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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Days 1180 - 1186 Sunday, June 12, 2011 - Saturday, June 18, 2011

Days 1180 - 1186

Sunday, June 12, 2011 - Saturday, June 18, 2011



Day 1180 { Visiting Baptist Churches / Suspected Sony Hacker}
Sunday, June 12, 2011

Visiting Baptist Churches

Visited a Baptist church this morning that is near to one of my schools. The pastor of the church is a lady that is an English supporter at that school. The person who spoke at the church was an American missionary who has been living in Japan since 1977. Of course she speaks fluent Japanese, so her message was also in Japanese.

The American lady then invited me to another Baptist church where they had some sort of concert thing. Her intention was to introduce me to some younger persons there, however at the event it was mostly people looking like 45 and over.


Spain releases three held over Sony hacking attacks



Spanish police said Friday they arrested three people suspected of launching denial of service attacks against the websites of Sony Corp. and other companies, as well as those of several governments.


The three were

later released without

bail, according to the Associated Press, after police denied the suspects may be linked to the recent data breach of personal information of more than 100 million accounts at Sony, mainly of users of its PlayStation Network services. It was also reported that no evidence had been found indicating the su

spects stole classified information.

The three are believed to be members of the international network of computer hackers known as Anonymous. They allegedly infected computers of other people via programs sent through a computer they set up in a northern Spanish city.



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Day 1181 { Tired Tired / Funny Jamaican video }
Monday, June 13, 2011

I was tired after work today again, so as soon as I got home I slept. After I woke up, I again had devotion via skype, with some friends from Niimi.

There was some serious rain for about a week or 2 in my lovely home land Jamaica. There was a bit of flooding in certain areas and it made the news. So some talented guy made a video on youtube from one of the news headlines. It was quite funny and even made CBS news.

Heavy rains have battered Jamaica in recent days, ruining fields and washing away some roads. One particular bridge was swept away. A news team went out to the road and interviewed people on the scene, including one very spirited local.

As it always does in times likes these, the Internet responded to the event the only way it knows how: a hilarious remix.

The original news piece is right HERE. But, honestly, the

story wasn't complete until DJ Powa added that beat. Now I understand the seriousness of the situation. Also, it's a pretty catchy song.

The good news is that the situation has improved, and hopefully a new bridge will be built in time. But for now, nobody canna cross it.

Here is the video ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hknVoAoyy-k&feature=player_embedded

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504784_162-2007



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Day 1182 { Pirates of the Caribbean - On Stranger Tides }
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I had another English supporter today. The first male, and he will help me with the grade 1 classes. He is an Ex-Pilot and worked for Japan Airlines (JAL) for over 30 years. Really cool guy. So far my English supporters at this school are really nice persons.

I went to the theater today with my friend to watch another one of my favourite franchise movies, Pirates of the Caribbean 4. Luckily the theater is only like 10 mins away from where I live now and also there was a 1000 yen special today for the movie. I enjoyed it from start to finish and I give it maybe a 8.5/10.

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Day 1183 { Olivia sensei }
Wednesday, June 15, 2011


At the school I went to today, they had a simulation about a fictional character known as Olivia sensei. I have no idea why they named the character Olivia when the character is supposed to be Japanese. Any way, the character came about after some crazy guy went into a school in Osaka and killed 8 elementary/primary school students back in 2001 ... that news can be found here http://www.nytimes.com/2001/06/08/world/08CND-JAPA.html

So they did a simulation about "what if" a crazy guy should happen to come in the school, and what the students and teachers should do. A grade 6 teacher pretended to be the "Olivia sensei" character while 3 or 4 other teachers pretended to try to escort "Olivia sensei" somewhere while they waited for the police.

Some Board of Education members also came to view a couple of my classes today for short periods of time. The principal at this school once worked with the Board of Education for a while, so I think this school attracts quite a few Board of Education workers. I am not sure if that is good or bad for me. The Vice principal told me that he enjoyed my class though, which is a good sign.

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Day 1184 { More Class Viewing / Human Excrete turned to food}
Thursday, June 16, 2011

Class Viewing

I got yet another English supporter, this time for the grade 4 children. This lady lived in the US for about 6 years, in Atlanta, Georgia and Bronks, New York. Her husband was an associate professor at a university. Her daughter also goes to this school.

Some teachers came from the nearby Jr. high school today to view my class. I was teaching about numbers 1 - 1000. I was surprised to meet the English teacher for the Jr high school, who was also a black guy, but from the US. He came to view my class as well. Of course the students who came to get me were in a frenzy and possibly talking about all sort of things as it relates to blacks. When the class was over, the Japanese teacher who is also the English coordinator, came to me and asked me if I knew him. When I told her no and that I have never met him before, she as well as the kids who were surrounding her, were quite surprised. Of course the kids then added that we resembled each other. It would be sad for me if I really resembled that guy.


Excrete turns to food

Japan scientist synthesizes meat from human feces

Synthesize food from human waste matter. Absurd yes

, but Japanese scientists have actually discovered a way to create edible steaks from human feces.

Mitsuyuki Ikeda, a researcher from the Okayama ( The prefecture where I lived for 3 years) Laboratory, has developed steaks based on proteins from human excrement. Tokyo Sewage approached the scientist because of an overabundance of sewage mud. They asked him to explore the possible uses of the sewage and Ikeda found that the mud contained a great deal of protein because of all the bacteria.

The researchers then extracted those proteins, combined them with a reaction enhancer and put it in an exploder which c

reated the artificial steak. The “meat” is 63% proteins, 25% carbohydrates, 3% lipids and 9% minerals. The researchers color the poop meat red with food coloring and enhance the flavor with soy protein. Initial tests hav

e people saying it even tastes like beef.


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Day 1185 { More Advertisement for Blue Mountain Coffee }
Friday June 17, 2011

When I work until 3pm at this school, I normally walk back to near the train station and my apartment with the maintenance manager at the school. I indicated to him to wait for me, but when I was leaving, he was no where in sight. I am still not sure who left out first, whether me or him.

Went to Shibuya, Tokyo in the evening with an American friend of mine. I stayed there until Saturday morning.

Blue Mountain Coffee
( I borrowed this article from my friend's blog)

Yendi Phillips is a Jamaican beauty queen who won Miss Jamaica World 2007, the 2010 Miss Jamaica Universe pageant and finished as the first runner up at Miss Universe 2010, losing out slightly to Ximena Navarrete of Mexico. She is very popular in Jamaica and has blossomed into a well loved media personality and socialite in recent years. Yendi Phillips has been in Japan acting as the face a a massive campaign to re-energize the high-end Blue Mountain coffee brand.


Coffee Exports to Japan falling

Although Jamaican Coffee has been king in Japan for many years the last year has been a difficult one with revenues from exports of coffee from Jamaica to Japan falling off by almost 50%. The Jamaica Coffee Exporters Association (JCEA) and the Association of Japanese Importers of Jamaican Coffee (AJIJC) is using Yendi Phillipps to be the face of their combined “JBM Golden Balance Campaign” targeted at 30-50 year old Japanese people of both sexes.


This is her first ever visit to Japan. Yendi also visited a shelter and some of the areas affected by the massive earthquake and deadly tsunami in March and shared on her Facebook page how she is impressed the courage, strength and generosity of the Japanese people.












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Day 1186 ( Early morning meeting invitation )
Saturday, June 18, 2011

I left Shibuya, Tokyo at about 6:30 am after having breakfast with my friends. I was extremely tired and was sleeping on the train. When the train got to Yokohama, the train attendant had to wake me up. I was totally knocked out. I got home at about 9:00 am and I slept until maybe 1pm. I stayed in all day of course. Man I am getting old.

My Japanese friend who lives 2 mins down the hill from me visited me today at my apartment. I think his aim was to try to get me involved in some sort of meeting they have every single morning at 5 am. I of course told him that I am in no way interested. This meeting has something to do with some Japanese ethics and moral stuff. He and about 200 people, go to this thing EVERY SINGLE MORNING at 5 am. I find this quite ridiculous actually.

My left ear has been feeling strange since this morning, think I am going to have to visit the doctor again.

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