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Results on BFI-2 Personality Test

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 16:47:02 +0000

For personal reference, taken at Extraversion: 60 Agreeableness: 81 Conscientousness: 44 Neuroticism: 46 Openness to Experience: 92 Taken after reading Most Personality Quizzes are Junk Science – I found One That Isn’t at Also see the lab page of the researchers who developed the test. Definitions: Extraversion High scorers tend to be talkative … Continue reading "Results on BFI-2 Personality Test"


Tue, 02 Jan 2018 15:48:18 +0000

Consider this a proposal, not a formal whitepaper, for an initial coin offering of a new cryptocurrency, Otakucoin. Otakucoin (OUC) is intended to be used to support Otaku who write reviews of anime, science fiction, and other television and film fiction, as a measure of credibility and authority. It is therefore analogous to Reddit gold … Continue reading "Otakucoin"

Opening Night, The Penultimate Jedi

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:49:09 +0000

Spoilers follow. “This isn’t going to go the way you think” — Luke Indeed, it did not. The opening crawl set an immediate expectation that the movie would start exactly like Empire, in a parallel Hoth evacuation. I literally had a bad feeling about this. And then the movie surprised me. And it kept on … Continue reading "Opening Night, The Penultimate Jedi"

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Happy Birthday to the Maniax

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 06:04:25 +0000

10 years of Oguie Maniax! Wow, the Otakusphere is kind of middle aged now. I passed my 10 year anniversary last year and I don’t think I even noticed. Over the years I’ve posted about everything that interests me, so I don’t even think this is an anime blog anymore. But thats what makes us … Continue reading "Happy Birthday to the Maniax"

Circle by Disney vs OurPact

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 06:16:39 +0000

There are two main solutions to parental control for kids’ devices – a subscription to OurPact, or buying a Disney Circle. In a nutshell, OurPact is an app you install on each device, and lets you enable controls on all data (wifi and cellular), whereas Circle is a piece of hardware on your network that … Continue reading "Circle by Disney vs OurPact"

Congratulations, Astros

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 14:16:46 +0000

I’m not normally a baseball person, but wow, that Game 5. It’s why I hung on until the 8th inning of game 7, hoping to see more of that tense down to the wire contest. But the Dodgers, in the end, came up short. There’s some criticism of pitcher Yu Darvish out there, but I … Continue reading "Congratulations, Astros"

Bitcoin, explained

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 17:25:43 +0000

This video is a bit long (under 30minutes), but it is a superb explanation of the principles of Bitcoin. I did not really know what a blockchain was or how mining really worked until I watched it, and I unequivocally recommend watching this for anyone with even the slightest curiosity about cryptocurrency – which soon, … Continue reading "Bitcoin, explained"

This can’t be good

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 05:17:25 +0000

Hexagonal Phase incoming

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 21:08:43 +0000

There isn’t that much new here, but more details on cast, and confirmation that it will based on Eoin Colfer’s fantastic And Another Thing… which I bought as an audiobook because Simon Jones is the narrator – so it’s Arthur as Arthur. I can’t even express the joy I feel when I hear him reprise … Continue reading "Hexagonal Phase incoming"


Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:43:05 +0000

i am traveling to Karachi tomorrow, to attend the annual Ashara Mubaraka majlis. I haven’t been to Pakistan in 20 years, half a lifetime ago. I plan to take the opportunity to do some traveloguing and photography accordingly. Above, a photo I took in 2008 in Colombo, when I started attending Ashara every year. One … Continue reading "Karachi"