Monday, February 26, 2018

Weekly Basho Haiku #9


a winter shower
the pine tree is unhappy and
waiting for snow

shigure o ya
modokashi gari te
matsu no yuki

~Basho

Translated by Jane Reichhold

Monday, February 19, 2018

Weekly Basho Haiku #8


without a hat
a winter rain falls on me
so what

kasa mo naki
ware o shigururu ka
ko wa nanto

~Basho

Translated by Jane Reichhold

Monday, February 12, 2018

Weekly Basho Haiku #7


in the saddle
the small boy rides
an uprooted radish

kuratsubo ni
ko bozu noru ya
daikon hiki

~Basho

Translated by Jane Reichhold

Monday, February 05, 2018

Weekly Basho Haiku #6


banked fire
on the wall a shadow
of the guest

uzumi-bi ya
kabe ni wa kyaku no
kageboshi

~Basho

Translated by Jane Reichhold

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Confidential Noir

I don't play a lot of computer games. I own a lot of computer games (mostly due to the amazing Humble Bundle service). With the passing of time, other competing interests and responsibilities have come to dominate my time. Family, work, books, movies; there are a lot of things that I find more worthwhile than computer games, most of the time. That said, however, I do find a particular style of game very appealing and interesting, which is the linear, narrative, single-player game. Some games are very linear (most Mario games), some have strong narratives (Zelda, anyone?), and there are many that are only for one player. But until I find all these virtues in one game, that game fails to tempt me. In this vein, then, one of my all-time favorite games is L.A. Noire. (No, I don't know why they added the "e".)