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酸辣湯麺 (Sanratanmen) 2020/02

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In to hot and sour noodles these days...


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「泰興楼」 自由が丘店:相変わらず酸味と胡椒辛さがガツンと。
近所の中華料理屋:野菜と豚肉がタップリ。辛みが少ないが癖になる味。


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池尻大橋「橙」: トマトが酸味を増長。

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銀座「橋梧」酸紅麺:酸味と紅油の辛いつゆそば

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Shopping List, Feb 11

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Decide to test out Amazon hub...pickup at the train station.

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SHOPPING LIST :
Need to backup some data from an IDE HDD...

Stuff for my tennis elbow (actually turns out to be golf elbow symptom wise...)

New tennis wear for a change...this I bought from UNIQLO
Kei Nishikori AO2020 Version Tennis Wear

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Tennis Strings

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Started the tennis year with a couple of hours of play this weekend. Had a difficult time holding down my strokes with one of my rackets, and I'm going to blame the strings instead of my skills. Suffering from a slight tennis elbow and shoulder pain, so thinking about trying a softer type of strings instead of the nylon strings that came with the racket and a bit harsh on your wrists and shoulders.

A lot of recommendations for the Technifiber X-ONE BIPHASE.
Flat stroke player, wanting a string that helps hold down the ball, soft on the wrist and elbows.
Any other recommendations ?


p.s. Congrats to Novak, 2020AO Winner, as I am posting this.


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Minatoya 3 Mercedes Me Roppongi

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Collaboration of German and Japanese craftsmanship. The founder of a famous Japanese noodle shop "Minato-Ya" has opened shop inside the Mercedes Benz showroom in Roppongi.
Who would imagine Mercedes Benz serving noodles !?
The special shoyu based hot and spicy Tsuke-men noodle menu named :Minatoya 3 Vision "Mercedes-AMG GT Atatakai-Nikusoba" (what a name for a noodle dish !) is said to be inspired from the AMG sports series of the Mercedes brand. Spicy and good tasting it was. The pricing also inspired by AMG ? lol
Worth a try while it is still open....only in Japan



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English Pages

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As part of the site tune-up, the English side of the website was initially planned to be merged with the Japanese side and be terminated. I had thought of either supplementing the Japanese contents with English translation or doing away with contents in English completely.

This direction goes against the current web trend that calls for dedicated localized pages. It also does not mean that I don't want to post contents in English anymore because I still do ! The main reason I had made the decision was due to the burden and redundancy on my part to update information twice, once in Japanese then in English. I had also set up a separate blog for posting English dedicated articles, but articles are not posted as often as expected. What would you want to post in ENGLISH ONLY in the first place ? lol

Result...I decided to keep the English side of the website.
Restructuring the website to be modular enabled a common content body for both Japanese and English webpages so updating is an one time procedure. Language switching is done using style sheets. The remodeled website has a English side with the majority of contents mirrored and synced, but in English. A look at the Blog postings in the Japanese side and the corresponding English page will hint at what is being done to achieve this.

BTW, This helped.
Rodger Keays.com "Using base href/ with Anchors"- https://rogerkeays.com/blog/using-base-href-with-anchors


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21st Year / Wayback Machine

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Started in 1999, this website is in it's 21st year, which makes it a good timing for the minor design change going on.
The earliest snapshot of this site logged by Wayback Machine dates back to August of 2002.




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As part of the website design update, I'm currently seeking a new design for my website logo. Been using the original for quite a while, but still haven't decided on the new design or whether to keep the original or go with the new design.
Also looking at the Google Analytics results to see how the site traffic is.




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サイトデザイン変更

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Updated site design.



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レスポンシブ/Responsive

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Spending time since the year end to tweak the web site into a more responsive design. Luckily the website had been originally coded so the layout and design function is basically gathered to the stylesheets, which made the design change quite easy.
In addition to redesigning the site menu, work has been done to add a a new layout design for mobile devices (vertical screens ) basically only using CSS stylesheets. Lets see how this works.
Planning to do some site access analyzing and SEO experimenting.
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Happy New Year 2020 !

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Happy 2020 !
Wow...already the 20th year of the 21st century !
Wishing everyone health, peace, and many happy returns this year !


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Goodbye 2019

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An hour left till new years. Thanks everyone !

#yearendsoba #tempuracoldsoba #soba #yummy



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Movable Type 7.1.4

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Updated system to Movable Type 7.1.4




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Echo,BOSE,Spotify and Radiko(and Amazon Music)

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(2019/12/11: 図を変更、TuneInのSoundTouch再生を〇に。)


Amazonから注文の翌日に届いたEcho Flexで週末セットアップを試みた実験結果:

  • Echo FlexからBose SoundTouchのごく基本的な音声操作は可能。
    • ただしSoundTouchのプリセットを音声指定できないのは不便。英語では対応しているようだが?

  • Echo FlexからSoundTouchでTune InとAmazon Musicの再生が可能 (12/9:TuneInが再生不可になってしまった。→12/10:ハードリセットで復帰)
    • ただしAmazon Music Unlimitedに加入が必要

  • Echo FlexからSoundTouchでSpotifyとRadikoの再生は不可
    • Spotifyは再生可能と書いてあったのに....商売っ気タップリ。

  • 家電操作はEcho (Flex) > Google Home
    • Wake wordが一声ですむ("オッケー・グーグル"に対して"アレクサ"に済む)

    • 家電操作スキルの操作範囲が広い

    • 自然なしゃべりでコントロール可能

  • 聞き取り精度はGoogle Home > Echo (Flex)


Amazon Musicが内容的に良く動作も安定しているので加入し、今はもっぱらSoundTouchで音声再生させている。ただしBoseのAlexa SkillはPresetの指定が出来なかったり当初できていたTuneInの再生ができなくなってしまったりとまだ発展途上の感あり。
今後に期待したい。

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Audi Q2

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Audi Q2を半日借りることができた。

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モデル名から判断してAudiのコンパクトクラスのSUV版、すなわちVW Poloクラスの車両を想像しながら身近で見ると、一回り以上大きく立派な印象を受ける。普段遠目から見る寸詰まったプロポーションに騙されていたようで、SUVほどではないものの、それっぽい背高さも相まってかなりボリュームがある。
プラットフォームがA3/Q3ベース(MQB)すなわちA1の派生ではないからか。

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バーチャルコクピット搭載車には既に何台か乗っているので慣れてしまった。当初はギミックとして面白くみていたが、今となってはセンターに独立画面がありながらメータークラスターに地図を表示する必要性が感じられない。かえって注意力散漫にならないだろうか。またメーター類のフルデジタル表示はいまだに馴染めない。メーターの針は確かにスムーズに動くものの、メカニカルな"針"か欲しいのはアナログ時代の人間の証か。

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室内、特に荷室は思いの外広いと感じたのも「2」という数字に惑わされたせいかもしれない。後部座席は少々立ち気味に感じたものの、荷室はA4と遜色がない空間に見えた。このクラスでもハッチが電動開閉式なのには驚いた。
質感についてはしっかりカッチリ出来ているという印象。走行距離が数百キロの個体だったこともあり剛性感も高い。室内はプラスチッキーな部分もあり決して高級感はないいもののこのクラスのAudiなりの品感はあり。

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この車で一番感心したのは軽い走行感を演出するエンジン(とおそらく車重の軽さ)だ。
DOHCターボであるものの、3気筒でたった1000ccのエンジンを搭載しているわりには都内のトラフィックを余裕をもってリードできる馬力、特にトルクは感動的である。ほとんど都内の走行だったゆえほとんどFF走行だったものの、少なくとも1.5-1.8L並みのトルクがあるのではないかと思わせる走りっぷりであった。返却前にエンジンルームを覗いてエンジンを再確認したくらいだ。FF専用モデルだから成立するのかもしれない。

個人的にデザインがしっくりこないのと、300万超えの車なりの高級感がもうちょっと欲しいところ。
新型のQ3あたりに興味あり。

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Amazon ALEXA Echo Flex

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Now a smart speaker for 30 bucks !
Worth a try at voice controlling my BOSE SoundTouch speakers that can't be controlled by Google Home.

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Echo Flex (エコーフレックス) Plugin Smart Speaker with Alexa

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傘雲富士とEFマウントアダプタ

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Attached my Canon EF100-300mm lens to the EOS M6 MarkII using the EF adapter.
Mt.Fuji in sunset wearing a bamboo hat cloud means going to work in rain tomorrow...Monday.
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Autumn at Shinshu '2019

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Nice timing at the nice place, with a new camera to capture the peak of the autumn color leaves.
Watch the images from the URL below.


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EVF(for EOS M6)

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The moment you aim your camera instead of the smartphone, you feel helpless without a finder to look into.
The EVF-DC2 which is an option electronic view finder for the mirror-less EOS M6 series is a must for people who have camera shooting in their bones.



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UNIQLO LifeWear Day Tokyo 2019

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Went to see the tennis charity event "UNIQLO LifeWear Day Tokyo" held at Ariake Tennis Coloseum. Fascinating to see Rodger Federer close by and live in action. First time watching wheel chair tennis too. Too bad not being able to see Kei Nishikori play, skipping the match with Federer due to injury.
Took pictures using my new digital camera.



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The End, The Beginning, and It's Not Over Yet

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World Cup Rugbyはまだ続く。
Brave Blossomsの快進撃は労いたい。
ただ日本の敗退でまるて大会が終わったかのような報道に違和感を感じる。
ホスト国として最後まで大会を盛り上げてこそ日本にラグビー文化が本当に根付くと思う。
準決勝、決勝に日本が目指す高みがある。

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