The Edmonton Radial Rail Society maintains and runs a fleet of streetcars preserved from Edmonton's rail past, and from other cities in Canada and overseas, including #247 from Osaka, Japan. I originally learned about the railway and this expatriate Japanese streetcar at From Japan. There are more pictures here. Check this site for a map of Edmonton's streetcar network in its heyday.
It's appropriate to be a complete nerd about Genshiken, because Genshiken is about nerddom.
Each month around the 21st I check Amazon.co.jp to see when the new Afternoon Magazine will drop, and once that day arrives (or rather on noon of the day before because of the time difference) I start to search on the term げんしけん with a view to finding a few panels from the new chapter on some Japanese fan's blog. You can usually get a scan of the whole chapter in Japanese within a couple of days, but I'm really sick of how those sites try to monetize their piracy. And usually within a couple of weeks there's a excellent scanlation available from a dedicated amateur whose work I respect, so I'm happy to wait for that. And in the meantime there's always a spoiler article at Ogiue Maniax which I can never resist reading. You can rest assured I will buy the Kodansha release when it comes out, because I must have it in English-language paperback format, and oh yeah it's the right thing to do. But until then I scrounge for tidbits, like the image above.
I had no idea there were Genshiken calendars. This one, currently available at Amazon.co.jp, dates from 2004, or around the time of volume 3.
South Korea had little steel industry to speak of in 1968 when Pohang Iron and Steel Company was founded under the Park regime's second five year plan. POSCO subsequently become a huge power in the international steel market, and a major player in the decline of steel production in the US and UK. In 1973 they started a company soccer team. Over the years POSCO FC became POSCO Dolphins, POSCO Atoms, and ultimately Pohang Steelers.
Pohang Steelers play at the Pohang Steel Yard, a 25,000 seat stadium built in 1990. Their colours are red and black, worn in the style of the Beano's Dennis the Menace. The four stars atop the team logo represent the club's championship seasons of 1986, 1988, 1992 and 2007. They have also won the AFC Champions League three times, in 1997, 1998 and 2009.
Last season they finished second in the league table. The K-League holds a playoff for league championship, but Pohang lost in the semi-finals. The Steelers were also eliminated in the semi-finals of the Korean FA Cup, and the quarter-finals of the league cup. But their strong standing earned them a spot in the qualifying playoff for this year's AFC Champions League. They beat Chonburi of Thailand 2 - 0 and moved on to Group E, with Adelaide United, Bunyodkor of Uzbekistan, and Gamba Osaka. Pohang finished third in that group and did not advance to the final 16.
After 13 league games Pohang sit seventh with 5 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses. Their top scorers are both imports, Ianis Zicu from Romania and Derek Asamoah of Ghana. Today they host Gyeongnam FC, another red and black club. [Gyeongnam win 1 - 0.]
Elsewhere in soccer. Yesterday UCD hosted Phoenix FC in the second round of the FAI Cup. This evening Montreal Impact play Colorado Rapids in Commerce City, CO. Mito HollyHock visit Machida Zelvia tomorrow. [UCD 3 - 1 Phoenic FC. Cup holders Sligo Rovers were eliminated by Monaghan United.] [Colorado win 3 - 2.] [Machida 0 - 0 Mito.]
When was the last time Holywood made a major motion picture about an actual space flight? Apollo 13 (1995)? Last summer the Japanese released Hayabusa, a drama based on the journey of a Japanese unmanned probe to the asteroid Itokawa. Does the male leader look like Ethan Phillips? I think so. Is another actor in the trailer the spitting image of DeForrest Kelly? Yes. There are actually two other Hayabusa films in the works, one of them starring Ken Watanabe. How about an Apollo 11 movie, Hollywood? How about a Soyuz T-15 movie?