Lethal White

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November was a fabulous month of reading. I easily breezed through two lengthier tombs by two of my favorite well-established authors and was not let down. I interjected these weightier books for a short soliloquy on routine written by an up and coming Japanese author. We’ll start with that one: Convenience Store Woman is a very odd duck story. It skims the surface over a number of character quirks in Keiko, a 36 year old woman living in Tokyo. These have served to isolate her from her family or build any normal relationships; she comes off as borderline autistic. The monotony and routine and easily followed behavioral manual at the convenience store job harness her to the real world, and … Read More

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Crisp & Refreshing

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Luxuriously lazy. That was the theme of my Thanksgiving break. A little bit of family and a lot of laying about. A little bit of holiday shopping, short bouts of working out those delicious meal carbs, and a lot more reading; almost completed a 600 page book! Even though I rarely veg out, there’s always a bit of guilt when I do, as if it’s too glutinous, as if I should be gallivanting about town and socializing. It’s almost as if there’s a comic strip cloud hovering above me, watching me do nothing. Aren’t you bored yet? I ask it. Speaking of social, as of today, I am five weeks completely sober. No alcohol. It wasn’t like I was drinking … Read More

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Study Mode

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There’s been a new drive ignited in me recently. I can blame this entirely on my longstanding interest into the Crusades. As I’ve mentioned, I have become fully invested in the History of the Crusades* podcast. It not only follows a linear timeline but interjects occasionally with episodes coinciding, such as the individual rulers, kings and queens, Egyptians, Mongols, Latin Christendom, The Knights Templar, etc… Through the search bar option in my podcast app, I’ve been able to track down other podcasts with overlapping themes (e.g. The History of Byzantium) or just download a specific episode (e.g. A Knight’s Tale via The History of England podcast) It is a prolific rabbit hole either way. I mention this because it’s exciting; … Read More

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Good Sunday

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Hello again. It’s finally cold and that means bringing in the plants and knocking out some baking. It felt like I hadn’t properly baked in ages; though I’ve been enjoying a couple freshly made biscuits with my breakfast every Saturday morning for the last five weeks, those didn’t really count to me. I decided to do a mashup of a sour cream coffee cake and a German apple cake Apfelkuchen. Will double the streusel topping next time. I just don’t crave sweets in any way anymore. It’s sliced up in servings, wrapped thoroughly, and hanging out in my freezer till the actual mood to eat on it strikes. In unrelated fashion news, I’ve been a huge fan of Victoria Beckham‘s … Read More

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Say What?

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“In a sense, the political left’s attempts to silence ideas they cannot, or will not, debate are a confession of intellectual bankruptcy.” -Thomas Sowell Who are the arbiters of truth? Last year YouTube quietly started employing a radically different theory: Instead of filtering out the bad videos, it’s easier to bury them in an onslaught of good ones. With Creators for Change, the streaming company hand-selects a group of young creators and endows them with funding, resources, training, and publicity. Over the summer, Lapowsky attended a gathering of these creators, which she writes about in a profile this week. “It’s not hard to see what YouTube gets out of the program: a built-in brigade of likeable, compelling spokespeople, who fully … Read More

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