Thursday, May 29, 2008

Gallery: 10 most annoying programs on the Internet: Tech Republic

Well worth the chuckle. And if you can't find at least 3 examples of truly annoying programs on the net or on your computer, I need to know what you are doing right?!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Handbook on Japan

I promised an update on my review of the Handbook for Newcomers, Migrants and Immigrants to Japan by Arudou Debito and Higuchi Akira some time ago. I am chagrined to find it has taken so long to get to!

Still, I have reviewed the book, from cover to cover, and I can wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone considering a life in Japan (or even more than a short-term visit).

The book covers the must dos of daily life for any foreigner settling into Japan for the long haul.

I am hoping my review of the book will be published shortly. I will add any links when this happens. Meantime, my earlier post about the Handbook can be seen here.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Claramax shock

Users of Claramax (the anti-histamine product), in Sydney at least, might be shocked to find the product is in very short supply. I had to visit seven chemists before finding one with any in stock at all. And at the seventh, I bought their last two packets.
The chemists I asked are reporting that there has been a manufacturing problem and they have been unable to get new stocks in for some time ("for months" according to one Mosman pharmacist).
As to when new stocks are due, another chemist reported she had no information, and that even if a date was provided (she didn't indicate by who) that the information was unreliable.


Saturday, May 3, 2008

China and the designer suit

One of my better bon mots of 2007.

In a discussion of China's capitalism (or as I have tagged it earlier, communism with a capitalist face or perhaps that should be, nowadays, capitalism with a communist face) I noted in conversation about the changes in China:

but they still wear suits with other people's names on them.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Ling Ling passes

TOKYO -- Japan's oldest giant panda, Ling Ling, a longtime star at Tokyo's largest zoo and a symbol of friendship with China, died today of heart failure, zookeepers said.Ling Ling was 22 years and seven months old, equivalent to about 70 human years, the Ueno Zoo said. It said he was the fifth-oldest known male panda in the world.,1,7199553.story?track=rss