MonthFebruary 2008


Hello everybody, my name is James. I am a 25 year old English English teacher living in Chiba city, Japan. I will be occasionally posting on me, my news for people at home in Ruislip, rants, raves, and musings. There will also be reviews of restaurants and eating establishments in and around Chiba city, Japan. Comments and queries always welcome!

I never knew the Japanese knew about the first XBOX.

As you can clearly see below, there is a mock up of the original XBOX “ZBOX”. What I find interesting is that someone in Japan knew about the first XBOX, and actually included it in a cartoon. This was taken from one of the ‘Educational’ books from my schools library. I didn’t bother getting the title or anything though.

UPDATE: Thanks to Brian Ashcraft (Kotaku) I now know the title; Kochikame


Simple wordpress digg solution.

I have looked around the interwebs to find the easiest way to add a digg button with the sumbit feature to wordpress, but I could only find plugins, or other methods that seemed to complicated.

So here is the most simple solution for adding digg to you blog. The following is code from the digg website;

<script type=”text/javascript”>
digg_url = ‘WEBSITE_URL’;
<script src=”” type=”text/javascript”></script>

All you need to do is replace ‘WEBSITE_URL’ with ‘<?php the_permalink() ?>’ and place the code within the LOOP. (I put mine in the Main Index Template after the comments – you can edit this via wordpress in the theme editor.)

To show the Digg button when viewing a single post, you must also add it to the ‘Single Post’ template (also under theme editor). I placed this second set of code after the ‘tags’ and before the ‘postmetadata’.

Its as simple as that. For additional options you can add the following;

digg_bgcolor = ‘#ff9900’; (Background Colour)
digg_skin = ‘compact’; (Smaller Button)
digg_window = ‘new’; (Open in New Window)

For additonal options have a look at the digg tools website. (link)

Its snowing again!

Unusual amount of snow for Chiba. Weather forecast says another 10cm will fall tonight. Yay!

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