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SEGA - The History of Sonic

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Working in the Anime Industry: A Struggle
The Japanese Animation Creators Association just recently released the results of a survey taken in 2015 of over 750 different people working in the Anime industry in Japan. Coming from an American standpoint, where our entertainers are paid staggering amounts of money, you might think it would be similar for Anime creators, considering how popular the medium is. You'd be wrong. Here's a collected set of averages from Kotaku that shows the median salary for each different position in the creation of anime. Series Director Average Age: 42 years old Average Monthly Salary: 540,833 yen ($5,036) Average Yearly Salary: 6,490,000 yen ($60,437) Chief Animation Director Average Age: 43 years old Average Monthly Salary: 470,000 yen ($4,378) Average Yearly Salary: 5,640,000 yen ($52,521) Producer Average Age: 39 years old Average Monthly Salary: 451,667 yen ($4,206) Average Yearly Salary: 5,420,000 yen ($50,471) Character Designer Average Age: 38 years old Average Monthly Salary: 425,000 yen ($3,958) Average Yearly Salary: 5,100,000 yen ($47,491) Animation Director Average Age: 38 years old Average Monthly Salary: 327,500 yen ($3,045) Average Yearly Salary: 3,930,000 yen ($36,602) 3DCG Animator Average Age: 34 years old Average Monthly Salary: 320,000 yen ($2,980) Average Yearly Salary: 3,840,000 yen ($35,764) Episode Director Average Age: 41 years old Average Monthly Salary: 316,667 yen ($2,949) Average Yearly Salary: 3,800,000 yen ($35,391) Storyboarder Average Age: 49 years old Average Monthly Salary: 310,000 yen ($2,887) Average Yearly Salary: 3,720,000 yen ($34,647) Art Director (Background Art) Average Age: 35 years old Average Monthly Salary: 285,000 yen ($2,655) Average Yearly Salary: 3,420,000 yen ($31,864) Color Designer Average Age: 38 years old Average Monthly Salary: 278,333 yen ($2,593) Average Yearly Salary: 3,340,000 yen ($31,120) Cinematographer Average Age: 34 years old Average Monthly Salary: 265,833 yen ($2,476) Average Yearly Salary: 3,190,000 yen ($29,723) Production Assistant Average Age: 30 years old Average Monthly Salary: 257,000 yen ($2,394) Average Yearly Salary: 3,090,000 yen ($28,788) Key Animator Average Age: 36 years old Average Monthly Salary: 235,000 yen ($2,189) Average Yearly Salary: 2,820,000 yen ($26,271) Inbetween Checker Average Age: 35 years old Average Monthly Salary: 217,500 yen ($2,026) Average Yearly Salary: 2,610,000 yen ($24,314) Layout Artist/Rough Keyart Average Age: 38 years old Average Monthly Salary: 195,000 yen ($1,817) Average Yearly Salary: 2,340,000 yen ($21,800) Paint Staff Average Age: 26 years old Average Monthly Salary: 162,000 yen ($1,509) Average Yearly Salary: 1,950,000 yen ($18,167) 2nd Key Animation/Clean-Up Average Age: 27 years old Average Monthly Salary: 93,333 yen ($870) Average Yearly Salary: 1,120,000 yen ($10,434) Inbetween Staff Average Age: 24 years old Average Monthly Salary: 92,500 yen ($862) Average Yearly Salary: 1,110,000 yen ($10,340) The people at the top of the pyramid make the most; that's something we can understand universally. However, even at the highest salary, the numbers still pale in comparison to what series directors would be receiving here in the States. It only gets more depressing as you go down the list, where some of these positions mean that these employees are making less than minimum wage. Considering the amount of work and pressure these people are under, it's a little disheartening to see how little they earn for their efforts. So, maybe rethink your foray into the industry for now...
UK Residents Are Mailing Each Other Potatoes.
Lately, one England-based start-up has made it a mission to revolutionize the way the UK communicates via 'snail mail'. Named 'Potato In The Post', the service will ship a potato to the recipient of your choosing - complete with a customized, handwritten message. Since the business began three months ago, owner Adrian Nantchev has made roughly £12,000 (approximately $18,031.74 USD), a rate that has only been picking up now that the holiday season is in full swing and more and more people find out about it. Nantchev was inspired to start the business after discovering similar US-based businesses on the Internet, namely 'Potato Parcel' and 'Name-A-Spud': "I thought, why not try to make a go of it in the UK? People must be bored of receiving cards in the post all the time - a potato is a lot more exciting." With a price range of £4.49 - 5.99 a spud (~$7 - 9 USD), customers can have anything they want written down, so long as it remains under 40 characters. The official website suggests anything from 'A Potato. How Cool?' to full-on marriage proposals "for maximum emotional impact". (Because, you know, nothing makes me more emotional than a firm Yukon Gold.) So, I guess the moral of the story here is that flowers are fine, cards are okay, but nothing makes a longer-lasting impression than mailing your friend a root vegetable with some stranger's handwriting all over it. Would YOU send someone a Potato in the Post, or is it just another huge waste of money? Who would you want to send one to, and why? Let me know in the comments below, and for more WTF news, follow my WTF Street Journal collection!
Why Insurance is Great for Your Taxi?
Insurance is a source of coverage from any sort of financial loss or damage. A person who provides you insurance is known as an insurance carrier, insurance company, insurer, and underwriter. Similarly, A person who buys insurance from a person or from an organization is called as insured or policyholder. After getting insurance the person who takes insurance gets a contract in which certain conditions and terms would be written under which insured will get compensation. This contract is known as an insurance policy. For this, the insurer charges some amount to the insured and that is known as a premium. Importance: If you are working as a taxi driver or you want to start your career as a taxi driver then it is important for you to get a Taxi Insurance in order to keep your taxi protected. Life is very unpredictable and we cannot predict what is going to happen the next day or next second so it is always better to have a backup plan at least. Likewise, you do not know but you might face a situation where you might meet with an accident. And if you are not fully insured then you would face difficulty since you would have to pay for the loss or damage. Your car is your capital so you have to be very careful and alert in order to keep your vehicle or transport protected. Because if your vehicle is not protected and is not with you then you would not be able to survive as a vehicle or transport driver. Safety Precautions: There are some safety precautions which you must do in order to keep yourself protected. So, while sitting in a car if you see a person who is coming to harm to you should instantly lock the doors of your car so that the person would be able to do anything with you. Similarly, there must be CCTV cameras in your car so that if you feel that the passengers who are sitting behind you want to harm your vehicle or yourself then there would be a record and later company would b able to find them and give catch them. There might also come a situation where your vehicle doesn’t work and there is a danger for you and for your passengers then this way if you would have insurance then you and your passenger would get fully protection.
In-N-Out Comes To Australia; Sells Out Instantly
Thanks to the glory that is social media, 'foodie' culture has allowed for plenty of marketing potential in the restaurant industry. When we have a good meal (or, at least, an incredibly aesthetically pleasing one), we take a picture for Instagram, we check-in on Facebook, we leave a review on Yelp. In fact, in a recent survey conducted by Compete.com, 50% of adults aged 18 - 32 years said they become aware of particular foods and restaurants via social media. Which is why, when California fast food chain In-N-Out Burger made its way to Australia this week, the results were unlike anything you would've expected in a pre-Facebook generation. Because of their viral success, In-N-Out is able to open 'pop up' shops all around the world, allowing local food porn enthusiasts just four hours to be able to try their famous burgers for themselves. Because of the limited time and the increasing concept of 'FOMO', the lines are understandably huge, and Sydney, Australia's case was no different. (Aussie food blogger Rebecca Sullivan called it "herd mentality in its most embarrassing form." I call it, "How dare you underestimate the majesty of a dope-ass hamburger!") Unfortunately, the In-N-Out pop-up only had enough ingredients to make 300 or so burgers, so employees gave out wristbands to the first 300 people in line, and then sent everyone else on their way. (Will this make them rue the day they met In-N-Out? Will this only make them try harder next time? Who knows.) But, as a Californian, this whole event had me thinking: Have you had In-N-Out before? Do you want to try In-N-Out? If you don't live near one, and an In-N-Out pop-up came to your neighborhood, would you try to go? Let me know in the comments below what YOU think, and for more WTF news, follow my WTF Street Journal collection.
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