Sunday, September 28, 2008

Reading with Yumeno. Yuzu is also in the video and Friday was the first time I met him. He was born a month after I left back in 2006.

Here are some pictures and a video from my run in Tokyo. I was there for 4 days and ran around the Imperial Palace on 3 of the 4 mornings. It was a 5 kilometer loop with a moat, lots of police, crows, and other people exercising.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

In JapanA quick post to my blog

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Monday, September 15, 2008

Giving Seesmic a tryTest 1

Friday, September 12, 2008

Over the next couple weeks I will be using this blog to inform y'all of some cool new websites/technologies that I've been hearing about that may make your internet experience more enjoyable and consolidate different aspects of your everyday life. I attended TechCrunch50 on behalf of a client of mine and got to see a bunch of cool companies present their products. Another thing I'll be showing off is my uniform for work... I do most of my work either at my apartment or in coffee shops and so my everyday attire has changed from when I was working in the financial district. From business casual a few months ago, now you will most likely see me in jeans and a t-shirt. The t-shirts are pretty cool and I will post them up here along with where you can find it. The shirt above was designed by 5733

Friday, September 05, 2008

I don't about the rest of you but while reading articles about Sarah Palin & Hillary Clinton, I noticed that they are referred to as Ms. Palin and Mrs. Clinton. The difference in titles, Ms. & Mrs., confused me so I decided to look into it. Apparently I'm not the only one confused but I'm guessing not too many caught it either. Sorry if I've opened up a can of worms and now you'll notice it every time you see it. Ie. you know that person who always says "like"...
Here's an answer I found on MacMinute (also an explanation found here):
I did actually contact the NY Times about this and I received a response. I'm not sure how accurate it is but:

"Dear Mr. R:

The reason we call Ms. Palin "Ms." is that we did our reporting -- we asked her what her preference is for her courtesy title in The Times. She told us that she wants to be called "Ms," not "Mrs."

This is the style we have followed for several decades now since "Ms." came into being. We let the woman decide. (Imagine that!)

Condoleezza Rice told The Times when came into office that she wanted to be referred to in the pages of The Times as "Ms." -- not "Miss." She also did not want to be referred to as Dr. Rice -- though we extended that courtesy to Henry Kissinger because he did indeed want his courtesy title to be Dr. Kissinger. Likewise, Hillary Clinton told us back in 1992 that she wants to be referred to as "Mrs." And Michelle Obama says she wants to be referred to as "Mrs."

We do this for everyone, not just public officials. So if you are married and we happen to quote your wife in some article, we will follow her wishes. If she wants to be "Ms. R" that is how she will be referred to. (Assuming you allow her that choice.)

Best regards,

Greg Brock
Senior Editor"

So, according to that response, Ms. is what she prefers. I still find it somewhat odd that she would choose to nullify her married status, but, I have not proof to the contrary at this point.
Hopefully it will simply be Vice-President Palin soon.


The last paragraph does not in any way portray the thoughts or feelings of ME. I do not hope that it will be Vice-President Palin.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

I believe in getting my news from unbiased, reputable sources... which also make me laugh.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

So I attended my first ever baby shower this past weekend and it was quite fun. It was mostly the hubbie's friends at the shower as his wife moved here from Japan and most of their friends are his. Well, somebody had the great idea of having a bunch of onesies to decorate and me being all creative, I drew on 3. Here's me with two of them.
I know there's at least one of you who is a reader of this blog and also a Sumo fan so here is some ground shaking news: Marijuana use by Sumo wrestlers... The past couple years have not been kind to the traditional sport, Sumo. Declining numbers of people training, wrestlers dying, and now drugs finding its way into this proud Japanese sport. Isn't it enough that Japanese are being out done by foreign wrestlers (Asashoryu among others); now they have to deal with drugs! Interestingly enough, it's the Russian wrestlers being caught with the pot. A couple weeks ago, a Russian wrestler was found with it in his wallet (which he had dropped and it was turned in). If his wallet was found in America, I'm pretty sure it wouldn't have been turned in at all and if it was no marijuana would have been found in it... but I digress. Well, he was expelled and drug tests ensued. Two more wrestlers (Russian) were found to have marijuana in their system. We will have to see where this goes as it isn't against the law to smoke, you're only in trouble if you have it.
On a side note, in the article they point out how a Japanese wrestler killed a pedestrian while driving a couple years back and only received a 1 tournament suspension. Asashoryu was caught playing soccer in Mongolia when he was supposed to be injured and was sidelined for 3 months.