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albaleoFeb. 24, 2015 - 09:20AM JST
"they are so precise that current technology cannot even measure them"
I'm puzzling over that one.
Posted in: Two clocks keep time for 16 billion years
albaleoFeb. 23, 2015 - 07:53AM JST
"I was going to use the word 'citizen' but people living in the UK are still referred to as 'subjects'."
I don't think so. My passport says I am a British citizen. Since 1981, almost no one is described as a British subject.
Posted in: Prince William to arrive in Japan on Thursday
albaleoFeb. 21, 2015 - 07:24AM JST
Because it's easy to do but extremely difficult to do well.
Posted in: Why is teaching at English conversation schools in Japan such a maligned profession by some people?
albaleoFeb. 21, 2015 - 07:21AM JST
As the singer said, "Get out while you're still young".
Posted in: Pep rally for graduates
albaleoFeb. 21, 2015 - 07:16AM JST
“human life outweighs the Earth”
It's hard to argue with that. But us older cynics will wonder if all human lives are worth the same. Four legs good..., etc.
Posted in: Japanese police arrest Red Army member on return from U.S.
albaleoFeb. 18, 2015 - 12:36AM JST
"it's a quite common expression often used in modern English."
Indeed, but can we be sure of the writer's intention any more? Play fast and lose sounds like a clever proverb. As we say in these parts, festino lente.
Posted in: Why do so many native English speakers (mainly Americans) wrongly use "loose" instead of "lose?"
albaleoFeb. 17, 2015 - 09:09PM JST
But can "loose" be used as an adverb? And if not, what are we to make of Shakespeare's "Play fast and loose with faith." (King John) Did he perhaps make the same mistake as the spotty youth of today?
albaleoFeb. 16, 2015 - 06:52PM JST
"nowt to do with class"
But oft times to do with quackery. :-)
albaleoFeb. 16, 2015 - 06:16PM JST
Perhaps. But if it wasn't oxygen and non-exploding hydrogen that fizzled off one electrode when doing the electrolysis of water experiment, could you tell me what it was?
Thanks for the information. I'm still trying to work out whether it supports my case or volland's. Or are we both a couple of dunces?
Posted in: Toyota, Nissan, Honda to jointly support hydrogen station infrastructure development
albaleoFeb. 16, 2015 - 06:01PM JST
I see "loose" used wrongly on mainly British forums too. I've always seen it as an indication of youth rather than nationality. Perhaps I should start using it too.
For those uncomfortable with "Americanisms" and other "corruptions of the Queen's English", be careful that the following words don't apply to you.
"Thou eunuchs of language; thou quacks, vending the nostrums of empirical elocution."
albaleoFeb. 16, 2015 - 09:16AM JST
"Any thoughts on how to realistically and successfully integrate into society?"
Yeah. For a few generations, let's make it compulsory to marry someone of a different nationality or different ethnicity or who speaks a different language or follows a different religion. Ah, but you said realistic. Well, as a first step, how about tax breaks for children of such marriages?
Posted in: South Africa slams newspaper column praising apartheid
albaleoFeb. 16, 2015 - 02:52AM JST
"And that is why your side..."
You're argument fails at that point. You've already decided there are "sides" in this discussion, and presumably your side is best.
The rest of your rant is nonsensical. "the Left wants multiculturalism and political correctness" What on earth does that even mean? I consider myself probably to the left in my political views. I despise political correctness, and I'm not even sure what "multiculturalism" means. It seems like some concept invented by xenophobic groups who are uncomfortable with people who eat different food from themselves. (They don't even make tea properly.)
To me, your views are just the other side of the coin from the Islamist nutjobs. Both equally right wing in the sense that that they are not open to other viewpoints. Both views support the establishment, even if their respective establishments are miles apart.
Posted in: Police kill suspect in 2 deadly shootings in Copenhagen
albaleoFeb. 15, 2015 - 11:04PM JST
"but I think that the average person who follows the Islamic faiths are impotent and just plain scared to take on this job"
Perhaps. But I was cheered up a little by another story that appeared in my local Scottish newspaper at the same time as they published this story. It concerned a 77-year old shop owner named Ahmed Ali who was attacked by two thugs robbing his store. Although injured, he managed to prevent them taking the cash register. He was quoted,
"They tried to grab the till off me but I wouldn’t let them. I knew I had to fight them and I was strong enough to hold on. I told them to bugger off, and used many other bad words."
albaleoFeb. 15, 2015 - 06:28PM JST
@voland "Stuff that actually explodes when it comes into contact with air"
It didn't explode when we produced it at chemistry class in high school. We had to ignite it.
albaleoFeb. 15, 2015 - 09:29AM JST
Great story. Still chuckling.
Posted in: Killjoys demand end to Valentine's Day
albaleoFeb. 14, 2015 - 06:48AM JST
Oh, dear. Friday the 13th. And I feel I'm in a horror story.
Posted in: Ex-adviser to Abe praises apartheid as means of immigration control
albaleoFeb. 13, 2015 - 05:59PM JST
It's never clear whether this is a matter of equal rights or one of language definition. Anyway, I think there should be no legal recognition of marriage at all, but instead have a single legally recognised civil partnership that confers the normal rights associated with marriage (inheritance, etc.). People can choose to call themselves married if they wish, and have ceremonies, but these should have no special legal status. (Married in the eyes of the church, married in the eyes of the FSM, married in the eyes of the Shizuoka Beekeepers Association, whatever)
@Salvor About polygamous relationships, I think one problem is the potential legal tangle. For example, if three people are in a "partnership" (A, B and C), is that three partnerships (AB, AC, BC) or a single arrangement (ABC)? If the latter, if A and B wish to split up, does that require the permission of C? If the former, could it also just be two partnerships (AB, AC), in which case, does C have to know about the AB partnership? And if not, and A dies, who inherits? But I'm sure the legal profession support the idea.
Posted in: What's your stance on same-sex marriages?
albaleoFeb. 12, 2015 - 06:32PM JST
I think gokai makes a fair point about imperialism. The one part of Japan's wartime past that tends to get overlooked in the west (or certainly in Britain) is that is was just doing what other European nations had been doing for centuries. And in Britain, when Japan is reviled for its wartime violence, the focus tends to be on its treatment of prisoners of war and other Europeans and not that of the local Asian population. There still seems to be an attitude that Japan should lay bare its sins for past wrongs, while we in other countries should move on and leave the bad stuff in the past.
Posted in: Japan's global PR message could misfire with focus on wartime past
albaleoFeb. 12, 2015 - 10:58AM JST
"the “green sector” — goods and services, which reduce carbon emissions — grew at 4% every year"
And domestic energy prices, which pay for most of the "green" technology, grew even more in the same period. That's expensive growth.
Posted in: Ties that bind: A chat with UK Ambassador Tim Hitchens
albaleoFeb. 12, 2015 - 10:30AM JST
"A happy office derives from respect, challenging tasks, given responsibility and good pay. That and perhaps a few plants will work wonders. Oh, and ample time off to recuperate."
You forgot the nodding, Knox.
Posted in: Wearable sensors let bosses know if they run a happy office
Mar. 03, 2015 - 08:04AM JST
Lucky this aint the Edo Jidia, or the chef who prepared the fish would be obligated…
Posted in: 5 men sickened after eating poisonous puffer fish
Mar. 03, 2015 - 08:01AM JST
I like some of the Japanese versions of movie posters. This reminds me of the "Man…
Posted in: Japan’s poster for Academy Award-winning movie 'Birdman' raises eyebrows online
Mar. 03, 2015 - 07:56AM JST
White House spokesman Josh Earnest on Monday described Nemtsov as a “tireless advocate for his country,…
Posted in: Woman with slain Putin critic says she didn't see his killer
Mar. 03, 2015 - 07:53AM JST
A 16,187-seat stadium in a town with 30,000 people, many of them elderly. Makes perfect sense…
Posted in: Tsunami-hit city among venues for 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan
Mar. 03, 2015 - 07:51AM JST
Since you addressed this to my comment, I wanted to revert.
I am unsure of…
Posted in: S Korean president urges Japan to apologise to 'comfort women'