Archive for February, 2006

Catharsis Continued (AKA The Aerodynamics of Pork, Morpork, or This Little Piggy Went Calling)

Monday, February 27th, 2006

You don’t want to read this. I didn’t want to write it. Don’t want you to read it. But it’s like a psychic bladder stone I have to pass NOW, before it kills me.
Know that I’ve always taken a rather dim view of the airing of dirty family laundry in public, and take that as […]

IN MATRIS MEMORIAM

Sunday, February 26th, 2006

This is my favorite picture of my mother, holding her grandchildren Tasha (Nastasia) and Nathan. I keep a large blowup of this in a frame in a little alcove in my tatami room and occasionally burn stick incense (three sticks) in front of it. (Not as part of any real religious ceremony, mostly just as […]

Who, then, would hear me?

Friday, February 24th, 2006

Among all the orders of Angels?
If I should cry out?

Rabbi Yeshu’ah ben-Yoseph haNazîr…seems to think he’s got it covered.
OK, Ludmilla, fasten your seat belt. The ride gets pretty bumpy from here….

Dubai to buy US ports?

Friday, February 24th, 2006

The more I think about it, the more this one really has me confused.
I mean, I’ve never really thought about US ports being all that significant from a world perspective, either in terms of quality or market share.
Besides, aren’t Muslims prohibited from drinking alcohol? And why haven’t we seen anything about the Portuguese take on […]

Paulian Fundamentalism + Inbreeding = Westboro Baptist Church!

Friday, February 24th, 2006

I’m still trying to confirm that these wingnuts who like to protest at the funerals of slain military personnel are the same wingnuts that CNNj is reporting on this morning; seems they are.
I won’t link to their main website, though it isn’t difficult to find. Shameful. Hateful.
Here’s a recent news article. And the most relevant […]

Ain’t democracy GRAND?

Friday, February 24th, 2006

UPDATE!
Mutant Frog has debunked this report here. (Thanks for the link, Roy!)
Akihabara News - 2nd hand electronics sales will soon be illegal in Japan
(I mean, this country IS a democracy, right? Sometimes the distinction blurs….)

Dammit, Spock, I am a doctorLINGUIST, not a miracle workerpediatrician!

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

Since we’re effectively on spring break now and I was a bit under the weather yesterday, today (Thursday) was the first day this week I trundled my trolley down the Vale of Whoas (only readers of Will’s blog will get that one) and came in to the office.
And what should I find waiting for me […]

In nomine Dei

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

Your God is not mine, so it’s OK for me to blow up your place of worship.
You disrespect my Prophet, so it’s OK for me to destroy your property and restrict your rights.
You do not believe as I do, so you are damned forever and I am just in killing you.
My God is Great, there […]

And so it begins…

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

I just heard that the South Dakota legislature is currently working on a bill to ban almost all forms of abortion.
Here we go again.

Quick, Dick, gitcher gun agin!

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

Get everything loaded (the gun and you…a beer or three over lunch again?) and do that thing like only you can do so well!
Just, this time, point it at the right man:

“A people gets the government it deserves.”
That’s fine and dandy for half of you…but why did you have to drag the rest of us […]

Presentation is everything!

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

I’ve received a reply from the moderators of LINGUIST List re my response on the voices in pottery. Evidently they didn’t like the way I expressed myself:
We appreciate your keen insight into this matter. Thank you for alerting us to this possible hoax and giving us the links to the discussions about the subject.
We […]

Train Meets Car, Part 2

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

Jobanni has sent another pic of the train mishap the other day that he took with his cell phone, plus two more taken by someone else on the train which he found on the Net. (The location of the accident was someone between Ishioka and Takahama, by the way. Still haven’t found anything in the […]

Credo quia absurdum

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

Someone just posted to LINGUIST List about “6500-year-old voices recorded in pottery!”
Ahem. Come on, people, they’re not just for placing purdy hats and thingses on anymore: use them correctly.
Or at least use your browser and check around a bit first, eh?
(My reply has not come through yet.)

I am not Japanese!

Sunday, February 19th, 2006

And neither is this tool sending spam written in Japanese, I should think. This was in my uni mailbox:
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2006 01:45:56 +0900 (JST)
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契約金:契約時+月々別支払い有り
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入金制度について詳しくは直メールでご確認下さい!
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のご利用になります。
■直通:090-32**-9**6

Ah, where to begin…how about the first message line, a dead giveaway? (The subject line, “Won’t you let us pay (=deposit money for) you?” is a giveaway that […]

Romeo Melon

Saturday, February 18th, 2006

Why can’t I, for the life of me, remember this Japanese group’s name correctly?