Showing posts from May, 2012

40% Facebook's supposed 900 million alleged users don't exist?

Another one from the "No way. You've got to be kidding me!" file.

If I hadn't already laid out a litany of reasons to stay away from stocks like Groupon, Facebook and the rest of everything that has any whiff of so-called "Social Media" involved with it, here comes another reason:

"Spammers create as many as 40 percent of the accounts on social-media sites...."

So that means that 40% Facebook's supposed 900 million alleged users don't exist?

Bloomberg reports in: ‘Likejacking’: Spammers Hit Social Media

“Social spam can be a lot more effective than e-mail spam,” says Mark Risher, chief executive officer of Impermium, which sells anti-spam software. “The bad guys are taking to this with great abandon.”
Spammers create as many as 40 percent of the accounts on social-media sites, according to Risher. About 8 percent of messages sent via social pages are spam, approximately twice the volume of six months ago, he says. Spammers use the sharing feat…

Gaijin Gourmet: Okonomiyaki Taiho in Tokyo at Tamagawa Station

Okonomiyaki is delicious! I love okonomiyaki!

Okonomiyaki paaaaar-tay!

"Okonomi... What!?" (I can hear you say!) That's oko-no-mi-yaki. Wikipedia says:

Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き o-konomi-yaki) is a Japanese savoury pancake containing a variety of ingredients. The name is derived from the word okonomi,meaning "what you like" or "what you want", and yaki meaning "grilled" or "cooked" (yakitori and yakisoba). 

Me cooking up a storm (photo by Vouch Trace)

Okonomiyaki is mainly associated with Kansai or Hiroshima areas of Japan, but is widely available throughout the country. Toppings and batters tend to vary according to region. Tokyo okonomiyaki is usually smaller than a Hiroshima or Kansai okonomiyaki.
Yeah. It's a sort of "Japanese pancake." I love okonomiyaki.

(photo by Michio Hashimoto)

Last night I went to an okonomiyaki place here in Tokyo at Tamagawa station that is called "Taiho." Taiho has great okonomiyaki. Now, usu…

My Socks.... (And Leaving a Mark). Are you leaving a mark on the world that you were here?

I have the exact same pair in the drawer somewhere!

What's the point of this? Nothing.... Well, nothing excepting one thing; and that's about blogging. 

Blogging is different from Facebook and Twitter in one big way. On Facebook and Twitter, one comments and leaves a photo or link, then that message quickly floats back into oblivion. 

A blog post? It remains. A blog post leaves a mark.

Even when I die, this post will still be here, fifty years from now.

Are you leaving a mark?

Japan and China Start Direct Trading of Currency in One Week? US Dollar Out?

Things are starting to roll very fast towards the US Dollar losing its place as the world reserve currency. Incredibly, this just in from Zerohedge: China And Japan Dropping Dollar Cross Rate System, Will Transact Directly:

As Yomiuri Shimbun reported last night, China and Japan are set to launch direct currency trading, bypassing the dollar, and the associated benefits and risks, entirely. "But how can that be?" dollar purists will scream. After all, when one bypasses the dollar, one commits blasphemy to a reserve currency. Somehow we think China gets that. From the AP: "Japan and China are expected to start direct trading of their currencies as early as June as part of efforts to boost bilateral trade and investment, according to reports. With the planned step, exchange rates between the yen and the yuan will be determined by their transactions, departing from the current "cross rate" system that involves the dollar in setting yen-yuan rates, Kyodo News said …

Americans Do Barbecue Better Than the Japanese Can! God Bless the United States of America!

About a week ago, my wife told me that we were invited to a birthday party for one of my son's school friends. My wife said that other school parents weren't invited and, since my son's friend (the birthday boy) liked me so much, he insisted to his parents that I be invited...

I had hosted the Halloween party at their class and have hosted several events for the kids. I guess my son's friend thinks I am fun and "funny." 

I was pretty happy to be invited as I often do get invited by other parents to help out at these sorts of parties. 

The birthday party was yesterday, Saturday, but on Thursday night my wife told me something that made me very unhappy about being invited. She said,

"The people holding the party are an Italian and Japanese couple so they don't really know how to barbecue. So they want you to come along and handle the barbecue duties."

"What!?" I was so surprised.

"Yes. Since you are an American, everyone figures that you …

Cool & Strange Music - Vol. Five: Smoke on the Water and Jailhouse Rock

Yee haa! Geisha Rock and Roll!!!!
Hell… It's a Saturday night, I've been drinking all day, and now it's late at night (6:45 pm to be exact) and time for my bedtime…

But, since you sick kids like this Cool and Stange Japanese music stuff so much… I got this one for you…
Smoke on the Water in traditional Japanese music style?

Are there more songs like this? Oh yes. More. Many more… (It might be difficult for westerners to see/hear, but these guys are world class - kind of like opera... This isn't any low class crappy orchestra. This is Japan's best!)
Shoot.... Elvis didn't have anything on these guys:
How about a Jailhouse Rock in traditional Japanese music style? Would this have been Elvis had Japan won the war? Japanese Elvis?!

This is a very twisted, dark and demented country.
Japan: Cool and Strange Music Country…. The only other place this is more bizarre is probably those crazy frisking Americans…. 

US3 On My Radio Show in Tokyo! COOL!

Unless you've been living in a cave the last 20 years, you know US3. They are huge and have had many hits songs over the last 20 years. US3 is a cross between Jazz and Hip Hop... But it is more than that... MUCH more than that. 

I don't really enjoy jazz and I don't like Hip Hop... But US3 are able to do it differently... This sh*y kicks ass!!!

US3 Jeff, me, DJ First Rate.... Us 3... Well them two and me:

The biggest hit for US3 was Cantaloop. Unless you've been dead or living in a cave, you know this song:

Thanks for coming to the show, 6 O'Clock Yatsura on 76.1 InterFM last night, guys...

Here's their latest video. US3 Thanks Jeff. You guys are awesome!

Us3 - Lie, Cheat & Steal (feat. Akala & Oveous Maximus) OFFICIAL VIDEO:

日時 Date: 5/26 23:00 - late会場 Venue: ザ・ペニンシュラ東京24階Peter                     Peter at The Peninsula Tokyo入場料 Admission: ¥3,500 (1drink) http://ww…

Cool & Strange Music - Vol. Four: Akiko Kanazawa "Yellow Submarine" and Kazuo Umezu "Snake Girl"

Hot on the heels of the very successful Cool and Strange Music post about Yo Yo Hashi, here's today's version that is guaranteed to crack you up! 

Matsuchiyo - A true geisha
Our feature song today is by a very well known Japanese artists by the name of Akiko Kanazawa. Akiko is probably best known for singing the "Pokemon Counting Song." In this 1982 released version of the Beatles 1966 hit, "Yellow Submarine" Akiko Kanazawa gives it the royal "Japanese" work over for a delightfully different take on a rock standard. Enjoy!
Akiko Kanazawa - Yellow Submarine Ondo

The next song is called "Snake Girl" by Kazuo Umezu. Kazuo Umezu is a Science Fiction/Horror writer and also is well known for drawing manga (comics). You've just got to check out his Wikipedia page. He LOOKS like a nutty manga artist!

Here's Kazuo Umezu and Snake Girl

Also, once again, if you are interested in geisha, here is the trailer for Matsuchiyo - Life of a Geisha that w…

Cool and Strange Japanese Music: Yo Yo Hashi - "YoYo's Pad"

It don't get cooler than this. Another version of Cool and Strange Japanese music. 


Today is Yo Yo Hashi and "Yo Yo's Pad."

This stuff is so obscure folks that I can't tell you anything about it except that it is awesomely cool and it was made a long time ago and the girl singing in it is sexy as hell!

Lyrics and lyrics translation:

Issho ni Ginza wo arukanai?
(Won't you walk with me to the Ginza?)

Te wo tsunaide ikimashou
(Let's hold hands while we walk)

Watashi wa Taka desu. Anata wa?
(My name is Taka. What's your name?)

Iie, kisu wa iya yo!
(No... I don't want to kiss....)

Dewa, sayonara...
(Okay, then, well, goodbye....)

Well, that's it... But not completely... Just like this awesome sexy Japanese goddess that gives you blue balls, Yo Yo also has you hanging with this next number of which I have zero on information too!


Thanks to Ken Nishikawa, Hiroshi Yoshida (Pianistar Hiroshi)


Japan’s public debt is almost 240% of GDP = Japan Downgraded AGAIN!

We are f*cked, doomed, scr*wed, whatever you want to call it.

The crisis, folks, is upon us. Mish Shedlock writes in Japanese Debt Downgraded by Fitch; No Urgency for Japan (Until Panic Hits):

Japan’s public debt will hit almost 240 percent of its gross domestic product by the end of the year, Fitch warned.Did I say that we're  f*cked? I did? OK. Go back to what you we're doing. Nothing to see here, folks. Move along..... Move along.....

No problem, right? We're just a step or two above Spain and Italy and, heck, look at how well they are doing....

Earn a Bad Reputation; Disrespecting Artists and Their Work

"It takes years to build trust. It takes just one action to destroy that trust." - Yuka Rogers 

"Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company." - George Washington

"Gain a modest reputation for being unreliable and you will never be asked to do a thing." -  Paul Theroux

Recently, a good friend of mine and I finished a documentary film about one of Japan's last true Geisha entitled Matsuchiyo - The Last Geisha. You can view the trailer for the film here.

We've been shopping around for a good partner for distribution of the full movie as well as promotion and publishing for the music. I have been talking to several companies who seemed very interested. Some companies have big money and major connections as well as excellent reputations.

Let me tell you about one of them whose negotiations I cancelled without even having an initial discussion. And that cancellation all happened by p…

Nigerian E-Mail Scammers Lose Other People's Life Savings In Facebook IPO Scam!

As has been written on this very blog, and all over the Internet by financial related blogs run by responsible and respectable people (not the Lamestream Mass Media) Facebook IPO is a dog and has lost massive amounts of money for investors in only three days.

But now, it's been reported that even the old-hands, the old pros, at scamming people have been ripped off by Zuckerberg and the Facebook IPO!

Unidentified e-mail scammers (early 2000s)

World recognized scammer (2012)
Marketwatch reports in: Facebook Loses Keep Taking Tech Spotlight
Facebook shares fell $3.03, or almost 9%, to close at $31. The stock is now down more than 18% since the company went public Friday at $38 a share.Facebook’s decline on Tuesday was attributed at least in part to a report from Reuters that said Morgan Stanley cut its revenue outlook on Facebook just before the IPO. Morgan Stanley was also one of Facebook’s IPO underwriters.Over at Zerohedge, on the other hand, we get a better idea of the hijinks that we…