Archive for August, 2005

PhotoBlog Time!

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

OH, why not?
I generally avoid buying products that have little freebies attached to them. The other night in a FamiMarto I sometimes stop in at on the way home, I saw a new beer from Sapporo, Kampaiya, that I really wanted to taste-test; the only problem, the small cans had some sort of freeby […]

WTFAID?

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

I suppose it’s just as well that I don’t have any particular goals for this part of my life, other than, perhaps, reaching the end of this slowly accelerating slide into 50 with a bit of poise, a bit of hair (ha ha ha, dream on!), my fingernails and voice relatively intact (clawing and […]

Keitai Attendance - Preliminary Results

Saturday, August 27th, 2005

Here is a preliminary summary of the results of my experience with using keitai email messages to manage my attendance records. (First mentioned here.)
1. Method
At the beginning of each class I wrote a word or phrase on the blackboard which students were to send to me in an email message from their cell phones. I […]

Joban Road Rage, Expletives Examined

Saturday, August 27th, 2005

Thursday morning it was Mito-numbah idiots-on-parade again on the Joban Highway. As I was cursing the drivers around me (Yes, I am one of those people who exhibits multiple personalities behind the wheel, my usually mild-mannered, basically Dr Jekyll persona playing “Hyde and Go Shriek”), I happened to actually listen to myself and it occurred […]

Hi no Youjin

Saturday, August 27th, 2005

Last night I saw the video for Ayumi Hamasaki’s fairyland for the first time. And while I usually think most J-Pop videos are unredeemable crap, I rather like this one. For the most part. The first half, I guess. (It’s playing on MTV Japan again as I begin this.) I’ve heard the song […]

Pain at the pump?

Wednesday, August 24th, 2005

I ended up getting home at 3:30 AM this morning, so I’m taking my leisurely old time getting moving today. Just had a bento for lunch and listened to a bit of CNN (”News Lite!”) as I was scarfing it down.
The story that caught my attention was about rising gasoline prices in the US, and […]

What book are you wearing right now….

Monday, August 22nd, 2005

What a silly question(?) that is; you can find more of the same here.
I haven’t looked into it much, but it would seem to be randomly generated from material gathered from the Web (or email, given that one entry consists only of orthographic variations on Viagra).
Since R. Robot has been down for a while, I […]

In the Heart of Your Business! Better than Viagra…is work at nightclub!

Tuesday, August 16th, 2005

Huh? WTF?
I don’t know, but sometimes the juxtapositioning of the titles of the spam messages that I receive lends them an eloquence all their own.
Not these particular examples, mind you.
Ah well. It’s 5:00 AM and here I am up again. I just went to bed at 3:00 but couldn’t sleep; tossed and turned until […]

They are closer now, Fernando…

Saturday, August 6th, 2005

And for the anal retentive among you out there, I give you the Mito Koumon Matsuri!
Of course, that line cries out for (an alien probe?) photos or something of the event…but I have none to offer. It was last night and I was in the office until fairly late.
And I’m not ashamed to say the […]

To suffer fools gladly

Saturday, August 6th, 2005

Has never been one of my abilities.
And I am finding myself lately, nearly halfway through my fifth decade in this world, increasingly less willing to suffer them at all.
But far more annoying than the foolishness of others is that I find in myself.
For the last few days I have been engaged in a minor “cyberguerrilla […]

New Look

Friday, August 5th, 2005

Though it’s not really my official motto or anything, I often find myself these days using the phrase, “All things in time.”
I guess upgrading this blog to the new version of WordPress is a perfect example of this philosophy in action.
It will no doubt take me a few days to get everything tweaked and noodged […]

Chomskianity

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005

Welcome, Brethren an’ Sistren, to the Church of the Risible Gnome!
(Where our motto is, “The Chompster, to noam is to loathe ‘im!”)
Over the last few months I have come across a number of blogs by young linguists (mostly still graduate students, a few undergrads here and there) and the common theme of divine hero worship […]

Sentential Ontogeny

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2005

I’ve been tossing about an idea over the last week or so about modelling the process of expression from thought to linguistic form from an ontogenetic perspective.
Problematic aspects abound (e.g., to what degree do linguistic elements function in the mechanics of thought?) but maybe this will get further off the ground than my earlier speculations […]

Gaijin behaving badly

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2005

Back on July 13, Luke of Biffa’s Blog posed the question “Do you know how to be a good foreigner?” In my nearly 18 years in this country I have, naturally, reflected on my existence as a foreigner and what role my presence here might play in the history of the human race and of […]

Ibadairon Presents…The Livedoor Translation of Soseki’s “Kureigu-Sensei” !

Monday, August 1st, 2005

And they said it couldn’t be done! (Or was that, “shouldn’t”? Oh well!)
For your instant perusal pleasure [sic], here!
(Actually for some stuff on MT I’m looking at, so research-related in a ruined-a-boot sordid way.)
(Matt & Kitto, forgive me!)