Based on these pictures it's not surprising that healthcare costs are rising and diabetes is* rampant. That, and apparently, they need to bring back the Queer Eye for the Straight Guy dudes and have them stationed at Walmart as greeters.
Shamelessly ripped from Merlin.
My old printer got damaged in the move and that was all the excuse I needed to buy a new one.
This is a big step up from the last which I bought about 6 years ago primarily for its speed at printing text. I've printed a few test photos and the quality seems good up to A4. I guess we have no excuse this year when it comes to 年賀状.
There seems to be a problem getting it to scan over the network connection, but since I do most scanning in batches it shouldn't be a problem to hook it directly to the laptop for those times. One bummer is that, as of now, the built-in wi-fi won't recognize the airport. There apparently is something called AOSS on many routers -- think different -- without which the wi-fi can't be set up properly. Oh, well.
Casablanca. Love me some lilites.
...and need to get out of my newsreader.
Filedropper. Share files of up to 5 GB size for free.
How to burn multiple CDs at the same time with ITunes. (Of course you need multiple burners...)
Eye-Fi wireless memory card. How'd you like to have your pictures sent wirelessly to your computer as you take them. This would be great at house parties.
FuseCal. Online app to sync ICal based calendars. Perfect for finding time to work out with over-scheduled profs. on vacation.
Fontstruct. Create your own fonts.
Most of the above links go to the sites on which I found these neat things. I was to lazy to make a bunch of 'via X' links.
The last picture ripped from Scott hisself (and, of course, 5 years old)
I've been watching this guy's site for a couple of months now, and I like some of his pictures so much I figured I'd drive a little more traffic his way. The site's in Japanese.
Christina Aguilera, vamping...
A list of the best vegetarian restaurants (and dishes) in Boston
You can be a girl for $900
A blog of a guy whose eaten nearly 14,000 bowls of ramen in shops across the country.
One of my new favorite photo blogs
Where to get the best sandwiches in Boston
Check out Tyler's online portfolio.
I am the type of person who is fairly fanatical about my brand loyalty. I have bought multiple products (based on liking one) from Marmot, Mountain Hardwear, and Sony (back in the day). I was, therefore, disturbed that the folks over at Akihabara News don't much care for the Panasonic Lumix series. Their dispersion-casting is not enough to discount my personal feelings about the FZ10, but will give me something to think about when I get a new camera in a year or so.
I got an email from Typepad the other day informing me that some of my data had been lost. I don't think that anything crucial is gone, just a couple of pics. I may reload them, but not for a while.
Last Sunday we met up for a little bbq in Baba at Chris and Yuki's place. The event was centered around the triumphant (if short) return of Alan and Melinda, who are en route to their new life in Oxford. To do my part in the festivities I wanted to make sure that w had some real beer and so I headed out to Fuchu to a place called Ken's. Beer House Ken is the closest place to my house that stocks Bryan's beer and I figured it was worth the trip to have some special suds. I was pleasantly surprised by this tiny place that had many great beers including Sam Smith's, Anchor Steam and a plethora of European selections.
Beer in hand bag we headed to Baba for a night of debauchery...
Last night we went on a Yakatabune cruise. The ship departed Shinagawa just after 6:00 and we returned around 8:30. The food was good if a little typical: sashimi, various things made into tempura, some noodles, sushi, tofu and miso soup. Terada-san and I were co-coordinators of the cruise and we had about 38 people, most of whom I at least know on sight from Terada-san's restaurant.
These pics don't really require a lot of commentary. We ate and laughed and drank and sang and danced together.
Back from Tsukuba and the Tsukuba express was a delight. Two hours door-to-door.
I somehow managed to lose my phone somewhere between the bbq and the Hirasuna sento; the irony is that I have recently started a Getting Things Done system to help improve my process and I was just starting to feel like I was getting it together and then I go and lose a crucial piece of my information processing puzzle. Taka is going to have a look around for it this morning and talk to the sento guy so I should have it back in a week or so.
Anyway, here are some pics.
So it seems that I have already used up my August allotment on Flickr. It was predictable, though, because I have been uploading the pics at close to full filesize rather than limiting them to a width of 640 pixels as I had been doing.
Anyway, here are the pics I would have sent to Flickr and/or would have put in an album here if I wasn't so lazy.
Nate, me, Todd and JUM at now-defunct Go-Go Lounge in Harajuku. Ryo from 5F used to run this place.
Todd and Youssef in my old room in the kaikan
Todd and Drew in the kaikan
Macchan and Todd at Go-Go Lounge
Nate, Bunshi, Todd and JUM
Clockwise from upper left:
Group shot at Go-Go. Back left is Fujimura Ikuzo. I'm sandwiched between Todd and Ryo-kun
Brian after he first arrived from the States in Spring 2002
Drew supporting America's team
Todd, Bri, Nate and JUM. Hiking in Hakone.
Rab, me and Chris. Probably drinking by the Sengawa River.
On my way to the Do-it-yourself place I noticed that there were some sentries posted next to a small parking lot. I took some pics of them on my way home.
Last night after English conversation class I wasn't sleepy so I took a bike ride along the Nogawa (river). Really nice paths for most of it, and noone around so I got in a good ride. Surprisingly there were almost no mosquitos. Must be because of the lack of rain we had this year.