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Been a student. Been a clerk. Been a salesperson. Been a manager. Been a teacher. Been an expatriate. Am a husband, father, and chronicle.

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Funny, I didn’t mind that the characters’ motivations were written differently. Much more about their pasts and their circumstances than their outward emotional states, their irrational fears or momentary actions, and their short-term gains. It more all about the situation, the collective motivations, and the achievable ends.

I liked reading a Chinese sci-fi novel. It was alien twice.

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It earns its 7.2 or whatever rating. On the whole, watchable. Parts were bothersome. Others, magnificent. Not sure about rewatch value.

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The Forever War is a book that I’ll always point to as a gateway into reading sci-fi, not just watching it.

Such a good book.

Which movies have aged like fine wine? (either in their message or cinematography)

I recently saw ‘Don’t Look Now’ (1973). Good picture, a little slow perhaps by today’s standards but worthy of any movie enjoyer’s time! So this movie was shot in Venice. Venice itself being an already beautiful spot to film even today. The way we get to look in a time capsule of Venice in the 70s makes the movie that...

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I saw Being There about 10 years ago, and it was made 35 years before that. It is a masterwork.

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Private maps that show you where you’ve been and what missions you need to complete there.

Right now, all I have is the thermal map of photos linked to a Google account, and that is way too creepy because the location-based data is housed with a transnational corporation and is dependent on photos I feed to the machine.

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Marina. And, I feel you on the Gargoyles.

My favourite trope is the Xanatos Gambit.

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I have nostalgia for my late-teens early 20s cartoon consumption. I was still watching Batman:TAS and the 90s Spider-Man series. There were flashes of high-intensity (if not well told) brilliance from the 90s Real Adventures of Jonny Quest series. I have to admit, the CGI they used was not as well executed as Reboot. Darkwing Duck, Peter Pan and the Pirates, and Gargoyles were shows what I looked back on fondly.

Daria, Clone High, and Ren and Stimpy all made an impact on me as a young adult. Daria, for its sardonic, anti-establishment stance. Clone High for its mockery of sitcoms and rom-coms and teen angst. Ren and Stimpy for pushing everything past its limit.

In the end, though, it was Samurai Jack and 90s X-Men that stood head and shoulders above them all. X-Men because it was what I collected and knew the best. Samurai Jack because it was cinematic, well- paced, and offered me something that no other TV show, movie, cartoon series, or comic book did or could: “… [a] fool [who] seeks to return to the past to undo the future that is Aku!”

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I finished reading them in December, and I’m still obsessed with the genius in The Passenger and Stella Maris. I’ve read the books and listened to the audiobooks. The audiobook for Stella Maris is exceptional.

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Soil farming.

I sh!t you not, we need this. Topsoil in many parts of the world is leached of nutrients, or packed with chemical by-products of insecticide, herbicide, and fertilizers, or the topsoil has eroded away. Or, it’s buried under concrete, asphalt, glass, and steel.

Soil farming for vertical farms, indoor cultivation at home, and replacing some other food growth options just makes good sense.

3D-Printed Houses

Hear me out. Right now, they’re small and ugly as f*ck; but that’s a design issue. Getting the materials and designs right can encourage mass adoption of sustainable design, waste sequestration, and abundant housing.

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Hahaha. I’m a teacher. It is better to err on the side of caution. Never know when I’m actually sleep-typing an email and forget to be cordial.

It’s more about self-discipline and self-awareness rather than self-censorship. The self-censorship kicks in when I’m in the classroom, and some kid feels the need to act a damn fool.

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I curse in my sleep typing. And, I surely don’t use the swears in my professional moments.

It takes curse words to get some people’s attention or to confirm that I am not a robot. Whenever we get to the point that open, honest, civil conversation is once again the norm, I won’t use them.

Teacher who resigned after her OnlyFans page was discovered says new employer fired her for violating social media policy (www.kbtx.com)

Had to supplement her $42,000 per year teacher salary with OF and made nearly $1 million in six months (almost 50 times as her salary) before the school caught wind of it and forced her to resign. Got a new job out of education and was fired five days later when they discovered news articles about her....

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US society sees a woman exercising self-empowerment as a reason to cancel her.

It’s not necessarily about being sexual,l. It’s about subverting misogynistic, capitalistic patriarchy with the only totally exclusive resource she has.

She’d have been shamed, imprisoned, ostracized, and burned as a witch in 1624.

She’d have been shamed, imprisoned, and ostracized in 1724, 1824, and 1924.

So, her being shamed and ostracized and her job loss in 2024 is viewed as “progress” in America.

e: Yes, I admit, OF is another element of the patriarchy, servicing the male gaze and devaluing women to the level of exploiting women’s bodies. The system is what it is until it isn’t. America should be paying teachers more and celebrities — of all categories — less. Until then, this is the world we live in. The best that some of us can do is subvert the system.

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“All I ever wanted was to pick apart the day and put the pieces back together my way.”

This was the lyric that hooked me in '01.

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The first time I crossed this track was with the video.

Masterpiece.

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Same episode, Loki skips ahead to the future. He knows that it is the future this time, instead of the past as was established previously in the episode, because of the writing in the dust.

Are we all fucked?

I’m worried for the world. All I’ve been thinking about is WW3 and this shit makes me want to vomit. I can’t even smoke weed anymore without having a near panic attack. I feel unmotivated. I wake up and immediately just want to go back to bed. I’m not trying to spread fear but the Doomsday clock is 90 seconds till...

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2nded.

Find your own source for information about the things you can understand, apply, and for which you can create solutions.

Then, build your strength.

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Unless you live in Flint, Michigan. Or any of these other US Cities

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Listening to Sexual Politics (1969) by Kate Millett.

There’s a part in chapter 2 (her theory of sexual politics) that, essentially, encapsulates the wedge we are witnessing now, 55 years later.

It’s wild that concepts and the attendant issues of sex, sexuality, gender, patriarchy, and human rights were so clearly described in the late 60s.

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Sub “Caesar” for “Bloody Mary” and I’m down.

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I used to love them.

Then, 20 yo me decided to split a 26er into two glasses, top up with tonic and a twist of lemon. Waited til my buddy showed, put on some music and drank them in under 45 minutes. 30 minutes after that, we are standing in a snowstorm, in t-shirts (because we dont want to pay for coat check), outside a bar (we walked from our place), waiting in line to get in. An hour after that, we say fuck it, walk home, and proceed to have the worst spins, come downs, and hangovers of our lives. Needless to say, G&Ts are off the books for me forevermore.

TL;DR 20 yo me destroyed G&T for all the mes to follow.

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Purple by Crustation as remixed by J Dilla (6:47)

and

“Lonely as the sound of lying on the ground of an airplane going down”, the first three tracks off of He Has Left Us Alone But Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corners of Our Rooms by A Silver Mt. Zion (19:54)

Jóga by Björk interpolated with the coda from Timabaland’s video mix of Hit 'em wit da Hee by Missy Elliott. (about 6:28)

and

You Got Me by The Roots (4:19)

and

Roads by Portishead (5:03)

So… end credits for 42:31.

and, finally, after the credits

Last Donut of the Night by J Dilla; played on an hour-long loop. In my head canon, when he was in hospital, just before he died, this was the last track Dilla constructed.

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