Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Beaten Down

Originally uploaded by tallasiandude.

The weather this past week and a half or so was pretty brutal on the psyche. Gray and shadow all around, the rain forcing practices to be cancelled and making it hard to go out and exercise in general.

But the rain really beat the crap out of the lilacs. They should have been in full bloom and going strong right about now, filling the air with their rich fragrance, but instead there are still a few half-open buds and even those that are open look beaten down, much of their scent seemingly drowned and washed away by the recent deluge.

More Korean Food

Towards the end of this afternoon's acupuncture appointment, Mr. Kuwahara, the director of the clinic, asked me if I was a vegetarian. Ha, funny one. I think I had a vegetarian 36 hours last week, which I think was more out of laziness than either health or ethical concerns. (Really, who wants to take the time to defrost chicken? Especially when you're hungry RIGHT NOW. It makes me wonder why I bother buying it ahead of time and putting it in the freezer in the first place sometimes.) I eventually thought to inquire as to why he had asked. Apparently, he often notices a drop in energy in vegetarians this time of year... which is to say that he told me that he had observed a drop in my energy.

So, it registered that he was talking about a relationship between diet and the internal energies, which seemed to provide the perfect opportunity for me to ask him what kinds of things I could eat to help things out. (I've been reluctant to ask him too much since he seems kinda busy checking in on multiple clients. Plus, sometimes it's hard to understand what he's saying, what with the thick Japanese accent and all. And of course, there's always the off chance that he'll tell me to do something that I'll have no interest in doing... and then I'll feel guilty about it. Sometimes best to avoid the whole thing altogether and just stick with the program they've already given me.)

Anyway, his answer: fermented vegetables. Miso, natto. (um, no. Notto not gonna happen.) Scallions, onions, garlic. (Well I could probably get myself to eat more garlic, but onions/scallions can be a bit unfriendly...) He then suggested checking out the asian markets for various preserved vegetables, especially some of the Korean varieties.

Korean food?

"Yes, Korean food," he helpfully confirmed.

Hmmmm. I've just been told I need to eat more Korean food. Yes, I think I can handle that.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

It's still important

I mentioned it before ...but at least now you can have a laugh or two while you're feeling outraged: on Net Neutrality
[via BoingBoing]

Save the internet.

Actually, I had them all cut...

Originally uploaded by tallasiandude.

It's been cold and rainy the last few days. Our game was even cancelled last night -- kind of a bummer. It's supposed to be like this through the weekend.

I didn't think it was supposed to be *that* cold today, but for some reason I was feeling unexpectedly chilly; even wearing a fleece jacket in the house, I was slightly uncomfortable and it felt like my hands were going numb all day. And then I remembered -- oh yeah, I got a haircut this morning.

Put on a hat... problem solved.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Friday, May 05, 2006

I feel dirty

Why We Fight
(1h39m) via Cardhouse

It makes me sad.


On so many levels.

People lying. Powerful people lying.

People being mislead. People dying.

And I feel complicit.

Not just because it makes me recognize the extent of the "military industrial complex" in this country that Eisenhower described in 1961.

But also because for the first time in my life, as an independent contractor, I'm actually working in the Defense industry.

I feel dirty.

And I wonder if I'll ever be able to walk away.