Jet Lag is Kicking My Butt

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I keep waking up at 4:30 AM wide eyes open, too wired to sleep, too tired to think straight. At least I won’t be late for basketball this morning.

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HOWTO: Hack iPod into iPod Shuffle

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Hmm, I’ll have to try this…

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Home Sweet Home in Los Angeles

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We have perfect timining. We arrived in Los Angeles this morning to beautiful blue skies. Rumor has it that it’s been raining for the past four days or so, but I don’t believe it.

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Speaking of Sake, Here's a Bottle in the Shape of a Castle

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Due to my love for sake, my father-in-law gave this bottle to me as a parting gift.

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I Ate Blowfish (Fugu) and Lived To Blog About It

Do you remember that episode of the Simpsons (number 24 to be exact) where Homer takes his family to a Japanese restaurant and orders the blowfish? Yeah, me too.

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Burning Man Tickets are on Sale

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Burning Man First level:\ 10,000 tickets at $175\ Limit 2 tickets per person\ Internet sales\

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On Seppuku, Katanas, and Samurai

Yesterday, along with Akumi’s uncle Tadashi, we visited her grandmother at a rest home. She’s a spunky 90 year old woman and gives me great insight into where Akumi gets her rebellious nature from. We took her for a walk and I jumped onto a thin railing. Her reflex wasn’t to wave me down for my safety, it was to reach out as if to push me off and cause me to crack my skull. We made sure to push her wheelchair to the edge of the river as if to push her in. We all had a good laugh afterwards.

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Is It Me Or Is Google Down?

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I can’t access Google, Gmail, or BlogSpot. Gmail.com (which used to redirect to my Gmail account) now takes me to http://www.gmail.com.org/. However I can get to microsoft.com etc…

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How a Website Can Track Your Movements

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map of Japan No, I haven’t become a paranoid privacy freak ready to purchase a cabin in Montana. This is just something that struck me as I opened my browser today. My default home page is http://my.yahoo.com/. Thus when I open my browser, the following information is sent to a Yahoo! server via HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol. The rules for sending and receiving data between a browser and website) (note: some data omitted for brevity).

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Strict Traffic Laws

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Chris Sells humorously relates his experience dealing with his traffic violations.

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Tsunami Relief

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Unicef We finally have a moment to sit down and make a donation to the relief efforts under way in South Asia. With the death toll at 141,000 and rising, it’s impossible to grasp the amount of devastation caused by this disaster.

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Helping Social Software Be More Sociable

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I read with interest Dare’s post on the quandary social software finds itself in today. In a nutshell, the current crop of social software tools are not very sociable once you step outside of the particular tool. It’s really like one big world wide cliquish high-school. Your orkuts won’t talk to the friendsters who won’t talk to the Amazons and so on…

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How Constant Are Your Constants in .NET

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Code Complete 2 Back in the day when I was a wet behind the ears developer a coworker gave me some sage advice. He told me that if I wanted to become a good developer, I need to read the bible. He was of course referring to Code Complete, the bible of software construction. When I was promoted to manager, I made it required reading for developers. Several years later, I’m reading through the second edition savoring every page like a fine glass of sake.

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Happy New Years From Tokyo!

After a wonderful time with my family in Anchorage, we flew back to Los Angeles for a day, dropped Twiggy off at a doggy day care, and flew into Tokyo. Below is a picture of Anchorage from our airplane as we were leaving.

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Viewing the Raw Xml for RSS Bandit Newspaper Views Using an Identity Transformation

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Ok, the title is a mouthful, but it addresses a concern with the new alpha version of RSS Bandit. As of the current build, the feature to view the raw XML before it is rendered by the stylesheet is no longer there.

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I'm Running .TEXT

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In case you’re wondering (and I know at least one of you is), my blog is hosted at WebHost4Life and is running .Text version 0.95 (or is it .96?). I chose it over DasBlog because of its SQL Server support, but I’m not sure that’s such a compelling reason given that configuration is such a pain. I’m hoping that Community Server will address many of the issues I have with .Text.

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A Big Snowfall In Alaska and a Walk In The Woods

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It’s been said that native Alaskans have 40 or so words for snow. Roughly translated, they all mean “Fuck! Get the shovel!”. It was a winter wonderland for my wife until I handed her a shovel and led her to the driveway.

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Moose Closeup

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Took this picture of a Moose wandering my parents’ neighborhood.

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Some Pics from Alaska

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This is the road out of Anchorage towards Turnagain arm. It’s around 10 AM and the sun is just about to rouse its lazy butt above the horizon.

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Snowboarded Today. It was cold.

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We went snowboarding this morning after finally getting in and to bed at around 3 AM last night. At the top of the quad, it was -1 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the coldest weather my wife has ever snowboarded in. She’s such a trooper. We won’t be going outside the rest of this vacation. ;)

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