I just added a Japanese swadesh list to Flashcardia, joining Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish.
Here are some Jewish people being massacred in Lisbon's main square. Notice the people up front. As key members of the Portuguese Inquisition, Portuguese Jesuits and other mendicant friars searched out hidden Jewish communities, who were massacred upon discovery. This went on from 1531 to 1773. The fact that the Portuguese Jesuit characters in this film were witnessing Buddhists doing to Christians what Jesuits did to Jews in Portugal was either intentional or unintentional irony. Scorsese never lets on.
It's a very well-made movie, but the main character is not believable as a 17th century Jesuit. Every aspect of his character bleeds with modern thinking, and there's no getting past that for me.
- Corporate responsibility: Toyota built an expensive shrine for the repose of people killed in Toyota cars.
- The six most epically pointless arguments on Wikipedia.
- They released version 1.0 of the Julia programming language this week. It's a beautifully-designed language, runs very fast, and has generated enough excitement that it looks like it's going to get the modules it needs to compete. Someone's already written a nice, free introductory computer science book using it.
- Making a pear picker.
- A pretty neat little article about the Unix calendar program and its history.
- This fancy site for a Japanese film director puts all other fancy sites I've seen to shame. In spite of how much it does, it runs pretty fast. Nowadays, the industry considers fast sites to be unprofessional...
Wolverine goes to Japan and works his way down a checklist of Japan things, like seeing an a-bomb explode and runing through a pachinko parlour.
- One of my favourite types of music is lo-fi hip-hop beats with pictures of anime. Here is that in blog form.
- You probably saw this, but there was recently a surprisingly good Google doodle that used AI to generate harmonies in the style of Bach (two bars at a time). Here's Bach doing Beethoven. And an especially fancy version of I Like Meow Mix.
- In one episode of 30 Rock, you can vaguely hear a Joni Mitchell parody. Here it is
- jwz recently found out that Netscape and its patents (but not the name) belongs to Facebook.
A disturbing, artsy 80s anime about a girl walking around with an egg. What more could you ask for?
It's the sort of twitchy, old-school game where you're guaranteed to die every couple minutes, without warning, even if you're good. That's fine. Some of those old games are fun. Every time you die, the phone rings. You start to associate the sound of the phone ringing with unexpected death. The problem is, the phone also frequently rings when you DON'T die, and the NPCs just want to chat with you. I don't think English has a word to describe the unpleasantness of a machine training you to have Pavlovian reaction of instant annoyance to a certain sound, and then using that reaction to fuck around with you.
Beyond that, its visuals are dull, its gameplay is repetitive. At one point, for no reason, a naked, unconscious woman has her butt sticking up in the air, which seems more like a joke about a Japanese game developer than something a Japanese game developer would actually do.
I tried to write about how stupid a character Revolver Ocelot is, but every description I came up with made him sound awesome, so I'll just leave you with this video.