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Industrial (on eMusic)
2020.09.21 04:36 chartreuseeyeIndustrial (on eMusic)
This list has been lying in wait for nearly a year, as I don’t buy all that much of it and there’s considerably less than a ton of it left on eMusic, though browsing shows quite a few 2020 releases. Much of it is quite old, as a result. Among my favorite concerts from a year in Americorps in NYC from 2009-10 was seeing J.G. Thirlwell’s Manorexia live. Though hardly industrial, I did pick up some of it and Steroid Maximus on eMu back in the good-old days. That so much of his work as Foetus remains on the site is one of the most prominent industrial curiosities. See the labels Some Bizarre and Ectopic Ents for a notably extensive but still nowhere near full catalog. I would characterize the early works of Meat Beat Manifesto as industrial, two of which are available on Flexidisc, wrongly claiming to be from 2010 (late 80s-early 90s were the heyday of industrial music as a whole, no?). Throbbing Gristle spin-offs can be found in the list below, and eventually I should pick up their few original albums, now most prominent on the site for being legit full-length albums from the 70s and 80s. I never got into Nurse with Wound or the goth-darkwave of The Cassandra Complex, but six and eight albums, respectively, are nothing to sneeze at. The site used to have quite a lot more by Laibach, which I enjoyed, but now there are only a couple of remixes. There was even a time when an industrial colossus like NIN was putting new EPs on eMu, while the great label purge was just gearing up, in 2017-18. Nowadays, all we get is a piecemeal “artists similar to NIN” list that itself is rather decimated. I want to highlight the more obscure titles near the top, while the better-known names in the second half are here mainly to remind folks that they're still available on eMu rather than introduce them to anyone.
“The Water” - Ten Realms (2014) (“十丈波“ - 十界集樂坊). This is probably my favorite industrial album of the past ten years, led by the incomparably intense and delightfully Chinese inflected but English-sung third song, “盼若水火,” landing somewhere between Spahn Ranch and Wumpscut if they ever wanted to storm the Great Wall. It’s an amazing song that does what most fusion doesn’t even know it should wish it could. The whole album is head and shoulders above most of the list, if not the sole impetus to give industrial music its day in the haze. Female vocals in Chinese are a most unusual start to the album, backed by an ever-shifting combination of electronic beats, electric guitars, and traditional Chinese strings, flutes/woodwinds, and percussion. This is followed by a driving instrumental that almost feels like a light metal march determined to incorporate every traditional Chinese instrument. The combination takes some getting used to, especially the interplay between ancient China and metal-esque guitars, but it’s well worth the effort for those who think they’ve heard it all. More than half of the songs are instrumental and in the range of five to eight minutes, so these are no tinny nu-rock commercial ditties that so often pass for “hard” music in Asia. Typing the English title doesn’t seems to yield results, so cut and paste the Chinese or try this link: https://www.emusic.com/album/2578402// The English-titled version is here: https://www.emusic.com/album/1398994/Tenrealms/The-Water
“Biocosmos” - Tav Exotic (2016). Excellent 99-cent value for two quite long tracks and a third adding up to the length of a full album. It takes quite a while to realize that there are vocals on the tracks, longer still to discern what they’re saying. I think I’d still call them songs. Not something I’d play for my parents or my grandparents, but when unhappy with the world but don’t want to be too loud about it these sure do the trick. https://shop.vlekdata.org/album/vlek22-tav-exotic-biocosmos
“S/t” - Where Everything Falls Out (2010). Female vocals are an unusual feature on this slightly more rock-oriented album. I’m not sure how to describe what she does on the mic—it’s breathy, not really singing, not quite a growl but similar in tone. She does whisper and speak, and the layers feel rather experimental. Anyone who doubts its inclusion here should check out the noisy stabs on the opening track and the hammering on “A State of Disrepair.”
“Aus den Anti-Imperialistischen Tagebüchern” - Im Namen Des Volkes (2017). Little electronic songs with vocals that are decidedly less accessible than synth-pop, less slickly produced, dark, and dancefloor-oriented than EBM. This is a rather long album maybe best appreciated in smaller chunks. The name and cover art alone should qualify it as industrial, and it maps onto mid-1980s electronic acts well. I could imagine it being a lost entry on the WaxTrax! catalog. “Bio Hacker” is a strong highlight for its overbearingly obnoxious bassline and space-shuttle vocal sounds, daring the listener to let it keep playing, built like a dance track that causes its dancers to topple over like broken robots. Einsturzende Neubauten meet The Residents at times, electro-punk on upbeat numbers like “Hunde im All.” https://peripheralminimal.bandcamp.com/album/aus-den-anti-imperialistischen-tagebu-chern
“Iconic Rapture” - Artur Maćkowiak (2017). Fully electronic and almost fully instrumental (though with some voices), but usually involving guitars as well, I’m not fully sure how industrial all these songs are. The fact that they’re layered efficiently and rather repetitive may make a stronger claim to being industrial on paper or in concept than how they actually sound. “Under the Mask” is one of the more interesting tracks, and I wanted to put it on my Covid-19 mix, but it was still too obtuse to fit in with the other songs. The nearly 9-minute clarinet and spoken word “TZD” is another track that’s interesting and borderline industrial w/out fully committing. Overall, I wouldn’t want to listen to this every day forever, but it’s a fine aural palette cleanser if one doesn’t want to go all the way to noise. https://wetmusicrecords.bandcamp.com/album/artur-ma-kowiak-iconic-rapture-2
“The Jewels” - Einsturzende Neubauten (2008). This starts out on a relatively conventional musical note, with a repeated alternation on a keyboard, eventually backed by strings. As always, though, what distinguishes EN is their ability to intersperse decidedly noisy, actual industrial factory sounds sourced from things few others would consider musical instruments. Most of the compositions include always-distinctive vocals in German and English and are under three minutes long, so none of the noises are allowed to persist long enough to become really grating. If not minimalist, they are certainly spare, like an alien band that doesn’t differentiate between music, general sound, and noise, alternating between the three as a result.
“Пособие для начинающих: Глас сéребра” - Coil (2001). They should need no introduction here and have two albums available on Important Records; this and another are the only entries under Feelee Records. “Are You Shivering” must be one of the creepiest industrial songs out there.
“Post Sign” - Clockdva (2013). This is a rather subdued compilation album that I’m not sure is very industrial, but the band’s early work is unassailable, no? I like the first and last tracks, but much of what’s in between is a rather repetitive snooze, not cheesily dated like much synthesizer music of the 80s, but definitely of a bygone era when it was perfectly OK to keep one or more loops in a song completely unchanged for five minutes or more. There’s also a $5 “single” of remixes, “Clock 2,” that doesn’t show up on the AMG discography. https://clockdva.bandcamp.com/album/post-sign
“Nail” - Foetus (1985). The quasi-orchestral opening theme should have tipped me off to what Thirlwell had in store for the 90s and the 21st century, but when I first heard this album in high school well after its release date, I found it one of the most caustic, horribly unlistenable albums. Literally howling “agony” is something one not only has to be in the mood but also fully braced for. Yet it retains an unshakable mystique, and revisiting it today after a couple decades to listen around and get familiar with other industrial music, it holds up much better than I remember. https://jgthirlwell.bandcamp.com/
“Armed Audio Warfare” - Meat Beat Manifesto (1988). In the early 2000s I was pretty sure this album sounded dated, but now I’m more convinced that yelling over old keyboards will never go out of style. A track like “Mars Needs Women” also allows the listener to imagine an alternate reality in which industrial music, rather than old-school hip-hop, is the source of today’s urban pop music. I’d like to think pop would have evolved very differently, even as a track like “Cut Man” is very similar to the tape splicing of Double Dee & Steinski. Despite pivoting to electronic dub by the time I heard them in the mid-90s (quite a transition between 1992’s Satyricon, a great album I think is still industrial, and “Subliminal Sandwich” from 1996, which I think is not really other than “Asbestos Lead Asbestos”), this album kept me doggedly filing them as industrial well into the 21st century. https://meatbeatmanifesto.bandcamp.com/album/armed-audio-warfare-remastered
“Tutti” - Cosey Fanni Tutti (2018). This is one I hadn’t heard of but eMusers all seemed to snap up, by the former Throbbing Gristle member, which I didn’t know until after following the flock and owning it. I don’t hear much industrial in it, rather more spacey electronica with brass on the opener, a bit on the dark side. Understated if not minimalist, the album largely eschews beats or other rhythmic elements so prominent in much electronic music. Pulses and, yes, throbbing, occupy that role instead. It’s a good value at $3.50, but I don’t fully understand the appeal. Knowing the history helps appreciate it more, perhaps.
On other lists: “Should I Erase You?” - n400. 2017. “Demand & Possibility” - Unclean (2019). A few on my wishlist that I’m not sure are industrial or interesting (feel free to inform me): Raper Orze, Jean-Luc, Das Institut, , Marco Shuttle. Are there any dedicated industrial labels on eMusic? With a flexible definition, maybe. Eye for an Eye Recordings and Dischetti come closest. Full of Nothing might be aspiring to NIN’s former label. Future Noise is fine. Pinkman Broken Dreams leans electronic. Halo Askew Entertainment is a poor man’s Metropolis but the closest to a dedicated darkwave industrial EBM label I can find. Wow Cool is pretty limited. Hans Mondial is split. Personal Escape titles are half labeled industrial but basically ambient. The techno on Singularity and TARO Records can get pretty noisy. Rather than reposting repeatedly, here’s my lists of what’s left on eMusic: http://www.omnifoo.info/pages/eMuReddit.html & by my evaluation http://www.omnifoo.info/pages/eMusic%20Labels.html & by genre https://www.emusers.net/forum/discussion/comment/94512/#Comment\_94512
2020.09.20 20:03 tutetibiimperesNugu Roundup #57 - One Hitters (Part 2) - 200920 + Album Giveaway!
Hello and welcome to the latest Nugu Roundup! What is this?: This is a weekly feature designed to highlight the unknown/underappreciated groups and soloists working hard in the Kpop world that often fall under the radar. Please share your own information, favorite performance videos, fanmeet stories, or anything else relevant below! Last we learend We Can Do It with ENOi. A few months ago I did a special edition of the Roundup featuring groups that never made it past their first release. Since I barely scraped the surface that week, and since the group I wanted to cover this week has a comeback coming in a few days and I'd like to wait on that to include it, let's explore some more groups that were 'one and done' yet still showed some great talent. What is Nugu?: While in Korean it literally means 'Who' in the broader Kpop context it refers to groups that are generally unknown amongst the greater public. It doesn't have to mean they're extremely new, though it can, and there are of course varying degrees of 'unknown' which some groups having very strong niche fandoms and others being almost invisible. I take a fairly broad view and will include groups that may be known to some, but who don't have widespread name recognition. Let's get on with the show... ________________________________________________________ Note: Criteria for these are groups that have only a single release (digital single, single album, or EP), and who have debuted in 2018 or earlier. These groups aren't necessarily disbanded (and it's rare, though not unheard of, for some nugu groups to suddenly re-appear after a multi-year hiatus) and if anyone has news about any of them having current activities, please share. I'm not including sub-units or special project groups. ________________________________________________________ P.O.P
Who?: A six member girl group under DWM Entertainment. Their name stood for "Puzzle of Pop" meaning they would "solve the mystery of music".
Debut: July 26th, 2017 with Catch You (MV) Live Stage (Link) Dance Practice (Link)
Song: A high-octane synth-pop song that layers some great backing instrumentals under ultra-slick vocal production with an unrelenting series of hooks and a catch chorus.
Status/Trivia: Disbanded. While DWM Entertainment was in charge of managing the group, they sub-contracted out to RBW to cast, train, and produce the music for the group. Unfortunately despite receiving a turn-key talented group DWN neglected the management duties and the group failed from lack of promotion. Member Haeri appears in the MV for Vromance's She and is a former Cube trainee who was reportedly slated to debut with CLC. Member Ahyung appears in the MV for Vromance's Your Boyfriend Story. Member Yeonjoo won a spot in the debut group Real Girls Project from The IDOLMASTER KR but chose to debut with P.O.P instead, though she is still close with Sori from her time in the show. The group took part in pre-debut activities in Vietnam. The group completed a successful Makestar campaign (with over 200% funding) for a second EP but DWM Entertainment never began preparations so the money was refunded to backers.
Status/Trivia: Disbanded, having lasted 5 months as a group. Member Junghee was briefly a member of Rania. Leader Sanha was a member of SUS4 which later became H2L, and The Singing Girls, which later became Melody Pink. Russian member Sophia was a pre-debut member of Blity, and is now a model. ____________________________________________
Who?: A four member girl group under 101 Doors Entertainment. Two members left immediately after debut and plans were made for the remaining two to promote as a duo but it never materialized.
Debut: March 14th, 2012 with Rescue 101 (MV) Dance Practice (Link)
Song: Dripping with late 2nd gen charm and an infectiously great chorus driven by some skilled power vocals, the quality of the song belies the low-budget MV.
Status/Trivia: Disbanded, having lasted less than a year. Member Baby Kimi was previously a member of the short-lived group EL-Yo, and had previously appeared in the drama Ulzzang Generation. Members J-Bin and Xing Na had previously been members of the group Type-S.
Who?: A seven member boy group under PH Entertainment. Their name stands for Most Valuable Player.
Debut: March 12th, 2017 with Take It (MV) Live Stage (Link) Choreography Version (Link)
Song: A hard-hitting electro-dance beat underpins some incredibly polished hip-hop sections and a great melodic chorus in what comes across as an aggressive but perfectly cohesive and energetic banger of a song. This was the title track from their debut (and only) EP Manifest.
Status: Unknown, the group released only the single debut EP and the last full-group content on their YouTube channel is from January 2018, however member PK has recently released the solo song Call Me Right Now (MV) and is listed as "PK of MVP".
Trivia: Members Jin and Been are twin brothers. Member Rayoon was a backup dancer for BTS and Unicorn. Member Gi Taek was a former member of Mr.Mr. All of the members auditioned for The Unit but only three made it into the show, with the highest ranking #33. One of the executives in their agency is a choreographer and wanted to make sure to show powerful dance moves in the groups debut. The group also released an intro for their title track - Manifest (MV).
Who?: A four member girl group under Gaon Entertainment. Their concept was that the members all had established solo activities and would continue on with those while pursuing group activities as AiRiSu.
Debut: July 25th, 2018 with Oppa (MV) Live Stage (Link)
Song: The song takes inspiration from game music from the '80s and '90s combined with modern EDM. With a happy and upbeat melody described as 'cute and powerful' it's a fun and bright song.
Status/Trivia: The group is presumed to be disbanded due to social media accounts linked to the group having been silent for over a year, and their YouTube channel now focusing on the DJ activities of their member Yina. Member EunBi has released several solo tracks, including the very pretty Last Man (audio) as well as several OST tracks. Member Hanu was a former member of the girl group TenTen as well as the ballad duet Airi and has become an actress and has also released a solo track called Crazy Woman (audio) as well as several OST tracks. Member Yina competed in the Miss Korea pageants and won several prizes. She is a former member of Pocket Girls and Tweety. She has released a solo song called Without You (MV) and is now a DJ under the name DJ Ina. Member Eunji has become a soloist with her debut song Thank You for Your Love (MV) and has also released OST tracks.
Status/Trivia: Disbanded. Member Eunsom was a former member of BADKIZ for their debut track Ear Attack before leaving the group. After LULUZ she joined WANNA.B. Member Seoyoon joined WANNA.B after LULUZ disbanded. They had a b-side called I Love Korea which appears to have only been performed at their showcase (Link) (link also has a live version of their title track) which really let their rapper Loa show off her talent.
Who?: A six member boy group under DS Entertainment, who was also responsible for the disbanded girl group Bloomy.
Debut: May 19th, 2015 with Face Off (MV) Live Stage (Link) Dance Practice (Link)
Song: Starting off with a dark and ominous organ riff that ties in well with the creepy masks and marionette-like choreography the song transitions into a throwback 2nd-gen groove that's enjoyable with solid melody writing. A crazy dubstep dance break comes out of nowhere, but overall the song works.
Status/Trivia: Disbanded. Member Ado (real name Jung Woncheol) was a former HappyFace Entertainment trainee and had been slated to debut in the group which eventually became D1CE but left before the debut. He is now a member of the group MY.st. Member Jaguar, who now goes by Insoo is now a member of the group Off The Cuff. Member Jelly-P who now goes by his real name Ji Hyeok is now a member of the boy group BUILD UP.
Who?: A four member girl group under DS Entertainment.
Debut: February 26th, 2016 with Because of You (MV) Live Stage (Link) Dance Practice (Link)
Song: Soft and innocent in the beginning that develops a nice dance beat. This was the promoted single from their debut (and only) EP Blooming Day.
Composers/Producers:B-Rock (see above), J-Lin (see above)
Status/Trivia: Disbanded. Members Geonyoung and Jiyun formed a due called E.RUDA which released Catch Ya (MV) last year. Jiyun now operates a YouTube channel under the name Daru and released a solo single Macaron (MV) earlier this year.
That's it for today, let's get the discussion on! While this has been the second installment in this series, there are plenty of groups like this available for a third down the line if anyone is interested. As always, if you have any suggestions for groups, content, or things you'd like to see, please let me know in the comments below. Also as always, a big shout-out to u/not-named-in-credits for founding nugutown and u/sharnaranwan for continuing the work over there.
“God’s profuse love is gratuitously bestowed upon man, surrounds man; man is naive and innocent, unencumbered and carefree, blissfully living under God’s eye. … If you are a person with a conscience, with humanity, then you would feel warmth, you would feel cared for and loved, and you would feel happiness” (“How Important God’s Love for Man Is” in Follow the Lamb and Sing New Songs). Every time I start to sing this hymn of the word of God, it’s hard to keep control of the emotions stirring inside me. That is because I once shunned God and rebelled against Him. I was like a lost lamb, unable to find the path home, and it was God’s steadfast love that led me back to the house of God. In the following article, I wish to share both with my brothers and sisters in the Lord, as well as with friends who have not yet turned to God, my experience of returning to God’s house. I lived every day in fear as a child because my mother and father were always fighting. After I graduated from middle school, my mother began to believe in the Lord Jesus at the urging of a neighbor, and I followed her into the church. From that time on, I knew that God is the Lord of all created beings, and that to redeem mankind from sin, the incarnate God Himself was crucified on the cross to become a sin offering for man—God’s love for man is so great! Inspired by the Lord’s love, I resolved to believe in the Lord in earnest and to repay Him for His love, and thus I found direction and purpose in life. After that, I frequently attended gatherings, read the Scriptures, and gave praise to the Lord, and over time I began to feel happy. Especially when I read in the Bible that in the last days the Lord would come again upon a cloud and welcome us into the kingdom of heaven, my heart filled even more with hope. On top of that, the pastor often expounded on this verse of the Scriptures for us at gatherings: “You men of Galilee, why stand you gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as you have seen Him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11). I became even more convinced that the Lord Jesus would descend upon a white cloud to welcome us into our heavenly home! In 2005, I met a Korean who became my boyfriend and I went with him to Korea. Because of the language barrier, I tried to find a church of Chinese expatriates but I couldn’t find one, and so my spirit grew weaker and weaker. Without knowing it, I grew distant from God. We got married, but because the cultural difference was too great we couldn’t stay living together, so pretty soon we were divorced. This setback in my marriage was a great shock to me spiritually, and it caused me a great deal of pain. What with being in a foreign land without any friends or family, I felt even more alone. All I could do was pray silently to God and relate the suffering in my heart to Him. I asked God to guide me to a Chinese church so that I might return to the house of God. A year later I found a Chinese ministry in a Presbyterian church, and I was extremely happy. Finally, I was able once again to give praise to God in church. But what disappointed me was that, whenever we held a gathering, the pastors would just read passages of scriptures to us and expound a little to us about the literal meaning of the words. Their sermons were totally devoid of any light or anything to enjoy. They didn’t supply anything at all for our lives, and the gatherings just became nothing more than a formality. During the gatherings, some people would be whispering to each other, some people would be playing games on their cell phones, some would be sleeping, some would only be there looking for girlfriends or boyfriends, and there would even be some people putting their arms around each other. I thought: “The church is a temple, a place to revere God. We come here to attend gatherings but no one has even a shred of a God-fearing heart. God must be so disgusted with what He sees! Wouldn’t the Lord abandon a place as sordid as this?” But the pastors and preachers acted like they didn’t notice all this going on, and they paid no attention to it at all. Living in this huge cauldron of evil that is the world, I gradually began to take up dissolute ways, and would often go out drinking with friends in my free time, never behaving anything like a believer in God. However, whenever my heart began to grow distant from the Lord, His words would appear in my mind: “When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walks through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Then he said, I will return into my house from where I came out; and when he is come, he finds it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goes he, and takes with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first” (Matthew 12:43–45). The Lord’s words restrained and protected me, and they stopped me from becoming too estranged from God or doing anything that went too far, out of fear that I would aggravate the Lord and cause Him to become disgusted with me. I was afraid to be abandoned by the Lord and to fall into the hands of the unclean spirit. At Christmas in 2016, to raise spirits in the church, the church got a group of talented brothers and sisters to put on a show. There was a sister whom I had never seen before who sang to us a song in praise of God: “The scene painted in the Bible ‘God’s command to Adam’ is both touching and heartwarming. Though there is only God and man in it, the intimacy between them is so worthy of envy: 1 God’s profuse love is gratuitously bestowed upon man, surrounds man; man is naive and innocent, unencumbered and carefree, blissfully living under God’s eye; God shows concern for man, while man lives under God’s protection and blessing; every single thing man does and says is closely linked to and inseparable from God. 2 God has had a responsibility toward man since the moment He created him. What is His responsibility? He has to protect man, to look after man. He hopes man can trust and obey His words. This is also God’s first expectation of man. 3 It is with this expectation that God says the following: ‘Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die.’ These simple words represent God’s will. They also reveal that God’s heart has already begun to show concern for man. 4 In these few simple words, we see God’s heart. Is there love in God’s heart? Does it have any concern in it? God’s love and concern can not only be appreciated by people, but it can also well and truly be felt. If you are a person with a conscience, with humanity, then you would feel warmth, you would feel cared for and loved, and you would feel happiness. 5 When you feel these things, how will you act toward God? Would you feel attached to God? Would you love and respect God from the bottom of your heart? Would your heart grow closer to God? You can see from this just how important God’s love is to man. But what is even more crucial is man’s appreciation and comprehension of God’s love” (“How Important God’s Love for Man Is” in Follow the Lamb and Sing New Songs). With each word of the hymn, my heart beat even faster and tears of emotion would not stop pouring from my eyes. I felt I was in this beautiful picture accompanied by God, loved by God and enjoying all the things He bestows upon creation. The air, the light, the water and so on—everything was brimming with God’s love! I was enjoying everything that God had bestowed upon us but my heart had grown distant from God, and how saddened God must have been by this. I especially felt that the words “If you are a person with a conscience, with humanity, then you would feel warmth, you would feel cared for and loved, and you would feel happiness” were God calling out to my heart and spirit. In 2007, when I could no longer continue living together with my husband and had no place to call home, God arranged Women Migrants Human Rights Center of Korea for me. They provided free food and shelter for me there and found me a lawyer. They took care of the legal proceedings of my divorce for me at no cost. When it was time for me to apply for naturalization, God moved a minister from the Presbyterian church to serve as my sponsor. Normally, Koreans are seldom willing to be a sponsor for someone, especially since I was a foreigner and, moreover, I had only gone to that particular church three or four times. I knew this was all made possible through the hidden help of God. There was also the fact that foreigners applying for naturalization have to have 30 million won in fixed assets, but I didn’t even have 3 million. The Immigration Office asked me to provide proof of employment to demonstrate that I was able to provide for myself, and they didn’t make it difficult for me at all…. God always produced miracles for me when I was most in need, and it was all a display of His sovereignty! God’s love is vast and deep, and yet I was too rebellious. I had long ago forgotten God and broken His heart. This hymn of praise touched my spirit, and I determined to regain my faith and never again engage in debauchery and cause God grief. On February 19, 2017, my head and eyes began to hurt terribly. I went to the hospital but the treatment I received didn’t work. Sister Li, who was in our church, introduced me to one of her friends who knew Chinese traditional medicine and said that the course of treatment would only take one week to be effective. I went along with her to get treated, and that day we met a brother surnamed Jin, who was a friend of the one who knew Chinese medicine. I did not expect to meet a brother in the Lord, and I thought it must have been arranged by God. I got to talking about the Bible with Brother Jin. Brother Jin read to us the parable of the ten virgins from the Bible. He asked me, “Sister, are you looking forward to the Lord’s return?” I said, “Of course!” The brother said, “Then how will the Lord return?” I said without hesitation, “The Scriptures say He will descend upon a cloud!” The brother said, “You know what? The Lord has already returned.” I was astonished to hear that, and said, “Mark chapter 13 verse 32 says: ‘But of that day and that hour knows no man, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.’ No one knows when the Lord will come. You’re saying that the Lord has returned, but how could you know?” Brother Jin didn’t give me a straight answer but instead found some prophecies in the Bible about the Lord’s return. Luke 12:40 says: “Be you therefore ready also: for the Son of man comes at an hour when you think not.” Luke 17:24–26 says: “For as the lightning, that lightens out of the one part under heaven, shines to the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in His day. But first must He suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation. And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.” Revelation 3:20 says: “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.” John 10:27 says: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” Once he was done reading, Brother Jin said, “The Lord asks us to keep a vigilant watch because no one knows the day on which He will come. But according to what the prophecies say, when the Lord comes again it will be in the form of the Son of man. The Son of man is God become man, which means God incarnating in the flesh. Even though we don’t know the exact time the Lord will come, we will know Him by His voice. This is because the sheep of God will hear God’s voice, and when they hear it, they will follow Him….” I thought then about my pastor who had said that anyone testifying that the Lord Jesus had returned in the flesh was a faker. I could no longer listen to what Brother Jin was saying, so I sent a text message to the pastor that said, “Someone is telling me that the Lord has returned incarnate. What church do they belong to?” The pastor replied, saying, “They are from Eastern Lightning.” He told me to leave right away and not to have any more contact with them. He also wanted me never to read their books and went on to send me some sermons on how to guard against heresy. I thought that whatever the pastor said must be correct, and so I decided not to listen to their fellowships again and to just ignore them. To my surprise, on the afternoon of the 20th, Brother Jin and his younger sister came to the place where I was receiving treatment and he told me so much about the work of the Lord’s return. However, because that morning I had just received news of my mother’s passing, as well as having some doubts about what they were preaching, I just couldn’t take in anything they said. This went on for three days, and it seemed like Brother Jin had not given up on preaching the gospel to me. But because of my inward turmoil, I told him to leave me alone. I said, “Let it go. If you keep talking to me, then if you don’t go, I will!” Brother Jin saw that I really wasn’t listening and had no choice but to leave. I thought Brother Jin would not try to come again, but to my surprise the next day he brought someone named Brother Cheng along with him and continued to preach the gospel to me. I thought to myself: “Why does he keep on like this?” To save face, all I could do was put up with it, but I didn’t get into any discussion with them. Although I acted coldly toward them, Brother Cheng kept patiently talking to me. He said, “The Lord has already come incarnate into the world and He is performing the work of judgment and chastisement….” Seeing how patient and loving he was and how he thought it no trouble to preach to me, I thought: “The people in our church are weak. Their faith and love have grown cold. Why is it that the faith and love of people who believe in Eastern Lightning are so great? What power is it that supports them to persevere with their efforts in spreading the gospel to me? If it weren’t for the work of the Holy Spirit, they would never be able to do this on their own strength!” During this time, there was another brother surnamed Yang who was looking into Almighty God’s work of the last days like I was. Whereas I always had a careless and absent-minded attitude, Brother Yang was earnest in his investigation of The Church of Almighty God. Brother Yang said that he had rejected the gospel of Almighty God when people had preached it to him before, but that hearing it again today must be an opportunity granted by God, and so he’d become willing to investigate it. Brother Yang saw that I was only interested in listening to the pastor’s words and not seeking with an open mind. He found a passage for me, which was Matthew 5:3–6: “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. … Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” After I’d read the word of the Lord, I wondered: “Why is it that I can’t quiet myself in the presence of the Lord and seek the truth? If by some chance the Lord really has returned, and I don’t listen to or investigate their preachings, won’t I be left behind? I should also be a bit more open-minded, and I must not blindly come to conclusions based on my own imaginings.” Just when I had decided to quieten my heart and investigate it sincerely, a preacher from my church gave me a call out of the blue and asked me if I were still with the people from The Church of Almighty God. I said that I was, and the preacher again reminded me to cease contact with them. The preacher’s exhortation dispelled the thoughts that I had just had about looking into The Church of Almighty God. I thought, “The pastor and preacher have a much better understanding of the Bible than I do, and they do not acknowledge that the Lord has returned. I have too little understanding of the Bible and I lack discernment, so I had better just listen to what the pastor and preacher say.” When I hung up the phone, I said to Brother Cheng, “If Brother Yang wants to look into it, then you two can go on with your discussions. I’m not listening to it anymore.” Just like that, I once again abruptly rejected the salvation of God. I returned to work after a week of treatment. Due to my mother’s passing, my heart was full of sorrow and anguish and I could not stop thinking about her. Every day when I came home from work, I would look at a picture of my mother and talk to her. One day, I suddenly thought: “I’m a believer in the Lord and whenever I experience any difficulty or weakness, I can always tell these things to the Lord.” After that, whenever I encountered hardships I would come into the presence of the Lord and pray, asking the Lord to console me. But no matter how I prayed, I never felt moved within. Sometimes I would fall asleep while praying. I was living in a state of severe anxiety every day at that time, so much so that the slightest sound behind me caused me to feel indescribable fear. In my fear and helplessness, I prayed earnestly to the Lord: “O Lord! My heart is full of darkness and I am trembling with fear. Could I have made a mistake somewhere? O Lord! Over the past few days people have been telling me that You have returned as Almighty God. O Lord! If You really have returned and really are the Almighty God they told me about, I ask You to set up a time and prepare appropriate circumstances for Brother Yang to call me or send me a text message. When they come back, no matter what they say, I will have a heart that accepts Your new work and words obediently and eagerly. If it is not Your work, and if the message they are preaching to me is false and deceptive, then please block their way and not let them come back ever again.” Amazingly, after I prayed like this, God fulfilled exactly what I had prayed for. Brother Yang actually did call me, and I told him about everything that had been going on the last few days. Brother Yang said that my heart had been darkened because I had rejected God’s work of the last days and had rebelled against Him. He hoped that I would continue to look into God’s work of the last days, and this time I did not reject his suggestion. Soon afterward, Brother Yang sent me a gospel movie. There was a line of dialogue in this movie that shook me awake: “Since we believe in God we should listen to God, not people.” “That’s right!” I thought. “It’s God that I believe in, and it’s God’s word I should listen to! But during that time when Brother Jin and Brother Cheng were telling me of God’s work of the last days, I kept asking the pastor about it. I complied with what the pastor and the preacher said and did not want to earnestly investigate the new work of Almighty God or listen to God’s word. I had believed in the Lord but had not prayed to or sought from the Lord, and had instead blindly trusted what the pastor and preacher had said. How stupid I was! The Bible says: ‘We ought to obey God rather than men’ (Acts 5:29). I believed in the Lord but did not obey Him. Instead, I obeyed people, so have I not become someone who believes in and follows men? Isn’t this resisting and betraying the Lord? If Almighty God is the Lord Jesus returned, and I’ve rebelled against Him and resisted Him like this, unwilling to accept Almighty God, have I then not been a blind fool? Have I not been shutting the Lord out?” With this in mind, I deeply repented in my heart and tears welled up in my eyes. I again came into the presence of the Lord and prayed: “Lord Jesus Christ! Someone preached the gospel saying that You have already returned incarnate, and that You are Almighty God, Christ of the last days. I cannot bring myself to feel certain of this, but I am willing to come into Your presence to seek and to ask You to enlighten me, so that I might recognize Your voice. If You really have returned and are Almighty God, I want to repent to You and accept Your work and salvation. I ask You to lead me back into Your presence.” After praying, I felt a kind of joy and a feeling of being comforted that I could not put into words. It was something I had not felt in a long time, and I knew that the Lord had heard my prayers, that it was the Lord comforting me, and that it was proof given to me by God. I wanted to go right away to The Church of Almighty God to look into it, but I thought about how I must have offended the brothers and sisters of The Church of Almighty God, and so I felt too ashamed to go to their church. Right in the middle of this dilemma, Brother Yang called me to ask if I had time and said that he hoped that I could continue to investigate the work of Almighty God of the last days. I told him about my misgivings. Brother Yang said, “No problem, we believers in God are all one family, and it doesn’t bother the brothers and sisters in The Church of Almighty God at all.” When I heard Brother Yang say this, I knew that God was showing understanding for my immature stature, and so the next day I went to The Church of Almighty God with Brother Yang. The brothers and sisters were happy to see that I had found my way back to the path. They formally bore witness to me that the Lord Jesus had returned to express the truth and perform the work of judgment beginning in the house of God in the last days. They also fellowshiped to me the meaning of the incarnate God’s work in the last days as well as the importance of the incarnation to mankind’s salvation. After that, I read God’s words that say: “I tell you, those who believe in God because of the signs are surely the category that shall suffer destruction. Those who are incapable of accepting the words of Jesus who has returned to flesh are surely the progeny of hell, the descendants of the archangel, the category that shall be subjected to everlasting destruction. Many people may not care what I say, but I still want to tell every so-called saint who follows Jesus that, when you see Jesus descend from the heaven upon a white cloud with your own eyes, this will be the public appearance of the Sun of righteousness. Perhaps that will be a time of great excitement for you, yet you should know that the time when you witness Jesus descend from the heaven is also the time when you go down to hell to be punished. It will herald the end of God’s management plan, and will be when God rewards the good and punishes the wicked. For the judgment of God will have ended before man sees signs, when there is only the expression of truth. Those who accept the truth and do not seek signs, and thus have been purified, shall have returned before the throne of God and entered the Creator’s embrace. Only those who persist in the belief that ‘The Jesus who does not ride upon a white cloud is a false Christ’ shall be subjected to everlasting punishment, for they only believe in the Jesus who exhibits signs, but do not acknowledge the Jesus who proclaims severe judgment and releases the true way of life. And so it can only be that Jesus deals with them when He openly returns upon a white cloud. They are too stubborn, too confident in themselves, too arrogant. How could such degenerates be rewarded by Jesus? The return of Jesus is a great salvation for those who are capable of accepting the truth, but for those who are unable to accept the truth it is a sign of condemnation. You should choose your own path, and should not blaspheme against the Holy Spirit and reject the truth. You should not be an ignorant and arrogant person, but someone who obeys the guidance of the Holy Spirit and longs for and seeks the truth; only in this way will you benefit” (“By the Time You Behold the Spiritual Body of Jesus, God Will Have Made Heaven and Earth Anew” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). After reading the word of God, I carefully thought about the truths that my brothers and sisters had fellowshiped to me and to which they had born witness. I understood that there are two ways in which the Lord returns in the last days, one of which being the hidden advent and the other being the Lord’s coming openly to all. Now, the incarnate Almighty God’s work of judgment that begins in the house of God is indeed the work of the Lord’s hidden advent. Because the incarnate God has returned among mankind, His appearance is that of an ordinary person and no one is able to tell just by looking at Him that He is God. No one knows His true identity, and this is kept secret from people. Only those who are able to distinguish the voice of God will know, accept, and follow Him. It is just as the Lord Jesus said: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27). Those who do not recognize the voice of God will certainly treat the incarnate God as an ordinary person. They will deny, resist, and refuse to follow God, just like the Jewish Pharisees did in their time. They saw the Lord Jesus but did not know His identity, and they blindly condemned the Lord. The present time is the stage of God’s hidden work of saving mankind. Almighty God expresses the word to judge, purify, and perfect people. Before the disasters, He will make a group of people into overcomers, and once this group of overcomers is made complete, the incarnate God’s work of the hidden advent will come to an end. When the disasters begin, God will reward the good and punish the evil, and He will appear openly to all nations and peoples. At that time, the prophecies that the Lord shall come openly will be fulfilled, just as it says in the Bible: “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Matthew 24:30). “Behold, He comes with clouds; and every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him” (Revelation 1:7). This is why all the kindreds of the earth shall wail when the Lord descends upon a cloud. At this time, my heart was suddenly filled with light, and I saw that the Lord’s work of the hidden advent is a great salvation for us. We can only be cleansed and attain God’s salvation by accepting the judgment of the word of God during the Lord’s hidden advent. If we do not accept God’s work of judgment now, then when He comes openly with clouds we will have become those who resisted the Lord, and we will surely weep and gnash our teeth. At that point, our regret will come too late, for Almighty God says: “[T]he judgment of God will have ended before man sees signs, when there is only the expression of truth.” Thanks be to Almighty God! The word of God unveils all mysteries and clearly elucidates the truth in all the aspects—my eyes were opened and I was thereafter convinced in heart and by word. In the following days, I regularly went to church to read the words expressed by God in the last days together with the brothers and sisters. We listened to hymns and watched music videos, videos of recitations of the word of God, and gospel movies, all produced by the brothers and sisters of The Church of Almighty God. I felt that I gained something new at every gathering and I felt incomparably happy. Especially in the gospel movies, the brothers and sisters fellowshiped about every issue with such detail and clarity that all the doubts and confusion I had harbored in my belief in the Lord for so many years were resolved little by little. I saw that The Church of Almighty God really does have the work of the Holy Spirit, and that Almighty God is the returned Lord Jesus! What made me even more excited was that, on the third day after I’d joined the church, I saw the sister who had performed onstage the song of praise at Christmas in 2016. She had also accepted Almighty God’s work of the last days. I truly give my thanks to God, for it was the guidance and enlightenment of God that led us to keep pace with the footsteps of the Lamb, that led us to reach the good land of Canaan from the wilderness and to return to the house of God, and that led us to enjoy the abundance and supply of God’s words of life together with Him! I think that it was because of a special kindness from God that I was able to return to the house of God. Given my rebellious nature, how could I have welcomed the Lord’s return without God’s leadership and guidance or the patience of the brothers and sisters in fellowshiping the word of God to me? God’s love for me is truly so great that I find it impossible to describe! I want only to sing my praise to God through hymns and to unswervingly follow Almighty God! You may also like: How to pray to god effectively
2020.09.18 05:06 Olivia_yoga27 June 2020 - the most popular on Wikipedia Greyhound
The most popular articles in multilingual Wikipedia in 27 June 2020 were: Dark, COVID-19 pandemic, YouTube, The Last of Us Part II, Deaths in 2020, June 27, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, United States of America, list of most viewed online videos in first 24 hours, Blackpink. Below is the ranking of these articles along with the position in different language versions of Wikipedia.
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2020.09.13 12:04 axchr73Which game should i try modding (also learn how to) for a napoleon vs the wizarding world mod?
i have been listening to the civil war song "i will rule the universe" while killing my brain cells watching crimes of grindewald. it kinda stick out to me that napoleon and even the soviet union was ignored throughout the potterverse with its global ramifications reminded me of that one fanfiction and uncompleted custom edit of the perisno mod of mount and blade i made back in 2017 in which i imported warsworld/got stuff into perisno and called the monarchy and the greenbomb faction as the minister of magic and the western wizarding kingdom of Perisno (i also role played as the Prussian in this mod using the empire and kislev asset of warsworld) due underwhelming fantasic beast was. now that i missed enrollment (i live in the countryside in ph) and had 4 months of grand apathy i kinda wanted to make a mod (also learn some of the ropes of modding and 3D modeling in which i am already trying in june i.e figgling with blender while waiting for my chinese delivered outdated poser disc to come ). my main goal is: -decide what game i should try to mod (i already have exprience with mount and blade and even imported a bunch of edited uniforms from other mods for personal use and had been looking at ck2 and total war medieval 2 last week) -is to prove humanity is capable of fighting the wizarding world without any outside help. -make proper use artillery,disciplined line infantry and use of light cavalry as the main way of fighting wizards. -be accustomed to a schedule (also for me to justify being at home alone for the weekdays) -atleast have something to show for before December.
2020.09.06 17:18 ArtificialLocomotionI listened, rated and ranked all of Katy Perry’s 5 studio albums
I have been a die hard Katy fan for a few years now - I’ve decided to listen to her entire discography for the first time in a long time. I will rate and rank every album - trying not to be biased!
One Of The Boys - 2008
It’s a cult favourite with pop-rock elements and a girl next door image. It has some of her best songs of all time including Thinking Of You and Hot N Cold. Albeit, I had never listened to this album in full up until this weekend - now I have I can conclude this is a good pop album. I love the rock-pop feeling and her vocals are so raw. There are some disappointing songs for example Ur So Gay and I Kissed A Girl - which both carry negative stereotypes and are frankly outdated today. score = 5.5/10 one of the boys - 6/10 i kissed a girl - 5/10 waking up in vegas - 8/10 thinking of you - 10/10 mannequin - 6/10 ur so gay - 2/10 hot n cold - 10/10 if you can afford me - 7/10 lost - 7/10 self inflicted - 4/10 i’m still breathing - 4/10
Witness - 2017
Katy’s first album in over three years and her first in the streaming era of music. This was experimental in production and I loved the album when it came out. My favourite Katy song of all time comes from this project - Chained To The Rhythm with its groovy beat and melancholic lyrics makes it my absolute favourite. Tracks such as Mind Maze and Bigger Than Me are quite jarring and unenjoyable. The loud EDM production clashes with Perry’s voice in such tracks. I think if the album was trimmed of a few tracks it would be a lot more solid. The album I feel has the worst overall lyricism with “chinese water torture” “open sesame” etc. Although, the production is moody euro 00s pop and super well done. score = 7/10 witness - 10/10 hey hey hey - 4/10 roulette - 8/10 swish swish - 9/10 deja vu - 7/10 power - 6/10 mind maze - 3/10 miss you more - 8/10 chained to the rhythm - 10/10 tsunami - 8/10 bon appetit - 7/10 (9 if migos we’re not in it) bigger than me - 4/10 save as draft - 6/10 pendulum - 8/10 into me you see - 7/10 dance with the devil - 5/10 act my age - 8/10
Smile - 2020
Her most recent album following 2017s experimental Witness, this album is a return to positive synth pop. This album follows a mature story of Katy’s depression, recovery, happiness and ending on true love with her fiancée, parents and finally her daughter. It appears to me as an amalgamation of her previous albums; cry about it later and teary eyes have a 00s euro pop mood about them - reminiscent of Witness, tucked and only love could be Teenage Dream tracks - while many others including Resilient and Daisies seem similar to 2013s PRISM. I. believe this album has her best lyricism “The higher I climb the harder the wind blows” “Rejection can be Gods protection” etc. Stand out tracks for me include; Never Really Over, Cry About It Later and Tucked. The issue I have with Smile is the length: the album reigns in at only 12 tracks, which would be okay if the songs were longer. Most songs barley surpass the 3 minute mark leaving me wanting a longer bridge or another chorus. score - 8/10 Never Really Over - 10/10 Cry About It Later - 9/10 Teary Eyes - 7/10 Daisies - 10/10 Resilient - 8/10 Not The End Of The World - 8/10 Smile - 6/10 Champagne Problems - 6/10 Tucked - 8/10 Harleys In Hawaii - 7/10 Only Love - 8/10 What Makes A Woman 5/10
Teenage Dream - 2010 (+2012 reissue)
Teenage Dream was nominated for album of the year at the 2011 grammys, produced 6 number one singles in total from 2010-2012 and still has a major impact today. For me, this album had the best theming with the cotton candy filled confection. I think the album is a sweet portrayal of the teenage experience of euphoria, partying, acceptance to loss, anger and empowerment. It is known for its 8 strong singles - a lot claim the album tracks are weak in comparison, which I disagree with. Tracks such as Hummingbird Heartbeat, Pearl and Not Like The Movies are brilliant pop songs which hold up on this stacked album of hits. The only songs I dislike on this project are Peacock and Dressin Up for their weak lyricism. score = 9/10 Teenage Dream - 10/10 Last Friday Night - 7/10 California Gurls - 7/10 Firework - 8/10 Peacock - 2/10 Circle The Drain - 4/10 ( i don’t like how uncohesive the album becomes sonically when the entire album is bubblegum pop and then this rock anger filled track is placed in the middle) The One That Got Away - 10/10 E.T. (solo) - 8/10 Who Am I Living For? - 5/10 Pearl - 8/10 Hummingbird Heartbeat - 10/10 Not Like The Movies - 9/10 The One That Got Away (acoustic) - 10/10 Part Of Me - 6/10 Wide Awake - 9/10 Dressin Up - 3/10 E.T. (with Kanye) - 10/10 Last Friday Night Remix - 3/10 Tommie Sunshine Mega Six Mashup - 2/10
PRISM - 2013
In my opinion this is her magnum opus, sure it’s predecessor Teenage Dream is more successful but this album is Perry’s most acclaimed and I believe is her best work. Teenage Dream was candy filled fun with a few emotional moments but it didn’t have much vulnerable depth - this album was mature and vulnerable while also being fun light hearted pop. Perry had emotionally deep songs eg By The Grace Of God and Ghost - however it was surface level enough for everyone to relate to. I think this album is perfect; empowerment anthems (roar), ballads (unconditionally), fun pop songs (this is how we do, birthday), and a different approach in genre (dark horse, walking on air). score - 10/10 Roar - 10/10 Legendary Lovers - 8/10 Birthday - 9/10 Walking On Air - 10/10 Unconditionally- 10/10 Dark Horse - 9/10 (i don’t like the feature) This Is How We Do - 7/10 International Smile - 7/10 Ghost - 8/10 Love Me - 7/10 This Moment - 10/10 Double Rainbow - 10/10 By The Grace Of God 10/10 Spiritual- 9/10 It Takes Two - 10/10 Choose Your Battles - 7/10 Top Songs: 1. Chained To The Rhythm 2. Rise 3. The One That Got Away 4. Never Really Over 5. Double Rainbow 6. Roar 7. Thinking Of You 8. Daisies 9. It Takes Two 10. Hummingbird Heartbeat
2020.09.02 13:20 OctapaLisa Tse winning Miss HK 2020 is a net positive for tackling white worship and colonial mentality in Hong Kong
For those who don't know, Miss Hong Kong is a culturally significant televised event for Hong Kongers, excluding international events like Olympics or the footbal World Cup, it's possibly one of the most viewed events in HK every year. This year a Scottish born and raised AMWF eurasian woman Lisa Tse won the crown to be titled Miss Hong Kong 2020. On paper she is a struggling candidate: She isn't locally born and raised, She doesn't speak cantonese well, She isnt tall (average - below average height even for HK), tan skin relative to her competitors, stockier build and less thin than her competitors, roundish face partly due to her fuller bodyweight. I want to emphasize that none of these are objectively negative traits, I absolutely adore her the way she is, but pointing out that these are precisely the opposite of the standards usually met by most Miss HK winners OR the expectations that HKers have for eurasian women. On the surface it may appear like this is just a simple case of white worship, eurasian beauty myth etc. The fact that she won may be easily seen as her eurasianness/eurasian privilege carrying her entire weight, whilst I won't claim that this is entirely untrue it's worth taking a deeper dive into the specifics of why she won and the meaning of this win. First of all, do HKers worship white people and eurasian people? Absolutely. Do they revere their appearance? Absolutely. Does that mean eurasians consistently win Miss HK? Absolutely not, this was the first Eurasian Miss Hong Kong in 32 years (there were more prior to that especially due to the colonial era, possibly even a few full white women), if you want to be pedantic then 1999 Sonija Kwok is a quapa (quarter white), that still puts it at 21 years straight without. Miss Hong Kong despite it being a beauty pageant is far LESS about pageantry: the expectation to be the most beautiful, the best representative of the city and the aspiration for winning international pageants, Miss Hong Kong is primarily a recognition that someone is universally popular (especially due to public voting), attractive but also versatile enough to have a promising career specifically in the HK TV industry, as the top 3 places are guaranteed a TV contract should they choose to sign it. Despite it being such a culturally significant event, Hong Kong doesn't have a pageant culture where young girls from childhood/adolescence are going to pageant schools or having pageant coaching in anticipation for a pageant career, like in Southeast Asia or Latin America. There are practically no requirements or minimum standards (explicit or implicit) other than citizenship. The low barrier to entry means that something like 1 in 5 of women I know openly admit they've attempted it, that means more or less anyone that feels like they look good enough, despite lacking pageant skills such as singing, dancing, posing, or model physiques like height and thinness etc would still apply. The program itself prepares these candidates in essentially a month-long bootcamp teaching these pageant skills, and getting the successful shortlisted candidates to work on their weaknesses, whether that be fitness, singing/dancing or in many cases for foreign born HKers: Cantonese language ability. Having paid attention to the many earlier rounds of multiple years of Miss HK, whilst there isn't an abundance, there also isn't a shortage of HK Eurasians that progress through the stages but fail to make it to the final cut of 10 (the competitors that show up in the grand finale). Many of these Eurasians have occupations such as modelling or aspiring singeactor, having spent most of their youth leveraging their appearance for these roles, which would seem like they have what they need to win easily. But precisely because of their lifetime of coasting by with success due to their mixed appearance, they struggle to put in the grit and mentally commit to the rigours of working on the skills they lack in preparation for the pageant, they get through 1-2 rounds and get cut. Lisa Tse really captured the attention of the judges who decides who gets cut to the final 10, and also has a partial vote on the final result( the other votes come from the public at this point), with her strong work ethic and commitment to working on her weakness: Cantonese. Starting from a point of knowing just Cantonese phrases to being able to answer a good number of questions and drive a conversation when needed. Trying very hard on multiple times to answer questions in Cantonese, where most foreign HK competitors would have just switched immediately to English. To top this all off, she picked her "talent showcase" as singing Seung Hoi Tan or the theme from The Bund, a very classic Cantopop song that everyone knows (and therefore everyone can feel like they can critique), a very brave move for someone who struggles with the language, when she could've chose other talents to showcase. She has mentioned in interviews that if she wins her top priority isn't getting acting or tv presenting gigs asap, but working on her Cantonese and learning to read and write. Then there's her HKer father. The fact that she is mixed with a HKer father is already shifting people's perspective on interracial marriages between HKers and HK men's international appeal. Combined with the fact that her father is a youthful, stylish and handsome looking guy (the words of the masses and gossip sites not me) further reinforces a positive image. In fact his looks are so much a point of discussion that whilst Lisa is praised for her "eurasian beauty", she is often referred as having inherited her father's good looks. Despite the references to her scottish heritage, practically no one including the very sneaky gossip sites really care to dig up her scottish mother's appearance to say the same thing. Her show of affection and filial piety to her father (that comes from a genuine place) further reinforces strong Asian values. On her plans, she has stated without a doubt she would like to stay in HK and develop a career in HK. A very striking contrast to the current politics of many HKers who are trying everything they can to leave to the UK. The fact that she could very well have stayed in Scotland, she chose to invest her future in this city is a huge vote of confidence and shakes the mindset of those who constantly (even prior to the protests) wishes for a life abroad. Now ofcourse I'd expect many in this sub to disagree that a female eurasian is good representation and it only serves to further the eurasian beauty myth. Yes and no. Whilst indeed she is praised for her eurasian looks such as her deep set eyes and tall nose bridge, in many respects she bucks the expectations that HKers have of eurasians, that they are tall, pale, sharp (narrow) faced and thin, expectations of something like a VS model. Yet Lisa is none of those things yet presents a beauty of her own that prizes a fuller figure, a more modest stature and wider face shape, especially when contrasted to the second place winner who is all of those things but fully Chinese. Whilst her eagerness and enthusiasm to be proficient in Chinese may be compared by some to white asiaphiles like Mark Zuckerberg who takes chinese classes to impress a chinese audience. And it's just another case of "celebrating white people" for doing what asians already do. I would contest this when the situation is a Eurasian person where their choices are seen in the lens that they are the people who have the ultimate choice, between their western and eastern side. Not to mention her win and representation will undoubtedly act as a role model for other eurasian girls. It's worth noting that whilst it may seem a full asian woman winning the title is always better for "representation" consider that 3 decades of full chinese winners have not shifted the narrative on white worship. People who white worship are fundamentally going to have blinders on to any narrative that paints Asians as attractive if not more attractive than others. And AMAF is so normalised in HK that it doesn't even get mentioned even for foreign HKers. For example: Chinese American Tiffany Lau (Miss HK 2016 2nd place but crowd favourite), had a Chinese American boyfriend at the time of the competition, but no one cared to mention that or show photos of him and just briefly mentioned "she had a boyfriend in california". Yet when Carmaney Wong (Miss HK 2019) had a white boyfriend (This was prior to her winning the title), it was suddenly mouth-watering news about her cool and handsome Swiss boyfriend who looked like "a cross between David Beckham and Chris Hemsworth" with plenty of photos to show (He looks a cross between those 2 celebrities if he got the absolute worst genes from each of them). My final thoughts: Compare and contrast her with Miss HK 2017 Juliette Louie (full Chinese HKer), who when criticised for her lack of Chinese ability despite spending 10+ years in HK, just mouthed off at critics in English and said she doesn't care about learning it, she also fucked off to Canada as soon as she won the crown. Or Miss HK 2019 Carmaney Wong who gives herself the stage name Carmaney Santiago and has her sexpat looking white bf that white worshippers think is an example of a top tier man. Lisa Tse, a foreign-born mixed Chinese girl with a Chinese father, that shows such dedication to Chinese language and culture as well as commitment to be in Hong Kong during these turbulent times is a significant wake up call to those in Hong Kong who constantly worship the west.
2020.08.31 10:49 Fiction1183Lost chinese gangsta rap song. Disappeared from spotify sometime between 2018 and now, only one mention of it on the entire internet as of now.
Hello, Back in 2017 i used to listen to this chinese gangsta rap song on spotify. A lot of the lyrics were english, but the group/artist/band/whatever who sung it were chinese. the album cover was a few guys standing up and the colour palette was green and there was white chinese text over it, i've got a low quality image of the title, artist and album cover on spotify which can be found here: https://imgur.com/a/STtftaA I know it's gone from spotify because i searched it up and there's no results except a playlist titled with the song and artist made by me in 2017-2018 and now it's empty, it was also on my top songs 2017 and it's gone from there now. The title and artist roughly translate to "Iron Bamboo - You Can't Kill me" in traditional chinese. Searching up "Iron Bamboo - You Can't Kill Me" brings up one result, which is this: http://www.angelfire.com/crazy/magzny/magzplaylist.tmp.html now im not quite sure what this is but it appears to be a massive playlist (355 hours!) which contains the song in question, along with what i'm guessing is the full album (#1499) I remember an english lyric: "and i really think you're gonna need cops, now we're gonna see who's gonna make it to the top" i also found a few other things: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/the-iron-bamboo/781420087 a social media link to an empty page https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wvvLMQort0 if you can help, that'd be really appreciated. i just want to hear this song again. Update: u/Scqrs found it: https://streetvoice.com/cccz/songs/105277/
2020.08.30 20:33 tutetibiimperesNugu Roundup #54 - Stay on Target, Stay on Target - 200830 + Album Giveaway!
Hello and welcome to the latest Nugu Roundup! What is this?: This is a weekly feature designed to highlight the unknown/underappreciated groups and soloists working hard in the Kpop world that often fall under the radar. Please share your own information, favorite performance videos, fanmeet stories, or anything else relevant below! Last week we got to know the Fantastic Fanatics. This week let's check out a boy group that's hustling in both Korea and Japan, let's get to know Target! Look at the first comment below for the winner of the ninth Nugu Roundup Album Giveaway, plus details on this week's album up for grabs! What is Nugu?: While in Korean it literally means 'Who' in the broader Kpop context it refers to groups that are generally unknown amongst the greater public. It doesn't have to mean they're extremely new, though it can, and there are of course varying degrees of 'unknown' which some groups having very strong niche fandoms and others being almost invisible. I take a fairly broad view and will include groups that may be known to some, but who don't have widespread name recognition. Let's get on with the show... ________________________________________________________ TARGET Who are they?: Target is a six (possibly seven) member boy group under KJ Music Entertainment. They originally debuted in Japan despite all of the members being Korean. Their fandom name is Wonnie. Company: KJ Music Entertainment was previously known as JSL Company. In Korea they also represent the boy group TST (formerly known as Top Secret). They have a Japanese branch as well that represents Target and TST and also handles Japanese promotions for the girl group Saturday as well as the Japanese promotions for the Chinese Kpop soloist Longuo and Jeongmin, formerly of Boyfriend. Members
Facts: There is some conflicting information on whether Seulchan is still a member of the group. His group-related SNS accounts still exist, but he appears not to have updated them in several months. There has been mention that he did not leave the company voluntarily, but I can't find any clear statement that he has left. He is very thin and fans have mentioned they can see his bones and organs through his skin, he weighed 88 lbs (40kg) in high school and only 110 lbs (50kg) today. He is attending an online university studying automotive and mechanical engineering. He has a dog named Milk.
Facts: He is the eldest member of the group, but also the shortest at 5'7" (170cm). He was born slightly prematurely at 8 months. He has practiced the martial art Kendo and likes to bake in his spare time. He dislikes ramen noodles. He likes to sleep in until noon when he has a day off. He has a chronic shoulder injury and thus is planning to enroll as a Social Service Worker for his military enlistment. He was formerly a member of the hip-hop group Triplo. He likes to write lyrics and is learning to compose music. He wrote the lyrics for the group's pre-debut song "Please Love Me".
Facts: He is the default MC for the group and takes on the role in any public event when there isn't someone else assigned to do it. He is the strongest at Japanese in the group and enjoys watching anime. During his pre-debut time he was being prepared to be a rapper. He is a big fan of dumplings, especially Kimchee Dumplings.
Facts: Although he looks imposing he is one of the most gentle members of the group. He has a bromance with fellow member Roi and there birthdays are only one day apart. He has been nicknamed Mindong by the fellow members.
Facts: He came in second place in a child beauty pageant, and was a model in elementary and middle school. Fans sometimes think he isn't Korean because of his appearance but he is. His stage name means 'King'. He has had the poor luck of falling in or having health problems every time the group is about to have a comeback. He likes chicken wings and legs best because he prefers food he can eat with his hands. He is very skilled and jumping rope.
Facts: He is a mega-fan of BTS, especially Jimin, but knows all of the facts about all of them. He took a temporary hiatus due to health earlier this year but has returned to full status with the group after having a chance to recover after many of their activities were canceled due to COVID. He can play the guitar. He has been nicknamed 'Puppy' by the group.
Facts: He was a diving champion in elementary school. He is good at freestyle dance and acrobatics. His facial features make him look like a variety of Korean celebrities. He taught himself acrobatics and used his moves in the groups BCBH MV and the choreography for their song Tempest.
Debut (Japanese): November 24th, 2017 with Atsui Omoi (MV) Live Performance (Link)
Song: The group's debut single, the title translates to 'Passionate Feeling'. With some classic bright J-Pop sounds combined with Sweetune's excellent production it's quite a refreshing song.
Debut (Korean): January 23rd, 2018 with Awake (MV) Live Stage (Link) Dance Practice (Link)
Song: The lead single from the group's Korean debut EP 'Alive', this is a theatrical song that combines copious rap breaks and hip-hop influence with a soaring chorus and strong pre-chorus build.
Composers/Producers:Sweetune (see above)
Most Recent Comeback: August 19th, 2019 with Baby Come Back Home (MV) Live Stage (Link) Dance Practice (Link)
Song: The promoted track from the group's third Korean single album "S the P (Story to the Planet) this song sees them return some to their earlier hip-hop roots with an aggressive track similar to what NCT 127 and Monsta X have done.
Song: A pre-debut release that came way back in 2014, three years before the group's official Japanese debut and four years before the group's Korean debut. This moody hip-hop driven song features 8 members, with the group losing pre-debut member K.EEN due to health concerns early in 2015.
Is It True (MV) Live Stage (Link) Dance Practice (Link)
Song: The promoted song from the group's first single album 'Is It True' This is a softer and more melody-driven song than their previous Korean releases, with a latin percussion beat giving the song momentum from underneath.
Composers/Producers:Ultrabear (no other credits found, appears to be an indie artist with a recent release called I Hate Night (audio)), Khangu (Saturday - Bbyong, Saturday - WiFi)
Trivia: In addition to Japan and Korea the group has also performed in Thailand. All members in the group are from the city of Changwon, a city along the southeast coast of Korea near Busan that was modeled after the Australian city of Canberra. They are known as the ambassadors of Changwon. There logo, which looks like a crosshair, also represents the earth and the group says the target in the middle means that their fans are always in their hearts at the center of the earth. ________________________________________________________ Soloist of the Week Haee/Lucy Who is she?: The former leader and lead vocalist of the girl group GLAM, where she went by Jiyeon, she is now a singesongwriter under DCTOM Entertainment (as of this year) and was previously under KQ Produce (home of soloists EDEN, Maddox, Babylon, and Score). She previously went by the stage name Lucy for her solo work. Company: DCTOM Entertainment is also the home of soloist Shaun (former member of the band The Koxx), and soloist/fashion-model Rana. Real Name: Park Jiyeon Age: 28 (IA) Solo Debut: March 22nd, 2017 with Birthday (feat. Kissum) (MV) Dingo Live (Link)
Song: An EDM-influenced dance-pop song with a great rap break by Kissum, a somewhat ominous bassline runs counter to the bright and cheerful looking MV.
Other Release: November 17th, 2018 with Swing (feat. Park Kyung) (audio)
Song: A bit jazzy, a bit EDM, the song is a fun and creative journey, highly recommended.
Composers/Producers:EDEN (see above), Leez (almost every Dreamcatcher and Ateez song), Park Kyung (former Block-B member and now soloist).
Trivia: Following the disbandment of GLAM she auditioned for Show Me the Money Season 4 where she threw in a diss towards fellow-GLAM member Dahee who's blackmail scandal led to the disbandment of the group. She later auditioned for Mixnine and though she failed to make the show she went briefly viral for her frank words towards Yang Hyun-Suk after she was cut, with fans generally landing on her side after the encounter due to public dissatisfaction with YHS. She recorded the demo version for the Produce 48 song Rumor (link). ________________________________________________________ IN MEMORIAM TREN-D Who were they?: A five member girl group under Baeksang Entertainment. They debuted in 2013 and had a slightly different lineup with each comeback. The name TREN-D showed their desire to be trendsetters in Korea, and the spelling of the name came from initials of the original line-up group members. Releases
Candy Boy (MV) Live Performance (Link) Dance Practice (Link)
Song: With a disco-sound similar to T-ARA's Roly Poly or Crayon Pop's Dancing Queen, the MV depicts the girls getting tired of the rigors of trainee life and deciding to skip out an go rollerskating in Daegu. The MV is also interspersed with shots of the girls doing pre-debut busking performances.
Song: An upbeat pop ballad, this was the lead single from their second digital single album "Heart Fluttering". This doesn't seem to have received an official MV or any promotion, however the company did release a video set to the song of the girls taking part in military training (link).
Jung (Affection) (MV) Live Performance (Link) Alternate Version (MV)
Song: A remake of a song from the 1st-gen Co-Ed group Young Turks Club, this does have that throwback sound but still works surprisingly well. The MV shows the girls playing pranks on a guy to somehow set him up with their friend.
Reasons for Disbanding: It appears the company may have simply run out of money, there have been no uploads to the company's YouTube channel since the Jung MV and the group's social media accounts have been silent since 2016 leading to the conclusion they quietly disbanded and the company folded. Trivia: The group went viral in Russia after a live performance of them performing Candy Boy (link) was overdubbed and edited with a song by Russian pop star Glukoza (link). The Russian dub grabbed over 12 million views, far more than any of their official releases, and the comment sections of their other videos now include many Russian comments. Unfortunately the viral success seems to have come after the group disbanded. When the group debuted the company misrepresented the ages of the original member lineup and reduced the ages of the members by 2-3 years. The group has performed in China and Hong Kong. Former member Ruru found success as a fashion model first as a swimsuit model and now as the face of the brand Chuu. Former member Elly is now a soloist under the name DooBoo. ________________________________________________________ That's it for today, let's get the discussion on! As always, if you have any suggestions for groups, content, or things you'd like to see, please let me know in the comments below. Also as always, a big shout-out to u/not-named-in-credits for founding nugutown and u/sharnaranwan for continuing the work over there.
2020.08.28 21:42 ketchupsunshine[Kpop/YA fiction] The most dramatic day in kpop history and the book that may or may not wind up having anything to do with it.
Possible spoilers ahead for Shine by Jessica Jung. No real warnings beyond I guess vague insinuations of bullying. I would’ve put this off until the book came out but this is like ten pages already. Plus, somehow this subreddit has never had a writeup about 930 which is what the bulk of this wound up being.
In 2007, SM Entertainment debuted a new girl group. SM is one of the “big three” idol agencies in Korea, and had been incredibly successful in the first generation of idol groups with acts such as H.O.T., Shinhwa, and S.E.S. and their 2005 boy group Super Junior eventually became recognized as one of the major acts to usher in the second generation of kpop. This new girl group, SNSD (short for Sonyeo Sidae or Girls Generation in English), drew a lot of attention even before their debut. The group’s nine members was a large jump from most first generation girl groups, which tended to max out at around five members. Although this was still fewer than Super Junior’s debut lineup of twelve members, boy groups tend to gain a large base of dedicated fans while girl groups mostly rely on support from casual fans and the general public. Having such a large number of girls in a group seemed unnecessary. On top of SNSD already being an unconventional group, Super Junior had already managed to become insanely popular by the time SNSD debuted, and SNSD was expected to be the female counterpart to Super Junior. The group was under massive amounts of pressure from the very start. SNSD initially dealt with a lot of hate from fans of competing girl groups KARA and Wonder Girls, as well as due to the SNSD members being good friends with their labelmates TVXQ and Super Junior. Boy group fans were jealous that the SNSD girls were friends with their beloved boys. Girl group fans were mad that this new girl group had shaped up to be decent competition to their groups of choice. None of these were enough to stop the group’s rising popularity, and in 2009 they released mega-hit Gee. Post-Gee SNSD became insanely popular; they were known as “the nation’s girl group” and their faces were everywhere. To be SNSD during their peak was to be an international superstar the likes of which Korean Girl groups hadn’t really achieved before, especially within Korea, Japan, and China.
Everyone versus Jessica?:
Around probably 2010/2011, a lot of fans noticed that members Jessica and Taeyeon did not seem as close as they used to. Whether this was true or just fan perception is anyone’s guess, but there was a storm of rumors and accusations surrounding Jessica well before shit truly hit the fan. People claimed (and still do) that Jessica was supposed to be the third member of SNSD subgroup TTS instead of Seohyun, but that Taeyeon refused to let Jessica be part of the subgroup because the two didn’t get along. The merit to this argument is that Jessica and Taeyeon were SNSD’s two main vocalists, and that TTS was a pretty vocal-heavy group. TTS debuted in 2012, after rumors of the Jessica-Taeyeon rivalry were well entrenched, so this remains a popular theory despite Jessica having an acting gig that overlapped with TTS promotions. And the fact that TTS’s whole existence was because those three members were the only ones who didn’t have other work at the time. Many fans shipped Jessica and Taeyeon in the first few years of their career, so every interactionbetween them was scrutinized, giving additional “sources” to the rumors that they hated each other. To a lesser degree, people argued that she didn’t get along with the rest of the groupas a whole. Besides her perceived drama with Taeyeon, Jessica had accusations of being “lazy” in her dancing compared to other members. Her TV acting was mediocre at best. In 2014, rumors of her dating Tyler Kwon came to a head when gossip articles claimedthat the two would marry that year (for the record, idols marrying is still controversial even when they’re a former member of an unpopular group. A member of the top girl group getting married at the height of the group’s fame would be a shitstorm the likes of which no one has ever seen). In general, Jessica had a reputation for seeming cold or unfeeling. None of this is to imply that she was anything short of massively popular, but her fame came with a fair share of scrutiny and accusations of cattiness. One major downside of having a group with nine girls was that it gave fans more freedom to pick and choose their favorites; plenty of die-hard fans of the group would only actually like some of the girls and outright hated some of the others. As with all kpop groups, fans of one member would complain about others having too many lines while their favorite didn’t have enough, or about music videos or choreography giving too much attention to their least favorites. Jessica tended to fall to the “least favorite member” end of the spectrum more often than some of the other girls, but this was balanced out by fans who preferred Jessica above all other members.
Jessica’s dramatic departure:
On September 30, 2014, Jessica posted a message on social media. I’m just going to quote it below, to give you the full context.
I was excited about our upcoming fan events only to shockingly be informed by my company and 8 others that as of today, I’m no longer a member. I’m devastated – my priority and love is to serve as a member of GG, but for no justifiable reason, I am being forced out.
Some people thought it was a hoax, or that she had been hacked. When this message was posted, Jessica was supposed to be travelling from the U.S. to Shenzhen, China to attend a fan event with the other members of SNSD. The Shenzhen event was bizarre, to put it lightly. There’s footage here and you can find lots of pictures and commentary about how several of the girls cried and how, rather than making any attempt to cover for Jessica’s absence, they instead left gaping holes in the choreography and were silent during her parts of the music. After Jessica’s initial panicked statement, both she and SM Entertainment released more detailed statements. SM said that Jessica had been planning to leave SNSD after their next album anyway, “due to her personal situation”, and that she had been removed early because she was focusing on her fashion brand which she founded the month before. Jessica claimed she had no plans to leave and that SM had given her permission to start her brand, but that the other group members took issue with it.
Everybody on the internet argues, as the internet tends to do:
While there’s a lot of theories about how and why Jessica exited the group, the most unified one that took hold was that Taeyeon--who was the leader and allegedly no longer got along with Jessica after 2011ish--had kicked her out. Points against this theory include the fact that she literally would not have the authority to do that (because the “leader” position in a kpop group is something more akin to The Official Mom Friend than anyone’s actual boss), the fact that Jessica specified both the company and all of the other members had been the ones to force her out, etc...you get the point. Points for this theory are that Taeyeon was not among the members photographed crying in Shenzhen, and that if any member would’ve had the clout with the company to force a lineup change, it probably would’ve been her. That plus the aforementioned perception that Taeyeon and Jessica did not get along anymore was enough to cement this as probably the single most prevalent theory amongst both people who hated Taeyeon and people who liked Jessica the most, which made up a pretty significant portion of the fanbase. The other largest group was those who thought Jessica deserved to be kicked out anyway, or that she was leaving on purpose and was only upset because she had been forced to leave earlier than anticipated. This group pointed to dozens of “Jessica lazy moments” compilations on youtube, to her focusing on her brand, and basically to absolutely anything that they could find that it was all Jessica’s fault she was no longer a member, and that she was evil for dragging SNSD through the mud by claiming they kicked her out. No matter your theory of choice, there’s still questions. If Taeyeon and Jessica really did hate each other and Jessica was really kicked out over that..why? What happened--presumably in 2011--that led them to go from being friendly to eventually hating each other enough that one had to leave the group? Hell, even if you think all eight other girls voted her out, why? And if they wanted her out that badly, why did they seem so upset about it? Or if you think Jessica had been planning to leave anyway, why would SM Entertainment tell her she was out much sooner than planned? Why lose a popular member who you could’ve gotten another full album cycle out of, while simultaneously destroying a lot of your goodwill with the fanbase by going about it so poorly? Back in the immediate aftermath the catch-all explanation for many theories was that she was going to marry Tyler Kwon, which had already been going through the rumor mill beforehand. Obviously now we’re six years on with no wedding, so an elopement wasn’t the answer. So what the hell happened? SM and Jessica agreed on two things: that she was no longer a member of SNSD as of September 30th, and that her departure from SNSD had been unexpected and abrupt. Everything else remains a mystery to this day.
SNSD in the aftermath:
Following her departure, Jessica hasn’t done a whole ton of music-related stuff and has mostly focused on fashion. Part of this is because SM Entertainmentis blocking her from going on music shows. Part of it also just seems to be that her own goals lie more in the fashion world at this point. SNSD continued to be fairly active for a few years, but by now most members have moved on to other ventures. Several members left SM Entertainment in 2017 shortly following their 10th anniversary. A subunit with the members still signed to SM called Oh!GG released music in 2018 and that’s the last we’ve heard of them as a group. SM and the members have all maintained that the 8-member lineup of SNSD is still intact and will reunite in the future, but that’s something we’ve also heard from plenty of groups who have never released music again. In the immediate aftermath of the events of September 30, 2014, everyone pretty quickly split into pro-Jessica, anti-Jessica, and pro-stop-fighting-jesus-christ. Since then, the fanbase seemed to have mellowed out a bit. Rather than vicious fighting at the mere mention of Jessica’s departure like there was a few years ago, the bulk of the fandom has drifted into the camp of “whatever I think happened, I love and support all nine of these girls like I always have”. There’s also frequentrumors and “evidence” that the former SNSD members are secretly in contact with Jessica, who they have never publicly interacted with her since she left the group. There’s some pretty wholesome takes in all this, but that shaky peace has recently gotten thrown out the window by more angry fans than I’ve seen since 2014.
Jessica Jung: Future NYT Bestselling Author?:
So the true reasons for Jessica’s departure have remained as one of kpop’s greatest mysteries alongside such classics as “why was Jay Park really kicked out of 2PM”, “why did Hyuna leave Wonder Girls for ‘medical reasons’ only to re-debut in 4Minute”, and “why do Jimin from BTS and Jeongyeon from Twice seem to hate each other” (we as a community have very specific priorities). Like I said, the vast majority of people have resigned themselves to the fact that we are probably never going to have answers for what went down with any of this shit. Unless any of the idols involved decide to write a tell-all book, of course. Something that’s been a recurring half-joke, half-wish in every thread about kpop mysteries since the beginning of time. Something no one particularly thought would actually happen. Most people “spilling tea” about the industry have been those whose careers within it never really took off in the first place, because those are the people with basically nothing to lose (sorry Kyla. Sorry Grace. Sorry everyone else). No one seriously anticipated any well-known idols to ever tell us all of the dirty details of their career. ...And then in 2019 we found out that Jessica wrote a book, and everyone lost their shit. You’d think the fact that it turned out to be a Young Adult fiction novel would have done something to stem the excitement over getting a juicy tell-all, but you’d be wrong. Frankly, Jessica seems to be encouraging the people expecting a memoir masked in fiction.
Fans interpreted this statement in a few different ways. The first interpretation was, “that absolute snake is writing her tell-all under the guise of fiction so that she can avoid getting sued and include as many lies as she wants to make herself look good”. The second interpretation was, “good on Jessica for finally outing Snakeyeon and the rest of SNSD as the heartless bitches they are, I’m excited to finally see her speak the truth”. The third interpretation, mostly expressed by people who have actually managed to calm down about something that happened six years ago to people they’ve never met, was “this is clearly based at least partially on her real life, considering the main character, her sister, and her group all seem like clear analogues to Jessica’s actual life. But this is all probably a big marketing stunt because how many people would be buying it if it was just some generic corny novel as opposed to the long-anticipated big reveal for Jessica’s relationship with SNSD? She’ll probably never go into any detail about which parts of the book are supposed to be real and which are supposed to be fake because the mystery will keep people talking while also keeping her from getting sued to hell and back. It’s genius.” (If you can’t tell...I lean heavily towards #3). The book comes out on September 29, 2020, which means two things. First, that’s exactly the sixth anniversary of her departure from SNSD, which is fuelling both the “tea” theories and the “clever marketing” theories. Second, that’s still a month out, and there’s supposed to be a sequel coming in 2021, so it’ll be awhile before anyone can be fully satisfied with whether or not Jessica actually had anything to say about her former group members. Some people have gotten advance copies (ARCs) but from the goodreads reviews most either don’t know much about kpop or say somewhat vague things about “wow this showcases how brutal the industry is”. There are a few interesting reviews I found on the goodreads page for the book, but for the record there’s no way of telling who has actually gotten an advance copy when looking at goodreads reviews. You’re just taking the reviewer’s word for it, so take these all with a grain of salt (and note the sheer number of 5 star reviews by Jessica’s fans who haven’t gotten to read the book yet). Part of a 2 star review by someone who says they got an ARC says this:
What really disheartened me about the book was how catty all of the girls were towards each other. I have no doubt that this cattiness is based in reality, but it left me feeling really negative after I put down the book. I wasn't sure what sort of message I was supposed to get. Mina is Rachel's main adversary in the book, as they are in a trio with Jason Lee for their new song. They are constantly pit against one another, and just when I thought that their friendship was moving forward and they were developing an understanding of each other, Mina would do something catty and we would be back to square one. Rachel was always painted as the victim. I also hated how she ended things with her friend Akari, who she just let fall to the wayside. After I finished the book, the only thing I got out of it is that Rachel will do whatever it takes to get ahead and I feel like her character barely developed.
Along with the closing line of the same review:
To me this just felt like jabs at the other members of Girl's Generation and petty vengeance. *Sigh*
Interesting take. A non-review by an excited fan put into words what every gossip hungry person buying the book is assuming:
Although Shine is a work of fiction, Jessica will be drawing from her real-life experiences. Writing fiction will allow her to be more candid and discuss things in an ambiguous way. So I predict the tea will be overflowing and anyone who has ever wronged Sica should be running scared muwahahaha >:D
(Also included was this hyper-specific gif). Someone who also said they got an advance copy of the book had this to say in their 5-star review:
Shine was actually way better than I expected it to be. I did judge the book a little but thinking it was going to be something fluffy about the K-Pop world written by a K-Pop star but the book was way more than that. It didn’t show everything as bright and full of rainbows and happiness. Things are mean in that world and it just makes you wonder if this was what the author went through before she left her group and decided to do her own thing.
I thought a book about a girl group would be about friendship but what I got was a lot of snarky dialogue, mean pranks and bullying. All the characters felt as if they had the same voice, none of them really stood out. Rachel being the MV did not have me rooting for her as she came across as any girl with talent. And Mina was just the Korean version of mean girls, even then get insults were repetitive.
These are obviously reviews handpicked by me for interesting commentary, but the main points seem to be that it’s a portrayal of how ruthless the industry is, and there’s a lot of people--those who say they know kpop and those who say they don’t--commenting that the villain isn’t well written:
There was nothing special or villainous about Mina other than her penchant for wanting to see Rachel fail. Here is where I need to get sidetracked to talk about what a failure Mina is as the "bad" character. She started off as a hilarious antagonist who is obviously and understandably shoved into the story to create the girl vs girl conflict, but she ended up being more of a yappy Pomeranian than a clever antagonist who has the ability to spin a web of lies to catch "perfect Princess Rachel." How are we as readers supposed to fear for Rachel and worry about her failing if everything Mina does is thwarted by Rachel's aptitude with excelling in comebacks and remaining nonchalant? I was rooting for Mina to change towards the end, and despite there being several chances for her to do so, she reverted back to the original version of herself from the beginning of the story.
But all the ARC reviews in the world won’t give as much clarity as the book itself. So now we sit and we wait until the book drops and see if the kpop world burns to the ground at the end of next month. In the meantime, SNSD fans have resumed tearing each other apart with a fervor that has not been seen in half a decade.
So, there’s two parts of this story. Jessica’s departure and the subsequent fan outrage sent shockwaves through the industry. One of, if not the strongest girl group fandoms of all time was suddenly torn asunder. Pre-2011, TaengSic (Taeyeon/Jessica) shippers had made up an impressive chunk of the fandom. They had already taken a blow after the girls seemed to stop getting along, but most remained in the fandom. Some had given up on their ship, some still held out hope, and some used the drama to write angsty stories, but post-departure they were thrown into chaos again. Although TaengSic shippers were the most volatile subset of the fandom, fighting was prevalent in all sorts of kpop communities. This went on nonstop for years, and although it still tends to pop up at any mention of Jessica or SNSD’s lineup changes, there has emerged a pretty strong subgroup of people who support all 9 girls and accept that they have parted ways for good. But there’s also those desperate for a 9-member reunion. Seriously. Every thread about SNSD potentially being active again has at least one comment about Jessica showing up. Especially their 10th anniversary in 2017. These conspiracy theories are often accompanied by the same “proof” I mentioned earlier about Jessica and SNSD members still being in contact (ICYMI, it’s mostly instagram posts of them possibly being in the same places at the same times, or nosy fans pushing the question and interpreting everything as a “yes”). Even non-fans weighed in on her leaving. Those who hated SNSD revelled in the fighting and were excited to see what they considered to be the group’s downfall. Outside of kpop, casual followers briefly took notice of the drama. SNSD, afterall, was “the nation’s girl group”, so what happened to them was more noteworthy than your average idol group. But pretty quickly, only those invested in SNSD, Jessica, or the kpop scene in general seemed to care. Jessica is still very much “Jessica from SNSD”--a draft of the 2019 korean film Parasite mentions her as “the one who started the jewelry brand” from Girl’s Generation. As for the book? We’re still waiting to see just how bad it gets. Right now, fans are at each other's throats again. Many fans who sided with Jessica (especially those who hate Taeyeon and blame her) are going around and spreading the word about her book, telling everyone that she’s going to reveal the truth. Those who sided against Jessica (especially Taeyeon fans) are worried that she is going to harm the careers of the rest of the group by slandering them. Everyone who fell in the middle is once again being expected to take a side. Most book-related drama seems to be happening in English-speaking fan communities, since the book itself is in English. I can’t speak for the Korean fandom, but since a majority of kpop fandom outside of Korea, Japan, and China takes place in English...there’s a lot of fighting going on. The goodreads page for the book has been flooded with 5-star reviews from fans who openly say they haven’t read the book. A few random reviews also reference there having been an onslaught of 1-star reviews immediately upon the book’s announcement, but those are no longer visible so I can’t say if they ever existed at all. SNSD was a group with a global fanbase and they cemented their legacy as pretty much the most iconic group of the second generation. Although they haven’t been active as a group in years, they still have an insanely large fanbase across the world. And now that fanbase is once again fighting about things that we know basically nothing about. Fun!
2020.08.26 22:59 ForeignGuess[Conflict] For the Motherland
The Chinese are upon our doorstep, and they think they can oust our government after the successful revolution. This is where we as Kazakhs must unite and oust the Chinese menace once and for all. Rather than the defense of communism and an ideological war, this is a war that transcends these boundaries, this is a war that attacks our homeland, and the soul of the Kazakh identity. All Kazakhs must be involved in the defense of their homeland. The Chinese scum who once pretended to be our allies and our friends will be defeated, and their backs broken upon the spirit of the Kazakh people.
Box Them in and Blast them to Pieces
The Chinese forces outside of our capital, Nur-Sultan, have decided to make a move and march into the city. This is quite an interesting play on their behalf, as marching 30,000 soldiers with thousands of armored vehicles into an urban area has never really gone well. Even if they think they will just be facing limited paramilitary members, they will not be expecting the members of the Kazakh SSR military ready and willing to fight the Chinese back in Nur-Sultan. Urban combat has always been especially difficult, but it will be even more so for the invading Chinese forces, as they will not have the knowledge that the locals will have. 10,000 soldiers all armed with anti-tank weaponry and other anti-armor materials will be deployed to the city from the surrounding garrisons and ordered to engage in guerrilla warfare in and around the city. Having received training from NATO advisors for the past 5 or so years, all of the soldiers sent to Nur-Sultan will be extremely experienced and knowledgeable about guerilla warfare. The usage of anti-tank mines will also be used as all of the major entrances to the city are mined to slow down the Chinese even more. Areas of major traffic also all across the city will be mined as well, and buildings will be laced with tripwire explosives and other devices designed to make it as hard as possible for the Chinese to advance any further. The best sharpshooters and snipers will take up positions in buildings that overlook major traffic routes and will harass the Chinese from above. Ground forces will also utilize RPGs and other anti-armor weapons to attack tanks and soldiers from behind and above on rooftops, as this is where their armor is the weakest. After each guerrilla attack, soldiers will go into buildings in the city to preserve their lives, and to make it as difficult as possible for the Chinese soldiers to find them. This will also allow for hit and run attacks to be much more efficient, and much more deadly. Furthermore, the usage of self propelled artillery from far distances to hit Chinese forces while they are in the city will be ideal. The precision guided rounds of the 2S35 are able to fire from 80 kilometers away, and still be accurate, but they will be firing from 60km away from the town of Vishnevka. With SPG support from afar we will be able to assist with artillery support and decimate the Chinese forces when they are boxed into the streets. Roadblocks of civilian vehicles and other tools will also be established all across the city as ideal ambush points. Where the soldiers get out to examine the roadblocks, or have to drive slowly in tanks to crush the roadblocks, they will be the perfect target for an RPG or an IED. They will also be lined with various other explosives and other devices to make driving over them nearly impossible as they would explode. IEDs will also be useful, such as putting them in cars parked along streets and in other areas that will make attempting to take the city living hell. This city will become China’s Grozny, and we will make China back down once the city streets run red with their blood.
Not One More Step
If we are to take victory here, we need to absolutely obliterate China’s logistics routes into the country. If their troops can get neither fuel, nor supplies, it will only be a matter of time before they either surrender, or are killed. As a result of this, it is of our utmost concern that we cut off the Chinese supply routes from coming into the country. Within the Kazakh SSR, there will not be any resources available for the Chinese, and therefore they will starve upon our country as their ill fated invasion dies. There are three major passes along the Chinese-Kazakhstan border that have roads, and two passes which are rail lines. Both rail lines will be laid with explosives, and will have remote detonators to be set off when a Chinese train goes through it, as all Kazakh trains will be blocked going in. This will also destroy the rail line, and completely prevent China from bringing in supplies from either of the two rail lines. As for the 3 mountain passes, 90 of our best soldiers, 30 for each pass, will be sent out to hold the Chinese forces at bay. They will all be issued plenty of explosives and other materials to allow for us to demolish the pass as they go through it, while also destroying as many Chinese vehicles as they can. All of the border crossings can be found HERE If the Chinese forces do manage to penetrate the border, this is where our second defensive line will come into play. The A353, the A-355, and the A356 highways will all be mined to provide a fallback line for our forces, and to stall the Chinese as much as possible. This will make traversing this highway essentially impossible without bringing out minelaying vehicles, which will be easy targets for our artillery and missile units.
Countering Chinese Air Control
Fortunately, the year before China decided to invade us, we procured a number of high quality Russian anti air systems, all of which are mobile and extremely effective at taking down Chinese planes. While we would send our own planes into the sky, this is too much of a risk while the Chinese AA network is still operational, and while their own planes are in the skies. We procured a mixture of S-300s, S-400s, and Pantsir missile systems, all of which are extremely effective AA systems, and will put a large dent into the Chinese aerial control. The S-400 missile systems can be connected to the Pantsir missile system to form a two-layer defense system to shoot down all Chinese fighters. Each Pantsir missile system will be near or around an S-300 or an S-400, so therefore none of them will be in any real danger, as each system blocks each other’s weaknesses. To avoid our systems being destroyed, we will be enforcing a policy of after each shot fired by a grouping, they will shift over to a new location to avoid their destruction from occurring. They will either move after every shot, or every 30 minutes, whichever one comes first to avoid being destroyed. They will mainly be based in the Central Kazak SSR, and will avoid going close to all of the fighting and war zones within the country. Additionally, all our infantry units and guerilla units will be issued MANPADS to take shots at low flying Chinese fighters, or helicopters. Through this, our guerilla forces and such will be able to provide a fairly strong counter to the Chinese air forces.
Taking the Fight to Them
Ever since 2017, China has been running “re-education camps” in Xinjiang for the Uyghurs and countless other ethnic minorities and peoples. Even citizens from Kazakhstan have been placed into these camps, which has gone on for long enough, and now China has given us a reason to do something about it. These people will not be allowed to suffer for much longer under Chinese control, and the fight will be taken to them. Small arms will be smuggled across the border and given to Uyghur groups, who then will wage an insurgency in the province. These peoples have been subjected to torture and subhuman living for the past 10 years. By now these people would be furious with the Chinese government, and looking for revenge or a way to strike back at the government. Before our troops lock down the entirety of the three passes into China, a small team will pass over the border and sneak through undetected to provide small arms to the groups. From this, they should be able to wage an insurgency and cause China even more of a headache when it comes to this region, and dealing with us as a whole. After the weapons are provided, our soldiers will then return across the border and back to their positions. Furthermore, we will be using missiles from our SCUD stockpile to attack a Chinese missile base. The base in question we will be attacking is the PLAAF base at Kashi, which houses Chinese fighters. Attacking this base should make it more difficult for the Chinese to maintain their air control over the region. Depending on our success at destroying the Chinese air control, this will determine if we are able to get our own fighters into the air after the fact. This could also convince the Chinese to back down and that this war they are asking for in Kazakhstan is not one that they are willing to fight. Currently, the EURAD controls the air defenses of Kazakhstan, barring the ones that we purchased recently and are using against the Chinese. Commandos from the military will be dispatched to retake major air defense facilities that are under Chinese control. Not only will Kazakh air defense facilities be attacked, but also the Chinese ones within our borders containing HQ-9s and early warning radars. Furthermore, we will cut them all off from the power grid, which will render them essentially inoperable, as their backup diesel generators will not be able to be supplied whatsoever. The fighters that we have in current EURAD rotation will be ordered to remove themselves from their location, and fly back to Kazakhstan and land at one of our airbases, where they will remain grounded.
Our Local Efforts
Through our control of the radio and TV networks across the country, we will broadcast pro-Kazakh and anti-Chinese propaganda 24/7. As the battles go on, we will continue to broadcast Chinese atrocities and other things that China does to civilians and soldiers. Additionally, for civilians, we will be broadcasting specific Kazakh songs, such as the national anthem, to bring about more Kazakh nationalism. We will also be urging civilians to be prepared to evacuate from their homes at a moment's notice, as China could at any moment invade. Our soldiers that are not currently deployed will work on training willing civilians into militia fighters that are able to stand a chance against China should they come. Weapons from police stations and other private areas will be distributed to civilians who have successfully passed the militia training. By issuing weapons to those who have passed the training, we can make it even more miserable for China when their main forces come invading. Through this training, we can also weed out the Chinese loyalists and other pro-Chinese and anti-government people. Keeping morale high will also be extremely important, as if morale goes down, as does our war effort.
2020.08.26 10:08 thanksalotanxietyEXO could have become the biggest boy group if they remained OT12
I can see why this might be unpopular since you may think EXO is better as OT9 or that since BTS is now one of the biggest boy bands in the world, you may think that no group could beat BTS. While I have nothing against BTS (they're actually the group that got me into kpop), I still think that EXO could of dominated the music/entertainment industry. Kris, Luhan and Tao are extremely popular in China and although EXO had an impact on their fame, I'd still say they're all individually charismatic seeing that after 5-6 years they still remain successful. They were well-liked by many and attracted a lot of fans to EXO that it's obvious SM suffered a big loss rather than themselves when they left. Just these three members gave a lot of potential for EXO, especially for the group to dominate China's music/entertainment industry which I definitely think would have happened. This would of brought a lot of recognition to EXO and eventually it was just bound to happen that other countries would take an interest in them too. Another opinion that I have that doesn't have much to do with the point of the post but I just wanted to say is that I think SM's decision with having EXO-K and EXO-M was not a good idea. Instead of separating the group they should of just released Korean and Chinese versions of their songs with promoting EXO as one whole unit. edit:Okay so its been two days of voting and a few have stated their opinion on what they think. I feel like people were offended that I made it sound like EXO are not extremely popular without those three members which was not my intention. I just wanted to say that I feel like they had undeveloped potential when those three members left. Also some say they were the biggest boy band at one point while some say SM wouldn't have pushed them in that direction and they wouldn't have gone west? So were they the biggest boy band? I don't know lol (I only got into kpop in 2017). View Poll
2020.08.23 20:53 tutetibiimperesNugu Roundup #53 - Fanatic Idols and Where to Find Them - 200823 + Album Giveaway
Hello and welcome to the latest Nugu Roundup! What is this?: This is a weekly feature designed to highlight the unknown/underappreciated groups and soloists working hard in the Kpop world that often fall under the radar. Please share your own information, favorite performance videos, fanmeet stories, or anything else relevant below! Last week we spent some time in the swamp with BLACK6IX. This week let's check out a girl group that's easy to be a fan of, let's get to know Fanatics! Look at the first comment below for the winner of the eighth Nugu Roundup Album Giveaway, plus details on this week's album up for grabs! What is Nugu?: While in Korean it literally means 'Who' in the broader Kpop context it refers to groups that are generally unknown amongst the greater public. It doesn't have to mean they're extremely new, though it can, and there are of course varying degrees of 'unknown' which some groups having very strong niche fandoms and others being almost invisible. I take a fairly broad view and will include groups that may be known to some, but who don't have widespread name recognition. Let's get on with the show... ________________________________________________________ Fanatics Who are they?: Fanatics are an 8 member girl group under FENT. Their group name represents their desire for people to become very passionate fanatics about their music. They're somewhat unique in that they've had three title releases thus far but each has had a different member lineup. Company: FENT, short for Fascino Entertainment, is primarily an acting agency, with Fanatics being their only music group. The agency was founded by Yoon Tae-joon, a former member of the 1st-gen boy group Eagle 5 (High School's company RichWorld was also founded by a former Eagle 5 member). Group Interviews
Facts: She joined the group after the soft-debut with the Flavor subunit. She is the oldest member and the company originally instructed her to hide her age, but she argued that she didn't want hide it and that idols older than her had debuted so they eventually relented. She was previously a member of an unnamed pre-debut girl group but the company failed and the group didn't debut. She majored in acting in college, can play the piano and the guitar, and is a talented painter. Her parents bought 100 copies of the group's debut album (5% of the total sales) and 140 copies of the second (10% of the total sales). She is said to be the best cook in the group, and especially likes samgyeopsal (grilled pork belly) and soups.
Position: Main Vocalist, Lead Dancer
Real Name: Lian Si Jia (Chinese) / Ren Sika (Japanese)
Facts: She is half Japanese and half Chinese, was born in Japan but grew up in Dalian China, a major port city in Northeast China that has changed hands between the Chinese, Russians, Japanese, and British throughout history and is now important in the Chinese/Russian/Japanese trade. She was a trainee at JYP and trained extensively with Momo, Sana, and Mina of Twice. She is fluent in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean and can also speak English. Her favorites foods are malatang (hot and numbing hot pot), tteobbokki, and spring rolls.
Position: Main Rapper, Vocalist
Real Name: Lee Chae Lin
Age: 20 (IA)
Facts: She was born in Japan but is Korean. She joined Fanatics for their first full-group EP The Six, but went on hiatus for their second EP Plus Two. She participated in Produce 101 and made it into the 5th round. She was a backup-dancer and backup-vocalist for The East Light when they appeared on Immortal Songs 2 (link). She was previously a trainee under MIDAS Entertainment with Chaebin of Nature. She dropped out of high school so that she could spend more time training and practicing.
Facts: She is from Taiwan and is fluent in Chinese and Korean. She debuted with the group as part of the Fanatics Flavor sub-unit with Milkshake. She is a big fan of Girl's Generation and said listening to their music inspired her be a singer. She went to the same school in Taiwan as G-IDLE's Shuhua and though they didn't know each other then they've become close since both moving to Korea. She has been practicing dance for over 11 years including Traditional Chinese Dance, Ballet, Contemporary Dance, and Acrobatics. She ran into a scout for FENT after leaving a dance practice in Taiwan and was recruited into the group. Her favorite foods are pig's feet, chocolate, honey rice cake, carrot cake, and sweet potato.
Facts: She is from Busan and grew up there, originally dreaming of becoming a choreographer. She particularly likes the dance style known as Waacking and after seeing Chungha perform a Waacking routine decided to move to Seoul to attend a dance academy. She joined the group for their most recent EP Plus Two. She was nicknamed Piglet by Sika because she often wears light pink make-up. She's been described as the most 'girly girl' member of the group. When she was a kid she was fascinated with the pop-out cash box at retail POS terminals and always asked her parents for one, which they finally gave her as a gift for her 20th birthday.
Facts: She joined the group for the Fanatics Flavor sub-unit and took a hiatus for the group's 2nd EP Plus Two, using the time to focus on her studies at the Seoul National University of the Arts (department of Theater and Film). She was a church youth leader and a student body president when she was younger. She is one of the tallest idols, at 5'8" (173 cm) the same height as GFriend's Sowon and Weki Meki's Doyeon, and was already 5'6" when she was in 6th grade. She has trained in dance for 10 years specializing in Traditional Korean Dance, Ballet, and Contemporary Dance. She can play the guitar and piano and knows how to set up MIDI synthesizers, playing around writing music with her younger brother when she visits home. She is also good at writing lyrics. She loves Jokbal (Korean stewed pig's feet) so much that she often thinks about it.
Facts: She is originally from Gwangju but grew up and went to middle and high school in China. She can speak Korean, Mandarin, and Cantonese and is currently learning Japanese. She joined the group for the 2nd EP Plus Two. Her vocal tone is said to be similar to Park Bom's and she can turn any song into an R&B song. She auditioned and was accepted by Wellmade Yedang Entertainment (which is now Imagine Asia) but chose not to accept the offer. She is a big fan of tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes) and Chinese hot pot.
Position: Lead Rapper, Lead Dancer, Vocalist, Maknae
Facts: She joined the group for the Fanatics Flavor sub-unit. She participated in Produce 48 and made it all of the way to 23rd place. She had had CFs with Etude House, a makeup brand, Roem, a clothing brand, and School Looks. She has also appeared in the web dramas Not a Robot, Girl's World, and Real Time Love Part III. She was street-cast by FENT. She is a fan of the Korean baseball team the Doosan Bears. She prefers using a flip-phone. She tries to read at least one new book per month. She is friends with Juri from Produce. She has been nicknamed Doca-Cola because of her effervescent personality. She is allergic to cats. She says what immediately attracts her to a guy is how he smells.
Debut (Flavor sub-unit): November 26th, 2018 with Milkshake (MV) Live Stage (Link) Dance Practice (Link) Chinese Version (MV)
Debut (full group): August 6th, 2019 with Sunday (MV) Live Stage (Link) Dance Practice (Link)
Song: Described as an emotionally healing tropical EDM song, this was the lead single for the first full-group EP The Six (representing that the group debuted with six members). The song is about wishing every day was a Sunday and a day off. The choreography was designed by famous Kpop choreography Bae Yoon Jung.
Most Recent Comeback: May 4th, 2020 with Vavi Girl (MV) Live Stage (Link) Choreography Video (Link)
Song: The lead single from the group's 2nd EP Plus Two, this saw members Chaelin and Yoonhye take a temporary hiatus and the addition of members Via and Rayeon. The song itself is a romanization of the Korean word for 'Barbie' which is played up in the MV and is also a backronym for 'Variety, Adorable, Versatile, Independent'.
Composers/Producers:MADEWELL (no other credits found), YOSKE (Momoland - Pinky Love, Nature - Bing Bing, Ailee/Jiwoo/Hyoyeon - GG), John East (no other credits found)
Trivia: SangA of Pink Fantasy was a pre-debut member of the group but transferred to MyDoll Entertainment before debut. Their company doesn't place restriction on them for mobile phone use and while they set goals for them for weight before comebacks they let the members manage their own diets to hit their goals. All of the members are fond of jokbal (braised pig's feet) and gamjatang (pork spine soup). The concept of the group is that the members taking part in each comeback will change and vary based on the concept of the album. The group doesn't all live in a dorm together but does live close to one another. Doi has her own apartment, Via, Rayeon, and Doah live in an apartment below in the same building, Sika and Chiayi live together in another building, and Chaelin and Yoonhye live together. The group's composition is similar to G-IDLE with Korean, Chinese, and Taiwanese members. ________________________________________________________ Soloist of the Week Jung Dae Hyun/Daehyun/Baby Hyun Who is he?: A male soloist under STX Lion Heart Entertainment. He was the former main vocalist of the boy band B.A.P, leaving TS Entertainment after his contract expired. Company: STX Lion Heart Entertainment is a relatively new company, founded in 2017. They represent a variety of actors, actresses, and solo musicians including Jung Joon Ho, Rang Yeon, JJANGYOU, and more. Real Name: Jung Dae Hyun Age: 27 (IA) Solo Debut: December 1st, 2018 with Baby (MV) Live Performance (Link)
Song: Released while he was still under TS Entertainment in the twilight of B.A.P, this is a tender and emotional ballad, released as his first solo digital single.
Composers/Producers:Jung Dae Hyun (original artist), W.E (no other credits found)
Most Recent Comeback: October 10th, 2019 with Aight (MV) Live Stage (Link)
Song: An upbeat Pop-Funk song almost reminiscent of Michael Jackson, a funky bassline and some fun synth work drive this one with some silky-smooth vocals completing the experience. This was his first Single Album.
Trivia: Daehyun was born in Gwangju but grew up in Busan. He has mostly assimilated into the Seoul dialect but still slips in to the Busan dialect on occasion. He has played the role of Lucian in the Korean adaptation of the musical Napoleon and has also acted in the Korean adaptation of Grease. His favorite food is cheesecake, and he dislikes bubble tea. He has composed a number of songs for B.A.P and written two of his solo songs as well. He says he is happiest when he is on stage singing, and is known to become very emotional while on stage. ________________________________________________________ IN MEMORIAM AxisB Who were they?: A five member boy group under AXB Entertainment and RB Entertainment. Their name came from combining 'Axis' meaning 'the center around which things revolve' and 'B' for Boys, representing their desire to be a group at the center of Kpop. Releases
Song: Their debut song, no MV or music show productions, but they appear to have promoted in the festival and club scene with it. The song itself is nice and fun with a funky-R&B sound. Strangely, there's an 'MV Making' video on their website, but no evidence of there ever having been an MV for the song seems to exist.
ComposeProducer: Jinjja Sanai (no other credits found)
Song: An upbeat love song with bouncy synths and a fun beach-themed MV. Strangely though this is listed has having been a Korean release (with a Japanese release later on) only a Japanese Version MV seems to exist.
Composers/Producers:Urban Hz (no other credits found), Jiae (지애) (Ailee (feat. Yoon Mirae) - Home), StreetWriter (no other credits found)
Active Between: September 28th, 2016 - Sometime in later 2017 Reasons for Disbanding: While there's precious little information available out there about them, it appears as it the group failed due to lack of money. Neither of the companies associated with the group seem to exist any longer, and the group was never able to promote on any of the music shows. Random Stuff
Trivia: Leader Jung Hoon was previously a member of late-2nd gen co-ed group F1rst (along with fellow member DoA) (who had a great bop with I Love You, You Love Me (MV)) as well as short-lived boy group FameUS (along with fellow members DoA and Dae Young). He has appeared in the Mr. Trot competition this year. ________________________________________________________ That's it for today, let's get the discussion on! As always, if you have any suggestions for groups, content, or things you'd like to see, please let me know in the comments below. Also as always, a big shout-out to u/not-named-in-credits for founding nugutown and u/sharnaranwan for continuing the work over there.
2020.08.23 14:40 TheBigBadBonoCREATING A COLDPLAY LIVE ALBUM FOR EACH ALBUM
If you were to create a live album of each Colplay album containing the best/most unique/most memorable performances of each song on the record, which would you put? As for me, here are my albums: PARACHUTES Don't Panic - Bizarre Festival 2000 Shiver - Glastonbury 2002 Spies - Glastonbury 2002 Sparks - The Citadel 2019 Yellow - Paris 2012 Trouble - London 2008 Parachutes - Rio de Janeiro 2016 High Speed - Bizarre Festival 2000 We Never Change - KCRW 2000 Everything's Not Lost - Glastonbury 2005 Life is For Living - New York City 2014 A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD Politik - Glastonbury 2002 In My Place - Live 8 2005 God Put a Smile Upon Your Face - Madrid 2011 The Scientist - Glastonbury 2011 Clocks - Sydney 2003 Daylight - Glastonbury 2002 Green Eyes - Saitama 2009 A Whisper - Royce Hall 2014 A Rush Of Blood to the Head - Sydney 2003 Amsterdam - Amsterdam 2016 X&Y Square One - Toronto 2006 What If - MTV Global 2005 White Shadows - Isle of Wight Festival 2006 Fix You - One Love Manchester 2017 Talk - Grammys 2006 X&Y - Austin City Limits 2005 Speed of Sound - Glastonbury 2005 A Message - Rio De Janeiro 2016 Low - Glastonbury 2005 The Hardest Part - Abbey Road 2006 Swallowed in the Sea - Glastonbury 2005 Twisted Logic - Chords 2 Cure 2016 Til Kingdom Come - Madrid 2011 VIVA LA VIDA OR DEATH AND ALL HIS FRIENDS Life in Technicolor - Tokyo 2009 Cemeteries of London - Rock Am Ring 2011 Lost! - Grammys 2009 42 - London 2008 Lovers in Japan - Maida Vale 2019 Reign of Love - Rotterdam 2008 Yes - Toronto 2008 Chinese Sleep Chant - Amsterdam 2009 Viva La Vida - Madrid 2011 Violet Hill - Tokyo 2009 Strawberry Swing - Paralympics 2012 Death and All His Friends - Melbourne 2009 The Escapist - Guadalajara 2010 MYLO XYLOTO Hurts Like Heaven - Glastonbury 2011 Paradise - Jingle Bell Ball 2015 Charlie Brown - Sao Paulo 2017 Us Against the World - Glastonbury 2011 Every Teardrop is a Waterfall - Glastonbury 2016 Major Minus - Madrid 2011 UFO - N/A Princess of China – Paris 2012 Up in Flames – Paralympics 2012 Don’t Let it Break Your Heart – Paris 2012 Up With the Birds – NONE GHOST STORIES Always in My Head – Sao Paulo 2017 Magic – Glasgow 2014 Ink – Manila 2017 True Love – BBC Radio Theatre 2014 Midnight – New York 2014 Another’s Arms – Cologne 2014 Oceans – Jools Holland 2014 A Sky Full of Stars – Sao Paulo 2017 Fly On – Sirius XM 2014 A Head Full of Dreams – Sao Paulo 2017 Birds – Rose Bowl 2017 Hymn for the Weekend – BRIT Awards 2016 Everglow – Munich 2017 Adventure of a Lifetime – Glastonbury 2016 Fun – NONE Kaleidoscope – Amsterdam 2016 Army of One – Lima 2016 Amazing Day – Offenbach 2015 Up&Up – Glastonbury 2016 EVERYDAY LIFE Church – Hollywood Palladium 2020 Trouble in Town – Maida Vale 2019 BrokEn – NPR Tiny Desk 2020 Daddy – SiriusXM Arabesque – Hollywood Palladium 2020 When I Need a Friend – Natural History Museum 2019 Guns – Maida Vale 2019 Orphans – Saturday Night Live 2019 Eko – The Citadel 2019 Cry Cry Cry – Ellen 2020 Old Friends – Jordan 2019 Champion of the World – iHeart Radio 2020 Everyday Life – Graham Norton 2020 I tried my best to be diverse and have one per time period, no more than one per event, but in some circumstances I violated it either because 1. There are too little performances (Everyday Life era especially) or 2. There are just some concerts that are too fucking good. Case in point, my two favorite performances ever both happened in Sydney 2003 (Clocks and AROBTTH). Other cases include both UATW and HLH on Glastonbury 2011, Don't Panic and High Speed in the Bizarre Festival 2000, Shiver and Spies from Glastonbury 2002, the Jordan Performances of Everyday Life, AOAL and U&U during Glastonbury 2016, POC and DLIBYH in Paris 2012, as well as Speed of Sound, Low, and Swallowed in the Sea in Glastonbury 2005. This is just my list, feel free to make your own if you want!
2020.08.22 20:22 RoboticwaysI have found out who Seraphine the artist is.
Hello guys, your friendly neighborhood Reddit detective here. This will be a rather long post so skip to the TL;DR if you no read At first i thought this was obviously Chrissy Costanza for a few reasons. 1. She sounded similar to the artist that sang in Childhood Dreams. 2. She sang Pheonix and Legends never die and the Chinese crowd loved her in 2017. 3. She just moved to LA. But upon the new release i realized, this isn't her. This is somebody new. So i took to TwitteSoundcloud/Youtube to find the true singer behind all of this. Her name is Chevy, and she does Ukelele covers on youtube as well as a few original songs on her SC. This is the link to her SC. https://soundcloud.com/chevyha The reason i believe this is Chevy is for a number of reasons. Listed below:
Seradotwav, the name that Seraphine goes by on her socials, is extremely similar to Chevy's manager... Soradotwav. Who Seraphine happens to follow on Twitter.
Both Seraphine and Chevy's Soundcloud accounts follow a guy named Shawn Wasabi, if you're unfamiliar with the LA music scene, Shawn Wasabi is a bedroom pop producer, that Chevy happens to have a song with.
Chevy has insane vocal range, and if you listen to the newest Seraphine cover and then listen to Chevy's music, it's definitely the same voice once you take into account the production level at Riot as well as the autotune on her voice.
Tell me what you guys think! Im 99% sure these are the people behind Seraphine TL;DR Riot has siphoned the Asian community in LA to find the singer Chevy and her managesongwriter Soradotwav, to create Seradotwav aka Seraphine. Ninja Edit: She also suspiciously stopped posting covers 2 months ago on her youtube, around the time Seraphine began posting. Here is her YT for anybody interested. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYonnZSZPYSSJ1zwDRSj3Uw
2020.08.20 17:58 prograftAll published works of Cixin's and their latest English translations
The Wandering Earth collection is the first of Cixin's works that was translated into English. It has two versions, with their side-by-side comparison below. Many titles' translations are altered more or less in the latter; not sure if the contents translations are tweaked too. I only own the 2013 version. Each and every story in the 2013 version has its own Kindle title; most were published a little earlier, in 2012. One title, the short version of Of Ants and Dinosaurs, is removed in the 2017 version, obviously to make way for the stand-alone book of its long version. (The first publishing date of the short version is not clear.)
In the coming new collection Hold Up the Sky (Kindle version due October 1), more short stories and novellas will be introduced. Although the publishing date is imminent, some detail seems a bit messy. The title of the Kindle version versus other physical versions is slightly different (one with "to" the other w/o); two instances ofCloud of Poemsare shown in the description;I asked for clarification but to no avail up to now (update 9/10: it turns our from Amazon preview that it should be 2018-04-01.) Three titles in this book are sometimes collectively known as "大艺术三部曲" / "the mini-trilogy of grand arts" (spoiler of Death's End - why no painting? obviously you can't surpass the dual vector foil;) ):
Sea of Dreams: sculpture.
Cloud of Poems: poetry (of cause). P.S. make sure you've read Devourer before this, because that's the prequel of this story.
Titles (published in Chinese but) not translated yet: In the "First Published on" column, SFW and "科幻大王 / SF King" are magazines, others are short story collections or (when Devil's Lego is involved) stand-alones.
(unofficial) English Title
The Whale's Song
At the End of the Microcosm
朝闻道 (aka 爱因斯坦赤道)
Altar to Truth (aka Einstein's Equator)
The Butterfly of Chaos
Age of Angels (later integrated as a part of Devil's Lego)
2020.08.19 15:10 praisingalmightygodI Have Come Home
By Chu Keen Pong, Malaysia I believed in the Lord for over a decade and served in the church for two years, and then left my church behind to go abroad for work. I went to quite a few places, including Singapore, and earned a decent amount of money, but living in this existence in modern society where might makes right, everyone’s scheming against each other, and there’s treachery everywhere. In the face of all manner of complex interpersonal dealings, I was always on my guard against others. They were also always on their guard against me, leaving me with a feeling deep down inside that I couldn’t find any stable ground to stand on. That kind of life left me exhausted in body and spirit. The only thing that offered me any consolation was the diary I carried with me in which I had copied some passages of Scripture. Sometimes I would read them and they would fill an emptiness in my soul. I hadn’t been to a church gathering in a number of years but over the past year I had just had one thing in mind: to find a church in which I could serve the Lord in earnest. I later took advantage of some free time to go to a number of churches in Malaysia, both large and small, but every time I trotted in merrily and left feeling dejected. I always felt something was lacking inside, but I could never put words to exactly what it was. Faced with this conflict I went to another extreme, just playing video games and watching movies online, sometimes staying up playing until dawn or watching one movie after another. My sleep schedule was a mess. When I first started doing this I had a bit of awareness, feeling that the Lord wouldn’t be pleased, but I gradually became numb. It was during that time that I lost my cell phone. At the time, I felt really put out—my cell phone was gone and a lot of data had gone with it, plus I had no way to log in to Facebook. On the surface, this was a bad thing, but I never expected that it would be a turning point for my life. It’s just like the old saying, “a blessing in disguise.” I bought a new cell phone in early 2017. One day in late February, I logged into Facebook and then inadvertently clicked on the timeline of an English-language profile, and saw that there was scripture in the posts. I also saw quotes that were not from the Bible, yet they were really inspiring for me, and they really drew me in emotionally. I kept my eye on that Facebook account for the next few days, and even spent some time looking up some words. Finally, I finished reading the post that I was interested in. Only after reading it did I realize that the main content of this post was an interpretation of the passage of Scripture in which the Lord Jesus says: “Not every one that said to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 7:21). I felt that this was quite a unique interpretation, and that it was full of inspiration and light. I hadn’t added that person as a friend, so though I wanted to see more posts on their timeline, I wasn’t able to. What I was able to see on their timeline, however, was that this Facebook user was from South Korea and was a sister named Susan. I sent her a friend request, but she probably wasn’t online at the time and so didn’t accept my request right away. Two days later, I added another Chinese-speaking person on Facebook named Qi Fei, another Christian from South Korea. She chatted with me about some of her experiences in her faith, and I really liked what she had to say. To my surprise, Sister Qi Fei was also friends with Sister Susan, so this time we added each other as friends. By reading their Facebook posts and through our occasional chats, I came to feel that they understood a lot about faith in God. After some time of discussing the Bible and chatting about things in our lives, I really felt that their approach to helping me address some of my vexations was really unique, and that there was a lot of reason and insight in what they said. I could see firsthand that they were different from other people. I felt more stable and at peace within my heart through being in contact with them, and even though I didn’t know them very well, before I realized it, I had started to think of them as close friends because of their simplicity and honesty. I wanted to lay my heart bare to them. Gradually, I started to make some changes in how I lived my life. About a week later on the evening of March 11, I got on Facebook and saw that Susan was online. I chatted with her about some work stuff first, then told her about my heart’s desire, to find a church to serve in, and that I wanted to hear her suggestions. Sister Susan said that everything is arranged and ruled by God, and that I should pray more to God and engage in seeking on this issue. She said that everything has a time appointed by God, and we should all learn to wait and submit. She then brought up the current situation in many of the churches: The preachers have nothing left to preach about, some churches don’t have anyone attending gatherings, and in others, even if there are some people there, they’re all just talking about making money, making business connections, and other things totally unrelated to faith. She said that these things are actually all manifestations of churches no longer having the work of the Holy Spirit, and having become desolate. I could really identify with everything she had said. When I was serving in the church before, co-workers were scrambling to make a name and make some money for themselves, scheming against each other, slandering each other, and trying to lord over their own little territories. There was even licentious behavior. Seeing these things happening one after another, I felt both depressed and indignant. At the time, I asked the pastor and some of my co-workers how I should look at all of this, but they couldn’t offer a clear explanation. To my great surprise, it was Sister Susan who resolved this confusion that had vexed me for so long. I felt an inexpressible sort of happiness within my heart. We also explored the topic of the various disasters and wars occurring at the time, and judging by the signs of disasters all around and of imminent wars, the biblical prophecies of the Lord’s second coming had basically all been fulfilled, and the Lord would soon return. That reminded me of a believer I had met online around midday who said that the Lord had returned in 1991, but I really had my doubts about that. I simply had to ask Susan about this. When she asked me what I thought about it, I said: “There’s no way. When the Lord returns He’ll definitely descend upon a cloud and will be seen by everyone. But we haven’t seen the Lord descending on a cloud, so how could anyone say that the Lord has already returned?” Susan responded, “Brother, you’re well-versed in the Bible. If you examine the words of the Bible closely, I’m sure you’ll find your answer. In fact, there are a lot of different prophecies regarding the Lord’s second coming. We can all see from the biblical prophecies that they primarily fall into two categories. One is as you just described, prophesying that the Lord will openly descend on a cloud and be seen by everyone. The other kind prophesies the Lord’s secret advent, which only a certain group of people will be aware of. It is just as the Lord Jesus said: ‘Behold, I come as a thief’ (Revelation 16:15). ‘And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him’ (Matthew 25:6). ‘[A]s a thief’ and ‘at midnight there was a cry made’ mean it will be silent and motionless, unknown to anyone. The heavens will not sound and the earth will not shake—it won’t be something that everyone can see. There is only a small group of people able to hear the Lord’s voice, who are able to welcome Him. These are the prophecies of the Lord coming in secret. If we cling only to the prophecies of the Lord descending openly on a cloud but neglect the prophecies of the Lord coming in secret, is that right? Then wouldn’t we fail to hear the voice of the Lord, and miss our opportunity to welcome the Lord and be raised up into the heavenly kingdom?” I was stumped by Susan’s question. I read these two passages over and over again, and thought: “Could there be contradictions within the Bible? No, no, no! How could that be? But in fact, there are two different categories of biblical prophecies about how the Lord will return! How can this be explained?” Confused, I asked her to continue with her fellowship. Susan said: “We can see from the prophecies in the Bible that the second coming of the Lord will occur in two different ways. One is the hidden advent, and one is openly appearing. In the last days, God will become flesh in the world as the Son of man, and on the outside Christ will appear to be an ordinary, common person just like the Lord Jesus in the flesh. He will possess humanity, and will eat, dress, live, and act just like an ordinary person. He will live among man, and so this is considered hidden from our perspective because no one will see that He is God, and no one will know His true identity. Once the Son of man begins to work and speak, those who are able to hear God’s voice will see the expression of God’s disposition through the words and work of the Son of man. They will see God’s authority and power, and will recognize that the Lord has come. This will fulfill the Lord Jesus’ prophecy: ‘My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me’ (John 10:27). Those who are unable to discern the voice of God are sure to treat the incarnate God as an ordinary person based on His outer appearance. They will deny and reject, and even resist, condemn, and blaspheme Christ of the last days. This is just like when the Lord Jesus came to do His work—on the outside, He appeared to be an ordinary, common Son of man, leading the majority of people to deny, resist, and condemn Him. Only a small group of people recognized through His words and work that the Lord Jesus was the incarnate Christ, that He was the manifestation of God, and thus followed the Lord Jesus and attained His redemption.” Hearing the sister’s fellowship, I felt it made a lot of sense because these were all facts—that’s really how it was when the Lord Jesus came to perform His work. But then I thought: It says in Revelation that when the Lord returns He will openly descend on a cloud, and that’s what the pastors and elders all say, too. With this in mind, I immediately asked Susan, full of conviction: “The Lord Jesus Himself said that His second coming would be upon a cloud. How could it be an incarnation? How can you deny those words of the Bible?” Sister Susan said: “You just need to investigate the Bible very carefully and you will discover that there are many places that clearly prophesy that the Lord will return incarnate.” In light of what Sister Susan said, I found some passages of Scripture and began to read: “Be you therefore ready also: for the Son of man comes at an hour when you think not” (Luke 12:40). “For as the lightning, that lightens out of the one part under heaven, shines to the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in His day. But first must He suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation” (Luke 17:24–25). After I finished reading these scripture passages, Sister Susan said: “These prophecies mention ‘the Son of man comes’ and ‘so shall also the Son of man be.’ The ‘Son of man’ is born of a human and possesses normal humanity. If He manifested in a spiritual body, then He could not be referred to as the Son of man, just as Jehovah God is the Spirit and cannot be called the Son of man. People have also seen angels, which are spiritual beings and so cannot be called the Son of man either. All who have a human form but are spiritual beings cannot be called the Son of man. The incarnate Lord Jesus is called the Son of man and Christ because He was the fleshly incarnation of God’s Spirit, and the realization of the Spirit in the flesh. He became an ordinary, common man, and lived among man. The Lord Jesus was the Son of man, the incarnation of God, so when the Lord Jesus said He would return again as the Son of man, He meant that He will come again in a physical body as the Son of man, and not in spiritual form. Therefore, when the Lord Jesus said He will come again, He meant that He will return in the form of an incarnation. Furthermore, the Scripture says: ‘But first must He suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.’ This further proves that when the Lord comes again it will be in the manner of the incarnation. Think about it: If the Lord appeared to us upon His return in a spiritual body rather than a fleshly body, He wouldn’t suffer as much, much less be rejected by this generation. Who would dare reject the Spirit of God? Who would be able to cause God’s Spirit to suffer? Therefore, as for whether the Lord will return incarnate or come in a spiritual body, doesn’t it go without saying?” I was astonished at reading the words “Son of man.” I had thought in the past about the question of the “Son of man,” but it had never been clear to me. Sister Susan’s explanation completely resolved all my doubts, and I was overcome with emotion when I heard it. It had gotten late, so we said our goodbyes and logged off. I was so excited that night that I couldn’t sleep until it was very late. I thought about how I had believed in the Lord for so many years, but had never heard such wonderful fellowship. I was stunned, and there was a kind of blissful clarity in my heart that I could not put into words. The next day, March 12, I felt an indistinct sort of hope and ineffable excitement. This was because Susan and I had mostly discussed the Son of man and the incarnation the previous night. Even though I could draw a connection between the Son of man and the incarnation, and I knew in theory that the Lord Jesus is none other than Christ incarnate, I still really wanted to know the answers to questions such as what the incarnation truly is, what Christ is, on what basis one could say with certainty that God has incarnated, and so on. But since Susan and I both had work during the day and were only free in the evenings, I just hoped that time would move a bit more quickly. Finally, evening came around and we were both online. After logging on, the first question I asked Sister Susan was about the incarnation. She sent me some passages from the words of Almighty God, and asked me to read them. And so I began to read: “The ‘incarnation’ is God’s appearance in the flesh; God works among created mankind in the image of the flesh. So for God to be incarnated, He must first be flesh, flesh with normal humanity; this is the most basic prerequisite. In fact, the implication ofGod’s incarnationis that God lives and works in the flesh, that God in His very essence becomes flesh, becomes a man” (“The Essence of the Flesh Inhabited by God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). “The incarnate God is called Christ, and Christ is the flesh donned by the Spirit of God. This flesh is unlike any man that is of the flesh. This difference is because Christ is not of flesh and blood; He is the incarnation of the Spirit. He has both a normal humanity and a complete divinity. His divinity is not possessed by any man. His normal humanity sustains all His normal activities in the flesh, while His divinity carries out the work of God Himself” (“The Substance of Christ Is Obedience to the Will of the Heavenly Father” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). “He who is God incarnate shall possess the essence of God, and He who is God incarnate shall possess the expression of God. Since God becomes flesh, He shall bring forth the work He intends to do, and since God becomes flesh, He shall express what He is, and shall be able to bring the truth to man, bestow life upon him, and point the way for him. Flesh that does not have the essence of God is decidedly not the incarnate God; of this there is no doubt. If man intends to inquire into whether it is God’s incarnate flesh, then he must corroborate this from the disposition He expresses and the words He speaks. Which is to say, to corroborate whether or not it is God’s incarnate flesh, and whether or not it is the true way, one must discriminate on the basis of His essence. And so, in determining whether it is the flesh of God incarnate, the key lies in His essence (His work, His utterances, His disposition, and many other aspects), rather than external appearance” (Preface to The Word Appears in the Flesh). After I had finished reading, I felt that these words explained very clearly the mystery of the incarnation, especially regarding the definition of Christ: “The incarnate God is called Christ.” This was so clear, simple, and eloquent! Even though I had believed in the Lord for more than a decade and knew that Jesus was Christ, I had never understood mysteries of the truth such as why we say that the Lord Jesus is Christ. That day, I learned from those passages of God’s words that Susan had sent me that the incarnate God is actually what we call Christ, and Christ is He in whom God becomes incarnate. I pondered these words very carefully, and the more I pondered them, the brighter my heart became. Sister Susan then told me that these were the words of Almighty God; she also said that God’s word is the truth, and that only God Himself is able to express the truth. When she mentioned the words “Almighty God,” I was speechless for a moment, though it didn’t come as a complete surprise since I had already guessed that she might belong to The Church of Almighty God. I had also read some rumors online about this church. It was just that I thought of myself as a Christian, and that I had to have a heart of reverence for God, so I did not want to come to any conclusions lightly before understanding the truth of the matter. This was to avoid sinning with my words and offending God. Besides, I had been thinking these last few days: Sister Susan and I had spoken together quite a few times, and even though I could not see who I was talking to, the truth she fellowshiped to me was still able to resolve my confusion. Through our discussions and by reading her posts on her timeline, I felt that she and Qi Fei were both sincere, warm, and good people. The content of their fellowship was really edifying and beneficial for me. It is written in the Bible that you can know a tree from its fruit; good trees produce good fruit, while bad trees produce bad fruit. So, through my contact with Sisters Susan and Qi Fei, I slowly let go of the doubts and apprehension in my heart, and asked Susan to go on fellowshiping. Sister Susan said: “Since He is God incarnate, He has the expressions of God—that is, He utters words. God incarnate of the last days has come mainly to express the truth to judge, cleanse, and save people. All those who hear the voice of the returned Lord, and who can seek and accept it, are the wise virgins who attend the banquet with the Lord, and this fulfills the prophecy uttered by the Lord Jesus: ‘And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him’ (Matthew 25:6). The wise virgins hear the voice of God and go out to meet Him. Unwittingly, they are raised up before God’s throne to meet face-to-face with the Lord; they accept God’s judgment and cleansing in the last days. Through the judgment of the words of God, their corrupt dispositions are transformed and purified, and they are made overcomers by God before the disasters. This is currently the phase in which Almighty God is working in secret to save and perfect man. Once a group of overcomers has been made, God’s hidden work in His incarnate flesh will come to an end, and the disasters will befall the world. God will begin to reward the good and punish the evil, and then will make Himself known to all countries and peoples of the world. At that time, the prophecy of the Lord descending on a cloud in Revelation 1:7 will be fulfilled: ‘Behold, He comes with clouds; and every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him.’ One could reasonably say that when people see the Lord descending on a cloud, making Himself manifest to all people, they should all go wild with joy. But the Scripture says that all kindreds of the earth shall wail. Why is this? It is because when God manifests Himself publicly, God’s hidden work of salvation in His incarnate flesh will already have ended and He will begin the work of rewarding the good and punishing the evil. At that time, all who rejected the hidden work of God will completely lose their chance to attain salvation, and those who pierce Him—those who resist and condemn Almighty God, Christ of the last days—will see that Almighty God, whom they have resisted and condemned, is none other than the Lord Jesus returned. Just think about it, how could they not then beat their breasts, and weep and gnash their teeth? This is the context of the words ‘all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him.’” Hearing that fellowship from Sister Susan, that feeling I had had of contentment and excitement returned. I hadn’t ever really understood these passages when I was a member of my old church, but had only understood their literal meaning, thinking that the Lord’s return would be upon a cloud and known to all. Only then did I finally understand that God first comes in secret to do a stage of the work of judging and saving man. Once a group of overcomers has been made, only then will He openly manifest Himself to all nations and peoples of the world. If we blindly cling to the idea that the Lord will descend upon a cloud when He returns, if we refuse to accept God’s hidden work in His incarnate flesh and wait until the Lord openly comes down upon a cloud, that will be the time we go straight to hell, because God’s work of saving mankind will have already ended. Thank the Lord for His guidance. I had come to understand a great deal in the brief time that Sister Susan had been fellowshiping to me. Sister Susan then asked me if I wanted to accept Almighty God as my Savior. The first time she asked me, I did not answer, and when she asked again, an indescribable feeling of excitement burst forth within me, and I began to tear up. Earnestly, I answered: “I … want … to!” Once I had uttered these words, I felt like a prodigal son who had been wandering out in the wilderness for a long time, who had finally returned to a warm home. In my heart, I felt full of joy and ease. After I had accepted Almighty God’s work of the last days, I reposted some of Sister Susan’s own posts. Soon after that, five or six Facebook friends sent me messages telling me to “wake up” and sent me some links to sites that were full of attacks, accusations, and defamation of The Church of Almighty God. I knew that this was the disruption of Satan, and didn’t let it get to me. The next day, a pastor found me online, and after a bit of idle chatting, he asked me, “Do you really believe in Almighty God? Why is it that you want to believe in Almighty God?” This really upset me, so I asked him in return: “The sheep of God listen to the voice of God. I have recognized from the words of Almighty God that everything expressed by Almighty God is the truth, that it is the voice of God, so why should I not believe in Almighty God? Why?” He probably hadn’t anticipated that I would ask him something like that and didn’t respond for a while. So, I asked him again, “Pastor, have you investigated the work of Almighty God in the last days? Have you read Almighty God’s words? As a pastor, how can you refuse to seek and investigate, but just make random judgments and accusations?” To my surprise, he hemmed and hawed without giving a substantive response, then suddenly logged off. Seeing him so flustered, I felt an indescribably sense of happiness, and felt a satisfaction as if I had triumphed over one of Satan’s tests. In fact, all that I had done was make use of some of the questions that Sisters Susan and Qi Fei had often brought up in our discussions; I had just said something from what I had understood from the words of Almighty God. I had never expected such a formidable pastor to be stumped by my questions. This tiny little experience gave me a lot of confidence. Thanks be to God! More than five months had gone by in the blink of an eye. By attending gatherings and reading the words of God, I gained understanding of what the incarnation is, what kind of people may enter the kingdom of heaven, and other aspects of the truth. Throughout this time, I experienced disturbances from all sorts of rumors spread by pastors and elders. At times I was negative and weak because I could not see through the trickery of Satan, but God never departed from me. Through God’s words read to me by the sisters as well as their patient fellowship on the truth, I was able to gain some discernment over the elders’ and pastors’ satanic nature and essence of hostility to the truth, and resistance to God. I also began to have some discernment over their despicable drive to do their utmost to prevent believers from seeking and investigating the true way. I will never again be led astray or controlled by them. Being able to break through the dark influence of Satan and be raised up before God’s throne was God’s grace and blessing for me. Thanks be to Almighty God! Being able to turn to God was predestined and arranged by God long ago. I will rely on God and move forward without any misgivings! When I came into the house of God, the first hymn I learned was “Walking on the Right Path of Human Life”: “God’s words are the truth, the more I read them, the brighter my heart becomes. God’s words reveal the mystery of life and they make me suddenly see the light. I see that everything I have comes from God—it is all God’s grace. I follow Christ and pursue truth and life; I’m walking on the right path of human life …” (Follow the Lamb and Sing New Songs). And today, I preach the gospel and bear witness to God with my brothers and sisters in the church. I want to throw myself into my duty and repay God’s love! Source From: Gospel of The Descent of The Kingdom Only the true church is the church that will be raptured before the disasters. So, what kind of church is the true church and how can we find it? Read this article to find the answers:the true Church of God You may be interested in: Who Are the Pharisees Today? Getting the Answer From My Debate With Pastor Jin
2020.08.17 19:46 adriankhkThe Heirloom Seal of the Realm - How China's Greatest Treasure Mysteriously Vanished
Few countries could boast an artifact that is the literal embodiment of its founding as a nation, much less a civilization as ancient and historically significant as China. Yet, such an artifact indeed existed at one point and, arguably, likely still exists somewhere to this day, waiting to be discovered in a field or lake. Indeed, many very similar imperial artifacts have been discovered in recent decades, though none have turned out to be the Heirloom Seal of the Realm. The Heirloom Seal of the Realm is a Chinese jade seal that was carved out of the Heshibi (literally "Me He's Jade"), a sacred piece of jade that itself boasts a long and interesting history. Many of the people in this sub will be familiar with the Chinese concept of the “Mandate of Heaven” - a Chinese philosophical teaching that was used in ancient and imperial China to justify the rule of the Emperor. The Heirloom Seal of the Realm was the physical embodiment of the Mandate of Heaven, the man that possessed the seal was said to possess the mandate of heaven. From this alone, it should be immediately clear how profoundly important this treasure was in Imperial China. It was passed down from dynasty to dynasty for over 1000 years before mysteriously being lost. To this day, no one even knows when it was truly lost, much less how. The seal was created in 221BC by Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China, who destroyed all the warring states and united China under the Qin Dynasty. After acquiring the sacred Jade Heshibi from a fallen warlord, the first Chinese Emperor had it made into his imperial seal. Prime Minister Li Si had the following words (受命於天, 既壽永昌) inscribed onto the seal:
"Having received the Mandate from Heaven, may (the emperor) lead a long and prosperous life."
The Heshibi The Heshibi (和氏璧) was among the most famous pieces of jades in Chinese history. Its origin date back to as early as the 8th Century BC, when it was discovered by a man named Bian He of the Chu state. Bian He presented the unworked Jade to successive kings, both of whom had it judged to be worthless stone and punished him with foot amputation for his alleged attempt at deception. Only when the stone was eventually cut and polished into a ritual stone disk was it recognized as a priceless treasure. In fact, it became a much sought after treasure among which the various warring states stole from one another. A translation of a commentary from the 2nd Century BC writes of the Heshibi's origin:
Once a man of Chu, named Pien Ho, came by an uncut jade in the Chu Hills. He brought it home and submitted it as a present to King Wu. Thereupon King Wu had a jeweller give an opinion of it. "It is an ordinary stone," said the jeweller. The King, regarding Ho as a liar, had his left foot cut off. Upon King Wu's death, King Wen ascended the throne, when Ho again submitted it as a present to King Wen. King Wen also had a jeweller give an opinion of it. Again he said, "It is an ordinary stone." The King, also regarding Ho as a liar, had his right foot cut off. When King Wen died and King Cheng ascended the throne, Ho, carrying the uncut jade in his arms, cried at the foot of the Ching Hills. After three days and three nights his tears were all exhausted and blood flowed out. At this news the King sent men out to ask him the reason, saying, "Throughout All-under-Heaven men whose feet were cut off are many. Why should you be crying so bitterly?" "I am lamenting not the loss of my feet," said Ho in reply, "but for the calling a precious gem an ordinary stone and for their dubbing an honest man a liar. This is the reason why I am lamenting." Meanwhile, the King had a jeweller polish up the jade and got the treasure out at last. So it was designated "the Jade of Pien Ho"
The Heshibi was eventually acquired by the Zhao state in the 4th Century BC, who then traded it to the Qin dynasty in the 4th Century BC. Creation of the Seal After Qin Shi Huang united China under the Qin Dynasty, becoming the first emperor of China, he ordered the Heshibi made into his imperial seal. Jade has long been regarded as precious in Chinese culture, and is regarded as symbolic of the inner beauty of humans. In fact, it is said that during the later Han Dynasty (the successor of the Qin), the Chinese associated jade with immortality to a point where some individuals attempted to drink jade in liquid form to gain eternal life. This association further complements the idea of the Mandate of Heaven and why the Seal was carved in jade, China's most valued material for thousands of years. The Mandate of Heaven After the death of the second Qin Emperor, his successor Zi Yin proffered the seal to the new emperor of the Han Dynasty, where after it was known as the "Han Heirloom Seal of the Realm". At the end of the Western Han Dynasty in 9 AD, Wang Mang, the new ruler, forced the Han empress dowager to hand over the Seal. The empress dowager, in anger, threw the Seal on the ground, chipping one corner. Later Wang Mang ordered the corner to be restored with gold. This seal passed on even as dynasties rose and fell. It was seen as a legitimizing device, signaling the Mandate of Heaven bestowed upon the emperor. During turbulent periods in Chinese history, such as the famous Three Kingdoms period that was the setting for the classical Chinese novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, the seal became the object of intense rivalry and obsession. Regimes which possessed the seal declared themselves as legitimate. At the end of the restored Han Dynasty in the 3rd Century AD, Sun Jian found the Imperial Seal on the body of a court servant who had committed suicide by diving into a well. His son Sun Ce gave the Seal to Yuan Shu in return for 3000 soldiers, which he used to found the Kingdom of Wu. When Yuan Shu was defeated, the Seal came into the hands of Cao Cao, a warlord who rose to power and established what would later become the state of Cao Wei and, later, the Jin Dynasty. Cao Cao's son, Cao Pi, would later proclaim the Wei Dynasty as the legitimate successor state to the Han Dynasty and declared the other rival dynasties to be illegitimate. The seal disappeared multiple times as it passed down the ruling lineage. Han historians claimed (perhaps disparagingly) that Qin Shi Huang was said to have cast the seal into Dongting Lake to ensure smooth passage for his boat. It was supposedly found and returned by an honest farmer eight years later. To give you an impression of just how long the Heirloom Seal lasted, being passed on from dynasty to dynasty, I refer you to this diagram. The Seal is believed to have remained in the possession of the emperor from the beginning of the Qin dynasty to at least the end of the Tang Dynasty (possibly longer). Loss The seal was successfully passed down through successive dynasties for over 1000 years. To put into perspective how long it survived, this includes being passed down through the Qin Dynasty, Han Dynasty, Wei Dynasty, Jin Dynasty, Sixteen Kingdoms period, Southern and Northern Dynasties period, Sui Dynasty and Tang Dynasty Created in 221BC, it was lost sometime between 907-960 during the “Five Dynasties and 10 Kingdoms period.” - an era of immense political upheaval that saw imperial China fracture into warring states. The era started with the fall of the Tang dynasty in 907AD and continued until the founding of the dominant Song dynasty in 960. In the following years the Song gradually subdued all of the remaining states. The exact time at which the emperor lost the seal is not known – likely because the emperor would not want this fact being known – but three main theories exist as to when, and how, the Heirloom Seal was lost:
At the end of the Later Tang Dynasty, when the last Emperor died by self-immolation. Although some records that state it was lost for good when the last Tang emperor burned down his palace as the invaders closed in, records of the Northern Song Dynasty state that it resurfaced 150 years later via a sharp-eyed farmer.
It was lost in AD 946 when the Emperor Taizong of Liao captured the last Emperor of the Later Jin State. In the confusion and chaos, the Seal may have been lost by a servant or official of the Great Jin.
The seal may have come into the hands of the later Yuan emperors - the dynasty established by the Mongols. When the Ming armies captured the Yuan capital in 1369, it captured just one out of the eleven personal Seals of the Yuan emperors. The Heirloom Seal was not found. In 1370, Ming armies invaded Mongolia and captured some treasures brought there by the retreating Yuan emperor. However, once more the Heirloom Seal was not found.
It is known that by the time the Ming dynasty was established in 1368 the Heirloom Seal was lost. Neither the Ming Dynasty (the first dynasty to encounter Portugese explorers), nor the Qing dynasty (the final dynasty that would be overthrown in the 20th century), ever recovered the seal. It is believed that this is why the Qing Dynasty was obsessed with producing numerous imperial seals. They wanted to minimize the significance of the Heirloom Seal in case it was later discovered, which might lead to the Qing of Manchuria being declared illegitimate. Hence, the Qing produced countless imperial seals that continue to be rediscovered to this day. The Qing emperor Qianlong had as many as 1,800 seals made, but we only have records of about 30. Most were crafted to commemorate events like imperial birthdays and military victories, and were kept in a special hall inside the Forbidden City. One of Qianlong's seals, made of steatite and decorated with nine dragons, fetched $22 million at a Paris auction. Search for the Seal Unfortunately, no prints by the Heirloom Seal exist, and most historical paintings simply show it held in the triumphant hands of a new emperor. In recent decades, several seals unearthed in the Chinese countryside - including one found by a 13-year-old boy in Shaanxi province in 1955 - were thought to be candidates for the lost treasure, but ended up being among the many other imperial seals of the Qing and Ming. Unlike traditional treasures made of gold, the Heirloom Seal would not have been “melted down” by its discoverer or looter. It’s also unlikely that it would have been chiseled down into something else given the immense importance of the seal that anyone who finds it would immediately recognize, and the relative abundance of jade. Most likely, the seal was lost during a period of chaos and confusion, perhaps in the secret possession of someone before they were killed. It is entirely possible that the Heirloom seal sits buried somewhere forgotten to this very day, at the bottom of a lake or buried beneath the earth, along with the countless other imperial seals that are discovered every few years. It wouldn't be the first time a lost treasure of China has been rediscovered by farmers. In 1974 some farmers, in the process of digging a well, discovered the lost tomb of the first emperor - the very man that created the Heirloom Seal. It has been described as the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th Century, and houses the famous Terracotta Warriors of Xi'an. The tomb lay lost and undisturbed for over 2,000 years until some farmers discovered it by accident. Value It can be argued that, theoretically, the Heirloom Seal is the most valuable lost treasure in the world. As a treasure dating back to the founding of China as a unified state - and the physical representation of the Mandate of Heaven - Both The People's Republic of China (mainland china) and the Republic of China (Taiwan) would seek the treasure and likely be willing to pay untold billions. Sources: The Missing Seal - China Daily The Missing Seal - World of Chinese Wikipedia
2020.08.16 21:58 Accelerator231What happens when a performance supernal appears in the modern world? Part 1
The video is grainy at first, showing the solid concrete. There are the remnants of torn down posters sticking to the walls. The location, later shown by google maps, indicates that the room is in an abandoned building in Laos. The camera is grainy, showing a model that was created 10 years ago. A girl appears on the screen. She appears to be in her early 20s. Wearing a simple dress that appears to be hand-stitched. She shyly waves at the cameras, saying some words in Lao. Her ethnicity appears to be somewhere in the Southeast Asian-Chinese range. Her hair is dark, and so are her eyes. Estimates roughly give her a height of 1 meter 40cm. She turns away from the screen, while holding what is later identified as a small makeup case. The identified model has a small built in mirror. 3 minutes later and the girl appears back on the screen. Her face now contains makeup, making her far more beautiful than before. She makes a short bow, and begins to dance. Light shines off her body, transforming her. In one moment, the normal shy, clumsiness disappears from her body, and every movement turns graceful and perfectly coordinated. She began to moves in a slow dance, recognised by some scholars that is derived from the traditional dances performed within Laos temples. The light around her is manipulated, shades of light and dark changing as she is within photoshop, lighting and shading serving only to accentuate her beauty and the grace of her movements. The hand-stitched costume now no longer looks imperfect and rough, but only serves to accentuate her own perfection. Each and every single movement has a purpose, although she makes it seem effortless. Every twirl, every splaying of her hair, is picture perfect, as if gravity itself does not exist, the world itself shifting to make every second picture-perfect. Describing the smoothness of her movements to be like water would be giving it a disservice. Like a ballerina spinning within a music box, like a diamond glistening within the sun, like flower blooming within the morning sun... the dance transformed her from an ordinary girl into what could only be described as heaven on earth. Even as she began to dance, light formed around her, transforming into glowing figures. Instead of being distracting or detracting from the girl, the new performers only adding to her peformance, like a hi-lighter serves to draw attention to words outlined in colour. At some point, she begins to sing. It is the voice of gods. It is the voice of songbirds. It is the song of a siren. It is the ringing of silver bells. It takes years of practice to dance so well and sing with such excellence. Even more to do so at the same time. Majority of the world does not know Laos. Irregardless, the feelings embodied by song and dance are inescapable. It speaks of summers. Of long-lost love. Of nostalgia of childhood. Of foods prepared by parents as you leave for school. Sitting and studying with your friends. It is over within 10 minutes. Then the girl bows down, and walks towards the camera to turn it off. It is 10 minutes that will change the world.
~~~~~~~~~~~ [Video Link] Number of hits: 3,489,575 ~~~~~~~~~~~ Welcome to the ElTee Forum You are currently logged in: You are currently viewing: So how did this whole thing start? Topic: How did this whole thing start? In: Boards > News > Events > Origin story Sarah Conner (Greatest Admirer) (Live) Posted at 7: 30pm Ok, this entire thread is basically made because there is so much misinformation out there. People have claimed that Leilana Thammasith came from Heaven, here to grace us. Others call her the antichrist. Others say that aliens deposited her here. Others say that she doesn't exist. Other claim that she was created in a research lab. Well, they're all wrong. Here's what we know from the information here: Background: Leilana Thammsith came from two Laos natives, with her mother being descended from Chinese immigrants, while her father is a Laos native. Her father is dead, having died to cancer, and she serves as a streetside singer to get more money. People have described her as having a beautiful singing voice and some talent in dancing. And 'being very nice' and 'loves to perform'. She is already popular, but had no formal training or hiring. On 28/12/2017 Leilana experiences her 'awakening' event. Some say that it was god intervening. Some say that it was alien intervention. Others say it was her own psychic powers. Either way, her own powers started here. Witnesses on that night claim that there was a sudden glow appearing in the area where she was known to perform late at night. 30/12/2017: Leliana begins to sing again, at the same street corner. There is a noted and marked improvement in her singing and performance and she brings in far far more money than before. At least an order of magnitude more. The money is used to buy more food, better clothes, and help pay the bills. 20/02/2018: Leiliana uses the money she bought to buy a computer and several electronics, recording down songs as she sings into it and sells them on patreon under the pseudonym of Plat_Paz. The patreon is successful, and rapidly climbs in popularity, until the songs she sings are posted pretty much everywhere [insert link]. That's a list of where the songs *aren't* posted. 03/03/2018: Leliana rents out a high level camera from the local shop, Whiz-Biz Electronics, and records down her first performance which includes video, and puts on the show. You know which one it is. If you don't know, you've been living under a rock. You're not blind or deaf, because even blind and deaf people can perceive her performances by some way. The video basically climbs to the highest number of hits in google, and has crashed the internet more than one time. There was no effort by her to copyright this, leading many to believe this was a publicity stunt. Which worked by the way. And here's the link to her music page [insert link] And remember: no sniping, no fights, and no logging. Nobody is allowed to try and find out the location of other members Titanus Bombastus (Fan) (collector) Posted at 8: 03 pm Oh dear god, finally. Someone finally posted a page to clear up all the misunderstandings I've been seeing. Do you know that some people say that she's Aphrodite reborn, or even the embodiment of the Virgin Mary? Some people are just..... Greg Vader (Newbie) (banned) Posted at 8: 12 pm Hey guys, I'm (Deleted) (User was infracted for this) Mod post: I'm sorry,but you should have read the rules. Kicked. Titan Amicus (Groupie) Posted at 8: 15 pm Thanks for the help in clearing up some misunderstandings. Mind if I help you throw in a few links to the interviews and the investigations done by the newspapers to help serve as sources, Sarah Conner? Sarah Conner (Greatest Admirer) (LIve) Posted at 8: 30 pm That'll be nice, Titan. Always good to have some help in these things. Information on Leliana should always be accurate and informative. To do so otherwise would leave a bad taste in my mouth. There should be a wiki too, somewhere. Code Red (Newbie) Posted at 8: 35pm Oh hell yes. Finally, I found this page. I've been listening to the songs. Obsessively, even. Even during work. The supervisor has even decided to play it on the office space, even! Choosing the song was a hell of a fight, hahha! edit: BTW, why is Greg Vader banned? Sarah Conner (Greatest Admirer ) (Live) Posted at 8: 40pm Code, that's because there was a rule implemented there. You cannot say anything that can risk your location, and all internet traffic must be through a VPN. Code Red (Newbie) Posted at 8: 43pm But why? That sounds absurd. I know that some people hate her, but that's no reason why we should hide. Sarah Conner (Greatest Admirer ) (Live) Posted at 8: 50pm It's not the peopel who hate her that I'm worried about. It's our fellow fans. 2 months ago, someone here got into an argument about which song was the best. The loser tracked down the person he was quarelling with, and stabbed him and his family to death. The VPN is for your own safety. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ You are in: Private messages In a conversation with: AverageAlexander: Topic: Live Average Alexander (fan) Oh god oh god, I saw that tag. You saw the performance live? Really? I'm so sorry that I'm asking you this, and I'm sure that people have already asked you thousands of times. But how was it? Oh, you don't need to tell me if you don't want to :-) Sarah Conner (Live) It's ok, Alexander. Plenty of people have asked me over the years. I've gotten used to them. My family connections helped me get the tickets. Two of them. My parents, bless their heart, told me that they were going to give it to me and my sister. They said that they would rather their daughters go to the best event of their lives. We went there by a circuitious route, using the bus and landing in from Vietnam. Average Alexander (fan) Did you meet anyone else trying to get to the concert? Did you, like, go together or talk about it? Sarah Conner (Live) So I guess you haven't been out much. Tickets for live concerts number in the hundreds of millions. Some part of Leliana's ability lets her be seen and heard by people from distances where she should just be a speck. Even so, it isn't easy or cheap. There have been people murdered over tickets, entire marriages and families broken to pieces because of arguments over who gets the tickets. People have spent millions in trying to counterfeit those tickets. Me and my sister? We slept with a gun under our beds and the tickets in a piece of waterproof plastic. We strapped it to our thighs and didn't dare take it off even for a shower. Average Alexander (fan) I'm so sorry it was so much trouble. But it was worth it, right? What was it like? Sarah Conner (Live) We didn't take a recording, if that's what you're asking. We're not allowed to. Besides, it doesn't change anything. Listening to the recordings, buying the best speakers is one thing. It's another thing to hear it live. If I was to describe it, it would be like drowning in sensation. I can't quite put it into words, but I remember that it was the best experience I ever had in my life. Average Alexander (Fan) Wow. So your sister and you. You share a lot of fond memories. Do you talk about it now? Sarah Conner (Live) My sister killed herself after the concert. Average Alexander (Fan) But why? Why would anyone kill themselves after the concert? Who would do such a thing? I mean, isn't that the exact opposite of what people would want to do? Sarah Conner (Live) Apparently my sister thought otherwise. She ate sleeping pills and drank wine. The note she left me told me that she didn't killer herself because of the concert. And that it would be unfair to Leliana Thammasith if she was to be blamed for it. She killed herself because she would never feel as important, or ever experience something like that ever again. Average Alexander (Fan) :-( I'm so sorry. Do you miss her? Sorry if I'm getting too personal. Sarah Conner (Live) No worries. No, I don't miss her. I barely remember her. I don't want to associate myself with someone like that.
2020.08.11 13:06 Genialer-KackhaufenIf you could buy voicebanks of your favs, would you buy them and record songs with them? (LONG EXPLANATION)
Before you continue reading this post, answer the question in your head please This actually is quite a thing in J-Pop and they also tried to introduce it in K-Pop but back then it was a bad timing and it flopped. Today like no K-Pop stan knows about this anymore For those who don't know there are many vocal synthensizers out there with some sounding super robotic and others sound incredibly human https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTUfwLAVSHE Example of a more robotic sounding song (Paradichlorobenzene by Owata-P featuring Kagamine Len) Examples of more human sounding songs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bH5nSGYGnzU (The Stars Shine by Eiji featuring Yamine Renri) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLZIYv-C2OA (Lyrical Stabilizer by Police Piccadilly featuring ONE) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsMGJaKyX-E (To The Most Important Ones by Kasamura Tohta featuring Hatsune Miku) Again, both songs are in Japanese because Japan was the country where it was the most well recieved. However there are also songs and voicebanks in many other languages. How those voicebanks are created depends from every software. In some every one can create their own ones in others you can buy existing libaries where a professional singer's voice is recorded. The most popular synth (VOCALOID) has those libaries you can buy. There are voicebanks in 5 diffrent languages: English, Japanese, Chinese, Spain AND Korean Perhaps you even might have seen Hatsune Miku, the most popular Vocaloid, in the past without realizing it https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/vocaloid/images/f/f9/Miku_Chinese.png/revision/latest?cb=20191218220041 (design for her Chinese voicebank) As I mentioned, this software engine let's professional singers record their voices. And which company was the first one who let one of their idols do so? Big Hit This is SeeU, the first Korean Vocaloid which was published under Big Hit Entertainment https://www.vocalution.de/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/SeeU.png Hitman Bang (their CEO) even wrote one of her demo songs "I=Fantasy" himself https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luWgq7_ZgnY I admit tho that it's not the best song ever. SeeU still was in developement and the video was more or less there for showcasing her official 3D model for another software called MMD, this one is there for creating dances and sometimes also MVs On the good side she was something completely new, since she was the first Korean (she also can sing in Japanese tho) Vocaloid, and had a memorizable character design. It was back in 2011 where BigHit wasn't that big but still, an actual K-Pop company was there to promote her So what could've actually go wrong? At first, things looked good for her. She even got to perform at Inkigayo with BTS themselves as backup dancers! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbAagOhXbJ0 More popular Vocaloids even get concerts held through Holograms, however this stage was iconic. I don't even think I need to explain why But to come back to the topic, you might have noticed, that she wasn't alone on stage, she more or less got portrayed as the mascot of GLAM. And then the scandal came. Since her CV even was Dahee no one wanted her at the moment and with the disbandment of GLAM she didn't appear on K-Pop music shows anymore. That means there literally was a cut to her promotions as a figure in K-Pop Now she got placed along with the other Vocaloids, this year she had a mini concert together with a Taiwanese Vocaloid called Xin Hua so they could save her voicebank at least. But being put in that way means that each songwriter have to promote their songs individually However, she might be known in the community but she's far away from being one of the most popular ones https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMB-t2j02XQ This is her only song exceeding 1m views. Although you fairly have to say that the vocal synthensizer fandom on is pretty small and the most viewed song of all time will hit 60m views soon. I'm saying on YouTube since there exists a whole video platform only for vocal synthensizer songs called NND so those views are split Then in 2017 SBS decided to record a second Korean Vocaloid with the name UNI https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/vocaloid/images/d/d1/Final_Design_UNI.png/revision/latest?cb=20191219003601 No one knows who recorded her, if it's an idol or an actress etc. There are speculations that it's one of the GFRIEND members but again no one knows. Her voicebank also had a way higher quality compared to SeeU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcDIcPawzGA But she also only got promotions as a computer program and not as a K-Pop artist. So she flopped as well Now you would think that's the end of the story but this year it got announced that they are now working on the first male voicebank. As of now neither a name nor a character design is revealed and among the Vocaloid fandom there are lots of speculations who will voice this one. There most likely will another improve of quality since the software Vocaloid went through major updates since her release and there is a new program which has a really humanistic sound and that means concurrence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkC2ZN5rEHc This is how far Vocaloid improved again by now https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_uaOPWb7Gk This song features a Vocaloid (Alice, her name is Stardust) and a Synth V (Red Queen, her name is Cangqiong) voicebank so you've got a comparision Coming back to the question: If it would be revealed to be your fav, would you use his voice?
2020.08.10 16:22 BlockDotCoThe Role of Blockchain in the Media & Copyrights Industries
This article was first published on our website:https://block.co/the-role-of-blockchain-in-the-media-copyrights-industries/ Blockchain can be easily associated with benefits offered to finance, insurance, supply chain but it is rarely perceived alongside copyrights. Yet, this is another industry that will be positively disrupted by the technology especially given what is happening in the media with fake news and social network hacks. Blockchain’s main purpose is to help businesses become more efficient with faster processes, in a secure environment where all you need is trust in algorithms. However, how could it prevent social media hacking, fake news, and provide a platform to protect digital copyrights, in a censorship-resistant environment? Let’s find out. Copyrights Infringement As misuse of copyrighted work is the main issue in authorship, blockchain technology can help to make the fraud instantly detectable and thus deterring people from misuse. The current system doesn’t provide enough assistance to victims of theft, especially when they’re up against a large and powerful group. Furthermore, it’s mostly focused on resolving the ownership in disputes after a misuse has been uncovered. Blockchain helps resolve the issue beforehand with automated and early detection of the fraud, thus saving time and lots of money wasted in the investigation. Companies like Blockai use the blockchain to timestamp and create a permanent record of writers and artists’ work, and provide them with a time-stamped copyright certificate. The site’s users have profiles that enable them to file and organize all their safe and immutable certificates. Once uploaded, clients’ work can be tracked down online and an alert gets triggered if there is any unauthorized usage. It helps to detect the infringing content although it’s still necessary to rely on legal means to remove it. Except for deterrence, blockchain can do little to prevent copyright infringement. Yet, it remains a great tool to use in the aftermath of the fraud because it offers an ideal immutable platform to store ownership claims without a central authority to censor, take down or potentially tamper with original work. “Proof of ownership is necessary, on one hand, to ensure buyers do not purchase digital items from fake copyright holders and on the other hand, to protect the copyright holders from unauthorized reselling of their digital works.”Block.co. Cyprus-based Block.co offers a blockchain solution that is currently used to protect copyrights, and was recently presented during the Bloomen Ideathon. It represents an exemplary model of technology in use to combat fake news and protect media copyrights through a simple and quick process implemented on the blockchain. In the upcoming months, the topic will be of particular relevance in light of the legislative changes in blockchain matters, expected this year on the island. The new legislative scenario was discussed during the last of Block.co’s webcasts ‘Blockchain for the private sector’, hosted by International business and technology lawyer Christiana Aristidou, who has worked with Block.co for several years now. “We are proud to have integrated the Block.co certificate-issuing solution for the business needs of our clients. We consider the Block.co solution indispensable towards our objective of constantly enhancing the provision of our legal services through innovative technological solutions. The protection of copyright and other relevant intellectual property rights now involves a simple, fast, automated, and cost-efficient, blockchain-backed certificate issuance.” “As a hybrid law-tech firm – continues Christiana – our partnership with Block.co has proven to be exceptional and valuable in our journey towards digital transformation. Using blockchain, thereby ensuring a transparent, immutable, secure, time-stamped, and tamper-proof recording of data, the Block.co solution offers a revolutionary and innovative means to protect our clients’ intellectual property, instead of other time-consuming and costly traditional processes.” “Specifically, our clients’ data and evidence supporting their authorship, invention, or creation of any property that warrants copyright protection, may now be recorded in a digital document, which is then verified in a trusted and time-stamped manner on a blockchain. Our clients retain ownership and control of their data, having been granted easy access to a self-verifiable blockchain-secured certificate of such data.” The latest good news is that the data stored on the blockchain immutable ledger could be enough to prove copyright infringement. The case of China’s TikTok and Baidu is so far the best example of copyrights fraud taken and proven in court thanks to the immutable evidence timestamped in the blockchain. Let’s see what happened. Last year, Baidu built an application similar to TikTok, called Huopai; it stole one of the videos originally uploaded on TikTok and even went as far as enabling free downloads of it. The company sued the Chinese version of Google for copyright infringement and demanded substantial compensation. TikTok had their data stored on the blockchain immutable ledger that could prove the history of downloads and the copying event. For the first time, copyrights and blockchain were the winning match in a court case and will surely set a precedent in many cases to come. Blockchain decentralized service will also play a fundamental role in video authenticity verification. Indeed, it can impartially guarantee the authenticity of user-generated video content and protect it from forgery and unfair editing through a reference to a specific time of the recording and its authenticity, which we know cannot be tampered with on a blockchain. PROVER platform is built on the Ethereum blockchain and offers a solution to provide video authenticity verification and make a serious impact on the industry so that changing the date on recordings or artificially altering a video, become a memory of the past. Another application for blockchains will likely be a registry of ownership. In music, for example, finding information about songs and compositions happens to be a rather hard task since the data is distributed across over 5000 databases. It can be, therefore, very difficult to trace the ownership chain for copyrighted works. Blockchains appear especially well suited for the task due to the transparency attribute of a timestamped and immutable ledger that allows secure, reliable, and permanent records to be found and dealt with quickly and in a cost-effective way, which was unthinkable only up until a few years ago. https://preview.redd.it/0yfh7k0lobg51.png?width=1920&format=png&auto=webp&s=ee9669402d1dd4f568ea940a7195136a6ba42919 Fake News Can blockchain have an impact on the halting circulation of fake news, and how? Fake news is typically information that is not backed up by any fact, but it’s well presented as evidence and quickly circulated on social media, radio, TV, etc. It is occurring more frequently and in a more damaging way than ever and, especially in the Covid-19 era when our health is at stake, it can become a concern. Since nobody has the time to track back the full history of the news source, it’s easy for fraudulent information to gain ground quickly and extensively. This is the main reason why people fall for fake news so easily, except for other psychological mechanisms, of course. On that account, reaching out for the authenticity of the information has become a crucial matter. We finally have a tool that allows us to verify where the news has come from and who created it. Easily traceable and transparent blockchains expose the source of the information and its authenticity, favoring a more secure and reliable news industry overall because the content can be produced, stored, and distributed in an immutable way. Other than combating fraudulent and fake news, blockchain can be a remedy for unpaid copyrighted work. By using the private ledger, companies can better track user interaction with content thus quantifying users’ worth to the network, and how they should be compensated for their activity. Current Challenges Just like any other innovation, blockchain development is constantly evolving even though there’s a lot of work yet to do to make it scalable and more efficient. Remember the Internet at the beginning? It was clunky, slow, technically troublesome. Same with blockchain. Storing images on the digital ledger is a massive challenge for the development investments of the future. At the moment, the tech can only store text-based data, comparable to the text-only web 1.0 stage of the internet. Scalability is one of the main issues for blockchain and one that is haunting developers mostly, but once progress is made in the area we might see an increasingly more robust blockchain that will function like web 2.0. Companies are already competing to be first in developing the technology that will make copyrights on the blockchain easy and feasible. Kodak is one of the leading firms in the photography space that is investing in the technology and developing a platform that will create an encrypted, digital ledger of rights ownership for photographers, to register both new and old work that they can then license within the platform. This will allow faster payments for professional images, quick detection of image usage infringement, retrieval of all lost revenues from the unlicensed use of their images. By using the platform, image owners can actually see where and what their images are being used for, and then get appropriate compensation through a simplified legal proceeding. The legal impact of blockchain is not clearly defined yet. We’ve gone through the TikTok issue earlier as the first case in a court that involved and validated the blockchain proposal in copyrights infringement. Yet, it’s still not entirely clear what technical standards blockchain technologies must meet to produce the legal effects of electronic time validation in any sector, not only copyrights. A lawsuit to push judges to rule on the effectiveness of blockchain certification might be a necessary step taken to progress quickly in this direction. In 2017, China established the Hangzhou Internet Court to tackle copyright infringement in Internet-based cases, showing evidence once again that the country is a pioneer in applying technology innovation. By ruling that the use of blockchain technology to authenticate presented evidence would be allowed, the Hangzhou Internet Court paved the way for the world’s first-ever blockchain-enabled evidence accepted by a court. Other countries are following suit and it might just be a question of time before blockchain is officially accepted as evidence in court cases globally. https://preview.redd.it/5gjlyppoobg51.png?width=1920&format=png&auto=webp&s=0156b48d175cecb95e2f0218a53a507e6d907eed In conclusion, blockchain is ready to make an impact in the copyrights industry on the basis that a solution for infringement, fake news, and unpaid copyrighted work was long due. In the digital era, no industry can afford to stay behind in technological progress. Media and copyrights are no exception with clients and users of the different solutions available seemingly positively embracing the technology, as referenced by Christiana with regards to the experience of her clients: “Our clients have been remarkably welcoming and enthusiastic about Block.co’s solution, as an easy, fast, and cost-efficient tool in the protection of their copyright, and other relevant intellectual property. As experienced lawyers in intellectual property law, we have the first-hand experience of the significant efficiency gains associated with using Block.co’s solution compared to existing paper-reliant, costly, and more complicated means of copyright protection. Intellectual property is only one of the areas that may benefit from the use of Block.co’s solution. Block.co can potentially transform the management, storing, and recording of our internal and clients’ records.” Christiana Aristodou’s testimonial could not explain Block.co’s work better, and if you would like to know more feel free to get in touch! For more info, contactBlock.codirectly or email at [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]). Tel +357 70007828 Get the latest from Block.co, like and follow us on social media: ✔️Facebook ✔️LinkedIn ✔️Twitter ✔️YouTube ✔️Medium ✔️Instagram ✔️Telegram ✔️Reddit ✔️GitHub
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