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Right off the bat, a nitpick: Why no Oxford comma, Netflix? Anyway. During my young-adult years I frequented Cinema 21, the best-known at the time of the arthouse theaters in Portland Oregon. Among their regular attractions were the various animation festivals, such as Spike & Mike’s (who are apparently still at i

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Last week, at the tail end of my birthday vacation, I took in the Alita: Battle Angel film before it disappeared from theaters entirely. So how was it? I wanted to love it. Couldn’t, but wanted to. I collected most of the first batches of translated imported manga way back when, printed in US-style floppy […]

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It began when Kyla’s previous phone (an aging Moto X Pure) started going kaput in a big way. After some research, she went to Best Buy on Friday and picked up a Nokia 6.1 as a replacement. That phone’s just a smidgen more powerful than my Moto G5 Plus, which makes it a huge upgrade […]

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Happy Birthday to me. I’m no longer in my mid-40s, but instead must embrace the late-40s tag. Ah well. I’m starting my day with snow falling outside on the morning that I’m supposed to go see a movie, and I’ve already taken ibuprofen because I made the mistake of treating myself to a sandwich after [

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Before I go looking around for an app with which to post content from my phone, I figure I should try using the built-in mobile web interface as a test. Let’s see how it works. And I’m using the new WordPress “block editor” because what the heck. I guess this is doable. I’m not sure […]

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I’m not sure how to feel about assembling LEGO doodads as a creative outlet. All I’m doing is following instructions. On the other hand, if I take a lot of photos and write a snarky blog post about it… yeah, here we go then. Before I even opened the box I noted that somebody paid […]

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The 3WA thing kind of ran its course. I went into this year with big ideas but I lost touch with the whole “makes me happy, might make you happy too” aspect. So away it goes. Sorry, no more book reviews about books that don’t need my reviews anyway. (If anyone’s curious, say the word […]

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I’ve gotten about all the entertainment value I’m likely to get out of the story-beats part of this year’s writing project. The prospect of churning out another 30-some-odd installments fills me with dread. I’ll do the other eleven book reviews, so at least the site’s guaranteed to have one pie

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This bit has been bouncing around in my head since I came up with the idea for the storyline I’m plucking bits out of for the project. Please enjoy! The royal child enjoyed quite the royal living arrangements, complete with shelves full of toys and trinkets, a private balcony facing the rising sun, and various […

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I hope you liked last week’s book review. Don’t worry: In three more weeks you’ll get another one. In the meantime, please enjoy another from a growing selection of tidbits from a story never to be completed or see print… The petitioners bowed most politely before the royal couple who stood upon the

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The power supply finally came in! I rushed home to finalize the physical part of the build. Easy peasy. With everything assembled and plugged in, it was time to load the new operating system onto the MicroSD card (you can see it poking out just a bit from the front of the case in the […]

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Here we are, last Friday of the month, and it’s time for our inaugural review-style weekly word working assignment of the year. I picked twelve books to re-read and pontificate upon for your entertainment and my writing practice. Next week we’ll get back to tiny story snippets, but for now… What did you re

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A couple weeks ago our household network storage device, QBAY, bit the dust. It shuffled off this mortal coil. It ceased to be (functional). Bereft of life, it rests in pieces. It joined the choir invisible. It… well, enough quoting Monty Python, you get the idea. To replace most of its functionality I signed up [R

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Noting that I rely too heavily on dialog, I decided to try a tiny scene with no actual dialog taking place. If I don’t push myself a little, how will I ever learn? When in Rome, you do as the Romans do. When in your average feudal-society vaguely-European fantasy realm, you dine as the fantasy-realm […]

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I watched a few first episodes from the newly current season of anime, thanks to the modern miracle of legitimate for-pay streaming services. I have some thoughts, or perhaps I should say I have some dire warnings. Let’s get this out there while the memory is fresh and I have the inclination to hold forth […]

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Way, way, way back in the distant reaches of time, I started a site under this domain to be a don’t-call-it-a-blog. Mostly I treated it like the way I now treat Twitter & Tumblr: Brief snippets of thought punctuated by memes. Or possibly the other way ’round. Then social media became a thing and I […]

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My first idea for the “creative writing” side of this year’s project centered on drabbles. Forty drabbles, how hard could that be? Take a moment to get the laughing fit out of your system. Go ahead. I’ll wait. At any rate, what follows here is probably the length of story scene snippet you should exp

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And now, as John Cleese was paid to intone a number of times decades ago, for something completely different. Following up two years of review-format posts with a third year of review-format posts seemed natural to me. But what to review? Books, obviously! But. But. Fifty-two weeks of book reviews? Were I to do an […]

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We did it, folks. We’re at the end of another year of these Weekly Word Working Assignment posts. Thanks for staying with me through this. (The both of you who have done so, anyway.) As is traditional (if “twice” makes for a “tradition”) I saved pride of place at year’s end for one of my

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This is it. It’s the last episode I crafted gifsets out of for Tumblr a few years ago. We’re all caught up. There’s one more thing to archive off of that site but it can be done in a gallery and I’ll get to that, later… (28 February 2016) “You line it up North/South because […]

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This episode features one of the most famous bits from the entire Connections run, so of course I had to gif it… (2 January 2016) “Hundreds of thousands of people come here and get totally looped. In spite of the fact that it was a German who said, way back, ‘Beer spoils the blood, burns it up, […]

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Don’t say I never got you anything for the holiday. What’s that? You didn’t ask for old Tumblr gifsets? Whoops. Sorry about that… (14 October 2015) “Most mortals on Earth With smoke live in strife And many a beauty Is smothered alive Great London itself The Emporium of the World With clouds of blac

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We’re getting close to the end of this, folks… (6 August 2015) “The plot now shifts from glass to iron, for one of the oldest reasons in the world.” – James Burke, Connections This one fought me, and I’m not sure I got the breaks precisely where I should have, but there’s no way I was […

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The Tumblr posts I’m archiving here for the James Burke gifset project were mostly created back at the old townhouse. From here on out, though, they were produced at the Hillsboro abode… (17 May 2015) “In most people’s everyday life the computer isn’t much more than a very fast adding machine. It tends to

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It’s the middle of 1984. I’m not yet officially a teenager. I have one of those radio/cassette decks with the single big speaker and I keep it by my bed so I can listen to the Top 40 countdown or whatever at night, recording the songs I like. I grab one of those Columbia House […]

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Between the previous post’s entries and what’s archived in this one, my computer crashed and I had to suss out all over again how I had put these gifsets together. I learned my lesson: I still have the notes file for what fonts, sizes, and software settings I used going forward… (17 February 2015) “The [

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The wide images definitely fit better on Tumblr’s format than they do here. Oh well! Archiving commences. (I’m burning through all of these in one evening, mind you.) (30 September 2014) “That was the Shakespearean version of this man, Henry V, talking about the day when everybody discovered that it was never

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The first of these is the post which got the most “reblog” attention back on Tumblr. Every few months someone would discover it and it’d get some action. Then, back to obscurity I went… (11 September 2014) “This was it, named after him. Alexandria. You could do two things here: get very rich, and g

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With a new font choice and months of experience making gifsets for Burke’s later show, I tilted at the windmill called Connections for another bunch of gifset posts, now archived here for what posterity may be achieved… (13 August 2014) “So let’s say that finally somewhere far out into the country, you come

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My relationship with this band lasted much, much longer than the relationship with the girl who got me interested in this band. What is it? Violator is the 1990 album release by Depeche Mode, who had spent most of the decade up to this point working hard at becoming the biggest presence on the bedroom […]

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