All posts for November 2020

Flight of the Vajra: 'Flight Of The Vajra', Remastered, Is Now Available

The "remastered" version of "Flight Of The Vajra" is now available!

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2020-11-23 21:00:00 No comments

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After some delays and fribble, I'm pleased to announce the "remastered" version of Flight Of The Vajra, with new cover art and tweaked innards, under the Infinimata Press brand, is now available in both recycled-tree and recycled-electron versions.

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Tags: Flight of the Vajra Infinimata Press

Supertoys Last All Winter Long, One Hopes

My newly uncrated Dell notebook, and my general unease about anything brand spanking new.

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2020-11-23 12:00:00 No comments

I'm typing this on a newly uncrated Dell notebook, the replacement for the ill-fated Chuwi that died when one of its hinges exploded on me in mid-unfold. So far the only things I don't like about the Dell are the power connector (I don't think it supports charge-over-USB-C, which allows me to use a mag connector instead of the yank-the-wrong-way-and-you-break-it power plugs that are so common with notebooks) and that it's not fanless. But there may be a way around the former, and the latter is mostly me being a nitpicker. The rest is quite nice. It even has a fingerprint reader built in, something I totally missed when scanning the specs, and it supposedly gets all-day battery life. That, we will have to test independently.

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Tags: technology

The Breakdown Blues

The new laptop I picked up on the ultra-cheap lived up to the old adage that you get what you pay for.

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2020-11-21 12:00:00 No comments

After only a few months of service, and barely even that, the new laptop I picked up on the ultra-cheap lived up to the old adage that you get what you pay for. One of the hinges broke, rendering the whole thing unusable. Worse, the company that makes the notebook in question offers absolutely no support outside of Taiwan, Hong Kong, or mainland China.

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Tags: computers

Welcome to the Fold: Behind The Scenes With 'Welcome To The Fold', Pt. 4: The Story

How the influences on "Welcome To The Fold" came together to form its story.

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2020-11-18 12:00:00 No comments

In the weeks leading up to the re-release of my novel Welcome To The Fold, I'll be making a series of posts to serve as an extended introduction to the book -- its origins, its influences, its themes, its setting and characters. Enjoy.

(See all entries in this series here.)

In my previous installment in this series, I talked about the major influences on Welcome To The Fold. Here, I'm going to talk about the way those influences came together to form a story.

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Tags: Behind The Scenes: WTTF Infinimata Press

Maybe I'm In The Wrong Line Of Work

I've toyed with the idea of going on camera for fun and (possibly) profit. I never follow through, though.

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2020-11-16 21:00:00 No comments

Over the past couple of years, courtesy of my wife and a couple of other people, I've learned more than I ever expected about certain circles of YouTube-dom and influencer culture. Some of the folks who blow up bigtime on YT seem likeable and provide some enjoyable content (e.g., Anthony Fantano / Needledrop); but a lot of this material seems best sums up by the way one person recently put it: it's a reality show, with all the concomitant detachment from actual reality, all the drama, and all the wretchedness and self-indulgence of privilege and celebrity from old-school media.

People have told me, if I wanted to, I could start something like this and might even do well with it. I can be funny and spontaneous on camera (or so I've been told), and based on the contents of this blog, I might even have something to talk about. What I don't have are two things: a) subjects that have anything like buzzy mainstream draw, and b) the desire to spend oodles of time hamming it up in front of a camera for the sake of attention, instead of actually working on the things that matter.

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Tags: creativity creators promotion

Books: Man Against Myth (Barrows Dunham)

Barrows Dunham's 1947 work of popular philosophy deserves the widest possible audience in 2020.

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2020-11-16 12:00:00 No comments

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In 1995 I lived in Manhattan in a grotty little walkup with my wife, about twenty minutes' walk from the Strand Bookstore on Broadway. Sunday mornings after breakfast I'd head down there,  and inevitably walk out with armloads of stuff . On one such trip, late in the year, I saw a spine on one shelf that read MAN AGAINST MYTH, by one Barrows Dunham. Such a title evoked a number of possibilities for me, all appealing, and so I brought it home and read it all in one sitting that night. I kept it through three changes of address. It has helped me retain my sanity these past four years. It now sits on a shelf immediately to the left of my desk, where I keep the books that I know I will read and refer to until the day I die.

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Tags: Barrows Dunham books philosophy review

Welcome to the Fold: A Bullet To The Foot

We found a minor but unsightly formatting issue in the remaster of "Welcome To The Fold". Our bad.

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2020-11-15 12:00:00 No comments

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We goofed. Somewhere along the way during the formatting for the print copy of Welcome To The Fold, a minor formatting error crept in involving font ligatures. This made some passages of the text look strange.

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The Best Is Yet To Come, He Said

Akira Kurosawa is reputed to have said that whenever he is asked which of his films is his favorite, he replies, "My next one." A phrase I've taken to heart.

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2020-11-11 12:00:00 No comments

Akira Kurosawa is reputed to have said that whenever he is asked which of his films is his favorite, he replies, "My next one." A phrase I've taken to heart.

I've mentioned before how I can't bring myself to start a project if I don't feel like I could spend literally every day with it for the next umpteen months. I keep the number of likely projects in that vein as high as I can, so that when one is done I can turn to another likely candidate and set about developing it as quickly as possible. The less downtime wasted groping for what's next, the less downtime wasted, period. And in every case I can think of, the new project becomes the receptacle for everything about the just-finished one that I didn't do, or couldn't do, or chose not to do.

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Tags: Akira Kurosawa Shunga-Satori Unmortal creativity future projects

Infinimata Press: Projects: Meanwhile, Back In The Workshop

Happenings at Chez Infinimata that are not current-events-related.

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2020-11-09 21:00:00 No comments

A progress report from the week of last Tuesday.

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Tags: Flight of the Vajra Infinimata Press Unmortal future projects projects

A World Waited And A World Attained, 2020 Edition

The world awaited is not yet the world attained, but we took a step in the right direction today.

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2020-11-06 21:00:00 No comments

I posted this in January 2017. I post it again today. The world awaited is not yet the world attained, but we took a step in the right direction today. Spero meliora.

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Tags: these troubled times

The Beatings Shall Continue, And All That

It is not required to substitute ugly things for lovely ones in the name of some spurious bid for truth.

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2020-11-02 17:00:00 No comments

The word is "grimdark", and these days it's often followed by the word "fantasy". The logic behind producing such work seems to go like this: Life is cruel, therefore any story with copious cruelty is true to life, and the more cruelty the closer the story hews to truth. I don't think the author believes our world is like that, only the world they've created, but it still strikes me as being awfully narrow.

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Tags: Gary Oldman Hubert Selby Jr. Jonas Mekas art fantasy fiction

Stiff Upper Lip And All That

Just a few things as the First Tuesday In November approaches.

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2020-11-01 23:00:00 No comments

Just a few things as the First Tuesday In November approaches:

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Tags: politics these troubled times

New Blood

On reinventing horror tropes for the modern moment.

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2020-11-01 12:00:00 No comments

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One fun thing that arrived just in time for Halloween was the 4K remaster of Daughters Of Darkness. For those who haven't seen it, it's about a young newlywed couple who encounter a woman who might be the fabled vampiress Elisabeth Bathory (played with consummate class by Delphine Seyrig). I first came across the movie by way of a friend of mine some years back, and am happy to see it get a restoration. It also got me thinking about how common tropes -- especially horror tropes like vampirism -- get reinvented and rediscovered.

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Tags: horror storytelling

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