Hello! Nice to meet you. My name is Robert and I'm from Dundee, Scotland(U.K.). Shortly after graduating in Physics, at university, I decided to come to Japan. I spent my first two years in Kitakyushu before deciding to move to Sapporo in 2006. The main reason for my move was the summers down south. Sapporo has a very similar climate to my country so I enjoy it very much. I enjoy playing many kinds of different sports, with my favourites being football(soccer) and golf. There are many things that have kept me in Japan, including the people and the food. I look forward to seeing you soon.
I shall, as on occasion I wish to do, wander into another topic of interest, that of AI. AI, or Artificial Intelligence, began when scientists started to create computer programs that could mimic human thought processes. It began with computers such as IBM`s Deep Blue which eventually beat the very best chess players on the planet. This year a computer beat the World Champion Go player, a game of incredible complexity, and one which 20 years ago was thought to be utterly unbeatable. With the ascendant rise of such power AI is now set to take over much more than most people realize. This year, a few accountants’ jobs, next year 6000 banking jobs in Japan, and this is just the beginning. Is this a positive change for us as a species or should we be worried? Only time will tell, but if we can replace all those mind numbing repetitive jobs with AI machines， I’m sure no one will mind in the long run.
Mimic – to be similar too, act in an identical way
Complexity – to have many layers of difficulty
Utterly – totally, completely
Ascendant – to grow in power
Mind numbing – very boring
Repetitive – to do the same action again and again
Another movie from the talent that was Saturday Night Live, staring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd (of Ghostbusters fame) which, in my opinion, is one of the best musical comedies ever made. It has a storming soundtrack and a thousand quotable lines, with strong characters and a ridiculous over the top plot that works within the dynamic of the film. It revolves around two brothers, one recently released from prison who embark on a “mission from God” in order to save their old orphanage by reforming their old blues band and raising $5000. The absurdity of the situation builds throughout the film as the characters lurch from one disaster to the next chased by a murderous ex girlfriend and a police department who will stop at nothing to see them back behind bars. Supported all the way by some heavyweights of the musical world including James Brown, Ray Charles, and Aretha Franklin, it is a film that I keep going back to.
Storming – Very powerful and strong
Ridiculous – Stupid
Revolve around – To be based around, continue to refer back to.
To embark on – To begin (a journey)
To reform – To get a group back together
Absurdity – Stupidity
To lurch – to move violently from one place to another
This is a movie I saw a while ago but which I found to be memorable, not for its story, which was predictable, but for its mood. Set on the Mississippi, it follows the story of two young boys from very poor backgrounds who befriend a murderer who is on the run. A coming of age movie along the lines of films like Stand By Me, it follows the boys as they discover life and learn lessons through making mistakes. A slow movie, but one which doesn’t feel overlong, it is a great way to spend an afternoon. I do however have to complain about the ending which was a little far fetched for my liking, I prefer the protagonist to die rather that miraculously survive, still it is a Hollywood movie so I guess that’s what keeps the punters happy.
Predictable – easy to guess, forecast
To befriend – Make friends with
To be on the run – being chased by the police
Coming of age story – A story in which children become more mentally mature
Far fetched – to be too silly to be believable
Punter – paying member of the public
|１月のお得 1: 『1000円英会話』 9,800円で始めよう クーポン！|
|１月のお得 ２: 『個人レッスン』 入会金半額 5,400円 クーポン！|
|１月のお得 ３: 『チケットTOEIC』 19,800円で始めよう クーポン！|
|お得情報: 『個人レッスン昼割』も (費用シュミレーション)|