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Monday, January 25th, 2010
3:35 pm

I found this too bizarre and amusing to keep to myself: If Pokemon were ancient Japanese youkai picture scrolls

Current Mood: happy
Wednesday, July 1st, 2009
7:44 pm

Yippee! New Monkey Island PC game, after generations of waiting!! http://www.telltalegames.com/monkeyisland

Current Mood: giddy
Friday, June 26th, 2009
11:04 pm
Thursday, March 12th, 2009
11:15 pm

If you're a crazy mecha nut like me, you won't get greater burning hyper-masculinity outside of Gurren Lagann than this beautiful clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjTCmzVNYdM
Wednesday, March 11th, 2009
6:55 pm
Weird Dates
Just realized something. Feb 2009 started a Sunday which was the first of the month and ended on a Saturday, causing March's dates from the first to the twenty-eighth to fall on exactly the same days as Feb's, leading to consecutive months with a Friday the 13th.

What're the odds?

Current Mood: dorky
Sunday, January 18th, 2009
10:50 am
It's Sunday. I'm drinking champagne for breakfast.

Current Mood: relaxed
Saturday, January 17th, 2009
8:54 am
Friday, November 28th, 2008
11:04 pm
Yesterday at a four-hour dinner with friends, somehow we started having a competition to see who could name THE WORST FOOD EVER. 

A friend suggested "Yaki-puppy." I countered with " Deep-Fried Kitten." I was instantly declared the winner. 

Current Mood: accomplished
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008
10:46 pm
The Most Important Music Links Ever

 Stumbled upon the greatest. songs. ever.


The sad/totally awesome thing is that if the second song had different male vocals, it would sell 18 million copies and we all know it.

You also might get a kick out of this site, where I've just lost two hours of my life: http://musicvideosthatsuck.com/wordpress/

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008
9:33 am
Oh, The Stereotypes You'll Meet!

I've been thinking about writing a satrical piece about ex-pats in Japan for a long time, and now since old friends have moved to Japan it seems like now's the time.


Saturday, July 19th, 2008
8:03 am
More Proof For the Absence of a Benevolent God
 The Dark Knight not opening here until August 2nd, and then only in a limited engagement.

Current Mood: crushed
Saturday, July 12th, 2008
7:39 am
Words Matter - A PSA For Those Coming To Japan
Hey, everyone. I know you're busy getting ready for your big move over here and the idea of remembering YET ANOTHER thing must make you groan. But this is something you're not going to find in the JET manual, but it's very important to how your colleagues and students treat and see you. It's also very easy to accidently set bad seeds at the beginning which will be very hard to correct later.

As you probably know, as it has be beaten into your heads time and time again, first impressions are important and doubly important in Japan. Appareance is EVERYTHING, actual results are NOTHING. That is why you must dress professionally (ex: suit and tie) when you first meet your employers. 

But I'd like to address something else: the important of correct words. Specifically, two words that piss me off immensely due to their gross abuse by both Japanese and non-Japanese alike. 

1. First names

Not a word, per se, but let's say your name is "Daniel Hammond." When you say to Japanese people "my name is Daniel Hammond", there's a good chance they will be confused and embarrased because they're unsure of the pronouncation of your name, AS WELL AS what's your first name and what's your last name, unless you're last name happens to be "Smith" or "Green." Odds are, the person is going to call you "Daniel-san" or "misutaa Daniel." DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN. 

Why not? First names are friendly, right? We all like being friendly, right?

Except this is Japan and you're at work, not among friends. People judge you by the words you use and how you addresss other people. Japanese people NEVER address new people by their first name BECAUSE IT'S RUDE. Letting them do it to you because you're not Japanese emphasizes your foreign-ness and transmits the message "I am not worthy of your basic respect as a human being." You're going to be addressing everyone by "last name + -san/sensei," and yet they will not be reciprocating.
You will encounter lots of Japanese people who will call you by your first name with no suffix. This is because 

1. They mistakenly believe there is no need to add suffixes to foreign names.

Don't let your students get away with it either. Your JET may even tell you "oh, please use your first name, your last name is too hard for the students." BULLSHIT! These kids are learning English; they have to be able to say at least ONE English name. The teacher who goes by "Daniel-sensei" will quickly become "Daniel" or "Dan-chan." Now, if you and your kids love each other and they come up with a nickname for you, that's awesome, but DURING CLASS they have to address you properly as a sign of basic respect. My middle school teacher would have killed me if I called him "Mr. Jeff," it sounds like he's a slave!

Insist on last names and proper suffixes from the beginning. Your work relationships and respect will improve.

2. gaijin

For some reason, tons of expats who come over here embrace this word. They call themselves gaijin, make gaijin jokes, and absorb the insulting binary Japanese view that they world is divided into two groups: Japanese and gaijin. I was recently at a dinner with a teacher from New Zealand who said in (broken) Japanese to other Japanese teachers "I really like going to that gym because a lot of gaijin hang out there," much to the horror of the knowledgableJapanese-speaking English teachers there.

Do you know what "gaijin" means? What it really means? Everyone can tell you "gaijin" means "foreigner", but the correct word for foreigner in Japanese is "gaikokujin," written in kanji as person-from-outside-country. "gaijin" lacks the "country", making it just "outsider."
Guys, gaijin means nigger. It's a very rude word for foreigners. That's why NHK has banned its usage. That's why the word doesn't show up on any newscasts or respectable media. The news doesn't say "today, a nigger was hit by a truck in Shibuya and died" BECAUSE WORDS MATTER. Still, there are lots of Japanese people who say "gaijin" or "gaijin-san", which sounds like referring to black people as "those negros." They probably don't know it's not OK to say it anymore.  So please, do everyone a favor: don't call yourself a "gaijin." Don't let Japanese people say the word "gaijin." In fact, don't use "gaijin" execpt in telling other people not to use it!      
Monday, April 14th, 2008
9:35 am
wth hahaha
NEED a Setsuna F. Seiei t-shirt with the caption in huge text "I am a Gundam"  (^▽^)

Current Mood: amused
Thursday, February 21st, 2008
10:09 am
Sam & Max Surf Again!

This news made my day

Now my only decision to make is whether I order the hardback, or the hardback AND the softback. Or maybe I should just order three copies of the hard back: one to read, one to hawk on ebay for $300 once it goes out of print again, and one to keep just in case something happens to the one I read.

Current Mood: chipper
Thursday, January 17th, 2008
11:06 am
Gundam 00 - Not Happening
I've now jumped on the bandwagon and started watching Gundam 00, but I don't like what I'm seeing.

Gundam 00 ep 4 hasn't surpassed the franchise's disease of inserting grossly unnatural dialogue in a poor attempt to hide forcibly explained backstory. Do you know anyone who when asked "tea or coffee" must recite their entire life history and the events that lead them to the decision of "tea"? I'm more disappointed that four episodes into the series I don't know much about the Gundam pilots. Fuck, I don't even know what their names are! - College student Saji, whom I know more about than the main character, experiencing the same problem is awesome. I honestly can't detect much difference between Gundam 00's four pilots. Setsuna is a quiet angst-ridden boy. But so is the long, purple-haired boy with glasses. And the long, grey-haired boy without glasses. The only pilot with a much of a noticable personality seems to be Stratos Lockon, if only because his name is insanely stupidgreat and he's the only non-angsty pilot. Gundam Wing established and kept the audience's interest because it created five very different looking main characters with completely different personalities, but Gundam 00 has four very similarly-looking Gundam pilots, three of which have the same personality - not a promising sign of things to come. 

And what the hell is up with this constant "one character in one country starts a sentence and an unrelated character halfway across the globe finishes it" bullshit?! It was clever the first time, but doing it constantly for 20 minutes really gets on my nerves. Having a cast of twenty main and side characters is great, but Gundam 00 feels the need to include all of them in every single episode and resorts to constantly switching back and forth to them at breakneck speed - this is a BAD IDEA and I want to kill whoever greenlighted it.  
Monday, November 5th, 2007
7:32 pm
Monday, October 29th, 2007
9:56 pm
Proof of Otaku - Not My Finest Hour

Rather than go to a Halloween Party, I headed out to the Holy Land to pick up the final two Lucky Star CD singles from Gamers because 1) I wanted to get the  Gamers-only bonus for buying all 10 CDs and 2) I was afraid they'd sell out of the Gamers-only bonus postcards quickly because they were released on the 24th.

When I got to Gamers I discovered the CDs have been delayed until 10/31.


Current Mood: angry
Saturday, October 27th, 2007
10:21 am
For Erin

Animenation's new banner is really cute and I thought of you: http://us.st11.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.com/I/animenation_1973_595231414

By the way, did you finish watching Death Note, or did you stop somewhere?

Monday, October 1st, 2007
10:15 pm
Gurren-Lagann 27 Spoiler-Free
Wow. Forget Evangelion, forget Utena, forget Dragon Ball Z: Gurren-Lagann is the PERFECT anime.

Endless burning manly passion!!
Thursday, September 27th, 2007
12:50 pm

Since I'm back in the states and now possess a DS Lite, I bought Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney at a GameStop in Arizona!!

My uncle is a lawyer, so I am sure he will have fun looking at this. I can't wait to use the famed call for the first time! 


Current Mood: excited
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