25 November, 2009

Bohemian Rhapsody the Muppet way!



A classic! Enjoy!

11 November, 2009

Pigeon: Impossible



Way Cool! Next time feed the pigeons!

Official site HERE!

16 October, 2009

Welcome to Japan, the land of WTF!




No comments! WTF!

04 September, 2009

Shape of my heart



Listen closely to the lyrics!

25 August, 2009

Video Games Live!



How many of those you played?

Tripping to 8-bit



Watch it in HD!

16 July, 2009

The pussification of samurai!

Meant to write about that for a long time but kept postponing. Then, today I read this article at Japan Times: "Herbivorous men are new consumer kings". I've been observing with my own eyes the pussification of the young generation of Japanese men. Here is proof:

"Koji Munemori, 34, of the Tokyo branch of the Daimaru department store chain, said he did not imagine that men would line up to buy macaroons made by Pierre Herme Paris"

and more

"Suntory Ltd., maker of alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, in March started selling Protein Water for young men seeking a slender and muscular body. In one month, it sold half of the total it had planned to sell in a year."

even more

"Standard men's underwear previously was conservatively colored and priced at ¥1,000 for a set of three. Now, those with printed patterns in a variety of colors, including red and pink, are popular at Hankyu Men's department store in Osaka."

Miyamoto Musashi is rolling in his grave.

08 May, 2009

PS22 Chorus sings "Eye Of The Tiger"

Your daily dose of put-a-smile-on-your-face! Enjoy!!!



29 April, 2009

Stand by me.

From the award-winning documentary, "Playing For Change: Peace Through Music".
Enjoy!


Playing For Change | Song Around The World "Stand By Me" from Concord Music Group on Vimeo.

03 April, 2009

Misirlou!

Misirlou, (Greek Μισιρλού) you might know from Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" is in fact a very old music piece! It was first performed by the Rembetiko singer Michalis Patrinos in 1927.


[DOWLOAD]

Ever since was transformed and performed in various musical genres all over the world including Jazz, Oriental, Hebrew wedding, surfer and rap! Read more about it at the Wikipedia article of Misirlou, or listen to various renditions of it HERE! I'm posting 3 different clips for your enjoyment:





Anna Vissi, famous Greek-Cypriot singer, sings Misirlou at the Athens Olympics.





The Surf Costers, Japanese surfer group, plays Misirlou live.





Pulp Fiction's intro.

18 March, 2009

The Roads Less Traveled

The Roads Less Traveled by Ross Ching.
In case you are wondering how the film was made, I quote from Ross's website:
For those of you who haven’t seen my previous work, the entire thing was shot using a still camera. I took about 15,000 still photos and strung them together to give the illusion of motion.

Read more HERE!

Enjoy!



Eclectic 3.0: The Roads Less Traveled from Ross Ching on Vimeo.

10 March, 2009

Kaiten-zushi camera!

I'm surprised they allowed recording in the restaurant. Listen to the comments of the staff. Gaijin power!


26 January, 2009

Nice-looking Japanese Fonts in Fedora

Tested this on Fedora 9 and 10. Use at your own risk!

First, you need to open the terminal and switch to root

$ su
Once root enter the following to install Japanese support:

# yum groupinstall japanese-support

Once the installation finishes create 2 new directories where
you will put the MS Japanese fonts gothic and mincho

# mkdir /usr/share/fonts/truetype
# mkdir /usr/share/fonts/truetype/msjapanesefonts

Download fonts MS Gothic and MS Mincho from
http://www.linux.ryukent.co.uk/show.php?id=24

Direct links to the files are:
http://www.linux.ryukent.co.uk/download/msgothic.zip
http://www.linux.ryukent.co.uk/download/msmincho.zip

Once the zip files are downloaded unzip them to /usr/share/fonts/truetype/msjapanesefonts

# unzip msgothic.zip /usr/share/fonts/truetype/msjapanesefonts
# unzip msmincho.zip /usr/share/fonts/truetype/msjapanesefonts

Then rebuilt the font cache by issuing the following command:

# fc-cache -fv

Finally create a new file .fonts.conf file

# gedit ~/.fonts.conf

and copy paste the following into it:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<fontconfig>
<alias>
<family>serif</family>
<prefer>
<family>DejaVu Serif</family>
<family>Times New Roman</family>
<family>MS 明朝</family>
<family>IPAPMincho</family>
<family>Sazanami Mincho</family>
<family>Kochi Mincho</family>
<family>Bitstream Vera Serif</family>
<family>Thorndale AMT</family>
<family>Luxi Serif</family>
<family>Nimbus Roman No9 L</family>
<family>Times</family>
<family>Frank Ruehl</family>
<family>MgOpen Canonica</family>
<family>AR PL SungtiL GB</family>
<family>AR PL Mingti2L Big5</family>
<family>FreeSerif</family>
<family>Baekmuk Batang</family>
</prefer>
</alias>
<alias>
<family>sans-serif</family>
<prefer>
<family>DejaVu Sans</family>
<family>Verdana</family>
<family>MS ゴシック</family>
<family>IPAPGothic</family>
<family>Sazanami Gothic</family>
<family>Kochi Gothic</family>
<family>Bitstream Vera Sans</family>
<family>Arial</family>
<family>Albany AMT</family>
<family>Luxi Sans</family>
<family>Nimbus Sans L</family>
<family>Helvetica</family>
<family>Nachlieli</family>
<family>MgOpen Moderna</family>
<family>AR PL KaitiM GB</family>
<family>AR PL KaitiM Big5</family>
<family>FreeSans</family>
<family>Baekmuk Dotum</family>
<family>SimSun</family>
</prefer>
</alias>
<alias>
<family>monospace</family>
<prefer>
<family>DejaVu Sans Mono</family>
<family>Courier New</family>
<family>MS ゴシック</family>
<family>IPAGothic</family>
<family>Sazanami Gothic</family>
<family>Kochi Gothic</family>
<family>Bitstream Vera Sans Mono</family>
<family>Andale Mono</family>
<family>Cumberland AMT</family>
<family>Luxi Mono</family>
<family>Nimbus Mono L</family>
<family>Courier</family>
<family>Miriam Mono</family>
<family>FreeMono</family>
<family>AR PL KaitiM GB</family>
<family>Baekmuk Dotum</family>
</prefer>
</alias>
<match target="font">
<edit mode="assign" name="embeddedbitmap">
<bool>true</bool>
</edit>
</match>
/fontconfig>
</fontconfig>

Finally save the file and reboot. You should now have good looking Japanese
displayed when you browse web-sites with Japanese content.

Note: Info about fontconfig can be found at
http://www.fontconfig.org/fontconfig-user.html
Alternatively, you can download the .fonts.config file from
http://www.linux.ryukent.co.uk/download/fonts.conf.html