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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

Borders, Plagiarism

I had to spend way too much money on unfun utilities today so to cheer myself I drove to Borders to spend way too much money on books (YES I KNOW there is something wrong with this logic). I was browsing Science Fiction when I noticed two teenagers in ...


Let's talk about yaoi manga. Mainichi Seiten Borderline art, but the writing makes up for it. The thing I really like about this series is that the characters are all complicated, but they also make a lot of sense -- their personalities fit with what you know about their ...

And also, manga post!

Chrono Crusade (vol 6), Daisuke Moriyama Very rushed. There are so many parts that could have greater emotional impact, if only they hadn't all been crowded together. Daisuke Moriyama doesn't work by surprise, he works by taking every available opportunity (+ creating opportunities) to unambiguously push across the same themes ...

Reading Mix Challenge, Part Two

Some more lists here. These are more generic than the other ones. (Did I make the deadline? Please say I made the deadline.) Alternate Europe Historical Fantasy (With ) In other words, Victorian/Edwardian Fantasy. Caroline Stevermer, A College of Magics. says: Sequel: A Scholar of Magics. ...


Thinking about (the novel and anime series) Twelve Kingdoms. Wouldn't a ruler who always behaved perfectly be worse off than one who indulged in harmless stunts occasionally? Because for a ruler always on his best behavior, the temptation to act selfishly would build, and build, and build, until finally ...

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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