It's also kind of funny that the Writer's Block question today is about Occupy Wall Street, because that's something we've been thinking about, and sort of maybe wanting to post about, but also sort of not. So let's just take the plunge, and I'll try to make it brief.
It took us a long time to figure out what Occupy Wall Street was all about. The first thing we knew, they were protesting at Wall Street, and the second thing we knew was what one website posted as the list of demands. We read the demands and thought, "Wow, some of those make sense...but some of those are like really, really bad." I mean, earning a living wage whether you're working or not? How could we possibly keep the economy afloat? People would stop working, because they wouldn't need a job, and then nobody would be doing anything to actually make sure people can survive, like growing food and stuff.
So we thought maybe those unreasonable demands were thrown in there so that when they were negotiating with whoever they would negotiate with, they would have some basis for compromise. Like, "We're willing to give up the living wage for the unemployed if you'll make sure everyone gets treated equally in the workplace." Either that, or those demands weren't really representative of the whole movement, but just one guy, which seems likely.
Anyway, then, since some of our friends on Facebook were advocating Occupy Wall Street, we thought we should become better informed before solidifying our opinion. Eventually we think we figured out that Occupy Wall Street is an attempt to get the evil scam artists on Wall Street to stop scamming people. "Ha!" we thought, "We can't even get our friends to stop stealing manga, despite all the work we've lost due to the failing manga industry. Yeah right, like the people on Wall Street are going to stop stealing strangers' money because some people are holding up signs."
Now, I do realize that maybe the idea is to get the government or somebody to step in and stop them or something, but...there's not really a good track record for that kind of thing at this point.
Then we started reading Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover, and we thought, "Wow, if everyone would read this, they would learn how to avoid the evil scam artists and build wealth regardless of what the evil scam artists are doing!"
And so our solution to the whole problem is that people should follow Dave Ramsey's plan for building wealth. True, the evil scam artists (including corporations) on Wall Street will still be evil scam artists, but! if everybody recognizes their evil schemes and refuses to fall for them, they will lose all their power and money. Tadah!
Okay, so it was a little longer than I'd hoped, but there it is.
Anyway, if anybody's still around, we're wondering if anyone can help us! We recently decided that we're interested in improving our prose translations. The only way to do that is to do it! By which we mean, we need to translate more prose. The problem is twofold: first, the idea of translating prose gets me hyperventilating (not really, but my chest does start to feel tight), and second, we don't have anything to practice with.
For now, we have Fushigi Yuugi novels, but we're wondering if anybody has any suggestions for light novels we could get a hold of. (Don't get your hopes up about English versions, though. This will probably be a very slow process (though of course, we wouldn't mind sharing if we finally do finish something).) The first problem will only be overcome through diligence! So we'll see how much of a priority we make it.
Today I'm thankful for Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover, waffles and honey, getting books from Kodansha today, getting to read manga today, and finding a connection between super awesome manager Yashiro and Alvin of Alvin and the Chipmunks.