Here we are, just over one month from where The Geek Clinic started. So what do we have to show for it?
Over the course of the month we’ve had a grand total of 560 views, 47 comments (though half are from me XD) and 18 followers! To be honest I wasn’t expecting any followers other than the ones I knew beforehand who were obligated to join up, so welcome and thank you to all those who have been keeping up with the blog! It was actually just 4 days ago that we had the largest number of visitors to the blog in one day, so it’s nice to see that new people are still coming over here to check things out.
The second thing i’d like to talk about today is Japanese food. It always looks so very good in anime and visual novels but in real life there isn’t much of it that I actually like. Whenever I go to a Japanese restaurant (which isn’t often, admittedly) I make a point of ordering things on the menu that I recognize from series i’ve watched and, to be honest, it never really tastes as good as i’ve been led to believe. That’s not to say it’s badly made or anything (though it’s almost definitely not the same as you’d get in Japan itself), just that it’s not my sort of thing. So far i’ve tried miso soup, chicken udon noodle soup, tako yaki, various sushi and chicken yakisoba – which I realize isn’t very much at all. Despite my experiences so far, however, i’m still looking forward to my first taiyaki!
How do you guys feel about Japanese cuisine? Is it just misaligned with western taste buds or am I alone in being woefully unable to appreciate it? (i’m also not a fan of white rice…maybe i’m just weird >.>)
Lastly i’m going to bring up a theme that I absolutely hate in any story, but that actually applies to real life as well. I’ve called it Abhorrent Commands in the title but that doesn’t really get the meaning across. I’m thinking about those times where someone violates their own morals and values because a situation has demanded that they do so. It might be the kind of blind faith shown in some religions, where any order from a higher power must be considered necessary, regardless of what that order is (now i’m not trying to offend anyone here, i’m just using this as an example). It may be due to a rigid sense of duty, where your promise to another overrides any of your own needs or feelings. It may even be when you’re asked to do something at work, and you have to do it because you need to keep your job.
I don’t think i’ve managed to get the idea across with those, so here are a few actual examples i’ve encountered recently (don’t worry, no spoilers). Wiping out an entire city and everyone in it, including your friends, because the organization you work for has assured you that it’s for the good of mankind, and they must be right. Refusing to help civilians in an emergency situation, even though you’re in a position to do so, because orders are orders, and they are always absolute.
In any case, it’s a situation that I hate to see. It’s always frustrating, especially in the cases where the person doesn’t even question what they’ve been asked to do, even though they know it’s wrong. There are situations where there’s nothing you can do about it, but in general if you have to think twice about an order or request you probably shouldn’t be doing it, regardless of where it came from.
Anyways, that’s all I have to say this week. I’ll try and write about something more up-beat next time. Here’s your quote:
“From comatose to bitch in three seconds flat!” – About Rin Tohsaka, Fate/Stay Night universe (actual quote from the main character of Fate/Extra)