Monday, September 15, 2008

Unrelated Segments

The Daily Star ran a contest to elicit Britain's worst joke. Most were groaners, but not as bad as you might imagine. In fact, I found this one both inspired and funny:
A Scotsman, an Englishman and an Irishman walk into a pub. The barman says: “Is this some kind of joke?”

A New Japanese translation of Dostoevsky's Brothers Karamazov has sold over a million copies since it was first published in 2006. I'm pleased and encouraged by this news. I'd love to comment on the translation, but I'm still trying to learn English...

Blogs: I should probably do this more often, but some of my blogging buddies have been doing some good stuff recently.
  • Online friend Absolute Vanilla has been running a really good series of posts with pics and text about the flora and fauna of South Africa.
  • Brendan, another on-line buddy, has been very busy posting about the upcoming American election. Yeah, he's a fag-loving commie hippy (in the modern vernacular--which by my reckoning is just as much a badge of honor as "Democrat"), but where else you gonna go for the straight dope these days?
  • I also want to mention my good friend Pierre Drano at Loser's Guide. After a brief break he's back posting about... I dunno, what the hell do you post about, Pierre? Just kidding. He posts about a lot of different stuff (wasn't that helpful?). You'll just have to check it out for yourselves. Before I came to Japan Pierre was my best friend in the "real world." These days he's my best-friend-that-I-only-get-to-see-once-every-couple-of-years-or-so.

Detroit has long been a breeding ground for some of the best rock 'n' roll in the world. The Muggs are an excellent recent example. I hope you enjoy the next two and a half minutes as much as I did.

The Muggs-Motown Blues (Reprise)


  1. See Monty Python for the fatal joke/secret weapon.

    Mein hund hat keine nase

  2. It's safe to read that joke, but deadly to hear it. Apparently Hitler was not amused when Heidegger told that joke.

  3. Actually, I'm a little embarrassed that nothing much else seems to catch (hold?) my attention these days.

  4. Brendan,
    Frankly, my friend, I'll be gladder than anyone when that whole fucking mess is over. It's turned into some kind of Big Brother-esque reality show. You guys should seriously look at the British/Canadian/etc. systems. Election called in Sept., finished in Oct. A lot cheaper and a lot less acrimonious.

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  6. If I had a nickel for every time I'd wished that ...

    On the other hand, someone once observed that the only time that Americans talk about issues is in the context of an election, which struck me as pretty smart. Granted, the stupid-to-substance ratio increases each cycle, but at least there's some discussion among the more wonky voters.