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January 17, 2006



An unexpected use for a cellphone, I have to admit. But a recent trip to Tokyo showed me how out of touch the Philippine service providers are. True, the Japanese operating system is no good for anywhere outside Japan -- but the things your phone does in Japan are pretty good.

Boarding a bus? Pass your cellphone over the reader at the door. Same for the MRT or paying at supermarkets. Wireless internet connection? It's all around you. Running out of credit? Just photograph one of the coupons published by a number of magazines and new credit is loaded onto your phone. There are lots more, but the sake seems to have clouded my memory.

Maybe the Philippines' Jurassic Park service providers can't survive without providing cheaper and cheaper prepaid deals and endlessly pushing texting, but one day their number will be up if they continue to ignore the technology that's out there.


Reminds me of the Tom Waits song "Step right up":

That's right, it filets, it chops
It dices, slices, never stops
lasts a lifetime, mows your lawn
And it mows your lawn
and it picks up the kids from school
It gets rid of unwanted facial hair
it gets rid of embarrassing age spots
It delivers a pizza
and it lengthens, and it strengthens
And it finds that slipper that's been at large
under the chaise longe for several weeks
And it plays a mean Rhythm Master
It makes excuses for unwanted lipstick on your collar
And it's only a dollar, step right up
it's only a dollar, step right up


And it entertains visiting relatives
it turns a sandwich into a banquet
Tired of being the life of the party?
Change your shorts
change your life
change your life
Change into a nine-year-old Hindu boy
get rid of your wife
And it walks your dog, and it doubles on sax
Doubles on sax, you can jump back Jack
see you later alligator
See you later alligator

D Watson

WOW! I had the same thing happen to me. From the cutest most adorable "angel" in my office of 250 people and 40 girls!

You are much more profound than me, all I could think of was "That's not how I wanted to get inside your uterus" lol

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how much did fpj weigh? how much did the casket weigh? how much did the carriage weigh plus the flowers? and how big was the horse?? and how many were there? think about it...y

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