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my biggest endorsement of google+ so far: happily 12/12/12 crap free! 

thank you guys, thank you.

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 one has to acknowledge the sheer awesomeness of the writers of these things in the DPRK. specially ass-kicking:

-"trained monkey collaborators of death" 
-"this woman's name is Michael Jackson"
-"this narcissistic parasite is Paris Hilton" (spot-on award)
-"despite all my research, I couldn't find anything she is good at"
-"...yet they don't know where Britain is on the map, despite the efforts of the British to be their best friends"

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no disrespect to the bereaved families of the aurora shooting (my deepest and heartfelt condolences to you)...but the first thing I thought when I saw the news was "you should be happy you are still shocked by it". venezuelans, sadly, have lost that most basic of abilities.

"ÉDGAR TORRES, a toddler in the Venezuelan state of Aragua, was asleep in bed when a gang from up the hill came looking for his mother’s 16-year-old godson. After killing the teenager, they were leaving the house when one of the murderers, for no apparent reason, turned and fired ten shots at the three-year-old. He died instantly."

this is on the news over there...ALL the time.

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my first hangout had a lot of happy people with a lot of miles in between them...+1.

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primary source of life lessons throughout my childhood.
Sixteen Things Calvin and Hobbes Said Better Than Anyone Else

On life’s constant little limitations

Calvin: You know, Hobbes, some days even my lucky rocket ship underpants don’t help.

On expectations

Calvin: Everybody seeks happiness! Not me, though! That’s the difference between me and the rest of the world. Happiness isn’t good enough for me! I demand euphoria!

On why we are scared of the dark

Calvin: I think night time is dark so you can imagine your fears with less distraction.

On the unspoken truth behind the education system

Calvin: As you can see, I have memorized this utterly useless piece of information long enough to pass a test question. I now intend to forget it forever. You’ve taught me nothing except how to cynically manipulate the system. Congratulations.

On the cruel reality of commercial art

Hobbes: Van Gogh would’ve sold more than one painting if he’d put tigers in them.

On the tragedy of hipsters

Calvin: The world bores you when you’re cool.

On the tears of a clown

Calvin: Isn’t it strange that evolution would give us a sense of humour? When you think about it, it’s weird that we have a physiological response to absurdity. We laugh at nonsense. We like it. We think it’s funny. Don’t you think it’s odd that we appreciate absurdity? Why would we develop that way? How does it benefit us?

Hobbes: I suppose if we couldn’t laugh at things that don’t make sense, we couldn’t react to a lot of life.

Calvin: (after a long pause) I can’t tell if that’s funny or really scary.

On the falling of sparrows (or providence’s lack of a timetable)

Calvin: Life is full of surprises, but never when you need one.

On why winter is the cruellest of seasons

Calvin: Getting an inch of snow is like winning 10 cents in the lottery.

On the gaping hole in contemporary art’s soul

Calvin: People always make the mistake of thinking art is created for them. But really, art is a private language for sophisticates to congratulate themselves on their superiority to the rest of the world. As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance.

On playing Frankenstein with words

Calvin: Verbing weirds language.

On realising God is more Woody Allen than Michael Bay

Calvin: They say the world is a stage. But obviously the play is unrehearsed and everybody is ad-libbing his lines.

Hobbes: Maybe that’s why it’s hard to tell if we’re living in a tragedy or a farce.

Calvin: We need more special effects and dance numbers.

On why ET is real

Calvin: Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.

On looking yourself in the mirror

Hobbes: So the secret to good self-esteem is to lower your expectations to the point where they’re already met?

On the future

Calvin: Trick or treat!

Adult: Where’s your costume? What are you supposed to be?

Calvin: I’m yet another resource-consuming kid in an overpopulated planet, raised to an alarming extent by Madison Avenue and Hollywood, poised with my cynical and alienated peers to take over the world when you’re old and weak. Am I scary, or what?

On the truth

Calvin: It’s a magical world, Hobbes, ol’ buddy…Let’s go exploring!

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to me it seems oversimplified and a bit skewed...knowing many 帰国子女 (returnees) myself i wonder, how many of them have really been rejected from top firms for the reasons stated here? how many would actually see companies such as panasonic in their top choices?

from my personal experience in my company i can say they're rather actively seeking qualified people with an international profile, but the operative clause remains: QUALIFIED.

still, it paints a bleak picture of the shukatsu system that rings true in many ways.

food for thought.

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Push Button to Add Drama (Advertisement TNT)

if only i had the freedom to plan campaigns like this...

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stories like this need to be heard more and more.

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Damn you, Kiyo!
Lucky girl, +Shiho Watabe
sob sob
a man captures his love for a girl (+Shiho Watabe) through sand art... pretty touching <3
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