November 1, 2015

November Link Love

Happy November everyone!

How are we doing? Good, I hope? I am doing swell (and I don't use that word lightly). And it weirdly connects to my home computer breaking down.

Mid month, my computer stopped working. So I am currently updating on my cell phone. lt's beyond inconvenient, thus making it easy to cut out a large portion of web browsing from my daily life. And despite a couple of other hurdles here and there, October was a highly fulfilling month filled with morning walks, good conversation and even a short hike!

This month is going to continue to be computer-less. This should help with my productivity, especially since I have a list the length of my arm of people I need to write a letter to. I know, who does that anymore? But, I do :)

What are you up to lately? x

-------------------------------------------------------Link Love-------------------------------------------------------

- Ways to say no, thank you.

Baseball is bigger than baseball

- A lovely  visual introduction to kanji.

That was way harsh, Tai.

- To broadcast your deepest secrets.

This is all true.


  1. My guess is Keio Takaosanguchi Station. Which could mean the best way to get to the top to start the hike. Well, I haven’t been there for a while but I bet the jet packs are not yet in wide use.

    1. Right the first time! :)

    2. The cable car is nice but there is less a sense of flying as with the ropeway. But the ropeway would be colder. The paved roadway on the right was too steep for my creaky knees. There is a nice path to the top over on the left but it was a holiday when I took it and it was like single-file-Shinjuku-Station crowded. Also steep.

      Takao-san is great for convenience. I once left home at 2 pm in the summer and still had time to hike around before dark. I like the footbridge. And Yakuoin Temple.

      A nice longer walk is to Lake Sagami. Two-and-half to three hours, I guess. There is a Chuo-line train home from there.

    3. By “...the first time” I thought you meant the station was right but not the way you went up the mountain. Then, just now, I realized you may have meant the ropeway was right and the jet packs less so. But it’s only a matter of time...

    4. The station was right! We went in the morning so we had time to climb up (trail 1 & 3) and back down (trail 6). The lifts were undergoing inspection the day we were there so they weren't operating. Probably in preperation for the big fall foliage season!

      I have a blog post about it and hopefully I'll have it up soon :)

  2. Good luck with the computer. I'd die without mIne, although my tablet isn't bad for some thIngs, but my typing speed on mobile is only 1/100th of my keyboard typing speed. I type so fast that computers are sometimes too slow...

    1. I know what you mean about typing speed. But weirdly, I've been so busy with everything else that I haven't really felt the lack of computer. Except that season 4 of Elementary has begun and I haven't been able to see it. Oh well. Thinking about getting a macbook, even though I've always had a PC until now. Any thoughts?

    2. Personally, I don't like Apple. It is a good product, but too restrictive. I will always be a PC guy and an Android for mobile. Although I might buy an Android laptop in the future. All of my data is on Google, so that is the main reason I do Android and PC.

      I usually watch Japanese TV, so Elementary won't start till next year for me. I know ways to get around this for free US streaming, but I am just too lazy. Plus, I need a Chromecast or something similar in the future. I really want to try Netflix, but in Japan it isn't great yet. Lots I want to see, but still on the fence.