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edojinOct. 30, 2014 - 04:56PM JST
I dunno know. I get fed up with dealing with computerized telephone connections ... more often than not a frustrating experience with a robot on the other end. Now having to walk into a store and having to deal with yet another robo bozo, I think I'd prefer dealing with a human being who is trying hard to not only sell whatever it is being sold, but who is also trying to hang on to his/her job and source of income.
Perhaps the younger generation would prefer such things as Pepper, but not me in my, I guess you would say, old-fashioned generation.
Posted in: Nestle 'hiring' 1,000 robots to sell espresso machines
edojinOct. 30, 2014 - 04:48PM JST
Madison Bumgarner, the one-man rotation, was great. He deserved the MVP award. At the rate their going, guess we'll see the Giants in the Series again two years from now.
Also, it's a good thing I didn't bet 'cause my money would have gone down the drain along with the Royals. However, they did put up a good fight and made the postseason action that much more interesting. Doubt, though, if we'll see them in the Series next year.
Posted in: Giants win World Series
edojinOct. 29, 2014 - 05:43PM JST
Perhaps Nori Aoki might be a good luck charm for the Royals. He was put back in the starting lineup for Game 6 ... and the Royals won. Moreover, he contributed to that win with an RBI hit. If the Royals start him again in Game 7 ... put your money on the Royals ...
Great series. And now it's down to one game ... winner take all.
Posted in: Royals rout Giants 10-0 to force Game 7 in World Series
edojinOct. 29, 2014 - 05:35PM JST
Wonder if ALL politicans have shady financial skeletons in their closets. Seems that quite often when a politician is given a chushy ministerial position, somebody uncovers some illegal doings in his/her background. Why wait until a politician becomes a minister to do the scumbag searches. Do it to ALL politicians now ... and see how many are either hiding illegal maneuvers or are hoping nobody uncovers misdeeds they have done in the past.
Abe had better get his whisk broom out and start cleaning house ...
Of course, we all know that if Abe were to do this, there'd be very few politicians left ... especially in his very own Jiminto party ...
Posted in: Abe's agenda challenged as scandals mount
edojinOct. 28, 2014 - 05:42PM JST
It seems that Abe's Cabinet must be full of ministers who can't handle their own affairs. So, why doesn't he get rid of all of them and start all over again, carefully selecting who is capable of handling not only his/her own affairs but also those of the country, too. If he can't do this, why doesn't he just dissolve the parliament and toss the whole mess back in the voters' hands. Seems that it's time for another general election anyway ...
Posted in: 2 more ministers acknowledge political fund improprieties
edojinOct. 28, 2014 - 05:35PM JST
Who is this guy? TV today (Tuesday) reported that he was born in Japan. Okay, so who was he working for ... what was he doing in Africa ... and why is he now in Japan? Hope newspeople here are able to get the scoop on someone who, I guess, walks among them.
By the way ... he is being kept at a hospital where I go. A couple of weeks ago my wife asked a nurse there if they were prepared to handle ebola cases, and she said yes. The nurse said a quarantined area had been set up outside the hospital ... that is, not in the main building but somewhere else ... apparently close by. There's an excellent medical staff there, so they should be able to handle anything that comes their way.
No matter what though ... I just hope the ebola stuff stays out of Japan ...
Posted in: Canadian journalist in Japan tests negative for Ebola
edojinOct. 27, 2014 - 05:09PM JST
I've watched performers like this before. Always admire how they can hold such weird positions for such a long time. The one the Thinker above is doing isn't easy ... look at the strain in his leg muscles. Probably most of us observers wouldn't last a second in that position ...
Posted in: Thinking man
edojinOct. 27, 2014 - 05:06PM JST
U.S.: Mickey Mouse
Britain: David Beckham ... um, he's real, isn't he? Then it must be the Potter fellow.
Posted in: Who do you think are the most recognizable fictional British and American characters in the world?
edojinOct. 27, 2014 - 04:59PM JST
Japan Today should take a poll on Abe's popularity. From what I've seen so far ... it would probably be less than 0 (zero) %.
Posted in: Abe's public support slumps in wake of resignations
edojinOct. 27, 2014 - 04:56PM JST
This guy still a minister? What's taking so long getting rid of him? The longer he sticks around, the more problems emerge from his poor handling of his own stuff. If he didn't know what he was doing in his own backyard, how the heck can he do an adequate job as head of the trade & industry ministry and as the overseer of TEPCO ... ???
Posted in: Trade minister got funds from foreign-owned firm
edojinOct. 26, 2014 - 04:45PM JST
Am in the process of reading "Robot Uprisings," a series of stories compiled by Daniel H. Wilson & John Joseph Adams. It warns us, "Humans Beware," and goes on to give interesting stories about "thinking" robots that take over just about everything ... even we mortals.
So ... will the "thinking machines" eventually find a way to take over Google & Oxford and go on to take over other aspects of machine power?
For those of you who will still be here a half century from now ... will your cell phone be ordering you around, will your vacuum cleaner be thinking of ways to take over your house, will your servant computer be thinking of ways to, um, er, eliminate you ... ???
Posted in: Google teams with Oxford to teach machines to think
edojinOct. 24, 2014 - 03:29PM JST
This area of Dotonbori is already one of the most entertaining areas in Japan ... so the addition of Glicko's latest LED "running" billboard should add to the excitement. Can't wait to head down to Osaka to see it ... plus enjoy all that this area in Namba has to offer.
Posted in: Glico's running man now lit up with LEDs
edojinOct. 24, 2014 - 03:23PM JST
Well ... there's no choice ... he's gotta go. It's bad enough being in mysterious possession of a receipt from an S&M club ... but being a stockholder in TEPCO, the agency he now oversees ... no way. If he can't handle his own financial stuff, how the heck can he handle the nation's trade & industry ministry? And holding on to TEPCO stock, how can we trust him with being honest with what is happening within TEPCO?
Thus the revolving door continues to spin.
Can't the government ... especially Prime Minister Abe ... study thoroughly the records of the people who are put in ministerial positions? Can't see why they can't do their homework properly.
So it goes ... "Hey, it's your turn to head a ministry ... step right up ... we'll check on your qualifications later."
How many more questionable ministers are at the helm in this country? For sure, we'll never know the exact number ...
Posted in: Minister hit by bar scandal also under fire for owning TEPCO shares
edojinOct. 18, 2014 - 06:52PM JST
Looking at the scene on TV, that shaft was a long way down. Guess the grating looked safe, so everybody kept piling on to get a better look of the girls. But a closer look via a TV close-up showed what looked like "weak" bolts holding the grating up. Some of them just disintegrated ...
If you want to get a better view of something, better be sure you have solid & safe footing below you ...
Posted in: 16 killed in grate collapse at S Korea pop concert
edojinOct. 18, 2014 - 06:47PM JST
I travel in the non-reserved section. Get there just as fast, just as comfortable ... but at a much cheaper cost. A cheap traveler like me doesn't really need all those fancy extras. But if you make the trip only once or so ... first class should be quite an experience ... and something to talk about later on ...
Posted in: We take a luxurious trip to Aomori in the first class section of the bullet train
edojinOct. 18, 2014 - 06:41PM JST
By coincidence, I am right now (Saturday evening here in Tokyo) looking at the new MRJ on TV. It was exhibited at the Singapore Air Show. Looks quite impressive. It was said they have something like a total of 408 orders for it so far. Good start ...
Posted in: First Japanese passenger jet in 4 decades rolling out
edojinOct. 18, 2014 - 06:30PM JST
Abe is among the few still missing from the hallways of Yasakuni this time around. Wonder if he'll show up ... and really tee off the Chinese & Koreans? Actually, I doubt it ...
Posted in: 3 women cabinet ministers visit Yasukuni Shrine
edojinOct. 18, 2014 - 06:28PM JST
She's gotta go, If she were in any other party, her departure would have been a messy done deal already. However, she is a member of Jiminto, which is famous for its "corruption," so she might be saved somehow. Jiminto ... leaves a bad taste of corruption in the mouth ...
Posted in: Obuchi under pressure to resign over political donations misuse
edojinOct. 17, 2014 - 05:54PM JST
Should be an exciting series ... the young Royals vs. the young/old Giants. If I were a betting man, I'd place my money on the Giants ... but with the way the Royals are playing I'd go with my gut feeling and put my dough down on them. Tough rooting for two of what are among my favorite teams ...
Posted in: Ishikawa's 3-run homer sends Giants to World Series
edojinOct. 16, 2014 - 05:32PM JST
Seems as if we're headed toward a "wild-card" World Series. If the S.F. Giants can get one more win, then they are in. Royals vs. Giants for the World Series trophy and rings. For runners-up, they surely have turned into exciting teams ...
Posted in: Royals hold off Orioles 2-1 to reach World Series; Giants beat Cardinals
Oct. 30, 2014 - 10:38PM JST
For people who are not aware: Given current Japan’s economic data, it’s almost curtain that Japan’s…
Oct. 30, 2014 - 10:35PM JST
i wonder why if it's toyota they demand a recall, if it's a different brand they…
Posted in: U.S. gov't pushes air bag maker Takata on replacement parts
Oct. 30, 2014 - 10:34PM JST
How about fixing the headline to proper English: CHILEAN man gets 10 years for killing of…
Posted in: Chile man gets 10 years for killing Japanese astronomer
Oct. 30, 2014 - 10:31PM JST
sweetened condensed milk.. eagle brand
Posted in: Brilliant use for the almost expired milk in your fridge: It’s time for some milk jam
Oct. 30, 2014 - 10:24PM JST
Near the coast: prone to tsunami. Near mountains: prone to volcanic eruption. Japan is apparantly doomed…
Posted in: Survey shows 2,860 public schools at risk from tsunami damage