Tromsø Notes

Notes to myself about Tromsø

Small town on Island. Kind of reminds me of Kauai as their populations are similar although I don’t know if the population I read is just Tromsø city or if including the surrounding area makes it much bigger (more…)

If You Had Money?

If you had money what would you do?

Seriously think about it for a moment. If you had say $10 million what would you do? I’m guessing lots of you would buy or pay off your house or sell it and get a new one. Would you quit your job? Would you start a new job? Would you move? Would you retire? Is $10 million enough to retire? Would you teach? Or run a flower shop? Open a bar or a cafe or a club? Would you invest? In what? Buy a sports car? Blow it in Monte Carlo? (more…)

Getting Ripped off by Siegel’s

I’m going to admit right off the bat it was stupid of me to order a suit from the USA to Japan. The thing is the suit I wanted is not a common style and it was for a costume-ish party so I thought “what the heck”. In my defense I did look around Japan. I found only 3 places that might have a similar suit. 2 in Tokyo, one in Osaka. But I wrote the one in Osaka and they never got back to me. I visited the 2 in Tokyo and they didn’t have my size and I thought it would take them longer to get my size than to just order it myself. I guess though I should have listened to my first instinct. (more…)

Why Japanese is Hard to Learn

This is mostly in response to the English is Hard to Learn meme

One of the first words you learn when studying Japanese is “iku” (行く)The word “to go”. So, given that it’s spelled

行 i く   ku

How do you think you pronounce these words?

行      ___ 実行 ji___ 行う ___u 膝行 i____ 売れ行き ure___ki

Or about about this one.  “iku” (生く). It means “to live” or “to be alive” So given that it’s spelled

生 i く ku

How do you think you pronounce these words?

先生   sen___ 一生   i___ 芝生   shiba___ 往生   ou___ 千生り sen___ri 埴生   ha____ 平生   hei___ 弥生   ya ___ 蓬生   yomo____ 生り   ___ri 相生   ai___ 下生え shita___e 生える __eru


行      gyou 実行 jikou 行う okonau 膝行 izari 売れ行き ureyuki

先生  sensei 一生  isshou 芝生  shibafu 往生    oujou 千生り sennari 埴生    hanyuu 平生  heizei 弥生  yayoi 蓬生  yomogiu 生り  namari 相生    aioi 下生え shitabae 生える haeru

All languages have their quirks. 🙂

Hunger Games: Catching Fire

I didn’t like this movie and it is apparently highly rated. This bugs me a little. I feel like either ( a ) people have no taste anymore ( b ) the high ratings are manufactured ( c ) I’m old

I don’t accept ( c ) as I’ve almost always disliked movies with huge issues. ( b ) is possible and if true I feel like there’s a secondary problem which is that people don’t think for themselves. They see it’s considered good and want to feel cool/hip/in the know so they go along with the crowd. This is for example how I feel about many SF restaurants whose food is not that great but people want to say “I went to hipster restaurant XYZ and I’m cool because I like it too”. Yes I realize they might actually like it. Whether that’s because they haven’t had better or because it matches their taste and not mine is another issue.

Then there’s ( a ). I tend to believe ( a ) or maybe people never had taste haha. I guess I want to believe people didn’t used to highly rate bad movies as much. Maybe I’d have to go back and check. (more…)

Stupid Me Yet Again


Yea, I’m upset and I know it’s stupid. I met a girl last year way out of my league. I know I shouldn’t say that but it’s a shortcut for she’s super hot and knows it and is probably used to a certain type of manly guy that I’m not. Someone who is an aggressive type A guy where as I’m mostly a “nice guy” geek. (more…)

We should NOT celebrate Columbus Day

Reference: Columbus Day

Jill: “TIL Columbus didn’t discover America nor did he or anyone else at the time think the world was flat. He was an awful awful man. He tortured people, raped and sold little girls, and directed the killing of thousands of people.”

John: “So?”

Jill: “So we should probably stop celebrating Columbus Day and maybe consider renaming Columbus Avenue in San Francisco back to Montgomery Street.”

John: “But it’s tradition. I remember learning ‘In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue'”

Jill: “Actually the holiday is only from 1930s and the street had its name changed in 1909”

John: “Seems silly to rename them now”

Jill: “What if it they were Hilter Day and Hitler Avenue?”

Season 5 of Breaking Bad Sucks

I wasn’t the huge fan of Breaking Bad. I watched but had issues with it. Jessie’s repeated bad luck rubbed me as unbelievable for example. The airplane accident had no point. Tons of things happened because people didn’t talk which is a huge cliché

But, overall, it was fun to watch and seemed to make internal sense. That is until Season 5. (more…)