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Saturday, April 26, 2014


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Days 2220 - 2226
Thursday, April 17 - Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014

4th day in my new position. Today was a little slower than yesterday and the day before. Basically started putting together the groups I would be supervising in a database of sorts.

I will only put small details in my blog and only about my first week in this new position .... I'm learning a lot of crucial details that could possibly get me and others in some serious issues. So forgive me if my blogs get a little shorter than usual.



Down in Jamaica, there’s a place aptly named Hedonism II that features a special brand of inhibition-free “adult” resort action. While this all-inclusive getaway offers your usual all-you-can-eat-and-drink beach-side fun in the sun, there’s also a “clothing optional” policy, mirrors above all the beds, and a strong emphasis on pleasure of the "anything goes" variety. Basically, the whole joint is one big swinger soirée. After catching wind of this utopia for the undressed, we checked out their website, only to find it oozing with the sort of over-the-top descriptions normally reserved for bodice-ripper paperback novels with an equally ripped Fabio flexing on the cover. Things like, "It’s what happens when you combine warm water, a white-sand beach, open bars, and open minds," "In these lush gardens of pure pleasure, the word “no” is seldom heard," and "Push the boundaries of human pleasure” are standard fare. Heady stuff, right? 
Well, when coupled with actual quotes from the TripAdvisor reviews of this carnal Caribbean carnival, let’s just say a picture was painted, and it wasn’t one you’d want to hang above your mantle. We've merged these together with some of the promotional images from Hedonism's Facebook page, in part because every comparison needs pictures, but mostly because it's the Internet, and there are no rules.

One last word of advice: When visiting a nudist colony, especially in a hot, sweaty climate, beware borrowing community bikes. Trust us.



Day 2221 ( Living With Ghosts in Japan )
Friday, April 18, 2014

Watched a new trainee conduct a demo lesson for about 30 mins. I gave some pointers then exited. 1st week of the new job and feeling overwhelmed with the amount of information I'm receiving and what is expected of me.

Anyway, I wasn't getting enough support or interested persons in the proposed Jamaican cultural Spring Ting event that I was trying to plan. Not sure if its because of my poor advertising or what. But only managed to get a few payments. Well I went to this event 3 years consecutively and this year there will be a break. I guess a break is always good sometime right? Started the process of sending back people their payments.


Living with ghosts: The rising popularity of ‘death rooms’ in Japan

In Japan, places where people have died are considered bad luck, so unsurprisingly apartments where there has been a suicide, murder, or other death are rented at much cheaper prices than usual due to a lack of demand. However, real estate agencies are seeing a surge in people specifically seeking these kinds of ‘death rooms’. That may sound horribly morbid, but usually it’s not out of a desire to be close to death. Rather, for those who can put aside their culturally-ingrained reservations, it’s a way to save money during tough times.
Incident buildings
Buildings where a death has occurred are called “jiko bukken” in Japanese or “incident buildings,” an ambiguous phrasing similar to the “jinshin jiko” or “human accident” used when someone has jumped in front of a train.
People assume that there will be some damage to the room because of the corpse, but Chizuko, the owner of a real estate agency that deals exclusively with incident buildings, explained that “these days we have more advanced cleaning techniques, and after a while the smell and the stains will disappear.”
But it’s not just the nitty-gritty practical considerations that discourage Japanese people from living in such places – there is a cultural stigma which leads people to feel that the place is tainted and impure, and will invite unhappiness into the life of the next inhabitant. However, these days real estate agents are finding that people with less economic means are willing and even eager to live in these cheaper places.
Tough times
A 40-year-old man, let’s call him Yamada, who used to work as a dispatch worker began living in his one-room apartment in June 2012. His apartment is located within Shinjuku Ward in central Tokyo and is over 20 years old.
Yet for such a central area, his rent is astoundingly cheap at just 40,000 yen per month, around half the local average. The reason for this low rate is that the previous tenant was found dead in the room from illness. Yamada was aware of this when he moved in as in Japan there is a legal requirement to disclose any deaths that have occurred in the property within a certain time frame.
After graduating high school, Yamada worked part time at restaurants and call centers, and with various temp agencies, but after the collapse of the bubble economy his salary also nosedived from 4 million annually to around 2 million. When searching for somewhere to live, Yamada’s friend who worked as a real estate agent, and knew about his tough financial situation, suggested he specifically look for these “accident buildings.” His buddy told him that he had to move quickly if he found one of these buildings as they had become very popular, so he signed the contract right away. Yamada himself said “I’m not bothered by the previous tenant. I’m very satisfied with it as a place to live.” This is an attitude that is starting to become more prevalent, particularly among younger people.



Day 2222 !! (^^)   ( New Washable Keyboard )
Saturday, April 19, 2014

Went to the YMCA. Usually I would complain about the 3rd of my 3 classes at the YMCA but this class is now like a stress reliever from my main job now.... everyday at work, I'm getting a sneak peek of what I'm probably going to have to deal with as a HR-Trainer. And it a'int pretty.

Had a performance tonight but cancelled it. Sent back some more spring ting funds.


Washable PC keyboard

Buffalo is going to release a washable PC keyboard (BSKBU12BK) in late April.
Keyboards, especially in between keys, easily get dirty with dust and food particles. I have had a serious desire to just wash my keyboard with water sometimes in the past, but of course I didn’t.
However, Buffalo’s new BSKBU12BK keyboard is washable. You can wash it with water or even scrub tough dirt out with water using the accompanying brush. Letters on the keys are carved by laser so that they are not likely to vanish easily.
Price: ¥4,200
Size: 445x21x151mm
Weight: 560g
Cable: 1.5m
Interface: USB2.0/1.1
OS: Windows 8.1, 8, RT, 7, Vista, XP
Number of keys: 180 keys
Key pitch: 19mm
Key stroke: 3.5mm



Day 2223 ( Playstation 4 Sales Top 7 Million )
Sunday, April 20, 2014

Boring day. Just stayed in, blogged and watched some Game of Thrones.... I'm already half way through the second season.... And I'm afraid to start watching them too fast and then have to wait every week for it....


Sony's PlayStation 4 sales top 7 million

Sony says it has sold seven million PlayStation 4 worldwide since its launch last year and admitted it can’t make them fast enough, in a welcome change of fortune for the Japanese consumer electronics giant.
“The response from the global gaming community for PS4 (PlayStation 4) has been overwhelming and we are truly humbled that gamers are selecting PS4 as their next generation console of choice,” Andrew House, president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc, said in a statement.
“The PS4 journey has just begun, and although we are still facing difficulties keeping up with the strong demand worldwide, we remain steadfast in our commitment to meet the needs of our customers,” he said.
Software sales for the console are also strong, with more than 20.5 million copies sold in retail stores worldwide and through digital downloads on PlayStation Store as of April 13, 2014, it said.
The PS4 is up against Microsoft’s Xbox One, and Nintendo’s Wii U for dominance of the digital home entertainment market at a time that consoles are under intense pressure to prove their worth in a world of ubiquitous smartphones and tablets for games and videos.
By comparison, the Wii U, launched in late 2012, took more than a year to sell 5.86 million units.
Sony’s gaming division has emerged as a potential savior for the company, which is struggling to reinvent itself in the digital age, having been left in the dust by nimbler rivals like South Korea’s Samsung.
Sony launched the PS4 in the global company’s homeland Japan on February 22, more than four months after it debuted in the United States and well behind many other markets.
The company said it had wanted to give developers more time to exploit the potential of the console in the Japanese gaming market, where top-selling titles are often markedly different from popular offerings in the U.S. and Europe.
Reports surfaced last month saying that Sony will sell properties at a prestigious Tokyo site where it had its headquarters for six decades, as the once-world beating firm struggles to improve its bottom line.
Sony warned in February that it would book a $1.08 billion loss in the fiscal year to March as well as cut 5,000 jobs and exit the stagnant PC market.
The embattled company said in January last year it was selling its U.S. headquarters in Manhattan for $1.1 billion.



Day 2224 ( Obama in Japan )
Monday, April 21, 2014

Went to a brief orientation at the head office to learn some more about our insurance package :) and about our other benefits. Plus about a sign in system that we have to do every morning when we get to and leave work. I was falling asleep in the orientation.... Now I realize I need to buy a drink and go into these meetings.....or I will surely fall asleep!!!


Obama begins Asia tour with reassurance to Japan

Isn't that Kevin Costener (when he was younger) at the right?

President Barack Obama arrived in Japan on Wednesday for the first part of his Asia trip that started with reassuring Tokyo of U.S. support in its bitter territorial dispute with China.
Obama made his first stop in Tokyo on a weeklong tour that will also take him to South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines.
Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met over what's been described as the "world's best sushi" at Sukiyabashi Jiro, a top-rated restaurant in the Ginza district. The dinner also brought out the new U.S. ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy.
On Thursday, Obama will start a formal state visit to the nation -- the highest designation for a foreign leader.
Obama's appearances in Japan will be tinged with formality — meetings with the royal family, a stop at the Meiji shrine and a protocol-bound state dinner.
Japan's first state visit by an American president in almost two decades comes as the United States works to reassure Abe and other Asian leaders that the United States remains committed to turning foreign policy focus on them.
The "pivot to Asia" that began almost three years ago meant to put a greater emphasis on diplomatic and economic efforts toward Pacific nations to counterbalance China's influence in the region.




Day 2225 (  )
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Still at work hearing all manner of serious, personal information...It is crazy in this place.



Day 2226 (  )
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Been falling asleep early recently... aah this new job / new life is going to be a trip... Lets see how it goes...

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