cool swedish alphabet cracker server-side geegaw
plus plenty of general obsessing over bokstavskex, swedish alphabet crackers.
[tack själv, Christian S.]
dark shadows stick theater
i don't know anything about dark shadows, but i appreciate the aesthetic. especially good and strange is dark easter. also unlucky charms. oh, and xmas too, with its spinning heads.
[tip o' the misterpants hat to Laura G.]
MTV - Russia (unofficial?)
handsome design, disappointing content. it's all in Russian, but mostly it's disappointing that the top 20 includes the likes of limp bizkit, britney spears, the offspring, no doubt, and n'sync.
unusual uses for sneakers
"Has anyone ever tried using a Teva sandal as a spanking paddle? I tried it last night. They are more stingy that ANY paddle I have EVER tried..."
way too much sneaker info here.
UBUWEB: VISUAL, CONCRETE + SOUND POETRY
lots of really good stuff on this site. especially the insane found writing.
i was sent this from John W. (thanks!), and I can't really top what he wrote about them because it's so dead-on, especially the part about them being "viscerally irritating":
"There is so much concentrated hideousness here, it kind of leaves you woozy. I'm sorry for this fragmented description but all I can say is:
and there's no way i'm going to listen to their mp3s.
|Japan has 4 seasons.
Guide books mention how proud Japanese people are about the fact that Japan has 4 (FOUR!) seasons. And people here really are into that. It's true.
It's such an obvious source of pride that whenever the topic comes up (surprisingly often), I hate to burst their bubble by telling them that the way our planet's set up, pretty much all places have 4 seasons.
(Except for San Francisco, which has only 2: rainy winter and foggy rest of the year, oh and maybe one nice warm week in the summer but that barely counts as a season.)
|tip for getting food into belly: use mouth hole!|
that's my new favorite catch-phrase that i made up friday. so far it's been pretty handy. here it is again.
tip for getting food into belly: use mouth hole!
please help me to run it into the ground through overuse.
|04.16.00||hello kitty toilet paper
pictures from a profile on a business that makes happy glasses.
|04.15.00||meir yedid magic
whoever said "magic is a sleazy, sleazy business full of sleazy-looking men" had probably just finished looking at meir yedid's magic site.
there you can see the history of magic posters which are all cheesey good. most relevant to our interests: Princess Tenko--bad bad japanese magician.
also: 5 minutes with a pocket handkerchief.
i'll be right down, i just need 5 minutes with a pocket handkerchief.
that don't look like xena, plus a "bizarre Xena knockoff... with a black plastic spiderweb shield and what appears to be a pair of garden shears!"
liquors of korea
best of show: bear bones.
|Pocky for Men, explained
Japanese people believe that women like food sweeter than men. so Pocky for Men is for men because it's semi-sweet chocolate.
This, a Japanese friend explained to me, is also why women like Diet Coke more than men. it tastes sweeter.
This friend has been to the US and is therefore familiar with Diet Coke (not to mention American Diet Coke drinking patterns by gender). Diet Coke is not too easy to find here--it only just arrived last summer. prior to that, available a few places was Coke Light, whatever that is. I know some countries have Coke Light, but I always just thought it was just a different name for Diet Coke. Here, both are available. So I dunno.
right now it's the tail end of prime cherry-blossom viewing. it's also cloudy. so, it's hanagumori! hana = flower. kumori (or gumori) = cloudy weather.
surprisingly (to me anyway), this is a desirable thing. you want it to be cloudy so you get the subtle pink cherry blossom, white sky combination. the pink in front of a blue sky contrasts too sharply. so hanagumori (cloudy flower weather) is good!
rain, however, is bad because it makes the cherry blossoms go away sooner.