Ryan Kopf's Blog

The Minimum Wage is StupidApr 6, 8pm

Before I explain why the minimum wage is stupid, I want to start with an example.

Believe NothingMar 22, 10pm

From the desk of Ryan KopfCEO of AnimeCon.org Hey fellow nerds. If you're anything like me, I bet you spend a lot of time on the internet. Some of it may be productive - computer programming lessons, welding lessons, Japanese language practice, videos of cool hydroponics.

You are being targetted.Mar 16, 3pm

TL;DR: You know that Russia and other governments try to manipulate people online.  But you almost certainly don't how just how effectively orchestrated influence networks are using social media platforms to make you - individually- angry, depressed, and hateful toward each other.

How These Farming Robots May Save You MoneyMar 15, 8pm

Ever wondered how technology can transform your backyard into a money-saving machine. Let me take you through my journey with a FarmBot, a little robot that's doing just that for me. With the cost of groceries skyrocketing, looking for a way to cut down on your food bill without sacrificing quality has got to be important to many people.

Did you know you can grow your own food at home?Feb 23, 8pm

Did you know you can grow your own food at home. If you have enough of a yard, you can. (And sometimes even if you don't have any yard at all.)I can tell you from personal experience that it's not only easy but also incredibly rewarding.

A video game development platform written in RustFeb 2, 2pm

It's no secret that I'm a nerd. Obviously I must be, since my main job is running anime conventions. I love anime, video games, manga, and all that fun nerdy stuff. So, since I am also a computer programming, that must mean I'm interested in game design, right.

A Secret To AnimeCon.org's Success: TixilyJan 26, 8pm

Tixily has been a secret to AnimeCon.org's success for years. As an anime convention organizer for almost 15 years, I've seen the industry grow and change. Conventions have become more popular and diverse, but the work of organizing them has only become more complex.

They want you to think we are not poor.Jan 20, 10am

They want you to think we are not poor. Who's "They". Powerful interests. No, I'm not talking conspiracy-theory shadow government organizations that run the world. No, I'm not talking about some specific evil rich person like Elon Musk or Rupert Murdoch or Charles Koch or George Soros.

Convention drama from Ohio? Nobody is safe from Ohio!Jan 20, 8am

Often I ask myself: why do anime conventions become hotbeds for unforeseen drama and challenges. These vibrant hubs for fandoms seem to attract a unique blend of issues. From internal staffing issues to filling public fountains with soap and causing a mess, I've seen it all.

Why I Built Maiotaku, The World's Oldest Anime Dating SiteDec 8, 23 8pm

As an anime fan, I have always been passionate about the community and the culture. Growing up, I found it difficult to find like-minded individuals who shared my interests. My school wasn't really filled with nerds, and most of the anime people in my school were even more socially awkward than I was.
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