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Some Rants, Raves and Ramblings about All that I See

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Entries from June 2008

The Disintegration Loops

June 23rd, 2008 · 68 Comments

I am a fan of ambient music, such as the likes of Brian Eno and some of Moby’s milder stuff. I came across a rather interesting set of recordings by William Basinski entitled “The Disintegration Loops”. The best way to describe the music is embodied in the title. Apparently, William Basinski laid down some ambient [...]

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This is what the Narnia movies should have been….

June 21st, 2008 · 30 Comments

We watched the movie Stardust last night. It stars a few big-name people like Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfeiffer, but the lead characters aren’t real big names. The movie was good! I mean, we didn’t expect much since it didn’t get a lot of billing here (nothing really does for that matter), but it was [...]

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iTunes needs to do a REALITY CHECK

June 18th, 2008 · 49 Comments

Come’on iTunes…! Give me a friggin’ break already…! 128kbps tracks??? Who in hell wants this crap anymore! There were two albums that came out this week that I had anticipated and was looking forward to purchasing (Coldplay and Alanis Morissette). We’ve usually purchased off of iTunes in the past as it is the easiest at [...]

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Just Saw the new Indiana Jones movie, and…[possible spoilers following]

June 18th, 2008 · 15 Comments

…and I thought that it was just ‘O.K.’ The timing was largely missing, as if lines were just added to fill up awkwards spaces. The editing was really terrible and the music didn’t synch well with the scenes. As for the story….well, let’s just say that they did get a lot wrong, though the story [...]

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A Street in Yushima

June 13th, 2008 · 6 Comments

This is one of my favorate streets in Japan. It’s not a well-documented street – in fact, unless you were specifically looking for it, it’d be hard to find at all.I shoot it in black and white as it just seems more dramatic that way. This street is more like an alley-way below the Yushima-tenjin [...]

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It Doesn’t Get Much Longer

June 8th, 2008 · 88 Comments

24 hours in a plane sucks. A lot. What’s even worse than that is having to do it in Economy Class. With a wonderful nod of the head to our new company travel policy, travelling must be done in Economy Class, to save money of course. But 24 hours of it? I mean, not a [...]

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A 5 a.m. Fishing Trip

June 1st, 2008 · 17 Comments

Actually, this fishing trip was in the middle of downtown Tokyo. Since this is an integral part of my new job,  I visited the Tsukiji fish market on a very-early morning. Getting up before 4 a.m., I took a taxi there and went to the area where they auction off the tuna. My new job [...]

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