March 7th, 2003

closeup samurai

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so watching jeremy's roomate play kingdom hearts i say- "wait, is that david boreanaz? it sounds like david boreanaz." lo and behold, squall is voiced by him. the kid is haley joel osmet, the villian ansem is billy zane, but GET THIS. aerith is mandy moore ("mom, why didn't cloud just use the phoenix down on aerlith?") but WAIT. THERE IS MORE! act now and get lance bass as SEPHIROTH.
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"brought to life by a child's wish, the snowman travels through time in search of death or glory."

this little piggie went to the moon, & this little piggie was given 85 to life in alcatraz, but this here motherfucker made himself the breakfast to end all breakfasts- a meal that will live in infamy. bacon, sausage, toast, eggs, cereal, milk, juice- this is what tucan sam means by "part of a complete breakfast." what has two thumbs & digs pork products? THIS GUY RIGHT HERE.

my dream last night started in a movie theater. a bunch of children filed in, & there were two screens, but all the chairs in the theater faced the one screen. on that screen they were showing a funny movie about camping, & all the children watched it, & i was one of them. when the children grew up, they all became serial killers or assassins or dangerous sociopaths of some kind. & they all went back to the movie theater periodically. there were two doors at the theater: the one had a sort of casper figure, only in black instead of white on it, & the children went in there. the other had a sort of cartoon devil on it; the adults went in there. that theater faced the other screen, which showed snuff films made at the sight of the camping film, seen out of the cornor of the eyes of the children. the adults saw the camping film out of the cornor of their eyes while watching the evil manchurian candidate film, so that the original programming was reinforced. like i told jenny when i was explaining the dream to her: "it was a good movie."
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    sigur ros.
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so here is the run down of my prefered nomenclature in relation to "race." notice, i put race in quotation marks. as an anthropologist, it is real easy to see that that word only describes a social construct & not actual groups. the subject actually has been on my mind since we've started talking more about colours in japanese. in particular because it reminds me of a japanese girl i once knew, yayoi, who decided to hate me at one point.

the story there is this: i was good friends with a certain group of rikyo students some years ago; among them chikako & sunao. chi-chan & i had a sort of verbal sparring going on- we used the various curses & epitaths we learned on each other. for a while one of my favorites was kirojin, or "yellow person." (i also really like kyoshubenjo, or "public toilet," which was the closest i could get to a personal favorite: "cumdumpster.") anyhow, yayoi over heard us one day, & thought i meant her, since she was very self conscious about being so pale. i didn't learn that she disliked me until years later, but that is how these things go.

anyhow. my point is that like the japanese, i prefer "black guy" over "african-american" & "white guy" over "caucasian." the real simple reasoning behind this is that "black" & "white" are descriptive terms. i mean, that is it. if there were two guys standing next to each other, each in jeans & a tshit, & one was black & one was white, & you are trying to tell you're friend which of them you mean, i think "the black guy" is fine. because its sort of an all over thing. i've seen people struggle & say things like "the guy with the, uh, really frizzy hair" or something along those lines, & i think that it stupid. unless the guy has like, a really impressive afro. in which case, man, the hair is easily more distinctive than skin tone. i don't know- skin colours are diffrent. i wouldn't flinch from saying "the tall guy" or "the guy with red hair," so why should any other physical trait.

i mean, the counter argument is that skin color is diffrent because alot of people think or act like it makes a diffrent. but i don't know. thats just playing to the lowest common denominator. & that just isn't my style. i mean, i'm the sort that thinks satire is more effective than a soft touch. & saying "african-american" just perpetrates the notion that there actually is some kind of race group, or some sort of racial diffrence. a few funny allele clumpings is evidence of bottle necking & adaptation; not speciation.

& how does this address the issue of japanese & chinese (& korean etc) people? i don't know about that. "yellow people" still has that racial slurring that sticks in your throat. & i don't really know how yellow they look- but then, white people arn't so white & black people arn't so black. what the fuck, do i look like i have all the answers? i'll probably stick with "asian," but i think "oriental" sounds more poetic. but debs got really angry at me for saying it one time. i never figured that out, but i don't know so much about anti-asian predjudice & slurs. i mean, i live in ohio; the way i've summed up the "racial divide" here is white guys, black guys, & exchange students.
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    anyhow, just thinking outloud.