"I need some fucking friends." -- Peter Klaven (I Love You, Man)
 
Sunday, August 16, 2015
I just found this website today from following a link in a YouTube video that only mentioned it in passing. It's some website about the idols of Japan. You should join and tell me how good the information is.

http://tokyogirlsupdate.com

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Saturday, August 15, 2015


I could post tons of YouTube videos of cute Asian girls throwing out the first pitches in baseball and most all of them would be failures. This one is as well.

Why then post it at all? Shiraishi Mai.

She's the most beautiful idol in Japan. And while she's not my oshimen in Nogizaka46, I can't get enough of this crazy beauty.

So, keep practicing Maiyan, you'll eventually get a strike!

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Sunday, August 09, 2015
I've fallen down a hole and can't get out. I've spent the last three months down this hole. I've done nothing but be in this hole. There is a light and it's carried by cute girls.

The hole is a metaphor for being a fan of Japanese idols. They are the young girls of Japan who try very hard to win the adoration of the Japan through singing, dancing, acting, and comedy routines. They are also very cute.

They work hard for our affection, and I've fallen hard for their schtick.

I have lots to say on this subject since I've drowned in it. I'll have some posts up about an American perspective of the idol factory. It's very weird.

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Before Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation, the theatre showed the trailer for the next James Bond movie, Spectre. In it, Bond is chasing after a shadow organization bent on taking out MI-6. Spectre is just one charismatic person, the uber Bond villain.

As I watched Mission Impossible, I had the distinct impression that I was watching the James Bond movie.

Mission Impossible had a charismatic bad guy running a shadow organization bent on taking down IMF. No need to watch the next James Bond. Catch this instead.

This installment of the Mission Impossible films rolled all the previous Mission Impossible movies into one. It had the back-stabbing of the first installment, the boring-ness of the second, a nod to the rabbit's foot in the third, and Simon Pegg as Benjie, the comic relief from the previous one. It should've been awesome. It wasn't. This installment lacked the propulsive force of the previous two and returned back to the sneaky capers of the first two. In fact, it felt like the first Mission Impossible film -- the intrigues was more important than the action pieces.

Cruise was running in this one. He also had his stunt hanging on the plane. Good, but not the best. The girl was a Bond girl. She was very competent. I hope she shows up in the next one.

Watch it, but it will be better on FXX.

3 of 5 stars.

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This has got to have been the worst and the best episode ever. I can't believe she jumped. But I wanted to see Ikuta-chan do it.

Let's rewind.

For Nogizaka46, they do stunts on the eve of the release of their singles. They did water training, which is standing under a water fall enduring it like a monk experiencing a zen moment. They parachuted from 1200 meters. They also did a 12 story bungie.

For promotion of their 8th single, they did the most extreme bungie jump ever. Wow!

This is why I root for these girls. I want them to do the best they can. They are trying very hard, and this is one way to see their efforts.

In previous promotions, they were very hesitant. In this one, she cried, but she went and she jumped. Rather quickly. A moment's hesitation then -- WAAAAAH -- she was out there.

Now Nishino isn't my oshimen, but watching this is enough to make one oshihen.

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Thursday, August 06, 2015
Read the whole thing while waiting for compiles to finish. Made me sad. Watch Hiroshima, Mon Amour.

Need peace. No more wars.

We all live on this tiny planet. Let's just get along.

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1946/08/31/hiroshima

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Tuesday, August 04, 2015


They are pretty and talented.

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Monday, August 03, 2015
Ant-Man is the beginning of Marvel Cinematic Universe's end.

Not really. I'm just making that up because I have nothing better to write in this blog post.

It's been over two weeks since I saw this. I liked it at the time. I still do like it, but it ain't the best summer movie.

I liked Paul Rudd. I liked Michael Douglas. I thought that Evangeline Lilly was ill used even after she was granted the Wasp costume. (SPOILER ALERT!) I thought Michael Peña was the best thing of this movie. They need more of that criminal group. In fact, that looked to be the stuff left over when Edgar Wright left the movie in a huff.

At least, it's not Fantastic Four.

3 of 5 stars.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015


This ones becoming my favorite. There's a better version of the video, but it's not available in the States.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015
#NationalHotDogDay

I was thinking about cooking hot dogs for dinner tonight. That was before I heard on the radio on the ride home that it was National Hot Dog Day.

YAY!

Four Nathan's franks boiled on the stove with mustard and onions.

YAY!

As ol' Brent Steinberger said, "I never met a hot dog I didn't like."

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