I am a fan of Anime for its epic stories which are hard to get from american movies/television. I have only gotten deeply into them though in the last 5 years or so, but have been watching since Star Blazers and Battle of the Planets (Gatchaman) aired on US television. I generally get into the manga side if I get impatient waiting for the next episode of an anime to be released. This then leads me to find a bunch of new series and bounce back and forth between the two.
The greatest things about anime, as compared to other forms of entertainment (especially US TV), is that there is something for everyone and it caters to niche viewers.
In US Television a show may have a main genre and target audience, but the network executives will try to encompass every other possible audience they can. I.E.: Take a Law Drama and target the largest audience: the mid 20's to mid 40's crowd. Then ad some really hot characters with quirky personalities to get the mid teens to college age kids. Add in a few kids and may be an interesting pet to pick up the younger kids and moms. Toss in a wise, respectable older character to tie them together to pick up the senior citizens. Ad in some women's lib stuff to get even more women to watch and action for more males.
However, in anime, each show tends to target a specific genre and/or niche of viewers and caters to them pretty exclusively. Sure, it may pick up a few outside views or ones that aren't so picky, but they will attempt to give their target audience as much as they possibly can. If you have ever been a huge fan of something (video game, TV show, musical band, etc) and suddenly they changed something that change how you expect and wanted it to be (made it stupid easy for casual players, added a terrible character, made a lame/tame album that gets an absurd amount of airplay) then you understand how it feels to be a fan of a niche and how painful it is to have your love warped and twisted to include things you don't want included. Then comes anime where they will target a specific audience and overload them with everything they could possibly want. Sometimes they target your niche. Sometimes they target my niche. Sometimes they target the niche in between both our niches. And they do it in volume. If I don't like your niche, I don't have to watch it, because there are usually boatloads of anime that fit what I like and visa versa. If we do like other niches and cross-niches then there are more anime for us to watch. The downsides to this are that if the niche is new or small there may not be a lot of shows for it and that the Animation Industry, when they find a niche is doing well, will beat the horse until it is long past dead and turns to glue, thinning out the quality of shows in that niche and leading to bad sequels and unnecessary remakes.
I generally prefer Sub's to Dubs, mostly, because the Japanese voice actors tend to be much better. I can tell the emotions the characters are feeling better with actors that put effort into it. When Dub's actually find good voice actors (or more importantly good directors) I am perfectly happy with them (ie: Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell). Sadly few anime use quality voice actors and many sound like the characters are either stoned, bored or like 4 people were used to do the voices for an entire series. Also I like to watch anime at night till I fall asleep. Sub's make me tired quicker and since online channels such as Hulu and Funimation turn up the volume of commercials to painful levels, I can keep the volume low and stay asleep when I do fall asleep, yet still watch the anime till then. I am not, however, picky about the translations or Subs vs Dubs as long as the meaning and intent of the story is not changed.
I am easy going and easy to talk to and enjoy it when people want to talk, so feel free to say hello. I don't accept blind friend invites without being talked to first, so again, say hello first.
My favorite types of anime are generally Mecha, Action, and Sci-Fi, but I also enjoy Horror, Fantasy, and Psychological.
My Top 13 Favorite Genres (According to Graph Anime Plus)
Note: After 13 there are no genres that I will attempt to search for when looking for anime.
1 - Military - I do not actively search for this, but as a Veteran and since it is a very common sub genre in both Action and Sci-Fi, I can see why I would tend to rate these pretty high.
2 - Supernatural - I do not search for this one either. Pretty common in anime in general, especially when paired with Horror and Fantasy.
3 - Mystery - Finally one I do search for. I like a good story that I have to work to figure out, but is possible to figure out if you are paying attention. But not so easily that I can figure out the whole plot before episode 7.
4 - Police - Another I do not search for, but a fair proportion of Mystery anime are paired with this genre.
5 - Psychological - I love stories that make you think as well as the characters. Ones that discuss the issues before them with logic. And ones that just mess with your head if you are incapable of keeping up.
6 - Seinen - I do tend to look for this one since these usually lead one to believe they are more mature (definitely not always). This is a weak search criterea however as the only anime that are listed as Seinen (or shounen or Shoujo or Josei) are ones that originate from a Manga (which are distributed in gender and age specific magazines). Anime that do not originate from such magazines, but are apropriate for such genres are never marked as such.
7 - Thriller - A great genre to search for as they can be fun to watch. Fast paced and never boring. Commonly paired with Action, Horror and Mystery.
8 - Drama - I do not look for this at all, and would probably avoid it if it was the sole genre. It is the most common of all genres so it can not be avoided. Since it is rated so high, it is because in order for me to watch Dramas the other genres must be ones I really want to watch.
9 - Mecha - I am an absurdly huge fan of Mecha so of course I search for it. However I can be a bit picky about it and rate it a little more heavy handed than other genres. I tend to prefer militarily functional mecha over magic-like ability mecha and the stereo-typical lean Japanese humanoid sword weilding mecha.
10 - Sci-Fi - I do love this genre, but I don't search for it often as it is quite large and vague. Usually I will search using subgenres like Mecha and Space.
11 - Horror - I was surpired on how really good horror is in anime as live action, non sci-fi horror usually bores me. But it is really fun to watch so I keep my eyes out for it.
12 - Space - There are suprisingly few Space anime compared to other genres, but they do tend to be really long series. As much as I love and try to watch Space anime, it can be intimidating to try to start these series, especially when I prefer to binge watch completed series in chronological order.
13 - Action - This is a huge genre, but I do actively search for it. I will sometimes give genres I do not really have an interest in a chance if they are paired with Action. I am a guy. I like Action. It is what we do.
Breaking Down Anime
Story: I love a good story. One that is well told in an entertaining fashion. Not drowned out in either humor or fanservice when the creators decide to chicken out because the story is getting too serious. I love good believable plot twists, not ones just for the sake of throwing off the audience. I like stories that make you think. I love when you are immersed in the world and the world has consistent rules that it follows. The most important thing is to be entertained and as long as that happen, I will usually like the show. I hate to be made angry though, as the entertainment value disappears entirely. I don't really have a preference whether a story originated from an Anime, Book, Visual Novel or is an Original piece, but ones derived from games (non Visual Novel) tend to be bad. Novels do tend to have the most complex characters however.
Animation: This is what got me into Anime in the first place, the excellent artwork and attention to detail. I love detailed and well choreographed action scenes. I despise bad artwork, which is why I dislike most american and children's animation. I don't really care too much whether the art is done with CGI or not as long as it is done well. I don't mind weird/artistic animation as long as it done for a reason and doesn't distract from the story, like Kyousogiga (The odd art lets you know that something is off about the world) or xxxHolic (It was done to intentionally mimic old Ukio style artwork). I dislike reusing of scenes and extended frames of no movement at all *cough*gundam*cough*.
Characters: I like characters that have depth and add to the story. I am fine with both lots of characters and few. I hate main characters that completely break down when everything is on the line and I despise ones that have no purpose but to make the most idiotic possible choice whenever possible (see Ohma, Shu - Guilty Crown). I dislike major characters that are aged disproportionately from the rest of the cast without good reason (i.e.: Sibling, Teacher) and ones that are drawn far younger than their stated age. I understand, but am not really interested in intentionally Moe character tropes. They tend to make the range of characters the same from one show to the next. I hate Yandere because of their irrationality and generally dislike Tsundere because they are very inconsistent. I also don't care for the Detached/Emotionally Stunted characters as they are either creepy or unnecessarily difficult to interact with (does not include Shy or Stoic characters).
Soundtrack: I generally do not judge an anime by it's soundtrack. The anime may be good or bad, the soundtrack may be good or bad, but I do not associate the two. The only exception would be if there is an annoying insert song that pops up that is distracting from watching the story.
10 = Amazing. Probably some part (plot, character, etc) held a special meaning for me. Definitely re-watchable. "I would try to convince all my friends to watch"
9 = Awesome. Flawless, with all aspects beings worth the watch. Definitely re-watchable. "I would buy the DVD's when released"
8 = Great. Re-watchable. "I would re-watch the series as soon as the initial run of the series has completed"
7 = Good. I would re-watch with a friend who has not seen it before, but probably not likely to without reason. "That was fun. What's next?"
6 = Decent. Either wasn't all that impressed or (more often than not) it had elements I really liked and elements that dragged it back down (too much fanservice, annoying characters, bad animation, etc). Not usually re watchable. I would recommend to someone only if they really loved the genre. "IF they changed this and/or that it would have been much better, but at least I was entertained."
5 = Meh. No interest or some really bad elements that drag it down. Would not recommend. "This sucked, that sucked, and I wish they would have done it differently."
4 = Bad. Would recommend to a friend as a practical joke. "That was a waste of my time."
3 = Worse. Would recommend to a friend as a punishment. "Where's the 'Dropped' button again on MAL?"
2 = Horrible. Would stop a friend from watching, even if I had to knock them unconscious. "No. Anyone who has ever recommended it is now dead to me."
1 = Sucked Monkey Snot. Would stop even someone I disliked from watching. "Make it stop!"
*Notes on my Watched list:
Sometimes I forget to add in OVAs that belong to a regular series, but the odds are if I rated it 6 or higher I probably saw any OVA's that go with it.
My 5 Favorite Anime Movies
05) Rakuen Tsuihou: Expelled from Paradise
04) The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi
03) Summer Wars
01) Ghost in the Shell
My 5 Favorite Anime from Summer 2020
1) Re:Zero -Staring Life in Another World- Season 2
2) A Certain Scientific Railgun T
3) Sword Art Online Alicization Arc War of the Underworld
4) My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax!
5) The God of Highschool
Favorite Anime Series by Year
2020 so far...
1) Re:Zero -Staring Life in Another World- Season 2
3) Blade of the Immortal
4) Fate / Grand Order
5) Darwin's Game
1) Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari
2) Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken
3) Vinland Saga
4) Kimetsu no Yaiba
5) Yakusoku no Neverland
1) Steins;Gate 0
2) Goblin Slayer
5) Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai
3) Shingeki no Kyojin
4) Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii desu ka?
5) Youjo Senki
1) Re: Zero
2) Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (Erased)
4) Kono Subarashi Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
5) Berserk (2016)
2) One Punch Man
3) Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen
1) Sidonia no Kishi
2) Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
3) Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works
4) Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu
5) Terra Formars
1) Shingeki no Kyojin
2) Suiseu no Gargantia
3) Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova
4) Yahari Ore Seishun Love comedy wa Machigatteiru
5) Tokyo Ravens
2) Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse
3) Sword Art Online
4) Uchuu Senken Yamato 2199
5) Zetsuen no Tempest
2) Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica
4) Usagi Drop
5) Deadman Wonderland
1) Angel Beats!
2) Break Blade
3) Highschool of the Dead
4) Ichiban Ushio no Daimao
1) Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu
2) Higashi no Eden
4) Fairy Tail
5) Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
1) Shikabane Hime
2) Ookami to Koushinryou
4) Mnemosyne: Mnemosyne no Musume-tachi
5) Yozukura Quartet
2) Darker than Black
3) Kara no Kyoukai
5) Shinreigari: Ghost Hound
1) Death Note
2) Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch
3) Ghost Hunt
4) Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
2) Jigoku Shoujo
3) Eureka Seven
4) Tsubasa Chronicle
1) Elfen Lied
2) Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig
1) Last Exile
3) Shingetsutan Tsukihiume
5) R.O.D. The TV
1) Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
2) Sentou Yousei Yukikaze
3) Witch Hunter Robin
4) Saishuu Keiki Kanojo (SaiKano)
3) Sekai no Senki
1) The Big O
2) Sekai no Monshou
3) Blue Gender
1) Cowboy Bebop
2) Serial Experiments Lain
3) Bubblegum Crisis 2040
1) Kenpuu Denki Berserk
I love Baseball, Video Games, Rock (Classic, Hard, Metal, Power, Progressive, Melodic, Symphonic, Gothic), Astrophysics and Nice women with pretty eyes and genuine smiles.
I like Reading, fantasy sports, deep conversations, listening, movies, and computers.
I dislike kiss asses, people with no opinions of their own, women that like Uchiha Sasuke, characters that are unnecessarily lolis, mascot characters. Being told something is absolute when it is not. When people confuse Stoic and Detached personalities.
I hate people that are pompous, people that are self important, ones that pretend to be stupid and characters who's sole purpose is to find the most idiotic action to take and do it.
But you know what really chaps my ass? Wet Underwear.
Favorite Musical Artists: (In no particular order)
Lord of the Rings - J R R Tolkein
The Gap Cycle - Stephen R Donaldson
The Chronicles of Thomas Covanent - Stephan R Donaldson
Armor - John Steakley
Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
Without Remorse - Tom Clancey
Riftwar Saga - Raymond E Feist
Wheel of Time - Robert Jordan
Dragonriders of Pern - Anne McCaffery
The Shanara Trilogy - Terry Brooks
The Forge of God - Greg Bear
Favorite Video Games
Homeworld I & II
Virtual World Battletech
Mechwarrior I, II, III, IV
Star Wars: The Old Republic
Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War I & II
Warhammer 40K: Chaos Gate
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic I & II
Star Craft I & II
Diablo I, II, III
Warcraft I & II (not III... too character driven)
Virtual World Battletech Awards
Legendary Order of Burton x2
Mad Dog (Vulture Variant) - Milpitas, CA - 2001
Summoner (Thor Variant) - Atlanta, GA - 2005
Distinguished Oder of Bell x5
Battletech 4v4 Teams (New York 2001, Chicago 2004, Dallas 2006)
Red Planet 4v4 Team (New York 2001)
Star Wars (All)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (Original)
Alien (and Aliens)
Major League (Original)
Superman (I, II, Returns)
Ghost Busters (Original)
Better Off Dead
Favorite TV Shows
6 Million Dollar Man
Battlestar Galactica (Original)
Star Trek (Original)
The Good Wife
Places I've Been: (no particular order, not counting layovers and driving through)
States: Nevada, Georgia, California, Oklahoma, Indiana, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Maine, Wyoming, Hawaii, Mississippi, New York, Wisconsin, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey
Countries: South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Okinawa, Ireland, England, Scotland, France, Denmark, Guam, Japan, Spain, Qatar, Germany
Favorite Quotes: (Random Order)
"Who you are is what you do when it counts." - John Steakley, Armor
"Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend." - Albert Camus
"The early bird gets the worm, but the 2nd mouse gets the cheese" - David Jakovac
"How do you hurt someone who has lost everything? Give them back something broken." - Stephen R. Donaldson, The Chronicles of Thomas Covanent
"Always play the game as if you were down by one run. Unless, of course, you are down by more than one." - Me
"Give a man a fish and he will be fed for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will promptly forget that he once did not know, proceed to call anyone who asks a n00b and flame them on the boards for being stupid." - Unknown
"No good deed goes unpunished." - Unknown
"Sins are not just the ones you commit, but also the ones you allow to happen." - Me
"There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened." - Douglas Adams
"Never rely on the stupidity of others" - Unknown
"Well, I believe in the soul, the <@<%, the &^$$*, the small of a woman's back, the hanging curve ball, high fiber, good scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated crap. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter. I believe in the sweet spot, soft-core pornography, opening your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas Eve and I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days." - Crash Davis (Bull Durham)
"The Internet: Where men are men, women are men and children are FBI agents."
"If you can't win, don't play." - No Fear
"He who trusts everyone is a fool. He who trusts nobody is also a fool." - Robert Jordan
"Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?" - Douglas Adams
"You can't hit the ball if you don't swing the bat." - FLCL
"Pride is different from Arrogance, in that the former is knowing you have done great things, and the latter is assuming you will always do great things." - Me
"Do it by the book, but be the author." - Murphy's Laws on Technology
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." - Dr Seuss
"If your ears aren't bleeding, you aren't listening loud enough." - Twisted Sister
"Everybody is somebody else's weirdo." - Dilbert
"Unless I grip the sword, I cannot protect you. While gripping the sword, I cannot embrace you." - Tite Kubo, Bleach
"It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried." - Winston Churchill
"If you take yourself too seriously, no one else will." - Me
"In order to have the power to save, one must also have the power to damn." - Frank Herbert, Dune
"You can't change the past. You can't change the present. You can only learn from the past and use the present to change the future." - Me
"Have a very good reason for everything you do." - Laurence Olivier
"Tell me to do something and I will laugh at you. Force me to do it and I will kill you. Ask me to do it and I will move the Stars for you." - Me
"Time does not exist. There is only the current moment." - Unknown
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln
"If you aren't going to do something right, don't do it at all" - Unknown
"Working for Davik was like driving a spike through your head. Sure you have something new in there but, then again, you've lost something as well." - Canderous Ordo (KotOR)
"Sometimes a man can meet his destiny on the road he took to avoid it." - Wilhelm Wexler (The International)
"All things are possible except skiing through a revolving door." - Murphy's Laws on Technology
"Looks may get my attention, personality will keep it." - Me
"Isn't sanity really just a one-trick pony anyway? I mean all you get is one trick, rational thinking, but when you're good and crazy, oooh, oooh, oooh, the sky is the limit." - The Tick
"What you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul. " - Billy Madison
"1 - For the Challenge. 2 - For the Thrill. 3 - For the Passion. 4 - For the Kill." - The four prime motivations." - Me
"Everybody wants something. There is always someone who wants everything." - Me
"That which doesn't kill you usually hurts a lot and makes it easier for the next attempt to succeed." - Me
"All things being equal, no two things ever are equal." - Me
"It is easier to find a score of men wise enough to discover the truth than to find one intrepid enough, in the face of opposition, to stand up for it." - A.A. Hodge
"He who dies with the most toys, still dies." - No Fear
"Make something idiot proof and they'll build a better idiot." - Murphy's Laws on Technology
"Always remember to pillage before you burn." - Unknown
"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots." - Demotivators
"Never Underestimate the power of stupid people in groups" - Demotivators
"The only sane people are the ones who admit they are crazy." - Me
"Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it." - Buddha
"Oh to be so mercifully free of the ravages of intelligence" - Time Bandits
"Everybody lies. What is important is not the lie but the reason behind it." - Dr Gregory House (House)
"The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism." - Norman Vincent Peale
"Occam's Razor. The simplest explanation is almost always somebody screwed up." - Dr Gregory House (House)
"My grandfather once told me that there are two kinds of people: those who work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was less competition there." - Indira Gandhi
"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources." - Albert Einstein
"If you talk to God you're religious. If God talks to you, you're psychotic." - Dr Gregory House (House)
"There is an art, it says, or rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss." - Douglas Adams
"It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination." - Douglas Adams
"Being paranoid doesn't mean no one is out to get you." - Unknown
"Every time I've done something that doesn't feel right, it's ended up not being right." - Mario Cuomo
"The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money." - Alexis de Tocqueville
"If you can't beat them, join them, then beat them." - Unknown
"It is a well known fact that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job." - Douglas Adams
"When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion." - Abraham Lincoln
"Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live." - Oscar Wilde
"Every advantage creates a disadvantage. Every disadvantage creates an advantage." - Unknown
"The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right." - William Safire
"Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke." - Will Rogers
"When given the freedom to do whatever they want, people will usually just mimic somebody else." - Unknown
"The hypocrite's crime is that he bears false witness against himself. What makes it so plausible to assume that hypocrisy is the vice of vices is that integrity can indeed exist under the cover of all other vices except this one. Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core." - Hannah Arendt
"If you want to dance with the big dogs, you first have to teach the big dogs how to dance." - Me
"You're already dead, you just don't know it yet." - The Crow
"Nationalism is an infantile disease, the measles of mankind." - Albert Einstein
"If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn't. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism." - Oscar Wilde
"Optimism says "The glass is half full" and is content. Pessimism says "The glass is half empty" and then refills it." - Me
"Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice Doggie' until you can find a rock." - HK-47 (Knights of the Old Republic)
"Anyone who takes himself too seriously always runs the risk of looking ridiculous; anyone who can consistently laugh at himself does not." - Vaclav Havel
"Love is making a shot to the knees of a target 120km away using an Aratech sniper rifle with a tri-light scope. Love is knowing your target, putting them in your targeting reticule, and together, achieving a singular purpose against statistically long odds." - HK-47 (Knights of the Old Republic)
"The only difference between humans and animals is that we are not afraid of vacuum cleaners." - Unknown
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." - Albert Einstein
"Do not repeat anything you will not sign your name to." - Unknown
"You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him." - James D. Miles
"The only exercise some people get is jumping to conclusions, running down their friends, side-stepping responsibility, and pushing their luck!" - Unknown
"Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence." - Albert Einstein
"What's a woman like you doing in a nice place like this?" - Def Leppard
"Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able, and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able or willing? Then why call him god?" - Epicurus
About Facebook and other Social Media: You are only as safe as your dumbest friend. If you do not know who your dumbest friend is, then you are likely everyone else's dumbest friend. - Me
"Love is the difficult realization that something other than oneself is real." - Iris Murdoch
"When a friend is in trouble, don't annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it." - E. W. Howe
"May those who love us love us and those that don’t love us, may God turn their hearts. And if He doesn’t turn their hearts, may he turn their ankles, so we’ll know them by their limping." - Irish Toast
"Does this rag smell like chloroform to you?" - Unknown
“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” - George Orwell, 1984
“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” - George Orwell, 1984
“Being in a minority, even in a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.” - George Orwell, 1984
“In philosophy, or religion, or ethics, or politics, two and two might make five, but when one was designing a gun or an aeroplane they had to make four.” George Orwell, 1984
"If you want a good flock, keep mountain sheep." - Flock & Firkin, London (Pub)
"Why do religious extremists try to remove or eliminate all sources of temptation? It's like believing that skipping out of an exam will get you a passing grade, when all it really gets you is a zero." - Me
"The shortest path to heaven is through the deepest part of hell" - Unknown
"If you can't save the world today, cause enough havoc that no one can ruin it till at least tommorow" - Me
"The quickest way to end a war is to lose it" - George Orwell
"Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber" - Plato
"Fair is a facade when in a favorable position to maintain that condition, and unfair is an expedience when at a disadvantage to wring concessions from the other side." - Tatsuya Shiba, The Irregular at Magic High School
"Innovation is the manifestation of laziness in smart people" - Me
"Owning a Selfie-Stick or wishing to own one, says one of two things about you. Either you are such a douche that no one will ever agree to take your picture if you asked, or that you are so terrified of asking other people that you would have no friends that will ever see or care about your picture anyway." - Me
"Sometimes the act of getting what you want changes it into something you didn't want" - Me
"A mediocre plan that everyone can follow is better than an awesome plan that is too complex to follow." - Me
"The worst part about being strong is that no one ever asks if you are ok." - Unknown
"Very few things in this world are clearly right or wrong and it is rare to find something that is truly fair. However, when the opportunity arises, you should always do the right thing regardless of the consequences. If there is no right thing to do, then always do the fair thing. In the absence of the right or the fair, do whatever you please." - Me
"Never interrupt your enemy when they are making a mistake." - Napoleon Bonaparte
"Aim small, miss small." - Mark Baker
"In an infinite universe, anything that is possible is also probable." - Unknown
"If you want to be somebody's friend, just be their friend." - Utawaremono 2
"Everyone is a Genius. But if you judge a fish by it's ability to climb a tree, it will live it's whole life believing that it is stupid." - Albert Einstein
"If you can't explain it to a 6 year old, you do not understand it yourself." - Albert Einstein
"Never become enamoured with your plans." - Unknown
"Always have a plan, but think of your plan as a lighthouse in the dark more than as a path to be unwaveringly followed." - Me
"Bravery cannot exist without fear, only stupidity or arrogance and usually both." - Me
"The secret to knowing when a man is in love with a woman is when you can answer the following two questions: 1) Does she make you want to be a better person? 2) Could you cry on her shoulder?" - Me
"Truths are simply lies that more than one person agrees upon." - Unknown
"It may be better to work smarter than harder, but for best results, work both smarter and harder." - Me
"Zealotry is the overcompensation for one's own lack of faith." - Unknown
"I hate like the gates of Hades the man who says one thing and holds another in his heart." - Achilles
"If this is your God, he's not very impressive... He demands worship every seven days. He goes out and creates faulty humans and then blames them for his own mistakes. He's a poor excuse for a Supreme Being." - Spock (unreleased Star Trek movie)
"One cannot declare themselves to be humble without posessing an unhealthy share of pride." - Me
"Inside every cynical person is a disapointed idealist." - George Carlin
"Maybe, just maybe, there is no purpose in life... but if you linger a while longer in this world, you might discover something of value in it." - Orochimaru (Naruto)
"Miracles are illusions caused by insufficient observation and understanding." - Tanya Degurechaff (The Saga of Tanya the Evil)
"Before you marry a person, make them use a computer with slow internet service to see who they really are." - Will Ferrel
"The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised." - George Will
"Religion was invented when the first conman met the first fool." - Mark Twain
"The only Good Jedi is dead Jedi. And the best way to kill a Jedi? With their own Lightsaber. " - Me
“Never throw the first punch. If you have to throw the second, try to make sure they don't get up for a third.” - Brandon Sanderson, Steelheart
"I intend to live forever, or die trying" - Groucho Marx
"Do the thing you fear the most and the death of fear is certain." - Mark Twain
"All's well that ends." - Murphy's Laws
Grond's Commandments (Not that I am very good at following them, other than #1, #5 & #6):
1) Thou shalt not be a Hypocrite
2) Thou shalt not be spiteful
3) Thou shalt not be ambiguous
4) Thou shalt take proportional responsibility for all things that have occurred through your Actions, Inactions, Failure to take an Effective Action or Ignorance that such things may occur
5) Thou shalt not call a pizza "New York Style" pizza unless it actually tastes like and has the texture of New York Style Pizza
6) Thou shalt not take anything for granted
7) Thou shalt form thy own opinions and be able to defend them
All opinions on this page are solely my own and in no way reflect the opinions of any persons living, dead or imaginary. If at any point you chose to adopt my opinion for any reason, I take absolutely no responsibility for such occurrences and the affore mentioned opinions are now yours for good or ill. No small fury animals were knowingly and intentionally harmed in the writing of this profile. No comment on any animals I may have shaved before they got hurt. All humans that were harmed probably deserved it.