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jonobugsJan. 22, 2015 - 09:42AM JST
Seriously? Wow, and they wonder why their company is struggling...
Posted in: Hi-res flagship Walkman NW-ZX2
jonobugsDec. 23, 2014 - 11:42AM JST
Wow, just ... wow.
Posted in: Scientists develop micro-fine adhesive sensors
jonobugsDec. 23, 2014 - 11:40AM JST
I watched Japanese TV for the first month of my stay (mostly at hotels) and I haven't watched it since. Everytime I turned it on, there was a 'variety' game show going on and little else. Occasionally I would stumble upon the news and an old drama that I would classify as the Japanese version of an old Western. A samurai hero would save the town from some evil dude. I never did see the anime, although I've watched them elsewhere. The only shows that were interesting for me were the old samurai shows as the variety shows just repeated the same stuff over and over. I was surprised to see the same people on different variety shows.
Posted in: Is Japanese TV really as bad as its reputation?
jonobugsDec. 10, 2014 - 12:20AM JST
December 22, just in time for the kotatsu season
December 22, just in time for the kotatsu season
Er, hate to burst the author's bubble, but it's "been" kotatsu weather for a month already. I do agree that having a real mikan would be much better than a bag of chips, though.
Posted in: Mikan flavored potato chips sound gross, but may actually be genius marketing
jonobugsNov. 30, 2014 - 11:46AM JST
Where's the Japanese spirit? Are you going to let China beat you on this??
Posted in: Beijing bans smoking in public spaces
jonobugsNov. 27, 2014 - 02:03PM JST
To be honest, I only clicked this link because I thought it sounded so bizarre to have a octagon shaped tablet. It reminded me of "The Office" where they were selling a triangular tablet.
Posted in: Octagon-shaped 8-inch Windows tablet
jonobugsNov. 18, 2014 - 10:24PM JST
I don't know anyone who ate a "typical North American" breakfast everyday. I'm sure there are a few people who do, but generally speaking I think that most people eat something easier to prepare such as oatmeal, cereal or toast. Those heavy breakfasts such as the ones described are generally for the weekends. I've also had the Japanese breakfasts, and while it may not suit the author, I would definitely not call them boring. I thoroughly enjoyed my breakfast experiences both at ryokans and at a real Japanese family. Perhaps if they never changed from day to day, they would be boring, but they usually are varied.
Posted in: Finally, an acceptable breakfast option at 7-Eleven: Eggs Benedict Sandwich
jonobugsNov. 18, 2014 - 12:07AM JST
I wonder if there's a key back up for when the battery dies.
Posted in: Padlock-style device opens and closes via smartphone
jonobugsNov. 09, 2014 - 05:25AM JST
The Pink Panther
Posted in: Name some movie scores that are so famous that after hearing only a few seconds of the music, you can immediately name the movie.
jonobugsNov. 02, 2014 - 05:30PM JST
How to ruin a perfectly great holiday....commercialize the bejeezus out of it. Yes, it's way too early. I totally agree with Wanderlust. Late November would be nice, after Thanksgiving.
Posted in: Christmas decorations and light displays are already up in some parts of Japan. Do you think it is too early?
jonobugsOct. 30, 2014 - 09:10AM JST
So is 'boyfriend' just a euphanism for pimp?
Posted in: Host club employee arrested for threatening girlfriend
jonobugsOct. 27, 2014 - 11:57PM JST
I read somewhere that movie productions also pad their bottom line, so that the actual costs are not as high as it seems. One of the reasons they do this is because the often offer people a cut of the "profits" and even when a movie does really well, it doesn't on paper because of the production costs. That way, they don't need to give the people a cut of the profits. A lot of the costs are actually paid to subsidiaries which are in turn owned by the same studios.
Posted in: Cost of making 'Hobbit' movies up to $745 million
jonobugsOct. 27, 2014 - 11:53PM JST
I was raised with the saying, "Do unto others .... ", so yes, I would of course turn it in, and then go home and imagine all the things I COULD have bought....
Posted in: If you found a large sum of money in a secluded spot, would you keep it or hand it in to the police?
jonobugsOct. 15, 2014 - 08:55AM JST
It's not just about cheating, it's also about health. Most people would agree that doping is not safe. Even if you decide that athletes should be allowed to destroy their own bodies if that is what they wish, many are often idols to young children and have a heavy influence on them.
Would you want your son or daughter or any loved one taking drugs to enhance their performance simply because they see their idol doing it and succeeding? I believe this is why most people are truly upset when they hear the news. I myself was quite upset about the Armstrong debacle.
Posted in: Is end in sight of forgiveness for dopers?
jonobugsOct. 15, 2014 - 08:47AM JST
I got my fill of Japanese TV in the first week in Japan while I was still in a hotel. My only saving point was that I had no Japanese knowledge at the time so it was a tiny bit entertaining.
Now, I only watch stuff on the internet.
I was once informed that smartphones, such as the iPhone are considered TV devices, but as far as I'm aware, iPhones are not capable of receiving a TV broadcast. How can they enforce that?
Posted in: Tokyo court rules that hotels must pay NHK fees according to the number of rooms with TVs
jonobugsOct. 13, 2014 - 09:17AM JST
What an idiot. He was facing a small fine at worst, but is now facing reckless endangerment.
Posted in: Driver talking on smartphone flees from police, hitting woman on bike
jonobugsSep. 17, 2014 - 09:15AM JST
Wow, the implications of this is enormous and could possibly lead to other cures. I wonder if they would be able bind to proteins and viruses.
Posted in: Scientists unveil magnetic cure for bad blood
jonobugsSep. 17, 2014 - 09:06AM JST
Wow, either there is something definitely wrong with this boy, or his parents didn't raise him properly. I have to wonder why the parents didn't notice something amiss with him. I wouldn't think that a homicidal child just spontaneously happens.
Posted in: 19-year-old youth stabs parents; mother dies
jonobugsSep. 17, 2014 - 01:25AM JST
I'm not sure there was ever a problem. If you tried to plug a USB plug the wrong way, it just wouldn't go. Simply turn it over and try again, presto, it works. The only people that would have problems are those who don't realize that they only plug in one way so they try and force the connection thereby breaking the plastic tab inside. I've never seen that happen though, so I doubt it is a problem.
Posted in: USB frustration vanquished by reversible plugs & cables
jonobugsSep. 02, 2014 - 10:32AM JST
I wonder if that means that they will allow you to listen to music. They always had me shut off my mp3 player even though it didn't produce any radio waves.
Posted in: Japan OKs use of smartphones, tablets during plane takeoffs, landings
Feb. 01, 2015 - 01:02PM JST
Hotmail, you are being far too harsh on South Korea. They don't need anyone to make…
Posted in: Australia downs South Korea 2-1 in extra time to win Asian Cup final
Feb. 01, 2015 - 12:59PM JST
I very much doubt that this was a "record high". Just that more were actually reported…
Posted in: Record number of teachers disciplined for corporal punishment
Steven C. Schulz
Feb. 01, 2015 - 12:57PM JST
Doesn't that require a consenting resolution from the Security Council, in which, Russia wields a veto?
Posted in: Ukraine to ask U.N. members to call Russia a terrorism sponsor
Feb. 01, 2015 - 12:56PM JST
Welcome by whom?
Posted in: Abe expresses outrage at IS video purportedly showing Goto being beheaded
Feb. 01, 2015 - 12:53PM JST
RIP Goto-san. Very sad. I will say a prayer for you and your family tonight.
Posted in: Shock and sadness as Japanese react to IS video