Archive for March, 2005

Alanis in Aichi

Tuesday, March 29th, 2005

Just heard on Tokyo InterFM (76.1) that Alanis Morissette is appearing (from?) today at Expo 2005 in Aichi. Now there’s another concert I would have liked to have seen. (I saw Sting in January and k.d. lang in February in Tokyo, two great ones!)
Reminds me I should add a music category to this […]


Friday, March 25th, 2005

By routes various and sundry, I ended up on a blog called Hapless band of staff and regulars. The title of one article/entry caught my eye: One Hundred and Thirty f-king Seven. (The content seems to be about some sort of license plate counting game? Haven’t read enough of the rest of the […]

Just another test… (日本語表示テスト)

Thursday, March 24th, 2005

How does this come out?
Cool, it worked!
Of course, using the Unicode versions takes a lot more space than normal Japanese text…speaking of which:
Hmmm. That works, too. (Why did I think it wouldn’t?)
Copy/Paste from another browser display OK as well. Ach, decisions, decisions…!

Well, it looks like Japanese comes out as Japanese both […]


Thursday, March 24th, 2005

Some interesting stuff on learning over on Creating Passionate Users, here and here.
I won’t mention names, but I am sorry to say that at every academic institution in this country where I have been a student, been employed, or that I have visited, I have seen examples of “teachers” standing (or sitting) at the […]

Grammar change in progress?

Thursday, March 17th, 2005

I bought the most recent REM CD (Around the Sun) a couple of weeks ago but just got around to opening it up the other day. Last night on the way home from uni, I gave it a good listening to.
Although the CD came out in October of last year and we’ve been hearing […]

I love hate mail!

Tuesday, March 15th, 2005

No, I haven’t received any yet myself (please don’t waste your time, I’ll most likely just ignore you), but I really enjoy reading hate (or “stupid”) mail sections on other sites where the owners reply in kind.
I came across this exchange on the Democratic Underground site yesterday:
From: “Greg”
Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2002 08:52:52 -0400
Subject: democrats […]

What Dreams May Come…

Monday, March 14th, 2005

A few bloggers I sometimes peruse include sections in which they describe their dreams.
The kind that come at night, involving REM (and not the band), not their aspirations for the future, etc.
I used to have quite vivid (and, to be honest, weird, often disturbing) dreams and would rather enjoy trying to fictionalize them, with greater […]

Going UP!

Saturday, March 12th, 2005

Following links from some blogs I’ve been looking at the last few days, I found this site belonging to the LiftPort Group, which is “dedicated to building a mass transportation system to open up access to the inner solar system (LEO, GEO, the Moon, Mars, and asteroids).” They “expect the Space Elevator will be at […]

Explorer SUCKS

Wednesday, March 9th, 2005

At 50 psi…or whatever pressure churns your birdbath.
I mean, there’s just no way around it: It’s crapware, pure and simple.
Why this rant, why now?
I spent a bit of time this afton tweaking the CSS for our new Integrated English Program website and got it looking the way I wanted. I use OmniWeb as my default […]

Watch yourselves!

Tuesday, March 8th, 2005

With the November “mandate” (ha ha ha ha ha!) gradually receding, it seems Bush is facing more problems with domestic issues (sagging support for the war, Social Security reform, etc).
Who wants to take odds on there being another “terrorist attack” on U.S. soil within the year?
What, me suckered in by fringe liberal conspiracy plots? Nah, […]

Sign of Desperation?

Monday, March 7th, 2005

So, this morning when I got up, I found two comments to this blog, one waiting in the moderation queue (BZZZZT! - zapped, end of story) and the other attached to one of my “articles”. The content was interesting:
Name: f524076 | Email: orsnmy@a8(snipped) | URI: | IP:
Comment: 989f2423876b1587c795a79c9c6f4821 8058a.
Posted Mar 7, 4:37 PM

(That […]

Speaking of mousers and other rats…

Thursday, March 3rd, 2005

In that previous post I mentioned small rodents nibbling away at things…
Checking the access logs today I noticed that the comment spammers have been unusually active in their attempts to post their crap here on my blog.
Look, folks, WordPress is free. Why don’t you set up your own website with it and post your shtuff […]

Everyday soft-bottom prices!

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2005

Oh dear…
I was checking my home-only mail account before shutting down the office machine and happened to see that subject in the Held Mail (=spam!). Makes one wonder what on earth they’re selling, with those kind of prices!
Let’s see…
Get all the popular software possible for prices substantially lower than in stores!
Oh. How boring. The spammers […]