Fantastic Reflections

Fantastic reflections of a multichromatic world

Earthquake!

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Whee~ it’s been a while since we had such an eventful earthquake. While nobody was hurt, there were a lot of very funny reactions from first-timers here at the office.

久しぶりの地震だった。みんな無事で何よりだ。

Slow Drivers

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Beijing

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IMG_4314Although I’ve been to China quite a few times now, I still can’t quite get used to a lot of things there. The driving for example is something I’m definitely not used to. While sitting in a taxicab I encountered this scene which made me wonder if we were actually a school of fish packing ourselves into a funnel. I understand everyone needed to make a left up ahead, but this is just ridiculous. Stay in your own lane!

For instance, lane markers are largely ignored, serving no real purpose in keeping cars apart. When drivers want to get a good look down the road but the view is blocked by cars in front, drivers don’t think twice about sliding halfway into the next lane and then straddling two lanes for as long as seems comfortable.

It’s also not uncommon for drivers who have missed their exits to simply put the car in reverse and back up into traffic.

(Read more @ Reuters.com)

I did actually experience the cab driver putting the car in reverse on a freeway to go back for a missed exit. That reminds me of a joke I saw on my iGoogle.

A cab driver reaches the Pearly Gates and announces his presence to St. Peter, who looks him up in his Big Book. Upon reading the entry for the cabbie, St. Peter invites him to pick up a silk robe and a golden staff and to proceed into Heaven.

A preacher is next in line behind the cabby and has been watching these proceedings with interest. He announces himself to St. Peter. Upon scanning the preacher’s entry in the Big Book, St. Peter furrows his brow and says, "Okay, we’ll let you in, but take that cloth robe and wooden staff."
The preacher is astonished and replies, "But I am a man of the cloth. You gave that cab driver a gold staff and a silk robe. Surely I rate higher than a cabbie."
St. Peter responded matter-of-factly: "This is heaven and up here, we are interested in results. When you preached, people slept. When the cabbie drove his taxi, people prayed."

IMG_4320When and if you reach your destinations in one piece, you can find beautiful scenery all over the place. This picture was taken at the World Museum in Beijing back in December. The bell is actually about 30 feet tall. I didn’t actually walk down there to see it up close because my ears were frozen solid and I had to walk down a long flight of stairs and then walk all the way around the museum to reach that bell. I thought about it for a few seconds and gave up–need that childhood spunk back.

Nick Pitera

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Wow! Nick Patera sings better than most girls out there! I wish I could manipulate my voice that well too. I dream of becoming a Japanese voice actor, but with family issues in the way I’m not sure how I should go about pursuing that career and the training I need.

That falsetto is amazing! Go Nick!

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綾ちゃんの長い髪が好きだったのに、何故切ったんだろう。 今でも可愛いけど、やっぱ長いほうが好みだね。また綾ちゃんと会いたい。またいつ会えるんだろう・・・

東京の仕事受けよっか。

While the US is definitely advanced in their technology, but the majority of the US cutting edge technology focuses on weaponry. Japan, on the other hand, is much more consumer friendly with their technology focus. Four years ago my friend in Japan already had fiber optic for his house and cost only USD$25 per month.

Now Japan’s planning to further develop their blazing Internet speeds with the launch of a rocket carrying the WINDS satellite.

The rocket carrying the WINDS satellite — a joint project of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries — lifted off its pad at 5:55 p.m. (0855 GMT).

If the technology proves successful, subscribers with small dishes will connect to the Internet at speeds many times faster than what is now available over residential cable or DSL services.

The Associated Press said the satellite would offer speeds of up to 1.2 gigabytes per second.

(Read more @ CNN.com)

Wonder if I can point a satellite dish in the right general direction and get signal. ^^

These are way too funny! The green one is "Pu-chin" (プーチン) and the red one is "Kirenenko" (キレネンコ).

Pu-chin is silly and cute and gets picked on by everyone, but when you put a wrench in his hands he can fix anything! Kirenenko is a superman who can withstand almost all attacks like bullets, grenades, cannon fire…

You can watch the episodes on their web site @ http://www.usavich.tv and on a variety of web sites like nicovideo and YouTube.

Here are some videos of Usavich on nicovideo.

 

You can also watch it on YouTube.

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Armarna upp nu ska ni få se
Kom igen
Vem som helst kan vara med

Så rör på era fötter
Oa-a-a
Och vicka era höfter
O-la-la-la
Gör som vi
Till denna melodi
Dansa med oss
Klappa era händer
Gör som vi gör
Ta några steg åt vänster
Lyssna och lär
Missa inte chansen
Nu är vi här med
Caramelldansen
O-o-oa-oa…

Det blir en sensation överallt förstås
På fester kommer alla att släppa loss
Kom igen
Nu tar vi stegen om igen

Så rör på era fötter
Oa-a-a
Och vicka era höfter
O-la-la-la
Gör som vi
Till denna melodi

Så kom och
Dansa med oss
Klappa era händer
Gör som vi gör
Ta några steg åt vänster
Lyssna och lär
Missa inte chansen
Nu är vi här med
Caramelldansen

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I’ve been finishing up my Hunter x Hunter OVA and this cutie showed up in GI Final OVA ep3. Nice. I want one too Killua.

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I used to love bubblegum and blowing bubbles. I’ve known about blowing bubbles inside of bubbles but I’ve never managed to succeed before. Enter Haruka-neesama. <3