Friday, August 21, 2009

Amerie "Heard Em All"

Amerie's upcoming new single Heard Em All is addictive!!!

Amerieの曲 Heard Em Allはすごい!
たまらない!

とりあえず Why R Uを先に買う。

あんなに個性的な音楽を作るのはすごい。
最近の新しいR&Bはどれでも同じっぽい。たとえばEsmee Denters;彼女は歌えるしデビュー曲は聞きやすいけどそんなに頭に残らない。

Thursday, August 20, 2009

MARC BY MARC JACOBS 2009 FALL/WINTER COLLECTION e-mook


The MARC BY MARC JACOBS 2009 FALL/WINTER COLLECTION e-mook (magazine book) out in Japan is a great deal; for 1200 yen it includes a cute, cute, cute black canvas tote bag of a good size. I almost don't want to use it, it's so cute!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Monday, August 17, 2009

Brochettes de Reve et kushinobo

前から気になった串かつの店は今日やっと行けた。

「Brochettes de Reve et kushinobo」
約は「夢のような、何て素敵な串揚げでしょう!」らしい
http://www.kushinobo.co.jp/brochettes/
つまり、フランスのビストロ風な串かつの店。

ランチ(平日のみかな)は11:30~14:00で、1050円からする。
1050円で串かつ8本、ライスと味噌汁(お変わりできる)、サラダ、お新香がでる。
サラダはキャベツがメイン(串かつからかしら)なので、まあ、私の好みではないけど、ほかは全部美味しかった!
http://www.hotpepper.jp/A_20200/strJ000704740_hmd2.html

新鮮で、肉も柔らかかったし、魚はちょうど良かったし、満喫は昼ごはんだった。遅い時間に行ったので、店はけっこう空いていて、サービスがよかった。何回も店員がお茶(麦茶ぽかった)を注いでくれた。

おすすめ!銀座だけでも3つの店があって、六本木などにも店舗があるみたい。

Thursday, August 13, 2009

on battling your fears

A nice post on ignoring your fears and just getting started.

interesting how people are reacting to Clinton's comments

A thought experiment

fallacy tutorial

Apparently there's a Mac tutorial called Fallacy Tutorial Pro 3.0. The text of the tutorial is here. It would be nice if we could run all politicians' speeches through it and automatically parse out the fallacies!

Then we could ignore the crap and just get to any actual valid points.

Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson is great, but Self magazine is a little twisted.

Monday, August 10, 2009

on generalizations

An excellent post on generalizations by RenegadeEvolution:
I am sorta of the mind that people are a pretty diverse bunch, and lumping them in with all statements and universal guidelines is a huge disservice to…well, a lot (not all, but a lot) of people. It can lend itself to some nasty stereotyping and misinformation about various sections of humanity- often times already marginalized ones (women, people of color, gay people, disabled people, sex workers, trans people so on) and I think universal statements or assumptions sell the coolness that is human difference and uniqueness and individuality short.

Nirvana New York in Roppongi Midtown

Good Indian food but overpriced; I suppose you pay for the ambiance and location.
Nice view of the Garden Terrace though; very pretty.
Interesting entrance - look down when you walk in.

However, one of the waiters was a bit rude; service was slow (only 2 or 3 visible waiters, and one server) and when our waiter finally deigned to come by our table, he was unapologetic in a coldly polite way. For being overpriced and with a name like Nirvana! I expected a bit better. The other staff were rather nicer, including the maitre d, but sadly the cold waiter was probably in charge of our table.

Still, if you go, the samosas are tasty (although tiny), and the mozzarella nan is delicious and a nice size. The saag paneer was a bit salty although very good otherwise. The masala caesar salad was quite good too.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

interesting

An op-ed article on the Prof. Gates/Sgt. Crowley incident in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

I think for some people, the question is whether the police officer was just a jerk, or a racist jerk.

In the end, you can't deny he was a jerk, at minimum. So what he did was wrong. But he and the police dept. do not admit any guilt.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

want to live here

in this fabulous house designed by Yoshiaki Tanaka in Aichi prefecture.

Okay, maybe I'd like a few more windows, but this place is great!

tomatoes

In an effort to be healthier, I bought a bag of fresh tomatoes into work. Two for breakfast today, and more for snacking or tomorrow's breakfast. I meant to buy some yogurt but haven't made it to the convenience store yet.

If I ever move back to the U.S. it'll take a while to get used to the inconveniences like no healthy foods in the convenience stores...

Sunday, August 02, 2009

stay in Fukuoka and study Japanese!

My friend runs a Japanese Language School in Fukuoka that offers various accommodations in addition to a wide variety of lesson plans; the manga and anime courses look very fun.

I've never been to Fukuoka before, but as part of Kyushu, it is famous for tonkotsu ramen (my favorite type of ramen). It is also apparently extremely convenient, being only 20 minutes by train from the airport! Tokyo, in contrast, is an hour and half to 2 hours from Narita International Airport, and an hour from Haneda airport, the domestic airport.

Fukuoka is apparently home to quite a lot of game and anime developers, so the manga and anime courses are probably great fun. It seems rather more authentic than going to Harajuku to stare at the ever dwindling numbers of goth-loli kids there.

This seems like a great way to combine some intensive Japanese study with a trip to Fukuoka and Kyushu. I may have to try it out this fall before the JLPT.