Japanese English (sometimes called Japlish) is not new anymore, but it can still be surprising. Sometimes it is merely delightfully naive, but often it over-reaches, yearning for grandiosity and ending up bewilderingly senseless. And it is simply maddening when basic mistakes slip past a “proofreader” and end up on a billboard or all over a line of products.
Why there is a never-ending stream of it (and where it comes from) is a constant source of fascination for native English speakers in Japan. Here are two recent examples that caught us by surprise and made us laugh.
Continue reading “Specially Preserved Extravagance”
Continuing with our Florida Fauna posts, here are the things we saw lurking in and around the water.
Continue reading “Florida Fauna: In The Water”
A while back, on a walk in the Ontario woods with Keith’s mother, we found a big food. We couldn’t just leave it there. We like to think we rescued it.
Click through to discover its fate.
Continue reading “Puffball”
You know we love black garlic.
Takes about 3 weeks to make. Consistency like jellied dates* and sweet but still very garlicky. Turns out it’s very good on pizza, which surprised exactly no-one.
Continue reading “On Pizza?”
As many of you know, Tim Gerwing makes some amazing music.
We have one if his recent albums, Adagio, in heavy rotation at our house. Here’s a montage of samples from it:
Middle-Eastern and Spanish jazz guitar with Tim’s characteristic electronic edge. Just beautiful.
Visit Tim’s site to hear more of his music: lascaux21.com
We thought this broken planter could be a poster for a movie about Richard Nixon and the secret sadness he kept hidden from everyone.
We posted it to a discussion forum a few weeks ago and someone out there on the Internet liked it so much they made this:
Continue reading “Sad Nixon”
What was keeping us from updating our old blog? A few things:
- It was not pretty, so it wasn’t fun to look at.
- It was old, so the interface was clunky and laborious to use.
- The address was over-long, so it is was hard to visit and share.
So we made this, using the very simple WordPress 2015 theme. We have a lot of photos and stories of things we’ve gone, made and done that we hope you’ll enjoy and we look forward to reading any comments.
And for goodness sake, send us a link to your blog or site so we can include it in the sidebar.