…Sabbatical Over

I took a few weeks away from my online life to gather myself. I unplugged to hear my own thoughts and to spend more time with family and friends. I spent time by the ocean, in parks, and exploring the City.

I added a scooter and roller blades to my growing collection of wheeled conveyances.

The skating has been fun. Last Sunday, I got an impromptu skating lesson from a 7-year-old named Justin who could slalom cones using only two of his eight inline skate wheels. The scooter has been fun too but after wiping out on wet concrete, I’ve been a bit less enthused about it. I’m thinking maybe I’ll try riding a unicycle next. Continue reading …Sabbatical Over

Mandela Effect: Berenstein Bears & Geography Videos

I was in a sleepy coastal California town couple weeks ago for a wedding. The night before, many of the close friends of the bride and groom gathered in a social area in the hotel over some drinks, desserts, and ice cream.

I have two modes, socially speaking. One, the detached anthropologist/sociologist. Two, the loud and laughing extrovert. I was in the second mode that night and not being accustomed to drinking so much, I was louder than usual.

As more friends arrived, talk turned to the topic of what we’d all been up to.

“I made a Mandela Effect video,” I said.

“Mandala?” someone asked. Continue reading Mandela Effect: Berenstein Bears & Geography Videos

The Simulation Universe Thought Experiment Blows My Mind

IMichio Kaku’s explanations of higher dimensions through metaphor went several steps further than Flatland did, and his book brought me to previously unknown levels of book brought me to previously unknown levels of intellectual stimulation. While I lacked the capacity to experience the fourth dimension in a more phy stimulation. While I lacked the capacity to experience the fourth dimension in a more physically direct way, Kaku’s descriptions allowed me to conceptualize it mentally. Continue reading The Simulation Universe Thought Experiment Blows My Mind

Big Brother Does More Than Watch

I did as I suggested, leaving a trail of false personal information here and there, recording the person to whom I had given that information. Lo and behold, soon after that, another person would intimate strikingly similar information in a “mirrored personality”. It happened more than once. It happened with nearly every bread crumb of false HUMINT I released. Someone was keeping a record, and that was… spooky. Two other confidential sources gave me more information, and when I realized they had no problem involving my family and friends… I pulled the plug. Continue reading Big Brother Does More Than Watch

Garrick Lew – You Left Us as Better People, Rest In Peace.

“Renowned attorney and community activist Garrick Sherman Lew passed away on Friday, March 19, 2016, due to complications arising from his treatment for cancer. He will be remembered as a skillful and talented attorney, a tireless advocate in the fight for social justice and equality, an icon in the Asian American community, a devoted husband to his wife, Diane Hiura, a loving and engaged father to his two sons, Dillon and Brandon, and an indispensable friend to those who knew him.” Continue reading Garrick Lew – You Left Us as Better People, Rest In Peace.