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Posted in: United 787 Dreamliner heading to Tokyo diverted to Seattle See in context

They got a warning light about a relatively minor problem. They "diverted" and "landed normally" (from the first paragraph). Note this wasn't an emergency landing. My sense is this was done out of an abundance of caution. This is what's supposed to happen. These are professionals, and if there was any real reason for concern, they wouldn't be flying these things.

Of course, the media wants to give the impression of something more interesting than that, more dangerous and risky. But if anything this incident was about the airlines and flight crew not willing to take any risks.

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Posted in: ANA Boeing 787 has engine problem before takeoff See in context

DaveAllTogether is right. I thought the same as soon as I read the headline.

Here we have problems with batteries, which got the planes grounded. Then a problem with deicing. Then a problem with an engine that didn't start. What's the common thread here? Nothing other than the model number 787. Realistically, what are the chances that these different parts on different planes are all going wrong due to a shared reason? It's possible, but it's more likely these are just random, normal mechanical difficulties. Anyone who has flown long enough has experienced mechanical delays or cancellations for one reason or another.

I know it's boring, and therefore unpopular, but we're probably just seeing statistical noise combined with a reporting bias. That's not as interesting as "LEMONliner" (hence, again, it being unpopular) but it's scientific.

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Posted in: Encounter with an American school lunch See in context

ymkmym

I think ketchup contains well enough salt for eaters to feel that the food with ketchup tastes good. Moreover, is the diet recommendation with such small amount of salt widely accepted and actually followed by Americans?

That was my point about the ketchup. Without ketchup the food is low in salt, and therefore healthy but bland. Add ketchup and it's now higher in salt (and added sugar), and therefore less healthy and more tasty.

No, the salt recommendations are not widely followed by Americans. There's no doubt that everyone would be healthier with only 2.3 grams of salt per day, but even in an otherwise healthy diet that's hard to achieve. Nonetheless school lunches in the US have recently been required to cut back on the salt and probably contain much less that the typical Japanese school lunch. Unless the kids add ketchup.

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Posted in: Encounter with an American school lunch See in context

The chicken burger and taco had "no flavor," probably due to a lack of salt (and why the students add ketchup). The US calls for 2.3 grams of salt per day, and the school lunch is probably adjusted accordingly. Meanwhile, Japan allows for 10 grams per day, and the typical kyushoku has 3 grams. http://www.mext.go.jp/a_menu/sports/syokuiku/08110511/001.htm

Overall I think school lunches in Japan are great nutritionally, as is the traditional Japanese diet, but salt content is a glaring weakness.

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Posted in: 2.4-km-long X-shaped seawall being built in Iwate See in context

Just FYI the location of this seawall is in fact Taro, which is a district of the larger Miyako City.

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Posted in: Japan’s greatest faux beers - happoshu See in context

The best thing about happoshu is that we get to read this article.

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Posted in: Japan city seeks funds for dying 'miracle' pine See in context

FYI, for more information about Rikuzentakata's recovery plan, please read or Google the newspaper: the Iwate Nippo.

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Posted in: Japan city seeks funds for dying 'miracle' pine See in context

I rest my case. I think you're alone on this pamelot.

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Posted in: Japan city seeks funds for dying 'miracle' pine See in context

What makes you think there aren't also plans for recovery? You pulled that notion out of nowhere. Efforts to save the tree are in addition to all of that, not in place of it. Maybe it doesn't reach Japan Today, but I read about such plans every day in the newspaper.

The point I want to make is, there's more to recovery than just rebuilding homes, as it was a lot more than just buildings that were lost. 1500 people died in Rizukentakata and no amount of rebuilt homes will make up for that, nor heal the grief of those of knew them. Efforts to build memorials (or preserve them in this case) helps in that regard, to the extent it can.

Have you ever been to a memorial or funeral for a friend, family member, teacher, etc? Did you think that was a waste of money too? Probably not. That's what this is about.

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Posted in: Japan city seeks funds for dying 'miracle' pine See in context

It's a relief that the later comments here tend to comprehend the matter.

I knew Monty, the American JET who died in Rikuzentakata. Not particularly well, but I do remember talking to him briefly on two occasions. I can clearly recall his face now, though I don't remember what exactly we were talking about. I regret not getting to know him better, because I knew him well enough that his passing that day really hurts me. I imagine we both felt similarly safe and assured right after the earthquake, and yet things turned out tragically different. I might or might not ever be okay with it.

But hey, pamelot says I should grow up!

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Posted in: Japan city seeks funds for dying 'miracle' pine See in context

I get the sentiments about people being more important than trees, and I also get that 90 million yen might be more than it's worth, but let's remember that this is the people of Rikuzentakata themselves who want to see this tree saved. This isn't a decision made by beaurocrats in Tokyo. Honestly, I think it's very insensitive for people who were unaffected by the disaster to try to tell victims that they're being too sentimental.

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Posted in: Do you enjoy watching movies in 3D? See in context

3D technology in TVs is actually so cheap that I think almost all TVs will have the capability going forward. Of course they charged very high prices for 3D TVs a few years back when that was something new, that's not the case now. I saw a 32" 3DTV at the store recently for 30,000 yen.

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Posted in: Do you enjoy watching movies in 3D? See in context

I voted Yes. 3D is the natural state of things, and there's no reason films shouldn't be the same (unless there are artistic reasons for it's exclusion). However, I prefer to watch 3D movies on Blu-ray at home where I know I can get a bright 3D image with my display. I wear prescription glasses but the 3D glasses are a non-issue, I put them over my glasses and don't give it another thought. I don't see any need to be uptight about it.

There are plenty of bad 3D films out there that I have no interest in watching, but quality really has nothing to do with 3D. There are bad 2D films just as bad 3D, and it's not like you can get a better script by ditching 3D. Script writers write the scripts, actors deliver the dialog, and the cinematographers handle the 3D. Do you really want to ask the camera operators to stop worrying about 3D and write up some dialog?

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Posted in: 'Titanic' to be re-released in 3D in Japan See in context

I think this will be great. A ton of care (and time, and money) was put into this 3D conversion and all under the careful eyes of its director. I don't trust theaters on the technical side of 3D presentations though, so I'll patiently wait for the 3D Blu-ray to watch at home.

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Posted in: Radiation fears slow clean-up in Tohoku See in context

It's an interesting side of human nature. People want to help, but not so much that they're willing to accept any risk to themselves, however small.

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Posted in: Scorsese's 'Hugo," silent 'Artist' top Oscar nominations See in context

There's an interesting contrast between the top nominees, Hugo and The Artist. Hugo is on the cutting edge of movie technology, championing what James Cameron says it the best use of 3D to date. The Artist meanwhile is completely on the other end, foregoing 3D, color, and sound.

I haven't seen either but I do hope Hugo does well. 3D is too often associated with story light, effects heavy films, or worse yet, post production 3D conversions. Hugo seems to show that 3D is indeed a worthy artistic tool to have in the chest of a good film maker. Like anything it can be used well or used poorly, it is only what the director makes of it.

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Posted in: Noda appears in eye patch for tax fight See in context

Sourpuss, sorry, I think I misused the word "vain." I meant it's shallow of us to judge Noda based on his appearance, but there's still a negative psychological reaction (conscious or not) to seeing the leader of Japan with an eye patch, and Noda unfortunately chose to ignore this.

The fact that FDR had to hide his disability does say a lot about American society at the time. Times change though, and I think any leader, Japanese or American, would not have any need to hide their disability today. The key difference is that Noda's eye patch isn't due to a disability, it's due to clumsiness!

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Posted in: Noda appears in eye patch for tax fight See in context

Am I the only one who thinks images like this damage the credibility of Noda and his leadership? Vain yes, but images like this don't build confidence on a psychological level. Franklin D. Roosevelt understood the importance of appearances in a way Noda doesn't. Noda should have just phoned it in and stayed behind the scenes.

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Posted in: Tokyo starts disposal of tsunami debris from Iwate See in context

So it's like I said, "This soup isn't salty." and Spidapig24 came in and said "Oh, that means you're saying there's NO salt in this soup?" Then I'm like, "I'm not saying there's NO salt." Then Spidapig24 says, "Oh, you're backtracking!"

The point I want to make is, I see a lot of NIMBY here, but not much compassion for Iwate.

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Posted in: Tokyo starts disposal of tsunami debris from Iwate See in context

Spidapig24, but I think the problem is it CAN'T be dealt with in Iwate. Not now anyway. Not dealing with it now means delaying the recovery. I understand that this means spreading the risk across the country. My point is this very small risk is an acceptable sacrifice for the sake of the recovery.

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Posted in: Tokyo starts disposal of tsunami debris from Iwate See in context

Spidapig24, I agree with what you're saying about leaking chemicals. What can be sorted will be sorted, what can't, well, can't. Still, I think the risks are "very small" including the accumulation of safe levels of radiation in Tokyo. Why not leave them in one area where the contamination already exists? Well, Iwate is already out of storage space as the article says, which is why it's being sent to Tokyo in the first place. Why not just pile it up somewhere else and leave it? Well, did you know the massive pile of debris sitting in Yamada, Iwate Prefecture was smoldering for some time because of a fire that started somewhere inside? You can't just leave it piled up. It needs to be dealt with.

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Posted in: Tokyo starts disposal of tsunami debris from Iwate See in context

Again, the debris is being sorted. They're not just throwing it in a pile and igniting it. Please let's not ignore the article: it says it's being divided into combustible and non-combustible. Asbestos and chemicals would be in the non-combustible debris.

So I guess the question is, why spread it around the country? The rubble has been tested for radiation once in Iwate and once in Tokyo. The risks from disposing of it in Tokyo is very small. Balance this with the fact that debris disposal is an important, concrete step toward recovery. What I hear is people saying the tiny risk to themselves outweighs the chance to help the disaster area in a meaningful way.

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Posted in: Tokyo starts disposal of tsunami debris from Iwate See in context

Spidapig24, sorry, radiation is everywhere, so I figured I could say it "isn't radioactive" and people would understand I don't mean it to an absolute level. We agree it's negligible, so I don't know why you're so hostile.

Thanks Farmboy for the link, good to know. Shows that all the testing they're doing is definitely needed.

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Posted in: Tokyo starts disposal of tsunami debris from Iwate See in context

Spidapig24, I watch the news and read the paper regularly, so it's not that I'm out of the loop. My evidence that the debris is not radioactive is this very article. As for NO contamination? I'm not making that argument. Heck, even the US has received radioactive particles from Fukushima. I'm saying it's negligible.

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Posted in: Tokyo starts disposal of tsunami debris from Iwate See in context

Spidapig24, point me to your data.

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Posted in: Tokyo starts disposal of tsunami debris from Iwate See in context

The debris is, of course, being sorted, same as regular garbage. Toxic materials will not be burned.

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Posted in: Tokyo starts disposal of tsunami debris from Iwate See in context

Iwate isn't radioactive folks. Accept it. People in the affected regions of Iwate have suffered enough. They don't need people in Tokyo slowing down the recovery based on nothing.

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Posted in: Tokyo starts disposal of tsunami debris from Iwate See in context

JapanGal, yes, but nothing to do with disposal of tsunami debris.

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Posted in: Tokyo starts disposal of tsunami debris from Iwate See in context

It's a shame that some people are treating this as bad news. The volume of debris is incredible, literally gigantic piles just sitting there. Iwate doesn't have the capacity to dispose of it in any timely manner. This is an important step in the recovery, and I think people should be happy that Tokyo can help out and make a meaningful difference. It's really not a good issue for casual radiation fears (i.e JapanGal) or accusations of a coverup (i.e. cactusJack).

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Posted in: Cameron unveils scenes from 'Titanic' in 3D See in context

The 3D conversion processed being used on Titanic is nothing like what farhaan describes (which wouldn't even make a 3D image). Cameron it putting a ton of time and money into going frame by frame, water droplet by water droplet adjusting depth and volume. It's not even as simple as running it through a computer to convert it. A proper conversion like this is subjective, creative, and done under the eye of the director.

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