Sunday, October 22, 2006

It's funny 'cuz it's true (sadly)

I (used to) write anime fan-fiction. (That's right. I'm a geek. What was your first clue?)

I haven't written in a long, long time, for a variety of reasons; lack of inspiration, lack of free time, the fact that living in Japan makes one realize that just about everything in fanfiction is wrong...

About that last, it seems that in the fan-fiction community (and, in fact, the anime fandom itself) there are a lot of wanna-be Japanese out there.

And that's why this is funny. Trust me.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Slashdot | The Perception of 'Random' on the iPod

Slashdot | The Perception of 'Random' on the iPod

This, then, is an indication of how much free time I have: I submitted an article that made it to the front page of Slashdot. And, looking at the subject matter, it must be a slow news day.

Still, I've noticed the occasional non-randomness of shuffle...but I'd rather accept it as an example of observer bias (one wouldn't remember the times when it did seem more random) rather than, perhaps, the iPod being psychic. (^_^)

Japan and the United States -- Fun Facts to Know and Share!

In the U.S., Shonen Jump magazine costs $4.99, and comes out once a month.
In Japan, Shonen Jump magazine costs about $3 (US), and it comes out once a week.

In the U.S., sushi is trendy and exotic, and a plate of salmon sushi (two pieces) costs around $5.00.
In Japan, sushi is fast food, and a plate of salmon sushi (two pieces) costs about a buck.

In the U.S., the interstates are often three or four lanes in each direction.
In Japan, the expressways are often one lane in each direction.

In the U.S., some people think that sticky rice has been made incorrectly.
In Japan, some people wonder what's wrong with Americans that they think this way.

In the U.S., people are astonished that I can speak some Japanese.
In Japan, people are astonished that I can speak some Japanese.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Fun with R's and L's

So I'm watching the Japanese version of "Dancing With the Stars" (I think that's what it's called), and they've got one couple dancing to Bill Haley & the Comets' "Rock Around the Clock."

One two suree o'crock four o'crock lock...

...Ya put ya gurad lags on...

I can't go on. Hey, at least the singer tried.