Thursday, May 31, 2012

Engine Trouble


Why does this sound strange, 
and what do you think they were trying to say?

Auto repair service: 
Free pick-up and delivery. 
Try us once, you'll never go anywhere again.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A Mysterious & Suspenseful Crime Thriller

Some of the terms we use to describe movies 
are very similar and difficult to distinguish. 
The lines on this get a little unclear and different 
movie type people will have different opinions

OK so, easy ones first.
A "CRIME" movie
is obviously any movie about crime.

And a "MYSTERY" movie
is a movie with a mystery that needs solving.

Now it gets a little more confusing.
A "THRILLER"
is a movie in which the hero is in great danger.

And "SUSPENSE"
is a movie in which there is a big event that needs to be stopped.

Nowadays most films today fall into one or more
of these categories, and the nonsense that was
The Da Vinci Code could be classed as all of the above.


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Inventor of the TV Remote

Does anyone who invented the TV remote?





no ideas, yet?  still thinking?











ok, time's up!






The inventor of the TV  remote is Eugene Polley.  Well this great man just passed away this past Sunday at the age of 96. 


Now, he may not be listed on school textbooks, but I think he invented one of the most widely used inventions of the recent years.  Just imagine your life without a remote control for your TV.  When I can't find the remote for my TV, I go nuts! 

Friday, May 25, 2012

Siri: Convenient, but Dangerous!

In a previous post, I had a lot of good things to say about Siri and how it's a really cool tool to use.  I'm sure a lot of you make use of this application and also enjoy using it. 


BUT, did you ever think about where all the data goes to?  Well everything you say is sent to a server somewhere and all of that information is stored on the server.  So all the names you said and all the emails that you sent are all stored somewhere.  Kind of scary huh?  Apple doesn't say how long they will keep this information, but sure enough it is stored somewhere and someone has access to all this information.  Now, you might think twice about using not only Siri, but any other voice input and dictation programs.

In the name of eternal youth...

There is absolutely NO way I would wear something like at night! I may look 10 years younger the next morning, I so don`t mind! Only Japanese can come up with this kind of stuff! lol I really don`t want to go bed looking like a horse or a Mexican wrestler, sorry!

Word of the Week

 
SACRIFICE
 
1sac·ri·fice sækrəfaɪs/ noun
plural sac·ri·fic·es
the act of giving up something that you want to keep 
in order to get or do something else or to help someone [count
 
The war required everyone to make sacrifices. 
 
No sacrifice is too great when it comes to her children. 
 
  He made many personal sacrifices to provide help to the city's homeless people. 
 
  He made the final/supreme/ultimate sacrifice [=he died] for his country. [noncount]  
 
The war required much sacrifice from everyone. 
 
He provided help to the city's homeless people at great personal sacrifice (to himself).
 
 
2sacrifice verb
sacrifices; sacrificed; sacrific·ing
to give up (something that you want to keep) 
in order to get or do something else or to help someone [+ obj]  
 
She's had to sacrifice a lot for her family.  
 
He sacrificed his personal life in order to get ahead in his career. 
 
  I want to follow a diet that is healthful without sacrificing taste. 
 
  She was able to ask for their help without sacrificing her dignity. 
 
  They sacrificed their lives [=they died] for their country. [no obj
 
  She was willing to suffer, sacrifice, and work for success.
 
From Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary Online 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Hungry pelican!

Wouldn`t like to be that fish!!!

Sound a little odd

This was on a menu.

"Dinner special: 
Turkey $2.35, 
Chicken or beef $2.25, 
Children $2.00."

Can anyone tell me why it sound a little strange?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Do you speak English?

Click the picture above for an article from the Japan 
Times about how English is growing internationally.

wasabi nori

I thought wasabi nori was known by every Japanese. Therefore it came as a shock when my co-workers told me they had never heard of it!! Maybe it`s more popular in Tokyo because that`s where I first tried it and everyone seemed to know it! There are other flavors though like eel or squid (thanks but no thanks!). Never tried and I like wasabi so much!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Beach suggestions

I really want to go to the beach this summer and I planned to go to Shirahama. But do you know some other places where I could go? I was told about Tango which looks really nice but it seems hard to get there even by train... I also checked Okinawa but the 100,000 yen flight kind of dissuaded from going there at that particular time of the year! Any other recommendation???

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Phone Calls In the Air


How many of you want to use your cell phone in the airplane?  I'm sure all of you will answer yes but say that it is against the law to use a cell phone in an airplane.  I actually had an experience where a passenger would not stop using their cell phone on an airplane.  The flight attendant had to tell them over 5 times to turn off their cell phone!  5 times!  Plus the passenger had the nerve to get angry at the flight attendant.  Come on!  You are an adult!  Well anyway, because of this passenger our flight was delayed.


But, this type of situation will be a thing of the past.  Now a few airlines are allowing passengers to use cell phones on the airplane.  YES!  You heard me correctly.  Cell phones will be usable on air planes!  Yay!   Check out this article.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

You idiom!


FALL BEHIND
verb

To go slower than others and be far behind them.

When the campers took a hike in the woods, 
two boys fell behind and got lost.

(Two boys walked slowly and let the others get very 
far ahead of them; then they could not find the group.)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A Unique Restaurant

What do you get when you combine these two items?       

       


 You get one pretty unique Chinese restaurant.  If you check this article, you see some pictures of a totally new concept for a restaurant in China.  You feel like you are flying First Class on a plane and enjoying a delicious hot pot meal.  The waitresses are also dressed as flight attendants to give you the full experience.  I definitely would like to visit here if I ever go to China. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Don't touch my philtrum.

An interesting list of things 
most people didn't even know had names.
Click the pic for the link.
"Please stop, my brain is full."

Saturday, May 12, 2012

How much do you love your Ipod?

Who doesn't love their Ipod?  I'm sure all of you who own one, use it all the time.  Now, how much do you love your Ipod?  Do you love it enough to have it surgically implanted onto you?  Yes, a guy has actually surgically implanted his Ipod onto himself.  So for those you who love your Ipod as much as him, you can watch a video on how he did so you can do it too!

Implant your Ipod 

*WARNING*  There will be blood so you if you do NOT like blood please do not watch the video!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Whats the problem?


Sign in front of a used car dealer.

"Why go elsewhere to be cheated? 
Come here first!"

Can anyone tell me why it sounds strange? 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

rash

 
RASH 
DEFINITION
adjective
: marked by or proceeding from undue haste or lack of deliberation or caution 
EXAMPLES
He often doesn't think before he speaks, and this is not the first time he has had to apologize for his rash comments.

"Many colleges have yet to send out their final acceptances. So before making a rash decision, sit tight and wait to hear back from all your colleges." — From an article by Purvi S. Mody in the San Jose Mercury News (California), March 19, 2012 

DID YOU KNOW?
The earliest known uses of "rash" (then spelled "rasch") occur in a northern dialect of 15th-century Middle English. Its earlier origins are not known for sure, though it is clearly related to a number of similar words in the Germanic languages, including Old High German "rasc" ("fast, hurried, strong, clever"), Old Norse "röskr" ("brave, vigorous"), and Middle Dutch "rasch" ("quick, nimble, agile, vigorous"). It is not, however, related to the English noun "rash" ("an eruption on the body," as in a "skin rash"). The noun "rash," which first appeared in English in the 1700s, comes by way of French and Vulgar Latin from Latin "rasus," the past participle of "radere" ("to scrape" or "to shave").


From Merriam-Webster Online

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

FRUIT

The craft for playschool last time was a giant fruit basket.
Have a look, isn't it AWESOME?
Each kid picked a couple of fruits and colored them in.
Then we cut them out and stuck them on the basket poster.

What's the problem?


This was written on a sign in front of a dry cleaners.

"We do not tear your clothing with machinery.
 We do it carefully by hand."

Can anyone tell me what the problem is? 
 

The Cell Phone Race

I know a lot of you have smart phones and a majority of the smart phones users at our school have iPhones.  Do most of you use Siri?  If you have an iPhone 4S and don't know what Siri is, you should definitely give it a try.  Go to http://www.apple.com/jp/iphone/features/siri.html and you can see what Siri is like. 

But, enough about the iPhone.  Samsung is going to come out with a new phone this summer, the Galaxy S III, which might blow away the iPhone and make it the #1 phone in the market.  Of course there is voice commands like Siri, but it has many other interesting features such as keeping the display bright while you are looking at the phone, doing 2 things at once like watching a video and messaging, sharing photos, music, and much more just by placing the backs of your phone together.  These are just a few of the many cool functions on this phone.  You can check out http://www.samsung.com/global/galaxys3/feature.html for more information.  I might actually be interested in the phone when it comes out. 



But, of course there is the iPhone 5 coming out this year as well, so it will be interesting to see if the new iPhone will have similar functions as this phone. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

NUTS!

The word "nuts" can mean CRAZY,
when used as an Adjective.
So if someone says,
"You're nuts."
What they mean is,
"You're crazy."