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A great word reversal is the Japanese term "ecchi", meaning . . . uh . . . kinda perverted and kinky, I guess. In any case, it is an 'Engrish' version of the letter 'H', which stands for the Japanese word "hentai" (which might be from 'hen' for 'strange' and 'tai' for 'love', but don't quote me on it). So we have a Japanese term derived from the English spelling of a Japanese word.
*whew* (a word of Sumerian origin, I think)
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I used to read old Life magazines at my library, and came across an article from WW2 about training for Americans who will be spying in Europe. Several behavioral details stuck to my mind, such as:
- Germans cut up their meat, then eat it (instead of cut, fork, cut, fork).
- French walk 'like they are in a confined space'
- (Europeans) hold their cigarette like they are shielding it from the wind
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When I was a child, and my family would drive from Southern California to visit family in San Francisco, we would eat dried squid and dried cuttlefish. It was the jerkey of the sea, and had a consistency similar to rawhide. By the time we got to the Bay Area, we had the most horrible squid breath . . .
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The spider is situated 'backwards' on the web, which makes re-setting the slingshot easier. I' imagine that the spider uses sympathetic vibrations of the web itself to detect the sound coming from the insect's wings.
It would be interesting to see if the construction of the web, perhaps the length of the strands or their tension, are attuned to the particular range of sound coming from prey insect wing beats. If there were more spiders of this sort, with special preferences for certain insects, I'd predict that their webs would reflect these preferences by being constructed to better detect sounds of the preferred frequencies.
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Well, that doesn't sound so bad. I mean, with all of the 40 year and 50 year people posting here, I was feeling a bit down about my single decade. I cannot believe they didn't ask if I kept a machete in my car (I do) or know how to use common hand tools.
Maybe I'm taking this too seriously . . .
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I'm good for 10 years, then my warranty expires or something. Who are "Gloria Gaynor" and "Rick Grimes"? I think I interpreted some of the questions differently than they expected. For instance, they ask what I'd do if I see some looters: Fight them, Join them or Ignore them. I figure I'd ignore them. 'Live and let live, and don't give others a reason to hate you' is how I figure I will avoid injuries from groups of people with break-in tools. The next question asked about looters who attack me. Do I: fight, get hurt or run away. I figure running away is the thing to do. Looters have nothing to gain by attacking me, they want the contents of the 7-ll next to me. If I run from the desired resource, they'll concentrate on that.
Does the quiz give more points if I take an aggressive approach?

OK, no. I re-ran it, answering that I'd fight, and I am now down to only one year. I guess there are other factors that make me unable to break the decade.
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So, has she had offers of marriage yet? (Edit: The link says she's a "mom", but doesn't mention her husband. She's a professional competitive eater, and had "plowed through a 12-pound sandwich with a 1-pound side of fries in 54 minutes" the previous day!)
I suppose it's a testament to the tenderness of Sayler's steaks, as well.
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That is such an adorable little dragon! And such a great response from CSIRO! I am sure that they all were willing to move mountains to deliver for a girl who addresses them with: "Hello Lovely Scientist"
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Thank you for posting this review. I had *heard of* her book, but never bothered to get any details about it or Friedan. Your concise and detailed description has given me much perspective on a time when I was a small child, unable to understand or appreciate the social changes that marked that time. It is shocking to me to be reminded that women could not even establish credit without a man even as recently as the 1970s. I will be sure to forward this post to my daughters, who may not appreciate how recently and how pervasively sexism was openly institutionalized. (Today, it is probably almost as pervasive, but merely less open)
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Wow. I often try to figure out the twists of a story as it is going, but this took an extra turn that I didn't anticipate. Really nicely done.
Now I'm scared.
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Wow. I completely forgot that aspect of the Ewoks. They were fully prepared to eat Han, Luke, Leia and even Chewbacca before they were convinced that 3P0 was a god. That puts a completely different spin on the celebration scene at the end of the movie!
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Not having seen the NPR link, perhaps they orient themselves in the same direction that mice normally defecate, and so the mouse will run in the same line as the fox is oriented, making it possible to catch the mouse during the dive.
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OK, I am pretty sure this applies pretty well to my dog. It's not all the time, but seems to be the case most of the time I've looked.
Speaking of looking . . . I hate to think of what those two years of research were like, with the thousands of observed 'events'. That is one sad, sad graduate student somewhere there.
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Oh, man. I couldn't even finish that one. It was too much. FYI, Ano Hana makes you cry so hard that your eyes hurt for wanting to squeeze more tears out, but being empty. Still, the ending is uplifting and happy. It's a beautiful story.

Anime can be very compelling, and I can see how it may help shape the Japanese character. After all, one of the signature phrases of the series "Aria" is "Let's work hard to earn our qualification". There's one series (Moshidora) about a girl who reads Drucker's "Management" in order to manage her high school baseball team. The series features quotes from Peter Drucker on 'what is marketing' and 'define your product' and such like. A recent series that just concluded its first season is "Silver Spoon", about a student at an agricultural high school. He learns about raising pigs, tending horses and making smoked meats Much more appealing than my description, and I suspect it is a bit of propaganda to encourage young Japanese to consider the farming life, to revitalize the rapidly ageing farming sector. Anime can be a fascinating subject.
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For a real rip-out-your-heart tearjerker, see Ano Hana (We Still Don't Know the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day).

I hope this is not inappropriate, but I watch my anime online at crunchyroll.com. It's a totally legit site that had started out as a place to see fan-translated/fan-subtitled anime. They somehow negotiated deals to stream subtitled anime with advertiser support or subscription, and it has a great selection.
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The choral music during the jump was "Atmospheres", which was featured in Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey". It was nice to see it being used there.
Really, really nice fidelity to the original monster design, and I was very glad to hear that familiar 'zilla roar.
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