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  1. enderzero

    What are you reading?

    I just finished the last book of Neal Stephenson's Baroque Trilogy (which I mentioned starting back in Spring of 04). I have read a bunch of other stuff in between, but it was a strange event to close a narrative thread that has been running through my life for almost 2 years.
  2. enderzero

    Memoirs of a Geisha

    Here is a pretty decent article about the reaction to the Hollwoodization of the film and also director Rob Marshall's "artistic vision" of the film not trying to accurately recreate the era. Quote: In Kyoto, the center of Japan's traditional arts, the reaction was more circumspect, in keeping with the western Japanese city's customary discretion. "It's a Hollywood movie. It's just entertainment, so what can we do?" said an official at the Kyoto Traditional Musical Art Foundation, which promotes the music, dance and other arts of old Japan. "Hollywood has always done things like ignoring history." "Complaining about it will just focus attention on it, so we plan to ignore it," he added, saying that the foundation had turned down requests to take part in promotional events connected with the premiere. Director Marshall has long emphasised that he was not trying to create an accurate picture of the Japan of the 1930s and that he felt he had chosen the best actors for each role, regardless of nationality. "The challenge for me was to bring that world to life. For me, it is an artistic impression of that world," he said on Monday. And some Japanese who saw the preview were pleasantly surprised. "It was strange, but not in a bad way," said one magazine writer, who declined to be identified. "I think because they are foreigners they have been able to create a vision of Japanese beauty that we could not, because we would be trying to recreate reality," she added.
  3. It was a bit of an adventure but I got my first day of the season. I arrived at Diableret only to find that the glacier (which is still open for the season) was closed due to high winds (I seem to remember winds plaguing db's trip to Switzerland). So I high tailed it back to the station and asked them where I could snowboard. A bit of a detour but I eventually made it to Verbier which only had two runs open but they weren't too bad. I can tell that place would be amazing when it is running full blast. It ended up being a pretty pricey excursion, but at least I got to snowboard. I will hopefully make it to Austria next weekend. Anyone been to Amade ? BTW - Switzerland is freaking beautiful!!
  4. Quote: Originally posted by Da spud: It was such a good day, if I wasn't wearing a helmut I think I would have got rope burn on my scalp lol - I seem to remember we were actually jumping over the ropes. If my memory serves me, I think Mr. Sparkle and a few others got nabbed and then let go with a black pen mark on their passes so the patrollers would know they had already been warned in case they got caught in the trees again. I don't seem to remember that slowing them down much though. Good times!
  5. My 30GB pod is full up with 5543 tracks - but my PC has plenty of room past the 12,904 already on it. - I own every one on cd, too
  6. Heading out tomorrow for a w/e in Switzerland. I am thinking of heading to Les Diableret since I will be staying in Lausanne and a lot of stuff is still not open. Anyone been to Galcier 3000?
  7. My favorite film of last year was definitely Lost in Transition. Great soundtrack and interesting focus on some up-and-comers in the sport (with some classic faves for flavor too). Bonus of a bit of Japan footage as well. Other strong recs are the Robotfood series Lame and Afterbang (Afterlame is good but it is a bit goofy and more focused on the life of the pro snowboarder than the riding). You can't go wrong with any of Standard's TB films. TB10 - Optigrab is particularly good and features all of the most progressive riders today.
  8. Hey guys - Danz may well end up back at Whistler around the New Year but I won't be able to make it. Some change of plans. Danz and I are debating possibly making it a trip for those two days to Big White instead. I have been to W/BC a whole bunch of times and know the mtn/area very well. However I have never made it all the way to BW. Any comments from the BCers here on how the two compare?
  9. btw - Don Hertzfeldt? You guys know about his stuff??
  10. Quote: Originally posted by Yamakashi: I couldnt imagine that youd keep your job for long when you have to bust people for riding where they shouldnt be and you then go and do it. I couldn't imagine going to Cortina and riding on the piste I imagine with Cortina and Norikura you can keep yourself pretty busy for the first few weeks until you get good and used to the jp riding style. By then you will have a good idea of where you can and can't ride on the mountain to avoid problems. But remember, you are in the heart of one of the densest packed centers of ski life in Japan. There are plenty of resorts within a quick drive. Try to make friends with folks you work with that will take you around to the best spots in Nagano. Make sure you get up to Nozawa and stuff up North for a few weekend trips as well. Making friends with people that work at other resorts could lead to free days of riding or possible (ultra hush) easy pass swaps. Just hanging out on this forum enough will surely lead to having plenty of people to ride with. You will never have to worry about being carded when buying alcohol. A beer will cost you a couple bucks, a couple more at a bar. Enjoy Japan and enjoy the pow!
  11. enderzero


    Canada's Niseko?? That is a very strange comparison. Whistler is 10 times the size of Niseko both on the mountain and off. It is very accessible from Vancouver, one of the largest cities in Canada, where Niseko is a flight and long bus ride from anywhere on Honshu. Maybe you have heard that comparison because they are both particularly good places to ski and snowboard. I love Whistler - or Blackcomb in particular - but it can get very crowded around holiday times. I have never been into the interior of BC, but you will probably want to look at places like the Big White region of the Okanagan or Fernie in the BC Rockies. Others here have been there I know.
  12. This week, Octopus Dropkick reports on a new free monthly magazine on the Tokyo streets called GO. Their site has the entire print version in a nice browseable window. This mag seems very different from Metropolis and other free "what's happenin" mags with its attention to aesthetics in the photos and striking lack of text. (Is it really small?) Anyone picked it up? What do you think of the format?
  13. Quote: Originally posted by snowglider: heck they could have been raising money for charity Heck, the domino chain could have opened a portal that the domino gods would emerge out of and enslaved humanity. Maybe the sparrow was a part of an age old secret order of protectors, entrusted with keeping the domino gods in check and humanity safe. ...I mean, as long as we are hypothesizing. Hadn't they ever heard of a net?
  14. enderzero

    The "festive season"

    Since we are talking about prices I just have to say that the Czechs have really got the economy of alcohol thing down. While most cost of living expenses are similar to a bit less than other places I have lived, the alcohol is incredibly cheap! An average beer (full 1/2 liter - to the line) of very decent beer runs between 15 and 20 Krowns - approx 80 Yen!! And that is in a bar/pub. It is even cheaper from a conbini (btw - the Czech word "potraviny" is almost as fun). Wine is the same. A glass of decent wine in a bar is 15-30. A store bought bottle of wine that would be in the 1000-1500 Yen range (similarly in America the $9-12 bottles) is rarely more than 100 Krowns. Where in many places the wine price quadruples (or more) in restaurants, the Czech usually less than double it at the table. It makes draining a 5 Euro pint of identical beer in most of the E.U. feel pretty foolish.
  15. I'll be right be hind you trying to keep up bud. ...well in spirit at least.


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