Archive for July, 2006

2006.07.30

The New “Me” Generation

It’s becoming more clear to me that the new “me” generation are the conservatives and those Republicans who manipulate them. Why? Because everything they do they do for themselves.

Religious Freedom: my religion. Christianity, specifically fundies. Too bad if you’re not. Also remember that they get to proselytize to you whether you like it or not.

Economic Freedom: my money. Lower taxes at the expense of social programs. More credit debt because there’s no fiscal responsibility. The world is a resource to be used to make money, nothing more. In fact, often there are financial incentives for destroying the environment instead of saving it.

Political Freedom: my government. The idea that “I” am always better than the government. Helping lobbiests at the expense of the public good. For that matter pushing personal agendas at the expense of the public good.

Social Freedom: my way or no way. Not the minorities, the homosexuals, or anyone who’s different. More money for “faith based initiatives” but less for social justice programs.

So much that the conservative leadership does trickles down into every day lives. After all, if they can’t balance the federal budget and they say that’s alright, why should we as citizens care if we are financially responsible? If the President gets to illegally record phone conversations then why should we bother to act morally ourselves? If it’s not important to help the thousands of displaced refugees from hurricane Katrina, why should we care if we help our neighbor?

I’ve got loads more to say on the subject, but I’ll stop for now so I can think more about the new “me” (or perhaps “selfish”) generation.

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2006.07.29

Sporturoy

What do you call a corduroy sport jacket?

Sporturoy.

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2006.07.28

San Francisco and Haifa

Despite the recent protests against Israeli miltary action in Lebanon, it would be good for San Francisco to remember that Haifa is our Sister City. I know it seems like a small, trivial thing, but it’s gotta mean something. Fortunately the people in Haifa, Jews and Arabs, seem to be doing well enough despite the rockets launched at them daily by Hezbollah.

Being a sister city isn’t a big deal, though it should be. “Sister city?” I can hear some ignoramus saying, “What’s that?” It’s when two cities pair up for cultural, economic and political reasons. Often exchanges are made; sometimes students, sometimes symbols (statues, exhibits, etc), sometimes aid. One of the goals is to create ties around the world with the idea that with understanding and interdepenence comes peace and prosperity. I think it would be great if San Francisco stood up for our sister city, Haifa, regardless of what it might politically think about the Israeli actions.

Pretend your sister, who lives across the country, calls and say, “You remember my irritating neighbor? The one whose yard I had to clean up because there was so much trash in it? Well you won’t believe this, but yesterday she stole my cat. Yes! I know! I don’t know what she was thinking. I asked her about it and she said she doesn’t know what I’m talking about. What should I do?”

My advice would be to go into the neighbor’s house and take the cat back. Even better to offer to fly out and get the poor cat back for her. Maybe that’s just me. If nothing else my sister would get a sympathetic ear, not one where I blame her for her neighbor’s criminal activity.

So, residents of Haifa, know that at least one person in San Francisco stands with you as the rockets come smashing into your homes. I hope you are alright.

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2006.07.27

Headway on New Songs

I’m trying to get at least one of the two new songs recorded before NHK arrives for the weekend. I made some good headway on Head Over Heels tonight, with drums, bass, and two guitars recorded. I’m working on the vocals but as has been commented before by someone not named, I don’t have the greatest voice. So I’ve done two takes and I’m going to try a third and pick the best of the three.

After that I’ll tweak little things and post it. I’m a “that’s good enough” kind of musician. Then I’ll work on Given Up which should go faster given that it’s a mostly acoustic piece. Look for something to be posted within a week!

PS: I know I said I’d probably have one of these done by last weekend, but this time it’s different, I swear!

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2006.07.25

Head Over Heels

This last weekend I started recording not one but two new songs. This is probably why I don’t have either finished. Anyways, yesterday I more or less finalized the lyrics for the new song, called Head Over Heels.

I don’t want you
But I can’t stop thinking about you
Why can’t we just be friends?
I’m falling for you head over heels

I hide it from you
But it’s pretty obvious to you
Why can’t we just be friends?
I’m falling for you head over heels

I’m like a book you easily read
And you are a movie and I’m blind
What is this arrow piercing me?
Pull it out it’s too unkind

I hardly know you
But there is something about you
Why can’t we just be friends?
I’m falling for you head over heels

I should escape you
But I keep coming back to you
Why can’t we just be friends?
I’m falling for you head over heels

I’m like a book you easily read
And you are a movie and I’m blind
What is this arrow piercing me?
Pull it out it’s too unkind

I should tell you
But I can already hear you (saying)
Why can’t we just be friends?
I’m falling for you head over heels
But I’m falling for you head over heels

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2006.07.24

MSM Covering Otaku?

What is this? Could it be? The main stream media (CBS, in this case) is covering anime and manga in a positive way. Of course they still have to wonder, at the end, if it’s just for nerds. It is, but not for long.

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2006.07.23

Accomodations in San Francisco

I’m really happy my parents are coming out to San Francisco, but for a variety of reasons we are trying to find accomodations at the last minute. My friend Nicole sent me this link to a vacation rental site (VRBO; vacation rentals by owner). Rooms, flats and even whole houses for rent in SF! And other places around the USA!

So if you’re ever looking for a place to stay while you’re vacationing out here, check them out; there look to be some great deals in very nice areas.

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2006.07.23

Ave Atque Vale

Yesterday’s post about a poem by Catullus dealing with armpit odor reminded me that I knew this Catullus chap. Where? How? It finally came to me very late last night (about 3AM, before going to bed).

Back in 9th grade, in Korea, I took a comparative linguistics class from Mr. Gahan at Seoul American High School. I’d already had him for English the year before and he was my favorite teacher (still in the top three ever). When I heard about the class I signed up for it as an elective.

Mr. Gahan took snippets of other languages and we learned bits about their phonology and grammar, and some of the common elements between them. In the process we learned and memorized short peices from the languages. We learned a French poem, the first several lines from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, and The Lord’s Prayer in German (which is still the only way I really know it). We also covered this poem in Latin:

Multas per gentes et multa per aequora vectus
Avdenio has miseras, frater, ad inferias
Ut te postremo donarem munere mortis
Et mutam nequiquam alloquerer cinerem.
Quandoquidem fortuna mihi tete abstulit ipsum,
Heu miser indigne frater adempte mihi,
Nunc tamen interea haec, prisco quae more parentum
Tradita sunt tristi munere ad inferias,
Accipe fraterno multum manantia fletu,
Atque in perpetuum, frater, ave atque vale.

This poem, with it’s very famous Hello, Brother, and Goodbye (from the last line), was written by Catullus.

Funny how things tie together when you want them to.

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2006.07.22

Underarm Stink Poetry from 50BC

Following up on my recent post about using Neosporin to combat pit stench (I learned that it’s probably Staphylcoccus epidermidis bacteria that cause the smell) I stumbled upon this poem:

An ugy rumour harms your reputation,
Underneath your arms they say you keep a fierce goat which alarms all comers – and no wonder,
For the least Beauty would never bed with rank beast
So either kill the pest that makes the stink,
Or else stop wondering why the women shrink.

This was written by the Roman poet, Catullus, around 50BC. So much for the idea that in days past people didn’t care about natural body odor…

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2006.07.22

Pure Democracy

I love my democracy wrapped in a republic. I hope it can get it’s bearings again soon.

In the meantime I thought I’d amuse you with this quote I found from my college notes. I found it while cleaning out a corner of my room I hadn’t ventured into in a while. It’s talking about pure democracy.

Democracy is four wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.

Yup. I remember another one from this class that went something to the effect that democracy is the idea that several million voters are smarter than me. I’m no real fan of pure democracy, which is why I generally like my American flavour.

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