What I’ve been Up to, Looking at 2019

I’ve blinked and two months have flown by.

    The last two weeks of December till the 2nd of January I had a  vacation.  similar to how a plot of land in rotation occasionally needs a year to replenish its nutrients so it can grow better crops during the spring and Summer maybe humans need a period of rest to replenish themselves. At least that’s how Id like to view the vacation, since nothing was accomplished and I feel guilty that I  could have used that time to write a couple blog posts, for drawing, fixing the electric lawn mower, Or even coding. However, I spent the days in PJs while I read next to the fireplace catching up on all the books I’ve been meaning to read, competitively & belligerently playing Settlers of Catan with my siblings and their plus ones.

       I can probably expect in this question to come up every holiday season now.

    ” Joseph when are you finally going to find yourself a nice girlfriend”

          I laugh off the question usually responding with. “I’m just too busy with my job, to consider dating someone at the moment”

    The real answer that question is I’m goal oriented and I have so many things I want to achieve and getting into a relationship  isn’t it a top priority, also I feel secure physically and emotionally on my own I’m comfortable with what I am and what I have I don’t need someone else to make my life “Complete”.

    When the 2nd of  January arrived I was back at work, the time  has quickly flown by it’s been an interesting transition from spending most of my time doing research to spending most of my time coding, I’m now part of the team that’s responsible for creating data analysis tools. Which leaves me slightly pondering the opportunity of making a lateral career change from a research associate to a software engineer.

    Mainly because that’s practically what I’ve become and the average salary for software engineers in the Seattle area is Ludacris and that’s a large incentive.  However I’m still a long ways away from making the jump, I have to look at every single pro and con when making such a large decision.


Fuzzily looking at 2019, it doesn’t look like it’ll be an eventful year. The only thing I know for certain is that it’ll be a year where I will continue to live simply and frugally.  When it comes to blogging I’ll continue to post at least once a month last year I posted Philip of the dragonflies which in retrospect I think I could have done much better so I hope that this will be the year where I will write a short story start to finish that I’m pleased with.




Week Without a CellPhone

I’ve been given a nudge by the world to ensure that I follow through with the one-week commitment without a phone. A wild coincidence, my phone stopped working on Saturday, Nov 24th and the expected arrival date for my new phone is November 30th-Dec 5th potentially turning my week without a phone into a week and a half.

At the beginning of the week the most discomfort arose from feeling isolated and disconnected from friends and family, whenever I have a thought I want I remember in the future I like pulling out my phone and using the speech-to-text function to save my thoughts for later on, also I’m a sucker for using Reddit and playing puzzles and dragons during lunch . I don’t think I would have felt the unrest that I did if I had the comfort of knowing my phones was waiting for me at home. As Monday came to a close the prospects of spending another potential 9 days without a phone felt daunting.

After Tuesday the 27th I taped a small piece of paper over the clock on the lower right corner of the computer as long as I have coffee and maintain focus while not staring at the clock the day goes by faster than flipping through a page in a book. I feel a bit more present in the moment while I’m walking, talking, working or just making breakfast /dinner. I still miss not being able to communicate with friends or family instantly but as Friday arrived I was coming to terms with the fact that most of the things I talk about with friends and family are superfluous, anything that’s important you can just email it or wait till we have a face-to-face conversation.

I got a notification on Tuesday night that my phone would be arriving on December 3rd so as I’m writing this Sunday night I still have one more day but in conclusion, what have I learned from going a week without a phone?

The smartphone is a powerful communication, organizational and informational tool but at the same time, it can be a distraction. for some it’s social media and all the notifications that it comes with . for me the biggest distractions have been glancing at Reddit during work and lunch or playing puzzles and dragons.

As this week has come to an end I now know that I can live without inauspicious distracting social media and games.

Well that’s my update for the week I have yet to buy any Christmas presents I wasn’t too impressed with Black Friday or Cyber Monday I’m not sure on sale rumbas, rice cookers, or 4K televisions is what I had in mind as a meaningful Christmas gift. I haven’t made up my mind yet but I might just browse around Amazon for clothes… Everyone likes a snuggly sweaters or jackets!

Till next time


Last Friday, Thanksgiving & Manga that needs to be adapted into anime

 Monday, November 19th
         Last Friday I forgot my phone at home, I was  close to turning my bicycle around and going back home but I was already late so I opted not to,  fictional possibilities we’re running in my mind  as I biked to work in the morning what if my sister got into a car accident and couldn’t reach me or what if the big earthquake struck Seattle and I had no means of contacting  family or friends. However, as the day progressed the worry of not having a phone receded out of my conscious attention.  What stood out to me on Friday was during lunch all the postdocs, grad students and professors make their way to the hub cafeteria for coffee and lunch I haven’t noticed this before but a majority were engrossed by their phones as they were drinking coffee and having lunch. And I would have been one of those people if I have my phone with me.
I can hear your question already
okay, they ate lunch and drank their coffee while staring at their phone, So what? “
 Well, I haven’t thought about this before but a lack of attention to those around us sends the message of indifference while eye contact conveys respect and care.
      With all this in mind, I think I might try going a week without carrying my phone after Thanksgiving week. Maybe I’ll become more productive who knows what’ll happen!
           I’m looking towards to Thanksgiving!
       my family, that would be my sister her girlfriend my brother his girlfriend mom and dad and myself are keeping it simple, this  Thanksgiving will be hosted by my parents outside of family we might invite a few friends, compared to the past couple of years where we have hosted 30 + relatives.
   Now on to what’s been on my mind in terms of blogging ideas the first one being, I
should continue writing the story I began one year ago why haven’t continued?
 Well because I have a problem, while I can come up with a summary of a fictional story quickly adding depth to this summary of a framework is a challenge for me!!   I have it written down in my itinerary make room and write about Philip!
      the second idea that has come to mind is that I’ve been reading manga for 15 years and I’ve come across my fair share of manga that I would like to see anime adaptations of!
I hear Naoki’s Urasawa’s Pluto and  Vinland saga are getting anime adaptation so I’ll be skipping those. I’m also skipping manga that has art styles that would be difficult to translate into anime  like  Vagabond and Kokou no Hito
( summaries copied from myanimelist.net)
20th century Boys
     So As the 20th century approaches its end, people all over the world are anxious that the world is changing. And probably not for the better.

Kenji Endo is a normal convenience store manager who’s just trying to get by. But when he learns that one of his old friends going by the name “Donkey” has suddenly committed suicide and that a new cult led by a figure known as “Friend” is becoming more notorious, Kenji starts to feel that something isn’t right. With a few key clues left behind by his deceased friend, Kenji realizes that this cult is much more than he ever thought it would be—not only is this mysterious organization directly targeting him and his childhood friends, but the whole world also faces a grave danger that only the friends have the key to stop.

 The  Manga that Originally stirred me into writing this list
The former captain of his high school’s basketball team turned delinquent, decides to drop out of school after he is crushed by the guilt of ruining a young girl’s life in a traffic accident. As he dedicates his free time to help her, he stumbles upon Kiyoharu Togawa, a former sprinter who has lost the use of his right leg and now plays wheelchair basketball as an alternate outlet.
      drawn by the Same guy that draws Vagabond and Slam Dunk Takehiko Inoe.
( summaries copied from myanimelist.net)
Akira Houjou and Chiaki Asami are childhood friends who have experienced hell and lived to tell about it. They arrive in Japan to attend school, and soon witness the corruption and apathy of the country’s population. Enraged, Akira and Asami vow to create a new Japan; a sanctuary with a new form of politics, devoid of corruption, where people are empowered to participate in the politics and future of their country. To accomplish this, Houjou and Asami aim to conquer Japan through two dramatically different routes: the Japanese Diet and the Yakuza. Decided by a game of rock-paper-scissors, Houjou ventures to seize control of the underworld while Asami pursues the position of Prime Minister.
   There are some sexual scenes and some violence but its one of the best thrillers I’ve read!
I am Hero
Insecure 35-year-old Hideo Suzuki is forced to work as a mangaka’s assistant when his own series fails due to low sales. As he struggles through a mundane life plagued by hallucinations, he comes to realize that his relationship with his girlfriend isn’t that great, suspecting that she may be cheating on him with her ex-boyfriend. After confronting her about the possible affair, however, Hideo feels bad about his inquisition and decides to visit her house to apologize, But as he enters her apartment she ends up turning into a zombie and the ART IS AMAZING FOR THIS ONE PLEASE MAKE THIS HAPPEN! 🙏🙏🙏
Well, that’s it for this blog post, please forgive me if there are any mistakes I am hurriedly writing this Monday morning. I probably should have written more about why I think they could make great anime adaptations but I guess we could talk about that in the comment section!
 May you all  have a great week and the happiest of thanksgivings

Starwars, Marvel, or Lord of The Rings?

It’s Tuesday, November 6th,2018, its also midterm elections. I won’t be vehemently preaching to you that if you live in the United States that you should go out and vote, but I do hope you have already. Today I bring you a small blog post with a question.

Out of Star Wars, Marvel or Lord of The Rings which is your favorite?

This weekend my sister three of her friends a co-worker of mine and my Aunt and Uncle were sipping tea and snacking on cookies. I said I was having a tea party and my Uncle shows up Fully dressed in a SUIT. 😂👌

A question came up that lingered through the party
“The Marvel universe, StarWars and The Lord of the rings are all great,
but what’s your favorite?”

My sister without hesitation replied with
” I like star wars, but their movies have been getting progressively worse and lord of the
rings is boring”

her 3 friends nodded their heads in agreement, I don’t think my sister friends cared much about the question I didn’t hear much input from them.

Myself, Manish and my sister were what drove this conversation with some brief interjections by my aunt and Uncle.

Manish my Aunt and Uncle went with Starwars

he said that despite its darkness it has interesting ideas and it has a hopeful ending in comparison to Lord Of The Rings & He also favored SW because it’s lore is more fleshed out, we compared how many entries there are on Wookiepedia vs Lotr.wiki.com

it as a staggering 145,670 to 6,384

for him, the marvel verse is really random, where anything goes and it often doesn’t make much sense because of that. He also didn’t like that EVERYTHING is out for earth’s destruction

and Lotr he thinks is cool but didn’t like the overarching theme that the old fantastic stuff
is dying or going away which makes it a tad darker than the other two.

As for me I’d be hard pressed the chose between Starwars but If I had to choose id pick Lord of the rings as my favorite, The story and mythology resonates with me slightly more than Starwars. and I make an effort to watch LOTR once a year.

what differentiates LOTR and star wars from marvel?
For me at the end of the day, they are following the same formula the super Hero saves the day and it feels like a hollow victory. As a comparison When The ring / DeathStar is destroyed they save the day but at the same time it feels like a moral victory has been won, and the same can’t be said when the Avengers save Newyork from the Aliens.

Halloween Special Spooky Book Review

with such a title for a blog post, I’m sure you’re expecting an Hp Lovecraft novel review filled with Cosmic Terror,  shrieking masses of Sentient ooze,  with a creature of infinite Cosmic Darkness that drive scientists insane as they failed to comprehend what they’re witnessing.


( image 1 and two from Berzerk the manga)

Or maybe I’m feeling extra creative today and I wrote a short story.

that starts with Donald Trump in a press conference as he’s looking at the camera and say ” GHooa Shaid Kur-na Ghalt-ah vernatish .” which roughly translates to” may your skin peel rapidly in the presence of Cthulhu and other masters of the great Abyss ” followed by television ,computer and phone screens burst into static as space-time ruptures around the Earth and Orwellian creatures darken the skies with their immense numbers.


I’m not sure how I stumbled across Chuck tingle and his niche gay erotica short stories, being straight I’ve ever felt the need to pick up a gay erotic short story. What spurred me to pick one up was jokingly suggesting to Bookworm drinketh that we should co-publish a blog post together reviewing one and I know we will most definitely co-publish one in the future!

 But what made me decide to review  Slammed By my Handsome Fidget Spinner for Halloween? I can’t think of anything more frighteningly spooky than to review a  gay erotic short story between a sentient fidget spinner and a human, and when you go to Wikipedia and peruse through everything he has published, each title is hilarious !! he’s published modern Classics such as

 Open Wide for the Handsome Sabertooth Dentist Who Is also a Ghost
Pounded By the Handsome Zombie Elevator Who is Also A Lawyer
There’s a Bitcoin in my Butt and he is Handsome

Greg Horn is the designated speaker for any first contact with alien life, but he’s not expecting to get called upon any time soon. That all changes when several mysterious ships appear hovering across the globe, at first looking like flat disks but then slowing down and revealing themselves as three-pronged plastic objects with ball bearings in every appendage.

Greg boards one of the ships and comes face to face with the pilot, a smaller version of these “fidget spinners” named Rono. Soon enough, Greg is learning the calming, anxiety-reducing ways of these aliens, all culminating when this handsome living fidget spinner takes a spin in Rono’s ass.

My Thoughts

Slammed by my handsome fidget spinner brings a new twist on the Alien invasion trope Its a Cross between Arrival, Twilight, and cancer that explores the homoerotic relationship between a human and a sentient Fidget Spinner NO YOUR NOT DREAMING IT’S ACTUALLY A THING!!  I enjoyed it more than I thought I would it made me laugh at times and cringe at others. With trepidation the 34 paged short story took me 4 days to complete I read the first 17 pages in a day, the other half took 3 extra days I found it difficult to read the second half that was all non-stop homoerotic action but I powered through and Finished.

If I Ever do decide to read another ‘tingler ‘ I’d chose “Pounded In the Butt By My Reluctance To Buy A Humble Bundle Featuring Stories with Gay Characters As Though That Has Some Kind Of Bearing On My Own Sexuality Or The Quality Of The Product Then Eventually Realizing It’s Pretty Good And Im Fine”

now hopefully as I   follow the Indian song rabbit hole down I’ll forget what I read.


            May this Halloween be a happy one for you all!

About The Author

Two Time Hugo Award finalist Dr. Chuck Tingle is an erotic author and Tae Known Do grandmaster(almost black belt) from Billings Montana. After receiving his Ph.D. at Devry University in Holistic massage, Chuck found himself fascinated by all things sensual, leading to his creation of the “tingler”, a story so blissfully erotic that it cannot be experienced without eliciting a sharp tingle down the spine. Chucks Hobbies include backpacking, checkers and sports. He is also a Prominent flavor rights activist and the creator of the nonprofit advocacy group, Allow All Flavors.

Spending a Week with Missionaries

Hoasting a missionary couple last week left me jettisoning hobbies and activities I would have otherwise done. sorry for  the late post

My mom was a missionary with the peace corps in Honduras & worked alongside the missionary couple. It’s also the place I would call home for nine years of my life. My family ended up leaving so that my sister brother and I could have a better education while the missionary couple stayed in Honduras and built an organization to help mothers from the slums to find employment and take care of their children while they’re working.

For the last 3 weeks, they’ve been driving across the United States and Canada visiting churches to help fund their organization.

They stayed with me  Monday to Saturday it was great to see and talk with old acquaintances, however, at times their religious quirks got on my nerves. It was fine if every meal began with a prayer,  but once they removed a clock that was in front of my dinner table and replace it with a wooden cross it annoyed me.

Tuesday after work one of the first things they ask me was  “so nata(a nickname friends and family call me) do you believe in God are you Christian?”


I replied with something along the lines of

” This is a tough question”

They replied with

“no, no it isn’t” 

I hesitantly replied with

“well while my mom and dad are Christian I don’t believe in anything religious. But I gravitate towards Taoism, its a philosophical system set towards living to a person’s nature. which has some underlying principles of Christianity like compassion, frugality, and humility. Best I could do to explain Taoism  would be, when George Lucas was writing Star Wars Taoism is what inspired the force and the way of the Jedi.”


they replied with

“well God works in mysterious ways and we pray that he will find his way into your heart.”

I’m glad that the conversation veered toward what would we have for dinner.

There were similar circumstances that occurred through the week, but I think you, dear reader, already get the gist of what it might be like to live with a highly religious missionary couple for a week. On the Upside baking cake’s and playing boardgames ALWAYS ameliorates a situation.

What got me through the week was thinking from their perspective. I know if I had an unquestioning faith in God and believed in Heaven and Hell I wouldn’t want those around me to have their souls burning in an eternal Hellfire.

also, I didn’t think it was morally appropriate to enter into a discussion about the plausibility of God and religious dogmatism that marinates any religious individual. When they’ve been using their religious beliefs as an anchor as they serve a region of the world that is riddled with poverty corruption and violence, you don’t need to look any further than to the Honduran refugees that are fleeing the country.

Since I find myself on the subject of the Honduran refugee caravan I’ll linger on the topic.

The Trip initially began in San Pedro Sula  when they left Honduras the caravan consisted of 10,000, but since entering Tapachula in Mexico it has decreased to 7,000


So its safe to assume that we can expect that number to decrease, let’s assume

5,000 refugees arrive at the USA Border seeking asylum.

What would you do?  their not pernicious gangsters as the president make them out to be. After screening, I would allow them through but that’s just my opinion.  These are men women and children that are seeking a better future.

I doubt this is how it will play out, given the politically polarized view on immigration of the USA, and the stance of the president.  there is nothing logistically difficult about accommodating for 5,000ish new immigrants.

let’s look at Germany, and how they have managed to accommodate from  2014-2018  1.4 MILLION  Muslims.   If we had a portal gun and transported 1.4 million Muslims to the USA border think about the bureaucratic nightmare that would be.


anyways wishing you all a great week and till next time,









Two SPICY Puzzles

Last night I went to the crest movie theater the only movie theater in Seattle that offers $4 movie tickets. Entering the theater my sister nudged me to” live a little ” the problem is I strictly hold myself to a diet, and when I break the diet in my head I’m thinking ” I already broke my diet so to hell with it ” I bought a large soda, a large popcorn and a one-pound bag of candy. What a disaster🤬😖  …. at least Incredibles 2 was fun and entertaining.

Today’s inspiration for my blog post came from staring at my bookshelf

Sacred Mathematics: Japanese Temple Geometry

I’d like to share two mathematical puzzles   The first being The puzzle of the missing dollar. The second a Sagaku Geometrical problem proposed by a 13-year  old Japanese kid the Pythagoras theorem is all that is needed to solve this one. I’m sure over the course of your life someone has shown you an argument that purportedly shows that 1=0  but if you look closely you can usually find the error.I greatly enjoy catching these subtle errors and I hope it’s something you might enjoy as well ….Or at least I hope you enjoy reading. Now at the risk of being called mean-spirited, I will not leave The solutions. I hope you enjoy trying to figure it out by yourself

The missing dollar

Three friends walk into a hotel to rent a room the clerk charges them $30 so they each pay $10 and hand it to the clerk. Now on the way back to his desk the clerk realizes that he has overcharged. He was only supposed to charge them $25 so to rectify the situation he takes $5 and gives it to the Bellboy and tells the Bellboy to return the $5 to these three friends now the Bellboy on his way over thinks himself “hey these  pals don’t know that they have been overcharged so what I’m going to do is take $2 out of the five and put it in my pocket as a tip and hand $3 to the friends ” so he hands the $3 back to them and they split amongst themselves . however, if you think about it each friend has now paid $9 to the hotel and the Bellboy pocketed $2 and if you add everything up 9 + 9+ 9 + 2 =29

So the question is where did the missing dollar go?


Now before I present to you the second problem I’d like to share with you the history behind Sangaku which I found interesting.

During the Edo period, 1603 -1868 Japanese rulers enforced a strict cultural isolation between Japan and the Western World which means there had very little communication between them. One of the most interesting practices that came out as a result of this isolation is the practice of sangaku

learned poeple of all classes ,from farmers to samurai, produced theorems in Euclidean geometry. These theorems appeared as beautifully colored drawings on wooden tablets which were hung under one of the roof in the precincts of a shrine or temple.

The tablet was called a SANGAKU which means a mathematics tablet in Japanese. Many skilled geometers dedicated a SANGAKU in order to thank the god for the discovery of a theorem. The proof of the proposed theorem was rarely given. This was interpreted as a challenge to other geometers, “See if you can prove this.”

the text was copied from here

when people discovered an interesting geometrical math problem they found so insightful that they Associated it with a spiritual value. they would carve it onto a wooden tablet and leave it as an offering at their local shrine.

Below are three sizes of circle: two black, three white, one grey. Four of the circles are inscribed inside a square which together with the other circles is inscribed inside a triangle. Show that the radius of the grey circle is twice that of the black circles.


sangaku problem

The Solutions won’t be found on this post, but if you would like to know the solutions

you can find them by googling  The Missing dollar

and the 3-4-5 triangle by a kid