Archive for August, 2006

2006.08.31

Even Celebrities Surf

I’m not the only person who surf, you know. Lot’s of celebrities surf! And I’m not a celebrity! Those damn copy cats. At least the waves I catch are more than a few inches tall, unlike Gwyneth Paltrow… Hopefully she’s just starting and she keeps it up because those shots are highly unflattering.

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2006.08.31

Hey, Old Man!

Hey, Old Man… Happy Birthday! What are you now, like 373 years old? :)

And yes, I know I’m late with your birthday. How often am I on time, though? I guess that’s another thing that skips generations…

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2006.08.30

Word Play

Population Statistic had a great post about a Washington Post Mensa contest to change a letter in a word and give it a new definition. Some of the results are hilarious, and here are a few of my favorites.

Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.
Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.
Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it.
Beelzebug: Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.
Ignoranus: A person who’s both stupid and an asshole.

So I decided to come up with a few of my own. I’m not sticking to the rule of only changing one letter in the word, however.

Fertiliver: Weekend drinking to help your liver grow.
Peskey: The key you forgot to get back from your jealous ex.
Gullinary Surprise: the shock a seagull gets when it eats an Alka Seltzer (even if it’s sadly not true; Jonathan Livingston lives another day).
Zombee: The fact that a dead bee can still sting you.
Sellebrity: The misconception that Hollywood needs big stars for a movie to be a success.
Ledgislature: What Congress forgot they were supposed to do; deal with the bottom line of a balanced budget.
Dodgie Style: When your target avoids your sneaking up behind them.
Flashulence: When that glimpse of unwanted flesh on another person makes your face wrinkle in disgust (oh god, certain women in spandex or low cut jeans…).
Dorkscrew: Plunging the toilet with a dork’s head in high school (something I thankfully avoided).
Hobosexual: Showing an unusual propensity for hobos.
Imspeechment: Process of censoring someone in power for not being able to speak in a human language coherently.

Mine are all pretty bad… Come up with a few of your own!

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2006.08.28

The Black Queen of Prague

I have something for the Birthday Boy.On Saturday in Bolinas with friends I told one of the many stories of Curtis Jones, who in my head I’ve always thought of as the Black Queen of Prague. I’m sure he’d scold me for such a title, but it is apt. The man was one of the most flamboyantly gay, entertaining and insightful people I’ve ever known. I tried finding more on him online but the only decent article I found was from Think Magazine.

Everyone has some crazy incident from your past that leaves a lasting impression like a fond scar you show off to friends. A surreal event that turns itself into a tall tale while still being absolutely true. Curtis Jones supplied that story for me. Read the rest of this entry…

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2006.08.27

Mr. Hanky and Dominos Pizza

Am I the only one who sees the recent Dominos Pizza commercials with the stupid fudge brownie and think that the guys from South Park should sue? The square fudge character gets hugged by a little girl who is covered with fudge… or is it shit? Mr. Hanky, is that you?

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2006.08.26

August Surfing Safari

Today was a red letter day. It marks the first time I’ve ever gone surfing and grilled on the beach with friends. Not too early some friends came over and we caravaned up to Bolinas. While a few people got changed at the shop the rest of us hauled out our own gear and a grill and hit the beach.

Laurenn, Jason and Keith took lessons from Nick while Jerome, Redge, Hiromi, Julie, Ronnie and I hit the surf in The Patch. Megan, Izumi and Dave held the fort on the beach. The waves were glassy and shallow and I caught quite a few on the longboard.

One by one people retired to the blankets and we got the grill going. Dave was kind enough to grab sausages and beer from the grocer and we ate and drank and talked it up. Though it wasn’t a sunny day it was warm and the water was more than tolerable. I even dragged a reluctant Megan into the water; she looked like she couldn’t decide if she wanted to get in or not.

Eventually we headed back to the city and a few of us went to eat at Tampopo. Randomly (for us) it turned out to be the 100th Anniversary of Japantown and the streets were closed for music and dancing.

Thirteen hours this day, and what a good day it was. I need more of these.

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2006.08.23

Hawk the Slayer

Hawk the Slayer
Hawk the Slayer
I just finished watching Hawk the Slayer. I am stunned at how memory works because I remember this as one of the best. movies. ever.

When I was a wee lad we lived in Korea. It was there that my Dad bought our family’s first VCR. This was a huge deal at the time because very few people had one of the fancy machines. We bought ours while on vacation to Japan. That VCR was a tank and lasted 20 years.

At the time all we could find by way of movies were bootlegs on the Korean market in I Tae Won. Tapes would come with two or three movies. One of the many tapes we had picked up included Hawk the Slayer. I remember being enamored of the story and the acting and the visual effects. I’d just finished the Lord of the Rings and was playing Dungeons and Dragons. I was well on my way towards nerditity. I must have watched that movie dozens of times. Jack Palance -even though he was the bad guy- was my hero, I wanted to shoot arrows like the elf and I wanted to eat turkle candy, a treat the dwarf in the movie ate.

Somewhere along the line, though, the tape was lost. As was too common (much to my Dad’s chagrin and ire) we loaned out tapes that never found their way home again. Hawk the Slayer went AWOL. Sometimes I would look online for it but never really found any new information. At least not until about a month ago when I ran across it on Amazon.com. Of course I bought it.

I watched again for the first time in about twenty years tonight. Oh. My. God. The acting is horrible. The music is so-o dated. The camera work effects look like a junior high school student did them. I was embarrassed even as I watched it alone. I absolutely loved it.

Buy Hawk the Slayer and have yourself a night of nostalgia and groans. If you’ve ever seen the movie before, you have GOT to see it again. And if you’ve never seen it… brace yourself and enjoy a bit of history. Nothing has ever been made like it before or since.

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2006.08.23

VIZ Needs Interns and Votes

I don’t talk about work too often but I do have two bits of news that I’ve cleared to post.

The first is that we’re looking for interns at VIZ Media. Specifically we’re looking for interns for our Books and Magazines divisions. You can read about them here.

Secondly, our book version of Naruto has been nominated for a 2006 Quill Book Award. This is the only book award where the winners are determined by consumers like you. If you’re interested in voting for Naruto (or any of the other fine books represented) please go and vote!

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2006.08.22

Bye Bye Blackbirds

I just got back from seeing my friend Ian’s band, the Bye Bye Blackbirds (BBB?) at The Red Devil Lounge on Polk Street. The last time I was here was to see Brandi Shearer and my opinion about the place hasn’t changed; I love the space but it’s really not the best venue for live music.

And yet BBB sounded great, just as Brandi did all those years ago. They’ve got an interesting 60s pop, slight twang, Elvis Costello-ish reverb happy sound that is quite catchy. I’d always known Ian played but never had a chance to see him in action. I’m glad I did and I’m looking forward to hearing a longer set!

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2006.08.19

So I Married an Axe Murderer Tour

One of the most fun movies to be shot in San Francisco that warrants it’s own tours for visitors is So I Married an Axe Murderer starring Mike Meyers and Nancy Travis. Though they deliberately changed the name of several of the locations the locations are there, and some of them, like Vesuvio (called Roads in the movie) are one of my favorite haunts.

Mookee and I have talked about putting together a list of locations, but it looks like Zurdo Go beat us to the punchline. They have the Fog City Diner, the Embarcadero Ferry Building, Vesuvio’s, the shop where Harriet works, the Palace of Fine Arts, Alamo Square, and much more.

If you’re planning a trip out and loved the movie as much as I did the tour is well worth it, and has loads of information on how to get from location to location via public transportation.

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