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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.

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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...




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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.

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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.

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/08/apple-amazon-mat-honan-hacking/


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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


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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

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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. 










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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.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120728a2.html



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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.

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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.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120810b3.html 
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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.










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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.




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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.


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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.


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