Monthly Archives: June 2009

Nothing more touching than a young boy’s tribute to MJ

Sorry, I kid, I kid!  Seriously, this young (not sure how old) kid’s classical guitar interpretation of Billie Jean is phenomenal.

Thanks, Matt!

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“We had an intern, of course, but I believe the name was Greg or Craig”

I absolutely loved the Onion’s article this week: “Summer Intern Already Forgotten.”

Last Friday was one of the intern’s last days… apparently internships are only three weeks… needless to say, I won’t be remembering him.

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Japanarama Monday: Unmarried Brother wants you to embrace your inner fashion geek

Unmarried Brother wanted me to pass on this article.  Basically, it’s tips on how to dress like a Japanese geek here in America.  How do you say “just what I was looking for” in Japanese?

The secret is apparently mixing in cheap pieces from Uniqlo with your favorite Japanese geeked out anime shirts and… if the photos are any indication… making weird faces:

In one swoop, this blog post has undone all of the progress I’d made with Unmarried Brother.  Ugh.

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Sadly accurate

Via YesButNoButYes

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Japanarama Monday: Sweaty Japanese Office Workers on the Rise

So in an effort to curb global warming and save on energy bills… most Japanese offices (and all government offices) are kept at 82.4 degrees resulting in sweaty, smelly employees:

Japan has eagerly embraced technology and practices that will reduce emissions and combat global warming. It invented hybrid vehicles, has extensive mass-transit systems, and uses wind power. In 2005, Environment Minister Yuriko Koike, a pioneering female politician, was seeking ways to slash energy use. And she came up with the Cool Biz campaign. The idea: Government would cut energy bills by keeping thermostats in its buildings at 28 degrees Celsius—82.4 degrees Fahrenheit—during the summer. It quickly produced results and was adopted by the business establishment as well. Since Japan’s energy mavens realized that simply unbuttoning a shirt collar can make people feel about 4 degrees cooler, dressing down became part of the Cool Biz mentality.

I am so grossed out by this!  No wonder they find so many contestants for their crack pot game shows — I would do just about anything to get out of my mold cesspool of an office!

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Some major blog announcements

Okay, kiddos, lots of stuff today:

  1. I redid the layout and changed the image (first time in a while).  If you read this in Google reader, you should click through once and let me know your thoughts.  Yes, that’s Ellie in the background and the photography/creative direction is courtesy of Liz.
  2. Tomorrow I’m re-kicking off Japanarama Mondays.  Be excited.
  3. I am not running a summer Unterekkie vote, but an Unterekkie WILL BE AWARDED on Wednesday of this week.  I think this person deserves it and I feel no need to drag it out.
  4. Not getting enough of me here?

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Government Health Care: Death and Taxes

From Reason.tv

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