February 2005


the gay marriage simpsons episode has finally aired in the states:

While the episode didn’t register high on the hilarity meter, the animated series must’ve scored some kind of milestone by featuring more same-sex kisses in 22 minutes than have been seen in prime time in the last 10 years, including one involving Homer and himself. Now that’s Homersexual. D’oh!

can’t say i’m too surprised by who was outed. it’ll probably be years until i get to see it for myself though. i wonder if any of those ultra conservative tv stations refused to air the episode? via male.dei.

camera cabaret. if i was in tokyo, this shop would be taking all my money. not only is the shop devoted to toy cameras, but the window display even has a theremin in it! there are more shots of the shop in this thread on the toycamera.com forum.

this week’s audioscrobbler chart. needless to say i’ve been in a bit of a cocteau twins mood lately, especially since i finally picked up treasure on cd. audioscrobbler has also given groups with more than 10 members their own weekly charts which is kind of cool. they’ve also given weekly charts to countries. of course it looks like i don’t have that much music in common with other people located in taiwan, but that’s not so surprising.

it seems like i’ve read about this before, but it took seeing it on rambunctious.org to finally check it out. the bbc have a nice audio documentary on john peel with nice rememberances by some of the people who had their music played on his show – often when no other radio station would touch it.

it looks like the new tsai ming-liang film may be censored before it shows in taiwan:

Peggy Chou, director of the GIO motion pictures department, insisted yesterday the movie, titled “Tian bian yi duo yun” in Chinese, has to be censored before it can be shown in Taiwan.

As shown in the German capital, The Wayward Cloud verges on pornography, according to Taiwan’s obscenity law. Pubic hair is shown in a number of bed scenes, one of which describes oral sex.

All or at least part of them has to be edited out to conform to the law, according to Chou.

She would call a preview of the film in Taipei shortly to make a decision. It will be viewed by a panel of judges.

i don’t know why there is such a fear of showing pubic hair. i mean in the past i’ve seen stories about wife swapping on tv on a sunday afternoon and even spotted japanese porn about groping young women on trains in the evening, a little pubic hair in a film in the cinema hardly seems worth this sort of hoopla. i wonder if they apply this kind of censorship to artworks in museums? somehow i doubt it.

in this interview tsai has this to say about the nudity in the film:

“I really prefer not to talk about how much nudity there is in this movie because that is totally not the point. As with all my previous movies, ‘The Wayward Cloud’ is about the emotional life of these characters. Talking about the amount of nudity involved will simply mislead the audience,” Tsai asserts. “As a director, I also need to protect my actors. They give me their trust and strip naked to perform these characters for the sake of art. They deserve our utmost respect. This is not a porn movie. This is a movie about human emotions.”

hopefully the censors will take into consideration this sort of thing when deciding whether they will censor it or not. of course aside from the evils of censorship, i just hope the film will have english subs when it does screen.

hunter s. thompson has comitted suicide. why am i both shocked and not surprised by this?

a wonderful nine page gallery of egg, ball and bubble chairs. i would love to have one of these chairs, but i don’t see it happening anytime soon. via pcl linkdump.

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