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[sticky post] Asia 2017 - Chronological listing [Monday, 24 April 2017, 07:57]
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A chronological listing of the reviews for explorations in Tokyo and Taiwan from February 19 to March 4, 2017.
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CNN Behind-the-Scenes Tour - Atlanta, Georgia (2011) [Sunday, 7 May 2017, 17:06]
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CNN, the first all-news cable network, offers several walking group tours of its world headquarters in Atlanta, of which the 50-minute "Behind-the-Scenes" is the most popular. You see television news technology and watch the news-gathering back-office operations and on-air personalities in fishbowls.

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NHK Studio Park - Shibuya, Tokyo (2015) [Sunday, 7 May 2017, 09:35]
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NHK (Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai) is the national public broadcaster for Japan, akin to the BBC. Its main facility is located in Shibuya, Tokyo, which includes a studio park (not tour) open to the public with 17 exhibits covering the history of its programs (animation, children's, drama, news, nature) and technology, including interactive activities; most of these are interesting only if you're already familiar with the programs or are fluent in Japanese. Admission is usually 200 JPY, but my visit happened to coincide with a free weekend that also included sports activities in the plaza outside.

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228 Peace Memorial Park - Taipei (2017) [Thursday, 4 May 2017, 23:14]
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Established as Taihoku New Park in 1900, renamed Taipei New Park in 1945 by the Kuomintang, site of the "February 28 Incident" (a violent government crackdown) in 1947. My initial and spontaneous visit (I hadn't realized the park and its museums was two blocks south of my hotel) happened to coincide with the annual commemoration of the massacre, and I wondered at the large police and TV presence. There was also a parade of tricycles carrying banners and loudspeakers advocating for human rights.

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"Donn Arden's Jubilee!" backstage tour - Las Vegas (2013) [Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 23:03]
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[Now standing |Las Vegas, Nevada, USA]

The big-budget production show Donn Arden's Jubilee! ran for 34 years (1981~2016) in the Bally's hotelino on the Last Vegas Strip. It ran six days a week, twice a day, and during its later years had an associated morning backstage tour. Although known for classy-topless-leggy showgirls, a little bit of skin is outclassed by the costumes, set pieces, and the technology that moves those pieces around -- at least for somebody with the right engineering mindset. My tour guides were Lara Priester, one of the principal dancers, and Louie, a 30-year member of the crew.

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Gundam Front - Odaiba, Tokyo (2015) [Monday, 1 May 2017, 23:26]
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For fans of the long-running Mobile Suit Gundam mecha anime saga and its related plastic model kits, Gundam Front is an attraction at the DiverCity shopping mall in Odaiba, Tokyo. The most detailed sections are the history of all Gundam plastic model kits ("Gunpla"), the explanation of the factory process used by Bandai to make them, and the store where you can buy them. There's a dome theater, some 1:1 replicas, photo spots and original art, but no representation of the arcade video games.

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National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts - Taichung, Taiwan (2017) [Sunday, 30 April 2017, 21:35]
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The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art (NTMoFA) is located in Taichung at the southern end of the Calligraphy Greenway. Its 37,000 m² over four floors contain 16 galleries, two restaurants and other facilities; its 102,000 m² outdoor area is partially devoted to a sculpture park. The museum's mission is Taiwanese visual arts, historical (Ming to Qing Dynasties, Japanese Colonial Era, Modernist, and post-war periods) and contemporary (photography, multimedia, filmmaking, digital), in the form of exhibition, education, promotion and scholarship.

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Las Vegas Natural History Museum - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA (2013) [Sunday, 30 April 2017, 18:08]
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Opened in 1991, the Las Vegas Natural History Museum is a small institution with exhibits on large terrestrial fauna, dinosaurs, ancient Egypt, and other anthropological miscellany, but not much in the way of fish, insects, plants, ecology or geology. It's located within walking distance of Fremont Street.

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Hotel Mystays Premier Omori - Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan [Friday, 28 April 2017, 23:50]
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[Now standing |Omori, Shinagawa, Tokyo]

This branch of the Hotel Mystays chain is located in Omori, a section of southern Tokyo that is quiet and eminently walkable, being flat and having a sensible square street grid. The hotel has 220 rooms across 14 floors (fig. 4), three elevators, a restaurant serving breakfast and lunch buffets, and sells discount tickets to the nearby Shinagawa Aquarium.

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Blog aesthetics change [Friday, 28 April 2017, 07:35]
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Yes, you're in the right place. On 27 April 2017 I altered the aesthetic settings of Non-Sequitur Express::Blogmode. It's been a while since the last refurb, but the changes are:
* Background color: Mint-green » violet
* Entry upper/lower borders: Dark green/grey »teal/teal
* Date-time format: Month Day Year|12-hour am »Weekday, Day Month Year, 24-hour
* External links: Mostly removed as outdated
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