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Giant Robot Store

On: May 31st, 2005 at 6:43 pm | Number of Comments » 0

After Little Tokyo we cut over to Little Little Tokyo (or so I call it), the 2000-block of Sawtelle Blvd. on the edge of L.A. and Santa Monica where one of the Giant Robot Stores is located. If you do not know about the Giant Robot magazine of Asian pop culture then you simple are […]

Nippon Ichiban

On: May 31st, 2005 at 6:25 pm | Number of Comments » 0

We all went to Little Tokyo in L.A. today—oh yeah, forgot to mention that we’re in L.A. at my Mom’s place until June 8. Ate ramen, bought stuff at a Japanese market (I love going into them here in California—they make me feel as if I’m in Japan), bought a couple gifts, walked around. The […]

Two Heads

On: May 31st, 2005 at 1:27 am | Number of Comments » 0

I grew a second head from my right shoulder this evening. One minute it wasn’t there, the next minute it was. Don’t ask me how—very weird. It kind of looks like it has some of my genes (eyes, smile, hair color), but it looks female. I didn’t think that kind of thing was possible (a […]

Commonwealth Beauty

On: May 31st, 2005 at 1:12 am | Number of Comments » 1

Not being a supporter of this kind of display of women, I’m only reporting that Miss Canada won the Miss Universe 2005 beauty pageant for three reasons: 1) This is the second year in a row that a woman from a British Commonwealth nation won (Australia won it last year), but interestingly, runners-up 2-5 were […]

War Dead Diplomacy

On: May 31st, 2005 at 12:33 am | Number of Comments » 0

I just submitted an article to Diplomatic History about how the Japanese government used the recovery of war remains and memorial pilgrimages in Okinawa as a diplomatic tool to achieve some access to the island while it was under U.S. occupation (1945-1972). So, it was with some personal interest that I read this article about […]

Knock It Off!

On: May 30th, 2005 at 6:41 pm | Number of Comments » 0

We knew it wouldnt’t take long for yet another attempt to copy Apple Computer’s innovations. First the Mac OS, then the colored gumdrop iMac, then the iPod, and now word out of Taipei reports that Intel is teaming with Taiwan PC maker AOpen to create a shameless knock off of the Mac Mini. Even if […]

The Last Samurai (USA, 2003, DVD)

On: May 30th, 2005 at 2:41 am | Number of Comments » 2

I avoided seeing The Last Samurai until now. I figured, however, that I owed it to the anonymous nit-picky medievalist who didn’t exactly share my opinion of Kingdom of Heaven to subject myself to a bad historical drama set in my field. God, what a bad movie. But, I have vowed not to trash it […]

Kingdom of Heaven (England, 2005, Theater)

On: May 29th, 2005 at 2:42 am | Number of Comments » 9

I’d guess that three things were stacked against Kingdom of Heaven from getting more than mixed reviews (except from Roger Ebert, who rated it highly, as do I): 1) People predisposed to think that Orlando Bloom was too much of a lightweight for the charisma assumed necessary for the role of the hero Balian; 2) […]