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Japanese Numerical Classifiers are Great!

While surfing on youtube for videos to watch with my daughter, I came across this gem: What’s it about? Why, counters, of course. (scroll down for a translation) Numerical classifiers (or “counters”) in Japanese (josuushi or 助数詞) are just what they sound … Continue reading

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Why I am Dissapointed

I think the Missouri Grand Jury’s acquittal of Darren Wilson was a legal, political, and moral failure. Let’s say you disagree. That’s okay. I don’t hate you, but here’s why I think you should change your mind. My understanding is … Continue reading

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83 Digital Privacy with Kim Moravec

  I’m talking with Kim Moravec, computer scientist, prison teacher (seriously), and writer of FINNEGAN’S AWAKE. We discuss her book and search for a literary agent, as well as digital privacy, and why it’s important. Tex Thompson the DFW Writers Workshop … Continue reading

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Dragons

Yes, I do sometimes still draw. This is a bit of speculative biology I took up back in August at the behest of Dan Koboldt, who wanted a picture of a dragon. This…isn’t that. Instead what I did was think about … Continue reading

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Ars Magica: How to tell a Charming Lie

From CHARMING LIES, my historical fantasy book, soon to be finished. ~~~ A Few Words on Magic: What the uneducated call “magic” is in fact mind-control through sensual pleasure. While the subject enjoys something, the source of that joy (“charm”) … Continue reading

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82 Ethics with Steve Bein

I’m talking again with Steve Bein about his new Japanese police-procedural Disciple of the Wind. If I abuse you, you still have civil rights. If a cop abuses you, you don’t. The dreaded (possibly apocryphal) “cross-roads cut” Voltaire, not Ben Parker, guys … Continue reading

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Saving the World, Kojiki-style

“According to this scroll, we must assemble the Magatama before the Empress of Yomi BLOTS OUT THE SUN!” “Quickly, give me the Mirror and warn Amaterasu!” “Are you crazy? That thing will incinerate anyone who doesn’t have imperial blood.” “Imperial blood, … Continue reading

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Bulgarian Evidentials and Why They are Great

Ah, Bulgarian. What a great language. It’s the only Slavic language without declension, and it’s got post-positional articles, diminutive verbs, a homely little question particle, and a phonology you can actually pronounce… But wait there’s more! Order now, and Bulgarian … Continue reading

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81 One Night in Sixes with Tex Thompson

Can we talk more about Tex Thompson’s One Night in Sixes? Yes, let’s. This week’s podcast is a little weird: it’s from a conversation Tex and I had about her book and what I liked about it. The Qadi Carrie Patel’s The … Continue reading

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Unlost Worlds

Here’s another crack at this idea. Throughout history, besieged peoples have evacuated their homes to settle on parallel Earths (think the Long Earth). They keep doing so, so militarily weaker cultures get pushed “away” from home-Earth by more recent refugees. Until … Continue reading

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