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30 September 2010 @ 20:41
 
GLAAD report on LGBT representation on US TV

A bizarre attempt to set-up a CNN reporter (I've seen this linked to as "funny", but there are details in the story that take away the funny. But definitely bizarre.)

Lottery simulator How much would you spend/win over a ten year period?

Landlords are dropping their idiotic demands for reikin in Tokyo... allegedly

A teacher on teaching half-Japanese kids

Day 08 - Are you a Herbivore or Carnivore? S or M?

First off: the herbivore/carnivore question refers to a media-manufactured "masculinity crisis" we had in Japan not so long ago. Apparently there are too many "herbivore boys" who just aren't manly enough. Do-S/Do-M refers to whether you're a masochist or sadist, but in a kind of cheap, pop culture way. Not if you're interested in doing scenes or not.

The other day, I was in a meeting with my co-workers and one of them was complaining that figure skater Oda Nobunari was too effeminate, despite being a descendent of Oda Nobunaga. I mentioned that my ancestors strapped themselves into kilts and charged into battle, but that didn't mean I was personally able to do that. Another co-workers paused thoughtfully and said, "Well, if I can imagine anyone here doing that, it would be you!"

...He's the one that has dreams about what tie I'm going to wear to seminars.

I am learning that most people see me as Do-S and a carnivore. I think the fact that I'm referring to what other people have said in this regard makes me Do-M. Working in Japan definitely marks me as a masochist.

Am I S or M? You tell me.

Do-S.
0(0.0%)
Do-M.
4(44.4%)
Radio button.
5(55.6%)


The Japan 30-day Meme:

Day 01 - A picture of you "in Japan". (doing or wearing something "Japanese")
Day 02 - Describe your neighborhood in Japan.
Day 03 - Most interesting person you've met.
Day 04 - What's your favorite place that's not in any of the guidebooks/lists of places to visit?
Day 05 - Which, if any, Japanese mannerisms or expressions have you adopted?
Day 06 - Food that you swore you would never eat but now love (or tolerate).
Day 07 - Which Japanese words do you use in English? (hanami, shinkansen, etc.)
Day 08 - Are you a Herbivore or Carnivore? S or M?

Day 09 - Favorite stores/shopping centers.
Day 10 - Something about Japan that sets it apart from anywhere else.
Day 11 - What did you find most overrated and underrated about Japan?
Day 12 - Describe a fail!gaijin moment. (Where you did something wrong or completely misunderstood because you couldn't ~read the air~ or just plain had no idea what you were supposed to do because you weren't born and raised here) Describe a gaijin!smash moment .(Where your foreignness was to your benefit)
Day 13 - Something about Japan that sets it apart from anywhere else.
Day 14 - What is the hardest thing about living in Japan versus your home country?
Day 15 - Weirdest food item you've seen, and weirdest food item you've actually eaten.
Day 16 - How you realised you'd acclimated to Japan. (if you have)
Day 17 - Your karaoke top 5, your sushi top 5, your conbini top 5.
Day 18 - Post some amusing/cute/faily purikura.
Day 19 - Your favorite Japanese character(s) and Gachapon/UFO Catcher toys
Day 20 - Favorite Japanese festival or folklore.
Day 21 - Favorite and least favorite Japanese fashion trends.
Day 22 - Your favorite Japanese saying or kotowaza (proverb).
Day 23 - What is something you have/do in Japan that you wish you had/could do in your home country?
Day 24 - Your favorite Japanese slang or borrow-word (外来語), e.g. セフレ "sex friend"
Day 25 - Most interesting vending machine find.
Day 26 - What's your favorite/least favorite train line.
Day 27 - Place you avoid going to if at all possible.
Day 28 - A picture of you looking like a weaboo/A picture of you trying to blend in and failing.
Day 29 - What's the thing you [will] miss most about Japan when you leave (either on vacation, or move away)?
Day 30 - Did Japan meet your expectations, both good and bad? What has been the most surprising thing about Japan for you, or the thing you least expected?
 
 
 
Narsus: faggotryreichsfreiherr on 1st October 2010 11:41 (UTC)
I had a masculinity crisis last week but that involved the horrifying realisation that I’d become that guy who franticly roots through the laundry looking for clean underwear on a Monday morning. Then I joined the gym this week and the feeling of pretentiousness offset that.
Williamgenkischuldich on 2nd October 2010 06:45 (UTC)
I think that puts you ahead of me. My laundry doesn't make it to the basket before I contemplate reusing it.

I can one-up you on the pretentiousness though. I just started using a calorie measurer/exercise-prompter... on my iPhone!