one of my students just recently returned from japan and she was nice enough to get me some presents. they totaled: 1 can asahi clear, 1 can suntory malt, 1 robot cell phone charm. the beer was great (especially the suntory malt. there was a surprising pop of malted hops you usually dont find in asian beers. more on this later), but the last object is a point of contention. the charm is a little white leather loop that has a tiny robot grasping for dear life, trying to evade the plug thats coiling down the other side. its rad. however, when mentioning this to lindsay, she did not mince words in saying she didnt necessarily want my intro to her friends in san francisco to include a cell phone charm most suited for a “14 year old taiwanese girl”. i feel this is a grey area, so i need some help. cell phone charms - acceptable for dudes?
a village voice blogger conducted a follow up interview of himself after reviewing michael bays latest atrocity for the mag. heres an excerpt -
What is the status of the Transformers at the beginning of the film? The Autobots have joined the military to hunt down the Decepticons. We’re told the Decepticons are “doing things,” but they appear to be hiding peacefully when the Autobots show up and brutally murder them.
What? Yeah. The Decepticons aren’t apparently doing anything, then the Autobots show up, the Decepticons run for their goddamn lives, and the Autobots hunt them down and brutally murder them. It’s kind of weird.
this was a supremely bizarre case. for the last several months, the family of a 76 year old comatose woman fought for the right to remove her from life support, giving her so-called ‘death with dignity’. a circuit court ruled in their favor but, since this was the first ruling on an issue surrounded by growing amounts of controversy, it was sent to the supreme court. last month, in an unprecedented decision, the supreme court upheld the ruling of the lower court, so the hospital (seoul severance) went ahead and pulled the plug. the first case of its kind in korea, surely one that will be cited for years and years to come was finished right? not by a long shot.
turns out, the patient, who had been dependant on respirators for quite a long while, but whos condition was nowhere near terminal and debatably vegetative, started breathing on her own. apparently she wasnt too keen on the ‘death’ part of the deal. so, after a while her blood oxygen levels returned to normal and a just few days after she was off the machines, she stabilized. now the family (who fought for the right to let her die) is suing the hospital (who got in loads of shit for allowing this landmark procedure to be performed) for excessive treatment, claiming that she obviously never needed the breathing machines in the first place. weird. the subsequent lawsuit is still underway, with alot of skepticism as to who, if anyone or everyone, is partially at fault here.