Wandering Son Reflections: Episode 6 - "Bunkasai"

You can watch the episode here.Spoiler WarningWhen I transitioned, I took all of my men’s clothes, put them in trash bags, and gave them away. This was a very cathartic experience - the moment I left the lie behind forever. I’ve noticed that a lot of trans women are sentimental like that.So, when Yuki puts on a men’s suit to attend the play, it struck me as odd - keeping that kind of reminder of my past life around is something that I actively avoid, and I know the same is true for many trans women.
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MIT Mystery Hunt 2012

Every year, hundreds of people travel to MIT during the Independent Activities Period for the MIT Mystery Hunt, a popular puzzlehunt. This year was my second Hunt. This is a review, analysis, and/or postmortem of it. It contains some of the solutions, so if you want to go play with the puzzles yourself (as they are all posted online), be forewarned!How does this thing work, anyway?First, since most of the people who read this site probably aren’t puzzlers, a brief description of the flow of the Hunt.
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Wandering Son Reflections: Episode 5 - "Natsu no Owari ni"

This post was originally posted in February of 2011 here. It has been updated substantially.You can watch the episode here.Trigger Warning: this entry contains discussion of cissexist slurs, in particular the T-word. If you want to skip that, start reading below the ‘End of Trigger Warning’ messageAlso, Spoiler WarningI’m going to start in the most obvious place: the subtitles in this episode use the word ‘tranny’. In fact, the word gets used several times in the series, but this is the first occurrence.
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Doctor Who: The Doctor, The Widow, and the Wardrobe

As ever, Spoilers.There are only two episodes of Doctor Who that have ever made me cry. The first one was Forest of the Dead - River’s death scene was amazing, Alex Kingston sold the idea of a woman who had loved the Doctor so well that I couldn’t help but feel that the Doctor had lost something tremendous. It remains one of my very favourite scenes in the show.The second episode that made me cry aired a few days ago, and I just got around to watching it last night.
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Wandering Son Reflections: Episode 4 - "Watashi no Namae o Ageru"

This post was originally posted in February of 2011 here. It has been updated substantially.You can watch the episode here.Spoiler WarningThis is the first episode that made me cry.Sure, each of the other episodes made me get teary-eyed at least once, but this one actually gave me a need-a-tissue, tears-streaming-down-my-cheeks crying fit. It did this by being painfully sweet. But we’ll get to the scene that made me cry a bit later.
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Wandering Son Reflections: Episode 3 - "Romio to Jurietto"

This post was originally posted in February of 2011 here. It has been updated substantially.You can watch the episode here.Spoiler WarningIn this episode, it feels like the show is finally reaching its stride. It combines the strengths of the previous episodes; the pacing is as good as the second episode, and the overall emotional impact and thematic cohesion is on the same level as the first episode.So, like the episode, let’s start by talking about bras.
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Project Treewars: Going in Circles

It’s been quite a while since I actually worked on TreeWars. Various things have distracted me, including some other programming projects. But I actually made some progress way back in July, before I shelved the project temporarily. So, let’s talk about circles.OpenGL gives us a few different ways to draw things, which I’ve talked about before. When we were using the fixed-pipeline functions (glBegin(), glEnd(), etc), I could draw a circle the same way I drew it in SDL: draw a bunch of same-sized rectangles, shifting the coordinates around a central point so that they overlap.
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Wandering Son Reflections: Episode 2 - "Kirai, Kirai, Daikirai"

This was originally posted in February of 2011 here. It has been updated substantially here.You can watch the episode here.Spoiler WarningThis episode switches gears and focuses mostly on Saorin. It also gives us a much-needed flashback that provides the backstory on the relationship between Shūichi, Yoshino, and Saorin.Near the end of the previous episode, Shūichi runs out of his house, distressed, after an encounter with his sister. I didn’t get around to talking about that scene in that entry, so let’s touch on it here.
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Wandering Son Reflections: Episode 1 - "Onna no Kotte, Nande Dekiteru?"

This was originally posted in February of 2011 here. It has been updated substantially here.Spoiler Warning, and possible Trigger Warning for description of internalized transphobiaAfter watching the first two episodes of Hōrō Musuko (放浪息子, “Wandering Son”), I have decided to start a running review/commentary of the series here. This post will review the first episode. You can watch the episode online at crunchryroll, and I highly recommend watching the episodes before reading the review, because otherwise you’re likely to be a bit lost.
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The Direction of this Blog

When I started this blog, it was with the intention of posting technical content - posts about programming projects and Linux tutorials and the like. Over time, my focus has grown to generally include ‘things that interest me’, which includes rambling about video games and Doctor Who. I’ve also been including more Feminist and Activist content, mostly because talking about Doctor Who and Duke Nukem Forever invites that sort of discussion.
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