Archive for May, 2006

Calling All English-Speakers In-country and Abroad!

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Something came up in this morning’s graduate English Conversation class that threw me and left me at a loss for words.
Specific words. Having to do with a certain trade.
One of the young women’s father is a tatami-ya. But not the kind that makes tatami mats. The kind that goes to people’s houses and measures the […]

DAMN DAMN DAMN DAMN DAMN DAMN DAMN

Monday, May 29th, 2006

(Don’t mind me…still working some of the excess off.)
DAMN DAMN DAMN DAMN DAMN DAMN DAMN
(Think of it as sort of a restrained primal scream rendered in typographical repetition.)
DAMN DAMN DAMN DAMN DAMN DAMN DAMN
(If you repeat a word, any word, often enough, it begins to lose its meaning, to look odd on the page.)
DAMN DAMN […]

BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DULL(ARD)S!

Monday, May 29th, 2006

I know when you argue with a stupid person you tend to become stupid yourself (more likely to sink to their level than rise to the occasion?), but does it rub off as well if you work with one? Or a whole gaggle?
If I’m not renewed for next year I will miss the students and […]

Respectus brevis

Sunday, May 28th, 2006

A brief respite.
To recharge the batteries and regain perspective.
Cheers!
Oh, bloody hell. This shite never works. It’s a REAL ADDICTION, I tell you, blogging.
Go on with you, then! Pretend I’m the penguin on the telly and you’re the police officer asking ’bout and go ahead and INTERCOURSE ME!
Argh!

Cilice Dion

Saturday, May 27th, 2006

NEW YORK (AP) - Opus Dei, the secretive Catholic organization which has received increasing media attention as a result of Dan Brown’s best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code and its movie adaptation, announced today that it would be adding several hours of hits by former pop diva Celine Dion to the daily program of devotional […]

Chattily Lace and a pretty face…

Saturday, May 27th, 2006

I’m back…sort of. Just kidding about the pretty face. (Whew. Borges was right about mirrors. Abominable! I look [and feel] like Death warmed over.)
I just wanted to plug the chatware that I found last weekend and have installed (much to my chagrin…see preceding post) for use on our e-Learning website at the university. It’s called […]

My dignity under attack

Friday, May 26th, 2006

It began innocently enough, when I introduced my class of first-years to the new chatrooms on our website (my translations of Japanese bits & notes in square brackets)…

K19

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Hi!

K19

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Konnichiwa! [Good day!]

K19

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Oyasuminasai [Good night!]

RonCraig

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Hello, everybody!

K19

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Oh

BB

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ohhhh!!!!!!

Nono

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Hello!!

K19

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ohohohoho

NN

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Hello! How are […]

A Season of Sock-Puppets (Further ADventures)

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

Maybe the only thing more laughable (or pathetic?) than creating a cast of sock-puppets on your own is…getting family members to chime in in agreement?
More from the anals* of Autodynamics.
Be sure to click Next for the message from Dad.
Group hug, whaddaya say?
*Not a typo.
Addendum:
A BIG IDRB WELCOME TO DAVID AND THE ADIOTS!
Wow, I leave off […]

Sometimes I can’t help myself

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

For example.
Sorry, Mr Kenny! It’s really OK. Really.
あ(a)り(ri)が(ga)と(to)う(u)ご(go)ざ(za)い(i)ま(ma)す(su)。(.)
gives arigatô gozaimasu. arigatô is the phonologically reduced form of the adverbial form of the adjective arigatai, used to describe an object or situation for which one is “thankful or feel[s] gratitude”, derived from the connective stem of the verb ari “to be, exist” with the derivative morpheme […]

Sniff, sniff? Smells like teen sp…um, something

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

Unless the ole schnozzler is going on the fritz (and we’re talking here about an olfactory organ which in its heyday could detect, several hours in advance, the faint bite of ozone indicating approaching precipitation), the chestnuts of Ibaraki-machi have come (ahem, sorry!) into bloom.

Return The Statue of Liberty!

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

Working at home today. I have that “number of millions of minds” (Guess who that could be attributed to and win a free pair of “Made for Walkin’” Shite Stomper® boots from the IDRB “Kinder & Gentler” Footwear® online store! “IDRB K&B Footwear: Come on in and have a good fit!”*), CNN, on, with Anderson […]

Listen to the rhythm of the failing pain

Monday, May 22nd, 2006

Over the last hour, the access log has rung with the resounding ping of the spambots pounding their little heads against the trackback limbo I have laid in wait for them.
(A bit of a contradiction, I know, but the only other image I have to offer at the moment is of the befuddled sperm […]

犬の糞が減りました

Sunday, May 21st, 2006

Yep, that was the main thing I took away from this evening’s kumichô meeting, a comparative paucity of puppy poop in the park. (Or, in other words, a decrement in excrement has been noted by the people who are charged with keeping track of such things.)
Nothing earthshaking…although we did discuss earthquake and disaster preparedness. And […]

Public Service Announcement

Saturday, May 20th, 2006

What is with this latest run of comment spam?
Damn. In the last two days I’ve probably zapped close to 500 of the little bloodsuckers. And I see from a recent post by Roy that I’m not alone.
Based on the content of a large number, I have upped the ante and brought out the big guns, […]

Bashing someone on the Net: a touchstone

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

I dropped by the Yahoo! Autodynamics Discussion Group page the day before yesterday to catch up on the latest inanity and noticed that one of the links in a message there, purportedly to a prize-winning essay about Einstein’s theory by a high-school student named Manish Mehta, actually pointed to one by a girl named […]