Monthly Archives: February 2015

Ghost stories

Don made a rather glowing recommendation of Mononoke a few weeks ago, which I mentally filed away until recently. Having watched the first story arc (which spans two episodes), we have: a rather laconic, mysterious man known only as the … Continue reading

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RIP, Mr. Nimoy

No sooner had I completed my SoTT post when I found out that Leonard Nimoy had died. We’ve lost one of SF’s most iconic men. Here’s the ending music to The Wrath of Khan, which includes the voice of Nimoy … Continue reading

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Reading The Shadow of the Torturer – Chapters IX-X

SYNOPSIS: Severian and Roche arrive at the House Azure, and Severian chooses to bed a prostitute who both has the same name and likeness as Chatelaine Thecla. The episode is disturbing enough to prevent him from wanting to return to … Continue reading

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Pokemon as a language acquisition metaphor

You see – Pokemon is a JRPG where your combat party consists entirely of cute imaginary animals that you need to hunt down and capture. Along the way you fight several pokemon gym leaders who award you badges that grant … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Jupiter Ascending

– After watching the Matrix Reloaded, I wrote off the Wachowskis as one trick ponies and never bothered to watch the conclusion to their trilogy or the movies they made afterward. What caused me to break that trend for Jupiter … Continue reading

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The universal and the particular

Aminatta Forma has an article in the Guardian complaining about the tendency to divy literature up among national/racial lines: I used to be a journalist and I know the limitations of the short form. Journalism does not on the whole … Continue reading

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Items read/seen etc.

(Expect a Wolfe update soon. This is just to keep things alive) The walls are closing in as the semester, but reading week is giving me a moment of respite. In terms of bedside reading, I spent most of January … Continue reading

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Linguistic update

By this point, I’ve been formally studying Hebrew for longer than I have Latin and Greek. That’s not saying much – both of those only lasted for a semester due to practical issues, requiring me to attempt to keep the … Continue reading

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A Nordic post

Giuseppe Verdi vs Richard Wagner. It’s one of those weird fault lines, like the Beatles vs the Rolling Stones, or Dragon Quest vs Final Fantasy where you can only really like one side, because these cultural artifacts somehow correspond to … Continue reading

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