I happened upon this interesting event during my travels in Tokyo yesterday, a rather large,well-organized, peaceful but very noisy anti-nuke protest march. I took the opportunity to shoot a quick video of the event, sorry for the low quality and also for the fact I was a little bit too far from the march itself to document it very well, but it was certainly of interest to me as I’ve seen a lot of anti-nuke stickers and posters and other forms of more passive complaints but this was the first real protest I’ve seen in the downtown area (in fairness, I don’t get out much lol…I have heard of these protests on the news but this was my first encounter with such).
I’m not quite sure where I really fall on the issue, personally. Of course, I went through a long period of stress and worry last year along with everyone else who lives within a few hundred miles or less of Fukushima. And I can certainly understand the concerns these people have, as I do share them to some extent, although in fairness I have no inkling of what the people of Fukushima are still going through, some of whom had their very lives turned upside down by the disaster.
However, even taking all of that into consideration, I think it is a touch unrealistic for people to be shouting for “no more nukes!” since I really just don’t see that happening anytime soon. The problem is, we modern humans are absolutely voracious consumers of power (just stroll through downtown Tokyo at night for plenty of neon evidence everywhere you turn), and for a country like Japan which is short on pretty much any other natural resource, nuclear is just an inevitable reality given the lack of alternatives. All the trappings that go hand in hand with a modern lifestyle do come at a cost, . So although I can appreciate the sentiment, I just don’t think it’s going to happen and I feel as though it would be better to try and have a more realistic conversation about what we can and can’t do about our need for energy and what we must do to make sure it is conserved as much as possible and made as safe as we can make it, particularly for those who live within range of these power plants of course.
If I lived a good deal closer to the disaster perhaps I’d think differently. I might very well feel as though a complete elimination of nuclear power is the only alternative. There are some people here in Japan who’s lives have been forever altered by this disaster, there’s no questioning that fact, and I certainly wouldn’t be one to go up to them and tell them they shouldn’t be protesting, or even that they shouldn’t be calling for an end to nuclear power. It’s just not that simple though, that’s what keeps going through my mind.
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So I was thinking about trying to come up with an interesting and topical board game for the 21st Century, something like Monopoly on steroids or something but more geared towards adults but still lots of fun to play.
I’m trying to decide between straight up money style Forex buying and selling versus more of a Stock Market oriented game where people invest in fictional companies, with perhaps an Apple clone or maybe Microsoft or Google in my version of the “BoardWalk & Park Place” zone, maybe cleverly disguised as Mapple & Goober or something like that. Maybe we could work in some of the failed banks and mortgage lenders in there as well, either as dirt cheap properties or perhaps as fodder for the penalty round or something.
The real question is, do people even bother with traditional board games anymore these days? With all the emphasis on online gaming and computer stuff, I wonder if board games are just too quaint and passe to be bothered with. As a kid I used to love playing Monopoly and Clue and Life, most of the other kids were into Risk but I never quite got into that one for some reason. Anyway, there’s something fun about taking that box down from the shelf and spreading out the pieces and setting up the board and all that jazz. It was even more fun if you had a decent sized herd of kids hanging out and you could play rounds, or at least several player games, which was always more fun than just one on one. These days, the kids all just jack into their own little devices and “play” together, although I don’t really think it much matters whether or not they’re actually physically together or not, it’s just as much interactivity if they’re all sitting around their individual homes for all the “playing” they do when their brains are hacked into the game systems, eyes glued tightly to the screens.
But on the other hand, maybe I should be thinking along the lines of an online game, although when it comes to Forex or Nasdaq or the other exchanges, who needs a game? Anyone can just open up a brokerage account and ‘play’ the real thing right? So there needs to be an angle that would attract players to the game the way old Monopoly used to capture everybody’s imagination, or Pictionary and Trivial Pursuit after that. I can’t remember the last time I heard about a “hot new game”, although maybe there is one and I’ve just not been paying enough attention. Although a hasty Google search didn’t turn up much of anything of interest, even though I specifically typed in “hot new board games” the second search result was for “best Nintendo” and the third for “best PC board games” (maybe that count’s, though). A glance at the first result, “Amazon Hot New Releases” offers up, well, Monopoly (the national parks version..*yawn*), Sudoku (who wants to have to think!?), and a new board game version of Angry Birds. Perhaps I might have a chance after all, the playing field seems wide open, assuming anyone even cares about getting together to play some games any more.
One of the sites I’ve been playing around with and trying to figure out in my efforts to become a “social networker” these days is Tumblr. The more I learn though, the more confusing this particular space seems to become.
At first glance it seems like a blogging platform, similar to Blogger perhaps. But although when you sign up the first thing that seems obvious is to write a post, when you browse around to other Tumblr pages you start to realize that not many people over there are doing any blogging in the traditional sense.
It’s a weird sort of mix, in a way it’s like Twitter on steroids. There’s no particular 140 limit or anything, but people don’t write much in a post, if anything at all. Mostly people seem to put up pictures, gifs and videos in a long stream of consciousness sort of way, and not many people seem to really engage or comment on each others’ posts. There’s a lot of liking and re-blogging, so each page turns into a sort of amalgam of the posters’ own personal contributions along with content they’ve ripped off from other peoples’ spaces.
Some pages look a lot like Pinterest, some blogs carefully crafted collages of images along with others which are little more than just a bunch of random pictures, and there’s also a YouTube element that I don’t quite understand yet that seems to involve telling the world incredibly personal stuff via video where you write your innermost thoughts on pieces of paper and hold them up for the camera while playing some seriously Emo sounding music of some kind.
Then there’s TumbleTrain, which is not actually on Tumblr but somewhere off-site and seems to be a sideshow focused on getting more Tumblr followers, which is apparently the holy grail of the whole Tumblr thing. If you have a lot of followers you’re cool. Or something.
Anyway, I don’t quite ‘get’ Tumblr yet, but perhaps it will come to me over time. At the moment, it hasn’t really hit me so I find myself frustrated trying to figure it all out and wonder why exactly the communication age has turned into such a multi-media, random seeming cluster that people use to try to explain to the world who they are and what they’re all about. Somehow, even Twitter seems rather quaint and simple in comparison!