November 26, 2003
You see as Yokohama everyone, at the leprosy

Some of you have been wondering what it was about Tokyo that creeped us out, what it was that made us hollow-eyed and quiet. It wasn't this thing that I found just now on Warren Ellis' page, but it could have been. The whole thing was like this, though I confess that this takes the fucking cake. The tragic, painful, implacable, car-crash-with-the-stereo-on cake.

Warren posted this follow-up later. Unsurprisingly, the video is the tip, not the iceberg, as regards that tiny island. It's a trend, with a name, consonant-vowel, consonant-vowel, consonant-vowel.

Posted by kevin slavin at November 26, 2003 12:55 AM
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Also? I just noticed: it's live. The fucking thing is streaming, it's fucking alive.

Posted by: Kevin Slavin on November 26, 2003 12:57 AM

is it really live? i think so too. i watched this a long time ago. and then again last night. and then just now. its always a bit different. life? thats fucking cool. telepresence. like some barely imaginable thing from a gibson book.

though is it just japan? i see weird shit from all over. i really think a lot of stuff in asia just doesn't fit the idea of how things are or were or should be. you guys kept saying everything was opaque.

but a surface is still a surface.

is she always live? you know there are folks here that just hide in their room all day. still, more gibson-y the moe i think.

there is a chat too.....

Posted by: james on November 26, 2003 09:46 AM

James, you are right, it's streaming but not live, it seems to be sreaming a looped video feed -- I noticed a duplicate move today, because I find that every frame of this is burnt irreversibly into the part of my brain I formerly used for work.

Barely imaginable, Sabrina.jp is, though true that she worked her well into my dreams last night.

Is it just japan? No, I don't think so. But on the other hand, I can't imagine it coming out of anywhere else. Nor can I imagine Elephant coming out of anywhere but the barely United States.

There are cultural psychoses, all I'm saying, and the fact that these involve masks and masks on masks, and masks on masks being suffocated, only reinforces the opacity for me personally. Whatever measures we can use for the distances between ideas and ourselves, this Kigurumi indexes high.

Posted by: Kevin Slavin on November 26, 2003 05:00 PM

saddened to realize it is only streaming. its the live angle that hooked me. sort of like those fishtank cams of old or jennycam that is actually worth watching.

of course every place and time has an extreme thing that can't be matched but,

do you know the saran wrap people? and there are these like pvc pressure bed things that i can't find the link for, but are just incredible. and do you know the lifelike sex dolls? -- all from america.

japan has all sorts of grisly unbelievable murders. a few years ago a bitter unpopular paranoid mother tried to murder her whole community by rat poisining the party pot of curry.

the american difference in violence is guns. in japan people get stabbed 50 times and then there head cut off. 10 year olds molest three year olds and then throw them off the roofs of parking garages.

i was just reading some science idea the other day that speculates that the higher the population density gets the wackier people become.

Posted by: james on November 26, 2003 09:02 PM

my favorite part about sabrinow is that she is obviously talking and stuff. its set up like we, she and i, are having a conversation. this isn't so strang --- there are lots of videos and things to buy that are of a person pretending to be your friend and you get to be right there in their room or what not. see them brush their hair or change clothes or something. so for me the really great part is that there is no sound. the video is sort of broken in a really uncanny way. try this - its fantastic: just quietly, to yourself, in a pretend voice, do her dialogue. commiserate.

Posted by: james on November 26, 2003 10:38 PM
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