Thursday, May 29, 2008
Yamada Denki. This is rural big electrical goods store in Japan. They have pretty much everything from chair massager to digital camera. They also have point system where one can accumulate point by buying something. For oversea people, it is kind a waste to get a point but if you tell them you do not need point but please discount, then they do that as well.
Shin-Marunouchi Building in Tokyo. Location is great. You can access from Tokyo station via subway. So if its raining outside... you be alright. Take NEX from Narita and you will be there in 70 minutes or so. BUT... I can not see the differenciation between its sibling Maru-Building. To me Maru has more store floor space per shop. More space does not mean better but Shin-Maru store selection was weak. If I go to TKO, and visit certain building then I want to feel a theme or scenario behind store selection for particular buiilding. Without it, I can be anywhere else. But going against my feeling, there were tons of people there though. Good luck Marus.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Foxconn, manufacturing giant in China. I did not know Foxconn write like this in Chinese character. It also can be read as Fuji-Kou in Japanese. Good name. Huge company. It was so huge that you neeed a car or golf cart to go between building. It has a few restaurant, shopping complex, bank and of course dormitory. They say its get pretty muggy in summer but when I was there, it was alright weather.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Last Friday we saw Michael Phelps doing 400 midoley at Santa Clara Swimming Pool. He won but not with as big margin as last year. There was a security dude following right behind him. It kind a explains it since he is a gold medal candidate for this year's Olympic. One nice thing was that when he was autographing to a little kid and forgot to give him back the pen cap, he came down stairs to give it to the kid. Nice for not being arrogant.
Henry Cowell Redwoods SP
We went there for camping this weekend with 5 families=11kids. Weather was just right and woods were amazing. Some train were running back and forth too. From the camp, we could hear the train whissle in distance as if Pat Metheny's Last Train Home. Nice!! Loved it. $33 per night.
Later, I realized I got poison oaked so much!! Be careful whoever going there camping. A week later still itches like X!@#$#.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Another Fixie I am starting to dig is Cannondale Capo. I just like Cannondale bike as a company and also the fat and smoothness of the frame. This one has too many logo and stickers on the frame but if prrice is right, I might just get one. I will swap to Bullhorn handle and lower the handle joint. Seat to be more thin, may be in blanc. Get 52cm and ride high.
Lexus GS and Jaguar XF comparisson. I will never buy Toyota for being pragmatic giant but I must admit Lexus GS is one of the best looking sedan out there. All the line on the body are meant to be there to create this massive tight shape and it is just pleasant to look at it. Oh heck I might even buy it (used) later. It looks just so beautiful. On the other hand when I saw Jag at Frankfurt, it looked cheap. As if some other Japanese design with thin sheet metal designess to it. But something reminded me of Lexus GS. Now french caught it too and here is the web site about it http://www.leblogauto.com/2007/11/design-jaguar-xf-vs-lexus-gs.html
Shame on Jag or may be opposite but anyway I think GS has the better design. Bye Cat.
Some of the house we saw this weekend were in lower 600K range and looked like shit. They were meant to be torn down an dbuild new one which brings the whole cost to over a mil. Shoot, I can not build a house I want with practical method and thinking here. I got to find a some kind of land which no one want and be creative here. I was flipping through DWELL June 2008 on p.86 there was a nice house in SF. May be I have to become independent to build something like that....
Got to think differntly.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Friday, May 09, 2008
Ironman 2008. Beautiful. Loved it loved it loved it. Although it is not too thick in term of story but just pure designer's wet dream. I love the part when he order hot saki in his plane... Great choice to use Robert Jr. as Ironman. His wit and character is wonderful. But I never read original Ironman.... $35 worth!! I want to see it again right away and I never felt like this for while.
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Michael Clayton (2007) The review said suspenseful melodrama but it was too mellow for me. The lady played weird nice way and George was good in it but lawyer biz is boring. I like how it went back 4 days right after opening and ending where image stays and credit comes up as he ride cab for $50 worth... $9.
Monday, May 05, 2008
Egberto Gismonti [In Montreal] A friend told me about him and it is always nice to discover some nice tune which I can remember later the time and scene when I was playing it heavily. The tune called Palhaco in this album will be the one I hope. I have been playing so many times by now. This (I think) Brazilian is something like Jarett, Metheney and Glass but he has beautiful rythm in Piano like I've never heard. Just as if I heard Led Zeppelin's drum for the 1st time. That kind of goose bump funny tempo.... I hope to listen other album but for now I better let this album soak to my meat.
Legend of Motorcycle show at Halfmoon bay Ritz Carlton. The Bike show. Many vintage and new crazy bike. The auction speaker people are loud and annoying. Some bikes were not sure why chosen to be winner but what do I know about vintage bikes. There was many bikes I liked but above is the my favorite.