Drama: More on Intersex drama, IS: Neither Woman Nor Man
Drama: Switch wo Osu Toki Movie planned I saw the stage play -- it was okay, but I think that it thought itself deeper than it really was.
Drama: More on the Gyakuten Saiban Movie
Internets: I Flunked My Social Media Background Check
Nature: New species of butterfly flying in Northern Ireland
Nature: Extremely Rare Leopards Caught on Film in Russia
Radiation: Radiation-Tainted Beef Spreads Through Japan's Markets [NYTimes] Thoughts below.
Tiger&Bunny: Merchandise Photographs
Tiger&Bunny: Inside Sunrise
US Politics: Sarah Palin Movie Debuts to Empty Theater in Orange County
Spam From Japan: Photo-walking Around Odaiba Boats at twilight.
Meat and vegetables continue to be shipped from Fukushima. I was in Seiyu yesterday looking to buy some spinach. Beside each shelf price tag was a note to look at the packaging to find out where each fruit/vegetable was from. So I looked at the packaging. Fukushima.
Spinach is particularly vulnerable to radiation as its a leafy green vegetable. Needless to say, you shouldn't eat spinach from Fukushima prefecture and I can't believe it's so readily available. As the above article notes in passing, this is mostly a compensation issue. If the government bans beef (or anything, really) from Fukushima, the farmers will be entitled to more compensation. Luckily, the government have finally seen sense and banned it yesterday. But I will never eat 1) unsourced produce 2) anything from Fukushima again. I mentioned on Twitter that supermarkets have got away with labelling a lot of stuff '国産' which is Japanese for 'somewhere, anywhere within Japan -- guess!?'
Funny, I thought that radiation would get into our food supply first through illegal relabelling, particularly children's school lunches. Turns out they're going to label it accurately and we're going to buy it. GANBAROU MINASAN!!!1
If you want to avoid Fukushima produce, this is the kanji for it: 福島. You'll probably want to avoid 国産 food too. It's got to the stage where they would tell you if it wasn't Fukushima or its surrounding areas. Anyway, that's enough of my emo bullshit on radiation for now. Most people don't seem to be too worried.
We've been told that Ma-On (pronounced 'mah-gon') is coming our way. The rain was coming pretty strong last night; I was teaching a lesson and it sounded like a washing machine outside. It's bright and sunny out now though, and the typhoon was supposed to have already hit. I just heard it's been downgraded to a tropical storm and should miss Touhoku.
I saw Mighty Thor in the cinema the other day. It hasn't been out long and they kind-of renamed it because 'Thor' and 'Saw' sound identical in Japanese. I liked it, but in a strange twist preferred the script to the special effects.
And... um... J has been showing me the Harry Potter movies in preparation for Deathly Hallows Part Two. They're actually pretty good! *laughs* Welcome to the 2000s... The best-dressed character (Sirius) died. How dare they kill a man with a waistcoat and watchchain! One thing that bothered me though -- Harry and friends are clearly shown flying over Canary Wharf, so why couldn't Torchwood help them defeat Voldemort?
I'm trying to figure out how to watch mkv files properly. In the past, I've made do with very poor quality video that skips and stutters. I tried installing Media Player Classic, but the video and audio are completely out of sync. No codecs or output changes help. I wanted to do my speed-watch of all the summer anime, but maybe I'll just do some photo editing instead.
I'm off to the improv workshop very soon. Kind of tired though. I probably need to cut down on coffee so I sleep better.