Book Reviews:Smashed by Junji Ito

MikeNM

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May 17, 2019

Though Tomie and Uzumaki didn’t get the American remake treatment of other well known J-Horror classics, Junji Ito is still widely regarded as one of the masters of the genre. Smashed is the latest collection of his horror manga to be translated and released in the US.

The opening story is about a girl who . . .

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Post Everything

MikeNM

Rants and Reviews. Mostly just BS and Affiliate Links.

May 10, 2019

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Originally this was going to be an exploration of the inherent paradox at the heart of modern technology. Technology requires trust to operate, but often technology's early iterations are buggy and cannot be trusted. The solution to that paradox is the early adopter–a particular sort of masochist that is content to endure pain . . .

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Reading A Mixtape - Selections From The 33 1/3 Series

MikeNM

Rants and Reviews. Mostly just BS and Affiliate Links.

May 03, 2019

The first book in this series I read was the entry on Jawbreaker’s 24 Hour Revenge Therapy. However, there was a sale recently, and I ended up with four new entries in the series. Since these are pretty slight books rather than four short reviews, I figured I would combine them here into one post. I didn’t just save you one click; I saved you . . .

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Technology Driven Anxiety

MikeNM

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April 26, 2019

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Skepticism of technology has crept into the culture quietly in the last few years. We went from being amazed by how fast the future was coming, to wondering what horrors are coming from the valley. We’ve gone from being awed that an entire computer could fit in our pocket to wishing the President would just sign off of Twitter. We’ . . .

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100 Hour Reviews: Octopath Traveller

MikeNM

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April 19, 2019

Hitting 120 hours on an RPG is a rarity for me. I will always grind out the main quest. I’ll also scratch out most of the sidequests, and quit once I’m grinding out dozens of levels with characters I don’t even like. While I didn’t finish out the ultimate final boss, nor another optional boss, I did wring out 95% of this . . .

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Gateways To Counter Culture: The Sandman

MikeNM

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April 12, 2019

Though I had another book in mind to lead off this little series of essays, I never got around to re-rereading it. I was spurred to re-read the Sandman by a sale on all the digital editions, saving me from pulling the worn trades off the shelf.

Sandman’s original run was from 1989-1996. I picked up near the end . . .

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Learning Diary: Bitwise Operations

MikeNM

Rants and Reviews. Mostly just BS and Affiliate Links.

April 05, 2019

Okay, I am confident that either I should have learned this in college, that I did and forgot it in the ensuing decade. My binary was already on the rusty side, and I felt like I was having some trouble keeping up with the lessons. Code Academy had some great step by step stuff, but I felt like I was missing the . . .

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