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...

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!