Author Archives: Michael Gakuran

QR Codes

Have you heard of QR (Quick Response) codes? I came across them in Japan but didn’t realise it was possible to create your own! You can store things like URLs, email addresses or phone numbers in these little barcode blocks, but reading them yourself is a bit of a challenge.
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CSS image rollovers

You may have noticed in the past few weeks some small changes on the website. The main update was in giving my header links rollover images, but this was not quite as simple as in the old days of HTML and Javascript. Now there are all sorts of usability issues and web standards to conform […]
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Club Nintendo Member Gifts 2008

It’s that time of year again where we all start to get the Christmas feeling, and Nintendo Japan is as early as the rest of them with their latest batch of lovely members-only gifts. Last year included a Platinum Super Mario Galaxy soundtrack, a Super Famicom-shaped Wii controller and a calendar.
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Nyoki Nyoki, Mydodolook and Magibon

Youtube videostars – Nyoki Nyoki, Mydodolook and Magibon. This is the new form of entertainment, apparently. These sort of popular “vloggers” are sweeping in viewers from all over. And how? Through tactical kawaii (cute) fa├žades and mind-bogglingly teasing gimmicks!
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Squid ties and USB drives

Another deep sea creature-related post that vaguely sings of bioluminescence. Behold! No longer is your USB key bound to those boring plastic cases! Accessorise your keys with a squid. And not just any squid – a Firefly Squid. I wonder if it glows blue when you plug in its tentacles?
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Metaethics Intro

Back to School! I’ve entered my final year at University and am taking 3 modules: ‘Metaethics’ and ‘Kant’s Critical Philosophy’ this semester and next semester will be the Philosophy of Sex! This year could well be the last time I post seriously about philosophically-related things, but I will always try to keep that ‘breath of […]
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Three Quirky Deep Sea Creatures

Three fascinating deep sea creatures strutting their stuff; the Firefly Squid (arguably Japan’s most recognisable bioluminescent organism), some dinoflagellates (glow-in-the-dark plankton) and the rainbow-like comb-jelly, which looks more like a circus merry-go-round in the dark than a deep-sea lifeform!
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JLPT1 is but a month away! Cue stressing out and breakdown. Luckily, the great spaced-repetition program Anki is here to help! Basically, you create cards which have word, reading and meaning boxes. You add anything you want, from a single kanji to a complex sentence and Anki will sort it out!
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