Thursday, December 30, 2004

Jackie Chan, Tony Jaa Together in Drunken Master 3

Jackie Chan, Tony Jaa Together in Drunken Master 3

Should this actually happen....I mean, wow!
Have you seen Ong Bak? Thems was some crazy stunts! Hell, Jackie might even want to take a few notes himself....

Thursday, December 23, 2004

Action Dude! at

'Action Dude' is based on the late 70's famous skate star TONY ALVA

Apparently he's a werewolf.

Where do they get such wonderful toys?

Other Specifications :
Remarks : wearing a Vans OLD SKOOL sneaker and comes with a 70's skateboard!!

Sensasian tends to take FOREVER to load. But, they have some neat stuff and decent prices. (Well, that Tony Alva thing is pretty pricey, but it IS limited edition and all...) I ordered the standard edition of Infernal Affairs III from them, and they ended up sending me the boxset. So that was cool.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004 ends, not with a bang but a whimper | The Register ends, not with a bang but a whimper | The Register

Yup, I guess it's true.

But then, just as the death and ultimate sellout of Napster yielded better programs like Soulseek and even, in a sense, Bit Torrent, the crack down on Bit Torrent will only lead to an even better method of download and likely with improved encryption. Because, I mean, really...the only use the internet serves is finding free porn and bootlegs.

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Shaolin Shuffle: A Very, Very Sad Day...

Shaolin Shuffle: A Very, Very Sad Day...'s a sad state of affairs.
I'm sure something new and/or better will crop up soon...
At least we still have the anime fan sub sites.....right? They're still around...... aren't they?

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Schrader's Exorcist


Another Exorcist coming to theatres
Posted on Thr, 9-Dec-2004
Why isn't Paul Schrader's cut of "The Exorcist : The Beginning" listed as an extras component on the soon-to-be-released DVD?
Easy : His version is set to be released as a stand-alone movie all of its own.
"Paul is currently in post-production on the movie, as we're anticipating a limited theatrical release here in the United States sometime in 2005", Morgan Creek told Moviehole this morning.
When Schrader was hired to do the film, he was told to deliver a "non-pea soup" take.
"They made it clear -- no spinning heads and no pea soup," he told Daily Variety earlier this year. "So that's what I delivered, but then they changed their mind."
Stay tuned for an official release date for Schrader's cut.

Thursday, December 09, 2004

A Tale Of Two Olsens

A TALE OF TWO SISTERS remake gossip

"So the rumor has started, and I think it's got to be one of the best I've ever heard:
The Olsen Twins want to star in the Dreamworks remake of A TALE OF TWO SISTERS."


Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Dimebag Darrell apparently dead - News - At Least 5 Dead, 2 Wounded In Nightclub Shooting

Breaking News.

From an eyewitness:
"i was up close to the stage on the side where DBD was playing.... then i saw the guy jump out of the crwod onto the stage... he was yelling something about how "you broke up pantera.... you ruined my life.... what about phil??? he needs heroin money..." or something like that then i saw the gun and he shot DBD right in the head... when DBD went down he kept shooting"

And the obligitory Fark followup


Anime News Network - Yakitate!! Japan (TV)

This is the best thing since sliced bread. For real, though! Why can't American cartoons be this good?!?

Find it at

Philly officials may ban kids from later PG films

Children under 6 at films past 7 p.m. could cost parents, theaters

Amen to that, brother!
There is never, ever, ever a need to bring a baby/toddler to a movie. Ever. Besides, isn't 7 pm a nice bedtime for kids under 6? It was many years ago, but I think that's what it was for me.

Bring this action to my home town, too!

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Japan's internet 'suicide clubs'

BBC NEWS | Programmes | Newsnight | Japan's internet 'suicide clubs'

Well, I mean, if something's worth doing, it's worth doing creatively and with plenty of friends.

'Brainwave' cap controls computer

BBC NEWS | Technology | 'Brainwave' cap controls computer

This is a helluva lot cooler than a crappy ole tin-foil hat, I reckon.

"Four people, two of them partly paralysed wheelchair users, successfully moved a computer cursor while wearing a cap with 64 electrodes."

And, of course, the most important application:

"Earlier this year, a team at the MIT Media Labs Europe demonstrated a wireless cap which read brain waves to control a computer game character."

Monday, December 06, 2004

Artists, Musicians and the Internet Survey

From the Pew Internet & American Life Project:
"Their overall judgment is that unauthorized online file-sharing does not pose a major threat to creative industries: Two-thirds of artists say peer-to-peer file sharing poses a minor threat or no threat at all to them."


"Across the board, among those who are both successful and struggling, the artists and musicians we surveyed are more likely to say that the internet has made it possible for them to make more money from their art than they are to say it has made it harder to protect their work from piracy or unlawful use."


"...most (60%) [of the artists surveyed] believe that the RIAA campaign [of suing individuals who share] will not benefit them."


"Of those artists who download music files (n=118), most think that downloading has not really changed the total amount they spend on music purchases like CDs, concerts, or other music products (58% say this). Another 29% say they think downloading has actually increased what they spend on music purchases overall, and 13% say it has decreased their purchases. Likewise, among artists who either download music or video files (n=139), 86% say that when they download files for free, they usually end up supporting the artist or author in other ways, such as buying a CD or book or going to a performance. Just over half of all artists who download music or video files say they can’t always tell if it’s legal or illegal to download media files from the internet. More than two-thirds of the sample said they don’t currently pay to download any type of media files, but they would if the price, quality and choice they want become available."

I reckon the RIAA better start suing their own artists, too. Pretty soon, they'll have sued themselves out of both the people who make the music they're "protecting" and the people who buy it.

Here's the whole survey:

Saturday, December 04, 2004

The Grandmother (Reid)

The Mother
The Mother,
originally uploaded by sirago17.
This lady predicted the sex of me and Elli's baby.
Damn it all.


Shaolin Shuffle

In honor of our Dan's new blog, Shaolin Shuffle, I present to you a paragraph of vaguely incoherent gibberish.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Random Ramblings

Dig me: I got a damn cell-phone. Or, as Elli calls it, a Daddy Phone - cause, with the baby coming and all...It even does pictures. Watch out! Now, if I can only figure out how to upload the pictures somewhere...

Recent listenings:
After seeing DIG!, I dug out all my Brian Jonestown Massacre discs - and downloaded the ones I didn't have (and assorted demos and live stuff) from the bands website. That's pretty much all I've been listening to. Plus the occasional Stones album. Today's was Out Of Our Heads. Oh, and Chrome - Half Machine Lip Moves, No Humans Allowed/Read Only Memory and ... what's the one with New Age on it? Is that Blood On The Moon?
And Elli's been listening to Tits On The Radio by Scissor Sisters pretty much non-stop.

Recent watchings:
In the theater we saw:
The Grudge (enjoyed it, but it was disappointingly watered down)
Saw (enjoyed it quite a bit)
Ray (gotta see at least one of the Oscar contenders, I reckon - and how can you not like Ray Charles?)
The Invincibles (I do love me some Pixar)

From the video shelf:
Season 5 of Sanford And Son
Bridget Jones's Diary
The Clearing
Zatoichi/Sonatine double feature (What?!? Miramax allowed some of their Asian Acquisitions to be released unaltered?? - at least, I think these are uncut...)
The Watcher In The Woods
The Passion Of The Christ - or, as the kids on Fark call it, The Jesus Chain Saw Massacre

Currently reading:
1984 - George Orwell
Well, I think it's fitting...

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Quotes Of The Founding Fathers

One doesn't get much more "Founding Fatherly" than these cats...

“The United States is in no sense founded upon the Christian doctrine.”
— George Washington

"Who does not see that the same authority which can establish Christianity, in exclusion of all other religions, may establish with the same ease any particular sect of Christians, in exclusion of all other Sects?” — James Madison, "Memorial and Remonstrance,” 1785.

“Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God; that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship; that the legislative powers of the government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between church and state.” — Thomas Jefferson, writing to the Danbury Baptist Association on 1 January 1802.

Saturday, October 09, 2004

The Presidential Debates

If I may be so bold as to quote Salinger, as I think it's quite apropos:
(from Franny and Zooey)
"Your facts are always either untrue or exaggerated, but you're never wrong - no, no."

Word(s) of the day

One that leads to another that leads to another...

Jingoist \jin´go`istNoun 1. jingoist - an extreme bellicose nationalist
flag-waver, hundred-percenter, jingo, patrioteer, chauvinist
nationalist, patriot - one who loves and defends his or her country

Noun 1. chauvinist - a person with a prejudiced belief in the superiority of his or her own kind
bigot - a prejudiced person who is intolerant of any opinions differing from his own
2. chauvinist - an extreme bellicose nationalist
flag-waver, hundred-percenter, jingo, jingoist, patrioteer
nationalist, patriot - one who loves and defends his or her country

Bellicose \Bel´li`cose`Adj. 1. bellicose - having or showing a ready disposition to fight; "bellicose young officers"; "a combative impulse"; "a contentious nature"
battleful, combative, contentious
aggressive - having or showing determination and energetic pursuit of your ends; "an aggressive businessman"; "an aggressive basketball player"; "he was aggressive and imperious; positive in his convictions"; "aggressive drivers"

Monday, October 04, 2004

Fresno International Film Fest (of sorts)

So, Saturday, the Boy and I (and Mike) went and saw Shaun Of The Dead at our local multiplex. I didn't think Elli could deal with a gut-muncher now that she get's queazy at the sight of spaghetti (thanks pregnancy!), so she went and saw Maria Full Of Grace. Elli quite enjoyed it. Shaun Of The Dead was pretty well packed and went over quite well. Later that night the Boy and I went and saw Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood Of War. EVen that, a subtitled Korean flick, was fairly well attended. And there even some other caucasians! Maybe this is another sign of the apocalypse...good movies in Fresno?!?
Let's keep this trend a-going.

Saturday, October 02, 2004

Word of the day

OK, actually two:

Pundit \Pun"dit\, n. [Hind. pandit, Skr. pandita a learned man.] A learned man; a teacher; esp., a Brahman versed in the Sanskrit language, and in the science, laws, and religion of the Hindoos; in Cashmere, any clerk or native official. [Written also pandit.] [India]

Interesting that we now use this word to refer to political doubletalkers and party shills...

Shill, n : a decoy who acts as an enthusiastic customer in order to stimulate the participation of others v : act as a shill; "The shill bid for the expensive carpet during the auction in order to drive the price up"

Thursday, September 23, 2004

The Return Of Don Diablo Con Carne

Dan Woodward, aka Don Diablo Con Carne, former lead vocalist for the Hound Dog Blues Revue came into town this past week. Got to hang out with The Man last Tuesday. The only casualty this time around was the death of one bottle of Glenlivet and the partial wounding of another...well, when I left it was still breathing. Damn, that's some good stuff.
Dan, you come into town more often.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Indiana University study: having children significantly lowers parents’ IQs
The IQ tests show that when a child is born, the part of the brain that makes one think objectively takes the biggest hit when it comes to losing brainpower. “This explains why every parent thinks their child is the smartest kid in class or the best athlete, even if that child is as dumb as a box of rocks or needs a calendar to time their forty-yard dash. People who before were intelligent and open-minded turn into raving lunatics who want to blame a teacher or coach every time their mediocre child fails,” said Lee.

I've found that Fark really helps me get through the day...

Friday, September 03, 2004

Latest Mix CD

Let's Go For A Drive

1. Shaw Brothers Intro Fanfare (0:15)
2. Cheap Trick - Hello There (1:40)
3. Stiff Little Fingers - Suspect Device (2:43)
4. Bauhaus - Ziggy Stardust (3:13)
5. The Clash - Tommy Gun (3:17)
6. The Sex Pistols - I Wanna Be Me (3:08)
7. Black Flag - Wasted (0:51)
8. Thee Michelle Gun Elephant - Jenny (3:21)
9. Toy Dolls - Spiders In The Dressing Room (1:56)
10. Ministry (feat. Gibby Haynes) - Jesus Built My Hotrod (Short, Pusillanimous, So-They-Can-Fit-More-Commercials-On-The-Radio Edit) (3:42)
11. X - Los Angeles (2:25)
12. Cheap Trick - I Want You to Want Me (3:38)
13. Oasis - Stand By Me (5:56)
14. Boa - Duvet (3:23)
15. Brian Jonestown Massacre - Love (3:53)
16. The Chords - Sh-Boom (2:27)
17. The Harptones - Life Is But A Dream (2:43)
18. Dolly Parton - Jolene (2:38)
19. Thee Michelle Gun Elephant - G.W.D (3:54)
20. Generation X - Ready Steady Go (2:58)
21. The Clash - This Is Radio Clash (4:11)
22. Toy Dolls - Dig That Groove Baby (3:00)
23. X - Johnny Hit And Run Paulene (2:50)
24. The Sex Pistols - EMI Unlimited Edition (3:15)
25. Thee Michelle Gun Elephant - Musashino Elegy (Live)(5:05)
26. David Bowie - Rock 'N' Roll Suicide (3:02)
27. Big Black - Bombastic Intro (0:35)

Latest Chinatown DVD Haul

Went to Curiosa last weekend. Maybe I can be bothered to say something about that later. Or not. Or maybe now: Mogwai played My Father My King. My goosebumps had goosebumps by the end. Aside from that, overall it was great (except for the jackass couple of youngsters behind us who apparently only like The Cure, and at that only like 7 or 8 very popular Cure songs. The girl looked pretty hip, though...until she spoke)
Anyway - picked up some DVD's in Chinatown:
Breaking News
One Night In Mongkok (both obtained at Sung Sing Center)
both excellent movies - is it possible that Hong Kong cinema is getting back on it's feet?

also got:
Jiang Hu - superbad box set
Ju-On: The Grudge
Ju-On: The Grudge 2
and Beat Takeshi's Zatoichi

and the guy at QQ Entertainment - I think that's what's called...across the street from the Ten Ren Tea store - gave me a nice Jiang Hu poster for buying the box!
I heartily recommend both of these joints for you Asian Movie Buying Experience in Frisco. (You might want to check out what QQ has, then hit Sung Sing since they're the cheapest in the area, then head back for whatever Sung Sing doesn't have - QQ tends to have more Korean and Japanese movies and they seem to get older flicks back in stock - sometimes at Sung Sing, if you miss it, you miss it.)

And, of course, I find out that Ju-On is supposed to be getting a pretty nice DVD here from Lion's Gate to tie in The Grudge - the US remake/remix/reimagining starring that cute Sarah Michelle Gellar.

And also, Miramax, those purveyors of quality Asian Cinema are supposed to be releasing a rumored to be uncut DVD, with possibly some extras, of Zatoichi coupled with - or possibly packaged with, I'm not 100% sure - the long awaited DVD of Sonatine.

And speaking of Miramax, they actually put Hero out. And it's here in the greater Fresno/Clovis area. Well, I'll be....

Sunday, August 22, 2004

The Conet Project

The Shortwave And The Calling from the Washington Post
Actually, this article turned up (under the title "Shortwave Shocker") in this morning's Fresno Bee. So, I thought I'd go to their website and send the article to Vance, but I couldn't find it on their website. Grabbed the paper and saw that it was from the Washington Post, so I browsed yonder to their site and found that it was an article from Tuesday the 3rd. I guess the Bee considers it news as long as the story came out with the last month?
Anyway, The Conet Project has apparently been re-released. And this is nice little article on Akin Fernandez, the guy what released it.
Bless him.

Sunday, August 15, 2004

Spooky Olympics

Watching the Olympic gymnastics with the wife (it IS her TV after all).
After a balance beam act, NBC's intrepid camera followed the intricate act of the Team USA group hug and high five. During a lull in the incessant commentating, Elli and I noticed the music playing in the background, presumably for a Romanian - or maybe Ukrainian or perhaps even Russian, Elli's not really sure who the Hell's on board right now, what with all the "Earlier Today's" they're doing - floor act. They were using Goblin's Profundo Rosso/Deep Red theme. I've always wondered if there'd ever be decent music played for this kind of stuff.

Friday, August 13, 2004

Stuff I Dig

Current Readings:

Catcher In The Rye - JD Salinger
I've read this goddamn book 4 or 5 times now. I really have.

The Yakuza Movie Book: A Guide To Japanese Gangster Films - Mark Schilling
Great interviews and reviews. Now, if only more of the flicks were available...

Current Watchings:

Napoleon Dynamite
"I caught you a delicious bass."

The 7 Grandmasters
Old school Taiwanese Kung Fu classic.

Freaks And Geeks
Why did this not last? And why didn't I watch it then?

Dead Like Me
Best damn thing on TV.

Future Boy Conan
Early Miyazaki

Midori No Hibi
Sweet natured Etchi about a guy who wakes up to find his right hand has become a cute girl who has a crush on him.

Current Listenings:

Nick Drake: Made To Love Magic
Flaming Lips: Finally The Punk Rockers Are Taking Acid 1983-1988
Flaming Lips: The Day They Shot A Hole In The Jesus Egg 1989-1991
Robyn Hitchcock: Jewels For Sophia
Spiritualized: The Complete Works Volume One

Thursday, August 12, 2004