Category Archives: Literature

Doraemon: The Robot Cat from the Future

As mentioned previously, while we were in Japan, we saw lots of promotions for the latest Doraemon movie, “STAND BY ME ドラえもん”, you can see here. In Tokyo, we found a “park” full of Doraemon statues like so: Including this … Continue reading

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My First Book

Well, I’ve hinted at it for years, but I finally did it. I finally published a book. This is not something closely related to the blog, or topics in the blog. It’s something I started writing 10 years ago and … Continue reading

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The Problem Is Not Them, It’s You

(alt text: To everyone who responds to everything by saying they’ve ‘lost their faith in humanity': Thanks–I’ll let humanity know. I’m sure they’ll be crushed.) I read the online comic XKCD regularly each week for years and Wednesday’s is one … Continue reading

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Dune in Japanese 砂の惑星

「ここにあるのはあんたに使う新しいもの、ゴム・ジャバール。これは動物のみ殺すのだよ。」誇りがポウルの恐怖にうちなった。「公爵の息子が動物だというのか?」「まああんたは人間かもしれねぬということにしておこう。。。静かに!」 “…here’s a new one for you: the gom jabbar. It kills only animals.” Pride overcame Paul’s fear. “You dare suggest a Duke’s son is an animal?” he demanded. “Let us say, I suggest you may be human,” she said, … Continue reading

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We Need Each Other

Recently I finished another issue of the famous Japanese manga 宇宙兄弟 (Space Brothers), issue 15. In this issue, one of the main characters, Namba Hibito (なんば日々人) is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after an accident on the Moon. This … Continue reading

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The Sleeper Must Awaken

People who’ve seen the 1984 movie, Dune, might remember this famous scene: The Duke says: I’ll miss the sea, but a person needs new experiences. They jar something deep inside, allowing it to grow. Without change, something sleeps inside us … Continue reading

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Other Worlds Than This?

(My bookshelf. I have a whole section devoted to Roger Zelazny novels I collect) “Go then, there are other worlds than these.” — Stephen King’s, The Gunslinger Lately, I’ve been re-reading Roger Zelazny’s classic series, the Chronicles of Amber. It’s … Continue reading

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