>>78677234 Not quite that extreme but I do sort of sit like that.
>>78677412 More like that actually, just with only my right leg on my desk though. It's a bad habit I picked up when really badly sprained my ankle, and had to have it elevated constantly. Combine that with the fact that my desk is too short and shallow to comfortably have my legs beneath it, at the height they should be, and it's become my fairly standard sitting position.
>>78677234 >Be Canadian >Last time I was in the states was almost 8 years ago. >I checked out a LCS in Niagara Falls New York. >The owner was sitting behind the counter watching Cops on a little TV >MFW its true, Americans watch TV all the time.
Next thing he started chewing bubble gum and drinking coke. Unbelievable.
>feet elevated above the head >above the head I think people are missing this part. Everybody puts their feet up on footstools (and perhaps coffee tables and desks if they're uncouth) that wouldn't have been anything much for Europeans to comment on. But to take it to that kind of extreme just seems genuinely bizarre.
>be American >go to Canada >hungry but don't have any Beaver Bucks to buy myself a maple syrup snowcone >walk into a person's house because front door is unlocked >man in the living room throws down his bagpipes and shouts "egad, guy, get oot of me hoose!" >"what are you going to do, shoot me?" >take his bran cereal because frosted flakes and oops all berries are illegal in Canada >mfw everything Michael Moore told me was true
>>78681860 For some reason a lot of Japan's really unflattering portrayals of Americans involve us having a an irrational contempt for the Japanese specifically, like it comes up in everyday casual conversation for us.
It's so far removed from reality it's always kind of jarring to me.
>>78681860 >When did I start hating football? Damn good character, I don't think their was any genuinely evil character except maybe Mr Don but he was more of a egocentric jackass. Even Agon got redeemed.
>>78681986 Guns are more common than you think. You just need a license, which entails taking an afternoon seminar and signing a slip of paper that says "I definitely won't shoot anyone, I totally promise".
It's just considered impolite to shoot people. If you're going to commit murder in Canada, proper etiquette is stabbing, strangling, or feeding the victim to pigs. There's not sport in just shooting people.
I'm still, as an adult, having trouble understanding why Americans don't take their shoes off when they enter someone's house.
When I was a kid, I visited the States with my family for a convention, and we wound up visiting this family-friend's house. We walk in, I bend down, start unlacing my runners, and everyone just fucking stares at me like I whipped my dick out.
What possible reason would there ever be to NOT take your shoes off at the door?
>>78682559 because adhering to decorum like that isn't important my family keeps their shoes off most of the time, but if we're having a party, we don't expect the guests to just pile up their shoes in the coatroom. that'd be retarded. you vacuum the house as part of the post-party cleanup anyway
>>78682624 Well, yeah. That's what we do. We go overboard hating our enemy of the moment. The minute any kind of conflict is over, we stop giving a shit and consider everyone our friends again. Happened to the Koreans (South, at least), happened to the Vietnamese, happened to the Russians, and it will happen to the Muslims once they stop blowing themselves up.
>>78682559 Feet stink, and taking off your shoes is incredibly casual. Do that in your own home or if you're staying the night. Keep your fucking feet locked up otherwise. Worse case scenario, dirt and mud can easily be cleaned and nobody has to smell it in the meantime.
>>78682559 Your experiences are different than mine. Here in the north midwest, we always seem to take our shoes off. Probably because snow and slush are everywhere, and not something even the most inconsiderate person wants to track into peoples' homes.
>>78682559 Your guest shouldn't have to adhere to any rules. Forcing them to do anything is just being a bad host and really very impolite. You should only have to take your shies off if your shoes are caked in mud/water. Otherwise, any miniscule amount of dirt or dust is the host's problem to clean up. It's all about courtesy towards your guest.
>>78682820 > C'MON BABY, don't be cruel ya FUCKIN cowboy! > Ah, FUCK ya very muchah. HEY, are ya FUCKIN lonesome tonight, ya FUCKIN cheer FUCKIN girls? FUCKIN hot dogs for sale! FUCK yeah! Oh lord my sides.
>>78683994 I really think it depends on whose house your in. My mom does not tolerate shoes in the house so when I go to anyone elses I take them off. When people show up at my house they try and walk around with shes on and I tell them to take them off
>>78683994 The fuck do you consider everywhere? The only houses or apartments I've seen hosts insisting on guests taking their shoes off were the ones that had carpet floors. And that's rare 'round here nowadays.
>>78684148 So are you saying you'll be barefoot until the very moment you arrive at my house, put on shoes, knock on the door, and then take them off in my entryway? Because if you aren't doing that, then keep your shoes on.
>>78685450 According to Wikipedia that is about the same number of boats the Finnish navy has give or take a few, except most of the Finns boats are just mine layers with some fast attack craft mixed in.
>>78685546 Wait, what is that sailing ship in the middle right? Next to the AUSTIN Class? Is that the USS Independence? Do we still consider that an active vessel in the fleet? And if it's not, what the hell sailing ship do we consider an active part of the fleet?
>>78687074 >the types of men they're against are those entrenched in toxic masculinity Try again. The types of men they're against are the sub-betas they actually stand a chance of winning any battles against. Why do you think it's traditional 'geek' pastimes like comics and vidya they expend all their effort attacking? This whole internet feminism thing is basically just a way for girls to extend high school bullying into adult life.
>>78688073 I'm pretty sure that's what most people do. It never really works because by and large Americans fucking love stereotypes. Both of other people and of ourselves. I mean, this is obviously an insult, but I look at this and all I can see is a guy having the fucking time of his life.
>>78691288 This really is a better system though. Make the few teachers pack up their shit and move instead of making the many students do it. I always hated having a "the bell doesn't dismiss you, I dismiss you" teacher and having to be late for my next class.
>>78691288 >>78691349 SO THIS IS WHY JAPAN MAKES SUCH A BIG DEAL ABOUT HOMEROOMS! I always found it odd, how in Jap games and what not they care about having the same homeroom. It doesn't mean much if you only have that one class, but if that sets you up with a guy for the whole day, it makes sense! You learn something knew everyday, thank you /co/
>>78691349 What about the classes that require supplies that are unique to that subject? >take a chemistry class >every room has to keep chemistry supplies >take a computer class >every room has to have a set of computers (this might not be a problem now or in the near future) Do they not have interesting electives?
>>78691349 >>78691288 I'm European; we got that system too, well, MOST classes happen in one room, teh classroom, then there are other classes which have to be done in other rooms: >chemistry, home economics, gym
>>78681282 North Korean propaganda is weird, NK's always shown as weak compared to the big badass USA. NK never shows itself conquering the world or anything, probably so the people don't get any unrealistic expectations. The NK gov't would rather maintain a tense standoff then push things into outright war.
>>78694590 >>78694497 I often feel like I'm the only person who likes winter. I love the snow, and I love the cold. Summer sucks shit. It's too hot, the sun is too bright, your power bill doubles because of the AC, and it takes way too long for the night to start. Fuck summer.
>>78694699 I live so far South we don't even get snow. It's just barely above freezing, raining and windy all the time. I'll gladly take 100+ degree weather because I'm so used to it I'm not even bothered by it anymore.
>>78678159 I was living in a sharehouse in Japan a few years ago with a bunch of other gaijin. I was having an argument with the Chinese guy about rights and he made the comment that we weren't in America. This was my response. He was absolutely livid.
You can go outside in the summer! You don't even need to prepare beyond some sunscreen or a hat! In the winter you have to spend a half hour bundling up and then shiver the entire time you're outdoors.
>>78685450 What are you even saying that CBG has upwards of 350+ aircraft, possibly more, and cost more than most of the world's militaries. It is on its own deadlier than 100% of the rest of the world's navies. Each of those Missile Cruisers carries upwards of 80 VLS cells (possibly more) and is supported by the most comprehensive logistics network any military has ever seen. That Carrier Battle Group is the deadliest thing ever put in the water.
>>78694895 I guess that comes down liking the cold.
Going outside in the summer is miserable for me. Light t-shirt and shorts, but it's still too fucking hot. I can't just walk around nude, and even then it would be too hot. Winter, on the other hand, is the best time to go outside. Grab a jacket and maybe some gloves. Good to go. If it's really nuts, like in the negatives with a wind-chill, just wear an extra shirt and extra socks. You can always put on more clothes, but there's only so many you can take off.
>>78695267 That's what spring is for. Go outside and run to prepare for summer. Look good for summer. Start eating like a fat asshole in autumn. Enjoy warm insulating fat in winter. Just oscillate like 20 to 30 pounds depending on your height. It's the way to go.
Japan annexed Korea and made them their bitch. Korea is super bitter about this.
> Thus, when Japan sent troops to Korea and annexed it in 1910, Japanese military leaders celebrated the annexation as the restoration of the legitimate arrangement of antiquity. For the next 35 years, Japanese occupation forces tried to eradicate Korean culture and to replace the Korean language with Japanese in schools. The effort was a consequence of a centuries-old attitude of disdain. Nose tombs in Japan still contain 20,000 noses severed from Koreans and brought home as trophies of a sixteenth-century Japanese invasion. Not surprisingly, many Koreans loathe the Japanese, and their loathing is returned with contempt.
>>78678403 >be an international super power >have an unsustainable, bloated, runaway military budget causing massive debt >be a degenerate mass of impropriety and disgusting, self-destructive debauchery >don't fuckin care >tell the rest of the world they just have to fuckin deal with us Ah, I love America. It'll be fun to see where we go in my lifetime.
Basically, Bandai wanted a goofy show with national stereotypes fighting each other after Victory Gundam, which is dark as fuck, failed.
Most of the staff quit after seeing the designs, but Imagawa the director said, "This could be fun." He then asked if he had money to travel around and do research and Bandai said no because they are Jews. Imagawa then patterned everything off movies he had seen. The part in Russia is based off Alcatraz from the Rock.
>>78682559 because only uncivilized nations with mud in the street have the culture to take off the shoes >What possible reason would there ever be to NOT take your shoes off at the door? not having mud in the streets
>>78681860 That guy seems racist at first, then you find out his backstory and how he ended up that way, and then he's actually a good guy all along.
Its a thing with shounen stories; when a guy who the MC will be fighting against first shows up, you gotta make him look intimidating and evil somehow. But then partway into it they make him sympathetic somehow.
>>78695304 Basically, Japanese Culture took A LOT of cues from Korean Culture. But then, during World War II, Imperial Japan invaded, killed and raped everybody, possibly in that precise order, and did a bunch of shit to try and wipe out Korean culture.
Then we dropped the bomb on them, took over and Korea never got their revenge for all the raping, killing and forcing kids to learn Japanes. Which I can only assume would've been, raping, killing and forcing the kids to learn Korean, because there is something in the water in Southeast Asia.
>>78682624 It may have a bit to do with the American occupation of Japan after WW2, as that led to a long period where the only Americans the Japanese would interact with were soldiers, many who likely didn't want to be posted in such a different country, so that kind of culture gap leads to resentment on both ends, and since one side is made up of tough, agressive soldiers, they likely had issues with American troops throwing their weight around.
Tack that onto the post WW2 programs the Americans ran, which were for the benefit of the Japanese people, but were so Western in their conception it felt like an assault on their culture. Imagine a life where you only eat rice as a staple food, and then suddenly a foreign government says you have to feed your kids some European stuff called "bread", because post-war rationing makes rice scarce.
Americans get depicted as arrogant towards Japanese, because of past circumstances. Same way the Chinese view the Japanese as either mustache twirling villains, or savage thugs. Or why the French and English loathe each other. Or why Middle Easterners distrust Westerners. Or why Hutus kill Tutsis.
it's fucked up how many people in japan deny the war crimes of WW1 and WW2
i live in Texas, and all throughout my life i've been taught that what we did to native americans and blacks was wrong. In Germany, they they've made it their life mission to teach about the holocaust and to never be aggressors ever again
so japan really doesnt have a fucking excuse
you know why 90% of bruce lee movies have japanese main villains? it's because china fucking hates japan for not apologizing
>>78695884 Yeah it's pretty much the opposite of what happened in Germany. The German people had the consequences of the Holocaust shoved down their throats forcibly by the allies, many military officers and civilians were forced to tour the camps while someone broadcast constantly over the loudspeaker about what happened within them. It was made clear that the Holocaust wasn't just the Nazis fault and that all of Germany shared responsible for it, which is the attitude Germany holds to this day. Meanwhile in Japan the US either wasn't fully aware of or didn't care as much about their war crimes so the Japanese were free to bury, forget, deny, or justify their deeds however they wanted.
>>78696100 Actually I don't think they've even done that, no wonder Koreans hate them so much. I know I would if someone conquered my country, tried to kill and/or rape my friends and family, attempted to destroy my entire culture and then tried to deny it ever happened.
>>78696257 people in Texas recently published a textbook that referred to slaves as migrant workers.
Not really dissing Texas or the US because I think American History is taught pretty well, but just saying it's a slippery slope and there are in fact groups of Americans in politics today who would be more than happy to overlook or misrepresent the history of native americans and black people in America.
>>78696257 To be fair China and Japan's hatred of each other goes a long way back, as do Korea's and Japan. WW2 is just the most recent time they tried to kill each other. But yeah Japan doesn't really feel bad for anything it did during the war, which is pretty fucked up, hell even America admits it made interment camps and imprisoned people there without reason or trial.
It's weird, most modern nations older than a century or two freely admit that they've done fucked up things in the past and feel bad about them, but Japan doesn't really seem to feel guilt about anything it's done. As far as many Japanese are concerned Japan hasn't really done anything bad aside from being on the wrong side of a war.
>>78696271 The Korean War coming right on the heels of WW2 had a lot to do with the US not giving a shit what the Japs did to the Chinese/Koreans We had already nuked their shit up, then an even more dangerous monster reared its head.
Because Japan is probably more ethnocentric than any other country. America assumes it's the best country in the world and everyone else can go fuck themselves, but you can live in Japan for decades and not be considered Japanese if you aren't pure nipponese.
>>78696271 That has a lot to do with who got to Germany first: the Russians. The Soviets loathed the fascists, and the fascists hated the guts out of the Soviets. When Russia finally steamrolled their way into Germany, they did their damndest to reinforce how bad Naxis were (while also raping as many German women as they could; as quoted from Ich War Neunzehn by a German woman to a Soviet officer, "Better to sleep with one than with many"). There many Soviet trials that were showboated and exaggerated to reinforce how bad a fascist government was.
When Americans got to Japan, and we discovered all the crazy shenanigans they were up to, we asked for their "research" data and told them to go home.
>>78696824 Eh I think it had more to do with the fact that most of the Japanese's war crimes took place in Asia so the US didn't really encounter them in the Pacific. With the Nazis the invading armies liberated the camps themselves and saw firsthand what had happened in them. But the Japanese's crimes were never really seen first hand by the Americans and most were just glad the war was over and they didn't have to invade Japan proper, so they were willing to let the Japanese sweep them under the rug so they could end things quickly.
>>78682700 Wait, so are we the guy who normally sits on his front porch, smiling and waving; but as soon as someone doesn't pick up after their dog, they run inside, close all the blinds, and yells obscenities at the mail man?
>>78697140 Whoops, you're right there; wasn't paying too much attention to the bottom half of that post. We did encounter Unit 731, and played a big part in ensuring that a lot of physicians weren't punished at all, largely because we were trying to ensure the Japs would give us their info on biological warfare and not share it with the Soviets
>>78697033 True, for all it's problems with foreigners and immigrants as well as it's apparent arrogance and self-centeredness America is usually pretty cool with other countries and cultures. It's not a good idea to drive away potential customers after all. We don't really care what you do, so long as you don't get in our way.
>>78697363 No, we're the guy who invites the neighbors to BBQs and waves at everyone. However the second you let your dog shit on our lawn, we're waiting for you to leave your car windows open a crack so we can put your hose inside and turn on the water. Racial slurs may or may not also be scrawled onto your garage door, we'll play that part by ear.
>>78697574 Japan has the same birth/death ratio as most Western countries, they're just not importing millions of brown people to make up for it.
Seeing the impact it's had on my country, and the fact that a decline in population would probably be good for Japan especially with the cusp of roboticisation about to wipe out most jobs, they're the smart ones and we're probably going to have a civil war in 50 years. We won't be fighting them because we've had the ability to resist bashed out of us since the 1960s. It'll be all the different brown people who hate each other fighting.
>>78697363 Look you know how guys will sometimes get really pissed at each other start a fight and then once the fight is over or the situation is resolved they'll both be perfectly fine like nothing ever happened? That's how America deals with war, if we decide to fight you we'll go full out and throw everything we can into kicking your ass back to the stone age, but once we're done we're more than happy to pick you up dust you off and help you get back on your feet. Holding grudges is bad for business and there are a lot of potential new markets in a recovering nation.
I'm not so sure about that anymore. We sort of define ourselves as "The Good Guys", which is a well-meaning intention but also means that we have to have a "Bad Guy" to have on the other side of the table. Since WW2, after which we decided our job was to be world police, there was no time so weird for us was during the 90s when we just... didn't have a bad guy. Without evil to oppose, who the fuck were we anymore?
In our previous wars, there was always an undercurrent of respect when it came to our enemies. We fought the Nazis, but no one was going to say that they were not worthy opponents. The Japanese were going to lose the war, but you had to respect the fact that they made us fight for every goddamn inch of land. Communism had to be stopped, but the USA and USSR were titans brawling on mountaintops for the fate of the world. We were impressive because our enemies were just as impressive.
And then it all sort of... sputtered out. The cold war ended, no new big bad rose up to replace it in our mythos, and we just sort of puttered along until we got whipped up into a fear frenzy where we spam missiles to blow up guys in pickup trucks because they might sneak one guy with an AK into the middle of a city.
All of our big fights in the last century were about coming to the aid of others or opposing some international bully, even if we had to be poked a couple of times to get up off our ass. This fight is more reactionary and fearful. I don't think we are going to walk away with a new friend from this one.
>>78696257 Growing up in Texas I took Texas History almost every year for fucking 10 years and we always talked about how fucked up slavery was and the systematic genocide of certain Native American groups. It's weird hearing about differences in education from people on the other side of the country.
>>78686815 It's still technically part of your Navy. There's a similar situation over here in England where the HMS Victory is kept in Portsmouth Naval centre instead of where it was made because it's still registered as part of our actual navy.
>>78682559 We still take shoes off here, it's just not that big of a deal if you leave them on. As long as you're not tracking dirt who gives a fuck? Also a lot of newer houses prefer hard wood floors which are easy to clean compared to something like carpet.
>>78714439 People up here in New England all have pellet stoves. They're fire places but instead of burning logs of wood, they use wooden pellets or something. The backwoods people I know have legit fireplaces though.
>>78716733 >NK's real secret plan is to turn their entire populace into furries Really, who's more committed to a cause than hardcore furries? Then all that's left is to tell them SK wants to ban furry porn and they'll fight to the death.
>>78715694 Stoves are generally more efficient, especially with pellet fuels (high surface area, consistent fuel quality), but they don't look as good in operation and they can take a long time to make a room feel warm (though they'll also keep it warm for longer).
>>78720461 Insulation doesn't heat your home, most people who still have a stove or fireplace have one from necessity because they live further out than the gas lines. Electric, oil burning and propane burning systems are available, but each of them requires your home to be fitted out at fair expense with the necessary equipment, and they require constant maintenance (in fairness, a stove done properly requires an insulated, lined flue in the chimney, and stoves and chimneys in regular use should be swept annually).
Most people who think they have a well-insulated home have little more than double glazing, cavity insulation and loft insulation. In reality, you should have both heavy-duty roof-line and loft insulation (the latter replaced at 10 year intervals, max), wall insulation (checked and replaced every time you've had mice or other rodents confirmed in the building), floor insulation (to at least the standard of your walls and loft, and if you have concrete floors - laid underneath them), insulated doors and windows (wood is surprisingly bad at retaining the heat of your home) and so on.
There are still huge variables in heat loss and efficiency even in similarly-insulated homes - a building with concrete construction (most modern apartment blocks, for example) will lose heat quickly because concrete is a terrible insulator (worse than wood); a building with concrete roof tiles loses heat marginally faster than one with slate or wooden shingle, but slower than one with *most* grades of tar-paper. These marginally colder homes also use more electricity for lighting if they use energy-efficient non-halogen non-led bulbs, because those fluorescent bulbs need to heat up to best operating temperature.
>>78723147 I think the guy meant comparatively well insulated, shit was drafty as fuck in the day becasue it needed to be optimized for summers too and skimping on materials was common practice, though the old growth they used was better quality and plaster or wood was the only option. regarding loft insulation I think it only needs replacing that regularly if pests or moisture is an issue, last energy audit my parent's did the insulation was doing the job fine after about 20 years. Though it might be becasue my dad re shingles and papers every 5 years becasue he's a retired roofer who gets bored easily.
>>78695408 Most people who aren't hardnose conservatives don't care about that stuff on both sides. As long as K and J pop flows freely younger generations don't give a shit. Now those chinks on the other hand, fuck 'em.
>>78691349 Bleh. I recall having the same room for all classes up until 2nd or 3rd grade, then we started doing the migrating thing, which I enjoyed so much more. Moving around and having a change of atmosphere was so much more tolerable.
It always made more sense to me anyway, because not every classroom had to be multi-functional. Each room was designed to focus on the subject that was taught there.
>>78691571 >wanting to spend more time in school It's probably because I'm American, but this viewpoint never made sense to me. I had a pretty good social life and did plenty of shit after school with and without friends. I didn't need it to be organized at school unless they had a facility that made it possible, like a gym or a computer lab. The idea that school is your community and you need to participate in clubs to be social just seems a little weird.
Thats because japanese culture is collectivist and American culture is more independent. In Japan, everyone is supposed to bee part of the group. The group matters, not you. School clubs are a way to train kids into willingly joining in as part of the group by starting them off on smaller groups that interest them, so they can learn to identify as being part of the 'Literary Club' before they have to identify as being part of 'The Company'.
In America, you do clubs because that shit sounds like fun and it keeps kids off the streets in the afternoon so they are less likely to cause trouble. Or because your parents make you because dad wants to relive his sports fantasy through you. Whatever, dad. But by and large if you don't want to do clubs no one is going to make you.
"The yakuza is peddling a new drug in Japan, we need you to infiltrate as ordinary high school students, operating on exchange. Don't worry, most of them have never seen a white person before so they wont realize how goddamn old you look."
>>78682252 You have to understand that to this day most of japan is completely unwilling to recognize or possibly unaware of their countries actions during world war 2 and they think america bombed them for shits and giggles.
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