Category Archives: Japan

On Eating Bitter

“If you really want to screw someone, pay them a compliment.” ― me Compliments feed the ego and make the compliment-ee feel good.  In turn, they also make the compliment-er feel good about making the compliment-ee feel good.  But what … Continue reading

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HackerHaus Manifesto 2012: Year of the Dragon Edition

For me (and others), the Year of the Rabbit was pretty crappy in a lot of ways.  Don’t get me wrong… being alive surely beats the alternative (I presume).  But, there are two faces to being alive: living and existing. … Continue reading

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A massive earthquake of 8.8/8.9, depending on the source, has struck Japan.  To my knowledge, this is the largest earthquake ever measured in Japan, and among the largest world-wide in over 100 years. I’m sitting here on my couch, watching … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

Did you know that 2011 is a prime number?  Do you know what numerological significance this has for the upcoming 365 ¼ days?  None.  Numerology is bullshit. Happy New Year from all of us in the HackerHaus family!

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The Karate Kid

Just about everyone I know has been asking the same question lately:  “Huh?  ‘Karate’ Kid?  Shouldn’t it be ‘Kung Fu’ Kid?” With the massive ecological disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, controversy over illegal immigration, high unemployment, the still-tanking world … Continue reading

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The White Guy Strikes Again

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Moji in FireFox 3

For those of you who have been using Moji in previous versions of FireFox, but have been disappointed to find that it is unavailable in FF3, here’s a quick solution that worked for me.  The fix lies in the fact … Continue reading

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Tokyo: Day VI (sayonara)

Here I sit at 成田国際空港 (Narita International Airport), awaiting my slightly-delayed flight back to San Francisco. After clearing security* and immigrations, I grabbed a bowl of delicious tenpura udon, chatted over lunch with a military wife on her way back … Continue reading

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Tokyo: Day VI (homeward bound)

All my bags are packed I’m ready to go I’m standin’ here in Tokyo I hate to wake you up to say “I’m heading to Narita and should be home relatively soooooooon…” [ahem] Sorry. Anyhoo, I’ve been scouring the room … Continue reading

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