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Looking For Quacks In The Pavement

I’m on the last day of my little stay-at-home vacation, and to make sure I don’t waste the entire day with video games and cartoons I set myself a few tasks. As of now? Two down, two to go. The first completed task was to trim down a couple of songs. First up was Filter’s […]

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If I’m going to celebrate anything about today, it’s the continuation of an experiment. I’m working my way toward fifty years of age and I don’t have a lot of what one could call “patriotism” left. The country’s a mess, its ideals under attack from without and especially within, by

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I’m led to understand by some folks on Twitter that Netflix’s new translation for Neon Genesis Evangelion changes one particular line from one particular character, and what this tells me is that the folks behind Netflix’s new translation are blissfully unaware that NGE is, at least in part, a harem anime. I mean. Shi

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My life itself isn’t anything to write about, as it’s really just “eat sleep work lather rinse repeat” for the most part. I decided to share a bit of how I spend my leisure time lately, though… Reading I finished Martha Wells’ “Murderbot diaries” novella series (starting point

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I cannot possibly be the only person to look at this sign and think, “Wow, if you insert one bit of punctuation here, the entire meaning changes.” Right?

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I should know better than to tag songs on “best-of” albums. What we’ve got here is failure to communicate the result of my ratings-tagging both the Thomas Dolby record Aliens Ate My Buick and the Thomas Dolby best-of compilation record Retrospectacle. I use MediaMonkey to build random playlists. Some are f

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We are, one is forced to admit, a Funko Pops household. Like, we’re not addicted to buying all of them, nothing like that. But the “I can quit any time” line is just that, a line. Case in point: Some time ago, before the movie was anything more than wishful thinking, I picked up a […]

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Because we are geeks, Vyx and I wore geeky t-shirts while out shopping today. At the bus stop as we were heading home for the day, some random guy complimented one of our shirt choices. Okay, cool, that’s fine. He then had to tell us about how he started reading comics in the 80s. (Okay, […]

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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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