Self employment: The Good

I realize that I am not always the best human being walking the globe. I don’t expect to be. Frankly, I done alright with my mediocrity. But there are at times moments when I realize that everyone is reacting to something and I seem to be reacting in a very different way. My first dose…

When your principles fail, part 3: a new phone.

Before we get onto the meat and potatoes of this story, let’s time travel very briefly to 2017 when I was still living in China. My phone began to act… wonky. That’s about the best description I have of what it was doing1. I couldn’t explain why, I couldn’t give you specifics as to what…

2020 as an inverse of China

2020 was a hell of a year, wasn’t it? I am sure everyone reading this had about as good a time as I had. We can look at this in a positive light – for the most part (yes, you can think of some exceptions. I know that I can) it was a very equalizing…

December Music Challenge 2020

Week 49 Red Hot Chili Peppers  – Freaky Styley Right. I didn’t love the first RHCP I listened to this year. I certainly don’t remember it very well here at the year’s end. But while I was researching that album, I saw that RHCP had an album produced by George Clinton. George Clinton is my…

…happy new year…

Happy new year to whomever is reading this. Ha. A warm blanket and a comforting drink to whomever is reading this. I can’t expect anyone is doing well. 2020 was a horrible year for me, and I imagine it was for everyone else as well. I am exhausted. I have been exhausted for months. I…

Leaving Chalkida

I’ve finally figured it out. For years now I have been saying that I just do not fall prey to nostalgia. I react to the mere mentions of things like high school reunions with a dead, thousand yard stare and a look of utter confusing, expressing my disbelief that anyone could think such an idea…

When your principles fail (sort of), part 2: The Pinebook

This post is a follow up to this one. Not sure it is urgent, but if you feel confused, read that one first. *** In the previous post, I lamented my previous choice of laptop because I found it somewhat limiting and limited. It just wasn’t allowing me to do the things that I needed…

November Music Challenge 2020

Week 45 – The Coup – Sorry to bother you If you’ve actually the previous posts in this series then there are two thing I should say up front. One, this is not a repeat. I had reviewed the album ‘Sorry to Bother you’ by The Coup and the tUnE-yArDs, which was the soundtrack to…

The election season

I don’t get horror as a genre. That sentence is how I have (on more than one occasion) opened a blog post on my book review site. All my attempts as reading horror have resulted in little more than my frequent boredom. I have a reasonably good idea why this is the case, and as…

I did a tourism! part 3 [Photo-Dump]

If it seems like all I am doing these days is vacationing, well, that isn’t exactly the case. These pictures were taken maybe a day after the pictures from my previous photo-dump. I just don’t want this to be a photography blog, largely because I am not all that good at taking pictures. But some…

Some kind of closure

I tried and failed a few times to write a comprehensive conclusion to the series of events that I labeled here with the tag ‘THE JOB THAT SHALL NOT BE NAMED’. I never could manage to do it. I found a handful of metaphor that I though might help, but none of them felt right….