Kotowaza of the day: Effort and Providence
- Jinji wo tsukushite tenmei wo matsu
- Meaning of Japanese:
- Do your best and leave the rest to fate
- English equivalents:
- Use the means and God will give the blessing
BBC reports that Tomy and Takara have both developed a novel medium for communicating feelings - bean plants which sprout to reveal one of six messages pre-inscribed by laser.
Tomy's offering features beans set in a white egg which "hatch" soon after they are put in water. The plants have a message in French on one side, and a message in Japanese on the other.
"You can have the fun of fortune telling, as you don't know what message will come out until the bean sprouts," Tomy told AFP.
After months of garbled communications via FAX and contradictory instructions on completing the reams of necessary documentation, Rie is now a soon-to-be immigrant. We had our interview at the embassy on Monday, I waited an hour in the cold today before passing through outer-gate security, and now the immigrant visa is ours. Or hers.
CSM provides a sampling of some foreign media reactions to Bush's inaugural speech. Excerpts:
"Critics who were hoping that he would get mired in detail about Iraq were mistaken. Instead he went back to basics, reaching out to the belief of most Americans in the fundamental importance of freedom and using that to explain his policies at home and abroad. At times it sounded more like a sermon than a speech. Mr. Bush may not be much of a speaker. But sometimes the message is more important than eloquence and what he had to say yesterday had the power of real conviction." – Irish Independent
Offering a decidedly different and longer view of history, China's official newspaper, People's Daily warned against American historical intent:
"No banquet under the sun will last forever. After the firework fades away Washington is still under a dark sky. The sole superpower sends a sense of inauspiciousness to the world when it's president is inaugurated under wartime security standards: America, where [are] you heading?
... Judging from Bush's inauguration theme in 2005, being morally conceited and militarily aggressive are two major elements of American nationalism."
you step outside on a cloudy day and open your umbrella like everyone else... even though it's not raining.
you can finish an entire meal without taking even a sip of something to drink.
The Mexican government last month began distributing a booklet titled Guia del Migrante Mexicano, or Guide for the Mexican Migrant. This isn't their first such publication, but it is novel, apparently, in its comic book format.
"This is more than just a wink and a nod," said Rick Oltman, Western field director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform. "This is so transparent, this is the Mexican government trying to protect its most valuable export, which is illegal migrants."At least one Border Patrol spokesman has his head screwed on right:
Said John Vincent, editor of a newsletter published by Virginia-based Americans for Immigration Control: "It really looks like the Mexican government is encouraging illegal immigration. It shows the contempt that the Mexican government has for our laws."
"If they've already gone ahead and made that decision to cross illegally . . . then anything that helps protect lives is worth it," said Andy Adame, spokesman for the Border Patrol's Tucson sector.
The Rap Dictionary, "the oldest and ultimate resource for looking up hip-hop slang," has gone wik-wik-Wiki! Kinda slow-loading right now, so when only the background was up I thought Wikipedia had commandeered my browser.