February 7, 2010


This is a final post in this space. I am moving my thoughts, energy and focus to a new digital and, hopefully, creative place. I hope to see you there.



February 7, 2009

Basic Instincts

-via Scott McCloud from Understanding Comics

Only Collect

"Only Collect; that is to say, collect everything, indiscriminately. You're five years old. Don't presume too much to know what's important and what isn't. Photocopy journal articles, photograph archives; create bibliographies, buy books; make notes on every article or book you read, even if it's just one line saying "Never read this again"; collect newspaper clippings and email them to yourself; collect quotes; save your ideas for future papers, future projects, future conferences, even if they seem wildly implausible now. Hoarding must become instinctual, it must be an uncontrollable, primal urge. And the higher, civilizing impulse that kicks in after the fact is organization, or librarianship. You must keep tabs on everything you collect, somehow; a system must be had, and the system must be idiot-proof (that is to say, you should be able to look back on it six months for now and not be completely stymied as to why you've organized things that way -- the present versions of ourselves are invariably the biggest idiots, and six months will make that clear)."
- via Rachel

January 14, 2009


Just back from Spain, mostly Barcelona. Upside; chocolate, mild winter, wine, cheese, coffee, public transport, graffiti, museums, churros, a gorgeous transition of architecture and design from the ancient Romans through Gaudi and Cadafalch to the MACBA, bicycling, patient locals, trees, cheese, bike lanes, strauss festival orchestra at the Palau de la Musica, del Born, the amazingly friendly Pakistanis of del Ravel, cathedral upon cathedral, swap meets, parks, miro and picasso everywhere, oh, and did i say cheese?

Downside, um...lots of mullets(not of the ironic persuasion), dread locks, smoking in public, smoking in bars, smoking in cafes, smoking in line for anything, smoking in restaurants, smoking while smoking, everything shuts down for christmas on january 5th for the arrival of the 3 kings, construction on everything worth seeing due to low tourist traffic, and, i shudder to say, ug...human statues (sadly i guess i just dont understand why i should pay somebody for dressing up like spiderman or a pile of fruit and holding perfectly still). see photos HERE if you want.


December 11, 2008

Triple Meta Word Score


Bowie as Warhol as Basquiat

December 1, 2008


affluenza, n. a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more. (de Graaf [1])

affluenza, n. 1. The bloated, sluggish and unfulfilled feeling that results from efforts to keep up with the Joneses. 2. An epidemic of stress, overwork, waste and indebtedness caused by the pursuit of the American Dream. 3. An unsustainable addiction to economic growth. (PBS [1])

November 22, 2008

Please do it

A new behavior campaign from Tokyo Metro

see the rest HERE

Things I learned about Pirate bay users

This week i was innocently cruising the top 100 downloads of the pirate bay audio book page. This journey offered a very honest and hilarious peek into the mind of the typical pirate bay-er.

#5 - worlds greatest marketer reveals his secrets
#10 - getting things done fast - the audio book
#13 - hypnotherapy - supreme self confidence
#19 - ultimate secrets of total self confidence
#26 - interviews with dating gurus (58 interviews)
#28 - accelerated learning techniques
#31 - self hypnosis - improving memory
#32 - brain sync super pack (meditation, super learning, attract love)
#51 - how to read a person like a book - audio book mp3 format
#66 - the laws of success in sixteen lessons
#68 - erotic audio stories (over 30 hours)
#80 - 10 stupid things couples do to mess up their relationships
#83 - hypnosis super pack - 1 Gig of hypnotic led sessions
#88 - cocky comedy and other conversation skills
#95 - breakaway - by kelly clarkson

*my personal favorite for all the obvious reasons

Note to self; things to invent vol. 1

a firefox add-on to replace anything kanye west related in my browser with a picture of fresh lasagna, or a sound bite of 2 or more cats instigating a fight, either way.

November 1, 2008

Mad Dog Palin (state of affairs)

excerpts from "Mad Dog Palin"
-by Matt Taibbi

Sarah Palin is a symbol of everything that is wrong with the modern United States. As a representative of our political system, she's a new low in reptilian villainy, the ultimate cynical masterwork of puppeteers like Karl Rove. But more than that, she is a horrifying symbol of how little we ask for in return for the total surrender of our political power.

Not only is Sarah Palin a fraud, she's the tawdriest, most half-assed fraud imaginable, 20 floors below the lowest common denominator, a character too dumb even for daytime TV -and this country is going to eat her up, cheering her every step of the way. All because most Americans no longer have the energy to do anything but lie back and allow ourselves to be jacked off by the calculating thieves who run this grasping consumer paradise we call a nation.

(...) The great insight of the Palin VP choice is that huge chunks of American voters no longer even demand that their candidates actually have policy positions; they simply consume them as media entertainment, rooting for or against them according to the reflexive prejudices of their demographic, as they would for reality-show contestants or sitcom characters.

So, sure, Barack Obama might be every bit as much a slick piece of imageering as Sarah Palin. The difference is in what the image represents. The Obama image represents tolerance, intelligence, education, patience with the notion of compromise and negotiation, and a willingness to stare ugly facts right in the face, all qualities we're actually going to need in government if we're going to get out of this huge mess we're in.

Here's what Sarah Palin represents: being a fat fucking pig who pins "Country First" buttons on his man titties and chants "U-S-A! U-S-A!" at the top of his lungs while his kids live off credit cards and Saudis buy up all the mortgages in Kansas.

The truly disgusting thing about Sarah Palin isn't that she's totally unqualified, or a religious zealot, or married to a secessionist, or unable to educate her own daughter about sex, or a fake conservative who raised taxes and horked up earmark millions every chance she got. No, the most disgusting thing about her is what she says about us: that you can ram us in the ass for eight solid years, and we'll not only thank you for your trouble, we'll sign you up for eight more years, if only you promise to stroke us in the right spot for a few hours around election time.

October 23, 2008


Ducking out of America to avoid the final rough years of the Bush administration seemed like a good idea, but I'm beginning to feel like a McPalin white house wont just be an extension of the last misguided and senseless 8 years, but the second leg of a new era in neocolonialist American politics.

One Repeat - Passion Pit, Sleepyhead

October 5, 2008

Zeitgeist: Addendum

so look, HERE (or found below) is a link to a film that everybody (EVERYBODY!!) needs to be watching. i know you wont, because its (spoiler alert) 2 hours, and there is no car chase or sex scene or "shoot em ups". but i feel its my duty, as a responsible, informed person to pass this on to as many people as i can. this film is, in sort, a part 2 to the Zeitgeist film i posted last year, it gets a little fantastic in the middle, but really sets the story straight about the puppets and their masters. please, do yourself, and those around you, a favor and watch this film. there... the only thing i have ever asked of you, how did it go? what do you mean you dont have time? stop being assy, cancel that dumb thing you have planned, you can do it twice next week. after you watch it, tell a few people, it will make you feel better about the devastating state of the union (i promise, its already working for my hysteria)

ザイガイストの日本語字幕 (1),(2),(3) はここです。見てください。

October 4, 2008

Found Postcards vol. 4


Cologne, Germany, 1939, family of US Consul General practicing for a gas attack from the air

October 3, 2008

So then I said...

"the guys a sex addict"
"he's addicted to sex"
"whats wrong with that?"

September 23, 2008

September 17, 2008

Weekend Getaway

Yuko's boss went to Kyoto for a weekend getaway they would not allow her to check into the hotel alone because lone women traveling to Kyoto to kill themselves has become popular.

August 31, 2008


Saw a ridiculous poster on boing boing today, went ahead and re-contextualized it, may not even notice. Full size HERE.

Found Postcards vol. 3


If Obama Loses

Racism is the only reason McCain might beat him

"What with the Bush legacy of reckless war and economic mismanagement, 2008 is a year that favors the generic Democratic candidate over the generic Republican one. Yet Barack Obama, with every natural and structural advantage in the presidential race, is running only neck-and-neck against John McCain, a sub-par Republican nominee with a list of liabilities longer than a Joe Biden monologue. Obama has built a crack political operation, raised record sums, and inspired millions with his eloquence and vision. McCain has struggled with a fractious campaign team, lacks clarity and discipline, and remains a stranger to charisma. Yet at the moment, the two of them appear to be tied. What gives?

If it makes you feel better, you can rationalize Obama's missing 10-point lead on the basis of Clintonite sulkiness, his slowness in responding to attacks, or the concern that Obama may be too handsome, brilliant, and cool to be elected. But let's be honest: If you break the numbers down, the reason Obama isn't ahead right now is that he trails badly among one group, older white voters. He does so for a simple reason: the color of his skin.

Much evidence points to racial prejudice as a factor that could be large enough to cost Obama the election. That warning is written all over last month's CBS/New York Times poll, which is worth examining in detail if you want a quick grasp of white America's curious sense of racial grievance. In the poll, 26 percent of whites say they have been victims of discrimination. Twenty-seven percent say too much has been made of the problems facing black people. Twenty-four percent say the country isn't ready to elect a black president. Five percent of white voters acknowledge that they, personally, would not vote for a black candidate.

Five percent surely understates the reality. In the Pennsylvania primary, one in six white voters told exit pollsters race was a factor in his or her decision. Seventy-five percent of those people voted for Clinton. You can do the math: 12 percent of the Pennsylvania primary electorate acknowledged that it didn't vote for Barack Obama in part because he is African-American. And that's what Democrats in a Northeastern(ish) state admit openly. The responses in Ohio and even New Jersey were dispiritingly similar.

Such prejudice usually comes coded in distortions about Obama and his background. To the willfully ignorant, he is a secret Muslim married to a black-power radical. Or—thank you, Geraldine Ferraro—he only got where he is because of the special treatment accorded those lucky enough to be born with African blood. Some Jews assume Obama is insufficiently supportive of Israel in the way they assume other black politicians to be. To some white voters (14 percent in the CBS/New York Times poll), Obama is someone who, as president, would favor blacks over whites. Or he is an "elitist" who cannot understand ordinary (read: white) people because he isn't one of them. Or he is charged with playing the race card, or of accusing his opponents of racism, when he has strenuously avoided doing anything of the sort. We're just not comfortable with, you know, a Hawaiian.

Then there's the overt stuff. In May, Pat Buchanan, who writes books about the European-Americans losing control of their country, ranted on MSNBC in defense of white West Virginians voting on the basis of racial solidarity. The No. 1 best-seller in America, Obama Nation by Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D., leeringly notes that Obama's white mother always preferred that her "mate" be "a man of color." John McCain has yet to get around to denouncing this vile book.

Many have discoursed on what an Obama victory could mean for America. We would finally be able to see our legacy of slavery, segregation, and racism in the rearview mirror. Our kids would grow up thinking of prejudice as a nonfactor in their lives. The rest of the world would embrace a less fearful and more open post-post-9/11 America. But does it not follow that an Obama defeat would signify the opposite? If Obama loses, our children will grow up thinking of equal opportunity as a myth. His defeat would say that when handed a perfect opportunity to put the worst part of our history behind us, we chose not to. In this event, the world's judgment will be severe and inescapable: The United States had its day but, in the end, couldn't put its own self-interest ahead of its crazy irrationality over race.

Choosing John McCain, in particular, would herald the construction of a bridge to the 20th century—and not necessarily the last part of it, either. McCain represents a Cold War style of nationalism that doesn't get the shift from geopolitics to geoeconomics, the centrality of soft power in a multipolar world, or the transformative nature of digital technology. This is a matter of attitude as much as age. A lot of 71-year-olds are still learning and evolving. But in 2008, being flummoxed by that newfangled doodad, the personal computer, seems like a deal-breaker. At this hinge moment in human history, McCain's approach to our gravest problems is hawkish denial. I like and respect the man, but the maverick has become an ostrich: He wants to deal with the global energy crisis by drilling and our debt crisis by cutting taxes, and he responds to security challenges from Georgia to Iran with Bush-like belligerence and pique.

You may or may not agree with Obama's policy prescriptions, but they are, by and large, serious attempts to deal with the biggest issues we face: a failing health care system, oil dependency, income stagnation, and climate change. To the rest of the world, a rejection of the promise he represents wouldn't just be an odd choice by the United States. It would be taken for what it would be: sign and symptom of a nation's historical decline."

-by Jacob Weisberg (via slate.com)

August 24, 2008

When you are engulfed in flames

"As a child I once found an ant, running a crazy path across my family's basement. I meant to open the door and herd the thing out, but then I got a better idea, and dropped him through the ventilation grate on the back of our TV. What the ant saw then, and what I see now are likely very similar; a chaotic vision of the future. Heavy on marvels, but curiously devoid of charm. No lake, no parkland, no leafy avenues, and it stretches on forever."

- David Sedaris on Tokyo

Page of the Week

UPL8 Tv (mind the spacebar)

August 23, 2008

August 16, 2008

Nerd alert

Bought a bag of Calbee brand potato chips today, went to their page, entered the purchase code, and found all kinds of info about my chips, even a profile of the family farm where the potatoes came from!

i want my money back - Summer lottery

my ticket was not one of the 1,112,214 tickets to win.

Found Postcards vol. 1

Allen Ginsberg, Jean Genet, William Burroughs at the Democratic convention, Chicago 1968

August 4, 2008

Waits live


2 hours and 21 minutes of tom waits live in Atlanta. HERE is the entire show, set list, photos, more info.

Tropic of Cancer

A man who belongs to this race must stand up on the high place with gibberish in his mouth and rip out his entrails. It is right and just because he must! And anything that falls short of this frightening spectacle, anything less shuddering, less terrifying, less mad, less intoxicated, less contaminating, is not art. The rest is counterfeit. The rest is human. The rest belongs to life and lifelessness.

-Henry Miller

July 19, 2008

i want my money back - iPhone "3G"

So finally, after waiting for what seems like multiple lifetimes, the "3G" iPhone arrives, with guns blazing. GPS, white or black, half price, 3 "G's", a touchy screen, third party applications, dangerously shiny, better battery life, and ...oh i don't know, lets say, a...can opener.
But lets take a deeper look here, whats under all that shiny touchiness? It may have 3 "G's", but how about a meat tenderizer? 12 gauge shotgun shell re loader? book binder? thumbtack sharpener? No. No it does not. You can put as many "G's" in a phone as you want, but without a laser pointer and a pasta strainer it means nothing to me, i want my money back.

Pop Quiz

Why did I get kicked out of the public pool today?

A. I was putting on sunscreen.

B. I have my ears pierced.

C. I was wearing sunglasses.

D. All of the above.

ǝʌoqɐ ǝɥʇ ɟo 11ɐ .p


July 14, 2008

Movie Time

saw a kind of funny movie this weekend, it was like... seth rogen played this dude who got a high school girl with a funny name pregnant, she wanted an abortion but the baby had fingernails and she worked for E! and they didnt really know each other so they tried to get to know each other by eating lots of orange tic tacs and shrooms while at a cirque de soleil show. they were having money issues with their softcore porn site, so he started running on a track team which didnt really work out except for the sweet headband and the ball shorts. jason bateman and paul rudd were pretty funny as usual, decent music; velvet underground, sonic youth covered the carpenters, old dirty bastard, cat power covers waits, all in all in was nice to see a movie that makes random drunken single accidental teen pregnancy cool again!

July 12, 2008

Page of the Week

Ara Patersons SITE.

He also has a SHOW UP now.

July 6, 2008

Christian Jihad


"The towers are gone now, reduced to bloody rubble, along with all hopes for Peace in Our Time, in the United States or any other country. Make no mistake about it: We are At War now -- with somebody -- and we will stay At War with that mysterious Enemy for the rest of our lives ... It will be a Religious War, a sort of Christian Jihad, fueled by religious hatred and led by merciless fanatics on both sides. It will be guerrilla warfare on a global scale, with no front lines and no identifiable enemy.
We are going to punish somebody for this attack, but just who or what will be blown to smithereens for it is hard to say. Maybe Afghanistan, maybe Pakistan or Iraq, or possibly all three at once. Who knows? Not even the Generals in what remains of the Pentagon or the New York papers calling for WAR seem to know who did it or where to look for them.
This is going to be a very expensive war, and Victory is not guaranteed -- for anyone, and certainly not for anyone as baffled as George W. Bush. All he knows is that his father started the war a long time ago, and that he, the goofy child-President, has been chosen by Fate and the global Oil industry to finish it Now. He will declare a National Security Emergency and clamp down Hard on Everybody, no matter where they live or why. If the guilty won't hold up their hands and confess, he and the Generals will ferret them out by force."

-hunter s. thompson

July 1, 2008


lots of places in japan are no shoes. restaurants, all homes, most offices. snapped this picture just after yuko hung up our laundry, tells a lot about japan, and im sure some real depth about the inner workings of the two of us, but im not really sure what it is exactly? (hers are coincidentally all checked, and mine stripped)


June 22, 2008

im back

iv been away for a bit, physically and metaphorically. went to the usa for 10 days. ate lots of mexican, and bagels, cheese, sandwiches, got really sick and spent a few days in bed, went to baker beach, oakland, berkley, sausalito, reno and tahoe. walmart-ed, costco-ed, drove a dump truck, shot guns, garage saled, golfed, drank great beer, swam in 40 degree water, comic booked, lots of photos, lots of catching up. thanks to everybody who made an effort to see me (you know who you are), sorry to everybody i didnt see (its because i hate you), next time, i promise. (more pics HERE)

survival technician

there is no way i was passing up on the irony of this picture!

May 15, 2008

May 13, 2008

if I

just watched demetri martins stand up ish program "if i". it is an incredible autobiographical performance that ran on the BBC in 2004. great insight into his clever comic style. start watching HERE


May 8, 2008


spent spring break this week on my bike. camping. photoing. saw a monkey. got really tired. kind of lost. had an early morning donnie darko riding moment. do enjoy the evidence. (more pics HERE)


April 28, 2008


i cant stop looking at the simplicity of this beatles photo. see the full size image HERE

April 26, 2008

The Long Photo

A series of “still” images from Godfrey Reggio’s Koyaanisqatsi(click to play)

Meta Machine

Space Junk

i love the idea of all this junk endlessly flying around above us

March 29, 2008

Heavy Typing

i love this photo of a medical transcriptionist key board. she had been using it for 8.5 years. who would of thought that M and N are so much more popular that B J and K

Ben Saunders Polar Trek

iv been following ben saunders blog the past week or so. it's a live tale of his trip on cross country skis from canada to the north pole. he will be the second ever human to go it alone. thus far he traveled 10.25 nautical miles, with 395 to go. HERE is a fascinating list of his gear, ranging from clothes and cookware to a shot gun and tech gadgets, most of which was custom built for his trip. i find it brilliant that in a truly life threatening -40 degrees all alone in an area the size of the entire USA he is updating a blog and interacting with his followers.