Not All Answers

So it seems lately my blog has turned into a place where I give a one-sided, poorly-researched critique of someone else’s one-sided, poorly-researched blog post, but hey, isn’t that what the Blogosphere is for? Nobody but a very small group of people give a crap about anything I say, anyway.

Today’s topic is mass killing. We’ve heard all the arguments before, right? So can we just stop beating this anti-misogynist/pro-gun control/pro-mental health dead horse of a topic? No, goddamn it. We’re going to fucking pulverize it. Continue reading

Chao’s Theory

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Uneaten Stone Lion

During my brief study of Mandarin, I learned about the poem “Lion Eating Poet in the Stone Den,” written by linguist Yuen Ren Chao as a peaceful and humorous, but poignant protest to Sun Yat-sen and the Kuomintang Movement’s initiative to abolish Classical Chinese Script in favor of full Romanization of Chinese writing (what later became pinyin). Continue reading

Don’t Be This Person

20140309-135539.jpg A coworker lent me this movie.

It was not a movie I had expressed wanting to see, nor really known about until it came up briefly in conversation the day before, where I had ambivalently shrugged it off. And then it turned up on my desk the next morning with a Post-it note endorsement of, “Enjoy!” Now this puts an enormous amount of pressure on me to set aside 112 minutes of my day to watch this thing, which still looks like a title with no appeal to me whatsoever. I am not the target demographic for this movie. But that’s beside the point. Continue reading