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by MacGyver
Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: What's new?
Replies: 20
Views: 1452

Re: What's new?

Japan is fucking weird now. There are jobs everywhere! In local restaurants they are hiring everywhere you go and at one place I saw an ad saying that if you can work a minimum of 2 hours you are welcome to apply. TWO hours! What is that gonna achieve? Businesses are that hard up for staff? Jesus! ...
by MacGyver
Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What was your family's main car when you were little?
Replies: 17
Views: 777

Re: What was your family's main car when you were little?

Did they replace the car with the Civic before you got your driving licence? Hmmmm.... not sure to be honest. I remember driving the Civic, in fact I had my one and only accident in it, but not sure when they got it. I don't remember driving the Land Cruiser but I doubt my dad would have let me dri...
by MacGyver
Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What was your family's main car when you were little?
Replies: 17
Views: 777

Re: What was your family's main car when you were little?

We had a Holden Monaro: https://i.pinimg.com/564x/a1/76/09/a176090258e4a5f266b93e7cdb032910.jpg And then a Land Cruiser (although ours had a bull bar which I thought was cool): http://topclassiccarsforsale.com/uploads/photoalbum/1985-toyota-land-cruiser-fj60-4wd-189515-miles-4-speed-manual-station-w...
by MacGyver
Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: lifes little greats
Replies: 2828
Views: 180169

Re: lifes little greats

If you wait, the prices you get for your power are only going to get lower. But so is the equipment. Actually I remember someone a whiles back talking about how the prices paid by the power companies had dropped compared to what they used to be but it didn't matter anymore (or wouldn't matter soon,...
by MacGyver
Tue Aug 22, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: lifes little greats
Replies: 2828
Views: 180169

Re: lifes little greats

my wife's house That should read "wife's parents house".... I had to get a place that was convenient in terms of commuting so our options were limited (also we don't drive so needed to be near a major train station). Yeah we're lucky cause we both work from home and don't need to be near a train st...
by MacGyver
Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: lifes little greats
Replies: 2828
Views: 180169

Re: lifes little greats

Where are you based Mac, and what does 23 million get you? The house is in Fujinomiya but as it is being renovated we're still at my wife's house in Fuji. Both places are basically on the border about 2.5 kms apart, so like 5 mins drive or 25 mins walk. House and land was 15 mn: land is 450 m2 and ...
by MacGyver
Mon Aug 21, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: lifes little greats
Replies: 2828
Views: 180169

Re: lifes little greats

I am tempted to pay it down, but the interest I pay on it is so low I can put the money to better uses, which is kind of weird. I recently bought a house in my neck of the woods (finally) and like you I was happy to pay it off as is and invest in other things, but seeing as the wife is terrified of...
by MacGyver
Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The President Trump Thread
Replies: 331
Views: 12880

Re: The President Trump Thread

Might as well close the thread with this post. :cheers: There's no topping this.....or is there? Ha! I think we could go on for a while critiquing the plot points. Speaking of which, this show has shown it isn't afraid of killing off characters, so I wish they'd hurry up and kill off Kelly-Ann Conw...
by MacGyver
Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The President Trump Thread
Replies: 331
Views: 12880

Re: The President Trump Thread

Can't believe how quickly they killed off the Scaramucci character though, but you know he'll be brought back in later seasons. Possibly, but I'd lose a lot of respect for the writers if they did though. I mean, that wouldn't be very realistic. The whole fired in 10 days is a bit of a stretch to be...
by MacGyver
Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: The Business Center
Topic: Starting Your Own English School in Japan.
Replies: 94
Views: 14367

Re: Starting Your Own English School in Japan.

If you are still out there, now 40 year old Samhain, how goes it with the school? You painted a very nice picture of it and I'm curious how the story unfolded after 2012 (well I hope). I don't want to be "that guy" who answers questions for other people, but in case Sam doesn't reply with more deta...
by MacGyver
Mon May 01, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The President Trump Thread
Replies: 331
Views: 12880

Re: The President Trump Thread

His base is probably with him, but they aren't enough to elect him alone. His support rate is pretty clearly only coming from his base right now (35-40% or so), so that is a major obstacle to him being re-elected. Plus the 60% or so of Americans who oppose him are getting very politically active an...
by MacGyver
Fri Apr 28, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The President Trump Thread
Replies: 331
Views: 12880

Re: The President Trump Thread

His "health care" plan was vicious and didn't even make it to a vote. Partially cause the Freedom Caucus didn't think it was draconian enough... :rope: His budget slashes taxes while beefing up the military. He could seriously damage if not destroy the middle class in America with his tax "reforms"...
by MacGyver
Fri Apr 28, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The President Trump Thread
Replies: 331
Views: 12880

Re: The President Trump Thread

World-class dumbass in control of the world's most powerful nation. "I loved my previous life. I had so many things going," Trump told Reuters in an interview. "This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier." :FU: More than five months after his victory and two days shy o...
by MacGyver
Wed Apr 12, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The President Trump Thread
Replies: 331
Views: 12880

Re: The President Trump Thread

Shawn wrote:
Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:56 pm
Just when you think something dumber could not be said, the bar get sets lower. How does this guy still have a job?
One word: his boss.
by MacGyver
Fri Mar 31, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The President Trump Thread
Replies: 331
Views: 12880

Re: The President Trump Thread

Shawn wrote:
Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:21 am
I'm pretty much talking to myself here. :blah:
No, definitely not. I, for one, have been lurking the whole time reading and enjoying (?) this thread. :thumbsup:

Generally just don't have the time to post anything meaningful.
by MacGyver
Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: School results time
Replies: 12
Views: 845

Re: School results time

Edogaijin wrote:
Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:19 pm
Not sure if that will pan out...fingers crossed.
Wow, that'd be amazing. If parents pay, generally kids don't pay them back! How are your sons English doing by the way? Last time I saw you many years ago, they didn't speak to you in E. Has that changed?
by MacGyver
Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: School results time
Replies: 12
Views: 845

Re: School results time

Sets me back about ¥130000 a month. I don't know how ppl can afford kids. That's a shit tonne of money and you've still got bills to pay for other things and kids! When the wife and I owned a house in Tokyo, we got out of the whole Kumicho thing because we worked. According to our next-door neighbo...
by MacGyver
Sun Jan 22, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The President Trump Thread
Replies: 331
Views: 12880

Re: And the next leader of the free world will be...

This is either going to be a very long and painful 4 years, or really, really amusing. :rotfl: I didn't see it (until just now) but I was out having a walk earlier and listening to Aussie radio and heard about this presser on the news and thought EXACTLY what you just said. And to make it worse, th...
by MacGyver
Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: Lifes little gripes II
Replies: 3240
Views: 230231

Re: Lifes little gripes II

No wonder the Japanese government is making old people give up their licenses... Yep, without doubt they should. I saw an oldie (in his late 70s, if not 80s) hit a pole the other day. He was turning right and reckons he didn't see the pole (the wife and I were literally 20 meters away when it happe...
by MacGyver
Mon Dec 12, 2016 2:11 pm
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: sushi
Replies: 5
Views: 706

Re: sushi

I don't think your typical Japanese would say kaiten sushi is authentic; it's just cheap and half-decent. Indeed. Every time the wife and I go to Hamazushi or Sushiro, the wife always says 最早寿司じゃない!But as you say good for a cheap and half decent feed. I think that much of the public still has a str...
by MacGyver
Mon Dec 12, 2016 10:40 am
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: sushi
Replies: 5
Views: 706

Re: sushi

This is a reminder for those of you still living in the holy land to grab some 回転 sushi at your next possible convenience. Here in the States, or at least the Midwest, people still think it's all about dragon rolls, or spider rolls, or whatever the fuck nonsense. I was in a high-end reputable joint...
by MacGyver
Fri Nov 11, 2016 12:47 pm
Forum: Sports
Topic: Give me a cricket tidbit!
Replies: 547
Views: 67989

Re: Give me a cricket tidbit!

I wonder who does it... I can't imagine Cricinfo would dispatch one of their regulars to cover it. Maybe a local enthusiast? I think it was someone on the JCA staff, but not entirely sure. Too far so didn't go (even though someone from the JCA asked me to go; fuck that too far) but I've lost a lot ...
by MacGyver
Thu Nov 10, 2016 11:38 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: And the next leader of the free world will be...
Replies: 239
Views: 29862

Re: And the next leader of the free world will be...

Donald Trump is the straw that people who feel they are drowning clutched at. And to echo senseiman, they may well find out that this straw was actually a 1 ton metal bar that continues to drag them under. I guess we're going to find out. As a non-American, while I am disturbed at the direction Ame...
by MacGyver
Wed Oct 19, 2016 10:40 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: A Thread for Translators
Replies: 171
Views: 64122

Re: A Thread for Translators

You can always save TM files as TMX and import them into Trados at a later date if you ever do start using Trados. Does the reverse work? Can you open Trados files in Felix and re-save them as .ftm files? I've never done it, but my guess is you'd have to save Trados TM files as TMX, open them with ...
by MacGyver
Tue Oct 18, 2016 7:42 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: A Thread for Translators
Replies: 171
Views: 64122

Re: A Thread for Translators

I used to but I dumped it for Trados. It's free now as apparently Ryan is sick so he stopped developing it although when I had a major issue and brought it up to him in person when I saw him at a conference, he didn't do shit anyway. For a programmer, he is a good translator! :P I mostly dumped it b...
by MacGyver
Tue Oct 18, 2016 5:18 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The Thread for the Sake of a Thread Thread
Replies: 285
Views: 73223

Re: The Thread for the Sake of a Thread Thread

Heh, my neck of the woods. I don't get out much but this is the first I'm hearing of it! :lol:
by MacGyver
Fri Oct 14, 2016 12:44 pm
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: Best of LJ: Your favorite posts ever
Replies: 21
Views: 2207

Re: Best of LJ: Your favorite posts ever

Mogura wrote in another thread that he left Japan a while back but didn't say to where or what he is now doing. When asked, no response was given... If memory serves, he did say something about chasing Eastern European women, which may mean he is in Eastern Europe, although all things considered, I ...
by MacGyver
Fri Oct 14, 2016 10:17 am
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: Best of LJ: Your favorite posts ever
Replies: 21
Views: 2207

Re: Best of LJ: Your favorite posts ever

Edogaijin wrote:McG----> Fetus Fishguts overeasy
YES, that's him! Cheers. In some ways, it was disappointing to find out he was a troll. If I'm not mistaken, the same guy was at least one other poster, but can't remember who.
by MacGyver
Thu Oct 06, 2016 2:37 pm
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: Best of LJ: Your favorite posts ever
Replies: 21
Views: 2207

Re: Best of LJ: Your favorite posts ever

I remember one poster, circa 2003/4, who told outrageous stories and who turned out to be a troll. I for one thought he was real. That was prolly my first experience with a full on doing it for the LOLZ troll I think. I think his first post was something about leaving a fish or some other dead anima...
by MacGyver
Mon Sep 26, 2016 2:56 pm
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: Online Transactions with Foreign Names
Replies: 11
Views: 1311

Re: Online Transactions with Foreign Names

Rakuten (and English being used as the language in its head office). Yes, so I've heard also, but I do wonder how much English is actually used there. From what I've heard, it sounds like official communications are in English and that's pretty much it. English is only used when it must be used. If...