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My Backup Solution

This is my backup solution and process. My Laptop I have 2 external hard drives: External Backup A and External Backup B. One is at home and one is at my parents’ house. Every Monday, I plug my local External Backup drive into my laptop and clone the laptop’s data to it. I use Carbon Copy Cloner on the Mac; you could use rsync on Linux or DriveImageXML on Windows. Most weeks, this takes less than half […]

1920's Faust (movie review)

1920’s Faust (movie review)

Wow. It’s rare to come upon a movie that is such a masterful tour-de-force. Faust fires on all cylinders, creating a work that’s innovative, artful, and complete. Faust’s first few minutes are composed almost entirely of complex special-effects shots, showing angels and demons riding through the air. This in a film made in 1926. We then see a conversation between an angel and a demon, a bet that any mortal can be […]

Go Goa Gone (Movie Review)

Go Goa Gone (Movie Review)

It’s as though Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. watched the first Hangover movie, looked at each other, and said, “You know what that needed? More zombies.” I watched Go Goa Gone on my flight back from Japan, so I was in a loopy mood, so my apologies if this review is overly charitable. Go Goa Gone tells the story of a few brain-dead young Indian men who excitedly decide to crash an ultra-hip party on an island […]

Sherlock with Naked Women and Werewolves: Review of Strippers vs. Werewolves

Sherlock with Naked Women and Werewolves: Review of Strippers vs. Werewolves

Every so often, I feel a need for a dumb, fun movie. I want a movie that will entertain with flair, not necessarily with spectacle but at least with energy. It’s almost always dumb. Strippers vs. Werewolves isn’t dumb. It begins with a very cheap shot of a strip joint exploding in a ball of flame. It then cuts to a long shot of a man entering another strip joint, and as he passes […]


Japan, Day 10: Final Oddities

Today, I awoke comfortable. I felt used to Japan now. It wasn’t home, by any stretch, but it felt familiar. My plan for today was simple: visit the Imperial Palace, then head over to the fashion disticts of Shibuya and Harajuku. And they were all on the same Yamanote Line. First, the Imperial Palace. I had already visited a week prior, to discover the Palace was closed on that day. Today, I knew it would be […]

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Japan, Day 9: Ueno Park

I awoke early today, before my alarm went off. my mind full of the events of the week. I had only a few days left in Japan. I’d spent about 45 minutes the night before looking over my plans for Tokyo. Now that I was spending a full day there (tomorrow), plus half the day after before catching my 5:30pm flight, I had options. I would visit the temple and museum complex at Ueno, the Imperial Palace (now […]

I Pledge for 2014

By the middle of the year… Everything I eat will be raw or homemade (unless I’m at a restaurant). I will eat at least 3 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. At least once a week, I will drink a little wine and eat some fish. Every day, I will exercise for at least 20 minutes, write for at least 30 minutes, and meditate for at least 10 minutes. At least once a week, I will draw. At least once a week, I will practice […]

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