Archive for December, 2006

New Year’s Eve 2006-2007…Kouhaku, again?

Sunday, December 31st, 2006

Well, this isn’t exactly how I wanted or expected to be spending New Year’s Eve…but then again, why should tonight be greatly different from any other night of this past year.
So, I’m sitting here cross-legged on the ese-tatami mats in the dinning area near the kitchen (and under the heater), the laptop humming away in […]

Mini-Composition: Photo Captions

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

Every Tuesday, Gaijin Biker over on Riding Sun does a “Tuesday caption contest” (up to #70 now) in which he posts a photo and commenters try to come up with the best caption, with the winner announced on Fridays.
I pinched this idea and applied it in a task for my composition classes. In its current […]

When Noam Chomsky met the shoe bomber…

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

The R. Robot warblog is back! (Yeah!)
I fed in “Noam Chomsky” and got the following article back in response:
“So turning Iraq into an oil colony was supposed to make Arabs excited about democracy?” says Noam Chomsky. For shame! How hysterical!
Noam Chomsky has changed his tune again. “What ever happened to Osama Bin Laden?” he says. […]

Autoblog…another fine comment spammer!

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

This one’s been riding low on the radar for quite a few weeks now, just showing up in the mod queue every now and then, with only one or two spam messages each time.
The commenter name is always given as “AutoBlog”, the E-mail address is usually (I’ve just added this to the Email Addresses […]

Happy Mid-Winter Holiday Coopted by Xian Conspirators!

Monday, December 25th, 2006

You weren’t expecting something bland and banal like “Season’s Greetings”, were you?
Anyway (and seriously), best wishes to everyone for a safe and happy new year!

Yeah, I got yer holiday spirit right here…

Friday, December 15th, 2006

Rômaji Nikki 0

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

Rômaji Nikki to wa, omoni Meiji 42-nen (1909) no 4-gatsu 7-ka kara 6-gatsu 16-nichi made no aida ni Ishikawa Takuboku to iu shijin ga tsuketa nikki no koto de aru. Ore wa kono sakuhin no koto wo hajimete shitta no wa, Ohaio Shûritsu Daigaku (OSU) de Morita Sensei (Dr. James Morita) no Nihon Bungaku-Shi no […]

Google + Blogger = Glooger

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

Or Booger?
I just spent a good 5 minutes trying to post a comment over on LG’s blog, using my old Blogger account name and password to log in & preview. Kept getting a password error message, which is ridiculous since I haven’t changed it (ever…I know: Stupid!) and it didn’t appear that the account had […]

Support for Heterosexual Marriage

Monday, December 11th, 2006

Heard this just about an hour ago on a TV show (never mind what I was watching):
“Gays are all for straight marriage, you know.
After all, if it wasn’t for straight people getting married, there’d be no gay people!”
I guess I’d never really thought about it that way.

Welcome to PhysicsPolice.Org

Sunday, December 10th, 2006

Welcome to the physics police website. Our goal is to do what governments, universities, and journalists do not do: read the content of articles published by physicists and cosmologists around the world and look for sweeping statements, contradictions, and the biggest crime - not looking for alternatives to explain something that until now has been […]

We’re all alone

Sunday, December 10th, 2006

No, this is not another ET post!
I’ve been surfing the Web this morning and came across a link to this YouTube video in this post by HillCountryGal.

Even though I’ve loved this song since I first heard it in high school nearly thirty years ago, I never took the time to look into the details. I […]

Man behind the wheel

Saturday, December 9th, 2006

CNN has been covering the Kim family tragedy in Oregon all morning.
Very sad, but I can’t help but wonder, among all the other questions, what role, if any, “male motor machismo” played in causing this one.

Learning from students

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

Sometimes we teachers can learn from our students as well.
Several of the seniors this year are again doing their thesis on topics or authors whom I know little or nothing about. (Elizabeth Gaskell, anyone? The development of the American fast food industry?)
And one of my second-year composition students has written about an art exhibition she […]


Monday, December 4th, 2006

I’m telling you, they don’t call it “BF E…Ibaraki” for nothing!
I stopped off to check my mailbox on the way back to the office after my 3rd-period class and the little lady from Sômu caught me on the way out. Seems the kakari-chô who retired back in March stopped by and left some produce from […]

Poor Fermi

Monday, December 4th, 2006

The most amusing—and at the same time, depressing—aspect of the whole paradox is that the answer was obvious.
It was right here, under his very nose, the whole time.
We are not alone.
(Moral: Never eat a whole bag of chocolate-covered peanuts while watching Invasion just before bedtime. Brrrr! Chills!)