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Xeno23Oct. 10, 2013 - 04:22AM JST
Entertaining service technology to be sure, but I'd say "smart" sushi is serving seafood from sustainable sources. It's possible that amusing and clever restaurant service like this, combined with engaging cuisine using seafood that's not at risk, could help consumers be smarter about their sushi dining choices.
Posted in: Smart sushi: How the classic dish and technology come together
Xeno23Oct. 09, 2013 - 03:02AM JST
But they're not stopping the harvest - hm. It'll be interesting to see if this really happens. Sounds like an idea cooked up without a lot of proper vetting. I should think added attention is the last thing they want. Besides, marine mammal parks in and of themselves are ethically problematic, especially where entertainment and profit are the driving force.
Swimming with porpoises isn't just a matter of putting them and people together. The reputable venues I've seen have highly trained staff and marine biologists on site, carefully selected animals under constant monitoring, with guest training and guest handlers always on duty; accidents can happen. I've swum, scuba'ed with wild porpoise pods, and they're pretty scary, actually.
Posted in: Dolphin-killing town to open marine park
Xeno23Sep. 30, 2013 - 01:40AM JST
It's not the preoccupation with health that inspires miracle cure fads or reliance on snake oil, but ignorance, laziness, and irrational thought. Oh, and money.
Posted in: Preoccupation with health spawns rumors of miracle cures
Xeno23Sep. 30, 2013 - 01:32AM JST
There are two primary reasons for having classrooms, and they're millennia old - going back to the ancient Greeks, Chinese, and just about everyone else: group active learning and collective reinforcement - also socialization, but that's a bonus. The reason they're so often forgotten in contemporary attempts at improving our education systems is because they're so poorly employed in most schools - not because they're obsolete or ineffective.
Posted in: Flipping classrooms: Is Japan embracing new educational paradigm?
Xeno23Sep. 30, 2013 - 01:17AM JST
There's an added benefit to not vocalizing one's pauses, and it's quite powerful: it creates a certain anticipation in one's audience - hanging on words.
We're used to pauses being preliminary to something important or dramatic, so when employed in speech, even very briefly, I've found people tend to pay more attention. It's the "wait for it" thing. You don't want to exploit it too much, because that gets old and affects the continuity of your delivery, but pausing for the amount of time it takes to say "um" tunes people in to more active listening - and that's key to audience attention.
Posted in: Killing the ums and ahs
Xeno23Sep. 16, 2013 - 02:33AM JST
An acquaintance of mine had an interesting conspiracy-like take on this: maybe this was the plan all along. Some back room strategy worked out between Russia and the USA.
In order for Syria to cave, Russia was required as carrot provider, since they're chummy with Syria, and the credible threat of military action from the USA was the stick, because they're so likely to actually do something along those lines.
Yeah, it seems a stretch to me too, but it's an interesting thought... Public iciness between Putin and Obama can have distinct tactical and strategic benefits, if the two are secretly in cahoots.
Posted in: U.S., Russia agree on Syria weapons; Obama says force still option
Xeno23Sep. 14, 2013 - 01:08PM JST
It's a bloody long time to find out, 2020 is still a long ways off, but it'll be interesting to see how this plays: will the world agree?
I actually remember the '64 Olympics, and there was quite a positive stir about Japanese hospitality way back then, but in the meantime, a global notion of hospitality has developed that many would say has equaled or outstripped traditional notions of hospitality in Japan. Just take a look at hospitality services in the top hotels and resorts world-wide, aside from Japanese franchises of those same resorts, I'm not sure this is widely understood in Japan.
The Japanese version of hospitality, as symbolized by the word, is indeed highly developed, but it's a Japanese version, and a guest / client's understanding and appreciation of that is critical to it working well. Foreigners who don't understand it, or are expecting the more widespread international version may be perplexed.
Posted in: It is important to respect the cultures of foreign countries, considering we will host the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and expect many visitors to come to Japan.
Xeno23Sep. 12, 2013 - 08:26PM JST
I feel like the USA squandered the international outpouring of solidarity, commiseration, and good will, and it makes me very sad. Out of such tragedy and pain, there could have come something better for all of us, something about human spirit, global human sentiment, mutual interests across borders and cultures, and for a brief moment it seemed possible, but instead we got more tragedy and pain.
I feel like the lessons we should have learned at such terrible cost, weren't. And rather than face those lessons with courage and resolve, we chose fear.
Posted in: How do you feel each year on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks? Does it mean anything to you?
Xeno23Sep. 12, 2013 - 08:07PM JST
What hands are we talking about? The IOC? Cuz, y'know, maybe not so much, then...
Posted in: Are the 2020 Olympics in good hands?
Xeno23Sep. 12, 2013 - 08:02PM JST
At first I thought: 73? They hung a 73 year old guy? But then I realized he committed the crime when he was 64...
Posted in: Death row inmate hanged; 6th execution since Abe became PM
Xeno23Sep. 09, 2013 - 03:28AM JST
It would appear that I had my grammar checker set for "Uhmurican" colloquial. I'm not entirely sure an Apple "Smart" watch would correct for that; they might see it as a feature.
Posted in: What do you think of smartwatches? Would you wear one?
Xeno23Sep. 08, 2013 - 02:48AM JST
Only if it's smarter than me, and warns me when I'm about to pull some kind of stupid stunt.
Xeno23Sep. 02, 2013 - 03:45PM JST
"Beach Baby" by The First Class, Flying Lizards version of "Summertime Blues", "Summer in the City" by the Lovin Spoonful, "School's Out" by Alice Cooper, "In the Summertime" by Mungo Jerry, and any version of Awaodori music, because MATSURI
Posted in: Which summer-themed songs are particularly nostalgic for you?
Xeno23Aug. 29, 2013 - 01:43PM JST
For all who are perplexed or indignant about the differences in sentences handed down between this case and other recent US military trials, let me just ask this:
Would you arbitrarily surrender the sovereignty of your national laws in order to appease outside opinion, particularly when those opinions are unsympathetic to your culture?
Make no mistake, I'm NOT defending these verdicts, but as Mark Twain said: nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits.
Posted in: Fort Hood shooter sentenced to death
Xeno23Aug. 29, 2013 - 01:14PM JST
While not exhaustively, I've tracked some 30 articles with this same headline; they all seem to be the same piece. None of them specify who the administration's spokesperson actually is. It's not Obama; it's not Biden; it's not Kerry. Who said this? Anyone know?
I don't doubt this sentiment is strongly represented in the Obama White House; I just always have to wonder about unnamed, generic sources and dozens of articles that are word-for-word identical.
Posted in: U.S. willing to go it alone against Syria if necessary
Xeno23Aug. 29, 2013 - 12:45PM JST
Marshal Raylan Givens. Detective Charlie Crews. Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle. Inspector Kurt Wallandar. And of course: Boss, Jipan, Macaroni, Gori & Scotch.
Posted in: Who are your favorite movie or TV cops?
Xeno23Aug. 18, 2013 - 01:20AM JST
I would like to remind everyone that "Science" is not a thing; it is a process. Science doesn't "know" anything; we who use the scientific process come to know things by its employ. It is our limitation as human beings that leads to us not knowing something; there is no such limitation in the scientific process.
When anyone says "Science can't know everything", or "Science can't tell us..." this is a clear indicator that the speaker doesn't understand what the scientific process really is - it is simply a method for discovery. In that regard, theoretically there's nothing the process can't be employed to discover, given that its actually discoverable - and that's something we, as human beings, only learn as we get more information.
One can correctly say that the collective scientific community doesn't know something, because that refers to us, but that has no bearing on Science itself, nor whether that thing is ultimately knowable.
Posted in: Brain activity shows basis of near-death experiences
Xeno23Jul. 22, 2013 - 12:17AM JST
Wait, what? Where does that number come from? A cursory search of the Internet seems to indicate that general voter turn out in Japan, for parliamentary elections, has historically been in the 50-60% range, so is this just an early return calculation? That can't be right...
Posted in: Voter turnout low as Abe bids for stronger hand
Xeno23Jul. 08, 2013 - 11:57PM JST
And their view of men? As basically tools to boost the economy, contribute to tax revenue, and increase the power of their charter and constituency?
Posted in: Their view of women is basically as tools to boost the birthrate, reduce social security spending and increase growth.
Xeno23Jun. 29, 2013 - 03:14AM JST
Long an issue of debate in the USA, and plenty of studies, both reputable and not so much, on the topic. The only evidence I'll point to is the supermarket aisle... at an arbitrary guess, probably about 25% of the items on the shelf, for the kinds of products mentioned, claim dermatologist approval or sensitivity formulated - so at least marketing has taken the bit...
My doctor, for one, has always said sensitivity and chemical reaction is complex; the jury is still out on any sort of blanket finding for these kinds of items, but patient perceived sensitivity and reaction is real. It may be largely psychosomatic, but psychosomatic reactions frequently produce genuine effects, so use the products - what the heck. If it makes you feel better, go for it; one less thing to worry about.
Posted in: Though there’s no sufficient scientific proof of their causal relationship, we concluded that we need to give consideration to those who are sensitive to chemicals as long as concerns are raised.
Dec. 06, 2013 - 03:02AM JST
I didn't mean to insult Japanese food. Just saying it's a little overrated
MrBum, surely what…
Posted in: Japanese cuisine added to world heritage list
Dec. 06, 2013 - 02:57AM JST
Utter rubbish china had been sailing fishing boats and other patrol boats into his area prior…
Posted in: Biden says China must take steps to reduce tension in region
Dec. 06, 2013 - 02:51AM JST
Overtime? I begged my employer to reduce my working hours because I was staring at my…
Posted in: 7 things that surprise Japanese people working in offices overseas
Biden is pushing rice to Japan, Meanwhile CalRose and Botan rices producing California are so busy…
Posted in: Biden urges Japan to open auto, farm markets
Dec. 06, 2013 - 02:48AM JST
Ever since the scam where the Red Bull team forced a Vettel win I've lost interest.…
Posted in: S Korea, Mexico and New Jersey ditched from F1 program; Austria, Russia added