Monthly Archives: June 2009

Fat Bird Benchmarkish…

So, the first Japanese Benchmark is 15 mins, but it only qualifies as an “ish” as I took a wrong turning and cut off at least 1/4 of my route. All the same, it was a killer. At 8am the … Continue reading

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Pilgrimage

Today I spent 6 hours in worship at the temple of Swedish reasonably-priced flat-pack furniture. I spent a small fortune but, come Wednesday when it is delivered, I shall have an almost fully furnished apartment. The coffee table I want … Continue reading

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Sad news

No, not Michael Jackson. The charger for my camera battery doesn’t work on Japanese power so there won’t be any photos for a while I’m afraid.

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Japan’s low unemployment rate

This morning I spotted the best example of pointless-job creation I have seen to date. On my way to work I passed some roadworks. I have long got used to the idea that Japan uses men instead of portable traffic … Continue reading

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In case you thought I might have forgotten…

Some sketchy stuff: After scanning it in, I decided to put a bit more shadow inside the hand.

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Counting systems

There are different suffixes and counting systems for different objects and there is one entirely dedicated to books (pronounced “~satsu”). The kanji for “book” is 本, pronounced “hon”, so if I had a pile of three (“san”) books I would … Continue reading

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Placebo – the new alternative medicine?

I’ve been listening to this really interesting pair of programs on the placebo effect by Ben Goldacre: Episode 1 Episode 2 The results on ADHD blew my mind. Is it time for a rethink on the way we practice medicine?

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Home – A film by Yann Arthus Bertrand

Awesome photography.  If you can make it through the first hour and 20 mins of depression, the last 10 mins are more optimistic.  We have to change faster though… Home I’m not allowed to embed the whole thing, but here’s … Continue reading

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