Just a snapshot of my day
2010 Apr 29
Just a snapshot of my day
2010 Apr 27
After about 10 years of off-and-on reading, I finally finished Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. What a great relief to finally be done with it. I’ve started this book several times, and really enjoyed how it began, but always hit a wall at around the same point. I love working on my motorbike, and I love traveling, so I always thought this book would be perfect for me. But there’s the third part of the story, which is the philosophical sub-plot which had always derailed me. The seemingly endless “chautauquas” or lectures about Quality were so obscure to me, I always lost interest. When Pirsig applies his classic and romantic reasoning to matters of motorcycle maintenance, the book was thoroughly enjoyable. But the story of Phaedrus left me wishing he’d go back to something related to motorcycles. My most recent effort at reading the book had me not spending so much energy trying to understand Phaedrus’ quest for Quality, but rather skimming over these parts, trying to get back to the travel plot. In the end, I enjoyed the book but also can’t help feeling that Pirsig’s Zen was so obscure, it could have all been a bunch of nonsense.
2010 Apr 23
A nice compilation of infomercial clips showing how not to do things.
2010 Apr 20
I love this song from Lupin III. When I played the remixed version, Mariko knew exactly where it was from. Remix version below.
2010 Apr 16
This is the best Pokemon theme song. Right Mikey? I like the season 4 version of the same tune too:
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The theme song from Magerarenai Onna. I’m becoming a big fan of Aiko.
2010 Apr 15
One of my favorite songs from Man or Astro-man?’s “Destroy All Astromen” album. Enjoy!
2010 Apr 13
Mariko’s mom sent over a couple bottles of rayu ([ϋ) which is really popular in Japan now. This one is not the original one that became popular, but is a competitor’s brand. I wasn’t really impressed. It looks really hot, but in actuality I found it to have no heat at all. It seemed to me to have a bit of garlic flavor though. We added some scotch-bonnet flakes to it, and now it is very karai (h’).
My friend Chris and I were IMing about the iPad, and one of the comments was “5) my iphone really pisses me off, why would i want to amplify that experience?” and then I thought of the classic Bill Cosby stand-up, Himself. Particularly his comment about cocaine at around 4:00 in the video above. I used to have the whole thing on VHS back in the day. Love it.