2013年8月31日土曜日

Mimetic words

The mimetic words in Japanese language are very helpful in improving human performance at individual level. I wish I could teach non-native speakers of Japanese to use the mimetic words with feeling.

2013年8月30日金曜日

Reports and interpretations

Surprisingly, many people think they can know the intention of governments of foreign countries based on reports and interpretations by other people. I can't think I can, considering how things are different between when observed from outside and when doing for myself.

2013年8月29日木曜日

How can I prove my own identity without external means

As a homework of an English training course, I was asked "How can you prove you are you, without using external means like a driver's license, a passport, or testimonies by your family or friends?" Probably this blog or my Facebook page helps me convince strangers I am I. But if "external means" include the blog or my Facebook page, I have no idea how to prove my identity. Proof by fingerprints or genes also requires data which are registered to an external database. If one could prove his or her identity without using external means, or by only his or her own testimony or performance, there would be need of personal identification numbers.

2013年8月28日水曜日

August is ending

August is ending. It has got cooler since the beginning of this week, especially at night.

2013年8月27日火曜日

Why air is invisible while "transparent" water is visible (2)

I still think about the question by a 6-year-old girl -- "Why air is invisible while "transparent" water is visible?" Yesterday I explained the difference between things invisible and visible by the looseness of combination among molecules. I noticed this explanation was scientifically not proper enough. To my explanation, the girl can ask back, "Then why glass is transparent while milk is opaque? The combination among the molecules of milk seems to be more loose than that of glass. If transparency of a matter is determined by the degree of looseness of combination among the molecules that make up it, milk has to be more transparent than glass," -- although a 6-year-old girl does not talk that logically. Obviously the point is not the looseness of combination among the molecules. I have to explain to her that light is not a mere thing like a ball, but a wave like a sound. I have to make a 6-year-old girl understand that the essence of transparency is passing of light as a wave through a matter. I have no confidence I can.

2013年8月26日月曜日

Why air is invisible while "transparent" water is visible

A woman of my acquaintance said that her 6-year-old daughter had asked her "Why air is invisible while "transparent" water is visible?" I thought for a while how I would answer the 6-year-old girl's question. Although I am not sure of scientific properness, I would explain like, "You said water is visible. But is it always true? How about when you are in a completely dark room with no light? If there is a glass tank full of water in the room, you can see nothing, even the water. So you see, if something is "visible," that means rays from the Sun or lamps bounce off the surface of the thing and arrive at your eyes. A thing is invisible if there is no ray of light. It is also invisible if no ray of light can bounce off it. Imagine you throw a ball to the wall. If the wall is solid enough, the ball bounces off the wall and comes back to you. If the wall is as soft as tofu, the ball cannot bounce off the wall and come back to you. Everything is made up of very very small particles which are called "molecules." The molecules which make up of air combine with each other so loosely that no ray of light can bounce off air. So we cannot see air. The molecules which make up of water combine with each other less loosely than those of air. So although most of rays of light pass through water, a part of them bounce off water. The rays of light which pass through water bounce off the things beyond the water. So you can see water, while you can also see the things beyond the water. You said water is visible. But water can be invisible even where there are rays of light. That is when the water evaporates. Evaporated water becomes air. It is invisible."

2013年8月25日日曜日

Minimization of tragedies

Every time a serious affair that influences society happens, loud voices that demand a government to take measures to keep similar affairs from happening again are expressed in the media. I used to sympathize with such voices, till I learned about libertarian's way of thinking. Although I still don't think every regulation and supervision by a government should be abolished, now I can't agree with such ideas that tragedies should be minimized using the power of government. Such attempts cause inevitably more tragedies through inefficiency and erroneous decisions. Excessive trust in a government prevents people to keep sound cautiousness and judgment which are necessary to protect them from tragedies.

2013年8月24日土曜日

Practiced all day

Today I practiced martial arts all day. Recently I made so little progress that I was on the edge of giving up. Today's practice restored my enthusiasm.

2013年8月23日金曜日

Aiming the summit

There was a time when I avoided climbing mountains to their summit even when I went for hiking to mountainous areas. At that time I felt that aiming the summit prevented me from enjoying tiny scenes like flowers, trees, streams and so on along the way. Recently I climb to the summit, indifferently to such oversights. Now mountain climbing is almost just an exercise for me.

2013年8月22日木曜日

Long‐distance bus trip

I use to hesitate to use long‐distance buses for fear that I should be too tired to act normally after getting off the bus. Recently I unconcernedly take a four or five hours' bus trip. The comfortableness of bus trip has improved greatly for the past ten years.

2013年8月21日水曜日

Pickled gumbo in nukadoko

Gumbo is one of the vegetables I often buy at a supermarket and cook. I usually boil it and season it with soy sauce and kezuribushi, or dried bonito shavings. Today I leaned that gumbo could be used as an ingredient of nukazuke. Nukazuke is vegetables pickled in salted rice-bran paste, called nukadoko. I right away tried. Nukazuke of gumbo was very tasty. Its flavor was a combo of sweetness, hotness, crispiness and stickiness.


2013年8月20日火曜日

A house made up of sweets

People who indulge in idealistic arguments bearing no relation to the realities of life are often described as "the inside of their brain is a field of flowers." That's very vivid expression. But that seems to me the expression from the outside, not from the inside. I mean, looking back on myself when I indulged in idealistic arguments, I cannot describe the mentality of myself of those days "a field of flowers." If anything, I would rather describe the ideals I held at that time as "a house made up of sweets." The uplift of emotion I felt when I heard for the first time the expression "a house made up of sweets" was exactly the same as that I felt toward the ideals I held at that time. And the impossibility of those two were also common.

2013年8月19日月曜日

Tax reduction to higher income class

In yesterday's TV program "NHK Special: New rich class vs. States--Conflicts over Wealth--", the tax reduction to higher income class by George W. Bush administration was critically described on the ground that the policy did not benefit lower income class. There is little possibility that I become a large income earner, but I don't think tax reduction to higher income class is unfair even if it does not benefit lower income class. I regard it as the matter of ethics rather than benefit. Such way of view was given by Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged." I think this novel is more valuable for those who want to live ethically than for those who want to live in affluence.

2013年8月18日日曜日

Disappointed by "NHK Special"

Today a documentary program titled "The new rich class vs. States: Conflicts over Wealth" was broadcasted on NHK, the Japanese public broadcasting system. I looked forward to watching this program, because last May the director of this program asked me about Ayn Rand on e-mail. He said he had met a rich person in U.S. who referred to "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand as the background of his or her thoughts. I expected the name of Ayn Rand was for the first time in Japanese history referred to on TV. But unfortunately, Ayn Rand was not referred to on the program. The program itself was disappointing too. In the program, they depicted the rich people who migrate to light tax states like Singapore and the government officials. Probably most of the viewer of the program only thought that international regulations should be reinforced in order to impose tax on those rich people.

2013年8月17日土曜日

Reading a guide book about statistics

I am reading a guide book about statistics. I often encounter arguments which seems wrong statistically, but I cannot confidence because of my lack of deep knowledge about statistics. I want to cover the lack.

2013年8月16日金曜日

Change of place, change of brain

I've heard a theory that because living things have evolved in order to adapt themselves to violent changes of their surroundings, if we want to develop our brain we must change our place of residence periodically. Although the logic seems to be slightly unsound, the change of environment can stimulate our brain for sure. I want to lead a nomadic life after the circumstances which bind me to my current place are gotten rid of.

2013年8月15日木曜日

Chazuke

Because meals which are regarded as sumptuous rarely provide carbohydrates sufficiently, it is highly probable that we want to eat noodles or chazuke after finishing such meals.

2013年8月14日水曜日

The best drink I had ever drunk

Asked what was the best drink I had ever drunk, I remembered the coffee I drank about 15 years ago at a visitor center of Kiyosato Highland in Yamanashi Prefecture. Having strayed into a mountain trail without enough food and drink and wandered about for several hours, I arrive at the visitor center at last, and drank a cup of coffee which was served free by a pump pot. The coffee was so good that I was surprised. At the next of the pump pot of coffee, there was a water jug. Drinking the water, I understand why the coffee was so good. I thought the taste of the water could be a reason for which I moved to the place.

2013年8月13日火曜日

Costs of maintenance of mountain trails

Every time I go hiking in Tanzawa, I am impressed by efforts of the authorities to protect mountain trails and their surrounding forests. The costs of these efforts must be shouldered by the local public bodies. I think climbers should pay these costs in the form of the admission fee.

2013年8月12日月曜日

Self-haircut

I bought an electric hair trimmer and cropped my own hair with it. I may have cut it too short.




2013年8月11日日曜日

Non-alcohol beer

A few days ago, I bought for the first time non-alcohol beer, tempted by a sales campaign in which they increased the amount a can from 350 ml to 500 ml leaving the price unchanged. The taste was not so bad thinking of the price. But 500 ml was too much to drink without being intoxicated by alcohol.

2013年8月10日土曜日

Muscle pain

Although Mount Tanzawa is higher than Mount Tō, the views from the summit and trail of Mount Tanzawa was much less great than those from the summit and trail of Mount Tō. Getting to the summit of Mount Tanzawa had only the meaning of sport and collection. Today I have muscle pain at the lower half of the body.

2013年8月9日金曜日

Climbed Mount Tō and Mount Tanzawa

Today I climbed Mount Tō, 1,490.9 m, and Mount Tanzawa, 1,567.1 m. I had thought my scarce physical strength did not allow me to go up to Mount Tanzawa and return in one day. So today's climb gave me self‐confidence.

2013年8月8日木曜日

Character

When I was in junior high school I was criticized by my homeroom teacher that I easily gave up things. What she meant was that I hardly expected my classmates to improve their behaviors. When I was in high school I was hospitalized because of a lung trouble and admired by a nurse that I was very patient. What she meant was that I never groaned even when I was punctured at my chest. Probably I am short of active patience but rich in passive patience. Although there was a time when I tried to change my character, recently I rather try to find a way of living in which I can do things well with this character.

2013年8月7日水曜日

Contact

If I abstain from the internet and telephone for 2 weeks, I would feel as if I were a victim of a marine or mountain accident who lost contact with any other people. Almost everybody who holds an important position in my life is tied with me through the internet or telephone.

2013年8月6日火曜日

The ideal last moment

The last moment of life that I think of ideal is that at which both the pain I feel myself and the burden I impose on other people are the minimum. I want to die without noticing I die. If I can, I want to die even without being noticed by other people where far from human habitation and go back into the earth. The second best story is that I die at my place having prepared the expense and the procedure of my funeral.

2013年8月5日月曜日

Mail label

Repeat orders delight me so much that I often accept orders from the companies which I decided I would never have dealings with. In order to prevent that, I created a label on Gmail which was named "Damn companies, I would never have dealings with them!" and created a filter which automatically classified the e-mails from those companies under the label.

2013年8月4日日曜日

Translated lyric of "SONG OF SEASHORE"

As a homework of an English training course, I translated the lyric of Japanese song "SONG OF SEASHORE" written in 1916.
Walking on morning seashore
recalls the bygone days.
The sound of wind,
the shape of cloud,
the surf,
and the color of shellfishes.

Wandering on evening seashore
recalls the bygone woman.
The surging waves,
the subsiding waves,
the color of the moon,
the glittering of stars.

2013年8月3日土曜日

Breaking off business connection

As a matter of course I won't continue dealing with companies which commit antisocial actions, no matter big or famous they are. The actions which I consider are antisocial include demanding an advertisement writer to write an interview article in which their customers say what the customers actually didn't say.

2013年8月2日金曜日

Future prospects

When I was in my thirties while almost no one recognized in me any blight future I myself believed in my blight future. Now that I am in my forties while some people fortunately recognize in me some blight future I myself can hardly believe in my blight future.

2013年8月1日木曜日

Self-lovers

I have thought that those who report quite often on their blog or Facebook how they are active in both business and private life like themselves very much. But perhaps they do not like themselves but like to be liked by other people. Probably those who like themselves very much are indifferent to whether they are liked by other people or not.
 
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