Wednesday, July 28, 2004

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More Tattoos

Here's a link to several galleries in line with the previous post.
Geek Tattoos

and their main page:
Tattoo galleries

Nerd Tattoo Gallery

Some are really nice,
Some are sort of interesting,
Most are completely idiotic.
Revenge of the Tattooed Nerds

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Okonomiyaki restaurant in Vancouver

The review is kind of old but I'm hoping this place is still there the next time I'm in the Pacific Northwest.
Mini-Review Modern Club

Pizza or Pancake?

Can it be both?
When I lived in Japan, my favorite regional cuisine was Okonomiyaki. Since I lived in Kansai, Okonomiyaki-ya were everywhere. We had a favorite just outside of the city of Otsu, though Kyoto had its fair share of decent restaurants as well.
It wasn't until I left Japan that I realized
A) Okonomiyaki was very much a regional delicacy: it was even hard to find decent Okonomiyaki outside of the Kyoto/Osaka area and
B) it was nonexistent in the States. I've never seen a Japanese restaurant offer Okonomiyaki, though I heard rumors of one in NYC that did.
Japanese cuisine -- okonomiyaki (savory pancakes)

Order in time for Christmas

These would be perfect for decorating your tree:
Up In SmokeHeadLites

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Friday, July 16, 2004

There's No Biting in Librarianship!

(from The Stranger's column, "I Anonymous")
You, the "biting librarian." You got sloshed and bit my girlfriend at the end-of-the-year library-school party at the UW. We heard you got arrested, but we were really disappointed to see you at Convocation. Perhaps you noticed the cold shoulder you were getting--we couldn't believe you had the poor taste to show up at all. It sucks ass that the administration didn't take action to remove your ass--you, a UW employee who works at the Women's Center on a violence prevention project, for fuck's sake. Well, my librarian friends and I are talking. This is a small field, you know, and your violence against one woman is going to follow you to every job you apply for, because we will make sure that word spreads far and wide about you. Shame on you, and shame on the administration for sweeping this under the rug. There's no biting in librarianship!

Billy Ocean video collection finally complete

Live Aid DVD Due in November

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Quotes from Chairman Roth

The only people who put iced tea in Jack Daniels bottles is The Clash, baby!

US Festival, 1983

Out of control Prank phone calls

I'm a real sucker for a good prank phone call. Here's a link to some of the funniest ones I've heard in a long time.
Oh, yeah, I know they're mean and cruel and very anti-social. I still think they're funny. Sorry if that makes be a bad person. Jeeze...

Bob Schriner

Saturday, July 10, 2004

Ed's Museum: Wykoff, MN

We tried to go here on our trek across the country, from Tacoma to Philly but never got there. Now that we're moving to Wisconsin, we'll have to see about making a road trip and visiting the place. Here's the write-up from
Ed's Museum

The Living Room Candidate

Here's a site that archives all the presidential campaign commercials from 1952 to the present.
The Living Room Candidate
It's put together by the American Musuem of the Moving Image.

Thursday, July 08, 2004

Starbucks Everywhere

So this guy is out to visit every (4000+) Starbucks locations around the world.
Starbucks Everywhere
Take a look at his list of "not visited stores." This is way, way nuts....

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Interesting T-Shirts

It must be getting cheaper and cheaper to produce T-shirts. I keep seeing new sites every day, offering very inexpensive t-shirts with all sorts of keen designs. Here's a good one:

Interesting T-Shirts

It must be getting cheaper and cheaper to produce T-shirts. I keep seeing new sites every day, offering very inexpensive t-shirts with all sorts of keen designs. Here's a good one:

The Problem With Music

An article by Steve Albini which shows how bad, really bad, the music business is:
The Problem With Music

New E-mail address

Since the gods have graced me with a g-mail account, I guess I should start using it.
You can contact me at if you want.

Friday, July 02, 2004

Coin Operated TV Benches - SECOND UPDATE

From Airport magazine (maybe but site was down when I tried to hit it):

Frankly, it's doubtful that Shreveport Regional could get coin-operated sets. According to Midwest International, the nation's sole coin-operated TV vendor, Shreveport's 350,000 enplanements probably aren't enough.

"We generally need 500,000 enplanements" to make it worthwhile, said Richard Sandblom, accountant for the Salt Lake City firm, which has about 500 sets in 40 airports, including New York JFK, New Orleans, Orlando, Tampa, Minneapolis and Oakland, and another 1,000 TVs in bus terminals.

Most of his aviation contracts are with airlines, but a few are with the airports themselves, such as San Antonio, Milwaukee and Salt Lake City. The company offers two styles of chiefly black-and-white TV chairs that come in attached sets of three. Each 15-minute session costs 25 cents, of which the airline or airport receives 25 percent.

Midwest International found that the added expense of offering color TVs simply wasn't worth it "because a color TV will get no more playing time than a black and white."

Coin Operated TV Benches (From the Lost Artifacts of Popular Culture series) UPDATE

News Flash!
While in the Orlando airport, I found TWO sets of coin operated TV benches! Ironically, I was on my way to my flight so didn't have a chance to try them out. They were plugged in, and I got the following from a placard on the bottom of one of the chairs:

Midwest International
650 Wilmington Ave.
Salt Lake City, UT 84106
Model 550
FEI: 87-0282300

We are very close...


After seeing Kill Bill, I was reminded of all the Enka I heard while living in Japan. Enka is, if you can define it in one phrase, Japanese torch songs. In between the Beatles, Elvis, and other typical 50s rockers, a patron at the Karaoke bars I used to frequent would usually sing some Enka.
Barbara's Enka Site: Kaori Kouzei
This is a link to a female performer but I'll try and dig up some male songs as well.