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I’m a retired geezer firmly ensconced in Chicago, Illinois, a proud resident of the Peoples’ Republic of Rogers Park since 1979.

It’s been very much a surprise to me, but I’ve spent most of my life as a political activist and a large part of that time as a member of the precariat, mixing part time employment and work as an “independent contractor”.

So what is this site about? As always, I’m making it up as I go along.

Post Script: Like most blogs, the face of this blog is the present. That’s all most visitors will see. If you are inclined to explore further, there are two shortcuts to simply scrolling down into the past. One is the menu. The menu selections are fairly generic, but they do narrow the content considerably. The other is the tags. I’ve used the tags as a sort of index to the site. Most of the tags will narrow content by a lot. Unfortunately, this particular WordPress “theme” does not allow you to use both the menu and the tags. For the search engine hip, you can tell Google to search just Yip Abides for a word or phrase using the site command (e.g., site:yipabides.wordpress.com).

Post Post Script, 05/07/2020: I’ve started paying rent to Automattic, mostly to remove the advertising. With that, Automattic has unlocked a few additional WordPress features that had been unavailable with the particular “theme” that I’ve been using. You now have another means of exploring the blog, a menu that presents the blog entries a month at a time. This is hardly revolutionary, but it hadn’t been available before.

Look for more new features as the year progresses.

7 thoughts on “About”

  1. I just read your review of Kaiju Bunraku. It was my puppet theater, Bunraku Bay Puppet Troupe, that did puppeteering and provided the puppets for the film (except for Mothra– that was the director’s creation). I was happy to see that you caught the word play in the name of the troupe.
    I moved back to Japan in 2018 and started a new troupe here in Tokushima, on the island of Shikoku, Tokubei-za, which includes some similar word play. (I’m from Kentucky originally, but couldn’t figure out how to wedge or fold that into the Troupe name.)

    With all of the virus issues, we’ve not been able to do much live performing, so I’m getting into the puppet-on-film business. I just did the puppeteering for Kaiju Bunraku. The only other film work we’ve done was on an NBC sitcom, but now I’m working on the film production end of things, thinking I may not live looking enough to ever perform live on stage again.
    Do you have some background in Japan or Japanese?

    Again, thanks for viewing my work.

    Martin Holman

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    1. No special background in Japan or Japanese, but I do seem to revisit the culture more than I might expect.

      Thank you for your work on Kaiju Bunraku. I enjoy revisiting it now and again. For those wondering, here is the video:


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