Sick

No TB today as I am really sick. Somekind of stomach virus or food poisoning. I might post it tomorrow depending on how well I’m feeling (meaning if I can stay long enough out of the toilet room).

Resfest 2002

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Yesterday I bought some tickets for two programs at this weekend’s Resfest. I would like to see everything at the festival, but time and money are preventing me (and the fact that the scheduling is a bit annoying this year as they are only showing everything once). I did get tickets for the two programs I most wanted to see though, the one covering motion design shorts (probably my favorite program of last year), and the one for documentaries. I might try to catch another program or two on Sunday, but I’m at least certain to see those two.

And speaking of motion design, check out the STAT.IND site for a few cool examples.

Japanese TV

A lot of foreigners that come to Japan say that Japanese TV is just insane and that there’s nothing worth watching. Superficially, it’s true, things look quite inane, but there is beautiful madness in there, and I got some more examples tonight. It’s no use really describing what I saw, as I don’t think anyone would get it (let’s just say that it included one of the priceless appearances by one of my favorite comedians that everyone in Japan hates, Egashira 2:50, on the show PuSma). I laughed myself silly, even though I wasn’t understanding everything that was being said (I’m getting good though, and I’m surprising myself by how much I’m understanding a lot these days).

Japanese TV. Beautiful madness. Yeah.

Film Marmalade

Just posted the new TB at the OPi8 site. A few pics from the Film Marmalade event that I attended last night. It’s a showcase for amateur video filmmakers in Tokyo, and I was actually pleasantly surprised by quite a few of the shorts. A few years ago I had seen a tape of shorts from an organization called Eyesaw, and, well, it was definitely very “amateur”. I did attend a cool Eyesaw event once, it had all sorts of art installations, but haven’t heard anything from them in a while, even though I’m supposed to be subscribed to their mailing list. I just checked out their website (which I had sort of forgotten about), and they still seem to be organizing events, so maybe I’ll check another one out in the near future.

As for the shorts shown last night at Film Marmalade (formely known as Filmbrothel), I especially enjoyed the 3 that were done by someone who was just listed as Takuya. Even though they were all quite different (going from really funny to documentary style), they were all shot in an interesting way, and never lost my interest. One of the funniest shorts there was by Rob Pongi, who has a whole bunch of short videos on his site. The personals are especially funny. And yes, he was wearing the same outfit last night that he wears in all of his videos.

You can also check out the TokyoDV site, which is affiliated with last night’s event.

Floor

Funny coincidence. Today’s daily pic on my site is of the cafe/bar Floor, and I just checked Momus’ site to see that his Daily Photo section has a whole bunch of photos of the place. It gives you a good idea of what the place looks like inside.

A Bad, Bad Week

It’s just been a horrible week for me, hence the lack of updates here in the log. Work wasn’t great (some classes that I would just rather forget as soon as possible), and an update to my iMac sort of screwed up things to a point where I had to re-install everything. Beware of the Mac OS X 10.2.2 update! It slowed down my Mac, prevented me from typing in Japanese (or using the character palette), and removed my ability to do copy and pastes across the system (couldn’t even drag anything, like putting songs in a playlist in iTunes)! The good thing to come out of this is that I was forced to finally do a backup of all my stuff in order to completely delete my drive before re-installing OS X 10.2 (an install on top of 10.2.2 did not fix the problem), and it’s about time. I put everything on a DVD, and it’s good to know that all my pics are finally somewhere secure (can you believe that it was the first time I backed them all up – talk about living dangerously for way too long). Everything is back to normal now, which is a relief. I’ve gone through every upgrade of OS X from 10.0 on up (probably around 10-20 updates), and this is the first time that an upgrade does something bad to my system, so I guess I shouldn’t get too upset yet.