Friday, June 30, 2006

Gotta Felch'Em All!

You guys should make a Pokemon card too!

I once thought about getting all 151 original Pokemon tattooed all over my body. Then I could tell the ladies, "Gotta Catch'Em All." Of course, there would be a Pokemon on my balls and probably my taint. On my penis...Squirtle!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Fuggedaboutit... Que?

How much English do you have to learn to get a Cheese steak?

Edit: Well, the Geno's sign does say "Please." Let me explain myself. When I was working in Japan I tried to learn Japanese so I could do things like order fast food, ask where the bathroom was, how much are these soiled panties, etc. However, sometimes when I was trying to order in Japanese or whatever the clerks couldn't understand me. I would get frustrated and default to English and we could usually work it out. If I saw a sign in Japan that read, "This is Japan, speak Japanese when ordering." I would have felt like shit. I would have felt like there was some racial animosity being directed towards me. There is only two types of reactions a sign like this can produce to a non-native speaker: depression and anger.

The irony is that this guy's name is Vento and the stand is called Geno's. When my Grandma was a kid in Connecticut, she told me their neighborhood was almost exclusively Italian and Italian was spoken at many stores around town. Were these people any less American because the didn't speak English?

Was I providing any less of a service in Japan because I couldn't speak Japanese? I was still working hard at the job I was brought over to do.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Best CM Ever!

In Japan, commercials are called CM. I guess it makes sense. Check out this funny one for Mario Kart DS:

I love that guys impressions. I believe he's trying to say "Si vous plait" when he's dressed as the French guy but his Japanese accent is tres thick.

The American impression is hilarious.

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Monday, June 12, 2006

Semper Fox

I guess it is nice to know that some things are even too outrageous for Fox News.

Close only counts in hand grenades...

Went to see the Chuck Close exhibit at the High. I highly recommend it. It's $15 but it is well worth it. I went to the High a lot when I was a student at ACA but I hadn't been in a long time. The expansion is awesome. I was super impressed.

The Chuck Close exhibit is so nice because you get to see his progression as an artist. You can see the progression of new mediums (the large format Polaroids are amazing). You can see him get older and more mature both physically and artistically
(oddly enough he seems to get more playful with his art the older he gets).

I also highly recommend you go to the Graveyard Tavern in East Atlanta. Not for the food, not for the drinks, not for the lame DJ that was spinning bad techno while polarized kung-fu movies were being projected on a screen, not for any of that. You need to go see the art hanging on the back wall near the dartboards and pool tables. Wow! It is really bad. Little paintings on wood hung with a wire strung with plastic beads (yes, I said plastic beads). With titles like, "Untitled, with black sun" and "The Witches of East Atlanta", it is sure to bring a smile to your face.