Thursday, May 27, 2004

'lowercase' gossip column 

There's been another sighting of that rarest of musical avians, Tujiko Noriko this week. Our inside source claims to have observed the plaintive songbird in Italy this week in a state of ...extreme imbibition, and reports, quote, "Tujiko Noriko was so drunk and fucked up. She is a real junky...She is now gel's (a.k.a. Dorine Muraille) girlfriend." How long before this new love interest flys the coop? Only time, and a future installment of this column will tell. Until then, stay tuned...


Only a total cultural (or musical) masochist would move to America - that Rome of NYC in particular - during this Gotterdammerung-like peroid in the history of the Empire of the U.S. of A. Best of luck for those of you who are ready to make that move and take that whip square across the back! For the rest of us...if you aren't here already...why not go ahead and make that move to Europe or the Orient??? There are yet a few places untouched by Big Brother...I know 1/3 of them, Jean knows the other 1/3, and Momus knows the rest. The final question is: are you the bombed, or the bomber?

And you may ask yourself.... 

...what happens on Japanese TV at 3:30 in the morning? Well, this does....

Wednesday, May 26, 2004


Tonight's featured drink is Ryukyu Awamori 'Nanpu' ('Southern Wind'). Weighing in at a hefty 30% alcohol by volume, this is a heady and sharp spirit thats making me wish I was on some island about 1000 clicks south west of here very much alone.

Saturday, May 22, 2004

'Wayo Secchu'/'East Meets West' 

Flashback to 1964: The real McCoy, graphic artist Tadanori Yokoo was busy with a series of superb works which challeneged the Japanese graphic tradition. Flashforward to now: Tadanori is busy going digital. Catch him midstride at his captivating webpage. (One of his books, a collection of his critiques of selected nude masterpieces, comes highly recommened.)

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Click here to find out why Japanese people started to electrify their brandy.

NOT QUITE OF MONTREAL: An interview with Jean Snow 

Jean Snow is THE Tokyo-based, thirtysomething blogger extraordinaire, originally hailing from Canada. The number of people who still haven't seen his superlativly keen blog is thankfully growing smaller everyday. [NOTE: For the sake of readability, this interview is link free and proud to be.]


Robert Duckworth: How far back do Jean and Japan go? Can you take us back to the first encounter, through the details of the courtship and recount the consumation of the relationship?

Jean Snow: I guess this question can be answered in two ways. As a kid, most of the TV animation that I watched in French ended up being anime (some of it I knew was Japanese, some of it I only learned about later, after having met my wife and talking about shows that we watched as kids). Then in the mid-nineties, Pizzicato Five released an album in North America through Matador Records, MADE IN USA (and my whole love affair with the Shibuya-kei scene developed from that), and Otomo Katsuhiro's AKIRA made it's American debut (which got me into manga). But the more direct answer would be to say that it started after I met my wife, who is Japanese, in China (we were both students there). We decided to move to Tokyo so that she could finish her degree (she's still going, now doing her doctors at Tokyo University). I fell in love with the place, and I've been here pretty much since.

RD: Does jeansnow.net have a credenda, agenda, manifesto, or whatever? If it does, please expound on it's nature. If it doesn't, why doesn't it?

JS: It didn't really at first, but it does now. At first, the site came out of the weekly columns I used to write about my life in Tokyo for a site I started with a friend of mine (the site was to promote underground Acadian culture). After 3 and a half years of that (barely missing 2-3 weeks a year for holidays), we closed down the site, and I decided to continue on my own. Comic writer Warren Ellis had invited me to do these twice-weekly photolog dispatches from Tokyo for a site called OPi8, and after doing that for a while, I basically switched over to my own site. The site initially had more of a diary feel (like my old columns), and I would talk about anything that interested me, but the focus on all things Japan (especially Tokyo) started coming out more and more, and I can now say that the main blog feed on my site sticks to things that relate to Japan ("thrills, chills, and happy pills from the Tokyo front"). A few months ago I started a sidebar blog called TB.Selecao for things that don't necessarily relate to Japan.

RD: Who would you list as your role models, cyber or otherwise?

JS: There are quite a few people I would probably consider to be role models, basically anyone doing something that I find interesting and/or cool. Be it Momus' music and online essays, or the people behind my favorite magazines (like CASA BRUTUS for instance), I look up to the people creating the things I crave and enjoy (and wish I was creating also).

RD: How many unique visits does your webpage average a day? What was the deal with your recent problems about exceeding your bandwidth recently? What steps have you taken/will you take to solve this problem?

JS: If we look at unique visits, I estimate (it's harder to tell because of the wide use of RSS feeds these days) around 2000-3000 a day. As for the recent problems, they had to do with the site exceeding its bandwidth allowance due to so many visits (which caused the site to go down). I've already had to upgrade my hosting account once because of this, and now doing it again with my current host doesn't seem likely (I've looked around and there are much better deals out there). In the meantime I've reduced the number of posts that appear on the main page, which has helped, but the next step will be to move the site to another cheaper host.

RD: If you could have tea and cakes with any personage (past, present, or future; historcial or fictitious) who would it be and why? What kind of things would you like to talk about with them?

JS: I think it would probably be with me, in the future, to find out where this crazy non-linear life I've been leading will end up taking me. I'm constantly being pulled in different directions for various reasons, and it sometimes makes it difficult to focus on one thing (or to decide on what exactly I should be focusing my attention).

RD: Talk to me about future plans, personal, media-based, or otherwise. Are you planning to be in Japan for the duration? What about this talk I've heard about your getting a record label together?

JS: Oh, so many things, and again, so many indecisions. Right now I'm thinking that getting out of teaching would be a good idea, to let me spend more time doing the things I'm passionate about. I'm of course continuing with my site, always trying to add interesting features to it (which are often linked to whatever new technology appears, like for the start of my moblog). I would like to participate more in the organization of the types of events I keep talking about in my blog (like what I'm doing now with the Tokyo Style in Gothenburg), or even in the creation or coverage of them (it's no secret that I'm a huge magazine addict, and it's something I would certainly love to be involved with). The label is another project I have in the wings. It's still in the planning stages, but it will be small, releasing one thing at a time, and hopefully it'll get launched before the end of the year. I'd rather wait a bit before giving out any more details. As for life in Japan, well, I've learned the hard way not to plan too far ahead (but I have no plans on leaving anytime soon).

RD: What are you listening to, reading, watching these days?

JS: My two favorite records right now are Tujiko Noriko's FROM TOKYO TO NAIAGARA and Tokumaru Shugo's NIGHT PIECE. I'm also enjoying the hell out of some bootleg recordings of the Pixies reunion tour (still hoping they add a Japanese leg). I'm reading tons of magazines (CASA BRUTUS, +81, PAPER SKY, ART iT, EAT, AXIS, OK FRED, RES). I just started reading William Gibson's PATTERN RECOGNITION, and when I'm done with that I have an old cyberpunk anthology called MIRRORSHADES waiting for me. The last few graphic novels I read were Chester Brown's LOUIS RIEL, Chris Ware's QUIMBY THE MOUSE, Adrian Tomine's SUMMER BLONDE, and one of Warren Ellis' TRANSMETROPOLITAN collections. As for movies, I've mostly been watching Asian films of late, like the Korean horror/drama SORUM, Zhang Yimou's THE ROAD HOME, and WARRIORS OF HEAVEN AND EARTH. The best thing I'm watching right now though is Kon Satoshi's excellent animated series, PARANOIA AGENT.

RD: OK, let's set the record straight: You're mother tongue is French, but you also speak fluent English, but you're notone of them damn Quebeckers, and you're also not from France. So what was it again that you are?

JS: I'm an Acadian (or Acadien), a French speaker from Atlantic Canada (east of Quebec). When settlers first came to Canada, they setup shop where I'm from, in the Maritimes. Our accent is quite different from the Quebecois, which caused me countless frustrations when I moved to Montreal for studies (I'd use French and they would answer me in English). The reason I'm bilingual is that where I'm from, French speakers still form the minority (about 30%), so you couldn't expect to use French everywhere you went. Growing up, I had friends that spoke only English, and of course French speakers like me. I consider myself lucky to have had access to both languages like that.

RD: Compare living in Japan to living in China. What keeps you in Japan? What keeps you going back to China for more? What keep you from going back to Canada more often?

JS: Well, after having lived in China for a bit, I found out that I never want to live there again. I just had a hard time with everyday life, with the way things were done (having to bribe the police to live in non-foreigner apartments, because the official foreigner ones were too expensive), with being the center of attention all the time (having to argue over everything, because they figured I was a stupid foreigner who had a lot of money to spend). But culturally speaking, it also didn't offer the kind of environment that I wanted/craved. This is what I found in Tokyo, and it's why I love it so much here, and why there is nowhere else in the world I'd rather be right now. As you can see in my blog, I'm in love with so many aspects of Tokyo life, be it the design-friendly environment, the cafe scene, etc. As for not going back to Canada very often, it's mostly for financial reasons (and maybe time as well).

RD: Talk to me about your job.

JS: I teach English to children aged 2-12. It's something I've done for the whole time I've been in Tokyo, with the same company (a very old publishing company called Shufu-no-Tomo). I was lucky when I first arrived here to find the job through an ad in THE JAPAN TIMES (I came here with nothing lined up), and I'm happy that ended up teaching children, as it's something I enjoy doing. I don't think I would have lasted long at the job if it would have been teaching adults. It's also a schedule that is very comfortable for me, as I just work in the afternoons, which gives me a lot of time to spend on the other things I'm interested in doing.

RD: If you got a legit email from 'Cyber Cartel X' inviting you to be the first person to on earth to get exclusive rights to use their newly perfected, wireless, painless, 24/7 streaming, CD quality audio, DVD quality video, taste, smell, brain-waves, karma, be all, end all, Swiss-Army-Knife-of-an-implant/prothesis-thingy, for free for as long as you wanted to, would you do it? The only catch is that all of your sensory data would be streamed unedited, by unbreakable contract, on a website somewhere, for the viewing pleasure of your fellow netizens. (Naturally, you'd be famous.) Why or why not.

JS: It wouldn't interest me in the least. I value my privacy, and I'm not particularly interested in being famous. Now, this doesn't mean that I don't enjoy the growing popularity of my site. I hope that my site will continue to put me in touch with people that are interested in what I'm doing, and who can offer me a situation where I can further develop those interests. So one aspect of my site that I really do appreciate is this fact that it puts me in touch with people, and that others can quickly see what I'm about, and what I have to offer (be it to collaborate on projects, or just as acquaintances). But my blog has slowly gotten away from my private life, and become more of a guide to aspects of Tokyo that I find interesting. Of course, I do write in the first person, and everything is presented as it relates to me, but it's not a diary, and I'm not looking to present all of me online.

RD: What's the closest brush with death that you've ever had? Give us the skinny.

JS: It could have been around 10 years ago when me and my friends were almost beaten to a pulp by a gang of skinheads (we got away in time before they could completely surround us). Or maybe when I was living in China, and one night two foreigners living in the next building were attacked at night and seriously wounded (one of the could have died, but I'm not sure). I guess these aren't really brushes with death through, but more brushes with extreme harm. I don't think I've every really been in a situation where I thought it would be the end of me.

RD: What's the first really nasty thing you learned how to say in that language that they speak over here in Japan? How about that one over there in China? How did you learn it? Have you had a chance to use it yet? Did it go over well?

JS: I actually don't really know swear words in Japanese, maybe just impolite slang, which I would have learned from watching too much Japanese TV (I watch a lot of comedy shows). I have a book somewhere that's supposed to teach you really bad Japanese, but I just never got around to reading much of it. As for Chinese, I can't remember what it would have been, but I'm sure I had some good ones as I spent a lot of time there drinking in bars with Chinese friends, or old expats that were quite comfortable with the language. I certainly used some of it when having to deal with the taxi drivers of Tianjin (where I was living and studying). I've never been in a situation in Tokyo where I could/should have used some nasty Japanese.

RD: Talk to me about ramen, Jean. Are you a shyoyu or miso man? What's your favorite place that you've been to in Tokyo? Any ramen pet-peeves? What's the deal with this, 'I don't like the fish flava?' thing that I've heard you goin' on about? Any plans to really get around to doing that ramen crit. website in English?

JS: I absolutely love ramen (as is obvious to anyone who reads my site regularly), and I'm definitely a shouyu guy (this would be followed by tonkotsu, then shio, and finally miso). Living in Ikebukuro has its advantages, as there are so many good ramen shops in the area (often featured on ramen TV specials). My favorite place used to be Komen (there are quite a few Komen shops in Tokyo, but the main one is in Ikebukuro, and all the shops do not have the exact same taste - I know from experience), but a few months ago they changed the taste of their soup, to my great shock and dismay, giving it a strong fish flavour. Yes, I do not dig the fish flavouring, and I don't eat fish either. This has been annoying me a bit as a lot of newer shops are featuring strong fish flavouring, which seems to be sort of trendy now. So since the demise of Komen (well, for me at least), I can't say that I've found any true replacement. I quite enjoy the tonkotsu ramen at Tonchin, and the shio ramen at Santouka, but the perfect bowl of shouyu (like the one I used to have at Komen) has yet to be found. No worries though, as this is an ideal bowl I'm talking about. I still find quite a bit of satisfaction from having bowls at a lot of the shops in my area. As for an English ramen review site, sounds good, are you offering to collaborate on one with me?

RD: So how can we know for certian that your wife Yuko really ISN'T a 'ku-no-ichi' or something deadly like that, and that she won't be appearing in Kill Bill Vol. 3 with chains, whips, chips and dips? I mean, I was hearing her saying something about when she was a young girl, being able to disembowel herself with her keitai antenna in the event that her chastity were threatened...

JS: There are no certainties in life. When Yuko was 3 years old, she would run around the neighborhood terrorizing the other children with a plastic katana [a Japanese sword], a helmet on her head, and her doll tied to her back with rope. I hear she was quite the warrior (and she is actually a descendant of two samurai families).

RD: What are the pros and cons of life in Ikebukuro? What's your living situation like? Is there a Jean Snow Ikebukuro best 10? Oh, if you could live anywhere in Tokyo, where would you live?

JS: Ikebukuro is a great place to live. It has one of the biggest stations in Tokyo (with quite a few train and subway lines coming out of it), it has all the big shopping centers (Parco, Seibu, Tobu, Loft, Tokyu Hands, Mitsukoshi, and more), it's where Bic Camera got started (and there are 4-5 of them, including the big P-Kan for computer equipment), the rent is relatively cheap (compared to other parts of Tokyo, especially all the trendy towns), and there's of course the ramen. I don't know if I have a top 10, but there are certainly quite a few places I like to frequent: the Pause cafe near my place, the Junkudo bookstore (one of the biggest bookstores in the world), the Caravan used bookshop, the used CD shops (RECOfan, Disc Union), and of course all the ramen shops in the area. There are also quite a few movie houses, so I can usually see the latest releases here. Living about 5 minutes from the station at about half the rent of what I would pay in a trendier area, well, it makes for a nice place to stay. But to be honest, if I could live anywhere, it would certainly be Aoyama. Maybe one day...

RD: Did you ever have a fight (I mean of the knock-down, drag-out, ilk)? Who did you fight? What was it about? Did you win? If you lost, would you ever consider a re-match?

JS: I've had one fight in my life, and I was in 4th grade of primary school I think. I've led a very peaceful life.

RD: Is there anything that you'd just like to get off of your chest? If so, please feel free to do so here.

JS: The thing I've encountered here in Tokyo that annoys me the most, is the foreigner population that has nothing better to do than constantly bitch about every aspect of living here. If you don't like it, then please get the fuck out.

RD: If you took a test, and you bombed it, but you were given the following choice of three different scores at which to bomb it, which one would you choose and why? a) 50 b) 25 c) 0

JS: Probably 0. I wouldn't be satisfied with a 25 or a 50. I was quite a good student at school, and actually got a few scholarships after graduating high-school, which paid for my university years.

RD: Where would you go and what would you do on your dream date? Please go into detail.

JS: I am constantly describing my dream date in my blog. It's basically going to a place like Aoyama with a person whose company I enjoy (my wife), checking out shops and galleries, going to a few cafes, having a nice dinner, continuing with another cafe or lounge/bar, walking around. It's being in an environment I enjoy, with a person I like.


RD: Any advice for anyone out there planning to move to Japan?

JS: If you are from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or England, then apply for the working-holiday visa. It's easy to get, and lets you come here and work for up to a year. It's what I did when I first came here. It'll be easier finding work that way, and if you want to stay longer, then the company where you are working will probably sponsor you. When I came here 5-6 years ago, there wasn't really a strong online presence for job listings, so I looked in the Monday edition of THE JAPAN TIMES (features all the employment notices), but these days you could probably get a job through online sites before even coming here. As for living here, moving into an apartment can be quite expensive (you have to pay big deposits and give some money that you don't get back), so it would probably be best to live in a guest house for a while, until you know more about the city and figure out where you really want to live. But the most important thing to remember (and what I always tell people) is that it's doable. It might be scary at first, especially because of the language barrier, but you are not the first person to do it (move here), and it will lead to countless memorable experiences.

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Badboy de...Marseille? 

Truer words... 

Ooh! get me away from here I’m dying
Play me a song to set me free
Nobody writes them like they used to
So it may as well be me

Monday, May 17, 2004

Laptop kitten of the week 

Mai Ueda is this week's laptop kitten! She was born in Osaka (1978), and is now living in NYC, where she is currently up to countless high jinks. Visit her webpage and find out all about her.

Oh, and for a good time, don't forget to click on the pic above. You can be a 'sexual position VJ' courtesy of Mai Ueda's web animation skills, and re-mix an animation of her lithe little posture to your heart's content! Adieu...

(Special thanks to Midori Hirano for telling me about this scantily-clad new media artist!)

Ramen of the Week - Kumada don't play that! 

The award for ramen of the week goes to Match-Bo, which brings Wakayama-Prefecture flava mixed in with a healthy dose of Shibuya style (the store has a digital video projector, an ultra slick interior, and the staff are tres cool), straight to Ikejiriohashi, which is just a stone's throw away from my studio.
Here's a link directly to their drool-inducing Flash menu.

Mr. Kumada, the twenty-something year old head of the store, spells out his philosophy, for example why they don't play the kaidama game.
As an added bonus to all the taste and decor, they are open until the wee hours. When the ramen bug hits, that's the time to scratch it. See you there next time.

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Thank you M. White, especially for your revealing "Proportionality" section.


The following 4 books were quite a steal today at 500 yen each:

The Penguin Book of Twentiety-Century Essays

Vineland - Thomas Pynchon

After the Banquet - Yukio Mishima

Palm-of-the-Hand Stories - Yasunari Kawabata


David beheads Goliath; Indonesians behead other Indonesians

Virtual people in 'Ultima' behead someone

Mary Queen of Scots (beheaded at Fortherhinghay Castle)

Perseus beheads Medusa; Ancient Chinese behead other Ancient Chinese

Beheaded Buddah (by non-believers) in SE Asia

Medieval LEGOS behead other Medieval LEGOS; Japanese soldier beheads spy during the Russo-Japanese War

John is beheaded by King Herod; USA beheads Saddam;

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Sleeping with the bomb... 

Do you remember this? I do...

Mr. President, if I may speak freely, the Russkie talks big, but frankly, we think he's short of know how. I mean, you just can't expect a bunch of ignorant peons to understand a machine like some of our boys. And that's not meant as an insult, Mr. Ambassador, I mean, you take your average Russkie, we all know how much guts he's got. Hell, lookit look at all them them Nazis killed off and they still wouldn't quit.


Can't you stick to the point, General?


Well, I'm sorry. Ah... If the pilot's good, see. I mean, if he's really... sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low spreads his arms like wings., laughs you oughtta see it sometime, it's a sight. A big plane, like a '52, vroom! There's jet exhaust, flyin' chickens in the barnyard!


Yeah, but has he got a chance?


Has he got a chance? Hell Ye... ye... covers mouth in solemn realization

Monday, May 10, 2004

Today's blog is sponsored by the word 'highball' 

Summer is a cumin' in....more or less here in the big TKO (finally). That means time to start drinking my favorite summer drink: the highball. Go here and find out how to make one (sorry, Japanese only). I wonder what people in Paris drink for the summer.

Sunday, May 9, 2004

A day in the life 

At 10:30PM last night at some noodles made out of seaweed. Very slickery.
I was up from 11PM last night to 5AM this morning working on a Dose One transcription for OK Fred. This kid sure has got a motormouth, but it's a nice change of pace from these tight-lipped ex-pats in Tokyo.
Slept from 5AM-9AM. Had fucked up dreams about shit that I'd rather not talk about.
Woke up at 9AM. Ate tofu with katsobushi sprinkles on top and soy sauce. (Same stuff that you sprinkle on top of okonomiyaki.) Cost about 100yen total. Cheap and healthy breakfast.
Went to Shinjuku for coffee. Worked on music and read books (Murakami's 'After the Quake' and Kafka's letters to Milena, also still reading Tsutsui's 'Kyojin Tachi' very odd book).
Moved over to Daikanyama for espresso at 3:30PM. Almost dozed off at a cafe. The waitress was statuesque, bearing cream and sugar. Put whiskey in it. Makes most things better.
Suddenly got invited to go see Stereolab at Quatro in Shibuya.
Did so from 7PM to 9PM. Free drink was bad. Band was good. Naturally I had my own whiskey, which was the best.
10PM, back at my studio, going to pull an all nighter to finish up this interview.

French people can't say 'hip-hop' and that's 'MAXIMUM'! 

I'm halfway through with a...challenging...transcription of an interview with the verbose Dose One, and as I'm listening to this guy, it strikes me that the fact that in terms of (stylistic) prostitution, The Whore of Babylon has got NOTHING on hip-hop could in fact be the BEST thing that the genre has going for itself.

In other words, the less 'real' it is, the more 'hardcore' it is, which makes the quest for authenticity about as fruitful as the one that took place for The Holy Grail. But anyway, in the meantime, we'll still have to humor our crusaders, won't we?

So this 'downside' to the 'real' itself is interesting...When the question "Where and when will the zenith of hip-hop take place?" is finally posed (of course posing 'final' questions is SO passe), the evidence seems to point one in the direction of the place that points in all directions except inwardly: Tokyo...that place turned inside-out, itself already partially 'afloat' in a zero-gravity cultural state. There will be no zenith, only a anti-peak...a kind of nadir. But not in negative, black-t-shirt-wearing, Metallica-sort-of way. It could be fun...and bubbly for that matter.

The city could prove the ideal brooding ground for a style in which it is important to 'MIS-UNDERSTAND' as many other styles as possible, where 'cool' capital is gained the bank of the polyglot imbecile; The world may find itself quickly not needing the hermetically sealed aesthetics of the polyglot genius (e.g. Stockhausen, Cornelius) anymore. The old and the new(er), have they not both, each in their own way, already gone the way of the dodo? Now dawns the era of the artist cum Cockoo! (see pic below...)

In America, certian areas of hip-hop seem poised to outstrip the ultra-narcissim/self-abnegation dichotomy that was already achieved in the 70s in other genres, such as in punk's heyday. Which, if anything can be learned by that history, means that in about 5 year or so, hip-hop will enter a kind of period of duality, where there will be a 'glamish' kind of hip-hop (i.e. everything you 'love/hate' about LA) and then this kind of 'underground' hip-hop...but if we listen just to the sounds themselves, there won't be much of a difference actually.

The point of departure will probably wind up being be ONLY in the attitude of the listener, and perhaps in the artists themselves, if they are able to 'isolate' themselves, and be able to be identified as being in either one group or the other. Even today, hasen't it already become possible to listen to even the most 'mainstream' hip-hop in a 'cool' and 'insider' way? Call it kitsch, call it what you will, as long as hip-hop can 'open out' on hip-hop - on its very self - it's still deserving of that nomenclature.

Friday, May 7, 2004


This is the best review of one of my shows that I've ever read. An excerpt from this page.

"I met my friends, let's call them SALAMI and ANNE. The place: SUPER-DELUXE (not a pseudonym). The event: laptop music night. I swear EVERY band that played were laid off SAN FRANCISCO dot-com dorks with identical architect glasses and buzz cuts with receding hairlines. As a genre, laptop music isn't very interesting to look at. So, I came up with the best idea ever: why not do a laptop music band, where the guy would play the laptop LIKE JERRY LEE LEWIS: sweeping his hand across the keyboard, playing it behind his back, putting his heel up on the desk, kicking the chair away and playing standing up, killing his wife, and so on. Wouldn't that be WORTH A DOLLAR ???

That musician named MOMUS also played. His music was very catchy, but I was scandalized by a grown man with no backup band, singing along to a DAT of himself, so I left. He WAS really scary though. . . with an eyepatch, 3 day stubble, and a raggedy kimono, looking like some sketchy homeless guy. I'll give him credit for that."

Find out more about the writer of this no-holds-barred critique here.

Rico Suave 

My new fav Pro Wrestler is none other than Rico.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but Rico's 'finishing' move is called (smile) "Sudden Impact" Need I say more?
It also looks like a recent match was too hot to handle for our neighbors across the border in Canada, that place that SNOW kid is from.
Anyway, in a recent match against Charlie Haas my man Rico used the following moves: Look Him Up and Down, Double Ass Rub, Ride 'Em Cowboy, Wedgie, Double Ass Grab, Full Smooch, and the unbeatable Pink G-String Revelation.
To top it all off, he keeps on winning, so until his well-tanned shoulders are pinned for a 'three count', eat your hear out, Roland Barthes!

Thursday, May 6, 2004


NYC never fails to amaze me! Behold, the quiet party ! Would love to attend one in Tokyo if it ever happened.

Wednesday, May 5, 2004

A sine of the times... 

The kids in the Sine Wave Orchestra (Furudate Ken, Ishida Daisuke, Jo Kazuhiro, Noguchi Mizuki) have just been given an hon. mention in the Digital Musics category at this years ARS Electronica PRIX.

Raptop Orchestra Report 

Made a cameo appearance at this thing 'sans' this thing with this chick and was really hoping to run into this chick or this chick again (this fucker's fav from this time) but didn't. C'est la guerre! Anyway, saw all of the regs, including this guy, this guy, and this guy. Drank some of this stuff and then, since I wasn't playing, started reading this thing just because I can. Left half-way through the second 'jam' and was glad that I did, 'cuz this guy started lookin like he was going to do this thing. See you next year.

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