"Ah, fuck, it's Monday. . . . I hate Mondays, being all lame and making me do work/school/satanic rituals" Right, guys? Well, I've never had an issue with Mondays really. I just get up and back to work. No questions asked, no biggie. But I know some of you guys aren't like that, so I decided to try this out; Mild Monday Mornings will now replace my other MMM (Mega Metal Monday) post thingy I had going, and will try to just create something to mull over on these days. It can range from game and anime, to music or whatever, to even my basic complaints about society or stuff like that. I was going to have it have a focus on M words, because why the hell not? But, my meager mind's not malleable enough to manipulate many M words constantly :P Ok, so, today's topics are:

- "Change Is Only A Good Thing When It Makes Things Better"

Well, first off, if anyone knows where that quote's from, I'll give 'em a cookie.

Of course, it'll have to be this cookie. . . . what? It's all I have, ok? That's just how the cookie crumbles :P

Anyways, so I was checking out some new anime over the weekend, and was disappointed to find out my craving could not be satisfied. But then I remembered that a new Ghost In The Shell series was supposed to be airing this year, and felt a bit relieved. But of course, I'm still a bit concerned about how it's gonna turn out. . . When I first saw the trailer, I felt a bit uneasy about it. The new art style, the music, it all felt weird. And I honestly can't say I thought that change was a good idea this time. Of course, time passed and I checked out the whole deal last night, and it didn't seem too bad. I even started to like it. But I'm sure some people will whine about it, after all, this is the internet.

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Nice drawing, huh? Found it while Googling images ^^

So, when is change ever good in the eyes of an audience? Change too much and people whine and hate, change too little, and you're compared to Call Of Duty (You knew that was coming :P) Our fellow TAYer, good Mr. Panama Punk, showed me this new anime series that had a different method of animation all together, and it looked weird. Cool, but different, and apparently it got a bad rep for that. So, change's not only controversial when the image and prestige of a dear valued and well known title is in the gamble, but even when something is far too deviant from the current social norms and culture. There's a degradation ceremony and everything, and the world is a better place due to the self management of society. Done, right? From a sociological perspective, that's the circle of life. Maybe it was ahead of it's time, and the current culture was incapable of appreciating the changes, and that's reasonable. But studios shouldn't have to be entirely discouraged from trying out their own new thing right?

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The Faceless' new album was received with mixed feelings due to the changes in tone, atmosphere and overall style.

But, unfortunately, we live in a world where obviously your work has to put food on the table, and art's not necessarily the best way of doing that, is it? So, the best we can do, as consumers and the fine connoisseurs of art that we are, is simply give everything a fair, fighting chance. . . . and then decide if you want your dollars backing it up. "Gee, what an amazing observation, TUT, thanks for wasting my time today, reading this bullshit" Yea, I know, but I sorta wanted to include a second topic, so I have to cut it short for now ^^; Still though, next time you see change that doesn't sit well with your stomach, give it a chance :D

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-"外人!外人!"

I figured that using kanji for the title would surely attract reader's attention . . . . and I guess it did. Anyways, I had a very eventful and productive weekend ^^ At the end of the day, I decided to try out this one Thai restaurant that's in Mekong Plaza, maybe like 10 or so minutes from where I live.

Crazy, I actually found several pics of the place. . . . and here I thought Arizona was the middle of nowhere, and nobody knew it existed ^^

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So, I walk in, order my food, and have a delightful experience, end of story, right? NOPE! Well, nothing really big or interesting happened, but I noticed something. I walked in, and was given an explanation of what was on the menu, and what food I was eating. Then, I was given a fork. No biggie, right? Yupp, it was fine. Good service is what I call it. The environment was nice, the food tasty (although my chicken was a bit too sweet for my taste) and it was nice. Then I noticed something . . . . . no other customers received this treatment at all. They were given a menu, and that's it. They ordered their food, and received chopsticks. I was never given an option of what utensils I'd like (and quite frankly, I've been using chopsticks far too consistently for some reason, that this was my first time using a fork in months . . . . I'm out of practice, let's leave it at that xD) and was apparently expected to be ignorant of stuff.

Although I do admit, I had no idea what this Boba stuff was supposed to be. . . . it's tasty though, so it doesn't matter.

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Then, I became self-conscious. I was an outsider, and for the first time in my life, felt excluded. I mean, nobody was really pointing this all out, and everybody was nice and everything, but you still feel that way. It was odd for me, because all of my life I'd grown used to the fact that I could essentially mix in and fit in with anyone. I've fooled native French and Japanese people into thinking I was from their respective country and ethnic group, just based on appearances and mannerisms I guess. Hell, when I was younger, I bragged about how "I could be employed by the KGB or CIA and do field agent work as a spy because I totally fit the part and can get around the world easy enough . . . . of course, I'll stay with whoever pays best". It was definitely an interesting experience, and really the only negative part about it was finding out that maybe, I'm not as universal as I thought I was . . . But it's still interesting to see how culture and ethnicity interact right? I mean, it's crazy how even in this day and age, there's still that difference, right? We live in an age where everything is readily available, so I figured that learning about other cultures, accepting new ideas and "fitting in" was a thing of the past because we could easily move on from social stigmas. I honestly was naive enough to think that this only happened in really isolated, homogenous regions with little diversity, and that's why xenophobia existed. But apparently not, and it can happen in my own back yard. Pretty cool, huh? Suddenly I feel like conducting sociological experiments ^^

But anyways, that's today's dose of Unfathomable Truth . . . . well, I hope you guys can fathom this, I sorta wanted a discussion on this, but feel free to leave this beyond your realm of human cognizance too, if you wish. . . . oh, and if you were actually looking forward to my Mega Metal Monday post, here's some music ^^ I actually managed to catch these guys live last night, and it was pretty fun :D