Excrement Working…

Just a quick warning that Speech to Text doesn’t always work out the way we want. Always–ALWAYS–double check the text.

From an eBay auction for an electronic device:

Excrement working,  in like new condition.  Includes black sleeve case

Good to know. Excrement is working just fine–in like-new condition to boot!







Of Love and Plagiarism

The other day I was in a Walgreens here in Florida and quite suddenly my ears caught a remake of the 1965 Beatles song, It’s Only Love.
I thought, how nice it is to hear the younger generation give the nod to the classics.
It would be like Jack Kerouac beating out a Shakespearean quote. Or Shakespeare sonneting Chaucer. Or Chaucer … Well, you get the picture.
I opened my mouth to voicelessly—and inconspicuously—sing along with the singer. “It’s only lo…”2016-05-19_0218
The singer—gasp—messed up the lyrics. He didn’t know the lyrics to the song he was remaking.
No. It was something far worse. He didn’t know he was doing a remake of a classic.
This new song itself isn’t bad and the part in question appears to be just a bridge or mini-chorus. It has a catchy synthesizer riff that makes the song memorable without needing to plagiarize.
I have no idea who sings the song or what it is called—at my age (42) it would be downright embarrassing to know that—but if you are 20 and have never heard of the Beatles, lend me your ears and I’ll play you the chorus of It’s Only Love. Brace yourself: you’ll instantly shout, “Those rascally Beatles stole that from so-and-so!”
Only, barring the slim possibility the Beatles possessed time travel abilities, it was the other way around.
(Here is a very well-done cover of the song. Listen to the chorus.)

George Harrison, of course, had a similar problem. My Sweet Lord rips He’s So Fine. And honestly, his indiscretion was much worse. He didn’t have the youth excuse. He should have known better.

Japanese Reader Collection Vol 2: Momotaro, the Peach Boy

Momotaro, the Peach Boy

Newly updated and soon to come out in paperback, Japanese Reader Collection Volume 2 now includes a revised Momotaro story and The Tortoise and the Hare. A download link for the MP3s of the story is also included.

Just for fun, see how CJ Martin went from this:


to this:


Click to read about the process on his blog.

(The Temporal, a thriller by CJ Martin and in English is FREE now for Kindle.)

Three New Videos on Japanese Idioms

It is kind of plug and play–hope you don’t mind, but I uploaded three new Japanese Idioms videos last night:


This is used when someone speaks only a little or is very quiet. The antonym of this expression is 口が軽い。 kuchi ga karui. One’s mouth is light.
Literally, “mouth is heavy.”


kuchi wo waru
confess; spill the beans; tell all

hannin wa, youyaku kuchi wo watta.
The criminal finally spilled the beans.


kuchi ga katai
tight-lipped; able to keep a secret; lips are sealed

kare wa, kuchi ga katai node, himitsu wo hanashitemo daijoubu da.
He is pretty tight-lipped, so even telling him secrets is fine.