■ Microblog

March 19, 2023
It's already March?!

The last few weeks have been spent settling back in. It'll be a while until I have my normal workspace set up again, so I don't forsee any updates for a while.

February 26, 2023
看到一隻死掉的蟑螂……呃……壞處。

February 24, 2023
我的中文不是很好,但是現在在台灣,大部分人都能聽懂我的話。 我很高興...

February 24, 2023
弟弟帶我逛了台北,今天他要和媽媽一起去日本了...好嫉妒...他問我想不想去(我當然想!!!)但是我沒有時間...下次!下次!!!

February 24, 2023
在台灣可以看到很多東西。 希望我能在台北住幾個月...

February 23, 2023
All things considered, EN Golgo fans were pretty lucky. 中文就沒有... All the more reason to be thankful for one diehard fan-turned-editor...

February 17, 2023
It's the first anniversary of this site's launch. I'm happy! I'm also nervous though, because I'm only 98% sure the site won't suddenly crash following some renewals lol. Please bear with the dust, if any.

February 14, 2023
I genuinely think the Microblog section might be better served as exclusively the place where I yell into the void about Golgo 13...

February 14, 2023
Or maybe it's that, it would be better organized into categories (G13, Art, and Climbing)? Having it be vague and unfocused doesn't feel right. I'll think about reorganizing it later.

February 13, 2023
Played two escape rooms recently, bringing my personal count up to seven. The rooms and puzzles were fantastically designed. I'd like to do a lot more, in the future.

February 10, 2023

Same, except with a devastated and frustrated tone as this series continues to leave naught but a wake of destruction in my media consumption habits.

February 10, 2023
If I was a character in Golgo 13 I would 100% already be dead because I'd be Mandy Washington, except unlike Mandy I would absolutely be too stupid and too stubborn to know when to quit.

February 10, 2023
Recently started doing pistol squats after the clinic to focus on improving leg strength. While they have been very effective in training...there's no polite way of saying it: pistol squats suck.

February 10, 2023
Zero regrets about buying those G13 books...they were all really good...

February 10, 2023
No. 213 - I love that Fanette is an action girl while also perpetually going way out of her depth. She's a teenager and a student, after all. But also, her grit and determination while performing a hefty blood transfusion... *sobs*

February 10, 2023
No. 213 - Every time Duke looks Incredibly Done at an antagonist of the week and then shoots them before they can mouth off any further, I gain back a year of my life. There's never any dialogue, but I always insert a "You stupid motherfucker" in for a laugh...

February 10, 2023
No. 213 - That kind of dialogue would never happen, of course, but after all the harrows Duke typically goes through in some chapters where the operation is less clean, I think he would deserve it...

February 10, 2023
No. 215 - The volume that I hadn't planned to buy that came with one of the other books. But there was a chapter with Dave in it! There's a funny moment after Dave hands his latest work to Duke. I can't help but feel like Duke is actively messing with Dave sometimes.

February 10, 2023
No. 215 - Dave's Tired Energy is life-giving... Talking about how he stayed up all night to complete the work, and how some words of gratitude would be nice... Dave...by now, you know what to expect, but it's nice he feels he can speak so freely like that.

February 10, 2023
No. 218 - I...Ivanova!! Her enthusiasm and passion was even larger than I had thought it'd be... The implication that Duke even looks at Facebook or any manner of SNS makes me laugh though...

February 10, 2023
No. 218 - When Ivanova grabs Duke after he dresses her wound and Duke lies there and says "I don't feel like doing that right now"...The entire situation makes me laugh, because they just escaped "evil spirits" and are now tangling with the potential of hypothermia.

February 10, 2023
No. 218 - Regardless of what Duke was thinking, I would say "life-and-death situations, combined with the threat of spooky ghosts, would put anyone out of the mood".

February 10, 2023
No. 218 - Even though Ivanova struggles with a lack of romantic partners, I think it was better avoided anyhow because she got to work with Duke as a comrade-in-arms instead...sentimentally, I think that was more meaningful...emotionally, it was spicier LOL...

February 10, 2023
No. 218 - Also, I can't help it...the three times Ivanova hugs Duke while crying openly, and each time you can't see Duke's face at all...and then at the end, his incredibly wry/bemused expression when they part ways. It's surreal...?! I can't help but laugh and scream a little...

February 10, 2023
No. 218 - The greatest shock though: a chapter revolving around the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg?! I read "RBG" as "Red blue green" like...lights... I didn't make the connection until I opened the page to what was clearly politicians being politicians and then realized...

February 10, 2023
No. 218 - I haven't taken the time to read Silver-Winged Bride, but I don't think I'm ready for it...something about the strong, intense, almost mindless feelings of people when they're feverishly in love, and the descent into madness, etc etc...

February 9, 2023
Takao Saito re-used AX-3 (Hans Jurgens) in another work he made?! Mr Jurgens!! What are you doing here?! (Happy).

February 9, 2023
It's fun to recognize AX-3 was involved extensively in his own line of professional business and escapades, until the day he meets his match against Duke...anyways, I'll have to look more deeply into this.

February 9, 2023
The timeless experience of thinking a Golgo 13 chapter will be "fun" only to end with "stone cold bummer"...

February 9, 2023
It's a good thing, because that's what should be expected by this point, but it doesn't change it from being a gut punch every time. It's "fun" in its own way?!

February 9, 2023
A very recent chapter released in Big Comic sounded interesting, so I picked up the digital version while it is still in publication. But wow...I guess I will never get tired of the concept of people dying for their revenge ;_;

February 10, 2023
I can't lie that I'm a little nervous because I think pieces of the tone and style have changed a bit since Takao Saito passed away, but at the same time, I also want to recognize that the series has changed and evolved a lot over its 50+ year run.

February 10, 2023
Ultimately, what happens is what happens, so I only hope for the best.

February 8, 2023
Went climbing with the experienced climbing friend, their partner, and the typical climbing crew. The plateau is slowly being overcome! The goal is for a baseline of 5.10b. Sometimes 5.10c can be accomplished, but it varies.

February 8, 2023
Went over the usual limit of routes...think it was about seven routes, three 5.9 and below routes, one 5.10a route, two 5.10b routes, and one 5.10c route. Normally I only do about four or five per session with only one or two challenges, so everything hurts now, but it was great!

February 8, 2023
The unfinishable 5.10b during the clinic is now much easier to do. It's still not possible to overcome the crux on the first go, but this third time it only took three attempts, unlike the second time which was maybe six furious tries of floundering.

February 8, 2023
Still, there's the challenge of outdoor climbing, and recognizing the limitations and softer grading in gym climbing, but it's been wonderful watching everyone's improvement and knowing we are climbing with better form and technique than when we first started at all.

February 8, 2023
Going on vacation soon ^^ It's been a long time since going abroad. Getting to ride the various transit systems again will be a big highlight of the trip. I'm also looking forward to breakfast, and visiting the museums.

February 8, 2023
Going to the bookstores and department stores will be exciting, too. It's my first guilt-free extended vacation since joining the workforce so I want to make the most of it ^^

February 6, 2023
The simultaneous feeling of glowing with joy and suffering under the unbearable weight of how much Golgo 13 I still haven't had a chance to read through.

February 6, 2023
Finally at 4-star hunts in MHR...the fights are starting to get a little more harrowing! Apparently, MHR is a lot easier and user-friendly than previous installations...having come off of 4U, I'm inclined to agree (never even finished 4U...)

February 6, 2023
Eventually want to look into finishing it, but playing on a busted old 3DS makes it less appealing...the rubber cover on the joystick fell off ages ago and I could never bother to buy a new one...(my god, the 3DS came out over a decade ago...)

February 6, 2023
Hooray...the books I ordered came in quickly enough for me to use a coupon for significantly reduced shipping...I'm excited...I'm excited...

February 6, 2023
One of the orders will come with a volume I hadn't planned on buying, but was bundled with the volume I did want...I probably have just about a little space remaining on my bookshelf for all of them...

February 2, 2023
It's been a long time (read: about over a year) since the pressure of a deadline crunch. It feels nice to kick ass under the gun, but it's also a sort of bad form of dopamine that's led to burnout in the past...

February 2, 2023
Namely, bad eating habits, broken sleep schedules, and coffee consumption habits tended to peak during those times. This time, eating and sleeping habits will stay resolutely the same, but coffee...is a vice I'll allow for a day or two...

February 2, 2023
There's always something fun about being fire-forged compatriots in a project...people who work with you in a pinch, who pull their weight while also supporting you and being supported by you...it's a little silly, but it's fun...

February 1, 2023
I tried to be strong and not import any more JP G13 books...I tried to tell myself I could wait five-or-so years before a chapter I wanted to read was officially released in tankobon form...

February 1, 2023
But I was weak, and really wanted to see Ivanova, a buff woman who hires Duke to help her exterminate the "evil spirits" in a forest...the heroine of the chapter whose larger-than-life personality makes even the stone-faced Golgo smile wryly...?!

February 1, 2023
I want to read the chapters with Fanette... I'm also sorry to Mandy Washington, the reporter who keeps being dragged back into the gravitational pull of Golgo, who I once called "some guy" because I didn't realize he had appeared in many prior chapters. I want to read those too!

February 1, 2023
Eventually, reading every chapter that Hume shows up would be good too... It's good that there aren't too many recurring characters in the series, but those who do return are still quite beloved.

February 1, 2023
New Years Resolution #2: Learn how to draw suits well.

February 1, 2023
Went for a run to clear the head. It's weird how we come around on the most random of things.