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Monday, August 27, 2012

The End Of Japan Summer 2012 (~_~;)

Days 1614 - 1620
Sunday, August 19 - August 25, 2012 

Day 1614 
Sunday, August 19, 2012

( Jamaicans <and friends>In Japan Link Up ... After Olympics Celebration
( Dark Knight Rises )
( China Hates Japan Even More )

Jamaicans <and friends>In Japan Link Up ( After Olympics Celebration )

Went to an area of Tokyo today name Meguro. The specific area in Meguro I went is called Chouja maru literally translated "Millionaire circle". Only diplomats and big wigs live here. And guess what? A Jamaican actually lives here.

About 17 of us showed up (Not all Jamaicans) but they all had Jamaican spirits .... We chatted ( of course) and ate some reallly great stuff. For the first or second time in Japan, I ate jerk chicken and jerk pork that tasted exactly like what we have in Jamaica. Quite authentic, but prepared by a Japanese at a Jamaican restaurant in Ebisu, Tokyo. I have never been to that restaurant, but I plan to go there soon.

The 2 on the right were born in Jamaica but went to primary school
upwards in Japan 

Please no comments

We also watched replays of Jamaica's Golden moments at the London 2012 Olympics. And we were still screaming and getting all excited as if it was live. We remembered it wasn't live when someone shouted "replay dat fi mi nuh" ..... "Hit the replay button please"


Dark Knight Rises

Watched the Dark Knight Rises today and honestly I wasn't expecting much of it. That's because of the hype that surrounded the last one (The Dark Knight), then I was a bit disappointed after seeing it. Also, after watching the Avengers, I thought no movie this summer could possibly get me excited until next year. But actually, the Dark Knight Rises was worth it. The plot, the story the acting, the star studded cast all delivered. Still wasn't as good as the Avengers but it was a good watch. The gigantic twist near the end also added to it. I give it a 8.5/10 



Chinese stage anti-Japan rallies over Senkakus

I cant give an opinion on this one, because I really have no idea whose land it is. But I think that China is just messing around with Japan, because everybody knows by now that Japan won't do a thing except complain. China knows they can only mess around with certain countries like this.

The arrest and deportation of the Chinese nationals who landed on one of the remote Senkaku islets last week sparked anti-Japanese demonstrations and rallies in major cities across China on Sunday as the two traded barbs over territorial shenanigans in the East China Sea.
The Chinese landing on the Japan-controlled islets was followed the same day by a Japanese landing that the Japan Coast Guard did little to deter.
Protests in Shenzhen and Hangzhou, eastern China, turned violent as protesters burned Japanese flags and vandalized Japanese restaurants and vehicles.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry lodged a strong protest with Japanese Ambassador to China Uichiro Niwa on Sunday over the landing and asked Japan "to stop actions that undermine China's territorial sovereignty," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said.
Niwa rejected the protest and repeated that the Senkakus are Japanese territory. He urged China to ensure the safety of Japanese residents, the Japanese Embassy said.




Day 1615 ( Japanese Reporter Killed In Syria )
Monday, August 20, 2012 ( 4 Years / 5 Months )

Nothing much today... My portable I-phone battery charger made my phone started acting strange. It wasn't dialing, receiving calls or anything at all. It just froze.  



Award-winning Mika Yamamoto gunned down

Syrian strife claims noted Japan reporter

Mika Yamamoto, an award-winning veteran journalist, has been killed during a clash in Aleppo in northern Syria, where rebels and forces loyal to the Syrian government have been fighting.

The Foreign Ministry in Tokyo confirmed her death Tuesday morning.
Yamamoto, 45, was killed Monday while she was covering violence in the region together with freelance journalist Kazutaka Sato, who reported Yamamoto's death to the ministry.
Sato told a Japanese TV station that a group dressed in camouflage gear approached Yamamoto and other journalists, who were from many countries, and suddenly opened fire from a range of 20 to 30 meters.
"I told her to run. It could have been less than 20 or 30 meters" between Yamamoto and the attackers, Sato told NTV.
The gunfire prompted the other journalists to scatter, according to Sato.
Like Sato, Yamamoto belonged to the Tokyo-based independent media group The Japan Press, providing news from Syria for NTV.


Japanese journalist Kazutaka Sato said Tuesday he and his partner, Mika Yamamoto, saw Syrian Air Force fighter jets bombing the northern city of Aleppo the previous day, shortly before Yamamoto was gunned down.

"It was the first time that I witnessed fighter jets divebombing the center of a city," the 56-year-old journalist told reporters in Kilis, southern Turkey, a day Yamamoto, 45, was killed while covering the civil war in Syria. "This is what a state is doing against its citizens.
"It was a sight that I had never experienced earlier," he said. "I was shaking from the pit of my stomach."
Sato added, "I was surprised to see such immense violence (by government forces)."
Yamamoto's video camera, found after the shooting, showed footage capturing what appeared to be government troops approaching her, but the screen went blank the moment she was shot and her voice was not included in the sound recorded in the video, Sato said.




Day 1616 ( Apple / Samsung Battle Coming to a Closure )
Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Nothing much today either.



Epic Patent Trial Over IPhone Technology Wraps Up

After three weeks of listening to technology experts, patent professionals and company executives debate the complicated legal claims of Apple Corp and Samsung Electronics Company, a jury of nine men and women is set to decide one of the biggest technology disputes in history.

Apple is demanding Samsung pay it US$2.5 billion and pull its most popular smartphones and computer tablets from the US market after accusing the South Korean company of "ripping off" its iPhone and iPadtechnology.
Samsung, in turn, is demanding Apple pay it US$399 million for allegedly using Samsung's technology without proper payments in making the iconic iPhone and iPad.
Apple's damages demands, if awarded, would represent the largest patent verdict in the US.
An appeals court last year overturned the largest award to date, a US$1.8 billion judgment against pharmaceutical company Abbott Laboratories.
Apple and Samsung are the top-selling smartphone makers and combined account for more than half of global smartphone sales.
Barring a last-minute settlement, jurors are scheduled to hear the duelling companies' lawyers deliver closing arguments Tuesday in the San Jose federal courtroom.




Day 1617 ( Space Debris Monitoring )
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Finally made my i-phone work again by repeatedly pressing the home button and the power button  and also plugging the portable charger in and out. 

Played a bit of Modern Warfare 2. @Richard, I won't stop playing until I prestige at level 10. Even if it takes 5 more years !!!!



Japan, U.S. agree to cooperate on monitoring of space debris

Japan and the U.S. have agreed to share data and strengthen the monitoring of space debris to avoid collisions with satellites and other objects in space, sources said Wednesday.

The agreement comes as the amount of space debris, including unused satellites and their fragments, is believed to total more than 500,000 items, the sources said. The debris poses a danger to working satellites and the safety of astronauts at the International Space Station.
Orbiting the Earth at speeds of up to 8 km per second, the space junk could hit communications, broadcasting and GPS satellites at any time.
The two countries also agreed to work together in securing ground safety by quickly detecting the landing points of retired satellites set to fall to Earth, the sources said.




Day 1618 ( Home Grown - Japanese Reggae Band )
Thursday, August 23, 2012

Went to the beach with some Jamaicans today again to see a Japanese reggae band known as "Home Grown" perform. The creator of the band is a sound engineer who is quite famous in the "Japanese Reggae" arena. He also was the sound engineer at a reggae sumfest. I think he said back in 2006 when Destiny's Child came. I am considering to professionally record some of my dub poetry stuff at his studio because its not that expensive and he lives about 20 mins away from me. This is his website


The dude in the center (Corn Bread) is a reggae dancer
He went to Jamaica several times and lived in Seaview Gardens

Simone along with Japanese who love reggae

Maki (on the left) also visited Jamaica before and went to
a few of those "passa passa" type parties



Day 1919 ( Steel Pan On The Beach )
Friday, August 24, 2012

Went to YMCA in the evening to teach one class then to the beach again. My Jamaican friend eventually came along. Some performances were going on, then a Japanese steel band from the area went up. They were really good. To me the best performers of the night. Here is a video of them (ignore the "My movie" caption that comes up between 2:14 - 2:19 .... slight mistake  :



Day 1920 ( Porn Book In My Post ... !!!! )
Saturday, August 25, 2012

Checked my mail today and saw a pornographic magazine !!! I was wondering what the hell !!!! Who the hell!!!! I made sure to look in the other mails to see what the heck was going on but it seem as if it was only mine....I am still wondering.... No ... I didn't open it .... Honestly ... I didn't !!!

Didn't go anywhere today ... Just stayed in and played loads of Modern warfare 2 until my head got dizzy. My apartment is too small and my TV is too big.



Hey again Rising Sun,
There is only 1 church in Niimi, it's called the Niimi Christ church. In all honesty it is a bit boring, and they speak only Japanese. There is an American lady there (Jenny) she was (and still is) like a mom to me. Her husband is Japanese and she has been living in Niimi for more than 20 years. She also has Bible study on Mondays. She would more than welcome another English speaker...

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Lets Go To The Beach (Japan Summer 2012 Part 3)

Days 1607 - 1613
Sunday, August 12 - August 18, 2012

Day 1607 ( Meeting Jamaicans In Yokosuka / Jamaica Wins 4 x 100 Men's Relay )
Sunday, August 12, 2012

Came in late this morning again. Met 2 Jamaicans about 15 mins from where I live. The area is well known because a US Navy base is there. The area is called Yokosuka. This was my second time going there. I met up with a Jamaican girl who has been my facebook friend for a while now, but met her in person for the first time today. The other Jamaican girl I met before last year when a couple of us went to an amusement park near mount Fuji called FujiQ highland.


Jamaica wins 4 x 100M relay

Again its late news but I am still happy about our Golden moments at the London Olympics this year. Our victory today in the 4x1 Men's relay is no different. I think I watched the video below like 100 times :) We broke the World Record at back to back Olympics...




Day 1608 ( Jamaica On Japanese TV Again About Bolt / Be Careful On The Internet )
Monday, August 14, 2012

Stayed in most of the day. Watched a TV program on a Japanese TV station name "FUJI TV" about Jamaica and Bolt. Actually I did an interview some weeks ago to appear on this very program. But my Japanese wasn't at the level they were looking for :(  They found another Jamaican dude whose Japanese is much better than mine. I really need to start studying more.


Be Careful On The Internet 

This is what happened to a dude recently.

His life was turned upside down
In the space of one hour, my entire digital life was destroyed. First my Google account was taken over, then deleted. Next my Twitter account was compromised, and used as a platform to broadcast racist and homophobic messages. And worst of all, my AppleID account was broken into, and my hackers used it to remotely erase all of the data on my iPhone, iPad, and MacBook.

In many ways, this was all my fault. My accounts were daisy-chained together. Getting into Amazon let my hackers get into my Apple ID account, which helped them get into Gmail, which gave them access to Twitter. Had I used two-factor authentication for my Google account, it’s possible that none of this would have happened, because their ultimate goal was always to take over my Twitter account and wreak havoc. Lulz.
Had I been regularly backing up the data on my MacBook, I wouldn’t have had to worry about losing more than a year’s worth of photos, covering the entire lifespan of my daughter, or documents and e-mails that I had stored in no other location.
Those security lapses are my fault, and I deeply, deeply regret them.
But what happened to me exposes vital security flaws in several customer service systems, most notably Apple’s and Amazon’s. Apple tech support gave the hackers access to my iCloud account. Amazon tech support gave them the ability to see a piece of information — a partial credit card number — that Apple used to release information. In short, the very four digits that Amazon considers unimportant enough to display in the clear on the web are precisely the same ones that Apple considers secure enough to perform identity verification. The disconnect exposes flaws in data management policies endemic to the entire technology industry, and points to a looming nightmare as we enter the era of cloud computing and connected devices.




Day 1609 ( Avengers....Finally / Japanese Reggae On The Beach )
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Hey I'm a member of the Avengers... Look into my eyes

Finally got to watch the Avengers today, 2 - 3 months after its release everywhere else in the world. I wasn't disappointed. I liked the plot, the acting and especially the action sequences. It was fun. The story line was built mostly around Thor but it was good nevertheless. I give it a 9/10


Japanese Reggae On The Beach

In the evening, I went to a Japanese style reggae thing on a beach not to far from where I live. Every night during summer they have some sort of event on this beach. Tomorrow will be a Japanese style festival. It wasn't all that enjoyable, but I saw a few familiar faces.

He teaches at one of my schools



Day 1610 ( Japanese Festival On The Beach / Crooked Cops in My Prefecture )
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Went to a Japanese Festival on the same beach that I went to yesterday, with a couple of Japanese friends. There is a Rastafarian there every night cooking jerk chicken. He has been living in Japan for around 20 yrs or near that, and he has 4 children.

Some dancing and stuff was going on at the festival, and I wore my yukata for the second time. 


Kanagawa cop says she was harassed

Kanagawa Prefectural Police are drawing fire over allegations that four officers coerced a female colleague to get undressed inside a karaoke box while they sexually harassed her.

The four officers, all in their 30s in the criminal investigation and traffic divisions at Yamato Police Station, ordered the female officer to join them in the karaoke box in early March while they were off-duty, the force said.
Insisting that obeying their orders would help her get promoted, the four male officers allegedly asked their colleague, who is in her 20s, to get undressed and exchange her police uniform with one of theirs. She was then forcefully kissed by one of the male colleagues, the police said.
The harassment came to light when the female officer was transferred to another police station this spring and told superiors there about the incident.
"I can't let the other women experience what I went through," reports quoted her as saying.




Day 1611 ( Tonnes Of Tsunami Debris Floating To The US )
Thursday, August 16, 2012

Followed my friend to the train station today, then went back to my apartment to play Modern warfare 2 a bit. I haven't even turned on my PS3 for about a month. And for some strange reason, I felt nauseous after playing Modern Warfare 2 for about 2-3 hours.


Wow .... The Tsunami debris is like a big floating country
Astonishing graphic reveals how 1.5million tons of debris from Japanese tsunami is being swept towards the US

It's brought stories of some bizarre finds - from the reunion of a boy and his football washed up on a uninhabited island to the discovery of a Harley-Davidson.
And more could be coming thick and fast in the coming months as scientists are now saying the wreckage washed into the sea from the Japanese tsunami will reach North American shores far sooner than previously thought.
The latest computer models estimate that thousands of tonnes of the debris, which now stretches 4,000 nautical miles across the north Pacific, will start washing up this October and continue to do so into late 2013.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2138305/Japan-tsunami-Astonishing-satellite-image-shows-1-5million-tonnes-debris-swept-US.html#ixzz246aJdAOV

Refrigerators, chairs and plastic kerosene containers are among the latest apparently Japanese belongings to wash ashore recently on Middleton Island in Alaska, local resident David Baxter said Wednesday.
Baxter, 51, has already found signed soccer balls and other objects that floated across the Pacific Ocean after being washed away by the March 2011 tsunami and returned some of them to their owners.
Baxter said he found fridges with Japanese instructions attached, chairs, coolers and kerosene containers, as well as fishing floats or buoys and clumps of what appear to be insulation material when he went beachcombing twice in July.



Day 1612 ( Jamaicans On The Beach )
Friday, August 17, 2012

Went to another beach today. This one closer than the one I went to on Tuesday and Wednesday. This beach is called Zushi. We walked around the beach and chatted a bit. Then we actually went to the other beach later in the night because some of the guys wanted to eat Jerk chicken from the rasta. But when we went there, he took a break today because no event was scheduled for tonight. Some persons were still there though.



Day 1613 ( More T-Shirts / Radioactivity Messing Around With Butterflies / Oldest Man To circle The Globe )

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Went to YMCA today after a 2 weeks break. It wasn't so bad except for the usual kindergarten rug rats.

Received my second shipment of T-shirts today. Still testing the market to see how well they will sell.

Got this towel sold to my first Japanese customer.


Radioactive fallout from Fukushima nuclear meltdowns caused abnormalities in Japan's butterflies

Radioactive fallout from the nuclear disaster in Fukushima Prefecture created abnormalities among the nation's butterflies, according to a team of researchers.

"We conclude that artificial radionuclides from the Fukushima (No. 1) nuclear power plant caused physiological and genetic damage" to pale grass blue butterflies, a common species in Japan, a recent article in Scientific Reports, one of on-line journals of the Nature Publishing Group, said.
Radiation exposure harmed butterflies' genes, and the damage could well be passed on to future generations, the article stated.
"Sensitivity (to irradiation) varies between species, so research should be conducted on other animals," said Joji Otaki, a team member and associate professor at the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa.
"Humans are totally different from butterflies and they should be far more resistant" to the health effects of radiation, Otaki noted.
The researchers collected 121 adult pale grass blue butterflies in and outside Fukushima Prefecture in May 2011, two months after the nuclear crisis started.
Abnormalities such as unusually small wings were found in 12 percent of the total. But the rate rose to 18 percent in a second generation produced through mating among the butterflies collected and some even died before reaching adulthood.


Guinness names 106-year-old oldest to circle globe

Something to declare: Saburo Shochi, professor emeritus at Fukuoka University of Education, arrives at Fukuoka airport Thursday, his 106th birthday, after a monthlong around-the-world lecture tour.

An academic who turned 106 Thursday was recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest person to have completed a round-the-world trip using public transportation.
Saburo Shochi, an educator and professor emeritus at Fukuoka University of Education, arrived at Fukuoka airport the same day from a monthlong round-the-world lecture tour.
"I submitted an application to Guinness World Records in the hope of allowing many physically and mentally handicapped children the chance to receive an education and to give energy to people," Shochi said. "When I saw Mount Fuji from the airplane, I was crying (with joy)."
Shochi, who began making lecture tours when he was 100, traveled some 56,700 km this time. After departing from Fukuoka airport on July 16, he visited six countrie,s including Canada and Bulgaria as well as South Africa, where he spoke at the International Congress of Psychology in Cape Town.
The latest trip was Shochi's seventh lecture tour.

Monday, August 13, 2012

2012 London Olympic FEVER !!! (Japan Summer 2012 Part 2)

Days 1600 - 1606
Sunday, August 5 - Saturday, August 11, 2012  

Day 1600 ( Nagashi Soumen??/ Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Gold 100M Women)
Sunday, August 5, 2012

Went to my old church back in Niimi. The pastor's wife was hinting for me to play the drum but I ignored her. Ask me to play the drum, don't bang on it then call my name!!! Be more direct.... What the heck, that ain't gonna happen in this culture.... I wasn't in the mood to play anyway.

After church we ate lots of food. Then we did this thing that I was seeing for the second time I can remember. It's called nagashi soumen. Some bamboos are placed together, then water is ran down the bamboos, followed by thin noodles. Everyone should try to catch the noodles with chop sticks then dip it in soy sauce like a soup. It was great.

Here is a video of it:

After church I met 2 of my Niimi friends in a restaurant that I haven't been to in a year name JOYFUL. Then I went to visit the darts bar where I once played darts between 2010-2011.


I know this is old news but I still have to post about our GOLDS in this years Olympics. Today/Yesterday Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won Gold in the 100M Females. We also got a bronze medal from Veronica Campbell-Brown.



Day 1601 ( Happy 50th Anniversary Jamaica / Gold For Usain Bolt 100M Men's Finals )
Monday, August 6, 2012

Got a hair cut from my former barber today who actually drove for about 45 mins just to come and give me a hair cut. I really miss these kind people. This is unimaginable in Yokohama.

My Niimi/Tojo Barber

After that, I visited the Board of Education to look for some other Niimi friends. No way I could do this in Yokohama.

Now president of the Niimi Board of Education
He appeared frequently in my Niimi TV shows

In the evening my host mom had a send off party for my friend Melissa who is going back to the US. The party was also a "Welcome back to Niimi" Party for me.

My host mom baked a cake. Don't look so right but tasted great 

My host mom Jenny and my friend Melissa

Persons at the hello/goodbye party


Happy 50th Anniversary Jamaica!!! 

It was 50 years ago (1962) we won our independence from England. And look where the Olympics is being held now?? London.

A few are of the opinion that Jamaica was better under colonial rule because there was not much crime. But on the flip side, we have achieved quite a bit being a poor nation after our independence. Reggae has developed and gone across the globe. And of course our sprinters are second to none. We are still somewhat under the rule of England though, being a common wealth nation. Hey even Canada, Australia and New Zealand are still common wealth. So if a country should attempt to take over Jamaica, England would come to our aid.

However, our now prime minister wants us to go republic and do everything on our own. I'm unsure of the side effects that will follow.



Gold For Usain Bolt Silver For Yohan Blake 100M Men's Finals 

Fitting for our 50th anniversary of independence.... Usain Bolt won the 100 M Males race at the London's 2012 Olympic.Well you know about it already, and probably have seen these photos already also. But hey, I'm still happy for us.



Day 1602 ( Karate After a Year ) 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Stayed in most of today then went to karate briefly. Didn't get to practice much, but got to meet some old karate friends.

They would both mess me up

She can kick my arsk

He really did kick me

After 1 hour of karate, I met one of my best friends in Niimi and we had dinner. After that I went back to pack for my 14-15 hours trip starting early tomorrow morning.



Day 1603 ( See You Later Niimi )
Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Woke up at 5:30 am this morning. Then my host mom dropped me to the Niimi station to catch a train at 6:08am. If I missed this train, I would have to wait for about 2 hours to get the next one. We were running a bit close but I managed to catch the train with about 3 mins to spare.

These were all the stations I had to stop at for my 15 hour trip:
1 hr 30 mins from Niimi to Okayama city
1 hour 30 mins - From Okayama city to Himeji
2 hr 30 mins from Himeji to Kyoto

I stopped here at Himeji to collect my portable charger so I missed a train and had to wait a bit to get another one.
45 mins from Kyoto to Maibara
1 hr from Maibara to Ogaki
2 hrs from Ogaki to Toyohashi
1 hr 15 mins from Toyohashi to Hamamatsu
2hrs 30 mins from Hamamatsu to Atami
1 hr from Atami to Ofuna
7 mins from Ofuna to Shin sugita
7 mins (by foot) from Shin sugita to sugita
5 mins from sugita to Keikyu Tomioka my final stop

I missed about 3 trains. and I got back to my apartment at about 9pm. This was of course an extremely tiring trip.



Day 1604 ( Got My Jamaica/Bolt T-Shirts / Bolt, Blake, Weir 1-2-3 )
Thursday, August 9, 2012

Stayed in for most of the day today, but had my evening student at 7:30 pm this evening.

Received my first stock of stuff today and I have a couple of orders already. These are what I have for sale:



Bolt, Blake, Weir 1-2-3

I was quite elated today when I learnt we got first, second and third place in the 200M Men's final at the Olympics. I was especially happy for Warren Weir who I actually know personally. This being his very first Olympics and he managed to get a medal among the greats. This guy was actually my next door neighbour in the community where I grew up in Waterford, Portmore. He also attended summer camps back in the days where I was in charge of all the sporting events for the camp. His mom is also a very good friend of mine.

If the above video of the London 200M Men's final get taken down, then you know the I.O.C got wind of my blog.

Here is a pic of Warren back in 2004 when I was the Sports chief for the camp.

14 year old Warren at the right
Warren on the right... 8 years later 

Four years ago Warren Weir was at home watching Usain Bolt race to a 100- and 200-meter Olympic double in Beijing but he sat beside him Thursday having just helped deliver a Jamaican clean sweep in the longer distance at the London Games.

“I came out here with the goal of getting the 1-2-3 for Jamaica. I’m very overwhelmed to know that I played my part in history,” the 22-year-old told reporters after winning a bronze medal behind Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake.
Still with the looks and physique of a teenager in comparison to the refined figure of 25-year-old Bolt and the muscled physique of Blake, also 22, Weir stands out from his more famous countrymen on all accounts.
Bolt’s victory Thursday secured an amazing Olympic double-double and made him the sport’s greatest ever athlete. Blake is both a contender and likely successor to Bolt, and already world champion in the 100 meters.

“Coach Glen Mills is like a father to me. He said, ‘I’m going to turn you into a sprinter that the world will see and recognize’ and I’ve got to say thank you very much,” said Weir, who was born in Trelawny, the same parish as Bolt.
That process started with the skinny youngster making the switch from hurdles to the 200m, and with a medal at his first Olympic Games courtesy of a personal best on the world’s biggest stage, it is a gamble that has paid off.

Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Sports/Olympics/2012/Aug-11/184227-weir-takes-giant-leap-from-couch-to-podium.ashx#ixzz23ReDclxs
(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb) 



Day 1605 ( Good Job Loco )

Friday, August 10, 2012

Can you believe it? I had to go in to the YMCA today for a summer gig. It was only about 50 mins of teaching then eating lunch, so it wasn't so bad. I was also allowed to teach whatever the heck I wanted to. So I did self introduction and a drawing game.

When I got back home, I ordered an Apple TV. I will explain what it is later.



New memoir on racism by New Yorker living in Japan reaches #1 on Amazon

The guy whose blog I read sometimes, and whose book I bought "Hi my name is Loco, and I am racist" is probably going to become a millionaire soon. His book has become a best seller on amazon and is getting more and more popular. You can read about it here :

Here’s a book unlike any other written on the subject of racism by a self-identified racist. The author, Baye McNeil, is an African American living in Japan for the past decade. His sensational new memoir titled “Hi! My Name is Loco and I am a Racist,” has caught the attention of readers worldwide, and on the strength of dazzling reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, extensive social networking, word of “mouse” and, surprisingly without any major press coverage in Japan to date, has catapulted to the top slot in travel books on both Japan and Asia on Amazon.
This book, published auspiciously on Martin Luther King’s birthday, is being dubbed by readers, “one of the most honest, passionate, engaging and best written books about life in modern Japan for non-Japanese of any race,” and has garnered rave reviews from readers on 5 continents. It’s also #11 in Black History books and #37 in books on sociology and race relations in the U.S.




Day1606 ( Apple TV / Japan's Territorial Disputes )
Saturday, August 11, 2012

Received my APPLE TV today. Here is what it is, and the review from CNET.

The good: The Apple TV lets you stream all of the movies and TV shows available in the iTunes Store to your HDTV on a rental or purchase basis, with purchases stored in the cloud. Netflix, MLB.TV, Hulu Plus, and a handful of other online media services are available, plus music, videos, and photos can be streamed from iOS devices using AirPlay. AirPlay Mirroring lets you stream any Web video to the Apple TV, including free Hulu, if you have a newer Mac running Mountain Lion. And Apple TV's user interface remains best-in-class.
The bad: The Apple TV is a less useful box if you don't own other Apple devices. Roku's competing boxes are less expensive and offer more streaming services, including Amazon Instant, HBO Go, and Pandora. And the Apple TV doesn't work with non-HDMI TVs.
The bottom line: Those who've already invested in iTunes content and Apple hardware will find the Apple TV to be an indispensable living-room companion, and it's an excellent streaming-video box for non-Apple folks as well.


In the evening I went out  in Shibuya with 2 of my friends. And again I came back in the following morning.

Di fry yai tuggs


Japan's Territorial Disputes

Japan has territorial disputes with China, Taiwan, Russia and South Korea. And the other countries all seem to know that Japan isn't really doing much about it except talk and condemn. That's it. Recently the president of South Korea visited one of the disputed isles, which caused the Japanese government to get really upset. These isles are administrated by South Korea but claimed by Japan.

I live in Japan now, but I personally believe that these isles belong to South Korea. Why? Japan once controlled Korea for about 30 years, which means that Japan is the more powerful of the 2. If this is so, how is it that South Korea owns the land? Did they sneak up and take it away from a stronger Japan???  With the Russian dispute, the lands were clearly owned by Japan but Russia stole them after world war 2. These isles now are another case, they were always there.

Isle row with Seoul adds to Tokyo's foreign policy woes

South Korean President Lee Myung Bak's unprecedented visit to a small group of disputed islands situated between his country and Japan is exacerbating Tokyo's diplomatic woes amid growing territorial challenges from China and Russia.

Lee visited the islands, known as Dokdo in South Korea and Takeshima in Japan, on Friday, defying Japanese calls for restraint.
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, who is busy dealing with domestic affairs, was totally powerless to head off Lee's visit, which some have called a blatant attempt to bolster sovereignty claims and others have called a bid to save face after canceling the secretive signing of a controversial military pact with Japan.


Then recently South Korea won Japan in the Mens Football, and this stupid Korean dude held up a message about South Korea owning the land. He is currently being punished for his stupid action.

Korean soccer player kept off medal stand for political antics

Look everybody, I hate Japanese and I am an Idiot

A South Korean soccer player who held up a sign with a political message after the team's victory over Japan did not get a bronze Sunday when the Olympic medals were handed out in a ceremony to the rest of his team.

Midfielder Park Jong Woo is under investigation by the IOC and soccer's governing body, FIFA, for displaying the sign Friday with a slogan supporting South Korean sovereignty over Korean-controlled islets that are claimed by both his country and Japan. The largely uninhabited islets are called Dokdo by South Korea and Takeshima by the Japanese.
The IOC and FIFA have statutes that prohibit political statements by athletes and players. Olympic officials had asked the South Korean Olympic Committee to take action against Park and that he not be present at the ceremony.
When the men's soccer medals were presented at Wembley Stadium following Mexico's 2-1 win over Brazil in the gold-medal match, only 17 of the 18 South Korean players were on the field for the ceremony. Park was not among them.




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