Monthly Archives: May 2008

Get some culture yo!

This is a tite video about the most famous break ever recorded. MIc check…it out!!


Beati Paoli website is back up!!

i finally got things worked out, and, at least for NOW, is back up.

i feel FREE as a bird!!! or… free as a half naked man escaping from bondage!!!


keep your fingers crossed cuz with our luck it could be down again anytime!



Rob Dobi 2008

I always find it interesting when emo, punk, whathaveyougenre makes it into the spotlight. This is from an article on BBC News, Rock cult or nice kids that do their homework?

1: “Emo hair is characterised by long fringes that sweep over one eye,” says Liz Morris. “It takes some inspiration from Japanese ‘manga’, with punk elements. It’s usually black, with streaks of vibrant colour, and poker straight. The top is often cut short, with pink clips for girls.”
2: “Black skinny jeans and studded belts are a must, topped with a skin-tight T-shirt or shirt to emphasise a skinny frame. Tailoring inspired by the Victorian Gothic era is popular for its connotations of romance and death.”
3: Trainers are the staple footwear of both genders, notably Converse All Star. “These offer a flash of colour in an otherwise plain ensemble, so many go for bright or pattered versions. Pink, red and purple are popular.”

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    Uncontacted Tribe Photographed in Brazil

    Some of you may have heard about this already, but a plane flying over the Amazon near the Peru/Brazil border, happened to find an uncontacted tribe. It just boggles my mind to see the photographs. It’s like something out of history class or a movie.

    In the photos the tribesman are painted and are pointing their bows and arrow at the aircraft. I didn’t realize their were still uncontacted tribes in the world. According to the BBC video linked below, their are perhaps a hundred still uncontacted tribes in the world. And of course this and other tribes are being threatened. BBC News Video

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    Rare Javan Rhino

    Normally, I leave the animal posts up to Scott and Natalie, but I came across this footage of the extremely rare Javan Rhinoceros (otherwise known as the Lesser One-horned Rhinoceros) on National Geographic’s website and had to post it. For whatever reason, Rhinos have always had a special place in my heart. Perhaps it’s the Ryan-Ryno nickname thing (lame I know), or perhaps it’s because Rhinos are simply awesome. Of course ones that are as cute as these are no exception. Sadly, there are only an estimated 50-60 of them remaining in the world, which makes them supposedly the rarest large mammal in the world.

    While I have included the actual footage captured, check out the news video I linked above, particular around the 55 second mark. It’s rather cute how the rhinoceros seems to know it’s being recorded and perkily trots by the camera.


    Beati Paoli website is down

    fuck that. seems to be rather SHITTY.

    AND… i emailed their support earlier in the day, but have yet to even recieve a notification that they’re looking into the problem.

    this isn’t the first time they’ve been shitty, either. just a couple months ago our main server was down, and then they told me that i didn’t have a domain registered with them and that it wasn’t their problem, basically. i proved how wrong they were and they were like… “oops. oh well.”

    ANYWAY… i’m annoyed. like this person:

    if you want to get to the site, you can go the round-about way of:

    hopefully we’ll have this problem fixed shortly.



    Again, the Japanese

    Japanese homeless woman evicted from closet

    TOKYO, Japan (AP) — A homeless woman who sneaked into a man’s house and lived undetected in his closet for a year was arrested in Japan after he became suspicious when food mysteriously began disappearing.

    Police found the 58-year-old woman Thursday hiding in the top compartment of the man’s closet and arrested her for trespassing, police spokesman Hiroki Itakura from southern Kasuya town said Friday.

    The resident of the home installed security cameras that transmitted images to his mobile phone after becoming puzzled by food disappearing from his kitchen over the past several months.

    One of the cameras captured someone moving inside his home Thursday after he had left, and he called police believing it was a burglar. However, when they arrived they found the door locked and all windows closed.

    “We searched the house … checking everywhere someone could possibly hide,” Itakura said. “When we slid open the shelf closet, there she was, nervously curled up on her side.”

    The woman told police she had no place to live and first sneaked into the man’s house about a year ago when he left it unlocked.

    The closet is part of a Japanese-style room, one of several rooms in his one-story house where the man lived alone — or so he had thought.

    Police were investigating how she managed to go in and out of the house unnoticed, as well as details of her life inside the closet, and if she had taken anything else besides food.

    She had moved a mattress into the small closet space and apparently even took showers, Itakura said, calling the woman “neat and clean.”


    Austria Vs Japan: 女子高生コンクリート詰め殺人事件

    With Matt questioning my AvJ theory, I thought I should respond with a crime from Japan.

    I present: 女子高生コンクリート詰め殺人事件 (or Concrete-Encased High School Girl murder)

    Unfortunately, other than Wikipedia and one recent article in the Japan Times , I wasn’t able to find much on the case, and there wasn’t much citation in the Wikipedia article, so I can only hope all of the facts are correct. Also, as a warning, I do list the graphic brutalities to which the victim, Junko Furuta, was submitted.

    This awkwardly named case (and a bit of a spoiler for those unfamiliar with it) shocked Japan nearly twenty years ago. On November 22nd (the day before Japan’s Thanksgiving), three Japanese teenage boys abducted, tortured, and raped the high school aged Jukno Furuta. She was held at one of the teenagers house for the entirety of the hellish ordeal. The three individuals were able to avoid suspicion by forcing Junko to call her parents and tell them she had runaway, but not to worry because she was safe with a friend. Futhermore, Junko posed as girlfriend to one of the teens to avoid questions from the parents of the household. This guise did not last long as Junko eventually pleaded with the parents of the household on several occasions to call the police or help her escape. They ignored these pleas and would go on later to defend their actions by claiming one of the teenagers was supposedly a low-level member of the Yakuza and would have them killed.

    Over the course of the next forty-four days the three teens reportedly forced Junko to consume her own urine, to perform sexual acts on herself, burned her with a lighter and cigarettes, and inserted various objects (such as an iron rod and lit fireworks) into her vagina and anus. Finally, on January 4th, following the loss of a mah-jonng game, the teens attacked Junko with a barbell and then proceeded to douse her in lighter fluid and set her ablaze. A few hours later, she died from the shock and was disposed in a concrete filled 55-gallon drum.

    As for the aftermath, the details are not completely clear. The teens were not charged with murder, but instead pled guilty to a lesser charge of “committing bodily injury that resulted in death.” While they were charged as adults, the time was served in a juvenile prison, and the one teen whom was considered the leader of the three, Jo Kamisaku, was sentenced to serve between five and ten years. As the Japan Times reported, upon turning twenty six, which was the maximum age for juvenile prison, he was released after serving eight years. I’m unsure about the other two, but one would assume the sentencing was equal if not less.

    For Kamisaku, after his release, he kept a relatively low profile, until May of 2004, when he found himself in court again.

    “…[P]rosecutors alleged that Kamisaku picked a fight with Takatoshi Isono, a 27-year-old acquaintance, on May 19, beat him, shoved him into the trunk of his car and drove him to a bar in [the city of] Misato owned by his mother, where he beat the victim for another four hours.

    Kamisaku had believed that a woman he was attracted to had taken a fancy to Isono, the prosecutors said. (Japan Times)

    Prosecutors also reported that he had bragged to Isono that as he had previously killed Junko, he knew how to deal with the police and would avoid being arrested. In court, Kamisaku admitted to beating Isono but denied bragging about Junko. Kamisaku was sentenced to four years in prison.

    While it would seem as no surprise that an individual such as Kamisaku would be thrown back into the system, the Japan Times article expresses otherwise:

    Experts noted how the 1988 slaying and the latest crime were both cases of confinement and violence at locations linked to the offender. They wondered why eight years behind bars had failed to rehabilitate the defendant.

    The article goes on to quote a professor whom states disbelief at the leniency Kamisaku and his two cohorts received. The professor believest had they been adults they ” probably would have been sentenced to death,” (Japan Times). While I easily share this sentiment, it’s hard to comment on the sentencing as it seems ludicrous that there was no public outcry back in ’88, however I was unable to find any mention of it.

    Again, my resources were limited, but there were a lot of things not touched upon. For starters, what was the motive for the crime (or wasn’t there one?), did the lenient sentencing bring about changes in the criminal system, what was the general reaction to the case, etc. I suppose for now, the questions will remain unanswered. However, here is a “court document” I came across that is in Japanese, so if anyone can translate it, it could provide a few more answers. Or maybe it’s someone’s grocery list.


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    The Curious Case of the Intellivision

    In the late 70s, there was one, and only one, big-time video game console – the Atari 2600 Video Computer System, which moved almost 30 million units during its lifetime. There were a couple of mildly successful challengers – the Fairchild Channel F and the Magnavox Odyssey2, both of which had long lives on store shelves in spite of only selling about a million units each and having small game libraries.

    Finally, in 1980, Mattel Electronics decided to enter the fray with their new console, the Intellivision. This system was 16-bit. YES, 16-bit. But it still looks like a 1980 system, which shows that it’s not bits available that matters as much as the processor being used. Many people of my general age are familiar with SEGA’s Genesis ads that attacked the inferior NES. This advertising strategy was actually pioneered by Mattel, which constantly ran television and print ads comparing the Intellivision to the 2600. It didn’t work as well for Mattel as it later would for SEGA – in spite of the high awareness among gamers of the “war” the Intellivision only sold 3 million units during its initial run.

    When the market crashed, individuals within Mattel started a new company and bought all of the Intellivision assets from Mattel. This is when things became somewhat unique. Unlike other machines killed by the market crash, the Intellivision, under new ownership, returned to store shelves in 1985. When this avenue dried up they focused on mail order business. 30-some new games were released post-crash. Finally, the system was discontinued for good in 1990, giving the system an impressive decade-long run. Even more impressive is that the system sold another 3 million units under the new management, giving it a very respectful (if undeserved) lifetime total of 6 million.


    i would just like to say

    that i am going to take my last exam in exactly two hours from now, and i am going to FAIL this one!

    FAIL. as in:


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