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Comment Re:Ordering and Convergence (Score 1) 981

"Normal English strongly implies it does."

Normal English doesn't strongly imply it. It's highly likely the mother would use such a construction to emphasize the fact that both were born on Tuesday. Imagine her saying ""I have two children, one of whom is a boy born on a Tuesday. The other boy was also born on a Tuesday! Can you believe it?" There is nothing that restricts both boys from having been born on a Tuesday and since this mother has set up an unequal and faulty construction anyway, I wouldn't put it past her!

Comment This is so not true for me (Score 1) 308

I've been a gamer since I was 8 or 9 and because I'm a girl, I'll assure you've I've played my fair share of fighting games: Oblivion, Fallout series, Doom, Duke Nukem, etc. But I have had ridiculous and horrifying nightmares for the past five years on an almost nightly basis. Maybe games are having the opposite effect on me? I'm far more aggressive when it comes to games than dreams (the latter in which I usually spend my time running away from some horrible demon, vampire, ghost, monster, ghoul, psychopath, serial murderer).

Comment Same thing (almost) in Japan (Score 1) 1590

I had to carry my Alien registration card and visa with me at all times when I was living in Japan. It wasn't that big of a deal - kind of like carrying around your drivers license and insurance if you're a driver. I don't know anyone who doesn't carry around important documentation with them at all times anyway. The only real problem I have with this is the assumption that being born on a certain piece of land entitles you to rights, health care, etc that a person born across the border has no access to. Obviously this is an extremely complicated issue, but it just never seemed very fair in any way a person could look at it.

Comment Re:So a question for you (Score 2, Informative) 494

how then do the creators of it eat? What do they do to make money? Their works are no longer viable. This means they have to get other jobs.

Being a writer, and having many writer friends (published and unpublished), I find it hilarious that people think that writers and artists can actually support themselves without having a day time job. How many writers and artists do you think pursue writing and art as a full-time career? A handful at most. The writers who have written the books you read have other jobs: professors, teachers, translators, editors, retail reps, etc. Believe me, an artist creates from an inherent need to create, not because they see money signs at the end of the tunnel. I don't think anyone goes into art expecting to become the next Haruki Murakami or Lady Gaga.

Comment Re:Hackers Diet FTW. (Score 5, Interesting) 978

Having recently lived in Tokyo gave me a new perspective. I always struggled with losing weight in North America, but once I moved to Japan the weight came off very quickly. What I think were the main contributing factors: 1) I walked everywhere, walked upstairs/downstairs at stations and work. 2) Small portions - your stomach gets used to ever-expanding portions. Portion control is unfortunately necessary. Miso soup is amazing for expanding rice in your stomach and making you feel very full for incredible low number of calories. 3) Good calories - There is, of course, processed foods in Japan, just not as in-your-face. Most grocery stores are super small and in your local market. Some only carry fresh produce and fish and meat. I cooked every meal in Japan. I did so in Canada too, the difference was that a lot of Japanese dishes are boiled / steamed instead of fried. I told one of my clients about Eggplant Parmesan and he looked nauseated. I picked up a Japanese cookbook and learned that they lightly boil/steam their eggplant. 4) I've heard that the more sugar you eat, the less flavor you can taste. I cut out all sugar while in Japan (except for alcoholic drinks - yum). For me, it was true that I could really taste food again. It's a hard sensation to describe something you hadn't been sensing before but were all of a sudden attune to. I have a feeling that this extra sugar leads to MORE extra sugar to taste said sugar and also to increased levels of 'flavor' in dishes. I've heard that the Japanese like their flavors subtle. This is definitely the experience I had in downtown Tokyo. Anyway, it worked for me - I went from 135 lbs down to 112 lbs. Now, back in Canada, I notice advertisements for HUGE portions of everything. Last anecdote, I got a Tall latte from the Starbucks in Shinagawa station and while walking to work I ran into a client who commented on my coffee, laughing, saying I had a big appetite. Considering a "Tall" is no big thing here, I both blushed and was taken aback. After that I really reconsidered if I needed so many fat and calories in my diet - don't we always upsize only because it's just a better deal, not because we actually want more food? Just my thoughts!

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