"When I was about 20 years old, I met an old pastor’s wife who told me that when she was young and had her first child, she didn’t believe in striking children, although spanking kids with a switch pulled from a tree was standard punishment at the time. But one day, when her son was four or five, he did something that she felt warranted a spanking–the first in his life. She told him that he would have to go outside himself and find a switch for her to hit him with.
The boy was gone a long time. And when he came back in, he was crying. He said to her, “Mama, I couldn’t find a switch, but here’s a rock that you can throw at me.”
All of a sudden the mother understood how the situation felt from the child’s point of view: that if my mother wants to hurt me, then it makes no difference what she does it with; she might as well do it with a stone.
And the mother took the boy into her lap and they both cried. Then she laid the rock on a shelf in the kitchen to remind herself forever: never violence. And that is something I think everyone should keep in mind. Because if violence begins in the nursery one can raise children into violence.”
Astrid Lindgren, author of Pippi Longstocking, 1978 Peace Prize Acceptance Speech (via withoutawarning)
Alrighty. So while my account has been under the embargo from a Copyright Strike from Hasbro, I’ve been looking at a lot of my content and considering reworking it.
One thing I have honestly grown to hate is Rather Vocalized Illusion, the opinion and commentary show that I started my Youtube channel with. Not only has it’s production been too scattered and too marred by difficulties in it’s conception. Despite doing everything I could to lower the time it takes to make an episode, I could only ever make one if I had something to talk about. And as time went on and my areas of interest shifted, that changed significantly.
And one thing I’ve grown increasingly tired of is the frequency of dumb flamewars being started in the comments sections.
So to this end, Rather Vocalized Illusion as a scripted opinion show is done. The only way it is going to continue is in Mailbag-style unscripted Question and Answer shows.
I’ve been shifting my focus in a more comedic route. I’ve always like to make people laugh. I don’t like to be Captain Bringdown. The My Little Pony in One Minute videos have been showing to do that pretty well, and they’re very quick to make (2-3 hours at most). The SWTOR Machinima videos, while getting significantly less traffic, are also more enjoyable to make.
The kind of thing RVI was dedicated to is handled much better here on my blog rather than on a Youtube show. And while a lot of you probably won’t like this change… well you already know what my attitude is to disgruntled fans anyway.
Like I said before folks, this is exactly what’s happening. And I think it’ll be an interesting change. We all start somewhere and then eventually move on to new chapters in our lives. As I said, we were talking about this and I can see how much he’d like to do videos with more of a comedic tone to them. It just works, you know?
So you guys just stay tuned and see what comes around! I know it’ll be a bit to adjust to the change, but trust me when I say that if you just give it time, be patient and give it a chance, it’ll be worth it. :)
It’s not going to be easy, but it’ll be an interesting way to move things forward. :D
"No, that’s not right! This is my movie!” -Marik in Little Kuriboh’s Concrete Giraffes.
I just love this video. :D It really tickles me and the art style is so silly. This entire frame sequence is especially hilarious, poor Marik getting all despaired and Slendy is all blushy. XD I love it! Love it! And look at this shot! XD Marik has no elbows and has such an awkward stance that looks silly! And for some reason, in the last shot, he didn’t have his rod, and now it’s back in his hand! Continuity!
Concrete Giraffes is one of my favourites, ever. I love Slender Man, I love Marble Hornets, I love Little Kuriboh’s YGOTAS videos, especially the side videos with Marik and Bakura. :P They’re among my favourites, by far.
I also really like Slender Man’s voice in his videos. It’s silly, yet still creepy in how it’s executed! XD
It's gone around that RVI is pretty much dead at this point, but I really liked Jerry's MLP in One Minute videos. What do you think of the direction everything's taking?
I think it actually works very well. :) I mean, most of what gets talked about is pretty much whatever’s topical at the moment. Giving a message is always a good thing, but sometimes you just need some comedy and fun light-hearted great stuff to keep things balanced.
We were talking about it the other day, and I absolutely agree. He’s taking things in a more comedic direction and is testing the waters with the one-minute MLP videos and those Machinimas, for example. He’s got some plans in mind and you’ll just have to wait and see. I encouraged him to keep trying, see what other kinds of comedic videos he can put together.
Think of a show like Lois and Clark. From what I was told, it’s funny the rest of the time, but can step back and be serious when it needs to be.
If there’s one thing I know he enjoys and likes to do, is to be entertaining and funny. :P I think we should all encourage this.
Some people say that FlutterDash is the worst pairing ever and that Rainbow Dash abuses Fluttershy. Have you seen that before?
I sure have. XD And to be honest, it’s just so laughably hilarious. Of course, when you’re within a shipping element of fan works, you are bound to run into these types. Of course, I mostly ignore them, especially when they clearly have no idea what they’re talking about.
Sometimes though, it mostly stems from hatred for one or both the characters. Rainbow Dash gets a lot of this sometimes when she’s around Fluttershy. These are the White Knights who want Fluttershy in a protective bubble and think that every non-coddle Rainbow gives her is abuse. I’m serious, they think their friendship is abusive. XD What? Are they missing something? They must be!
But yeah, they hate her (RD) and scream for her head when she does anything they disapprove with or to Fluttershy. They always use Dragonshy (hey, Rainbow was understandably annoyed and was agreeing with Fluttershy about her going home, she didn’t want her to get hurt!), the Crystal Empire (she wanted to spend time with her and got carried away, so what?) and sometimes, I kid you not, Hurricane Fluttershy.
I could go on for hours about why they’re so wrong. XD But let’s just leave them to their little fantasies, shall we?