February In Seattle, Short story progress.

 

It doesn’t usually snow that much or too often in Seattle so when the first two weeks of February snowed enough to be called

“The snowiest month in the last 50 years”

even though that equated to only 4 to 6 inches of expected snowfall. It left me and other Seattlelites scrambling towards the nearest Trader Joe’s, PCC or Whole Food’s to stockpile on groceries. Only to be greeted with a scarcity of kale, eggs tomatoes, kombucha all the bread… You know The essentials. There was also an hour and a half wait times at the checkout.

Daniel  humorously tweeted

“Oh no they’ve started looting people are running out of the stores with arms full of yerba mate tea.”

“People are bartering monogrammed yoga mats for just a single slice of cauliflower pizza.”

“Everything is closed everywhere is abandoned writing groups are still meeting though. You can’t keep submitting the same chapter Doug!”

In all seriousness though first two weeks February I was only able to make it into work for a total of 4 days. All other days were spent working from home or exploring the winterscape.

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nights were accompanied by long dinners my sis stared at her phone while I read and drank tea/wine.

We even snowboard down the hill a couple of times.

 I’ve had the time to think about what kind of short story I’d like to write.
   Two of my favorite bloggers Ortensia who just published her very first book! Fields of Lies.
 And Viola Blue who’s been blogging her progress is on the cusp of publishing her first. Both have inspired me and given me moxie as I attempt to navigate my way towards my first short story.
So far I’ve been toying with the idea
 Of a story that takes place in the not-so-distant future where a young man/ woman leaves his/her countryside home to attend a big city college.
  Where he encounters a cloud Cuckoo Land esq city, all signs for this malady point towards a vendor of dreams that sells dreams all kinds of flavors.
     I can picture civilians walking the streets who have lived hundreds of LifeTimes through their dreams talking in cryptic languages and shouting magical incantations living a life woven by the shards of all their dreams.
 I can picture the main character attempting to ameliorate this situation as he tries to wean friends and a college roommate off from these dream pills, many questions arise that I still need to answer.
There’s a saying in Inception” the dream is real once you’re in it” who is the main character to say to the dreamer,  the dream they’re living and receiving pleasure from is worthless living in and To embrace the hardships and happiness that come with reality.
What happens to a city when its inhabitants have lived a lifetime’s inside dreams that have no dues or don’t, borders, barriers or guidelines and they begin to live in reality?
        Who knows, I still don’t know whether this is a good idea or not.
……. I’ll have to re-read
  • ready Player One
  • Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
  • House of leaves
  • Enders Game
  • Amanda

Anyways Thanks for Reading

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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.

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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

Joseph

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
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Real 
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)
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Sanctuary
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!
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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! 🙏🙏🙏
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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
              Joseph

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.

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( 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.

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BUT NO

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
Synopsis

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?”

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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

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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,

 

Joseph

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big 5 Personality Test

Lamar a Highschool friend of mine got married 3 years ago
It wasn’t until recently that I found the time, energy and motivation to meet up with them.
lamar played the lead role in high school performances, he was friendly sociable a bit laid back and a great listener.
I was Quiet, reserved but at times eccentric you could find me in the library with Steven & Nate the math bros. Playing Yugioh cards, chess, trading pokemon’s and having nerdy conversations.
Lamar would occasionally join us to play pokemon.
After Highschool we went our separate directions I moved across the country for college, while he stayed at a local college.
we met at Starbucks yesterday to catch up. To my surprise, the majority of the time was I spent in conversation with his wife Jess. A stay at home wife with a big interest in psychology and learning different languages. Our conversation began with her saying
” I hope you don’t mind being psychoanalyzed because that’s what I enjoy doing ”
She talked about Jungian functions, the Meyers Briggs personality test and how the Big 5 personality test & the Hexaco test are better measurements of your personality. I talked about my day to day activities at the lab, the current state of physics and how a good diet keeps your mind healthy.
Lamar occasionally chimed in on the conversation, as we walked around Green Lake

For today’s post, I’ll be talking 2 different personality tests one with 80 questions and another with 120 questions.
posting my results and briefly say whether I agree or disagree with the results. Granted 80-120 questions will not encapsulate the gamut of a human personality, I expect a general outline of my personality.
The first test is 80 questions, gives a summary of percentages that tally up to 100% of a personality. Which I disliked because it’s childishly simplistic to say the aggregate of these traits is your whole personality, and I don’t agree with the results

you can take the test at http://personality.sergehelfrich.eu/

My results

  • Agreeableness= Compassion and Politeness
  • Conscientiousness= Industriousness and Orderliness
  • Extraversion =Enthusiasm and Assertiveness
  • Emotional Stability /Neuroticism = Withdrawal and Volatility
  • Openness to Experience= Openness and Intellect

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Id like to note Do not be confused with the personality aspect of Intellect with IQ. Intellect is a measure of interest in abstract ideas, essentially, while IQ is a measure of processing speed, verbal ability, working memory, and problem-solving capacity.

I’m pleased with 123’s comparative personality test because the results are a comparison between yourself and everyone else who has taken the test. It’s best to imagine the 1-100 scale as being placed in a room with 100 people and seeing where you stack up compared to the others in different traits.

you can take the test here https://www.123test.com/personality-test/

That being said I don’t agree on some of the results

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Natural reaction: C’MON a 1 is like a monk on Ketamine, relaxed all the time and phased by nothing, yes I’m not easily upset in stressful situations and I’m relaxed most of the time but I have my moments my revised Natural reaction should be 25-35

Agreeableness: Hard- Headed, skeptical, and proud are not words I would use to describe myself. Yes I’m competitive at times I feel like I’m at least a 45

Extraversion: Resolved, Formal, serious, quiet YESS all true …..But I also like to think that I’m friendly at times😅😅…….😘 im at least a 27

If you have time I’d be curious to see what you think of your own results, do you think they’re a good measurement of those traits?