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Bangarang!

You – you alone will have the stars as no one else has them… In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night… You – only you… Continue reading

BLT: GODZILLA!

Godzilla is one of those films you have to see in the theater, right? Glad you agree. I don’t care how many pixels engineers have crammed into your 60′′ television and lit those suckers up with thousands of miniature LED suns. When it comes to kaiju films, the monsters on screen must be at minimum… Continue reading

Black Belt

A black belt is all about kicking ass and taking names, registering your fists as lethal weapons, and pitying the fool who makes the mistake of pulling a weapon on you. Or at least that’s what I thought five and a half years ago when I began my journey down the path of a martial… Continue reading

Baked

My phone lights up with an audible buzz. I finish packing the goods from my latest cook and reach for the phone. I don’t recognize the number, must be from one of the burners. I open the message and read the only word on the screen: FUZZ. Shit, not now! I grab my bag and… Continue reading

The Seductive Subjunctive

Language is awesome. Not in the “that movie with the dwarves and the wizard and Sherlock and Watson was awesome” way. But in the mind-blowing, incomprehensible awesome size of the universe way. Language defines us as a species and as individuals, and it’s power to shape our world fascinates me unlike any other subject I’ve… Continue reading

Excuses, excuses

Ahem. *Takes off shoe and slams repeatedly on desk* AHEM. Listen up ladies and gents, minions and transients. A snitch, who shall remain nameless for safety reasons, informed me that you’ve failed to keep this website updated during my four-month haitus. Unacceptable. What do you have to say for yourself? *Stares at you with bulging,… Continue reading

BLT: Meditations on Violence

Unlike most people, I am not a unique snowflake of DNA. I have a clone. A walking, breathing, identical doppleganger with more charisma than I could ever hope to emulate. It’s infuriating. So much so that when I was younger we would throw punches over the dumbest egotistical shit, like who had more friends. Our… Continue reading

Ants Are Awesome

Ants are awesome. And by awesome I mean the traditional “awe-inspiring” definition. Sure, they lack the majesty of a colossal supernova and do not evoke existential feelings of wonder like the Grand Canyon. But, if you look below the surface (heh, get it?) they are badass powerhouses of nature. Ants are larger than humans. Mass… Continue reading

The Soul of Martial Arts

Before Enlightenment, chop wood carry water. After Enlightenment, chop wood carry water. – Zen proverb One of the first teachings that was hammered into my skull when I first started training in martial arts was that a black belt means nothing. Well, nothing beyond the completion of a particular curriculum anyway. Just as with any… Continue reading