Dracil’s BlogJournal

July 17, 2008

SF smoking ban proposals

SF Gate Article

As a person who hates smoke, I say, yay!  It’s about time!

There’s basically 2 laws they’re thinking of passing in San Francisco.  Newsom is proposing banning cigarette sales in pharmacies.  Daly is proposing banning smoking from smoking 20 feet from business entrances.

The first law makes perfect sense.  It’s kinda hypocritical for pharmacies to sell treatments for tobacco-related symptoms while selling tobacco at the same time.  Some people (smokers) complain that that the remaining stores would raise cigarette prices.  That just sounds even better.  That means people will be less likely to smoke (or smoke as much).

The second law, well… the first obvious problem which I agree with is that smokers should at least be allowed to smoke inside smoke shops.  The second is enforcement.  I’ve never seen any “no smoking with x feet of y object” ever enforced.  Which means this is more like a feel-good law than a practical one.

Also, apparently people may still be allowed to smoke marijuana in the streets, which is just stupid and the feeling of discrimination by tobacco smokers is justified.

Personally, I wouldn’t be so annoyed at smokers if they aren’t always standing UPWIND from people at bus stops and stuff.  Seriously, that’s inconsiderate because they’re forcing everyone else to move to get out of their smoke (or passively suffer its effects) because they’re too lazy to move themself.


May 7, 2008

Evolution: The Musical! premiere

I actually completely forgot about it. It wasn’t until I was cleaning out my wallet that I noticed the ticket. Oops. Of course, I also didn’t remember where it was at. Rushed back home (was almost there anyway), then rushed back out. I was 20 minutes late, which wasn’t too bad.

They were asking people from the audience to come up and demonstrate their special talents. Blah. Then they asked for someone called Gabriel because they wanted to show their earlier works, one of which was about Gabriel (as in the angel from the Bible).

The actual one they showed isn’t on Youtube, but it’s available on their main site called Angel in the Outfield. If you’re lazy and just want a quick Youtube video, here’s one.

You can check out other stuff on the their site.

After that, one of the guys dressed up as Satan and asked people to come up and answer questions about their lives and see if they’re going to Hell. I think most people decided they would and were just saying yes or coming up with stuff. Only the first person kinda told the truth and actually didn’t go to Hell. :P

Their second video was Jelly Donut which is the following two videos:

They actually had Jelly Donut go up on stage after that and do some songs. There was one audience participation song about masturbation. Say mmm-mmm if you masturbate once a month, oo-oui if you do it twice a week, He-ey! if you do it every day, and basically yell out NoNoh-NoNoNoNoNo if you don’t masturbate ever. I think only one person in the audience said No. :P Quite a few actually said something for the others and they joked about the audience telling total strangers about their masturbation habits. Aside from the topic, the song was pretty catchy. Some people were dancing to it.

Their second video was some claymation they did, which was actually kinda funny (it’s NQSFW though)

There may have been something else, but I don’t remember, but after that was the main event of the night. The 38-minute long musical wasn’t bad. Well, it sort of was, but I liked some of the songs too. Definitely very cheesy. It’s basically one of those love stories between two warring factions (The Blesseds, who descended from Adam and Eve, and the Beasties, who evolved from primates).

After that, there was some Q&A with the people involved in the film. The girl who played the leader of the Beasties sounded pretty drunk. :P

All in all… this was definitely not my normal type of crowd or place (it’s a bar!). What is it with me and bars these days? I think it’s good I went alone, as I don’t think this was something most of my friends could probably stand (I probably have the crudest humor among my friends, and even this was crude for me, so…)

April 27, 2008

Mama’s, FLOW: Love For Water, Isobune

So the original plan for today was going to Mama’s for brunch.  Wow, talk about a long wait in the hot sun.  I was there at 10:30, Sophia arrived at 11:15.  We managed to get inside a little before 12.  I hear the line on weekdays is pretty bad as well.  She ordered the Northern Italian M’omelette while I had the Monte Cristo Sandwich though we shared our food.  The omelette was good (I love mushrooms!) and the so was the Monte Cristo, especially with the blueberry jam.  Sophia really really loves berries so she was happy.  The red potatoes were probably the worst part.  They weren’t undercooked like the other reviewers warned about, but they weren’t anything special.  We’ll probably be back to try other stuff like the French Toast Sampler or the dungeness crab omelettes.

After lunch we rushed over to the Sundance Kabuki Theaters to catch the San Francisco International Film Festival.  Unfortunately, we weren’t able to watch Black Belt so we saw FLOW: Love for Water instead.  It’s a documentary about the environmental issues dealing with water.  Big culprits are Coca-Cola and Nestle.  And the pretty common knowledge that a lot of bottled water out there is just tap water, and sometimes worse.  Mainly the film was against companies taking a free, common resource and turning it into money without regards to the impact it has on the environment/other people.  I’d say more but I dozed off in the first half of the film.  I really need to get more sleep.  There was a Q&A after the movie but it wasn’t too informative.  We skipped the panel discussion.

Also, as a general note about the SF International Film Festival.  Too many of their showings are in the daytime when people need to work, and too many films have their tickets sold out to the point you need to do the “Rush Line”.  This means you start lining up an hour before the movie, and then they sell you the tickets of the people who didn’t show up, which means you’re going to get the crap, leftover seats if you can even get a ticket, which is no guarantee.

Since we were in Japantown, we looked around for a bit.  The Kinokuniya bookstore here has expanded to the bottom floor.  They moved all the anime, manga, and gaming stuff down there.  Another notable addition was this new manga cafe called Manga Cafe Mika.  We missed the free 1 hour pre-opening special but it’s still cool that a place like this has finally opened up here in SF.  I heard this sort of cafe is pretty popular in Taiwan.  I think Sophia said the drinks inside were free too.

We had dinner at Isobune since Sophia was in the mood for sushi.  It’s a sushi boat type place.  I think the best thing there was the temaki and the grilled salmon (though the salmon was a tad salty).  Other stuff was mostly standard fare.

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