Woke up 4am and got the 6am flight from Seattle and landed SFO 8am. I turned on my cellphone and got the message from ANA customer service center saying "Today's flight has been delayed for 2 hours because the flight from Japan has been delayed."
So far I've been in SFO for 4 hours. I'm now in UNITED Red Carpet club, wondering why they don't offer free Wi-Fi or ethernet. Ended up signing up T-Mobile pay as you go Hotspot account for $6/hour. 1.5 hour to go.
Just started watching Heroes. Yes because I just got my TV lately, I have tons of shows like this (24 S06, Lost S03 and Prison Break S02) that waits for me watching.
I only saw the first episode but it's quite funny that Hiro doesn't look like Japanese (which actually he is) and the co-worker's Japanese is so bad and can't understand what he's saying without following the English subtitles. I guess they are Chinese or Korean.
Anyway this show is promising good. Don't post spoilers for me ;)
On Friday evening I went down to Mountain View to join the party at jkondo's place. There were a couple of friends from Hatena and the drink and food were so great.
Because no one was interested in driving me to the Caltrain station and everyone else were staying at his house as planned, I stayed at his place as well.
Next morning he gave us a ride to the SFO airport and then SOMA for me. Back home Saturday morning like 10am.
Was still a bit sleepy and had a random nap while watching F1 US Grand Prix qualifying round.
Did some hacking to write media-rss-server.pl, which scans windows Hard Disk drive and publish RSS 2.0 feeds with enclosures and MediaRSS. It makes me easy to subscribe from my HTPC mac using Democracy Player. Also added a hack to generate thumbnails for the movies using ffmpeg.exe. Works great.
Woke up 10am Sunday morning.
Saw La Liga Espanola final round (Real Madrid v. Mallorca) and the ending was exciting. Watching SopCast peer-to-peer streaming from Mac (by connecting VLC to Windows) just worked.
Also watched F-1 US Grand Prix on Fox TV. The video quality was great but there were too many commercials, like every 10 minutes. I'll skip watching the next French GP on Fox.
It was 5pm and the outside was still shiny. I took a walk to Embarcadero and finished reading Everyone Worth Knowing. It's clearly not the greatest book for this year, but I've been enjoying it for a few weeks.
Had a good BBQ pork ramen and shrimp fried rice in House of Hunan, which is getting to my weekly habit.
Norman Nunley, ex-coworker of Artur in fotango is currently in the Bay area (Berkeley) and Artur and I had a dinner with him in Westfield food court (I forgot the name of the restaurant but it's a great vietnamese one).
A lot of people have been wondering what it is that I have in my userpic, and today a couple of people took photos of them having the same thing, and even there's a web service that you can mashup my hand + the purple stuff with your own face photo.
The purple stuff is actually the Yahoo! Japan goodie "chin pillow".
I booked the flight to Seattle, arriving 6/22 Friday 9pm and leaving 6/26 Tuesday 6am(*1) to visit my friend perl hacker Ingy dot Net.
I already booked the ticket for Mariners v. Boston Red Sox baseball game on Monday 25th night but if there's anything that I should do in Seattle, give me a suggestion. Thanks!
*1) I needed to book the flight this early because I'll connect the flight in SFO to Narita, which is an international ANA flight departing 12pm noon. The next flight arrives 10am, 2 hours earlier and I don't think it's safe, considering there could be flights delays etc.
I installed Democracy, the decent Videocast client program on Mac mini and am enjoying the High-Def content from the Web, like Rocketboom, Ask a Ninja and Diggnation. (Some of them might not be technically HD but the quality is good enough).
One of my fave sites to find trailers is Dave's Trailers Page, which collects links to mostly HD movie trailers on Yahoo! movies or Apple trailers page every week. But the site doesn't have an RSS feed and there's no way to track or automatically download the new trailers, etc.
So I made the feed. You can subscribe to the feed using Democracy or just default iTunes, and hook the computer to the TV. Every day you can get the High-Def (the feed is linking to 720p quality one) trailers automatically, which is very nice.
For those who are interested, It's done by 20 lines of Web::Scraper script and the latest plagger on SVN. You can change to 1080p if you want, and run it yourself to host the rss feed file. I guess you might be able to do this with Y! Pipes but scraping data is dead easy if you use Web::Scraper module, which I'll talk about in YAPC::Europe in Vienna.
Hooked the cable and did scan the Cable and Digital Cable. Most TV channels from Comcast are available for free thanks to the QAM Tuner built in this model. I can watch HD channels (CBS, ABC, NBC etc.) as well and 720p/1080i picture quality is good.
For some reason 1080i channels look better than 720p. When I tested with my 42" plasma (720p) in Japan, 720p looked better. I guess it's because my new TV is full HD.
Connected 500G LACIE HDD to Mac mini and mount it to play vids.
Enabled Windows sharing and access the other 120G HDD connected to my windows to play the fresh files I download using WIndows. It gives a gap when I play bigger files because it's network sharing. I need to think about how to sync these data.
Connecting Mac mini with VGA and it just did 1920x1080 out of the box, but it gives me a little bit overscan (there are ~5% of black area between edges). I'll need to find the way to fix this by no overscan.
Installed Remote Buddy to control lots of apps (QT, VLC, iTunes) using Apple Remote without using the Front Row. This is an awesome software.
The only problem I have is that with 1920x1080 setup, and I sit 10 feet distance from the TV, I can't read the characters on Mac! I configured the Finder font size up to 16px and it's almost readable but other applications like Safari or iTunes are almost impossible to read. It's mostly because of the distance and my eyesight, but need to think a bit about it.
Just to make sure my vox blog doesn't get full of rants or wtfs.
Amazon.com and EGL are GOD. Amazon.com shipped the two items in the next business day (Monday) I ordered items (Sunday midnight). EGL called me because they can deliver the item 2 days earlier than the original expect, and called me again 10 minutes before they come to my apartment.
The guy also helped me to setup the TV (which is not so heavy, but not light either so that I can bring up myself).
Not all online shops and delivery businesses are bad.
BURGER KING relaunched in Japan 7 years after their backdown, and there're 700 people waiting in line for 1.5 hours to get the food. Waiting 1.5 hours for BK! It's always amazing how Japanese people love to wait in lines: Krispy Kreme and Coldstone Cremery are the recent examples.
I went to see the movie "Knocked Up" in the westfield on last Friday with Steve and Lisa. It was from the same director with "40 Year Old Virgin" and the movie itself was entertaining as hell.
By every minute it gives you the hilarious thing and I couldn't stop laughing at all. The last 15 minutes was full of "uh-oh" and ohmigods and made me kind of upset and scared of letting my future-wife pregnant but above all, it was a great movie.