Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I'm not so good at the waiting game

Two days (well, closer to one day if you're in Japan, I suppose) before we're supposed to hear back regarding my Certificate of We'll Let You In Temporarily, it's getting very hard not to send pleading emails to my school (they'd go out constantly if I thought they'd help).

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Flappy Golf for Android

First off: I love video games. I'm just not very good at them.

It's usually my girlfriend who plays them; we spend a lot of time with her on the PS3 and me either just watching or futzing around on the tablet (I enjoy my Nexus 7). We both play RPG's, but I'm more into turn-based JRPG and strategy (e.g. the Final Fantasy series before XIII and the Disgaea series) and she's a bit more on the action side (the Mass Effect series, Skyrim, etc).

Having done a bit of Android development, though, I have a pretty significant interest in finding what I'd call good mobile games -- that is, games with actually involving gameplay and decent revenue models I don't mind paying into -- both to play such games and to learn from them, so that if I ever end up making a more involved game, I'll have an idea of what works and what I personally enjoy.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Monday, August 4, 2014

Curry nabe (Japanese hot pot) recipe

After being inspired by this Cookpad recipe, which suggests dry frying Japanese curry roux  (S&B linked here because it's the one I use) to bring out their flavor and then using the resulting happiness as a broth for nabe, I figured I'd try it out as comfort food for my girlfriend, who has her first interview for a job in Japan tonight via Skype.

Full Disclosure: Unless you find Japanese curry roux unbearably attractive and/or you simply cannot live without the comfort of my witty prose, you might want to skip this one. The ingredients are quite good, but the curry roux does not, in my opinion, make a great nabe base. I'm posting it anyway because I took pretty pictures and it'd be a waste to let those precious bytes go to waste.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Starbucks: Minnesota versus Japan

Partially unrelated: My first job, in high school, was working at a Starbucks in MN. I loved that job! I say partially unrelated because if I'd never worked there, I'd probably always avoid it in any country, since it's just another chain. Since I remember it fondly, though, I do stop there occasionally.