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I went back home to NYC for the weekend. While there, I officially declared my visit the Japanese Weekend: I only ate ramen, pork katsu and curry, and Japanese barbecue, and cream puff pastries from Beard Papa. I bought more books at Kinokuniya than I should have. I watched anime until I fell asleep. All in all, I enjoyed myself more than I had in a long time. Continue reading “Weeaboo Weekend”

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While I cool off from the novella I’m working on, I’ve started work on another project that’s been floating in the ether. My friend Tom and I have talked about making a mini comic-zine for some time. Because I’m utterly absurd, my contribution will be FELONIOUS, ROBO-CAT GUARDIAN!, about a robot created to end the tyranny of Shrodinger, the kaiju cat. Continue reading “FELONIOUS, ROBO-CAT GUARDIAN!”

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In the world of PSYCHO-PASS, paper media has virtually vanished. Makishima Shogo, the central villain of the series, tells his partner that reading a physical book provides his senses with a soft reboot. Books are tactile. Books have an odor. Used books have a history like people do, where the wear and tear of life eventually shows on the surface. The oil and sweat from our fingertips warms and warps pages, and the spine creases where our favorite page is (or just the page we always fall asleep reading). Continue reading “literary deathmatch”

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i don’t often associate writing with escapism. i typically describe writing as a means for my subconscious mind to process thoughts and feelings into concrete form. fiction or nonfiction, writing helps crystalize that which has no explicit form other than through zaps of electrical synapses. like any form of information, there needs to be a substrate; writing transfers info from brain to world. Continue reading “wanderlust”

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I finally bought that damn Mac mini. Well, I probably never told you that I had my eye on the Mac mini for some months before Apple made the announcement of a 2018 model. I like my hardware small, portable, and able to make use of peripherals I already own. The Mac mini checks all those boxes off for me, and now that I have a decent salary, I chose to make a decent investment with it. Continue reading “New Year, New Tech”