Hunter Brumfield's past comments

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    Hunter Brumfield

    And every one of them has come to Sky Tree.

    Posted in: No. of foreign visitors to Japan exceeds 10 million

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    Hunter Brumfield

    6km is a moderately fast walk. In non-congested areas 10km would be welcome, but I assume you'd turn off the collision detection feature in crowds or you'd never get anywhere.

    Sounds promising, though.

    Posted in: Aisin Seiki develops electric wheelchair with obstacle detection function

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    Hunter Brumfield

    Headline completely misses the point of the article. The feckless translator incorrectly mentions "stress" as an alternative translation (the "( )" is a standard way they indicate that) and the editor oddly decided that was the key feature of the product -- that you don't have "stress" while taking a reading. Umm, no...

    Suggest instead: "NEC develops new means to easily take blood pressure readings".

    Posted in: NEC technology alleviates stress of taking blood pressure

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    Hunter Brumfield

    The sums for her are truly trivial. Handing out paper fans to supporters? Shocking! It doesn't support a criminal complaint and certainly not walking the plank.

    Agree with you, Graham.

    We are also in her district and have seen her in person several times at our apartment confabs. She may have overstepped a bit, but it does sound quite trivial. My wife was saddened about the resignation, seems to like her a lot.

    Too bad, and I hope she comes back swinging.

    Posted in: Trade, justice ministers quit as Abe loses 2 of his 5 women ministers

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    Hunter Brumfield

    We have a massive General Electric refrigerator that has been working beautifully non-stop since 1955. It's like a monument to early American technology.

    How to get rid of THAT in Japan?

    Posted in: What to do with that junk you can't bring yourself to throw out

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    Hunter Brumfield

    Great commentary on smoking!

    Posted in: GPod: Finding non-smoking cafes in Tokyo

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    Hunter Brumfield

    I wonder how many times there has been seismic activity that subsided with no eruption? Taking that into account, it may have been seen as not that unusual.

    Posted in: No recovery of volcano victims due to eruption fears

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    Hunter Brumfield

    This has nothing to do with "traditional magnetic cures."

    Pretty clear the toxin-absorbing nanobeads will be outside the body, and will attach to the bad stuff in the blood, then collect at the magnetized area to be removed. The cleansed blood then goes back into the patient.

    The problem I see as a layman is that a disease won't just be in the blood, but in tissue cells as well. So these will not be part of the body fluids that can be recirculated in quite a range of diseases.

    A start, though!

    Posted in: Scientists unveil magnetic cure for bad blood

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    Hunter Brumfield

    What? No comments?

    MS is so 1990s... no one gives a whit. Not hard to understand why.

    Posted in: 'Minecraft' could boost Microsoft's mobile reach

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    Hunter Brumfield

    Wife and I ordered our 6s yesterday at Softbank in Kinshicho and the place was really buzzing, but they have it pretty well figured out, plus free coffee which was nice.

    Yodabashi Camera, where we usually go, didn't have the replica phones, but Softbank did, and it was immediately clear we both wanted the smaller version.

    My main problem is that too many apps require the newer IOS's -- I agree that my 4s is good enough, but I ran out of onboard memory. So it will go out to WIFI pasture for podcasts in my morning "information station" (thinking about simply installing it there with its own charger).

    Next on our agenda is the aWatch. Too bad there's such a wait, but it would have overwhelmed even Apple to have had the new iPhones and aWatch hit the stores at the same time!

    Posted in: Apple: Record 4 mil orders of iPhones on 1st day

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    Hunter Brumfield

    Happens all the time in the States as well. My father handed over his keys at about 80 when he read the news about some old guy plowing into a crowd in New Orleans.

    For the disabled in Japan (stroke survivors) there is a 15-minute reactions test when renewing your license

    You sit in a simulator and hit the horn (no sound) every time a point of light shows on a video. It appears at different locations on the screen that shows a "through the windshield" driving video, so is testing your peripheral vision as well as your reaction time.

    Seems reassuring to me...

    Posted in: Driver held after car slams into 7-Eleven store, killing employee

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    Hunter Brumfield

    Seems misguided. People come here to have a good time and are ready to spend money. They don't really care about the tax, and may pay even more back home. What they DONT want to do is have to worry about wasting their time on forms.

    Sounds like bureaucratic overkill.

    Posted in: Tax-free shopping gets a boost

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    Hunter Brumfield

    Lithium can ignite on exposure to air. Magnesium does not. So likely safer unless fire already exists.

    From Wikipedia:

    Under standard conditions it is the lightest metal and the least dense solid element. Like all alkali metals, lithium is highly reactive and flammable. >

    Posted in: Japanese team develops high-energy-density magnesium rechargeable battery

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    Hunter Brumfield

    I fell into a fish pond at the old Prince Shimazu Hotel in Tokyo in 1955, at age 6. I was pulled out by a Japanese guard. (Was swimming like a fish by age 9.)

    Anyone remember that hotel? Used to temporarily house US military families on their arrival in Japan.

    Posted in: 6 dead, 3 missing in water-related accidents on Marine Day

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    Hunter Brumfield

    Minus the number arrested for bike theft, riding tandem on a bike or no light at night, drunk & disorderly, etc. etc. and then what is the number of arrests? (Vs murders by bullet?)

    There is nothing really surprising or alarming here, folks... please move along.

    PS

    There is a nice-looking bike in the little river in front of Sky Tree. Been there for at least 6 months. Wonder what the police might decide about that?

    Posted in: Crime declines for 12th consecutive year; monetary fraud up

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    Hunter Brumfield

    I like to be able to see the magnitude before or during the initial shaking. In reality, EVERY earthquake starts at a "2" -- then either subsides or starts to ramp up. So give me the cell phone warning every time. I do agree with Leigh that having to hear the PA at 4 am seems like overkill, but then not everyone has cellphones!

    Posted in: M6.8 quake hits Japan, triggering small tsunami

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    Hunter Brumfield

    Hmmm. Three nights ago a black shadowy shape dropped onto my face and I awoke from a dead sleep. Never have had that sort of nightmare before and it took more than an hour to go back to sleep.

    Ok, just saying...

    Posted in: Rumors swirl after girls mysteriously collapse at Fukuoka school

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    Hunter Brumfield

    Sounds a bit like Salem, Mass. circa 1600. At least no one is pointing fingers at witches.

    My college had a sweep of hysteria go through about 1970 based on a prediction of a mass murder in a female dorm at a southern US university. Never happened, but there was a lot of fainting and sleeplessness until it all went away.

    Posted in: Rumors swirl after girls mysteriously collapse at Fukuoka school

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    Hunter Brumfield

    On something as sensitive as this science, you'd think there would have been a least one independent replication BEFORE the paper was published in Nature -- Harvard prof not withstanding, and all her supposed mentors at Rikken.

    Posted in: RIKEN says stem cell research was falsified

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    Hunter Brumfield

    After 30 years here I now can taste the difference between counter sushi and table sushi. Amazing that it could make a noticeable if very slight difference. But there's a HUGE difference when it is 10 minutes old after home delivery. Agreed that bento sushi is pretty awful.

    Four of us had sushi and sake at 5 am in Tsukiji a few months ago. It was heaven...

    Posted in: Seven healthy reasons to eat sushi

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