December 6th, 2010
I realized that I had broken a lot of old, existing links by moving this blog to a new location on the server (basically, a directory named /blogold/), so I’ve moved it back.
There’s nothing much on the new blog, but its location is here:
IbaDaiRon Blog (New)
(This doesn’t really mean I’m coming back to blogging here. At least, not yet…)
October 6th, 2008
I came to Japan on October 6, 1987, to study for one year and a half at University of Tsukuba (how they insist it be written in English; go figure) on a Japanese Ministry of Education scholarship.
Twenty-one years later to the day and I’m still here.
I’ve lived in Japan longer than any of the kids in my first-year EAP class.
Some people just ain’t got no sense, huh?
June 2nd, 2008
Wow…even the spammers have stopped dropping by!
Several times in the past I tried to cut down on the amount I was blogging, but I just never seemed able to kick the habit.
Turns out the secret is just finding other things to do….
January 2nd, 2008
A little belated, I know, but I was kind of under the weather yesterday and have been occupied with other things until now today.
In keeping with the tradition I started last year, of creating a New Years image using the strokes from the character for the year according to the Chinese zodiac, I offer you The Year of the Rat:
It didn’t turn out quite as well as last year’s Boar, but then I only had three strokes to work with this year. Anyway, we do the best with what we’ve got, eh?
Here’s hoping 2008 is happy and healthy and prosperous for all!
December 25th, 2007
(This one is a bit over the top, no?)
December 24th, 2007
That David de Hilster of Autodymnumbnics fame set up to provide REAL information about the shenanigans of physicists worldwide?
Well…it looks like they’ve been pwned by some Turkish cracker.
I’m really glad I decided never to use Nuke on my website.
Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of people.
(I wonder if David has even noticed.)
December 22nd, 2007
I saw a report by Gary Tuchman on CNNj yesterday during Anderson Cooper’s “360″ that just floored me with how devastating clear it makes it that some (significant?) portion of American “Christians” are either complete idiots or totally out of their minds.
You may have already heard about this. Here is a link to Tuchman’s “Behind the Scenes” write-up of the report. Basically, a group of wingnuts in the heartland are interpreting Isaiah 35:8 (”A highway shall be there, and a road, and it shall be called the Highway of Holiness.”) to refer…wait for it…to U.S. Interstate 35.
Isaiah 35…I-35…get it?
The loon behind all this, Minister Cindy Jacobs, was shown in the broadcast report. I like this bit from Tuchman’s piece:
She says she can’t be sure Interstate 35 really is what is mentioned in the Bible but says she received a revelation to start this campaign after “once again reading Isaiah, Chapter 35.”
She received a “revelation”? Well PRAISE JAYZUS! I wonder how it was delivered, though. During the high point of a hot flash? Or written in the little stars she saw after hitting her head on something? Sheesh. Damned right she can’t be sure. I’d wager she ain’t right. In the head. And this is someone that someone else somewhere has ordained and certified to lead other sheep?
Jacobs also points out that perhaps there is a link between the area near this highway and tragedies that have happened in history, such as the bridge collapse on I-35 in Minneapolis last August and the assassination of JFK 44 years ago near I-35 in Dallas. That’s why prayer certainly can’t hurt, she adds.
So…it’s a “Highway of Holiness” that’s cursed? Does that even make sense?
Sometimes I’m just too shocked to even laugh. We may as well just let our hair grow and climb back up into the trees.
December 22nd, 2007
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura made a bit of news this week at an official press conference when he announced that he believes in the existence of UFOs.
This isn’t all that surprising when you think about it, though.
After all, back in September he had a “Close Encounter of the Third Kind” of his very own:
(Looks like someone warned him about those extender jaws! But look at that suit she’s wearing…to DIE for!)
December 14th, 2007
I mean, she must, what? She keeps leaving comments like this in the queue:
Hello webmaster…Man i love reading your blog, interesting posts ! it was a great Thursday.
Hey, Pat, I wanna buy a vowel! Spin the big wheel, Vanna!
Big money! Big money! WHEEL OF FORTUNE!!!
December 10th, 2007
Will NOT be found anywhere on this website.
But you’d be surprised how many people seem to be ending up here as a result of googling for them.
So I thought it would be interesting to see what this post does to my hits over the next few days.
(I’m adding the “Breast-soothing” category tag, which is supposed to be for things about music [get it?], to the post as well, so I guess I should include something about that as well: Hmm…anyone familiar with the group Lifehouse?)
Hey…I just got to wondering…do Arab women have large breasts? I remember meeting an Egyptian woman or two who was rather well endowed…but then they were both kinda big bints all around, if you know what I mean.
This is the kind of thing you wonder about late on a Sunday night when you’re a man living in a country where you had—even before going on those potentially disfiguring BP drugs—a larger bosom than most of the women around you.
(And just in case anyone was wondering, no, my manboobs have not gotten any bigger. That I’ve noticed.)
November 27th, 2007
This Muhammed loves you:
The other one, the towelhead, says, “GO TO HELL, INFIDEL!”
Well, at least his submissive, peace-loving (after all, Islam is a religion of peace, right?) followers say that.
This kind of silliness is a round-about hint at the answer, just in case you’re ever on a quiz show or playing Trivial Pursuit with friends, to the question, “Why won’t Muslims ever have a space program?”
And speaking of religion-oriented questions, here’s another one for you:
Ever seen a black Mormon?
Me, neither, now that I’ve thought about it.
It was a funny coincidence that this morning on CNNj they had a soundbite about some black guy more or less accusing Romney of racism (no blacks on his campaign staff) when just last night I was reading Christopher Hitchens’ comments on the history of the Mormon cult. (You see, he really is an equal opportunity basher, which I quite like. Has an interesting take on Gandhi, by the way; about how it was probably a good thing for India that he was assassinated before he had a chance to see any of his spinning wheel policies put into practice since, Hitchens contends, they would have led to economic disaster.) I had no idea that Joseph Smith and his followers were pro-slavery and involved in anti-abolitionist activities. Or that it took the Mormon organization a long time to renounce the errors of its founder. (Or that Smith was a jailbird, but that’s a topic for another time.)
Maybe Romney and his crew didn’t get the memo?
* Not a misspelling.
November 22nd, 2007
Remember to give thanks today to your loved ones and all those who have helped you in some way during the past year.
That’s right, “to” not “for”.
The universe doesn’t care whether you thank it or not. It’s doing its thing and will keep right on doing it whether you thank it or not. Thank the people. They’re real and will probably appreciate it.
Don’t waste your time thanking God. You’ll just be talking to yourself.
Thank you all for continuing to stop by—despite the paucity of posts over the last year—and for reading my ramblings and rants and commenting on them. I really do appreciate it!
November 17th, 2007
Been getting a lot of comment spam lately purporting to be from Arabs.
For example, I just cleaned out spam from Tamer Husni (not sure if that could be Arabic or not, but it originated from Global Net, headquartered in Atlanta), Majida Al Roumi (same IP address as Tamer, 22.214.171.124), and Hot Arab Girl (same address again).
No way to know if these people are really Middle Eastern immigrants gone bad or just whitebread trash playing a new angle. And I guess another possibility is morally challenged American Muslim converts?
Such people do exist. I know this from firsthand experience. Last year on the Dune forum where I used to post, I got into a linguistics argument with an Arab guy (can’t remember his name now) who was trying to tell everyone his Bedouin dialect was some sort of perfect language. (As in, what Almighty Gawud Himself must speak when He’s lounging around in heaven in His underwear watching the tube or chitchatting with the cherubim and seraphim.) His American wife eventually joined the fray and it turned out, from links she provided for some reason or other, that she’s one of these Internet domain name squatters. You know, the people who buy up a lot of different domains that they never intend to use themselves but which someone else—hopefully a corporation with lots of money—might want to use someday. So the discussion turned to morality and whether such behavior was in keeping with being a good Muslim. As with too many “religious” people, she chose to interpret the laws of her religion in a way that permitted her to continue what she was doing.
Whatever. I just hope Ali Baba makes her wear the full veil and all that shit whenever they go out.
November 13th, 2007
You’ve no doubt heard the Shahadah, the Islamic declaration of faith, once or twice, the first part of which runs Lā ilāha illā-llāh, “There is no god but God (Allah)”, right? It has occurred to me more than once that if you drop the last two words of that, you’ve pretty much said what has to be said.
I’m currently reading Christopher Hitchens god is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. And rather enjoying it, I must say. This passage, from near the bottom of p. 87, chimed in nicely with the above when I read it this morning (emphasis added):
Aristotle, whose reasoning about the unmoved mover and the uncaused cause is the beginning of this argument, concluded that the logic would necessitate forty-seven or fifty-five gods. Surely even a monotheist would be grateful for Ockham’s razor at this point? From a plurality of prime movers, the monotheists have bargained it down to a single one. They are getting ever nearer to the true, round figure.
This is the first thing I can remember reading by “Hitch”, as fans seem to refer to him. It’s always nice to read something by someone who can write well. (I’ve read some real stinkers, mostly fiction, over the last year, too.)
November 10th, 2007
Well, it will have if it elects Romney, no?
Why does everyone afford the Mormons the mantle of Christian “respectability” (cough cough)? MORMONS ARE NOT CHRISTIANS. (”Christians” aren’t really Christians, either, but the stick for beating that one is long broken.) What’s so hard to understand about this? All you have to do is look—just a little—into their beliefs and you can see that they’re not.
Mormonism is a cult that just happened to get lucky and survive this long…possibly by virtue of claiming connection with an older, more successful and far more virulent cult…Christianity itself.
Either way, all of this simply reveals how little the American people understand their own constitution: religious belief is not a valid criteria for determining eligibility for public office. Religion shouldn’t even be an issue in an election.
This ignorance is the REAL reason why we’re f*cked.