Archive for October, 2005


Happy birthday Hideshima-san

Posted by on Tuesday, 18 October, 2005

I’ve been meaning to posting about the lovely Fumika Hideshima (秀島 史香) a number of times before, but I just never got around to it. She is my absolute favorite radio DJ in Japan right now. You can hear her daily on J WAVE 81.3, she has a show called GROOVE LINE which is on every weekday from 4 PM to 8 PM.

Just listen to the show once and you’ll understand why I adore her so much! That husky voice is just out of this world! When I first heard her, I imagined her to be much older and not so cute; so I was quite shocked when I saw her photo:


Well, apparently she just had her birthday (9th of October…sorry I missed it!) so I would like to wish her a very Happy Birthday!! I shall always remain your loyal fan!

Oh, she keeps an online diary too, but it’s only in Japanese.

[EDIT] I had to double-post this, and delete the original entry because some double-byte characters ended up in the permalink, causing all sorts of trouble!


Be the next James Bond – MI6 are recruiting!

Posted by on Sunday, 16 October, 2005

So it seems SIS (aka MI6) are recruiting on a wide front!

If you look at their homepage, here you can see what types of careers are possible. Right now it seems they are recruiting for every kind of position!

But, is working for MI6 anywhere CLOSE to how it’s depicted in the Bond movies? If I apply, will I get to sip dry martinis in a casino with at least two beautiful ladies at my side? Will I get the niftiest and deadliest high-tech gadgets at my disposal? Will I get to throw my hat onto a hat rack with 100% precision?

Well… Checking the FAQ on the SIS homepage one can find this truly wonderful passage:

Q How realistic is the depiction of SIS in the James Bond films?

A James Bond, as Ian Fleming originally conceived him was based on reality. But any author needs to inject a level of glamour and excitement beyond reality in order to sell. By the time the filmmakers focused on Bond the gap between truth and fiction had already widened. Nevertheless, staff who join SIS can look forward to a career that will have moments when the gap narrows just a little and the certainty of a stimulating and rewarding career which, like Bond’s, will be in the service of their country.

Lovely! So the life of a spy IS truly exciting, at least at times!! Where do I sign up? Oh, I need to have at least one British parent… Darn…. :-(


Hey BSA! Turn your attention to Japan please!

Posted by on Friday, 14 October, 2005

Yeah… That’s right, I’m actually begging BSA to turn their attention to Japan for a while, and I’m deadly serious too. Why?

Well, you all have probably heard about the so-called “ipod tax”, a private copy levy on digital music players, proposed by the Japanese music industry. Truly a move by a desperate industry clinging to outdated business models, etc, etc, etc, but that’s not really the point here.

The interesting point is this; that these private levies are heavily criticized by none other than BSA, Business Software Alliance. In their press release yesterday they voice their criticism on this practise because it means that when consumers are law-abiding and pay for their music they are in effect double-taxed!

So that is why I hope that BSA can help lobby against the Japanese music industry so that this stupid idea does not go into effect over here as well.


I hate tags in cloud format!

Posted by on Friday, 14 October, 2005

Is it only me or does anyone else hate this so-called cloud format which is so popular lately?

Also, I’m getting really sick and tired of the hype surrounding this Web 2.0… The web is the web is the web. Or, a rose by any other name is still a rose, etc.

Grumpy signing off….. 😉


Well that’s Fark for you…..

Posted by on Tuesday, 11 October, 2005

So CNET announced their Blog100-list and a lot of good blogs and pesudo-blogs ended up being among the coveted 100.

And… even though CNET themselves state that it’s hard to define what a blog is;

Of course, such a list is bound to generate vigorous agreement and vehement dissent. It’s impossible to even get universal agreement on the definition of a blog.

the people of Fark just wouldn’t shut up about it… It’s the usual “We Farkers Are So Cool And Above Anything Mainstream” crap…. Anyway, the heated discussion that mounted from making the list is simply hilarious! I mean what does it even matter if CNET calls you guys a “blog” ? Ok, so the majority of you don’t want to be called a blog… well get over it! Not every blog is an introverted 17-year-old’s Livejournal, you know!