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Oh, my.

Considering how many websites there are that mock the Japanese use of English, it was only a matter of time before someone came along to record the equal stupidity of people misusing Chinese ideographs and kanji, especially in their tattoos. Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce you to Hanzi Smatter? (Eve Tushnet)

Also via Eve, The Rat begins a list of twenty-one writers/novels that matter to her and why. I might have to steal that idea.

Eve also has a link to an op-ed by Vladimir Bukovsky arguing against the use of coercive techniques by interrogators based on his experience as a victim of such techniques used by the KGB. Unfortunately for Bukovsky's argument, the Army and Marines are not the KGB, and we're not going to be subjecting criminals to "the conveyor". There is a very big difference between what secret police do and what military intelligence troops do - for one thing, the MI doesn't bull blindly ahead to get a confession, because it's looking for verifiable intelligence, not evidence in a show trial. I understand how he feels about it, but the distinctions are important here.

In the meantime, cleaning proceeds. Dishes are 90% done and the sinks have been cleaned; I think now is the time to tackle the bookshelf in the bedroom.