Stationery

Since I have come to Japan I have found stationery stores to be fun. It is because Japanese are really into handwriting and have some of the best pens and pencils on the planet. I remember buying a mechanical pencil that advanced the lead in a new way. Instead of clicking the top one shook the whole pen. There is some neat stuff.

Not that I would ever need it but correcting things have gone through various stages. The first was the white liquid that dried to write over it. The second was a little correction tape cartridge to cover over the mistake. The third was a small roll of Post-it like paper to cover things and writing on the paper. Now, people use a new type of pen with ink that disappears when you rub it. The increase in temperature causes this.

The other thing different about Japan compared to America is the prevalence of plastic sheets put under paper so it is easier to write. Often these sheets have cartoon characters or decorative designs. English has such a simple written language that there is no need for these whereas Japanese characters can have a lot of details and need a better writing surface.

Little children love erasers. And the erasers can be made in any shape. I like the sushi shaped ones myself. (Just to look at.) The kids collect these. When I was young I remember three type of erasers, pink, an eraser with two ends for ink and pencil, and the crumbly art eraser not this.

Have you been to a stationery store recently?

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Be a Good Child Day

It is early Father’s Day here. Way before there was ever a Father’s Day there was a command to honor your father and mother. This is not a command to be a good parent but to be a good child. In fact in life, one has to live with the parents one is dealt. They can be incredibly good or bad. If you have won the “lottery of life”, realize you are lucky where others have not been. But back to the point of this post. You can’t pick your parents but you can decide if you will be a good child. You can treat people with respect and kindness for the good they have done. And you can treat people with respect and kindness when they have not been so good.

How are you going to be a good child today? If your father is living, do you make the call today? If your father is no longer with you, what do you do to honor the memory?

For me I will remember all the things that my father did to make me smile. Maybe I will have a tuna fish sandwich, for he loved eating those.

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Overreaching Moderation

This is at Pinterest.

https://www.projectveritas.com/2019/06/11/tech-insider-blows-whistle-on-how-pinterest-listed-top-pro-life-site-as-porn-bible-verses-censored/

The pro-life group, Live Action, was put on Pinterest’s porn list as well as PJMedia.com. Clearly the moderators are seeing things no one else is seeing. If you watch the video you will see also how a site can minimize content. The slant is in. The video at the link is about 20 minutes and you will see from a Pinterest insider how the “sausage is made”.

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Steve Jobs Quote

“Creativity is just connecting things,” Apple cofounder Steve Jobs said in 1996. “When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.”

From “Smarter Better Faster” by Charles Duhigg.

How does this compare to your ideas of creativity?

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What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Eva Brunne, the first openly gay bishop in Sweden, has said the following.

“We all have to think about which people we are and who we are living with. And in fact, we all have the same value. Although we do not speak the same language or pray to God in the same way or look the same, we have the same value, and we shall live in a country together and have the same rights,” she said, in comments reported by Nyheter Idag.

“I say that I sometimes have more in common with Muslims, those I meet, than with the right-wing Christians,” she said and went on to add that Christians have their own extremists, mentioning the Crusades and the witch burnings that took place hundreds of years ago.

“We hear a lot about terrorism and think that it is Muslims who practice this, which it is, but it is nevertheless a small, small minority of all the Muslims we know,” she added.

I wonder if she knows which team she is on. It is as if all the difference between the religions don’t matter and we should believe reality doesn’t matter. [Cheap shot] Of course as a lesbian I would take it as a given her not knowing much about mankind.

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Keystone Habits

I’m reading a book on habits by Charles Duhigg.  There is an important concept in the book called “Keystone Habits”.  This is a habit that is formed that changes a person’s life. I was wondering what Keystone Habits the Ratizens have.

Here are some examples.

  1. Daily Exercising
  2. Journaling
  3. Discipline learned through work, military, church etc

Some negative ones

  1. Snacking
  2. Drugs
  3. TV watching (This is measured in hours not minutes.)

Please relate about people around you that show Keystone Habits.

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64 means “mushi”

http://www.misaki.rdy.jp/illust/child/gakkou/mushiba/sozai/103.jpg

Well, this is for June 4th. In Japanese, numbers can make words easily. 6 can have the “mu” pronunciation and 4 can be “shi”. “Mushi” means dental cavity. So June 6th is Dental Cavity Day. Okay technically Fight Against Dental Cavity Day but I like the looser translation.

Happy Dental Cavity Day!!

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Olives: Green, Black, or None?

How many of you eat olives? Which type do you eat? I prefer the black but don’t mind the green olives. Are there any olive recipes that you know of?

A fond memory for me was on Thanksgiving Day eating black olives by putting four of them on the end of my fingers and then eating them. It was fun especially if a brother was doing the same thing.

Is one type of olive better than another one?

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Sumo of All Fears

UPDATE:Video added

Donald Trump has gone into the professional wrestling ring again. This time there are no ropes and the ring is made of pounded dirt. There are no folding chairs, fakery, or tattoos. He broke years of tradition by giving away the first ever President’s Cup to the winner of the Tokyo Sumo Tournament. He even got some stairs so he could get to the ring without much trouble. Special bench seating was given to him and his wife which broke with tradition. The size of the trophy was YUGE. (What else did you expect? If you put wheels on it you might be able to drive it.) It was so big that a sumo wrestler helped him lift it up and give it to the winner. No other president has ever done this. Nixon might have gone to China but he never went to sumo.

I will try to put up pictures and a video when they become available.

From USA Today

The “President’s Cup” is huge — according to the White House, it stands around 54 inches (close to 5 feet) and weighs between 60 and 70 pounds. A message left with The White House from USA TODAY Sports about funding for the President’s Cup had not been returned as of Saturday afternoon.

The President’s Trophy, a trophy presented by President Donald Trump to the winner of the sumo wrestling tournament at the Ryogoku Kokugikan Stadium, sits in the lobby of the Palace Hotel Tokyo, Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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