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Posted in: Coldplay gets galactic with airy album 'Music of the Spheres' See in context

“…a spacy 12-track collection with waves of synth and airy melodies …’

Nothing new here: try Hawkwind ‘Space Ritual’ from 72.

And ‘music of the spheres’, a line from ex-Hawkwind Nik Turner’s 2006 Space Ritual group album ‘Otherworld’.

At least Chris Martin’s ex-wife’s film husband spent some time in space in one of those Avengers movies.

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Posted in: Report touts benefits of second jobs for workers, firms See in context

The telling bits come at the end -

employers’ concerns and limits regarding overwork

Mitsubishi Estate using online monitoring of employees at their ‘second jobs’

Labour shortage withstanding, encouragement to do something besides work surely also needs to be considered.

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Posted in: Kishida, wife maintain closeness despite long distance See in context

Son as Dad’s secretary say all I need to know about this marriage.

What has love got to do with it?

Even so, may even be so.

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Posted in: China has submitted an application to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal? Do you think they should be accepted? See in context

TPP started with Singapore, Chile and New Zealand.

Now it is a monster.

Keeping bellicose tarif-ridden would-be members out can maintain some balance and civility.

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Posted in: What is the difference between patriotism and nationalism? See in context

One is more the last resort of a scoundrel

The other is the first resort of a fascist.

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Posted in: Australian watchdog blocks Qantas-Japan Airlines deal See in context

Reduced competition in air route travel that is not happening anyway!

can’t knock the companies for trying to get something ready.

But the market is getting used to not traveling on flights that cost 5-figure sums one-way (back) to Australia.

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Posted in: Now that the Paralympics have ended, are you glad that Japan went ahead and hosted them and the Olympics? See in context

Yes - now we can stop hearing about them

Anyway, what’s done is done.

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Posted in: Facebook and Ray-Ban debut 'smart' shades See in context

Just because we can, should we?

A moot question when someone like a Zuckerberg just will.

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Posted in: Elon Musk’s Tesla Bot raises serious concerns See in context

Just because we can, should we?

Moot question, because one fw will.

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Posted in: What is the best way to prevent pedestrians, glued to their smartphones, from stepping carelessly into oncoming traffic, falling off train platforms or bumping into each other on the sidewalk? See in context

In winter at night, I am all for male high school students riding bikes no hands no lights doing keitai.

Only way to see ‘em.

Walking keitai zombies - especially with earlier phones - I just stop till the danger strikes or just floats past unawares. Not much else to do except have a fight or have some new extra rule to follow.

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Posted in: Nirvana sued by man who was nude baby on 'Nevermind' cover in 1991 See in context

At least the gist of the cover is accurate.

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Posted in: Do you think employers should have the right to require workers returning to their offices to be vaccinated against the coronavirus? See in context

So, what about the Hep B, measles, chicken pox, flu and other inoculations lots of employers require, and which employees often have to pay for?

Talk of freedom from oppression, etc. - no such thing as a perfect world, baby!

Why so many people limit thinking to Coronavirus is beyond me.

An overlooked extraordinary feature of COVID vaccines is that in many or most places they are free.

Never had a free flu vaccine in Japan, nor anywhere. But in Kochi I’ve never taken a subway-cum-respiratory-disease-incubator to and from work either.

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Posted in: Video of Israeli athletes breaking cardboard village bed goes viral See in context


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Posted in: 'I can die': Medvedev survives extreme heat at Tokyo Games See in context

Playing through the night?

Give some Europeans and Nth/STH Americans to watch live.

Yeah, stupid idea, like full/on physical sports outdoors in Tokyo in late July.

Still this 2020 Olympics in 2021 is already remarkably different.

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Posted in: Cleveland Indians changing team name to Guardians See in context

‘Cleveland Indi-s’?

ie. ‘Indigenous’?

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Posted in: Airport echoes with sobs and farewells in Hong Kong exodus See in context

HK - drive on left, different electric plugs, own currencies, family names not used in mainland

Now losing people, voting with feet

Looking forward, what is mainland government going to do with HK

Going to UK - good luck!

Go to Australia, with grossly insular inward-looking COVID-driven policies like 30,000 allowed to enter country at all, and 1-way flights costing 5-figure A & US$ sums - couldn’t be a worse time.

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Posted in: Coates, Queensland premier at odds after Brisbane gets 2032 Olympics See in context

So, she stays in her hotel room- so she should. That is the Coronavirus protocol.

Olympics are awarded to cities, not states or nations.

Therefore Lord Mayor of Brisbane goes - to end ceremony

And he’s a bloke and fossil Coates doesn’t have a gaff with him.

That is the public protocol.

still 11 years till Brisbane. Will Coates and Palaszczuk still be around then?

Say No

Will COVID be around then? Say Probably.

Different people can elbow each other then.

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Posted in: Chilean, Dutch, American athletes test positive for COVID See in context

A few are finding out they’ve got COVID before arriving, so just one is not the real story.

The real Olympic test this time is making it to the starting line

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Posted in: Smartphone app enables users to keep COVID-19 vaccination records See in context

A no-brainer, but publicly run with some modicum of confidentiality and not corporate initiative, please.

Linking to My Number is not my favourite but it’s a start in the right direction.

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Posted in: Toyota launches all-new Aqua hybrid electric-only compact car See in context

PHEV - not clear, probably not because even marketing execs would get that right.

But the 100v socket to power from battery is a no-brainer, in Japan but also out side for SUVs of other makers.

Makes me wonder why they market a hybrid Yaris in other places

Yet dealers outside Japan almost never know what their patent companies actually sell.

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Posted in: Japan to begin accepting requests for vaccine passports from July 26 See in context

Not new

I still have something like that from the 80s, listing my typhoid, yellow fever and cholera vaccinations - necessary for visas then for a range of countries

coronavirus is pretty benign compared to them

But things have changed, haven’t they!

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Posted in: Val Kilmer documentary charts Hollywood rise and fall See in context

Top Secret:

’… Hilary! What does that mean?’

’”She whose breasts defy gravity”.’

My name is Nick.’

’What does that mean?’

’It’s just a name my father came up with when he cut himself shaving.’

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Posted in: EU prepares to send petrol cars to the scrap heap See in context

Cars - fine, OK. Electrify away!


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Posted in: Shut off from the world, Australia fosters red-hot growth at home See in context

Life is good, sort of.

Still stuck - like you!?

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Posted in: Pacific island turns to Australia for undersea cable after spurning China See in context

Nauru recognizes Taiwan, it says down the bottom

Now, that’s the he kicker!

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Posted in: Japanese soccer star Kumi Yokoyama comes out as transgender man See in context

I wonder if this person refers to this person’s self as ‘they’ rather than ‘I’. Pronouns can be redundant anyway if one tries hard enough (in English, though less hard in Japanese).

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Posted in: Legendary sprinter Usain Bolt has twin boys - Thunder and Saint Leo See in context


Except the error, that Mr Bolt ‘had’ the babies - rather Mrs Bolt I would presume.

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Posted in: Want a job? Employers say: Talk to the computer See in context

AI! Hmm!

Use such systems once reliable human cloning has been developed - no wait, then AI interviewing practice would become redundant too.

I wonder if AIs sees the bigger picture better than short-term blinkered views of insensible corporate entities which employ them.

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Posted in: S Korean designer creates 'Third Eye' for 'smartphone zombies' See in context

Um, two eyes - one for phone one for physical environment- should be all that are required

I suppose ‘man is not a chameleon’.

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