Class Assignment: Highlighting a WordPress Feature

This post is for an assignment in which I get to share how to do SOMETHING on WordPress.  I have selected the different ways in which one could post videos.  This one is important to me, as one of the primary reasons I am wanting to learn about WordPress is so that I can have a place to post any and all of my YouTube videos without having their tyrannical bigots imposing their will on me.  Inserting videos into a post can also be a useful tool for those who are, or with to be, in the media industry.  As such, I have decided to have some fun with this by making it into a YouTube video.  Wanting to keep the theme of anime, I will be using some videos from an older channel of mine, one that I haven’t made a single post in since 2014.

DIRECT POSTING

The instructions are quite simple for this.  When you are creating a new post, there are various buttons and such to push just above the visual box in which I am typing right now.  Among them is an “Add Media” button; click on it, but make sure to do so AFTER you have placed the text guide thingy wherever you want the video to be.  You can either use something from your own inventory (either on your computer or already in your WP system) or by inserting it from another source.  They have tweets, YouTube, and any URL to choose from.  I’m not going to cover the tweets or URLs in this post; I don’t have a Twitter (nor do I want one), but I would imagine that it functions in the same manner.  The URL is sort of used in the YouTube examples I’ll be providing anyway, so there’s really no need to go into that.

Click on “Insert YouTube” on the left and you can choose from “all” or a specific user.  I would recommend the all option, because you can select individual videos or entire playlists, plus you are more likely to find what you want this way if you’re getting it from a small channel.  My older channel, linainversefan, only has seven videos and seven subscribers, which is why I believe that using that route results in nothing being found.  Once you’ve entered the title of the video, there will be multiple potential videos available to choose from; as such, it helps to have the EXACT title mentioned.  Select the one that you want (which the results will have both the video’s name and the channel’s name listed), or you can select multiple videos, then click on the green “Insert” button.  You will see a video box, which is where your readers will see the file you want to share.  There will also be a little gray box floating above the video, giving you the option to either edit (which is the pencil) the video or completely remove it (obviously the X).

COPY/PASTE

The other option is to simply copy and paste.  Go to the specific YouTube video that you want to use.  From here, you can highlight the URL and “Ctrl C” that thing to copy it down.  I would like to apologize to Mac users, as I don’t recall what the button combo is for copy; you should know it, though… I hope.  Alternatively, you can select the “Share” feature below the video and copy the link they provide, too.  Return to the post you’re working on, move your text guide thingy to wherever you want the video, and “Ctrl V” to paste.  Rather than seeing an URL, you will immediately see the video box, like this.

Just like with the first example, there will also be a gray box that can give you the option to edit your addition.

As far as I’ve been able to find, these are the only two options for posting videos onto a WordPress post.  There was a third one that I’ve done before; in fact, it’s how I posted the video in my Cosplay Experience article.  Unfortunately, I don’t recall how I did it, nor have I been able to find a reference from previous class discussions.  I’ve tried to mimic it the best I could, but nothing has been working for me.  If any of you reading this are familiar with another approach, please feel free to share in the comment section.  I would also like to point out that I will be including a guide that is also required for my class here soon.  It will be a YouTube video, because why not.  Don’t forget to select any categories you want and to include tags.  You want your post to be seen, right?

Here’s the video!

Sayonara, Cinco de Mayo! Hola, Kodomo no Hi!

May 5.

Here in the USA, we typically “celebrate” a Mexican holiday that we think is about independence and tequila.  I’m not going to explain what’s wrong about our perceptions of Cinco de Mayo, or anything dumb like that.  I’m not a social justice warrior with nothing better to do than complain about a non-issue.  That’s not what my site is about.

Instead, I wanted to share with you the beginning-level knowledge of a Japanese festival that occurs on this day, as well: Kodomo no Hi, which means Children’s Day.

Part of what is known as the Golden Week, Kodomo no Hi is a time of happiness, where we pay extra attention to what makes our children unique and to remind them of how important they are to us.  It was officially decreed as a national holiday in 1948, when the Japanese government decided to adopt the Gregorian calendar (the one we use).

Prior to 1948, Kodomo no Hi was called Tango no Sekku, which means Boy’s Day; it was alternatively known as the Feast of Banners.  Like the Gregorian system, Tango no Sekku was held on the fifth day of the fifth month of the previously-recognized lunar calendar.  Girls had their own day, which was Hinamatsuri (Girl’s Day) and recognized on the third day of the third month.

One of the key traditions for this festival is the flying of koinobori, which are carp-shaped flags/kites.  There is a Magoi (father carp) which is first, followed by a Higoi (mother carp), then the children follow suit.  Why carp, you may ask?  This comes from an ancient Chinese legend that a carp who swims up a stream will become a dragon.

There is also the Kintaro doll, who rides a carp while wearing a kabuto (combat helmet).  The name Kintaro was the childhood name of an iconic samurai from the Heian period (794-1185) known as Minamoto no Kaikou.  It is said that in real life he rode a bear (instead of a traditional horse… or a carp).

Finally, my favorite part of any holiday or festival, the traditional foods.  (YUMMY!!!)  Kodomo no Hi traditionally has two different types of snacks, kashiwa-mochi and chimaki.  Kashiwa-mochi is a rice cake (typically filled with a red bean paste) and wrapped in an oak leaf (which is what a kashiwa is).  Chimaki is somewhat similar; instead of a mochi being wrapped in an oak leaf, this is a sweet rice paste wrapped in a bamboo leaf or an iris.

Well, I guess that’s good enough for now.  This info mostly comes from Wikipedia (mostly because I couldn’t remember most of these names).  Enjoy your day!  Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to get a burrito.

The cosplay experience, based off of Kumoricon 2016

Looking back at the budgeting post that I did recently, you will notice that the convention I mentioned was Kumoricon, a convention based in Portland, OR; this is because that is my local convention.  I have been part of the KCon family since 2006, staffing every single year except for 2016.  I rather spent the year as a regular attendee, mostly because I felt burnt out from so much work (as well as being sick of the internal politics).

Among the typical exploring of the dealer’s hall and attending panels, something special that I did was compile a series of interviews with different cosplayers.  I tried to get a wide variety of cosplay types: home made or store bought, anime or video game or American cartoon, legit characters and OCs (original characters), and so on.  While not EVERYTHING within the video I made is an interview, that is what the majority is.  I wanted to open up the subject, mostly to do what I can to encourage those that are questioning whether or not they want to explore it, or for those that may have had some sort of negative experience.  In summary, I believe that cosplay is one of many merits to being a geek, whether it be an otaku or some other form, and conventions should be a haven for us to come together and enjoy ourselves as ourselves… through fictional characters.  XD  Anyway, here’s the video.  ENJOY!!!

Rating the ladies from Sailor Moon

An advertisement for Sailor Moon, which includes the main ten ladies and girls of the series

That’s right!  The first anime in which I’ll select as the hottie of the lot will be the iconic anime, SAILOR MOON!!!  Let’s face it, this show was an instrumental piece of the future boom in anime’s popularity in the States and around the world.  As such, we all probably have our own idea as to whom we like the most.  Let’s be clear about something, though; I’m only focusing on the characters in this upper picture.  No villains, no other scouts, no meaningless side characters.  Okay?  Here we go!

#10 – Chibi Moon.  I would hope to any god that has ever been created that this should be obvious.  She’s a little kid, and an annoying one, at that.  Let’s move on.

#9 – Sailor Saturn.  For similar reasons, Saturn is too young to seriously consider.  In case you’re wondering, I chose her above Chibi Moon for the following reasons: her adult form (Mistress Nine) is gorgeous, she’s a tween instead of a child (which I was about ten when the show came out, so I probably would’ve liked her if I’d watched the show back then), and she has a sweet personality instead of a spoiled rotten brat-like personality.

#8 – Sailor Venus.  Hold on!  I know, a lot of people would disagree with me on this, but hear me out.  I’m usually not a fan of blonde hair; in this case, blonde hair that is drawn in a way that looks… odd.  I don’t know how much more to explain it than that, but with that being said…

#7 – Sailor Moon.  Same reason as with Venus, but what makes her stand out to me SLIGHTLY is her glutinous nature.  While watching a woman shovel gobs of food into her move like a black hole isn’t necessarily appealing to me, that characteristic does make her more of an amusing character than Venus, which being amusing helps.

#6 – Sailor Mercury.  To sum it up, her appealing strength is her incredible intelligence and her weakness is that, to me, she looks too much like Akane Tendo (the female protagonist of Ranma 1/2).

#5 – Sailor Uranus.  Originally, I was thinking about having Mercury and Uranus switched around, but this stands out to be the correct option for me.  The sole reason, which I’m sure that many of you will find to be ridiculous, is that my ex, the mother of my son, used to cosplay as Uranus and did a wonderful job doing so.  That’s it.

#4 – Sailor Jupiter.  I love her strong personality.  She can be tough as nails and is typically a stupendous example of the independent woman… except that she’s boy crazy.  Just about every male (or perceived male) somehow reminds her of a former boyfriend, which can be a disastrous quality in a woman.  Another strength of hers (granted, it’s a shallow one) is her bust.  For those of you who only watched the English dub, you might recall an episode where the girls are arguing over who will play Snow White for a play (BTW, Tuxedo Mask was going to be the Prince).  Each presented a reason why they should play Snow White, some good… some bad.  In English, Jupiter’s reason was that she had the most talent; since when?  Up to that point, the ONLY one to show any form of entertainment-related talent was Mars.  The reason is because the original Japanese gave her reason as being that she had the biggest bust… which I hadn’t noticed until I saw that.  She’s right, though.

#3 – Sailor Neptune.  I’m sure that some would assume that part of my reasoning is that she’s the pretty-half of the lesbian couple (with Uranus, for those of you who don’t know), and you’d be mildly correct.  While I don’t care one way or the other, I feel as though I can relate to Neptune, as I once crossplayed as her FOR my ex (and looked amazing while doing so).  Along with that, she’s by far the most graceful-princess-type of character, and she can play the violin, which is one of my favorite musical instruments in terms of romantic music performances.

Now we’re down to the final two…

An action scene of Sailor Pluto with her key staffSailor Mars standing tall with her fire logo in the background

Sailor Pluto and Sailor Mars.  In all honesty, I had a rather difficult time selecting which one stood out more.  Both have beautiful, long hair (one black, one green).  Both have amazingly powerful attacks (one time, one fire).  Both have interesting (and some would say contradictory) background characteristics (one is a priestess, one is a scientist).  However, I am giving the win to…

Sailor Pluto!

Why?  Because between the two (and technically all ten), Pluto is the only one that is a legal adult.  While the rest of them are 16 or below, Pluto is in her 20s (I believe 23).  Even though these are cartoon characters, that’s an important point to make, especially if you’re someone who’s… well, old enough to have a child of his own.

So what do you think?  Who’s your pick of the litter?  Leave a comment down below, and stay tuned for the next post!

All of the images are of the Sailor Moon franchise, which is currently licensed by Viz Media.

Financial Preparations for Convention Planning

Let’s establish this aspect first.  This post will be in regards to individual planning, as well as small group.  It is not for clubs or organizations, though I would imagine that many of the such would still apply.  I was also inspired to do this based on something a couple friends of mine were saying regarding their tax returns; as such, I will be playing with the idea that someone with money in April is planning for an end-of-the-year con.

The first thing to consider is obvious: where are you going?  Odds are that if you’re going to travel somewhere for a convention of any sort, you’re going to want to register.  Ghosting a con is alright, but it’s a complete waste of time if you’re making a lengthy travel.  For this, let’s choose Kumoricon in Portland, Oregon, which (as of 2016) takes place around Halloween.  Registration prices are currently $55 for those 13 and older, $40 for those 6-12, and $300 for VIP badges.  These prices will go up after July 27.  (Oh yeah, once you get to the con site to get your badge, HAVE VALID ID!!!).

Next, figure out how many people will be going.  Will it be just you?  Is a friend or two tagging along?  Any offspring you’d like to bring?  For the sake of this example, I’m going to pretend that I will be going with my son (age 4) and his mother.  Taking the info from the previous paragraph, our registration total would be $110.

Most of what comes next can be linked through your convention’s website.  For the sake of this blog, I will leave an octothorpe (or hashtag as it’s popularly referred to now) for what’s mentioned (and relevant) to this scenario.  However, I like to play these things dangerously safe (especially since there could still be other options).

# Now comes the hotel.  Figure out how you and your group would prefer to arrange rooms,  THEN reserve your room/s.  Kumoricon has an arrangement with the nearby DoubleTree Hotel (and by nearby, I mean about 6 blocks away) for $150-170 per night + taxes and fees.  I will instead choose the Motel 6, which is about 2 blocks away.  Now, part of what I’m about to say relates to knowing specific dates, including traveling and when you want to arrive to/leave from the con site.  Kumoricon 2017 will be October 27-29, so I will play with a single room (or two adults) for 3 nights starting on October 26.  Find the location in the Lloyd District.  As I’m typing this, they have only 3 Queen-sized beds available for $99.57 per night.  If and when you select to book this room, this site will calculate the complete total, including taxes and fees, which is $336.06.

How are you going to get to the con?  Let’s make this fun and say that you’re flying in from Kansas City, via Southwest Airlines, flying on the 26th and 29th.  For the first trip, I am selecting the 11:25-3:45 trip with a detour in Oakland and the Wanna Get Away offer, which is $208 (per person).  The trip back home will be the nonstop 12:35-5:50 (per person), which is $179.  The site will then do its math stuff and come up with a grand total of $1160.85.  (Note: I haven’t flown in almost 20 years, so I don’t know much about the length of waiting times and such; this is more relevant to the next section).

Now comes a confusing part for some: getting to and from airports and destinations.  I recommend public transits, pending that you aren’t hauling your entire wardrobe.  Let’s first look at while in Kansas City.  Their system is called KCATA.  For this, I told their site, ridekc.org, to plot the following: From Kansas City city hall, To Kansas City International Airport, Arrive by 10 am, Date April 20 (because this is the same day of the week as October 26).  They use Google to show you a map, which in this case… only involves one bus.  Now, I’m a little confused about EXACTLY what their site is telling me, but it sounds like a single bus ride is $1.50, with potential reductions where applicable (like in this case, those 5 and younger ride free).  Bam.  $3.  # Similarly, the system in Portland, TriMet, will tell you to ride the Red MAX line for $2.50 a pop, $5 total, after telling it to leave at 4:30 pm for the Oregon Convention Center.  That’s $8 total, with both days totaling $16.

Unless I forget something, these are the essentials of what you’ll need to plan.  There are many ways to bundle many of these things together, and thus lower the prices.  However, looking at things like this, separately, your grand total is $1512.91.  I would recommend also planning for food and merchandise.  If you go with $25 per day per person for food, and a $200 cap on merch, that’s an extra $500 to add on.

Good luck with your preparations, my friends!

So, I’ve come up with a poll to add on to this post.  This is to see where y’all stand with money spent (as well as a grade requirement). 

In the beginning…

Anime high school students having a club meeting

From “The Troubled Life of Miss Kotoura”
Licensed by Crunchyroll

Welcome to my blog!  Yeah… not very original, I know; give it time.  This is the starting point for a class project that I am working on.  I plan on changing how various things look, and to even include videos from time to time.

What to expect: As of now, I intend to have most posts focus on one of two things.  The first will be on the culture of being an anime fan, such as: what to expect at conventions, popular debating points, and news.  The second will be rating female characters from a show/franchise by their sex appeal; different shows will have different formats, based on how many characters there are to analyze and/or how I’m feeling.  There’s always room for additions and/or changes, but as of now, these are what I’m looking at.