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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 ...

Natsuhiko Kyogoku, Summer of the Ubume

You should probably just read manticore's reviews, here and here (spoilers). But since I'm doing a bit of housecleaning around here, I'll post my notes on this book: First in a Japanese mystery novel series. Famous because of the way it was published: Natsuhiko Kyogoku wrote the book ...

quick, spend the money before it runs out!

Note to self: DEMAND BACKPAY before applying for unemployment in two weeks. =_= Yeah, that's right, I'm out of a job. All it really means is that I now have a hard-and-fast reason to step up the job hunt, which I'd kind of let slide. In any ...

Year(s) in Books

Posted to : 2006 Books 2007 Books *new!* I cheated a bit and included books I posted about but didn't finish, as well as books I haven't finished yet, but plan to finish before the ball drops in Times Square. MyAnimeList for manga I'm reading but not pruchasing.

long overdue book post, fiction (part 1)

I thinnnnnk I've read twenty-one books since last bookblog -- six fiction and fifteen nonfiction -- but I dunno, I could be forgetting a few. Anyway, fiction in this post, non-fiction in the next, though really I want to crawl into a hole and not blog the nonfiction at ...

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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