Nerdtour 2012: T-minus 80 hours and counting: All systems go!

Had a bit of a scare this past couple of days, with the pain in my poor, poor tooth getting worse and worse. Fortunately I called the dentist this afternoon after struggling with lunch, and he told me to come in right away, from the symptoms he said he needed… Continue reading

Nerdtour 2012: T-Minus 11 Days – AAAAAGGGHHH!

Well, I’ve now (finally) been hit with the pre-trip jitters, and it’s not fun! It was okay when I had 3 months to go, then two, even one month was not bad, but now that it’s less than two weeks to go, it’s “done got real”!

Nerdtour 2012: T-minus 35 days and counting, some thoughts…

Inou Tadataka

Only 35 days till I leave for Japan! I’m making some final plans, getting things lined up and ready to go. There’s a lot more information available online for trip planning in Japan than there was, even in 2010, especially in the area of figuring out costs. With the exchange… Continue reading

Five reasons why crowdfunding fails


(update: I’ve removed my GoFundMe site, since there was no reason to continue it. I’ve corrected the post now) For the past four months I’ve been trying to raise money through “crowdfunding,” using GoFundMe. To date I have raised exactly $0.00. What happened? Where was the bounty to come from… Continue reading

Photos from the new book I’m working on…

What, you didn’t know I had an old book? ^__^ My first book Here are some photos from that book When I went with my brother Darrell to Japan in May of 2010, we visited a place near where he was stationed back in the 1950s, the town of Matsushima…. Continue reading

Zen Pencils: “Shaolin Monk Experience”

“Zen Pencils” is a webcomic by a young man in Australia named Gavin Aung Than, who works as a freelance illustrator. He mixes philosophy and art in a very charming style, drawing illustrations based on quotes from famous people.