Where are the shoes? I should have taken more pictures but when I visit Japan my consumerism is on full impulse power and I’m especially jealous of all the cool shoes available to Japanese men.
Today’s spoiled consumer rant … I’m looking for a new backpack. My old one is around 10 years old and fraying. I got it at Uniqlo back when they used to carry backpacks (they don’t anymore). It’s been great and I still use it. But, I carry my notebook PC more and more and it’s less than smooth getting the PC in. It’s got an inside pocket for a notebook but if the bag is full or if the area is cramped, like when I’m on a bus, then it can by hard to get the PC back in. Sometimes I end up just carrying it outside the bus until I have room to force the bag straight to get the PC to fit the pocket.
So, I’m looking for a new one and it’s surprising with just a few, I would think, common sense requirements it’s hard to find a bag. (more…)
Warning, this is all spoilers so stop reading if you don’t want any (more…)
To all you people who believe in climate change and who can’t understand why those stupid deniers don’t believe the facts let me ask you…. (more…)
Anytime you hear someone say Orange County is White bread or some other thing claiming it’s scared of non-whites know that you are listening to a LIAR
O.C. is less white than San Francisco. O.C. is only 27% white. Even Irvine which gets dissed all the time as being white only is 41% white.
So FUCK OFF HATERS! Quit using O.C. to justify your close minded B.S.
For example, how much longer is the job of convenience store clerk even going to exist? Already most major supermarkets have self-serve checkout lines. Could a convenience store just have self service checkout? Of course there is the issue of security. Who’s to prevent people from just walking out with the goods. But let’s go a little further. (more…)
I sometimes wish I was the type of person that loved every movie they watch. I know some people like that. But sadly that’s not me. That doesn’t mean I don’t like bad movies. There are plenty of movies that most people find awful that I love. But generally I know the movie is bad, I’m just getting something else out of it. Sometimes it’s that the movie was meant to be bad like anything from Troma. Other times it might be the genre. For example ridiculous corny dialog might be perfect for an action movie but not for a drama. Another is probably how serious the movie takes it self. An action movie like Death Race doesn’t take itself seriously where as an action movie like Terminator 4 does and therefore gets a judged in a different light.
I don’t know what the point of that last paragraph was. Ultimately I guess it is meant to say that while I like movies all over the spectrum (i.e, I’m not a movie snob) I’m still pretty picky about what movies I like.
I didn’t like Tron:Legacy at all. Here’s why (more…)
If it’s not clear from the title I LOVE GYUUDON. Gyuudon (牛丼), where “gyuu” rhymes with “zoo” and “don” rhymes with “zone”, is a beef bowl. Specifically beef over rice. The most famous brand is Yoshinoya which is originally from Japan but found all over the world. (more…)
There’s this meme that’s been going on since at least the 80s that the Japanese are not very creative. I’ll be honest, I used to believe this myself. For example as an outsider, it seemed like all the anime characters have big eyes and blue hair and there are so many characters that look like clones of characters from other anime. The 3 to 5 “sailor girl” super hero troupes, Sailormoon being the most famous but there are plenty of clones. The multiple Mecha characters from Gundam to Mazinger-Z or Patlabor. I’m sure there are other examples of things that seem copied from other cultures as well.
The truth is the Japanese are massively creative. Whether they are more or less creative than other cultures I have no data but there is no valid reason I know of for the myth that the Japanese are not that creative. (more…)