Machi’s Diary

Day 1: Today is the day I meet my foster humans. I hope my snack schedule has been relayed. Day 3: Clearly I’ve gotten the shitty end of the deal in this foster home situation. While I am a personable floofball of charisma and scintillating charm, my new family are cold, heartless people who do…

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Wow and Flutter

In the analog audio world, pitch fluctuations are called Wow and Flutter. It gets more technical than I care to delve into, so to keep it simple and in amateur turntable speak: When a vinyl record dips its pitch once every rotation, that’s wow; when the sound fluctuates in quick succession, that’s flutter. Whether caused…

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Asian-ize Your Christmas Tree

Whenever winter comes along, there is no question that I will get obsessed with Christmas ornaments. I’m genuinely shocked by people who don’t put up Christmas trees. Putting one up has always been my year’s highlight. It’s not a Gather ’round, family, let us put this tree up together in the spirit of joy and…

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Recordings

It’s a Tuesday morning, and with nothing else on my agenda I’m going through every file in an old hard drive’s folder labelled “Old iPhone” when I find a video that’s 15:24 minutes long. The preview icon is a blur; I don’t know what it is, and what needed to be recorded for 15 minutes.…

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Attempts at Being Healthy

1. At 10 years old I’m constantly teased for being short. This of course doesn’t bother me now, but at that age it’s an earth-shattering, hide-under-the-sheets kind of shame. My mother finds me sulking in a corner one summer afternoon. Most probably she had seen my cousins teasing me, a situation I had extricated myself…

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Books for the Poolside

Kuaidis (deliveries) are being dropped off at my doorstep almost daily. I am amassing an insane amount of summer reads because that’s exactly what I intend to do this summer – read! It’s a luxury that’s eluded me for some time now. That all changes during the holidays! I plan to indulge in the most…

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