mayoraasei: (Angry)
Like, whut.

I should stop clicking on stuff that screams "I'm gonna piss you off" from miles away.

I have double-lidded eyes (in fact I think they're triple lidded now, so HAH) but my eyes look distinctly Asian. GETTING DOUBLE LIDS IS NOT ABOUT LOOKING CAUCASIAN *FACEPALM* While I don't actually agree with surgery for double lids as I think single-lidded eyes are cute in their own way, the reason why people get it is that it's a fairly small and safe procedures that can open up their eyes dramatically (depending on original eye shape). Again, it's not about looking Caucasian; larger eyes just tend to make people look more awake and energetic.

There are three main descriptors for beautiful eyes in Chinese literature: "phoenix eyes" (丹鳳眼), "peach flower eyes" (桃花眼) and "almond eyes" (杏眼). People often mistake "phoenix eyes" to refer to single-lidded eyes but apparently it only refers to the fact that the eyes have a slight upward sweep at its tail. "Phoenix eyes" are used without (much) discrimination to describe eyes in men and women, as one of the most famous generals in one of the most famous Chinese classic novels (Romance of the Three Kingdoms) was known for his "phoenix eyes".

"Peach flower eyes" are practically the synonym for "sexy" in Chinese. It is supposed to look like "peach flowers" when not smiling, with a greater curvature of the upper lid and a deeper set of the inner corner of the eye. What it's known for, however, is that when smiling it becomes beautiful moon-shaped crescents that combined with sparkling eyes is supposed to take men's breaths away.

Finally "almond eyes" is a descriptor commonly associated with pretty girls and refers directly to large playful eyes, round and dark like almonds. The Chinese, like many other cultures, believed large eyes to be more expressive and innocent, and this is something that's existed for centuries.

As far as the high-bridged nose is concerned, a lot of the northern Asians have high nosebridges. In fact the other reason for these to be desired is that in Chinese face-reading, well-defined noses are supposed to increase money and fortunes in a man (and in a woman it helps the husband increase his fortunes ==;;;), so there may be more than just beauty at stake here.

And finally white skin. I don't know why people automatically assume wanting paler skin means wanting to be Caucasian. The Chinese ideal is an unblemished snowy white, which is not exactly the same shade as most Caucasian skins anyway.

If anything, the rest of the Asian ideals are far from Caucasian-like and which the article cleverly omitted - small "watermelon-seed" shaped face, thin curved "willow-like" brows, small cherry lips, small delicate bone structures and physique...which is probably why Asia as a whole is so much more obsessed with slimness than western countries.

Seriously I get so annoyed when my Chinese friends/relatives laugh at girls walking on the streets who look perfectly healthy weight for being fat...and I'm not talking healthy "BMI 24" type sizes, I'm talking normal size 10-12's (in America that's size 6-8) being considered fat. It's ridiculous.
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Oh god, you know things are going to be oh-so-balmy when at the first victory speech in 16 years they start off by taking a swipe at the other parties =__=

We withstood over the last few days the mother of all campaigns by Labor. But I think people saw through the smears, fears and scares.

That's right, it's highly sporting to start your win by continuing your own campaign tactics of whining incessantly.

On health and the public sector
I have always been of the view that it is not about how many but what they are doing...I am determined to ensure is that people who are in the jobs can actually deliver better services to people across this state.

NO you nincompoop, it's not the PEOPLE IN THE JOBS, it's the friggin SYSTEM. The nurses and teachers and policemen are doing fine, thank you very much, it's the system that's wearing them out.

There are the genuine environmental Greens and there is the Lee Rhiannon type Green who seems to be more about old-style leftist policies than modern Australia. I think that people have turned their back on that a bit.

Actually, Greens policy isn't just about tree-hugging *rolls eyes* I wouldn't have voted for them if they were merely environmental nuts.

You can't support a carbon tax and say you are trying to reduce costs for families because the two don't work

OMG another idiot who doesn't believe in the carbon tax. I like my stuff cheap, too, but I also want to still have access to some form of artificial energy when I'm old =_=
mayoraasei: (Ugh)
The Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association's vice chairman, Liu Bainian, said attendance by bishops at the ceremony would be voluntary and the ordination would go ahead because the Chengde diocese needs a bishop. He said the association had informed the Vatican about its plan as early as two years ago.

"A Catholic diocese cannot be without a bishop, or the Gospel cannot be spread," Liu said. "We should not let any political reasons interfere with the spread of the Gospel in China."

He said that in time, China would elect bishops for more than 40 Catholic dioceses that are currently without them and expressed hope that the Vatican would endorse them. (Source)


Spoken like a true-blood CCP faithful. Ugh.

If you don't want to "let any political reasons interfere" with the spread of Catholicism, DON'T LET YOUR POLITICAL PARTY INTERFERE WITH IT.

And I'm not even Catholic *rolls eyes*
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This was in the Sun-Herald two weeks ago (31 October) and I thought it was a nice little vignette:

The world-renowned environmentalist David Suzuki spoke at the Opera House last week, and presented a case that the planet is in the 59th minute of a suicidal path of economic growth.

(...) imagine putting one bacterial cell, which divides every minute, into a test tube full of food. This is exponential growth, which is the path of humanity when it believes in unlimited economic growth.

"At time zero you have one cell; one minute you have two; two minutes you have four; three minutes you have eight; four minutes you have 16. That is exponential growth and at 60 minutes the test tube is completely full of bacteria and there is no food left, a 60-minute cycle. When is the test tube only half full? Well, the answer, of course is at 59 minutes; but a minute later it is filled. So at 58 minutes it is 25% full; 57 minutes 10.5% full. At 55 minutes of the 60-minute cycle it is only 3% full.

"So, if at 55 minutes one of the bacteria said to its companions that they had a population problem, the other bacteria would be incredulous because 97% of the test tube would be empty and they had been around for 55 minutes. Yet they would have only 5 minutes left. How do we add even a fraction of 1% more of air, water, soil or biodiversity? We cannot. The biosphere is fixed and finite, and every biologist I have talked to agrees with me, we are past the 59th minute."
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I can't believe I'm still keeping up Windows Phone 7 news *face palm*

I have come to the conclusion that the fandom for phones probably consists of the same population of fanboys as the gaming industry. I never knew people got so hung up over a phone zOMG.

Click into any of the tech sites and it's like wading into a swamp of fighting crocodiles.

I mean, I thought the KAT-TUN fandom was bad enough, but *rolls eyes*

Like, there are people who categorically go to multiple websites (yes, I'm serious) and post at every positive/neutral news/commentary about Windows Phone 7, listing its missing features.

Umm. Do you have no life or are you getting monetary compensation from Apple?

If you are so scornful of an operating system (of a phone no less, and not even released yet), WHY ARE YOU EVEN PAYING ATTENTION TO THE NEWS?????

All of a sudden I had deja vus of AO/KT anti-fans starting a screaming match about something that had nothing to do with Akanishi x___X

Okay - so it has no copy & paste, but thank god MS backpedalled HARD after everyone rained acid scorn on their "our users don't need cut and paste" and now they're promising to release a patch...eventually.

It has no 3rd party multitasking...but neither does iPhone until the most recent version? At least it won't kill your batteries and is less likely to freeze (like Android sometimes does).

My personal issue (and obviously one that's practically never mentioned) is Asian character input. They only put out the ad to hire someone for that last week. We probably won't see Chinese input until mid next year =( That's pretty ironic given that half of their hardware developers are from Asia ==; (Samsung, LG, HTC, etc)

The ZUNE pass that I found interesting (but no way was I subscribing anyway LOL) doesn't seem like it will happen in Australia because of licensing issues. That's a bit of a bum...although given Australia's measly data packages I'm not sure if high volume music streaming would have been viable on Telstra.

And only Telstra will have WP7 for launch this year =( BOO.

Speaking of Apple, the Steve Jobs spat with journalism student is pretty funny. Fail on both sides. LOL.
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Concerning banning of video games in California

A lot of replies scoffed at the 72% of parents and called them useless parents who didn't want to do the work themselves in controlling their own children's gaming habits.

If I were a parent I'd be in that 72% and that's not because I want the government to make that decision in deciding what my child can play because I can't do it myself.

The reason being - I can do it myself. It's the other kids that I'm worried about. The ones who are going to come to school (America we're talking about here) with a loaded gun or a knife. How many of the victims of these alleged game-inspired violence actually played the games themselves? How many of them died, completely oblivious about the industry that fostered their killer?

I'm not going into the debate about gaming violence versus media violence and the perspectives and immediacy in which they differ.

I'm just saying that 72% of parents have a very valid reason to want a ban, and it has nothing to do with whether they can look after their own children. After all - most parents would probably be upset and horrified if their kid was the perpetrator, but they would be enraged and distraught and shattered and suing the crap out of anyone they can lay hands on if their kids were the victim.
mayoraasei: (Reflective)
For whatever reason, this year's first year med cohort is HUGE. And I mean HUGE. I thought our cohort was big (262) but I told myself it was only to be expected since Sydney's probably one of the biggest med schools in Australia...

But this year's first year cohort is 299?!??! That's 37 places more!!! =0=;;;;;;; That could explain why the GAMSAT cut-off dropped 2 points for this year, but next year's cut-off shot up to 63!! =0=;;;;;;;

I'm guessing that it's because the government increases med places by 4 places per year for USyd, but there's a rumour floating around somewhere that USyd capped its places for the last few years because it wanted to implement a number of changes to the course, so I suppose that the lump number of accumulated places were all dispensed with this year? And next year it's back to normal?

It's really crazy looking at these numbers, because 300 is a huge cohort to come out of a uni, and there are 4 med schools in Sydney now and the new schools' first graduates will come out around the same time as we do. I have no idea what UWS intake is, but UNSW should be fairly similar to USyd and Notre Dame would probably be under 100. That still adds up to at least 800 students coming out of Sydney alone and there are schools in ANU, Newcastle and Woollongong ||||||||Orz

It's an absolutely mad time to be increasing cohort sizes when the teaching hospitals can't actually take the amount of graduates as interns. The Iemma government promised guaranteed places for all local graduates up to and including our cohort - which means potentially if you graduate in 2012, you'll be the first doctors to be unemployed =___=;;;;;;; It's even worse for international graduates, who were told last minute this year that they might not get a placement here (although most of them managed to). This is pretty stupid either way because 20% of our cohort are international students, which means a huge squeeze into the employment if they're allowed to stay, but on the other hand it's incredibly irresponsible to turn them away after they've paid for their education here and kick them back to their own country without any sort of employment assurance.

But the bottleneck starts even further up than that. For years now, people have had loiter as a junior doctor because it's sometimes impossible to get into a specialist college, much less a specialist college of choice. While the government has been happily pouring money into increasing medical student places, for god knows why, there are little increases in specialist college placements, and now the health system is saturated with junior doctors without actually addressing the shortage in certain specialties.

I'm sure people are aware of it in the news now how screwed up our health system is, even if no one can pin down exactly where it's screwed up. The media is feasting with glee on every mistaken step taken by anyone in health. Reviews and inquiries and investigations all rail against various inadequacies, and they all seem to agree that the system needs an overhaul, not that half-hearted patchwork repairs job that's been going on for the past decades. The medical technology has moved on, the Australian population has changed, and in 20 years time we'll be dealing with a population heavily represented by people who are old - and most likely to have chronic illnesses. We're told a few weeks ago that the NSW government already spends 40% of its budget on health. 40%!!!! Wait until the baby boomers move into their pension years and everyone starts having heart disease or kidney failures or manageable cancers or arthritis or other forms of chronic pain!

The situation's been getting something almost akin to the climate change treatment. Everyone's playing the doomsayer, while the government continues to make hand-waving amendments. It's said that we would never get a proper overhaul on the health system because no political party prepares for staying in power long enough to reap the benefits of such an overhaul. So just remember the next time you wait impatiently for your appointment...the doctors are as unhappy as you are, if not more =P
mayoraasei: (Jdrama)
I've actually downloaded Futatsu no Spica, the horrid Koishite Akuma as well as Ninkyo Helper, but I've only watched the last one ==;

Koishite Akuma seems like a Japanese version of Twilight, except made 10 times worse by the fact that there's also a teacher/student hence adult/underage romance in there, even if you say the vampire is blah blah blah old, the actor is still bloody fifteen and omg he looks like a Martian.

Anyway. It'll get its own rant in time, if I ever bring myself to watch it.

Ninkyo Helper
I wasn't too keen when I first heard about it because it seemed like a publicity stunt to get Kusanagi Tsuyoshi back on his feet after that extremely embarrassing drunken incident back in April. I also have to say, his face really does not do it for me...it's like his features are intended for a face 2 sizes bigger. But surprisingly, after a while, one gets used to his face.

The synopsis also didn't sound that appealing - a bunch of yakuza bosses are forced to work in an aged care facility. It sounded like a rehash of My Boss, My Hero but with old people instead of young...

Surprisingly, it was quite different. Less humorous, for one thing. The main character also isn't instantly likable. Unlike Nagase's pea-brained yakuza boss in My Boss, My Hero, Kusanagi's character is a disillusioned, selfish bastard who had set up a scam ring targeting old people who live alone, telling them that their beloved children were in trouble/arrested/etc. He has no sympathy or patience for the demented elderly, and considers people who put themselves in a position to be used then deserve what happen to them. Obviously it's set up so that he becomes reformed and there's also some angsty past hidden there somewhere.

But the thing that struck me most about this drama apart from HOW HOT KUROKI MEISA IS is that we're finally getting a thoughtful drama dealing with one of the biggest problems in the developed world - the ageing population. Even more so than Australia, Japan faces the problem of a rapidly shifting age imbalance, and in 20 years or so aged care will be one of the most significant drains on the national economy. In western countries it's less of a problem since parents tend not to live with their children, but in Asian communities where traditionally families remained together for most of their lives, the growing numbers of working families pushing their elderly out into nursing homes is having a devastating effect on the emotional well-being of these people.

Geriatricians will tell you that there is the difference is very small between the people on either extremes of life - both the elderly and the children are dependent, needful, your care often involves communicating with both the patient and their carer, they are frail and prone to many diseases...etc. However, society and the media tend to have a lot of sympathy for children who are unwell or in other ways unfortunate, but we forget our elderly. We give them meager pensions and we put them in nursing homes until they disappear from society. We prosecute parents who allow their children to die of neglect, but we say nothing to the children who allow their parents to die of neglect.

But it's not a change of law that matters, but a change in social values. I think this drama brings to light an important and very pertinent issue, not just for Japanese society but for many developed countries today with a baby boomers population ready to head into their retirement years in the next two decades.


And Kuroki Meisa is HOT. And Yabu is so tanned =_____=||||||| And Mukai Osamu has such a small role T__T And if Naka Riisa didn't look so chubby she'd actually be kinda cute ==;;;
mayoraasei: (lotus)
Crazy government policy + crazy psychos + a society that breeds on how to work their way around things, often in the least humanitarian way = a tragedy waiting to happen.

According to "Chinese Financial Paper" (華商報), 36-year-old Li YingFang was originally married in 1997, and her husband died in 2002. It was agreed that her son was to go into the custody of Li's mother-in-law while she retained visiting rights.

In 2004, Li remarried with Hou, who also had a daughter from a previous marriage. Li wanted a child with Hou and managed to get pregnant twice, but Hou's ex-wife reported her to the government for infringing the One Child Policy, and Li was forced to undergo abortion twice.

In 2006, Hou's daughter (from the previous marriage) threatened not to go to school unless Hou and Li divorced, and would not agree to the two of them having children.

In revenge, Li spent 70000RMB to hire someone to kill the daughter, but the daughter fought back and the hired hitman was forced to make an escape.

When Li discovered the failed attempt, she decided to kill her own son in order to overcome the One Child Policy difficulty. The next day, she lured her son onto a car driven by her hired hitman, who strangled the son and disposed of the body on the side of the road. 3 days later, both Li and the hitman were arrested. The two have been sentenced to death.

To kill your child just so you can have another one - and that's when your first child isn't even a burden on you. Utter insanity. I mean I've heard cases (in western society) where people want a second child so they can donate the bone marrow to a sick first child, and even that is ethically debatable, but to kill a perfectly normal child............god.

心寒

29 Oct 2008 11:24 pm
mayoraasei: There is no such thing as coincidence (Babbo)
相信住在悉尼的各位不可能沒聽説那名四川女孩和她的韓籍男友在被挾持後從四樓跌下,僅僅18嵗的女孩就那樣慘死異鄉。

本應在變態小説中才出現的劇情,光天化日在悉尼市中心上演。發生的所有經過現在也還不清楚,只是知道一名不似認識、持刀的男人,以挾持在場的一名女孩,逼他們做出連警方都不願詳述的事情。

不認識被害者,也不認識罪犯,他們的人格先放在一邊再説。當然,事件還在調查中,所以證詞的可靠性也先別提

但是,爲什麽對於這個消息,竟然那麽多中國人在網上說“活该,让她找韩国人”

中國人的民族意識到底瘋狂到什麽程度??爲什麽連最基本的同情都可以抛棄,僅僅因爲跟另一個國家的人戀愛就可以被姦、可以被殺???爲什麽身為“中國人”,就不用做“人”?“人性”的話就不能說?!

四個人竟然對一個惡人沒轍…………答案不是很明顯嗎?? (現在警方也確定)就是因爲那個犯人挾持一人當人質所以沒人敢輕舉妄動

只是覺得那個男孩子很可憐。死者固然可惜,但是活下來的人豈非更痛苦?

希望早日找到犯人

Rough rewording of above:
A few days ago, a naked couple fell from their balcony in Sydney, the girl (Chinese) dead and the boy (Korean) with severe fractures. It's emerged that prior to this, a knife-wielding man broke into their apartment and forced them to have sex, before they somehow either climbed over the balcony and fell or jumped.

It's been a bit of a mystery as to why FOUR people in the room were helpless against one man - well, it just so happened that the man got inside the room by holding his knife to their friend's neck.

The answer by now should be obvious to anyone who has half a braincell left to think. How can one person make 4 people do exactly as he asks? By holding one of them captive. It's the staple of the term BLACKMAIL.

It's not like the poor Korean kid didn't try. He wrested the knife off, but the criminal found another knife in the room.

It's all very sad and all that, and it's even more depressing when half the comments on Chinese forums (especially by those people IN China) says "Sucked in, it's your fault for dating a Korean guy."

That's why I said Chinese people are the most fucking racist race in the world.

No...must...calm...down................

Okay, let's not generalise.

I feel ashamed.

I feel disgusted.

I'm ashamed and disgusted that our Chinese identity is used in this absurd defence of utter apathy for someone else's misfortune.

I don't care if you're a depraved, heartless jerk who doesn't give a damn that these kids just lost everything in their lives. DON'T DRAG BEING CHINESE INTO IT. LEAVE ME OUT OF YOUR IDIOCY.

I really feel sorry for the guy. On top of his survivor's guilt, by the sound of his injuries he'll probably never be able to run again...if he can walk again.

I wish people could just tell him that "it's not your fault".

It really isn't. Yes, maybe he could have done different, maybe they all could have, maybe WE all could have.

But it's not his fault.

It's the guy who walked in the lift with a knife and set out to destroy four lives.

I hope they get the bastard soon.

And I hope "using ice" never becomes the excuse to lower his sentence.
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A little less than 20 hours until possibly the most contentious Olympics in the last 20-something years opens in Beijing. Without going into what is so contentious about it - you'd have to be living on Pluto if you've missed the flame wars both sides have been throwing - let's have a look at the glorious National Stadium, otherwise known as the Bird's Nest.
Design
The Bird Nest, designed by Swiss architect Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, was chosen out of 89 design proposals. Initially it was oblong-shaped, flatter, with a hollow centre. After reflections by the public that it looked like a dunny, it was reworked with an outer mesh-like structure, now looking like a bird's nest that's fallen out of the tree onto the ground - hence "Bird Nest". It really ain't such a fond name.

The official statistics are: 333 metres by 294 metres, with a height of 69 metres. It has permanent seating for 80,000 people (which is like a fingernail of the Chinese population) and an additional 10,000 seats can be added temporarily. It used 42 thousand tonnes of steel. That's about 42 thousand small cars, in a space that would normally park about a third that number.

The construction began on Christmas Eve in 2003, but was paused half a year later. There were major problems with its structure.

Weight
There are 24 steel pillars that support the roof, each of which exert about 4000-5000 tonnes of force per square metre. The area in which Bird Nest is built contains a lot of groundwater, and the water table has been fluctuating for several years, which makes it unsafe for heavy infrastructure to be built over it.

The initial proposal anticipated 136 tonnes of steel would be used, and was condemned by experts as "expensive and heavy, completely opposite to the lightweight ideal of modern sports infrastructure". After a number of senior academics forwarded a letter to Wen Jiaobao, the design was reviewed.

Roofless
The trimmed down design included the removal of a moveable roof. In a city that boasts temperature extremes of -27 degrees to 42 degrees Celsius, from freezing winters to rainy summers, this move just about halved its usefulness. The ramifications have been experienced even before the Games began - the first dress rehearsal was greeted with a downpour that left performers soaked to an inch of their lives.

There also appears to be problems with its rain pipe system, leading to a number of leakages around the entrances and in the rooms under the seating area.

Steel mesh
The 42 thousand tonnes of steel are welded together into a complex mesh, with the welding surfaces adding up to over 60000 metres. The welding technology and technique is therefore essential to the stability of the overall structure. A Korean engineering expert remarked of Bird Nest that under high temperature welding, the internal structure of the steel inevitably deforms a little. The danger arising out of these deformations take 8 to 12 months to stabilise to a level 30-40% of original, and only entirely disappears after 10 years.

A 100-metre long steel pipe can naturally expand 2 centimetres under temperature changes. In a structure where many different lengths and shapes of steel are welded together in a complex way, the different expansion and contraction rates of these steel beams can potentially cause bending and twisting. If this coincides with violent vibrations - such as tens of thousands of people expected to be cheering during the opening ceremony - there is the danger that the steel would begin to resonate and split.

Lighting
Under strong sunlight, the steel mesh casts a confusing lattice of shadows onto the grass field below, making it impossible to see what's happening on the field during the day. In response to public panic, it was decided that a thin polymer shielding made of ETFE would be installed on the ring-like "roof" of the stadium. ETFE has a transparency of 30% and can function as a sunshade, and is also able to give some protection against the elements, although its efficiency in this situation has yet to be revealed. Unfortunately, ETFE has the tendency to magnify sound, especially that of rain...

Precious polymer
ETFE, though cheaper than glass, is still an expensive choice. China is unable to produce ETFE, and the import price reaches 2000 RMB per square metre (about AUD$400), which would amount to hundreds of millions of RMB for the entire structure.

Due to the climate and pollution in Beijing, the exporting company could only promise 10 years of lifespan for the polymer, as opposed to more than 20 years in Europe. Any natural occurences such as sandstorms or hail, or the general pollution, would greatly shorten its useable life.

Another lethal problem inherent in the polymer is its vulnerability to puncture. Because the area is surrounded by acres of forested Olympic park, birds would inevitably be attracted to the area. The ETFE covering is extremely sensitive to scratching and puncture by bird claws, as well as possible corrosion by bird droppings, so bird-repelling devices had to be installed.

The irony...the Bird Nest that cannot tolerate birds.

Fear of Fire
The expensive ETFE is stable under normal temperature ranges but melts easily under high temperatures. According to the main director of construction, Tan Xiaochun, the EFTE melted during fireworks trials and had to be replaced. Normal fireworks can reach 400 degrees C when ignited. These had to be replaced with low temperature fireworks that would reach only 270 degrees, which limits the range of fireworks that can be displayed.


The entire structure took 3 years to construct, with 7000 workers working 12-hour shifts. According to the British Sunday Times, at least 10 workers died at the construction site, with witness accounts of a worker falling to his death. In the end, Beijing would only admit to two deaths. A large number of residents were forcefully evicted from their homes to make way for the grounds.

It is rumoured that the stadium cost 7 billion RMB to construct (a little less than 2 billion AUD), compared to the 690 million of the Sydney Olympics stadium. That's mightily expensive for something so precariously unstable, frustratingly high maintenance and widely useless.

All for the "face" of "China".


Source: Part A Part B
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First an aside: am I the only one who thinks the whole Miley Cyrus topless saga should be promptly thrown out the window, simply because far from looking suggestive or anywhere approaching seductive, she looks like a vampiric banshee just woken from her slumber and ready to dig her claws into the nearest warm-blooded creature?

=0=;;;;

Meh, it's hard to get into a storm over a "suggestive" picture when all it induces is an "ew, uncool undead look?" from me >__>;;

Okay, back to anime!


Kamen Maid Guy

You'd never guess I got recommended this by a girl ==;;;; She said it was "like Combat Butler Hayate", which though rather brainless, was also rather cute.

I guess somewhere the basic concept is similar. The daughter of a ridiculously rich family needing constant protection from unknown assailants, and her protector also works as an all-purpose babysitter/housekeeper/butler/maid.

Somewhere there, the similarity ends. Where Hayate was big-eyed, serious-faced and somewhat cute, the Maid Guy - whose name I can't remember because I spent too much of the time agog at the glowing eyes from his mask - is....well...a man of godly proportions. Said god being the god of bodybuilders.

And while Hayate seemed somewhat of as a fairly gender-neutral story with a shoujo tilt, the amount of bouncing boobs in the opening was enough to alert any unwary peruser of the very, uh, specific audience Maid Guy caters to. The episode continues with similar such fanservice, randomly clothes being torn, bras being brandied, and of course, the obligatory nekkid shower scene.

Funny how in shower scenes that the first part of the anatomy girls immediately cover is their boobs. You'd think, being standing up, there is a more, ahem, important part (taking a leaf from Kodocha =P).

While there are some hints of the plot, it's not enticing to the point where I'd want to hang around and sit through all the underwear.

Recommended only for, ahem, its target audience.


Itazura na Kiss

I was told that this is a shoujo classic that's finally being made into an anime. To be honest, I didn't even give this anime a fair run, being so bored by 2 minutes into it that I utilised Realplayer's new and nifty fast forward function and watched the rest of the 20minute episode in about 8 minutes.

It's a classic and it shows. Even the art and opening/ending themes seem purposely dated. The story, from what I could make of it, was a girl who liked a guy and then confessed to him that she liked him but of course he didn't really care for her but through some random plot device stroke of fate their two families began to live under the same household. WHAT WILL THIS NEW CLOSENESS BRING TO THEIR RELATIONSHIP??????

It probably has more depth than that, but I've never been able to stand watching pure romance anime. Don't get me wrong, I read plenty of romance-type manga, so it's not like I'm totally averse to that sort of thing. But manga has a nifty feature called........."flip really quickly through the pages".

Of course, the sort of set-up is really reminiscent of romantic manga from the 1990s - the aloof, arrogant guy who's good at EVERY BLOODY THING and the stupid ditzy girl who can't wipe her ass to save herself. Okay, I'm probably being mean, and I think the character in Itazura na Kiss rises (slightly) above that. Nevertheless that's the stereotype she falls into and I've been sick of it ever since the heyday of Fushigi Yuugi and Sailormoon.

The only couple who's based on that stereotype but managed to make it work brilliantly is Nodame Cantabile and that's because Chiaki-sama deserved everything he got, including Nodame XD

Only recommended if you like watching pure romantic anime with plot in the vein of Marmalade Boy, or if you really liked the manga. I mean, it doesn't even have the quirks that made Hana Yori Dango or Aishiteruze Baby unique.......at least from what little I saw. Which was little, and sped up.



Gintama is cool. I have grown an immense soft spot for Hijikata XD My favourite is still Okita...anyone who deadpans while bazooka-ing his superior, then saying, "Tsk, missed again, huh" deserves my love XDD

Gokusen 3 (drama) is...............................

Maaaaaaaan, I'm torn between my love for Nakama Yukie (one of the few Jap actresses I like as one of the very few female characters I like) and the omgugliness of the main characters................

Noooooooooo gimme back MatsuJun and Oguri Shun and Kame and Jin!!!!!! And Koike! Koike is so cute! XD

And there ARE hot guys in Hey! Say! JUMP....why choose the ugly one RAARGH.

It's so weird seeing sweet-faced Yabu all grown up now >__>;;;;

And he looks so differently.....Unlike Ryou....who never changed XDDD

...Man, sorry, long post ==;
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Back about a few years ago, Sydney was rocked by the ethnic violence at Cronulla beaches that saw mounting tensions between Lebanese Australians and white Australians finally erupt into a massive brawl.

Following that there was a backlash of criticism against the mainly Islamic community, accusing them, amongst many other things, of placating in English and preaching violence in Arabic.

A few days ago, an article on SMH included quotes from a Chinese community leader who humbly offered that the Chinese community will be going in peace to support the Olympic torch relay. Today's article paints a radically different story, with Chinese communities recruiting people to take the law into their hands to converge on Australia's capital city with the intent of "defending the torch" themselves, calling Tibetans "scum" and "pile of monks" and "running dogs".

This campaign is, of course, backed with both the verbal (though occasionally just tacit) and physical approval of the Chinese government. Calling on people to fight in the name of national pride has always been an effective rallying cry, particularly to a people steeped in 5000 years of Confucius teachings of loyalty and honour.

Tibetans exposing the sordid actions of Chinese government? Affront on the national pride! Twisted for its own purpose, the call moves a people frequently passionately sentimental on matters of honour to blindly defend a regime without questioning the cause.

One set of virtues that the traditional Chinese mindest valued above all was 仁義禮智信 - (loosely) charity, duty, courtesy, wisdom and credibility.

To support a regime that tramples over human rights, irrationally murders innocent and unarmed people simply because of their faith - is to be uncharitable.

To see one's country being controlled by a careless government that forces its people to do terrible things, to see one's country being derided, because of this, as narrow-minded and incorrigibly vulgar on the issue of human rights - and then, to not do a thing, or indeed, to lend one's support against the voice of humanity - is to be undutiful.

To be outside China on Australian soil, and then to disrespect the authority of the Australian law, the Australian government and the Australian people - is to be discourteous.

To blindly follow the voice of state-controlled propaganda, to not see the reason behind the cause of disagreement, to close one's eyes to rationality, to humanity, to conscience - is to be unwise.

And to support a government that has not held up to its promises on human rights issues or environmental issues, who has frequently lied through its state-controlled media (name any major outbreak disease and you have your example) - is to be discreditable.

Why do something so clearly lacking in virtue? If you truly believe yourself motivated by national pride, find something more virtuous to defend, one that would not put to shame our 5000 years of honourable culture.


(PS: What triad gangs? As if triad gangs would bother with these things pfft. Or is he suggesting that triad gangs are funded and supported by the Chinese embassy?)
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Unless you've been living in a bubble impenetrable to news and current affairs, you must have heard of the current impasse of Tibetans versus Chinese government that has sent the Olympic torch scuttling through the back streets of San Francisco like some criminal cargo needing to be furtively shipped overseas at the first opportunity.

It's a situation that's really quite hilarious XD

What was obviously regarded as an opportunity for a glorious display of China has diminished to a less-than-glamorous hide-and-seek game through cordoned off and deserted streets. Chinese government's whines for human rights activists not to turn it "political" has fallen on deaf ears - because since the moment China promised to right its human rights record in exchange for the right to host the Olympic Games, the Beijing Olympics has become inevitably political of their own doing.

Instead of taking measure to stop human rights abuses, with the Games imminent on the horizon, the oppression has only gotten worse. The Chinese government seems to have misunderstood the meaning of "setting straight its human rights record", and believes that suppressing information on oppressed groups by increasing the persecution on outspoken members of such groups amounts to the same thing. Forget about doing good, it's all about looking good is their motto.

Before we placate ourselves thinking that Tibet is the only issue the Chinese government will have to face up to, let us not forget about:
- Chinese Christians
- Uighur Muslims
- Falun Gong
- Human rights activists

Not to forget are its use of authoritarian tactics that involve manipulation of its own media and its obstruction of free information from the internet; its banning of what it regards as "subversive" individuals to enter China or participate in the Games; its implicit support of aggressive regimes beyond the border; and the continual problems of death penalty, torture, and negligent attitudes towards public health and wellbeing, all built on the attitude of "maintaining face" - where bad news is suppressed and manipulated to look good.

One fine example is Kevin Rudd's speech in Peking University urging the Chinese government do better on the Tibetan issue was completely omitted from all state-controlled media, and any mention of his comments on the Games was simply the few diplomatic words where he expressed his belief that China should still be allowed to host.

In a world where economic considerations often outweigh human dignity, the little we can do is to raise public awareness of the extent and severity of atrocities that occur. With the Olympics looming less than four months away and no sign of China relenting under mounting pressure, the least we can say is that the Olympics has put the choice at China's disposal, and whatever decision it makes on human rights, history will be the final judge.
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This is another issue I can't resist commenting on, even though I really don't know enough to.

How many people in China really gives a damn about human rights problems going on outside their cosy dens? Even to the amorality occuring on their own downtrodden soil - the range of poisonous toys and food and cosmetics, the sad reality that many female university students resort to prostitution, the string of mining tragedies, the persecution of political activists or outspoken bloggers - they shrug in resigned apathy and point out how much it is beyond their power to help.

Maybe one thing we should admire about Americans is how they're not afraid that it looks beyond their power. Even just one man, wherever he stands in society, believes his one voice has power, and isn't afraid to let it be heard...(even though sometimes one must admit, some men have very stupid words to utter).

Spielberg isn't someone who brandishes banners at whim, and his willingness to make a stance against a country increasingly regarded and feared as holding enormous economic and political power deserves at least respect.

Over the weekend, the Guangming Daily, also published by the Communist Party, ran an editorial saying Spielberg "broke his promise to make his contribution to the Beijing Olympics and betrayed the Olympic spirit".

What is the Olympic spirit? Isn't it a reconciliation with our humane qualities? Like those interlocking rings, bridging across superficial differences to compete in the spirit of fairness and equality?

Isn't it about finding that goodness in our hearts to care for those of another culture, another land, another colour, like we might do for one of our own? ...Or is it because, as I said above, Chinese people can barely care for those suffering on its own soil, let alone those impacted by its government's investments across the continents?

An editorial in the China Youth Daily was equally scathing.

"This renowned film director is famous for his science fiction. But now it seems he lives in a world of science fiction and he can't distinguish a dream from reality," it said.


This cracked me up. What did it regard as a dream? Spielberg wanted China to stop supporting human rights abuses in Darfur..........that was the dream that he couldn't distinguish from reality???

What's wrong with a dream?

Martin Luther King had one.


========== I, the divider, is back ==========



Nothing spells inconvenience like a lecturer, whose lectures you had intended on skipping, who remembers not only your name, your face, but also the fact you're meant to be there, at the lecture.

In-con-ve-ni-ence! =/

Yeh, I'm exactly one week into the course and I've skipped 2 lectures already...muahaha......(nothing to be proud of).

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