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The little questions...

Unread post by InTheColdLightOfDay » Wed Jan 14, 2009 11:45 pm

Didn't want to start a new thread for this, but couldn't think where the hell else to put it.
So I figured I'd turn it into a thread for the simple questions that could probably be answered quickly and easily, but don't quite fit it any other thread.
Anything that you want/need to know, anything that's been bugging the crap out of you or anything that you're just mildly curious about but, to be honest, isn't worth starting a new thread about... this is the place.

Anyway, what started it all was, has anyone seen the new "Che" movie?
I know some of it's in Spanish, but I'm wondering how much.
Is it worth someone with no Spanish ability and limited (to put it mildly) Japanese ability going to see it at the movie theatre, or is it just going to be a bit on the confusing side?
Told you it wasn't worth starting a thread for...
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Unread post by indoctrin8 » Thu Jan 15, 2009 7:14 am

i'd probly wait for the dvd, and go see the new bond film instead.

my question...i cant seem to view photos or videos on my lovely
new ps3. when i put a memory stick in, it registers as USB flash disk,
but when i try to open it it says "no tracks". whats going on?

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Re: The little questions...

Unread post by MacGyver » Thu Jan 15, 2009 2:18 pm

InTheColdLightOfDay wrote:Anyway, what started it all was, has anyone seen the new "Che" movie?
I know some of it's in Spanish, but I'm wondering how much.
Is it worth someone with no Spanish ability and limited (to put it mildly) Japanese ability going to see it at the movie theatre, or is it just going to be a bit on the confusing side?
I'm sure they have subtitles in E as well for the Spanish bits.
indoctrin8 wrote: my question...i cant seem to view photos or videos on my lovely
new ps3. when i put a memory stick in, it registers as USB flash disk,
but when i try to open it it says "no tracks". whats going on?
Make sure the files are of a format compatible with the PS3. Its a Sony so no doubt they limit the format types to either their own proprietary formats and/or common formats.
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Re: The little questions...

Unread post by InTheColdLightOfDay » Sat Jan 17, 2009 12:28 am

MacGyver wrote:
InTheColdLightOfDay wrote:Anyway, what started it all was, has anyone seen the new "Che" movie?
I know some of it's in Spanish, but I'm wondering how much.
Is it worth someone with no Spanish ability and limited (to put it mildly) Japanese ability going to see it at the movie theatre, or is it just going to be a bit on the confusing side?
I'm sure they have subtitles in E as well for the Spanish bits.
I wondered about that, but Babel didn't (for example).
I'd rather know for sure before I go.
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Unread post by redpower » Sun Jan 18, 2009 11:22 pm

I watched Motorcycle Diaries a few years ago in an arty cinema and it was only subtitled in Japanese. I managed to understand enough of the Japanese to get the story. In fact I remember laughing at parts of the film and being the only person who did, maybe I read something wrong, or maybe I could appreciate the subtle humour.

Before I was proficient in Japanese I would have waited until I came back to the UK before renting a foreign film I wanted to watch.

In fact..... How come I can buy a DVD in the UK that will have subtitles for at least half a dozen languages yet in Japan it was either Japanese or Japanese?
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Unread post by InTheColdLightOfDay » Thu Feb 12, 2009 4:55 pm

In answer to my own question, if anyone's bothered, is that it's mostly in Spanish.
Or so I've been told. Didn't go to see it myself, so I can't completely guarantee it.
Anyway, I'll just wait for the DVD, as recommended by indoctrin8.
redpower wrote:In fact..... How come I can buy a DVD in the UK that will have subtitles for at least half a dozen languages yet in Japan it was either Japanese or Japanese?
True, but I can't say I've ever made use of any of the other subtitle options. My Hungarian isn't what it used to be.
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Unread post by ShonaiBen » Thu Feb 12, 2009 6:41 pm

I also heard from a friend that the movie "Che" has no English so I will wait for the DVD too..........
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Unread post by steki47 » Thu Feb 12, 2009 11:29 pm

That reminds me of when I rented Mel Gibson's "Passion of Christ" in Japan. Got it home and realized there were no English subtitles. It was filmed in the original biblical languages. My Japanese is better than my Aramic, so I ganbaru-ed my way through it.

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Unread post by MacGyver » Fri Feb 13, 2009 12:57 am

Langslave wrote:I was mightily pissed off maybe 3 years ago when I rented the first Mad Max movie from Tsutaya. Got home and just whacked it on, voices were Japanese. OK, menu "Original Sound", there we go. Or so I thought. After only 2 seconds I realised.."These aren't the original voices..they're American overdubs!" Since WHEN was the first Mad Max an American movie?? Bollocks! Went back to the menu and had to select "Australian Sound". Bloody seppos! Apologies to my American friends.
Haha you wouldn't be the only one caught out by that. A mate of mine once told me a similar story. I also saw it on DVD ages ago and as you say, the "original" sound was Yankee and there was an option for "Australian". LOL
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Re: The little questions...

Unread post by InTheColdLightOfDay » Fri Feb 13, 2009 1:35 am

Langslave wrote: Just bought a new set tonight which has 3 different sizes so I'm hoping that solves the prob.
Headphones or ears?
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Re: The little questions...

Unread post by RandyDickson » Fri Feb 13, 2009 10:07 am

Langslave, hope that this answers your question.

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Earphones are among our most intimate pieces of personal technology.

They wrap around our heads or slide into our auditory orifices in a merging of human and machine designed to shut out the freaks, the noise, the mumbling and allow for self-reflective immersion.

They are the official sponsor of me-time.

It seems tech manufacturers have imagined just about every possible permutation of the rapidly expanding personal ear speaker phenomenon.

There's pricey, high-end technology that delivers a kind of sound quality that has never before reached the 8-track, cassette tape-trained eardrums of earlier generations.

Some models harness music from mid air, wirelessly capturing signals from the basement stereo to deliver them into your ears out in the backyard. Still others boast sophisticated noise-cancelling technology that drowns out airplane or traffic noise in order to produce a more pristine sound.

So, what's left to do here?

Well, a Canadian company has come up with a new twist: custom fitted ear buds that fit snugly into your ear cavities to block out residual noise, stay put during morning jogs and deliver unadulterated sound.

Soundcage ear buds ($199) are the creation of Sonomax Hearing Healthcare Inc., a Montreal-based firm that made its name in hearing protection for industrial workers.

The intent of Soundcage is the very opposite – delivering sound into the eardrum using an airtight seal.

There is novelty in the concept.

In about 10 minutes, you can be fitted with ear buds that conform to the unique innards of your ear cavity so closely, they block out all but the most deafening sounds.

It's like Ziplocking your ear buds to your head.

The Sonomax folks do this the same way they create custom earplugs for factory workers.

A professional fitter places a membrane in each ear and then fills it with silicone, which expands into the exact shape of your ear.

It cures within a couple of minutes and you've got yourself a pair of ear buds only you can wear.

That's because the innards of the human ear are more unique than our fingerprints, the experts say. There are vast differences in internal design even between ears attached to the same head.


Consider, then, the likelihood of any pair of generic ear buds fitting you well.

With the sound electronics inserted into the silicone membranes, you tuck each bud into your ear, then make a quarter turn that locks them into place. Among the unique features of the human ear, it turns out, is a corkscrew-like quality that ensures a tight fit. You can actually feel them snapping into place.

This can be a sticky process without some lubrication. Soundcage comes with some ear lubricant to facilitate the insertion. Some saliva also does the trick.

After you're fitted with the custom earbuds, the technician gives them a test using a sound machine with two microphones inside and outside the ear that test the "acoustic seal."

In my case, sealing was firm.

And the resulting sound was impressive. The electronics here, designed by Sonomax and manufactured in Asia, aren't top of the line electronics. There is a subtle flimsiness to the hardware.

But the ability of the membranes to block out peripheral noise and focus the ear on the music is entrancing and overall sound quality is hauntingly pure.

You won't want to wear these in busy traffic or anywhere else where sensory perception is required for safety. The Soundcage ear buds block noise better than any such ear-sound technology I've tried.

The main problem with a customized product for the mass market is figuring out distribution. Because each pair requires a fitting, you can't just plop them on to store shelves.

So, the company is now looking to do deals with audiologists, hearing professionals and optical chains to offer Soundcage fittings.

And the company has Bluetooth devices and hearing aids using the same technology on the horizon.

Personal listening devices are all about solitary social confinement.

Customization, then, seems like a logical next step.

And it comes with the added benefit of being able to politely inform any annoying iPod borrower that your customized ear buds simply won't fit them.
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Re: The little questions...

Unread post by sambo- » Fri Feb 13, 2009 2:36 pm

Langslave wrote:Burned my balls but. On another topic, does anyone know if ears (or at least the insides) can be different sizes? I know balls and tits can/are.


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Unread post by Stick-Swinging Incident » Sat Feb 14, 2009 12:29 am

Don't know why, but THAT set me off :rotfl:

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Unread post by InTheColdLightOfDay » Sat Sep 05, 2009 4:54 pm

Another question. Again, not worth starting a thread about.
To anyone who drives here, or anyone who doesn't but still knows the answer, what exactly is the law in regard to pedestrian crossings in Japan?
Specifically, not the ones at a junction but the ones in the middle of a straight stretch of road. Do pedestrians have the right of way?
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Unread post by allblacks » Sat Sep 05, 2009 11:17 pm

InTheColdLightOfDay wrote:Another question. Again, not worth starting a thread about.
To anyone who drives here, or anyone who doesn't but still knows the answer, what exactly is the law in regard to pedestrian crossings in Japan?
Specifically, not the ones at a junction but the ones in the middle of a straight stretch of road. Do pedestrians have the right of way?
There are no rules. In one case the judge ruled that a person walked into the car that hit them. I got sick of nearly being hit so I found a different route home which doesnt have crossings nor stupid JR trains crossings.

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Unread post by InTheColdLightOfDay » Sat Sep 05, 2009 11:23 pm

Seriously? There are no rules? So a pedestrian crossing is basically just a stripey bit of road with no real purpose? Madness.
Guess I should stop my habit of just walking across them even if there's traffic coming then.
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Unread post by Mogura » Sun Sep 06, 2009 9:28 am

The way I've had it explained to me, and I have not confirmed whether this is actually the law or not, is that the person in the larger vehicle has a legal responsibility to take safety precautions with respect to the person in the smaller vehicle.

As an example, if you're driving down the road and someone suddenly decides to cross outside of the crosswalk and you hit them, even though they were illegally jaywalking, you're still fucked because you had the bigger burden of responsibility. Same situation applies to cars vs. motorcycles, trucks vs. cars, bicycles vs. pedestrians.

Again, don't know if this is actual road law, or if it's some rule that insurance companies go by. This is how it was explained to me by several Japanese. Perhaps senseiman could confirm whether this is myth or reality...
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Unread post by katamari » Fri Sep 11, 2009 5:52 pm

sorry, i had to resurrect this.

does anyone else have to turn the tv volume up AS LOUD AS FUCK when they watch a dvd? ive had 3 dvd players, and its always been the same. blu ray is even worse.
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Unread post by gaijinalways » Fri Sep 11, 2009 10:56 pm

I always notice that too. The Japanese TV channels are also much louder than the cable channels. Always a pain when my wife takes over the TV! :drool: :ack:

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Unread post by eb0li » Sat Sep 12, 2009 12:56 am

katamari wrote:sorry, i had to resurrect this.

does anyone else have to turn the tv volume up AS LOUD AS FUCK when they watch a dvd? ive had 3 dvd players, and its always been the same. blu ray is even worse.

yes, I have that problem too. also, during the dvd the conversations are way too quiet and then the music/action scenes are disproportionately loud.

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Unread post by Stick-Swinging Incident » Sat Sep 12, 2009 2:02 am

Exactly, not to mention the commericals. God, you have to hit the mute button every time it cuts away or you'll wake the neighbors kids.
I think it has to do with the differing audio channels.
Either way, its a pain in the :moon:
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Re: The little questions...

Unread post by InTheColdLightOfDay » Mon Sep 28, 2009 6:54 pm

What's in those little bags that all middle-aged women carry around in the gym?
I've seen them pull out their wee bottles of weak, lemon drink, but they can't be just for that. Too big.
Probably a face towel in their as well, due to the sweat they work up in their hardcore work-out of chat and socialization, but 1 wee towel and a bottle of juice doesn't constitute the need for a bag.
What are they for?
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Unread post by RalphWiggum » Mon Sep 28, 2009 7:09 pm

InTheColdLightOfDay wrote:weak, lemon drink
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Re: The little questions...

Unread post by InTheColdLightOfDay » Mon Sep 28, 2009 7:21 pm

Drink your weak, lemon drink now. There'll be no time later!
Thank you, Mr Wiggum. And Mr Quinlank.

My gym/bag question still stands.
Though feel free to continue the King of Hobbies references.
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Unread post by katamari » Fri Oct 02, 2009 12:09 pm

its probly worth 50 yen. i would add another 48 yen to it, and head off to the nearest gotoh for a can of "gent plus". wouldnt get pissed on the stuff, but its ok for a cheeky pint.
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Re: The little questions...

Unread post by katamari » Thu Oct 29, 2009 8:10 pm

see that little packet of salt and pepper glued to the lid of 1.5 cups, what are you meant to do with it?
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Re: The little questions...

Unread post by angryboy » Thu Oct 29, 2009 11:23 pm

Why does the second pot of coffee I make with my coffee maker almost
always taste like crap?I`ve tried washing and rinsing everything but it
always works out the same!
If I throw out the second pot and make a third, it usually tastes the same as
the first one :huh:
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Re: The little questions...

Unread post by SamhainP8 » Tue Nov 03, 2009 7:27 pm

Don't watch the AFL or NRL Footy Shows then.



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Unread post by SamhainP8 » Wed Nov 04, 2009 3:43 pm

Ah it gets even better. Blood injection to elbow is $345 if paying privately, $500 through work cover. :roll: :huh:
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Re: The little questions...

Unread post by angryboy » Fri Nov 06, 2009 4:00 pm

Another fucken bum who shoots through without paying bills.
Nova`s problems are not anyone else`s so don`t thrust them on others.
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