Category Archives: Literature

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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Breadth versus Depth

I like to keep myself busy, as readers probably noticed. :) But since Little Guy was born, I’ve been even more busy, so I’ve been trying to manage my time better. So, I started writing down all my little hobbies, … Continue reading

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Meiji-Era Dictionary: a look back 105 years ago

When I first married my wife in 2004, we visited Japan in 2005 to my wife’s home (実家, jikka) and I remember my father-in-law giving me a really old book. He knew that I liked history and such, so he … Continue reading

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Something I’ve been working on lately

“What were your names again?” said Dallas. “Private Kim, sir,” said the first man, standing stiff with a crisp salute. “And I’m Private Walid,” said the second doing the same. Dallas stopped, and turned around to appraise them for a … Continue reading

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A Life Well-Lived

Recently, I found this great quote from the famous 13th century Japanese-Buddhist text, Essays in Idleness, or tsurezure-gusa (徒然草) which I’ve written about before. It’s also the namesake of this blog of course. ;) Anyhow, the translation below is by … Continue reading

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