Archive for March, 2007

The Internet Has Destroyed My Attention Span

March 23rd, 2007

I realized this when I noticed that, for the first month or so of my new iPod, I was watching tv shows on it all the time, during my commute. Now, I listen to TV shows while playing games on my telephone, because, apparently, TV alone isn’t enough to keep my attention. That’s right. TV, […]

Why is Japanese Polite Speech So Hard?

March 22nd, 2007

I have no idea. That is, I don’t think it’s so hard, but just looking around me, I’m surrounded by people who can’t speak politely. Not people who won’t , mind you (that’s a universal constant), but people who want to but can’t. Basically, Japanese has 3 politeness levels: friendly, polite, and formal. Friendly is […]

Uniqlo versus Damien Hirst

March 8th, 2007

A screenshot from the new Uniqlo commercial on the air in Japan. Damien Hirst’s “Some comfort gained from the acceptance on the coherent lies in everything” Somehow I doubt this is coincidental. And somehow I doubt anyone actually consulted Hirst about it.

My Wife is a Better Photographer Than I Give Her Credit For

March 2nd, 2007

Where Is Evil?

March 2nd, 2007

There are a few places where evil is set in science fiction/fantasy: An evil land A tower of evil An underworld of evil deep in the catacombs/sewers The top of a giant city, which seems to be good, but is actually evil Which leaves one crucially underrepresented geographical distribution: The middle So if you’re looking […]

It’s Preemptive Lawsuit Time!

March 2nd, 2007

I’m going to have to look for legal counsel soon, to handle the inevitable lawsuits from my wife’s divorce attorney or Children’s Protective Services, because: a Warhammer 40,000 massively multiplayer online game is in development. Since marrying, I’ve managed to avoid both RPGs and MMOGs. While friends who I would never have imagined doing so […]