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Cherry blossoms

Apr. 8th, 2009 | 12:25 am

This is rapidly turning into a blog with just photos. Anyway, it's that time of year in DC where anyone who has anything that can take pictures goes into the city and takes pictures. I went this past weekend, and the photos are at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nodnod/sets/72157616313183123/

But here are some of my favorite ones:

Rising through the blossoms


By the basin

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Jan. 11th, 2009 | 06:34 am

Michelle and I were in New York over the weekend. A couple shots from the trip (the rest of the set):

Hotel Lobby

In the lobby

EDIT: A couple more

Looking at a lamp

Red Mango Yogurt

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How to design characters the Square way

Dec. 8th, 2008 | 06:21 pm


This is disturbingly accurate:

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Oct. 30th, 2008 | 04:09 am

Friend from middle school:

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Bruce Campbell

Oct. 22nd, 2008 | 12:14 pm

I'm so there:


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Oct. 13th, 2008 | 12:01 pm

If they weren't $40, I'd totally get one of each.



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The right area

Oct. 6th, 2008 | 04:47 pm

The this dawn of the End Days, I guess it's comforting to know I'm in an area that's supposedly still experiencing growth:


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Sep. 24th, 2008 | 10:07 am

From: Kaiju Shakedown

What was wrong with Timor-Leste? Warring martial arts clans. Seriously. Occupied by Japan during WWII, Timor-Leste was then reclaimed as a colony by Portugal until November 1975, when it declared itself an independent country. Nine days later, Indonesia invaded and said that it was now part of Indonesia. A war of pacification followed, that lasted until August 1999 and saw close to 250,000 people die. Then Timor voted for independence and a full-scale war began that saw the country virtually leveled in massive fighting and violence.

Australian-led peace-keeping troops were deployed and in 2002, Timor-Leste was finally recognized as an independent country. In April, 2006, a military strike and a breakdown of law and order led to an eruption of violence in Dili, the country's capital. This was a head-spinning outbreak of numerous conflicts between a dizzying number of groups including:

- political parties

- military forces

- the police force

- nationalist groups

- ritual magic groups

- veteran's organizations

- and martial arts groups

Many martial arts schools in Timor-Leste that were practicing karate, pencak silat, judo, taekwondo and akido were also participating in "extracurricular activities" that included fighting for turf, extortion, battling rival schools for bragging rights, serving as muscle for political causes and street fighting. According to one historian, the most powerful martial arts schools were Persaudaraan Setia Hati Terate (PSHT), Kera Sakti and Kung Fu Master. There were also ritual magic groups pursuing the same activities, which practiced invented magical systems as well as traditional magic and one of them was known as the 7-7 (although I've seen the 7-7 referred to as both a martial arts school and as a ritual magic association).

Anyhow, Jackie Chan went on a tour of Timor-Leste in June, 2008, and part of the tour involved massive martial arts demonstrations with tons and tons of young people, most of whom belonged to these martial arts schools. During the demonstrations, Chan lectured them on the unity that should be shown between different martial arts schools and stressed that martial arts should be a peaceful, unifying force for Timor-Leste.

On August 28, 2008, two of the major martial arts schools - PSHT and 7-7 - held a press conference and declared peace. The daily paper writes:

"The peace pact was made during a joint press conference where representatives of each martial arts organization made clear commitment to end violence and to accelerate the development of the country. In addition, Pedro Aparício, representing PSHT, and Sanamia of 7-7 pledged not to be used as political instrument by politicians to pursue their own political interests...The martial arts groups also apologized for their past wrongdoings committed by their members, notably during 2006’s political crises."

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Sep. 19th, 2008 | 12:50 am


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This is great

Sep. 12th, 2008 | 07:40 pm


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