Kizuna Ai

Apparently, being home sick is a good opportunity to pick up new obsessions so here’s my newest one: Kizuna Ai!

Supposedly, she’s an AI/virtual YouTuber but let’s face it, what’s actually behind the character is simply an actress being motion captured and then animated , most likely using good old MMD.

I’m still in the middle of checking out more of her videos but so far, my favourite is this one where she tries out a game that gives you 20 seconds to draw a random thing and then scores your attempt a success or failure depending on whether Google’s AI was able to guess what it was. Click “CC” and then “settings/English” on this and most of her other videos for surprisingly decent subs!

A lot of this feels very improv-ish which, let’s face it, is probably the main reason why I’m finding her stuff so entertaining. I also really want to know who her seiyuu is. She’s amazing!

It also serves as a reminder – or a first impression – of just how little sense Japanese people can actually make of romaji in many cases. Still laughing about “ambulance”/”unbalance”. Awwww.

Finally – links!

Kizuna Ai Youtube channel

Kizuna Ai official website

Kizuna Ai Twitter

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Onlightened

People who know me have probably seen me getting obsessed about Caustic Soda, a podcast famous for tackling weird, gross and disturbing subjects in a scientific – and decidedly entertaining – manner. Sadly, the podcast ended last year after more than half a decade and 314 episodes in 7 seasons.

But now, Joe Fulgham, one of the former hosts has finally announced his new podcast Onlightened that will hopefully be able to fill the caustic void in our hearts.

By now, I have listened to the introductory show (aptly titled “episode 0”) twice out of sheer joy. Joe’s plans for Onlightened sound super exciting and I can’t wait to find out where the journey will take us. And it seems that other than Dr. Rob Tarzwell, more of the former CS regulars will join the ride in future shows!

Needless to say, I’m really looking forward to the first proper episode which, it seems, will be about PTSD and traumatic brain injuries.

In the meantime, join me in supporting Joe’s efforts on Patreon!

(Also, thanks to my spellchecker for having no idea whatsoever what a podcast is. SRSLY?!)

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New blog~!

Hello!

So… now that the recent Livejournal events have managed to drive even me away, the question of how, where and in which language to blog from now on has kinda solved itself.

Still not quite sure about the particulars of this place but for now, I decided to just write about whatever, whenever I feel like. Admittedly, I really miss writing outside of work and now that I have a little bit of time to spare, I figured why not?

Don’t expect regular updates (I do have some sort of a life after all which mostly includes being at work 50 hours a week) but I’ll try not to let this blog die quite as painfully as the last one.

I plan to add more non-entry content (some personal info, maybe a small FAQ, more links to blogs and/or other places on the internet I enjoy visiting) as well so stay tuned for that!

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