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Ebi Fry (Japanese Hummingbird Moth)


An elusive Japanese Hummingbird Moth, aka “?????”
I finally caught one on film card, and he’s a color I’ve never seen before!

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Work

Lasts

Today marks the start of a series of “lasts.”
Last e-mails on the work account.
Last time staring at the patterns in the acoustic ceiling tiles.
For Christ’s sake, last goddamn morning exercises!
I am walking around the office in a haze. I watch myself shaking hands, saying goodbyes, tying up loose ends from a third person point of view. Six and one-half years is an awful long time to do the same job in a foreign country.
Over the next few weeks, time will accelerate and I will be in a rush to see old friends, catch a few new sights, and feel the rush of old, familiar feelings one last time before I go (oh, and also to move to Thailand). But it all starts here, on the last day of work. My cynical side equates this to escaping from the Yamato – fight bravely, suckers! – and it is undeniably sad to watch friends and colleagues sail off as I find a different way, but it is also the right thing to do, and it is my way.
Today, I graduate from being Salaryman.
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Anousheh Ansari

Did everyone read her Space Blog?
This has to be one of the most inspirational blog posts ever.

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Videos

I am smiling

After all, tomorrow is my LAST DAY of work.
But that’s not the only reason. Let me break off some of this happyhappyjoyjoy for you, too:

Intrigued? Go find out all you want about this little guy here: LINK

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Speaking of shit sandwiches…

BREAKING NEWS ALERT!
Chinese like to gobble a dick all kinds of dick: Beijing’s penis emporium
I will admit to having eaten bull penis and testicle soup (respectively, cartilaginous and spongy), poached cod sperm (creamy), and a few other weird things, but I absolutely draw the line at seal penis (I once saw a walrus’ penis and it was like a beige fire hydrant) and aborted reindeer foetus.

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Japanese Society/Culture

Would you like some ketchup on that shit sandwich?

No?
How about a tasty glass of water from the Yodogawa?

The Osaka municipal government’s Water Bureau plans to sell bottles of highly purified tap water from Yodogawa river in an attempt to dispel a long-held belief among residents that the city’s water does not taste good.
Even though the tap water is now purified at facilities with cutting-edge technology, there are still many locals who say the water smells and is not drinkable.
The municipal government plans to hold a competition to choose a name and design for the bottles that will present a positive image of the city while keeping an eye on sales of bottled tap water in other cities.

I know! How about “Massengill ??????”
Full story here.

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Videos

Kentaro Mania (Solid Steel Vids)



I’ve said this a thousand times before: On the Wheels of Solid Steel is the best CD/DVD combo I’ve ever seen, period. When I heard about it I had to order from England, but it looks like they sell it on Amazon now. Do yourself a favor and get it, it’s one of the few mixed albums I can stand to listen to on it’s own (without video), and the bonus DVD is one of the few I’ve ever found worth watching more than once – hell, I’d have bought it separately if they’d decided to market it that way.
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The two vids above are really well edited and fun, but I saved the best for last. These are live performances from his 2005 Japan tour:


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neave.tv

Whoa Keanu, you gotta check out this experimental video site: http://www.neave.tv
Too cool for words.

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Chillin'

Relief

Just came back from the last trip to the dentist. That’s 7 visits in one month – one root canal, 5 cavities, and today, a lengthy cleaning and some adjustments with a YAG laser.
My dentist turned out to be an okay guy – he treated my wife last year as well and we talked about Thailand a lot in between sessions with the Pick of Pain and the Drill of Evil. He didn’t even charge me for the cleaning and lasering sesh today, an unexpected treat.

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Chillin'

Countdown

Counting today, I have three days of work left. After that, I have three weeks to get my affairs in order and move to Thailand.
It’s been six and a half years since I was last unemployed. Plus, there’s the whole thing about learning a new language and culture… I must admit, I am nervous as I approach this next stage of life.
On the other hand: Freedom! Starting over in a new country! Learning a new language and culture!
When I start thinking about what I’m thinking about too much, I need to force myself to just accept the unknown, accept that I cannot control or even plan for everything. It goes against my nature somehow, but at the same time, it’s the only way I know.

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Quick note on contemporary cop/spy shows

I like The Wire a lot (especially the first season), but it’s somewhat overrated – I personally think The Shield is a better series.
Likewise, the British series Spooks is pretty good at times, but it’s very overrated – and to call it “better than 24,” as I’ve seen on a few boards is just a joke – fuck thee not with the JB, yo.
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“Just another day in the LBC CTU”

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The Girl from Ipanema

Almost 50 different covers of Garota de Ipanema in mp3 format.
The original, of course, was written by Ricky Martin and performed by Menudo.
I’ve always secretly hoped for a cover by Napalm Death.
(thx bree)

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Jonesing for Homer?

Watch all 18 seasons of the Simpsons for free: LINK

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Wakayama Oyako

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Wakayama Bees


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She’ll Eat Forever

I taught a little girl how to fish today and she caught a delicious mebaru.
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However, I was disappointed that I did not in the least feel like Jesus.
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I was robbed by two men

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Thai Society/Culture

Thailand Coup Redux

I took a break from posting about the coup because no real information came forth for some time. However, this column I read over at The Nation (whose offices are apparently being guarded by the military) is just too good not to point out: Sonthi outsmarted Thaksin at the eleventh hour
If it’s true that General Sonthi effectively prevented bloodshed by initiating this coup, it’s nothing short of heroic, in my mind.

“However, an intelligence report reached General Sonthi’s camp stating that there would be bloodshed on Wednesday. The People’s Alliance for Democracy had planned to hold a political rally that day at the Royal Plaza in order to force Thaksin out of politics. Had that rally taken place, there would have been clashes between the People’s Alliance for Democracy and Thaksin’s supporters and blood would have been spilt on Rajdamnoen Avenue. If only Thaksin had promised that he would take a break from politics and allow a period of political reforms to take place, the PAD and other branches of the anti-Thaksin movement would have declared victory. All political confrontations would have subsided. Thaksin could have run for office once the Constitution was amended, and he would have been returned to the premier’s post, probably in the latter part of next year.”

Of course, there’s that whole thing about winners being the ones that write history and all that, but there’s a lot that makes sense about this story, and it seems to be corroborated by other sources as well. It’s too early to link; I want to check into this further.
By all accounts, Bangkok and the rest of the country is chugging along as normal, perhaps with an increased military presence, but that’s about it. The economy doesn’t seem to be affected too badly, and most people seem to be of the opinion that staging the coup was the right thing to do.
Thailand will be my home for a while, and right now, I am hopeful.

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Earthsea in Japan

From the desk of Ursula K. Le Guin: A First Response to “Gedo Senki,” the Earthsea film made by Goro Miyazaki for Studio Ghibli.
I think I may want to watch this one sometime (as opposed to the steaming pile that the Sci-Fi channel created a couple years ago)
(wow, 2 gandaaalf-ish posts in a row!)

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Fo the G-man

Yo man, this is the kind of shit I mean when I say Oregon is weird.
That’s not to say that Cali isn’t weird, either, because it is – it’s just less… GANDAAALF!!!
You just know they gotta have a community elvinweed/entshroom patch up in there.