More distressing news out of Japan: it was reported yesterday that Takeuchi Yuko (40) was found dead, an apparent suicide.
Her work made us laugh, cry, she was gifted at making us fall in love. However many of her dramas and movies you’ve seen, no doubt each title you’ll think of you’ll say to yourself, “ahh… she was sooo good in that!” It’s almost impossible to pick a favorite, but I’ll leave you with this song…
I received news yesterday that our dear Phorum web guru and friend Ben Spade passed away last Tuesday.
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Ben worked tirelessly to keep our Telenovelas website Phorum site, were we spent many hours and formed many friendships, long after it was easy to do so — browser and platform updates made things break if you looked at it cross eyed! But he faced health issues that had him retiring all too soon.
Over the past few years I’ve thought of him often. He was a joy to know and I hope you’ll understand how much I’ll miss him.
I’m sorry that my first post in a while is prompted by very sad news, but it has been reported that Haruma Miura, at just 30 years of age, has been found dead of an apparent suicide.
There will be many who are as shocked as I was upon hearing this news, but we can never know what someone else is going through to lead to this drastic step. My only hope is that someday all communities will embrace counseling and the treatment of mental health issues fully, and without shame.
I will treasure his work and think of him as that delightful High School Samurai, and I wish that his loved ones are supported in their grief.
I know that we’re still seeing issues with posting and commenting on WordPress and for that I’ll say sorry, and here are some things I’ve found have worked better for me (which is slightly better than a sharp stick in the eye, as my dad would say):
- Don’t use Safari. If you’re on an iPad or iPhone the default underpinned browser for those devices is Safari too and it acts wonky no matter the device. Just don’t. I have sometimes had issues with Firefox, but few with Chrome, so opt for those alternates.
- I also prefer to use the old style Admin page for writing posts and editing. It just works easier for me and I can use either Firefox or Chrome without any issues.
- Use the WordPress app for reading, posting, commenting, etc. It’s not easy for tagging, or special features like adding photo galleries or adding the “read more after the break” kinds of things, but it isn’t bad for general purposes.
As for your posts, I’ve tried to add photos to the media folder whenever I can for you to use for illustration purposes when you post something. Please do use photos whenever they’re relevant because they make the posts more visually interesting and it helps a reader focus in on the cast or plot when looking for something or in whetting the appetite.
Similarly, please do use tagging for the show and the primary actors. I go back and add them to older posts whenever I have time, but it’s helpful when you do it. Nagging over, thanks for your help (and I’ll still go back and add tags and pics where I can)!
It’s not an easy time for any of us given the crisis involving this new virus..it feels like we’re living in a kdrama where the world isn’t what it used to be and where we’re waiting for our heroes to rescue us. We need to be super hopeful that it will pass soon and super vigilant in terms of our own personal risk factors as well as those of our loved ones. I think of you all and hope that you are well and that we all keep feeling well..I suppose being quarantined wouldn’t be so bad if we could binge watch on kdramas right? Well…we try to put a positive spin on things amidst the worry and that’s all we can do..other than keep washing our hands of course!!
Every once in a while I get to that undecided stage, I just don’t know what I’m in the mood to watch. I have started half a dozen and not one of them “speaks” to me right now. LOL However, I know from past experience that eventually I will find the one that will make me want to return for more and more!!
I know that we’ve all gone through it haven’t we??
Is 2020 going to be a special year? I sincerely hope so..or at least a year full of good health and happy memories, and a good drama or two wouldn’t hurt either!!!!!
I’m about 10 episodes into The Longest Day in Chang’an and I’m of two minds (at least) about this drama. On the one hand, it’s visually stunning, with every episode like a quality piece of cinema, with tension and creative storytelling. On the other it makes me uncomfortable, very uncomfortable, because it feels like there is a subliminal plot cooked up by the CCP to justify ongoing policies in Xinjiang and other provinces regarding ethnic minorities. Is that a stretch?
The plot revolves around finding and disrupting a terrorist plot by a gang of ethnic outsiders who look and dress unlike the ethnic majority of Chang’an. The police force and then ‘armies’ are called upon to take all means necessary to round them up. The threat of terrorism by Uighurs and other ethnic minorities is one of the main justifications given for the programs to forcefully homogenize and assimilate minorities.
Dramas and movies have long been used as propaganda pieces, this is nothing new, but when a piece is so visually seductive as what I’ve seen in this drama, I feel somehow especially more manipulated than usual, when in comparison with the amusingly jingoistic Arsenal Military Academy (also recently finished), where everything is much more surface level/gung-ho in its presentation.
Honestly, I don’t know if I’ll continue with this one, for these reasons. What do you think? How do you feel about blatant nationalism versus more subtle propaganda in your entertainment? What are the dramas that most come to mind when this topic is raised? I’d love to hear your opinions.
I know that life has kept us busy lately and it’s been pretty quiet lately but that doesn’t mean that there hasn’t been any activity going on..just too busy to report on it! Sadly the last few dramas that I’ve watched have been nothing to write home about! Just finished Vagabond and it was a total waste of time but I kept hoping for a reward for my patience..lol! Still, I live in hope and have my eyes on a few, especially waiting to see Lee Minki again.
Please have a safe and healthy Christmas and hopefully 2020 will bring us all amazing things.
Robin I hope that things have improved for you and your brother and that he has made steady progress towards good health!