Archive for September, 2006

Window Woman! Window Woman!

Friday, September 29th, 2006

Jobanni informs me that Madonna has been discussed much of late on the local boards as a result of her recent concerts in Osaka and Tokyo.
It seems fans have decided to naturalize her. Or at least her name.
Reportedly she is now known/referred to by some as 「窓女」Mado-onna…”Window Woman”.
Call me crazy, but I can’t get thoughts […]

Hee hee

Monday, September 25th, 2006

From xkcd via Chris’s.


Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

Unless you’re a total n00b here you know that I take a rather dim view of anyone or anything that refers to or relies upon Chomsky’s linguistic “theories” and writings.
I have no time whatsoever for anyone citing his political…fiction?
So much, therefore, for Señor Chavez. Just another hue of a different color?
(Bit of an in-joke that […]

Towelheads up in arms again over Beast of Rome’s comments

Sunday, September 17th, 2006

Like…this is something NEW?! Yawn.
I really do wish you assholes would stop pussyfooting around and get on with your jihad-crusades and get them over with and out of your systems. Probably too much to ask that you leave the other passengers out of it, I guess.
But really, if you don’t settle down soon, I’m afraid […]

Why children kill their parents…

Thursday, September 14th, 2006

Jobanni just emailed me about a thread on 2-Channel (I’ll try to find a link) about the stupid names people have been giving their children lately.
Evidently one teenage couple (since firearms are tightly controlled over here, how would you translate “shotgun wedding”, I wonder?) registered their baby’s name using the kanji 「純愛」(expected reading “Jun’ai” or […]

(Pseudo-)Scientific Foundations

Monday, September 11th, 2006

Has anyone else been struck by the similiarities between Chomsky’s musings on “The Galilean Revolution” and the earlier period of meta-theory investigations comparing the strengths and merits of context-free vs. context-sensitive grammars? Does this have any implications for the future of the current theory? (Oh, I’m sorry, “program”. It’s not concrete enough yet to be […]

More Incomprehensible Movie Title Translations

Monday, September 11th, 2006

Two more head-scratcher/eye-rollers for the list.
I see from advertisements that the new(?) Bruce Willis flick 16 Blocks will be going under the title 『16ブロック』(Shikusut’în Burokku) here in Japan. “16 Block” in other words. Once more sending out the message that indicating number on nouns is as optional in English as it is virtually non-existent in […]

STUPID spammers

Friday, September 8th, 2006

I was moderating some comments as requested and actually watched a run of spam come in. I’d no sooner delete one or two than the moderation page said there was a new one or two waiting.
The IP address was constant (, so I did a look-up. APNIC area. I then put the server into the […]

For once, the car crash, not just the traffic jam

Thursday, September 7th, 2006

Love that line and just had to publish it, even though this post ain’t ready yet.
(Know the group? Tell me in the comments while waiting!)

What would you do?

Thursday, September 7th, 2006

(1) If you got involved in a relationship and lost your job and became financially dependent on the other person and then eventually wanted to get out of the relationship but couldn’t find a job and were forced to stay where you were?
(2) If you suddenly woke up one morning and knew, with utmost certainty, […]


Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

I just heard on CNN that Princess Kiko, wife of Prince Akishino, has given birth to a little boy, thus temporarily ending the controversy over whether a woman should be allowed to succeed to the Imperial Throne.
Jobanni just emailed me and told me that he found the following headline in the top news section of […]

Big Bang Shebang to Hang? Another AD Post

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

They’re back and they’re whack! News from the forefront of science!
Is nothing sacred?! David’s latest post links to a Science Daily article on the failure by a team of University of Alabama researchers to discover evidence of a phenomenon predicted by the Big Bang Theory of the origin of the universe, calling into question the […]

Oh, this is just SO WRONG.

Monday, September 4th, 2006

(Via Jobanni…who else?)

Spam Stats

Monday, September 4th, 2006

I got to wondering if that strange referral might have been from a spam comment that had somehow slipped through, so I accessed the database and searched the whole thing for any occurrence of any part of the “actor” in question’s name. Zilch. NO idea how they got my blog URL (which appears simply as […]


Monday, September 4th, 2006

Or, My First Anti-Crime Patrol.
Last night from 7:00 to 8:00 I went on my first “anti-crime patrol”, yet another of my obligations as “neighborhood blockhead”. (Actually, it should have been my second, but I totally spaced the night of the first one back in June and forgot to go. Bad Ron, BAD!)
I went over to […]