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“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” - Dr. Seuss

My 2012 In Review

I didn’t write much this year – or not much fiction anyway. I wrote my masters thesis, and though it could have been much better I am content with the way it came out.  

In nonfiction land, I signed on as a contributor to The Hooded Utilitarian. Though I don’t have access to the site stats, it’s pretty clear my Homestuck article was the biggest hit – linked on reddit and tweeted by Bryan Lee O’Malley, who later interviewed Andrew Hussie! – followed by my Jojo overview, which was linked on 4chan. I think my Gangnam Style article makes a couple good points, too, although they are hard to pick out from the mess. Hatsephut, meanwhile, is the kind of bonkers manga that reviews itself.

Fiction-wise, my only work this year was first-flush-of-fandom stuff about Big Bang that I now kind of regret writing (or at least posting publically), although it helped me work out my thoughts at the time. I also got some pretty good responses/discussions/mileage out of Big Bang meta on tumblr and metafilter. Roz and I are currently keeping up an email exchange as well as camping out in this ILX thread.

Imaginary Beasts had a not-stellar year for which I take full responsibility as the zine’s laziest editor. ^^ Some very solid issues and individual stories though – the music issue, spring issue and historical asia issue are my favorites, though I can’t really take credit for them.

The main thing I did this year was make playlists. Since I *do* have access to number of plays on youtube, I can tell you which ones were the most popular: Summer Pop 2, a Kpop & dancehall mix, was the clear winner, followed by Desatured Kpop, an experimental-RnB with high-concept music videos mix, and then Kpop hearts the 80s, made up of equal parts disco and insanity. My other three summer playlists were played a decent number of times, but not a spectacular number considering the massive popularity of the individual songs they contain. I’m holding out hope for my Mainly-Jpop Indie 80s mix to eventually catch up, but can admit the “Christmas” playlist is not very good.  

I’m feeling a bit justified, actually, because the order of popularity for these Youtube playlists pretty much exactly mirrors the amount of work I put into them.  Although what this could mean is that the majority of plays are my own, haha. 

Happy 2013, everyone!

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November 12th 2012
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Big Bang @ Prudential Center, 12/9/12

As promised on tumblr. This is very long, so I apologize in advance. ^^ BTW, I'm sitting in a cafe in New Brunswick next to someone using "Fantastic Baby" as a ringtone, and it turns out she was also at the show on Friday. Small world! The New York ...
September 12th 2012
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I turned in my master's thesis. It's kinda weak - I wrote the conclusion in 24 hours including searching for supporting references - but it's a personal milestone for me since it's the longest thing I have ever finished, more-or-less on time. It's 50 pages without references or appendixes (but ...
July 19th 2012
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Olympics, etc.

I am so totally out of the Olympic loop - though I heard there's an outdoor screen at the Castle Museum gardens in York that's doing public screenings of Olympic events, so I might go to that. I missed the torch when it passed through a few weeks ago. ...
July 15th 2012
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6-years-too-late review of disposable teen comedy, John Tucker Must Die

Saw this with M. It's really not too bad... if you ignore the ending, aha. Especially the casting for John Tucker is good: at first you are like, what do any of these girls see in this guy? But by the end you are like, hmm, ...
July 11th 2012
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Teen Wolf: What is and what Could Have Been

Convinced by this GIF set to watch Teen Wolf. The first eight episodes are really, really good and make you feel good about the state of cable television. The second season drops most of what was good about the first season in favor of being more of ...


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