Robert Dykes's past comments

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    Robert Dykes

    They also played a Metallica song when Megadeth won best metal song and went to collect their award.

    Posted in: Grammy producer apologizes for Metallica, Caesar glitches

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    Robert Dykes

    Sure didn't help the yen. Almost hit 114 today. Still beating myself for not sending cash back when it was 104 just before the election.

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    Robert Dykes

    It's called "long term care insurance".

    If you are so called wealthy, then you are just foolish/selfish to not have been paying into it. I guess most people just expect the gov and the rest of their family to foot the bill.

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    Cool. I am looking for something new to watch... I am back to rewatching TNG and X-files.

    This looks better than "Designated Survivor" with Kiefer Sutherland which is really just a very mediocre "24" clone with Kiefer as leader and Maggie Q as pseudo Jack Bauer.

    BTW: IMDB has 24 Legacy at a super high 5.4 out of 10.... and its not on Amazon Japan Video or Netflix Japan or Hulu Japan. TPB it is I suppose.

    Posted in: '24: Legacy' may be even better than the original

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    Robert Dykes

    Japanese music industry crumbling for over a decade. Late to adopt digital music. Late to adopt superior portable digital music players. Late to adopt streaming services. Etc. etc. Some of Sony's biggest losses, one of Japan's largest music companies, can directly tied vast amounts of money they have lost to their music division. Do they really thinking hurting music schools is going to make up enough lost yennies in the end to fix their slow, late, poor decisions to innovate with the way modern music is handled?

    While Japan slowly adopts WAY overpriced digital music, Apple downloads have peaked and have already started to decline. While Japan still sells digital music and actual CDs, streaming is becoming more popular is the west and will soon overtake legal digital downloads. Japan will still be scratching their heads wondering why they did make billions off all the sheet music they sold to guitar schools.

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    Robert Dykes

    "The "fuel debris" at Chernobyl is a solid slug of previously molten uranium, which if you look directly at it will kill you."

    It is called the "elephant's foot", and yes while this was once true, it is no longer, the radiation levels have dropped enough that they have sent in people for direct measurements and study, albeit seconds at a time.

    Posted in: TEPCO spots possible nuclear fuel debris beneath Fukushima reactor

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    Robert Dykes

    "None of the 651 students and 68 teachers and school officials has complained of severe symptoms. "

    Sorry.... I have re-read this sentence 5 times. What are you trying to say? None of the 719 HAVE (not has) complained they were sick. Are you saying 719 people got sick and no one reported or complained they were sick?!? How does anyone know they were sick. Or are you saying none of them reported severe symptoms of food poisoning. What constitutes severe food poisoning because vomiting and diarrhea ranks pretty high on my list of severe food poisoning symptoms.

    he - has.

    she - has

    they - have

    deshou?

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    Robert Dykes

    numerous Haikyo. Japan has some of the best in the entire world! Some are "well known" in the underground circles, with a little internet sleuthing you can find some maps, or GPS coordinates, but its not hard to find some new and undiscovered one yourselves. I found a few in the mountains of Ono in Fukui. Old logging summer stations of some sort. Calanders dating back 30-40 years, Handcrank records players. The snow has since taken the building to the ground. Just be VERY careful, many are very dangerous, many are illegal to trespass. So please dont break any laws, take nothing and leave only footsteps please. But to see some off these old buildings, if only from the outside, is a majestic snapshot of a Japan slowly fading away.

    The The Nakagusuku Kogen Hotel in Okinawa is VERY easy to find and has some of the most amazing graffitii I have seen in my life.

    And of course if you want to 100% make sure you are on the right side of the law you can buy a ticket to visist Gunkanjima in Nagasaki, but its just a tourist trap now... but it is what got me interesting in discovering my own haikyo

    Posted in: What is your most memorable off-the-beaten-track experience in Japan?

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    Robert Dykes

    We have a VERY tiny "depachika" in the Fukui eki-mae Sebu.... Its better than nothing, but man do I love visiting the ones around Osaka, Nagoya, and Tokyo. Its so hard to decide what to get. Bentos, and treats, and take home food by weight, as far as the eye can see in every direction. And yeah.... the prices tend to a be high, but at least its usually worth it.

    Posted in: 'Depachika' -- Japan’s underground food emporiums

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    Robert Dykes

    1st: "She told the court that while she used the marijuana, " why even admit this. I will NEVER understand Japan.

    This is Japan 100% of the time: Police "did you do this illegal thing that we have no proof of" Suspect "yes"

    2nd: we are talking medicine here. Can you at least allow research into non intoxicating versions like CBD oil. This is just archaic. I perfectly understand Japan's past and current reluctance to prescribe opioids for pain. CBD alone has been shown to help out arthritis, psoriasis, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, crohns and ulcertive colitis. I am sorry. Its a NON intoxicating oil. If it could help ONE of these conditions why would you not want to look at it?

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    Robert Dykes

    Fantastic! No shortage of Japan's only cake ingredient in the future.

    Posted in: Solar heat storage system tested for strawberry cultivation

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    Robert Dykes

    "Why on earth is the government setting a minimum level for toxic substances?? And if they really feel the need, may I suggest zero as the appropriate figure."

    Because this is unrealistic. EVERYTHING has some level of this or that in it. The air you breathe, the cleanest water on earth, etc.

    Just look it up yourself, its called Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG). It is the maximum level at which there is "no known or expected risk to health."

    Obviously 79 times above this level is beyond worrisome.

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    Robert Dykes

    " The problem is that governments can't tax it, which is about the only reason it is illegal." Tell that to the BILLIONS of dollars the enlightened states in the USA collected directly from the sale of weed.

    Posted in: Japan's draconian marijuana laws against ongoing trends

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    Robert Dykes

    "I have lived in Osaka and Tokyo for a total of 16 years and never caught a whiff of it once"

    Bro... It is EVERYWHERE in Japan. I am not crazy enough to touch the stuff here, it ain't worth it plain and simple, but good lord, I have run into it probably 25 times in 10 years in every corner of Japan from the sticks to the cities. It's everywhere.

    Posted in: American man arrested for smuggling marijuana in candy

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    Robert Dykes

    "How about passing along the statistics for the number of people who died AFTER the fact, and not just at the scene or following right after the accident occurred?

    Reporting the "statistics" has also changed, so these numbers may not be what they seem to be."

    Yeah. I was wondering about this. Japan is notorious for bending the numbers. Like how they say the unemployment rate is so low, but fail to mention that half the workforce is under underemployed.

    Lets hope these number are to be believed, if so, it's great news.

    Posted in: No. of traffic fatalities in 2016 falls below 4,000 for first time in 67 years

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    Robert Dykes

    "I wonder who paid for all the years of meetings, transport, hotel bills and negotiations that went down the drain with the TPP. What a waste of time, energy and resources!"

    You are kidding right? This is a drop in the bucket. How about the years and years of negotiating with vietnam to build Japanese nuclear reactor there and they just nixed the whole thing. Or the Monju reactor. Billions and billions of dollars gone with ZERO to show to for it. They could have outsourced the remaining work on the reactor to any of the dozen allied countries that work with Japan all the time on nuclear reactors. Or the Yamba dam. Billions and billions of dollars spent. Entire towns bought and moved on taxpayer dollars, the thing was half built, but when the government changed seats they just decided to pull the plug, 75% finished making it a multi billion dollar nothing.

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    Robert Dykes

    I don't disagree with King and we arnt going to change the Japanese and heir culture. Silence is part of their culture, it is ingrained into their L1 speaking indenty. And this is another topic all together but most of our students never form a true L2 (English) speaking identity so their most of Japanese identity habits show up when speaking English, including silence.

    And the author of his article could not be more wrong. Their are plenty of academic articles on silence in the Japanese classroom.

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    Robert Dykes

    That's the worst. Stuck in an airport away from home and they can't even go out and enjoy the snow. \

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    Robert Dykes

    You all should look at the reviews for Final Fantasy 15. It was generally well regarded in the west with a Meta score of 82. Not bad at all. Oddly Japanese magazine Famitsu hasn't released its review yet but if you check out Amazon Japan the reviews are BAD! Maybe half life the game, the other half absolutely hated and gave it 1 or 2 stars. Much worse than the reviews on Amazon USA.

    A lot of it has to do with the shrinking console market in Japan. Less and less gamers are buying consoles and console games. So game makers are slowly making the shift to a more western style approach of games. MGS has always sold better in the west. FF15 is widely lauded as being more of an action oriented western style RPG. Thats fine, there are still PLENTY of hardcore very Japanese style games for the J-gamers to enjoy.

    Posted in: Japan’s extremely harsh video game reviews may be the reason it gets some new releases last

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    Robert Dykes

    I know that many of you are 100% against nuclear power, but Monju was at least a decent idea and nuclear power will continue in other countries. My point is, the Monju was and is still a good idea while the world weans itself off nuclear. My point is this, why did they not seek outside funding?! The USA, India, half of eastern asia is and will build more reactors. Why not get them to help finish the reactor and share the tech with them instead of just throwing away all that time and money. It wasn't a bad idea, it was just an expensive one. If you decommission it at this point, it is 100% money wasted.

    Posted in: Japan pulls plug on troubled Monju fast breeder reactor

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