"Two Days Ago" by K.K. Slider (Kazumi Totaka)


ashybeatzone:

I mentioned in my last Animal Crossing post that the games have really effective sound work. The excited Animalese language of the villagers, which is a pitched voice reading the letters of the text box aloud, miiiight just be the series’ most recognizable audio element. What I really like about its presentation is that every character’s vocals are scaled to their size and personality. For example, a large lazy character will sound sloooow and low, but a tiny mouse might be rapid and chirpy. Compare it to other games that use a more neutral beep-boop cue for text boxes, which Animal Crossing refers to as Bebebese; Flowerese is silence. This persistent idiosyncrasy goes a long way in making the world feel as colorful as it is (I’d say Simlish is similarly distinct).

I can’t really talk about what makes KK Slider fun without bringing all of this up because his vocals take Animalese from their context and repurpose them as a musical element. Instead of just a piano player or something being used as a vehicle to recite music (i.e. Chrono Trigger uses this as a familiar contextual icon but the results are jukebox-like), KK Slider is quite genuinely playing for you using the established rules of the Animal Crossing universe.

He has a guitar, he has a voice, he’s going to sing for you, and he really does. Because it would be difficult to time proper lyrics using Animalese’s format, Totaka seems to have found it easier to use a small sampling of vocal sounds (like “mee”, “oh”, “kweh”) which make up the singing. There are even little design influenced accents like barking and howling that make me believe the music come straight from his doggy heart. KK Slider’s existence is so welcome and the extensive collection of music he brings with him is pretty generous. Like a lot of Animal Crossing, there isn’t a lot of tangible reward for seeing him, but these games are never about that. The leisurely concerts every Saturday are for their own sake and the clear care put into this guy really shows.

An interesting thing to note with the Aircheck/Bootleg versions of KK Slider’s music is that his voice is absent entirely and usually so is his guitar. The main melody is replaced with the contextually proper leading instrument for whatever stylistic direction it draws from. We’re talking 100% “studio” quality renditions. While these versions sound more developed and maybe canonical to some ears, by removing the “kweh” of the real KK Slider, there’s a lot less character. Considering the pup’s rebellious personality, wouldn’t you say this is fitting?

roachpatrol:

jetgreguar:

allrightcallmefred:

fredscience:

The Doorway Effect: Why your brain won’t let you remember what you were doing before you came in here
I work in a lab, and the way our lab is set up, there are two adjacent rooms, connected by both an outer hallway and an inner doorway. I do most of my work on one side, but every time I walk over to the other side to grab a reagent or a box of tips, I completely forget what I was after. This leads to a lot of me standing with one hand on the freezer door and grumbling, “What the hell was I doing?” It got to where all I had to say was “Every damn time” and my labmate would laugh. Finally, when I explained to our new labmate why I was standing next to his bench with a glazed look in my eyes, he was able to shed some light. “Oh, yeah, that’s a well-documented phenomenon,” he said. “Doorways wipe your memory.”
Being the gung-ho new science blogger that I am, I decided to investigate. And it’s true! Well, doorways don’t literally wipe your memory. But they do encourage your brain to dump whatever it was working on before and get ready to do something new. In one study, participants played a video game in which they had to carry an object either across a room or into a new room. Then they were given a quiz. Participants who passed through a doorway had more trouble remembering what they were doing. It didn’t matter if the video game display was made smaller and less immersive, or if the participants performed the same task in an actual room—the results were similar. Returning to the room where they had begun the task didn’t help: even context didn’t serve to jog folks’ memories.
The researchers wrote that their results are consistent with what they call an “event model” of memory. They say the brain keeps some information ready to go at all times, but it can’t hold on to everything. So it takes advantage of what the researchers called an “event boundary,” like a doorway into a new room, to dump the old info and start over. Apparently my brain doesn’t care that my timer has seconds to go—if I have to go into the other room, I’m doing something new, and can’t remember that my previous task was antibody, idiot, you needed antibody.
Read more at Scientific American, or the original study.

I finally learned why I completely space when I cross to the other side of the lab, and that I’m apparently not alone.

this is actually kind of great and it’s nice to know there’s something behind that constant spacing out whenever i enter a different place

FINALLY AN EXPLANATION

roachpatrol:

jetgreguar:

allrightcallmefred:

fredscience:

The Doorway Effect: Why your brain won’t let you remember what you were doing before you came in here

I work in a lab, and the way our lab is set up, there are two adjacent rooms, connected by both an outer hallway and an inner doorway. I do most of my work on one side, but every time I walk over to the other side to grab a reagent or a box of tips, I completely forget what I was after. This leads to a lot of me standing with one hand on the freezer door and grumbling, “What the hell was I doing?” It got to where all I had to say was “Every damn time” and my labmate would laugh. Finally, when I explained to our new labmate why I was standing next to his bench with a glazed look in my eyes, he was able to shed some light. “Oh, yeah, that’s a well-documented phenomenon,” he said. “Doorways wipe your memory.”

Being the gung-ho new science blogger that I am, I decided to investigate. And it’s true! Well, doorways don’t literally wipe your memory. But they do encourage your brain to dump whatever it was working on before and get ready to do something new. In one study, participants played a video game in which they had to carry an object either across a room or into a new room. Then they were given a quiz. Participants who passed through a doorway had more trouble remembering what they were doing. It didn’t matter if the video game display was made smaller and less immersive, or if the participants performed the same task in an actual room—the results were similar. Returning to the room where they had begun the task didn’t help: even context didn’t serve to jog folks’ memories.

The researchers wrote that their results are consistent with what they call an “event model” of memory. They say the brain keeps some information ready to go at all times, but it can’t hold on to everything. So it takes advantage of what the researchers called an “event boundary,” like a doorway into a new room, to dump the old info and start over. Apparently my brain doesn’t care that my timer has seconds to go—if I have to go into the other room, I’m doing something new, and can’t remember that my previous task was antibody, idiot, you needed antibody.

Read more at Scientific American, or the original study.

I finally learned why I completely space when I cross to the other side of the lab, and that I’m apparently not alone.

this is actually kind of great and it’s nice to know there’s something behind that constant spacing out whenever i enter a different place

FINALLY AN EXPLANATION

A Real Look Into The Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution.

lanitao:

I’ve had so many concerned friends from around the world recently message me, concerned for my safety in Hong Kong. This post is to show my dear friends, and those from around the world what its actually like here in Hong Kong at this moment.

Background:

For anyone that doesnt understand what…

perks-of-being-chinese:

they have water n food n other stuff for the protesters :)))

perks-of-being-chinese:

they have water n food n other stuff for the protesters :)))

stereoculturesociety:

CultureHISTORY: "Hands Up, Don’t Shoot" - Hong Kong Protests

The passionate voices of Black America have been heard around the world. Incredible protests in tribute and solidarity as Hong Kong’s youth fights for political autonomy from China.

More on the Hong Kong protests here and more on the power of the “Don’t Shoot” movement here.

anitathefreak:

Read the full article click Here !

Things that could only happen in a Hong Kong protest

wolfseeker87:

THE UMBRELLA REVOLUTION 

We don’t need any tear gas, we’re crying already.

風雨中抱緊自由。 Brace our freedom among the storm.

It is Day 3 since 28th September 2014, the day Hong Kong Police threw Tear Gas to protestors.

Hong Kong citizens are fighting for democracy to select our own Chief Executive. We don’t want China’s claws on our back and hands on our throat.

Please, Tumblr, reblog and spread the word like wildfire.

SAVE HONG KONG. 

DO NOT LET HONG KONG FALL.

Photo credit to Marieke de Vries

j0bbernowl:

well are y’all gon fuck or not

j0bbernowl:

well are y’all gon fuck or not

theacenightwatch:

theactorsmind:

raeloganthemephilesfangirl:

charlottec21:

I love it how when Snape draws out his wand there are audible gasps but when Mcgonagall draws her wand there people are screaming out of the way.

They just know better.

damn snape is piss-OH MOTHERFUCKING SHIT, MOVE OUT, CLEAR THE WAY, MCGONAGALL IS PISSED.

I will stop reblogging this when it stops being awesome.

theacenightwatch:

theactorsmind:

raeloganthemephilesfangirl:

charlottec21:

I love it how when Snape draws out his wand there are audible gasps but when Mcgonagall draws her wand there people are screaming out of the way.

They just know better.

damn snape is piss-OH MOTHERFUCKING SHIT, MOVE OUT, CLEAR THE WAY, MCGONAGALL IS PISSED.

I will stop reblogging this when it stops being awesome.

-teesa-:

9.2.14

kammartinez:

Author John Scalzi was on a roll this morning (currently 7:14 AM, 26 Sept. 2014) with a tweet he found from some guy sending out an “ultimatum” to women to “make a choice” between feminism and, well, men like him. So Scalzi launched into a truly magnificent set of scorchers, which I’m posting here for the delectation of people everywhere.

Also: I would like to thank that guy for setting the ultimatum. It makes finding a boyfriend so much easier when the undesirable ones wear a placard identifying themselves.

zenit-em:

Stephen Monney Grayson comission pencils

zenit-em:

Stephen Monney Grayson comission pencils

(Source: animmalcrossing)

unmutekurloz:

pyralsnout:

itsstuckyinmyhead:

Pluto Tumblr Posts photoset

(You’re welcome)

OHANA MEANS FAMILY
VIVA LA PLUTO FUCK YOU

PLUTO IS CRYING

(Source: fuckyeahawesomehouses)