Archive for November, 2006

Cultural Background

November 16th, 2006

My mom is Spanish. When I was a kid, she’d sometimes mention some TV show, or musician, or festival, or food, or something else from her culture, in her youth, which she remembered nostalgically. I always got an undercurrent of sadness that this was some aspect of her identity which I hadn’t experienced, not only […]

Strange Rumours

November 16th, 2006

Heard a strange rumour today: John Zorn composed some music for Pokemon. Googling this comes up with no evidence, so I’m guessing it’s purely a rumour, but I was interested to note that googling “John Zorn Pokemon” gives 17,500 hits. Who would have ever thought there’d be that much overlap between the two?

An Advantage of Bilingualism

November 5th, 2006

One of the biggest advantages, for me, of being bi/trilingual is something I almost never hear addressed: Comedy. Learning a new language opens up a world of humour that just isn’t possible in other languages. Take, for example, Japanese. Japanese is ordered SOV (subject, object, verb). English is ordered SVO (subject, verb, object). Since humour […]

Monolingual Blogging by Bilinguals

November 4th, 2006

One of the things that sucks about being bilingual is that, unless everyone you know is also bilingual, when blogging you automatically render yourself incomprehensible to half of the people you know. Frankly, if this blog were about readership, instead of a place for me to vent my thoughts, I would be writing this in […]

The Mystery of Underworld – Murder Dem

November 4th, 2006

Ok, so on a jungle compilation CD I own (a proper CD from a proper, evil, probably RIAA label), there is a track called “Murder Dem” by “Underworld”. I took it as granted that this was some insanely old Underworld track, and that Underworld had done some jungle tracks before moving into their modern, boring […]

Recent Music Recommendations

November 4th, 2006

Well, looks like I’ve been going “back to my roots” lately, after uncovering some great new jungle stuff. If you like jungle that is not just “drum n bass, you know, but like a little bit funkier, you know”, but instead a spastic mishmash of fast non-repetitive beats, then check out Shitmat (especially the “Full […]

The Dangers of Genetic Engineering

November 3rd, 2006

Take My Idea

November 1st, 2006

There should exist in-ear headphones which use a skin capacitance sensor (you know, the kind they have in those lamps that you can turn on just by touching them) that treats them as unplugged when they are not placed in the ear, so that, with an iPod or any other music playback device that turns […]