• Checkin to TSUTAYA BOOKSTORE ๅผฅ็”Ÿๅฐๅบ—

    in Izumi, Kanagawa, Japan
    Celebrating marine day with some morning sbux. We got rental e-bikes outside Yayoidai, embracing the future of transportation.
  • I've been fiddling with that new health feature I've been thinking about the past couple weeks.

    Tanzawa Health


    No (admin only) visualizations or anything yet, but I'll probably add some graphs at some point. My main priority is starting to get data input.
  • Bookmark of Opinion | What Joe Manchin Cost Us

    Hold your children close tonight. Leave some water out for the birds. And make a plan to call your elected leaders to demand climate action, to rip out your fossil fuel furnace or to buy an e-bike. The climate crisis is getting worse, and Congress is one vote short of saving us. Weโ€™re going to have to save ourselves.
    Hard agree. Reminds me, I should email the solar installers, who also do full electrification, how much it would cost to rid us of our gas range and water heaterโ€ฆ
  • I've got a couple of ideas for improvements for my blog that I've been pondering recently.

    1. A plugin to make it easy to track health related data. This wouldn't necessarily become a blog post but rather, due to the sensitive nature of health data, would rollup into a "health" page, which would be private. Mostly I'm thinking of a dead simple form to input weight in kg and eventually graph it.

    The important part about is that it doesn't immediately take you to the graph or show you the previous results when inputting data, so you don't end up in a negative spiral if it goes the wrong direction.

    2. A "books" feature that would let you store the books you're reading. Then when you're reading and find a quote you like, you can save the quote along with your notes. This would become a blog post, but would rollup into a "books" section. Similar to how Trips.

    I imagine the list page would be a list of book covers with the title. Clicking on it would then take you to a page that shows all of the quotes/posts in the order that they appear in the book.
  • The Week #106

    • The news of the week is Abe assassination. Unbelievable. I'm certain this will be dominating the news cycle for the months to come here in Japan. Such a needless loss of life.
    • After a nice lull in cases, the past couple of weeks, Covid cases have been on an upward trend, and are indeed doubling week over week. I think we've finally got the new omnicron variant here taking over. For whatever reason, people seem to be less worried about it this time around...perhaps pandemic fatigue? Or maybe as hospital numbers haven't really changed?
    • Leo saw his first movie in theaters. We went to tsujido to watch the latest Anpanman movie, and he did great. The theater had cushions for the kids to use that raises their seats up by about 4cm. Leo carried it to his seat and out of the theater, refusing my help. He didn't get up or talk the entire movie. Swarm tells me it's my first movie in theaters in 5 years.
    • The battery on my laptop is degrading much quicker than I had anticipated it would. The battery life had felt much shorter recently and indeed, CoconutBattery says it's at 93% of it's capacity. I imagine that's normal for a better that's 2 years old, but it's only been in used for less than 18 months 150-ish cycles. People on twitter tell me that that's pretty good...I just felt like it would have been 95% or 96%?
    • In Garden news, We planted a basil plant and a blueberry bush! The basil is giving off positive vibes next to the tomatoes. I have no idea how the blueberry bush is going to turn out, but having a bush makes it feel like we're eventually going to start putting plants into the ground, instead of planters, sometime.ย 

      About a month ago I tried a jalapeno from my plant and it still tasted like a bell pepper. This week I tried another one. Foolishly I took a big bite thinking "it's probably bell peppery". Boy was I wrong. The milk did nothing to soothe. My theory for the spiciness is that nacho channels his rage at the heat of summer directly into the chilis. Like solar panels, but instead of electricity we get spice.
  • Checkin to Single O Hamacho

    in Chuo, Tokyo, Japan
    Tap coffee for a rare (first?) trip to the office on a Monday.
  • I keep thinking about old projects in the Gnome2 days, when I used desktop Linux and how much fun desktop computing used to be. Everything was open โ€“ either by choice via open standards or by force e.g. reverse engineering messenger clients, which then allowed the data to be local and open. You to do cool things like Beagle (and really Nat's Dashboard app before that).

    Dashboard (right) pickuped the context of your current activity and showed you handy information.

    These days everything seems to be closed and or web-based. Your data is only accessible via apis that you don't control. And with the rise of mobile, we've grown to expect our data to be accessible everywhere...but really, wow many times have you been hard press because we couldn't access a random file at a random place at a random time?

    Has this expectation has does us more harm than good?

    Often these services sell themselves as a way to simplify. Simply put all of your data into a magic directory and it will be made available everywhere. But how many people actually manage to do this? On your Mac, a lot of apps automatically save data for you, and chances are it's not in one of those magic directories.

    So now you're left with a false sense of security and an increased complexity of trying to remember where your files are. Not to mention they could be deleted at anytime by someone/algorithm in a random organization e.g. Dropbox/Google closing your accounts.

    Maybe it's just nostalgia and rose tinted glasses...but maybe it's not.
  • Checkin to 109 Cinemas (109ใ‚ทใƒใƒžใ‚บๆน˜ๅ—)

    in Fujisawa, Kanagawa, Japan
    ใ‚ขใƒณใƒ‘ใƒณใƒžใƒณใฎๆ˜ ็”ป Came to watch Anpanman. Leoโ€™s first movie theater visit.
  • in Chuo, Japan
  • Checkin to Single O Hamacho

    in Chuo, Tokyo, Japan
    Love the coffee on tap here. An Aussie โ€œjaffleโ€? Basically a hot-sandwich.
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