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Gang Rape as a Sign of Virility

This is just unbelievable. An LDP lawmaker, Seiichi Ota, said the following during a debate:

Gang rape shows the people who do it are still virile, and that is okay. I think that might make them close to normal.

At least Prime Minister Koizumi is freely expressing his disgust (from Japan Today):

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi did not hide his disgust. “He deserves to be rapped. Rape is an atrocious act of cowardice and has nothing to do with ‘virile’ qualities,” the furious Koizumi told reporters on Friday. “I don’t understand why he should make such a comment”.

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New Apple Store

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Check out the new Apple Store opening in Chicago tonight. Beautiful. Can’t wait for the Ginza store to open, sometime early next year I think. It’ll be the first international Apple Store.

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Residence

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A private residence in Kita-Kamakura.

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Dragonhead

Here’s the trailer for a new post-apocalyptic Japanese flick called DRAGONHEAD. Here’s a description in French of the original Mochizuki Minetaro manga. I don’t think it’s been released anywhere in English yet.

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Ramen in Chiba

The great ramen adventure continues, this time in Chiba, which is where I was teaching today. My assistant brought me and two of her daughters (the third one was attending juku, Japanese cram school) to a ramen shop after we were done with classes. I can’t remember the name of the place, but there were many articles posted on a billboard that showed how it got featured a few times in CHIBA WALKER. The shouyu ramen was very good, but I especially enjoyed the gyoza. Oh, so good.

This is the first entry that I write in Kung-Log, and I’m trying out a little feature that can automatically paste in whatever track is playing in your iTunes as you write your message. Right now I’m listening to…

Bonnie Pink’s “Fish” from the album CM2 by Cornelius

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On the Other Side

Well, it looks like everything is OK now. The site is now hosted on a new server, which should mean no more problems like I’ve been experiencing in the past few weeks. I’m also using a newer version of Movabletype (would you believe that I always typed it with an “e”, as in Moveabletype). The transition went rather smoothly, and any weirdness you might have experienced was only because I had to stop in the middle of changing things over in order to go to work. If you do experience any problems with the site, please let me know. I’ll start posting pictures on a daily basis again starting next Monday.

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Transition

I’m presently in the process of changing everything over to the new server, which includes installing MT again. Also, the domain nameservers have been changed, and it will take effect within 1 or 2 days. All this means that things might get weird in the next day or so, but everything should be back to normal (at least I’m hoping) in a few days.

See you on the other side!

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Keitai

It’s rainy season, right. So I’m walking to work today, umbrella in one hand, talking to Yuko on my mobile phone, and as I finish the conversation and try to fold it with one hand to slide back in my pocket, I drop it and it gets scratched up. This makes me sad. I really loved my keitai, and now it’s got a few scratches on it, which are bugging me. Yeah, so what, I like beautiful digital gadgets, and I like them when they’re all shiny and smooth. Sue me.

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iChat AV

I’m obviously very excited by all the Apple announcements from yesterday’s keynote by Steve Jobs, and one of the coolest things to come out of it (and that I can play with right now) is the new iChat AV. I unfortunately don’t know many people with Macs that run iChat, but I just tested it over the Airport network in my apartment between my iBook and iMac, and it works beautifully and elegantly. The two computers recognized each other because of Rendezvous, and then me and Yuko were talking over our computers in different rooms. This of course works over the Internet. Also, I plugged my MiniDV camera in my iMac, and I’m now ready to do some video conferencing also.

How can anybody not want a Mac? I’ll be bringing over my iBook to Canada when I go in August, and I’ll definitely be trying to convince anyone and everyone I know that they’re life is not complete without a Mac.

Oh, and it’s also nice to be browsing with the official 1.0 release of Safari, my browser of choice. Now all I need is one of them new G5 PowerMacs…

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This and That

Well, lots happening in the past few days, including another downed site. Here’s what’s up with what.

First, yes, the site was down again, and this time I will be moving severs, and getting a better service package upgrade. My host offered the same thing last time there were problems, but I didn’t take it because I didn’t feel like re-installing MT again. The problem is that my host has quite a few servers, and I just happen to be on the oldest one, and the only that’s giving them problems of late. In the end, I guess it’s all good, because I’ve been meaning to upgrade to version 2.63 of MT (I now run 2.5), which will finally let me use tools like Kung-Log for my updates. I also get a lot of new site controls that I didn’t have before, which will be nice. What this all means is that over the next few days I’ll be switching over servers, so there might be some more downtimes as I also have to change the domain settings for my “jeansnow.net” address. I will try to get everything done as soon as possible, so hopefully you won’t be noticing to many things going on.

I unfortunately wasn’t able to make it to the Momus show in Shimokitazawa on Sunday night, which bummed me out. I’ll have to try to catch up with him another time.

And yesterday, I finally made reservations for tickets to head back to Canada for 2-3 weeks in August. It’ll be the first time in 2 and a half years that I head back home, so I’m definitely looking forward to the trip.

Lastly, it’s mothers observation week in all my classes, and I’m stressed out as hell. Can’t wait for it to be over…