Just 2 days after I got back in Japan, I went to Narita Airport again to fly to Bali, Indonesia. I spent most of the time with swimming in the pool, reading books on pool side, doing yoga, drinking bintang beer and eating yummy foods like Indonesian, Italian and seafood. More photos on Flickr Bali set.
So now I came back to Japan safely, after 15 hours of flight from San Francisco via Vancouver. Today at Roppongi Hills it seems they have a sort of Aquarium festival. There was a big turtle walking around the venue with cameleon sitting on its shell.
Today in Pacific Time (i.e. yesterday in Japanese Time) I'm turning 28.
Seems like alotofpeople were celebrating me in Japan while I was not there. I even got a lot of messages on mixi and GREE (both Friendster-like social networking sites in Japan). Oh, and I got a flower, too. And a cake from Six Apart US guys. Thank you all! I'm getting really impressed and emotional.
Well, and on the exact same day we SAKK released TypePad 1.6 for Japan, along with Podcasting support and mobile interfaces.
Bloglines via Gmail script is now released as version 0.10 along with a lot of design fixes, mail routing option (SMTP vs. Sendmail) and del.icio.us integration (optional). You can still use svn://svn.bulknews.net/public/bloglines2email/trunk to keep updated and create patches if you want.
Thursday evening, I went to Ferry Building with Garth and Yann to have Oyster. We had a lot of oyster, like 10 for each and they were really nice. I've not taken much seafood while I'm here in this summer but apparently seafood in San Francisco seems pretty good.
I went to Metreon to watch the movie "Charlie and Chocolate Factory" by Tim Burton with Johnny Depp. I got a ticket and waited for an hour reading a book, but when I tried to enter the theater I was told that the facility for IMAX was broken and thus they'll refund the ticket. Sigh. Anyway I've got a free pass for any movie there that won't expire.
Friday we hanged the "hackable" LED on the wall. This LED has a telnet interface to put a message and Bradfitz created a web interface gateway to pass text from your browser, like "DUDE THIS RULEZ". You can use the interface as RESTful API as well.
I happened to found a pretty nice hamburger restaurant on the Misson and 4th. It tastes so well but it makes me realize that it will surely get me fat. Actually this is my first real American food ever during this stay.
Today I spent a couple of minutes (yeah, minutes!) to upgrade my personal blog (in Japanese) to MT 3.2, from MT 2.51 with Japanese patch. It was pretty straightforward, except I had to take a dump of mysql and converted it into utf-8 from euc-jp, which I thought makes a trouble somehow.
The automatic upgrade process is pretty slick and did a nice job to upgrade everything without any problem. All I had to do was manually copying the necessary plugin (most of all are unnecessary now thanks to default SpamLookup plugin) and modifying the hardcoded charset strings in templates.