Archive for September, 2008

she’s gone boys, she’s gone…

I’ve found that my labret (a metallic part of me for nearly ten years, which makes me, like, .05% robocop) has recently become more of a bother than anything. It doesn’t help that nearly every workplace in Japan doesn’t allow them and that I’ve gotten many “ugh… it’s kinda scary” reactions here… but more importantly, I’m starting to forget the benefits of having one.

The labret…

It all started one day when, frustrated with a terribly infected eyebrow piercing, I decided to visit the nearby piercing shops for some advice. The best advice I got was “the piercer ****ed up.. I’ll give you a discount on something else.” Toss in a rumour that one of the guys working there had done time for murder and I just knew this was the place to have a 6” needle driven through my lower lip :o)

Well, I got a discounted labret and a piercing experience forever burned into my memory. I then managed to lose the end of the piercing within thirty minutes and, just because I’m a complete idiot, I decided to eat a big mac value meal, resulting in a chipped and cracked front tooth. Next time you see me open my mouth, take a look :o)

The better part of a decade and a good deal of gum erosion later, I’ve decided to join the other naked-chins of the world. Besides, if it ever came down to redoing it, the once bank-breaking $40 just doesn’t seem like all that much now that I’m no longer a starving student… or, at least, less of one…

What is life like without metal hanging from your chin? It’s a life I’m unfamiliar with but will have to nevertheless get used to…
With my cyborg days slowly slipping behind me, I decided to make a tribute to my stainless sidekick.

You may have made me look like the victim of a fishing trip gone awry but you were still my friend… here’s to you buddy.


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hamma panchi!

Some robot anime from 1972-75…

First, Mazinger Z… meltin’ mofos with breast fire since ’72


and the metal version :o)


Getta Robo


Steel Jeeg


UFO Robo Grendizer

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and the only prescription is http://www.morecowbell.dj

Pony – Ginuwine
(wordpress won’t let me embed the flash player, so you have to go directly)

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round up!

I was thinking that if I come across kanji (compounds) I like, I might as well post some instead of secretly emailing them to friends :o)
Well, let’s start with:

It means “round (up)”…
so, why is that interesting? Well, it’s basically an abbreviated 4-step algorithm: the kanji, in order, are:

four, discard, five, enter

There’s just something terribly geeky about the word for ’rounding’ actually being its own instructions. Ohh the simple pleasures of nerdery we sacrificed in adopting our empty phonetic alphabet :o)

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…just to show that Ronald McDonald isn’t the only victim of video mixing & mashing, here’s (former) Prime Minister Fukuda’s resignation to the tune of Gourmet Race (Kirby’s stage in Super Smash Bros.)…

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One of my favourite Japanese comedians (that I can understand at this point) is Tomonori Jinnai. I just finished watching a bunch of his videos but unfortunately not many of them are subtitled. Still, this one had me tearing up :o)

I was first introduced to him last year through this video:

In his skits everyone speaks in a strong Kansai/Osaka dialect, which makes it even more amusing… unfortunately that sort of thing can’t really be expressed through subtitles. Anyway, I swear I’ll try to subtitle his stuff on youtube sometime if someone else doesn’t beat me to the punch. So if you like his stuff, be sure to get on my case about it :o)

Anyway… you can tell this weekend hasn’t been very productive haha

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just ’cause…

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