on my mind for a while now and it’s just something I kept forgetting to talk about on one of these rants.

Now first, let me start off by clarifying that I’m not saying it’s okay for anyone to get death threats. Take note of what I said too by the way, ANYONE who receives death threats, not just women, or specifically women who are “fighting against sexism and misogyny”. Under no circumstances do I think it’s okay to send someone a death threat, no matter how unlikely it is for that person to commit to it. I don’t think sending death threats or threats that intend to harm someone “for the lulz” is funny, not one bit, I think it’s a childish, poor way to get a message across that could be summed up so much easier with “I don’t like you.”.

But here’s where my issue is. For the longest time, all the way from Anita Sarkeesian onward, I have seen time and time again women specifically on the side of feminism using the “I’ve gotten death threats” as a way to promote their message further, to gain sympathy from people. I’m not saying they aren’t getting death threats, I’m sure they are and in droves, because when the internet hates a person, they can’t help themselves, they go beyond over the line, as we’ve seen on so many occasions. But I feel like they’re using these death threats not as a way to make them stronger and commit harder to their message, but to gain sympathy from their followers and in some cases, put a little more change in their pocket.

It’s funny to me when I see this happen, because they make it sound like they’re the only ones who receive death threats, as if feminists are the only people that the internet has ever sent death threats too. Please, there are more than a handful of people who send children on various social media sites and apps death threats and on a regular basis. There’s certainly more people than just women being sent death threats. Do you think Pewdiepie doesn’t get death threats? What about JonTron? TotalBiscuit? AlphaOmegaSin? All guys on YouTube and other forms of social media, they must not get death threats, right? They’re men, who would possibly send them death threats? That’s the narrative that gets pushed when people try to use the “I get death threats!” tactic, it makes it sound like they’re the only one, as if it’s not a normal thing.

How normal is it? Even I’ve gotten one. Yes, I, CSRadical, the guy with less than 500 followers on my blog, 100 subscribers on YouTube, 100 followers on Twitter, I’ve gotten a single death threat. I’m surprised honestly it’s only been one, perhaps I’m not trying hard enough, eh? And I’m nobody in comparison to names I’ve listed above and I’ve gotten sent a death threat. What does that mean? Well I’m still standing here for one thing and the message was sent…I want to say just over a month ago now. I didn’t respond to it, in fact I laughed at it and took it as a sense of pride for me. I didn’t immediately rush to my page and spam articles and tweets a’plenty about how I was hit hard by a death threat from a callous, black-hearted individual and please…PLEASE!!!, send me your praise and sympathy so that I may get through this difficult time!

Folks, it’s the internet, don’t take it too seriously. I get stupid comments often, it’s not worth bringing any attention to it. What do I gain from responding to someone who responded to something I said with “Fuck you, faggot!”? What can I possibly say that’ll get this person to change their ways? Especially in the case of someone who’s trolling and just saying it because it’s funny to them and there’s no consequence to doing it, what’s going to make them change? Not a damn thing. So when it comes to death threats, it’s not worth worrying about, I could die at any moment without having someone wanting to kill me themselves. I could die in a car crash, a building collapsing, a wild animal attacking me, a sudden disease infecting me, there are so many ways I can die without anyone getting involved, why bother worrying about another way I could die?

Once again, I’m not saying death threats are okay, but I am so sick and tired of seeing articles, videos and tweets only from women. It makes it seem like they’re the only ones getting them, which isn’t true and it also makes it seem like it must be okay if men are sent death threats, because that fact is never mentioned, it’s never brought to the forefront.

But of course, who cares about men, right? Because y’know, we’re all about equality here…

Saturday Morning Rant: Being Sick Sucks!

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I love posting content on the page. It keeps me busy, gives me an outlet to speak on, all and all it’s a great time for me. When I’m sick however, that really gets in the way of things.

I don’t get sick very often, at most a couple times a year. But when I do, holy shit does it hit hard. Thankfully it didn’t hit until Tuesday when I had the Waifu daily already finished. So at the very least I had a few days to recover until I needed to get this article done. As I type this, it’s Friday evening and I’m still in pretty rough shape, though compared to Wednesday and Thursday, this is nothing.

It’s been a long time since I was this sick, it’s actually to the point that I wonder if I should’ve seen a doctor on Thursday when I was in really rough shape and according to my girlfriend, I was so hot that she could’ve used me as a heating pad. I didn’t have a thermometer though, so who knows how high my fever was. All I know is that I ran a hot bath and the only things that felt the heat were my hands and feet. Usually when I get sick, it’s just a pretty bad head cold, but this time around it was literally everything under the sun. Full body aches and pains, I lost my voice for a day, I couldn’t go a minute without wiping my nose, every annoying thing you can think of and every painful thing you can think of, aside from diarrhea, which thank fucking god that didn’t happen!

What really sucks for me personally when I’m sick is that there are two key things that I imagine 99% of people can do. The first is that I can’t swallow pills. I’ve tried time and time again, but for whatever reason I cannot do it. I remember getting really sick one time as a kid, which is crazy because I feigned sickness earlier that morning because I didn’t want to go to school…and then I got fucked up. Karma, I guess. It was the first time I got legit medication in pill form and upon trying to swallow it, I spent minutes trying and failing and eventually threw up, I imagine the poor taste and near choking catching up with me. The second thing, which I imagine to anyone reading this will think it’s really weird, is that I can’t blow my nose. Believe me, it confuses me to this day that I can’t. I’ve tried so many things that are supposed to help me clear my nose passages and make it easier to blow my nose and I just can’t. So when you take those two things into account, getting really sick really sucks. By the end of the illness, my nose is red around the nostrils from being wiped with kleenex so many times, my head aches from all the sniffing I’ve done and there’s only so much basic cold medicine can do when you’re drinking DayQuil every 4 hours.

The worst though was Wednesday night’s sleep. Usually when I’m sick, sleep isn’t a problem, once I’m down and out, I’m gone till it’s time to wake up. But on this particular night, I had one of the most fucked up sleeps I’ve ever had. I fell asleep at 9pm and proceeded to wake up every 10 minutes the entire night. As the night progressed, I felt less like I had a head on my shoulders and more like an iron box filled with water. I woke up that morning when it was time to stop sleeping and my entire body felt like either it had tripled in weight, or gravity was suddenly twice as strong, I refused to move. I have never felt that way before, at least not that I can remember.

Now it’s Friday, while I’m not dying now, it’s still an annoying head cold. My head hurts, my nose is stuffy and breathing sucks right now as I feel like coughing all the time.

All I know is that this is not the way I wanted to start my new year. Holy fuck this is the worst illness I’ve had probably since I was a child.

Saturday Morning Rant: Lack of Communication at Your Job

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The majority of us don’t like our jobs. It’s a given. After all, it’s work, generally speaking you’re not supposed to like it, otherwise it wouldn’t be work in the first place. There are many reasons for why we don’t like our jobs, maybe you don’t like your boss or your co-workers, maybe you’re underpaid, maybe you don’t like your hours, maybe the customers you serve are assholes (and they usually are), or maybe you plain just don’t like the fact you’re not sitting at home on your couch doing whatever the fuck you want while wearing whatever the fuck you want.

In my case, there’s a long list of things I hate about the various jobs I’ve held over the course of my life. But the one that always gets me the most is the most simplest one to solve: communication.

Now Adam, what do you specifically mean by communication? It’s not a trick question, the answer is literally just that, communication. Let me ask you this, how often at your job do you get thrown a curveball that you could’ve been notified of earlier so you’d have time to prepare for it, or at the very least know that it’s coming? This could range from many different things, such as a staff member leaving early, extra work coming in, something’s going to be down for maintenance, anything pertinent towards giving you a heads-up for something that will potentially fuck your shit up for the rest of your shift, if not longer than that.

This happened to me recently, where I would’ve loved to have known that the only other person who had a license to a specific piece of equipment was going to be leaving early, leaving me alone to now take on double the work I would normally have done. Now it wouldn’t have been such a big deal if the job I was already doing wasn’t already so physically exerting. I’m not trying to over-exaggerate her, this is legitimate, but there was one day at my job where I actually had to stop what I was doing for a moment and sit down because I got seriously light-headed and felt like I was going to pass out. A usual day, I leave work extremely exhausted and usually a little sore. So imagine the absolute disdain on my face when I’m told out of the blue that my workload just doubled. Could’ve telling me this information at the start of my shift helped? Kind of, at the very least it would’ve told me not to over-exert myself for the first half of the day before my workload would magically double.

It’s a constant problem with so many jobs I’ve had, that no one wants to talk to people and tell them information that would help them. So many supervisors, managers, owners, they leave their workers in the dark on so many things when they really don’t need to. It’s one thing if it’s something on the business side, of course I’d understand that needs to be kept quiet. But something small like a co-worker leaving early, something being broken or being shut down for maintenance, there’s so many little things that not only should be told to everyone on staff as soon as possible, but it needs to be told. The more information we have as workers, the better a job we can do, because we can plan ahead, devise a strategy to tackle the incoming problem(s). If we’re told on the spot that it’s happening, we’re planning on the fly, rather than having a little time to be a couple steps ahead before the extra workload suddenly puts us two steps back.

So if you’re in a position of management, talk to your co-workers, keep them informed and keep them involved. If you do that, they’ll feel wanted, like they matter and that they’re not just pointless pieces of shit. And guess what happens when a worker feels like they matter? They work harder.

I know, what a secret I just revealed, eh?

Saturday Morning Rant: Really?! The Philippines?!

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This isn’t really a usual rant per se, but something I just wanted to vent about regardless.

So today I signed into my bank’s website as I knew I get paid on this day through direct deposit and I wanted to see how much was in my account. I looked at my accounts, including my credit card and I noticed the value on my card being a little higher than when I remembered last looking at it. I knew I hadn’t spent that much and certainly not enough to have an interest charge remotely that large, so I opened the account…and apparently I spent a nice sum of money in the Philippines.

I didn’t really panic, as much as I wanted to. So I went through the usual motions, I called up my bank, got things escalated up to the security department and hopefully in the next few weeks after they investigate and discover that I certainly wasn’t in the Philippines four days ago (I haven’t even left the province in over 15 years, let alone the country), nor was I spending money there.

But it is a wake-up call and a reminder that even in 2016, with all the “security” we have in this day and age, there’s always someone who is able to find a way to crack said security and take advantage of any random person in the world. I’m well aware that I wasn’t chosen specifically, I was a random passerby that somehow got not just their credit card number stolen, but this person actually successfully replicated my card somehow. I’ll admit, I’m impressed.

I will always be bothered however by how the majority of people this appears to happen to are the common folk, the people who really need the money. Now I’m not saying all the super rich aren’t ever having their funds compromised, but at least if someone takes a few bucks out of their pocket, they can replenish that. Me? If that sum of money that got “spent” over 10,000 miles away from me is not taken off my card, I’m in a bit of a bind.

So to whoever managed to replicate my card: Impressive…but also fuck you. And remember folks to always be aware of anything and everything when it comes to things like credit cards, online spending, all that jazz. Always be vigilant, always be careful.

Saturday Morning Rant: Persona 5’s Delay

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To all those who are upset with Persona 5’s two month delay from its February 14th release to now April 4th…

Hi. I’m Adam aka CSRadical and a Persona fan like you, or at least I assume you are. So, uh…WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH YOU?!

The game is being delayed for two months. Hell, it’s actually less than two months, it’s 49 days. Seven weeks! How miserable is your life that waiting seven more weeks for a fucking video game is just too much to bear?!

Believe me, I’m disappointed that the game’s getting pushed back to April 4th. I’m not saying I’m 100% okay with it, but holy fucking hell I’m not throwing a temper tantrum and calling for Atlus and SEGA’s heads on a pike! The game isn’t being held back because SEGA and/or Atlus hate their fans, they’re not doing it in spite of anything, they’re fucking doing it to improve the game, especially in terms of the localization, which by the way is not the easiest thing to do, just ask the folks that were translating the Trails in the Sky series (here). How fucking stupid are you if you think they’re holding the game back for any reason other than making it better?! They want your money! They can’t get your money unless they ship the game out! They don’t break even from pre-orders, that just doesn’t happen, they have to release the game s people can spend actual fucking money on it!

Also, it’s not like they’re holding the game back two months and that’s it, they’re also apologizing to us fans by now adding dual-audio options in the game upon release. Not many games do this, having both Japanese and English voice acting available, it’s usually one or the other. But no, that’s not good enough, if Atlus and SEGA were truly sorry, they’d just release the game at my door right now and send me a legion of hot girls cosplaying as all the main Persona 3 and Persona 4 girls so I can have a massive orgy with them all. That’s the only acceptable solution, right?

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The game is going to be amazing, guys. Early reviews of the Japanese version are calling the game the best in the series and possibly one of the best JRPGs of all-time. If that’s the case, what’s another two months? If it’s that good, it’ll be more than worth the wait.

I love the Persona series. I’m willing to wait just a little longer if it means the next game after eight long years of waiting will be in perfect shape.

Saturday Morning Rant: When Did Halloween Become Uncool?!

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I can remember being a kid back in the 90s on Halloween pretty vividly. I remember going to my grandmother’s place as a central hub, since we lived in the countryside and there ain’t much game for trick or treating out there. I remember sometimes taking two laps around the neighbourhood and walking home with a full pillow case full of candy, chips, chocolate and the occasional apple, because someone has to be the asshole. While walking around the neighbourhood trick or treating, I also remember seeing legions of kids walking around, hitting the same houses I did. Every year was awesome, no matter how cold it was, no matter the weather, I was out there. Cause I wanted free candy, bitches!!!

Fast forward to today. I live in a residential area and around two major elementary schools. I see kids walking all over the area every single day, ranging from little kids to kids just about ready to head onto high school.

This year I hit a record for kids. That number was only around 65. There is no fucking way I’d get anything in the double digits, let alone only 65 back when I was a kid. I’d be lucky if the number was 150! Hell, no kid in any of the three years I’ve been at this place even tried to do a lap around the neighbourhood and hit me twice!

The past couple years, I’ll give the kids some rope. It was raining for the last two years here, so y’know what? I’ll give you that. I think your parents are pussies for not letting you out (cause that’s probably what’s going on), but I’ll give you a little leeway. But seriously! What the hell happened to all the kids trick or treating on Halloween night?!

I’ve heard people say that it could be due to how more diverse we are, but I really struggle to think that makes a huge difference. I mean, you tell a kid that there’s a day every year where you get to dress up like anything you want and you can go outside and get free candy. FREE CANDY!!! Yeah, I’d want in too.

I honestly can’t put my finger on what’s changed. I feel like less kids are trick or treating and on top of that, kids are stopping earlier than ever before. My little brother (who’s 24 now) wanted to stop at 12. I figured out real quick some “cool kid” at school was saying he wasn’t going anymore, so he was trying to follow the leader. It makes me wonder how this attitude started in the first place, who or what is making kids think that dressing up like Batman and getting a month’s supply of candy, chips and chocolate is a bad thing?!

All I know is that if I ever learn who started this trend of not participating in Halloween, I want to punch them really hard. In the mouth. Like knocking their teeth out. So I can replace them with gummy teeth.

Saturday Morning Rant: No One Plays Video Games There!

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Dear game developers,

I’m a fan of a lot of your works, to varying degrees. You create memorable stories, moments, characters, worlds, all that glorious gaming jazz. I have sunk so many hours into your various works that I’m pretty sure I’ve spent more time now gaming than eating. So it’s fair to say that you guys despite hiccups here and there, you’ve got me in for the long haul.

But I’ve gotta level with you guys on one specific thing that’s really starting to bug me. Could you at the very least try and represent us properly in your trailers?!

Like Nintendo! Who the fuck goes to a basketball court, plays a game of real basketball…AND THEN DECIDES TO BRING NOT ONE BUT TWO NINTENDO SWITCH CONSOLES WITH THEM TO PLAY A GAME OF NBA 2K-WHATEVER AT THE FUCKING BASKETBALL COURT?!!!

The new Nintendo Switch trailer really did open my eyes to the absolute stupidity that you have when it comes to displaying how gamers play your games. Rooftop party? Sure! With your entire family including your grandparents who are still confused by the television remote? Absolutely! But then go back in time to the 90s where you played the low-end of the spectrum where gamers were playing alone in a dark corner of space. I mean, some of us do that, but we don’t want people to know we do!

I don’t understand why it’s so difficult to just film gamers in a nicely lit room, maybe during the day (because it’s not just a nightly activity) and with a couple of friends. Also, don’t make us look like we’re stone cold fucking crazy when playing a game of BOWLING (OMG, SO INTENSE!!!), just have us looking normal. We’re on the couch, we’re into the game and we’re reacting happily and laughing as we enjoy ourselves. Not the slapping our legs laughing either, enough with the over-the-top bullshit already!

I don’t get it, you guys. How are we so hard to represent? It’s not like we’re all that hard to replicate. And if you think our normal behaviour doesn’t make your game look “fun”, here’s an idea: SHOW US HOW FUN THE GAME IS!!! What a novel concept, right? You don’t need some jackass actor flying around on the couch, like he’s doing barrel rolls all over the house while playing a game of fucking Madden, if the game is that fun, the gameplay footage will tell the viewers that. If you want to show gamers having fun, they’ll show it while playing your game, if it’s actually fun of course. Because y’know…if you want people to think your game is fun, how about actually making it fun? But that’s a topic for another day…

So stop being idiots. Make your trailers a little less retarded. You’re making a trailer for a video game not a beer commercial (and those are real stupid too at times!), keep it simple! It’s really not that hard…

Sincerely,

Adam aka CSRadical

Saturday Morning Rant: Dead Anime Parents

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I don’t get it, anime. What is your fascination with dead parents in so many of your shows?!

For the majority of anime, how many of them either feature a character or characters with one or both parents having passed away? Going even further, how many main characters in anime go the entire show without even referencing their parents at all? It almost seems like that in anime, parents are unimportant unless the anime itself revolves around the family. In so many battle-themed anime, a dead parent is par for the course, like it’s a way for the main character to have a reason to fight, a reason to conquer the evils of the world.

But here’s an interesting concept. It might be a little confusing so bear with me here. Ahem!

…What if the main character fought the evil villain of the show…because he/she is evil? HOLY SHIT WHAT A REVOLUTIONARY CONCEPT! SOMEONE CALL THE POLICE, I’M SHAKING THE ENTIRE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD WITH SUCH AN IDEA!!!

But in all seriousness, why can’t that happen in various shows? Why is it that in a lot of shows, the reasons for the main character wanting to defeat the villain in the end have a lot to do with a parent being killed, or at the very least a family member, whether it’s their parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, daughters, sons, whatever that may be. There is such an abundance of family deaths in anime and I really don’t understand why, coming from someone outside of Japan. Is there something within Japanese culture that I don’t know about that could explain this?

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Rikka & Touka – Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai!

And this isn’t limited to battle-themed anime. Take Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! for example. This show is very light-hearted the majority of the show, with characters that are very cheesy and over-the-top. But for main character Rikka and her sister Touka, their parents passed away in an accident. Why? What for? Does Rikka chuunibyou condition HAVE to revolve around the death of her parents? No it doesn’t! Take an already depressing show like Anohana, where it revolves around a dead girl from the main character’s childhood. But that’s not enough, his mother has to have passed away as well. What’s the significance of that?! Is it not depressing enough for Jinta to have the burden of Meiko’s death still lingering in his mind?

A lot of the time, I feel like parents are dead in these shows and it offers little to no significance to the show, beyond “Hey, this character’s mother died. Feel sorry for him/her.” and nothing else. In some cases, it works really well, take Your Lie in April for example, where Kousei’s mother had a negative impact on his entire life and then when she passed away from sickness, it fucks him up even further, to the point he quits playing piano because he lashed out at her the last time they spoke. There are times where a parent passing away can really work to set up the character’s personality and character arc over the course of an anime, but a feel a lot of the time, it’s just there. No real significance to speak of.

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Kogane – Bubuki Buranki

Sometimes a dead parent can work as a way to flesh out a character’s backstory, the reasons why he/she fights, why he/she is mentally scarred. But I feel that more often than not, it’s used improperly and used like a background to the actual show. A mother and/or father is dead, oh well. That’s what it feels like sometimes.

I know it’s fiction, but can we start using death (especially in shows that don’t feature death much or at all) like it actually means something. Every show isn’t Hellsing, make deaths mean something!