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Latha Bealltainn

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Hi everyone,

皆さんこんにちは,

Long time, no see.

久しぶりですね.

Updates,

Went to Malaga Spain for work for what was supposed to be 1 week, which ended up being 2 weeks.

Hotel was fine. It was very close to the office, (which everyone else said was a bad idea, but I found it nice to be back to a short walk commute to work, like I had previous in Brisbane).  Highlight was the Spanish TV channel Boing, which had Doraemon (both series and movies) in Japanese and Code Lyoko in English  (yay for Dual Audio) .

Other then the 1 work dinner obligation, where I was told I couldn’t order a paella because it was for two people, and inconvenienced a colleague who said he would share, but rather who not have, (the paella was smaller than the one I had eaten in Barcelona back in 2000), the only adventure I had in Malaga was trying to get to someone’s house for a BBQ on foot with all my luggage , which was just me walking in a large circle like shape in the heat around Maqueda, asking for directions and having everyone draw blanks, although the most helpful was an old man, who was able to speak to me in French, when I couldn’t understand his description in Spanish, and drew me a picture.

2.5 hours of walking later, I returned to where I set off from, and attempted to have a taxi take me to the address in Google Maps I had been given, he took me to the top of the street which was over 5 km away from where I needed to be, so I then just told the Taxi to take me to the airport, where I killed time for at least 5 hours. The most enjoyable part of killing that time was meeting a couple from UK that have a house in Spain, and the woman worked in social services, and her partner was a criminology professor. They were both very happy to talk about their work and their children which was nice.

Trip back was via Dublin, and the 12 hour layover in the airport was fun , and long  enough to be annoying, but ultimately too short to do anything other than take advantage of free WiFi and not sleep, until I had to fuss, because I had been mislead about my requirements for boarding based on Dublin being a US Customs Clearance area. Yay for scrambling to buy another ticket from my own pocket at the last minute (not!!!).

Lucky for with a receipt for a ticket leaving the US, I was able to board the plane to the US. As it turned out my account didn’t have enough money for that ticket , so American airlines cancelled it after I had arrived in the US,  and despite my attempts to call them. I called US number, they said they couldn’t take my Australian debit card, despite their website taking it earlier, and to call Australian American Airlines office, which I did, but I couldn’t afford the cost of international dialing being on hour for more 25 minutes twice. In the end I ended up organising another flight returning to Japan, which had been the plan all along.

Arrived back in Japan in October, and was very happy to be back. Finally ate non kombini sushi in Japan, because I was hosting a work colleague that wanted to eat it.   Caught up with Tim and Sarcha when they were visiting for IROS 2013 (Tim was presenting a paper), which was wonderful and I must catch up with them again.

Flew to Australia almost 1 month later for Christmas holidays with family and to attend my cousins wedding (after giving notice, and taking offer to return to US in the new year).

Had my birthday and Christmas with family and my mom’s family. Cousins wedding was amazing. Birthday highlights were the game of Mao (so much laughter) and the frozen ice-cream berry cake that I made for myself.

 

Currently located in US for work.

Ordered futon online with Rakuten, it was a great success. Was cheaper than just trying to buy a futon here even with the shipping.

Finally have internet at new apartment.

Same / similar job, different title and hiring organisation.

Have a glass jar with quarters in it for laundry.

I will finish translating this later.

Best wishes,

 

Benjamin Southall aka Appleman1234 :)

Everything is bigger in Texas

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Hi everyone,

Long time no update, very busy with work, lots of changes and other nonsense going on. My unpublished draft from April will eventually be published, unless I forget its contents in which case it will be dropped.

In Dallas for a few weeks for work. First time in the USA, very interesting experience so far.

Positive Highlights

  • Limousine bus to Narita Airport (Baggage Attendant reported to me in English that my luggage was a structural weakness. I said I already know, and thank you very much, he also tagged it fragile and marked it as damaged though it wasn’t actually broken any more from the bus trip then its original damage., He also noted that the handle on the side didn’t work (把手 注 意 )
  • Narita Airport (Money exchange, waiting in Narita airport, Customs & Immigration, Shopping Centre and Last meal in Japan (Miso Ramen and Melon Ice Cream Soda for 1390 Yen, best way to use all my coins at Airport ever) (People that know me know I like airports)
  •  Walking 4 miles round trip to Radioshack. Apparently nobody walks in Texas, well I guess I do.
  • DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transport), This was awesome whilst I was in Spring Valley Richardson, $5 day pass got me to and from work.
  • Waffle House (I had breakfast / dinner between 12am and 1am after doing laundry), and the service was wonderful and the food was delicious. (Both the hashbrown all the way, which was like Okonomiyaki, and the waffle and the Angus hamburgers). The waitresses were polite and full of banter, and the a special shout out goes out to Amos (The senior grill operator) , who in my opinion was like the Mr T of that Waffle House. He had everything sorted, Grill operations, correcting the waitresses on customer orders, how to use the waffle machines without the waffles sticking, etc, etc. The junior grill operator is apparently going to college to study game design, so I gave him so advice based on my experience graduating from tertiary education will several hundred students of computer game design, that never got to make it big in industry.
  • I got to see a Squirrel on Memorial Day. I have some photos.
  • I got to see a baby Rabbit / bunny on the way to work. I have some photos. (To understand the significance of the  above two points, see Белочка (Belochka)  )
  • Ben & Jerrys Icecream in Minneapolis airport. Blueberry frozen yoghurt, Blueberry sorbet with extra blueberries. It wasn’t as big as I expected
  • Getting to meet Jerry and Kevin (who I worked remote nightshift with) in person. They are both amazing and hardworking people, going to Lunch with them at Chuey’s a TexMex restaurant was a wonderful experience.
  • Going to Denny’s for Breakfast with Kevin and meeting some elderly gentleman one of was a Korea – Vietnam veteran. Blueberry pancakes were delicious and the conversation about science fiction movies and miltary realism in military books and movies was very interesting. I was recommended Semper Fi, and I recommended Monash.
  • Buying half gallon tub of Strawberry Icecream from the local  CVS pharmacy, interesting that both CVS in US and Fitcare in Japan have pharmacies that sell icecream. Australia doesn’t seem to have this yet.
  • Free Wifi in hotels.
  • The guy that appreciated my air piano in Minneapolis airport, it is nice to have someone appreciate your craft when others are just giving you strange looks.

Negative Highlights

  • Delayed in Minneapolis Immigration, just because I was second last in line, and had 2 if not 3 queue jumpers in front me. Also the immigration officer seemed upset like he was missing his children’s birthday or something. My immigration only took 4 minutes to process.  
  • Missed connecting flight to immigration delay. (Yay for extra layover and running / rushing through airports and airport security, Tim F in the Delta booth was really awesome with booking my connecting flight, but the Delta Agent he instructed me to ask my bags about Yin L must have been having a really bad day, because she just got angry and me and told me what others had told me which is my bags would be in Dallas, which they weren’t)
  • Delta also lost my checked luggage. (I got it back 16 hours later after arrived 3 hours later in Dallas (Yay for being up for 35 hours straight). When I got my luggage back the resting stub on the base was missing (only 3 now instead of 4) and the handle was snapped with a nail protruding
  • Radioshack saying that they don’t sell the prepaid SIM card I was recommended to buy, when they clearly do and their website already says so.
  • Tom of Maine’s toothpaste now contains SLS, so I couldn’t buy it.

Pictures from Gallery

Pictures will be upload from the two phones and have and linked later.

Uploaded Texas food and some wildlife in Food and Animal galleries

See example food link below

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and example animal link
Animals

Best wishes,

Benjamin Southall aka Appleman1234 :)

パインジュース,暖房,銀魂,深層水

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Hi everyone,

皆さんこんにちは,

Long time, no update, mainly because I couldn’t find the correct words to express the emotions and circumstances.

正しい言葉が欠落していたので、私は長い時間で書かれていない。

All the while I re-realise what I first learnt at Uber Tweak so many years ago.
If I don’t write then eventually I won’t be able to contain myself in the realms of my mind alone.

私が記述する必要があることを覚えて.

Today is the public holiday Coming of Age Day (成人の日).

Also it is currently snowing in Tokyo, Yokohama and Shinyokohama. This is a big surprise as I didn’t expect to see snow.

See pictures below.

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See poor quality video here  (taken from phone, will convert from 3gp to HTML5 at a latter point, watch using vlc or mplayer currently)

今日は成人の日、公休日です

Work is still quite busy.

仕事がとても忙しいです。

Milestones to date (一里塚):

  •  First Birthday away from family (離れて家族からの初めての誕生日)
  •  First Christmas away from family (離れて家族から最初のクリスマス)
  •  First New years away from family (離れて家族から最初の正月)

Achievements since previous post (because I tend to focus on the stuff I don’t manage to do) (これまでの成果):

  • Acquired hanko (adventure at Hanko store, went well, though it funny the proprietor tried to make small talk regarding my hometown as he had his honeymoon there) (判子 取得すった )
  • Acquired bank account (one rejection (I was not turtley enough for the turtle club) and another application later, found it funny that phone number is required to apply for bank account here.) (銀行預金口座 取得すった )
  • Submitted tax return on time (trip to post office, one of several, but the first to use prioritized mail) (時間通りに提出され、税務申告)
  • Immunized against Hep B (took a different route to get there the second time, which was much shorter and easier,
  • other anecdotes about the nearby cemetery, and the behaviour of children in doctor’s waiting rooms ,which doesn’t seem to change, regardless of where you are)  (B型肝炎について免疫)
  • Attended Tokyo Christmas Reddit Meetup (Yaki-niku, and pitcher of pineapple soda was delicious, the ridiculous walking around in circles in various attempts to carol Shibuya whilst only knowing choruses, not so much, though the Christmas costume stores seemed to appreciate our efforts to increase their business), on my train trip to Shibuya, I was on a special golden train, lots of spectators were taking pictures of it, I still don’t know why.) (「東京 reddit」 のクリスマスパーティー に 出席 於 渋谷)
  • Another trip to Devilcraft for a coworker’s birthday celebration. (More deep dish pizza, craft beer for everyone else, and more pineapple juice for me) (関内でDevilCraftで誕生日パーティーに出席)
  •  Have learnt Hiragana (平仮名) and Katakana (カタカナ), still practicing on recall when reading however.

Technology wise:

NAS fan died, then NAS died. (NASが死んだ)
Not sure of the status of 3 HDDs I have which all don’t work in my external caddy (various symphonies of clicking and beeping),
but they may work when plugged into an actual power supply, so I will try that before deposing of them.
One of them contains most of my TV , Games and some of my anime archive, so I hope it is not dead. (HDDはうんざりしている)

I will need to get a new NAS + router. (私は新しいNAS+ルータを取得する必要があります)
Ideally it will be hackable, running Linux, have 4 gigabit Ethernet ports, WiFi, either have drive support or multiple USB ports,
ESATA would be nice as well. Short list of possible candidates never eventuated.

EEEPC laptop isn’t dead yet, though HDD is in bad state, screen is damaged and AC adapter barely works.  (EEEPC はうんざりしている)
Lenovo laptop is going well, though there are still configuration things I would like to improve,

  •  some of the UIM, Scim behaviour
  • webcam support for Skype comes and goes with Kernel version
  • Various custom ebuilds I made earlier, that I have to find and install
  • Sorting of home directory contents

Learning wise I have been mainly watching various 29c3 videos (Tamagotchi Presentation, along with Hacker Jeopardy were my highlights),
the occasional infoq.com video, and one or two C++ channel9 videos.

In terms of what I did for my time off.

I didn’t do much mainly study Japanese, and watch the anime Gintama.

I really like the intertextuality. The humour was also supportive.

I still need to translate the instructions in the previous post. Apologies in advance if the translations don’t contain the banter of my native tongue, banter seems difficult to translate in a way where not only the meaning is isomorphic but also the expression and emotivity. I will also have to continue translating this post & updating this post.

Hopefully I manage to slowly revive some dormant side projects.

I hope everyone’s new year is interesting.

Best wishes,

Benjamin Southall

 

 

ケーキブルーベリー炊飯器

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Hi everyone,

皆さんこんにちは

This post was going to be finished earlier and cover more than just my culinary adventures, however I figure I may as well just finish this post and dedicate it to them.

Note: The Japanese translation of rest of the post will take me sometime, but should eventually appear. Update: Translation is done is except for most of the banter, it only took me a few years to find the time (about 3 hours total)

Baking is Science for Hungry People. (ベーキングは、飢えた人々のための科学である)

Baking is Science For Hungry

What you need (ことが必要とされる)

  • 1 Rice Cooker (mine is a Toshiba RC-10NMF), preferably with a Bake Mode / Setting, though the original cake / pudding was made just by reusing cook and quick cook repeatedly. Having found an English manual for my model was a great help, although Bake Mode was not clearly documented. If you do not have a rice cooker you could probably use an oven and could possibly even use a microwave oven, though I do not know the settings for microwave cooking) . (1 炊飯器 )
  • Pancake or Hot Cake Mix , you can get this at any grocery store. Japanese Pancake Mix requires Milk and an egg, so it is like White Wings packet pancake mix in that way, and unlike Shake and Bake Pancake Mix (Greens, White Wings Bottle, etc) which are just add water. You normally get 4 sachets of 150g or 3 sachets of 200g.  Further experimentation identifies you can exclude the milk and use water and still make pancakes. (ホットケーキミックス)
  • 2 eggs (preferably chicken) (卵2個 )
  • 300 to 320ml of Milk (preferably cow)  (300-320ml 牛乳)
  • Arbitrary amount of Blueberry Jam (200g works alright, just use your common sense here, or in the case of the people that lack common sense and  realise that with too little Blueberry Jam, your cake is just a dry sponge cake and with too much Blueberry Jam your rice cooker will beep uncontrollably before the pressure opens the lid and an eruption of sticky blueberry goo / cake mix covers the surrounding area) (いくつかのブルーベリージャム)
  • You could also use fresh blueberries and replace the jam component with maple syrup or honey, though I have not located a source for fresh blueberries yet. My previous source of Organic Frozen blueberries at less than $20 a kg is now no longer an option.
  • A mixing bowl of some sort (I used an empty 2 litre ice cream container) (ミキシングボウル)
  • A mixing device of some sort (I used a normal  (non Australian) tablespoon, which looker like a dessert spoon to me, as apparently Australia uses a tablespoon that is 4 teaspoons instead of 3, and I have only used one real 20ml tablespoon before(yay for childhood memories), the rest of the spoons I have used appear to be 15ml tablespoons, that will always be dessert spoons to me, because they are what I eat cake and icecream with, where as tablespoons are what I mix cakes with and measure ingredients with, unless I have a measuring cup or jug and a wooden spoon or a whisk. For further etymology on the spoon distinction see here. (混合スプーン)
  • A towel or oven mitts for dealing with a hot bowl component of the rice cooker. Yes I used a beach towel, I am yet to acquire oven mitts and paper towels are insufficient in terms of heat mitigation for your hands. (タオル かそれとも オーブンミトン)
  • A plate or dish or cooling rack to place your cake on. (皿 かそれとも冷却ラック)
  • 1 pair of scissors to open plastic, Yes I know people can just tear it or use their teeth, but scissors lead to more mix in the bowl and less on the floor. (プラスチックを開くためのはさみ)
  • 1 bin for putting rubbish (at the very minimum broken egg shells in) (ごみ箱)
  • 1 refrigeration device (just in case you are unable to devour the entire cake in one sitting) (冷蔵庫)
  • 1 fork or skewer for testing cake readiness. (フォーク かそれとも 串)
  • 1 kitchen sink with running water for washing stuff up. (台所の流し)
  • Electricity (the rice cooker needs power to work) (電気)
  • 1-2 hours of patience, INSTANT CAKES ARE LIES.  (忍耐)

Instructions  (説明書)

  1.  Acquire all the things in the what you need section, please attempt to do so legally and without inconveniencing anyone, I know cake is delicious but jail time for cake just isn’t worth it. (必要ものをすべて手に入れる)
  2. Open the pancake mix sachets with scissors cutting off a triangular corner of the plastic. (ホットケーキミックスを開くためにハサミを使用して)
  3. Pour the pancake mix into the mixing bowl. (ミキシングボウル中へ混合物注ぐ)
  4. Gently shake the sachets , oscillating in order to wiggle any of the remaining mix into the bowl. (ホットケーキミックスが ミキシングボウル中へ優しく振る)
  5. Gently shake the bowl, till the mix is somewhat level, e.g. looks like a car park rather than the moon. (ミキシングボウルが 優しく振る 混合物が平  まで )
  6. Add your jam or jam replacement now. Do so either just with gravity using pouring or recruit your spoon for support in this endeavor. Yes I know this goes against the vast majority of cake recipes in existence, which always say to put the egg and milk in first. (ミキシングボウルにジャムを置く)
  7. Now crack open your eggs, and pour the contents of the egg (without any shell) into the mixing bowl. Do not lump the eggs together. (ミキシングボウルに卵を割り入れる。各卵が別々であることを確認してください。)
  8. Slowly pour in the Milk to the mixing bowl, ideally it areas where the jam or eggs are not, you want as much direct contact between the milk and mix as possible. (ミキシングボウルにホットケーキミックス中へミルクゆっくり注ぐ)
  9. If I was a recipe book writer, then next step would be Combine well, which is meaningful until you realise that you do not know what well means.
    • First slowly stir the mixture combining the flour and the jam, for about 45 seconds. (混合物が45秒まで 低速でかくはんするが空気が入らないように注意する。小麦粉、ジャムを組み合わせる)
    • Then stab the egg yolks and slowly stir into the mixture for about 45 seconds. (次に卵黄を刺す。混合物が45秒まで 低速でかくはんするが空気が入らないように注意する)
    • Then slowly stir the remaining milky parts of the mixture for another 45 seconds. (混合物の乳白色の部分が45秒まで 低速でかくはんするが空気が入らないように注意する)
    • Then quickly stir the mixture as it is for about 2 minutes, first clockwise, then anticlockwise, alternating every 15 seconds or so. (混合物が2分まで 高速でかくはんするが空気が入らないように注意する。時計回りにかき混ぜ、その後 反時計回り。15秒ごとに交互に)
    • Now eliminate as many pockets of dry mix or lumps of blueberry jam as you can by mashing them against the side or bottom of the mixing bowl. (塊がなくなるまで混合されていない成分をつぶす)
    • Then spend another minute quickly stirring (clockwise, anticlockwise) the mixture. . (混合物が1 分まで 高速でかくはんするが空気が入らないように注意する。時計回りにかき混ぜ、その後 反時計回り。15秒ごとに交互に)
    • Now spend 1 minute attempting to fold air into the mixture, you want as many bubbles as you can get, you do this by rowing the spoon through the mixing bowling quite rapidly. (よく混ざり1分まで高速でかくはん 。混合物に空気を折り畳む)
    • Now spend 30 seconds stirring figure 8s or Z for Zorros or whatever other shape moniker takes your fancy in the mixing bowl. (30秒までボウルに図形を描画するためにスプーンを使用して。)
  10. Now take your rice cooker bowl component out of the rice cooker, and pour the mixture from the mixing bowl into the rice cooker bowl.(炊飯器からボウルを取り出します。混合物を炊飯器ボウルへ移行する)
  11. Replace the rice cooker bowl now complete with mixture into the rice cooker, and ensure it is seated correctly. (炊飯器でボウルを交換)
  12. Close the lid of the rice cooker.( 炊飯器の蓋を閉める)
  13. Enable Bake / Baking Mode ( For my rice cooker it was Pressing the Menu (メニュー) Button twice.) (ベーキングモードにする)
  14. Now set the time for 60 minutes using the Minute (分) Button to increase the time. (タイマーをセットしてね60分間)
  15. Finally press the Cook Button (one on the right with red circle, with スタート in small letters) (ついにクックボタンを押して)
  16. Wait 60 minutes, preferably doing something else like watching TV, browsing the Internet or reading (60分待って)
  17. Open rice cooker lid, test how done the cake is with either fork or skewer. If wet mixture on the fork, then repeat steps 12 -16, with cooking time set to 30 minutes, otherwise proceed to step 18. (火が通っているかチェックするフォークを使用して。フォークが濡れている場合は、ステップ 12 から ステップ 16まで を順を追って繰り返す。しかし、30分の調理時間のみ使用する)
  18. Your cake is cooked. Prepare plate or cooling rack for cake to sit on. Then use oven mitts or towel to remove hot rice cooker bowl from rice cooker and place upside down on plate (the opening on the bowl should be facing the surface of the plate). Using towel gently lift the bowl and watch as cake is now on the plate by the magic of gravity. (ケーキは調理され。炊飯器ボウルの中身を平皿へ移行する)
  19. Cleanup everything you used, by washing it up in sink or placing it in bin. Do not place the cake in bin, if you want to place the cake somewhere either place it on bench top or in refrigeration unit. (後片付けぜんぶ。ケーキを破棄しないでください)
  20. Cake is ready to eat. Enjoy. (食べられる状態になってケーキ。いただきます)

Note: Changing the amount of cooking time and the amount of jam changes the consistency and texture of the resulting dessert between pudding and cake. Use this wisely. ( 望ましい稠度 のデザートは加熱時間によって異なると量のジャム 。あなたはプリンやケーキをしたいですか?)

Pictures of final products:  (写真)

Self Sauced Pudding version (プリン)

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Cake Version (ケーキ)

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Best wishes

ご多幸を祈る

Benjamin Southall aka Appleman1234 :)

 

海の日 & 秋葉原電気街 よく混ぜる

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Hi everyone,

皆さんこんにちは

Work is still quite busy.

仕事がとても忙しいです。
Last weekend I visited Akihabara Electronic Town, looking to find a replacement laptop.
先週末は、交換ラップトップを探してい、秋葉原エレクトロニック·タウンを訪れました。
I wasn’t able to find one I wanted and was told to look online.
私が欲しいものを見つけることができませんでしたし、オンラインに見えるように言われました。
I couldn’t find a replacement fan for my NAS. I will need to try again another day.
私はNASの交換用のファンを見つけることができませんでした。私は別の日にもう一度行う必要があります。

I went to Ueno and played Marco Polo.

私は上野に行って、マルコ·ポーロを果たしました。
Ueno Park is very scenic and Ueno Station has a lot of entrances. Apparently the zoo was closed.
上野公園は、非常に風光明媚である上野では入り口がたくさんあります。どうやら動物園は閉鎖されました。

I found the people I met. We went to the “Hub”.
It was like a British pub-style bar.

私が会った人々を見つけた。我々は、[ハブ]に行ってきました。
それは、ブリティッシュパブのようなスタイルのバーだった。
The next day was a public holiday, called Marine Day. I didn’t do anything special.

翌日は祝日だった。その名前は海の日でした。私は特別何もしませんでした。
What is everyone else upto ?

皆は何をやっている?
Best wishes

ご多幸を祈る

Benjamin Southall aka Appleman1234 :)

 

 

七転び八起き , Oh when the saints go ….

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Hi everyone,

こんにちは みんな

I am in an apartment now.
私は今アパートで午前

Work is very busy.

仕事がとても忙しいです。

You never realise how many simple things you just get used to until they all change.

変化はささいなことに記載されています.

I appreciate my home cooking so much more now.

家庭料理ははるかに高く評価

Laptop hard drive has bad blocks, but managed to backup all important data after eventually buying the correct power adapter from Yodabashi Camera, after trying Don Quitote, PC Depot and BIC Camera.

ラップトップのハードドライブが不良ブロックを持っている. ヨドバシカメラから正しい電源アダプタを購入しました。次に、データの回復が可能であった。

Best wishes,

ご多幸を祈る

Benjamin Southall aka Appelman1234 :)

 

日本 初心者 and other news

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Hi everyone .

こんにちは みんな。

Have arrived at a new country and employer.

新しい国と雇い主に到着した。

SIM Card doesn’t work here as it is 2G.

SIMカードは2Gです、ここでは動作しません。

Missed last direct bus from Narita. But managed to arrive safe and late anyways. Didn’t realise I could have had discounted bus fare due to youth until I was on the bus.

成田からの最後の直通バスを逃した。しかし、安全かつ遅いとにかく到着することできました。私はバスにあったまで、私は若者のために割引のバス運賃があった可能性を実現しませんでした。

 

First week at work was busy but fun. Lots of new faces, new systems and new processes. 職場での最初の週は忙しいけど楽しかったです。多くの新しい顔、新しいシステム、新しいプロセス。

 

Power  adapter for laptop is sick. Will eventually buy a new laptop. Discovered 価格.com , which makes up for not being  able to use umart any more.

ノートパソコン用の電源アダプタが壊れている. 発見された  価格.com , これはumart に適した代替手段です。

Passmo and Suica cards , already are better than the go card I left behind. Washlet is also better than normal toilet. PassmoとSuicaカードは、Goカードよりも優れている。  Toto Washlet は、通常のトイレよりも優れています。

 

Train Network and Subway are amazing. Ikea was fun as well. Couldn’t find any cheesecake and made the same mistake  as when in Logan regarding not remembering that bed linen is on the ground floor.

鉄道網 すごい, 地下鉄網 すごい。 IKEAは楽しかったです。チーズケーキを見つけられませんでした。 忘れていたベッドリネンは地上階にあった。Logan IKEAと同じ。

As for everyone asking how I am, I am fine. As for everyone expecting correspondence, it is coming. I am still writing  or typing it up, and then I have to go and learn the wonders of the Japanese Postal  Service.

私は元気です。 郵便はまだ書かれていません。次に私は、日本郵政公社について学ぶ必要があります。

 

I am still learning Japanese and probably will  be for at least a year if not the  remainder of my life, any corrections or improvements to my Japanese are welcomed, as is any advice or questions.

私はまだ日本語を勉強しています。 それはおそらく一生かかるでしょう。私の日本語に対するすべての修正は歓迎されています。質問も大歓迎です。

 

Best wishes,

ご多幸を祈る,

Benjamin Southall aka Appleman1234 :)

 

 

 

Early bird gets the matyrdom, spaghetti,causality

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Hi everyone,

Been very busy. Doors closing and windows opening.

Employer and physical location have changed. I had such a wonderful experience giving my own goodbye speech. Thanks to everyone at Emerchants that made working there so fuffilling and fun.

Have enjoyed saying good bye to several people in Australia, including a wonderful fish dinner complete with discussion regarding children conditioning their parents with verbal triggers, the nature and definition of live and living. (See announcement of synthetic life here and the line between life and non file here by Martin Hanczyc, also  see Theo Jansen’s Synthetic Creatures here , also see the Chinese Room Thought Experiment).

For most of the information from the life and living discussion see the Wikipedia article on Life .

Other highlights included a wonderful meal at Giardinetto’s, and walking to Red Hill and back again in the rain armed with only an umbrella. Walking makes you appreciate the weather, and distance and the nature beauty of your surroundings. Other methods of transports are certain more efficient and get you further with less effort, but ensure your journey is a different one entirely, even if the location is the same.

My earlier trip out to Fernvale and the relevant bbirthday celebrations of my great aunt and her amazing friend was magnificent, though the conversation was a little too political for my taste. The scones and the company was divine though.

Other recent fun experiences include two vaccinations and one blood test with band-aid that didn’t stick. Blood is no match for a microfibre shirt (didn’t even need bleach), and got to tell everyone that I was mauled by a bear.

Vaccination also make you appreciate life at the cellular level, which at first glance in the world around you doesn’t appear to be noticeable unless you are born with microscopic supervision or something similar.

As Nick said to me earlier, you don’t realise how much stuff you have until you are moving house. Apparently his move went very well, which is good. I also enjoyed a Reddit Board Games meetup.

I was able to play Munchkin, Scrabble, Cranium & Mao, and spectate Game of Thrones (I haven’t watched the television show yet, but if it is like the board game, then I can understand the attraction) .

Highlights of the Cranium game, included the failed guessing of Al Pacino from Scar Face (based on my team mate’s wonderful rendention, and my total mental blank), the failed guessing of a Whole New World from Aladdin after I whistled and hummed my heart out, and the failed guessing of the event the Baby Boom , when the best I could render from my partner’s actions was the hilarious but not quite correct “PREGNANCY EXPLOSION!!!”. It was a pleasure to meet Jesta Mctogaboy and his partner, I hope her online Mafia game goes well.

I also met an interesting character on the train on the way to the Board Games Meetup, and another different interesting character on the way home.

Other game playing that occurred whilst saying good bye, included a spectacular set of games of Mexican Train Dominios , though we seemed to be playing without the namesake train, never the less it was a very fun night, hearing about my great uncle’s bowling championship win, seeing his thriving vegetable garden and of course his wonderful trips to Los Vegas.

In terms of technology. I have been researching laptops, but haven’t replaced my EEEPC 1000h yet, stuff at work before it finished was mainly just a mini adventure in consumption of WCF webservices using WSDL rather than MEX, and having to flatten the WSDL to remove imports that had location uris using internal IP addresses, and then explicitly override the base address of the site. Thanks SSW .NET Ninjas Brisbane Branch for all the fun.

Other work stuff was mostly generating written and verbal handover documentation.

I haven’t managed to define Life generally yet , let alone my current life, but Life seems to be defined by the actions one takes, the choices one makes and journey along the way.

What does Life to mean to you ?
Best wishes,

Benjamin Southall aka Appleman1234 :)

 

Sweet dreams are made of sugar ?

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Hi everyone,

New things :

  •  Fixed second hole in umbrella
  •  Darned hole in pants (Cloth hacking FTW)
  •  Plenty of apricot nectar
  •  More Icecream and Blueberries
  •  Pineapple Juice
  •  New Icecream Scoop
  •  Got book I loaned back
  •  Got new working headphones
  • SSL update broke AMSN (still looking for fix)

Found someone’s special lost magazines and books.

Rescued someone that was lost.

Had 4 litres of Mountain Dew recently.

Work keeping me busy.

Was delayed by random stranger that referred to Australia’s heart as dead and didn’t appreciate subjective aestheticism.

Caught up with several colleagues from who I met at university. This was good. We talked about animals in pet shops, adoption, Advanced Microsoft Word,  the joys of working in software development, 90s ABC Television shows, the definition of trauma in the context of various forms of media, the nature of cliques and social dynamics and numerous other things.

Had serendipitous / funny moment when phone had no battery, and I was eating dinner at restaurant across the road from people trying to call me to invite me to dinner at that restaurant on the other side of the road. I had walked past the restaurant they were in several times and they didn’t notice me.

Wondering what the correlation between blood sugar level and type of dream someone has is ?

What are you dreaming of ?

Best wishes,

Benjamin Southall aka Appleman1234 :)

 

Palliative Unrequited Requiems of …

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Hey everyone,

New Year, Finally the year of video blog (vlog/ vblog / something else here) or it would have been if I could have gotten the audio sync in wxcam to align to  the video feed.

I also played around with dvswitch and webcams (picture in picture) attempting to ressurect the plans for meta vlogging goodness. Look at me , now look at me, now back to me, what you do see ? Its just me. We need to go deeper.

Did some further improvements to the manga downloader stuff in Python given that the source HTML stuff had changed, still not fully finished. Watched numerous anime including Black Cat, Candy Boy and Aoi Hana, recurring theme seemed to be unrequited love.

Had a birthday, had Christmas, had Chinese New Year. Birthday and Christmas were so-so, though quite dominated with food and rituals. Chinese New Year wasn’t what I had expected (No Yumcha :(), but I guess there is always next year.

Was at Bookfest, did some counting, some sorting, the change in the format lead to more issues given the lack of preparation for it. Lots more thinking about people and circumstances, and lots more planning and systems development then I would like.

I occasionally take 3-5 seconds to reminisce at the luxury of being able to watch movies on SBS2, particular foreign films at weird times that instigate cognition in topics and circumstances that are so unforgiveingly real but so esoteric that it appears that an extraterrestrial scene is unfolding before your eyes.

There are at least 8 Japanese restaurants within a 2km radius of me. I relish in this fact, or I would relish if someone proceeded to find a bottle, mortar and pestle large enough to contain me.

I have a bookshelf now, it has some more books from Bookfest. IKEA is quite interesting, though I would be content with just the warehouse component of it, maybe it is just all the exposure to The Sims Deluxe I had. I miss soothing background music. Was pleasantly surprised at the Swedish food choices, but didn’t decide grocery shop there.

Also got the VGA cable, though it is hard to use it with desktop as its motherboard has finally decided to resign from palliative care, despite replacing the power supply.

Still on Arch, miss Gentoo heavily, will probably plan a migration back given  compile time & reconfiguration time.

Freezer has icecream, though I don’t feel like it currently, perhaps tommorow. Umbrella got hole in it, Mended Umbrella, Umbrella got second hole in it, yet to mend it again. Ice cream scoop broke, acquired superglue but haven’t begun the repairs.

I wonder if sense data is enough or if the abyss will provide relief.

 

Best wishes,

Benjamin Southall aka Appleman1234 :)