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Palliativity 110: Altered States

Posted on December 16, 2010

altered states

Drugs are only recreational if you aren't trying to achieve anything. Depending on the individual, almost any activity can be seen as a type A or type B experience. What kind of ride are you in for?

For most users, drugs are meta-tainment; a self-fulfilling hypocrisy— MSG for the soul;
De-mented reality.

For me, its time to get to work...

When I'm flying free on shattered wings the angels cull the sirens down to sleep. Distracted by the dancing charms of sandal-snapping steps, thoughts echo crisply through my fingertips. My soul pings my head— status:
[¤] Away, you may be interrupting.

Layers and filters overflow. Pain is just one of many channels— I am aware of the signals that rebound through my nervous system, but I'm listening to another station dialed up to 11. This dreamcast is governed by the laws of entrippy. All your base are belong to none; a divide by zero clerical terror.

I blast over the landscape and excavate. Knees on frozen dirt, I dig until I find the way back to a time before the fall: Identity lost in the salvage. I find a pair of familiar eyes in the earth and a bright, pale face. I bring up the body and hug its form to me. Its arms stir and return my embrace. Tears, blood and dirt.

Pain in the deep and beauty in my eyes.
Bring us that horizon.


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Operation Vengeance: 56 Down

Posted on December 13, 2010

Operation Vengeance: 56 Down, ©MMX

For a time, Isoroku Yamamoto (山本 五十六), ruled the Pacific. As Naval Marshal General and the Commander-in-Chief of the Combined Fleet, Yamamoto was the Empire's greatest weapon. For hundreds of years the united nation of Japan had stifled and romanticized the glory days of war and honor when swords were not merely symbols of stature. If Japan was the scabbard, then Yamamoto was the blade. Despite inferior numbers, supplies and technology, Yamamoto stacked victory upon victory; a warrior in a warrior's time.

And so in a world at war, FDR put out a hit on one man.

"Operation Vengeance" was what they called it. The "sneak-attack" on Pearl Harbor still hung heavy in the heart of the United States. Revenge is rarely named for what it is. "Operation Vengeance" was born out of desire rather than strategy (think of the "hunt for bin Laden"). The United States had broken the Japanese broadcast codes long before and had worked carefully to keep the Japanese unaware. A high-profile assassination of could destroy this tactical advantage.

On April 18, 1943, Easter Sunday and the first anniversary of the  Doolittle Raid, a large group of specially outfitted P-38 Lightnings took off from Guadalcanal. They made contact with Yamaoto's escort group over Buin. The Betty bomber carrying Japan's most precious asset was shot down and crashed into jungle below. Upon returning to base, the words"I got Yamaoto" lit up the Allied radio: Mission Accomplished.

The Japanese quickly began searching for the body of their Commander. What they discovered was a mythic, epic and fitting end. Yamamoto's flight chair was thrown from the wreckage and sat upright and intact under a tree; Sidhartha on the battlefield. The Commander sat, his head bowed as if meditating on his own death. His white gloved hand still clutching his katana.

The warrior's purpose is found in death; Yamamoto was the true last samurai. Canonized as the modern Benkei of myth and lore, Yamamoto sacrificed everything for his country. With only scabbard and hilt in hand; blade shattered and lost, there was to be no recovery for Japan.



Isoroku Yamamoto's nickname and code prefix "56" referred to the literal reading of his given name

Palliativity 109: The Dark Time

Posted on December 9, 2010

The Dark Time

Sleep is the far-off shore. Medication is my vessel. Ahead is the threat of another sunrise all too soon.

Twilight. My head hits pillow and the lucid dreams begin. Asleep I leave my broken body.

I am presented with an anxiety dream. I laugh at the familiar characters and the tired plot. I fly away to the empty stage; the green room of the soul. Endless possibility and infinite time. I am the creator. I can do anything. I can be anyone. I—

am awake…


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Posted on December 6, 2010

Infamy, ©MMX

It's all about timing:

The attack on Pearl Harbor was one of the greatest misunderstandings in the history of warfare. The Imperial Navy's "sneak attack" sent a message to the American people that would ultimately lead to Japan's downfall:

[An Imperial Admiral] summed up the Japanese result by saying, "We won a great tactical victory at Pearl Harbor and thereby lost the war." [wiki--->]

Operation Z was a discretely choreographed preventive attack meant to limit America's influence in the Pacific as Japan continued its expansion to take over Asia. The morning of December 7th, a teletype was sent to the Japanese Consulate in District of Columbia. Admiral Yamamoto's intent was for the message to be sent 30 minutes before the attack. However, the work to cypher, transmit, transcribe and decipher took too long and did not arrive in full until after the bombs had already fallen on Hawaii.

"We, the Empire of Japan, declare war on the United States!"

"We know—" click



kanji read: sengoku no jidai: warring states period

Palliativity 108: Game On

Posted on December 2, 2010

Game On

"Let pain be your guide", is the mantra of physical therapy.

I am Dante to a constant Virgil; We're going down. Express lane only—

Count the reps. Breathe in hope, Exhale desire.

Round 2— FIGHT!

Rehabilitation: make this body habitable once more. Bring me to Logress. Where is my Galahad?

Everyday is a roleplaying game made flesh— Wake-up and assess the damage. Out of the corner of my eye looms my health bar. I down some potion and refill mana. My magic is elemental: ice and fire. Pack my bag: load up on elixer and fenix down. This boss battle will be EPIC.

My extreme sport is getting out of bed.

Prepare yourself for random encounters.

Play rough and never give up.

Let pain be your guide

Life doesn't have a safety word.


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Benshi (The Narrator)

Posted on November 29, 2010

Benshi (The Narrator), ©MMX

As Tokyo burns, we turn to the Benshi ; the box-seat view of Ragnarök—

The silent film era of Japan existed as an extension of the classic theater structure borrowed from Noh and Kabuki drama. The lack of dialogue was filled by live instrumentals and the voice of the Benshi 弁士 (narrator). In many ways, the Benshi was more than what his title first suggests. His job was not only to convey plot and dialogue, but to play as the interpreter of cutting edge technology to the masses. In a culture where photographs steal pieces of your soul, the introduction of film seemed malevolently occult.

The original film projectors required 5 engineers to run. The behemoth machines were loud, unreliable and could produce enough heat to set the film-reel aflame, "It's all part of the show, folks!" — Despite the technical wizardry required to screen a film, it was up to the Benshi to project the illusion that formed the raw images and orchestration into a narrative.

In Japan's silent film era, movie houses were not famous for what films they were showing. The selection was limited and yet the demand was high. This was the era of the Benshi. All films became scratch material for talented performance artists (much like the recent "Downfall" meme). Although the images remained the same, you could never see the same film twice.

True storytellers are not subject to content.


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