Uzumaki is a horror manga. I read it. I believe I mentioned this in a previous post. I said it didn’t scare me, and it didn’t. I found it to be a little on the weird side, but not really too strange. The strangest thing to me was the entire story being based on spiral related deaths. No real monsters of any kind, just spiral related death.
Nicely drawn, I thought.
Funny how there’s no actual monsters, I thought.
Scary, I did not think.
A couple of parts I disliked, mostly because I don’t care for snails that much, and some parts… Well… I don’t want to spoil it. The point being that I wasn’t really scared at all, only slightly disgusted by the behavior of some people.
Uzumaki starts out with people getting obsessed with spirals and dying. It pretty much continues this way, with plenty of dreadful, spiral related things happening along the way. The story is told from the viewpoint of Kirie, a girl who lives in a town called Kurozu-cho. Kurozu-cho appears to be the only place affected by the spiral incidents, and Kirie’s boyfriend, Shuichi, keeps trying to talk her into leaving.
Some internet peeps reported being scared of spirals after reading Uzumaki, which seems reasonable. Uzumaki didn’t scare me, but it was decidedly horrifying. A good read for if you want to end up being scared of something as random as a spiral.
thesixtyone is a music site. It seems to be geared towards indie musicians and the people who listen to indie music. I don’t know why I still listen to music on this site, or why I even started, but I do, and I did. What follows is the exceedingly boring tale of how I came to know about this site in the first place.
I actually don’t remember exactly how it went down, but I do remember it having something to do with Twitter. It probably started with me reading tech news, or other news, because I use sometimes Twitter for that. Maybe I started out on Mashable, or perhaps I started on Huffpost. Where I started (Twitter for certain) is really irrevelant, I just ended up clicking on some news about a music site I’d never heard of. Turns out I’d never heard of thesixtyone because I don’t actually care much for indie music, and hence don’t seek it out. I found the article interesting because it was about the recent changes at thesixtyone and how angry it was making the regular users of the site. I read all the comments on the article too. A lot of those people were upset as well. Some people were all: They took away the community features! (insert angry emoticon here), Other people were all: It’s hard to navigate! The article itself said that the new design was “gorgeous” and that the users had “predictably revolted.” The comments said (basically) that the site creators were clearly trying to get rid of the old user base by stripping out the community features and functionality. I said (to myself) that I obviously couldn’t judge whether the new design was great or horrible until I looked at the site. So I did.
The new design is gorgeous, actually, but that’s about it. There’s really not much to it. The old design (I saw a screen shot) Looked a little like the site designs for Mixpod, or Uvumi. I like the design of those sites just fine, but I can see the desire to make a music site look nicer than other sites of the same type. I don’t really see the point of stripping out useful features though. That said, I still use that site to listen to music. I’m not clear on why (indie’s not my scene, as I’ve said) so maybe I’ll analyze the why in extremely tl;dr detail later.
Seesmic (so yeah, Twitter stuff again)
Frankly, I really need to not blog about Twitter so much. I’m not quite over Twitter yet though, so…probably not gonna happen. I’m not addicted to twitter, or anything. I just don’t get it. In order to get it, I blog about it, and tweet more than strictly necessary for a person who does very little of interest. Currently, I’m using Seesmic to tweet. Seesmic is a pretty great desktop app for that sort of thing, if you didn’t know already. I’m messing with that and Seesmic Look for no reason I can fathom. Seesmic is straight forward and functional looking. Seesmic Look is the pretty version of Seesmic, as far as I can tell.
The fun part about Seesmic is that it’s easier to use (for me) than Twitter is. If someone mentions me, or replies to me, Seesmic makes it easier to see their replies. Seesmic Look doesn’t do that though. I don’t think. Seesmic Look has other fun stuff though, like Twitter trends. To the best of my knowledge, Seesmic does not show trends. That annoys me, so I switch on over to Seesmic look so I can bash or contribute to the current trending topics. Yes bash. Some trends are just dumb. I’ll probably blog more stuff about Seesmic and Twitter later. I’ll probably blog more about everything in this post later. Except Uzumaki. I think I’m done with that.
So moving right along…
Assorted Randomness (meaning Huffpost, Mashable, and other blogs)
I have to avoid Huffingtonpost these days. There’s nothing wrong with it. I actually like Huffpost quite a lot. Sometimes. The problem with Huffpost (for me) is that it’s very interesting. If I get on, there is no telling when I will get off. Plus, the comments section on Huffpost articles almost always seem to be flame war central. That might be because of the articles I read, but flame war reading does me no good. It just ticks me off, or gets under my skin somehow. It rarely improves my day is what I’m saying, even if it makes me think. I would just avoid reading the comments, but the whole reason I read them is to get an idea of what other people who read the article (and bothered to comment) think. Luckily, Huffpost divides the comments into pages, and the pages are usually short enough that I don’t lose too much time if I only read the first page.
Mashable is a different story. I pretty much always like Mashable. People have flame wars in the Mashable comments section too, but Mashable articles tend to be about Twitter, Facebook, Social media, and Tech related things. Not politics or religion or celebrities. The occasional Mashable comments section flame war I can handle. Techcrunch on the other hand… Let’s just say that the commenters there are out for blood. Or at least, they certainly can act like it. Saying good or bad, or even neutral things about Microsoft or Apple will lead fanboys on either side to draw their weapons and prepare for war. Not even kidding.
Beyond the ones I keep getting stuck on, there are many other blogs I’ve ended up reading recently. i09 for one. Dosh Dosh for another. But that’s hardly the point. The point got lost somewhere between me typing an awful lot and saying very little. Something else will be the point next time.
Next time: Structure? What’s that? Also, the Sci-fi I read that one time.