skill in being able to express your desires. There is
more skill in desiring something reasonable. Clever
people can say reasonable things like, "I'm in the
mood for some Chinese food," or a more imperious,
"We should like some fruit." I come home and
think, "I'd like to see a beautifully shot, yet
incomprehensible Japanese film that shows a lot of the
unspoiled countryside." I might as well be wishing
for a million dollars. Or a million unicorns. A zillion
I want to see is "Charisma" or "Sleeping
Man", but living in North America, in a small city
dominated by Germanic influences, it's just not
happening. There's something calm, yet unsettling about
both these films; they're lovely to look at, but there's
something faintly sinister going on in both.
"Charisma", by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, is about a big
city detective who investigates a crime out in the
sticks. Who's the culprit? A band of ecologists, a
squatter, or maybe that big tree over there. Damn, I wish
I could get a copy of that. It's great, perfect for
watching at about 11:00 p.m.
Bouncing off the IMDB, I
found the official "Charisma" web site. It's
absolutely great, and I encourage you to visit.
business associate dropped by work today. I had done some
trivial favor ages ago, and to thank me he brought a
gift: a new computer mouse. It's the latest thing --
fully optical. The usual mouse ball is replaced by a red
LED that glows around the base of the mouse and out the
back end. It works on any surface using some sort of
magical technology. Clarke effect, probably.
I've been trying to write a
two-paragraph movie review for the last four hours, and
every couple of minutes, I look at the red glow beside
the keyboard and play with the mouse and the extra
buttons on it that let me control my web browser. Every
time I play with it, I lose my train of thought, and yet
it's impossible not to poke at it.
In a way, having this new
mouse is bit like having a scab.
|From time to
time, I fantasize about being somewhere else, some place
where they speak a language I don't understand. Japan,
for example. And so I search the web for an internet
radio station from the far east. I score one better --
news in video format. All in Japanese. Then I find a site
that just gives the weather. In Japanese. And I love it.
Open that in a window and leave it in the corner of the