The Anatomy of a (Semi) Viral Video, and the (Proper) Launch of My YouTube Channel

Well, I can’t say I expected it, but I happily took it. A couple weeks back, after seeing a rather amusing video of a girl struggling to load a tank shell (for context, it was a leaked video from the training in the IDF’s “pilot program”–second attempt–to shoehorn girls into tanks.) It took her overContinue reading “The Anatomy of a (Semi) Viral Video, and the (Proper) Launch of My YouTube Channel”

Post-Convention Thoughts & Takeaways, Part 2 (Or are we at 3 now?)

I don’t recall offhand if I made a post like this after my second convention, but I know I’ve done this once before, and now, after my 3rd convention, I have some more thoughts & observations to share. The convention, Icon, here in Israel, took place about 2 weeks ago now. It was my biggestContinue reading “Post-Convention Thoughts & Takeaways, Part 2 (Or are we at 3 now?)”

The Disappointment of the Shield Hero

I’m sure I’m not alone in remembering when the Rising of the Shield Hero anime took the world by storm a couple years ago. That was shortly after I got back into anime, and shows in the fantasy genre (isekai or otherwise) made up the bulk of what I was watching at the time. SoContinue reading “The Disappointment of the Shield Hero”

Virtue Signaling at its Worst: Punishing People for Things out of Their Control

So amid everything else going on in the world right now, there was one story I was completely unaware of until yesterday, when Rev says desu on Youtube, who covers internet news/drama, especially when it’s relevant to anime & similar things, made a video about it. Watch it below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHr7qyLaKg0 Apparently, there either are orContinue reading “Virtue Signaling at its Worst: Punishing People for Things out of Their Control”

A Tale of Plagiarism on Amazon

So a couple weeks ago, I did something I do every couple months over on Amazon, and searched “Miklos Horthy” in books. The reason I do this is partially for ego reasons (as some of you may know, I’ve published my Master’s thesis on Miklos Horthy, and, as one of the only in-print English booksContinue reading “A Tale of Plagiarism on Amazon”

A Look Back at 2021, and at What’s to Come in 2022

So I planned to write a 2021 retrospective, but suddenly it’s already almost the end of January, so going to combine that with my plans for this year. 2021 was my best writing year to date in many respects. There’s still a long way to go to get things exactly where I want, and 2022Continue reading “A Look Back at 2021, and at What’s to Come in 2022”

All Part of the Plan (Even if we don’t see it yet)

No, this post isn’t about government or corporate conspiracies. There’s more than enough talk about those sorts of unpleasant things going on already. Maybe another time lol. No, this is a positive post, since the One behind the plan is far, far greater than you or I. As many of you likely know already, I’veContinue reading “All Part of the Plan (Even if we don’t see it yet)”

Let Heroes Stay Heroes

What? A new post? Yeah, finally back to this. I’d blame the recent fracas with Hamas & starting a new job for my absence, but it’s mostly my fault for not managing my time better. Hopefully I’ll be at least semi-regular going forward. Now, on to the topic at hand. People talk about the heroesContinue reading “Let Heroes Stay Heroes”

The Problem With Jewish Characters in Fiction (And My Solution)

(I was really tempted to work Jewish Question into the title of this article for extra edgy points, but I held myself back lol.) Now, to get the basics out of the way first. I’m a religious Jew myself, so obviously I don’t have a problem with Jewish characters existing in fiction. Similarly, I don’tContinue reading “The Problem With Jewish Characters in Fiction (And My Solution)”

The Sad State of YouTube “Culture Warriors”

I’ve talked a little but about this before, mostly over on twitter, but seeing as David V. Stewart has written an excellent article on the issue, it deserved another mention, even if it’s mainly to point you to his very comprehensive post. For those blissfully unaware of what we’re talking about, there’s basically a smallContinue reading “The Sad State of YouTube “Culture Warriors””