Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 16 December 2010
Stats: 10,816 views and 1 Comment
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.
Posted in One Million Watts on 30 November 2010
Stats: 4,600 views and 4 Comments
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.”
Posted in Things We Like on 18 September 2010
Stats: 4,217 views and 1 Comment
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.
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 16 August 2010
Stats: 4,362 views and 2 Comments
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.
Posted in Things We Like on 14 August 2010
Stats: 4,560 views and 1 Comment
Giant spiders menace some hicks, Bill Murray finally understands what that Japanese director wanted, and Kobi Shaw receives a large, unusual package.
Posted in Things We Like on 31 July 2010
Stats: 3,102 views and No Comments
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.
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 30 June 2010
Stats: 26,493 views and No Comments
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.
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 1 February 2010
Stats: 14,330 views and 1 Comment
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.
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 16 December 2009
Stats: 12,651 views and 1 Comment
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.
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 8 December 2009
Stats: 12,627 views and 5 Comments
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.