Results tagged “culture” from kwc blog

Japanese eyes vs. American mouths

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A study that dares to explain the cultural differences between :) and ^_^. Now that's real science.

Americans and Japanese Read Faces Differently

The 4th Dimension in Google

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Just last week at lunch, we were discussing Google Earth and MS's Virtual Earth 3D and how cool it would be once there is enough data to start adding a time slider to it all. Move the slider on Mountain View and you'd get to watch the town collapse all the way down to a stage coach stop. Move the slider over San Francisco and watch the skyline appear and the Golden Gate Bridge come into fruition.

Well, as it turns out, we were discussing a feature that is, in some ways, already there. The new Google Earth 4 comes with a time slider, which works with any timestamp data. It's not the all encompassing time machine, as it is a feature that still awaits massive amounts of data, but people have already put it to work with Hurricane Katrina, London buildings, and more.

There's also another feature they've announced that fits well with all of this: new historical map layers.

This, to me, is a critical tipping point for consumer mapping applications. Before, they could only show us the present. Now, they can show us our past, i.e. give us glimpses into our cultural memory, take a walk down Memory Lane in 3D. Now, we just need data.

Google Earth Blog: Google Earth 4th Dimension Redux

Cultural Uncanny Valley

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Read on for an semi-complete essay written in the spirit of silliness. It's an old draft I wanted to wrap up now that we are in the final countdown to entry 2000 (three to go).

Quick post from Japan

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Japan goes well and I've found some US Internet here on a military base nearby. My mom is off buying pizza for my aunt and Popeye's Chicken for me, so I have a bit of time.

I'm having a great time with my family. My aunts have been teaching me more proper green tea preparation as well as curry-cooking technique. In between has been several visits to 100 yen shops as well as a bus tour of Nagasaki.

The layout of Sasebo is reminiscent of a European town with twisty, tiny roads in the center, though most of the buildings here are less than 50 years old. The outer perimeter of the city appears to be a fortress conglomerate of giant pachinko parlors. The inside of those parlors sound like a waterfall, but substitute little metal balls for water and add a bunch of Vegas blinging noises. Five minutes was enough to make my ears ring.

The culture here has plenty of American influence -- the city's most famous food export is the Sasebo Burger and they've added a Starbucks and Seattle's Best Coffee since I last visited. I'm still not used to seeing teenagers dressed like rappers and grunge rockers.

I just purchased some t-shirts that I wanted to share with you:

Solution
Fraud Tradition
Mount Sedge the Cobalt Blue Beard
Explicate
disunion verbal

Usally Stomack as crunches are as appealing to you as pop quizzes
But not anymore.
This year you would-be couch potatoes are posed to become
very buff spuds.

As wonderful as these t-shirts are, I think the strangest thing is seeing how popular marijuana leaf (hemp) air fresheners are. It was a bit weird seeing them for sale in a kids store next to Minnie Mouse, but even weirder was seeing a Buddhist monk driving around with a marijuana leaf logo hanging from his rearview mirror.

That's all for now.

I see hapa people...everywhere

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After making the half-asian badge I felt the urge to go out on the Web and find out how much of a footprint we were leaving, and man, now I'm scared. There's more hapas sites out there than I ever imagined.

Famous hapas (the ones I recognized from other lists):
Kristin Kreuk (Smallville), Dean Cain, Kelly Hu (X-Men 2), Paul Kariya, Apolo Ohno, Tiger Woods, Brandon Lee, Keanu Reeves, Michelle Branch, Rob Schneider (WTF?), Russell Wong, Ann Curry (Today Show), Phoebe Cates (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), Malia Jones (surfer), Johnny Damon (Red Sox), Lou Diamond Phillips, Tia Carrere, Mark-Paul Gossaler (WTF?)

Hapas.com | Biracial Hapa Amerasian Multiracial Mixed

Halvsie: a site for the half-jap

Hapa Issues Forum, which has chapters at UCSD, Stanford, Berkeley, UCLA, Cornell, and UCI among others