“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.



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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Barbarian Book Club: Best of 2017 and Planetary Awards Nomination

It dawned on me that I never got around to putting together a best of 2017 post. It's tough for me and somewhat useless because my reading choices are completely organic. I chose my reading material based on split-second emotion without rhyme or reason when it comes to publication date, genre, topic, or length. I also …

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Happy Year of the Dog!

The Year of the Dog is upon us, 2017 was great for us but 2018 holds so many exciting changes and new adventures. We enter 2018 a family of two plus Quinn and halfway through the year we will become a family of three plus Quinn. Career-wise I am due to find out my next …

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Goals and Resolutions 2018

In four days it will be 2018, a whole new year of adventure and excitement. With the dawning of the new year, many of us will take the time to reflect on the past and plan for the future by making traditional New Year's Resolutions. According to some random internet poll, that I found on …

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Merry Christmas

The Christmas celebrations have been exactly how I wanted them to be, low key and involving a lot of relaxing on the couch with Netflix.  Yesterday we woke up late, made orange cinnamon rolls, bacon, eggs, and a bunch of coffee, for a fantastic Christmas Eve breakfast. I made up for all my eating by …

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Rehabbing Wonder

Misha Burnett captures exactly how I feel. I haven’t seen the last five Star Wars, the last few Star Treks, and other remakes because I just want new stuff. Star Wars was great when I was a kid, but if I want Star Wars I will pop in my old DVD. I don’t need or want new Star Wars, I want new Science Fiction.


Two films that I saw recently, Justice League and The Last Jedi, left me with very similar feelings that I have been trying to put into words.

As usual, I find that for me the most natural analogies are drawn from my day job. So I want you to imagine a building constructed in, say, the middle 1970s. The architect has very definite ideas about what the building is for and how it will be used. There is a plan.

But over time, things change.

The dry cleaner on the ground floor moved out and a candy store rented that space, so that the washing equipment was taken out and the piping cut off flush with the walls and capped.

An accounting form on the third floor needs a server room, with holes punched in the walls for cabling and new air conditioners, and a new high voltage electrical…

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