Archive for January, 2008

The Grobit

January 26th, 2008

There are two things that make dealing with yen as an American somewhat difficult. The first is that the yen is always kinda near 100 yen to the dollar. This means that you get in the habit of determining prices by just imagining a decimal to places from the end. 100 yen? 1.00 dollars. 1750 […]

3 Levels of Maturity

January 24th, 2008

I was thinking about maturity today (in the sense of “people being immature on the internet”), and I’m starting to think that generally, a person’s general level of maturity can be divined based on what they think is bad. I’m not saying that what is below is what makes a person mature or immature, but […]

Carbon-Dating Expats

January 20th, 2008

Talking with various foreign friends, I’ve realized that you can determine a sort of threshold value for when they moved to Japan: pre or post late 90’s. When I came to Japan (1996), beepers were all the rage in the US.  Cell-phones were rare if not virtually unknown.  Car phones, sure, but not cell-phones.  In […]

Steve Martin Also Tells Jokes

January 19th, 2008

I used to think of Steve Martin as a comedian who also played banjo.  Now I think of him as a musician who also tells jokes.

Please, please, please, someone buy me this car

January 11th, 2008

Don’t worry about getting the word “HUMMER” removed from all over it, I’ll take care of that when I get it. I never thought I’d find another car that I’d like as much as my previous favorite:

Manly Strength

January 10th, 2008