Friday, July 26, 2002

me like pie. Like Yatta, this is one of those things that I'm alarmed to find funny.

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Thursday, July 25, 2002

Scary, Scary German band photos. File this one under 'What made people think that was so cool?'

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Monday, July 22, 2002

True Porn Clerk Stories It's got to be tough to be a porn clerk who's trying to keep an open mind. On the one hand, you're giving people what they want, but on the other you might be giving them something that (although you might be reluctant to admit it) is pretty degrading. This is a funny, intelligent account of what it's like to work in a store that rents out naughtiness .

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It's cute. It's got flowers. It's got bad grammar. It's Hello Kitty's psychoanalysis test.

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My favorite sumo wrestler, Chiotaikai, just won the Nagoya tournament. After a humiliating defeat in January and a series of injuries he's finally emerged to win his second Emperor's Cup. The rumor is that if he wins his next tournament, he'll be promoted to Yokozuna, the top rung of sumo. Since it looks like Takanohana might be forced into retiring soon, it would be nice to see someone step in to fill the west Yokozuna void.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2002

I stayed in a local Lawrence hotel last weekend with Clark, who drove down for the weekend so we could hang out and eat chili on expensive furniture. I tripped and spilled little droplets of orange juice and cassis all over the couch. We also went to the drug store and bought one of those 10" $1.99 balls and played dodge ball in our suite until we almost broke a lamp. So far no damage bill yet.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2002

I just signed up to take the GRE general test at the end of August. They're phasing out the logic part in favor of a written essay starting in October. I need to take the test at least twice before then so I can take advantage of the great scores I've been recieving on logic. This was the part of the test that was really going to bring up my score and now it will be gone in two months. Hopefully I'll score well enough the first time so I won't have to worry about improving my essay skills without spell check.

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Friday, July 12, 2002

If you want to have one of those female bonding nights where everyone paints their nails and watches sappy movies, don't rent Risky Business. Even though there is a scene where Tom Cruise dances around in his underwear, there really aren't enough gooey emotions or falling in love to make up for the nudity or the hookers (not even hookers with hearts of gold). Really, we would have known better if we had looked at the tape cover. I'm not even a fan of sappy romantic movies, but there's nothing like watching a movie with a group of people who were expecting roses and love notes and end up with pimps and commitmentless s_x. (�© Just trying to avoid the scary google searches)

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Tuesday, July 09, 2002

The great Coke/Pop/Soda controversy: Does what we call carbonated water say more about us than you'd think?

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Monday, July 08, 2002

I like sumo, and I'm glad I'm not alone. I began the road to fandom when I lived in Nagoya and did homework in front of the TV while watching the New Years Tournament in Tokyo. Once I started to put the wrestler's names to their faces, I was hooked. What on the surface to most Americans looks like two huge guys pushing each other around turns out to be a remarkably complex and subtle sport. And for the first time in my life I was reading the sports section of the paper with gusto.

My two favorites are Chiyotaikai and Asashoryu. At 21, Asashoryu is the youngest wrestler in the upper division of sumo. He's part of the Mongolian invasion of sumo, and outside of Musashimaru, at Sekiwake (the 3rd highest rank of sumo) he's the highest ranked foreigner. He's a crowd favorite and despite his smaller size, his quick moves often bring down higher ranked opponents. Some say he's due for a promotion soon.

Chiyotaikai was one of my favorites from the beginning. I like his badass way of fighting and how he can seemingly sweep opponents out of the ring in just a few seconds. Despite his high rank (he's in the second highest category, ozeki) he's not aloof like Musashimaru or overconfident. He comes off as shy in most of his post bout interviews, but very likeable. When I went to the spring tournament in Osaka, I got copies of their handprints and signatures for my wall. Chiyotaikai and I have the same size of fingers. I forked out the money for closer seats, but I couldn't see facial expressions as well as on TV, plus we ended up in a box next to a crazy drunk guy who tried to make Clark drink whiskey. Sometimes watching from home is better. I like watching the preparations the wrestlers make beforehand, although an entire afternoon of throwing salt and stomping around can get a bit tedious. The ESPN2 tournament highlights tend to cut a lot of this out, but it also cuts out most matches in the lower Maegashira level. I might have to subscribe to satellite TV for full coverage if I can't stay up until 2:00 am for the streaming video.

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Most people who frequent Dupont Circle in Washington, DC have probably noticed the Fraser Mansion, home to the Church of Scientology. My friend Aaron, a well-researched L. Ron Hubbard's skeptic, and I have always dared each other to go in, but each time both of us are too paranoid to accept. I'd always It's interesting to see that we weren't alone, and one person was even brave enough to take the tour.

The funny thing is that L. Ron Hubbard flunked out of GWU. That makes me very curious about whether he stayed in one of the dorms on capmus and about whether I could charge for tours.

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Sunday, July 07, 2002

Pictures I took with my cell phone camera while I was in Japan:
Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto:
Osaka Sumo Tournament:
Farming near Tateyama:
Growing Rice
Kazuma, my host nephew:
He's really cute
My Host Mom:
My host Mom

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Saturday, July 06, 2002

I found two interesting essays. Here are their frist sentences:

This morning the little bugs who live in my skull drove me to the supermarket in order to put me through a test.
So I stumbled on some of photos on the Internet of my ex-girlfriend having sex.

My mom probably won't approve of the second one.

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In the last week I have taken 8 flights.

  1. Kansas City -> Atlanta
  2. Atlanta -> DC
  3. DC -> Altanta
  4. Atlanta -> Miami
  5. Miami -> Atlanta
  6. Atlanta -> Kansas City (I had to go back for a doctor's appointment)
  7. Kansas City -> Atlanta (again!)
  8. Atlanta -> Kansas City
Now my left ear is still confused from all of the pressurization and depressurization that it has decided that it would be better to fill up with fluid than deal with its inadequacies.

I'm sure this flight schedule doesn't really make much sense, but for most people who own flying carpets or have parents who tame air craft engines this is a normal vacation week.

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Tuesday, July 02, 2002

Since Friday I have taken 6 separate plane rides.

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Monday, July 01, 2002

I just finished reading the Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat. I never thought that a book about neurophysiology would be so relaxing to read. It's a collection of case studies about different patients the author, Dr. Oliver Sacks, has encountered through out his career. The stories are fascinating: a woman finds her lost childhood after a stroke, autistic twins finding happiness in prime numbers, a man with Turret's syndrome using his attacks to fuel a passion for jazz drumming. Dr. Sacks proves to be a sensitive author and manages to consider the souls of his patients along with their prognosies.

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