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I'm moving my blog. Having had 3 successive blogs (2 from SixApart) with different companies, it's time to take all of them and 1. put them in one place and 2. host them myself so I can keep the information myself and 3. control the look and feel myself. I'll... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2011 at Zen Ken
I read about some tidbits about a game called 'Sword and Sworcery' so I checked it out on my iPad. Here's a look: It's very isoteric, using a sort of pixel/retro game/lego approach. It's also got a very distinct touch interface and audio soundtrack. All in all, it's a refreshing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2011 at Zen Ken
I often consider writing about something and then give it a day or two of thought. Normally there are plenty of other people willing to write up a storm with little information or insight. There's plenty of good information and bad information in equal parts about the Fukushima reactors in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2011 at Zen Ken
I am not always able to give my time to relief efforts. In this particular instance, I was asked to go and I turned it down. I donated to the American Red Cross (my company, being Japanese owned, is matching employee donations). Donation and giving should feel altruistic, though I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2011 at Zen Ken
I think so, too. They have structure and are aligned to deal with crisis response in a lot more ways. I would say only well established organizations like the American Red Cross would be about the same or better in their ability to manage resources in such a case.
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2011 on Unfortunate series of events at Zen Ken
I got a request recently to volunteer for Reserve assistance for the disaster relief efforts over in Japan. Unfortunately, since I'm deploying later this year for a long stay overseas, I really can't afford to take any time away from my job as it is. Sadly, I wanted to volunteer... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2011 at Zen Ken
I work for a North American arm of a Japanese company. Though their facilities in Japan were not affected directly (they are in the south, the earthquake in the north), they are impacted by the devastation in a lot of ways. I received two emails from similar management from a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2011 at Zen Ken
I started GR last summer. It was so dense and the writing style so difficult to follow that I had to read a companion book to translate it. I finished my first JPME course over a week and a half ago, and I saw this one book sitting on my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2011 at Zen Ken
I've been overly busy since the beginning of the year, between work, JPME and deployment preparations. Despite that I'm going to make a resolution post anyway. Here's my list from last year: Finish the first draft of my first novel. (Deadline February 6th- in time for the next Amazon Breakthrough... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2011 at Zen Ken
I found this quote on a blog the other day: “Until a man selects a definite purpose in life, he dissipates his energies and spreads his thoughts over so many subjects and in so many different directions that they lead not to power, but to indecision and weakness. With the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2011 at Zen Ken
I haven't gotten around to my New Year's Resolution yet; it's just too busy. But I can't help but think about the Saturday shooting of Congresswoman Giffords. In particular, I'm not Left, Right, Republican or Democrat. What I am now is Anti-Mass Media. As soon as this has happened, all... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2011 at Zen Ken
Posted Dec 15, 2010 at Zen Ken
For me it's been over for about three days. I got to 50,000 words on Saturday and just kind of dragged anchor at that point, though I knew I was only halfway through my novel at the very least. My own lessons learned: 1. I paced myself this time, though... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2010 at Zen Ken
I want to see this. :) Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2010 at Zen Ken
Well I'm not a writer, but I know how to just put my nose to the grindstone, so to speak. I understand there are lots of people not like that out there. Of course my story can be just as boring to them, I'm sure. When you start talking about gay zombie vampire, how plot bunnies are crapping all over the place, and how your characters are taking over your story, I just lose interest in having a reasonable discussion.
Toggle Commented Nov 11, 2010 on Close to halfway at Zen Ken
I'm at 20,000 words already. Things are moving along in my novel. I'm doing my best to start wrapping up the threads that have been around since the first and the second novel. It's causing me to hop between character POVs, and that's fine. It's something that can't be helped,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2010 at Zen Ken
Yep, it's a sequel to the 1982 cult classic Tron by Disney. Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleiter were in the original. Of course, it doesn't compare to the new movie, but it was still cool for geeky kids like me back then.
Toggle Commented Oct 27, 2010 on Wow at Zen Ken
Jeff Bridges young digital self is a little off, but the rest of this video is awesome. Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2010 at Zen Ken
For years, Nordstrom’s Employee Handbook was a single 5×8” gray card containing these 75 words: Welcome to Nordstrom We’re glad to have you with our Company. Our number one goal is to provide outstanding customer service. Set both your personal and professional goals high. We have great confidence in your... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 27, 2010 at Zen Ken
A really good idea hit me for a software project today. It's going to be focused on the iPad platform at first, but I'm sure I can port it to other platforms as time goes by. First steps: -Research, research research. -Design. -iPad coding structure and concepts. I'll try to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2010 at Zen Ken
I think you should definitely go for it. If anything, you get a long bout of writing exercise, and feel like you banged out a few pages of the novel you've been nudging around in your brain.
Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow is a slog. I don't know who can read that for enjoyment. I'm over halfway through it, but I need something more inspiring for NaNoWriMo. So I'm reading this: It's pretty riveting, not because it's Star Wars, but because it's based on material and interview written... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2010 at Zen Ken
M LOVES West Side Story (with the exception of Aladdin and White Christmas, it's the only real musical dvd we have). The music is very catchy.
Toggle Commented Oct 21, 2010 on somewhere at Jockey Full of Bourbon
No worries, Mariser. I'll keep at it. I couldn't do NaBloPoMo, mainly because I can't think of what to say every day. I saw you might be leaving FB, but I hope you'll be sticking around here in the blog world.
Toggle Commented Oct 20, 2010 on Going it alone at Zen Ken