JAN


Leave Society -
Tao Lin

FEB


Curses
George Wylesol

HP Lovecraft's
At the Mountains of Madness
Gou Tanabe
(Vol I; II)

3.24


The Hole
Hiroko Oyamada

APR


Homunculus
vol 1-2; vol 3-4

Hideo Yamamoto

To Hold Up the Sky
CiXin Liu
Audiobook

MAY


Where the Wild Ladies Are
Aoko Matsuda

What Happens After A God Dies? -
Curious Archive

February


Tanasinn, Japan's Ancient Internet Horror | Esoteric Internet -
Pseudiom


The Densest City In The World Had A (Strange) Secret -
DamiLee


This Anime Exposed a $28,000,000,000 Scam -
HitReg

Robocop is a perfectly symmetrical film

MARCH


Alien Life and the Myelin Sheath Solution to the Fermi Paradox -
John Michael Godier

APRIL


I Made a Graph of Wikipedia... This Is What I Found -
adumb


Simulating Biology in Other Dimensions -
Curious Archive


On Your Mark - Chage & Aska (1995) -
Hayao Miyazaki
Early Ghibli Cyberpunk MV

MAY


Taiwan lawmakers exchange blows in bitter dispute over parliament reforms -
Reuters

JUNE


BOLAVLK/WEREAWOLF -
sournoodl


Painted Comics -
Comics People


Matchmaking Gods -
Taiwan Plus

ive been having a hard time thinking of how i would be able to recap this month and come across as anything short of repulsive since nearly day left me feeling absolutely self-satisfied and completely content. trust me, i know no one likes to see you winning son: my entire entertainment diet has shifted towards watching people's lives fall apart in 4k. I am romulus and remus suckling at the teat of youtuber downfall commentary videos.

rather than have me gushing about how the world wraps around me like a blanket, i'll just show you some stuff i have pictures of that apply to the past month, and sprinkle in some silly shit i came across.

(Hover to reveal, click to enlarge)

biggest surprise of the year thus far was my taking to this book.
FULL REACTION HERE

(I've also gone and made areadingjournal printable for no reason as i probably wont use them.)

a great deal of whats made this month so great is coming off the back of the rad xmas presents i was given.

Case in point, framing this sucker felt like an accomplishment. I elected to use chinese classified ads for karaoke bars and possible brothels ive had saved for eons.

a lot of time dedicated acting as chola's personal tailor. made her a beautiful winter coat to keep her cozy and expanded her raincoat (she fat). Both garments were made compatible with her harness so she can wear both, or all, at once.

i've also gone about sticking with some daily and weekly habits, that call back to gifts i got: jotting down daily journal entries at the end of each day in my ARTS&SCIENCE A6 hobnonichi techo; and scanning 1 roll of ancient 35mm film per week. while i havent taken proper pics in a couple years, I have dozens and dozens of uncut negatives rolled up in plastic bins i got from daiso*. a proper gallery in all its CSS glory coming soon.

*ok i realize its been an extraordinarily asian-centric month, more than the 50% i usually operate at, but like my recent embrace of internet drama culture ive fully settled in to my era of oriental excellence. so be it. Also im writing this on Chinese New Year so technically this is still coming in at the top of the new month and moon.

Year of the Trash Dragon

Ok february let’s go

Notably chinese new year fell in February this year, which meant hot pot for no less than 21 people and red envelopes. I love chinese new year because it means fortune telling from my mom, an endless amount of shabu shabu leftovers, and pineapple cakes erryday. chinese new year is really thanksgiving for asian people, you see all your fam and eat until youre almost dead. love it.

Second major event, i got banned from etsy, making this the second or third platform ive been excommunicated from (See: the great yeetening), which is super annoying and fucked up, made more maddening by the fact that they kept the money from my last sale, and a wound that continues to sting as i keep forgetting and coming up with new ideas for products i cannot post. For now I will be looking for other e-commerce platforms, but my hopes are low since I cant really think of any others that have that built in audience/discoverability through the search feature, and i really dont want to put in the effort of marketing, at least not right now. I think I’ll add a comment box to this post if you have any suggestions for selling platforms please lmk. FUCKIN BOO.

Beyond that shit with etsy, things have been pretty great. Ive been thinking about neocities a lot since i decided to make a video about some of my favorite sites. That should be done sometime in march and of course I’ll link it here. This month I read CURSES, an anthology by George Wylesol. I happened upon it at a comic book shop I discovered in January, and was determined to purchase it when I had a decent paycheck. It did NOT disappoint.

Here's my little post-it review i stuck in my planner. Similar to CURSES, im equally motivated to get →Internet Crusader←, a previous title of his that is absolutely oozing with web1.0 goodness. I guess im on a graphic novel kick, since I also spent my reading time trading off between Curses and the manga adaptation of Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness from Gao Tanabe. I've always wanted to read Lovecraft, since there's so many great movies inspired by his work, but every time I've tried, I really couldnt get into the swing of things. This manga has been the perfect solution, re-pacing the story through exceptionally illustrated panels, while being a faithful and accurate re-telling, using typeface to indicate when the original text is quoted. The style is very un-manga and reminds me of a classic works paperback comic collection I had as a kid. The story I'm reading now is a two-parter and on top of that dude's supposed to have redone two other works from Lovecraft. If you too have struggled with Lovecraft, but are similarly interested, I highly suggest u give these manga a try, I found mine at B&N.

Ok, i guess that's it for now, I also got a sweet new work gig, but technically that happened in the beginning of march. I keep forgetting I can post updates about my life here that don't have to be framed within these monthly update things, but.. whatever. ttyl.

PS. There's a shitton of new fonts added to

mama's got a new job boys! on top of the other shit i was already doing, i am now training ai models. yes, ive joined the darkside. i was gonna start going off about how im probably the only person you know that is emotionally indifferent to ai, but remembered where I am. i figure half of yall aren't going to care about what im doing to put hello-kitty toasted bread on the table, and the other half aren't even going to read this sentence. which leaves the margin-of-error outliers that might actually be curious. so to save myself from the effort of typing it all out, i have found an article that kind of explains what it is im doing.

This is an interview with the lead researchers over at Anthropic, makers of ChatGPT's only competition (as far as I'm concerned). Hover down to the third question, just below the illustration, for a sense of the kind of work I'm doing, why it pays so well, and a cheap shot at Amazon's MTurk. Oh yeah, the pay is great. It's gig work by definition, in that I can pick it up whenever I want, but unlike gig work in that I am paid well, consistently, and actually adds enjoyment to my day.

Another thing that has brought joy this month is the album Angel Eyes from Stephen Sanchez. It's been a hundred years since a) I found new music I felt compelled to make other people listen to and b) found an album and artist through a song that was playing on the radio. And its a concept album no less! The story is so Scorcese: "Taking place between 1958 and 1964, the concept album chronicles a love story between a famous crooner (The Troubadour Sanchez) and Evangeline, the girlfriend of a mob boss who owns the club where Sanchez performs."


Stephen Sanchez - Evangeline

Listen to this and tell me the ghost of Harry Nilsson isn't living in this man's throat. usually you gotta be an uggo to sing this good, which adds a whole nother layer of rarity since he registers as attractive in my eyes, which rarely favor celebreties and their kind. read: I dont find many famous people men to be attractive.

Link to live visual album
(slightly out of order, and not complete)

In all March was a great month despite me spending 55% of it in utter dread as my birthday approached. It was a big one and i denied any kind of celebration, thinking I was going to be an emotional baby. Most days leading up to it, it felt like i could hear crashing waves emotion ready to pull me under. but the day came and passed just fine. it was fun even. I had japanese wagyu for the first time in a 30s inspired steak house with a picture of ODB in the staircase. I also had american wagyu for the first time (it was kind of a steak flight, with dry-aged and wet-aged cuts too), and shit was beyond compare. it was like a krispy kreme donut facing off with one from 711. ok so within compare.

Gifts I received included a pen nib I had been oggling over since it was first presented on JetPens, a household favorite supplier of Japanese stationery. I have watched their videos radicalize several people in to becoming pen collectors, so approach their youtube channel with caution. I also FINALLY got the three hour version of the cinematic masterpiece Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, which I still haven't watched since.. turns out I dont have a blu-ray player.

What did we do this month? work a lot.

a lot a lot. enjoying it tho.

made a funky bootleg of a bootleg on an official Daido Moriyama shirt.
I cropped, rotated and resized the image from this product page, gussied up the text and prepared it for cricut, then added it to a shirt my brother and his wife got me from Uniqlo. i think the correct equation is Bootleg SH X Daido Official.
i'll throw the cut file onto the cricut downloads folder for other horror survival craft enthusiasts.

LSRxWFR
↑↑ my academic obligations ↑↑
LSR, aka The International Congress on Love and Sex with Robots, bka Love and Sex with Robots is an academic conference about sex tech research and of course, sex robots, recently expanding to cover the realm of artificial "companions" and horny chatbots. It's had its share of controversies (1,2, 3,) which forced the conference into an online format for the past three years, two of which I served on the planning committee. This year marks the return to an online format, and will be held in Montréal. It also marks the first year I've been apart of where we have been flushed with cash, as such I'm actually getting paid to handle their social media and am expecting to get my travel and stay covered for the conference (though I still haven't decided if I'll actually go).

WFR refers to the World Futures Review and I'm sure ive talked about that somewhere. Im co-editing a special issue on Arts and Poetry and after collecting and accepting submissions, I finally spit out my side of the introductory editorial, which.. I know in my heart of hearts wasn't my best and I'll probably try to rewrite it. The problem was they never gave me a hard deadline, just "whenever it's ready", which probably sounds keen, but as a perpetual night before the deadline writer, it turns out i really need to feel the heat to produce anything of quality.

my mum has been in taiwan for the past month plus leading to concern over the multiple and on-going earthquakes, extended family gossip and teleshopping at my favorite stationery store on the planet, the 9x9 in Kaohsiung.
but the real highlight of the month was the icecream
the grocery store i live by usually sells pints of Ben&Jerry's for $5.99+ but this month had a sale for 4 @ $3.00 per piece, yes, i am writing about this which is like buy 2 get 2, so.. ive had half a pint of ice cream each night and cooling my blood with chocolate and icey creams.
i think the less that happens the more prone i am to rambling because i somehow am trying to justify the time ive spent, or maybe, and this is true, i appreciate what my current version of monotony is.

visited my pal Clark
Israel bought a Champagne Minivan
books and media
A.
round mid month i headed up to the city of sour patch angels to bid my good friend clark a fond farewell before he embarks upon his life-changing or at least -altering journey to the place Free Willy was filmed‡, Orca's Island.
This meant carpooling a couple hours w my ma post-Mother's Day who was game to go visit one of her own friends that day, visiting my bro and his wife at their home in [REDACTED], and constantly defending myself from Clark's -I say this with peace and love- demented ass dog.
And books. Many many books. One of Clark's best qualities is he has taste similar to mine*, and a natural consequence of moving for most people is having to downsize. Thus I was bestowed with many hundreds of dollars worth of top-tier stuff-and-things. Daido Moriyama, Martin Parr, very cool and obscure first issues of magazines that failed later. I am tempted to pull up prices for the mostly out of print haul I walked away with and come up with a grand total for the value to make him feel slightly worse about shedding his items. But in all seriousness folks, (folks? take my wife, please) I wish nothing but the best for him no matter what part of the planet he brings his talent and demented ass dog (peace and love)

*(Reading that back, i realize how vain it sounds, but i'm going to keep it because its funny and true)

Note: I have no reason to believe or disbelieve whether Free Willy was actually filmed in, on, or around Orca's Island, but I'll believe it for their sake, since not doing so would really chaff my blowhole

having spent the whole year reading contemporary japanese novels and obsessing over yokai, I found a book of contemporary japanese short stories BASED on yokai.
Celebratory Meals
  • Chilaquiles and Creme Brulee at Ninas 5/5
  • Make Hainan Chicken & Rice + Pineapple cake icecream for Mother's Day 5/12
  • Ceviche at Yoltich's Graduation party 5/24

had a hard time realizing my sweet baby dove in paris was having a hard time