How about that?
It's my second post in as many days.
Last night, I went ahead and picked a new theme for my blog. I don't know how long it will last, but for now it's acceptable. What I would like to do is start making my own theme, but that would take some time. From what I know of HTML, it wouldn't be too difficult.
Anyway, there's a long list of subjects to cover in my blog queue, so there's a lot of work to be done.
- Last week, GI Korea had an interesting write up about the Taepodong-2 missile that North Korea launched two weeks ago. When I get a chance, I'll link what he wrote and offer my own comments.
- Over the past couple of weeks, the "Nanking Massacre" (aka "The Rape of Nanking") has slowly crept back onto the radar screen, or should I say, the movie screen. I recently found an article about a recent German film about John Rabe, the so-called Nazi with a conscience, on the BBC's webpage. Also, I recently saw the trailer for a recent Mainland Chinese film about what happened in Nanking in 1937 from a Chinese perspective. I'll post links for those as well.
- As usual, I also found a few articles here and there that I'd like to post onto my blog. Instead of the epic length posts, I think I'll just include the link and a brief write up on what my opinions are. Yeah, right. A brief write up. Sure.
- Also a couple of weeks ago, I saw an interesting article here on TypePad about creating a website for one's resume. That is definitely interesting since I don't seem to be having a lot of luck with other internet websites that many people use to look for a new job, e.g., Monster.com and Career Builder. So, that's something that needs to be done.
- I also need to write my post about David Sylvian and Japan, the late '70's/early '80's post-glam/New Wave/New Romantic rock group. I first mentioned this nearly two months ago on an earlier post, so this needs to be done. Plus, the more I listen to the short excerpts from David Sylvian and Steve Jansen's Nine Horses project on iTunes as well as on the Samadhi Sound webpage, the more I need to just order the damn CD from Amazon.com. The song "Darkest Birds" from the Nine Horses CD, Snow Borne Sorrow (2005), is really cool. The other day, I watched someone's attempt at a video for the song. Kind of makes me wonder what Mr. Sylvian thinks of these fan-made videos. Speaking of fan-made videos, I watched someone's take at making a video for one of my favorite songs by Japan, "Life Without Buildings". It was very interesting. I'll post that ASAP. What I should do is learn how to use iMovie and make my own video for "Life Without Buildings" or "Life in Tokyo" or "Blackwater" or any other song by David Sylvian/Steve Jansen/Mick Karn/Richard Barbieri for that matter.
- Speaking of David Sylvian, I noticed on YouTube a couple of weeks ago that some fans posted the TV interview/documentary that David Sylvian made for Japanese TV back in the mid-1980s (circa 1985/86) known as "Preparations For a Journey". That was very, very interesting to watch. In addition, another fan posted the video about modern Japanese architecture known as "Steel Cathedrals" that David Sylvian made from the same time period. I'll just post the videos onto my blog.
- Lately, I've been on a huge J-dorama watching binge as I've re-watched Densha Otoko (Train Man), Koori no Sekai (Ice World), Bijo ka Yajuu (Beauty or Beast), Good Luck!, and, yet again, Pride. Basically, it's time to get off my ass and start writing J-dorama reviews. It's not difficult to do. Perhaps I'll do what the One Minute Film Review folks do on their website. Then again, I'm one of those heavy analytical types that just loves to write.
- In additon to J-dorama reviews, I think I'll start off by listing which J-doramas I own. That's an easy post that shouldn't take too much time. In addition, I'll write a post each about the Japanese and South Korean films I own. Those shouldn't take too much time either. Speaking of J-doramas, it's time to either order some more, such as Nodame Cantibile or Hana Yori Dango, or download Bittorrent onto my computer or just do both. Plus, it is time to set up my TV, which I haven't unpacked, so I can utilize my region-free DVD player.
- Speaking of Japanese films, I noticed recently that a website posted the advanced trailer for Shunji Iwai's latest film online. It's an animated film, so that should be interesting. I'm still waiting for a new Iwai film proper, however. I would prefer to see a new film from him featuring Takako Matsu, but that's probably never going to happen.
- Plus, it's time to go back and scour YouTube for the latest CMs featuring, oh I don't know, the kind of women I like: Takako Matsu, Nanako Matsushima, Koyuki, and Yuko Takeuchi. I still haven't forgotten about how I was going to write about a certain J-hottie named Asami Mizukawa. I've seen her minor roles in J-doramas like Pride and Bijo ka Yajuu, and all I can write is "Wow". I've known about her for a couple of years dating back when I first watched Pride in Seoul, so she's not a new discovery by any means. It's just that she's a little low on the pecking order if you know what I mean. But hey, if Asami Mizukawa ever showed up at my door, I wouldn't complain at all. Not in the slightest.
- I also really do need to update my links. I need to put more websites by my friend Lisya onto my links section. In addition, I've found a couple of interesting websites featuring nighttime photography of Japan.
Lastly, I really do need to get cracking on helping out a video group with their translation of one of Takako Matsu's appearances on Japanese TV. They wanted me to download the video from Club Box, a website based in South Korea that allows people to post and download videos and photographs of their favorite entertainers, etc. Unfortunately, I'm unable to do so since the Club Box website is apparently configured only for use with Microsoft's Internet Explorer, which is a real pity since I own a MacBook Pro and use Apple's Safari browser. After all, who wants to soil their Macintosh with software from the Evil Empire? Then again, I do have the Macintosh version of Microsoft Office on my computer. Does that make me a hypocrite given that there are "productivity suites" like Open Office available for dirt cheap on the internet? Perhaps.
So, there's really no reason to sit around my apartment in a daze. There's all kinds of blogging to do.