Monday, December 31, 2007

Pretty Much

Almost exactly. Add the Osaka Board of Education and I am with you.

I think no one is reading at this time of year so I am not posting a lot of stuff I was going to. I think I am the only one stranded at home. Taking of for K-1 in an hour. Have a nice New Year's Eve.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Steve's Still Dead

NYT article on my boy Steve Gilliard, who died earlier this year. You may remember that at the beginning of the year this blog featured more politics and was cross-posted on Gilliard's blog. Then he died.

Interesting

A book on the American Depression Epidemic. I get tired of people belittling a serious mental health problem. I am looking at you here Bill Maher.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

UFC 79: Yellow, Blue and Green-Lance Hahn Benefit

That would be strange if it were true. UFC 79-minus Matt Serra- takes place Saturday evening. I know it wouldn't be complete without my predictions. It appears our loyal Arash Markazi is moving in on one of my other beats-surfing. What comes next Arash? Are you moving to Kyoto?
As usual, Subfighter has already put the fantasy betting off-limits so I can't look at my actual picks. These picks will be special for you!

Bocek vs. Evans: I don't know much about either guy. Bocek's name has been floating out there for a while. He is very experienced in the world of jiu-jitsu. Evans is from Alaska. Bocek by sub in the 2nd.

Carneiro vs. DeSouza: Carneiro is a guy I would like to root for. Good skill set. Brazilian. Desouza has a giant beard and trains with B.J. Penn. DeSouza by decision.

Lister vs. Radev: Radev is an accomplished wrestler. Lister is the boogeyman. I think that Lister's grappling is levels above Radev's. I really enjoy watching him fight. Very little stand-up in this one. Lister by interesting sub in the 2nd.

Gamburyan vs. Mohr: I would loose to anyone who fights professionally, thats a given, I would be scared to fight Gamburyan. Mohr, I don't know. Gamburyan by G-n-P TKO in the 1st.

Cane vs. Irvin: Irvin is crazy to watch fight. Something is going to explode, whether it is his knee or his opponent's head. Always exciting. Irvin by KO in the 3rd.

Clementi vs. Guillard: Slidell vs. NOLA. That crazy rotating bridge vs. straight up crazy. Guillard is, athletically, the total package. Explosive. His body shot KO on Gabe Rudeiger is legendary. But, he is prone to dumb mistakes. Clementi is pretty much the reverse of that, with less cocaine in his system. Guillard by KO in the 2nd.

Machida vs. Sokoudjou: Probably my fight of the night. I really love both of these fighters. Machida is frustrating to people. Some don't like to watch him fight. I admire him as a technician. He owns wins over some of the giants in the sport. I really enjoy watching his odd style and counter-striking. Sokoudjou is a judoka with bombs for hands. Machida waits him out until he gasses. Machida by decision.

Palalei vs. Sanchez: Very little opinion on this fight. Sanchez can throw hands against anyone not named Mirko. Sanchez by 2nd round KO

Liddell vs. Silva: I should be super stoked about this. Wait. Let me climb in my time machine and go back two years. This fight could be more abut the return of Wandy than the fight itself. I did have this going to Chuck. Chuck is great at KOing people who chase after him. Witness Babalu. Silva is great and chasing people down. I have changed my mind. I think Silva is going to win it by virtue of the fact that he now trains with Couture. Who better to game plan with? Wandy by KO in the 2nd.

Hughes vs. St. Pierre: Hughes has been a dominant fighter over the years. But, I will say what I say every time; Can he improve? I don't think he can. I think he is as strong as he is going to get. His wrestling is as good as it is going to get. His striking shows no signs of getting much better. None of this is good enough to defeat GSP. GSP was better last time and he keeps getting better. GSP out wrestled Koscheck, who I would consider a better, more explosive wrestler than Hughes. There is always a danger that Hughes gets on top and GSP can't get out. I see GSP 2nd round KO. Serra has to wait to fight Hughes in the barn

Take it to the bank.

I Get the Strange...

...st spam mail. It says things like, "Take control of your ejaculation in 2008!" Thank you I will. And, "May your penis reach its full size this year." With any luck, it just might! They really have a handle on the issues that present themselves in my life. Why don't they send me mail like, "Give us $50 bucks and we'll tell you how to finish the novel that was almost finished this time last year." Or "We really like the album you are making, please sell it to us." Or, "Please come to our graduate school." Or, "Since you really are good at your job and everyone thinks so, why don't you go ahead and keep it." Or, "You are no longer the last 30 year old in the world who can't get a credit card." How about some spam mail like that.

edit: I just translated this to Japanese and then back to English with an online translator, as I know some Japanese people who try to read this site that way. It was pretty funny in Japanese. Here it is back in English for those of you who are not Ed or Jennifer.(Or a loyal Japanese literate reader that I am unaware of.)

The スパム mail of st. That seems like the thing which is said, "in 2008 control of acquisition of your ejaculation! "Me thank you. And, "range large-sized this year of the May your penis. "It causes all lucks and, that exactly and the れ is! There is a steering wheel of the problem which really shows them themselves of my life in those. Why you do not send the mail those like me, if "the wooden び coming stand of the $50 is given to us, most this time. "The we are the method of finishing the novel which last year is ended or" we like the album which really you make, sell to us. "Or," do to come in our graduate schools. "It does not go or why to forward and, that. "Really it is possible to be your work because and everyone so thinks, whether it does not maintain,", or, ". How like that concerning the スパム mail which old last 30 years already is not in the world where it is not possible "to obtain the credit card?

and how!

If You Follow....

Japanese politics....dozo.

Friday, December 28, 2007

K-1 Dy-No-Mite!!!


Two tickets to K-1 New Year's Eve.
That's how I'm livin' in the 関西 son.
Nephew. What. Too bad the card is fair
to middlin'.

I Did It

I signed up at Purebred Kyoto.
These guys are no joke. They fight in the bigs.
I predict pain. The gym doesn't reopen until the 5th so I am still stranded in my house getting fat and doing nothing productive while it rains and gets colder.

It' s Raining

It's Raining here so I really can't go out and do anything. I need to find a job, but it is the end of the year and I can't really contact anyone. But I always have this.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

My Other Favorite Christmas Song

Merry Christmas
















From my students to you!

My New Favorite Song

Check it out. I think No Idea is signing them soon, so hop on the bandwagon now!

I Never New Romney Was a Mexican Immigrant

Check it out. Really, he is from a family of illegal immigrants from Mexico. Think it will be brought up. They are white immigrants.

Christmas

I guess it's Christmas here. Who would know? I don't care. I'd rather not be here for Christmas. Akko invited me down to Uji. That was very nice of her but I really didn't feel like going out to drink for Christmas. Now it is almost 4 and I can't sleep as usual. New Year's should be better.
videoSo I stayed in and watched the police chase the Bosozoku around and watched Project Runway. Great.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Eve Eve

I guess Christmas Eve Eve is over in America. Christmas Eve itself is over here (almost). I did nothing, but it is really hard to care about Christmas while I am in Japan. I am looking forward to New Year's. Summer always declared Christmas Eve Eve the best day of the year. I think that is probably true in America. I have no radio show so it is time to bust out the greatest Christmas song ever.


Support Impeachment Hearings

Congressman Wexler wants 150,000 signatures on his website to start impeachment hearings for Vice President Cheney. Hey has 100,000 now. It takes about 5 seconds to sign. Go here.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

The Huckabee Dilemma

Watching the Right trip over their own tied together shoelaces over Mike Huckabee's ascendancy is amusing. For years conservatives, with the help of the media, have tried to tell us that Republicans faith is what helps them win. That they are in simpatico with the fabled heartland. Of course, the Right has been using religion as patter while their accomplices reach into your handbag and take your wallet. The true goal has always been to convert public money into private money (much like water into wine) and to deconstruct government in whatever way possible. Now they have to wash in the bathtub stained by their years of filth. Huckabee is their own Frankenstein set loose. He is all of the religion, all of the patter, but he forgot the next part of the act. He is the magician who believes he is actually magic. All that being said, I ain't fer 'em, I agin 'em but, he reminds a lot of the good-hearted, completely wrong and misguided Southern Baptists that I grew up around. He believes it. Now the voices of the Right have to figure out how to tell you that Huckabee is wrong but that you still have to believe their religious smokescreen. A most dangerous game.

And Why Would They Not?

Keep The South beautiful!

Oil on Canvas


I really dig this oil on canvas by Chris Roth.

Sokoudjou

How can you not pull for this guy?

Old But Not Surprising

Article about foreigners treatment in Japanese courts. The photographed absurd re-enactments should be familiar to anyone who has had to deal with police here. The McGowan case, mentioned towards the end of the article, should also be familiar. "He doesn't like _____" (black people, white people, foreigners) is an acceptable explanation of why you aren't allowed access to a store or restaurant or bar or shop or onsen, and there is no Japanese law to prevent this. I am sure Ed will remember the absurd run-around we were given at a particular bar in Miyazaki where we were actually friends with the staff and customers but where the owner-who advertised it as a "R&B/Black Music Bar" wouldn't allow foreigners...sometimes. When we would complain we were given the explanation, "Well, you have to understand, he just doesn't like foreigners." If I went to a bar where the owner, "Just didn't like Japanese people." I would be ashamed. And so it goes.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Chad, I'm Confused. Does this Mean We Won, Or Lost?

Mikuni Christmas Cleaning

videoOne of the many reasons why it sucks to lose my job. These kids remember about three words from a Christmas song that they heard somewhere and decide to do a performance of it during our year end cleaning. They keep posing for a photo so I have to tell them that I am filming, not taking a photo. Thus showtime begins.

For Now

They've stopped whaling for now. Well, Humbacks anyway. Although the reasons they give doesn't seem like anything has changed. Maybe Australia threatening to follow them around and document everything they did made them give in. Good for Australia.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

My Brain Hurts

It's a good thing that my Christmas break starts after Friday because I am strugglin'. I am exhausted all day so I come home and can't do anything and I usually take a nap but it doesn't bring me back up to the level of true awakeness I check up on whatever Gordon Ramsay might have done television wise and poke around for a while and play Winning Eleven and listen to the radio but I never get it together to do anything I need to do, or really want to do. Then I try to go to sleep and I can't. I can't at all. Like now. It is near on 2:30 so I have to get up fro work in just over 4 hours but I can't sleep because I took a nap earlier, but 4 hours sleep isn't nearly enought o function so I will go through another day like this. This is why I sucked at high school; I was constantly exhausted. College, no problem. Excepting math of course. Oh, the life of the unmedicated depressive. A joyous thing.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Exactly

100% f'ing correct. If you don't think this has everything to do with why I am being laid off with no recourse, then.....Man, it's got everything to do with it. This shit's getting old. No I don't hate Japan. I hate its government. Except for the part that gives me cheap insurance. That part is awesome.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

the yes yes y'all’s Political Songs

Here are some political songs. "The Rev" was supposed to be a fired up political bit opening with Al Sharpton addressing the Democratic National Convention. Unfortunately the Democrats lost right before we recorded vocals so I had no passion for it and just mumbled through a phaser.

"Phasing" Begins with a Huey P. Long quote. I haven't recorder vocals for it yet. There you go.


A Very Particular Discovery

If you are trying to upload Adobe Audition mixdowns to Lastfm, you should export the mixdown as an MP3 and not a .wav, this will make your life easier.

Strange Things Afoot!

I hadn't mentioned that Friday was the Mikuni 忘年会 end of the year drinking party. The judo teacher, who took a hate to me was wearing a suit so I started giving him shit about it. He decided to like me again and force-fed me beer. We both got 'faced and decided we were the only hard men at the gathering. Now he likes me. How long will this last?

To begin that story though, Friday morning I walked into the school to witness old judo coach in a verbal spat with the soccer coach. They were going at it pretty hardcore. Being trashed later I discussed this with the 二次会 warriors. Apparently they were arguing over the same thing judo teacher got mad at me about, his territorialism over his beloved dojo. Hmm.

Also, Yoshida sensei, who sits next to me, was very disturbed by news of my canning. She said she would call the Osaka Board of Ed. She also told the principal. I was excited but, all it has led to so far is a few phone numbers that might tell me of a school that is hiring. I really want to stay at my school. Ever since I left JET I have been hoping to end up somewhere nice for a bit. In the process I have turned 30 and not gone to grad-school. Maybe it is time to say "fuck it." To quote the rooster.

Monday, December 17, 2007

I Can't Be Stopped

Here are some more tunes I made today/ yesterday. I might do vocals in the next week or two. I don't know....Ed???? These are just the raw products. I have mixed other stuff in over the loops but I haven't been able to upload those yet. I guess I have to remember how to write lyrics.

Also, these aren't the real album covers...I am having trouble getting the real ones to the correct aspect ratio. Forgiveness please.

To anyone who knows what I am talking about: I have been using these doo-doo speakers for a while. I loaded up the old 808 today and found that it doesn't even register on these. It just kind of hums softly. To be corrected at my neighbor's horror.


Sunday, December 16, 2007

For the Record

I have always disliked Roger Clemens. He has always seemed like a phoney to me. Guess what.....he is. Surprise. What an embarasment. For shame.

Kabu



This is the Kabu. The turnip radish. I now love it. When Brett left for Korea he got stuck with a bunch of organic vegetables that Zack had talked him into ordering and then fled the country. I bought them for $20 and worried that they would go to waste. Yesterday, hungover and immobile with knee pain I decided to make a soup. First I cut up this bad boy and decided to eat him raw. Best vegetable I have ever eaten, hands down. The outside tastes like raw potato and feels colder towards the middle. It isn't sweet but it isn't bitter. The stems taste like warm butter, even though they were in the fridge.


The soup turned out quite good, but sliced up and raw is the way to go on this one. Oh, kabu! I sing your praises.

Kid's Brains

Are weird, but tasty. I have been doing a Christmas lesson all week with second-year students. The lesson has two parts. One is a worksheet. At the top is a box with about ten Christmas related words, about half of which the kids don't know. Under that are ten sentences about Christmas with blanks in them. I made it a little difficult on purpose because I am trying to get them to think about what clues the sentence is giving them, not trying to translate the whole thing (as they are taught to do.) Also I am trying to get them to say "Help. What's this?" In English. I included words like Hannukah and Kwanzaa to see what they would do when they have no clue. Usually about 6-7 kids in a class of 35-40 could get all of them right in about 10-15 minutes. That is pretty okay I think. They would usually switch around Hannukah and Kwanzaa, but that means that their instincts were right. After about 15 minutes, we stop and check. Then I gave out another worksheet. This time it was a wordsearch with about 20 Christmas words. It is nuts, the human brain. The kids who did so well at the fill in the blank can get about 6-10 words in 10 minutes. The kids who just stared at the fill in the blank come close to finishing. 1-2 kids will tear through the wordsearch, finding the words in order even, and finish well before everyone else. Very odd thing to watch. Just reinforces, I guess, that there are many kinds of 'smart.'

Air America, Whither Thou Goest?

I am a nut for radio. When Air America came out, I was so stoked. I became a member as soon as I could and download all of the podcasts religiously. I endured when many of the best shows in the history of radio went by the wayside; from Morning Sedition to Unfiltered, from The Majority Report to The Marc Maron show. The powers at AA seem to be doing everything they can to slaughter good radio. Even if I agree with Randi Rhodes politics my desire to listen to her show is matched only by my desire to drink on Tuesdays at the Holiday Inn lounge, which is to say 'zero.' Rachel Maddow is alright but walks the line between okay and boring so nimbly as if to seem deliberate.

Now, AA has fired Kent Jones. Kent Jones has been a continous bright spot through all of these shows and somehow remained as everyone else went away. What are they thinking. I guess they want to appeal to mid-40s hopeless women who live in one room apartments comforted by their cats and the hope that beautiful gay men will turn straight for them. I am not sure what they are thinking. It goes back to our theme of the week (month, year) that those who make the decisions have to right to be making these decisions.

To deepen the mystery, the last good show left on AA, The Young Turks, has disappeared over the last two days. What is going on? No one knows.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Drag

Well, as of March I have no job. Great. That isn't stressful at all; back where I started. Let me explain. NOVA, the giant English company couldn't handle its shit and went belly-up. For some reason, to save money, the City of Osaka had contracted with them to provide English teachers (NOVA teachers are notoriously second-rate) Since they went bankrupt they couldn't fufill the contract. The company I contracted with took over part of the contract. At the end of Febuary, that contract expires. The Japanese school year ends in March, and begins again in April. All of the companies who provide English teachers must bid on the new contracts around that time(when the fiscal year begins). The deal will go to the lowest bidder(s). Those contracts will start in June, two months after the school year. ??????????? So, maybe my company will get the contract again. In the meantime their 100 teachers will have to sit on their hands and hope or find new jobs. Then, the new contracting agencies will have a few days/weeks to find teachers for the Osaka Schools. They will advertise in the same free papers where people get jobs passing out tissue or washing dishes. Moral: when Japan says it cares about education, it is lying. My schools like me a lot. The teachers I work with want me back. My classes are effective. My company says I am the best teacher they have and get first call on anything that comes in. The kids like me. The judo club likes me. I love my job. I really love my job. This is garbage. I don't know why, America included, countries feel they can lie about education. They say it is important and then do everything to show that it isn't. Pay teachers? How? Iraq? Cut the check. Oh, we are so concerned that Japan is falling behind, let's hire the Bolivian frog gigger to work with our children(nothing against Bolivia). It is indicative of everything I have been talking about. Good, smart people don't run things. Retarded people do and everyone else just has to deal with it. The same people who decide who are good teachers decide that Jay-Z is a good rapper. So I wrote some lines to him, as I feel this whole mess is his fault.

I'm a better MC than Jay-Z
That hayseed
he frolics with beyonce
while I waste what some say
was a promising life
I drop the bomb and he drops little knifes
I'll make him my mid-wife
While I toast to my self-worth
He can sweep up the afterbirth


Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Competent

This is a really interesting story about people who are very good at their jobs. This is the kind of progress and compelling work we need in America on all fronts. And it mentions Bama...Roll Tide.

Politics: O'Donnel Hits One Out of the Park.

More Politics

The Mike Huckabee paroled rapist scandal should be some of the biggest news out there. Not because one rapist/murderer is more important than the next but because this man was allowed to rape and murder for only one reason: the insane, illogical, asinine and juvenile anti-Clinton hysteria that has led our country around by the nose for the last 16 years. If you are not familiar with the scandal I will say briefly that an Arkansas rapist, and confessed murderer became a conservative cause when he raped Bill Clinton's cousin. It was alleged that the sentence he received was too harsh and that he was a victim of the Clinton goons. When will our media realize that people take this stuff seriously and that they are the same people that the media and power structure decided should run our country for us. Huckabee got the guy released from prison, over the pleas of his victims, only to have him rape and murder again. Because they believe that Bill Clinton is evil. This passes for the leadership of our country. This is insanity. George Bush decides that Habeus Corpus doesn't matter and no one says boo. But people can make up anything about Bill CLinton they want and it forgives anything they do. It isn't just the rapist. It is Iraq. It is global warming. It is Israel/Palestine. They are forgiven all of their insanity and deep, deep sickness.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Let me Talk Right Down to Earth in a Language That Everyone Here Can Easily Understand

There has been lots of political stuff that I have been meaning to get to. Let me mention this that I meant to mention a week ago. So Pres. Bush (appointed) gave a press conference last week to discuss the National Intelligence Estimate Report on Iran. Of course, it turns out that the government knew a while back that Iran had halted its nuclear weapons program and had sat on the report so they could try to rile everybody up about a war with Iran. Caught in this deception, Pres. Bush said that Mike McConell, his Director of National Intelligence had come to him months ago, told him there was new information on Iran and that was all. How can that be all? How? If you are the President and you are discussing constantly how Iran is a rapidly brewing crisis and your Director of Intelligence comes to you and says "We have new information." To you let it go at that? Do you not press them and press them and make sure you understand it all pefectly. This is the most ridiculous kind of lie because it has to be a lie and we have to pretend that it is true. If it is true, then shouldn't Bush step down immedietly as an ineffective leader? This goes back to what I have been saying for years about Enron being the pattern for the current government. We are told repeatedly, "We are professionals. Just trust us." Then, when something bad happens they say, "Look, I don't really have any power over anything. I don't know what goes on inside these offices that I run." Really? If that is the case, then don't ask for the fucking job. It goes back to my favorite line in one of my favorite movies "I know he can get the job, but can he do the job!" Really, all of these people can get the job, ir is obvious, it has been obvious that they can't do the job. If the press lets this lie go, like every other weak ass lie then.....then what? We already have gone further than I ever thought we could down this road. Pathetic.

I'm Ta-rd.

Dead dog tired. Plum tuckered out. I couldn't get to sleep last night. When I finally did, Cameron and Alex thought it would be funny to call my repeatedly, presumably drunk, at 2:30 in the morning. I got up at 6:20 but never really got up. I decided to take a new route to school-Hankyu to Umede, Sennichimae line to Tiashibashi Imaichi. It was faster.

Today I taught the bane of my teaching career; 2-4. Imaichi, 2-4. I rather like their homeroom teacher. He has the desk next to mine and is the hulking rugby coach as well as a nice guy. 2-4 is full of half-wits and chowder heads. It also presents a good lesson in the problems with team teaching.

Team teaching assumes that we are not real teachers, we are special guests. In most classes, the teachers and students have taken me on as a real teacher and I haven't had many problems. However, the environment makes discipline confusing. Who's job is it? Am I a step-parent? An uncle? A guest in the home? Do I have a right to discipline a kid? Do they think I have the right to discipline them? To confuse all of this, the teacher for all of the 2nd year classes at Imaichi, while being a nice guy, is kind of a nice guy. He lets a lot of shit go. The problem with 2-4 is that they talk constantly through everything that I am trying to say. There are kids in the class who are trying to do the lesson and the rest just talk. I tell them repeatedly to stop talking. I don't whine about it. I don't say "Please, please, pretty please, you Kings of New England." At this point I ask them at the first of class, "Can we have class today?" I know the kids by name. I stop the class and ask them, by name, why they are talking and knocking the desks around and being pests. If it were just me in the class I would go over the top, grab the worst one, and throw them out of class. I wanted to today. Not in a lose my shit kind of way. But to tell them that they aren't allowed to act the fool in my classes. But, with the presence of another teacher I have to walk a tight rope. But I know he isn't going to do anything.

To make it worse, and what really pissed me off today is that one of the girls, who was sitting in the back doing everything but paying attention, said to me, "I'm sorry I don't understand English." When I got on to her. That actually pissed me off. That is why me and James go on about the "I'm sorry, I don't speak Spanish." scene in Anchorman. When the girl, and the boy next to her were acting up during the class, I walked to the back and said to both of them, "You can't act like this in my class. I have asked you nicely, now it is time to quit, got it?" In perfectly intelligible Japanese, that was her response. I think that that is so insanely disrespectful that I do see it as a reason to make her leave class. Also, it undermines discipline altogether. This problem has been recurrent in Japanese classes. I imagine that a lot of teachers are kind of oblivious to it and are made a joke of a good deal of the time. Homey don't play that. I used to have these terrible neighbor children in Saito. They would run in my house without asking. If I yelled at them in Japanese, they would laugh. If I yelled at them in English, they would say, "We can't understand." Annoying. As a larger issue it is one reason why I hate most English TV personalities. They allow themselves to be made a joke of for profit so mos Japanese people, especially children, see foreigners as 'funny people' even in a serious situation, even when they aren't joking. I ain't no joke son.

Oh look, I found a video of my Christmas lesson:


Monday, December 10, 2007

I Can't Stop

Here is a rough overview of the album I am working on now, tentetively called December. Because it is December. I haven't put down any vocals. I am thinking of doing them in a real studio this time as I live in a giant city. Not that Ed's bedroom, shower, closet and living room, aren't equally charming. Also, these are just the basic tracks. There will probably be more junk hung on them. Let me know i fy ou like them and feel that I should have a job doing this instead of what I really do and if the world is cruel and unfair to me (hint: it is, but I am not special in that regard.)

If you want to embed this in your own blog, or myspace or anything...please do! I will put up some other yes yes y'all stuff soon.







I Can Stop

I have meant to write an assortment of post over the past week but I have been either drunk, tired or both. Now I am just one. Pick! I am sorry for the lack of interesting content, but I felt I couldn't bring the heat. I had an end of the year party on Friday and drank with the teachers. My team one the quiz game, partly on the strength of me being able to find Myanmar on a map and later by pulling the highest value card out of a pile. Congratulaions me. No after party meaning an hour long ride on the train, standing up drunk. Back to Kyoto where I meet Brett downtown and trade Brett a used hardrive for a bag of organic vegetables. On to the raggae show with Atsuko-most certainly my type- where I listen to some half decent live raggea, feel left out, get left out and then have my vegetables stolen from right under my nose only to ride my bike 20 minutes home in the Kyoto humi-freeze. On to Saturday where I hang out with Akko even though I didn't really feel like it. Found a good Korean restaurant called Puruda-I recommend- drank even though I didn't want to, tried to be entertaining and went to a bar where one of the guys told me I was very handsome. Congratulations me. I was then told, for the second time this month, and by two people, that I look like the dude from Prison Break. Only because I have a shaved head and a map tattoed on my body. The funny thing is; that's true! So Akko talks me into watching a movie, after drinking, that starts at 12. It is my first trip to the theater in my neighborhood, which is rad, and we saw the Bourne Ultimatum, which was probably good but I was beer drinking tired. I remember there being things in the movie I wanted to talk about.....but I can't think of them now. By the way, never read the books. They are absolute garbage and the only reason I finished all 9,000 pages of one of them is the same reason I don't walkout of movies or leave sporting events early. I think I would have walked out of Domino...what an incredible load of shite. Are there as many typos in this as I feel that there are?

It Was Me...I Did It.

I only post on one message board. It is the only message board I have ever posted on. I got a thread locked down yesterday due to my smart mouth. Oh. Should I feel bad about this? All I did was ask if Matt Hughes' new autobiography came with 3-D glasses or just had regular pop-ups. I see a trend in my life that goes all the way back to elementary school. It tells me to keep my mouth shut but, no.....sadly, no.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Your Real Tune for the Galaxy

I am messing around with LastFM. Where were they when I was in high school. I uploaded an album that me and Ed (that would be 'Ed and I' for those who aren't professional teacher's of English like I) made years ago. Its genius stands the test of time. Hopefully being able to do this will make me (or us) make more.



Your Tune for the Day

A present from loyal reader Ed, in Tokyo Disneyland.

Thinking About America

the greatest country in the world

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

はーい!日本語なら出来ます!

めっちゃ久しぶりに日本語を出来るようになってきた!けど日本語出来へん。。。残念。

Short Skirt ?Yes Indeed

Because it is that time of year and I was in Kyoto Eki today. Homina. Homina.



I Don't Know....Faggot

To quote David Cross. Here is an interesting article from loyal reader Susan B. out in Chinatown-The Country! Which is odd because I was talking to two of the teachers at school today who were very concerned over one boy at school, who walks like a girl, talks like a girl, is interested and girls stuff and wants to be a stewardess. They were tyring to figure out what might be the problem. "Maybe he is gay." I offered. Feeling bad for immediaely putting together gay and effeminate. I told them how odd I found it that Japanese people get so weirded out by people who are up front about being gay, but that Japanese guys do so many things that would be stereotyped very quickly as gay in America. Gender as a construct ladies and gentleman. Reading the article you might think pthat's great! You can take their lunch money and their women- But...a lot of girls really dig guys like this. It appears to me as pathetic. But I am biased, being the ideal of American male virility. And by virility, I mean 'virusy.' Virilitic.

Mess With the Bull...

Mess with the pirated operating system and you get the... I wouldn't know because I don't do things like that. In any case, I was trying to install a new operating system, as mine won't speak Japanese, and my computer up and died. I bought a cheap, used hard drive for $30 bucks and replaced the old one that I had reserved just for the OS. Somehow
I got the master/slave relationship wrong(if i had a penny) and the computer rebooted to my former OS and desktop which had been lost and assumed to stay that way...odd. It is like getting your ex-girlfriend pregnant at the class reunion and having a cute baby that you never wanted.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Florida= Weird

Here is an interesting article on the ongoing Sean Taylor murder. It touches on a little bit of the strange duality of a lot of Florida communities. I am from nowhere near Miami but I always feel as if my image of where I am from and other people's is vastly different. I know that the school I went to is highly rated academically and regarded as a nice place, but I remember it as being this haven of random violence and crime. I know that Ft. Walton/ Destin is supposed to be an affluent resort area but I remember it as being hardscrabble with a sordid underbelly. Am I remembering wrong? Did I make it all up? Were there not really crack deals going down in junior high? Were people not getting run over with cars in the FWBHS parking lot for beefs of dubious origin? Did it all not seem like it could turn on you for no reason whatsoever at any moment? Where does Summer weigh in on this? Am I loopy? In any case, even before Taylor's murder you heard all of this talk about how he was from the good part of town, so no one could understand how he seemed to be wrapped in the bad at times. All I got to say is that that sounds like Florida to me and I don't know what else to say on it.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Evel Dead

You try to live a healthy life. You try to play by the rules and do everything right. Then, for some reason, at the young age of 69, Jesus done calls you home.

Evel Knievel died. At home! Of natural causes!! That is probably his greatest stunt. Job well done Mr. Knievel. Sometimes it is hard to remember what a large psychic force this guy was on the U.S. in the late '70s early '80s. I remember building bike ramps and riding over them yelling "He's down. He's hurt. He's not even moving. He's hurt." Which was the call from his infamous Ceaser's Palace jump. These were the days when descramblers were our Youtube and it took a special kind of crazy to go national. He is like the Pittsburgh Steeler's Superbowl years. I know I must have been too young to actually watch but they are somehow present in my memory. Fucking nutcase. Well played sir.

Conservapedia Smokes the Hog

This report about the top ten hits on Conservapedia had been floating around the internets for the past few days. It appears as if it might lack a bit in veracity. Nevertheless it points out some essential weirdness that is constantly present in the conservative world. As Wes Clark Jr. says, "They want to smoke the hog." I have stayed away from the armchair psychology of saying that everyone who is against something is, in fact, that mysterious something in secret. But clearly, there is a huge repressed subculture in conservative circles that really wants to have sex with men. Even if these top ten entries on Conservapedia prove to be false, look at some of their real entries. The first line, after stating that Bill Clinton was the president between the Bushes reads, "Clinton aggressively advocated homosexuality." Really? Really? I don't remember that. I certainly don't remember it being the centerpiece of his presidency. There has to be something to this obsession.

The First?

It appears as if, unfortunately, the first death in the short history of MMA will be occurring in the near future. Not to minimalize the health situation of this guy and what his family is going through, but this was somewhat inevitable. I am sure there will be some degree of outcry. Of course, deaths happen every year in high school football, but it isn't a sport under scrutiny. It looks now as if Mr. Vasquez was suffering from a blood clot before his Oct. 20th bought in Houston. I hope he pulls through, but being moved to a hospice is not a great sign for improvement.

Update: Mr. Vasquez died today. He had a wife and a son. It appears as if he had a preexisting medical condition.

The View Out My Apartment


My neighborhood. Power lines. Nijo Station. Movie theatre.

Your Tune For the Day

Not only did Pigeon John steal my clothes, at around -1:00 he starts dancing almost as retarded as me.

"A lemon to a lime a lime to a lemon, underground hip-hop equals no women." Tell me about it.

Ed, did he write this about Miyazaki? I think he might have. I thought I saw Shiho in the background somewhere laughing.

attempting to silence the voices in my head.