Monday, February 09, 2004

To Sleep, Perchance to Dream
or How You Know You Spend Too Much Time At Work

When you find yourself dreaming about implementing a lesson plan, only to find that the students aren't discussing things right because you don't have enough of the appropriate photocopies.

When you find yourself watching Lethal Weapon 4 and thinking, "Why yes, that is a very accurate English speech pattern for a native Chinese-speaking immigrant to have."

When you find yourself listening to the radio and accurately identifying 80s rock bands from northern Europe who originally learned their English lyrics phonetically. (The Scorpions, in case you care.)

Further Siren Songs of Electronics
Yesterday, I occasioned to look back at an archive page in my Japan blog, and I reread my entry about the dangers of Laox. Yesterday afternoon, Mark went to Best Buy and came back with a new television and an XBox. Oh, and a DVD rack, which was really the only thing we actually needed. I think the logic went like this: We kind of legitimately needed a new TV, as the old one was really old, no longer able to change channels unless routed through the VCR, and the sound was routed through the stereo because the speakers weren't so great either. But if we got a fancy new TV, then we needed an XBox as well, because it can play DVDs at higher resolution (or something) than the PS2. Obviously. And if you get an XBox, there are of course games that must go with it. The house is getting quite geeked out now.

My only real contribution to the weekend's technological extravaganza was to convince Mark that we should get both Miyazaki's Laputa: Castle in the Sky and Kiki's Delivery Service when we were originally looking for a DVD rack at Target. Yay, Miyazaki! (For my more full review of Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, see here.)

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