Thursday, October 15, 2009

End of luxuries in Japan -- at last

OK, that might have been a bit extreme, but I have seen a couple of articles recently about luxury brands shutting up shop or scaling back investment plans in Japan (but sales are roaring in China, including Hong Kong), and I have read them with relief.
Maybe Japan is finally reaching grown up status.
I know there are more than a few who will disagree with me, but I have always seen the obsession with spending large chunks of dime on 'statuswear' by a country's middle classes (and for a time in the '90s and '00s by a lot of the 'working class' etc.) as rather 'nouveau', striving.
I realise decking yourself out in label jeans, a Louis Vuitton handbag, and matching top and shoes (aside from being a rather boring 'uniform') is one way to distinguish oneself from a worker in the paddy fields. In the same way, many Asian women continue to use special whitening creams to achieve that whiter than white skin look, for similar reasons, to many in Asia still, a tan indicates time spent working in fields rather than lolling on a beach.
But, frankly, there are far more important things to be doing with the time, effort and money put into achieving such looks (IMHO).

Monday, October 5, 2009


Had a major computer crash last week and had to do a complete reinstall. Very sad, and very time consuming.
Personal stuff was backed up, although I lost a few days work as I had stopped backing up nightly a few months back, in favour of a weekly save. (Something I am regretting tonight, as I finally review just how much work I really did lose. But, with only a 2gig RAM, the back up process pretty much precludes any serious work while it is running. Kind of regretting the decision now, but it can't be helped really. I'm maxing out readyboost, but it is costly (and ridiculous) to add RAM to a computer that will need to be updated sooner rather than later.
But, the rebuild! I didn't have a mirror image of the OS to turn to (never again, I might add), so 160 updates from MS later, and I am almost back up and running.
IE is causing me major headaches though. It just ain't happy and crashes on a regular basis.
It's the getting things back to nice and stable and optimised to the way I work that is the time killer!
On that note, back to the grindstone, part II.