Archive for May, 2004

slightly belated

I finally put the Okinawa pictures up online! This is the only
“gallery” I’ve ever uploaded since coming to Japan, but it should be a
browse. Check it out, here:

some cool underwater pictures! This is, of course, the
highlight.  I used a gallery-generator called “album,” and I
thought I had finally decided on it.  But just after
completing my
comments to the Okinawa gallery I generated with it, I discovered this! 
So I’ll probably use that.  I didn’t know Gallery could
generate offline pages…. that’s cool.

Oh, and here’s Vanessa,
at the request of Shirley (in a previous entry). Enjoy! 😉

weekend almost over….

Well, I got back at 8am, this morning. Last night, I went out
for a night in Nagoya. First we went to a really cool izakaya that I’ve
never been to before – Yagya; and it’s right near the station! Shame on
me! I ate some of the best karage I’ve ever had: Thai flavoured and
piled with green onions… holy crap that was good! After that, the
remaining group of us, maybe six people or so, went to do some karaoke
for the rest of the morning. Oh man, good stuff. And because this was
my “going-away” party, I didn’t even have to pay! (I tried many
times)…. Anyways, I had a great time. Thanks, everyone! Gonna miss
lots of new friends I’ve made.
I would have got back earlier, but every train I got in, I fell asleep
on. So I missed my transfer at Kasamatsu and went all the way to Gifu.
I really didn’t care, that just gave me more time to sleep on trains.
When I finally got to Shin Hashima, I was extremely disorientated after
being waken up by the conductor. ^_^ Since returning, I’ve slept about
two hours on my floor… right beside my bed.
Tonight, I have to meet a coworker and his family for dinner. I leave
the dormitory tomorrow evening. That means I have quite a bit of
packing to do. >.< I'm gonna miss Japan.

It is done

Today was the last day of my internship. …Holy shit! Today is
also my dad’s bday! Okay, I write him an email next.
I can’t believe I’m actually done. I’m so glad I don’t have to look at
that transcoder and guess at problems, anymore. *phew* But, I am kind
of sad to leave. Recently, I had been having much better (as in some,
rather than none) communication with my coworkers, so it’s been more
enjoyable. My coworker told me tonight, “At first, one year seems like
a long time. But when it is over, it seems so short.”
Maybe they should have talked to me the first 8 months…
Last night, I held my self-created/promoted going-away party. It was
pretty sweet! A way bigger turnout than I thought it would initially
be… Maybe 13 people in total, crammed into a back room of a local
yakitori restaurant. I drank so much, I think I was still drunk when I
stumbled to work 45 minutes late, this morning.
I also met the new interns today. They seem quite quiet, but I suppose
I am not so outspoken, myself…. nor am I currently suffering from
jet-lag. We all went out, with my coworker, for dinner. They were
falling asleep at the end.
I’m tired myself. I have a crazy-busy weekend ahead of me… but it
should be fun.

mp3 latex girlies

Haha! You wouldn’t expect me to have erotic pictures on my work
computer (or maybe you would, I don’t know)… but I do! “vanessa.jpg”
is a picture of a voluptuous woman in a latex suit and an intriguing
position. =)
It was on one of my MP3 CDs… I had this idea, at one point, that
instead of naming MP3 CDs like MP3 21, MP3 22, etc, I would name them
after latex vixens, and include the image file. Like “Vanessa MP3”.
As it turns out, this was a much better naming scheme. I can relate the
name to the picture and remember the groups on the cd much better than
a number. Unfortunately, I never continued – mostly because I started
too late. But if I ever re-organize my collection (yeah, right), it
will gain this personality.

plans and rain

I was suppose to go to Universal Studios Japan, today… but… the rain.
Then I was suppose to go to Nagoya today… but… I didn’t really want to.. not in the rain.

So, I did end up biking in the rain,
anyways: I went to get some groceries. Since I only have 2 weeks left,
I only got the bare necessities: coke, salad, tuna, corn chips, salsa,
sushi, and a weiner item from the bakery. On my way to the grocery
store, I saw a dead cat. I tried not to look at it too long, but it had
a patch of white on it. That’s all I have to say about that. I held my
breath for a good distance after that encounter.
mmm… sushi.


Every year, I eagerly await coverage of the Electronic
Entertainment Expo where the latest video game developments are
showcased. Today, my work network has been down, but I can still
connect on the wireless ADSL; so I’ve been sneaking peeks at E3 news.
I’m a Nintendo fan at heart, so I naturally drift toward Nintendo news.
First thing I read about was the Nintendo DS: Nintendo’s next handheld
system. I had my doubts when I heard it was going to have 2 screens,
but after seeing pictures of the actual device and games running on it,
those are completely gone. This thing is awesome! I had no idea of the
power of it, either! Each screen has a separate processor, and it’s
more powerful than the N64! Holy Crap! One of the screens is touch
sensitive (there is a stylus included), there’s a built-in mic, it
supports blue-tooth for wireless gaming with friends in the same room,
and even supports WiFi! It’s practically a PDA! Awesome. That’s why I
love Nintendo: innovation. I can’t wait for this. This year…..
And then there’s the new Zelda for Gamecube. I do believe I crapped my
pants when I saw this:
Finally. Link is all grown-up, and the atmosphere is dark. Delicious.
I will definitely continue reading E3 stuff when I get home….. Oh,
and manage some photos, maybe. HAH!
…Must …get… Gamecube… (when I return to Canada)

The Jony Difference

Most of the Sanyo crew in Gifu have deserted. Just me and
Shirley left. It’s getting lonely. During John’s last days, he stayed
in my room. When he left, I ended up with his chair and extra futon
(amongst other things). Jony knew what comfort was, and how important
it is; I, however, do not. After sitting in the Jony Chair, and
sleeping on a double futon’d bed, there is no way I could go back. Wow.
Thanks, John. 😉
My latest timeholes involve syncing (of some form) with my Zaurus and
my Laptop, and looking at “album,” and trying to organize a year’s
worth of photos. Oi. I’ve barely even started packing…. More to come,
(Of course, this LJ will probably disappear when I leave Japan,
anyways. Forever. For good.)

I’m back.

Actually, I’ve been back for a few days. I was away for about
Where? Okinawa
Why? Diving
With? Myself
I will maybe have some impressions here later (it was awesome), but I
will for sure provide a link to a gallery. I’m looking at various
options on “Album” at the moment, to create the gallery. It will be up
when time wills.
When time wills…. that reminds me: I *finally* finished Wheel of Time
– Book One. I read it as a giant text file on my Zaurus, using Opie
Reader. Really good book. I recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy
novels. Now I just have to ponder when I start the next one. No time,
right now.