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Palliativity 185: Progress

Posted on February 28, 2013

Two weeks out and I'm still feeling great from my RFA procedure. I haven't taken opiods nor injected lidocaine for longer than any other time in the last four years. It's been so long that I forgot that advil can actually have an effect on sore muscles. Nothing less than codine could cut any of my pain til now.

I'm back in physical therapy retraining my body to work as it is supposed to. Cervical Facet Syndrome caused my left trapezoid to be stuck in the on position for the past 15 years. Before my procedure, the rest of the muscle group stood no chance of catching up. Now it's time for them to take over. For a person my size and being a judo sensei, it is hard for people to believe that I have weak muscles. In reality, it is difficult to hold up my own arm. Right now I am working day by day to fix all that.

Letting go of the pain has been the easy part. I am still learning what I am capable of. It's a lot like the exciting part of the comic book where the hero discovers their new powers. I got struck by a scifi laser blast and now can do mundane and totally awesome things that most people never have to worry about. Traveling on a plane and not counting the seconds til I can shoot up again. Sit in a chair without arms and not die. Have a hard judo practice and be able to sleep the next two nights. Small victories that make a huge quality of life difference.

Rock it out:


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Styx Crossing

Posted on February 25, 2013

Styx Crossing

"Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself.

And no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dream.

You drown not by falling into a river, but by staying submerged in it."

— Paulo Coelho —

origin: beatrice romaine brooks - subject: ida rubinstein - orient: right over left


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Amaterasu – Sun Goddess

Posted on February 18, 2013


Amaterasu (天照), Amaterasu-ōmikami (天照大神/天照大御神) or Ōhirume-no-muchi-no-kami (大日孁貴神)

Amaterasu is a part of the Japanese myth cycle and also a major deity of the Shinto religion. She is the goddess of the sun, but also of the universe. The name Amaterasu derived from Amateru meaning 'shining in heaven.' The meaning of her whole name, Amaterasu-ōmikami, is 'the great august kami (Gama or God) who shines in the heaven'.  The Emperor of Japan is said to be a direct descendant of Amaterasu." - wiki

Shine on, you crazy diamond.


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Palliativity 180: The Astroboy

Posted on January 24, 2013

Astro Boy - 鉄腕アトム Tetsuwan Atomu, lit. "Mighty Atom" - 1952

Welcome to the strangely tragic post-apocalyptic story of Osamu Tezuka's Astroboy. Rather than just an innocent, simple tale of a kid with rocket legs and laser beams, the origin myth of Astro begins with the death of a child.

The boy's father, a mad scientist, cannot accept the fate of his son and chooses to remake him with steel and atomic fire in his chest. Ultimately, the mad scientist rejects his surrogate-child creation and Astro is forced-out into an unforgiving world that sees robots as slaves undeserving of compassion.

Astroboy not only launched Japanese animation onto the global scnene, but also planted the seed of cyberpunk in the minds of children across the world; a generation destined to question the ghost in the machine.


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Posted on January 20, 2013

Bite of the cold…

Nevermore, ©MMXIII

"Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing,
doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.

— Edgar Allan Poe —

Featuring the majestic Merle Oberon.


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‡ inducted into the Society6 Shop - 1/23/2013

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Tourist Season

Posted on January 7, 2013

Tourist Season, ©MMX

I've seen countless photos of US soldiers posing at Kamakura, including my great-uncle Steve:

I always wondered how Buddha felt about the constant reminder that Japan only exists at the mercy of its captors.


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Fun Fact: The origin of the Hell's Angels dates back to the Flying Tigers.

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