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notimpressedFeb. 14, 2010 - 05:05PM JST
I like the way we do it, and as such , even though I received some chocolate from a lovely lady a day early, today I have proposed that we dress up nice and go for a romantic dinner. This is the day to make your special someone feel special, no better way to do it in my book.
notimpressedFeb. 09, 2010 - 02:03PM JST
so what is the difference between 'Peruvian person commits XYZ' Vs 'Man commits XYZ' ? Assuming the 'man' is Japanese, does this denote that only Japanese people are people, while all other creeds are some kind of subcategory?
I think including nationality in the title should only be neccessary in certain cases, and it is perfectly reasonable to print it in the body of the article. But when foreign crime is over reported when compared to Japanese on Japanese crime, it is obviously done with the intention of sensationalizing the suspects nationality or non-Japanese-ness, to perpetuate unfair stereotypes, and to make money from small minded peoples xenophobic fears.
If readers would ignore the article without a foreigner stamp in the title, then it wasn't news worthy to begin with. If they only read it because of that foreigner stamp up there, well...grasping at straws and playing the race card much?
Posted in: Do you think it is appropriate for newspaper headlines to include the nationality of defendants or suspects wanted for questioning by police?
notimpressedFeb. 06, 2010 - 01:18PM JST
Over-emphasis on testing which is in turn over-emphasised with rote answers and multiple choice questions, has lead to a lack of critical thinking ability in Japan. The kids are not taught to learn, or to put 2 and 2 together, but are taught to regurgitate information( right or wrong) and to pass tests which get them onto the next level. Life in the Japanese rat-race is little more than a game of donkey kong... jump through a few hoops without the need to understand why the hoops are there, just get through the next level, pass go, whatever.
Just an experience with any customer service in Japan where the situation is unique, exposes how lost and unable to think on the spot or problem solve they are, and is all you need to find evidence of the effects of the Japanese education model's failures.
Posted in: The dumbing down of Japanese students
notimpressedFeb. 06, 2010 - 01:06AM JST
There are plenty of good posts as well as the usual suspects spitting their poison.
Good on anyone who does take a shot at anything at life, we all have different motivations, ideals, and goals in life. None of the above make any of us better than the next.
Posted in: The state of the language school industry
notimpressedJan. 18, 2010 - 03:35PM JST
hey wibble, let me know how you get on with the nexus on Docomo!!
I also have the ht03a, someone asked how much up front? I paid 14000Y including a sd card.
Regarding softbank Vs Docomo charges. Yes docomos bizhodai is a fraction more expensive, but you can use any of the calling plans, which can be really cheap. I get 300minutes a month to any line at any time for about 4000yen. With softbank, you are trapped with only the whte plans, which are the most expensive unless you only call other softbank lines. I don't know about the hardcore keitai otaku, but I dont choose my friends based on thier cell carrier.
Posted in: Google to sell Nexus One, a 'super' mobile phone
notimpressedJan. 18, 2010 - 03:21PM JST
ahh well, in the old days it was goats and other furry friends that copped it from the desperate and depraved. At least these rubber nasties are taking one (or many) for the farm friends team.
Posted in: Sex robot focuses on appealing to the mind
notimpressedJan. 12, 2010 - 04:15PM JST
haha, yeah michaelqtodd, I walk around the neighbourhood streets in a balaclava, and no pants, thats why they turned up at my doorstep.
No, after three years in the same apartment, 99% of neighbors still won't return a simple Konnichiwa on a sunny day, no how spic n span I am. I am just the suspiscious outsider no matter what I do. I'm used to it, but disappointed all the same.
My experiences with the police pale in comparison to most stories, but the mere fact of being foreign is not anough of a reason to be questioned as to your quality of character, or to be an immediate suspect. I thought we were all living in big technologically and socially advanced cities, not medieval villages who have reason to fear outsiders, or horseless carriages for that matter.
Just because it hasn't happened to you doesn't mean it doesnt happen alot. I know this because I get off lucky while others I know don't. We should also get at least the same level of service/ protection. It is ridiculous to read of people getting the tables turned on them when they are the victims. For me, so far so good, but I don't look forward to my luck running out, because in all honestly, being foreign and getting a fair shake from the police in Japan is at best, lucky.
Posted in: Tell us about any encounters, either good or bad, you have had with Japanese police.
notimpressedJan. 12, 2010 - 01:49PM JST
I recently got woken up by a Police officer ringing my doorbell on a saturday morning. I was sleeping off the booze form the night before and was freezing at the doorstep, while he took my name,age, country of origin, place of employment, how long I have been in Japan etc down in a little notebook for Gaijin profiling. When he asked for my cell phone number I asked if he asks everyone these questions? He let that go, and said, ' oh yeah, theres a thief in the area, so I'm just going around the neighbourhod. See ya!!' ...no questions of whether I had seen anything or anyone suspicious lately, as obviously his enquiries around my neighborhood had already led him to the suspicious gaijins house. He also di not go to any other doors.
Other than being racially profiled while hungover in my own house, the police have been good. I got a wallet back when I dropped it in Osaka, got let off for making an illegal U-turn. Other wise no run ins in 3 years. Other friends have not had it so sweet though, and I must admit I was disappointed in being profiled as the neighborhood bad guy, even if he was polite.
notimpressedJan. 05, 2010 - 02:50PM JST
Sorry biglittleman...what is it that the HT-03a cant do? It canplay music and video and has gps, wifi, 3g, accelerometer, youtube native client, a still/video camera (admitedly not the best among android devices, plenty of goo dapps in the app store, and wow it doesnt need itunes to function. Admitedly it doesnt have IRDA, but it does have bluetooth, japan is one of the few countries whose phones still stick with IRDA. It cant do keitai wallet, well I never use that anyway. 1seg....so I can watch Japanese TV? No thanks. I dont even watch JTV at home.
Anyway, perhaps I am wasting my breath of you are just an apple fan, Im not an android fan, justa user. It does heaps and works fine for me and the contract is far far far FAR cheaper than anything softbank can offer. I almost got an iphone untill I got fed up with softbanks rubbish. Glad I switched to the HT-03A and docomo.
Posted in: Google phone expected to debut in U.S. this week
notimpressedDec. 21, 2009 - 12:15PM JST
haha, Matt Damon would get smashed in a real game of rugby. Obviously the rugby parts of the movie are going to be crap.
Posted in: Eastwood, Freeman back in saddle for 'Invictus'
notimpressedDec. 17, 2009 - 12:55AM JST
The shape is neither well sculpted nor is the base properly flush. A steaming pile of (golden)bullcrap and a waste of gold.
notimpressedNov. 26, 2009 - 01:28PM JST
Altria, that sounds like the art that Homer Simpson is a disciple of.
Posted in: What is the most efficient martial art to learn for one's protection in the real world?
notimpressedNov. 26, 2009 - 01:15PM JST
Diplomacy, intelligence, charisma, common sense, and after that, anything that involves blocking, evading, and counter attack. Like timor said, its no use if you are too weak or not proficient enough to be effective. Otherwise, it doesn't matter what style you go with.
I also like the speak quietly and carry a big stick art.
notimpressedNov. 02, 2009 - 05:47PM JST
Junnama...that post gave me a good laugh
Posted in: Soldier knife 1891
notimpressedOct. 31, 2009 - 01:09PM JST
Dbung:locking them in a freezer isnt cool
are you sure about that one?
Posted in: Female part-timer at Sukiya robs own restaurant with hand saw
notimpressedOct. 27, 2009 - 06:18PM JST
fair enough peaceful man, now name a single team that the All Blacks have not beaten before, and couldn't beat again....
notimpressedOct. 27, 2009 - 02:14PM JST
nice to see the tall poppy syndrome in full swing I guess. Its a game, people win and lose. This is a great team from a tiny country.
Go hard guys.
notimpressedOct. 19, 2009 - 02:16PM JST
and she has kept it ina shoebox for over a year in her living room...gross.
Posted in: Woman arrested for hiding body of dead baby in Nagano home
notimpressedOct. 19, 2009 - 02:00PM JST
"heavy metal loving teenagers" haha, I can understand you might not like the art, but pulling that gem out of your butt doesn't make your opinion any more relevant either.
Posted in: Is there more to controversial art of Trevor Brown than meets the eye?
notimpressedOct. 19, 2009 - 01:56PM JST
LoveUSA...why so bitter? and why so surprised that men admire beautiful women? Also rather presumptuous to assume that you know what anyone is capable of getting.
May. 20, 2013 - 12:02PM JST
...In last sentence of above I also forgot to mention in addition; homophobic.
Posted in: China cracks down on over-the-top anti-Japan dramas
May. 20, 2013 - 12:01PM JST
ICJ seems to be worthless in east Asia.
Posted in: China trying to strengthen its claim to Okinawa
In cases like this where reporting is biased the government is often called a regime. Syria…
Posted in: Hezbollah steps up fighting in Syria; Israel threatens more strikes
May. 20, 2013 - 12:00PM JST
aimed reducing tensions
tsk tsk "aimed *at * reducing tensions"
China is really pushing the envelope…
There is a licence requirement to be a weather girl?
Posted in: Taiwanese weather girl idol group to take Japan’s national weather forecasting license exam