Real Life Elixir!

After having drinking this I feel like my health really is 100 %. I should go out and buy some tonic with that.

Why I hate Windows Vista

This post is not that much related to Japan other than there are as many reasons to hate Windows Vista here as in any other place. Imagine that you are at work, or internship. You are soon done with your project. All that is left is for your paper to be done. You are writing in Word, because you found a suiting template for an IEEE paper. You are sitting and writing. It is sooo boring, and takes too much time and effort. You are not in the mood for unexpected trouble. So what happens then? Well, since you are too inconsiderate and use that crappy piece of an OS from that crappy but yet mighty company M$, that never ever cares about quality, but just how they can get more money and power in the easiest and cheapest way (which explains why it spells its name with a ‘$’), you freaking shit is rebooting automatically just because of the damn shitfucking Windows Update (Note that I have a policy not to use bad words on my blog, but when writing about M$ there is an exception). WHY do they do this? It is clearly an evil act. The worst part is that I am sure I deactivated that stupid automatic updating system in my first week in Japan. But after installing Word(!) it was activated again! *CENSORED CENSORED CENSORED* (Yes, the policy still applies to the most extreme phrases.). Not that I lost any important data, but it annoying and most of all it is WRONG, morally wrong. My only joy is that I am sure they will not last forever. Justice shall prevail!

Another Party

I suspect there will be a lots of parties next week as it will be my last week in Tokyo. I feel a little bit sad about it. Especially since it is so damn cold in Gothenburg at the moment. It is not something I look forward to experience. Today one of my dear Japanese friends had her farewell party since she is leaving for studies in Italy for one year. I would upload some pictures if my camera could just stop playing around with me. At work I only have my report and presentation work to do. It is really incredible how painful it is to write reports. Like I wrote in my twitter message it is really the backside of being an engineer.

Things I never mentioned: Solid Coffee

In my first week in Japan I was very ambitious with my research at the company. The experience was new for me and the things I read about were quite interesting. I worked overtime to late evening the whole week. On my way home I was usually starving and one day I was unlucky enough to have an empty fridge. At this time I had not yet understood the Japanese system and had no idea that all the convenience stores are open 24 hours so I was desperate to find a restaurant of cafe to get some food, but they were all closed. My last desperate attempt was to look for something “foodish” in the vending machines they have everywhere. The most solid thing I found was jelly coffee. Mind that it is not as bad as it sounds. It is worse! But I tried it. The problem with jelly though is that it is solid. I could not get it out of the can. Apparently you are supposed to shake the can before you open it but I did not think about that. I had to wait until next day before I could get something to eat, but I really believe it was a better option than to actually “drink” that coffee. I still have not tried it. I never will. I would show a picture but since both of my backups of my pictures were spoiled and I formatted my harddrive I cannot. :-(

Clean Again

My girlfriend left yesterday. Sad. But at least now I can manage to get my apartment clean again. The human resources guy at work always asks me if I clean my home when he gives me my salary every month. If he just knew what it means to have a Swedish girlfriend over for a week he would have got himself a shock with post symptoms worse than swine flue. Now it is all back to normal though. In the evening I went to a good-bye-party for another trainee who was going back to Australia. I found some 96 % vodka shots and learned about the effects the hard way. But still I am surprisingly well today. I even went out to try to find some good pants in the Shinjuku area. There is one store, quite big where they sell clothes for bigger people. They were nice but quite unexpectingly I could not find any that were small enough, they were too big. Furthermore when I walked out of the elevator when going back out I almost walked into a Japanese guy who was a head taller than me. It was quite scary since I am not used to that.