Sunday, 16 June 2019

Slap some cyberpunk on it

I always liked CD Projekt Red, good old GOG. I could never get into The Witcher (didn't play it for long, tried for a few minutes, uninstalled :p ), and although I looove sci-fi I cannot quite enjoy the Cyberpunk 2077 trailers. Looks like the standard gameplay shine fest which means it won't need the theme for the plot. GTA with new wallpaper and lots of piercing? Maybe it'll be great, I'll try to be optimistic. As for positive things, the tech and fan service is on point! Also, Deus Ex (the first one), good stuff.

Mauler and his gang are great, with a pinch of salt as always. Supposedly controversial content, but I learn more from them than other reviewers I've watched so far. It's great to see people who put a lot of thought and time (looking forward to the full 10+ hrs series on TFA) into figuring things out. Plus even though they go straight to the point about what's done which some take the wrong way, they wish for things to improve.

So I did it, I found an inexpensive way to get the SKX009J1. The SARB035 looks amazing in photos and in real life, but the SKX looks much better in real life than it does in photos or videos. If you're on the fence, get one.

And another thing I did, I started the huge origami project! Doing small parts with printer paper to figure out some important parts before I ravage the real paper, tricky stuff...

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Cannot edit too much

Been back for a day. It was intense 1.5 weeks of work, but we managed a few evenings out. Didn't leave Wako which was sad, but there's excellent food everywhere in Japan, if one has an open mind. But we did it, we got the whole thing running! Let's see how many e-mails we get about it the next few weeks... Mayhaps we have to go back :D Mm, fermented seaweed otoushi, no matter how strange people think it is, it has a cleaner flavour and is in every way better than dairy, but I understand... More for me.

Watched three films on the way back; Grindelwald, Replicas, and Bohemian Rhapsody. Nothing too surprising, the first was boring as I expected and I stopped it at some point realizing it was about to kind of end, the next was a little bit better than I thought although I wish they had fleshed things out a bit (like the family radio silence and the last robot), and the last was very nice, but seriously how far can you take something like that? I really liked how The Show Must Go On started playing as we approached the airport. Leaving Japan is always a little sad, so was a strangely poignant moment.

Big meeting the coming week and I have a presentation rather early. Means I gotta work a bit tomorrow, bah :p But also means I can relax throughout most of it, yay :)

Scratched my snxs75, that will be a memory for life...

EDIT 2019-05-24: I don't remember what kind of clicking frenzy lead me to this point, but I've been absolutely swept away by Seiko Grand Quartz 48*/99* and King Seiko 5626 vintage watches. And they can be found for not a whole lot of money. I also had a look at the (in?)famous 45* series with its 10 Hz, but it stutters too much and requires way too much service. Besides, as long as Spring Drive exists, I would never buy a >8 Hz watch (ahh, Spring Drive, one day...). Any device in my possession that can have a wallpaper has now been updated ;) The pros for the quartz is that Seiko lead the way and it's simply the superior way to make a watch, the only con is that even though they are incredibly pretty the 5626 looks much better. The pro for the King is its near perfect looks, the con is that it is a much more fragile and frankly stupid watch. I suppose I'll have yet another period of agonizing back-and-forthing while reading every thread and article I can find 10 times over, and one day I'll have both... I've already been eyeing a 4843-8041 in absolute mint condition which was sold rather quickly (hurt a bit), but although gold plating looks nice at first it will eventually flake and then it's over. A solid case with dings and scratches will always be prettier. Same with humans! Sorry, too banal.

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Just one more time...

We're back! Just had a lovely dinner in the RIKEN canteen, and afterwards I bought a mochi cake, some classic Amanoya rice crackers, a bottle of Calpis, and a Cup Noodles for breakfast tomorrow. That's of course not the reason we're here, we'll set up the readout for a neutron detector here with GSI equipment, in only 10 days. But we can't only do that...

This also means I saw some newish films on the plane, in order: The Mule, Aquaman, and Mortal Engines. Nothing great, but better than trying to fall asleep. The first was rather simple, the second was pretty much a normal superhero film, and the last was weird but I got through it. The description of predator cities devouring settlements was a lot more interesting than the film itself, but oh well.

I had a déja vu when I saw the black hole photo that was in the news all over the world. A week or so later I found out about the student who created the picture and she had a TED talk that I watched two years ago about exactly that project. So many things to remember these days. Went on a physics updating spree after that.

Ah yes, the D.R. Harris shaving soap is amazing, everything else I tried so far don't stand a chance. The scent is still as lovely as when I took my first whiff.

Better go to sleep after several horribly unsuccessful attempts on the plane...

EDIT 2019-05-09: While on the subject of Japan, in a round-about way, look up Curvature Blindness illusion. This is on par with the Checker Shadow illusion.

EDIT 2019-05-11: Oh wait what, Aquaman is considered amazing and all critics are slammed? It was a modern romp, and that's all it was. Isn't it funny how so many people like to seriously and vigorously (impulsively attack other opinions...) ponder and discuss warfare and politics (no scratch that, it's a superhero film, come on) between creatures from Atlantis and surface dwellers? I would have liked to have seen it at home to hear the soundtrack better, but I probably won't watch it again :p And now I better hide. Time for Japanese breakfast!

Wednesday, 24 April 2019


So, how do I do this without spoilers... Well, it was pretty good, a great end to it all. Some annoying habits here and there, and of course since it's the last one the ending was drawn out forever and gave me a near fatal Hollywood sugary overdose. Sometimes they just don't understand what the audience already feel and keep hammering. But I had fun. Still cannot believe the midnight preview is two days earlier in Europe than the US. I was about to write something about Captain Marvel's role in the film, but that would have been spoily. That whole topic is odd though, good intentions taken too far in all camps.

Now that this is over, it seems like our movie nights will continue with Star Wars first. Some say that Marvel is the Star Wars for the current generation, and I can kind of see that, however there are many more cinematic highlights in Star Wars. I cannot think of a really good one in the Marvel films right now. Hulk smashing Loki in the ground vs Luke in the final duel against his father? Myeeeeah... Maybe, maybe something in Endgame that I cannot describe, but it was so simple and obvious. No, Star Wars is still at the top.

Well that was it, time to sleep (4 in the morning now, ugh) so I can work a little tomorrow.

Friday, 19 April 2019

Campaign finished

Three experiments done! There are a few big question at work nobody wants to tackle head-on before the upcoming experiments can run, let's see how that works out. Although I might not see any of it, that's another thing we'll have to see how it works out...

As per my post-experiment tradition, I ordered a few small things that I'm enjoying quite a lot: DR Harris Arlington shaving soap and after-shave milk. I had a hard time deciding between Arlington and Windsor before placing the order (and I'm way too cheap to get both), I couldn't conjure up the smells in my head only from review descriptions. Well, now that I have the Arlington, supposedly smelling mainly of citrus and fern, I'd say it smells like someone sprayed citrus onto a flower bouquet, while still feeling very much like a perfume. Yeah, I'm not a pro when it comes to understanding scents... I was a bit surprised when I took my first whiff of it, but it didn't take long until I realized this is really great stuff. The soap lather sure lived up to its glowing reviews, the few soaps and creams I've tried before do not stand a chance (Edwin Jagger and The Art Of Shaving soaps, plus Taylor Of Old Bond Street cream). I have even less experience with after-shave, but the milk feels great, doesn't stick around for way long, and gives that lingering flower bouquet scent. Honestly, I find this type of topic to be rather silly when I read about it, but man were these things nice to try out.

My smartphone battery is about to blow up, I should get rid of it. I dug out my old non-smartphone, turns out that has died too. I realized it's pretty nice not having a phone, as long as I don't step on the soap in the shower. I never played games on mine, and I was irritated at myself for looking things up online that I really didn't need. I'll get a cheap one for calling and messaging, just so people can pester me since it's so difficult nowadays to plan or just decide to do something at a specific time and place. Says me who cannot organize anything...

Started picking up the violin a bit more after the experiments. It feels so great when it all just clicks. With practice it'll click more often :)

Let's see if I can finish The Night Of The Rabbit before tomorrow, fun with adventure and puzzle solving on the holiday! First day of it...
EDIT some hours later: Beginning to middle was really cute and cozy, middle was serious and great, the ending acts were odd, the last sequence was nice, maybe a wee bit too much talking. And now I feel the void of having finished a story with lovely characters. "It was nice visiting you!" I also did the 1,000 clicks. One day I'll play the title melody on the violin :) Alright, time for bed, and another day.

EDIT 2019-04-20: Completely forgot I saw the last Star Wars trailer a little while back. Was just reminded of it. And now I've forgotten again.

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Boing boing

Because it's spring! Funs with puns. The weather turned around very quickly last week, I should get out again and see some more sun.

We broke the 40 kHz barrier, quite a difference from 12 kHz. 8 us event acceptance dead-time between a pair of events, so we should be able to get a lot out of the terrible micro structure of the beam, readout dead-time is still at ~21 us.

Will go once more to Riken in May. Collecting and documenting things that we need to bring is quite tedious, but not so bad for another "free" trip! Unnngh, the food, cannot wait!

And while on the subject of Japan, I watched Mob Psycho 100 again, learnt very recently that season 2 has been out for some time. Great show, with values I like that somehow clash with what I hear from many people. Makes me happy. Might be time to refresh some Ghibli memories.

Feel a bit stuck with the violin progress, I need to try something new. I should open up another book, that tends to help to rekindle my fascination. And pick up my guitars from time to time, would be a waste to let go of all of that.

Oh right, it's still sunny outside, gonna go catch some of it. Jaa ne!

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Phase-0 is here

Commissioning and first experiment done, potentially the first FAIR phase-0 experiments! One month of work and we'll have one more! Can't wait to destroy my daily rhythm again.

Preparations were relatively good this time around, I think we're slowly turning things around. Things break left and right all the time (I'm still puzzled why people think it's weird that things suddenly break), to varying degrees, whatever can be ready should be made ready.

And tomorrow I need to get up early for the annual medical inspection, a nice perk for radiation workers. I'll sleep during the work week :p

I'll have time to play violin today, wohoo!