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Halvsies in the News
#1
I think he's a halvsie, at least from the article description he seems to be halvsie with a nikkei father and a Nebraskan mother.



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Quote:LAS VEGAS -- During a year-long gambling binge at the Caesars Palace and Rio casinos in 2007, Terrance Watanabe managed to lose nearly $127 million.



The run is believed to be one of the biggest losing streaks by an individual in Las Vegas history. It devoured much of Mr. Watanabe's personal fortune, he says, which he built up over more than two decades running his family's party-favor import business in Omaha, Neb. It also benefitted the two casinos' parent company, Harrah's Entertainment Inc., which derived about 5.6% of its Las Vegas gambling revenue from Mr. Watanabe that year.



http://online.wsj.com/article/SB12599671...stpop_read



Crazy.
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#2
OK, it's a marketing campaign and involves a fictional halvsie, but hey.



Lupin III has stolen the Moyai statue from the JR Shibuya Station South Exit, where the pseudo-Moai statue serves as a second meeting place in Shibuya besides Hachiko.



http://ameblo.jp/buzz-man/entry-10405584905.html

http://steal-japan.jp/
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[indent]'Sin Nombre'



By Hollywood standards "Sin Nombre" is a very small movie, shot on a tight budget in Mexico, but it's a very big deal. This astonishing debut feature announces the arrival of a lavishly gifted filmmaker, Cary Joji Fukanaga. (He's California-born, of a Swedish-American mother and a Japanese-American father.) The subject is immigration, the language is Spanish -- with good English subtitles -- the scope is epic and the achievement, though solidly grounded in conventional storytelling, is a revelation.[/indent]

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123750034926389145.html



Anyone seen Sin Nombre the directorial debut by Cary Joji Fukunaga? It's apparently one of the best films of the year.
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#4
Seattle Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu interview on Baseball Prospectus:



[indent]DL: Kenji Johjima won't be returning next year. Given any communication issues that may have existed, will it in any way be easier for your pitching staff to not have him as their primary catcher?



DW: The misconception with Johjima was that there was a big language barrier. What I found was that it was much more of a cultural hindrance, if that's the right word, because they just do things a little bit differently in their style of play. And that's a vital part. In Japan, pitchers don't shake the catchers off. That's number one. So, the things that we ran into were not so much the language as much as it was cultural. But Jo caught [Miguel] Batista for 16 wins [in 2007], and Jo led the league in throwing guys out this year. It was more of…I think the whole thing might have worked if he didn't get hurt twice for extended periods of time this year.[/indent]



http://www.baseballprospectus.com/articl...cleid=9867
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