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theFuMay. 15, 2013 - 03:25AM JST
So, lots of down votes, but not so many people putting their ideas out.
I'm like the love that 5th Element is getting. Whenever that is on, I have watch or start off the DRV. The same goes for Chronicles of Riddick, Galaxy Quest and a few other ZERO-acclaim scifi movies. Fun-to-watch should matter as much as fantastic story.
Posted in: What are your five favorite science-fiction movies?
theFuMay. 14, 2013 - 08:10AM JST
Scifi - not fantasy
I love good story telling.
theFuApr. 14, 2013 - 02:31PM JST
Any country can refuse entry to any person for any reason. Seems like tit-for-tat here. Fine.
Certainly a few Russian people belong on a do-not-travel list AND certainly a few Americans also belong on a do-not-travel list.
Nothing to see here.
Posted in: Russia hits 18 U.S. officials with tit-for-tat entry ban
theFuMar. 10, 2013 - 11:46PM JST
A few things that I had wrong:
Geisha are not sex workers
Tea ceremony is not a romantic offering
Underwear vending machines - never saw any
I never assumed that speaking English made any country an "advanced nation." There are idiots around the world.
I've never lived in Japan, but I worked with SONY-Japan daily for 3 years and have traveled to Tokyo a few times for a few weeks.
Things that were unexpected:
- men need a hanky to dry their hands after toilet use - walking around with wet hands sucks.
- I left my wallet on a shop counter and returned a few hours later to find it exactly where I left it, with all the money/cards inside, untouched.
- prices for fruits seemed extremely high.
- some Japanese women are pushy. A strange woman asked to have my babies while I was standing in line in a hotel lobby.
- huge anti-female bias is tolerated daily - the "men first" mentality.
- complex toilets in the hotels. I miss those.
- 2-4 hr commutes are common.
Most of the items in the article were not my expectations at all.
Posted in: Survey among expats: What did you think about Japan before you started living here?
theFuMar. 09, 2013 - 11:17PM JST
I am completely clueless and did a little wikipedia reading on White Day.
Seems that in China, Korea and Japan, Valentine's Day is for women/girls to give presents to men.
White day is for men/boys to give presents to women.
Just for clarification - do men give presents/candy to women on Valentine's day too?
I'm soooo confused.
Posted in: Tokyo store concierge service helps clueless men shop for girlfriends
theFuFeb. 17, 2013 - 09:32AM JST
Shares may gain ground this week
Is just as valid a headline. Headlines like this mean nothing.
Shares may gain ground this week
Is just as valid a headline. Headlines like this mean nothing.
Posted in: Shares may lose ground this week
theFuFeb. 16, 2013 - 12:44AM JST
Perhaps only having meetings during the morning and afternoon corporate exercise times? You know - when they play that song over the speakers for 5 minutes?
Posted in: What is the best way to hold company meetings so that they are not time-wasting, don't get off track, or turn into arguments and pointless exercises?
theFuJan. 17, 2013 - 10:22AM JST
I'm pro-freedom, including the right for citizens without any criminal convictions to own and use pretty much any firearm they want without restrictions. I would overturn the current restrictions on automatic firearms too, since it is effective only for people who follow the law, not any criminal. The difference between an illegal automatic firearm and a legal semi-automatic version is a rocker arm at a slightly different angle.
Firearms do not kill people, people kill people. More people die on the roads in the USA every year than from all the terrorist actions in the last 100 years world-wide, but nobody is calling for all vehicles to be removed from the roads. That would be the only way we could save lives - remove all vehicles, right?
I do not own any firearms. It isn't part of my culture, but I respect that other families DO enjoy sports and other activities with firearms. These family teach their children respect and responsibility. A crazy person will find a way to kill people - it doesn't matter if it is a firearm or gun or bus or metal pole or .... they can find a way to kill.
I have no doubt that President Obama really thinks this is the best option to make a change for the better. I simply disagree. He's spent too much time in the NE and west coasts. He's lost touch with the rest of America on this topic, but needs to appear to try to do something - anything - to appease the nanny-state PAC.
Posted in: Obama unveils $500 million gun control package
theFuJan. 17, 2013 - 10:09AM JST
The men directing people to an airport line, like immigration or customs, wearing white gloves.
They are in the non-resident area, but don't speak any other language than Japanese. Pointless. Arrows on the floor do just as much.
I see these people around and it honestly seems like charity to give them a job for this.
On my first trip to Japan, I didn't bring a few necessities (handkerchief) and had to do a little shopping. I found all the store clerks saying "Irasshaimase" without looking AT ME freaked me out. In a tech society, it seems that an electric eye connected to an MP3 player could play that over and over and over with just as much feeling whenever the light wave is broken at the door. It sounds like a duty the way it is said almost everywhere.
Don't misunderstand, there are far more things that I absolutely love about Japan, but these two seem pointless.
Nobody thinks the train fillers/shovers are not necessary. I wonder why? ;)
Posted in: 7 services that don’t make sense to foreigners in Japan
theFuJan. 13, 2013 - 07:31AM JST
The only 1 that really scared me was:
Even if you aren’t dating, tell him you want to have his babies.
Ladies, don't do this.
If the man hasn't brought up children - do not do this. It will make men look for a way out. That statement needs to wait until you know each other well and have already discussed children in general.
I've had women say this to me a few times, including a crazy Japanese lady as I was checking out of a hotel in Tokyo. We were just standing in line near each other, nothing more. I did get on the plane leaving about 3 hrs later WITHOUT her name, number or email.
I could be wrong, since I am not Japanese.
Posted in: 9 phrases that make Japanese men fall head over heels
theFuJan. 10, 2013 - 10:24PM JST
Visiting both cities is on my "places to visit in the world" list. This photo rekindled my desires for that visit.
War is terrible. Unnecessary death is terrible. I took a semester history class about the atomic bomb project in college. Truman knew about the likely deaths, but he also was looking at estimates with 100K killed Americans if he didn't use at least 1 bomb. He hoped that 1 bomb would be enough, there are papers proving that, but Japanese leaders of the time did not surrender. It is hard for an American to understand why not. I certainly don't.
In the Washington DC, there is the Holocaust Museum about the Jewish killings by the Germans. It is an extremely depressing place, but should also be on everyone's "places to visit in the world" list so we can strive to make certain nothing like those terrible things ever happen again, anywhere in the world.
Peace to all the peoples of the world. I love Japan and the Japanese people.
Posted in: Rare photo of A-bomb split cloud found in Hiroshima
theFuJan. 10, 2013 - 05:06AM JST
Americans tend to hate other representatives, but continue to vote for their incumbent representatives.
It is always the other voters in other districts and states causing the problems.
For example, where I live, we think all the reps from NY, Cali, and Boston are terrible, but we still vote in the far-right leaning fundamental Christians who actually believe the Earth is 6,000 yrs old for some reason and think that's ok. It is sad.
Posted in: U.S. Congress less popular than cockroaches: poll
theFuJan. 10, 2013 - 05:02AM JST
Tokyo is a world-class city in a wonderful nation. I wish them the best in this bid.
Any excuse to get back to Japan is good!
Posted in: Tokyo outlines plans to host 2020 Olympics
theFuDec. 23, 2012 - 02:11AM JST
Finally watched the 2012 pageant last night and Ayako Hara, Miss Japan, was absolutely gorgeous! Freeze framed her walking in a swimsuit - fantastic legs and face - WOW! 4 seconds of time wasn't enough. Miss Puerto Rico DID pull my eyes too. ;)
Of course, there are many extremely beautiful women in the competition, Miss Japan was in MY Top 10.
Posted in: Reaching for the universe
theFuDec. 15, 2012 - 01:16AM JST
NHK needs to end all drinking at any function with more than 2 people. I've worked on long-term jobs with a no-drinking clause in the contract; not before work, at lunch or on the way home. It really wasn't a big deal.
Seems a public apology is mandatory. PSAs for non-groping is mandatory. 10% of his future earnings towards womens shelters. All the train systems should all ban him from riding forever. Paying for parking or taxis for the rest of his career will teach others a real lesson.
I think he is lying. I cannot imagine actually being so drunk that I don't remember something, unless I passed out. As a younger boy, I claimed that I didn't remember something, when I did, vaguely. I was lying to help me and the nice young lady out of personal (not legal) trouble. Sure, I didn't recall every tiny detail, but the major things that happened that evening, I do still recall today.
I wonder if he'd smoked pot instead, would he still have groped? Probably not, he'd be too busy eating chips.
Posted in: NHK suspends announcer for 3 months over groping incident
theFuDec. 15, 2012 - 01:04AM JST
a) I was blaming Dryer-San for all my missing socks all these years.
b) I really need to see the other sock, on foot please. Including a little ankle would be a plus. No shoes.
c) Certainly someone in Japan is working on computer-smell-o-stink interface.
It has been a few years since I was last in Japan, but didn't they sell worn under panties in vending machines? Seems like a least 1 customer has moved onto socks.
Posted in: Sock thief on the loose in Chiba
theFuDec. 12, 2012 - 01:36AM JST
I am not a current pot smoker, but I don't pretend to know what is right for others.
Everything is dangerous to our health, including breathing. However, most soft drugs, in moderation, have not been found to be harmful. Anything, taken to excess can be harmful. Water, milk, alcohol, or marijuana. Out of all those in that list, guess which one has never had anyone overdose while using? marijuana. You can kill yourself by drinking too much milk or water or alcohol, yet those are still sold.
I believe that smoking pot is much, much, much less harmful than drinking alcohol and I believe that studies from independent research shows that. If you read the studies sponsored by political groups, the result is always aligned with their political beliefs.
It is not my place to tell any other human being how to use their (adult) body for recreation provided they are not harming anyone else. That goes for any activities, not just marijuana. 2nd-hand smoke laws should still apply too.
Congratulations to my friends and family living in Colorado. Smoke a "fatty" for me, if you choose to enjoy that recreational activity. If you don't, that is 100% fine with me too.
Posted in: Marijuana for recreational use legalized in Colorado
theFuDec. 08, 2012 - 11:11PM JST
I guess beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. I prefer women with fit, not skinny, legs, but the face is #1 for my eyes. Her face is lovely. I am not a fan of the pulled back hair, but she doesn't look bad. I think there are other, much prettier styles that could be worn to greater effect.
Still, she is absolutely gorgeous.
theFuDec. 08, 2012 - 11:04PM JST
Probie and Shi are correct.
It seems more like a prize given to killers who they hope will stop killing than for anyone who actually did anything towards peace.
As a child, I looked forward to learning who had done something to bring peace somewhere in the world, but for the last 20 yrs the decision and announcement just provides 7 days of jokes for Leno and his peers around the world. I guess that is a service of some sort, but probably NOT what Nobel intended.
Posted in: Is Nobel Peace Prize losing some of its prestige?
theFuDec. 06, 2012 - 02:04AM JST
A photo of the fight?
A photo of the guy that pushed him into the tracks?
The photo that I saw was clearly at a distance where the photographer probably couldn't have gotten to the edge and pulled the main out, but the fact that nobody else was there or trying speaks volumes. I've known many New Yorkers - most would have tried to help.
Any money this paper and photographer earn from the photo need to go towards improving safety features for NYC subways.
The guy that pushed him onto the tracks needs to be charged with manslaughter - at least, if not murder.
Posted in: Photo of man about to be killed by New York subway causes furor
May. 21, 2013 - 02:04PM JST
@beowolf - lol I doubt that guy has watched "all" Japanese media, actually, I doubt ANYONE…
Posted in: Miike's action film gets booed at Cannes
May. 21, 2013 - 02:01PM JST
extinction? No doubt he'll deny this...
Posted in: Hashimoto's party 'faces extinction,' some media say
May. 21, 2013 - 01:53PM JST
is it as good as BATTLE ROYALE ????
May. 21, 2013 - 01:52PM JST
more famous than you at least
Posted in: Wax men
Also, hoserfella, if you went to the exhibit as I have, I'm sure you'd notice plenty…