22 May 2019, 11:54

First session with Dane Dormio
11:54 Wednesday 22 May 2019 JST

I just finished a two hour session with Dane Dormio, during which we got a high level look at how I am doing in different areas of my life versus how I want to be doing in those areas. Then identified some action and habit I can implement in the next week.

Action: clear space for new printer

Habit: continue exercises from A Course in Miracles

10 May 2019, 13:21

omfg, wait what? Lucifer Season 4 Episode 1 (slight spoilers)
13:21 Friday 10 May 2019 JST

I enjoyed episodes 1 - 3 of Lucifer.

Season 4 just came out and the second to end scene of Episode 1 had me in tears.

Then the last scene was like O_o wait, what??????

Aww man, but the beginning of Episode 2 is a letdown. I hope it turns around.

09 May 2019, 22:00

benefits of leaving an airport at 00:01
22:00 Thursday 09 May 2019 JST

My friend wanted to buy a ticket to leave on Saturday and accidentally bought a ticket that leaves at 00:01am (one minute after midnight) Saturday morning. (26 hours from now as I write this)

I challenged him to write 25 benefits of such a situation. Here are mine:

  1. have a funny story
  2. be awake with nothing to do but watch digital clock turn from 23:59:59 to 00:00:00
  3. arrive at airport when it’s relatively quiet
  4. get a chance to see behind-the-scenes stuff they only do at night at airports
  5. not have to wake up early for a flight
  6. have already halfway solved the jetlag issue
  7. get to really ponder the human construct of tracking time
  8. have a chance to put a smile on face of staff working late
  9. save time shopping for souvenirs
  10. save money on buying souvenirs
  11. have moving walkway all to yourself
  12. get to wonder if other passengers made the same mistake
  13. get to joke about how early the flight is
  14. easy chance to sleep late on Saturday
  15. no worries about a large choice of food vendors in airport
  16. immediate night mode on plane so can sleep quickly
  17. “I leave tonight” and “I leave tomorrow” are both true
  18. passport stamps says you left the day before you actually leave
  19. opportunity for taking nighttime photos at airport
  20. can play in kids zone because no kids will be there
  21. can say “good evening” to one seatmate immediately before “good morning” to next seatmate.
  22. easily compare flight duration with length of day
  23. get to board a plane wearing pajamas
  24. get wonder when and wear the pilots slept
  25. can say “I remember getting on the plane like it was yesterday”
22:53 Thursday 09 May 2019 JST

Finished! It took just under an hour.

09 May 2019, 20:22

japanese until yoyogi-uehara
20:22 Thursday 09 May 2019 JST

There are probably errors in the Japanese notes below!


I went to an Onsen with my friend. My wife drove us to an onsen before so I didn’t know exactly where it was. I thought today’s onsent was the same one I had been to when my wife drove, but was surprised it turned out to be a different one.



09 May 2019, 20:20

Headed to see my Babychan
20:20 Thursday 09 May 2019 JST

Lin said she had an “unbelievably hard day at work today” so I look forward to listening and hopefully helping her sort out her feelings on the whole thing. New job, new system, steep learning curve; I can relate!

09 May 2019, 20:18

lesson in Akihabara
20:18 Thursday 09 May 2019 JST

Today I showed students in Akihabara the website and snippets for Marble Track 3. They were like “waow” etc. I love the project and felt a bit guilty for taking up a significant amount of class time with it. We have had lessons for years though, so I don’t think they will mind.

09 May 2019, 17:19

great lessons at SCC
17:19 Thursday 09 May 2019 JST

Four lessons at SCC today. One was shorter than expected due to a (hopefully small) medical emergency. Third lesson on the third floor featured discussions of the other three lessons and hearing they students really enjoy my passion for the topics.

09 May 2019, 13:47

onsen with Robert Golden
13:47 Thursday 09 May 2019 JST

Robert Golden and I enjoyed chatting at the onsen near Minami-tama station on JR Nambu line. Great to get to know each other better. I told him about how I ended up in Japan, including Tammy, Bonnie, Wende, janette, Lin. We talked about MKP Japan and the work we are doing here. I learned how he ended up in Hawaii.

I wished we could hang out longer at the onsen; I did not finish all my lunch and did not finish sitting in all the pools + both saunas. But chronos time calls and I am now headed to work at SCC.

Smartly, I brought dress clothes for work and am now clothed, dressed smartly for work.

Hugged Robert bye on Nambu line in Noborito; he is headed to Hiroo, and then leaving Japan tomorrow or Saturday.

08 May 2019, 21:17

Gave dream catcher to Misato
21:17 Wednesday 08 May 2019 JST

I felt really happy to hear Misato with her eyes wide, say “a dreamcatcher!”

Seems like it was a good choice.

08 May 2019, 06:39

Beginning of the end for using emacs for journal?
06:39 Wednesday 08 May 2019 JST

Emacs is great in many ways. I mostly use dired (Directory Edit) mode, including (bulk) moving and (bulk) renaming files.

I no longer use it for mail, since mail does not live on my server. Hmm I wonder if … hmmmm I will ask Fred since I think he still uses Emacs for mail.

Emacs is great for creating these journal entry templates, and Marble Track 3 episodes and parts.. BUT, I do not yet know how to make Emacs do autocompletion which Atom does so easily. In the previous entry I referenced TJ Bike, and it would be cool to have that actually linked to a post or wiki entry on TJ Bike.