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Sweet Janes

On: June 30th, 2005 at 12:28 am | Number of Comments » 0

iTunes is cool. It got cooler this week by incorporating podcasting into the interface, which is already being predicted to revive radio by democratizing broadcasting and breaking up corporate strangleholds on programming. But that’s not what I wanted to mention now. Instead, I wanted to note that when goofing around on the iTMS I looked […]


Mr. & Mrs. Smith (USA, 2005, Theater)

On: June 29th, 2005 at 11:44 pm | Number of Comments » 0

Mr. & Mrs. Smith is more than just eye candy (bullets, bombs, boobs, and Brad); it is actually thoroughly entertaining. The banter between Brad and Angelina got me to guffaw loudly on several occasions. The premise—Mr. and Mrs. Smith are professional assassins without the other knowing it and through an entanglement that I won’t try […]


The Aviator (USA, 2004, DVD)

On: June 28th, 2005 at 12:20 am | Number of Comments » 0

Martin Scorsese‘s latest film, The Aviator wasn’t a Scorsese masterpiece, but it is very very good, principally through the acting of Leonardo DiCaprio‘s fine portrayal of eccentric visionary billonare Howard Hughes. Cate Blanchett leaves something to be desired as Katherine Hepburn (namely, Katherine Hepburn herself, whom I like), but she isn’t bad. Somehow they made […]


The Secret Garden (USA/UK, 1993, DVD)

On: June 26th, 2005 at 12:18 am | Number of Comments » 3

We all watched The Secret Garden tonight because it’s Safa’s current bedtime book and it’s more literary than the “Barbie Fairytopia” that she wanted. It was a fine version of the book, I guess, but sheesh, the story—originally written in 1909 by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924)—plays as if she wrote it right after reading too […]


Camp Widjiwagan

On: June 24th, 2005 at 11:46 pm | Number of Comments » 0

Tonight was the Family Night program to celebrate the end of the two-week Camp Widjiwagan session that Safa attended. All of the campers from the “Buckaroo Nation” (K-1) got to go onstage at the “chapel” and sing their nation’s cheer, among other things. I don’t know what was going on here except that Safa started […]


Okinawa References

On: June 23rd, 2005 at 10:03 pm | Number of Comments » 0

While reading Irei no Hi news online I came across this nice archive of articles that one of the two dailies in Okinawa, Okinawa Times has digitized and posted in their “60 year since end of war web” special. It has all Irei no Hi articles they published since 1962, when it was first formally […]


慰霊の日 (Irei no Hi, Memorial Day)

On: June 23rd, 2005 at 5:13 pm | Number of Comments » 0

June 23 is Irei no Hi (Memorial Day) in Okinawa. This was the day in 1945 when organized resistence against U.S. forces ended in the Battle of Okinawa following the ritual suicides of Lt. Generals Ushijima Mitsuru and Cho Isamu on Mabuni Hill on the southernmost tip of the island. Some Okinawans reject this day […]


Mouse Ears, Shark Fins

On: June 22nd, 2005 at 6:03 pm | Number of Comments » 2

I’ve been reading a lot on “glocalization” lately to thematize the panel I’m organizing for the 2006 Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, so this NY Times article caught my eye. It’s about environmentalist groups protesting the planned selling of shark fin soup at Hong Kong Disneyland, which opens this fall. The story is interesting […]