Cosplay, short for Crazy japs!

Wikipedia entry Cosplay:

Cosplay (コスプレ, kosupure?), a portmanteau of the English words “costume” and “play”, is a Japanese subculture centered on dressing as characters from manga, anime, tokusatsu, and video games, and, less commonly, Japanese live action television shows, fantasy movies, Japanese pop music bands, Visual Kei, fantasy music stories (such as stories by the band Sound Horizon), and novels. However, in some circles, “cosplay” has been expanded to mean simply wearing a costume.In Japan, “cosplay” as a hobby is usually an end unto itself. Like-minded people gather to see others’ costumes, show off their own elaborate handmade creations, take lots of pictures, and possibly participate in best costume contests.

The most specific anecdote about the origin of the word “cosplay” was that Nov Takahashi (from a Japanese studio called Studio Hard) coined the term “cosplay” as a contraction of the English-language words “costume play” while she was attending the 1984 Los Angeles Science Fiction Worldcon. He was so impressed by the hall and masquerade costuming there that he reported about it frequently in Japanese science fiction magazines. This point is debatable, however, as the word fits in with a common Japanese method of abbreviation: combining the first two syllables of one word with the first two syllables of a second word (or, more precisely, the first two moras of each). Other examples of this include Pokémon (ポケモン, Pokémon? short for ポケットモンスター, or “Pocket Monsters”) and puroresu (プロレス, puroresu? short for プロレスリング, or “professional wrestling”)

Anyways, pixelninja has some redic cosplay pictures like the one above of Samas Aran. I was gonna be Samas for Halloween but I couldn’t fit in the cod-piece.
p.s. did you know many Japanese love hotels offer costume rental services?  Not to hate, but it’d def. be cool if my Mexican cleaning lady was wearing a anime costume as she cleaned up a debaucherous mess.

Firefox 3.0 Beta 1 is out!

firefox 3.0 beta 1
I haven’t used the official 3.0 beta 1 but my playing around with a pre-beta one aka (Minefield), was interesting. First of all I use a mac, so 3.0 will be a cocoa-app, so finally the GUI is native to the mac, instead of the archaic look of v2.0. So my thoughts? It’s speedier, prettier, no more memory leaks, but 3/4ths of my extensions were broken, and need to be updated. That’s basically my only beef. Once my extensions get updated I might use the 3.0 nightlies.
Download it here.

I just had this dream.

Jeremy Piven
It’s me, Jeremy Piven and this other guy, and we’re outside on some picnic tables shooting the shit, I am telling him how I’ve been a fan since his work on Ellen, and like half way thru the convo I realize okay wtf, why aren’t I using his star power to help me holla at some chicks. Jeremy even does one of those ‘stretches’ moves to where he stretches so he can check out the chicks behind us and then winks at me to do the same . I had to do a double take to figure out which chicks he was referring to, then I was like ohhh them!!! lol. Then I realized, my nose was like super nasaly, ya know how ya sound like a breathing whistle every time you take a breath. Prolly caused by a lodged buger. So at that point I am sort of bitter, I am sitting there w/ the Entourage star and shit, yet I can’t holla at anyone cause I got a nasally breathing affliction going on. sigh.

I guess there is no such logic as getting up and blowing one’s nose while in a dreamscape, rather I think you just wake up and blow your nose with your bed-side snot rag.

Shabooty Interview Series: Yucko The Clown

Yucko The Clown
To prepare for this interview, I scoured my closet for my pair of unwashed lucky socks, put on some Dog the Bounty Hunter ondemand, and tried to ignore the fact that his girlfriend is “shnacky”, as I like to say.
Yucko the Clown is a regular guest on “The Howard Stern Show”, a stand-up comic, and the co-creator of The Damn Show later ‘ported’ to MTV2 as Stankervision. Currently he’s touring with the Killers of Comedy, Bob Levy’s pack of comics. You can also find him in a few comedy shorts on superdeluxe, and possibly parading around your town doing his infamous man on the street bits. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, he never washes his lucky clowny suit, he’s antisemitic and racist, and his girlfriend couldn’t land Ronald McDonald and that Brinks truck, yet Yucko was able to fill that clowny-void. He also filled mine. No clownybrokeback.

Shabooty: How long does it take to get in your makeup?

Yucko: Only about 15 minutes! I’ve got it down to a friggin’ science now!

Is the airport screening process weird, with your briefcase of dildos and props?

They usually just say, “What are you doing with all these dildos in your bag?” I just fire back with, “I’m goin to work- YA PRICK!”

How is treating you?

Pretty damn good! It beats the shit outta TV because you can be uncensored, and do topical shit before its outdated.

When are you doing more man on the street bits (your bread and butter if you ask me)?

We are looking into more cities in the coming months; Places like Boston, Miami, etc.

What do you think of LA? & How are the crowds out there?

L.A is cool, the crowds are great, lots of energy and shit. We always have a great time during and after the shows.

Are you in GA more or NY?

Im all over the fricking place, I spend a lot of time in both though. Coney Island is my hometown.

Do you hate traveling?

Nah, I usually get blitzed before I take off and sleep the entire flight.

Do you hate the H-word? (Hack)?

No way. I’m know I’m not a hack and screw anybody who says I am!

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