• So happy that Japan is finally opening its borders, full visa waiver travel is back from Oct. 11th. Come take advantage of the Β₯142/dollar exchange rate!
  • Checkin to Starbucks

    in Kanagawa, Japan
    They’ve started doing tasting notes at this Starbucks. Nice πŸ™ŒπŸ»
  • Decided to just run with the new homepage. So it is displaying images in statuses, but that's only as I'm not explicitly filtering them out. My site temporarily looks like an infinity mirror.
  • The Week #116

    • Nanmadol, the biggest typhoon/tropical storm since accurate recordings began made landfall in Japan. It's blowing sustained winds are 108 kilometers per hour (67 mph) and gusts up to 162 kilometers (100 miles) per hour. Nanmadol is actually over Yokohama/Tokyo as I write this. Usually typhoons pass quite quickly, but this storm seems like it's taking its time boating along at around 20kph. I enjoy a good storm less than I did when I was younger, perhaps because I'm responsible for handling any damage might occur.
    • We made reservations to go camping next month at Well Camp Nishi Tanzawa. We'd talked about it before, but neither of us went camping as a kid, so it's a bit daunting to get started. One of our friends from pre-school whose husband camps and is trying to get his family more into camping invited us, so we decided it's now or never. Getting the basics camping for a family is relatively expensive. I'm justifying it in my head in two ways: it's good preparation for disasters and each successive trip is quite affordable. Not to mention it gets us out into the Japanese mountains and countryside which is so beautiful.Β 
    • I started on a redesign just the main page of my blog (and really for Tanzawa as a whole). Rather than just being a list of full blog posts, I'm going to make it more summary driven. I plan to remove the streams sidebar from the homepage, so I'll have the full horizontal area to use. Right now I'm thinking about a just a small feed at the top with my last 5 "status" posts (truncated and linked to the full post) at the top.Β 

      Other widgets I want, but I'm undecided where / how they'll look are:Β 
      • "Last seen at: ...", with a link to my latest checkin postΒ 
      • A 4x4 widget with my recent photos (unsure if this should depend on proper Photo posts or just show the recently uploaded/public photos).
      • A list of recent posts (non-status, things with titles).
      • Maybe some kind of map with recent checkins.
      • Would love to integrate weather or other real-time / stats data.
  • Checkin to Ootoya (ε€§ζˆΈε±‹)

    in Fujisawa, Kanagawa, Japan
    Dinner! Yum!
  • A couple days late, but Hackers was released 27 years ago. It's my favorite movie, for both nostalgia and soundtrack. But the thread on HN made me realize another reason, Hackers shows how it feels to code, not just what it looks like (which is boring, just a person looking at a terminal).

    Hack the planet!
  • Checkin to Single O Hamacho

    in Chuo, Tokyo, Japan
    Coffee and a jaffle. Wonder if I change my phone to Aussie English if jaffle will no longer be marked as misspelled…
  • The Week #115

    • On Sunday I went for my first ride in about a week. This was an easy paced 20km, just exploring a bit. On the cycle routes it's so easy to get into the zone – just you and the machine, cranking faster and faster until...it's you've reached your exit and it's time to slow down.
    • The same day, Leo also decided he wanted to go to Baba's house – back on (a different) bike and cranked out another 15km round-trip. Which is to say, my legs are a bit tired on Monday. Not sore, just tired.
    • Speaking of being tired, Leo's starting to speak a lot more English to me. The first words he says to his mom, who is expecting Japanese first thing, are "I'm Tired". Focusing these past few months speaking as much English as possible seems to be paying off. Or maybe it's the Netflix Teen Taitan's Go! subscription (so, so good).
    • I found this fantastic series on Arte called When Bread Becomes Art. It documents different bakers in different parts of Europe. My favorite episode so far The Power of Fermentation, mostly because of this scene where they're in Denmark where he's teaching a sourdough baking class at this marina and :chef-kiss:, it just seemed so nice. It reminded me of our visit to Gustavsberg (though that's Sweden, not Denmark). Nice cool summer weather, ocean near by, sourdough bread – sign me up.
    • It looks like Japan is finally going to open its borders back up to vaccinated / negative PCR travelers and reinstateΒ  visa waivers. After over 2.5 years of being closed it will be nice – maybe my parents or siblings can visit? I'd love to visit the US, but with flights being about $4,000 round-trip per person, Β₯144/USD exchange rate, and all the other costs, it's not happening. Hopefully opening the borders will increase the availability of flights and reduce the prices to realistic levels.
    • We did this fun thing at work during summer where we'd try to get customers to reduce electricity usage during peak demand hours and in exchange they could win some prizes (as an employee, no prizes for me πŸ˜€). Since it ended the team made a nice summary page where you can see how much electric you saved and how that translates into CO2 / Trees. I managed to save 3.5kWh or about 2kg of CO2, which is about the same amount of CO2 as 13.5 trees would absorb in a month. Yes, we need systemic change, but it's neat to see the impact you can make by turning up the AC a degree here or there.
  • Bookmark of When Bread Becomes Art - Discovery | ARTE in English

    From Georgia to Brittany via Austria and Denmark, we meet with passionate craftspeople obsessed with producing better bread. Between tradition and modernity, some strive to produce excellent sourdough, others use ancestral wheat, but all aim to make the best possible bread while respecting local, ecological and sustainable production.
    Such a good series. Makes me want to become a baker. Or at least get some really high quality, hard chewy breads.
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