Archive for November, 2006


Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

“All interpretation is translation.”
In a certain sense.
Talking to some of the seniors in the student lounge yesterday reminded me of this line from something years ago.
(Maybe one day I’ll finish it….)

Haaaaaaang on, Snoopy! Snoopy, hang on!

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

“Professor Brown, can you read and write kanji?”
Besides the speaker and myself, the only other person on the elevator yesterday morning was a student who appeared to be trying really hard to will himself invisible despite having taken the sweet spot in front of the control panel.
Professor Brown?
The speaker, a man who works on the […]

Niggers, Honkies, Spics and Gooks

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

I could probably count the number of Seinfeld episodes I’ve seen on one hand; I was over here in Japan well before the series started airing in ‘89. I’ve found the shows I’ve seen pretty funny, although I can honestly say the “Kramer” character was not one of my favorites.
Yesterday morning the buzz on CNN […]

Ooh! They’re still alive! You guessed it: An AD Post!

Monday, November 20th, 2006

After over two months of silence, DAVID IS BACK!
And just as whack as ever!
Now he wants people to join their newsletter mailing list and help build their online community. All as part of their attempts to attract investors.
Guess the old fund-raising isn’t going as well as planned? I knew that my blogging about them wasn’t […]

Some pix…

Sunday, November 19th, 2006

I took some pictures from the car Thursday morning on the way down to Mito. Most of them didn’t turn out (at least not to show what I had expected, as expected, though none were bad except one too blurry one in a tunnel), but here are four that I liked….

Click here for a gallery […]

Gloria in excelsis!

Saturday, November 18th, 2006

Gloria Gaynor, that is.
This one’s especially for Ltart, in keeping with the Christmas theme of her latest post.

From Jobanni via email just a few minutes ago. (Dude has too much time on his hands.)

This long Mito afternoon…

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

Kind of a slow day today here at the office.
I brought the camera along for sheets and geegles, so here’s a shot from the little balcony on the third floor, facing in the direction of the main gate. (Those are the Education Department buildings there on the left. Nothing else really worth mentioning stands out […]

Arabic Broken Plurals

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

Don’t panic, the title has nothing whatsoever to do with the content of this post! Just trying to relive some of the fun of my old D&D “chaotic evil” characteristic. (But in case you are curious about this feature of Semitic morphology, or ended up here via googling, see this Wikipedia article for the basics.)
No, […]


Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

I got home late last night and found a postcard in the mailbox from my satellite service provider, Sky Perfect TV.
(Translation: Notification of Termination of “Table Tennis & Badminton TV 752″ Broadcasts)
But I didn’t even know I had a Channel 752 featuring table tennis and badminton.
I’ve never watched it, but for some reason now feel […]

Judge Judy Speaks Out!

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

I’ve got CNN on again this morning for BGN [BackGround Noise], as is my wont, and the first guest on Larry King Live is the ever-amusing Judge Judy.
What little I’ve been listening to so far, they’ve been all over the place, but one topic did get my full[er] attention. Larry asked whether mothers should receive […]

I gotta be me!

Friday, November 10th, 2006

There are:414people with my namein the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Note that this is based only on given and family names; presumably not all of us had a slightly Anglophile mother with a non-Anglophile approach to orthography.
Via Being Mr Kenny.

White lies from the White House?

Friday, November 10th, 2006

I’ve got CNN on for background noise again this morning (as usual) and in a segue preview for her show, Paula Zahn just said something about Bush having been planning to sack Rumsfeld since before the election but saying just the opposite, and asked if and when it’s OK for a President to tell a […]

For your approval (or not): Sushi

Friday, November 10th, 2006

This is already nearly a year old, but one of my students just put me on to it yesterday morning.
Submitted without further comment.

(Thought this had disappeared…but looks like YouTube is just down for maintenance!)

Lay it down, Sally!

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

There is nothing that is wrong
In you wanting to commune with me.
I know you’ve got somewhere you want me to go,
But won’t you keep yourself at home,
and stay away from me?
It’s time for you to leave!
Lay it down, Sally, and rest your spammin’ arms.
Don’t you got no one else to send your spam to?
Lay it […]


Monday, November 6th, 2006

Learn something new every day, right?
Here’s what I saw on the back of a van in front of me on the way to work this morning:

The text says, matanit’i mama ga notte ‘masu; “Maternity Mama Onboard”, in other words.
This was the first time for me to see both this particular version of the “Baby Onboard!” […]