Archive for the 'Anime'

Distinction In All Subjects

I’m not that fond of anime. My earliest memory watching a dubbed version of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer cartoons as a kid, trying to figure out what the hell was wrong with it. I have some nice memories surrounding the concept though. One of my closest friends was a big anime-fiend in high school, so we’d treck down to the Chinatown mall to purchase subbed VHS bootlegs, neither DVD distribution nor broadband being popular yet. He tried to get me into it, but try as I may, I juts...
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All Those Moments

I have been absolutely obsessed with Law and Order: Criminal Intent. One night, a few weeks ago, my girlfriend suggested we watch some actual television — most of our viewing is via Hulu or Netflix — and we caught an episode of Criminal Intent. I was hooked immediately. While I’m fond of mysteries and crime fiction, I never got into the franchise before. What got me was that unlike vanilla Law and Order, CI doesn’t feature the courtroom scenes which, in my opinion ,...
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Aleph

In the 1990s, the Japanese “Aum Shinriyko” (roughly translated as “Supreme Truth”) cult – led by a man who gave himself the name Shoko Asahara – was responsible for several instances of murder and domestic terrorism. The most impacting of these acts was the 1995 Tokyo subway gassing, which left thirteen dead. This was the second time the cult used sarin as a weapon against the people. Co. Life How did Aum recruit individuals into their folds? Well, one of their methods was...
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“Replica” Written Down The Side

A while ago, my grandparents handed me a couple of photos from my childhood. They’ve finally been scanned so, let’s play Pattern Recognition: what do these two pictures have in common (outside of atrocious mid-80s Soviet fashion.) Did you guess? That’s right. Lil’ Griph has been rockin’ a piece since he was knee-high to a bowling ball. There’s another photo that may be found one day wherein I am hanging out in a hammock with a big ole toy rifle. Even...
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