tag:tylerregas.com,2013:/posts TYLER|REGAS|COM 2018-07-09T18:41:01Z Tyler Regas tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1301425 2018-07-09T18:41:01Z 2018-07-09T18:41:01Z Anime and video games don't make people psychotic

Western societal ideals have always been broken when it comes to animated content. First, there is the core element that states when you are no longer a child you leave childish things behind and grow up. Adults aren't supposed to like the same things when they were children. Kids drink juice boxes. Adults drink coffee. Kids watch cartoons. Adults watch TV dramas. It's not okay to retain your childhood because that means you aren't responsible. This infects the entire scope of western animation production because it is a core principle that we perpetuate. If you liked Toy Story when you were a kid, it's only valid to look back on it with nostalgia as an adult or share it with your kids. Watching it alone, however, is deviant. Cartoons, after all, are for kids.

Adult animation is an alien concept to much of Western Society.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1301029 2018-07-08T15:25:08Z 2018-07-08T15:25:08Z I'm not a maker. I'm a creator.

I had an epiphany this morning.

Yes, I was really, really good in wood shop, and I'm good with my hands when I care to be (I.e., automotive work), but I'm not a maker. I don't seek out opportunities to build things with my hands.

I build them with my mind.

Sadly, I'm not great at that, either. Okay, I AM great at it, but I'm not great at getting to it... doing it... making time for it... finishing it. Delivering it. I took a creative writing workshop last year and everyone in that class loved what I wrote. They chattered about it and begged me to write more (Disclosure: I wasn't the only one in the class getting that treatment). Despite that glowing response, I dropped out before the end, before I had to turn in what would have been that classes magnum opus.

To be clear, I dropped out of school altogether, but I rationalized it with losing my first new job in four years because of an insane person who, by any reasonable standard, should not be in control of a company. I needed to focus on driving Lyft full-time again and not the school thing, but that's a tale for another article.

I think all of these conclusions I have arrived at are pointing me in a single, uncomplicated direction; be the creator I am.

So, I'm going to start with a bumper sticker...

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1277834 2018-06-30T23:00:00Z 2018-06-30T23:48:00Z The Single Worst Job I've Ever Had

NOTE: I started writing this earlier this year when I was fired from my first new job in four years after four months. I just got the to the point where I didn't care to tell the tale any more, but now, some months later and more depressed than ever, I wanted to post what I'd written, just to get it out there. I'm no angel. I'm nowhere near perfect. I make mistakes and sometimes I've been fired because it was the right thing to do, but not this time. This is simply a matter of a rich asshole who thinks he's all that an a bag of chips can treat people like shit and it will never touch him. Something similar happened in France a while ago. That didn't end well. -TCR

On July 14th of this year, I will turn 50. That's quite the milestone for anyone. I never felt that I wouldn't make it to the half Century mark, but it feels somewhat surreal now that I'm here. One thing that being 50 doesn't often involve, however, is the level of humiliation I was forced to undergo with a recent employer. Out of a sense of honor, I won't reveal any identifying details, but I feel it is necessary for me to get this out of my system. First, though, some context...

I've been writing professionally for about 20 years now. The breakdown is simple; over 100 books as technical editor or revisor. One book as the author. Two more as co-author. Since contract writing is all about the ebb and flow, I also consulted, personally and for other consultancies. I wrote documentation for myself and the small businesses I worked with. After the computer book publishing world dried up for tenured authors like myself, I went into corporate work where I did high-level consulting and traditional employment. I wrote documentation for all of those companies. In short, I'd say I have experience.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1298563 2018-06-30T22:57:53Z 2018-06-30T22:57:54Z The hardest thing to do is the one thing you desire most

Since I was nine I've wanted to become a science fiction author. I wanted to create worlds and explore amazing things, and over the years that has grown into something not entirely unlike my childish fever-dream. Of course, now that I'm verging on fifty years old, I am now wholly in touch with my depression.

...Not that awareness makes anything better.

Said depression about everything in my life, with diminishingly few redemptive aspects that just makes me even more depressed, is significantly reductive. It saps every last bit of will out of my soul, no matter how fiery and passionate I am about a subject, like writing or social justice or racial equality or anything good and fair, and I just drive, play video games, and watch stuff. To do anything else, to create, to work hard to achieve a goal, dredges up all of those things that push me to crawl under a rock and just stop being me.

I don't know how to break out of that cycle. People will tell me they know, and some will even offer such advice free of charge, but the truth is I don't lack the knowledge. What I lack is the backbone to endure the pain long enough to reap the reward. I stopped smoking after 35 years. I did it in one day. I switched to vaping in 24 hours. No fuss. No muss. It worked because there was no pain. I'd collected enough information and just did it.

Beyond that, I don't know how to fix anything any more. But I can type. And so I will try. I will always question my words, the order I say them in, how readers will react to them, and second-guess myself at every turn, but I will try.

I will try to post one piece of anything length every day.

I hope it works.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1293764 2018-06-14T04:24:56Z 2018-06-14T04:25:40Z The WDP Project: Validation of sources

In today's post (which was supposed to be posted yesterday), I will be discussing the WDP, a project I have started with the goal of fostering honesty in goverment by holding our elected officials accountable for the claims they make. -TCR

One of the biggest problems facing the We Demand Proof project is the selection of valid sources of proof that most people can agree on. While I'm generally not keen on pointing fingers, in this case I believe it's necessary. The blame lay almost entirely at the feet of CNN. Yes, the one and only CNN. The Cable News Network is single-handedly responsible for creating the 24-hour news cycle. While CNN did not create the panel of pundits, a very old staple of news programming, they have come to abuse it, a disease that has infected all other news networks and broadcast to the point where panels have almost entirely replaced actual reporting.

Field work, in essence, has become a tool to collect questions for panel discussions.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1293121 2018-06-12T01:42:28Z 2018-06-12T01:42:28Z Interview with a woman named Larry

I'm just going to write something directly out of my head, so we'll see how it goes. -TCR

I've always liked the name Larry. It feels old without being stuffy, and there's an inherent jocularity about it. When you hear that you'll be meeting with some dude named Larry it instills in you the idea that the interaction won't be dark or heavy. When I walked into the room to meet my particular Larry, however, things didn't go as expected.

My Larry was a woman and anything but jovial.

"Sit," she said, not looking up from her tablet. I sat.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1292543 2018-06-10T05:38:25Z 2018-06-10T05:38:26Z You'd think I might remember...

A mere 24 hours later, and I already forget, so I'm posting this on my phone, in bed. And to think I felt so gung ho last night.

Since I'm in bed, I'm going to sleep. I just didn't want to doze off without worrying at least something.

Goodnight, wherever you are.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1292099 2018-06-08T19:35:08Z 2018-06-08T19:35:08Z Can I avoid using Facebook for The WDP?

In case you don't know, and there's no reason you should, the WDP is WeDemandProof.org, my new website that I hope will keep political feet to the fire when they make unsubstantiated claims.

The issue I am facing, among many, is whether to leverage the enormous potential audience available via Facebook, or just leave them out because they're evil.

I'm not against social networking. I'm just against all of the shit that we have recently discovered Facebook has been perpetrating for years now. I've closed my Facebook account (my 2nd after I closed my first account) permanently and have zero intention of ever going back, yet I recognize that Facebook is a rather enormous online resource that can reach millions of people. Part of what the WDP does is use social media to keep the claims made by our politicians in the zeitgeist so they can't just wiggle away from responsibility through the obscurity of time.

While the WDP is a social service intent on developing an ethic of honesty and truth telling among our elected officials, I also don't want to be a hypocrite and use a service that has been proven to remove privacy rights from millions of people around the world.

So, what should I do?

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1292071 2018-06-08T18:18:17Z 2018-06-08T18:32:58Z I'm committing to writing something every day

It takes roughly 30 days of doing the same thing over and over again to cement a pattern behavior into a habit that becomes so natural you cannot imagine getting through a day without engaging in said activity.

As a writer, I've been lax. I'm going to try to change that now, and I'm going to do that through writing every day.

Something. 

Anything.

It's not like I have nothing to write about. I'm a rideshare driver most of the time. I've started a website about a month ago that I think is important and I don't spend enough time working on. The site is called WeDemandProof.org, and despite the fact that I have been ruminating on this concept for a couple of years now and it's been live for about a month, I've done little with it aside from think more on it and share it with some of my riders, all of whom said it was a fantastic idea and it was about time. Simply put, I want the WDP to hold out leaders accountable for the claims they make by keeping those claims in the public eye and requesting that they furnish verifiable proof for said claims.

I develop ideas for that science fiction I've been dreaming about writing ever since I was nine.

While driving the other day, I spotted a plumbers truck and was reminded of Mario in the Nintendo video game series. Perhaps inspired by an unconscious recollection of the ghosts in those games, I wondered what fiction about a plumber who is also a paranormal problem solver might be like. Not scifi, but you get the idea. I've been pondering my Robot Series for years now, and have even written a few short stories about an EPIC robot named Toby. I use the idea of Toby as a foil for the suggestion that Artificial Intelligence would develop like humans and how the far more likely divergent evolutionary process of robotic intelligence would interact with humanity. I'll likely post them in the near future.

Regardless of what I end up doing, it was never my intent to be a rideshare driver at 50 years old, and I have been languishing in the simple, uncomplicated process of the work for two and a half years now. Then I heard about Anthony Bourdain having committed suicide and decided that I didn't want to die without having done something I wanted to do with my life.

That would suck.


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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1206654 2017-11-21T22:49:27Z 2017-11-21T22:49:42Z Is everyone famous a perverted asshole?

So, next on the pervert docket we have legendary serious news journalist Charlie Rose...

Wait, what?

So, let's take the list of people called out for being predatory assholes so far: Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, John Besh (supposedly famous chef), Louis C.K., Hadrian Belove and Shadie Einashai (rich assholes with movie theaters), Richard Dreyfuss, Gary Goddard, Andy Henry, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Knepper, Andrew Kreisberg, Jeremy Piven, Brett Ratner, Steven Segal, Tom Sizemore, Jeffrey Tambor, James Toback, Senator Al Franken, and now Charlie Rose. But wait, there's more! Yeah. I mean there's a longer list, but I'm not going to type out any more names. If you want to see the mostly complete list, look here

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1162242 2017-11-15T23:53:09Z 2018-01-07T21:36:59Z Amateur Egghead - Why is psychology a science?

In this series, Amateur Egghead, I examine a range of different subjects on which I have no formal education or expertise of any kind. The opinions and thoughts within are my own and will likely piss a bunch of people off, mostly the ones who benefit from the things I talk about. -Ed.

It's difficult to start this without getting directly to the point; why is psychology still a science when the only thing we're learning about the human mind is all about the mechanics of the brain? The brain is the medium in which the "mind" resides, but it is not the mind itself without the person attached to it and the experiences that person has had. Science, as defined by Oxford, is:

"the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment..."

The world, as we know it, is already astonishingly complex, so much so that we don't know more than a fraction of what constitutes knowledge, and we've been hammering away at this ever since we became sentient. Hell, we don't even really know when that happened (though there are some really good guesses out there). Our universe, that which we can perceive and surmise from observation, is immensely enormous and, from our perspective, has no end. How do we even fathom that concept? 

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1205587 2017-11-15T22:18:59Z 2017-11-15T22:18:59Z How To Kill Money

“It's the person who would sell his soul for a nickel, who is loudest in proclaiming his hatred of money.... Let me give you a tip on men's characters: the man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it. Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the...bell of an approaching looter.” -Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand was special, and not in a good way. She was a caustic, belligerent herald of the apocalypse that is raw, uncontrolled capitalism. And yet, Rand was simply a product of her time. [Keep in mind that this is not supposed to be an exhaustive analysis of the rise of Randian concepts, but just a loose overview of some of the things that led to the development of her ideas, so don’t troll me for being somewhat inaccurate, nerds. -TC]

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1205586 2017-11-15T22:16:31Z 2017-11-15T22:16:31Z Universal Basic Income in the Post Space Age

We should come to grips with the idea as soon as possible. We are, after all, heading for a rather dramatic shift in human thinking. We need to figure out how we humans are going to formulate our societies as soon as we have self-driving vehicles of all stripes, artificial intelligence running everything, smart grids that deliver all manner of clean energy, and robots that deal with all manner of work. We will be living in a version of the dystopian we’ve all seen in movies, but it won’t be quite so dystopian.

It will be a world without work.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1191197 2017-09-14T15:10:16Z 2017-09-14T15:11:27Z Jony Ive's Innovation-Free Apple

Welcome to the brave new world of DESIGN OVER FUNCTION that Jonny Johnnee Jony Ive guy has crafted at Post Jobs Apple where a glass sandwich costs you $1,000 and you must pay for the privilege of using your purchased media in their walled garden. During Apple's unveiling of "One more thing" in the shiny new Steve Jobs Theater on the shiny new Cupertino campus, Craig Federighi tried to use Face ID to unlock the demo phone. It didn't work. Today in The Guardian, there's a convenient PR piece explaining why. 

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1188540 2017-09-03T15:57:37Z 2017-09-03T16:19:01Z Damn You, Walter Becker

Why'd you have to go and die, man. I get the news this morning from Rima via Telegram. I can't believe it, but it's true. So many people have passed in the last few years, it brings mortality into sharp, unpleasant focus. Since it would be ridiculous for me to suggest that you haven't heard Steely Dan, go ahead and have a fresh listen to an old friend, the Dan's Gaucho, my personal favorite (if you deem valuations based on tenths of a degree valid, otherwise ALL Dan records are my favorite). 

Steely Dan was really two bands. One was the studio iteration where Becker and Fagen crafted their amazingly textured albums, staffed with a never-ending assemblage of guest artists from all walks of music. The other was the band they ran for live shows. It would be easy to misunderstand that the two are not one in the same. I guess you could say that the live band played covers of their own music. I don't mean that as an insult. The albums are individual works of musical art, impossible to replicate live, even for Becker and Fagen. 

I am near tears as I write this, but my very first album ever was Can't Buy A Thrill and I have loved, adored, and revered Steely Dan every day of my life ever since. 

Much love to you for all you have ever given me, Walter. 

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1178650 2017-07-30T18:31:14Z 2017-07-30T18:31:15Z Some Overwatch hoonery

Lo and behold!! Overwatch has a newly enhanced Highlights feature which lets players capture them instead of being the ephemeral pieces of shyte they were before. Here, then, is a selection. 

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1165675 2017-06-20T04:59:13Z 2017-06-20T04:59:13Z The multiplicity of the selfie

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1165103 2017-06-18T18:26:46Z 2017-06-18T18:27:42Z How to stop the iTunes interface sound effects

Ah. Touch screens. They are wondrous, are they not? Then you install iTunes and every time you do anything, you are rewarded by this annoying "pshwip" sound. TL;DR, it's the Page Load Complete sound for iTunes and it apparently activates when it detects any services running that might be used by differently abled peeps. If you don't need it, though, it's really, REALLY annoying. Here's how to turn it off. 

  1. Get to the Windows desktop so you can see the Task Bar (all versions, same thing)
  2. Find the little speaker icon just left of your clock and RIGHT CLICK
  3. Select the SOUNDS option, you'll see the following

See that Page Load Complete item? Select it and pick [NONE] from the picker, then click OK (or Apply and OK if you roll that way*). That's it. Your long, National nightmare will be over... most likely. I guarantee nothing. 

* for the record, clicking OK in a Windows dialog that also includes an Apply button implies the application of settings changes. The Apply button is there in case you want to see the changes before finalizing, that way you don't have to keep opening the settings over and over and over again. 
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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1164816 2017-06-17T16:43:11Z 2017-06-17T16:43:11Z Why rideshare referrals are bad business

Rideshare services like Lyft and Uber are quite popular these days, supplanting taxis, having to own a car, or just getting rides from friends and family. The extraordinary number of people contracting themselves out to these services is also a testament to how broken our economy is, but that's fodder for another article. All I'm here for today is to tell you why it's bad business to cash in on referrals from these companies. It's actually rather simple. 

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1163888 2017-06-14T16:44:33Z 2017-06-14T16:44:33Z Schadenfreude and politics don't mix


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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1162841 2017-06-11T19:58:52Z 2017-06-11T22:00:50Z Wonder Woman? Meh.

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So, I've seen Wonder Woman now. As was common in the Golden Age of comics, there's a lot of cannibalism. WW effectively is DC's Captain America, complete with a cadre of hardened war vets with distinct personalities, even a Scot with a funny hat. That, however, is NOT why I ultimately didn't like WW. It starts simply enough (don't worry, no significant spoilers).

The Black nanny.

Does anyone in Hollywood know what's going on? We're having a lot of issues with all kind of civil rights things, like trying not to marginalize Black people!? The top of the film features a young Diana Prince (she gets the last name later) running, only to find that she's run away from her Black mammy. Oh please. Diana is white. The Queen is white. Most talking parts are white, though there's one "senator" who gets, what, five words? Then there are issues with the special effects.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1161413 2017-06-09T18:03:23Z 2017-06-09T19:38:10Z Apple has jumped the shark

It wasn't long ago that you couldn't walk down the street without tripping over some new Apple rumor or buzz over the latest and greatest Apple gear. Now, it's all about the white noise we hear from the tech industry as a whole. Are we living in a politics-style news bubble, is Microsoft beating Apple at their own game, or does the Cupertino megalith have something up its sleeve that would make the ghost of Steve Jobs giggle.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1156332 2017-05-22T18:05:22Z 2017-05-22T18:05:22Z Why outrage doesn't matter anymore

Here's the thing. We, as Americans, have lost the ability to lash indignant hellfire at those who violate our collective sensibilities. Cops outright murder Black people almost every day, and we get mad, but nothing changes. Our politicians lie, cheat, steal, and send dick pics to minors, and we get mad, but nothing changes. Companies like Facebook, Google, Uber, the entire oil industry, the entire pharmaceutical industry, the medical establishment sell each of us for $12 a year, tricks hundreds of thousands of people into indentured servitude, skirt the law with impunity, and price gouge with lip-licking voraciousness, and nothing changes. Banks, housing, dialysis, the battle for a living wage, the death of education, the abandonment of the separation of church and state, and much, much more is killing us all every day.

And nothing changes.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1149670 2017-04-28T19:21:40Z 2017-04-29T01:45:38Z America's Ghost in the Shell really sucks

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1145880 2017-04-12T07:56:38Z 2017-04-12T07:56:38Z How Pixar killed traditional animation

It's hard not to think of Pixar and, by extension Apple, as amazing American institutions built by the astonishing, guiding hand of the late Steve Jobs. Pixar, after all, has churned out a steady stream of box office smashes, with the occasional stumble. Yet, at the same time, Pixar has become a cancer that has infected the Western World's lauded history of traditional, hand-drawn animation like an invasive species. We are paying a very steep price for Pixar's success today, and for the foreseeable future. 

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1144325 2017-04-06T05:43:52Z 2017-04-06T05:44:24Z How to get Windows 10 Creators Update early

The awesome thing is that you don't have to use any wonky, pre-release utility. Just run the Windows 10 Update​ Assistant, let it update itself, and you should see the option to install build 15063.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1144261 2017-04-05T21:46:19Z 2017-04-06T05:44:28Z Invasive Invader Zim Invades Earth? Again??!!

Oh, GOD yes! This is AWESOME news!! Jhonen Vasquez is helming a 90 minute Invader Zim TV movie to air later this year. Here's the mostly video-free teaser.


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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1144015 2017-04-05T00:43:22Z 2017-04-06T05:44:32Z Disney, Stop Ruining Animated Classics

So, I watched Beauty & The Beast (2017) last night. Wow. Just SUPER wow, and not for the reasons you might think. It's a dud. A flop. I hate it. The entire opening musical sequence, so full of life and deeply engaging in the animated feature, is dead, limp, and lifeless. Everything after that is a disjointed, misshapen mutation of the brilliant, reinvigorating, emotional feature-length animated version from 1991.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1140864 2017-03-22T21:40:35Z 2017-04-08T17:05:20Z Salted Wounds: The Ultimate Fuck You

I've talked about this before. I don't talk about being homeless a lot. It's painful, living in hotels for two and a half years. It's a short story if I leave out a lot of the detail. Two and a half years ago, around Christmas, we were evicted from our apartment in Mission Viejo because my publisher sat on their asses getting my advance check to me for my book, Getting An IT Help Desk Job For Dummies (available on Amazon, cheap plug). I worked my ass off to finish that book. 330 pages in three months. They didn't care. Companies don't care, so we were screwed. We figured we'd be out for a month or two then find a new place.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1140815 2017-03-22T19:19:33Z 2017-04-06T05:44:42Z Damon's The Great Wall isn't so bad

You know, if more Americans watched Chinese movies, they might understand films like The Great Wall better. I'm more of a Japanophile myself, but I watch a good number of Chinese epics. Netflix is loaded with them, and some of them are quite good.

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