May 23rd and 24th: Osaka Around Shin-imamiya/Shinsekai

Funny story. I ended up staying in the “shady” part of Osaka. Hell, one of the worst parts in Japan, I guess. I didn’t know ahead of time, the reviews for the place I stayed were reasonable, and there was a zoo and a tower within walking distance, and it was only a few stops away from Universal Studios, couldn’t be too bad, right? Continue reading

Touching the Moon

About 18 hours until I leave for the airport, so just a quick update.

Saturday was interesting. Saw Metropolis with a live orchestra, checked out some of the Seattle Center’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, and I touched a fragment of the moon taken during the Apollo 17 mission.

Lazy Dropbox Gallery. This will likely update during the day as I take breaks in last minute packing.

Now, if you’re happen to be wondering about the image name “Highly Reflective Surface’s Linear Boundary,” that is a not entirely oblique reference to “Mirror’s Edge“. Though tragically short, it is a favorite of mine. If that trailer seemed vaguely familiar, it’s quite possible you were actually introduced to Mirror’s Edge via last summer’s Spider-Man teaser. Hilarious.

Here’s a fun Jeopardy style brain teaser:

A late 2000s first-person video game put the player into the shoes of a female protagonist in a stark and semi-stylized world with an emphasis on environmental puzzles instead of combat. The literary themes include safety, surveillance, corruption, resistance, and tenacity. After completing the game, a song entitled “Still Alive” plays.

Click forward for the answer. Continue reading