Thursday, July 31, 2003

we got images...

Why didn't I think of this before? Lets see if this works then... What can you see? The url contains a session ID, so let me know if you can't see a hand holding large glass of beer with beans floating in itbeer

the joys of parenthood

well, here I am, up at 2 am. Tyler woke up and wanted to watch videos. Misaki came out to see what was going on and then he wanted to follow her back to bed. Too late for me to get back to sleep, so here I am.

I'd like to buy a domain name and turn this into a real web page. I have some other ideas, but I'm never fast enough to act on them. Well, I never have the time to work on them. That reminds me, got to send a mail to Ed.

I read a recent article on Wired News about a blogger, Rafat Ali, who is generating a comfortable income from his work. It was kinda inspiring - here's an extract that struck a chord with me:

WN: Do you work harder as an independent, or is life easier?

Ali: Harder. If anyone told you life as an independent is easy, well, dream on. If you work for yourself, you're working all the time. But it is the good kind of work, the work you want to wake up to every day.

Blogging for bucks

Wednesday, July 30, 2003

another day in the life of...

It's raining.
It is still officially the rainy season I think. Good thing I like rain. Thing is, when the rainy season ends, we have months of heat and humity to endure, but it's all good...

Tuesday, July 29, 2003

another day in the life of...

A very uneventful day of hard toil and labour yesterday. Actually it's not all that bad. I decided to start taking my laptop with me to work so I can use my break time to get warmed up for the summer holidays which I plan to invest in getting a web project started. Stay tuned...

Monday, July 28, 2003

Sanda Matsuri was a really interesting experience! It involved hundreds of people wearing traditional festival costumes forming a massive circle around a central podium and dancing around in unison to enka and drums. Some groups would periodically break away from the main circle and dance up onto a central stage. Tyler entertained himself (and made a mild nuisance of himself) by dancing and running around on the ramp leading up to the stage. He declined from many offers to join merry makers on the stage. I stood by the side of the stage with Misaki keeping an eye on Tyler while enjoying a few festival beers and letting the whole cultural experience wash over me. I've really never seen anything quite like it, it was really nice.

Sunday, July 27, 2003

Well, last night we went out to see the summer festival. There was a huge fireworks display just down the road. By the time we got to the food stalls it was all closing down, so we're just about to head out again a bit earlier this time to get some takoyaki or something for dinner.
I seem to have added some information about myself to the page too.

Saturday, July 26, 2003

Back. Beered up and whiskeying [ thanks for leaving that bottle of Maker's Mark on top of the fridge Phil ]
Waiting for a call from dave who's been out on the piss.
The devision of posts by the calendar day they're posted on is kinda irrelevant to the day/night cycles most of us live by. Whatever.
Well, better have a look at that template then. Kudos to blogger for generating some nice w3c compliant css code. I was so expecting to see a rats nets of tables.

Friday, July 25, 2003

Off to work again, but it's friday and a lifetime of weekends starting at 5pm friday afternoon has left me anticipating the break allready, despite the fact that I'm not actually going to get back from work for another 12 hours or so.
Tomorrow's Sanda Matsuri - the summer festival of the town I live in. Looking forward to it.
Friday will allways be friday.
Half past midnight and I'm home, fed, and just about to crash.
Tired. Well, I'd like to maybe put something up about who I am and what I do Looks like it's a simple matter to make changes to the provided template.
But for now it's sleepy time.

Thursday, July 24, 2003

Well, that was relatively simple.
Just enough time for an introductory comment before engaging in my usual busy daily business.
So, here I am, a man in Japan.
How did I get here? What am I doing here? All will be revealed.
For me this looks set to be a great opportunity to share with the rest of the world what happens here in the real japan.
Forget samurais, ninjas, kimonos and ikebana. Try beer vending machines, english school advertisments on every flat surface and fashion you'd never see in the west, for good reaon too.