Tonight’s movie

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty
Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig
DVD release: Apr 15, 2014
PG, 1 hr. 54 min.

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Tonight’s movie

Adam’s Apples (Adams æbler)
Ulrich Thomsen, Mads Mikkelsen
DVD release: Jan 8, 2008
R, 1 hr. 34 min.

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桜祭りVIP boxに居ます!日本航空!

桜祭りVIP boxに居ます!日本航空!
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Memory of Space Lab Yellow

I rarely come across new music I really like. In the past year there have been only two (“Aural Psynapse” by deadmau5 and “I’m Trippin” by Millok). Just heard this tonight; LOVE IT as it takes me back to clubbing days at Space Lab Yellow in Tokyo. I looked up Space Lab to see if it was still around and to my COMPLETE SHOCK the Guardian says, “Ageing party-goers still remember it as Space Lab Yellow, the legendary nightclub that closed in 2008 when its building was earmarked for demolition.” AGEING PARTY-GOERS??? I think this one unfortunate sentence has just triggered my midlife crisis. I’m gonna open a bottle of wine and listen to SASH. Ageing party-goer my arse. God-Damned Guardian

Music : OKAY – Shiba San
Guardian Article: 10 of the best bars and clubs in Tokyo

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Tonight’s movie

Judi Dench, Steve Coogan
DVD release: Apr 15, 2014
PG-13, 1 hr. 38 min.

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Curry Village on Yelp

Curry Village
1386 9th Ave
(b/t Irving St & Judah St)
Inner Sunset
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 731-2388

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Le film de ce soir

The Taste of Others
Jean-Pierre Bacri, Anne Alvaro
DVD release: Feb 26, 2002
R, 1 hr. 52 min.

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LTMD #2 – Contemplating the Future

In this age of rapid technological development, I think we can all be forgiven for not being able to predict the future very well.  Back in 1994 nobody would have thought we would all be carrying around smartphones and have access to pretty much the entire catalog of human knowledge with the touch of a button; well at least nobody I knew.

As I think more about this project of writing to my descendants it becomes more and more exciting.  I can imagine my relatives decades from now simply loading my file and having a hologram of me read this very post.  The only limitation would be how much content I’m able to provide which is to say the amount of posts I can get down.  As I expect to live another 40 years I hope to have at least a couple thousand posts.

A good question my descendants may ask is how I came up with this idea.  The simple answer is that I like to catalog my own life.  I like to put my experiences, pictures, video etc down into computer files.  In other words I want to record my own life as much as possible.  With today’s smartphones the task has become easier but will probably seem pretty primitive in the future when one could easily record the entire day, everyday.

So why would I want to do this?  Well, I guess the answer to that is I have a very intense and deep understanding of how fast life goes, that I could die tomorrow, and that the experience of being alive is simply incredible and I want to leave a permanent record.

Here is a passage from the movie Intouchables that shares the same sort of idea I’m trying to express.

“- Dites-moi Driss, à votre avis, pourquoi les gens s’intéressent à l’art ?
- Ben j’sais pas, c’est un business.
- Non. C’est parce que c’est la seule trace de notre passage sur Terre.”

Je ne suis un artiste donc pour moi, mon seule trace de mon passage sur Terre c’est ce blog!  And why did I write the quote in French?  Well, my descendants, if you do not understand other languages then the most important advice I can offer you is to learn a few.  In the future technology should be able to translate languages rather effortlessly but the words only convey 50-60% of the actual meaning.  You’ll have to understand the mentality of the culture and the subtle nuances that are unique to every single language.  If you use translation services you just understand the words but the complete meaning will elude you.

In another post I’ll speak more in depth about my thoughts on a possible afterlife.  I don’t like to use the word “belief” because I find that particular word has become too contaminated by the overuse of those who do not think deeply, who use what follows after they use that word as the final answer that really cannot be challenged.  The true answer should be that none of us knows what is going on, where we are, what we are, what is happening, what will occur when we die.  We have simply created stories over the millennial which provide safety and comfort from one of the most terrifying things at all.  That is the absence of answers which explain our very existence.  The closest that we’ve come to any sort of explanation is Cogito ergo sum.  Other than that we are just evolved monkeys floating on a rock in space that shot out of know where millions of years ago.

Most of humanity wants to think of ourselves as special, as chosen.  The entire universe was created for our benefit and as if that didn’t go far enough, we are created in God’s own image, aka we look like God!

It is hard to get more boastful than that.

That is the only answer strong enough to guard against the infitite and terrifying void of having no answer at all.

Well, I do believe I’ve gotten off my original post topic again.  You’ll find I do that a lot in my posts.  I like to write but only as long as I can keep the thoughts flowing and writing them down.  I do not like going back and organizing paragraphs and thoughts into nice neat packages.

I think that will do for this post.


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LTMD #1 – Letters To My Descendants – First Post

They say that what is written on the internet will stay there forever.  I’m sure this isn’t exactly true since servers fry and yet unknown computer viruses could possibly wreak complete havoc.

But let’s just suppose that what is written on the internet does stay forever. As I was thinking about this I also happened to be in the course of reading books about why the world exists, time being an illusion and that the wise one has to admit we really cannot be sure about anything.

The important point of that last paragraph is that time is an illusion.  I of course cannot comprehend this very deeply but I’m willing to put my faith in it since the idea comes directly from Einstein.

Therefore, given that what is written on the internet stays there forever, AND time is an illusion, I should be able to write directly to my own descendants!  

It is unfortunate that they are unable to write back.  Well, actually they can write back but given the nature of time, reality as I perceive it, or whatever, I cannot read their responses.

In any case, I’m excited about the prospect of writing to my own descendants.  I enjoy writing but until now I really had no recipient that I really wanted to write to!  Writing to “the internet” is not exciting.  The internet is just a network, a faceless void and although I can see the post hits go upward it and the page stats tell me people appear to be reading, it seems the same to me as if I wrote the words on paper, folded them into a paper airplane and sent it flying into the Pacific ocean.  Writing to the internet brings me no joy.

Writing to friends and family seem to be something more worthwhile.  But you see, this website called Facebook started to become popular about 8 years ago and people suddenly lost the ability to write anything longer than two sentences to a paragraph at best.  In fact, I can only remember receiving two letters/e-mails/written communication in the past 8 years that consisted of more than two paragraphs.

Apparently, writing to each other isn’t something we do anymore in this year of 2014.  Hell, people don’t even pick up the phone and call each other anymore, it is all texting!  In fact we probably shouldn’t call it a phone since the primary function people use it for seem to be Facebook and texting.  There is another name which has started to catch on which is “mobile device.”  I imagine the word “phone” will fade from general usage over the coming decades.

Now that I have explained myself and my reasons for doing so, let’s get started!

HELLO MY DESCENDANTS!  This is your father, Grand-Father, Great Great Grand-Father etc.  At the time of this writing I am 36 years old and have one son given to me by my most excellent wife.

I should probably mention that I will not be getting too personal or using names since this is going on the internet for anyone to see.  But you, my descendants, should be able to figure out who I’m referring to in these letters.

I’ve kept a blog since 2001, which from your history books, will note that the Iraq war was going on.  I was living in Japan and really wanted to make my feelings known!  So I started my blog.  You’ll notice that this blog does not go back to 2001.  The reason is I was using a hosting service at the time and was not savvy enough to know how to transfer the posts when I switched to a different service.  Over time they became lost and I cannot find any trace of them.

This exact same fate is what will happen to many blogs and posts on the internet these days.  In fact, the only things that stay forever are those which find their ways to the big companies who retain data forever: Google, Yahoo, NSA etc.  Small little blogs as mine usually just disappear over time.

The reason these posts haven’t disappeared is because I own the hardware they are stored on.  I’ll keep them safe, sound and backed up for the next 40 years or so and then pass them off to the boys who I’ll also raise to be very good with technology.  By then everything should be pretty much automatic and effortless.  The NSA should also have a complete record of everything we do so perhaps this little project isn’t necessary.  You could just request the Electronic Profile of me from the NSA and there you go!  Just for the record, I’ve never looked at any dirty websites, the NSA is not be truthful on this point.

As you can see, I’ve got posts going back to 2004 but they are rather sparse.  I do hope I’ll be able to keep up my motivation with this LTMD project and hopefully by the end of my life you’ll have a libraries worth of reading from me should you be so inclined to want to read them.

I’ve always thought that it would be fascinating to be able to read a journal of my own grandfather, let alone writings from an ancestor 500 years ago.  Perhaps in 500 years you’ll be able to scan everything I write and along with my pictures compile them into a life sized hologram that could recite these words to you at your convenience!  If you do so please reduce my gut by 10% and give me a handlebar mustache.  I think that would be funny.

Well, as I like to keep every post pretty much on point, I think this should serve well as a first post without me going off on too many tangents.

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