Saturday, February 28, 2015 is amazing.

I just wanted to take a little time out from complaining to reiterate something that I may or may not have made clear enough before. is freaking awesome. For those not familiar, it's a very, very simple mobile database, a specifically a replacement for SQLite. Now SQLite definitely has its advantages, and it's the default on Android, but the mechanisms for working with it on that platform are atrocious. It's so painful that it turned me off of Android completely several times before I finally powered through and learned enough of the platform to build apps.

Now? To hell with SQLite on Android. Realm is beautifully, wonderfully easy. It'll add a little bulk to your project, but considering the massive size of most apps and the ever-increasing storage available on devices, it's negligible (particularly if your app is more than 1MB or so anyway).

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Softbank Sucks volume... what, 4? Something like that

Softbank! What a great company. When I bought a (positively shitty) phone from them, and signed up for a contract (which they subsequently strongly implied I may not be allowed to cancel), they started sending me spam text messages (several times a week).

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Another webcomic: Gunnerkrigg Court

Yesterday into last night I had one of my periodic 10-hour webcomic binges, much of which was spent reading Gunnerkrigg Court. It's a very cool story about students at a kind of half-school half-research-facility; it uses a whole slew of technological, mythological, and paranormal characters and phenomena.

Great characters, very good art, really engrossing story. Definitely one to check out.

Monday, February 16, 2015

How not to learn foreign grammar

I like Kai. I do... in some ways. But it's becoming clear to me that their method (i.e. "teachers in most cases can't and in the rest won't speak English, at all, ever") is simply not a good thing. This has become the bane of my grammatical existence and I think it's the single biggest flaw this school has.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Dakbokkeumtang (which is apparently Korean for "really good spicy chicken and potatoes")

Unfortunately, despite having made this twice (the first time with chicken wings, which was a pain to eat but very good, and this time with cubed chicken breast; MUCH more convenient), I still have no pictures.

But you should make it anyway. It's easy and wonderful. Dakbokkeumtang. I'd suggest trying to say that five times fast, but I can't even say it once.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Beer and Snacks, Volume 2: Doritos and Chee-tos

I'm going to retread a little ground that's already been covered, though in a bit more detail. But there are also some really... interesting... snacks on display, so hopefully this doesn't bore anyone too much.

Comment posting tweak

For the second time I had someone tell me this blog was not letting them comment... thanks a lot, Blogger. I switched to a popup for posting comments, so hopefully that will at least get around the problem. Please let me know if you are trying to comment but still having problems.

Japanese is freaking hard, but sometimes amazingly cool.

Being a bad student and generally too shy for my own good about speaking Japanese, one of the only times I end up using it is with taxi drivers when I miss the last train home.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Tonight kind of highlights the ridiculousness of winter in Tokyo

I'm wearing three layers. Even on the coldest days in Minnesota I wear two; an undershirt and either a hoodie or a dress shirt. Now I'm wearing an undershirt, a long sleeve shirt, and the biggest hoodie I have, because it's so cold in my apartment that this is what it takes to be comfortable without turning on the obscenely expensive and inefficient heater.

It's almost never below freezing here. So at any given time during winter it's probably 20 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit warmer here than in MN, but it feels much, much colder.

Do yourself a favor: Definitely visit Japan. Just make sure you do it in fall or spring.