Anime Abominations (Part 1) – Urda: The Third Reich

I was at Sakuracon last April and was surprised to find among the fan panels Anime Abominations, an overview of some of the worst CGI series from Japan hosted by Jarvis Gray. Being a connoisseur of terrible CGI movies, I absolutely had to see this panel, and I wasn’t disappointed. It was by far my favorite event of Sakuracon 2016.

I thought I would share some of the series from the panel over the next few weeks. First is Urda: The Third Reich, a series of five, five-minute episodes about Nazis, time travel, and ridiculous action (for example, straightening a falling tank in mid-air by kicking a brick wall).

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Is Ratchet and Clank a buddy film?

I saw Ratchet and Clank in theaters recently. There was a lack of Clank. He was there in the beginning of the movie, when he was rescued by and worked together with Ratchet, and at the end of the movie, when he decided to be buddies with Ratchet, but he seemed to disappear into the background for the middle of it. He was either riding on Ratchet’s back or following Elaris around. He didn’t seem to do anything or interact with Ratchet that much. Everything he could do (tactical?) Elaris could do and indeed did, making him fairly useless. The part of the movie where Ratchet and Clank would have the most opportunity to work together, when they’re carrying out their final plan to take down Doctor Nefarious, was cut out. Despite hardly ever interacting, Ratchet and Clank are suddenly best buddies at the end of the movie.

I’ve never played the games before, and perhaps Ratchet and Clank’s relationship and how they complement one another comes out better in the games, but in the movie at least, I wasn’t feeling the buddy vibe. It felt more like “Ratchet” and less like “Ratchet and Clank.”

Asperger’s in the Tech Industry

I recently read this article “Everything wrong with Silicon Valley culture in one gross presentation” about Alex St. John’s views on what recruiters should look for in employees. Alex St. John is a trainer of recruiters in the tech industry or something like that. Among other somewhat sexist comments, he says that women in the tech industry are only good for communication and management, men are superior engineers and developers, and girlfriends and wives of employees are actually who companies must please in order to retain its employees.

What interested me most in the article though was St. John’s views on people with Asperger’s syndrome. To him, men with Asperger’s syndrome, identified by poor written and verbal communication skills, a machine-like work ethic, and few job changes, if any, were the holy grail of employees. Women with Asperger’s syndrome, however, were to be avoided because they wouldn’t be able to fulfill their stereotyped duties in a managerial role.

I’m a female software developer with some form of undiagnosed Asperger’s/high-functioning autism/social anxiety/perpetual shyness/awkwardness. I’ve always considered my anxiety, lack of ability for small talk, and slow speech my greatest weakness when it comes to finding a job and performing it. I’ve been told throughout my academic career that I must have these social skills to succeed, and while I’ve gotten a little better at speaking through the jobs that I’ve been fortunate enough to have throughout the years, I’m still a worse than average communicator and often feel inadequate. I’ve compensated for this weakness by broadening and deepening my skillset, developing my written communication skills, and working constantly on volunteer and personal projects.

Now, after years of thinking and being told that I’m inadequate, I’m reading that my lack of social skills is actually a beneficial trait that employers are being trained to look for? O.o *Sigh* If only I were a man… I could be taken advantage of in Silicon Valley… 😛