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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

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 ...

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 ...

Oh yeah, I read “Yukikaze”

The story of one man's heartrending discovery that his computer doesn't love him :'( The translation is well done, though the writing is repetitive in places (the story was originally serialized). As for the story, it has a weird set-up where after we are told that Rei and the other ...

The Wolf and the Spices

I found a text file with as-I-was-watching commentary on The Wolf and the Spices -- which, you might remember, I wasn't very impressed by. I doubt any of you (besides ) have even seen this anime, but just in case: 1. Trading theme: It's not moeconomics, it's RPG econimics! ...

linkblogging, and Mushishi

http://kylesmithonline.com/?p=848 Very late, but I forgot to post the link here. Miramax has declined to re-option Pullman's Dark Materials trilogy, so there won't be movies made for Subtle Knife or Amber Spyglass. ;_; http://selfdivider.com/base/?p=28 Murakami interview in Korean GQ: came across this a while ago, forgot to post the link here. Contains ...

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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Recently

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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