October 4, 2007

I discovered a writer named David Foster Wallace last night while browsing kottke.org (which I’ve recently concluded is often times much better than reddit.com). Jason Kottke used DFW’s name a couple of times in the entry, as if to emphasize the awesomeness of this dude. I clicked on the tag beneath the entry to get everything Kottke had on David Foster Wallace (oh my!). There were two pieces I particularly liked, one on Roger Federer at Wimbledon that he wrote for the NYT and the other a commencement speech for Kenyon College.


Mac Daddy World appears to have discovered something interesting with Apple’s camera. http://macdaddyworld.com/?p=9

 Namely, that the built-in iSight camera resolution has quadrupled to 1.3 MP. They also note that the manufacturer is no longer listed as Micron, but as Apple. MDW: “I’m guessing they’re still using a Micron sensor.  A few sources have indicated that the iPhone will also use a Micron sensor for its camera.” Is there any reason Apple would  change  the maker? Perhaps Apple did this thing themselves? Didn’t Jobs say that the original built-in iSight was engineered by Apple (but perhaps built by somebody else)? Is Apple making it’s own cameras now?

 I’ll make an early prediction for iPhone 2.0. When people start realizing just how convenient it is to email people from the iPhone, they are going to be able to leave their camera behind. That means a much improved camera for iPhone 2.0.

testing IMified

March 12, 2007

Hello, everyone. I hope you haven’t been paying attention! hehe But now, maybe, just maybe I’ll give you at least something (no matter how puny it may be) to consume b/c now I can write blog entries from Gmail hurray!! The quality might not be so good at first, but at this point I think it’s a quantity over quality problem, no?

This is not about more options necessarily, but more about fixing the current default options. I missed a dentist appointment today because despite the fact that I had the reminder option set, I didn’t realize that I had to go into the calendar options and enable email as a reminding option. This is a no-brainer. If someone wants a reminder, you should assume that it will be an email reminder, or you should at least bring up a pop-up saying that the reminding options haven’t been set up yet (“…Would you like to set them now?” YES).

Please fix this. I’m in Japan, you know. I could lose face for simply missing this stupid dentist appointment.

Very Exciting (again)

January 10, 2007

Man, Macworld again. This is very exciting. We’re minutes away from hearing about stuff!

Jobs’ family in the audience though according to Engadget. That’s kind of scary. I hope he doesn’t retire…


Wow, was that as good as sex to the power of Christmas morning or what?!?!

The Burden of Publishing

October 11, 2006

I knew this was going to happen. I haven’t written anything in weeks. I was supposed to describe my experiences of being in a foreign land (Japan), an almost alien world, where the language and culture are so different, that I would have an almost neverending list of exploits to share with the rest of the world. And I do I guess. That’s not the problem.

I think that there are actually multiple problems. I’ve tried to describe them below.

1. Too much early pressure

I have never written a blog before. I went to a decent college, wrote papers, etc., so I’m not a terrible writer, but as other bloggers have written, blogging is different than writing a paper. It’s far more frequent to be as thorough as a paper, but it can’t be complete stream of consciousness ranting either (that is if you want to be respected).

2. Too much trying to be an expert in something that I’m not

…yet. At least that was to be the case with my discussion of perhaps esoteric, Japanese linguistics-related posts. I just ain’t there yet. Not in grad school, no research done: not there. Plus, isn’t it kind of weird to mix this stuff in with the tech news? After all, that was supposed to be the main focus of this blog anyway. Tech news. As if there weren’t enough people talking about tech anyway. Who do you like anyway? I kind of like DaringFireball. It has nothing to do with the name of this blog either.

3. The Burden of Publishing

Ok, finally we get down to perhaps the main reason for my non-updatityness; the fact that I actually have to sit here and write. Here on my butt, struggling to add clarity to the noise, picking this over all other alternatives (including laundry and so on), here taking my time I’m finally doing this… This is what it takes.

Anyway, That’s it. Still gonna write. Just do it. I spent over a week writing this entry in bits by the way. No more of that either; perfection, if not unattainable, is at the very least not immediate.

World, Here I am!

September 30, 2006

Technorati Profile

So so trite.

By the way, the button you press (at Technorati) to claim your blog isn’t “OK” or “Claim Blog”, but “Release the Spiders!”, and I just think that is so cool.