May 14 2014

The professor in space

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There was no sound.

There was no smell.

There was no air.

The experiment had worked. Professor Harold Harrington was in space.

Somehow, he could breathe.

Somehow, his blood wasn’t boiling.

Somehow, he wasn’t dead.

A silver sliver reflected in the distance. Harold swam toward it, deploying a breast stroke. His stockinged feet, somehow gripping the manhole cover, trailed behind.

Hours later, the glimmer revealed itself: A metal trash can, worn from years of use. More hours later, the rusty cylinder was within reach.

Harold climbed in, remembering his training. A parchment poked from the inside edge of the can. He plucked it, unrolled it, and began to read.

I knew you’d make it, Harold! You didn’t, but I did.

Now, with your help, forever we’ll rid

This galaxy of the demons.

I wish I could tell you more.

This secrecy, I abhor.

But trust me, I have my reasons.

So sit tight my friend.

Soon enough, my trip will end.

And we’ll make good on our agreement.

—Diana

Harold carefully rerolled the note. He tucked it into his vest.

Now, to wait.


Apr 17 2013

Japanese class: The final frontier

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The semester: Fall 2006.

The class: Beginning Japanese I.

The teacher: 114 miles away at a different university.

The amount of time before I realized there was no way I was going to be able to pass a Japanese-language course taught by a person via a webcam and decided to drop the class: 24 minutes.

At least I got a Star-Trek-inspired doodle out of it.

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Feb 13 2013

Abby the Giant Robot 2: The Call of the Cosmos

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It’s a timeless Valentine’s Day tale: Boy meets girl; girl buys boy TV; boy and girl get married; boy dies in a tragic bowling accident 300 years later; grieving girl transforms into 30-foot-tall robot and starts ransacking cities; dead boy is resurrected as a zombie by desperate scientists; boy and girl blast off into space on a new adventure. Never before has this story been depicted on the silver screen—and it’s likely to stay that way. Instead, enjoy a simulated-oil-painting rendition of this storied couple as they search space for new digs.

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