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shinhiyataAug. 22, 2014 - 10:45AM JST
Too bad British groups that continue to make important, sophisticated, and relevant music (Godflesh, Killing Joke, Napalm Death) are unable to garner half the notoriety that these hipster hacks do. As for cheeky garage punk origins, why not go see Madness, Martin Fry, or Shirley Manson instead?
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shinhiyataAug. 11, 2014 - 04:46PM JST
Yeah, tis a bit fuzzy in that I'm signed in on both my ketai and laptop. So depending on whichever I type from (I won't tell you which) the IP is identified by JT as different. That apparently gives me a username from a different forum I'm also concurrently signed in on but keeps the gravatar the same.
Your boldface type in my post is presumptive and does not grammatically link your highlighted selections to prove your point. I could bold face several other items and make similar grammatical suppositions.
As for Sanskirt and Tibetan translation, I'm not trying to render them in English, I'm trying to put them into Japanese. So in a way you're right, the software has no problem with these ancient languages, but once again falls flat when it tries to render them in Japanese. And in my inaka na kinjo, the obasans refer to themselves as washi, not ore, not even atashi. Very self-defacing pronoun I've been told.
And just for future reference, one does not yet communicate with a machine. One uses a machine to communicate with other sentient beings. And I get the feeling R2D2 and the Terminator will probably have a rough time with Japanese.
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shinhiyataAug. 11, 2014 - 04:11PM JST
Morebizarrecountry - let me offer you a PROOF of my theory using the symbolic logic of ancient western mathematical language. This, by the way, is the language of contemporary computer code, and is entirely logical. This was the same proof I offered in my post above which you seem to have overlooked. First, lets render the written version of the spoken English into its mathematical symbolism - one plus one equals two: a. one --- 1 b. one plus --- 1& c. one plus one --- 1&1 d. one plus one equals --- 1&1= e. one plus one equals two --- 1&1=2 . Now this is not only easily understood by most human beings but is also easily understood by machines which only operate on symbolic logic. Now let's look at the symbolic representation of the Japanese rendered in Romaji (because as BillyB points out, logical software code based on binary data can NOT understand the lack of spaces between Japanese characters). Thus we have 'ichi tasu ichi wa ni desu'. If I am mistaken as to how to convey 1&1=2 in everyday spoken Japanese, please feel free to throw eggs at the Japanese language professor sitting next to me. In symbolic representation we get a. ichi --- 1 b. ichi tasu ---1& c. ichi tasu ichi --- 1&1 NOW PAY CLOSE ATTENTION because here is where logic goes right out the genkan d. ichi tash ichi wa --- (1&1) e. ichi tasu ichi wa ni --- (1&1)2 f. [and now let's add the cupola] ichi tasu ichi wa ni desu ---- (1&1)2= . So as you can see, using symbolic logic as only mathematics can adequately demonstrate, I offer you this proof that my theorem of Japanese being an illogical language is not a hypothesis after all. Please feel free to offer your contrary evidence. Had to use the ampersand character, JTs inferior script catalog won't recognize the addition character.
shinhiyataAug. 11, 2014 - 01:34PM JST
Coming from a queen whose own hieroglyphic language fell by the wayside several millennia ago, your argument seems sorely lacking in justification. Did you know Sakamoto Ryouma advocated the 'chucking' of Kokugo before he was assassinated? His 'excuses' were as follows - 1: Inherently sexist nature of Japanese language, ie. females must use condescending and diminutive/honorific language whereas males do not 2: Caste system perpetuated by the national language, ie. those of lower societal rank must use diminutive/honorific language when addressing a superior and vice versa 3: Only the privileged (or religious orders) could afford an education in his day whereby one could learn to read and write their spoken language - this is how hiragana came about since women were not allowed an education and devised their own easier form of written Japanese. 4: Western students learn to read and write their alphabet in the first 3 years of schooling whereas even today, Japanese students take 9 years just to master the basics necessary to read a newspaper. 5: Some in his social circle even was as far as to advocate converting the national language of Japan to English as it was a language of democracy and equality, of opportunity for the non-samurai/royal class. English and the Roman alphabet have been featured on Japanese currency and stamps since the Meiji restoration as a result. But I digress as I do tend to blather. Glad you found employment in translation software, though it seems a bit down the carreer ladder from pharaohess.
Now please explain why my Bling app can't translate my email?
shinhiyataAug. 11, 2014 - 12:44PM JST
Your nom-de-plume/guerre is a perfect example of the ambiguity in our overly homonymic Japanese. Are you taking me to the 5th floor of a go parlor? Or are you trying to lecture me about the 5 precepts of Buddhist sin? Or perhaps you are asking me to acquire a parasitic hediste worm? Or is it that you are cordially inviting someone to engage you in polite debate that might clear up a misunderstanding on your part? Without the kanji, we are left to wonder. And with only the kanji, we are at a loss for context. Your username points out but a few of the drawbacks inherent to the Japanese language.
shinhiyataAug. 11, 2014 - 11:53AM JST
Thou dost possesseth a wealth of ignorance. The combinations and permutations of letters in the Roman alphabet allow it to be so much more versatile, if not entirely accurate in a phonetic sense. That said, there are only 26 of them (barring lower/upper case and font type). There are 51 gojuon hiragana characters alone, and that doesn't include dakuon/han-dakuon/youon/sokuon variants. And that also excludes the katakana alphabet. And do you have any idea how many kanji there are? I didn't, so I asked one of my fellows who is a professor of Japanese calligraphy and was told the jouyou currently number 1945. But ancillary and exotic kanji number well over 45000. I frequently approach him with questions about kanji specific to Japanese Buddhism and Shintoism that leave him dumbfounded. And honestly, I have yet to meet a native-born Nihonjin use 'poppycock' in everyday conversation. 'We Japanese'? I remain skeptical of your ethnicity as much as I do the long-term viability of the Japanese language.
shinhiyataAug. 11, 2014 - 09:01AM JST
Except for the Chinese system, cultures that use hieroglyphic alphabets as a primary means of written communication have invariably failed throughout history. How much longer can kanji remain a viable and practical way to convey information to other people? The static inability to render new concepts in kanji and its abstract and pictographic approach to ancient ones show just how feeble it is for the present age. Couple that with the illogical grammar paradigm and overly vowel heavy - homonymic spoken form and you have why Japanese is considered by many linguists as the most inferior language used by more than 100 million in modern times. Not that my native tongue is 100% perfect, but the limitations of Japanese have kept its speakers isolated and eccentric for about 1300 years. The Japanese people have made no attempt to internationalize their language other than by force, and contemporary study of it is only out of business necessity or pop-culture curiosity. Still, they are fascinating and visually beautiful characters to look at.
shinhiyataAug. 10, 2014 - 01:18PM JST
Not bad, but I really like the one for ReGain energy drink with the levitating blue-haired girl in the tiger bikini.
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shinhiyataAug. 08, 2014 - 02:52PM JST
The queen will still be the queen of Scotland, even if they go independent.
The queen will still be the queen of Scotland, even if they go independent.
Well, my ancestor was John Comyn the Red and the rightful heir to the throne of Scotland before he was assassinated by Robert the Bruce in 1306. If the NO vote wins, I am going to apply for the job.
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shinhiyataAug. 08, 2014 - 02:35PM JST
Rubbish. Everyone knows that Jesus is buried here in Japan in nearby Shingo Aomori.
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shinhiyataAug. 08, 2014 - 02:23PM JST
I'm of the opinion that as long as the mail gets delivered on time, who cares if the Queen is on the stamp?
That said, the Americans and India kicked the English out of their countries, so why can't the Scots? And give Ulster back to the Gaels while your at it. Heck, might as well have a Euro coin with Manx and Cornish, too.
shinhiyataAug. 01, 2014 - 03:17PM JST
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shinhiyataJul. 31, 2014 - 01:33PM JST
Why don't we just store all the waste on the moon?
RIP - Gerry Anderson
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shinhiyataJul. 29, 2014 - 04:17PM JST
Go Bucs ! Hoist the Jolly Roger !!
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shinhiyataJul. 28, 2014 - 04:42PM JST
Have you picked up a newspaper in the past half century? South Korea and the US are under a military cooperation treaty. In the event of hostilities by the DPRK, the US is obliged to respond militarily to assist SK. The US had repeatedly stated that a first strike nuclear attack is probable against the DPRK because of its huge stockpile of poison gas and germ warfare weapons. The DPRK may be starving and bankrupt but it also has over 500000 active military personnel driven by fanatic hatred for America and Japan. Since Japan is currently host to 40000 military personnel, 50000 family members, and 5500 civilians aides from the US, and since these forces are stationed to assist any US military activity in southeast Asia, not just Japan, they therefore are to be deployed in any military action against the DPRK. That makes Japan a de facto first strike target for any military action against the US and SK by the DPRK. Do you understand this so far? It is well known that installations like MIsawa, Yokusuka, Okinawa, etc... are permanently targeted by DPRK ballistic missiles tipped with nerve gas and germ warfare agents. The DPRK has repeatedly sworn to destroy Tokyo as revenge for the occupation and to cripple the economy of Japan in the event of hostilities against the Kim mafia. And they have the capability to do it with ease. Even their shortest range Rodong and SCUD Cs can hit Fukuoka, Sasebo, and Iwakumi with ease. It is well known that they have targeted Japan's nuclear powerplants for missile attack as well. The American bases get their electricity from them just like you do. These are sociopathic criminals we are talking about, not legitimate diplomats. Abe can say and do nothing to appease these lunatics. You can not remain neutral when dealing with the world's largest terrorist organization. Why do you think they are shooting those missiles towards Japan? They have enough artillery to flatten and gas Seoul at the DMZ without wasting their SCUDs on the south.. Not a problem for Japan? You can stick your head back in the sand now.
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shinhiyataJul. 28, 2014 - 12:57PM JST
Trinidad and Tobago is not a 3rd world nation or economy. It is one of the most developed countries in the western hemisphere. Surprisingly, for a tropical archipelago, tourism plays little part in its GDP as the rich don't want visitors. Abe will be on a nice junket vacation to this place. The deals are already signed and he will have little work to do but run his toes in the sand.
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shinhiyataJul. 28, 2014 - 09:40AM JST
Yurei Otane - surely you can't be serious? The DPRK is not democratic, a republic, nor of the people. It is the world's largest criminal junta and organized mafia syndicate. The DPRK is the planet's largest producer of illegal synthetic drugs, counterfeit currency, and banned poison and germ weapons of mass destruction. Such actions negate any reference to a 'country' or 'nation'. The Kim clique has perpetrated a genocidal pogrom of subjugation against the inhabitants of that land resulting in the starvation deaths of millions!!! The DPRK operates a huge network of slave labor gulags where multiple generations of families are imprisoned without reason. The so-called leaders in charge are delusional paranoids with access to enough VX, sarin, and tabun nerve gas (and despite what you think - the missile systems to deliver them) to render all of the Korean peninsula and Japanese archipelago uninhabitable for centuries. Who cares about Libya or Ukraine when some of the most hideous crimes against humanity ever perpetrated are still going on right next door. All you need to worry about is whether you have a gas mask or were born before 1970 and received a WHO smallpox vaccination.
shinhiyataJul. 27, 2014 - 08:24AM JST
Keep on thinking the DPRK is a joke and you just might die laughing. Even yappy little dogs can kill you if they have rabies.The Kim clique has a lot more than bottle rockets and cherry bombs keeping tubby safe in his ivory tower. Most intelligence agencies have been aware for some time that DPRK bio-weapons laboratories have been working hard for years to reanimate apocalypse diseases like the Spanish influenza, vaccine resistant smallpox, antibiotic resistant bubonic plague, anthrax, tularemia, and several others. For just such a contingency, they could threaten to release them and precipitate an end of the world scenario if the regime was threatened. Holding the whole world hostage and extorting all of humanity would be easy for criminals like Kim and his cronies. Why should they care if their own country's population vanished in the process? They seem to be working towards that end anyway. China will do everything in its power to prevent any threat to the Kim junta. China has known for years exactly what the NK doomsday laboratories have been up to. Why would China provoke an infantile megalomaniac with the capability to kill 400 million of its citizens?
shinhiyataJul. 25, 2014 - 10:54AM JST
It would be even more interesting if they were Tokyo skyscrapers in Osaka. Or Tokyo skyscrapers in Sendai. Now that would be a picture.
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shinhiyataJul. 24, 2014 - 08:04AM JST
Not sure why I was so down-voted for the Trinity movie. It is an award winning and truly mind-boggling film about perhaps the most important issue currently facing our species. Have my nay sayers even seen it?
So I will try again on a different note (literally) - Woodstock (1970) / Let It Be (1970) / Gimme Shelter (1970)
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Aug. 23, 2014 - 04:38AM JST
I dont blame them. JPN is safer for them, they risk being persecuted in other countries…
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Aug. 23, 2014 - 04:23AM JST
@nigelboy: I was writing the newspapers release befor 1945. Dont't you know Asahi, Maininchi were publishiers…
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Aug. 23, 2014 - 04:21AM JST
On late night Japanese TV, there is show that features different pachinko parlors where celebrities mostly…
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Aug. 23, 2014 - 04:12AM JST
Government can't govern country with emotion and Government has to do its job by head. Human…
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Aug. 23, 2014 - 04:02AM JST
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