Monthly Archives: November 2013

Our Lady of Mercy

Guanyin is known as the Goddess of Mercy, although since she’s primarily revered in Buddhism she’s technically a bodhisattva instead of a goddess. She’s essentially the Chinese version of Avalokitasvara, the personification of compassion in Indian Buddhism. Avalokitasvara is depicted … Continue reading

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Mag ik Engels Sprecken?

Black Francis, Live in Nijmegen – A live recording of a show consisting pretty much entirely of stuff from around when Charles Thompson went back to releasing stuff as Black Francis. I won’t say this is my favorite era when … Continue reading

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There Goes Salesman, and He’s Sailing High Again

As the holiday season is upon us (retailers can’t even wait for Thanksgiving to end anymore), I thought it might be appropriate to provide a tribute of sorts to the salesmen of the video game world. These merchants often have … Continue reading

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Going on a Hozliday

So, the 2013 issue of Oziana is out now, and I have a story in it. “Jinnicky Saves Christmas” was an idea I came up with around the holidays two years ago. The theme of this issue is described on … Continue reading

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A Time for Om

Back when newsgroups were still a thing, there were some attempts on the Terry Pratchett fan groups to create a Discworld timeline. I believe this was the result of the discussion, although it only goes up through The Fifth Elephant. … Continue reading

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How Shunka Sapa Saved the World

Picture by Stacy Becker I believe it was in my sophomore year of high school that we had to do some research into Native American mythology, and one story that particularly stuck with me was from Lakota lore. The tale … Continue reading

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Kingdom of the Sun

The Emperor’s New Groove – Hey, we’re back into the Disney…well, groove, I suppose. This film was released in December 2000, and I remember when Beth saw a preview and thought it was trying too hard to be nineties-cool. It … Continue reading

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