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33182 No. 33182 [Edit]
Sort of a hybrid between the book club and "post something new you learned." Post any interesting essays, articles or prose you've stumbled across on the internet.

I'll start:
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A Comparison of Japanese and European Cultures
-1585 by Luis Froís, a Portuguese Jesuit missionary
Short and interesting.
>> No. 33936 [Edit]
When Talking About Burakumin, NEVER SAY "BURAKUMIN!"
>> No. 33939 [Edit]
That was fascinating, thank you for sharing!

I'll share "How a White Lie Gave Japan KFC for Christmas"
>> No. 33940 [Edit]
>10.1. We write with 22 letters; they use 48 kana letters and an infinite number of characters in various kinds of letters.
It's like an old version of "there are more kanji than there are stars in outer space"
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I found this in tohno-chan's archive. It's very interesting.
The Adventures of Eggplant

Post edited on 31st Dec 2019, 2:00pm
>> No. 33946 [Edit]
It's interesting.

>2.34. In Europe, young girls are always very strictly kept in their houses; in Japan, girls go alone wherever they want, for one or several days, and are not answerable to their parents about that.

In the Hagakure, it says that one should keep their daughter at home never allowing them to even visit a temple and never allowing them to interact with men. That seems quite the opposite to this, maybe common people allowed them to do whatever they wanted but the rich didn't or maybe he says to do this but it was not so common.
>> No. 33979 [Edit]
The Genetics of Sex Differences in Brain and Behavior
>In this paper, we will review sex differences in brain and behavior that are not due to the action of hormones secreted by the gonads—which has been the dominant mechanism associated with such differences—but from what we term `direct genetic effects.' These are effects that arise from the expression of X and Y genes within non-gonadal cells and result in sex differences in the functions of those cells.
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>The Japanese translation of "Lord of the Rings" by Teiji Seta and Akiko Tanaka may be regarded as one of the greatest translations in Japan.
>> No. 34081 [Edit]
Do you have the full text by any chance?
>> No. 34082 [Edit]
It appears it was a translated excerpt from "Tratado em que se contem muito susinta e abreviadamente algumas contradições e diferenças de custumes antre a gente de Europa e esta provincia de Japão." Even though it should be well out of copyright there don't seem to be any freely available versions. There's a preview on google books of some pages.
>> No. 34202 [Edit]
I couldnt find the original BUT an english translation with extra commentary by robin d gill called topsy-turvy 1585 is fully available on ggl books(~700 pages).Search for his name there and you ll find all his books.You can use a small programm like ggl books downloader to download it fully as images or pdf.
The guys site is paraverse dot org and he has quite a few books(most jap related) fully uploaded.The book is really good but a lot of the aphorisms are not quite right-some abt portugal/europe some about japan are quite misleading as they are presented.Happy reading
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I've never seen a more strangled and miserable interpretation.
>> No. 34362 [Edit]
That cover is borderline false advertisement.
>> No. 34363 [Edit]
I'm not reading all that but I saw they cited tv tropes and that's all I needed to know to throw it all out.
>> No. 34364 [Edit]
I didn't know "moral event horizon" came from tv tropes. I never heard of it before this though either. Coming this fall, a whole volume of Mechademia, a peer reviewed "academic" journal, on "Queering" is coming out.

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Glossary of eroge terms in Japanese
>> No. 35257 [Edit]
Fenn's treasure has finally been found
>> No. 35306 [Edit]
The Autobiography of Yukichi Fukuzawa. He was among the first from Japan to visit the US, studied English and introduced Western culture and ideas to Japan, and ultimately helped bring about the transition of Japan from an isolated feudal society into its modern nation-state.

There's a narration of one of the chapters:
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B4RN is Rural internet doen right
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>> No. 35857 [Edit]
Wait, you mean it wasn't di gi charat?
>> No. 35879 [Edit]
This was already answered but here's some other related stuff.
>> No. 35880 [Edit]
I think there are GAMERS outside of Akihabara.
>> No. 35929 [Edit]
Satellite internet is coming
>> No. 36538 [Edit]
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A while back I found a list of passwords for databases we had access to in my middle school. I thought it would interesting to see what articles they had on anime. Here's a few interesting and amusing choice quotes.

>Goku may fly over you this weekend, Sanji will offer a tasty dish and one of Naruto's kunais might come zipping through the air. It's a good thing I brought my kids to work because I'm really not sure what all that means. The boys tell me these and other characters from the world of anime will fill downtown starting Friday when Florida's largest anime convention kicks off at the Tampa Convention Center.
>The boys are excited, but me? I'm just waiting for The Flintstones convention. …
>About that iPhone hype. Unless it comes with a direct connection to the man above, I don't think you should call anything the "Jesus phone."

TV Overdose for Kids- 2009
>I still get nostalgic whenever I come across kiddie shows on television.For example, I pine for old good carrot-munching Bugs Bunny and perky Woody Woodpecker. The fast-paced Japanese animated shows called Anime, in my book, are too realistic and mere imitation of violent adult action movies. Some of the casualties of modern animation were characters that my generation grew up with.
>harsh-voice Donald Duck, Tom and Jerry and Mickey Mouse with his merry gang of Minnie Mouse, Pluto and hare-brained Goofy, truly kid stuffs. These wholesome shows of my childhood have now been replaced by Astro Boy, Voltes V, Mazinger Z and other androids battling mechanical monsters out to take over the world.As always, the shows always end up with the hero and the villain trying to annihilate each other in a flurry of lights, colors and grating synthesized sounds. Great for kids, but unfortunately, bad for their education.
>Research shows that exposure to this type of programming increases the risk of aggressive behavior and at the same time, desensitizes children to violence. Studies on links between TV overdose and child development and value formation also reveal that these kinds of shows can muddle children’s understanding of the world and get in the way of their learning what’s right and what’s wrong. All this is according to LimiTV, a United States organization that advocates little-to-no TV viewing for children four-and-under.

Japanese Art, Contemporary- 2004
>The signs of Western childhood play a very prominent role in post–World War II Japanese popular art, which has become increasingly global in its reach. This imagery, which is loosely called anime, takes many forms
>Begun in reaction to the events of World War II, anime have been described as both evidence of Japanese cultural vitality in the face of trauma and an escape from it.
>The salient characteristic of Japanese popular art within the history of childhood is its wholesale adoption of distinctly Western conventions for representing the ideal of innocent childhood–hybridized with traditionally Japanese manga comic drawings and mainstream Western cartoons. Most importantly, the large, round-eyed facial features of the stereotypically innocent child quickly became the standard mode of representing anime heroes and heroines, despite their clear racial difference from Japanese facial features.
>Western artists, moreover, have begun to incorporate anime imagery into their traditions, causing the stereotypes of childhood to reappear where they came from in radically new modes. A group of artists led by the award-winning French conceptual artist Pierre Huyghe, for instance, created a series of works made between 1999 and 2002, collectively titled No Ghost Just a Shell, based on an anime girl character called Annlee. These works addressed a range of distinctly adult concerns. As with other aspects of a post-modern, global culture, the signs of what was once considered inherently natural, in this case innocent childhood, have been detached from their content.

Anime in America: Japan's animated movies have risen from cult status to cultural force in the US. Next up for the moviemakers: winning approval from Mom and Dad- 2003
>An abandoned theme park. Temples, lakes and food fit for gods. It's a cartoon, but a beautiful, stunningly realistic one that leaves the audience hushed at this dinky art house theater in South Florida. Most wait until the last credit leaves the screen. The movie is Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi in Japanese) and it's the latest anime hit in the US. Anime in America is winning more sales and fans than ever before.
>Hard-core anime fans are not surprised by the film's success. They've grown up on TV shows like Voltron and Power Rangers, so the brilliance of Miyazaki and other anime directors is nothing new.
>Japanese anime, a genre once reserved for the TV dens of Star Trek-types and reclusive teenagers, is now super-hip in the States.
>typical anime fans used to be predominately male, techie types, 70-80 percent college educated and between 25 and 30 years old. Today the US audience is 50:50 teenagers (mostly 14- and 15-year-olds) and adults, according to a recent survey at an SPJA expo in New York.typical anime fans used to be predominately male, techie types, 70-80 percent college educated and between 25 and 30 years old. Today the US audience is 50:50 teenagers (mostly 14- and 15-year-olds) and adults, according to a recent survey at an SPJA expo in New York.
>Like other anime fans, Innes has his own Web site,, where anime followers post their own bios and profiles. It's for fans to keep track of which character is which, he says.
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>To save paying $100 plus per tape, fans would drive for miles to the paltry number of stores stocking anime. They'd tape it, duplicate it, then send it back. It was Gunbuster's success that triggered a flurry of releases, Tatsugawa says.
>More Americans got excited by anime in 1993, when the Fox Channel Network aired a remake of the Power Rangers, says Innes. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was an instant hit and created an anime frenzy.
>What might hold all this back is pornography and violence. Compared with American cartoons, the miniskirts, bare bottoms and flirtatiousness on some anime can look a bit smutty. Tatsugawa says that part of this might be different cultural values. While Puritan American mothers might balk at boys pulling off girls' shirts on an anime show, Japanese moms might be shocked by Itchy blowing up Scratchy on The Simpsons.
>But the biggest hurdle of all might be the presence of Xrated anime porn. The weird adult anime available in video stores in the US and in Japan is something that companies like Pioneer, Bandai and Viz Communications want nothing to do with. Tatsugawa thinks mainstream companies will react the same way. If you have AOL Time Warner and Disney getting behind anime, the last thing they want is for American mothers to second-guess their anime purchase, Tatsugawa says. "That would crush the industry here." When Japanese manga and anime come to American shores, the content can seem a little raw or risque to American readers. Viz Communications has tweaked the content of manga it handles to suite American tastes; Jason Thompson, editor of the new Enghsh-version of Shonen Jump, offers some examples.
>"We removed a two-page sequence where Misty, the lead female character for Pokemon, was bathing in a hot spring. Where the women's clothing was too revealing, we had to make the swimsuits larger and changed the shape of their bodies so they were less provocative (i.e. less chesty).
>"In Dragon Ball Z, which Viz has been publishing in English since 1998, one of the characters, Gohan, was naked in a scene. You can see his genitals. It's not sexual, but we thought it was inappropriate so we enlarged his stomach a little to cover what was there. This was just one panel."

Can a Nerd Get the Girl?- 2005 Kay Itoi
>Pity the poor otaku. Obsessive-compulsive recluses, they are the diehard fans of Japan's world-famous subculture hobbies–anime (animated films), manga (cartoons) and videogames. More comfortable in a virtual world than the real one, they are notorious for their lack of social skills and even less fashion sense. The general rule is that otaku can't get dates.
>So why, suddenly, are they hot? Chalk it up to the new "Densha Otoko" phenomenon. Last spring a (supposedly) real-life 22-year-old otaku–whose online pseudonym is Densha Otoko, or Train Man–began posting notes on Internet message boards. He'd met a woman waaay out of his league on the Tokyo train. Because he'd never had a date, he had no clue how to ask her out, where to take her or even how to talk to her. Fellow Netizens posted hundreds of makeover tips. Two months later Densha Otoko had acquired a new wardrobe, given up anime and his thrice-weekly visits to the otaku mecca of Tokyo's Akihabara district, and become a different man. He also got the girl.
>Loser nerds as lovers and business trendsetters, all in one myopic package? To determine whether this improbable combo could possibly be for real, I hit the streets of Akihabara to do some research. This turned out to be difficult. Otaku, it turns out, don't like eye contact, let alone verbal communication. The first five I approached jumped up and ran. The sixth was friendly but insisted he never has trouble getting a girl. The last was incensed. "Why ask me? You think I'm an otaku?"
>Confused, I asked Hiro, a manga connoisseur and self-proclaimed otaku, what he thought. You've got it backward, he explained. "Densha Otoko" is not about an otaku in love. To the contrary, it's a story of a guy who ditches his otakuness for love. And that's why "Densha Otoko" is destined to remain a fad rather than become a trend. Because for hard-core otaku, the very idea is an impossibility. Despite all reports to the contrary, they are convinced that anonymous Densha Otoko is fictional.
>The brutal truth is, otaku are nerds. They still can't get dates. But there is good news. They will continue to buy anime videos and figures. The Japanese economy is grateful.
>> No. 36540 [Edit]
>Voltes V
What country or year was that? 2009 doesn't seem right. Very strange.

Post edited on 2nd Nov 2020, 9:51am
>> No. 36798 [Edit]
Manuals are boring... what?
>> No. 37914 [Edit]
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Article in Japanese explaining the opposite perception of English and Japanese speakers when the other person interjects during a speaker's sentence, being impolite in English and polite in Japanese.

Personally, the English perspective seems lower effort, so I prefer it.
>> No. 37915 [Edit]
I'd observed that in bokke/tsukkomi routines but it's interesting to know that it happens in conversations as well. From what I gathered (admittedly using a combination of gtranslate and the wikipedia pages for Aizuchi), while we do have the same sorts of interjections/echo questions in English as well, English conversations tend to use fewer of them and rely more on non-verbal cues (head nodding, eye contact, etc.). I think I might actually prefer the Japanese style because it actually seems more direct to me; the English perspective seeming to require less effort is a misnomer because you have to compensate for the lack of verbal attentiveness with non-verbal cues. And I hate doing things like maintaing eye contact or just nodding while a person speaks on. In comparison with the JP perspective the other person has an impetus as well to pause his speaking at a natural place, so it's more like playing a game of catch.
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The history and decline of Ape language research. Remember all those articles about how gorillas can learn sign language? Well, the truth is they kind of can, but not that well. Also, the most famous example was raised by a crazy bitch.
Some choice quotes
>Nancy Alperin and Kendra Keller alleged that Patterson pressured them to show their nipples to Koko. Patterson apparently thought this was for Koko’s benefit; it was alleged in the lawsuit that Patterson once said, “Koko, you see my nipples all the time. You are probably bored with my nipples. You need to see new nipples. I will turn my back so Kendra can show you her nipples.”
>Safkow, who worked at the Gorilla Foundation several years after the Alperin and Keller suit was settled, said Koko remained intrigued by nipples. “It was just a given that you show your nipples to Koko,” he said. “Koko gets what Koko wants. We would even hold our nipples hostage from her until she took her pills.”
>“We always tried to get her to exercise, but she would never go outside — she just wanted to sit in her little trailer and watch TV or sleep.” The Gorilla Foundation maintains that Koko is not overweight and that at her current weight of 270 pounds she “is, like her mother, a larger frame Gorilla” and within the healthy weight of a captive gorilla. (Wild female gorillas are 150-200 pounds.)
>Over the years, Koko has been photographed playing with her dolls as “practice for motherhood,” and the Gorilla Foundation says that Koko “chose” Ndume through video dating. He has been on long-term loan from the Cincinnati Zoo since 1991. After 23 years, the two have not mated, and former employees report that they spend all their time separated. Koko and Ndume “can only see each other through two sets of bars,”
>Safkow also said he believed Patterson strongly favoured Koko—after all, Koko has been her project for so many years—and would spend time talking and laughing with her in her trailer while Ndume cried. “Patterson does not spend any time with Ndume, except to walk by his window and give him a treat,” he said. “I feel that he’s the real victim.”
>> No. 38614 [Edit]
I wonder how much of Alex the parrot's intelligence is true as well.
>> No. 38615 [Edit]
>Patterson: Nipple rhymes with people, she doesn’t sign people per se, she was trying to do a ‘sounds like…’
>> No. 38616 [Edit]
Maybe since the way she learned sign language is different from how a deaf person would?? Either way Patterson was full of it.

Post edited on 11th Aug 2021, 11:33pm
>> No. 39237 [Edit]
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Kind of amusing, but not surprising.
>> No. 39239 [Edit]
What place even teaches Racket as the first language? MIT and Berkeley have long since stopped using scheme and use python for introductory course.
>> No. 39240 [Edit]
I think the University of Waterloo does?

Post edited on 15th Feb 2022, 3:14pm
>> No. 39276 [Edit]
Japanese wikipedia article on the South Park episode Chinpokomonチンポコモンチンポコモン?_x_tr_sl=ja&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=wapp
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For a moment I was surprised to get a match on my search, thinking they had figured out who was producing these insults against the Japanese under the guise of being "Americans"

But alas, it's just from the name of another episode
>> No. 39279 [Edit]
Trey Parker(who wrote that episode) isn't Jewish, and had a Japanese wife at one point. Matt Stone only has one Jewish parent. Yoshihiro Hattori was shot and killed by mid-westerners, who weren't exactly friendly to Japanese people.

Post edited on 27th Feb 2022, 1:46pm
>> No. 39281 [Edit]
South Park at the time was produced under the supervision of Jewish executive producer Debbie Liebling for the purpose of being televised by Comedy Central, which was run by its Jewish president Doug Herzog and owned by Viacom, the company of Jewish media mogul "Sumner Redstone" (real name: Murray Rothstein).

I've never heard of Yoshihiro Hattori before and don't think he has anything to do with the South Park episode. I guess you simply wanted to bring up some random event from American history that in your mind somehow enables you to portray non-Jewish Americans as being racist against the Japanese.

Anyway, let's either change topics or take this to /tat/.
>> No. 39284 [Edit]
I guess their "supervisor" also told Trey and Matt to make fun of Scientology and Muhammad.
>in your mind somehow enables you to portray non-Jewish Americans as being racist against the Japanese
No less so than Jewish Americans in the 90s.
>> No. 39320 [Edit]
Stumbled on this in an article about build systems.

Choice quote,
>Other self-taught narratives, such as starting with Wordpress-based design backgrounds and moving from more simple themes to more complex themes where PHP knowledge is required, to plugin development is a completely valid narrative, but a path that is predominately for women

Did not know that was "predominately for women".
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>> No. 39448 [Edit]
I remember downloading and setting up Zeronet back in the day, but thinking that it was still too early, and deciding to wait a bit and check back. How sad to hear of the current situation. Very disappointing.
>> No. 39510 [Edit]
I didn't see anything about build systems in that? Were you referring to an article that linked to the one you posted?

Because I'd really like an article about build systems (as in make/cmake/gradle/etc.) and why they're all universally garbage. It often ends up being easier to just set CXXFLAGS rather than trying to wrangle cmake into doing whatever you want. There's probably some intrinsic complexity in there from the fact that people's environments aren't all identical, and the distinction between configure and make probably tries to capture this, but everything feels like it's so brittle and held together with duct tape.
>> No. 39511 [Edit]
Gradle is the actual original sin.
>> No. 39875 [Edit]
Just a wikipedia article, but the concept is neat and it has some explanatory power. Although it does seem to imply people can't improve over time. Though if they did, I guess they'd just be promoted. Then again, a lot of competent people are stuck where they are.
>> No. 39876 [Edit]
I think the dilbert principle is more accurate for the vast majority of businesses. The people who get promoted are usually the bootlickers and the ones who know how to take credit for offloading work onto others. This is especially true in tech: the modus operandi for any high-level manager there is to create some new useless shit that no one wants, wait until it gets launched, take credit for it, then move on to a new position just before shit hits the fan, the project gets abandoned, a reorg happens, and the cycle starts over again.
>> No. 39877 [Edit]
Does the Dilbert principle mention anything about boot licking?
>> No. 39878 [Edit]
In Scott Adam's own words (from the wiki page)

>The Dilbert Principle around the concept that in many cases the least competent, least smart people are promoted, simply because they’re the ones you don't want doing actual work. You want them ordering the doughnuts and yelling at people for not doing their assignments—you know, the easy work. Your heart surgeons and your computer programmers—your smart people—aren't in management.

He's saying that the incompetent are the ones who end up getting promoted, and the reason they get promoted is because they're not busy doing the real work. Or in other words, the people busy doing real work don't have time to do the bootlicking/visibility posturing needed to get promoted. The one part where it's less clear is whether this is an active process or a passive one. The wiki article makes it seem like this is an active process – where these sorts of people are actively selected as a way to "limit the damage" they can do. I don't think that's quite right, because no one goes around actively wanting to promote useless people. To me it's more likely the result of negative self-selection, where only the people who aren't busy doing real things have time to make themselves visible enough to get noticed. Put another way, no one ever got promoted for keeping the lights on, but they do get promoted for pitching that shiny new feature.
>> No. 39879 [Edit]
>To me it's more likely the result of negative self-selection, where only the people who aren't busy doing real things have time to make themselves visible enough to get noticed.
Yeah that sounds about right. Incompetent people tend to stand out more, smart ones keep their heads down. An incompetent will probably try to make up for their incompetence by being 'fun' and friendly, and when trying to get promoted, it doesn't hurt to be well liked.
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