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31 August 2007

29 August 2007

Yay Beat!

Kids' Stories By Beat Takeshi

Who knew that actor/director/TV show host Takeshi Kitano writes children's books? Not me. Not until I sat down this afternoon to read Boy, his new collection of short stories that came out last week.

The first story starts off with a man reminiscing about sports day in elementary school with his nerdy big brother. There are a lot of moments of what Japanese people would call seishun—nostalgic adolescence (though it has a much softer and beautiful connotation to it than the words "nostalgic adolescence").

The stories are chock full of intricate details on Japanese boyhood and family life, despite the simple, deadpan prose and the bite-sized length of each.
It only takes maybe an hour to finish the entire book, yet you get to know a whole new side of the man you've gotten acquainted with through legendary movies like Zatoichi, Battle Royale, and Hana-bi. Perfect summertime reading for the Japanophile!

Buy your copy


Lifted directly word for word from Tokyo Mango. Yes, I am that lazy.

Ridiculous Software

Beijing, China (AHN) -- Mosquito population in China quickly multiplies during autumn and a Chinese Web site trying to cash in on the problem, is offering Chinese consumers a special mobile phone software that claims to repel mosquitoes. The software, available on download over the Internet, claims to release mosquito repellent waves.

I'm sure it works great. While they're at it, they should try to download sleep, food and happiness software programs and see how well they feel given a few days.

..Scratch that last option. I'm pretty sur many would think they had downloaded happiness as long as thet got some porn.

26 August 2007

Hack a Battery

12 Volt Battery Hack! You'll Be Surprised... - Funny bloopers R us

..via Nihil..viaMetacafe

On a completely side note, when used to a mac, it sucks to try to use the same keyboard shortcuts on a windows laptop.

Truth in all forms

"Another day down the mines of our lives. We drink 'til we stink and smoke 'til we choke because that's how we get things done, you and me. Spending our lives making things and making things out of our lives, because anything else would be dull as hell and we're damned if we're going to sit at the other end of whatever years we get saying, well, what the fuck was that for?

Years of scars, lipstick and tears, and every day the dawn comes on we turn our eyes up in surprise, saying, "There's that goddamn sun again."

Warren Ellis, you are a god in human form. A crass, tasteless form, but wonderful nonetheless. Thanks, Fi. Glad I could steal fantasticness from you.

24 August 2007

23 August 2007

21 August 2007

Maybe not in Texas

Plaseebo Toys

Why is it that all the best toys are marketed towards Tokyo? We like some jacked up designs here too!!

And it never ends.......

14 August 2007


Ew ew ew ew ew

Some things in life are just too disgusting to really even think about. Introducing the Mayogarita, brought to the ever inventive of gross foods, Japan.

11 August 2007

Why Radiohead? Ever?

SEATTLE - A woman attacked a karaoke singer belting out Coldplay on Thursday night, telling him he ``sucked'' before she pushed and punched him to get him to stop singing, bar staff said.

This is why you sing karaoke at home. Or make damn well sure you have a great voice. After hanging out with my friend Scot a few times at McCarty's and always being blessed by karaoke night, I have to say I would side with the woman in this case.

09 August 2007

Even the Microsoft Ads are Good!

Stardust 2007 Montage

I've always had a penchant for Stardust's advertising style. They use vectors correctly, have a strong imagination, nothing moves too slowly, and the colors and music are the overwhelming in the videos compared to the product. so this montage of their ads so far of 2007 is wonderful. Plus, it features one of the hottest men alive. :)

Oracle of Starbucks

The Oracle of Starbucks Personality Test

My results:

Personality type: Asshat

You carry around philosophy books you haven't read and wear trendy wire-rimmed glasses even though you have perfect vision. You've probably added an accent to your name or changed the pronunciation to seem sophisticated. You hang out in coffee shops because you don't have a job because you got your degree in French Poetry. People who drink triple espresso are notorious for spouting off angry, liberal opinions about issues they don't understand.

Also drinks: Any drink with a foreign name
Can also be found at: The other, locally owned coffee shop you claim to like better

..via Neatorama

06 August 2007

Time to Move

The Annual Texas Redneck Games

Oh the things that make me proud of living in the Lone Star State.....

04 August 2007

Better than Aerobics

Queen's Radio Gaga brought to you by prisoners. Yes, the same ones who did Thriller, complete with scary looking male prison bitch.

But, you know, with Queen.

Better than Aerobics

Queen's Radio Gaga brought to you by prisoners. Yes, the same ones who did Thriller, complete with scary looking girl prison bitch.

But, you know, with Queen.

02 August 2007

Things that make me happy

I never knew it was possible to combine that much offense into such a hilarious comedic package. Kudos Cyanide & Happiness. Kudos.