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Month: March 2010

My second "Bebop" post is up at Tor!

My second "Bebop" post is up at Tor!

And you can read it here. I’m slowly figuring out the Tor.com backend. It may sound strange, but at this point I think I’ve worked with just about every major blogging platform there is at one time or another. (I should put that on a CV somewhere, now that I think of it.) Even so, I find that I write most of my posts (for everyone, not just Tor) in HTML. It’s just easier, once you know the tags. Not…

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Decisions

Decisions

In case anyone’s curious, I’ve gotten feedback on my manuscript from both my agent and (most of) my workshop. I’m still waiting on a couple of opinions which really matter to me, and for this reason I’ve been reticent to attempt any re-writing. I’m waiting until all the science is in, to use a climate-denier phrase. That said, I’m slowly growing more excited about the process. Everyone has a slightly different take on the book, but the good news is…

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A letter to Governor Granholm:

A letter to Governor Granholm:

For those of you who wish to express your feelings to Jennifer Granholm, Governor of Michigan, about the conviction of Peter Watts for a felony in that state, I offer the following letter. I hope you find it useful as either a template or a direct communication. I’ve turned off comments on this post because I know that there are trolls out there, and I really don’t want them under my bridge. I’ve written this letter because I know that…

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The crossroads.

The crossroads.

Peter Watts has been convicted of a felony. Since Tuesday morning when the trial started, my week has felt like the moment between feeling the pain of cutting yourself, and looking down to see how bad the bleeding is. Well, now we know. Sort of. Sentencing isn’t until late April. I haven’t felt this same anxious ache since my immigration experience — the waiting, the wondering, the knowledge that I might not see my family for years. Even after obtaining…

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My first "Cowboy Bebop" re-watch post is up!

My first "Cowboy Bebop" re-watch post is up!

You can read it here at Tor.com. It’s been really hard to sit on this news. I’ve only told a handful of people, so it feels really good to show this post off to everyone. For a post regarding a series I’ve watched over and over, it took a surprisingly long amount of time. Frequently, I found myself wanting to cram in another detail or observation, feeling frustrated that I couldn’t talk about everything that makes Bebop as wonderful with…

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How NOT to read manga online

How NOT to read manga online

Okay, so you want to read some manga online. Good on you. It’s a rewarding pursuit, engaged in by millions of readers globally, of all types. You’re sure to find something that suits you: manga about flying, manga about fighting, manga about fucking. Different brushstrokes for different folks. You’ll love it. Wait. What’s that you say? You want to read licensed manga online? From commercial distributors? Well, that’s very noble of you. Let’s give that a shot. Let’s pick a…

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"Rebecca" (1940)

"Rebecca" (1940)

Rebecca isn’t Hitchcock’s best film. Not by a long shot. But everything that made him a good director is visible here: the way he frames each shot, his fascination with the transformation of a girl into a woman, his willingness to trust in the strength of the original source material. (I only wish he could have hooked up with Bernard Herrmann before 1955, because a Herrmann score for Manderley would have been both lovely and appropriately eerie. The real score…

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Friday Food Blog: Where my food comes from

Friday Food Blog: Where my food comes from

No, this is not one of those locovore posts where I tell you to eat only within a hundred miles and go visit a slaughterhouse and then go look at your meat in a different way. There’s already a lot of that sentiment out there, and with good reason, so I doubt you need to hear that message from me. If you really want to know more about the local and organic stances on food, I suggest you visit the…

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Friday Food Blog: Cheater's chana masala

Friday Food Blog: Cheater's chana masala

From Food Please excuse the blurry, stalker-esque photo. And yes, I know, today is not Friday. But I’ve been in love with chana dal since attending a Hindu wedding last summer. I first tried the dish during the mendhi celebration, when the groom’s mother prepared it for the women in his family. Instantly, I realized I would have to learn how to make it for myself. Although I had come to enjoy Indian cuisine since moving to Toronto (where the…

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