Feb 292012
 
Duel Links

Links?

No, not those links!

If you were born today, you’d only have a birthday every 4 years. SUCKS TO BE YOU.

I don’t have much to say or much time to say it this morning, so I’m gonna share a few links I’ve built up. Dunno if they’re any good, just links I didn’t have time to read before.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how different my life might be right now if I’d stuck with studying Japanese instead of Film. I’d certainly have a more marketable skill. This link is to an infographic that kinda tells you the milestones involved with studying Japanese, but there’s not really anything there. I seem to remember there being some system for learning kanji in English (as opposed to Japanese or Chinese or something), learn the meaning and how to interpret them, write them, without having to learn the words and so forth. Then it’s just a matter of learning the grammar and pronunciation. The way they usually teach you kanji is the way they learned it, repetition. Here’s 20 blank sheets, fill ’em up with this one character. Here’s 40 blank sheets, fill them up with this character, and then this other character that’s the same but different.

Then do that 10,000 times.

Yeah it’s frustrating. That’s kind of where I gave up on Japanese. I just didn’t have the time in my college workload to do that, and everything else I needed to do. I made a choice, and chose film. And here I am now. But maybe I can get back into it. I want to learn the kanji before I try to get back into the actual Japanese language, though. Anybody know what that english kanji learning system is?

Speaking of the divergent paths I could have taken, writing about film is still something I’d like to do, ultimately with the goal of becoming a good enough writer to write my own stuff. That’s what this blog is all about, after all.

But writing about specific things is hard. Me dumb. Me no like work.

And on that note, I’ma cut this post off there for today.

Feb 242012
 

Well, spring training has started and that means, very soon, we’ll be having professional baseball every day.

I’m gonna leave the serious baseball blogging to websites like Athletics Nation, or The SF Chronicle. There’s also an interesting website about the A’s new ball park, as well as other new sporting venues around the country, at newballpark.org.

I’ll be honest, I’m a little less interested this season. For one thing, I wont have as much time to go to games or watch games or otherwise get invested. For another, both of my teams seem to be in a little bit of a funk. Either you have the A’s, in their never ending rebuilding mode, or you have the Giants, who just spent gobs of money on a few players, and both teams are only going to be in it if they get lucky. But that’s what you hope for, right? Your teams getting lucky.

If the Rangers and the Angels get injured or otherwise screw up, that opens the door for the Athletics to really surprise people, ‘cuz the Mariners are shit right now. Same could be said for the Mariners, though. Maybe they have some trick up their sleeves. The Giants at least have money to spend, and they have a chance if they can stay healthy, but they just have to score more runs. The statistic for the average number of runs the Giants scored last year is pretty sad, something like less than 2 per game, right? It felt like that’s what it was, anyway.

One thing I have done the last few years is get a new cap every season. Last year I got 2. I don’t think I’m gonna get 2 this year, but I was hoping to get 1 cap that acted like 2. I mentioned this on twitter yesterday. Here’s what I came up with:

First there’s this one:

SF on the Green and Gold

Not perfect, but probably the best option

Then there’s this one:

A's on an Orange & Black Cap

Not bad, but I'm not 100% on the stitching

And then there’s this abomination:

Small A's logo on a multicolored cap

That's probably going too far

Modern A’s and Giants fans would probably look down on caps like these. They look at other teams that share markets, and they say “those guys don’t mingle” as if that’s the way it’s supposed to be. “Cubs fans don’t like the White Sox” “Met’s fans don’t care for the Yankees” and in the old days “Giants fans hate the Dodgers.” Oh wait, that last one’s still true.

But anyway, that doesn’t have to be so! There was a time when people rooted for Bay Area sports more than any specific team. My cousin and I still feel this way, we’re pro-Bay Area. We’re boosters.

I have always wanted one of these caps:

Split A's/Giants Cap

The best of both worlds

To me that’s a sign of good sportsmanship, of friendliness. Just what the world needs more of. And besides, we can’t all be New Yorkers with their excellent insult vocabulary. We’re out here in the best place for everything, and they’re all just jealous.

Feb 142012
 

Stuff from yesterday I didn’t get to read because I only had a little bit of time.

Since I plan to write about music on this blog, and some of that music is bound to be made by women, I thought it might be a good idea to read this. Thankfully, I don’t think I have to worry too much. I don’t really plan on talking about any of the things mentioned in that article.

I’m fond of this one, even if I’ve never done it.

The major point I want to make about this article is that I want to see the Ghibli retrospective when it comes to the bay area. That is, all of it. Be there or be square.

I hold strong on the idea that film is dead, and it’s only because of articles like this that I worry about my position. And what’s worst about it, there is no solution ahead. Nobody has figured out this problem. This requires a lot of people with big brains to come up with a solution that those with no brains can all agree on. Good luck at that.

What, it’s a video? Fuck that shit. I can’t be watching videos of Mike Krukow. I’m sure I’ll be seeing too much of him once the season starts back up. I saved this link out of some concern that maybe Brian Wilson wasn’t going to come back this year, or that he’s got some new trick up his sleeve. As much as I like the beard, I think it’s time Brian Wilson got rid of it. They lost last year, get something new going.

Wow. I can’t abide these professions that don’t allow you to sleep when you need to, that work is more important than living your life.

I think the next bit of optical equipment I buy will be something by Lensbaby. Maybe not this thing, but I wanna play with focus in new ways. I want to have more fun taking pictures.

This talk of pictures makes me want to post a photo post next. I’ll start with some old photos, I think.

Or maybe not. We’ll see how I feel at lunch/end of the day.