Humour, pop psych, poetry, short stories, and pontificating on everything and anything
Hiding Behind Masks: How to Survive Interactive Theatre in One Piece
Put on your masks. I repeat: there has been a tuberculosis outbreak, put on your masks! And so, in the reception room of the funeral parlour, amid closed caskets and surrounded by three dozen or so other flummoxed folks, my friend and I obediently put on our paper face masks. You know, your typical Thursday night.
Explore Your Subconscious with the Ganzfeld Effect: A Tutorial
Perfectly normal hallucinations Psychosis is thought to be a continuum, encompassing benign levels of perceptual aberrations, magical thinking and a tendency to see hidden meaning in innocuous stimuli (the face of Jesus in your toast), and, at the extreme end, the ravages of full-blown psychosis as experienced in schizophrenia (Lenzenweger, 2018).
All My Favourite Poisons
As a child, I wanted to be a chemist. These days, the sole vestige of my interest in chemistry is my slightly disquieting obsession with poison. A friend visiting my apartment for the first time declined my offer of a glass of water stating, ‘You have four books on poisons’. Wrong. I have five books on poisons.
Asking for the Boston Crab, and Other Bad Jiu-Jitsu Ideas
My father once drove past a karate studio, outside they had hung a banner which read, “Black belt guaranteed!” Black belt most certainly not guaranteed in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). The average time to become a black belt seems to be thirteen to fifteen years for the average hobbyist, but life and injury often intervene.
Nostalgia, Narcissism, and the Only Thing I Want from Science Fiction
Wishing to ensconce myself in nostalgia and thereby transport myself into a better frame of mind, I sought out Stargate SG-1, a childhood favourite. However, I quickly realised very few episodes could scratch my particular itch. Imagine creating a show centred around an intergalactic portal to alien worlds — a nifty-looking rotary phone festooned with constellations— and then squandering it for various B-grade plots.
Culturally Appropriate: Steal These Traditions to Improve Your Life
Christmas in Japan: when is appropriation merely appreciation? The world knows no greater evil than a White girl in a cheongsam-inspired prom dress or a non-Dutch person in Dutch braids (also known as Boxer braids and often worn by people who aren’t pugilists). I, too, have been the victim of cultural appropriation while in Japan during the holiday season, forced to endure “Christmas” sponge cakes smothered with strawberries, fried chicken vendors on every street corner, and what appeared to be the conflation of the good Colonel with Jolly Old Saint Nick. (Japanese people eat KFC to celebrate Christmas — go figure!)
Playing Games, Playing Second Fiddle
When a Man Loves a Woman Subjective beauty She isn’t a professional model, but her particular configuration of features are those he deems most attractive in a woman. In short, whether he personally finds her beautiful.
What It Gives, It Takes Away: Creativity and Mental Illness
Creativity and psychopathology “Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it” — Vincent van Gogh