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2017 – Game of the Year — Pokemon GO

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:23:05 +0000

This year was one of my best years for gaming in quite a long time. A lot of really fun games came to my attention, including Battle Royale games (I haven’t played the real PUBG yet, but there are a couple of knock-offs that I have liked)… But one game has stood above all others, … Continue reading 2017 – Game of the Year — Pokemon GO



Politician From Japanese Cult “Happy Science” at CPAC

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 01:19:43 +0000

(Anyone who enjoyed this post would probably be interested in my 2008 piece about ties between historical revisionary conservatives and Japan’s current Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe.) The baby-faced alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos lost his speaking gig at this week’s CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference, essentially a conference of the American Republican party) for being increasingly … Continue reading Politician From Japanese Cult “Happy Science” at CPAC



Good things about 2016, Part 2 – Best J-drama, Hibana

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 10:15:04 +0000

My list of the best stuff of 2016 continues with my favorite Japanese drama  – actually it’s the only one I watched this year:  Hibana At some point in my time here I had given up on Japanese dramas – they always felt so cookie-cutter, constantly covering the same themes and using wooden acting and … Continue reading Good things about 2016, Part 2 – Best J-drama, Hibana



Good things about 2016, Part 1 – Best podcast, No More Whoppers

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 02:45:04 +0000

2016 is getting a really bad reputation as the worst year ever. I can understand why, but I have good reasons why this doesn’t sit well with me (mostly because this year I added a Little Miss Adamu to the family). To try and show why 2016 wasn’t all bad, I have decided to run … Continue reading Good things about 2016, Part 1 – Best podcast, No More Whoppers



Google Translate is now better at Japanese-to-English, but still not good enough to make me unemployed

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 05:47:55 +0000

This year, Google made changes to its Translate service that are aimed at making translations more accurate. They use a “Recurring Neural Network” method that “considers the entire input sentence [instead of just parts of the sentence] as a unit for translation.” I have to admit I gulped at the news – is this what will finally … Continue reading Google Translate is now better at Japanese-to-English, but still not good enough to make me unemployed



Kimono watch

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 17:10:21 +0000

Today’s New York Times had a pretty egregious example in an otherwise pedestrian story about election day polling. “We’re flipping up the kimono and letting people see what campaigns do on Election Day.” Is “flipping up the kimono” the new phrasing for “opening the kimono” or just a gross one-off?



Trams in wartime Hiroshima reenacted

Fri, 07 Aug 2015 01:33:37 +0000

I originally wrote most of this post all the way back in March of 2011, a few months before the 65th anniversary of the bombing on August 6 of that year, but never posted it. Since the anniversary date was only a few months later I had intended to publish it then, but forgot, so … Continue reading Trams in wartime Hiroshima reenacted