The ultimate dried mango

If you live in San Francisco and haven’t heard of Rainbow, definitely check it out (unless you can’t stand hippie vegeterian grocery co-ops). Within you will find the legendary dried mango’s (go towards the back, right before the vegetables, there will be a small fridge section with all types of dried fruits. These are in […]

Fun with iTunes

I’m sure a lot of people know about this one already, but I noticed that if you right click on a song in iTunes, it gives you an option that says “Convert selection to …” where “…” is whatever you have your current import encoding settings (in preferences->advanced on a mac) set to. It makes […]

More details

So what’s the best way to buy music in Japan? at 3,000 yen per CD (about 25 bucks), buying CD’s is surely not the way. So the natural alternative: rent CD’s. Yep. Go to the local media rental shop (which has CD’s DVD’s and the like) and a rent a few. Bring it back and […]

It’s amazing…

… that we all used to use this ass product call Windows 98. My grandparents’ PC (a slim compaq presario which we paid roughly 1500 for a good 5 years ago) has good ol’ windows 98 SE. Amazingly, it hasn’t crashed yet, but it can’t really even deal with the sound device too well (skype […]

Holy smokes

Well it turns out that Tokyo already has digital high definition signals going everywhere through the airwaves. It also turns out that the 30 inch LCD that my grandparents recently bought can recieve and display these signals just fine. Watching the news in HD is pretty ridiculous. Foreign shows allow you to switch audio streams […]

It’s all the random small things

It’s all the attention to the small details that impresses me about Japan. Sometimes its just solving some kind of problem that only really exists in Japan. Other times its just pure ingenuity. For example, the subway ticketing system. When the subway and train systems started really to acheive critical mass, they introduced automated ticket […]