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LostinNagoyaNov. 23, 2014 - 01:09PM JST
Some names are unique, and thus perceived as weird. However there's a universe between unique and weird, but parents cross this imense line without thinking twice. Take Heather, Rehtaeh, backwards. Seriously. But, as impossible as it seems, funny names in English and Japanese pale in comparison to what happens in Brazilian Portuguese, namewise. Just today I got a leaflet from a hairdresser next block, Khllawddhya. Can you believe that?
Posted in: What are some of the weirdest names you've heard or read about people giving their children?
LostinNagoyaNov. 23, 2014 - 08:50AM JST
I see where this idea came from...do you know those guys sitting alone in front of Starbucks shops, with lots of time to spare?...Well...
Posted in: Japan sees modern Atlantis spiral deep into ocean
LostinNagoyaNov. 21, 2014 - 03:22PM JST
I forgot to mention that travelling back in time is one of the plots of ¨Intestellar¨, which I read, will be screening in Japan from the 22nd. In the movie Cooper falls into the accreation disk of a black hole and then. ..well, I will not kill the joy of it. I do recommend this wonderful movie, I became a fan of it.
Posted in: Do you think time travel will ever be possible?
LostinNagoyaNov. 21, 2014 - 01:19PM JST
This question sends us to the decoherence state of quantum physics: travelling to the past is possible, but we can not change anything there - just observe. To the future, here we see the double slit phenomena: reality splits into infinite versions, and just one will ¨materialize¨. So, we can not know which point of the probability wave will be the future. Past belongs to everybody, but the future, only to a higher intelligence we are not well aware of.
LostinNagoyaNov. 19, 2014 - 02:27PM JST
A classic in the genre. I saw it yesterday, just waiting for another sci-fi movie with a tasteless spoonful of American family drama thrown in the middle of the action that would make me forget the real world for a couple of hours. Instead, to my surprise, it's a thought provoking movie. If you understand a little bit of quantum mechanics and Einstein's relativity, then you'll be amazed at how hard they tried, and succeed, to make surreal concepts like ¨the 5th dimension¨ visible, or how the twins who gets old at different speeds of time would work in a space travel. If you are not into these areas of physics (but you should - the very brain of the computer you're using now is a work of quantum mechanics in a 3D scale), it will make you feel interested. There's already a book on QM explaining the physics in the movie. Nolan also was very sensitive with the sound used in the movie. Instead of the ¨epic¨ themes that have plagued Hollywood for years, he used a lot of silence and minimal back noises - which makes the space scenes more realistic. QM, wormhole, and poetic licenses aside, it's a superb movie. I would love to see it getting some Oscars next year.
Posted in: A minute with Christopher Nolan on his 'Interstellar' challenge
LostinNagoyaNov. 11, 2014 - 03:14PM JST
As in daily life, be wise. If I receive a pop-up message telling me to avoid such and such files, sites, I do that. Just incidentally, I had to use a Windows notebook today. I was amazed at how many malware warning I got. In the end it was very tiring, having to close so many warning windows I got in half an hour. In comparison to OSX it is very clunky and dirty, visually.
Posted in: Apple iOS bug makes devices vulnerable to attack: experts
LostinNagoyaNov. 11, 2014 - 03:23AM JST
@Fandango: welcome to the world of Apple haters, they'll be against iDevices no matter what. If it's good, it's good only for Apple. If it's bad, it's bad for everybody. According to their beliefs. LOL.
Posted in: New malware can infect iPhones via Mac computers
LostinNagoyaNov. 08, 2014 - 09:57AM JST
The key words here are ¨Chinese 3rd party store¨. Who the hell would connect to something like that? I only download from Apple.
LostinNagoyaNov. 07, 2014 - 07:29AM JST
Poor Masako. I wonder if Prince Naruhito feels guilty for leading her into this sad Japanese royal circle. I would feel so, if my loved one would suffer that much, because she could not be herself anymore.
Posted in: Royal garden party
LostinNagoyaNov. 07, 2014 - 12:01AM JST
Gee, by what you're saying, it's quite a headache to be invited to a wedding like this. Not to mention the protocols and etiquette, which must be very strict.
Posted in: Wedding march
LostinNagoyaNov. 03, 2014 - 01:20PM JST
@Strangerland: why are you wasting your time, again and again? You know this kind of guy: whatever real facts you show them, they'll never accept them.
As for Apple Pay, all of a sudden our clients started asking if the cards POS have NFC. I called the supplier of our POS and they said Apple Pay will be available sometime during 2015, or perhaps earlier. Never before we had anyone asking about NFC, but the POS has had the technology ready for more than two years. As usual, Apple had to enter the market to make it work.
Posted in: Apple Pay fails to unify fragmented market
LostinNagoyaOct. 29, 2014 - 09:22AM JST
Three corrupts in the same photo speaks volumes about FIFA and the World Cups.
Posted in: FIFA boss Blatter opposes Russia World Cup boycott
LostinNagoyaOct. 24, 2014 - 02:10AM JST
I am highly suspicious about this number. Japanese Customs counts foreign residents - mainly from Asia - who have to exit and return regularly in order to have their ¨tourism¨ visa validated again and again. I think more than half of this number is made of these ¨tourists¨.
LostinNagoyaOct. 23, 2014 - 01:18PM JST
Quite the contrary. Apple Pay has started as a smooth ride, tons of videos in Youtube praising it. All major news outlets tested it and gave them lavish reviews. Of course, there are the losers - like the ones bending their iPhones on their butts - who are never satisfied. There are reports of double purchases, but it happens with CC as well. The ones I read, it was a fault on the side of the seller, not the iPhone.
Posted in: New iPhones deliver big profits for Apple
LostinNagoyaOct. 19, 2014 - 11:55AM JST
Just got the iPhone 6 4.7, it's awesome!! That said, I don't see the need of having an iPad if you have the iPhone 6 Plus, or even the 6. What works great for me is the iPhone 6 plus the MacBook Air. IMO, Apple killed the iPad when it released the two 6s.
Posted in: Apple unveils thinner iPads, sharper iMacs
LostinNagoyaOct. 18, 2014 - 09:00AM JST
I am not claustrophobic, but I don't think I would feel at ease riding at 500kph buried 50m beneath surface.
Posted in: Gov't approves JR Tokai plan to build maglev line
LostinNagoyaOct. 06, 2014 - 11:30AM JST
FIA is the FIFA os motorsports, they couldn't care less about racers. What really matters to FIA is TV and the sponsors.
Posted in: F1 drivers, teams shocked by Bianchi crash
LostinNagoyaOct. 05, 2014 - 07:43AM JST
I do kiss, hug, hold by the arms, sit close to my female friends - and male friends too - with the exception of the Asian ones. First, they're way too cold to physical contact, second the women usually are wearing make-up worth of a Vermeer painting on their faces and I saw more than once a Japanese woman horrified that her make-up was undone. In short, Asians are not people to be touched.
Posted in: In your experience, how do your Japanese friends of the opposite sex react when you try to give them a friendly hug or kiss on the cheek when you are greeting them or saying goodbye?
LostinNagoyaOct. 03, 2014 - 01:56PM JST
Looks like Downton Abbey, minus the glamour.
Posted in: Wedding send-off
LostinNagoyaOct. 01, 2014 - 04:59PM JST
Your memory is very short, Lostrune2. Last year, China was among the 8 first countries that received the model on day zero - and there were long lines just like now in USA, China and everywhere else.
Posted in: Apple to launch iPhone 6 in China Oct 17
Nov. 23, 2014 - 08:45PM JST
Japan could try to get over its superiority complex. Living here for as long as I…
Posted in: Aging Japan struggles to make immigrants feel at home
Nov. 23, 2014 - 08:42PM JST
Look on the positive side. If 100% of the worlds people become obese, they can't fight…
Posted in: Nearly 30% of world population is overweight: study
Nov. 23, 2014 - 08:38PM JST
One of the greatest competitors in the history of any sport. Will Harumafuji be forced to…
Posted in: Hakuho ties legend Taiho with 32nd Emperor's Cup
Nov. 23, 2014 - 08:15PM JST
WilliB,, I can not understand your comments how Japan will keep their so called homogeneous culture…
Nov. 23, 2014 - 08:07PM JST
boko haram, isil, etc are the one of the biggest enemies of islam
Posted in: Boko Haram slaughter 48 fish vendors in Nigeria