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TheInterstatAug. 20, 2014 - 08:54AM JST
I remember it. I grew up on the event horizon of modern communications.
Do I look back on the time before this fondly? Well, yeah, there are certain things I liked more back then than now, but that is because I enjoy spending time working things out by myself, generally, in life.
The way things are now though is WAY better. I particularly like being able to call out a persons BS with a simple Google search. I think the way that this is always a possibility nowadays has reduced the amount of rubbish people feel they can get away with spouting, which is a bonus. Linked to this, I absolutely LOVE the way that I am able to instantly find the objective truth about anything medical related, be that correct drug usage, dosage, symptoms, possible complications, etc etc etc. This is especially useful in Japan with the doctors they way they are (offensively incompetent liars on the whole); only last week I walked into a doctors office (well, a curtained off bit of a big open room) and told him to his face that what he was trying to prescribe me was wrong - slammed my phone down on desk and demanded he read what I had searched. He tried to back pedal, after realising I was not willing to take his lies, and rubbish, but the damage was done. Thanks internet!!
Posted in: Are you old enough to remember a time when there were no cell phones, no email, no Internet and no way to keep you connected to the world 24 hours a day? If so, do you sometimes think back on that time fondly?
TheInterstatAug. 20, 2014 - 08:46AM JST
My friend works for one of the schools who competed in this, this year. She had a lot of interesting info to tell me about this, regarding the boys who compete and the coaches who deal with the team. Not all of it was bad, but to summarize, the boys were given that dangerous privilege of being allowed to get away with murder in the school, and passed through all of their academic classes, purely for being on the baseball team. This meant that they were often disruptive, to the detriment of the other students. Probably a tip here; unless your kid is directly involved in the baseball team, don't for the love of God sent your child to one of these baseball focused schools, or they will get sidelined and ignored.
Posted in: Fanatic fans oblivious to sleazy side of Koshien high school baseball
TheInterstatAug. 20, 2014 - 08:24AM JST
Pachinko is all part of the package that needs to die in Japan; Pachinko, sexism, smoking, crystal meth, old men creating the acceptable standards and not allowing the youth to dictate the social climate, etc etc. It is HORRIFIC.
Posted in: Pachinko parlor politeness
TheInterstatAug. 16, 2014 - 08:01AM JST
Heatstroke is purely a behavioural issue. You have to actively do something to get it, and force yourself to be in the sun more than your body is telling you to do.
Does this sound like something the Japanese would do? Absolutely 100% yes.
Are the Japanese, as a subset of humans suddenly, after millions of years of evolution, hyper-evolving against the flow of evolution to be LESS suitable to their environment? No, of course not.
Are they continuing to do that Japanese thing of ganbarouing against all reason and logic, to the point where they are dropping dead with heat stroke. Yes, obviously they are.
Posted in: Are Japanese growing less heat-resistant?
TheInterstatAug. 02, 2014 - 08:18PM JST
Smoking, like any other drug addiction causes the addicts to enable eachother; the fact that cigarettes are currently legal, make this enabling very easy and wide-spread; taking a step back, think how insane it is to be able to acceptably say 'I need to go for a break to smoke drugs' whilst at work, which is what taking a cigarette break purely is.
Asian cultures smoke a lot more than Western, because they are comparatively less modern. Again, simple as that. As they modernise, you will see a reduction in smokers, but it will take several generations for smoking to become a minority activity in Asia, including Japan. I am from England, which I am proud to say has taken steps to begin the eradication of tobacco smoking, and the associated addiction, anti-social behaviour and disease. It will be a long time until Japan follows this, but it will come, eventually. Maybe.
Anyone downvoting this, is an addict, pure and simple and will feel attacked by my comments, which they will see as criticism for their problem. I understand this, as addictions are hard to beat, but you need to do it, if you wish to modernise yourself.
Posted in: Japan's smoking rate drops to record low
TheInterstatAug. 02, 2014 - 08:05PM JST
Note the 3 Asian guys in the background sycophantically clapping and grinning, and the other guy looking on as any normal guy would, thinking; "sigh... what a melt."
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TheInterstatJul. 31, 2014 - 04:18PM JST
My girlfriend works there!!!!!! I swear to god.
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TheInterstatJul. 31, 2014 - 03:36PM JST
Yeah, and it is doubly stupid if a Japanese person who has lived here their whole life gets sick from the heat; I am from England, and coming to Japan, I have never imagined in my wildest dreams how hot it could get in summer. Surely if it was a case of certain physical make-ups being more suited to the heat than others, it would be me, the pasty white guy, who had never felt temperatures above 30 in his life, who would be getting sick.
But it isn't. It is the people who simply put themselves at risk through a combination of no common sense, despite a lifetime of experiencing the same thing year in year out, and poor lifestyle choices.
Downvote away, you know I am right.
Posted in: Heatwave kills 15; more than 8,000 hospitalised
TheInterstatJul. 30, 2014 - 07:55PM JST
I am still not having it.
Japan has been extremely, dangerously hot in summer every year since forever. And definitely every single summer that all of these old people have lived through.
You get heat stroke by getting too hot. Simple. So don't do anything that is going to get you too hot. If it is too hot inside your house, put the aircon on. If you can't afford it, or you don't have an aircon, in Japan, then that is ridiculous. Criticse and downvote all you like, the simple fact is, that dangerous heat is a feature of life every year for everyone in Japan. With modern technology and the utter predictability of the yearly heatwave there should be not a single heatstroke case. This is just the result of stupidity over common sense.
TheInterstatJul. 30, 2014 - 07:49PM JST
Haha, my mate works as an English teacher and he said that for the end of term video presentations he has his students make, a lot of them made their own Nonomura parody videos.
He showed me a few and they were amazing.
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TheInterstatJul. 29, 2014 - 11:41PM JST
I did a full days work, and then went on a 50km bike ride and full speed. I suffered no ill effects from the heat, and I actually only drank a single water bottle full of water.
How did I manage this incredible feat, considering the heat, I hear you ask?
Well, I had my aircon on all day at about 22 degrees, working at my desk, then at 4.35pm as the heat started to slide, I went out on my bike. Rode for an hour and a half, rolling back up to my apartment door at about 6pm, just as dusk setting, and a soft breeze was blowing the heat away from the day.
I literally can not see how anybody gets heatstroke in a country like this, where there is aircon everywhere, and most people work in offices.
As for the elderly getting taken in to hospital; give me a break. Half of them will be doing that attention seeking / not actually sick but just want something to do / socialise thing they all do at the hospital every day, but instead of claiming to have sore knees, they are all quacking, 'Atsui' at eachother at the moment, in standard pre-programmed style, so the general invented malais de jour is heat stroke. The other half are plain stupid and putting themselves in unnecessary contact with direct sun light; they are elderly and don't work, so why are they purposefully going out in the sun and getting sick? Yep, because they are ridiculous.
TheInterstatJul. 29, 2014 - 04:16PM JST
I used to work in a place with its' own nurse office; we often had groups of young kids coming to visit as part of their orientation (worked for a company that arranged homestays), and a favourite of the staff was to go and sleep on the beds in there after complaining of a 'headache' or whatever, from Ganbarou-ing so bloody hard. Always amused me, that one. Never tried that myself; always afraid of snoring / farting in my sleep around the hot nurses. Haha.
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TheInterstatJul. 25, 2014 - 11:37AM JST
I have worked in Japan for a decade. I have worked with many hundreds of different Japanese people, both male and female, of all ages.
On the whole, the female workers I have worked directly with, have been a LOT better than their male counterparts. The Japanese women just get the damn job done, and do it well. The men seem to exist in a weird twisted limbo of passive aggression, one-up-man-ship, utter ineptitude and unprofessionalism; the pressure on the men to be 'Japanese' is way stronger than on the women to be 'Japanese' and this gets in the way of actually doing the job properly.
The more Japanese women who work and are given authority and responsibility in Japan, the better. Japanese men cause more problems than they fix.
Posted in: Japan must eliminate misogyny in workforce: UNDP chief
TheInterstatJul. 24, 2014 - 10:42PM JST
@FightingViking; yeah, I live on the edge of Tokyo. Standard 2012 built 3LDK apartment with slippery fake wooden floors, and a washlet toilet. You know the deal. Aircon, desktop PC, TV, PS3, lights. Normal electric bill is between 4-5000yen. Summer is about 9000yen.
What size place are you living in that is standardly around 15000yen a month for electricity and what do you have running in there?
Posted in: 3,179 people taken to hospital for heatstroke July 14-20
TheInterstatJul. 24, 2014 - 03:37PM JST
@BurakuminDes; this is by the very evidence of the news reports, a matter of life and death; an extra 200yen a day max, to be comfortable and not potentially die. I fail to accept that any person in a rich country like Japan can not afford 200 yen a day extra to not die. If they are that close to the edge, then their problems are stupidity of money management more than anything.
I am speculating wildly here, but speaking from my lengthy experience of all kinds of people on the earth, the ones right on the poverty line in rich countries still manage to find the cash for cigarettes and alcohol on a daily basis... not everyone of course, but you know I am right.
@fightingViking; haha, well yeah, I do live alone, rather than with a whole family, so that would explain the bill I have.
TheInterstatJul. 23, 2014 - 07:28PM JST
This is ridiculous. Just use the sodding aircon.
My electricity bill is around 4000yen a month for the year, apart from in summer when, it leaps to around 9000yen a month, when I have the aircon on pretty much constantly. The 5000yen extra a month to keep me cool and not having to deal with the insane temperature outside is money well spent. 5000yen over the space of a month, is about 166 yen per day. That is the price of a 7-11 Mitsuya Cider or whatever, per day. How people can not foresee every single year that it will be brutally hot in summer and take the necessary steps to prevent discomfort and in these cases actual death, is beyond me. I suppose though, if you are the kind of idiot that lets yourself get heatstroke despite living your entire long Japanese life in these conditions, then it might be a bit much to ask for anything approaching sense, however...
TheInterstatJun. 28, 2014 - 07:30AM JST
LOL, yeah, because a guy like this is really going to be able to give a woman what she really wants, right?
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TheInterstatJun. 19, 2014 - 05:19PM JST
Yeah, this is the elephant in the room, isn't it; paedophilia IS more accepted as the norm in eastern Asia, no matter how you dress it up. Japan is a haven for it, and it is part and parcel of the entire culture here; you can see it even affects the way young girls behave - as soon as they start to become sexually aware, around 13-14 years of age, they all start putting on squeaky pre-pubescent style voices and acting ultra-meek, because that is what the society tells them is attractive to men, and society is not wrong. This is not going to change any time soon, but what does need to change is this passing it off as 'cultural'; can't we just admit the fact that this is a bad point of east Asian culture and call it what it is?
Posted in: We must fight against a tendency of looking at children as sexual objects, and allowing them to be taken advantage of, sexually and commercially.
TheInterstatJun. 06, 2014 - 08:04AM JST
Massive generalisation here, but I find at work (which is where I interact with people and technology the most, on a daily basis) I find that people using Android on a mobile device, and syncing it up to Google Drive etc. on a larger, static system, spreading their work across their devices, and taking advantage of the Google suite of cloud computing, are on the whole a lot more clued up about computing, and therefore the realities of daily working life (ie, getting the bloody job done without getting confused about some utterly basic aspect of computing that they should have had under their belt since 1995) than the people who turn up with an iPad, Macbook and iPhone; I suspect this is because (on the whole), the iOS/MacOS bunch bought into the image, rather than started using something due to the features / what it can actually do for them as a tool.
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TheInterstatJun. 06, 2014 - 07:54AM JST
I don't think it happened in the first place.
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