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Somewhere on the eastern edge of the Zapote District of the San Jose canton, right past the ring highway, and a few blocks down from the somewhat fashionable Multiplaza Curridabat, but surrounded by much less fashionable buildings (including a muffler shop, a Repuesto Coreano (Korean speciality autoshop), a lottery post, a motorcycle parts store, an auto parts store, another auto parts store...okay, you get the point), is a nondescript office building that looks like... well, I think I just said it was nondescript, right? It looks like a building on a community college campus, or maybe the central office building for a local electrical utility. A big old boring hunk of brutalist concrete just sitting there on a road filled with other businesses.

But what is it? Well, as a reader, you have already had this spoiled for you: this is the Presidential Palace of Costa Rica. Although the name may be a misnomer, because the president does not live in this building. This is an office

I've been having a lot of nightmares lately. Not just the waking nightmare of watching the conspiracy theorists slowing taking over the public political discourse, but actual nightmare dreams. The worst involved me rescuing Tessie, who'd been kidnapped and taken to New York City's Chinatown with a ridiculous and scary Big Trouble in Little China plot. Other events included me being sexually assaulted and having to to kill one of my torturers (a scene reminiscent of


Six ways to Sunday: idiom, meaning in every way possible.


Wendy says, there were five of them, see. 

Good Cop says, five?

Wendy says, yes. Five black guys. Men, not boys.

Bad Cop snorts. Shakes his head.

Wendy says, may I finish, please?

Bad Cop smirks. Let’s hear it, he says.

Wendy says, they rushed through the door. Big black men with guns and knives. We want money, they said, and

News for Noders

April 1: The E2 Dadaism Quest starts today! Please show off your Dadaist chops with lots of fig inverted urinal.

April 1: The 2024 LieQuest has been cancelled.

April 12: Yuri's Night

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March 14th: Pi day.

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December 1: Iron Noder ends

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