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I "twittered" it to ya, but maybe it wasn't me? Your fondness for things Mario is well known here.
The part with the tabasco is my absolute favorite. Those kids are hilariously inventive.
Maybe an odd question, but what does it smell like?
Toggle Commented Sep 27, 2010 on Moss-filled wooden ring at TOKYOMANGO
I've used these to build waterproof switches for a motorized towing device. They're more durable than balloons, and have a good diameter for a handle.
Toggle Commented Sep 27, 2010 on Finger condoms at TOKYOMANGO
Some of the characters were actually "influenced" by Kurosawa's "The Hidden Fortress". The Criterion Collection DVD has George Lucas interviewed about the subject. I wouldn't mess with the samurai-era Chewbacca. Scary.
Interesting. Some fun activities: - Jump in a pool. I'm surprised the photographer didn't think of that, or maybe they did and she's not as buoyant as one would suspect? - Release the baby hedgehogs! - Wear some fuzzy mittens, and you could be a static electricity charged superhero. - The squeaking, it would drive them mad.
Toggle Commented Aug 16, 2010 on Designer makes dresses out of balloons at TOKYOMANGO
I have never been to MacDonald's or Burger King in Japan when I've been there. It just doesn't seem right. I wonder if the food is better than it is here?
When you eat hello kitty pizzas, they have no mouths with which to scream.
wow, a 45 RPM (assumed) record. I have no idea where I would get the gear to play that baby. Funny, the symbol for rain is one I can always remember from my abysmal list of memorized characters. It's so superb a match to its meaning.
Thanks for the review, Lisa. This is just the kind of thing I needed, doesn't give any plot points away, but makes me want to see it.
I drive in the Boston area, so I can't really be fair in my comparisons. Everywhere is better than here, except Israel and Taiwan. I definitely second the comments about Europe, most especially Germany. Sure, they have some crazies, just like anywhere, but on the whole, I've never seen drivers so dedicated to the rules. No lane hogging on the highways, etc.
Toggle Commented Jan 21, 2010 on Driving in Japan v. driving in the US at TOKYOMANGO
The tango-esque musical accompaniment is awesome.
This reminds me of a bigfoot sighting.
Toggle Commented Dec 26, 2009 on A sleeping bag you can walk in at TOKYOMANGO
Some conservatives would seem to be peeved if he saved a puppy from a burning building. Crazy. I think that showing the proper respect within the culture is the right way to approach greetings. It's what you're expected to do as a polite representative of our country.
I love how it moves. Seems almost like you're balanced on a sphere, and not rolling on tires. This looks like something that would be great if you had something like a foot injury or knee trouble and still wanted to get around. Barring collisions, of course.
Ah, you're a lucky person, living in San Francisco.
Toggle Commented Aug 15, 2009 on Flying Fish at Zushi Puzzle at TOKYOMANGO
Re: Koichi Um, the restaurant is in the title, it's Zushi Puzzle It's on Lombard Street in the lovely city of San Francisco.
Toggle Commented Aug 14, 2009 on Flying Fish at Zushi Puzzle at TOKYOMANGO
It's apparently the largest area of the station, and a laboratory. As well as being remarkably cool looking.
I checked a bit, and it seems that dolphins are actually endangered. Lots are killed just due to the methods used to harvest fish. That's probably been the case for decades, though. The story has been getting increasing news coverage (mostly because it is tied in with a film release, probably) here in the US. They seem to make a point of the fact that because they're at the top of the food chain, dolphins really aren't so good to eat. They build up a lot of mercury (Hg) from eating lots of other fish.
Oh boy, I meant Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Lose 50 geek points and forced to attend a screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail in the company of a group of fanatical fans. Damn.
Yes, NPR was where I initially heard the story, too. I see the point about people eating what they do, and not judging the "rightness" or "wrongness" of their actions based upon our own cultural norms and morals. You could probably find a social group that would strongly object to virtually any meat animal consumed in the Western world. Pork, lobster, beef, all have groups that find their use as food abhorrent. Just remember, as Douglas Adams wrote, in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe, "...on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much -- the wheel, New York, wars and so on -- whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man -- for precisely the same reasons."
The physician suicide image is obliquely reminiscent of a bit of a short story by William Gibson, "Hinterlands". A good story, in which a psychologically shattered astronaut uses her ship's surgical manipulator to "autopsy" herself into oblivion. To weigh in on the distress some are expressing, I myself don't see what is so shocking about these pictures. They're a bit odd, yes, but everything new is odd...isn't it?