1. My “Cancer Period” started in 2011. But it doesn’t dominate my emotions actually.  I still fret about plenty of other things.

Maybe it’s easier when it’s happening to yourself, vs. to a loved one.

    My “Cancer Period” started in 2011. But it doesn’t dominate my emotions actually. I still fret about plenty of other things.

    Maybe it’s easier when it’s happening to yourself, vs. to a loved one.

  2. Cee-Lo’s Meow Mix For Purrfect

    Cee-lo Green and Purrfect

    It is a mixtape for a cat.

    Purrfect listens to music

    Enough said.

    Link: Cee-Lo’s Meow Mix For Purrfect on iTunes

  3. IKEA Japan Storage Problems campaign: Dance to the beat!

    In 2009, IKEA Japan ran a marketing campaign called Shunoumondai (Storage Problems). “Storage Solution Experts” from IKEA would go to the homes of people with major storage problems, install a bunch of IKEA stuff, and solve it. The theme of the campaign was this catchy song with calypso beat, and the accompanying dance. (Katazuke means ‘to put [stuff] away’).

    Catchy, isn’t it? I have to restrain myself from breaking out in song and dance at our local IKEA in Avignon.

    IKEA held in-house auditions for the campaign, where their employees had to demonstrate their…dance abilities? Well here are some of the auditions.

    Some of the employees are suspiciously good. This guy here must be an ex-ballet dancer or something…

    And finally, here are a couple of the Storage Problem Solving visits. They do the dance as warm-up and cool-down exercises, reminiscent of Rajio Taiso (radio exercises and the morning assembly exercised performed at some Japanese companies.

    It’s even funnier when a platinum blond Swede does it!

    You can see the rest of the series here.

  4. I just love this Apple Japan New Years 2012 image.

    I just love this Apple Japan New Years 2012 image.

  5. RRcherrypie’s Advent calendar

    RRcherrypie is a Japanese person who uploads videos to YouTube that show off various food related toys and such. She’s put a variety of shokugan, or toy prizes that come in food packages, in her advent calendar box. Some are from Re-ment, such as the little box of chocolates. Adorable!

    I used to be a big Re-ment fan, before the company changed its lineup to emphasize licensed character items over realistic miniatures. You can see some of my Re-ment related postings on JustHungry and JustBento here.

  6. Jazz piano Silent Night →

    Jazz Piano Small Pieces is the musical podcast (RSS link) of a Japanese guy (changee) who is a ‘fan of Bill Evans’. His latest upload is Silent Night. I like his style - he is very good, but not totally polished like a seasoned pro, so you get the feeling you’re sitting near a piano while it’s being played by a good friend on a quiet evening. Enjoy.

  7. The Advent calendar got rudely interrupted because on the day I posted my last Christmassy link, I got thrown back in hospital due to my surgery wound getting badly infected. Boo. So, no more advent calendar this year. ;_; But I’ll post some Xmassy stuff anyway. Here’s my real advent calendar, that I made a couple of years ago.

    The Advent calendar got rudely interrupted because on the day I posted my last Christmassy link, I got thrown back in hospital due to my surgery wound getting badly infected. Boo. So, no more advent calendar this year. ;_; But I’ll post some Xmassy stuff anyway. Here’s my real advent calendar, that I made a couple of years ago.

  8. Maki’s Advent Calendar Day 2:

    Take 6 is a gospel a cappella group. They’ve been around since 1980, and despite some member changes their sound has remained consistent - rich, layered yet quite laid back. I love good a cappella, but no group is as soul-satisfying to listen to as Take 6. Here they are singing I’ll Be Home For Christmas. Keep in mind that rich sound comes just from six voices, no instruments. Amazing.

    You can find a lot of their other Christmas and other songs on YouTube, Spotify, etc.

  9. Maki’s Advent Calendar Day 1:

    This is a short film called Tanghi Argentini. It was nominated for an Oscar in 2008. The payoff is wonderful. Enjoy.

  10. A bit of Christmas cheer every day.

    What with the operation and my father dying and all, I know I’ve been depressed and making people around me depressed too these days. So, to compensate a bit I’m going to be bringing a bit of Christmas cheer every day until the big day. Sort of like an advent calendar.

    Merry Christmas, everyone.