05/31/2007

iTunes U for you (but not for me?)

Apple has released an upgraded iTunes 7.2, and the two big features new in this version are iTunes Plus, where one can download higher-quality, DRM-free music, and iTunes U, a new section on iTS where lectures and talks from prestigious educational institutions can be downloaded.

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posted by Yuuki at 23:08 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | On Schooling/Education

05/30/2007

CM音楽アレンジの妙(キリン生茶「醍醐味」)

僕はどちらかと言えば伊右衛門派なのですが、キリン生茶の新商品「醍醐味」のTVCMがとても印象的なのでそれについて少し。

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posted by Yuuki at 17:43 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | On Aesthetics

05/29/2007

How to say "Happy birthday!" and mean it

Last week two of my acquaintances had their birthday. On both occasions I failed to say to them "Happy birthday!" It was just a matter of sending a short note; why should it be so hard? What does it take for this communicative act to be successful?

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posted by Yuuki at 19:12 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | On Language

05/25/2007

飛ばない豚はただの豚。では飛ぶ豚は何故飛ぶのか?(『紅の豚』)

金曜ロードショーで『紅の豚』観ました。ヘタしたら十年以上ぶりくらいかもしれません。とってもハードボイルドで、最近のジブリ作品の傾向を考えると新鮮でした。

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posted by Yuuki at 23:54 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | On Art

05/24/2007

Meaning of the meaninglessness (Ecclesiastes)

Last night I changed my "mental reading plan" on a whim, and decided to read Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament. I read it this evening.

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posted by Yuuki at 23:59 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | On Religion

05/23/2007

じゃんけんの正義(Justice of Janken)

じゃんけんをする時、「僕はパーをだすから」とか「君はチョキをだせば勝てるよ」とか、あえて宣言することで相手を心理的に惑わそうとする人がいます。

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posted by Yuuki at 20:08 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | Journal/Gibberish

05/22/2007

"These spots mean measles."

A significant number of Japanese schools and universities are forced to close due to the outbreak of measles. Infected by philosophy, however, I am reminded by the word "measle" not the disease but the famous example of natural meaning that Grice uses (See his 1957 article "Meaning").

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posted by Yuuki at 22:33 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | Journal/Gibberish

05/21/2007

non-noのTVCMは何を伝えているのか

といっても、田中美保がなぜ、どのようにカワイイかを述べようというのではなくて(無論それも可能だけど)、今オンエアーされているnon-noのCM(音量注意)に関して少し不思議に思ったことを書き留めるだけです。

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posted by Yuuki at 20:04 | Comment(5) | TrackBack(0) | On the Media/Communication

Summer. Voice. Thinking.

What is it to love? To pay attention, to yourself as well as to others around you. How simple, yet how difficult. It was Victor Hugo who said "Aimer, c'est agir." Now I would put the verb in reflexive: "Aimer, c'est s'agir."

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posted by Yuuki at 01:31 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | Journal/Gibberish

05/18/2007

結婚は人間の喜びと幸せの限界…?

従兄弟のR君がこの春にめでたく結婚したわけですが、式とパーティの様子(僕はアメリカにいたので出席できませんでしたが)を今iPhotoでフォトブックにまとめています。半分仕事、半分家族サービスという感じ。

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posted by Yuuki at 18:28 | Comment(3) | TrackBack(0) | Journal/Gibberish

05/17/2007

2nd On-line Philosophy Conference

The Second Annual On-line Philosophy Conference is going on here. Anybody can participate in this exciting enterprise, without paying any traveling expenses or register fee (this type of virtual meeting on the Internet may be the norm in near future).

I watched the first week's keynote address by Ernest Sosa (Rutgers New Brunswick; he gave a talk on a similar topic at UVa two years ago, if I remember correctly), and am now reading the paper by Meredith Williams (Johns Hopkins), on Wittgenstein's critique of Fregean theory. Next week I'll try to look at the piece by Jonathan Dancy (UT Austin).

Sosa's Keynote address is videocast. Check it out and have a taste of what it's like to be at a philosophy conference.

posted by Yuuki at 19:40 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | Journal/Gibberish (-Spr. 07)

05/16/2007

音を聴くこと、音楽を聴くこと

僕は最近までクラシックの声楽というのがどうにも苦手で、歌曲を聴きはじめたのも大学に入ってからのことですし、宗教曲を含めた合唱曲の分野はまったく未開拓なのですが、最近エリック・ウィテカー(Eric Whitacre)というアメリカの若い現代作曲家を知りました。

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posted by Yuuki at 19:46 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | On Aesthetics

05/15/2007

Update : Prose "Speech given at the Inkstone reception"

Here:
Speech given at the Inkstone reception (opens in a new window)

Inkstone, a student-run organization at UVa that publishes a yearly magazine containing literary works and articles related to Asian American issues, accepted two of my poems for the 2007 issue. They invited me to give a brief speech and read a poem at their reception.

The speech is presented here almost verbatim. At the reception, I gave this speech, and read one of the poems accepted, entitled "Interpretations of Silence." I spoke hogwash, as does the poem, and I'm sure people thought: "What is this guy talking about?"

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05/10/2007

捨てる紙あれば疲労ばかりあり

今ちょうど朝の三時をまわったところで、あと7時間半ほどで、夏休みの間荷物を預かってもらう倉庫の業者さんがくるのですが、さっきようやく本が大体片付いてきたかな、という進行状況(笑泣)。

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posted by Yuuki at 17:00 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | Journal/Gibberish (-Spr. 07)
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