Archive for March, 2003

A really fun day!

Monday, March 31st, 2003

We went to a Buddhist temple, got Korean foood for dinner, and went to karaoke at a local joint. A really fun day… Pix:
         

Ray and Shannon and Ben are here!

Sunday, March 30th, 2003

See pics:
    

War…and visit.

Friday, March 28th, 2003

Sorry it’s been so long since the last update. Things have been very busy at the school, and it’s all I can do to heat up some ramen when I get home, before I fall asleep.

For the latest US “psy-ops” propoganda, check out the CBC (Canada) web site here: Manipulating Minds and click on “Relaunch Presentation.” There are real gems here, like “Do not pursue an aggressive posture, or you will be destroyed,” and “We see everything.” Very comforting.

I find myself wondering how many people are welcoming us and how many are in abject terror. Where can I get an unbiased view? The answer? Nowhere. There are NO unbiased news organizations. Everyone has their own agenda, no matter how they try to hide it. At least the sites I mentioned in my previous post wear their bias openly, as opposed to CNN, which purports impartiality, but is clearly not. Always best to get all sides of the picture.

Oh, and by the way, Blair and Bush admit that war in Iraq could now last for months . Big shocker.

On a somewhat lighter note, my friends Ray and Shannon are arriving tomorrow and I’m very much looking forward to hanging out with them, and my friend Ben. I’m glad they still took the trip in these uncertain times, and I’m looking forward to exploring more of Japan with them.

And here’s some pictures that I’ve taken with the phone. There’s a packed train, a lesson on humor, a funny picture from a textbook, my friend Yoko holding a Brooklyn Lager (!), and some funny things everyone will like.

      

While posting, I was listening to Where It’s At from the album “Odelay” by Beck.

World events.

Thursday, March 20th, 2003

First, a little reminder to everyone (are you listening W???):
God Clarifies Thou Shalt Not Kill

I am thoroughly disgusted by the actions of my supposed home country. Bush is apparently as megalomaniacal as Kim Jong Il. In one broad stroke, he has forsaken the UN, destabilized the entire geopolitical climate, and increased the danger to all Americans worldwide.

Thanks a lot, you son of a bush.

The Japanese prime minister, Junichiro Koizumi, issued a statement yesterday that Japan was with the US. Way to go, J. If North Korea didn’t have a reason to shoot missilies over Japan BEFORE (and they have been, regardless) , they sure have a great one now.

Japan is known for being insular, but even here people are rattled, and no one can avoid the ugly spectre of war.

I’m concerned for my own safety, and it’s all thanks to a man the American People didn’t even ELECT!!!

To get the real news:
www.michaelmoore.com
www.salon.com
www.commondreams.org/
www.alternet.org/

Don’t trust the media!!! EVERYTHING IS SUSPECT! Even here in Japan, the government has a tight rein on the media. Don’t fool yourself into thinking the US is any different.

A new co-worker…and I’m sick.

Sunday, March 16th, 2003

Last night we had a party for a new teacher who’s starting next week. Shawn, the current teacher, is leaving next Wednesday and Edward will be taking over. He’s a little older (read: 50’s) so it should be interesting seeing how well he fits in with the current crop of spring chickens currently at AEON.

So the steady stream of coughing, hacking people going in and out of my class has finally caught up with me. I’m sick and taking it easy this weekend. I’m just kind of laying around, using tissues by the bucketload. Maybe I’ll get my act together and finally finish editing the video of my apartment.

In the meantime, here’s some pictures of t-shirts.
  

Engrish signs movie

Tuesday, March 11th, 2003

For those who haven’t seen this, I made this movie last year when I returned from Tokyo. This is hopefully a taste of more movies to come… Stay tuned.

Where do I live?

Saturday, March 8th, 2003

My friend Justin Zell asked me, “so where DO you live anyway?” so I figured I’d put up a little map to help you all get oriented. Sadly, it’s in Japanese, but you get the picture.

Detailed map: (my house is where the red crosshairs are)

(from Yahoo Maps Japan)

Bigger map:

Random ads.

Friday, March 7th, 2003

I’m up late and these are funny. Real ads from real places in Osaka.
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Dio was on a little Honda scooter. Dio has rocked for a long, long time…

While posting, I was rocking out to Dio from the album “Tenacious D” by Tenacious D.

I’m a cookin’

Monday, March 3rd, 2003

On the weekends, I don’t get home at 11pm like I do during the week, so I have more time to do things. This weekend I decided to do some cooking. Really, I did! Yesterday I made a great sweet and sour stir-fry with soy sauce, sake, mirin, and rice vinegar mixed with broccoli, chicken, garlic, snow peas, and onions. It was delicious. Today I made a Thai red curry, also with chicken, and with potatoes and peanuts. It was REALLY good, albeit a bit spicier than I had planned. And this afternoon, for a snack, I made some guacamole and bought some Tostitos&copy. You heard me right. Tostitos&copy. Thank god for the international supermarket.

Sweet, sweet pictures: Warning – don’t look at these if you’re hungry.

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(”Rocking out” paragraph removed by popular request)