Last night I discovered that every file in every blog I run was infected with malware. While decontaminating, I found a long-lost directory full of site backups. So there's good news: The Japlish Podcast is back online! There are no new episodes, but the old ones still work. I thought they were gone for good.
By the way, here's what the boys look like now. Tony is 14 and Andy is turning 12 soon.
Make sure your version of WordPress is up-to-date and that you're making frequent backups. Hackers wiped my databases and got the sites ready to use as link farms. They must have gained access to wp-config.php and found the DB password.
I wasn't making backups of Herro Flom Japan or Japlish Podcast and I lost a year's worth of HFJ posts and the entire Japlish site.
December 16th, 2009 · 4 Comments
I found this interesting fact in my Twitter stream yesterday morning. My first reaction was, “I call bullshit.” I’ve lived here for over 19 years and not once have I ever heard of condoms being sold door-to-door. In fact, I can’t see why they would be sold that way seeing as how every convenience store I’ve ever bothered to check stocks multiple brands.
But this rumor had to have come from somewhere. At some level it has to be true.
First thing I did was ask one of my coworkers.
“This is probably a stupid question, but there’s really no such thing as コンドームの訪問販売 in Japan, is there?”
“Actually,” she said, “I think I’ve heard of it.”
Shocked. Utterly shocked. How could I have lived here for so long and not known about it?
So I did some Googling. Turns out that 25-30 years ago, roughly half of condoms sales in Japan came from pharmacies, the other half from door-to-door sales. “Skin ladies,” as the saleswomen were called, named after the leading brand “Skinless,” sold them to young married couples by the gross. At that time condom makers weren’t allowed to advertise in print or on TV, and convenience stores weren’t as prevalent, so it starts making sense. This article has the lowdown on the history of the condom in Japan.
On a bit of a tangent note, if sex in Japan is relevant to your interests, check out Jake Adelstein’s Japan Subculture Research Center. I came across it the first time yesterday:
Japan Subculture Research Center was founded in 2007 to expose the hidden side of Japan – its underground economy, its sex trade, and all the other intriguing and seedy aspects that keep the country running.
Last night while the rest of my family was at a soccer match, lightning struck about 100 meters from our house and blew out our TV, VCR, Wii, phone, wife's PC and fried the network card in my PC. Luckily the fridge, washer and air conditioners were spared.
On the bright side, with nothing left to have fun with and no money to buy replacements, maybe our kids will start reading books.
1. It's been so long since I've recorded one that I have no idea where I put my microphones. If you saw what my bedroom looks like, you'd understand. The last time I did a podcast, I was 39 years old. I'm 41 now.
2. My parents listen, so the topics I can cover are severely limited. During the train ride home tonight I was listening to Adam Carolla talk for half an hour about a carbuncle he had on his anus and how he had to pop with a pin while bent over naked in front of a mirror while shining a flashlight up his ass. I don't have that kind of freedom.
My next podcast will be about marijuana in Japan and why you should avoid it as if it were the most dangerous drug known to man while you're in this country. I'm still doing research. Being the upstanding citizen I am, I don't have any connections to the indigenous cannabis culture, so I need to venture out a bit before I can speak on the topic with any degree of expertise.