No Whiteout Here

It’s bitterly cold here in Edinburgh today. No hurricane, but then we weren’t supposed to get it this far north. It was supposed to hit the south of England.

So, no hurricane here, no snow, and no whiteout.

The photo is one I took in North Yorkshire a couple of years ago.

The font is Special Elite… available as a Google font and also from FontSquirrel.


Too Sad To Send?

We haven’t used this photo in a card because the owl is behind wire in a cage. It doesn’t spend all of its time in the cage and it probably has a good life, but it is a sad-looking photo, isn’t it?

If this was the photo on a greeting card, do you think it is too sad to send or is it something you might send?




Japanese Giving Up On Relationships And Sex

I think this is the first ever spam comment I have written in Japanese that was not caught by Akismet. Here’s the comment:


The reason I knew it was spam, of course, is because of the website at ‘watchbrief’. Take a look below and you can see what Google Translate made of it.

The interesting thing to me is what it reveals about how I think about spamming.

For some reason, the idea of spam originating from Japan seems distinctly un-Japanese.

I mean how crazy is that? How crazy is it that I should form an opinion on where spam is and is not likely to originate in the world based on the flimsiest of social understandings?


Giving Up On Relationships and Giving Up On Sex

I read in the newspaper recently that young Japanese people are giving up on relationships. They would rather cocoon themselves in their rooms with their computers.

Here’s an article from the Guardian about the Japanese giving up on sex. Under the headline Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex? it cites these figures:

A survey earlier this year by the Japan Family Planning Association (JFPA) found that 45% of women aged 16-24 “were not interested in or despised sexual contact”. More than a quarter of men felt the same way.

Some years ago I spent three months in Japan. I went the length of the main island and visited and stayed with 23 different families as well as staying with two religious communities.

I had no affiliation with the religious communities and was invited (as with the other families) simply on the basis of increasing cross-cultural awareness.

I really should write about it sometime, before it fades from memory.