Fidget Cube

The second half of my last Amazon order came in today—my fidget cube! It came with a little plastic carrying case with a removable insert. Minimal packaging, but practical because it can be re-used.

Originally, I thought I ordered pink and white, but red and white doesn’t look too bad. One thing I noticed on mine that seems different from pictures is the toggle switch. It’s a classic power switch like you’d find on an appliance or power bar. I kind of like as a gag but others might not.


It’s also a bit louder in the clicking department than I envisioned, but I want to see how it is after I’ve been using it for a while. I imagine it will feel less stiff after it’s been broken in more in general.

That’s it for today!

~Niki

Poem #21

I think I’ll just do poem a day sporadically for now, whenever an idea strikes.

It’s not that it’s my fault,

maybe the timing was just bad.

People sing upbeat songs,

until one day there’s happiness to be had.

Years of hopes, wishes, and expectations.

Decades of dreaming of transformations.

I’m safe where I am,

that’s not to complain,

but I see you outside getting by in the rain.

If I step outside,

can I weather the flood?

Will my own instincts guide me?

Put fire in my blood?

I know I’m supposed to see you,

I don’t dare put the spotlight on me.

It detracts from the betterment of others, you see.

Do I dare feel good, when others don’t?

Do I dare stop trying, when others won’t?

Must I stop chasing this selfish dream of mine?

If I sacrifice what I don’t have,

will happiness be thine?

~Niki

Miraculous Ladybug

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It seems like so long ago now that I first saw the PV that was floating around on YouTube, and I got so excited about a magical girl series set in Paris!

Animation and Design are two fields that I’m involved in professionally, so of course I’m going to jump on the chance to take a peak at whatever process or behind-the-scenes stuff a major studio is willing to put out—even if the show isn’t specifically targeted at my age group.

I’m a little bit disappointed that the show we got wasn’t made in this style, but to its credit, there are still some half-decent magic effects. They’ve also kept in the rugging gag  where Ladybug and Chat Noir know each other as superheroes, but are unaware of each other’s civillian identities—and I love that!

Adrien’s character design and his civillian personality have changed from PV to television, but I suppose you could argue that the original Chat Noir was too big of a leap from PV Adrien’s more stoic personality. Still, I would have loved to have seen that play out! Marinette also seemed quite a bit clutzier in the 2D version, but that could just be me.

It’s interesting to see how the CGI has evolved over time as well. Some of the earliest 3D stuff seems to have a more cinematic quality, as if it were made more for film than TV.

In short, there are things I’m happy with and things I wish had stayed more faithful to the original material, but I’m still enjoying what the show has to offer.

Flood Dream

I made a post before about a fireball dream, and this time there was a flood (in my dream, although I have lived in a house where basement flooding occured).

I’ve had dreams about tornadoes and storms before, usually that I’m preparing for them by shutting windows or packing what I believe I’ll need before I leave. Packing also seems to be a common theme in my dreams as of late. It’s probably a manifestation of wishful thinking (I would like to be able to move into a bigger place). I don’t think it necesarily means I will travel, because I don’t have much desire to do so right now. Some people think that travel enriches you somehow and you should do as much of it as possible. That may be true, but I’m not holding my breath either.

Anyways, this dream was similar to those storm dreams in that I was beside a small bay as the water was just starting to get choppy (and most of my storm dreams take place either before or just as the storm is beginning), and then some neighbours were setting out sandbags. There wasn’t rain or anything, it was night time and it was really calm with high visibility. Only the water itself was active.

If it’s supposed to be a reflecion of my mental state, I suppose I’d believe it, especially since I like to be as prepared as possible in waking life, and that dreams like this would take place at a time when I would be preparing makes sense.

Monday Rants: YouTube

I’ve written this twice now, but because the first version was so long I decided it was best to shorten it. Anyhow, Google really needs to take another look at their comment moderation tools. I’ve said it before, a long time ago, but I didn’t think I’d be revisiting this annoying topic again this soon.

Correct me if I’m wrong—but did Google not do away with that ridiculous “neutral zone” theory? I remember back when Google+ was just rolling out (and even then there were probems with their “real names only” policy where people with uncommon names were being locked out and support, for whatever reason, just wasn’t helping them) that there was an introductory video explaining the concept of blocking vs muting. I’m still looking for it because I’ve recently had to mute somebody for doing some serious concern trolling and I want to make sure I haven’t falesly remembered it.

I know, Google has always favoured the tired “just ignore them” and “you can lock someone out of your house but if they visit your neighbour all you can do is leave” approach, so the likelihood of them actually changing anything (within the next 5 years) is slim to nil, but this is such a universal feature that I’ve come to expect it to be available on any internet platform: block a user and they’re invisible to you across the site. I’m secure in the knowledge that they cannot interact with me via that account, and I’m not tempted to interact with them. For Google to turn that around and put the blame on users for not having enugh wilpower to “ignore them” is a slap in the face. It would be different if you were paranoid enough to unblock someone to see if they’d been talking about you behind your back.

When you block someone on Facebook, their comments and profile become invisible to you unless you unblock them, and unless your profile is made public, they can’t see/interact with all of it when they log out either. Twitter blocking seems to work by blocking access to that person’s tweets, forcing a mutual unfollow, and otherwise making it impossible for them to message/interact with you on that account. From the looks of things, it’s not even that easy to block someone on YouTube because you have to make sure you’re doing it through both YouTube AND Google+, and some profiles don’t have a visible link to any Google+ page.

Another popular argument for keeping the block feature “as-is” is free speech, and that blocking can be abused in the name of censoring unwanted opinions—sorry? Blocking a user doesn’t have the potential to be used as a means of real censorship. If one user feels like “censoring” another, then it wasn’t a conversation worth having. My point is this: if blocking is to be marketed as a tool to prevent users from being harassed, it should function in a way that doesn’t undermine that goal. Blocking should always hide a user’s posts from the person that blocked them and limit interaction with that user on both sides.

Anyways, (unrelated) you may have noticed that my poem-a-day streak was interupted, and I may return to it soon.

Until next time,

~Niki