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Web

Cult of Paradox

I don’t get it, can someone explain how buying/using Apple products, especially iPods or iTunes, is not supporting DRM?
Because I can understand wanting cool gear, and I can even understand sacrificing your morals for cool gear… But let’s be honest about it, yeah?
Fuck DRM, fuck non-replaceable batteries, fuck a one-button mouse. Period.

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Site News

MT 4.1 Upgrade Complete

Beam us up to the mothaship already!
Let me know if you run into any problems commenting or viewing entries, etc.

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Site News

Upgrading to MT 4.1

I finally got everything around here working smoothly for the past month, so…. That’s right, it’s time for another upgrade! This time it’s from Movable Type 4.01 to 4.1… Hope this install goes smoother than the last one, and that Dreamhost doesn’t let me down or bill me for two years in advance again (Dreamhost customer joke).
If I disappear from the ether for a while, don’t worry, I’ll be back somehow, sometime.

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Oh, baby! Web

Baby Instructions

Some of these baby instructions should come in handy for us (boya is due in May):
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Go check out the whole gallery.
(link from adam)

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Web

TeacherTube

YouTube for, um, Teachers: LINK
Haven’t seen much on it yet, but predict that it will prove too popular for itself.

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Videos

Deep Murasaki


Awesome, even though the kozutsumi plays it a little too loose at the end.
Also, I noticed that Asahi Television has been telling Youtube to take down other instances of this clip recently, so here’s a longer alternate version if the one above isn’t viewable: LINK

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Food Photos Thai Society/Culture

Thainglish Update – Bissin Thin Biscuits with Nature Identical Raspberry Flavoured Cream

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They’re a mouthful.

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Web

omg this link is dope

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rap represented in mathematical charts and graphs

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(also see: Dead Mike, CB4)

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Japanese Society/Culture Web

Contradiction: American Wagyu

This article about Kobe and pseudo-Kobe beef was interesting, but kind of pissed me off: Raising the Steaks
I mean, the author is passing judgment on a practice he’s never seen first-hand? I lived in Japan for many years, knew a lot of people raising cattle, and I never saw a single cow living in a lean-to (I can’t remember seeing any lean-tos in Japan!).
I sure saw a lot living in barns, open pastures, and ranches, though. This quote from the article especially struck a nerve: “And where is all that pasture to begin with, given that Japan is so short of land?” Oh, I see. The problem is that this guy has never been to Japan, has probably never even seen Japan outside of the photos in the wikipedia articles he used for “research,” and couldn’t find a single Japanese rancher to interview so instead asked his questions to experts in the US… and in the end recommends their product over the Japanese one because he’s lost his taste for “beef raised in a crate.” As evidenced by the testimonial of a single Frenchman. Oi.
Hey, and I’m really curious as to under which Shinto tenets, “beef was not consumed in Japan until the Meiji Restoration.” Or is this just a very slanted way of presenting Shinto vegetarianism?
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A great contrast to this article, also written last year, is this one: The Sublime Culture of Kobe Beef
It paints a much different picture than the article above…. In the end, only one question remains: ARE THE COWS ACTUALLY MASSAGED, OR IS IT JUST SHIT BEING RUBBED OFF THEM WITH A HANDFUL OF STRAW?
and also: DOES SHIT-COATED COW MAKE FOR BETTER EATING, OR WHAT?
These are questions that deserve straight, honest, and thoroughly documented answers.
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I, personally, can offer the following:

  • I have seen cows in Hyogo that were being raised for meat being massaged by their owners
  • I have seen small “houses” especially built for cows to sleep in at night in some pastures
  • A worker at a small ice cream factory on Awaji Island told me that they sometimes sold old ice cream in bulk to local farmers for cattle feed
  • I have never seen a cow lying in its own shit unless it was sick
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Gaming

One-click Flash Game

Pretty cool: Filler

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Oh, baby!

Our Boy

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Taken on a third-class ultrasound machine in a first-rate clinic out in the countryside of a third-world country
The Yoshida name lives on!

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Web

Nick Denton is the Man

For publishing the best Tom Cruise movie since Top Gun.
Only one question: What’s that bubble-popping noise at 1:49? Ah, maybe it was just my mind exploding.
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*One of my proudest accomplishments ever was introducing Nick to masamania when he came to Japan a few years back and asked for a few good links.

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Photos Thai Society/Culture

Cows in My New Backyard

Well, more of the empty lot next door than our backyard, but hey, the important thing here is the cows, right?
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If you’ve stuck around this blog since I made my move to Maha Sarakham, Thailand, you know that I’m somewhat obsessed with the flora and fauna surrounding me (whether I end up eating it or not), and I hope for the Cows in My Backyard series to become something of a time-honored tradition. So far, it’s only been a year or so. Here’s to more cows, and maybe even more backyards in the future.

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Videos

Ocarina Otaku


saiko ja!

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Web

Imploded Teddies

This is one of the coolest ideas I’ve seen in a while:

“Bears, is a series of portraits of the most unusual sort: ordinary teddy bears that have been turned inside out and restuffed. Each animal’s appearance is determined by the necessities of the manufacturing process…”

Go check out the whole gallery.
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Videos

Hisashiburi Guitar Vid


Look how many views this vid has now!

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Japanese Society/Culture Web

The Origins of Kaiten-zushi (Conveyor Belt Sushi)

Envisioned in 1933: Mechanical grocery store walks around the customer
Substitute raw fish and vinegared rice for the “groceries,” lose the wrapping option (mawarizushi is one of the few things the Japanese don’t wrap), and add self-pouring draft beer vending machines, and then you’ve got a recipe for a winner (that sounds a lot like Kura Zushi near KIX, but I digress)
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Web

Hot coffee, comrade!

Holy crap, does this real life GTA show in Russia sound like fun or what?
I would totally kick ass at this.
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Photos Thai Society/Culture

Pumpkin Top Security

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I love companies that don’t take themselves too seriously; especially ones that should. Then again, maybe the Pumpkins are old money aristocrat types convinced that their family crest strikes fear in the hearts of would be wrongdoers (fuck thee not with the PUMPKINS, knave!).

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Chillin'

Walt Whitman Freed the Slaves

Adam sent me this a while back. Click to open the full size page in a pop-up window.
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