2013年4月30日火曜日

Ellsworth M. Toohey in the movie

Recently I am repeatedly seeing the movie "The Fountainhead". Although the first time I saw the movie I was dissatisfied with Howard Roark being much older than in the original work, now I think this movie well express the core of ideas of Ayn Rand. One of the points which I still feel are odd in this movie is that Ellsworth M. Toohey seems to deeply enjoy ruling the society. In my understanding, he has no idea what he wants himself. His pleasure comes only from borrowed ideology, not from inside of his body. But Ellsworth M. Toohey in the movie seems to feel the great pleasure deeply from inside of his body when he rules other people.

2013年4月29日月曜日

John Doe and Howard Roark

The hero John Doe of the movie "Meet John Doe" whom Gary Cooper performed was the representative of common men. On the contrary, The hero Howard Roark of the movie "The Fountainhead" whom Gary Cooper performed was the representative of  outstanding men. One of characteristics both heroes had in common was that they didn't control other people. By contrasting both heroes, I guess we can know the important characteristics of the people who Ayn Rand thought was ideal.

2013年4月28日日曜日

Watched the movie "Meet John Doe"

I recently watched on DVD the movie "Meet John Doe". One of my Ayn Rand fun circle mates who is knowledgeable about the movies had suggested to watch this work contrasting with the movie "The Fountainhead". It was interesting that both movies casted Gary Cooper as the leading actor, although the two works took the opposite stand point to each other. Watching the two woks, an  suggestion were given about Rand's ideal individual.

2013年4月27日土曜日

Talked with an Ayn Rand fan about the movie "Fountainhead" about 9 and half hours

Today I met a member of Tokyo Ayn Rand Reader's Meeting at Shyonandai, Fujisawa-city, and talked about the movie "Fountainhead" from 1:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. That was a great experience.

2013年4月26日金曜日

Hollow opponents

I can find no suitable expression which can express my emotion I feel when what those who say "I will oppose even if I am killed" are opposing is something of which there seems to be no one who will kill the opponents.

2013年4月25日木曜日

Don't I try too much to be right?

At a reading circle I am joining, I took charge of the reporter today. We are reading Nassim Nicholas Taleb's "Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder", published last autumn. Today we read the chapter 12 "Thales' Sweet Grapes". The doctor of economics who presides over the reading circle said this was the most important chapter of this book. I learned a lot taking charge of this important chapter. One of the most impressive part of this chapter was that in which Taleb said "intelligence makes you discount antifragility and ignore the power of optionality". According to Taleb, one of the important properties of "optionality" is that when we "have optionality" we don't have much need for what is commonly cold intelligence, knowledge, insight, skills, and so on. When I came to think of it, I also had been trying to know what would happen and what was happening as precisely as possible. I also had been blinded to the power and importance of "optionality" by intelligence. I decided to keep asking myself "Don't I try too much to be right?" and "How can I get positive payoff being mostly wrong?"

2013年4月24日水曜日

Nervous station staffs late at night

Almost every time I wait for train at Machida Station of Odakyu Line late at night, I hear the station staffs nervously through loudspeaker tell the crowd of people on platforms to step back to inside of yellow line, and not to run into train. So nervously that I want them to stop loudspeaking. But I rethink that there should be so many people who could cause accident behaving recklessly on crowded platforms.

2013年4月23日火曜日

The interviewee's answer hardly satisfy the readers

In customer interview, the answer the interviewee tells you being asked why he or she bought or choose the product hardly satisfy your readers, not only in the sense that the answer hardly convince the readers that the interviewee bought or choose the product exactly because of the reason, but also in the sense the readers are hardly tempted to buy or choose the product for the reason. It requires insight, patience, and contrivance to obtain the satisfying answer by questioning the interviewee.

2013年4月22日月曜日

Stiffening of the muscle cells themselves and that of the skeletal structure resulting from that of the muscle cells

Doing exercises to loosen the thoracic vertebrae and ribs in my back, I suddenly found vividly the difference and relation between the stiffening of the muscle cells around the thoracic vertebrae and ribs and that of the skeletal structure of the back resulting from that of the muscle cells themselves. In a sense, I misunderstood unconsciously that the muscle cells had to be forced to stiffen to make the skeletal structures suitably work. In other words, I thought unconsciously that if I let the muscle cells act as they liked, the skeletal structures could not work suitably. But once I found the difference and relation between the stiffening of the muscle cells and that of the skeletal structure, I thought that the actions which the muscle cells would take if they were let to act as they liked would themselves make the skeletal structures work suitably and fully. And I also thought that this could apply to the relation between the individuals and the society.

2013年4月21日日曜日

Winter comes again

It is cold as if it was winter. It is drizzling and a northerly wind is blowing. I got out my winter jacket I had kept in a drawer box for more than a month.

2013年4月20日土曜日

Russo-Japanese War, from the viewpoint of fund-raising battle

Today I finished reading "Russo-Japanese War, from the viewpoint of fund-raising battle -- Korekiyo Takahashi and European and American bankers" (2012, in Japanese) by Toshihiko Itaya. It was a very interesting and exciting book. In this book, Itaya depicts vividly how the governments of Japan and Russia had a hard time raising funds for the war, and how the international financial markets' view on the national power of Japan and Russia changed with the progress of the war, showing as evidence the central figures' diaries and autobiographies, the charts of price of both governments' bonds and the stock prices of Tokyo market, and so on. The war looked from the standpoint of fund-raisers and fund-providers were completely different from that looked from the standpoint of common people. And I was impressed how the history had been greatly influenced by various accidents.

2013年4月19日金曜日

Ideology and sympathy or antipathy to superior people

I guess what people think the society should be like heavily depends on how much sympathetic or antipathetic they are to those who are superior to them, and how much sympathetic or antipathetic people are to those who are superior to them heavily depends on how they themselves live their lives.

2013年4月18日木曜日

Windy days continue

Windy days have continued about a week. Strong wind would be welcome in muggy summer, but it yet is a little harsh in this season. Blown hard everyday, sarcastically I wonder if the source of wind won't run out.

2013年4月17日水曜日

We need to ask ourselves how we think we should think before we think

One of the extremely impressive scenes in the novel "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand was that in which Jeff Allen, a former employee of the Twentieth Century Motor Company, told Dagny Taggart, the protagonist of the novel, the story of the decline and fall of the Twentieth Century Motor Factory. I had never been shown the evilness of communism more vividly than by this scene. In this scene, Jeff Allen said as following remembering why almost every employee of the Twentieth Century Motor Company hod voted for the communistic "new plan".
"We didn't know. We thought it was good. No, that's not true, either. We thought that we were supposed to think it was good."
(Part Two: Either-Or, Chapter Ten: The Sign of the Dollar)
We unconsciously judge how we should think before we think. We need to ask ourselves how we think we should think before we think.

2013年4月16日火曜日

Readability and plausibility

When I am commissioned to write a publicity article, generally I am shown the precedent articles which other writers wrote. Those precedent articles often make almost no sense to me. And in spite of that or thanks to that, those articles give extremely plausible impression. I estimate the articles I write in Japanese are easy to understand, but not plausible enough. I sometimes suspect readability and plausibility are incompatible.

2013年4月15日月曜日

Writing things as they are is so time-consuming

Writing companies' case stories based on interview with their customers, I find how difficult and time-consuming it is to write things as they are, or so that things will be understood by readers as things are. Considering that writers can't consume their time infinitely, we must think most of articles we read don't reflect things as they are.

2013年4月14日日曜日

Active readers and passive readers

Readers of advertisement articles can be divided into two kinds: the active ones and the passive ones. An example of the former is a motorbike fan reading advertisements of motorbikes. If he encounter an unknown word, he will study the meaning. An example of the latter is a housewife reading advertisements of life insurance.  If she encounter an unknown word, she will abandon reading the advertisement, thinking "This is written not for me, but those who know this kind of words". When writing advertisement articles for passive readers, it is not enough just to write so that readers can understand the article. You must write so that readers think the article is written so that they can understand it.

2013年4月13日土曜日

Length of articles

Advertising articles must focus on points. Basically, the shorter, the better. Readers of an advertisement article, especially of products and services for business use, don't want to read it. The longer the article, the lower the possibility the readers read it. But the shorter the article, not necessarily the higher the possibility the readers read it. Readers feel something before read it. Shortened articles sometimes make readers feel "This article is not for me" or "This article is somehow unpleasant". Lack of enough explanation causes such feelings.

2013年4月12日金曜日

Nukadoko and white mold

Since last summer, I make it a habit to make nukazuke, or vegetables pickled in nukadoko, or salted rice-bran paste. Today I found my nukadoko covered with white mold. I was shocked and felt so sad, thinking I had to abandon my nukadoko I had took good care of for many months. But I changed my mind and search Google with key words "nukadoko" & "shiro-kabi (white mold)". Then I knew that the white mold was "film yeast", which was not harmful. Some pages said it was OK to mix the film yeast into the nukadoko, but other pages recommended to remove the film yeast because it gave bad flavor to nukadoko. I took the safe side and removed the film yeast.

2013年4月11日木曜日

"Ayn Rand phenomenon" as the "antifragile"

At a reading circle I am joining, we are now reading Nassim Nicholas Taleb's "Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder". In this book, as an example of "things that gain from disorder", Taleb takes "Ayn Rand phenomenon", that is, the phenomenon that the more severely opponents of Ayn Rand criticize her novel "Atlas Shrugged" and "The Fountainhead", the more people are interested in those novels and read them. Taleb's this book must be soon translated into Japanese and be read by many Japanese intellectual readers. I hope there will be Japanese readers who are interested in those novels by Taleb's this mention.
"Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder" Chapter 2. "Overcompensation and Overaction Everywhere" - "Please Ban My Book: The Antifragility of Information"

2013年4月10日水曜日

A company the staffs of which never greet to suppliers

When I have an interview for the publicity article I commissioned to write, I basically meet the marketing staff(s) and the sales staff(s) of the client company before the interview, at the entrance of the building where there is the office of the interviewed company, or at the station near the building. I say "Good morning!" or "Hello!" to the staff(s) of the client, and they say "Good morning!" or "Hello!" to me. But there is a company the staffs of which never say "Good morning!" nor "Hello!" to me when I meet them before the interview and say "Good morning!" or "Hello!". They make a slight bow to me without any word. At first I thought they were lost in some thought by chance. But recently seeing other staffs of the company do the same, I thought that was the custom of the company. I guess they think they are like professional sports player and I am no more important than a cleaning staff who cleans the field they play.

2013年4月9日火曜日

Visited UMEKOJI STEAM LOCOMOTIVE MUSEUM

Commissioned to produce a publicity article of an IT system company, today I visited a famous underwear maker in Kyoto, to have an interview with the staffs of its IT systems department. After I carried out the interview, I visited UMEKOJI STEAM LOCOMOTIVE MUSEUM. Although I lived in Kyoto for five years when I was about twenty years old, at that time I never visited the museum. I guess then I outgrew railway enthusiasm, or tried to. As a forty-two-year-old man, watching steam locomotives up close, I could find what a teenager wouldn't find. In shapes and compositions of each parts of those locomotives, I found a sense of beauty shared with Japanese art works of Edo period.








2013年4月8日月曜日

Ill-directed scolder

At the shelf of a kiosk in Odawara Station of Shinkansen (Bullet train), since about a year ago, there has been a book for Japanese business persons titled in Japanese "Muda Ni Katsu! (Roar at waste!)." This book must be about how to avoid waste in companies. But every time I see the cover of this book, I misunderstand a moment "Muda Ni Katsu!" means "Roar in vain!" (this Japanese title can also be interpreted so), and imagine a middle‐aged man who annoys  colleagues always scolding them misdirectedly.


2013年4月7日日曜日

Movies are so costly to make

Yesterday I watched DVD of a movie the original novel of which I like very much and have read many times. Although there's no point in saying it again, I thought it took a lot of money to produce a movie. In novels, a party which a hundred people attend can be expressed just by writing "A hundred people attended the party." In movies, to shoot the scene of a party which a hundred people attend, you need to actually prepare a hundred of actors and a hall which can contain that number of actors. I really respected the producer of the movie who financed the budget to produce the movie.

2013年4月6日土曜日

Heavy rain is falling

Tonight the heaviest rain for months is falling. I planed to climb mountains after a long interval today, but I gave up.

2013年4月5日金曜日

Too light‐hearted

 I don't know why, but I have been too light‐hearted to concentrate on training for several weeks.

2013年4月4日木曜日

Worked at Shinjyuku Gyoen National Garden under the clear sky

Today in the morning I had a meeting at an IT system company in Minato-ku, Tokyo. After the meeting was over, I went to Shinjyuku Gyoen National Garden, because the weather was too fine to work indoor. With cherry blossoms falling around me, I sat on the lawn, unfold the laptop, and wrote an article the deadline of which was tomorrow.


2013年4月3日水曜日

Writing spoken language by young women

Now I am writing an interview article of a woman in her twenties, who sold her diamond ring to a jewelry dealing company. The style of my ordinarily Japanese writing is entirely different from that of spoken language by young women. If I write the article in my usual fashion, it won't seems to be the words of the interviewed woman. However, I must not excessively try to imitate young women's spoken language. Words written by middle‐aged men imitating young women are generally horrifying.

2013年4月2日火曜日

Regress of cherry blossom front

From yesterday to today, to have interview with a customer of a diamond dealing company, I went to Akashi City, Hyogo prefecture, about 550 kilometers to the west of my place. On outward trip from about halfway, from the window of Shinkansen bullet train, I saw the cherry trees fully blooming. In Japan, the "cherry blossom front” is said to advance north-eastward. But around my place, the cherry blossoms aren't at their best anymore. The "cherry blossom front” seemed to regress. I talked about that with the members of the client company. We concluded that the volatile temperature for these days in Kanto region might have influenced this year's much earlier flowering of the cherry trees than the average years.

With Akashi Strait Great Bridge at the back.

2013年4月1日月曜日

Compulsive confusers

I don't think it is possible that the view of the people in whose mind there is virtually no difference between "significantly different" and "remarkably different" or "shouldn't do too much" and "shouldn't do" is precise in the long term.
 
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