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Buh? [May. 14th, 2010|07:49 pm]
Drew
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Test

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what.cd or waffles.fm [Aug. 22nd, 2009|08:44 am]
Drew
Does anybody have an invite on either of these trackers?  Looking for a better source of music than the public trackers.  I failed the what.cd interview because I didn't know about a closed-source, Windows-only, audio codec.
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Hrm [Jul. 18th, 2009|11:36 am]
Drew
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I can only get the iPhone app to post, not read.

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Stupid fucking LiveJournal drama [Jun. 10th, 2009|11:01 am]
Drew
[Current Mood |pissed offpissed off]

Here is a quick rundown of what happened:
  1. My longtime friend Bob dated a girl Julie for a few months, it didn't work out.
  2. In the mean time, Julie has "friended" a few of Bob's friends: me and Sam among them.
  3. Julie posts a friends-locked post, she's feeling bad about her breakup with Bob.
  4. Sam blabs the whole thing while me, Bob, and Sam are having our weekly post-work drink.
  5. Somehow everything gets fucked up and the whole Internet thinks I'm the one who has violated the confidence of a friends-locked post.
  6. Everyone on the whole internet hates me.
Christ, aren't we too old for this shit?
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Taco Rice [Feb. 21st, 2009|07:12 pm]
Drew
I made some really good Taco Rice (what the Japanese call Taco Rice, not the Americans).

Here you go, if you want to try:

1) Cook up some rice.
2) Sautee up some ground meat (I used pork/chicken/beef combo) and onions and put in a pack of taco seasoning. Put in the amount of water it says on the pack, but also put in a can of tomatoes. Maybe some lime juice and hot pepper sauce. Boil until it's soupy and good.
3) Cut up some lettuce and put it on top of the rice, then some cheese, then the ground meat sauce, then some taco sauce and sour cream.

Probably not very good for you, though.
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Return of the Picture of the Day [Nov. 26th, 2008|12:21 pm]
Drew

Years ago, I had a feature on this web site called the Picture of the Day; it was one album in my online photo gallery where I’d send a single snapshot from my mobile phone’s camera every day. Problem was that it was costing about 6,000 yen/month just to mail the photos from my phone to the blog, and I wasn’t disciplined enough to update it every day if I couldn’t do it from my mobile phone.

Now that Softbank has finally included email traffic in its unlimited data transfer fee, I can finally start up the Picture of the Day again, and I won’t have to worry about going broke doing so! Note that we’re not talking about high quality photos here, just a quick mobile-phone snapshot of something interesting that I saw that day, along with a couple sentences of explanation.

The Picture of the Day will be posted on this blog, but so as to not take over the whole blog, the entries are hidden from the main page and do not show up in the main RSS feed, and will not be automatically forwarded to LiveJournal or Facebook. You can see the Picture of the Day by selecting that category in the category list to the right, or if you would like, you can sign up for the Picture of the Day RSS feed.

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Farewell, Marumo Hospital! [Nov. 26th, 2008|08:07 am]
Drew

It was a depressing, horrible, bleak building, and I always felt like I might end up sicker than I started after a visit there. Just two years ago (in 2006!) they finally removed the asbestos from the building.

Still, no matter how dingy it was, no matter how out-of-date the equipment, it was comforting to have a hospital right there, only 500 meters away from my apartment. If I got sick, my plan was always to eschew the largely-useless ambulance and take a taxi to the local hospital instead.

But. I hurt my foot a couple weeks back and limped down the street to the hospital, only to find a “we’ve closed forever” sign on it. So instead I went to the shiny new modern hospital a couple stops away on the train… Sure, they had good equipment and good doctors, and I didn’t feel like a good earthquake could shake the place apart, but it didn’t have any of the character of the 45-year-old Marumo Hospital building.

Marumo is on the route that I take when I have my weekend morning walk, and I went by the other day to see the demolition already underway… A bit sad that 45 years of serving my neighbourhood has been replaced with piles of wood and rubble, but progress marches on I guess…

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Um... What? [Nov. 25th, 2008|10:33 am]
Drew
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I found this in the supermarket the other day. As far as I can tell, the English translation is “Audible Cheese”, so of course it was necessary for me to buy a pack.

Well, the cheese was visible, and tangible, and it was certainly smellable (side note: I checked — “smellable” is just as good a word as any) but I was disappointed that it was not the least bit audible.

Hrmph, truth in advertising!

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Book Recommendation [Nov. 16th, 2008|03:06 pm]
Drew
I just finished...

Ah, crap. I just went looking for an Amazon link for this great book I read, probably not-very-well known, but riveting and excellent reading. And damned if it hasn't been made into an Oscar-nominated movie. So much for letting you all in on a great book secret. Well, I guess it saves me the trouble of writing my review.

Well, read The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini anyway. I liked it.
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Be careful! [Nov. 7th, 2008|06:05 am]
Drew

The Tokyo Sewage Commission operates two weather radars to allow them to dynamically open and close drainage pipes in response to heavy rainfall. They provide this data to the public in the form of a very useful website which shows updated rainfall maps every 10 minutes.

I happened to see the following notice on the site this morning:


If you can’t read Japanese, it says “This is accident prevention month! Our goal is to have zero accidents!”

Thank You, Tokyo Government! I had been planning on having several accidents this month; I’m glad that someone warned me about this month’s goal before this morning’s planned blindfolded drive to work…

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