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@jcmeyer - I know that you're already in Japan so I'm coming to this late, but I've been away in Japan for the past two weeks and so missed the discussion!   I've got a Word file with some thoughts on Japan that I'll try sending through to you via a PM shortly, so if you're checking SF, please let me know if you get it.   With regard to an itinerary, I'd spend more time in Tokyo and Kyoto, and less time in Osaka. Simply put, once you've spent time in Tokyo, Osaka is...
Last week in Japan:  
 Nice blog - it's good to see some of the details of your woodworking, including the tools you use and the steps you take. 
Saw this on a plane last week:       I'm quite embarrassed to admit that it's the first time I'd seen The Departed. A fantastic movie, based on an Andy Lau film from HK ("Infernal Affairs", which I had seen years ago) and also loosely based on the real-life story of James "Whitey" Bulger, an Irish-American criminal from Boston.   Many stand-out performances - Di Caprio was perhaps the best I've ever seen him, Nicholson chewed the scenery a bit but was great in his...
^ Only ten days this time.   Due to school holidays, we usually only go in the middle of summer or winter, so it was nice to go in spring and to see the cherry blossoms for a change. 
 Speaking of Japan, I just arrived back from a family trip there.  Nothing clothing-related to share, unfortunately, as the only clothing store I managed to get to while I was there was Uniqlo!  However, we were there for the cherry blossoms for the first time in 11 years, which was great. We also ate far too much food and generally indulged ourselves.  
 You can never have enough flanges.
^Interesting.    It's nice to see the warmth of brick, rather than the concrete that is often used nowadays.    I must admit, though, that even though there's probably no reason at all to be afraid, I'd probably be a bit freaked out by having a ceiling made of bricks like that - I'd be sitting there thinking about how I really, really hope that the mortar's holding firm!
   I think that you should think more about what "risk" means.  Yes, the Sept 11 2001 attacks killed quite a few people, but that was a one-off occurrence.  People worrying about terrorist attacks are like people worrying about being eaten by a shark when swimming in the sea - they've got a much, much, much greater chance of being killed in a car accident driving to and from the beach than they do being attacked by a shark while they're actually at the beach, but they...
 Ah, no. Maybe the people who blow themselves up don't think like that, but the people that send them to blow themselves up certainly do think of the long game. That's what terrorism is all about - bringing the fight to the enemy, creating fear, creating panic, getting your enemy to change in response to your attacks.   As you said, it's a silly example. Putting reversing beepers on trucks is a very different matter from the PATRIOT Act, from draconian and ever-enlarging...
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