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Wednesday, March 21, 2007


Well, here it is. My newest toy. Yes..I know this photo is way too dark, but not everyone is a pro-photographer like San Nakji!

These are screenshots of forumla one racing game.. It's pretty hard..maybe too hard.

These 2 are from Gran Turismo HD demo

And I'm so glad the ps3 is nowhere near as loud as the xbox360 unit I purchased a year ago.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Immoral behaviors

On Monday, The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Peter Pace, said he considers homosexuality to be immoral and the military should not condone it by allowing gay soldiers to serve openly.

Although Mr. Pace said he supports the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell policy" in which gay men and women are allowed in the military as long as they keep their sexual orientation private.

So Mr. Pace..torture is ok but homosexuality is immoral..?

Saturday, March 10, 2007

What's your political compass

Go take this test to find out which way you lean!
My socre:

Economic Left/Right: -3.75
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -3.64

So let's compare my score to some well known contemporary leaders:

Ahh, yes.. looks like I'm a combination of Nelson Mandela and The Dalai Lama. Hmm, Minty Dalai Mandela..I like it!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

kids say the darndest thing - Sparkling Wiggles

Ahh, you have to start'em out young or they might try to accept and understand people of different races!

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Well, there goes the neighborhood..

What Sex Slaves?

Just when things seem to be calming down between China/Japan/Korea, Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, drops a bombshell by stating that Japan never forced Chinese/Korean women into sexual slavery during World War II. On top of that, Mr. Abe and his fellow 120 LDP lawmakers are pushing to roll back a 1993 apology to sex slaves by a fellow LDP memeber, Yohei Kono.

Mr. Abe's statement regarding sex slaves contradicts Japanese documents which showed military authorities had a direct role in forcing Chinese/Korean women into slavery. These documents are backed up by accounts from soldiers and victims. You can read the rest of this story here.

Personally, I wasn't expecting Mr. Abe to reveal his true color until later this year but this latest statement from him isn't all that surprising considering this sort of rhetoric coming out of prominent Japanese politicians have been a common occurrence lately. And I'm sure these latest charades are part of Abe and his conservative party's attempt at trying to boost his sagging ratings by pandering to his nationalist constituencies.

In 2005, it was dokdo.. Last year it was about visiting yasukuni shrine which tries to justify Japan's wartime atrocities and now it's denial of Japan's involvement in forcing women into sexual slavery..on a Korean national holiday to commemorate 1919 independence movement..
It should be pretty obvious by now why a lot of people in China/Korea feel Japan has never been sincere about their apologies.

So, let's sum up current Japanese policy towards Korea:
Hey, everyone! N.K. agents abducted a handful of Japanese people so we'll do everything in our power to bring this issue up at the expense of possibly derailing the N.K. nuke talks but what we did in Korea?..fuggedabouit!

Japan..I salute you for doing everything in your power to bring constant friction in East Asia.

Friday, December 01, 2006

what ring??

It's been about a year since the Xbox 360 launched in North America and Japan . So far, Microsoft's newest console has been a success here but unfortunately the system is still having trouble being accepted by the japanese gaming crowd not unlike the original xbox. This game footage of a much anticipated, at least among the u.s xbox 360 fans, action game titled Lost Planet shows MS and its 3rd party developer's newest tactic to appeal the system to hardcore japanese gamers.
Well, if this can stimulate sales..

Another A18 drawing

Just poking fun at my online golfing buddy..:b

Wednesday, August 16, 2006


So, Japan's Prime Minister, Mr. Koizumi, states people should stop making a big deal out of his visits to the Yasukuni shrine. Frankly, I don't have any problems with Mr. Koizumi visiting shrines to pray for those who lost their lives in wars. But when he, especially while in his position as the leader of Japan, visits a shrine that propagates revisionist history, worships class-A war criminals as deities, etc. expect other countries who've suffered greatly under Japan's aggression to make some noise.

What really irks me is Koizumi's condescending responses to China and South Korea's protests over his visits to the shrine. I thought this whole shrine trying to justify Japan's past aggression, worshipping class-A war criminals as deities were pretty obvious reasons to be upset about..

No matter what Mr. Koizumi or any other Japanese politicans say, when they insist on going to the Yasukuni shrine despite what it stands for, in my opinion, it's a tacit approval of the shrine's views. So, I can empathize with some people's assertion that Mr. Koizumi and many Japanese people aren't truly sorry for their past atrocities, just truly sorry that they lost the "Greater East Asian War"(WW2)..

Here're some quotes from Yasukuni website:

"War is truly sorrowful. Yet to maintain the independence and peace of the nation and for the prosperity of all of Asia, Japan was forced into conflict."

"There were also 1,068 "Martyrs of Showa" who were cruelly and unjustly tried as war criminals by a sham-like tribunal of the Allied forces (United States, England, the Netherlands, China and others). These martyrs are also the Kami of Yasukuni Jinja."