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Fandom: Musical Artist – Boyinaband

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Hey’s everyone, it’s Kernook here.

I’m keeping it simple today as I sit here listening to music. I enjoy a lot of creators, and their music. I’d like to highlight that so. So here’s a blog post about one creator I enjoy listening to often.

As a standard disclaimer; I’m not being paid by Boyinaband for this post. Nobody solicited my opinion. I have not met this artist personally. I have not seen Boyinaband live in concert.

This is merely a fan related post. I highly encourage you check out his channel. In general you can find his music on YouTube and Spotify. I often frequent his channel to listen to his lyrical poetry. However, if that isn’t to your tastes he also produces other content too.

Dave From “BoyInABand”.

I tend to find his music to be pure artistry. That was the only qualifier that I found necessary to recommend his channel. If you would like to see his content for yourself, you should follow the link to his channel below.

Boyinaband’s YouTube Channel

His actual name is Dave. As a creator he loves music as a medium, and it shows. Dave often collaborates with other YouTube creators. Unlike his YouTube name implies, however, he is not currently in a band.

Not anymore, anyway.

Some of his collaborations include video game inspired raps from popular games at the time. Along with other YouTube creators, those catchy beats are notable all on their own. However, I want to highlight one of his songs that isn’t inspired by the gaming medium.

If I were to suggest a song from him, it would be “I’m not dead”. The weighted words in the song resonate with me. It speaks a great deal about the daily struggles a person might face, and the logic we use to contradict ourselves constantly.

It’s a song that underlines the reality that people are not infallible. That even if we hate aspects of our personality, we can choose to change ourselves. The message shows that even if that’s a difficult thing to do, it’s not impossible.

His lyrical rhymes dance a fine balancing act of negativity and hope.

This song is a critical look at the creator’s own human condition, imperfect as it is. At the end of the day, I relate well with music like his. If you’re interested, you should check out his channel.

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Why Retrospect in Media is Important

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Media remains a powerful touchstone in our society. It’s helps to shape our culture and to experience the cultures of others. Through a lens that is not our own, we’re taken to vast new worlds.

Media often asks little of its consumers. Only that we take it in, consider it, and accept it for all that it is. When we become fans of something, we take part of the media that has influenced us. We spread it around, hoping to find others that share our joys and passions. That is why retrospectives are so important.

Media will always be a flawed mirror into the biases of its maker. It will not be perfect. It will occasionally hold views that are different from our own, and that’s okay too. Media is a tie that binds us all, it’s up to us to choose how we consume it.

The more media we enjoy, the more our thoughts and opinions have the ability to change. We can choose to stay in our small echo-chambers, or we can choose to broaden our horizons. Often we return to our favorite shows, music, and literature with a changed lens. We can approach them with different expectations, perhaps learning to love old media anew.

When I dive into a retrospective, I do it carefully, trying my best to recall what once captivated me. On occasion my views shift. Sometimes I am no-longer captivated. Truthfully, I don’t see that as a bad thing. Media I once loved and now hate is my personal journey onward to better things.

I will never be ungrateful for that steppingstone. That’s why this blog will be so heavy with retrospective content. I don’t want to forget the media that influenced me, or the changes in perspective that I gained from that experience. The two share a symbiotic relationship, just as they should.

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Fan Fiction – A Love Letter Made By Fans

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When I first starting writing fan fiction, I was still just a student in elementary school. I had a bunch of ideas that I wanted to put down on paper, and I wanted it to be about characters I already knew about and loved on screen. With a bent pen and torn piece of paper I wrote my first scene.

News flash, it was terrible…

I didn’t know of any popular fan fiction websites at the time. I had no idea just how many fan fiction writers were out there. The only thing I knew was that I didn’t want the story to end after the anime.

Sailor Moon was my gateway, on a whim I did a google search. I quickly learned that hundreds of thousands of fan fiction already existed online for me to read. All of it at my fingertips. I felt elated, and also overwhelmed. I didn’t know where to begin. Back in those days FanFiction.net wasn’t even around. That didn’t come around until 1998, a full two years after I knew what fan fiction was.

In the early days fans made their own websites or posted on forums. There were hundreds of posts sloppily mixed together. Stories were often tangled with comments. It was a far different world than it is today. Some webpages had no way to contact the author, leave a review, or click a kudos. Fans had few ways to connect. As a child I no way to join in on this fun. I had to sit quietly, watching others write their stories, posting them online.

For a short time I stopped reading actual books. I only read fan fiction. I was enamored with it. Every aspect just seemed so much better to me. I don’t know why. I can’t put my finger on it. I think at the core of it all, I recognized that these people were like me. They loved the same thing that I did.

As a child who’d been bullied in school, teased for a lot of different reasons, this one fact gave me inclusion. I finally felt like I was part of something that mattered. I knew these writers had to be older than me. There were a lot of words I didn’t understand, story plots that were never in the anime. That didn’t matter to me. All that I cared about was that for once, I fit in.

FanFiction.net launched in October of 1998. I don’t recall much from that time. I still read fan fiction, and scribbled my own messily on paper. However I stuck to the small sites that I knew of. I didn’t venture into the treasure trove of archival sites until much later.

Yes, published books are polished, neatly written works of art. I don’t argue that. I simply see the original source material as the catalyst for something greater. The author can’t attain such an amazing feat on their own. I believe that seeing art through a fan’s lens makes everything so much more beautiful.

Fan fiction binds us together in a way nothing else can. New stories, deeper adventures, and combined inspiration fill so many different voids in our lives. You can’t put a price on that. It isn’t tangible. Spend enough time in a fandom, and you’ll form bonds you never thought possible. Some of those ties can turn into life-long friendships. I have several of my own. I have fan fiction to thank for that.

One such person is Ruka, our artist. Here you can see some of her earliest concept art for “The Demented Ferrets”. Without gaming I would have never met Kreshenne, but without fan fiction, I would have never met Ruka.

Nowadays fan fiction is very easy to find. A simple search will yield plenty of archives with thousands of fandom to choose from. Countless people gathering in one place to share their works and to celebrate the works of others. We cross over into many communities too, meeting others like ourselves. Artists who draw fan art often credit fan fiction as their inspiration, and vice-versa. This collaborative effort made by fan communities is what fuels the ever-growing fan fiction population.

Yes, fan fiction can be a sloppy, unfiltered, unedited mess. It will often be riddled with grammatical errors and aggravating tropes. Usually people don’t have an editor, or “beta-reader” to help them out. All they have is a love for the medium and idea to plunk down for other fans to read. Honestly, I think that’s enough.

I wouldn’t be who I am today without fan fiction. I would have lived a far more isolated childhood, feeling as though I had nowhere to belong. Fan fiction is a powerful thing, and one we shouldn’t take for granted. I would strongly encourage anyone who hasn’t tried fan fiction to give it go. Open your browser and do a search. Find a book, anime, or television series that you like. There will be fan fiction. I promise you, it’s out there waiting to be discovered. You’ll be glad you did.

This has been Kernook, from The Demented Ferrets. See you next time…

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Kern Reviews Classic Movies: Desk Set

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In December of 2020 Kernook made a quick and off-the-cuff video review of the movie. Watch it now.


I have to say, I absolutely love Desk Set, a 1957 film starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. To me it’s a festive classic, and although it isn’t really a “Christmas movie” it takes place during the holiday time. In my household, we watch it every single year, often more than once.

Spencer Tracy plays the role of Richard Sumner. Katharine Hepburn plays the role of Bunny Watson.

Basically, the movie is about Richard Sumner loitering around in the research department of a large television network. He has been asked to keep his reason for being there a secret from the people working there.

Meanwhile, the talented manager of the department Bunny Watson, intends to find out exactly what this man is up to. The movie culminates into a battle of wits as the two of them try to figure each other out.

At its heart, this movie is a mix of romance and dry humor. It has a slow pace, but plenty to offer. It may be live-action and not anime, but I do have it as part of my collection, and I strongly suggest that anyone who enjoys classic films should also do the same.

The movie has certainly aged well, considering that it was made in the 50’s. There are re-mastered DVD and blue-ray releases for those who care to have them, but a washed out VHS tape also serves me well. It may not look as pretty, but, it does have a sentimental value.

As far as the characters are concerned, Bunny Watson is a pragmatist with a sharp tongue and incredibly bright mind. Richard Sumner is a bit pig-headed and stubborn at first, but he quickly warms up to Bunny as the movie goes on. They challenge each other first and foremost, romance acting as a slow burn to a greater narrative thread.

If you like classic movies with a slight nod to holidays themes, it will serve you well. So, in the spirit of the holidays go find yourself a copy, huddle under a warm blanket, and enjoy.

This has been Kernook from The Demented Ferrets…

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Welcome To A New Year, and a Great Lineup of Anime!

2020 sucked. That’s for sure, but now in the new year we can hope for a better and brighter future. At the very least, 2021 promises to be a great year for any anime fan. With many series returning for a second season, this is one year of anime you won’t want to miss.


Between the unfortunate loss of the Studio Ghibli actress Kumiko Okae, and the absolute hell of world-wide spread of Covid-19, 2020 was a particularly horrible year for anime fans.

Covid-19 shoved a rather unfortunate boot in the face many industries, but one industry that isn’t talked about much in the west is the anime industry. If the disruption of several supply lines or the delays in production weren’t bad enough, everyone needing to work from home certainly was. So, it’s true anime fans have more than enough reason to hate 2020. It will be a year that will go down in history as a well and true pain in the butt.

However, for as bad as 2020 was, this new year promises a clean slate. Anime is coming back, and it’s doing it with a slew of what looks to be top-notch content.

Sure we have the usual contenders showing up for yet another season. You know the type. Among them are the big names. My Hero Academia returns for it’s fifth season and Attack on Titan returns for it’s final one. Those anime probably need no explanation. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know of those anime. You’ve likely formed your opinion on them, and not much I could say would change that.

If they’re not to your interest, don’t worry. they’re not the only anime out there promising to be entertaining. In fact, they’re both fairly low on my personal watch-list compared to other anime in the lineup for the year.

The Promised Neverland returns with season two.

The Promised Neverland returns with it’s haunting tale for a second season, the perfect thriller promised to be filled with mental hurdles and compelling narrative twists. If you haven’t seen the first season yet, what are you waiting for? Any anime fan looking for a series with a story-line meaty sink your teeth into, look no further than this show. Catch up now while you can.

For those in search of a more adventure and less grit in their anime, Dr. Stone is sure to offer equally thoughtful narrative twists revolving around chemistry. It’s a series that raises more than a few interesting questions.

Both anime are sure to offer a reprieve amid the usual flood of uninspired seasonal line-ups. Then again, they’re both such solid entries that most anime fans have both series on their watch-lists already.

So then, let’s move onto an anime a little more derisive. Those searching for an anime off the beaten path can do no better than Beastars, and it’s back for second season too. Many who read the manga are particularly excited for this anime’s return. The first season was shockingly good, and I was one-hundred percent skeptical when I heard it was about anthropomorphic animals. The second season has me hyped.

Beastars announcement poster from Netflix.

To be honest, with all of these amazing titles the year of 2021 promises to be a strong year. It makes me think back to 2018. If you can recall how wonderful that particular year was for anime fans, it’s hard not to see the similarities.

For those in search of a more relaxing experience, you haven’t been forgotten about this year. One of the best “cute girls, doing cute things” anime is back for it’s second season too. Laid-Back Camp has you completely covered when it comes to an anime to take you mind off the ails in the world.

I’ve only named a few series, and there are countless more that prove to be promising. So farewell 2020, and good riddance.

Hello 2021, you beautiful, glorious, anime filled year!

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