Archive for October 2010

30 Oct 2010

Japan Talk #162 – Backstage chat

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Backstage Chat

  • Problems with our main computer
  • Japan Talk website problems fixed
  • JapanSoc goes to Facebook
  • The joys of running a website
  • Miscellaneous ramblings

Links of Interest


26 Oct 2010

Christmas comes early in Japan

Here is a video I shot at the Joyful Honda mall in Tochigi on October 25, almost one week before Halloween, showing a massive display of Christmas decorations already on sale.

This video is also featured on the JAPUNDIT YouTube Channel.

26 Oct 2010

Samurai soba noodle shop

Check out the facade of this soba noodle shop I spotted while driving in Ishibashi, Tochigi.

See a short video report about it on the JAPUNDIT Video Channel.

Samurai Soba Shop

Samurai Soba Shop

24 Oct 2010

Back up and running

Sorry to everyone who tried visiting here last night, only to get some sort of error message.

It seems that our code had a slight problem resulting in a loop that caused our server to go bonkers. Trouble started when our server provider (one I’d never used before) pulled the plug on the site and then did the slow-walk shuffle to get things back up and running again.

Needless to say, they are no longer our server provider, and I have put Japan Talk into the capable hands of Blogs-About Hosting, who are the same folks that have been doing such a great job hosting JAPUNDIT right from the very beginning.

Gee, it’s great to be back home!

24 Oct 2010

Facebook…. Is it safe?

Is it safe?

Everyone seems to be jumping onto the Facebook bandwagon these days, including plenty of people in Japan, but common sense and basic prudence dictate that the savvy web user had better think carefully before taking a leap that may prove to be disastrous.

In an article titled What you need to know about Facebook’s insecure security on the Datamation website, tech guru and founder of The Raw Feed Mike Elgan says that “Facebook security” may be an oxymoron.

23 Oct 2010

Japan Talk #161

18 Oct 2010

How to deal with stinkbugs

16 Oct 2010

Japan Talk #160

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* Gimmeabreakman talks about Japan Talk
* No new Japan Talk design yet
* Local annual fireworks display
* New video: How to kill stink bugs (kamemushi) without the stink
* Featured artist of the week: Remember September
* Kobe Meet Up, December 12

09 Oct 2010

Japan Talk #159

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* A day late, but here we are
* Few news stories today
* Voting system at JAPUNDIT fixed
* Please help out at JAPUNDIT and vote
* Eating Natto videos added to JAPUNDIT YouTube Channel
* Japan Talk intro on the JAPUNDIT YouTube Channel
* English Teachers online comedy series
* Japan Talk hits 500,000 downloads

02 Oct 2010

Japan Talk #158

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* New Japan Talk site online shortly
* May skip a show next week for changeover
* New videos added to the JAPUNDIT Video Channel
* Thanks to everyone who wrote in with comments