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生剥げ Namahage

Namahage are demons who terrorize lazy children. In the Oga peninsula, on New Year’s Eve, villagers dress up as namahage and drum. Would be a great performance to see live


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Nice song by Kazumasa Oda (小田和正) entitled Tashika-na Koto (A Certainty).

A quick Google turned up English translation of the lyrics here. I’ve not checked the translation, but at a glance it looks reasonable.

The stanza from 38″ to 1’01” grabbed me right away: the music, lyrics, and video of the father and child was a universal message that I had no difficulty understanding.

As time goes by,
can I love you?
Can I really protect you?
I looked at the sky and thought,
“What now can I do for you?”


Subtitled for the Humour Impaired

A large part of my video watching time involve subtitles. This video is old but still kind of funny.

Beautiful Khoomi Singing

This trio gives a clear presentation of khoomi singing, from Mongolia. The strange, almost whistling sound comes from shaping the mouth like the resonating box of a musical instrument, producing overtones. One can control the overtones by altering the shape of the mouth, allowing a person to “play” an instrument.

I encountered this interesting style of singing as a teen. In my twenties I spent time to figure it out, but haven’t practised for a decade or so. It’s not hard to figure out, but as with anything, mastering it takes serious, concerted effort.

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Dive In or Play It Safe?

In this video, Mr. Harward tells a story to raise the question of diving in versus playing it safe.


I was a guest at joint CEO Space / Producer Power Hour presentation in January 2009. Brett Harward was a guest speaker. The entire presentation was interesting, and I took a lot of notes. (I can see the back of my head in the video at one point.)

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Biwa Sighting

Stumbled across a biwa. It’s a pretty rare Japanese instrument, despite the resurgence of its relative, the shamisen. It’s the lute-like instrument that the woman picks with the paddle. It’s nice to see groups keeping near extinct instruments alive.

The large horizontal stringed instruments are the koto. The recorder-like flute is called the shakuhachi.

The trio is called Rin. The song is called Sakura Sakura (Cherry Blossoms Cherry Blossoms).

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The Fifth Ammendment and You

Why should you care about the Fifth Amendment if you’re not guilty? Find out in this interesting lecture by Professor Duane and Officer George Bruch of the Virginia Beach Police Department.

We’ve seen high-profile cases where otherwise not guilty people — people for whom there was no evidence of wrongdoing — who have gone to prison for years, merely for talking to the police and saying something innocuous that they didn’t know would end up being used against them.

There’s an interesting point made in the lecture, that the things you say to the police, which can help your case can not be used in court. But those that can hurt your case can be used in court.

Beware those “that make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him”
Isa. 29:21

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Chilly DOG

We attended our first DOG (dutch oven gathering) on 4 October 2008. A DOG is basically a dutch oven club meeting. People get together to cook, eat, and have a good time.

Today’s DOG was a combination of three different clubs to do some community service cleaning up a park, with the dutch oven club providing breakfast for everybody. The weather was very cold and rainy, but for the most part people still got out, picked up trash, and had a good time.

Here’s a 52-second video of some of the cooking.

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