MUJI will open is first store on the West Coast in November right here in SF, SOMA to be exact. It will be the largest MUJI store in the US. I’ve only been to the ones in HK and Shanghai. I can’t remember if I went in Beijing.
Random image of a random guy standing at the Ferry Building, San Francisco.
I don’t really like this image, in terms of photography, but this one’s in honor of The Sartorialist, not that I’m putting us in the same category/rank or anything. High five to Esther for pointing me to his blog. Check out this recent video about the fashion designer turned photographer:
By the way, not sure if I’ll get a chance to punch out another post before the weekend–I’m chaperoning/driving the
yutes youth to Tahoe. Have a great weekend!
Conversation I overheard last week at the McDonald’s at Stonestown Mall:
Boy 1: What do you think about this hot weather?
Boy 2: It’s ok, it’s been like this all week.
Boy 1: Well, to tell you the truth, I kinda like it.
Boy 2: Yeah, me too. It gives the girls at school a reason to dress like sluts.
I wish more girls heard this conversation. If only girls knew how sleezy some guys are… Or maybe girls nowadays don’t care. I was impressed with my summer team when the guys asked all the girls to be careful about the way they dressed so they wouldn’t cause the brothers to stumble.
So to all my sisters out there: Dress Responsibly.
For all my geeky friends (and much of my family)…
How to determine if you are an engineer:
- The only jokes you receive are through email (OUCH)
- At Christmas, it goes without saying that you will be the one to find the burnt-out bulb in the string of Christmas lights.
- Buying flowers for your girlfriend/boyfriend or spending the money to upgrade your RAM is a moral dilemma
- If you find that you have to often explain how to use the gifts you have given other people.
- Everyone else on the Alaskan Cruise is on deck peering at the scenery, and you are still on a personal tour of the engine room
- In college, you thought Spring Break was metal fatigue failure
- The Salespeople at Circuit City can't answer any of your questions
- You are always late to meetings
- You are at an air show and know how fast the skydivers are falling
- You are next in line on death row in a French Prison and you find that the guillotine is not working properly, so you offer to fix it.
- You bought your wife/husband a new CD ROM drive for her birthday
- You forget to get a haircut (for 6 months!)
- You can quote scenes from any Monty Python movie
- You can type 70 words per minute but can't read your own handwriting
- You can't write unless the paper has both horizontal and vertical lines
- You comment to your wife/husband that her straight hair is nice and parallel
- You go on the rides at Disneyland and sit backwards in the chairs to see how they do the special effects
- You have Dilbert comics/paphanelia displayed anywhere in your work area
- You have ever saved the power cord from a broken appliance
- You have more friends on the internet than in real life
- You have backed up your hard drive
- You have never bought any new underwear or socks for yourself since you got married.
- You have used coat hangers and duct tape for something other than hanging coats and taping ducts
- You know what http:// stands for
- You look forward to Christmas only to put together the kids' toys
- You own one or more white short-sleeve dress shirts
- You see a good design and still have to change it
- You spent more on your calculator than you did on your wedding ring
- You still own a slide rule and you know how to use it
- You think a pocket protector is a fashion accessory
- You think that when people around you yawn, it's because they didn't get enough sleep
- You wear black socks with white tennis shoes (or vice versa)
- You window shop at Radio Shack
- You're in the backseat of your car, she/he is looking wistfully at the moon, and you're trying to locate a geosynchronous satellite
- Your checkbook always balances
- Your laptop computer costs more than your car
- Your wife/husband hasn't the foggiest idea of what you do at work
- You've already calculated how much you make per second
- You've ever tried to repair a $5 radio
- Your four basic food groups are: 1. Caffeine 2. Fat 3. Sugar 4.Chocolate
Today is the 100th anniversary of the great quake (check out the old-fashioned design on that site).
The earthquake hit San Francisco at 5:12:05 a.m. There were two shocks. The second one was stronger. It lasted 40 seconds, but in those seconds, energy equivalent to several nuclear bombs was released.
Some scientists say that the quake was about 30 times the energy released in the Loma Prieta quake of 1989. Wow. And I remember that one.
I keep saying I need to get my emergency kit together. If a quake happened and phones and computers were down. I wonder how I would get a hold of my family. I wonder where we would meet. At church? Our church building has gone through seismic retrofitting, so the 4 stories should still be standing, right? I hope it won’t end up as a pile of rubble on top of the social hall.
If anyone happens to be shopping at the Embarcadero Center , check out the Peet’s Coffee there. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to leave my mark. If for some sad, unfortunate reason you don’t live in this great city, here are some pictures:
A close up…
Yeah, I’m a coffee-lover.
On a more healthy note, I was able to play some tennis today. No, I didn’t see my buddy Peter out there today. Maybe he just plays on the weekends. The sun was out and the weather was warm enough for shorts. Too bad my legs were as white as the snow I was sliding on last weekend. Hey now, they’re coming out of hibernation so gimme a break. My new favorite line: Love means nothing to me. I’m a tennis player. Ha! Someone should make a sticker with that.
I’ve been doing a lot of dress shopping these past 2 days. No, not for myself. I was just a chauffeur and there to give moral support, since I have no fashion sense, right? We even went to the Vera Wang Bridal Salon at Saks 5th Ave. That is definitely at the opposite end of the spectrum from uglydresses.com.
Lock: Not everyone believes in what you believe.
Morpheus: My beliefs do not require them to.
I love it! Go watch it. Why do most opportunities to go out occur during the times when I should be studying most? I’m supposed to watch X2 tomorrow night also, but I might have to skip out on that since I’m working tomorrow and Saturday. Oh, but I want to go…the struggle… We’ll see how much I get done. So was this movie worth the risk of failing my final exam? Probably not.
But I liked the movie. They could have done without the dance scene, but there were a lot of fight scenes, which were AWESOME!!! Yuen Wo Ping and his brother Yuen Cheung Yan were the action choreographers for this movie. They’re pretty well known martial arts directors for American and Hong Kong action movies and I’ve seen many of them. The ones in Chinese are the best. No fake voice-overs….haha.
And you can’t ignore the religious overtones in the movie. Is Morpheus like John the Baptist, heralding the coming of “the one,” who is messiah-like and all-powerful?
PS.-Don’t forget to stay after the credits!
Have a look, I finally finished another one of C.S. Lewis’ books. It’s been a long time since I first picked up the book. Minor distractions in life, such as school, always seem to keep me from what I like to do. Lewis is a great writer. As I was reading his book, I could not fathom how he came up with his lines of reasonings. They just seem to flow. He can take one tiny aspect of something and talk about it so in depth it is dizzying at times (at least for my level of intellect).
I was speaking with a friend recently about how people nowadays don’t seem to think on that deep of a level anymore. There is a morning radio show whose hosts talk incessantly about the previous night’s T.V. shows or fashion/celebrity news. They know business, for they know their audience and what they like. It seems like people have become more and more shallow. I admit I am generalizing, as I’m sure there are many people out there who still dwell on things abstract and philosophical, such as my friend Dorcas, who is pursuing a master’s degree in philosophy. Some people might argue that it is a dead science. But what will happen if we abandon intellectual discourse and the search for truth? C.S. Lewis used to write from a stance opposing Christianity. The more he reasoned, the more he found Christianity to be true. C.S. Lewis searched for the truth and found it.
Check out today’s cartoon from my favorite comic strip.
I feel like the girl in the red shirt. Boo…
Free play day today and received yet another student discount with my ID. I think the title of this site should be “How to make use of your college ID.” Went to the SFMOMA and checked it out for the first time today. The Ansel Adams exhibit is still up until January 13 if you’re interested. It was pretty crowded there. I must admit that I don’t have an eye for art. I wonder if people appreciate things less when they don’t know too much about it. Maybe those recorded tours with the headphones would have helped. One of the pieces that I really liked was a pile of dirt set on a mirror, with 4 other mirrors slicing the dirt in a crucifix fashion. The mirrors made it look like one pile of dirt when in reality, the dirt was only piled into the corners. I don’t know if I do the piece justice by describing it with my words assembled in this elementary writing. But my favorite part of the excursion, was not the art itself, but the museum. There’s a little opening on the 3rd floor overlooking the entire museum and the stairs to each floor. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the movement of the people around the building. I stood there for several minutes, just watching the people. I guess my interest is more in people than in art. Maybe that’s why I’m in the field of psychology.