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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

Avengers Assemble

Suspect that Joss Whedon & cowriter made the first half hour of this movie clunky ON PURPOSE so they could create the effect of all hell breaking loose/the pace getting faster and faster in the second half. This movie is totally about conceptual team-ups and rivalries - Tony Stark’s ...


This is a webcomic I started reading thanks to persistent fanart bombing by vikki. It's 4,107 pages and 326,796 words long (so far). That's half as long as Atlas Shrugged, only counting page titles and captions. So yeah, don't start this one unless you want to read the ...

Magical Girl Madoka Magica

The writer needed to bend the rules of space and time to overcome the show's premise that all hope eventually turns to despair, that the amount of hope and grief is fixed in the universe, and that the universe is gradually running out of energy. (Well, that last part ...

Happy Mania, Famous Suicides, World on Fire, The Death of Why

Couple canned book reviews from Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire What a title, right? This is about two brothers whose father kills himself while being held for observation at an institution. The older brother, who also struggles with depression, and is also eventually the father of two young boys, reflects ...

Grave of the Fireflies

I was in the mood to feel sad a few weeks ago, and I realized I'd never seen this. So I went to Youtube and watched the subbed version. (Ignoring the OP's comments. I can cry and treasure a good movie just fine without your help, but ...

January 1st 2013
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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 ...
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, ...


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