Things are happening. Things are always happening, of course, but lately they’re happening a lot. First, the big news: I got paid for the book. More on that soon. With the money I’ve paid off most of my car loan, and I’ve earmarked a couple of dollars for some new toys. My love of photography […]
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We’re still in the process of preparing for the move and things are progressing apace. Today Off House (part of the network of stores that includes Hard Off, Book Off and others) is coming to check out our Fridge, Dryer, Kotatsu (A coffee-table-alike with a heater underneath it for warming the legs in winter), bookshelf […]
There’s a lot of fun stuff coming out for Japanese cellular phones. It’s a lot of what you’d expect, but some surprises as well. Here’s the editorial and, as if you even cared about anything else, here’s the gallery.
You see in the news an awful lot how crooks call old people and somehow confuse them into believing the caller is a relative in desperate need of cash, defrauding them out of thousands and often tens of thousands of dollars. It’s called “It’s me” fraud in Japan and it’s quite an epidemic, if the […]
this little girl was giving me grief today. she’s apparently camera-shy but didn’t hesitate to pull one eye open and stick her tongue out at me. If you’ve ever read or watched Japanese cartoons you’ll know what I mean. It’s the kid’s version of the finger, a cheerfully rendered “you suck!” it was the highlight […]
So we’re back safe, after our much-dreaded 11-hour sardine-class flight turned out to be ten uber-comfortable hours on a brand new Airbus A330-200 with video on demand (not just different channels, but movies that start, stop and fast-forward as you like) and happy friendly staff. A new plane does wonders for everyone’s morale. Stopped taking […]
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Hudson, now a division of Konami and past purveyors of all things PC Engine, have released everyone’s favourite future military sim Nectaris for Vodafone cellular phones in Japan. Check it out. This is in addition to several NES and PC Engine releases like Adventure Island, Star Soldier, Lode Runner and Bomberman. NTT DoCoMo’s i-mode on […]
J-Phone is now Vodafone in Japan. And that’s all the pre-amble you get, here’s a new gallery of only 256k games (roughly five times larger than the norm) which are really quite impressive.