Minotaur Jumprope

a zen koan for you

A Japanese youth was raised in the West, by Western adoptive parents. He knew not the language of his ancestors, nor the customs of their culture. Soon after reaching adulthood, he had befriended some American otaku, and one day he accompanied them to an animu convention. There, he met a great otaku master, a much-respected man, whose knowledge of Tezuka, Yokoyama and Ishinomori was as broad as the cosmos itself. Seeking for this master's counsel and advice, to this master the young man told his story,

"Weeaboo." the master said, and turned away, leaving the shocked youth staring at his back.

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HAY GUYZ FUN WEEKEND

So this weekend I'm heading out to Jersey to borrow a car from the folks and then driving up Long Island for FUN TIMEZ with assorted weeaboos, some art school kids, and other associates of Anna (dressdragn). Anyone who's on my way or who can meet me on my way through NYC, wanna come? call/email/IM me for a better explanation of what's going on.

Yes, I only update anymore about things like this. I intend to get back to blogging sooner or later, once I take care of some things like how my apartment is falling apart and I'm way behind on updating Anna's site
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Yamagata

SOMEONE IS TRYING TO KILL ME

I WENT TO GET A GLASS OF DR PEPPER FROM THE KITCHEN AND IT WAS ALL SHAKEN UP, WHO WOULD DO THAT

Corroplast: your roommate
Corroplast: this is part of why i don't drink that stuff
asterphage: he isn't even home!
asterphage: if he WAS in the living room with his laptop watching some old movie on tv like every other day, i'd be like YOU BASTARD
Corroplast: perhaps it was YOU
asterphage: not that he'd do it anywa-
asterphage: o_o
asterphage: perhaps.

coming up next time: more AIM quotes.
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Minotaur Jumprope

THERE ARE 3333 MESSAGES IN MY SPAM FOLDER, SHOULDN'T I BE GETTING A HP BONUS OR SOMETHING?

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I'm reading two books this week. Just finished Vonnegut's Mother Night, which I've had lying around for ages, and now I'm in the middle of a pristine hardcover copy of Michael Chabon's The Final Solution, a lucky find at the Salvation Army store on 125th on my way home wednesday or thursday.

Also, I probably haven't mentioned that I'm re-playing Final Fantasy 7 in order to form more informed opinions about it (and its sequel materials, over which much fuss is made). Anyway, I finally beat Ruby Weapon and Emerald Weapon this week, and from my exceedingly well-prepared POV, they were all sound and thunder. I'd post an amusing AIM conversation with ahvia regarding that, but I don't have it right now, I'll just paste it in here when I get home.

Listening to Regina Spektor's last couple albums a lot lately. It's uneven stuff but the tracks that stand out really shine. I've also actually been drawing a bit, and soon I might finish something for once. I also re-watched almost all of seasons one and two of Venture Brothers the other day... I don't remember why at first, but eventually I had to go through them again to find the parts where the Monarch talks to/about other supervillains. It took me quite a while to remember that my favorite scene, where he lists who a jury of his peers would consist of, was actually a deleted scene on the second s1 DVD. Anyway, I've been having things in Monarch-voice running through my head all day. And I just spent like 15 minutes putting in a million marquee tags in this entry. I think I'm done.
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Minotaur Jumprope

today's theme: things people wear (UPDATED Tuesday the 19th)

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2006 "Ubiquitous Fashionable Computer" competition & fashion show (at Nextcom Show) , South Korea:
http://today.reuters.com/tv/videoChannel.aspx?storyid=9b23cd5071668af33c9945d38e59cb190a2386b4
I'm seeing a lot of resemblance to contemporary Asian sci-fi films; for instance, the first part of Returner.

Space suit-themed "Hyper Space Couture Design" competition & fashion show, in Tokyo, Japan:
http://today.reuters.com/tv/videoChannel.aspx?storyid=cb1c48e9ddcb135095ed822c55e20674a4c71dae
I like the spectator at the end who suggests that the designers should give some consideration to the actual activities of astronauts.

Reuters interviews gothic-lolita fashion kids, also in Tokyo:
http://today.reuters.com/tv/videoChannel.aspx?storyid=018194453094daa8df14b35adcfe28c8e9c2dce6
The magazine editor's explanation of the meaning of gosurori is priceless- "Gothic fashion represents coolness in the darkness, which some people might find a bit scary..."

Late Addition:
The faces of Japanese film, particularly the stars of "Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla" ("GxMG") and "Godzilla, Mothra, Mechagodzilla: Tokyo SOS" hit the red carpet at the 2003 Tokyo International Film Festival, where Tokyo SOS premiered:
http://www.accesseonline.com/galleries/main.php?catname=Actors&cname=TIFF%202003%20Special
If you don't want to browse the gallery, here's the one photo that's an absolute must-see.