Unpublished Article

Current Anime Top 10

Credit: The Conmunity Pop-Culture Geek
Credit: The Conmunity Pop-Culture Geek

This one goes out to a couple of people who I constantly talk anime over with! I see you out there! Honestly it is Monday and that is the worst day of the week, even to us the unemployed. I digress that is not the point here, today we talk anime because regular TV can in fact suck it sideways… We will go over my current top ten that I love, and maybe go over some legacy notes of mention!

10) Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (鋼の錬金術師)

A massive improvement over the first anime series, that seemed really sad, slow and far more kid friendly. I get it people think anything animated is automatically children’s stuff… I am going to have to stop you right here, there is nothing children friendly about a story of two brothers who have to witness their mother dying, and in an ill found attempt to save her life with alchemy get both of their bodies ripped apart my a mysterious “Black Gate”. That was the premise of both story lines, so that isn’t much in the way of spoilers. Overall this is good to watch and watch again a few months later, the ending was not as gut wrenching as the first series, and obviously the two have different endings.  If you have not seen it I would say watch Brotherhood first, because 52 episodes of molasses slow story line needs a good pick-me-up first.

9) Sword Art Online season 1 & 2 (ソードアート・オンライン)

 This anime was a bit intriguing in concept, and the story was well thought out, although a little slow at times. The basic concept in the first season people are trapped inside of a virtual video game in which the only means of escape are beat the game or death.  Dying in the Virtual world means dying in the real world.  Though there is a lot of death in this series, it is probably the least graphic and gory on this list.

8) Soul Eater (ソウルイーター)

I am only going to cover the original anime and not the spin of series NOT Soul Eater (way to be real clever Bones…). Watch the trailer it explains it well, the reason I like this one was the story, and anime style.  THe story was actually really good, and not really gory for a show about children who turn into weapons and reap the souls of living things by cutting them open, or shooting them open… I digress it is overall really fun series to watch and there are a lot of good running gags to break up the serious story so as not to drag it completely dark.

Basically this is what high-school will be like in the afterlife #DealWithIt

7) Beelzebub (べるぜバブ)

You know for being an anime about the Demon Lords son, and eternal conflict for the demon in human form, there is not only not blood in this anime, but I am also pretty sure no one even dies in this series. Basically Oga (Ogre) is a typical juvenile delinquent always fighting and never losing to anyone, even if they happen to be 20 feet tall and one giant muscle. Who, because of his ridiculous strength, inherits the Beelzebub. Beelzebub is a green haired son of the Demon Lord (Satan), who sends his infant son to earth on a humorous whim to conquer earth.  this one is just chop full of weird and funny shit that you just have to watch, head over to Cruncyroll and stream this one … fuck their commercials though, they will kill the stream for no reason.

6) Shinchan (クレヨンしんちゃん Kureyon Shin-chan)

This anime is technically ongoing, however the American version is actually a bit better albeit cut short.  Here is the story; the show is from 1992 but a few years ago they re-edited it and gave the show an American dub.  Shin is a shit talking 5 year old who for no apparent reason loves raunchy puns, wagging his ass at people, and saying penis in the most inappropriate times possible. It is hinted he was just born this way, i digress there are only three seasons of the remade version, and you should watch every episode.

5) Death Note (デスノート)

These are pretty Self explanatory, so I am just going to say you must fucking watch the anime series, and then go out and rent the terrible live action movie.  They are all that good.

4) Speedgrapher (スピードグラファー Supīdo Gurafā)

Probably one of my all time favorite anime series, and though they did change the music at one point the title song used to be “Girls on Film”, yes that girls on film…

I digress… We Fallow the exploits of Tatsumi Saiga, a wartime photographer who is being held captive in Japan by a lack of passport, who stumbles on a secret fetish club that seems to be controlling the country. Mixed in with a lollicon side story, which gets a bit weird… there is death and super powers! All and all this weird anime series is worth a watch, and is probably time I dust it off the shelves, it turns 10 years old!

3) Deadman Wonderland (デッドマンワンダーランド)

A massive anomaly ravaged and destroyed most of Tokyo, sinking three-quarters of the city into the ocean. Ten years later, Ganta Igarashi, a seemingly ordinary student attending Nagano Prefecture’s middle school. As an escapee, a survivor of the great “earthquake“, Ganta has no memories of the tragedy and has lived a normal life. This all changes when a strange person covered in blood and crimson armor floats through his classroom windows. Grinning madly, the ‘Red Man’ massacres Ganta’s entire class but instead of killing him, embeds a red crystal shard in Ganta’s chest. Within days of the massacre, Ganta is subjected to a kangaroo court as a suspect and is sentenced to death at Deadman Wonderland, a massive theme park-like prison.

There is a lot of fuckedness about this anime, which is probably why I loved it, though admittedly I could have done without the showing of a massacre class of children. That is about the only negative I had with this series. Well that and all we will ever get are the 13 goddamn episodes that were released! The series lead animator/creator got pregnant and stated she would consider the possibility of returning in the future.  I am not holding my breath, but the series is worth a look for sure.

2) Future Diary (未来日記 Mirai Nikki)

First of all if you have seen Deadman Wonderland, prepare for that to look like a walk through the babies toys aisle… No seriously this series is so fucked up Im pretty sure it has been banned everywhere by every conservative. On that note I saw it on Hulu… But I digress.

A group of individuals are chose to be the new God of time, as the current one is dying, and should he die before a new one is chosen all of time and space will collapse in on itself.  In walks the start of this series Yukiteru “Yuki” Amano, who is a loner by trade who compulsively writes about everything he sees in his diary.  Soon his diary starts telling him things he has yet to see and as they start to come true is thrown into a game of winner takes God of time and space in a battle Royal to the death.

This is one of those series that is good on so many levels, and so fucked up just beneath the surface. Watch it and watch it now!

1) Parasyte (寄生獣)

I have not finished watching this series yet, but I will say that I was surprised there was a lot less gore than I thought there would be. The live action movie looks to be pretty tits whenever it decides to come to the states.

Wiki:

Parasyte centers on a 17-year-old teen named Shinichi Izumi, who lives with his mother and father in Tokyo. One night, worm-like creatures called Parasites appear on Earth, taking over the brains of human hosts by entering through their ears or noses. One Parasite attempts to crawl into Shinichi’s ear while he sleeps, but fails as Shinichi is wearing headphones, and enters his body by burrowing into his arm instead. In the Japanese version, it takes over his right hand and is named Migi (ミギー?), after the Japanese word for ‘right’; Tokyopop’s version, in which the images are flipped horizontally, has the Parasite take over Shinichi’s left hand and it is named Lefty.

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Thus concludes our first countdown list of some of my favorite anime series. While writing this I decided that maybe I should make this more of a periodic thing. I have seen an absolute shit load and frequently people ask me about a new series for them to explore, because as I stated “an absolute shitload of anime have I watched”.  If you have any questions or comments or would like some suggestions yourself head over to my Facebook or Twitter feeds. Until next time…

Courage,

~Kojack Vasquexz

Announcement, Updates

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Credit: Henry Shi
Credit: Henry Shi

Due to an immediate scramble of all NikoVash Empire members, there will be no update today, we will return Monday afternoon with our regularly scheduled nonsense and good times.
Have a great weekend, and do not do anything I would do.

Courage,

~Kojack Vasquexz

Unpublished Article

BitCoin A Year In Review

Credit: SeanMacEntee
Credit: SeanMacEntee

So for those of you that do not know, I (and collectively The NikoVash Empire), are very BitCoin friendly. Part of that means we accept BitCoin as payment, but the other part is that we try to stay active in the overall BitCoin community… which in the case of last years crisis meant just following the news and story of BitCoin.  So let us kick back and go over the highlights of the last twelve months of BitCoin History!

March 31, 2015:

Overstock Invests $5 Million in Peernova in First Bitcoin Investment

This makes a lot of sense if you think about the nature of BitCoin, a decentralized currency for the internet and a popular internet retailer. This seems like the ham and cheese on white bread obvious choice right here and a damn good one at that.

March 30, 2015:

Former Feds Charged With Stealing Silk Road BitCoin

 In October 2013 the owner of the Silk Road 1.0 (I guess they are calling it now), was brought to justice after moving narcotics all around the world, via the Dark Net (Tor). So what is worse selling drugs or using the cover of being a federal agent to steal evidence and money from your employer (The Federal Government)? I don’t know but I am betting the BitCoin community was a bit relieved to be out of a negative spotlight from this one.

December 27, 2014

Russia Reconsidering BitCoin Ban In 2015

First they attack transgender, gay people, and then “quasi-money” as the kids are calling it these days… I think Putin needs to put the crack pipe down. And stop fucking with trans & gay people seriously this is 2015 not the Cold War

November 26, 2014

American Red Cross To Accept BitCoin Donations Through BitPay

See these are the kind of feel good stories a technology specialist likes to hear.  Far too often technologies like these get exploited because good natured people have no good natured use for them.  Good on you Red Cross, don’t fuck it up with a political scandal or racist remarks, please…

November 11th, 2014

Microsoft Now Accepts BitCoin Through BitPay

I grew up in a time when Microsoft was this big evil company bent on destruction of free markets, and operating systems, when the valiant opposition was Apple, inc.   WTF has happened here? It seems like BitPay is raking in the publicity here!

November 8th 2014

Silk Road 3 Is Already Up, But It’s Not The Future Of Darknet Drugs

The title says its not, but honestly you decentralized a currency why not decentralize the black market as well?  Worth the read, though keep in mind it is a Gizmodo article.

November 6th, 2014

Operator of Silk Road 2.0 Website Charged in Manhattan Federal Court

New coat of paint, same bat shit crazy idea that selling drugs online was a good idea… well here comes the backlash of BitCoin is evil… forgetting of course the #1 currency for trading in drugs is the US dollar.

November 3rd, 2014

Treasury To Seek Advice From BitCoin Community

In a well thought out fuck you to the American governments shitty handling of the BitCoin community the UK takes the lead in a fact finding mission in the cryptocurrencies possible future in Briton’s financial sector.

October 23, 2014

Japan Wants To Be The Most BitCoin Friendly Country

I can see it now someone will post a picture of a panty vending machine with the “We Accept BitCoin” Sticker. All kidding aside Japan, I am proud of you, even with the Mt. Gox bungle this really is a positive step… weird fetishes and all.

Septermber 29, 2014

BitCoin Bank ‘Circle’ Opens It’s Doors

The plot thickens…

September 9th, 2014

PayPal Supporting LiteCoin & DogeCoin, GoCoin CEO CONFIRMS

I was a little shocked this didn’t make bigger headlines because of PayPal’s initial hate as a “competing” technology and all the evil of SilkRoad… seriously this was the quietest role reversal in the tech world that no one seemed to give a shit about.

August 31st 2014

OpenBazaar Beta Tutorial

This was kind of cutesy and I haven’t heard much about it recently. THis is basically an eBay clone for BitCoin users. Less SilkRoad more family friendly.

August 30st 2014

Hal Finney, Cryptographer and Bitcoin Pioneer, Dies at 58 (NY Times)
Remembering Hal Finney: Bitcoin Pioneer With ALS

I remember reading this in the hospital after surgery, this brings a tear to my eye. Dafaq are people dying at 58 for what is this Iraq? Until the next life sir, may whatever afterlife you choose to believe in be filled with many hauexz, with no bikini tops.

July 1st, 2014

Newegg Is Now Accepting BitCoin

So now they can fuck you out of all kinds of currency.

June 3rd, 2014

Apple Reverses Anti-BitCoin App Policy and Allows Mobile Wallets Back in the App Store

We shall see how long this one lasts, I am sure this is not the last we have heard of this, and Apple’s newfound love of Draconian rules… when the fuck did you become Microsoft, Apple…

April 29, 2014

MasterCard Lobbying On Digital Currency BitCoin

If it was not for the vailidity and bullshit of the move I would not have posted this article.  The Hill is one giant cluster fuck of popup adds and auto-start videos. I really hope you have an AdTrap before you read that article.

March 25, 2014

IRS Virtual Currency Guidance : Virtual Currency Is Treated as Property for U.S. Federal Tax Purposes; General Rules for Property Transactions Apply

Leave it to the federal government to come up with an article title longer than it’s URL, but yeah worth a read, not really that shocking or surprising.

March 6, 2014 

The Face Behind Bitcoin

Newsweek claimed to find the man behind the BitCoin, I am going to be over here are assume they released this story to sell papers and not, you know, do some real journalism. Ok that might be a bit much…

There you have it a small sampling of stories from the last twelve months! THese are just the tip of the iceberg and if you would like some further reading or more in depth specific articles about the subject let me know over on my Facebook or Twitter feed.

Courage,

~Kojack Vasquexz

Unpublished Article

Oregon’s Atlantis: Vanport

Credit: Fertile Ground
Credit: Fertile Ground

Currently it seems I cannot talk to people, even rational people without hearing about fucking Portlandia… Portland the “Land of Tolerance & Progress”, let me clue you people into something real quick, Portland IS:

  • One of the top 25 most expensive cities in the US to live, where the pay does not equally match up to its cost.
  • Outside of the Deep South, Portland (and Oregon in general) housed the largest thriving active chapters of the Ku Klux Klan.
  • Portland (and Oregon) only seem progressive, because Portland is progressive for whites only.
  • The only reason why a cop killing an unarmed POC (person of color) has not happened in recent news is either because the PPD really does not want to be in the news again with Ferguson like fury, or they are simply covering things up.  Both are equally likely.
  • Gentrification is very real, very very real, so fucking real in the few years I spent there as a kid, I do not even recognize parts of it because proud black neighborhoods, have been pushed out for goddamn NY and Montana fucking hipsters, preaching to the pulpit of tolerance while kicking POC in the nuts for evictions.

That said, once upon a time there was a mystical city in between Portland boundaries and the Columbia river, that was founded to provide housing mostly to black workers of the Kaiser Shipyards, as Portland at this time was actively not renting to people of color (largely African Americas). See they wanted African American ship workers because laborers where in short supply, it being war time… that said, people did not want them in their neighborhoods, because in 1940s racism was akin to breathing in the great Pacific North White West.

In 1943 the city of Vanport was bustling with around 40,000 residents and by 1946 around 15,000 of those residents African American an increase of around 13,000 from 1940. At this time Vanport was Oregon’s second largest city, second only to Portland at the time. There were a multitude of immigrants from all areas of the country bringing with it their own brand of racial intolerance, because you know it’s the 1940s and racism is akin to breathing in the Pacific North White West.  On May 30, 1948 at about 4pm, however this was all brought to an end when a 10 foot wall of water swept into the flood plains and whipped the city off the map. Because of the multitude of sloughs and waterways the flood waters were a bit delayed giving most residents ample amount of time to evacuate the Vanport area and college. Only 15 deaths occurred, but the thing that dies that day was the city itself, it was never rebuilt.

The worst part about this tragedy is few survivors remain alive today, and the cities history goes largely untold and unknown. Those that do remain are spread and organizations that survived (Vanport College, would later become Portland State University), have a funny way of telling their own version of the truth. Not all is lost and on may 10th 2015 we may start to see some of this history come alive for the first time! The North Portland Library will be hosting a screening party for materials produced during the 2014 Vanport Multimedia Project from 3:00pm – 4:30pm.

The NikoVash Empire’s own Cisco Kidd will be going to hear stories and gather data on the event. The even is free and those in the area are strongly encouraged to go! Lets try and prevent the only memories of this city from being this:

Credit: brx0
Credit: brx0

The North Portland Library
512 N Killingsworth Street
Portland, OR 97217

(503) 988-5394

Courage,

 

~Kojack Vasquexz