Saturday, October 22 2016
Not a Kendo movie
I love the “exotic Japanese martial arts” vibe from this Sixties movie poster.
Thursday, October 20 2016
Wednesday, October 19 2016
Tuesday, October 18 2016
Smoking The Man Pipe
Not a euphemism!
There are web sites where you can figure out the origin of your pipes, such as Logos and Markings and Pipedia, and both link to other sites where aficionados of a particular brand have gone into obsessive detail. Even that’s not enough, though, and sometimes you don’t even have a name to google. In the case of one of Dad’s pipes, just a stem mark that looked sort-of like a fish-hook.
A sharp-eyed youngster (under 40) at the local pipe shop thought it might have originally been a nearly-vertical “♂” symbol where most of the white paint filling the stamping had worn off, and careful inspection confirmed it. But searching for “male symbol pipe” is a bad idea, even with SafeSearch turned on, and I gave up after a while.
Until a few days ago, when I happened to be looking at the history of Laxey Pipe Ltd, which specialized in making African Meerschaum pipes for other companies. If you’ve seen a Peterson or Barling meer, it’s probably a Laxey, and they were located on the Isle of Man.
Sure enough, one of the sample contract pipes at the bottom of the page is Comoy’s Man Pipe, with the same distinctive bowl carving and ♂ logo as Dad’s:
Monday, October 17 2016
Warmest by how much, now?
NASA reports that September, 2016 is the new hotness, beating out September, 2014 by 0.004 degrees Celsius.
So, exactly how many different measurements taken with different equipment at different times and places do you have to combine to compute the world’s average temperature to 1/250th of a degree, which by my calculations is approximately the amount of hot air expelled by the opening sentence of a presidential debate?
If they hadn’t already convinced me that they’re just blowing (cool, dry) smoke up our asses, this would do it.
The quiet dignity of traditional Japanese fashion.
Saturday, October 15 2016
Roll her in flour…
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Not Safe For Work Or Baking
Friday, October 14 2016
Thursday, October 13 2016
Yes, those are Tenga masturbation devices. Yes, at a Hobby Town in Japan. Yes, the label on the sign, 楽器, means “musical instrument”. Yes, the two kanji could be read as “fun+tool”, but only by a giggling 12-year-old.
Wednesday, October 12 2016
Amazon.com surprised me a bit today:
Google tells me it’s Turkish meaning “suggested for you”, and after several hours, it’s still there in a fresh browser session, despite the rest of the UI still being in English.
[Update: still there a day later, for several of my friends as well. I don’t see an easy way to contact Amazon to find out if they know.]
“So smart you don’t need a helmet!”
BMW is just a tad optimistic about the tech in their latest concept motorcycle:
The assistance systems in the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 will not only anticipate and advise when action is needed but also intervene, when required, to keep riders safe. Protective clothing such as helmets and padded suits will no longer be needed. Instead, riders will simply be able to enjoy the sensation of absolute freedom. A key assistance system in this Vision Vehicle is the Self-Balancing mechanism, which keeps the motorcycle balanced both while in motion and while stationary, and prevents it from tipping over. This technology consequently allows all riders of any level of skill or expertise to keep on pushing boundaries for an ever more positive ride experience.
Of course, “the sensation of absolute freedom” includes scraping your unprotected body across the pavement at 75 MPH after an accident, but the bike will still be standing!
Sunday, October 9 2016
Amazon Japan’s Halloween Store has a full range of theme costumes, including the always-popular Sexy Nun.
Miko costumes come in Straight, Sexy, Sexy Anime, Sexy Maid, and Touhou (Sexy). Lots of zombies and schoolgirls, too, of course. Not that these are strictly Halloween costumes.
Saturday, October 8 2016
Idea for email spam
My spam folder has been filling up recently with subjects like “1 F*ckbuddy Request is Pending”. I doubt that anyone is falling for them, so if the spammers really want to go after a demographic that’s interested in sex and willing to pay for it, and get them to read past the subject line, they should just call them pull requests.
Friday, October 7 2016
Shocked, shocked I am!
Upon hearing the “news” that Donald Trump once talked dirty in a locker-room conversation, six women who would never have voted for him decided not to vote for him. Two million unemployed blue-collar workers replied, “that all you got?”.
I’d repeat some of the things I heard while working with the janitors at a public school district, but my keyboard would melt.
No, not Jenny. I was just playing around with Gifify, and after fixing the broken framerate logic and adding options to clip the video to from/to timestamps (I suppose I should send a pull request), I made some short animated GIFs of “Ayumi Nagashii” and “Kanori Kadomatsu”, from my recent post on her.
First, a quick Wonder Woman twirl at 15:
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Tuesday, October 4 2016
Dad’s Ugliest Pipe
I’ve been sorting through the (partial) collection of my father’s pipes that we found in the basement of his house. They were in an open rack, and between the oxygen and the walker he hadn’t been down there in years, so they were pretty filthy. In many cases I couldn’t read the markings until I’d scrubbed the stummels in diluted Murphy’s Oil Soap, and I’m still cleaning and waxing them.
We know we haven’t found them all yet. For some people, 53 pipes would be a lot, but when the University was out for the summer, he’d often work at a local pipe shop, and the pipe cabinets he made himself would fill up a little more. Most of what we have now are those pipe-shop specials, an eclectic mix of minor labels, store brands, seconds, basket pipes, and red-headed stepchildren, and he smoked the hell out of them all. Even the one with the bowl so big I can fit my entire thumb inside.
There are a few “name” pipes in the mix. Two Savinellis, a Comoy, a GBD, a Barling, and two Ropps (including their trademark cherry-wood), and one hand-made that he must have bought in France when he was running the summer abroad program, a Pierre Morel from St. Claude.
And then there’s this, with the hand-engraved signature “E. OSG”. I swear it was rusticated by earthworms.
I’m sure there’s a story that goes with it, but it’s one we’ll never hear now.
Monday, October 3 2016
Untitled (Anime) Concert
(from the show that produced the world’s finest cover of Smoke On The Water)
Sunday, October 2 2016
According to her blog, she has a DVD and photobook out, but apparently only in the Chinese market. I don’t see any importers listing it.
Note that search engines are useless for finding anything that looks like two words, so unless you want results like “7 baby names that…”, use her name in Hanzi, 柳侑綺. That was useful for finding this photoshoot.