New Year’s Eve TV makes everyday J. TV seem like a paradise of entertainment and intellectual stimulation in comparison.
15:54 on New Year’s Eve. Now rewriting the English translation of Hatoyama’s first message of 2010. Anyone else partying this hard?
Last day of the year!
Weekly World News on Google Books →
Glad to see Google is using its powers to keep this sort of information alive and available to future generations.
America's "Lost Decade" →
Short piece looking at the 2000s for America, comparing them to the 1990s for Japan. Similarities? Similar future of sluggish-to-no recovery?
Cow hands off Chinese zodiac mantle to tiger; tiger tries to eat cow. http://bit.ly/5wk9lt
Crazy stuff found in the office storeroom: http://yfrog.com/1dcgpwj
Yes. Takasu Clinic. (via @matigo)
Almost 4 months into DPJ administration, and still no searchable text version of the Manifesto: http://bit.ly/5Xy2fi [pdf]
I thought comedians were supposed to be, like, funny and stuff: http://bit.ly/8HWeMa
http://twitpic.com/vjsf0 - Some cult architecture in Shirokane Takanawa is nearly ready to be unveiled. (via @Mulboyne)
Two hundred. And forty dollars. Worth of pudding. Ahhh yeahhh. http://bit.ly/34S0oU
I just became lord high executioner of the disorganized drawers in my desk, Chiyoda-ku on #wtfisfoursquare
iPhone app fail: http://bit.ly/52Or76
“His second and best [paper plane] throw was ruled a foul because it hit a passenger jetliner” http://is.gd/5DLa3 (via @Japanjin)
6.1 quake in Hokkaido: 28日09時12分頃 北海道厚岸郡厚岸町付近(43.1N/144.8E) にてM6.1の地震が発生しました。震源の深さは90.4kmです。http://tinyurl.com/yj629qb (via @earthquake_jp)
The importance of proper character spacing to one’s appetite: http://twitpic.com/vimap (via @socialpreneur)
Something’s moving in N.Korea: “NK officials arranging 2nd homes in China, sending children & wives.” http://vf.cx/9EV (via @shioyama)
In office now. Need to get this translation out of the way but the news from Iran, North Korea is too interesting not to read.
“I wish that some terrorist would try something that you can only foil by upgrading passengers to first class, free drinks” (via @shinpuren)
I just became president for life of the second-floor bathroom in the Nippon Press Center, Uchisaiwaicho on #wtfisfoursquare
“New York City Is Not Ready For The iPhone” http://bit.ly/8x2qp1
Kono Taro has a Chinese-language blog, translated by an exchange student at Waseda: http://bit.ly/5J4JwI (via @Aceface7)
Doctor’s office なう
Condom Santa Claus #christmas http://bit.ly/58w8BS (via @yhassy) Festive!
Great LA Times piece on Toyota’s safety stumbles: http://bit.ly/7cDYlK
Doing a little car shopping online. http://bit.ly/4YsnJf
Thousands of foreign tourists book trips to Japan after Honpo fired: “He was totally the reason we weren’t going.” http://bit.ly/8oyVSX
Any money Hatoyama might have cleared from mom’s gifts will go straight into the bank accounts of the aides who go to jail for him
Work coming in over the New Year break. Translation for the Kantei to go online on January 1. No rest for us! (via @japanecho) ← Sigh.
In related news, Japan is still really far from other countries and the yen is still strong.
首相経験者は退任後○○○ http://bit.ly/882HEq (via @tmftake) ← Figures the one time Yomiuri leaves a web article up for more than 2 days it’s this
Yes we are using Twitter to talk about what we’re eating. What of it?
来年はショパンとシューマンが生誕200年なのだな (via @zokkon) Happy bicentennials!
still thinking of getting that tattoo in foreign characters? http://bit.ly/505OZi (via @shinpuren)
Merry Christmas! Lumps of coal for all!
Internet geeks complain endlessly about lack of explanation for “unobtanium” in Avatar; ignore near-impossibility of interstellar travel
.Go.jp to spend half-trillion ¥ so farmers can continue to pretend their rice is worth 10x any other rice in the world: http://bit.ly/6HcCpI
SIA to Korean forced wartime laborers: “Here’s your ¥99 in refunded pension payments, lol” http://bit.ly/5Psuwa
Imperial Grand Steward Haketa Shingo a former customer of no-pan shabu shabu joint: Nikkan Gendai http://bit.ly/8LDJI7
Welcome to Hoth! I mean Tokyo! http://www.tomscott.com/weather/starwars/ (ht @jamesinjapan)
Great volcano shot! http://bit.ly/4DouQU
Nespresso shop なう
Things looking rough for T. Woods this holiday season. http://bit.ly/5HVdh9
1. Write text on bibimbap 2. Get crap K-E translation done 3. Pay $100,000+ to put it in NYT full-page ad http://bit.ly/567qmn #translation
The MacNeil/Lehrer journalism rules: http://bit.ly/5Z7Cwj
Lol site design: content in sidebar, bulk of page = tags, meta crap. http://bit.ly/7fOfCw (Safari 4.0.4) http://yfrog.com/35p7jp
If a company fires people who break rules they contractually agreed to follow, the company is like THE NAZIS http://bit.ly/8wTX2b