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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
jonobugsAug. 28, 2014 - 10:20AM JST
That's the one nice thing I love about Japan. When you see a price, that's the price you pay. No hidden fees on top of that. Well, that is until the 3% tax raise. Now, the supermarkets are showing the pre-tax price of goods. Not so happy with that tactic.
Posted in: Mimicking the airlines, hotels get fee-happy
jonobugsAug. 26, 2014 - 10:44AM JST
Whatever happened to having the children apologize to each other?
Posted in: What to do when your kids get you in trouble
jonobugsAug. 24, 2014 - 01:06PM JST
I only want to know if and when Netflix is coming to Japan.
Posted in: Ahead of Emmys, Netflix already winning online
Dec. 21, 2014 - 07:06AM JST
Seriously, the line-ups here really get me. It can be for something as banal, inane, or…
Posted in: Chaos as Tokyo Station celebrates centenary
Dec. 21, 2014 - 07:04AM JST
I was kicking around the other day and as I watched the people wearing their masks,…
Posted in: Influenza epidemic spreading across Japan
Dec. 21, 2014 - 07:03AM JST
With the Yen the same rate to the Pound (186 Yen/ £1) as it was…
Posted in: Japan to post record-breaking tourism numbers in 2014
“I wish they had spoken to me first. ... We cannot have a society in which…
Posted in: N Korea proposes joint probe with U.S. over Sony hacking
Dec. 21, 2014 - 07:01AM JST
The NSA who monitors the stuff in real time could have stopped that attack?