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Thursday 9 July 2015, 1.00am HKT

I N N E R   S P A C E   &   O U T E R   R I N G S


HERE’S something to ground up your brains and feed the bits to the cat.

For those who know two or more languages, which one do you feel your voice sounds most attractive in?

Let’s not get tangled up for now in that nonsense called ‘correct’ grammar or even mastery of the language. Let’s just stick to aesthetically pleasant impressions.

(Sounds of raucous laughter in the background.)

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Too comfy in your job lately?

Monday 26 August 2013, 12.59am HKT

IN case you’re not already comfortable enough with your own family screwing you

eight families via douban

Hita Nanase, a housekeeper with the psychic ability
to read people’s minds, leading her to uncover
the secrets of the households where she works

(via Douban)

“No one denied that Shintaro had a special talent for his job. But in a large company, efficient team work was more important than individual genius.

“(His technical skills are superb.) (And he’s got the ability to develop new technology.) (Unfortunately, he’s unable to compromise.) (If he can’t get his own way, he throws a fit.) (He refuses to take orders.) (Sulks.) (Hates working with others.) (Makes fun of his co-workers.) (Starts his own projects without permission.) (Won’t recognize anyone else’s opinion.) (Gets into a huff.) (A loner.) (Hysterical.) (Vents his anger at everyone.) (Violent.) (Breaks things.) (Cries when reprimanded.) (Then runs home in tears.) (So he can tell Mommy.) (Afterwards she calls me at home late at night.) (Endless complaints.)”

— Yasutaka Tsutsui [筒井康隆]*

Recognise anyone you know like that — or in yourself, for that matter?

Telepathy not required, to put it mildly.


* From page 227 of Portraits of Eight Families by Yasutaka Tsutsui [筒井康隆], translated by Adam Kabat (Kodansha International Limited, Tokyo, 1972, 1989, ISBN 4-06-186046-1). Original Japanese title: 家族八景 (“Kazoku Hakkei,” or “Eight Family Scenes/What The Maid Saw”).



© The Naked Listener’s Weblog, 2013. Updated 27 Aug 2013 (formatting fixes) (B13277)


Tuesday 9 July 2013, 12.18pm HKT

‘FUI’ stands for Fantasy User Interfaces.

fui korean dish

Pork cutlet and rice from Sindaebang, Korea
a.k.a. Dom João (King John) Cutlet, originally of Portugal

And we’re not talking about the term coined by Mark Coleran in the world of computer games.

This is a mildly racist post — which it is — which it isn’t — which it is — which it could be — which it couldn’t possibly be — unless you’re operating at the speed of stupidity.

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