Marriage Sucks? Sleep Apart

Today I was in Shiodome and stumbled on the National Center (National as in National-Panasonic). National makes all kinds of household items from refrigerators and microwaves to Japanese style bathrooms, kitchens, and living rooms. In Shiodome they have a large showroom where you can see all their different interior offerings.

One floor had fairly fancy high class rooms showing off different interior designs. Some of them were very cool but the one that really stuck out was this one… (more…)


I’ve been pretty busy lately with coding and coding questions and although I’ve wanted to post many of them on my site along with any answers I found (and hoping people offered some as well) I’ve not posted them, mostly because I feel they might be pretty boring to those coming here for Japan info.


Getting a Date

Hello and welcome to my dating info page. If it's not clear I've changed my look. You can check out my old pages if you are curious what you used to look like.

What do you want to know about me?

Well for starters, I'm a video game creator. I enjoy the creative aspects of my job. Games incorporate all the disciplines of movies, music, graphic design as well as all the disciplines that take those and turn them into a a game, game design, technology, artificial intelligence. You couldn't ask for a more creative field I think.

I'm also a programmer. It has it's advantages. I can build and fix a computer. If there is a technical problem I want solved I can usually solve it. I wrote the system that runs this website for instance.

Not so vital stats
Name: Gregg
Location: Tokyo
Age: 39
Height: 5'10 (178cm)
Eye Color: Brown
Blood Type: Alien
Sign: Peace
Dogs or Cats: Dogs
Drink: Sometimes
Smoke: No way!
Religion: nope

I love eating and trying new cuisines. When I get the chance I go out with my more adventurous friends and try new restaurants. I can't imagine eating the same dish or even the same cuisine every day. Even though I look white I'm positive I can use chopsticks better than you! 🙂

I'm a music lover. Before I moved to Japan I had over 900 CDs. I pretty much like stuff all over the board. For dancing I like techno but for listening everything is good. Rock, Pop, Jazz, Swing, Bossa Nova, Vocals, Oldies, Hip Hop, R&B, Lounge, Ska, you name the genre and there are probably a few songs I'm into. I also like singing but most of that occurs in the car while I'm driving and being in Tokyo I don't get to drive much. If the song matches my voice I do okay.

I love going to the movies of course. I especially like to going to opening day blockbuster movies and seeing them when you can feel the energy in the audience. I don't usually mind crowded places like Shibuya since the more people there are the more interesting things there are to see.

Taking me to a bookstore is dangerous since I will want to buy 50 books even if I'll never read them. I especially like Art books, Architecture books and Children's books. On the other hand I don't read nearly as much as I should. For novels I probably prefer SF or something with a new idea to challenge my imagination.

I like doing crafts although I don't do them often enough. Making my own art, photography, or even clothing. You might even consider this website a craft as well.

I'm not really into sports, both doing and watching. I would like to do more. I'd like to try snowboarding more and some tennis but I need a partner. I'd also like to try surfing. Swimming is always fun as I grew up swimming since I was like 3yrs old.

I'm looking for someone who is first and foremost a fun person to be with. Someone who says "yes" to most suggestions about what to do. I'm also looking for someone that can be my best friend. My best guess is that person should have some similar interests. Movies and music are not similar interests, everybody enjoys those. I'm guessing that is someone that enjoys all the things a computer allows them to do and maybe enjoys a video games once in a while. That doesn't mean you should be a "geek" but it means that if you find computers boring or you think video games are a waste of time then we are clearly not a match.

I'm also looking for someone that is into the American ideal of a relationship which is that once you become a "couple" for the most part you act as a couple. Because you are best friends you want to do not all but most things together as a couple. I only bring that up because the Japanese ideal seems to be you sleep together a few times a week but you play with your friends separately.  I'm not looking for that kind of relationship.

You should also be smart, believe in yourself and preferably believe that you can do anything you set your mind to.

Other than that I’m pretty easy going.:-D

If you want to see more pictures or other info about me, try the older links below for older versions of this page.

Write me here.

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Japanese Youth Shun Computers

Or something like that.  My Japanese teacher brought in an article for me to read today about a survey some guy did from Nov~Dec 2004.  The survey was about cell phone and computer use among elementary school students 4th grade and up through junior high and up to high school sophomores students throughout Japan.  All in all they got responses from about 15000 students.

Some interesting stats:

Percent of students that have a cell phone:

  • Elementary school 19%
  • Junior high school 45%
  • High school 93%

Of those students that have a cell phone percent that send at least one e-mail a day.


My First MP3 Player

My latest impulse buy was to get an MP3 player.  My excuse was thinking how when I try to work out with no music I get bored and tired in minutes but when I go dancing to techno music I can dance for 3-4 hours non-stop (well, not quite but maybe 3 to 4 times for 40 minutes each with a 20 minute break).

On top of that with the iShuffle listed at $99 it almost seemed like an impulse buy. So, I went looking. I had pretty much ruled out an iShuffle because Rhapsody now supports unlimited downloading of music to any WMA supporting player and of course Apple’s systems don’t support WMA. Still, at only $99 I did think maybe I could live with that limit if nothing else was any good.



Pretty much everywhere they are selling iPods there are now Sega iDogs.  They listen to your music and shake their head and flash their colors and make sounds to the music your are listening too.  If you click the link above there is a Mini Movie of one in action in the bottom right.

It seems like dogs have been all the rage for the last couple of years with The Dog, Nintendogs and now iDogs.


One Step toward Star Trek viewers?

Okay, I suppose given a little thought it’s not that close yet but check it out.  Yesteday Slashdot linked to an article about a way to see things it seems like you should not be able to see.

Basically there is some method which says that if you have a light coming from a projector and you take a picture of something that light is lighting up from digital camera you can compute what the object looks like FROM THE PROJECTOR’s point of view.

Here’s an example.  They setup a camera, a card, a book and a projector like this


FlickrDown has decided to ban Flickrdown. Their position is that Flickrdown can be used to download copyrighted images and is therefore bad. Of course this is ridiculous. Every browser can also be used to download copyrighted images and yet they don’t ban the browsers. Please complain and complain loudly to that Flickrdown should not be banned.

Recently a friend started using Flickr which is a great service.  I personally like to save pictures locally and selecting them one at a time to download was too much of a hassle so I whipped up this program so I could download them more easily.


Rhapsody Upgrades

Rhapsody upgraded their service today.  It’s mostly great news.  They added local downloading of songs so you can listen offline (*) and they added uploading songs to your portable music player.  They also added playing all your local music files (mp3, wma, aac, cda, etc) so that you can play all your music in one place.  But, they also made a few things less usable, at least for me.

The old interface looked something like this: