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Mar. 29th, 2009


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i mostly post on blogger now. but i come back here sometimes cos the friends page is a useful way to check up on people, and i like how LJ rearranges your interests in strict alphabetical order. haven't updated that profile in a long time, so here, timecapsule post before i raze those interests to the ground and rebuild

ameslan, anime, asus eeepc, ayn rand, batman, bloodsugar magik, boob physics, books, boots, buffy the vampire slayer, bukowski, calvin and hobbes, cargo pants, carl sagan, cats, chiaroscuro, coffee, conspiracy theories, cowboy bebop, csi, cup ramen, cyberpunk, digital wristwatches, double espressos, douglas adams, ender's game, etymology, fastfood, final fantasy, footnotes, frank herbert, fried rice, gary oldman, ghost in the shell, gmail, good intel, gray dawn dreams, greg egan, haiku, hak nam, half-life, hanging out in bookstores, heavy metal magazine, history, house, iain m. banks, instant anything, invader zim, jim henson, kenneth branagh, kids in rocking chairs, king kong, lewis carroll, looking for my marbles, low maintenance, masamune shirow, me, mecha, mervyn peake, meta, moments of clarity, morse code, neil gaiman, new information, new-book smell, nick bantock, ninjas, noir, notepad, nunchucks, obscure references, obsessiveness, offhand erudition, omnibus editions, pablo neruda, philosophy, poetry, pop culture, pugad baboy, random questions, ranma 1/2, raymond chandler, reading filler text, reading random journals, retractable blue ballpoint pens, robert heinlein, robotech, samurai shodown, sandman, science fiction, secondhand bookstores, secret histories, self-awareness, shakespeare, sign language, signal-to-noise ratio, sophomoric obliquity, spiral staircases, star trek, starcraft, stephen king, subtle flaws, tame paranoia, terry pratchett, the daily show, the last unicorn, the shield, thomas harris, trenchant observations, vagrant story, vampires, verdana, videogames, watership down, wikipedia, william gibson, wonderfalls, writing, xenogears

Mar. 2nd, 2008


Don't let the door hit you


Go away, we don't want any.

Photobucket's better than Flickr. Thinking of switching from Globe to Smart too.

Feb. 17th, 2008


Something started in my soul

My grandmother died this Monday. It was soul-shattering. 87 years old, 9 children, 15 grandchildren, and most of us were there Sunday night. But not a bad way to go, literally surrounded by people who love you.

Bathroom scale at the hotel says I lost 5 pounds this week. It's been a long week. Family's wonderful. I'm not used to love. It scares me a little.

Jan. 9th, 2008


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Groucho Marx once observed that Peter O'Toole had a double-phallic name. Heh, I can top that, how about the legendary blues singer Blind Willie Johnson.

Currently reading John Crowley's Little, Big.

Dec. 17th, 2007


Carpe diem

Word's gone around now, Terry Pratchett was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's. And my grandmother's on chemo. There is no justice, there's only the inevitable scythe.

Currently reading Logorrhea, an anthology for word-nerds (verbophiles?) with stories from Michael Moorcock, Jeff VanderMeer, etc. Oddly, no China Mieville, he would've been perfect for this.

Still haven't decided what to name the Asus. Maybe something along the lines of a Robert Graves/White Goddess theme.

Dec. 16th, 2007


Wifi, baby!

Posting from the Asus Eee. Yay.

Nov. 19th, 2007


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"You are currently using S1, which is our older and deprecated style system. We recommend that you switch to S2 to take advantage of new features not supported in S1."

Deprecated? Or do they mean depreciated? Anyway, switched to S2, deeply regretting it. I just want 10-point Verdana, white text on black backgrounds, narrow columns. I don't care about all this other fruitcake.

I'm considering showing up for the Neil Gaiman thing next Sunday. Sure, why not, then I'll post stuff on the Gaiman board.

Nov. 16th, 2007


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I've never really understood liking someone "like a sister" until now. There's a girl at work, she's like a tiny, cheerfully vicious version of Summer Glau. She told this story of how she told a small child "Don't try to be cute, kid, or I'll toss you out a window." Which made me kinda love her a little bit.

Nov. 12th, 2007


Whatever tomorrow brings

So a few weeks back, there was an explosion at a local mall, some people were killed, many injured. Within hours the news was out over the grapevine that it was a bomb. A few days later the spindoctors put out the story that it was accidental, a gas leak and improper diesel storage. Not many buy that, but what weirds me out is that even if it were true, an accidental mall explosion isn't really comforting. Are there other unsafe malls out there? Aren't they inspected? And why are the owners meekly bending over for this hosejob? They're being accused of multiple manslaughter, neglect, stupidity.

I can see it as a comedy sketch: "How many Filipinos does it take to build a mall that doesn't, what's the word... explode?"  Though of course some Filipinos would go batshit and lodge a diplomatic protest.

I've been feeling weird, staying off the coffee's elevating my heart rate. Just observing the data on my current state, I'm still rational and functional.

Book recommendation: Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl. It's like Dave Eggers + Donna Tartt. Rave review from Audrey Niffenegger. Also I'd like to note that Pessl is a stone-cold fox.

Things are getting grim, but I post sporadically at http://zoneseek.blogspot.com/

Oct. 7th, 2007


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I am disgusted at the Desperate Housewives flap. When Filipinos get wound up over this stuff, it just shows that they're touchy weenies with a vast national inferiority complex. Howard Stern, Tommy Hilfiger, Letterman, a show about vapid promiscuous married women, do you really care what these people have to say? Hey guess what, House slagged Indian healthcare and no one blinked. Grow up. Channel all the energy that goes into boosterism into actual achievement instead. For instance, do you think Pacquiao cares what Teri Hatcher said?

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