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Yahoo’s fired CEO fights back & I think it’s the start of Act 2

I am no fan of Yahoo as a service or business, nor do I understand America’s fixation with bleaching their hair.

But I simply love how Carol Bartz, Yahoo’s CEO who was fired last Tuesday by telephone, has broken every rule about being forced out. She refuses to use euphemisms and press releases, and has called the board “doofuses” in the business magazine Fortune. She says in the interview that the board “fu#*+d me over.”

Those are some ginormous balls, and perhaps a career revival. Godspeed, Carol!

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Construction worker fashion

Yesterday was the 3 month anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster. No better time than now to look closely again at one of my favorite Japanese male fashions: gatenki (ガテんキ). As J-son noticed immediately on his first visit, gatenki combine making-stuff masculinity with super baggy pants that are vaguely Yoji Yamamoto in styling.

On weekdays I escape the tedium of rote learning for a balcony break overlooking a construction site for a 20-some story office building. It’s fun to watch the cranes, steel, and heavy equipment, but even more sublime when my break time coincides with theirs.

I feel safer and intrigued by daily sightings of these ninja-like male fashion icons.