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Sungha Jung Day

I hereby declare April 30th “Sungha Jung Day.” Why? Because I feel like it, and it just needs to be done.
Sungha’s top 3 YouTube vids IMHO:

FUN-KAY!

ON THE MJ TIP!

THE BOY SHOWS EMOTION (1:54)!!
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Takamine needs to step up and sponsor this kid.

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Videos

the giant spider


This is almost 20 minutes but totally worth seeing. Kevin Smith is the man.

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Oh, baby! Photos

pool faces

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Japanese Society/Culture Web

The Road Warrior would be really happy in post-apocalyptic Japan (because he wouldn’t have to worry about tolls/gas/speeding tickets)

There’s an excellent article up at the Japan Times that explains some of the reasons why even though the government used to subsidize half of the toll for the bridge to the mainland I used every weekend when living on Awajishima, I still had to pay 2600 yen (one way!): Japan’s many roads to ruin

“The results have been a disaster. Certainly, Japan has a lot of roads: four to five times the number of any other Group of Seven country when measured by kilometers of road to usable land. The trouble is, a lot of these roads are in places where they are not needed. The country has an impressive network of toll roads that will never be profitable. It has expressways that connect industrial parks to ports and airports that industries do not want to use, and monumental bridges that suck people and money out of rural towns rather than reviving them. Yet despite decades worth of road and other infrastructure projects, projects that people actually need remain undone: In 2007 the government identified 110,000 km of roads where there was a high risk of accidents because, for example, children used them to walk to school (including 40,000 km of streets lacking separated sidewalks!). Adding sidewalks to streets used by small children simply doesn’t fit the agenda of the road tribes as well as a four-lane expressway to nowhere does.
The cost of all this has also been disastrous. Thanks in part to road-building costs 10 to 30 times higher than in other countries, Japan has the most expensive toll roads in the world, some of the highest vehicle acquisition costs, and a national debt almost double the country’s GDP, the servicing of which consumes about a quarter of the annual budget. Japan’s four principal road corporations stagger under an additional ¥40 trillion in debt that is guaranteed by the government.”

I still have some really crazy road stories from Japan, and I may eventually share them. Some of them may be future editions of Osaka Stories.

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Japanese Society/Culture Web

Some Mother Frakking Group – OMFG with an “S”

OK it’s time to go on a Japan kick for a couple posts.
Is it just me, or is SMFG the worst named financial institution, ever?
As in, “SMFG agrees deal with Citi to buy Nikko Cordial.”
They might as well call themselves the Stealing Fuckers or Nipponese Moneylending Urchins of Doom (NMUD).

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Oh, baby! Photos

2A

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They fell asleep on him.

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Society & Culture Videos

Better Place

I’ve been through a lot of the archives, and Shai Agassi probably gave the single most important talk at TED this year:

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Web

vhc tabehodai

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Max loves the very hungry caterpillar. We read it to him almost everyday. I found this pic over at B3ta.

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Food Photos Thai Society/Culture

near wild heaven

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An old woman came by my table at an outdoor restaurant, selling this (plus another similarly-sized chunk) out of a basket. It was the last of her merchandise so she let me have it for 50 Baht ($1.50 US); about 30% off the going rate.
There is nothing more delicious than wild honey, even just a very small amount (It’s the reason Pooh bear is such a fat ass, after all.).

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Videos

Deeper Murasaki (chorus FAIL)


This is what happens when you depend on an audience not familiar with the lyrics. Other than that, awesome performance. Doesn’t hold much to the original Deep Murasaki I linked to last year though (JASRAC keeps taking it down but it sprouts up again every time):

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Gaming Web

Intergalactic Power Punch

NES otaku headline: There was an unreleased sequel developed for Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!
It was never officially released due to licensing and quality problems.
It contained super-strong aliens and Don King…
AND THE ROM HAS BEEN MADE AVAILABLE FOR ANYONE TO DOWNLOAD!!!
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In other news, all hail Bald Bull:
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Web

The Twitter Defense

“Banal is good.”
That’s like, deep, dude.
For fucks sake.

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Oh, baby! Photos

a fragile world held together by zip ties

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Videos

bike skills


wow.

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Society & Culture Web

Successful Ambush

Turning Tables, U.S. Troops Ambush Taliban With Swift and Lethal Results

“Sergeant Reese gave his rifle to another sniper to cover him while he tried to cut away a Taliban fighter’s ammunition pouches with a four-inch blade. The fighter had only been pretending to be dead, the soldiers said. He lunged for Sergeant Reese, who stabbed him in the left eye.”

Sometimes it’s easy to forget we’re still fighting a war with a defined enemy and objectives.

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Photos Web

dirty fighter

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Chillin' Web

cent lorre

cent lorre
CENT LORRE
c3nt 10rr3
LOLZR all your googlage is belong to us

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Oh, baby! Photos

Max is 1 (as of yesterday)

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We love you, Max!

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Toys & Tech

Tuk Tuk USA

From Autoblog Green: Tuk Tuk coming to American roads near you?

“…vehicles are currently undergoing EPA and NHTSA testing for road-use approval, though its line of trikes is reportedly already for sale for off-road use.”

Of course, for the US market they are completely overdoing it; you can even order colors like Cranberry Red and Clematis blue in standard, metallic, or pearl finish. Also, it seems they are making stretch models:
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Real tuktuks don’t have 4 cylinders, yo.
All that’s left to do is some hydraulics work and installing a decent sound system.

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Web

richardgeresbane

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Click for full size pop-up.
The internet giveth…