Squatty Potty

Despite knowing the benefits of squatting to do a number two for many years, I usually sit to do my business. When you look at the mechanics of it, you’ll be surprised how inefficient the sitting position is. Yes, it’s more comfortable than squatting, but what’s your goal here? You shouldn’t be getting comfortable to watch a movie on your iPad. Get it done quickly and efficiently. Squatting is the best position for this, and it shouldn’t take more than 30 seconds.

Ever hear of perch pooping? What? I lift up the seat on my home toilet, undress my bottom half, squat down on the seat… you know the rest. Don’t try this at home. You have to balance yourself on a thin surface in a squat position. It’s not so easy.

I’m planning to improve this process. I’m going to make a low platform to place in front of the toilet. I’ll stand on this platform, then squat over the toilet.

Here and here are better articles about this topic.


Fuji TV Propaganda via Subtitles

My rushed translation of this Huffington Post Japan article. There may be errors and I’m willing to stand corrected if necessary.

Japanese netizens have been criticizing Fuji TV for an incident that occurred on IKEGAMI Akira Kinkyuu Special, aired on 5 JUN 2015. The special featured a segment of on-the-street interviews with South Koreans in Seoul. The special was said to be discussing mysteries of South Korea (Shitteiru you de shiranai, Kankoku no nazo).

A segment of the show was dedicated to finding the roots of Korea’s anti-Japan sentiments. “Why does Korea hate Japan so much?” was one of the questions. The third interviewee from the on-the-street interviews was a high school student.  Her subtitles said, “We hate Japan because they did terrible things to us (during the colonial era) .”

The Huffington Post Japan editorial department checked the original clip. KOH Yongi of Daily NK spotted the error and tweeted the correction, i.e., what should have been in the subtitles. The problem was, the interviewee’s statement in the original Korean interview was drastically different from what appeared on the subtitled and dubbed Japanese version . The high school student’s actual statement was, “There is a lot of culture, and there seems to be a lot of foreign people visiting…”

This is quite different from the special’s “We hate Japan…” statement.

This has prompted some in Japan to start a petition and gather signatures against Fuji TV through change.org (see here; J). Commenters on the site are saying “No More Lies,” and “The media is not a tool to promote hate and lies against other countries or people…”

The special discusses a few other issues, e.g., theories about why the two have trouble getting along today, and how the colonial era has affected current attitudes.

It’s sad to see seeds of hatred being planted by the media. Young Japanese and Koreans don’t feel hatred towards one another. Why is the media manipulating our feelings? Many countries were guilty of this at times of war in the past. However, it seems distasteful for a nation’s government to do in modern day, ahem, China, South Korea, North Korea, Japan… I think nationalism, regardless of country, is ugly. Many of the commenters are rightfully bashing Fuji TV. It’s now another channel for me to disable from my TV.

Two Months After Switching to Colemak

I made my first post about Colemak (C) two months ago. I still occasionally use Qwerty (Q) on my work computer when a task is too short and not worth booting up Portable Colemak (app).

First, I should say I cannot type one handed with C at all! So if I’m taking notes with a pen in one hand, or using a mobile device, Q is my go to keyboard. So that means, I’m probably using C for at least 70% of my typing time. Let’s get to my review.

C is better suited for touch typing in English. Most Q typists don’t truly touch type. I didn’t. You probably don’t either. We have to use all kinds of hacks to accommodate for the layout’s shortcomings—not so with C. The biggest difference I noticed is I feel a lot calmer and more focused when using C. There is a lot less random finger movement, and I really do feel what this keyboard often touts, “Your fingers travel less.” It may not feel so at the beginning, but you’ll definitely feel so once you can type comfortably.

Most people are only interested in speed though. So far, I’m still faster on Q… even though it feels like chaos to me. My fingers being all over the place… yet I can type accurately. It’s a weird stressor for me. C, however, feels calmer and more comfortable. The speed on C is something I expect to come with time though. I mean, I typed on Q for over 25 years! I’ve only been using C for two months. So despite my typing speed being cut in half, I feel Colemak is the best layout for typing on a physical keyboard in English.

Legend of Dragoon

I’ve been playing the Japanese version of Legend of Dragoon on PSP for a few months. I originally played the US version in the winter of 2000 on PS1. I was a senior in high school at the time. Back then, I can’t remember having any trouble with the difficulty of the game. I didn’t have to think deeply or stress out over boss battles. Well, what a different story it is now! The Japanese version has been killing me over and over again. I often have to spend a few hours leveling up my party before the insanely difficult boss battles. In the Japanese version, the enemies hit harder and more often. They don’t drop the same items either.

On Learning Korean

I started learning Korean a few months ago. My first step was to learn hangul, Korea’s intuitive alphabet. I meddled with it for a few hours. It amazed me how I was learned to read and write without strain. I still struggle with Japanese after studying for over ten years.

Back to Korean. My daily study routine is studying vocabulary on the mobile Memrise app. I usually do this for about five to fifteen minutes a day. If I’m not mentally drained from a long day of work/studying, I’ll take notes on these videos.

Korean alone is not a stressful study load for me. It’s actually fun to study. However, combined with studying Japanese, my other odd projects, and a full day at work… It sometimes feels like I have too many things on the go.

Sexist? No


A case of some teen just doesn’t want to be told what to do. If I remember correctly, not only girls, but boys also weren’t allowed to wear tank tops or expose their shoulders (in school) during my school days. The only exception was basketball jerseys during basketball practice or games (for both boys and girls).

There was no explicit dress code in my days, the wonderful 90s, but I think both boys and girls exercised caution with regards to school clothes. How you dress in your private time, and how you dress at school are not the same. I think asking either gender to cover up their shoulders or wear shorts, skirts, etc. that are at least mid thigh length is reasonable. If the school dress code is applied to both genders, how is it sexist? Authoritarian? Maybe. It’s a school, not some local teen hangout.

I hope the teachers and school board put their feet down firmly on this one. I personally would prefer uniforms if I were a student again. It’s definitely better for an environment of education. However, I also think students should be happy to have the freedom to dress as they please (within the school dress code).

Health & Wellness Manifesto

I try to meet all of these points every day.

  • at least 10 minutes of sunlight exposure; less clothing is better; worst case scenario, a vitamin D supplement
  • no blue light from electronic devices at night; I try to go completely off by 9:00 pm
  • movement or exercise (any of the following: walk around the neighborhood; a few 50 meter sprints; skateboarding; lifting weights, push ups, pull ups, or squats
  • at least one serving of kimchi or some fermented vegetable, e.g., ‘kraut
  • staying away from wheat products and processed industrial foods as much as possible
  • a good piece of animal protein or at least a fish oil supplement
  • green time (time around plants, e.g., my veranda garden or the local park)

The points I break most are sunlight exposure and blue light. The former because I work indoors, so it’s hard to get outside for more than a few minutes during the midday sun. The latter because I usually spend more time online than I should, e.g., watching YouTube, studying Japanese and Korean, and reading articles.