June 12, 2020 – Day 88 of my quarantine
Before I begin today’s post I want to take a moment and review how this blog works. Unlike the rest of my world – I hold complete and total power over this little piece of it. I’m in charge of it’s contents and who is and who is not allowed to subscribe to it.
When a new subscriber follows me and they also have a WordPress blog – I go and check theirs out. If I find that their blog is full of offensive material, misinformation, or is racist, sexist, or promoting violence towards animals or humans – I immediately remove that person as a subscriber. I’m not in a popularity contest here – I don’t concern myself with subscriber numbers. What I concern myself with is the character of who is engaging with me and who I am engaging with – even on a peripheral level like blog subscribers. Obviously, anyone can anonymously read my blog without me knowing it – that doesn’t matter to me. What matters to me is who is CONNECTING themselves to this blog as a matter of record.
Today I removed a new subscriber who’s blog, among other things, was focused on defaming, belittling, and “whitesplaining” the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police officers. They went as far as to blame it on the protestors who they deemed “opportunists”. I could not even read all the way through their post because it was making me feel physically nauseous.
In light of this experience, I thought it was appropriate to reiterate my feelings about subscribers. My policy is simple – You can be as ignorant, nasty, and offensive as you want – but you don’t get to connect your nastiness to my blog.
Film Friday – Studio Ghibli
from Wikipedia –
Studio Ghibli Inc. (Japanese: 株式会社スタジオジブリ, Hepburn: Kabushiki-gaisha Sutajio Jiburi) is a Japanese animation film studio headquartered in Koganei, Tokyo, Japan. The studio is best known for its animated feature films, and has also produced several short films, television commercials, and one television film. It was founded on 15 June 1985 by directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and producer Toshio Suzuki with funding by Tokuma Shoten, after the success of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984). Studio Ghibli has also collaborated with video game studios on the visual development of several video games.
Six of Studio Ghibli’s films are among the 10 highest-grossing anime films made in Japan, with Spirited Away (2001) being the second highest, grossing over US$360 million worldwide. Many of their works have won the Animage Anime Grand Prix award, and four have won the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year. Five of Studio Ghibli’s films have received Academy Award nominations. Spirited Away won the Golden Bear in 2002 and the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film in 2003. Totoro, a character from My Neighbor Totoro, is the studio’s mascot.
I am an avid fan, an “OTAKU” of Hayao Miyazaki’s work (Otaku is a Japanese term for people with consuming interests, particularly in anime and manga.) My library contains every Studio Ghibli film ever made, including other films featuring Hayao Miyazki, including the history of the studio and a few “The Art of” books –
If this post doesn’t land me in the ‘Old Folk’s Geek Hall of Fame’ – I don’t know what will! LOL!
I hope this Film Friday finds you well and excited about your weekend. I’m going to be starting my Industrial Design drawing course lessons so I’m both excited and scared! HA!
Sending you all my Love and Light. Stay Safe. Stay Smart. Stay Sane. Stay Strong out there.
Until next time …