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army status update

I woke up this morning slapping my alarm clock into snooze mode. In that moment, snapping from zero to consciousness, my first thought was that that wasn’t the first alarm that was supposed to go off. Upon investigation, I had apparantly already snoozed my cell phone without recording a memory of the event. It is [...]

True Stories of Life in Japan, pt 0: How I Got There

Coming up into senior year of college, I had too many credits. Taking just the courses required for graduation would have left me with only a single class in the second semester. The school wouldn’t discount me a semester’s tuition even if I finished early, and my scholarships vanished if I dropped to part-time student [...]

the sketchiest night of my life

One consequence of the long delay before I leave for Basic Training is that I have to come up with two more months’ rent. As such, I set out yesterday to acquire a basic, simple job that would pay over $10/hour and for which I could start immediately and end abruptly when it was time [...]

Review: Apple OSX

It should be no surprise to anyone who reads this blog that I feel a strong sense of disconnection without regular access to a computer. Despite this, for most of my life I’ve spent substantial portions of each summer travelling, camping, and otherwise incommunicado. This summer was different: everywhere I went during August, I lugged [...]

a song by blondie

I now have a shiny new cell phone. If you would like to call me, you can do so at 603 978 2001. Unless you’re a telemarketer, in which case I expressly forbid you to. I expect to keep this number for at least two more years, so don’t let it go to waste. Put [...]


My trip home from Japan was completed almost exactly 48 hours ago now. Aside from the colossal ineptitude of Liberty Airport (Newark, NJ), my trip was fairly smooth and easy. I’ve spent much of the last two days burning through the backlog of novels which were waiting for me here, visiting various relatives, and generally [...]


I arrived in Japan yesterday morning, lugged 140 pounds of luggage to the guest house where I’ll be for the next two weeks, and then spent most of the rest of the day trying to stay awake, as I had been up for 40 hours when I arrived at 9am. I finally failed around 7:30pm. [...]

the voice thing is kind of inconvenient, but really funny (for everyone else)

Two interesting things happened today. The first is that I got a package in the mail. I open it and it’s a cell phone. I turn it on, and I have one voicemail message waiting, from 10 minutes ago. It would have been just like The Matrix, except the timing was just a little off, [...]