- "Japan's most notorious organised crime syndicate have launched a website to improve their image & gain more members" http://t.co/WRlfmOX7wD 18:34:45, 2014-04-09
- @GoogleFacts @Know @mgyura Zbig would disagree – 170m killed in the 20th c from wars, genocide, and doctrinal hatred http://t.co/FDiDCNUU8l in reply to GoogleFacts 20:11:17, 2014-04-11
- @GoogleFacts @Know @mgyura I should add I do *not* agree with the review writer’s politics. I was just looking for a review of Zbig’s book in reply to mtoppa 20:21:58, 2014-04-11
- RT @rachelcdavies: RT @coreyhaines: We're in this for the money. As usual, a great post by @GeePawHill . It is about productivity: http://t… 07:43:08, 2014-04-14
- @mgyura Are you going to @WordCampNash? If you are, I'll see you there! in reply to mgyura 07:45:24, 2014-04-14
- RT @anthonycgreen: Why Incentives Don't Actually Motivate People To Do Better Work http://t.co/fi553HByvh – @drake_baer 08:28:28, 2014-04-03
- And me! RT @WordCampNash #wcn14 schedule is OUT, includes @Otto42 @Michele_Butcher and Women in #WordPress panel. http://t.co/pZLpkUSHfi 09:22:39, 2014-04-03
- RT @metromoxie: Wow, the comments in response to @ATT's horrid blog post on Netflix are great: http://t.co/FcpcyfqRkk 11:18:20, 2014-04-03
- I can’t make it to RedSnakePhilly tonight, if anyone needs my ticket. cc @phillyrb @phillypug 09:14:04, 2014-04-05
- RT @rcheetham: Very sad to see @mheadd step down as Chief Data Officer. Anxious that #OpenData momentum in PHL will stall. http://t.co/1sS7… 13:29:51, 2014-03-20
- There's probably nothing in WordPress I like less than the Settings API: multiple dependent functions with many arguments (one has 6). 16:14:11, 2014-03-24
- Great post by @ficklemike (via @post_status) on the WP community http://t.co/hVeLLiMcuK I had a diff. take last year http://t.co/XCdiRp2Cr1 in reply to post_status 14:25:53, 2014-03-25
- I should add that I’ve noticed real progress since I wrote that post, in the the WordPress community getting more involved outside of WP 14:28:12, 2014-03-25
- Slides from my presentation at @phillyrb last night: comparing factories and fixtures, for testing in #Rails http://t.co/dApmbvcOFF 20:57:57, 2014-03-12
- @genericsteele Great post! But interesting I had the opposite experience: flexibility of factories for me was a life-saver in a mature app in reply to genericsteele 07:13:14, 2014-03-13
- RT @mikewcohn: Every #Scrum team with an interfering product owner (or ScrumMaster!) should post this in their work area. http://t.co/DFlkk… 11:33:13, 2014-03-13
- RT @auditty: Philly is a great place to be in tech!
http://t.co/OeqnXYzSm7 20:46:33, 2014-03-13
- I helped too RT @Jtsternberg: Check out this ridiculously awesome site I helped @ericandrewlewis with: Times Journeys http://t.co/IvLjjIAhbq 07:06:13, 2014-03-17
- @shuque Congratulations! in reply to shuque 07:07:14, 2014-03-17
- My yard was snow-free for about 18 hours. I enjoyed it while it lasted. 07:24:04, 2014-03-17
- New on my blog – St. Patrick’s Day fun fact: the Japanese owe their national anthem to an Irishman http://t.co/l5flm6Ainx 09:09:09, 2014-03-17
John William Fenton (March 12, 1828 – April 28, 1890) was an Irish musician, [and] the leader of a military band in Japan at the start of the Meiji period. He is considered… “the father of band music in Japan.” …In 1869, Fenton realized that there was no national anthem; and Japan’s leaders were convinced that a modern nation state needed a national anthem. Initially, Fenton collaborated with Artillery Captain Ōyama Iwao, who…was well versed in Japanese and Chinese literature, [and] agreed to find a suitable Japanese poem that could be set to music. Ōyama is said to have asked Fenton to make the melody for it… The melody was composed and was performed before the Emperor in 1870. As it happened, Fenton had only three weeks to compose the music and a few days to rehearse before performing the anthem to the Emperor. Fenton’s music was only the first version of Kimi ga Yo… The version developed by Franz Eckert using Fenton’s and Hayashi’s themes became the second and current version of Kimi ga Yo.
And as another example of just how small the world is, Fenton’s first wife is buried in the Yokohama foreigner’s cemetery, which is also where Maria’s family tomb is (her family was native, but they were Catholic…), and he is buried in Santa Cruz, where I went to college.
And since it’s St Patrick’s Day, I’m once again sharing a picture of the Shamrock Maria made for Kai to wear to pre-school back in 2004, to show off his fragmentary Irish heritage.
- @suthecoder I put FK constraints in Rails migrations when creating tables. I’m not willing to assume that only Rails will ever touch data in reply to suthecoder 12:15:42, 2014-03-06
- Time to get my preso ready! MT @phillyrb: Why should I use FactoryGirl in #Rails? Come to the Tues meetup to find out http://t.co/LAXlMtdbsA 17:05:43, 2014-03-07
- Seeing Throwing Muses, right now http://t.co/DiFF5dKZew 23:20:55, 2014-03-08
- @LilJimmi Cool! I'm a big fan too. I'm from Newport – Tanya and Kristen used to babysit my younger brother in reply to LilJimmi 11:33:59, 2014-03-09
- @iamchrisle congratulations! in reply to iamchrisle 06:05:26, 2014-03-10
- Here I am with @mister_eno doing what he does so well – the vacant stare (at the Throwing Muses show Sat night) https://t.co/VvAWFh8FdW 08:08:29, 2014-03-10
- RT @mfeathers: OH in a code review: “This is where the meat hits the pavement." 20:37:51, 2014-03-11
- RT @justinredd: Fires are optional @arlobelshee asks how vulnerable you want to be to bugs. http://t.co/Mgc00Zhznr 20:43:41, 2014-03-11
- RT @stickergiant: @mtoppa @sucuri_security thx 4 speaking at #WCLanc this weekend. You rock! http://t.co/ipWaYqxdGt http://t.co/sdJ0Nk4FP7 15:15:32, 2014-02-26
- New blog post: "Driver, how far can you take me for one Earth?” Learning everyday Japanese with Mangajin http://t.co/dGmXIAgmEX 21:17:38, 2014-02-26
- Another old blog post restored: 36 hours of typhoons, trains, and temples, in Nikko, Japan, 2004 http://t.co/6esaIRKseB #ThrowbackThursday 14:45:28, 2014-02-27
- I’m looking forward to giving my talk tomorrow at WordCamp Lancaster on accessibility and languages: "A11Y? I18N? L10N? UTF8? WTF?" #WCLanc 22:25:19, 2014-02-28
- RT @liamdempsey: I spy with my little eye: @mtoppa just peaked his head into #WCLanc 09:11:15, 2014-03-01
- Hey #WPLanc hastaggers – most of the WordCamp Lancaster tweets are happening with the #WCLanc hashtag cc: @WPLanc 09:51:53, 2014-03-01
- Wow, really impressive set of 5 lightning talks in a row by @aaronjorbin, with topics selected by the audience #WCLanc 10:34:40, 2014-03-01
- Great web accessibility talk by @DavidAKennedy at #WCLanc. I’m glad he spoke before me – my talk will make a good sequel to his 12:00:23, 2014-03-01
- Fellow #WCLanc speakers: do any of you have a remote I can borrow for my talk? I forgot mine. I’ll be at the podium at 3. Thanks! 13:47:38, 2014-03-01
- @sabreuse great! Thanks in reply to sabreuse 14:02:58, 2014-03-01
- RT @AzraelGroup: Accessibility on the web with @mtoppa here at #WCLanc http://t.co/jUNrhTtnUf 15:37:11, 2014-03-01
- RT @bryanpeach: I learned something about language attributes today at #WPLanc! Very cool. Thanks, @mtoppa! 15:37:27, 2014-03-01
- RT @liamdempsey: Hey, there's @mtoppa with a mic on his shirt and a podium in front of him. #WPLanc 15:43:39, 2014-03-01
- #WCLanc – Here are the slides for my talk on #accessibility and #internationalization "A11Y? I18N? L10N? UTF8? WTF?" http://t.co/rkCaMKlo4B 15:47:19, 2014-03-01
- New blog post: my talk at WordCamp Lancaster: http://t.co/KdLD8oqAZV #WCLanc 20:11:40, 2014-03-02
I’ve lived in the Philly area more than 10 years, and yesterday was my first time visiting Lancaster, because I finally had a good reason to go! I gave a presentation at WordCamp Lancaster. It was the first WordCamp in Lancaster, and had a single track, with web accessibility as the theme:
The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.
– Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the World Wide Web
There were a bunch of great talks. I especially enjoyed Aaron Jorbin’s and David Kennedy’s:
— Michael Toppa (@mtoppa) March 1, 2014
— Michael Toppa (@mtoppa) March 1, 2014
My talk focused on the language aspects of accessibility, which entailed a discussion of internationalization, localization, and character sets. The title alone was a mouthful: “A11Y? I18N? L10N? UTF8? WTF? Understanding the connections between accessibility, internationalization, localization, and character sets” (slides are below). I managed to make people laugh while discussing character encoding, so I must have done something right.
— Bryan Daniel Peach (@bryanpeach) March 1, 2014
— Liam Dempsey (@liamdempsey) March 1, 2014
— Azrael Group (@AzraelGroup) March 1, 2014
I also enjoyed having the opportunity to meet and talk with George Stephanis
(@daljo628S), who organized the WordCamp, Scott González (@scott_gonzalez) the jQuery UI project lead, and catch up with Jason Coleman (@jason_coleman), Liam Dempsey (@liamdempsey), and Eric (@ericandrewlewis).
WordCamp Lancaster also had one of the nicest designs for a WordCamp t-shirt that I’ve seen.
In preparation for returning to Japan this summer, I’m brushing up on my Japanese, and I’ve re-discovered some old issues of Mangajin I had stored away in my closet. They are really fun:
Mangajin was a monthly English-language magazine for students of Japanese language and culture. It was distinct from many other magazines of its type in that it unabashedly embraced Japanese popular culture as a learning tool and a route towards rapid acclimation into Japanese society. Each issue featured selections from various popular manga translated into English with detailed cultural and linguistic commentary.
It ceased publication in 1997, as it was unfortunately a bit ahead of its time – Japanese culture and manga didn’t become hip and popular in the US until after that. I managed to get a few back issues when I first studied Japanese 7 years ago. Print copies are no longer available, but scanned copies of the first 30 issues are online.
The example below is one of my favorites. I could have just presented the whole thing as an image, but I’m putting in the Japanese as text, as I need an example of Unicode and multi-language web pages for my WordCamp Lancaster talk this weekend, so this is a perfect opportunity.
What makes it such a great example is that its humor depends on the Japanese grammar. There is no direct translation. In Japanese, the words you use to count collections of objects depends on what kind of objects they are. If you have, say, one ball or one orange you would count it with ikko (ichi for one, combined with ko to indicate a round object). For one small animal, like a monkey, it would be counted as ippiki. There are many different categories.
From the series Urusei Yatsura, Ataru inadvertently summons an interstellar taxi and rides it home from school, racking up a bill equivalent to all the petroleum on Earth. His father, unable to put up with the resulting pandemonium, considers swapping the entire Earth for a ride to another planet. To show the insignificance of the Earth on the interplanetary scale, it’s referred to with the counter -ko, as if it were an orange or a croquette.
- 運転手さん、地球 一個分 で どの くらい 飛べる ん だ ね！！
- Untenshu-san, Chikyu ikko-bun de dono kurai toberu n da ne
- Driver, how far can you take me for one Earth?
- 地球 一行分 ねえ。。。
- Chikyu ikko-bun ne
- One Earth’s worth, hmmm…
- Sound effects:
- Pachi pachi pachi
- パチ パチ パチ