The ones I’ll be mourning

June 6, 2012 at 6:03 pm (Articles / Interviews) (, , , , , , )

Ray Bradbury is dead. Because ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’ and ‘The Halloween Tree’ are a firm part of my childhood, I mourn. His death has me thinking about all those other writers, artists, whatevers, we admire from afar – people whose works we grow up with, or at least grow older with.

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When they die, we mourn. It’s not like they’re family, or friends. If you’re really lucky, you got to meet them once or twice. Maybe you got to shake their hand at a convention, or they replied to your fan mail. Maybe you got to interview them for an article, or work on their movie set, or act out their play. You may or may not ever get to tell them just how much their work has affected you, and how much their creations are part of the background of your personal psychological landscape. But when they die, you mourn. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sputnik: Where geeks gather

March 30, 2012 at 8:44 am (Articles / Interviews) (, , )

This is because Sputnik will be having its Moving Out Sale on Saturday. Although they’ll be moving out of Cubao Expo, here’s hoping they continue selling toys and comics somewhere else (preferably closer to where I live).

(This article was originally published in the Philippine Online Chronicles in January 2010, and features smart-sounding words like “eclectic” and “welcome boon”).

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Down in Cubao, a stone’s throw away from Gateway Mall and the Araneta Coliseum, is a little comic book and toy store called Sputnik. You can tell it apart from the other eclectic shops, novelty stores and art galleries in Cubao X (also called Cubao Expo or the Marikina Shoe Expo) by its exterior–a molten white façade sculpted in fiberglass by Leeroy New. This should tell you something about Sputnik–if you’re expecting your run-of-the-mill geek shop, this isn’t it. If you’re looking for a place with actual character though, you need not look any further. Read the rest of this entry »

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Whenever I see Sendai in the news

March 11, 2012 at 8:32 am (Articles / Interviews) (, , )

Whenever I see Sendai in the news, I’m automatically brought back to seven years ago. I had just graduated from high school, but as a sort of last hurrah I was allowed to join a contingent of exchange students to Japan. Our school had a sister school in Sendai, and we were to be paired up with students from there. We’d have a week to live with them and their families – it’s since turned out to be the longest week of my life, for all the best reasons.

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Today in random shit: In My Mind

February 22, 2012 at 8:17 am (Random Shit) (, , , )

Been listening to this song a lot over the last two weeks. It is now a contender for “2012 personal theme song.”

By Amanda (fucking) Palmer, who I first got to know as The Wife of Neil Gaiman.


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