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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

Ubiquitous Surveillance

This is an awesome academic paper. It's like reading Japanese science fiction. To wit!"If the relational databases are the brains of the system, RFID tags are the legs. As RFID moves into the environment and become pervasive, it will in my view pose unprecedented challenges and opportunities to ...

Delaney, Aye, and Gomorrah

( Basically nattering, I feel as if I should write something about this book while I have it in front of me, before I return it to the library )And now the library is closing, so I'll finish up by saying there are eight more stories in this collection, including one ...

Samuel Delaney, Part 2

Finished Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand and started on the short story collection Aye, and Gomorrah, in which it is clear (if it wasn't before) that Delaney has certain themes he really, really likes. XD For instance, Surprise, this person is actually the opposite ...

Samuel Delaney

Stars in My Pockets Like Grains of Sand: I'm about 100 pages in and I take back everything bad I ever said about Delany! This book is GREAT. Context: I had a warped view of Delany after reading The Fall of the Towers, a novel he apparently ...

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 ...

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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