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{June 15, 2007}   Haruhiism

Spotted the “official” full version of the Hare Hare Yukai dance on YouTube.

Also, a clip of 2-channelers performing it on the streets of Akihabara (without getting busted).



{May 28, 2007}   More Sex is Safer Sex

I listened to an interview in which someone from Boing Boing interviewed the author of “More Sex is Safer Sex.” Simply put, his contention is like this: The more often someone who is careful about precautions and not reckless about sex goes out and adds themselves to the casual sex pool, the higher the chance that someone out there having casual sex will be doing so safely — i.e., good “money” driving out bad “money”. Apparently the book goes on to list several other such “solutions” to more of society’s problems.

Listening to this made me fall off my chair. It wasn’t so much the “if we can get more people to get out of their houses on a Saturday evening to a bar or someplace to have sex, rather than reading a book at home, we can reduce the incidence of STDs like AIDS” angle they took, which you must admit is thinking several light years out of the box. It was more that these are the kind of things that people in secondary school would talk about (not sex per se, but) — totally logical arguments that were totally inaccurate descriptions of reality (like hamster wheels powering a small city state).

It’s good to know that people who think that way are found everywhere.

[ Link to interview ]



If I was a junior high school student in Yawata City, Kyoto, I would be getting a free Nintendo DS from the Municipal Government.

Mainichi Daily News:

The Yawata Municipal Board of Education has introduced Nintendo DS game consoles in English lessons at junior high schools following tests showing that the devices helped boost students’ English vocabulary.

The education board introduced the consoles in second-year English classes in all four of the city’s municipal junior high schools on Monday.

[ Link to full article ] [ In Japanese ]

The Japanese article makes it more explicit where the funds used to purchase the DS units are coming from:

このため市教委は、国の支援を受けてゲーム機600台を購入。今年度、全中学2年生の英単語学習に導入することにした。

For this reason, the Municipal Board of Education will purchase 600 game consoles with support from the state. It has decided to introduce the consoles for vocabulary acquisition in second-year English classes from this academic year. (Emphasis mine)

See? You learn better when you’re having fun. I always knew that.

[ Via Kotaku ]



From Japan Probe:

Some Americans put a video camera on the belt in a kaiten-zushi (conveyor belt sushi) place. This is what it caught.

(See it here at http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=c35_1178938654)

I especially like the change in point of view — seeing things from an angle you normally don’t. Also, I’ve always wanted to see what the kitchen of a sushi place looks like, and this gives you a peek.

(Update: WordPress seems to thwart my attempts at embedding the video here. Maybe I should have stuck to Blogger after all.)



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