Archive for October, 2009

Product Quality

October 31st, 2009

A car by Tomica, Japan’s biggest toy car line: A car by Hot Wheels, America’s biggest toy car line:

Dressed Up

October 28th, 2009

I’ve worn a suit, as far as I can recall, 4 times in the last decade: once at a job interview, and three times at weddings.  Of those, my eldest son has only been privy to 2, and neither one since he’s old enough to remember.  In high school, one of my life goals was […]

Wolverine : Illegal in Japan

October 22nd, 2009

I meant to post this a few months ago, but kinda forgot until now.  Sorry. I find this a somewhat strange tie-up: the National Police Agency has put up posters both advertising “Wolverine: X-Men Zero” (original title “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) and the new restrictions on knives with blades more than 5.5 cm long. That, in […]

Not Quite Engrish

October 16th, 2009

I’ve been in Japan long enough to be used to both Engrish and to perfectly normal English in unusual locations (such as a t-shirt I saw this morning that said “Who Do You Feel Has Been The Most Popular Recently As A Musician?”), but there’s always something left to surprise me. Case in point, taken […]

The “Ism” of the Future

October 7th, 2009

Every once in a while on the internet, there is a discussion of some famous genius or otherwise admirable figure from long, long ago.  And, quite often, the person, despite their abilities, has some regressive beliefs about race, sex, or the like. Someone will then inevitably attack the person for those beliefs.  And, inevitably, someone […]