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Post # 549 Uplay Passport is displeasing
I had to disconnect from the internet to play. This means I cannot use one service I paid for(xbox live) to play this game nor can I play the multiplayer aspect of this game since I can't connect to the internet. This means I don't get part of the game I paid for.
I know these companies really want us to be loyal to them and join their services, but this is me getting more and more annoyed with your product because you want to stuff your shit down my throat.
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Post # 548 Self-Pity Japanese Lesson
I saw this online ages ago and figured it would be a worthwhile Japanese lesson. You can see the original Japanese and the phonetic English underneath, but you have to hear it to get a better sense of how the sounds go together. Below are links to me saying the phrases, I had a lot of trouble with the 5th one, but even a beginner should be able to match my pace after a few tries.
Nothing ever works out for me
I can’t seem to do anything right
I really screwed up
I never should have done that
I tried my best, but I blew it
I should have done something right away
I wish this never happened
Good luck, and please enjoy sounding miserable in Japanese.
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Peter:If you right click the links you can download the wav file, should you want to do that, which is a ridiculous concept to me.
Post # 547 How to destroy society
During the Golden Week holiday I figured there had to be a way I could keep track of my son in the park while he is riding his bike that didn’t involve me running behind him which is sort of against my whole “never run if there is an alternative” philosophy of life.
Then I had the epiphany that walkie talkies not only allow me to be lazy and maintain contact with someone else over a reasonable distance, they are also pretty fun for kids.
I went online and my wife and I started looking for something that would work for kids / price / durability and all the things you have to consider when buying things.
We ran up against a law in Japan pretty much making walkie talkies illegal. It turns out that anything that transmits or receives a signal needs a license. (You are supposed to pay a monthly fee to NHK for your television). More interesting than this is the language that was used to describe the law.
To paraphrase: use of transceivers (the Japanese English name for walkie talkies) uses bands the are reserved for emergency services. During the event of an emergency you will be interfering with essential services and disrupt society.
It was the Japanese way of wording how me playing with my son will eventually upset the natural order in all of society that got me. It seems like a very Japanese way of describing the problem. Also, I didn’t think that my Lego branded walkie talkie with a range of 1km would really interrupt police or fire services that, if I am correct, have all switched over to cellular services.
So I went ahead and ordered a pair and we went to the park and my son could ride wherever he wanted and we would periodically check in with each other for fun and society still existed.
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Post # 546 Categorize all the things.
So I’ve done most of my categorization. I have already found things I missed and image links broken and such, but I’ll repair as I go from now on. You can see the tiny tiny links at the top of the page, they are pretty self explanatory, so let me explain them to you to demonstrate my lack of faith in your abilities.
Fight! is old Judo stories if you get to the older posts and Judo analysis of black cat comics if you look at the most recent stuff. I haven’t been competing or even practicing that much so the Judo stories sort of thin out over time. That’s like retiring, then dying forgotten. Anything related to the fighting arts will go there, including future bruises I acquire.
Games is all game stuff, except the next category which is the games stats I was collecting since last year. Games stats was it’s own site for a short while, and it seemed to work that way for me, so I wanted to keep it, but it didn’t have a blog element, so games will fulfill that. Japan is anything Japan related, music, drinks, language et al.
Movie is all my movie reviews. This probably has the most broken stuff going into older material as it has been shuffled around from old sites and sub-sections.
Anything else resides on the frontpage. All the posts from these subsections will be here as well, but I know there are some people who only want movie stuff and others who only like the fight stuff. What I am intending to do is aid in more regular posts by doing something for each subsection in a cycle, then anything else on the side. I have gotten bogged down in one type of post and then taken a break. Getting back into writing anything is harder than playing video games, so the procrastination is a big boss fight.
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Post # 545 Bam
So I was messing with the database for this site to make it more efficient and organized so I would totally be more motivated to increase the amount of effort I put into it and post more compelling content with more regularity and of course, I messed it all up.
That is pretty much the pleasure of messing with databases. I don't know what I did wrong but while I was categorizing content I did a really awesome and correct job 3 times then accidentally set everything to "main". Which is true, but doesn't really fulfill the basic requirement I was looking for of being able to "filter" content.
Now it's a case of doing some searches to see if I can do it in small batches, but it means the immediate projects I had planned post awesome-success are on hold.
What are you doing for your holiday?
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Peter:So I think I got most of it done. Four or 5 searches and some scanning through the last 100 posts and I figure it's workable now. Onward into dividing into sections.
Post # 544 Avengers Quiz
Everything outside was wet so we were stuck inside. Perfect day for some proper education, so we watched The Avengers. Post video we did a character quiz. It's quite hard when you are 5 or 3.
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Peter:This is Sunny, and according to my daughter, she is the coolest Avenger.
Post # 543 Small update
The domain name for xpatslive expires next month. Before it was it's own thing, then it died. Then I resurrected it and put all my games stuff there, then it died. Then it became the repository for my gaming statistics project and it lived well over the last year.
It isn't really worth paying for a domain name just for that, since it makes sense as a project of this site as much as an independent thing, so I have just created a subdomain here called games.velocipeter.com (you can see the link up at the top right) and I am figuring the title is self explanatory.
If it isn't, it where I put my games information as a part of velocipeter.com. There, now don't you feel silly.
Since it's nicely sectioned off, but still part of this site I am considering doing the same for movies (there are a lot of reviews here splattered about, an index might be nice) and even one for the black cat judo analysis stuff since it's actually some of the more popular stuff here.
It means I could give those things their own look, update one the main page while still differentiating them nicely.
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Post # 542 Takoyaki Soda
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Alia Drinks:I don't think it matters what we give her. At this point I am just trying to find something she drinks and actually doesn't like.
Post # 541 Thigh High story
I know this is a losing battle between me and media that needs new, unusual things all the time to keep people reading, but I can’t let it go.
Recently in 3 of my news feeds the same story has popped up. I think it has already died, but it demonstrates how quickly news gets around if you include “young girls thighs” in the story somewhere.
The story is about how a single advertising company has hired some girls to wear stickers on their thighs (between the hem of the skirt and the top of a stocking) as advertising. That in itself is true, and not the problem I have with the stories. The problem I have is that the stories all imply that this is a trend sweeping Japan and something that is relatively common within the country.
With a little digging into the articles it is easy to find out that currently it is only one company in Tokyo that does this. I understand the inability for most people to separate the idea of Tokyo being only one city of many in Japan, but if the story were re-written this way: “One company in one city of Japan has attempted a new form of advertising.” there would be a lot less interest.
The stories also try to inflate the numbers they present by not telling you how many girls actually do this, but by telling you that 1,300 girls have applied. In a city like Tokyo a thousand girls applying for a dead easy job isn’t a great turn out, also, that doesn’t mean the company will take any more than a few hundred girls at most as they are probably looking for exceptionally attractive girls to use for promotion.
Still, you get to look at the still shots of girls legs and the youtube video.
I realized when writing up my feelings about greader dying that these sorts of stories appeal to me, which is why I read them. The problem I have is that they take an interesting little thing and misrepresent it as a national event. The story is just as interesting if it happened in one small city as an experiment versus a trend that all of Japan has fallen in love with. I guess it takes the interesting aspect of the story and feeds it to the stereotype of Japan which is where I start to get grumpy.
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Peter:Here is a summary of the same story from News of the Weird: In January, the Japanese marketing firm Wit Inc. began hiring "popular" young women (judged by the extent of their "social network" contacts), at the equivalent of $121 a day, to walk around with advertising stickers on their thighs. (The stickers would be placed on the erotic "zettai ryouiki"--the Japanese mystical area between the hem of a short skirt and the top of long socks.) The women must be prepared to endure men hovering closely to read the ads.
The video said they could max out at around $120, but could only earn $10. I'm wondering where the phrase "Japanese mystical area" came from, because, while a fan, I have never heard that before.
It does bring up an interesting point, though. What happens when a girl starts getting too much attention from some dude she finds creepy, he can justify his slobbering attention by the fact the girl is being paid to have her legs ogled.
Also, since the only real monitoring is pictures on social sites, couldn’t a girl just put it on her leg for the pictures and remove it for the rest of the day. This seems unreliable as a form of advertising. Or at least, there are some bugs to work out.
Peter:Stuff like this doesn't help:
Post # 540 The Hair Raising Tale Of Gabriel Birdsong
Eric has a story coming out in a comic. You should feel obligated to buy it. If you know Eric you will be surprised to find he did not take on any of my suggestions that included graphic bestiality, neo-tokyo harajuku girls or six shooters that shoot wasps.
Click on the image for full size.
Seriously, once we get details on how to purchase it (in Japan) I'll post again.
On this page the comic is about 16 entries in, Eric is referred to as "and more".
The comic also has it's own Facebook page where you can become friends with it. So go do that.
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Post # 539 Greader
Allergies plus sickness. That did me in completely. It has also left me with random notes to construct into a post to try and get into the habit again.
Foremost is the death of google reader.
I was a heavy user of reader. I basically used that and reddit and never ventured out into the internet wilderness. I was unhappy when I read the announcement that it was being closed. At no point did I think I would die, stop using the internet or actually suffer separation anxiety. I immediately started looking for alternatives, along with everyone else who uses it.
I would have preferred them to keep it, even integrate it into gmail if I am going to fantasize for a bit, but they took out the sharing to try and force people into google+ (didn’t work) and obviously weren’t trying to improve the service so it was really just a matter of time before someone came along and made an improvement everyone would switch to anyway.
My friends have jumped to feedly, I have been trying theoldreader. Feedly has the magazine style layout that is popular, I want just titles so I can skim as quickly as possible. I will most likely try both, but whichever has an app for my phone (that works) is the one I will end up using.
See, that’s how hard it was. If gmail shut down tomorrow, you know what would happen? Nothing, everyone would go to another service and everything would be fine. So for a story to be interesting on the internet there has to be drama, but the problem is the users of the internet have also adopted this idea that if their post or comment is to get any attention, they too must include as much drama as they can in their single sentence addition.
Now I sort of want gmail to shut down.
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Post # 538 Allergy season
A little while ago the hayfever season really kicked in here in Japan. With cedar trees being planted, because of their hardiness, after WWII to replace the diminished forests no one could really foresee that about 50% of the population would end up allergic to them. Add to that the wonders of pollution and erosion from China (site is NSFW but the article is a great summary) and you have an industry waiting to be exploited. I don’t know what I am allergic to exactly, but basically if it isn’t winter, I feel like shit. Ergo my constant sunny disposition.
So my wife doesn’t want to listen to me sniff all day every day and went on a bit of an experimental buying spree. Most Japanese people wear masks to protect themselves from pollen and pollutants, but I have never been comfortable in them. Primarily because I need my glasses and masks usually direct your exhalations upward so I have foggy glasses all the time.
Enter the nose filter.
The idea is one I had many times, but never thought about implementing. You stick an air filter up your nostrils thus eliminating the need for mask or allergy medicine. The idea is awesome, the execution leaves a little to be desired.
First off, my massive foreign nostrils. These were designed for the dainty orifices of someone of the Asian persuasion. On the box it claims to block up to 99% of pollen. You can see that number would have to be greatly reduced in my case. Maybe worked down to 60% with a margin of error +/- 10%.
Still, I stuck them up in there and it seemed to help quite a bit. I didn’t take any allergy medicine that day and was basically okay. The problems were the tines were harder than I would have expected and tended to cause some itching. That would make me want to take them out, scratch the inside of my nose and then re-insert them. Basically making look like I was picking my nose regularly.When I wasn’t, I totally wasn’t.
Also I never forgot it was in there. The pinching on my columella wasn’t strong, but it did feel always present. Coupled with itchiness, I would have to give these a pass for most people. Although I am going to try them on the train for a bit, since we paid for them.
Secondly, enter his product:
Is way better than I expected. It’s a cream you put on the inside of your nose and it somehow catches the pollen. I used it all day today (3 applications, which only took a minute) and again, no allergy medicine. If you suffer regularly like I do, this is worth a try if you want to get off drugs, because it costs way less than a couple of days of over the counter medicine.
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Peter:Dusty and hot
Post # 537 Dan Mitsu
"I wanted to become a fantasy object for masturbation so I entered this world." I didn't say that because that is not my goal for entering this world. This is what this woman said about herself. Dan Mitsu (don't click that link if you don't like underwear or bums) has been showing up a lot on television and I started asking my wife who "that vague lady" was. I phrased it that way because she always looks like she doesn't really know what is going on.
In Japan it seems like that is pretty much the definition of a fantasy object for masturbation. The thing was, why was she showing up so much on television now? I thought the reason was she pretty much does everything the host / comedian she is on any show with suggests without hesitation.
"Hey, lick my finger." and she is sucking on your finger. "Hey, pour this on your shirt." and she shirt is covered in whatever that was. That is probably not hurting her, but turns out the interesting thing is that she is attractive AND she has broken every rule in Japan by being over 30. An attractive sexual woman who is not pre-pubescent? That's new in this country.
So really I am wondering how long she is going to last. Certainly she has got my attention and my wife knew a lot about her. She apparently used to work preparing corpses before she decided that hanging out in bikini's was better work. I'd like to get the transition story on that one, but she isn't really famous enough yet for anyone to write anything up on her in detail. I found this article about an app where you can get her pictures to move, including the online fetish of girls licking doorknobs (in this case with musical accompaniment). I'm surprised with the submissive streak she has going on there isn't more of a crazy online following, but maybe that's the next market to break.
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juan:Like button? Seems she has a booty.
Peter:We don't do like buttons here, just snarky comments.
Post # 536 Raptr Summary
Raptr sent a summary / comparison that overlaps with my xpats project but what they have the ability to do is compare my year to their userbase which gave me some interesting information as well as made me realize that if I dumped this hobby I could have written a dozen best sellers by now.
The first is just a straight up comparison of time / games / achievements.
The first two are basically 4x more, the next is over 10x, but this probably comes from the fact I play so many more games and many achievements are tied to completion.
Next are the games where I spent the most time. Skyrim isn't in here as I joined the Raptr service after I had finished that, so really this is 2, 3, 4.
I actually don't care about achievements that much, but since it's information I do tend to look at them.
This achievement information was more interesting because there was no way for me to do a similar comparison.
This last one makes sense because August is my summer holiday and this year I hated the world and didn't go outside because it was so damnable hot.
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Post # 535 Food
Anyone who knows me knows I am not the person to recommend food to people. I tend to recommend "meat" as though it were a meal in itself.
Family mart has recently begun introducing it's own line of everything, as most of these retailers have, but Family mart is going for Muji style minimalism. I picked up their sliced salami and their spicy beef jerky.
I was surprised by both. The salami was as good as any I have bought at an import store for 4x the price. It made a great sandwich meat and would work for homemade pizza. The jerky I was much more doubtful about since I basically haven't had any jerky I would claim to have enjoyed. It was not spicy at all, but flavorful, which is what spicy should really be in the end.
I will be going back to experiment with the whole range and high confidence.
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Post # 534 An AKB scandal
The biggest news story in Japan Friday morning was this really forgettable pop star shaving her head. The reason she did it, she stayed the night at a boys house. After she got caught she put a 4 minute apology on youtube which has since gone dark, but you can find stills from it all over the internet, like here:
So the first question I asked my Japanese associates was “Why did she shave her head?” Apparently this is a really old way to apologize for something, but I am wondering how effective it is. I didn’t get too deep into anything, but it seems fans are either going to forgive her or dump her right away, apology or not.
One of my students told me she had previously stated she could be properly famous and not just be forgotten when she turns 20 something, which happens to a lot of these girls. This then smacked of a publicity stunt. It sort of worked for a bit, but by Saturday afternoon the topic was already old hat.
Adding to the confusion was the following picture that was published of her looking pretty happy with other members of the band (maybe, I think I recognize one of them).
For people unfamiliar with the pop idol culture, it is written into their contract that they cannot have contact with members of the opposite sex. In my mind that translates to, don’t get caught, because you can’t stop this kind of thing. The irony being that the producer of AKB48 married a girl from one of the pop groups he was producing. Thus you have the guy enforcing this rule and punishing this girl, for something he had partaken in. Her punishment, by the way, was to be demoted to a lower tier of the group. I have no idea what that means, but my guess is if she does garner some fame she can come back, if she doesn’t she can rot in the boonies.
Prior to this scandal on of the other members spoke out on behalf of the group asking why they couldn’t be normal and have boyfriends. The business answer is because the whole point of the girls in AKB are that they are supposed to be “attainable”. When the group was formed the girls were actually described as not the prettiest girls they could find, but normal girls you could meet in real life. Except they were in a girl band and you could never actually attain them.
I don’t know what I think because I am too out of touch to care. This is one of those things that is illegal, to the best of my knowledge, in Canada, but is accepted here because that’s the way it is. I guess if you want to be famous you have to accept these rules, or this is just one more area where Japan needs to get with the times.
For some more internet reaction (and the place I stole my pictures) you can read the following articles on the very NSFW site Sankanku Complex
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Peter:I also read an article where some Japanese people worried that this reflected poorly on Japanese culture and Japan as a nation. I don't think they realize no one gives a shit.
Juan:I personally dumped the 30 AKB 48 CDs I had. And that was a good album dude. Feel totally betrayed.
Peter:Here is the Verge article on the same topic. I lost it deep in the recesses of my reader.
Post # 533 Timezone
Someone at my office put up a new clock, but got lazy about taking down the old one. I figured I'd at least make them useful.
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Post # 532 Black Cat Judo Trick 4
The last couple of Judo lessons from Black Cat have been off, but not so much that I could really make fun of them as being wrong, but wrong enough to still talk about. Enter Judo lesson number 4.
Let me start off by saying groundwork is probably my strength compared to my standing skills and also HOW THE FUCK DID BLACK CAT GET INTO THAT WEIRD FUCKING POSITION? I tried for a long time to come up with a scenario that would explain how she ended up lying flat on her back with a guy hovering over her head, not to mention, what the hell is that guy thinking? So let me break down the problems of our starting position before I even try and consider what to do if I end up there.
The first scenario I came up with was after a particularly robust adventure Black cat decided to find an out of the way alley and take a nap. Our nefarious scallywag came upon her and decided that he would attempt to pop off her head. If someone falls in a fight, I somehow doubt they would stay still long enough for someone to loom over them and grab their neck. If I was going to choke someone, this is probably the last angle I would try to do it from. Judo has chokes from behind, but they are almost exclusively when you are under/behind your opponent.
These images demonstrate the first things that come to mind because they give the victim of the choke very little ability to fight back. Our hooligan has forgotten that Black Cat has a whole body at her disposal to fight back but still chooses to attack only her head. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to go for a choke, either. In pretty much every post about this comic I have stated if someone is down and you are set on killing them, stomping on their soft bits makes the most sense considering damage dealt and defensibility. If you were going to stick to Judo rules you only have two real choices, go for the armbar or go for a full body hold down to control your opponent.
Black Cat says in her first speech bubble that she was choked from behind and pulled to the floor. Take a moment, close your eyes and imagine someones hands when they grab you and choke you from behind. What is it you see? A whole bunch of fingers. Not two thumbs, because it’s physically fucking impossible to do that first part and end up in that position. If he did start choking you and pulled you to the floor, he would have to let go to switch his hand position. You make your move then, if nothing else, when he lets you go, get the fuck out of there. Unless he swung down on a trapeze, maybe that’s what happened, he swung down, grabbed her neck while upside down and then dropped to the floor with a nice 180 degree rotation. Well done sir.
Okay, so none of that happened. Black Cat slipped on a banana peel, falling backward and the ne’er-do-well also slipped on a banana peel of anger and fell forward and decided to start choking her. She states that you should grab his wrists. One hand on one wrist each, above your head. I already think this is a waste of time and we haven’t even finished her first movement. I think I would grab one wrist or arm with both my hands and try to roll to stop this motherfucker choking me. You have to realize, he isn’t just kneeling there cradling her head while thinking about puppies. He’s trying to choke her until she dies. A choke on the carotid arteries (the way judo chokes are supposed to be done properly) can put someone out in a few seconds. No exaggeration, a few literal seconds. This is unlikely from the position our degenerate is in so he is more likely trying to crush her windpipe (with his thumbs, pretty strong fingers). Regardless, your first concern in this should be minimizing how much hurt he can put you in. I say roll to the side because then your arms will be pushing more forward than up which will give you a lot more power, also, motion makes it harder for someone to hold onto something, like your neck.
We get to the next part, Black Cat has decided to “swing [her] legs up over his head and lock them over his ears.” As with pretty much every Black Cat lesson so far, hope you don’t miss. This doesn’t look that hard, but 1) you have to be pretty fast and flexible 2) he may not leave his head there if he see’s your legs coming and 3) this is the kind of thing you better have practiced a lot before attempting to employ it in a fight. Notice how in the picture our goon has raised his head in order to aid Black Cat in getting a hold of it. I wouldn’t expect that in real life. On top of that, you have to squeeze your knees in constantly to hold onto your opponent, legs are surprisingly easy to escape when like this.
If your opponent is smart (unlikely in the Black Cat universe, but just in case) they are probably going to stop choking you and stand up to escape. If you let go with your legs you are lying in front of them again (don’t wait for them to kneel down and start choking you some more, unless you’re getting more into it.) and if you don’t you’re hanging weirdly by their neck. They might duck in deeper, since there is also very little risk to them if you can’t grab their head, if I was in this unfortunate attacker position, that would be my first move, counting on the fact that only a pro could bend that far and still have any power to do anything.
You may have seen guys doing cool swinging aroundy things from a similar position in movies, those moves are real, you are not that guy. That and they make sure to have some minimal control of the legs. Something like this. I might be able to pull this off from my back. I’m a pretty confident fighter and I am saying “might”. It depends on the weight and skill of my opponent. Please enjoy the following demonstration of swinging aroundy move.
Let’s pretend I’ve taken Black Cats advice so far and I am now in this very uncomfortable position with my knees around some dude’s head and my hands on his wrists, a position that needs a name employing “Mexican” if ever there was one. I have no idea what to do, really. I’m essentially resting on my shoulder blades with most of my efforts directed towards holding this guys head and wondering what the fuck I am supposed to do next. Also, he is still choking me. Let me give you some advice. If a guy is choking you, your first priority is to stop that guy choking you, not setting up for some other move that may or may not work out.
There is a bit of blank spot where B leads to C so there should be some kind of B and ˝ because for a learner, what the fuck just happened? Somehow my shoulders have generated enough power to roll a man who is holding my throat onto his side.
Again, something has to happen with his hands. If his hands are still on the throat you might both fall over onto your sides, but he still has your throat and you are massaging his temples with your thighs.
What I think needs to happen is the Black Cat person on the bottom needs to change positions. Like turn about 90 degrees to the side (with at least one hand off your throat). Then you could use your leg to push hard down and he would fall away from you. If you still have hold of his arm, you could put on an armlock. Pushing your leg down is pretty powerful and even from a standstill you can generate enough power to move another body.
So the end result is pretty much where you would want to be, but none of the process given in the above is how you are going to get there. Essentially, the priorities seem to be all off. Please don’t let trapeze artists choke you.
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Eric :She's getting chocked so hard in the first panel her hair's changing color.
Peter:That's the bodies natural reaction to attempt and camouflage itself when being choked.
Post # 531 Fiber 7500
I just saw the number 7500 and expect that this is a lot of whatever is in this that is fiber. I mean, that's at least 7000 more than just plain old 500.
God damn, is this the best picture I have taken? Is it of a fucking fiber drink. My life just got a little sadder.
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Peter Dranks:This was what capped off my evening. Something anniversary. I can't read a single word on the label of the bottle so you know it's all authentic 'n shit.
Truth be told, it is a fine companion for an evening.
Post # 530 The charts have begun
I have completed the first charts for xpatslive.
I am wondering how far I can get with this. I figure I'll end up reading more about charts than actually constructing them. I might be able to make a nice infographic. I've seen enough of those, but lack real graphics skills. I am hoping to carve a couple of hours out of each day over the next week to chart out more things, then when I get back to work it's back to a normal routine.
Biggest surprise was the 10 hours a week I play. Then I realized that was basically an hour and some each day. Take into account marathon sessions and days I don't play at all and it actually seems pretty balanced. Especially when the average person spends 4-6 hours watching TV a day.
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Post # 529 The holiday so far
We went climbing, then I had my few days sans family. We started with movies and a bottle of whiskey I had been holding onto for about 20 years.
The drink itself was not that special, simply rare. It is the stuff they sell at the Bushmills distillery in Coleraine (close to where I was born)and is non-export, so if you want a bottle you need to go there to get it.
Next the monitor from upstairs and the lan cable were dragged down and we got serious about our pew pew.
That's all I got for me time, but it's a lot more than people I know get, so it's always appreciated. Nate gave Kai a copy of Mario Cart, which he liked, but then when he discovered racing his own ghost he loved. Here he is soundly beating his own time.
One step closer to my dream of having a co-op partner for the Warthog in Halo. I bet we argue over who gets to drive.
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