Tech group helping Fukushima farmers fight radiation

Haven’t written about Fukushima for a very long time. People there are still living in “temporary” housing, the nuclear power plant is still being dismantled, the sunken radioactive cores have still not been salvaged, much land is still irradiated and closed to the public (and that includes the original inhabitants).

Here’s a short video by a tech group promoting their solution to one of the problems. I can’t comment on its efficacy, but I liked being updated about what’s happening there. It’s in Japanese with English subtitles. METER seems to be a US company. Some commenters are sceptical, but I see no contradiction in using technology to help clean up a technological disaster. Technology itself, like money, is neither good nor bad. It depends on how it is used: intelligently, with respect for the dignity and freedom of human beings? Or stupidly, in ignorance and without respect or understanding of what people really are? This video seems to me to document the former use.


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Listen to your favourite books and give your eyes a rest

I’m on a Trollope binge at the moment, and now reading “Phineas Redux“, which is #3 in the series (after “Can You Forgive Her?”, Phineas Finn”, “The Eustace Diamonds”, and followed by 2 more) . I just bought my Black Friday Audible membership which is just £3.99 per month for 4 months. After your first free book per month (I chose as my book a 29-hour monster because I really want to get my money’s worth!), you have to pay for each Audible title you download. There’s a free app for your smartphone or tablet and you can even listen from your Mac or Pc.

As I get older, I find reading, which has been a lifelong enjoyment, less enjoyable than it used to be, and I prefer listening. Audible is a great way to buy audiobooks.  This email from Amazon got my attention:

From Friday 16th November, check out the fantastic Audible Black Friday membership offer: 50% off for 4 months!

New customers signing up to Audible via this offer will pay £3.99 per month for 4 months, instead of the regular £7.99 per month. Audible membership includes a credit every month, applicable to any audiobook, regardless of price or length. The books are yours to keep for life, even if you cancel. With the world’s largest section of titles to choose from, there’s something for everyone. Please note, the offer ends 14 December.

Ok, gotta go: Phineas has just written a letter to a woman friend saying he’s been shot at in defending her honour and feeling all proud of himself, and now he’s been attacked by the gutter press and his relationship to the woman is now public knowledge! What’s he going to do? How will he revenge himself on that dastardly newspaper editor, Quintus Slide!


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Scanning and organizing your files

This is a kind of product review and includes Amazon affiliate links (I’m not an affiliate of FileCenter.) You have been warned!

Below the fold, I describe how I use Lucion’s FileCenter program to automatically name my scans and sort them into separate files by name.

I’m a satisfied user of Lucion’s FileCenter software and have been for several years now. One of the things I like about it and the main reason I use it, I guess, is the ability to automatically name files that I’ve scanned, based on whatever criteria you choose. I have FileCenter name my file based on the location of the file. Continue Reading »


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More books for sale

Updated November 8th, 2018  2018年11月8日に更新

  • I’m selling the following books on Amazon Japan. Clicking on any link below will take you to the Amazon page for that product. There is no obligation to buy and you will not be charged until you click “Add to cart” and then purchase. (If you do purchase, I get a small commission. Your price is the same whether you purchase via my link or directly from Amazon.)
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  1. Brewed in Japan: The Evolution of the Japanese Beer Industry を¥4,939で@amazonから出品しました。商品の劣化や破れ、剥がれ等が殆ど無い。 書きこみ,切りぬきはありません。地の角に少し汚れている所がある。下の地に黒マーカーペンの一センチ位の後がある。中のページには影響がない。使用感が有る。日本より発送。Very good condition. No markings, torn or missing or dog-eared pages. Some discoloration on corners of text block. Black ink mark on bottom textblock. Ships from Japan.
  2. Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America (Music/Culture)くぉ¥999で@amazonから出品しました。.  商品の劣化や破れ、剥がれ等がある。 切りぬきはありませんが書き込み(マーカー・ペン)がある。カバーに小さなキズがある。使用感があり。日本より発送。Good condition. No torn or missing pages but some highlighted sections in coloured marker. Slight scuffing and reading and scratches. Ships from Japan
  3. Lifemusic: Connecting People to Timeを¥1,743で@amazonから出品しました。  商品の劣化や破れ、剥がれ等が殆ど無い。 書きこみ,切りぬきはありません。下の地に黒マーカーペンの一センチ位の後がある。中のページには影響がない。使用感が有る。日本より発送。Very good condition. No markings, torn, missing or dog-eared pages. Black ink mark on bottom of the textblock. Ships from Japan.
  4. What Happened, Miss Simone?: A Biographyを ¥2,672で@amazonから出品しました。商品の劣化や破れ、剥がれ等が殆ど無い。 書きこみ,切りぬきはありません。地の角に少し汚れている所がある。下の地に黒マーカーペンの一センチ位の後がある。中のページには影響がない。使用感が有る。日本より発送。Very good condition. No markings, torn or missing or dog-eared pages. Black ink mark on bottom of textblock. Ships from Japan.
  5. Through the Communication Barrier: On Speaking, Listening, and Understanding  を¥2,320で@amazonから出品しました。商品の劣化や破れ、剥がれ等が殆ど無い。 書きこみ,切りぬきはありません。使用感が有る。日本より発送。Good condition. No markings, torn or missing or dog-eared pages. Some scuffing on edges of covers. Ships from Japan.
  6. Black Women Composers: A Genesisを¥2,646で@amazonから出品しました。 商品の劣化や破れ、剥がれ等が殆ど無い。 書きこみ,切りぬきはありません。使用感が有る。背にシールの跡がある。大学の図書館の本でしたから、カバーの内側にその図書館のシールがある。(図書館のものではない事が確認済み。ご安心ご購入下さい。)使用感があり。日本より発送。 No markings, torn, missing or dog-eared pages. This is in good condition. No markings, creases, tears or fading. No torn or missing or dog-eared pages. Some discoloration on spine. Inside the front and back covers are stickers that identify this as a former library book. Although there is no stamp saying “Cancelled”, this book has in fact been released from the library and is no longer part of their catalogue. Hardback. Ships from Japan
  7. 「Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit」を¥¥1,507で@amazonから出品しました。商品の劣化や破れ、剥がれ等の一箇所がある。 書きこみ,切りぬきはありません。少し使用感があり。日本より発送。Good condition. No markings, torn or missing pages. Slight scuffing on edges of covers. Ships from Japan
  8. 「100 Years of Song, 1900-1999」を¥6,609で@amazonから出品しました。商品の劣化や破れ、剥がれ等がある。 書きこみ,切りぬきはありません。地の角は少し汚れている。使用感があり。日本より発送。Good condition. No markings, torn or missing pages. Some discoloration on corners of textblock. Ships from Japan.
  9. 「Motown Anthology (Pvg Compilation)」を¥3,360で@amazonから出品しました。商品の劣化や破れ、剥がれ等がある。 書きこみ,切りぬきはありません。地の角は少し汚れている。使用感があり。日本より発送。Good condition. No markings, torn or missing pages. Some discoloration on corners of textblock. Slight scuffing on edges of covers. Ships from Japan.
  10. 「Rock Revival: 40 Top Hits from the Early Rock Era」を¥3,582で@amazonから出品しました。商品の劣化や破れ、剥がれ等がある。 書きこみ,切りぬきはありません。地は少し汚れている所がある。使用感があり。日本より発送。Good condition. No markings, torn or missing pages. Slight discoloration on corners of textblock. Slight scuffing on edges of covers. Ships from Japan.
  11. 「Hank Williams Complete」を¥3,181で@amazonから出品しました。商品の劣化や破れ、剥がれ等がある。 書きこみ,切りぬきはありません。地の角は少し汚れている。使用感があり。日本より発送。Good condition. No markings, torn or missing pages. Some discoloration on corners of textblock. Slight scuffing on edges of covers. Ships from Japan.
  12. 「Gathering Blue」を¥2,053で@amazonから出品しました。 商品の劣化や破れ、剥がれ等が殆ど無い。 書きこみ,切りぬきはありません。使用感が殆ど無い。日本より発送。Very good condition. No markings, torn or missing or dog-eared pages. Ships from Japan.
  13. SOLD! Click here to visit this item’s Amazon Japan page   売りました!新品はこちらへどうぞー>
  14. 「Lost in the Supermarket: An Indie Rock Cookbookを¥3,965で@amazonから出品しました。」商品の劣化や破れ、剥がれ等がある。 書きこみ,切りぬきはありません。地の角に汚れている所がある。使用感があり。日本より発送。Good condition. No markings, torn or missing pages. Slight scuffing on edges of covers. Some discoloration on corners of text block. Ships from Japan.

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Where did you go today?

I’m on holiday. Here’s where I went today, a journey of the heart, as well as the mind. I found beauty that needs no words to introduce it. Indeed, no words can do it justice. Enjoy.

  1. Did you know the U20’s women’s soccer World Cup is now in progress? Check’em out:
  2. Here’s a cracker from a few years ago:
  3. Picture: Portrait of a Young Girl by Pietro Antonio Rotari
  4. The music starts but the camera shows you scenes around and in the concert area before and during the concert, before zooming in on the musicians on stage. I found the response of the crowd very moving. A commenter noted that the tabla player is the father of Zakir Hussein, also a tabla player, who has played often with John McLaughlin and Shakti.
  5. 15 years later, Ravi Shankar played at the Carnegie Hall with Zakir Hussein on tabla. (Actual performance starts at 12:28 mark.) Words fail me.
  6. Concert for George Harrison, 1 year after his death.

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Ray Bradbury’s reading program for budding writers

In a keynote address in 2001, writer Ray Bradbury offered the following reading program to his listeners of budding writers:

every night for the next 1,000 nights, read

  • one short story
  • one poem
  • one essay

I started yesterday. And I’ve added a goal of writing 1,000 words per day. I wrote 1,000 yesterday. I think I’m nearly there today (hard to tell as most of today’s writing was editing and adding to an earlier post about reading Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods”).

Bradbury is hugely enthusiastic and inspiring. Check it out. Years ago, I bought and was dazzled by his book Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity, Expanded, then I lost it, and just last night, after watching this video, I bought the Kindle version (much cheaper!) Zen in the Art of Writing (tho I’m not sure if the Kindle version is the “expanded” or the “pre-expanded” version; probably the latter as it’s so cheap. Damn!)


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Writers on writing – Paul Auster

This came up in my YouTube “recommended” side-bar. I’ve not read anything by Auster, wasn’t even sure if he was British or American until I heard him speak. He has a pleasant face and I like listening to his voice. Can’t say that for all writers, that’s for sure. Martin Amis has an agreeable voice, but is not so interesting to look at: he sits so still, imho.

“It’s so much a matter of the unconscious telling you what to put on the page. And if you’re listening and relaxed enough to be able to listen, it’ll happen.”

What keeps him up at night? This was interesting, as I’m discovering or realizing that my private rants are excellent writing material; they are expressions of feelings that need some kind of outlet. Many of my rants are addressed to particular people or groups of people that I want to communicate with but am unable to or have great difficulty doing. Writing these rants has done several things:

  • gets them out of my system
  • allowed me to explore them and develop them – “what’s the real issue here? What do I really want to say?”
  • I’ve discovered its exciting to write about feeling. It’s a kind of free-writing – I don’t worry about organization, relating what I’m saying now to what I said earlier, contradicting myself, repeating myself. Expressing, not editing.

“Blisterning, ranting inner monologues that one has about the state of the world, mostly about politics; mostly about the stupidity of our culture.”

He’s then asked to give an example of a rant, but then he embarrasses himself. You see, just because someone is a writer doesn’t mean their opinion on everything under the sun is going to be superior to most people’s. You see this especially with Hollywood stars: they are often used as mouthpieces because advertisers know that people pay attention when a star talks, and don’t examine what they say too critically.  (Auster’s rant is that healthcare is a right, and before you rush to agree, consider Ayn Rand’s question: at whose expense?)

Continue Reading »


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Rustling paper nightmare

From https://www.dreamstime.com/stock-illustration-flying-paper-sheets-text-abstract-background-d-rendering-image73565478

Have you ever felt afraid, and not known exactly why you were afraid? The rational part of you will tell you there’s nothing to be afraid of, but the terror still lurks around the corner, in the shadows of your mind. That terror is the terror of nightmare, when the rational mind is asleep or off duty.

You’ve probably felt moments like that, in nightmares if not in waking life. Yet did you ever talk about it with anyone? Did you write it down in your diary? Did you put it into your novel or a poem?

I’m simplifying a novel – rewriting it for Japanese students of English – and there’s a scene in which a young woman becomes terrified without quite knowing the reason, and she flees the house and runs to a friend’s, even though it is very late in the evening, and even though that friend is living with his mother.

In fact, there is a very real danger to the girl, but she is not fully aware of it, or of its nature. It has to do with her uncle and the kind of life she lives with him: a life which, we learn gradually, is becoming moulded more and more by an uncle who seems to have very little real respect or sympathy for his niece, or for people generally, although he always sounds sympathetic, and talks grandly of universal brotherhood. It becomes clear to the reader that Uncle is smothering the girl, keeping her like a caged bird. Not only that, but the way he does it is by subtly laughing at the girl’s ideas and ambitions and hopes. When she says she wants to go to college, he laughs and says, “God made the elephant for toil and the mosquito for flitting about and it’s not advisable to experiment with the laws of nature, however, if you want to try it, my dear child….” He uses a similar approach when she talks of getting married.

Her fiancé has a sense that this is not healthy, and remonstrates with the girl, but she will hear not hear a bad word spoken about her Uncle. She handles his fan mail, you see, and she reads the letters of gratitude from readers for all the things he’s done. The girl thinks uncle is kind and understanding, but from the hints she drops, the reader (and her fiancé) sense that he’s not really kind at all.

So when the scene with the rustling paper happens, the reader can understand the cause of her horror: it’s her Uncle’s stifling, stifling the life out of her, mocking her own desires until she abandons them as puerile.  Continue Reading »


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Writers on writing – Anthony Burgess

Anthony Burgess, deceased British writer, (in)famous for writing “A Clockwork Orange”, a novel about punishment and morality which was made into a movie by Stanley Kubrick, which movie was subsequently banned for glorifying violence. A multilingual polymath, Burgess also wrote music (in fact, that’s what he’d wanted to study at university but was turned down because he had not studied the pre-requisite subject of physics!).

Burgess was not only a writer of fiction, but, like many other writers, a literary historian and critic. He was particularly interested in D.H. Lawrence and James Joyce and had interesting and insightful things to say about them both. In “The Burgess Variations”, an excellent two-part documentary on Burgess’ life and work (part 1 here, and part 2 here), Gore Vidal said he thought Burgess’ infatuation (or was it “obsession”?) with Joyce was unhealthy, primarily because Vidal thought Burgess was much better than Joyce!

Burgess’ life story had several interesting points, which probably say as much about me as about Burgess: his first marriage did not end well – his wife was an(other) Irish alcoholic, though feisty and had no doubt a liberating influence on the rather strait-laced Burgess (brought up in Catholic Jesuit boys’ schools) and they would get drunk together regularly. The drinking eventually killed his wife, and the doctors at the hospital where she passed away pointedly asked Burgess how well he knew her, i.e. why the hell did you let her get to this state?

His second wife was an Italian who had translated some of his works. She is introduced in the documentary in the chapter titled “Liana”, and the chapter opens with a photo of Liana and Burgess and the camera slowly zooms in on Liana’s face, which immediately captured my attention, it was strikingly beautiful, perhaps not in a classical sense but it had such life and joy in it, I immediately felt glad Burgess had found and had the good sense to marry this woman, as a counter to his previous marriage.

Photo from http://www.christmas44.com/image-22_Anthony-Burgess_obituary_5.html

He has some interesting things to say about writing for money, which contrasts interestingly with what Bradbury had to say about the subject (“Don’t do it! Ever!”) – see the video at the top of this blog.

 


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Ray Bradbury – Don’t tell anyone what you’re doing!

You don’t learn to write by going to college. You learn to write by writing!…I can’t help you become a writer. No university can help you become a writer.

OK, I think that’s enough of Ray Bradbury, don’t you? It’s been quite a fiesta, hasn’t it? Let’s wrap this up.
There’s a number of themes that Bradbury brings up in almost all of these talks: Continue Reading »


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