LOL... hey, we should make a "peace sign" club, for gathering together various works of art that incorporate peace signs.
By the way, a friend of mine (David Annal) turned this particular peace sign into a Flash animation. You can see it here: [link]
He's a [link] tessellation artist, as I am. It SO bothers me (grin) that I was too dumb to notice that this object tessellates. He noticed loooong before I did.
Hehehe...that's definitely the best quote in the article.
2nd best quote:
"In 2005, Walter B. Jones, having arrived at the belief that the United States went to war 'with no justification', said of the 'freedom fries' episode: 'I wish it had never happened.' By July 2006, the House had quietly changed the name in all its restaurants back to the original 'French fries'.
Since the French were more right than the Americans about the invasion of Iraq, shouldn't the US Congress start naming MORE things "french"? Like, no more "danishes" or "italian dressing"-- let's eat FRENCHIES with French dressing... oops...we already have French dressing.
Do the Philippine languages have any examples of this kind of language-mangling?
Hmmm..there's nothing in the photo to show scale. The fries are actually quite thick-- almost finger-width. The red packet is about as wide as your palm.
Expensive-- you bet. These french fries cost about 90 Pesos in a convenience store. Evvverything in Japan is expensive, but it's really no different from stuff you'd buy in the Philippines. It's a rare lunch, for example, that costs less than 350 Pesos. It kills me that one lunch at a food court here could have paid for a week of lunches in Robinson's Mall in the Philippines-- I want to EARN money here, and SPEND it THERE.
Man, I miss Sbarro's italian restaurant, and Jollibee, and 3M pizza, and... (is it called "Max's"?) that chain of really nice Philippine family restaurants. Even Shakey's-- man, I miss the P.I.
Well, really, the big cost jump is partly protectionism (import taxes) and partly crazy-stupid profits.
Importing things for sale is heavily restricted, but it's more about money and control than about quality standards. The big, big exception is cheap manufactured goods from China. Go into a "one hundred yen" store, and almost everything for sale there is "made in China".
It's like we lost a war that never happened, so now we're forcing ourselves to move our capital and factories to China. :-/
Mostly, though, I think prices are high here simply because the Japanese see complaining as a sign of childishness, and "quiet resignation" as a sign of maturity. So, for example, if you pay 250 pesos for a plate of nachos with only 3 chips (this happened to me last night), nobody gets angry and complains. So the profiteers keep lowering quality while raising prices, and the consumers just passively accept all the nonsense.
it makes for a quiet, polite society-- but a society of meek, exploited sheep.