• Journaling

    The Niche of Yourock.fyi (Or, How to Poorly Monetize Myself)

    There is a saying among those who want to blog for fame and fortune: you need to have a niche. This blog’s niche is me. I’m the niche. Allow me to explain. I started to use the internet in that strange point and time where posting on Usenet was a bit passe but before Facebook became a thing. The internet was a wild place, with BBS boards, Geocities websites, Java chatrooms, AOL Instant Messenger and ICQ… takes me back. As a result, a lot of my interactions with internet people were not in centralized places. They were scattered about on various internet domains, with a variety of names and personas.…

  • Reviews

    Review – Reincarnated as a Familiar

    D.S. Craig’s debut Original English Light Novel, Reincarnated as a Familiar, wastes no time getting to the set-up. The main character, in life a young elementary school teacher, finds herself born again in another world as an Astral Cat, a creature who can see the way people use magic and also augment his own abilities. She finds herself bonded to a 13 year old magician named Lesti, who has summoned him without permission. Lesti believes she’s not particularly good at magic, which is an issue because her very kingdom relies on her mastering it. Can this cat-teacher, now affectionately referred to as Astria, help this young student learn magic while…

  • Life Update

    April Update

    I haven’t updated this blog in about a week. This is the result of several things hitting my life at the same time. The hosting company I use switched everything over to new architecture, which was seemless, but also meant I couldn’t update on Tuesday or Wednesday, two days I am really good at updating on. Work has been getting more involved lately, which makes it harder to do non-work related things while there and also means I am more exhausted when I get home. Less time reading means fewer long form reviews. Also, as of late, I have found myself wondering more not just why I review media, but…

  • Reviews

    Review – The White Cat’s Revenge as Plotted from the Dragon King’s Lap: Volume 1

    In the first two pages of The White Cat’s Revenge (Japanese title: 復讐を誓った白猫は竜王の膝の上で惰眠をむさぼる ) is a paragraph that should alarm readers to just what they can expect when reading this book: Ruri Morikawa was a girl with an expat mother who worked as a model and a father who worked as a diplomat. With platinum blonde hair, the same as her mother’s, a pair of lapis lazuli eyes that served as the basis for her name in kanji, and a Japanese face, this girl was born into a family with features that would make anybody pump their arms in triumph along with the other winners of the genetic lottery. Ruri…

  • Anime,  Reviews

    Review – Interspecies Reviewers, the Anime

    Few Japanese cartoons can claim to have the outright notoriety stateside that Interspecies Reviewers (Japanese – Ishuzoku Rebyuāzu, 異種族レビュアーズ) has gathered in its short 12 episode run. Originally airing as part of a simulcast effort by Funimation, it was pulled unceremoniously after just three episodes airing. With this, various internet denizens and factions began to rally around or against the show. Champions claim this show to be the ultimate stab against those dreaded Social Justice Warriors, the last bastion against those who work tirelessly to homogenize Anime with Imperialistic intent. Detractors claim that the show was too pornographic and the fetishes covered were “too far” with accusations of child pornography…

  • Reviews

    Review – Swordsman of the Rift, Volumes 1 and 2

    Bryan “The Invincible” Jenson is a former marine who finds himself stuck in a game world that’s all too real. He quickly finds himself teamed up with a daughter of the Queen of Hell an an Angel fallen from her home, aiming to break free from his imprisonment and ultimately breaking free from his past. Along the way he travels parts of hell, Valhalla, ancient tombs, mountain cave dungeons, a fight on an airship, and several misadventures in space. If this sounds like the type of book you’d readily read, and you don’t mind stories with harem action, then Brandon Varnell’s Swordsman of the Rift franchise is for you. Disclaimer:…

  • Reviews

    Review – I Refuse to Be Your Enemy! Volume 1

    If Langrisser or Fire Emblem were to receive a shoujo isekai treatment, Enemy! would be the result. The story follows the tale of Kiara, a teenager in a fantasy world with a rough noble upbringing who finds herself essentially purchased off of her stepmother by one Count Patriciel, who intends to use her to solidify his power. This scares her, however, because she has flashbacks of her previous life as a teenager in Japan who played the strategy game “Farzia: Kingdom at War” and recognized from this that her fate is to become something of a midboss, attempting to kill the main hero before dying herself. Naturally, she doesn’t wish…

  • Fiction

    Using the Occult for Information on Covid-19

    So why did I decide to summon the dead? On Twitter, there’s this thread about a Professor at some college or another who put out a long e-mail in regards to, I’m not kidding you here, discuss his talking to famous dead scientist Louis Pasteur about what the “Corona Virus” is, where it came from, and how to stop it. Because why trust mainstream media, scientists of today, or even living fringe theorists when one can just call upon a dead French guy whose greatest claim to fame might be the process of making milk safer to drink? The shared e-mail comes off as borderline racist and particularly Nationalist, talking…

  • Reviews

    Review – Level Up: Serials by Alexa Sommers

    It’s hard to fully judge author Alexa Sommers‘s Level Up franchise in their entirety, as only three of the planned five books (and potential spin-offs) have been released. That said, they’ve proven to be a very interesting take on the “college conquest” and harem genres, wedding geeky references and witty banter with steamy wish fulfillment and managing to do justice to both romance and smut. Disclaimer: the above advertisement is an affiliate link. Making a purchase from this link may financially benefit the website. Dillion Strands is a 20 year old college student learning Game Theory and taking other classes to pursue his interests in game design. He has a…