Archive for September, 2010

Japanese: 見える vs. 見られる

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Since I spent an hour figuring out the difference between mieru and mirareru today…

  • 見る: (miru) To see
  • 見られる: (mirareru; potential form) To be able to see
  • 見える: (mieru: ??? form) Has the state in which the potential to be seen exists.


  • 海を見ます:
    • I see the ocean.
  • あの山の上に海が見える:
    • From the top of that mountain, the ocean can be seen.
  • あの山は上りましたので、海が見られました:
    • Because I climbed that mountain, I was able to see the ocean.

Or, more succinctly, a human does mirareru; an object does mieru ;)

Cognos tools fail to start up

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Note: This is a googlefood post: It is of no interest to casual readers. Also please note that I am in NO WAY a Cognos or Windows expert – This was simply a problem that I had for which I was unable to find a good solution on the web.

I eventually discovered I had to swing the dead raccoon with my right hand while chanting in Lower Slobenian… To save you that trouble, here’s how I fixed my issue…