Barbarian Book Club: Weightlifting Progress 5FEB18

  I'm about two months into my focused quest to grow the body worthy of a Barbarian King, leading fierce warriors against the globalist Roman legions. My plan is outlined in this post, and now about two months later I figured I would look back on progress.   Going through my Journal the earliest weightlifting …

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Barbarian Book Club: Brutal by James Alderdice

Brutal by James Alderdice Japanese Jidaigeki meets Grimdark fantasy. James Alderdice, the pen name of David J. West channels Akira Kurosawa in this fantastic first installment of his latest grimdark sword and sorcery Brutal, which lives up to its namesake and inspiration. Echoing Kurosawa's Yojimbo in both its opening scene and thematic plot, we are …

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Barbarian Book Club: A Moon Full of Stars

I started my 2018 with a bang, reading Jon Mollison's A Moon Full of Stars. Jon is a novella writing, pulp revolution spreading, machine, whose writing seems to get better and better with each piece.  I've read some of Jon's shorter work which you can find in Storyhack Magazine and through his website JonMollison.com. But …

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The Ongoing War Against Beauty

  "Censorship is to art as lynching is to justice." In yet another battle in the ongoing war against beauty and Western Civilization puritanical feminists who run a Manchester, England Art Gallery decided to remove the exquisite  Hylas and the Nymphs by the Victorian Pre-Raphaelite JW Waterhouse.  In the typical culture warrior forked tongue double-speak …

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Experimenting with Steemit

Steemit seems to be all the rage with a certain subsection of the new pulprev crowd, so I've decided to experiment with some of my older stories. While I'm not particularly convinced about the implementation and the use of posting stories on Steemit the concept is intriguing. Sadly the interface is ugly, clunky, and somewhat …

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Snow

“All Heaven and Earth Flowered white obliterate... Snow...unceasing snow” ― Bashō Matsuo, Japanese Haiku Last night Kanagawa got hit by a snowstorm. It was the first snow this winter and the most snow I've experienced out here in Japan. I walked around a bit last night enjoying the way everything looked once covered. I moved to California …

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I look forward to being tired…

If you've been keeping track of me on here or on my other social media you know by now that this summer my first child will be arriving and that I am excited beyond belief. Since I announced the great news I've had such a great outpour of support from both my close live friends …

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49 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Magazines Ranked from Best to Worst — Planetary Defense Command

  The Planetary Defense Commander went deep into short fiction this year reading 49 magazines and reviewing and rating them. If you like short fiction I recommend his reviews in order to decide where to read the best. I've enjoyed reading his ongoing reviews these last couple of months and honestly, I feel sorry for …

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Food, Farming, and Fiction

I’ve been thinking about food and farming lately and remembered my trip to a San Diego farm and this post. Still find it fascinating, even more so now that I live in Japan and had the opportunity to travel to a few other countries in Asia.

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Several weeks ago my amazing wife arranged for us to attend an awesome independent movie premiere called Revolution:Food about farming and food, at a real life organic sustainable farm. She runs a great blog on food, health, and exercise called GainsBeforeGrains. Hop on there and check out pictures of the event, me holding baby chickens, and some llamas. She goes into much more depth about the independent natural farm movement that is downright fascinating and worth looking into.

I was born in a big city and grew up and lived only in big urban areas (Bucharest, Long Beach, Chicago, and San Diego). To me the farm we visited, Primal Pastures, was amazing. Pigs, Cows, Llamas, dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, all living in a interconnected environment. For the first time in my life I started to think about food, where it comes from, what I chose to eat, who raises…

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Barbarian Book Club: Weightlifting

The majority of posts on this blog are dedicated to reading and writing, but the intellectual element is only one area of interest. Fitness has always been an important part of my life, my day job depends on it, and I enjoy both the physical challenge and the mental aspect of weightlifting and endurance training. The …

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