Archive for November, 2005

It’s All About Me!

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

In a post yesterday Matt at No-sword brought up the narcissism evident in a Canon printer advertisement. I made one of my usual early-in-the-AM flippant comments, but actually the more I’ve thought about it, I see it as just one more piece in the puzzle of the incredible self-absorption I perceive in this society.
Just a […]

A wittle weirded out by the Whirled Wired Web

Monday, November 28th, 2005

And now I’m channeling Elmer Fudd, it would seem. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. (I can’t be bothered to bother with sound files, so you’ll have to play Ewmer’s weeuhd waff from memory, OK?)
I don’t know if any of the rest of you out there with blogs and sites pay much attention to your access logs, but I check […]

ANNOUNCING: CJ Morphological Analyzer Materials Project

Monday, November 28th, 2005

The title sort-of says it all. Bare-bones “sparetan” styling for now, don’t expect to be impressed.
I figure, why not let y’all help with some of the prep work? To wit: there’s a form for you to submit your favorite CJ verbs and other words. The lists are bare at the moment, so don’t be idle! […]

A Bagel with your Loxian?

Monday, November 28th, 2005

Oh, what next?
Gaelic and Latin are now evidently been there, done that and English “too obtrusive”, so the Ethereal Enya and lyricist Roma Ryan have created a new language, Loxian.
Heave Meaning into the backseat, ART is at the wheel!
Sorry, but I’m too bored for words. In any language.
Addendum (2006/3/26):
Old news, of course, but here’s another […]

And now for something completely…different!

Thursday, November 24th, 2005

This isn’t the first time I’ve heard something like this, but it is the first website I’ve seen about it.
Probably just for want of looking?
(Hmm…I wonder if hafa nagira can be parsed in Classical Japanese! Perhaps nagira is actually an earlier form of nagara? No, that always occurs after a RY form, and none of […]

Noam Chomsky Penn and Teller

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

Another chuckler from QueryLog.
‘Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished.


Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

I’m rather disturbed by this message. What do you all think?
I mean, I’d just gotten used to using otakki, and now I find it’s being shorted (and katakanaized! Talk about insult to injury!) to wota!
What next?!

Latin Verb Conjugations

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

“What’s this?!” you ask, wondering if I’ve been so put off by Matt’s “Almighty Post” on CJ verb morphology that I’ve moved on to a completely different classical language.
Nay, ’tis not (and could not) be so! This is purely for comparison.



amō (< ama+ō)



















The points of interest here are two: the allomorphy in the infinitive ending […]


Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

(No, that’s not a mistake, it’s supposed to look like that!)
Why in the world would someone here in Japan be searching my blog for “漢字検定”? I can’t recall having ever even mentioned this topic. (I’m assuming they were looking for something on the Chinese Character Proficiency Examination…or whatever it’s called in English (if anything) … […]

I love the night life…

Sunday, November 20th, 2005

Didn’t do any boogying on the disco ’round, though.
Went out last night for the first time since I returned to Japan on October 1st; dropped by my favorite hole in the wall and tossed back a few. And a good time was had by all!

A friend who was there sent along the picture. (Remember, no […]

Classical Japanese Verbs - Preliminary Note

Saturday, November 19th, 2005

So far it would appear that Classical Japanese had three C-stem conjugations (which I will henceforth refer to as CI, CII & CIII, corresponding to the traditional yodan, kami-nidan and shimo-nidan, resp.) and one V-stem conjugation (traditional kami- and shimo-ichidan). The four traditional irregular verbs (ka/sa/ra/na-hen) can be analyzed as mixed-conjugation or minimally irregular C-stems. […]

Shiite Mosque Bombings in Iraq?

Saturday, November 19th, 2005

Uhm…I’m confused. Anyone else?
Let’s see if I’ve got this right…two suicide bombers killed 90 people during Friday midday prayers, many of them children? What’s wrong with this picture?
It’s kind of like a group of Baptists attacking a Methodist church, right? (Actually, I guess that’s not as far-fetched as I first thought…dammed Baptists…and those smug Methies, […]

Nocturnal emissions

Saturday, November 19th, 2005

Blogging in the middle of the night, perhaps?
Which is sadder, falling asleep on the hot carpet in front of the tube after two cans of beer with dinner, or waking up a few hours later and blogging about it rather than heading on up to the futon?
Poor little automaton, creature of its addictions…
(Hmm, Hikaru Utada’s […]

Quippette, quip it good!

Friday, November 18th, 2005

Overheard: A northern Ibaraki friend whose grasp of the English language is interesting to say the least, introducing himself: “I am … Joban boy. Call me Jobanni!”
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Discussing with a colleague the possible formation of a three-person oversight committee next year, me: “Oh, so it’d be like a triumvirate … only with […]

Such Moons We Have Known…

Friday, November 18th, 2005

These last few nights! Of course, it’s been colder than a majo’s chickbea, so it’s no wonder it’s been so clear!
Come to think of it, with that ring around it just now it sort of looked like a giant milky white … never mind.