Japan according to Hilton Hotels

My friend 6955 showed me this yesterday….What’s wrong with this picture?

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Facebook Sucks

Facebook seriously sucks. I don’t really understand how it got as big as it supposedly is. I can’t connect with the person sitting directly in front of me because Facebook only lets me search for people who have registered in the same company, or college. WTF!

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My experience with ramen in the states continues to disappoint. Kahoo was no exception. The noodles sucked. Not even close to authentic ramen noodles.

On the other hand I ordered the tantanmen and on the one hand it was not what I consider tantanmen. Good tantanmen, at least the kind I like, should have the consistancy of mud. It should be seriously thick and opaque. On the other hand even though this tantanmen was soupy it was pretty tasty which made me want to drink the whole bowl.

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Santa Ramen

It really makes me said how bad ramen is in America. 7 years in Japan taught me how good ramen can be. Now that I’m back in the states I get people telling me how good places like Santa Ramen are. I then go try them only to find they are about high school cafeteria quality in taste compared to the real thing in Tokyo. (yes, I know ramen is actaully Chinese food)

I ordered the Santa Ramen Tonkotsu Chashu Ramen. The meat was cold and flavorless. The soup was barely passible as Tonkotsu based and the noodles seemed more like spagetti than ramen noodles.

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Popup Ads, Pop Behind Ads. Good or Evil? (part 1)

Popup ads and pop behind ads. I thought they were universally loathed. They have been the topic of quite a few comedy sketches. A few famous ones are the Dave Chappelle skit about a world where popups appear in real life. Conan O’Brian’s staff trip to India which starts off with them and another I remember off the top of my head is Interfection from Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

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Life in America (or at least San Francisco)

Some of my friends have been complaining I haven’t been updating my blog. There’s a bunch of reasons not the least of which is I now live back in the USA so I don’t really have much of interest to share. When I lived in Japan I felt like I was sharing things friends might want to know or at least not have easy access to but now anything I share is just random thoughts. I guess the blog part of my site though has always been random thoughts but then again I think the motivation to update it is not there like it was living abroad.

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I have a 50 minute commute to and from work each day. Originally I thought that wouldn’t be an issue, my commute in Tokyo was about 35 minutes so +15 minutes didn’t seem that big a deal. Unfortunately I didn’t think about where I was commuting. Working in downtown Tokyo meant I could walk 10 minutes in any direction for instant entertainment. Food, Friends and Fun were only minutes away.

Now though I work in San Jose and live in San Francisco so it’s arguably 50 minutes of commuting before I can do anything. That’s quite a difference in my lifestyle that I’m not yet comfortable with.

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Wii Geography Lessons

Those of you that have a Nintendo Wii probably know that it has a News feature. It’s kind of neat in that it shows the articles and shows a marker on a 3d globe map of the world where the story takes place.

Unfortunately it leaves a little to be desired in terms of matching the names of places to their actual places on the globe.

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Broken Tape Measure

I’ve been setting up my new apartment, buying lots of stuff. I have a tape measure I bought in at Tokyu Hands in Tokyo. It turns out it’s wrong. After buying a bunch of blinds and having them not come close to being the correct size I was thinking WTF, false advertising. I was about to take them back when I tried putting on a table cloth I bought and having it also not be the correct size.

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Don’t get mugged at GDC

2 years ago 4 of my friends at Sega got mugged the day they arrived in San Francisco for the Game Devlepers Conference. One of them got a broken tooth and a concussion.

I don’t know San Francisco that well yet but in the interest of trying to prevent something like that happening again here’s a map.

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