In the opening ceremony of this year's Tokyo Olympics, I am a great admirer of the "moving pictogram performance".
I usually use free pictograms in my columns, presentation materials, and papers.
I even think that pictograms are a "universal language that does not require learning".
The "moving pictogram" introduced at this opening ceremony is an upgrade from "universal language that can be understood" to "universal language that speaks to us".
As a young man who used to be a theatrical performer (albeit for a short period of time), I honestly felt that the conception, realization method, order, and time allocation of the "moving pictogram performance" was "amazing.
And I want to give unreserved praise to the performers, who have probably spent an enormous amount of time practicing.
However, in our house, that performance is not popular.
They said, "It's not a good performance for the opening ceremony of the Olympics.
I've always felt that the opening ceremonies of the Olympics since around 2000 have been overly flamboyant, exaggerated, and full of unexpected performances, like
"a mass game that some country north of the peninsula is using as a tourism resource"
I have always felt "vaguely uncomfortable" with what has become a pompous, nationalistic ceremony.
- A flesh-and-blood human flying with a jet device attached to his back.
- The queen's helicopter dive.
- Fireworks display around the stadium.
Frankly, I've been fed up with them.
Well, I suppose there was the constraint that it was the Olympics in the midst of the Corona disaster, but for me
I thought that it was a relatively calm opening ceremony (performance) that didn't try to be overly popular.
In the midst of all this, the IOC President's "talk" was the worst of the worst -- or rather, it seriously "worried" me.
The way he talked about the same things over and over again reminded me of my father, who was in the early stages of cognitive impairment.
"Might it be the first Olympics in history where the IOC president himself would ruin the opening ceremony ?"
And the fact that there is no one in that hall who can stop the IOC president from talking is the same as the "universal old person problem" of "no one can stop the school principal from talking at all.
"Get a review from someone else and practice a few times before you go on stage, you idiot," I said.
I believe I am qualified to say so, as I have always finished my presentations within the designated time, with practicing more than 10 times before going to them, even for a few conferences.
In some countries outside Japan, people who do not have a certificate of vaccination against the new coronas are restricted from entering stores and gyms, and are not allowed to work.
In principle, I agree with this direction.
From the perspective of dire malice, I'd like to see the dark side of the operation: purging those who don't/can't get vaccinated.
However, if implemented, this will undoubtedly cause insidious social division.
"Socially sanctioned bullying."
Something like that will occur.
Our country's national policy is to crush the outstanding individual.
The national policy of our country is to crush outstanding individuality.
I am also "aware" that I am standing on the side of the "crushers".
By the way, it is not "awareness" but "fact" that I am "standing on the side of the beaten down".
Anyway, I think it is a reasonable decision that the government is limiting the issuance of vaccine passports (new corona vaccination certificates) only to travelers.
So, I just had an idea,
How about putting the title "vaccinated against new coronas" on your business card?
Of course, those who do not want to include such information do not have to, and those who have not been vaccinated can fraudulently claim to have been vaccinated.
All you have to do is show this business card to the owner of an izakaya and say that you can eat and drink at the restaurant.
You may be wondering, "How can that be effective?"
I think it probably has an effect -- the effect of "making the drink taste really bad".
(1) If a cluster occurs, you'll get a follow-up investigation.
(2) If they do a follow-up survey, they'll find that they talk about business cards.
(3) Then you'll be asked if you've been vaccinated, right?
(4) Then, they ask you to submit a document that you've been vaccinated (you can get this after two vaccinations).
(5) If you can't submit it, the "awkwardness" among coworkers, friends, loves, will be unbearable.
Just by thinking about all this, a normal person would not be able to drink 'good sake'.
"Unsocially sanctioned bullying"
However, I think it is still better as long as it is not legislated or institutionalized.
Well, this is a necessary condition for "the vaccinated to become the majority".
Those who refuse to be vaccinated need to increase their ranks ASAP.
That's why I've said it again and again.
"What are you waiting for? Hurry up and get Ebata"
I was woken up by a phone call this morning.
It was a call from a contractor of high-pressure cleaning of drainpipes, asking if he could visit us in an hour.
A few weeks ago, the drainage in the upstairs hand-washing area was clogged with a strange smell.
I'm a DIYer when it comes to dismantling plumbing and removing clogs -- in fact, I've done it all before.
However, this time, even after removing all the debris from the pipes, the water did not continue to flow.
In other words, the drainage pipes inside the house are clogged, not the exposed pipes outside -- this is something I can't do anything about.
Again I was trying to deal with this myself by purchasing such a device.
However, I, at my parents' house, once messed with a drain pipe and made things worse as a result.
And then, "thanks to all the things I've done," the toilet at my parents' house became unusable.
At that time, I had a drainage company come and remove some of the roots in the pipe.
And later, I cut down with a chainsaw the pine tree that my father had cherished before he died.
Well, let's not get into that.
Once I had a contractor come and try to solve the problem with the above mentioned equipment, but it still didn't work, so we had to do high pressure washing.
Under my wife's general policy, "If we're going to do this, we should clean everything in the house," the first simultaneous plumbing cleaning was held after the construction of the Ebata house.
I enjoyed watching the operation of the two workers.
I watched the operation, stretching and leaning back so as not to disturb the workers.
In my image, it was "like watching a parade at Disneyland in a crowded place.
And for the first time, I found out that the (unnoticed) halls installed in the entrance, garden and parking lot were the pathways for sewage (there were about 10 of them).
The workers operated as "easy for me to watch the work".
After the work was done, I asked a lot of questions.
To be honest, I was surprised to see a compressor (like this one) installed in the minivan, but it wasn't powered by our house, nor was it drawing water from our water supply.
I asked a lot of questions and found out the following.
(1) Water used for cleaning: About 200 liters brought in a tank in the minivan.
(2) Power source for compressors for high-pressure cleaning: Gasoline
(3) Water pressure of high-pressure compressor: 150 kgf/cm^2 (pressure equivalent to 1,500 automobiles riding on a 1 square meter board)
(4) The water pressure nozzle, which performs the backward injection, automatically moves forward in the pipe and easily climbs from the first floor to the second floor (running up to the 10th floor of an apartment building, for example).
I can only speak for myself , however, "the blood of a downtown factory owner's son" rushed to my mind.
(Continuation from yesterday)
However, there seems to have been a problem with the way I did my research.
I have asked the nursing home various questions via e-mail and other means in the process leading up to this hospitalization.
The approach to the question was what we call the "engineering approach".
We asked questions in the form of (1) background, (2) purpose, (3) summary of questions, and (4) details of questions, but apparently this form of questioning "frightened" the people in the field.
My sister told me that it was like an internal search for the culprit: "Who made me (Ebata) write this kind of questionnaire report?" It seemed to be like an internal search for the culprit.
When my sister heard about the situation...
"My brother is a strange one"
She had a hard time reassuring the people in the field by saying so.
"He's a columnist, a researcher, and he's writing a series of articles about care and death of our parents.
She had a lot of work to do to put out the fire.
Ebata: "I was simply stating the questions I wanted to ask, without emotion, objectively, and as clearly as possible..."
Daughter: "Your report is 'scary' enough on its own for the average person."
Ebata: "Then I guess that I should be illogical, come up with whatever I can think of, and deliberately I make it hard to read."
Wife: "Well, try adding a 'heart mark' or a 'character' to the report, that might soften the impression.
Ebata: "Yeah, I can't do that. I think I'd kill myself on impulse if I wrote that sentence -- at least, I don't think it's achievable in this life."
I don't know if it's true or not, but there are people who say things like, "If you get vaccinated against the new coronavirus, you will die within five years.
There may be medical information and statistical data to support this idea.
With the utmost courtesy, I will humbly ask you to teach me, so can someone please tell me why?
I want to know exactly the reason -- because I'm an engineer.
Incidentally, I've been studying this level of content on my own, with the help of doctors in the field, so...
If you can give me the reason, I would appreciate it if you could provide the reason that is on the same level as mine.
By the way, I also make my living from data analysis, so if you can provide me with proper data, I can do the calculations for you.
"I would appreciate it if you could send me an email with a story to convince me that I will be dead in five years, or infertile, or whatever.
Upon request, I will disclose the full text on my website.
I've written more than 100 pages of columns on vaccines.
"The vaccines are dangerous"
If I change my opinions, it will have an impact within a certain people.
I have already told you that my mother, who is currently in a nursing home, was hospitalized in an emergency the day after her first vaccination.
After the first hospitalization, my mother had to go to the emergency room again.
Well, looking at all these issues, I think many people will assume that it is an adverse reaction caused by the vaccination.
However, in order to write this column, I have been reading a lot about anaphylaxis from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
At least, I came to think that "it's not a symptom of anaphylaxis," with talking at least two doctors and one head nurse.
(To be continued)
(Continuation from yesterday)
I will never forgive a low-brain who says "I used to be a badass" at a drinking party.
I'm thinking, "Why do they want to pretend it didn't happen"
Do they think there is a statute of limitations?
As I have said in the past, "If you are being bullied and are going through a difficult time, be sure to keep detailed records (date, time, content).
I understand that you are having a hard time even keeping records like that, but please keep records with all your strength.
It's okay if the content is incoherent, messy, and difficult to read -- in fact, it's even "better.
Why does the low-brain who says "I used to be a badass", allow to live a normal life ? We must not tolerate such unreasonableness.
We will destroy their completed peaceful life with our own hands.
We should also be aware that we are also perpetrators (whether consciously or unconsciously), and be prepared to be "retaliated against" by someone someday.
If someone does something to you, you have the right to do something back.
If you do something, it will be done back to you -- this is your natural duty as a human being.
In the past few days, I have been dismissed from the Tokyo Olympics project just a few days before the event, citing past perpetrators of bullying and gaffes.
By the way, I don't want to defend the "perpetrators" in the slightest, but I do feel that this is a terrible inconvenience for the project team and for the Japanese nation.
I once wrote about how almost 100% of perpetrators are completely unaware that they are perpetrators.
I also wrote that the easiest way to avoid becoming a perpetrator of power harassment is to avoid being in a position of power.
This means that living and acting normally, with or without malice, might be itself a perpetrator's behavior -- depending, of course, on the severity of the problem.
As I watched the above news, I wondered idly, 'There will come a day when I will be criticized as a perpetrator and dragged down from whatever I am.
Whenever I write a column or other piece, I try to be very careful, but I'm sure I'm not perfect.
Above all, we cannot compete with the "attack from the future, when values will change.
In such a case, I would "apologize" and "step down" at the level of lightning speed after being convinced.
However, I also believe that I will never make a fake apology or retire just to escape the flames.
The second conference paper of the year, which I wrote while holed up at home during the Golden Week vacations, and posted after GW
The other day, I was informed by the secretariat of the society that it had been adopted.
However, the moment I found "poor English" in the reviewer's evaluation -- I lost my temper.
"Shut up! That's fine. Reject my paper with scornful laugh" I shouted.
And now, I've made up this parody.
Huh? Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!!
I'm more "corporate animal" than you expect.
You can not understand it, if you are just a simple mediocre "native"
Ah, it suits you well
That unremarkable "academism"
Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!!
"Posting" is just a "work", so there's no problem.
And then the holidays begin again, which will be spent revising papers (and writing columns).
Yesterday, I took a break from work and vaccinated against the new coronavirus (second time).
I heard that the vaccine will not be effective for a long time (2 weeks?). In addition, although the vaccination reduces the probability of illness and seriousness, it is not perfect.
Above all -- there is no guarantee that I will not become a carrier of the virus.
One research report even states that 'carriers of the mutant strain (delta strain) are completers of the vaccination'.
Of course, everyone has the right to refuse vaccination.
In fact, "side effects" do occur after vaccination.
I'm also experiencing the mildest of the side effects that were mentioned -- but I guess that's to be expected.
I think it's a bit too much to ask for 'no damage, just do something' when the body is in the process of producing antibodies to fight the worst virus in human history.
I believe that this virus will continue to mutate to "attack unvaccinated humans directly" in the future.
Any virus is struggling to survive.
Therefore, it is natural for them to target the generation of people who do not have antibodies to the virus.
For example, if the vaccination rate for teens and 20-somethings is low, it should mutate to make teens and 20-somethings more susceptible to infection.
In addition, the higher the vaccination rate in the country, the more poisonous (highly infectious and deadly) it will become in order to overcome the difficulties.
For example --
The Spanish flu killed the most people in the healthy young age group of 15-35 years old, while most of the elderly over 65 years old survive.
Also, in the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003, the incidence rate was highest among 20-29 year olds.
Thus, the "virus that is sure to kill the younger generation" has definitely existed in the past.
It is the new coronavirus of "today" that "infects young people but does not cause serious illness or death."
As for the new coronavirus of "tomorrow", no one knows.
If the new coronavirus mutates into something like the Spanish flu or SARS,
"Elderly people (who have completed vaccination) rush to the hospital with young people (not vaccinated) who are sick."
The spectacle like a tale may appear.
(Continuation from yesterday)
On the other hand, I believe that the role of politicians and government officials is like the following,
"The bureaucratic mindset is always to avoid adventure in choice, to balance choice, and to develop while keeping the current balance sheet at zero. They are, in other words, the most adaptable race in the organization"
"I know that much......." Dr. Tadokoro nodded, surprisingly easily. "I know that some aspects of this world, where conflicts of interest are so fiercely intertwined, would be a mess if all government officials were to exercise their creativity"
I also know that it is the one described here.
To put it bluntly, it is also the job of politicians to assume the expected number of deaths and still make a decision on 'how many deaths can be tolerated' by forcing the Tokyo Olympics to go ahead'.
In other words,
"Safe and Secure Olympics" means "How many deaths will we tolerate?"
I do not support the decisions of the government or the administration.
I know well that" "Safety and Security" is "Safety based on killing people"
I've written about it here, so if you are interested, please read it.