At Home He's a Tourist

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

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Guitar chord tab theme song opening Welcome to the NHK ni youkoso NHKにようこそ Puzzle Round Table Nino


Bbmaj7 Cm7 Dm7 Ebmaj7 Bbmaj7 Ebmaj7 Bbmaj7

Sukoshi miageta sora dekisugita nichijou
Se o mukeru tabi ni tsubuyaku dake
Ebmaj7 Bbmaj7 C7sus4 C7
Doko ni ikeba ii no? Sonna kaoshiteru kimi to

Ebmaj7 Dm7 Cm7 Bbmaj7
Rojiura no kage tokei no hari ga
Ebmaj7 Dm7 Cm7 Bbmaj7 Cm7 Dm7
Tomatta jikan o nurikaete

Emaj7 Bbmaj7 Cm7 Dm7
Sashinobeta ryoute kamiawanai pazuru o
Emaj7 Bbmaj7
Okizari ni shiteta futari deau made
G# Gm7 Cm7 Bbmaj7 G#
Nakushiteta nanika saigo no kakera o
Ebmaj7 Bbmaj7
Torimodoshite arukidasou
Bmaj7 Cm7 Dm7 Ebmaj7

As always, corrections welcome

Saturday, September 22, 2007

I'll still post chord charts and other archivables here, but I've started a new personal blog. Contact me if you want the URL.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

I gave my two weeks' notice today. I'm outta here!

Friday, September 07, 2007

プールにて puffy amiyumi “swimming pool” “pool nite” chords tab tablature guitar

Fm7 Ebmaj7
真夏のサンタの 小粋なはからいで

Fm7 Ebmaj7 Fm7 Ebmaj7 Edim
裸のまんまの 二人より添うの

Fm7 Bb7 Fm7 Ebmaj7

ゆるんだサンバの リズムに合わせて
生まれたまんまの 二人の理想の

Fm7 Bb7 Ebmaj7 Edim Fm7 Bb7 Dbmaj7
波をかきわけ 光を浴びた

Ebmaj7 Fm7

Ebmaj7 Fm7 Gm F#dim Fm Bb7
悩み事人事 水の中の事

しぶきをあげて 光を浴びた

ふわふわとゆるりと 水の中でもっと
体ごとありがと 水の中の事

Ebmaj7 Fm7
トリトン 水の中でずっと
悩み事お仕事 水の泡の底

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Flaming Lips Sound of Failure Guitar Chords Tab

Dm Am7

She's starting to live her life
From the inside out
The sound of failure calls her name
She's decided to hear it out

Gm7 Fmaj7 Gm7 Am7
So go tell Britney and go tell Gwen
Bb C D
She's not tryin' to go against all them
'Cause she's too scared and she can't pretend
Bb C Fmaj7 Bbmaj7
To understand where it begins or ends
Or what it means to be dead
It's just a sound going through your head
Am7 Gm7
Let them go on
Fmaj7 A D

Standing there in the graveyard
While the moon sprays its fireworks in your hair
the sound of failure calls her name
She's decided to hear it out

So go tell Britney and go tell Gwen
She's not tryin' to go against all them
'Cause she's too scared and she can't pretend
To understand where it begins or ends
Or what it means to be dead
It's just a sound going through your head
Let them go on
Where it begins or ends
Or what it's like to be dead
It's just a sound going through your head
Let it go on

Thursday, August 09, 2007

More Studio Ghibli on Veoh! This one is a rendition of Ursula LeGuin's "Earthsea," directed by Hayao Miyazaki's son Goro. My conscience is especially clear downloading this because, according to Wikipedia, some copyright issues are preventing this film, which was released a full year ago in Japan, from appearing in the U.S. until 2009. Unfortunately the reviews I've read in the foreign press have been lukewarm, and apparently Hayao himself felt Goro was too inexperienced for the project, but I'll give it a try anyway.
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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Puffy Amiyumi Cosmic Wonder COSMIC Nagaretabi guitar tab chord transcription

Unfortunately, not only is there no PV for this, but I can't even find the romaji lyrics. Readers will have to consult the recording (on the album Spike).


Fmaj7 Bbmaj7 (there's a few measures between a couple of stanzas where Am replaces Fmaj7)

Am7 Abm7 Gm7

Robot voice section:

Em7 Am7 Cmaj7 Em7 B7
Em7 Am7 Cmaj7 Em7 Edim

Do-do-do-do section

Dm7 Gm7 Bbmaj7 Fmaj7 A7
Dm7 Gm7 Bbmaj7 Fmaj7 Ebmaj7
Dm7 Gm7 Bbmaj7 Fmaj7 A7
Dm7 Gm7 Bbmaj7

Then back to stanza chords

Friday, July 13, 2007

Puffy Amiyumi モグラライク Mogura raiku Mogura-like Mole-Like guitar chords tab

I'm guessing that they not only do their own choreography but are in charge of wardrobe as well. (Actually, as someone who grew up during the golden era of MTV, I really do appreciate the Lauperesque outfits. Not to mention that animation, which reminds me of DigDug. Looks like Puffy is ready for the inevitable 80s revival.) This is almost too easy to be worth posting, but when I think about how bad I was at figuring out chord progressions when I started playing guitar, I figure the transcription might save a newbie a few minutes.

Power chords, mostly

C D Bb

Mogura wa gangan kono chikyuu wo yasu mazu susumu
Hita sura gashigashi hori susunde umi wo watatte

A Ab G
Soshite futo te wo yasumete wa hoshi wo nagameteiru

C D Bb

C Bb
Bokura mo gangan kono chikyuu de make zuni susumi
C Bb
Mogura ga gashigashi suru mitai ni ryote wo mawasu
A Ab G
Mada mada zenzen shiranai haru kana to kono
A Ab G
Umi wo mitai, hoshi wo mitai zenmai maite
Bb C E
guru guru maite hora mosukoshi ageteke

Mada mada mienaiyo
doko nimo mienaiyo
Kangaete shimauyo
F C G Am7 Em C Em C
dakara te wo ugokashitsuzukeyou miyouyo dakara

A Em A Em A Em

Dare mo mitenaiyo
dare mo kiitenaiyo
Matchigaete shimauyo
dakara te wo ugokashi tsuzukeyou
Mada mada mienaiyo
doko nimo mienaiyo
Kanga ete shimauyo
F C G Am7
dakara te o ugokashi tsuzukeyou
F C G Am7
Hotte hotte mata hotte
Em F G C
furimukeba michi ga dekitetayo

Moles work busily, never resting, moving through the world
Digging their way through earnestly, crossing seas
And then suddenly they take a break and look up at the stars
We, too, are working busily, moving through the world, never giving in
Moving our hands like the moles digging
I want to dream of a place that I've never seen before
I want to see the stars, wind a spring, wind it round and round and move up a little
We can't see yet, we can't see anywhere
We end up thinking like that, so let's keep moving our hands, let's look
Nobody's watching, nobody's listening
We make mistakes, so let's keep moving our hands
We can't see yet, we can't see anywhere
We end up thinking like that, so let's keep moving our hands, let's look
Dig and dig and dig some more
And when you look back you'll see you've made a road

Y'all have probably already seen the NYT article on "hip librarians." A librarian on the editorial staff of Touchstone isn't impressed. "Serious library users have the same opinion of hip librarians as serious church users have of hip priests and ministers." Lots of good discussion in the combox on the nature of librarianship in the IT age.

An academic monograph on Kate Bush and Hounds of Love.

I decided against the China job. My initial idea was to go there only long enough to snare a Chinese wife with the lure of American citizenship, but given my track record so far I'm not at all confident I could get a job on my return. My latest idea is to try to get into high school librarianship. Although I'm not sure exactly what that involves (aside from hunting vampires), I would like the summers off.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

I have a job offer to teach English at a university in Hangzhou. Should I accept? Librarianship doesn't seem too interested in me.

Currently reading: Stephen R. Donaldson, The Power That Preserves. His high-flown similes are getting annoying (taken from a random page: "dread seemed to fall on him from nowhere, adumbrate against his heart like the knell of an unmotivated doom.") But curiosity about how this thing is going to end compels me to keep reading.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Libraries figure prominently in a recent Studio Ghibli DVD release, Whisper of the Heart. (Don't smirk; the original Japanese title isn't nearly as corny.) That a girl would meet her beau by finding his name inscribed on checkout cards warms my bibliophile heart. Unfortunately, a John Denver song figures just as prominently, but if you can get over that obstacle I think you fans of Ghibli and of libraries will appreciate the film. As of this posting, you can watch it all on Veoh. Here's part one:
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And now the obligatory J-Pop transcription:

Keywords: Guitar chords tab Puffy Amiyumi Ai no Shirushi 愛のしるし

Tympani: E B

E F#m B A E
Yawana ha-to ga shibireru kokochi yoi hari no shigeki
Wake mo nai no ni kagayaku sore dake ga ai no shirushi

A B E B C#m
Itsuka anata ni wa
Subete uchi akeyou

A G#7
Sukoshi tsuyoku naru tame ni

C#m F# A F#7 B A
Kowareta bo-to de hitori koide yuku

Yume no naka demo wakaru mekuru meku yoru no fushigi


F# Ebm B C#
E F#m B A E

Tada no omoide to
Kaze ga sasayaite mo

Ureshi naki no takara mono
Nan demo ari souna kuni de tada hitotsu

Yawana ha-to ga shibireru kokochi yoi hari no shigeki
Wake mo nai no ni kagayaku sore dake ga ai no shirushi
Sore dake de ai no shirushi

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

In over a month we've received only 4 applications for J.E.'s position--and one of those was in-house. I've heard that most academic library jobs receive over a hundred applications. It's depressing that the only job I could get is somewhere no one wants to be.

But that makes travelling all the more valuable. ACRL: John Waters' luncheon address was predictably tasteless and hilarious. I saw a presentation on federated searching which I think has sold me on the idea. Unfortunately the restaurants in the Inner Harbor area were overpriced and bland (and why do P.F. Chang's waiters all dress like Dieter?), but I hiked 30 minutes to the Mt. Vernon neighborhood for a tasty Indian buffet. The American Visionary Art Museum was also a bit overpriced, but I liked some of the pieces, especially some paintings in Italian Renaissance style featuring traditional religious scenes (Last Judgment, St. Christopher carrying the Christ Child, etc.) with primates in the place of humans. I might never fly American Airlines again, since my flight was delayed 27 hrs.

Then Ft. Worth last weekend--book shopping, Korean food, Japanese exhibition at the Kimbell, and Pablo introducing me to Buffy and Torchwood. Next month it's Dallas for the AMIGOS conference.

Reading: Fritz Leiber, Three of Swords; Mine Yoshizaki, Sgt. Frog (cute and fun but too many panty shots), Kiyohika Azuma, Yotsuba&!.

Keywords: Puffy Amiyumi guitar chords tab Forever



Who would've thought that I'd find a boy like you

C#m F# B Baug
But when I saw you there I knew,yes I knew

That we'd never be torn apart from the start

C#m F# B E
We'd make our first dance last forever (Bud-a-bup-pa-ba)(4x)

Am E
Please don't break my heart before we start this love afair

Am G B
It would make my teary eyes shrunk dry(oh what a guy)

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.]

Sunday, February 25, 2007

I'm starting to wonder if it's worth it for libraries to accept donations. Last week we picked up 50+ boxes of books from a former English professor. I was hoping that it would be a lot of good lit crit, but although I have found a handful of useful things out of the twenty or so boxes I've been through so far, at least 95% of it is unusable--stuff we already have, stuff that would be worthwhile except for being in the form of decaying paperbacks, and stuff that's just rubbish (a forty year old crossword puzzle book, ancient elementary school textbooks, park brochures, a box of National Geographic maps...) The labor costs of my sifting through all of it would seem to outweigh the value of those things we will either keep or sell. On the other hand, it's not as if there's a lot of other projects I'm working on at the moment.

By contrast I'm streamlining my home library by selling on It's interesting to Google the purchasers' names and addresses to see what I can find out about them. A frat boy bought my set theory textbook; a medical researcher from Rio de Janeiro bought Breaking the Spell; a New Age singer from Chicago bought my copy of Part's Passio.

I'm trying the online personals again, but I'm not having any more luck than my first attempt four years ago. Just the obviously fraudulent messages from Russia and Africa.

Keywords: Guitar chords tab Stereolab "Pack Yr Romantic Mind"

The greater is the beauty
The profounder is the stain
Significant of the forbidden
Transgressed in eroticism

F#m7addb9 Em

F#m7addb9=probably not the correct name but I mean [2420xx]