What if Steve Jobs ran one of the Big Three automakers?
What if Steve Jobs ran one of the Big Three automakers?
One Man's Bible by Gao Xingjian (Author)
(Not a religious book)
A beautifully written book about the main characters trials, experiences, and loves in China under Mao. Labels: Personal Note
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I hope they do more cities like this.
The Auto Industry is getting their bailout but I have no idea if it is a good thing. What do you think? I think these articles give some good insights. Please share your thoughts with all of us in a comment. Thanks!
CNN has an interesting interactive map that allows you to see how each state is effected by the auto makers problems.
Fox news fact sheet:
I think we all feel the same about the executives and their bonuses.
Click on the picture and you can see why I love my wide angle lens.
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I have some Brazilian friends that are going back to Brazil because a factory is closing outside Nagoya. I am just lucky that the public schools always need native English Speakers.
Only third of Japanese think U.S. ties healthyhtpolltp://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20081218/pl_nm/us_japan_usa_
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I slept in today. Actually, I slept the day away. My cell phone vibrated against the tatami mat and woke me up. Opening one eye briefly I saw a message which I didn't like. Responding to that message I was perhaps not very nice.
Turns out the message didn't mean what I thought it meant at all. So I felt hurt and shared that hurt and there was no reason for anyone to be hurt at all.
So I didn't have a latte with Tomomi at the Starbucks up in Nagoya Tower. Instead, I looked around and waited for half an hour before she told me the train was taking her home.
You think you understand someone and maybe you do but with language and culture to overcome it is not easy.
All I know for sure is that I hurt someone and we both feel sad.
If you like humorist Dave Barry you should enjoy his take on how books could be shorter.
I love to read and if the story is good a big thick book is wonderful. But tell me, am I the only one that thinks many books could stand to lose the middle hundred pages? Where are the editors that say, "Hey Bob, you know your um story is nice. But what is with that middle section describing everyone within a hundred mile radius of a minor character?" Then Bob says, "Oh yeah I was just waiting for you to call me on that mess!" One can dream I suppose.
For now just let me say that against all the odds I still hope that the governor whose name no one can pronounce will finally resign. His soul is lost but at this rate he's going to take a lot of people with him. I just want to wake up and find that he left town with no forwarding address. Or is in a box. Oh you bet I am angry! The amount of damage he has done and could still do is terrifying.
You can read up on all the latest gory details at the Chicago Tribune's webpage.
I was looking at a new blog and discovered the story I was going to start writing! So for the story of Coke and Santa please check out this link.
If you want an exact number as of 11:36 a.m. 1 dollars = 90.450 yen. For updated information try this link:
What do the Japanese have for breakfast? Most people have a Big Mac because there’s nothing like grease and fat to get you going. Oh wait, that’s the American mindset. Sorry about that I am still waking up. At times Japan has little in common with the Western world. But like everywhere on earth a McDonalds is never far away. In Chicago there was a 24 hour McDonald’s two blocks from my apartment. In Nagoya there is a 24 hour McDonald’s two blocks from my apartment. So some Japanese people have an egg McMuffin and bad coffee for breakfast.
The traditional Japanese breakfast is rice, miso soup, baked fish and green tea. Really, fish in the morning? I speak the truth. At first I thought it was crazy but now not so much. Many people I’ve spoken to like fish in the morning but don’t have time to indulge. That’s their excuse and I’ve made it my own.
When I have time in the morning I do eat rice but refer Earl Grey tea. Each morning at school there is hot green tea on my desk when I arrive. For a short time in the summer everyone drinks cold green tea. Summers are brutal here and the humidity can easily reach 80 percent.
My vacation starts tomorrow so I can get up at a respectable time like 9:00 and cook fish. Even I can’t have a pastry filled with cream everyday!
We all believe in Santa Claus of course but that doesn't mean we don't need some explanations now and then.
I hope you enjoy this link.
In Germany the cabs are cream colored Mercedes or Audis carefully maintained. The drivers are middle aged and respectful. They don't drive so fast but like the UPS they are going to find the right address no matter what. If they need to ask a person on the street for directions they are happy to do so. Between the nice car, the well groomed drivers and their desire to help, you feel safe in a German cab like everything will be okay.
An Argentinan taxi is black, cheap (for foreigners) and usually has a middle aged to older taxi driver ready to fly at your command. At red lights and stop signs they often slow down a bit and then hit the accelerator if no one is coming. Ever wanted to go 100 miles an hour in a cab? This is the place for you. Your heart beats too fast but it is about twenty times faster then the bus. Taking a cab in Argentina can feel like a grand adventure into itself. A word of warning, the taxis at the airport in Argentina are known to have less than scrupulous drivers so be careful. See the following link for more information and a video.
In Japan taxis are often black but also a rainbow of other colors. Like in Germany, drivers are usually middle aged and kind. There is no uniform but they dress nicely and normally wear white gloves. In the western world taxi drivers only unlock their doors to let passengers in or out. In Japan drivers often keep the door open until a passenger steps in. When you are seated they push a button and the door closes. The cab is always immaculate and the driver pays attention like you are important. Generally they only speak Japanese so explaining where you want to go can be difficult. If you want to go close to a train station or a major landmark then tell them that. If they don't understand anything anything then try another cab. You are not allowed to smoke and drivers only use their cell phones to help find your destination. Like the Germans they are going to find your address and nothing will stop them from their quest.
On the plus side they don't tip in Japan so the number on the meter is what you pay. On the minus side the cost of a cab rises dramatically at night. A trip during the day that costs 500 yen can easily be up to 1500 yen at night. Yuki, a woman in Tokyo said that after a night of serious drinking she woke up hung over and full of regret about taking a cab home.
I can't live without Google but I do recommend another site for all your searching needs. Metacrawler http://www.metacrawler.com/ searches Google, Ask.com, Yahoo, and MSN Search every time you query it. It also filters offensive adult material and asks if you want to view it before showing you the results. If you want to find this link later it is on my recommended links as well.
So check it out and see what you think. Just don't tell Google that I sent you there, they pretty much own me at this point.