Science News: 6/4/13

We finally have proof that there used to be water on Mars, but we’ve also learned that it may be more dangerous than we thought to send astronauts to actually visit the planet. Dinosaurs turned into birds even earlier than we once thought, and you may have feet like an ape! Intrigued? Let’s go, it’s science news time! Read More Science News: 6/4/13

Expat Ramblings: I Make Lists

I love lists. They keep things in order, they’re neat, and they make me more efficient (sense a theme there?). But most of them merely serve to illustrate the state of my mind at any given time. Read More Expat Ramblings: I Make Lists

Motivate Me: A Primer on Writing Protagonists and Antagonists

In this series of articles on writing and developing fiction and sharing my own trials and tribulations on writing fiction, I will be discussing topics such as world building, constructed languages, writing protags/antags, understanding pacing, the concept of the “Mary-Sue,” self-inserts, discussing sex in fiction, and plot building. Read More Motivate Me: A Primer on Writing Protagonists and Antagonists

Weekly Anime Review

This week wasn’t as entertaining as last week. Most shows were exposition or sentimental ones. Both Space Ship Yamato and Majestic Prince give us more information about the “bad guys.” Chihayafuru starts the single player tournament for real and the Gargantia continue to be relatively boring. Read More Weekly Anime Review

Interview: Susane Colasanti, YA Author, “All I Need”

I love YA. Anyone who’s ever said hello to me, seen my bursting bookshelves or gone to a book signing where I’m the oldest one there without a tween in tow, knows that. Read More Interview: Susane Colasanti, YA Author, “All I Need”

Good News: Circumcision, Cease-Fires, City Transit, and More

The World Health Organization approved a nonsurgical circumcision device for adult males, which involves a rubber band. The New York Times explains that “For a heterosexual man in countries where AIDS is common, being circumcised lowers the chance of getting infected by about 60 percent.” For more about circumcision and HIV risk, click here. Read More Good News: Circumcision, Cease-Fires, City Transit, and More

30 Years of Music: 2010

2010 is an off year for me. Though I’m sure there were plenty of releases that other people could get excited about, when I perused the list of albums from that year, I could only come up with ten songs about which I had anything to say. That’s not to disparage those other releases, but when I write about music, my knowledge and enthusiasm only extends so far. Still, I feel like I’ve got ten good ones here, so let’s get to it.

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