"There is a house in New Orleans
They call the Rising Sun
And it's been the ruin of many a poor boy
And God I know I'm one"
I'm paying by the minute so I'm not spell checking this, be happy if I even re-read it.
I finally got a responce from IBM, "Please contact your nearest IBM support centre for service" thanks Chris - my friendly IBM representative. Trying to FIND an IBM support centre (English spelling is usually cute, but in this case I hated Chris even more deeply because of it) is going to be very annoying. I pulled some numbers from IBMs international page. Their Japanese page is in JAPANESE so that sucks for me. I tried to have google translate it for me, with mixed results. So I am armed only with my wits, great phone rates, free time, and a lead on a Japanese IBM English tech support line. The chase either nears an end, or is just heating up.
In other news events, the movie "Sky Captian and the World of Tomorrow" was interesting and entertaining enough. It has that hokey adventure charm that movies and serials from the 50/60s nail. It is a cool movie, not great, not art, not dazzling, but entertaining enough.
I bought an amazing pocket translator. The Canon WordTank 80. It is primarily in Japanese, but after much searching I could not find an English to Japanese translator. Luckily this model you can turn all the menus from Japanese to English. But the absolute best feature is you can take the stylus and write on the screen to create a kanji and look it up that way. That is really cool. I am just learning how to use it, I got it last night at Yodobashi (Dan got one too, both of us on a hot tip from Chris).
The last two days were the summer course for kids, it was 5th and 6th graders. They were predictably nervious and introverted the first day. But day two they were really fun. I had a great time, and I think my cohorts did as well.
Flora is back from her whirlwind tour of Asia. I have met all the new JETs and they seem cool. School starts September 1st.
I need to go rent move movies, and possibly escape Daito for a trip to Nara, Kyoto, Hiroshima, someplace. Maybe I could go to Tokyo, hand deliver my computer, stay a few days, get it back and go back to Daito. Hmmmmmmmm...
My dad is digging up an editorial/"readers tell us" that was printed in the Alliance Review about how we should teach Intelligent Design. He will then send me that article so I can read it and craft a neuanced responce. I have a lot of built up frustration about this subject and even more anger from my current situation. Needless to say, I am really looking forward to writing a responce to this article. I am so increadably tired of accepted ignorance of real science. I am equally tired of science getting stepped on. I am equally tired of seemingly all discourse in America being hijaked by thinly veiled or proudly religious zealots with poltical agendas. My next mission is for there to be laws making it mandatory that evolution be taught at sunday schools. Whose with me?
Be happy, I re-read this post.