Christmas in Japan
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 16 December 2010
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They celebrate Christmas in Japan, but it’s nothing you get the day off work for; it’s more akin to Valentine’s Day. They celebrate a weird version of Valentine’s Day, too, but that’s another story.

Karaoke is At Least 50% Evil
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Posted in One Million Watts on 30 November 2010
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When Karaoke was introduced to America in the early 1980s, it is said that Byrne demonstrated the equipment at its New York premiere with a terrifying version of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love.”

Things We Like: Super Infra-Man, Biking in Kyoto and Wanton Destruction
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Posted in Things We Like on 18 September 2010
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Not even Infra-Man has the strength to resist the bicycle cops of Kyoto, or the destruction of his home by a synth-pop duo. Sometimes, things just happen.

Haiku You
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 16 August 2010
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The brevity of haiku is not only the soul of wit, but also the soul of a harried teacher’s week-long poetry unit. Too bad we’re doing it wrong.

Things We Like: “The Giant Spider Invasion,” Suntory Time, and Mannequins
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Posted in Things We Like on 14 August 2010
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Giant spiders menace some hicks, Bill Murray finally understands what that Japanese director wanted, and Kobi Shaw receives a large, unusual package.

Things We Like: “Deadbeat at Dawn” and Japander
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Posted in Things We Like on 31 July 2010
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Down on the mean streets, some chumps are about to get what’s coming to ‘em. Meanwhile, in Japan, some dazzling celebrity chumps are about to get what’s coming to ‘em.

The Day Pandora Gave Me a Bean Burrito
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 30 June 2010
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You have probably never heard “Bean Burrito,” Hiram Bullock’s smooth jazz tribute to, well, a bean burrito. Nor would I have, if Pandora Radio’s algorithm-based system really worked.

Music to Fight Robots By: The Sound of Yoko Kanno
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 1 February 2010
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Yoko Kanno’s “Tank!” is pure, bombastic fun. One listen was enough to encourage me to import all of Kanno’s CDs for a chunk of money that probably could have bought me an actual, live tank.

Nintendo’s Backroom Genius: Gung-ho for Gunpei Yokoi
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 16 December 2009
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If humanity could reclaim the lost hours stolen away by the inventions of Gunpei Yokoi we could cure swine flu, end global warming, and balance the budget.

Son of Talking Animals: Great Cartoon Voice Actors, Part 2
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 8 December 2009
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While dozens of talented people labor to make a cartoon character believable in form and appealing to the eye, once that series of drawings opens its mouth, it’s one person that makes you believe.