Archive for January, 2006

Sex in Public Toilets in Japan

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

is no doubt a topic of interest to some, but unfortunately one about which I have no first-, second-, or even third-hand (sounds like a grope-fest, all those hands!) information. Oh well.
So I’d actually rather discuss this instead: the so-called Muhammad Drawings. After posting my own comment in response to the “three-play” on my “warning” […]

A word of warning…

Monday, January 30th, 2006

As we prepare to enter February I thought it might be best to warn you, Dear Reader, that for the last decade or so this has not been a particularly good month for me and, if I read the indicators right, this year’s will be especially turbulent.
So as the month progresses, please keep in mind […]


Monday, January 30th, 2006

Sometime betwixt night and morning I decided to have a little snack break (a sweet bickie or three with a cup of bitter cocoa espresso), flicked the tube to Fox and ended up watching another riveting episode of Cops. And as the show concluded with the scene of yet another young black man (Can we […]


Monday, January 30th, 2006

??? !!! ?!? !
Dear “information” using address ““:
Oh do just fook off, will you already?
(Another “deai-kei” site, wantin’ na hook me up witha Miss Thang of mah Dreams. Right. THANK YOU SO MUCH! I’m always on the look out for another woman with whom I can have a truly destructive relationship! BRING ‘EM OWUN!)

Sic transit magister magnus

Saturday, January 28th, 2006

When I logged in to check my uni mail earlier, I saw a post on LINGUIST List announcing the passing of phonetician Peter Ladefoged. He was 80.
I never met the man personally (although I do seem to recall having seen him at a conference once) but we used his book in the introductory phonetics class […]

Run, Robo, Run!

Saturday, January 28th, 2006

Cool! I just saw the CM with the Honda robot Asimo running around in a courtyard with three (Italian?) children.
Never mind the fact that the kids run rings around him, the pseudo-dude has a new mode of locomotion. Quite a lot of progress since the “train platform” and “dancing robo” CMs. What next?!

Pope affirms Hippy/Toker Credo: God is Love

Friday, January 27th, 2006

Noticed this as a news item when I went to Wikipedia to look for something a few minutes ago. Full article here, full Latin text of encyclical here. (Links to English and other language versions for those of you, like me, who did not have the benefit of a formal classical education but who, unlike […]

Err on a G-string?

Friday, January 27th, 2006

Or something like that. Sorry, I’m a bit scattered at the moment. More so than normally, I mean. I’ve just seen something shocking.
I had MTV Japan on for BGM (”Back-Ground Music” [sic]) while catching up with email at the end of the day and they played the (let’s hope there’s only ever one) new (I’m […]

KanYesu West?

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

This is not an issue. (Except of Rolling Stone)
This is not sacrilege. (Compared to the other shite going on these days)
This is not in poor taste. (Huh? The tattoo of the crucifixion I’m planning on getting on my bumm, that’s in poor taste.)
This is a “much ado about nothing”. (And the Shakespeare is far more […]

Google Dot Commie

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

Way to go, Google! Kowtowing to Chinese government demands to censor search results is SO 90’s thinking. Profit is the bottom line! Until the Commies take over everything and profit just a fondly remembered dream of the past. Speaking of another blast from the past, how about this one:
“We will bury you.”
The CNN report I […]

Ach, du lieber! Was haben wir hier, comment spam auf deutsch?!?

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

Audrea at, signing in under name “Discount Domain Names North Datoka” from IP addr and providing link www.effective hyphen web hyphen, writes
Ich las ein anderes blog frh, und ich wnsche, da ich zuerst hergekommen war.
My German ain’t what it gewas, but I think that translates roughly as “I read another blog (frh?), […]

What do Loxian and Verena Haser have in common?

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

Not a whole hell of a lot, I hope. Other than they’re two search phrases I keep seeing come up in my access logs every few days.
I kinda feel sorry for anyone (like “Rich”?) who actually ends up here looking for something more informative than you can get in the first five pages of results.
Hey, […]

Wayll, wayll, a whale in the Thames?

Saturday, January 21st, 2006

IDR: Why?!
Whale: Why not?
Oh dear, a cetacean with attitude?
Just saw it on CNN. My favorite bit was the young couple asked for a comment by the reporter. The young woman said, “We think it’s a male. Because it won’t stop to ask for directions.”
And to the global warming naysayers and everyone else living blythely and […]

Ohio Rules #1

Saturday, January 21st, 2006

Besides being the center of the known universe (but more on that, in a later post), Ohio also boasts the largest population of “certifiable” people of any…place you might care to name. Take this guy, for example, whom I learned of yesterday on CNN:
The Dead Body Guy
He also has a blog here.
What will they come […]

Spam me, please!

Saturday, January 21st, 2006

I just noticed yesterday that Spam Huntress had linked to a spam-related post of mine on January 14th.
Probably no connection, but I just finished cleaning out another run of 70 spam comments. (Remember, I had a similar barrage, of like number, back in the wee hours of the New Year.) Maybe four or five of […]