I still have a measure of distrust for the notion’s scarier uses in getting people to believe funny notions about the world with no evidence save testimony (someone is always willing to claim that he has his own special access to ultimate truth, and [fill in pitifully unimaginative proposition here]; but being aware of the limitations of your own perceptions is a good thing. It applies to things like culture, or even relationships, not just to metaphysics and ontology and stuff.
Wow, people on the internet are crazy. I’m not going to taunt Happy Fun Freak any more than to say that, despite temptation, except to note that when one knows absolutely nothing about a topic but insists on talking about it and pretending he does know about it, it’s absolutely clear to the people who do know something how little one actually knows.
A few comments from today which need to be preserved, from a meeting on student presentation proposals, a chat with a professor about the Ministry of Education, and a chat with a teacher in another department:
- “Wow! Since she’ll be visiting the Korea Sex Education Center, I hope she’ll bring condoms and distribute them to the audience!”
“I would so give her the top mark if she did that!”
- “Which drunk middle-aged man wrote those guidelines, d’ya think?”
- “Please choose another topic that is less self-referential. ‘Students must graduate!’ is not an argument.”
- (Scrawled comment, scratched out:) “Please see any professor about this proposal… any professor but me!”
- “Midway along this road of life, / I found myself ‘into the Holly-wood,’ / and I could not find my way back out…”
- “Okay, but do you know about the Fox sisters?”
- “My friend thinks you’re very pretty.”
“Yes, except the makeup.”
- “I told them, my students: you can go to heaven and to hell!”
“With multiple choice exams, you mean?”
“Yes, on the multiple choice exams! Heaven and hell! Hahaha!”
Only one of those is made up. Which one do you think it is?
I think I’d rather translate the title as “Beautiful One” as “Person” is so awkward in English. Anyway, nice song:
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I’m appreciating songs like this more and more as I learn to play things six-string-fangled thing. Even if it is essentially a Korean remix of “The Water Is Wide”…
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More guitar-and-voice songs to be had here, performed by my classmate from Clarion West, Meghan Sinoff, who with Tina Connolly, taught me how to hunt for seaglass… which reminds me, I’m overdue for the second half of my trip’s summary.
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Have I mentioned that at a high school variety night I performed a freejazz/fusion version of this song? Sort of. Same bass line, and I hollered some of the words into the mic before the atonal saxophone weirdness kicked in. (I played my tenor.) I was accompanied by a keyboard bassist named Jennifer Duggleby and a drummer named Mike Murza. I doubt anyone recognized the song. Maybe one or two kids?
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Besides being totally WTF?, and besides the fact that I just ordered a copy of the complete VPN (Vermilion Pleasure Night, a notoriously bizarre Japanese late-night avant-comedy show from I think the 90s), I’ve often said that I think Japanese media sometimes seems like exactly the kind of media that aliens would make if they were trying to fake the production of human media.
Now, I’m not so sure. Freakishly dancing nurses, humans yowling in pain, and abused backsides are all pretty much universally entertaining to human beings, and when you synchronize it to wacky music, it’s unavoidably entrancing, even if it doesn’t make you laugh. You can’t help but stare in puzzlement.
It’s still a fun analogy, though, to compare Japanese TV to alien-made TV, because it has me wondering what the hell actual alien-produced TV designed for human consumption would look like. I’m guessing the plotlines would befuddle us, but there would be enough nudity, sex, violence, and cursing that nobody would much care. Sort of the equivalent of ultraviolent, talky pornography made by people on LSD or something. What language the aliens would choose is an interesting question. Spanish? English? Mandarin Chinese? A mixture? Hmmm.
Probably we’d learn something about ourselves, too, seen through their eyes? Perhaps they’d depict the free market as a religious notion? Maybe they’d make a comedy show out of the faces people make during coitus, complete with laugh track? I definitely imagine our worst traits would shine brightly — all the things we like ignore conveniently.
Or maybe it’d be incomprehensible muck!
Anyway, listen up:
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It’s a bit, I don’t know… I don’t have a word for what I’m thinking. I used to life very “out” music, stuff that was atonal, free, wild; this music isn’t like that. But it’s really damned good for what it is, just the same, and I find as I get somewhat older, I can appreciate that more. (Not that I am totally off atonal music, but it’s definitely on much less.)
And one more, a clip from The Flight of the Conchords TV show (which my friend Mike got me into, and which is brilliant — the clip will give you a sense of the humor it uses):
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