Archive for March, 2009

3.3

Posted in Haiku a day on 30 March 2009 by jason

In their winter coats,
Smokers stand outside, huddled
against death of cold.

3.2

Posted in Haiku a day on 30 March 2009 by jason

Studying Basho,
Early spring frost on the wind–
Loneliness abounds.

3.1

Posted in Haiku a day on 30 March 2009 by jason

In the early spring,
an unexpected snowfall
–winter won’t relent.

A question of work ethic.

Posted in otter, Rambling on 29 March 2009 by jason

A few weeks ago, Kelly and I were leaving our favorite coffee shop in Downtown Canton (Muggswigz) when we were approached by a man who was loitering around outside. He came up and said something like, “Excuse me. Are you from around here?”

“Yeah,” I answered.

“Well,” he continued. “I’m not. I live in Toledo, and I was down here doing some work. Now, I’m waiting for the greyhound to take me back, but I was wondering, if it’s not too much trouble, could I get 4 dollars off of you? I don’t have any cash on me, and I’m hungry, so I want to go across the street and get some McDonald’s.”

“You know what?” I said. “All I have is a five. Here.”

“Thank you! You don’t know how much this means! God bless you!” he replied. Then, the man returned to the spot were he was loitering.

Kelly and I got back in the car, and I said, “That pisses me off! He’s just standing there!”

“Well, what did you expect?” Kelly asked. “You don’t give money to someone and expect to dictate how they spend it. Just give or don’t and move on.”

“I don’t care how he spends it!” I said. “I assumed he would spend it on drugs. What pisses me off is that he told me he was going across the street! He’s not even trying to make it look like he’s going across the street.”

“So…you want him to lie to you some more?”

“All I ask is that he have a little work ethic! Panhandling is an occupation, just like any other. I just ask that, if he tries to create the illusion that he’s just looking for food to get money, he maintain that illusion until I can’t see him anymore!”

Kelly sighed. “I think you are ridiculous.”

“No! What’s ridiculous is the standard we hold our beggars to. We should really expect more! I feel ripped off now!”

My question to all of you, then, is, “AM I being ridiculous?” Should I expect this man to walk around the corner for 30 seconds to earn his pay? I, personally, don’t think it’s too much to ask!

On a related note, he approached us again yesterday. He didn’t recognize us, and I didn’t give him any money this time. I don’t expect him to remember everyone he talks to, and if he had gone around the corner last time, I might have given him more money!

Kimono exhibit at the Canton Museum of Art

Posted in Art, otter on 29 March 2009 by jason

Yesterday, Kelly and I went to the Canton Museum of Art to see Itchiku Kubota’s Kimono exhibit. Now, I knew that this was going to be amazing, as it seems to be the most important thing happening on Canton, with lots of Kimono-inspired art events happening all around downtown, but I was not prepared for how beautiful the show was. Even clicking on the link above to see some of the kimono in the exhibit won’t show you just how intricate each piece is.

The most amazing part of the exhibit is “Symphony of Light,” a 30-piece kimono landscape that takes the viewer from early autumn to late winter. Each of these kimono is gorgeous, but lined end-to-end, 360 degrees around the room, they make up one larger work. It was almost overwhelming.

It was a little pricey to get in (10 bucks a person), but it was worth it. If you live in the Canton area, or if the exhibit comes to your neck of the woods, don’t miss it.

In other news, the experience has inspired me to start the Haiku-a-Day project back up, starting tomorrow.

Skate or Die!!!

Posted in and other fun, Exercise, Music, otter on 22 March 2009 by jason

Years since I had last been roller skating: about 14.
Times previously I had been skating in my life: 2.
Confidence I had in my skating ability: 0.
Number of times I fell down on the skating rink:…0!

Kelly and I went roller skating on Friday, and despite my apprehensions and lack of experience skating, I did alright. Actually, Kelly, who used to skate fairly often, said that I was skating as well as she was by the end of the night, and she was surprised at how fast I was taking the corners.

The kids that were out there, though….jeesh! Speed skating, going backwards, sliding on their toes…it was amazing and intimidating to watch. I felt a little old and out of place there, but overall, I did alright.

Another surprise was the music that they played. The crowd was mostly 12-14-year-olds, but the songs included “Crank Dat Soulja Boy,” “Teenagers” by My Chemical Romance (Chorus: “Teenagers scare the living shit out of me”), and some song about “Sexy Magic”. Granted, I’m not really offended, and I’m sure that these kids listen to that music anyway, I’m just surprised that the skate center would risk angering parents with uncensored versions of those songs.

Another surprise was that I am not sore after a night of skating. I guess I’m not as old as I thought I was!

All in all, we had a lot of fun, and just as we do karaoke every other Friday, I wouldn’t mind skating on the opposite Fridays!

Encyclopedia Gen-x-ia: Max Headroom

Posted in Gen X Encyclopedia, Television on 20 March 2009 by jason

For other Encyclopedia entries, click the “Gen X Encyclopedia” tag in my tag swarm on the side of the screen.

As you may know, I am from Generation X, while my girlfriend is from Generation Y. This means that occasionally, our cultrual references don’t match up. Hence, I will explain Max Headroom.

Max Headroom– A character, played by Matt Frewer in a couple of television shows, as well as many Coke commercials. Max Headroom was supposed to be a computer-generated personality, though he was actually a guy with plastic on his head. He stuttered, told bad puns, and was generally AWESOME.

He had some show in England where he did something with music videos. After that, he did a pilot for a british Sci-Fi Cyberpunk show. This show was remade into a series on ABC, and it was pretty much the best thing that ever happened to that network until Twin Peaks. The tagline for the show was 20 minutes into the Future, which means that the show sounded just as awesome as it was.

Max also did those Coke commercials, appeared in a music video, and had a talk show.

Further Materials-
Opening Credits of TV show (from Youtube)

Coke Commercial-

My Watchmans: Has you seen them?

Posted in Comics, Movies, Music on 15 March 2009 by jason

Well, I saw the Watchmen movie. I really wish I could be unbiased about the whole thing, but I love the comic too much. So, here is my brief review, trying to separate my movie fan and comic fan tendencies.

Movie Fan: The opening fight was awesome. Pretty brutal. It really lets the viewer know that Comedian is not someone to mess with, yet his attacker can mess him up.

Comic Fan:Attacker white male. Very strong. Can see his face. Obvious.

Movie Fan:Er, yeah. I guess. Anyway, nice opening sequence, though the music is a little obvious. Still, what a great way to dish out exposition without it feeling like exposition.

Comic Fan: Hurm. Comic did it better. Mason’s book. Playboy interviews.

Movie Fan:Yeah, but you can’t put that in the movie. Let’s fast forward…the costumes are great! Rorschach is dead on, Dr. Manhattan is amazing, Night Owl/Dan looks awesome-

Comic Fan: Dreiberg is flabby. In comic. Too young in movie. Manhattan looks ridiculous. Does not translate well to film. Night Owl costume is second-rate batman.

Rorschach good though. Hurm.

Movie Fan: The entire soundtrack is obvious. ESPECIALLY “Sound of Silence.” And “Hallelujah” goes on for-fucking-ever!”

Comic Fan: Agreed.

Movie Fan: AH! Common ground! Anyway, about the “Hallelujah” scene…it felt out of place, didn’t it?

Comic Fan: Comic version proves a point; movie version gratuitous.

Movie Fan: Why are you talking like that?

Comic Fan: Hurm.

Movie Fan: Without spoiling anything, the ending worked. I know that a lot of comic fans hated it, but with time constraints, the original ending would take to much time to set up and wouldn’t have made much sense.

Comic Fan: Book ending better. Should not have compromised. Terry Gilliam would have made 5 hour movie to keep ending. Zack Snyder weak. Possibly homosexual. Must investigate further.

Movie Fan: Hey! None of that here. We are not speculating on anyone’s sexuality based on stereotypes and hate!

Anyway, overall, the movie was alright. It lacked subtlety, but it was interesting and it managed to keep most of the book’s philosophical questions in tact. Three and a half out of five stars.

Comic Fan: Joking, of course.

Movie Fan: What’s that?

Comic Fan: Joking. Movie insult to original material. Insult to Alan Moore. No stars.

Movie Fan: Come on! You have to admit, it wasn’t that bad!

Comic Fan: Never compromise. Not even in the face of Armageddon.

Movie Fan: Well, I liked it. I hope they make a sequel!

At this point, the Comic Fan in me throws the Movie Fan down an elevator shaft.

I’m going to watch the Watchmen.

Posted in Books and Literature, Comics, inturwebs, Irony on 13 March 2009 by jason

Well, I’m going to break down and see it tonight. Until then, here is something so perfect, I had to share it.

If you’ve read the book (or seen the movie, I guess), there are so many in jokes here…I love that Rorschach is a “friend to the animals,” especially to those dogs. My god, that’s funny stuff.

My Apartment Building is a Police Station.

Posted in Rambling on 8 March 2009 by jason

When the weather’s nice, my apartment complex is always crawling with police officers. This is mostly due to domestic disputes; my street seems to be a magnet for them. Anyway, yesterday morning, or so I’ve heard, it happened again: my neighbor beat his wife up, and the police took him away. I slept through all this, which should be an indication of how often it happens.

Fast forward about six hours. I’m awake, playing some video games after winding down after a run (2 miles…I need to get back to the 4 I was running before my knees started bothering me), when I hear “KABOOM!!!”

The people upstairs are moving, I think. That was not a gun…it was a sofa falling.

Ten minutes later, and the police are back. Concerned, I listen through my door (This is PERFECTLY ACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR!!! If there is a shootout in my building, I have the right to know!). It turns out, the “Kaboom!” was the sound of the neighbor’s 12-guage falling and discharging into the wall of their neighbors’ apartment. No one was hurt, but my neighbors 2 doors down from me are still pulling pellets out of their furniture.

So, here’s my dilemma, and it’s a completely philosophical one. The 2nd amandment protects the right to bear arms. I’m OK with that. Also, my neighbor had the gun there because she feared for her life. She has the right to protect herself. However, her right to protect herself has now endangered my life. What if the gun had fallen the other direction? It would have discharged at my living room, where I was sitting. I could be dead right now because she had a firearm in an unsafe place. Should she still have the right to have that gun? What about my right to not be shot at?