Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Gooday, Bruce! Doing well, Bruce? Jolly good, Bruce.

Article in the NYTimes today talking about a pseudo-furor surrounding comments by Bruce Arena that more American players should be playing in Europe rather than the MLS.

"I think it's ridiculous," M.L.S. Commissioner Don Garber said yesterday in Berlin. "If I were him, I'd take a deep breath and think about what I say before I criticize anyone in American soccer."

Uhhh...as a famous argument by Saba goes, that is so moronic I'm not even going to say why it's so stupid as to not deserve comment. Well, ok, I guess I will. Professional Soccer in Europe is more competitive and has more skilled players than any other league. Even the MLS commissioner would admit that. You know what, Saba's right, I'm just going to stop there because the logic is obvious that Arena's comments were meant to be constructive about how to improve American talent and saying that American players would be better if they played against better competition is about as reasonable as you can get.

Reminds me of something my friend Tony said, in effect that he kind of gave up hope on American soccer after Landon Donovan quit Europe so he could go back to being a star in the MLS. And I agree - yeah it sucks Americans to go over to Europe and get your ass ruled by a host of international players, but you need to suck it up because people play sports professionally for two reasons: money and excellence. Both of those are found in much more abundance in Europe from what my experts tell me. Fun? That's for high school sports (though you may have to reach back to junior high these days).

In conclusion, Bruce Arena Thank You for helping American soccer better everyway you can, through coaching and truth-telling. And as for the knee-jerk MLSers: get real guys. Maybe someday, like the year 2200, America will be the main hub for the best soccer players in the world...but don't count on it.

World Cup Goals...otra vez

OK I found out recently that the blog with every 2006 World Cup Goal is now kind of sort of defunct so I found a new site. Has all them good shits (for download!) and gets them much faster too. Get you some, baby.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Antibodies to alcohol?

Interesting review article over the neurochemistry of addiction and recent advances. No big insights, particularly, in this article, but at one point a company was mentioned that is actually trying to make the body mount immune responses to certain drugs capable of causing addiction, like alcohol and heroin, and they say they've been successful. The idea of vaccining against drug use is fucking crazy. It's a good time to be a doctor.

MDA camp seeks volunteers

OK I found the lizzink. Go to http://www.newsok.com/video. Below the video screen you should see "sort videos by date." Go to videos on 2006-06-21. The first video available should say "MDA camp seeks volunteers." Click on that one. Man I look real struggly - ugly people should not go around unshaven and sleep-deprived.

Word

My bad, ya`ll. I haven`t posted in a minute. A licensing exam, summer camp and Japan back-to-back kind of does that to you.

We are chilling in Kyoto right now but heading for Toyoshina until Tokyo this weekend. I was too jet-lagged to go out last night but Sana and Shu tore up karaoke and sake for like four hours on their own. Sana has recently taken up calling me "the pussy" and Shu has followed suit. Crazy about you guys, too.

My alcoholic med school buddy (remember the picture I posted back in the day with me and him shotgunning beers?) is also in Japan so hopefully we can hook up with him. This kid is essentially an Irish Shu.

Japan is as blazing as ever. The food is so fucking off the hook. We went to this place last night where they were cooking up mushrooms fried in garlic sauce, a crazy sweet potato soup with melty cheese mixed in and a light breaded crust on the top of the bowl, and plenty of absurd mixed drinks.

Today`s schedule is possibly the golden shrine or temple I can`t remember and hopefully some shopping because women`s clothing is on some next level shit and Sana is trying to get hooked up.

Also I got on the state news for an MDA (muscular dystrophy) camp spot and if I can find the video I`ll try to link that shit. I`m only in it for like five seconds...the point is more to give you an idea about hows I roll up in the OK. "Pretty gangster" is the answer you should come away with.

Sunday, June 25, 2006


Also for those of you that are interested, here is a picture of me in front of our new house in Maryland. There is a huge garden with walkways and statues and bamboo and ferns and birdbaths. and a porch swing. and two fire places, we cant wait to move into the most amazing find weve ever seen.
Some of you may remember this guy who used to dance with the wash u breakers who wore a yamaca, it recently came to my attention that there is a video of him trying out for "So you think you can dance"

Friday, June 23, 2006

sweet!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

The best 25 minutes you can spend this week

Need an excuse?


Good new advice about excuses from the ninja.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

As for my triumphant return...


Not really sure when that's going to happen. I suppose I'll come back sometime, but I really feel very little rush to get back. Without a doubt, I'd love to be able to see you all more often, but it's dubious as to how much that would happen even if i was back in the states. The truth is, my life over here is really nice. I enjoy my job, it pays pretty well, it allows me plenty of free time, and I'm in a spectacularly beautiful part of a wickedly awesome country
. Promises of a low-paying, hard-t0-find job in the states is not exactly appealing at this point. Still, I very much miss you all, and I hope you'll come visit my island if I don't catch you on one of my goodwill tours of the US. Much love

News from Taiwan

Jason will officially be cback in the states (in the DC area WOOT) on July 27th.

Dunno about them other fools. Shu if/when are you coming back to the least-free free nation in the world?

Rock On.

Monday, June 19, 2006

well...

Kroker showed my a pair that he was "saving for a rainy day".... whatever that means, but was unwilling to part with it.

It is intern season in DC though, so my room is slowly filling up with them (does college count as 'school-girl'? I've been having trouble overcoming the moral imperative, sleeping with high school girls. Any suggestions? You must have come up with something, I know all those fine Jappo ladies look damn young!)

Ok, enough hateful BS and garbage. If anyone sees Liz Fuj-eye-eye, Jesus God don't tell her I said that.

Shu, come home soon, this kind of stuff (all typed out) is going to be very incriminating when I run for president.

日本へよこそう!


日本に行きたいな!もしここに来たら一緒にいっぱい遊べるね!何でまた来てないの?僕のことが嫌いなの?SabaもBryanも日本に来たよ!ほら、見て、見て!彼ら楽しんでるねね。その写真で食べてるものはクレープって言うことだ。すごく美味しいよ!じゃあ、ぜひ来て下さい。

I think it's called "Soccer"

Some of you may be aware that there is this sport known as "soccer" which people outside of the US have an interest. Strange, I know, but it's true. You may also know that right now is the World Cup. That's like the Super Bowl of soccer. Yeah, I know, they have one for soccer too, it's crazy (^_-) Seriously though, I never really was that interested in soccer, though I did enjoy playing it in my youth, and I think a big factor in that is the relative unpopulariy of soccer in the states, especially as a spectator sport. However, now that I'm in a country that pays attention to soccer during what, to many, is more important than the olympics I find myself starting to get into it. There are still things I don't particularly like about the sport, but the truth is, it's pretty damn fun to watch the best teams duke it out.
It's particularly interesting that the US has actually managed to put a decent team together this year. We were actually ranked fifth going into the competitions, though that was mostly do to the fact that we had a pretty easy schedule. Our first game, against Czech, was pretty dismal. Granted, Czech's a pretty impressive team, but we still looked like a bunch of minor leagers that were invited to play with the big leagers as some sort of charity. But if you didn't see the game against Italy, you definitely should. We finally looked like we belonged in the tournament. Despite ridiculously bad calls by the ref which resulted in two of our guys getting a red card, the team still managed a pretty valiant tie. In fact, despite playing defensively, as you would think a team of 9 against 10 would do, they were really controlling the game. Go USA! Our next game is against Ghana, who actually beat Czech, so we'll have to see.
Also, my appologies to my Japanese friends for Japan's 0-0 tie with Croatia last night. That leaves them with only one point as they're about to face Brazil. Not a particularly good situation to be in. It's a damn shame too, because for the game on sunday night, I was invited to this bar I often go to by the owner. The bar was technically closed (even saw him turn someone else away) but I got to go in and watch it with him and a few of his friends. A damn good time to watch the game with people who really care about it. Yeah, Japan.

Hot shit


Dude, you've gotta check out this hot new book I just read. It's called the Epic of Gilgamesh. You probably haven't heard of it, but it's popular here in Japan. I mean, it's got Shamash, the sun god, Enkidu, Gilgamesh's counterpart. Man, if only more people had read this book, maybe it would be famous. You've gotta check it out!


Ok, now listen here Winkler, my appologies for telling you things you already knew. I never claimed that any of it was new, I just thought that some people had never seen it/ heard of it. Still, I'm glad that some of those cool things from this island are making it to the states. I should have realized the stoners would have been the first to know about it. There's so much crazy shit here that this country is made for stoners. Now I'll just have to get you some used school-girl panties from a vending machine and you'll be all set. Or did you get those from Kroker too? ;)


P.S. - If you haven't been watching the new Battlestar Galactica, you're missing out.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Shu is still... TOO SLOW!!!

even though he is IN Japan, the POTHEADS have been on it since WAY back in the day. I first saw Battle Royale courtesy of Kevin Kroker during our senior year of college, and have had a copy of it downloaded on my own computer for some years now.

I agree that it is awesome and crazy fucked up, perhaps the most sick violence I've ever seen in a movie because it is all directed at and performed by children.

Come on Shu- Next Gen? Battle Royale? Is your next hot tip gonna be how cool Smash Bros. is?

Not to bust balls, but you see I've come to expect more from the master of things Shu-ery.

Hot tips from the Winx-n-ator:

Great new music - Pilot Drift - find their first album, Iter Facere, not Water Sphere.

Great new movies - ALL MUST SEE "PRIMER" IT IS FUCKING WICKED. espescially Morgan.
And also check out Stacy Peralta's history of big wave surfing movie "Riding Giants"

Friday, June 16, 2006

A Royal...with cheese

If you want some bloody good fun, I recommend Kinji Fukasaku's "Battle Royal". It's quite famous here in Japan, but it's never been released in theaters in the states, though I do believe there is a version available on DVD with English subtitles. The basic story is that the world has gotten so bad that they have to take extreme measures to control the school kids. The opening screen reads as such "At the dawn of the Millenium, the nation collapsed. At 15% unemployment, 10 million were out of work, 800,000 students boycotted school. The adults lost confidence, and fearing the youth, eventually passed the 'Millenium Educational Reform Act'...AKA: The BR Act."

These students are sent to Battle Royal Island where they must battle to the death until only one student is left. Granted, that basic setup seems a little ridiculous, but just take that as it is, because the movie does. It's not about explaining why t
he situation exists, it's about showing relentless, unyielding violence. But what's noteworthy about this is not that people are killing each other, but the fact that they're 15 year olds who are killing each other. Nothing like seeing a little smile on the blood soaked face of a little 15 year old girl after she's just dispatched one of her classmates. If you don't like violence, don't watch this movie, but if you can handle it, I definitely recommend it. It's a really well done film, with some great performances, including a small one from "Beat" Takeshi. Definitely worth your time.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Fuck Europe. Europe disgusts me.

You know a post over at OWP over Argentinian haircuts gave me thoughts today, especially after reading about the haircut wars going on over in Europe between soccer players in the World Cup.

Thoughts: Europe is a sad, sad place. Now that Beckam has gotten bored of coming up with new do's the rest of the soccer elite is trying their hand and failing miserably. I mean, rat-tails? Mullets?

This connects with Argentina to me because when I was down there they were total Europhiles, attempting at every moment to be more like a European country. And it was like, "guys...people from Europe look like douchebags - what are you trying to accomplish?" Am I a paragon of style? Hell no. I'm too lazy and if I weren't lazy I would probably suck at it anyways, but note this: I know who to ask.

Of course I'm generalizing but think a little bit about it. Think about "European music." England, they're fantastic. I guess they wouldn't exactly like to be lumped in with the rest, though. The rest of Europe: shitty techno music and who knows what else. Sigur Ros? Some people like them. Not me. It's a fucking cultural backwater, people. Who knows what's going on in the newly forming immigrant ghettoes of France and other countries - they probably have some hot shit cooking up. But as for the average citizen, forget about it.

Makes me wonder what music and culture would be like in America without our substantial black, hispanic and everything else population. Without our socioeconomic diversity. Probably a lot like Europe.

My friends from Oklahoma are always like "let's go to Europe this summer, it'll be so cool." I stare in disbelief. I ask them, what's in Europe? An aging population with no diversity - they're all liberal, they all think religion is silly, they all listen to the same crappy music - they have no new ideas and no new solutions to the world's problems or their own for that matter. Look at France. A country whose youth single-handedly defeats an absolutely necessary labor law for the sole reason that "it's too hard" to work in a competitive labor market. Whaaaaaaa. What a bunch of pussies.

Why do I want to go to a place like that? I'll take Japan, thank you. They have less diversity than anybody else in about every category but you go over there, people are cooking some weird shit up! The school-age kids over there don't need laws to be competitive - they're already trying to slit each other's throats by middle school! I mean, they have big problems being original in some areas, but I'll say this...

...they know who to ask.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Golazo

Check out homeboy's blog - focused solely on video of all the goals scored at the 2006 World Cup. I highly recommend Ecuador's first against Poland.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

So Justin's in MY hood now, bitches

And did we get silly the other night...

Well, Julia got pretty silly anyway...

How'd that go BTW Jcox?

Friday, June 09, 2006

These are the voyages

I've been watching a lot of Star Trek: Next Gen lately, and it's making me re-realize just how wonderful of a show it is. It does exactly what good sci-fi is supposed to do. It makes you examine what it is to human. Behind all the phasers and the warp necelles and the inversed tachyon pulses, there are the timeless issues of moral relativism, violence, family, identity, and the issue of whether human beings are inherently good or evil. What Gene Rodenberry set out to do with Next Gen was to create a show that was less about the technology and more about the people and I think they succeeded brilliantly. If you haven't watched any next gen in a while, you owe it to yourself to check it out. Make it so.

The lateness of Katamari

Yeah, I actually saw a review of Katamari quite a while ago, but I'd never had a chance to play it. There's also a new one out here in Japan, so I got the full japanese experience of it. What brilliantness. I'd have to imagine that game would be pretty spectacular when you're high. Still, I do feel pretty torn up inside that Law was on top of that before I was. Though i have to admit, given my limited access to Region 1 games here in Japan, my vast knowledge of games has been somewhat dwindling. Perhaps to as low as demi-god status. A sad day indeed.

Funny Email thing going around

Subject: new element discovered - Science Update: A new element,
>"Bushcronium", has been discovered.
>
>A major research institution has just announced the discovery of the
>heaviest element yet known to science. The new element has been named
>"Bushcronium." Bushcronium has one neutron, 12 assistant neutrons, 75
>deputy neutrons, and 224 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an Atomic
>mass of 311. These 311 particles are held together by forces called
>morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles
>called peons. The symbol for Bushcronium is "W".
>
>Bushcronium's mass actually increases over time, since each
>reorganization causes more morons to become neutrons, forming isodopes.
>This characteristic of moron-promotion leads some scientists to believe
>that Bushcronium is formed whenever morons reach a certain quantity in
>concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as "Critical
>Morass." When catalyzed with money, Bushcronium activates Foxnewsium, an
>element that radiates orders of magnitude more energy, albeit as
>incoherent noise, since it has 1/2 as many peons but twice as many
>morons.

Katamari?

That shit is HI-larious. I played it in March? At John Law and Ed's place in the STL.

Have you gotten big enough to see the whole world?

ps. leave it to the Law to be the only kid as or more on top of his videogamage than the Shuvatar. I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Did I rock the desert?



You decide.

DR



Or ask these cats.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Maureen Dowd

As a Times reader who sometimes e-mails me put it: "The 'values' voters turn out to be opinion voters. They believe that God hates homosexuals, that superstition trumps science every time, that all those foreigners ought to be sent back where they came from, and that all government programs are wasteful and immoral, except, of course, for the government programs which benefit them. Those are opinions, not values, and willfully ignorant opinions at that."

A-fucking-men sister.

I'm so glad I was born the time that I was. It is amazing how much one can learn about people and oneself. I feel like I've been living in a fog. FoxNews even has me on my heels trying to discern reality from illusion. But I can see clearly now. Truly, there are consequences to various actions. The universe, human society, it all has rules...parameters. Logic is applicable.

Are you posting from the heart?

Monday, June 05, 2006

Are you writing from the heart?

Are you writing from the heart?

Desert Rocks

Hey Winx, how was your concert? Did you, in fact, rock the desert?

...Oh, I know

Agreed, it's a shame McCain has really been reaching right to garner support. I think it might have been more effective for him to have reached left. I think a lot of people have been moved left by bush and his antics. Still, not sure Gore will ever have a chance. Truth is, once you run and lose, you're a loser. Not that it's impossible, but people want to see their candidate as perfect, a bation of hope and goodness, not as someone who's been beaten. We'll have to see how it works. I guess it depends who else the dems are going to field.

You know...

I'm beginning to think this Al Gore thing might be picking up steam. It's got to die down sometime but people really aren't letting it go. Everyone loves the idea of choosing with their conscience I guess, and honestly Gore represents that to me a bit, but the pragmatics of getting him into the race...I don't see it happening. Gore is going to have to take that big step himself. I would love to see him to...McCain has made it perfectly clear who he's siding with and I just don't think I can take 8 more years of the gay-hating crowd who want to "feel" their way through the issues rather than do the logic.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

New Pics


Here's a few pics for all you fine viewers out there. Enjoy.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Human Decency 101

"There's no way to teach someone not to shoot an unarmed woman or child. If somebody doesn't already know why they shouldn't murder a baby, it's not clear that a refresher course will help."

Funny line by NYTimes Dowd referring to the "core values" lessons the military plans to give to soldiers stationed in Iraq.

I don't believe she means this as an attack on the soldiers themselves, but on the idea that the Haditha incident is a bad seed sort of event rather than a consequence of the conditions the military has thrusted upon its men.

I want my free movie!

Hey Shu,

I can't find An Inconvenient Truth in torrent form anywhere (ok I guess I only go to one site), probably because of its limited release so far. If you find it let me know, will you? I'd rather not wait until the Oklahoma release. And also, do you know much about or mess around with RSS feeds?

Morgdog

Coulter Quote

In a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference: "I think our motto should be, post-9-11, raghead talks tough, raghead faces consequences."

After her speech a Muslim Republican asked her if she thought saying such things would hurt the right's chances at recruiting Muslims. Her response:

"Well, I make a couple jokes about Muslims, and they kill 3,000 Americans -- fair trade."

Man. If that doesn't explain everything about the quality of political discussion in the US and of those involved in it. I knew she was bad but this last display is really, really depressing. I'm not trying to harp on just a conservative - it's bad everywhere - but...raghead? I didn't think that word was much different from the "n" word in terms of intensity.

Gas Pricez



An amazingly cool and funny video. I work with one of the guys in it here at CAP. The whole office is going to see "An Inconvenient Truth" this afternoon. Review to follow...

Thursday, June 01, 2006

email to a girl

Wed, 2 Jun 2004 22:29:51

hey stace,

felt like i haven't really been able to communicate anything personally meaningful the past week with all the traveling and family stuff going on. and i don't want you to think i'm visiting just to smooch on you when i get there. you're somebody i like a lot and want to keep getting to know if you decide that is something you want.

i have to sleep occasionally next to my nephew jakie. he has problems with the dark, so he says, but he pretty much is constantly in need of some peripheral human presence. i think the weirdest thing about having an autistic nephew is that they don't seem mentally retarded, so you feel like you should be able to break through and gain some sort of intellectual connection, recognize each other as people. but he can't do it. while i was sleeping in the bed next to him tonight i asked him what are you thinking about; he replied i'm sleepy. an attempt, i guess.

another reason i want to connect to him is that he is really just an extreme version of myself and other family members in some ways. he's got all my flaws and talents except he has them to a debilatating (spelling?) degree. all around him are a bunch of self-obsessed taylor men, who feel unable to pay much attention to him because of the trait he shares with them. you know what i mean? the major way to reach him is through physical affection, through emotional connection, which the men in the family aren't well-equipped to do, though my dad and i are not so bad as the rest. so instead of asking what he is thinking, i should probably just give him a hug more often or make him laugh.

something else i've been thinking about is the role of rationality in relationships. i feel sometimes like i've become very emotionally stable, you know. i'm not sure whether this is a great development - less heartbreak, or if it has become unhealthy. my friend Lisa is just getting run emotionally ragged with her latest boyfriend, but i wonder if her position is actually enviable - at least she's feeling something, positive or no.

okay i'm going to bed. sorry for this run-on, stream-of-consciousness email. talk to you tomorrow.

morgan

Fear and Hope are - Vision

Here's to you JR

Hey, did you hear about the guy who had sex with his parakeet?
He got the cherpes........

Oh no, don't laugh, it's untweetable.