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Posted in: Everybody's gaga See in context

I tried to get free tickets to her charity concert, but Lady Luck was not with me. I would have LOVED to see the energy generated among her fans at that concert.

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Posted in: Venus Williams, Date-Krumm to meet for 1st time See in context

I predict that The Venus Tiger will eat Date-Krumm for breakfast and not even leave a single crumb left standing.

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Posted in: Sapporo Beer doubles sales target for non-alcohol beer See in context

Has this stuff gotten any better in taste? Happoshu gives me a massive headache, and the 0.0000000% stuff tastes, well, like a ginormous 0 in my mouth.

Also, drinking non-alcohol beer is kind of like eating a vegetarian hotdog. If you are craving a hot dog, it is most likely for the taste, so why try and fake it? And if you are a vegan craving a hot dog, that says something...

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Posted in: Honda launches long-delayed Fit Shuttle See in context

@ Keika - The same thing was said about the Nissan Cube - Every American I talked to thought it was dog ugly (no offence to goddog), but now they are quite the "cute" care in the USA. People WILL buy this care in the Americas. They will. My crystal ball says so.

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Posted in: Rohto Pharmaceutical holding 'I want Chu' Kiss My Lips Contest See in context

Wow, an entire FB site just for ... lips.

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Posted in: Niigata police sergeant leaves handgun in toilet See in context

Hey, it could happen to anybody. How many people on this list have never accidentally left something in the toilet? Too bad they tried to gloss over it by not reporting the incident, though. Now they will ALL be in ... deep doo doo.

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Posted in: When choosing an airline to fly with, what factors influence your decision? See in context

Bicultural - I have 37" inseams so my knees ram into the person in front of me, and they push back. Also, my toes touch the bar under the seat in front so I constantly have pressure against my thighs and hips, which leads to quite jumpy and painful legs on the long hauls. I guess if I want more leg room I could pay double or triple the price for business class...

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Posted in: When choosing an airline to fly with, what factors influence your decision? See in context

Seat width, and legroom is VERY important to me. I am 6'5 (195cm) with very long legs, and sitting with my legs to the side for any length of time puts all my torso weight on the bones in my butt, causing the nerves in my legs to fall asleep; very painful.

Lufthansa has got to have the narrowest seats in the industry! And the firmest (in a bad way). I learned this from six years of business trips to Europe. For that reason I NEVER fly Lufthansa anymore. I can't believe that the seats are so narrow, considering that Europeans and North Americans have such wide hips (and overweight people are very high in number). It's almost as if the seats were designed for anorexic teenage girls.

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Posted in: A Geek in Japan See in context

It will probably sell well overseas for those young people who haven't read Dave Barry, or seen Lost in Translation, etc. etc. etc. Why not?

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Posted in: World's smallest Windows 7 computer See in context

Does anybody really want a computer that they have to boot up as a smart phone? What with the Androids and iOS out there, it seems that the entire atmosphere is shifting to "apps". I certainly wouldn't want to be doing an excel spreadsheet or making a powerpoint presentation on that baby.

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Posted in: Employees reveal absurd company regulations See in context

Hmm... they should send in investigators from Osaka to look into this.

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Posted in: Fukushima tsunami plan based on single page See in context

The past is the past. It cannot be changed. What are we going to do 1) RIGHT NOW, and 2) FROM NOW ON? These are the questions that need to be addressed. "I told you so" is a waste of time.

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Posted in: Fans See in context

Doesn't everyone already have one or two of these babies in their home? It's like UniQlo... how many fleece sweaters do you need?

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Posted in: Mikie Hara shows her Mystique look See in context

Mystique had a much prettier face.

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Posted in: Coffee break See in context

This is an excellent article, and very good to learn about the policies that Starbucks has in Japan, compared to other countries. I am very glad to see this article. I also enjoyed the Q&A at the end. Excellent interview, Ms. LeMarrec.

I do have a comment about asking the barista for "half and half". The cream used to be available, but it was taken away and replaced with milk or no fat milk. Now, wherever I go, if I ask for cream or half and half, I have only been able to get whipped cream topping, which costs an additional 50 yen. I'm not against paying 50 yen more for whipped cream when I want it, but I really would like to add cream to my black coffee instead of milk (I don't drink milk). Next time I will try again and see what happens.

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Posted in: Google launches trial of tap-to-pay phone system See in context

The rest of the world says that our Japanese keitai have too many "useless" functions... then they start to emulate them because they become popular, while we dummy ours down here in Japan.

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Posted in: Obama signs Patriot Act extension See in context

This is going to push a lot of people who hated Bush and supported Obama because he seemed to be Bush's antithesis to dislike Obama....

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Posted in: Japanese version of 'Saturday Night Live' to debut in June See in context

I just hope they don't use the old toilet slipper to the back of the head gags that were so popular 20 years ago...

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Posted in: Keeping up with Japanese metrosexual manes See in context

Come on, people, what do you expect from a hair artist? They ARE artists, and that generally makes them flamboyant, opinionated, and whatnot! Take it all with a grain of salt.

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Posted in: Yahoo ready to deliver on promise to upgrade email See in context

I tried the new version on several computers several times over the past year and I have to admit that it really was SLOWER, glitchier, and tended to freeze up on me in ways that the current Yahoo Mail does not.

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Posted in: Sumida River fireworks festival to be held one month later than usual See in context

Everyone is saying that "fireworks do not run on electricity"... but what if the FACTORIES that MAKE the fireworks run on electricity? Might THAT be a potential issue with respect to energy conservation? Considering the fact that all of the auto mfgs and other factories have had to dramatically cut back production, might it not just be possible, that cutting back production schedules at fireworks factories in order to cut back on energy use could also have an effect on the number of "bombs" manufactured, thus leading to an insufficient quantity for the amazing displays?

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Posted in: Man attempts robbery; flees after being told to go find job See in context

Good to see a happy ending for once. All the negativity in the news does nothing but drag the reader down into negativity.

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Posted in: Nuclear cleanup workers being recruited from society's lowest rungs See in context

“When the Suruga nuclear plant was built in Fukui Prefecture, ..."

It is Tsuruga, not Suruga. That's the name of a bank.

Moderator: That typo has been corrected, thank you.

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Posted in: Playboy puts entire 57 years of magazines online See in context

Playboy also focused on artwork, clothing, and fashion, not just naked bodies. But the problem is that the hairstyles, nails, and bit of clothing the models wore will be terribly out of style. The hairstyles will be the biggest drawback to looking at all of the old images, I think. Even now, looking at a picture of a model (in clothes) from the 80s, or a movie from even 10 years ago... the fashion just looks so old that a good part of the entertainment factor is lost.

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Posted in: Shriver: It's a 'painful and heartbreaking time' See in context

Yikes! Messing around with one of the most powerful families in the USA... not a good thing. Not a good thing at all. Good luck, Arnie. You are going to need it!

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Posted in: Shoulder-mount camcorder See in context

I was going to say, "I could use this on my mountain bike". It would be awesome to create YouTube mountain bike videos in 3D. But after seeing the photo, methinks not.

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Posted in: Tales of Japanese science fiction and fantasy See in context

It's too bad that it's not available in digital format (for Kindle). I notice that a lot of the books coming out of Asia are not in digital format. Oh well. Maybe next time.

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Posted in: Bin Laden's diary shows he was looking for new targets, big body count: U.S. See in context

He would have made an amazingly successful global businessman had he used his obvious talents for good, instead of evil. But that's what always happens to the baddies in the comics.

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Posted in: Mississippi Delta braces for historic flood See in context

Isn't the Mississippi Delta a... um.. delta? That would make it a natural FLOOD PLAIN, wouldn't it? Well, then it's not unusual that the river would flood, because that's what happens. So, if you don't want to get flooded, it's best not to live in a flood plain.

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Posted in: Passenger tries to open emergency door on plane trip from Orlando to Boston See in context

You can't even carry nail clippers on board anymore. I guess TumbleDry's thoughts are as good as any.

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