Archive for January, 2007

The Advantages of Knowing Stuff, and Why the Simpsons Failed in Japan

January 29th, 2007

(Note: This kinda ties back into this post.) There are a lot of advantages to knowledge, and people talk about them often, but one of the overlooked ones is the increased scope of comedy. When I was a teenager, I liked the Simpsons a lot. And so did my parents. But it was always kinda […]


January 29th, 2007

Late 80’s hardcore vocals are good. (Yes, I know Nomeansno isn’t really a hardcore band, but damn if those aren’t hardcore style vocals)

The Fattening of Japan

January 22nd, 2007

An interesting thing in discussions about obesity in America is the big divide between the opinions of Americans and those of the rest of the world. People in America have a pretty varied set of hypotheses: Americans eat too many carbohydrates. Americans eat too much high fructose corn syrup. Americans eat too much meat containing […]

Buckets of Cute

January 17th, 2007

If space aliens plan on disintegrating various nations, I would urge them to spare Japan, if only because it has come up with the quintessence of cuteness, the Bucket Of Cute. The Bucket Of Cute is not the proper name for it (and I don’t know what the proper name is), and it’s not even […]

Tales of High Security

January 16th, 2007

I have a friend. This friend works in a workplace which has a guard at its entrance, who makes sure that no terrorists or people dressed in Godzilla costumes try to enter the workplace. One of the duties of the guard is to check people’s bags. When they instituted the policy, there was some worry […]

A Request to Commenters

January 6th, 2007

I guess I can say this out loud, because automatic spambots won’t read this, but: This blog’s comments are moderated, after a fact. That is, the first time you write something, it gets put in a moderation queue. After I accept it, from then on you can comment without me needing to accept the comment. […]

Word for Catch-22 in Japanese

January 5th, 2007

Looking through my referral logs, it would appear that someone came here searching for “japanese word for catch-22”. Just so you aren’t left hanging, there really isn’t one. Which isn’t so surprising — after all, until 1961, there was no word in English that encapsulated that particular type of dilemma either, hence the popularity of […]

Free Idea

January 5th, 2007

Dearest reader-who-happens-to-work-in-a-plastics-research-lab, I would greatly appreciate it if you would develop a very hard, cheap plastic that could be used in credit cards, mileage cards, and other “standard size plastic card” cards, that would be just as strong as current credit cards, with only half the thickness. I, and the wallet-shaped indention in my butt, […]

My Dad is the Monolith

January 5th, 2007

Dear reader, While I assume you have seen 2001 and fully understood it’s clearly laid out plot, allow me to indulge myself with some needless recap: The Monolith, in 2001, is an alien-created evolution booster. If you recall, the movie starts out with some simians frolicking near the Big Black Block, which gives the apes/monkeys […]