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Palliativity 135: “The Spoon Theory”

Posted on November 3, 2011

I've been asked many times what it is like to live with chronic pain. Until I started this blog, it was a subject I really didn't want to dig in to. Other than close friends and family, most people never realize that something is wrong with me; that every second of my day takes a tremendous effort to just keep going.

"Palliativity - the Pain Diary" is my way of expressing these feelings that are too much to be shared in any outward way. Living with pain is a well-choreographed performance. Each action has repercussions and the illusion of normalcy is the goal.

"The Spoon Theory" is an inspiring article by Christine Miserandino. The essay focuses on a familiar situation in-which she is attempting to explain her life in pain to an inquisitive friend. An epiphany arises and Christine's spoon mantra is born.

After discovering the article, I suddenly found myself in a strong community of others who quietly and defiantly choose to not give up.

For more info, check out her website at:


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The Gentle Way

Posted on October 20, 2011

When I'm not being an artist/graphic designer/archivist/social media curator, I am also a judo sensei. I began learning judo at age 6 from my great-uncle Henry "Hank" Okamura. He brought judo from California to Manzanar Internment Camp and then to Chicago. I was a good competitor and was National Champion a few times as a kid, but my favorite part of judo is teaching.

After my shoulder surgery at age 13, I was invited on the mat by my sensei to help instruct with my sling still on. That's when I realized that for me, judo was more than just an activity, it was a lifestyle.

The video below features the head of our club, Brett Wolf, and what we believe judo really is:


Palliativity 134: Hard Luck

Posted on October 13, 2011

Social Media: the big picture

The only reason I continue to enjoy surfing the big web is that I know that just past the break-wall is something amazing, and I want to bring it back to shore and share it with the world. I want to be that positive ripple in the ocean of shared-consciousness and know that I am doing my part to make life a little better, one smile or big-think at a time.

My inspiration: Amelie and the Glass Man ↓

Won't you join me? Get up and dance.


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Kick-back, it’s Friday

Posted on October 7, 2011

Landscapes: Volume Two from Dustin Farrell on Vimeo.

I guess the Zombie-Apocalypse will have its advantages…


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Musashi Mix Like-Drive

Posted on October 5, 2011

I challenge you, the fans, to help grow the Musashi Mix community.

When we reach 77 fans, I will release a NEW WALLPAPER!

This like-drive is all about helping the conversation grow.

I am not ad-supported, I am community-supported.

Thank you.

— David Tanimura —

 Fight the Future, Save the Past


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Photographer’s Rights in post 9-11 America

Posted on September 9, 2011


Suspect America from CIR on Vimeo.

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Shoot with Caution.