Commuters have lots of complaints. Crowds, noise, smells, rude people, selfish people and delays seem to be the common ones, For me, however, commuting allows (mostly uninterrupted) time for a variety of hobbies that I classify as commuting distractions. There are a lot of them, and with each of these blogs I will highlight one of them.
|this means this sushi in on sale for half-price|
|Understand this? Then Kanji will be no problem|
Friends and family always ask how anyone can memorize all of them. First of all, we live with lots of symbols in our daily lives. The instrument panel in any car is a good example of this. Other examples include road signs, logos, and computer icons. Once you get over that, it really isn’t much of a stretch beyond that. If you’re in Japan, they’re everywhere. Put in a little bit of study and a little bit of intuition and you’ll quickly learn small, large, push, pull, exit, entrance, bank and half priced sushi.
My will remains strong–barely. By mere chance, Friday saw me perusing the store once more (perhaps if I avoided the mall altogether….) And, as if the train, and Lord of the Rings kits weren’t enough, they now have an array of superhero kits. I suspect a conspiracy to separate me from my money. Will this assault on my bank balance never end?
Which one do you think looks the best? My vote goes to Thor–though I thought he’d be taller.
|These cards are a cool, and inexpensive way to organize your vocabulary,|
While writing the post about the Rubik’s cube, and pondering my sometimes lacklustre economic future, I wondered if I should set up a business solving the cubes. I envisioned a system whereby people sent me their cubes (along with a return envelope with sufficient postage) and I would solve their cubes and send them back.
Of course I expected to charge a small fee for the service.
I know what all of you are thinking.
1 People could buy the book (or check on line) and solve the cubes themselves
2 It would be easier, and cheaper, to take the cube apart and reassemble it correctly
3 Nobody would pay for that
Sadly, the last point is the one that I think is most true. I know there are thousands of cubes clogging up people’s basements, or going unsold at garage sales. I am sure it would be easy to find them a new home if only they were solved.
Weep, for this dream is dead.