Monday, October 01, 2007

TOKYO NIGHTS


In a few hours my latest Suicide Girls piece will be up. It's 11PM Monday here in the Big Mikan (Tokyo) which is 6 AM in Los Angeles. I'm going to bed soon. But I'll stick a link in here when I get up. I'm wondering if this one will cause even more people's brains to explode than the little tempest in a teapot below. You asswipes really are starved for entertainment, aren't you?

Here's a few boring things to keep you occupied till things go wacky again. The first is an umbrella vending machine I spotted near Ren's house where I'm staying now. These are by no means common in Japan. And, just by the way, I have never seen one of the used schoolgirl panty vending machines you always read about. Though I did once wander into a shop where they sold used panties in plastic baggies with photos of the girl who was supposed to have worn them. That was culturally instructive.

This one I shot at a video shop called Airs in Shinjuku. Airs specializes in bootleg rock videos. Just about any concert that was ever video taped or filmed is available on DVD there. All the rock stars know the place and make a point of stopping by when they come through town. The staff usually gets them to take a photo and sign a thing called a shikishi, which is this special sort of cardboard thingy that people sign over here. Even Billy Joel signed one. And the Metallica guys signed several during multiple visits. Beck, Peter Buck and Joey Ramone are also represented along with probably hundreds of others

This one is my favorite. It's Ian MacKaye ex of Minor Threat and Fugazi. You can't really see the photo attached. But he's looking mean with his hand outstretched like maybe he's waiting to get a royalty payment. He wrote, "These are all bootlegs!"

I saw the Google ad for the stupid Holosync meditation machine was back. So I complained about it again. Hopefully it'll stop appearing. I don't mind ads for the Zen alarm clocks or Southeast Asian adventure vacations. But if I keep getting kooky meditation shit I'm gonna stop letting them run the ads at all. Seems like their robot just chooses the ads based on content. So any blogger who writes about meditation must want ads for the Holosync. Think again Mr. Roboto!

Asswipe robot...

44 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yeah, the robot looks for key words. Like the holosync guys probably paid for the keywords "meditation" and maybe "zen" or "buddhism" so when those words get used in a blog, bam: holosync ad.

Anonymous said...

actually the robot looked for the key word "asswipe" and hit a gold mine

Jules said...

Or maybe the keyword "Holosync" which seems to keep showing up in the text of your posts... :-)

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Anonymous said...

not having an ass
there would be nothing to wipe
having one: need some

DB said...

The latest interview, the one with the link in the post previous to this one, is there more to it than that? All I got when I downloaded it was about 7 minutes of Brad and the host sort of stumbling around in the dark and it just ends with "more from our interview with Brad Warner coming up" only nothing comes up 'cause that's the end of the file. Is there more somewhere? Another file?

Te said...

lol, yeah, I was gonna say to watch out for how many times you write asswipe Brad, because that could turn out nasty with those ads. xD

Erg said...

The most interesting thing about the asswipe phrase is that is shows how old brad is. I have never been called an asswipe by someone under 40.

Anonymous said...

That's cos us young'uns use holo-paper which digitally scans your ass and then radiates the excess poo off with special lasers.

Anonymous said...

erg, I'm 23 and you're an asswipe.

There's a first time for everything

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Anonymous said...

Meester Brad
Thank you for a wonderful article on SG.
Thank you for reminding us not to fall into complacency and that Myanmar is not over there and far away, but right here.

Anonymous said...

jesus spare me from the meester brad/daddy comedian wannabes. mysterion bugs me too but only because he looks like michael savage.

Erg said...

Well, live and learn ;)

Brad, it looks like relatively few people want to crucify you for this SG post. That's something.

Anonymous said...

Awesome message about interconnectedness of everything, nailed it.

Lone Wolf said...

Brad - Thanks for writing that article on SG's. It's always good to go back over that principle of taking care whats in front of you. It's easy to get side tracked by those things far away that one can only bang their head against the wall about while their dishes in the sink pile up unnoticed.

So, does one person's practice of Zazen helps the whole universe, including the Myanmar monks?

Anonymous said...

Daddy!
Somebody took all my undys from the laundry!
and all my wallet size school pictures are missing too!
Now I can't trade photos with my friends and I have to wear shorts under my skirts until I get new ones.
Please send more music.

ps--you daddy/hater--I'm not a wannabe, I amabe

Chris said...

Good SG article Brad. Keep saying it like it is.

Anonymous said...

My last name is Asswipe, only it's pronounced "oss-WEE-pay"

meagan said...

the Burmese monks are somehow under the impression the the rest of the world cares that 4000 of them have been rounded up and sent to prison camps. they are refusing to eat in trying to call attention to their bad karma. I mean, we care a little but who even heard of minimar two weeks ago? I thought it was a convenience store. I feel bad for them but I have my own problems. It is just tough luck for them they were not born under better circumstances. They seem a little delusional too, like we can drop everything and somehow help them.. All we can do is take care of things we can control. Are those guys even real buddhists?
Anyway, it is their own fault they are in the situation they are in. They will get what they deserve because they can't get anything else. Right?

John said...

meagan said...


Uhhh.... no. You missed the point of the article. Maybe read it again and sit with it for a while.

Mysterion said...

meagan said...
"I have my own problems."
"Are those guys even real buddhists?"

First Meagan, yes... you have problems (everybody has problems).

Second, yes, 'those guys' are real buddhists.

"Along with Sri Lanka and Thailand, Burma, recently renamed Myanmar, is a major stronghold of Theravada Buddhism. The earliest written evidence of Theravada in the country is some inscriptions in Pali dating from about the 5th century AD... In the 11th century AD King Anawrahta (1044-77), converted to Theravada and within two centuries this form of Buddhism became predominant. This conversion of the whole country was helped to a great degree by the flood of monks and books from Sri Lanka."

Theravada rules the intellect.
Mahayana rules emotion.

Pherdacil said...

Very good article on suicide girls from Brad. Very good.

This just came to my mind, today when I was talking to my friend who seems to think that she's destined to change the world. She keeps on and on why you shouldn't be "ordinary" and why you should be against the bad government and try your everything to make a difference. I just had nothing wise to say, so I just acted confused (drool dripping).
She got frustrated.
I got more confused. Why do you have to be so passionate about this?

Of course you should do everything you can but saying it is another thing than actually doing it. And as said in the article, you should concentrate on the little things, and in yourself rather than just say: "someday, someday I will kick Bush's ass big time"!

esmerelda_verde said...

Excellent SG article, I am still going to do my tiny part and probably go out and picket the UN after I clean the kitchen and sit for a while.

Ellen said...

yeah, good article.

I'd agree that people do like to look anywhere but HERE. It's easier to think we are anywhere but HERE.

Since asswipe is the subtheme here, I can say I clean up my shit as best I can. Sit everyday and take care of what and who is close by.

but I also know that, as you say, Myanmar is here. The soldiers are me and the monks are me. And I agree "we need to let the assholes beating up those monks know we're watching and we do not approve."

Luckily for me, part of taking care of what is close is me going to the UN, which is basically down the street from my apt., and occasionally sitting w/the silent protesters there. It's as good a place to sit as any.

The Burmese UN officials shop at the Gristede's on 2nd Avenue. They see us. That's close enough to home for me.

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