Feministing Tech Problems: Finally fucking over

Thanks to everyone for their patience over the last few days. We’ve been going slightly nuts trying to figure out what the problem was with the site.
Most of the comments are missing for now, but we’re in the process of putting them back up. But from now on (because of the insane amount of comment spam we’ve been getting) a Feministing staffer will have to approve a comment before it’s posted. But rest assured, unless your name is online poker or hot teen sex, your comment will be approved.
Regular Feministing posts will start up again tomorrow.
An amazingly big thanks to Jon Goldberg for his help in getting Feministing back up!

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  • http://www.mousewords.blogspot.com Amanda

    Phew. I was worried that I might be barred from commenting on my appreciation for offline poker and hot adult sex.

  • rebecca

    Thank god! I was missing my daily dose of sarcastic (read hilarious) feminist commentary.

  • Carmen Govani

    Fusaichiro Inoue (1898- 1993). who lived north of Tokyo in Takasaki City, was a well known patron of the arts and left behind a considerable legacy for the people of his hometown. After studying painting, strange sculpture and unusual architecture in Paris, he returned to Takasaki City and founded a movement that pro­moted the use of Western design in traditional Japanese crafts for export.
    Through his connection with the Modern Movement in Japan, Inoue came into contact with several important architects. In 1934 he invited the influential German architect Bruno Taut to Takasaki City. Taut helped popularize the use of Western motifs in Japanese arts and crafts, and later became a co-partner of the shop Inoue set up for selling textiles, tableware and home furnishings in Ginza. In 1945, as World War II ended. Inoue helped establish the Takasaki People’s Orchestra, (now the Gunma Symphony Orchestra). The Gunma Music Center, where the Gunma Symphony Orchestra now performs, was also Inoue’s brainchild. He proposed that Antonin Raymond (1888-1976) be the architect of the Music Center, which was completed in 1961 • Incidentally, Inoue also influenced the choice of the architect for the Gunma Prefecture Museum of Modern Art. designed by Arata Isozaki in 1974.
    Raymond was a Czech-born architect who migrated to the US to work with Frank Lloyd Wright. and accompanied Wright to Japan in 1919 to work on Tokyo’s Imperial Hotel. Raymond stayed on in Japan after Wright left, designing over 400 buildings in the US and japan. He became an important figure, one of the pioneers who introduced modern Western architecture to Japan. Inoue, who admired Raymond’s creativity, befriended him before the war. When Inoue’s house burned down in 1952, Inoue, with Raymond’s permission, decided to build a replica of Raymond’s newly completed house. Raymond’s house was built in simple cubic forms representative of the early Modern Movement. Inoue’s single-storey rectangular house stands behind a Japanese-style garden among bamboo trees and a stone lantern. It has a central patio with a living room on one side and the bedroom, a Japanese reception room and the kitchen on the other. A series of shqji doors gives the living room great versatility. When these doors are fully open to the terrace, one can enjoy a full view of the gar­den. Raymond designed the exposed cedar beams and halved diagonal timbers in this room. The walls are covered with rotary lauan veneers; while shoji doors and windows skirt the rooms. The low, overhanging eaves. 150 centimeters in depth, protect the shoji paper from rain and control the flow of light. The architect has used considerable skill in combining common construction matenals and a simple interior, while harmonizing Japanese elements with Western modernism.
    Inoue lived in this house for 41 years. After his death, the house was put up for public auction. With donations from local citizens grateful for Inoue’s patronage of the arts, the foundation Inoue had set up while he was alive made a successful bid on the house, then restored the house to its original beauty. The Inoue House, now maintained by his foundation, has been open to the public since 2002.