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01 September 2007 @ 09:13 pm
MEDIA WHORES is now available at my Lulu store: http://www.lulu.com/dnafiction .

It features new material (ohlahlah!), an excellent 3DCG cover (included in the document itself) by Japanese 3DCG illustrator 4DHeaven Terrace (http://heaven4d.babu.com/) and retails for a whopping $1 USD.

 
 
Made in DNA
20 August 2007 @ 07:26 pm
MEDIA WHORES -- a bizarro story of sex, zombies, and a mediamatrix looking to step on your nuts -- now on sale at Second Life: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Publishing%20Island/63/187/36
 
 
Made in DNA
27 July 2007 @ 10:08 am
Hello, and here's a bomb for you...

Adult situations, language and violenceCollapse )

Read the rest of the story at http://www.twitter.com/junkdnafiction
 
 
Made in DNA
05 June 2007 @ 09:22 am
Considering that the sun comes up at 430am and sets at 6pm, I think that a full 1.5 hours of daylight savings is required. In fact, I think Japan needs to revise the timezone it has been placed in completely. Not only would it save energy, but it would allow for more productivity and enjoyment in everyone's personal lives as well. It's just silly the way Japan wastes the daylight hours. This is something I have been mentioning for years now.

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/20070602TDY01005.htm
 
 
Made in DNA
31 May 2007 @ 05:43 pm
Hey, I've become a WEAPON OF MASS DISTRACTION over at Twitter for slits and wiggles:

http://twitter.com/mopedronin -- for the inane semi-daily blow by blows

http://twitter.com/junkdnafiction -- which gets mentioned at Warren Ellis Dot Com (Thank you Mr Ellis): http://www.warrenellis.com/?p=4394

He didn't even write anything. He let me speak all for my self. (Fear that!)

http://twitter.com/japaneseword -- a fun little Japanese/English SMS courier.

and last but not least,

http://twitter.com/harakirific -- my first EvAR short story in Japanese (currently on hiatus).
 
 
 
Made in DNA
If you ask me, it sounds like we have this year's winner for the Darwin Awards. Too bad his buddies got away. You can bet they won't pull a bullshit stunt like that again.

The poor crocs really got the short end of the stick.

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BEIJING, China (AP) -- A crocodile shot to death in south China during a search for a missing 9-year-old student was found to contain the child's remains, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

The crocodile was shot Saturday in a park in Beihai, a city in the Guangxi region, by investigators looking for the missing child. Investigators confirmed that human remains found in the reptile were that of the student, the report said.

The child, surnamed Liu, disappeared Friday after Liu and three other children climbed over the fence around a pool in the park that had been used to stage crocodile shows, Xinhua said.

"The children shot the animals with catapults and beat them with wooden sticks," the agency said. "One of the irritated crocodiles bit Liu's clothes and dragged him into water, where he was eaten by a swarm of crocodiles."

Snipers used pork to lure the reptiles from the pool on Saturday and shot the first one that crawled ashore, the report said.

No other details were given, and it wasn't immediately clear what would happen to the other crocodiles.

Local residents said the park's owner had hired a keeper for the crocodiles, but it was not clear why the man was not at the site when the students broke in, the report said.

The manager and the keeper were being held by police.

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
 
 
Made in DNA
I caught the immediate aftermath of this; there was a cameraman on the scene. It was extremely heartbreaking.

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TOKYO, Japan (AP) -- The shooting death of the mayor of Nagasaki by a gangster has shocked Japanese accustomed to gun-free streets, sparking calls to stop crime syndicates from evading the country's strict gun-control laws.

Nagasaki Mayor Iccho Ito, 61, was shot twice in the back outside a train station Tuesday evening and died early Wednesday. Tetsuya Shiroo, a senior member of Japan's largest crime syndicate, Yamaguchi-gumi, was captured at the scene and admitted to the attack, police said.

"This murder, which took place in the middle of an election campaign, is a threat to democracy," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said early Wednesday. "We must eradicate violence firmly."

The shooting was rare in a country where handguns are strictly banned. It was the second attack in the last 20 years against a mayor of Nagasaki, which was flattened by a U.S. atomic bomb in the closing days of World War II in 1945 and whose leaders have actively campaigned against militarism.

The attack shook the sense of safety among Japanese, and comes on the heels of Monday's shooting massacre in the United States that killed at least 33 people, including the gunman.

"The use of guns is increasing among gangsters. I want Japanese laws to protect the general public," said Shinichi Tada, a 44-year-old manufacturing company worker in Tokyo.

"I do not want Japan to be like the U.S.," he said as he read an extra on the mayor's death handed out at a Tokyo train station.

Trivial matter
Tuesday's attack appeared to involve a trivial matter.

Shiroo reportedly clashed with Nagasaki city officials in 2003 after his car was damaged when he drove into a hole at a public-works site. He tried unsuccessfully to get compensation from the city after his insurance company refused to pay up, according to Japanese broadcaster NHK.

Shiroo also sent a letter to broadcaster TV Asahi to protest recent money scandals linked to Ito, including hidden accounts and public works contracts, Kyodo reported.

Backed by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Ito was campaigning for his fourth term in office before Sunday's elections. He was an active figure in the movement against nuclear proliferation.

"We are truly saddened by the passing of Mayor Ito," said Nobuhiro Uchida, vice mayor, in a statement issued Wednesday. "We could never forgive such a cowardly act and we feel strong indignation," he said.

Commonly known as yakuza, Japan's organized crime groups are typically involved in real estate and construction kickback schemes, extortion, gambling, the sex industry, gunrunning and drug trafficking.

The yakuza also have had a long-standing political alliance with right-wing nationalists in Japan, although authorities did not indicate that Tuesday's attack was politically motivated.

84,500 gangsters estimated across Japan
Organized crime groups are behind most shootings in Japan, with two-thirds of the country's 53 known shootings last year being gang-related, according to the National Police Agency. Police estimate there are about 84,500 gangsters across Japan.

Attacks on politicians in postwar Japan have been rare.

In 1960, Socialist leader Inejiro Asanuma was killed in an attack by a sword-wielding 17-year-old that riveted the nation.

In 1990, then-Nagasaki Mayor Hitoshi Motoshima was shot and seriously wounded by a right-wing extremist after saying that Japan's emperor bore some responsibility for World War II.

"This has brought such a sad and unfortunate ending for the people of Nagasaki and for Japan. Violence should not be tolerated no matter for what reason or no matter what may have happened," Motoshima told public broadcaster NHK on Wednesday.

In 2002, a ruling party politician was fatally stabbed in a dispute over political funds. In the 1990s, a Liberal Democrat lawmaker was killed at his home by his daughter and an opposition lawmaker was stabbed to death by a mental patient.

Ito was born in Nagasaki on August 23, 1945, just two weeks after a U.S. atomic bomb devastated the coastal city on Japan's southernmost main island of Kyushu.

He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

 
 
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Smart. A little scary, but smart.

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OTARU, Hokkaido -- A tax office here has put a set of figures of young girls seized from a tax delinquent up for auction on the Internet "to deepen understanding about the prefectural government's tax collection," taxation officials said.

The figures, which were put up for auction by the prefectural government's Otaru tax office, included characters from a love simulation game marketed in the 1990s. The figures are no longer produced and are considered valuable collectors' items.

"Our aim isn't to sell them for a high price, but to deepen understanding about tax collection in Hokkaido. We want to draw people's attention," an official from the tax office said.

In tax office-related Net actions, the prefectural government puts seized assets of tax delinquents up for sale on major auction sites such the site operated by Yahoo, and collects the money from sales.

In February this year, the tax office in Otaru put four figures seized from a toy retailer in Hokkaido's Shiribeshi district up for auction. The figures were in their original unopened packages. In the past, most of the seized items sold over the Internet have been things like automobiles and works of art, and it was the first time for authorities to sell collectors' figures. Over 100 bids were placed for the items, which went for between five and seven times the estimated figure of 1,000 yen. The top bid was 7,250 yen.

On Wednesday last week, the tax office put 10 sets of figures seized from the same toy retailer up for auction. Bidding will be open until May 1, and bids will be placed between May 8 and 10.

"In public sales in the past, only a limited variety of people such as second-hand dealers were able to participate, but with the spread of the Internet, toy figures regarded as movable assets have also attracted buyers," an official from the tax office said, commenting on the auction. (Mainichi)

 
 
Made in DNA
I knew there was a deep-seated, instinctive reason why I never touch any of the buttons on those damn things. I do my biz, get off, flush. I don't touch buttons. NO BUTTON-TOUCHING!

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TOKYO, Japan (AP) -- Japan's leading toilet maker Toto Ltd. is offering free repairs for 180,000 bidet toilets after wiring problems caused several to catch fire, the company said Monday.

The electric bidet accessory of Toto's Z series caught fire in three separate incidents between March 2006 and March 2007, according to company spokeswoman Emi Tanaka. The bidet sent up smoke in 26 other incidents, the company said.

"Fortunately, nobody was using the toilets when the fire broke out and there were no injuries," Tanaka said. "The fire would have been just under your buttocks."

The company will repair 180,000 toilet units manufactured between May 1996 and December 2001 for free, she said. A manufacturing defect is thought to have led to the faulty wiring.

Toto has been a pioneer in high-tech toilets fitted with pressurized water sprayers -- a standard fixture in Japanese homes.

The popular Z series features a pulsating massage spray, a power dryer, built-in-the-bowl deodorizing filter, the "Tornado Wash" flush and a lid that opens and closes automatically. Prices range from $1,680 to $2,600.

The model is not sold overseas.

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press.
 
 
Made in DNA
25 March 2007 @ 09:47 am
We just got hit with a four or five earthquake. There was a marked difference in the past earthquakes I have felt before. This one wasn't a jarring, violent type. This one was rolling watch-it! type. In fact, it felt like the whole house was riding atop of a giant wave. Our normally flat wooden floors felt like they were jelly. It was slightly exciting and slightly scary. My brother in law woke up and my wife was downstairs under a beam.

The quake was based in Ishikawa where it was a 6+. They also received tsunami warnings. Ishikawa is about an hour and a half south of her by car along the coast.

The image is from Wikipedia's English page on Ishikawa Prefecture. That's Ishikawa in dark green. Niigata Prefecture, where we live, is just two prefectures up the coast, with the island (Sado) next to it. We are very close. In fact, we are the southern most tip.



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