At Home He's a Tourist

He fills his head with culture/ He gives himself an ulcer.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

J.E. is returning to China in June. The Boss entrusted me to post the job description for his position to various library career websites. I asked if it would be okay for me to amend the qualifications to include the requirement that all applicants be single women under 30 years old, under 5'8'' tall, and under 140 lbs., but she didn't think so. Speaking of jobs, I finally was able to google around and find out about the person who took the last job I interviewed for. He's a Ph.D. student in Buddhism, which makes me feel a little better since knowledge of eastern religious was specifically mentioned as a preferred qualification. I'll just assume that was the reason I didn't get the job, not that I did a lousy job presenting myself in the interview.

For Lent this year I'm "detoxing"--no caffeine or alcohol. Actually my motives are as much medical as spiritual, since I'm hoping abstinence might help my insomnia. So far it hasn't.

Cultural Consumption: the first six Terry Pratchett Discworld novels, William Morris The Wood Beyond the World (prettily written but the main protagonists were bland; only the femme fatale witch had any spark), Evelyn Waugh Black Mischief, Woody Allen Play it Again, Sam, Joanna Newsom Ys, Puffy AmiYumi Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi.

More JPop fluff for the search engines:

Keywords: Guitar tab chords Morning Musume Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari 女子かしまし物語

Stanzas, e.g.:

"Mazu wa! Ishikawa Rika"  OI!
Jibun ja sono ki wa nai rashii
F#m7 Gm7 G#7
Sore de mo kanari yuutousei
F#m7 B E C#m7
Honki de kawaii ano ko ni
F#m7 G#7 C#m7
Onna wa JERASHI-


WOW WOW WOW seishun
F#m7 G#7
Iroiro aru sa!
Ni san nin tsudottara
F#m7 G#7 C#m7
Kashimashi  kashimashi

Sunday, March 04, 2007

I quit one of my book reviewing gigs. I want to spend more time on my own research projects, and in any case the assignments of late haven't been too interesting--amateur anti-religious screeds from minor publishers.

Anyone else going to Baltimore for ACRL?

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Do you think the gals do their own choreography?

Keywords: Guitar chords Puffy Amiyumi Toku suru karada とくするからだ

Use power chords at your discretion.


A G F# B A D
Tatoeba sainou totemo aru futari wo mikurabeyou
Katahou wa maamaa hitori wa GUU dotchi ga yatowareru
Onna no hito ni kagitta hanashi wa shite nai yo
Otoko no hito ni kagitte urotaeru

B E A D F#
Kibishii soshite yaya-koshii heisei o ikinokoreru no wa
Mita me mo chotto suteki na hatarakimono
D F# Bm D G Gm
Migoto na hito ni narimashou kanpeki ni shimashou
D F# Bm D G
Ima kara BISHItto kitaeyou kono karada
E Bb
Itsuka wa shizumu taiyou yo
Futsuu no yowai bokura ga kamisama ni ataerareta mono wa
Yasashiku soshite joubu na kokoroiki
Migoto na hito ni narimashou kanpeki ni shimashou
Migoto na BODII ni narimashou mou TORIKO ni sasemashou
Nanika to toku na omoi wo suru karada ohana mo mizu nakya shioreru
Saa migoto na hito ni narimashou kanpeki ni shimashou
Ima kara BISHItto kitaeyou kono karada
Itsuka wa shizumu taiyou yo soshite mangetsu ni natte terasu no yo

[Transposition to E at the end left as homework for the reader.]