Archive for the Culture Category

Japan’s new economic “stimulus” plan: we need more babies

Posted in Culture with tags , on 28 January, 2009 by Yitza

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Japan, in the midst of an unprecedented recession, has asked its corporations to work toward fixing another major problem: the country’s low birthrate. Facing a dwindling birthrate of  1.34, well below the 2.0 needed to maintain the population, Japanese corporations have be asked to let workers go home early to spend time with their families and help Japan with its pressing social problem.

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How do you spend Chinese New Year’s eve?

Posted in Culture with tags , on 26 January, 2009 by Yitza

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First of all, Happy Chinese New Year. Was your New Year’s eve eventful? Living in Sydney has resulted in a distinct lack of interest for Chinese New Year in my family.

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Simpsons is child pr0n

Posted in Culture, Rant with tags , , , , , on 10 December, 2008 by Yitza

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An Australian man has lost his appeal against child pornography charges for possessing images of the Simpsons characters having sex. Supreme Court judge, Justice Michael Adams has ruled that the cartoon depicting sex between characters from The Simpsons is child pornography. This is yet another example of how the political and judical system here makes no sense. Read the rest of the story here.

My thoughts after the jump.

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So… you have 7…

Posted in Culture, Rant with tags , , , , on 24 August, 2008 by Yitza

One of the most epic examples of gold medal sniping ensures China falls just short.

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The true meaning behind the Olympics opening ceremony

Posted in Culture, Rant with tags , , on 11 August, 2008 by Yitza

China clearly stating their intentions for world dominance with this piece in the opening ceremony.

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Pancakes for dinner

Posted in Culture with tags , , , on 1 August, 2008 by Yitza

I recently went to a restaurant called Pancakes on the Rocks. As the name suggests they are known for their pancakes. I was not aware that pancakes are a suitable dish for dinner. They also have “normal” foods such as chicken and bacon crepe. Do you have pancakes for dinner?

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Scientific namesake for Pikachu

Posted in Anime, Culture with tags , , , on 24 July, 2008 by Yitza

A team of researchers, led by Takahisa Furukawa, M.D. & Ph.D., at Osaka Bioscience Institute in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, has identified a protein that is necessary to efficiently transmit visual information to the brain. The researchers believe the Pikachurin protein plays a role in determining the efficiency of kinetic vision, and thus name it after Pikachu who is known for its lightning-fast moves. Also it’s a stunt to get free publicity for their research and the institute, but they forgot to mention that.

This is so awesome… I never thought I’d see the day Pikachu would do something awesome enough for me to blog about.