Archive for August, 2008

Powers of 10 and WH40K

August 30th, 2008

I’ve got a cold, so my mind isn’t working all that well.  So this post may not be very organized. Are you, dear reader, familiar with the short film “Powers of 10”?  It’s an old education short, about 9 minutes long (you’d think they would have added a minute of padding in there), which zooms […]

Japanese Privacy

August 13th, 2008

Japanese have an odd sense of privacy. Basically, from what I can tell, it’s that any unauthorized reproduction of any information that concerns a person is, in itself, an invasion of privacy.  That seems reasonable, at first glance.  But I’m talking ANY reproduction of information concerning someone.  Google recently released Street View (which shows actual […]

The Way Chinese People Dress

August 2nd, 2008

There comes, for any issue, a point in people’s lives at which their view of something stops changing, despite reality continuing to change.  For each issue, that’s a different time, but it always seems to happen: folks who keep saying “Czechoslovakia”, or “the U.S.S.R” in non-historical contexts. One of my stuck points, I’ve realised, is […]