Merry Christmas, readers! The annual end-of-the-year posts are on their way. But first, I bring you your (mostly) weekly roundup of links from around teh interwebz.

  • This is an oldie but a goodie. K. Annabelle Smith of Smithsonian.com explains how eating fried chicken, particularly from KFC, became a Japanese Christmas tradition.
  • Tim Cushing of Techdirt has a horrifying story. In an immature fit of vengeance for a user posting a negative review of their ham radio software, HRD Software bricked that user’s software. Needless to say, this behaviour backfired. When will companies learn that shit like this always ends up hitting the news?
  • And finally, let’s conclude with a video. YouTuber Ninouh explains why legendary Japanese animation director Hayao Miyazaki isn’t fond of modern anime. To summarize the argument, Miyazaki finds modern anime derivative because it draws its inspiration from older anime, whereas older anime (from the ’60s and ’70s, especially) didn’t have as much previous Japanese animation to draw from, so it tended to draw its inspiration from real life (even as it took many of its stylistic cues from Disney cartoons).

That’s all for now. I’ll see you soon with my favourite video games and albums of the year.

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