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Ever wanted to climb Mt. Fuji?

I climbed the tallest mountain in Japan. Here's what I did to prepare, and how my preparation served me.

Oooh pretty.

Yeah I do a lot of fireworks videos. Because two is a lot...?

Meme, but it's food.

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you've eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.

The VGT Omnivore's Hundred:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare

5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding I say this but I've had something very very similar, a Polish version.
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese

26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper No likey spicy stuff.
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat

42. Whole insects covered in chocolate
43. Phaal Too hot.
44. Goat's milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth $120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald's Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S'mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian

66. Frogs' Legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost

75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab

93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta

99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee Hate coffee.
100. Snake

I'm also gonna try kangaroo sometime soon. Perhaps frogs as well.


Need help

I need help from people who know things about cameras. In particular I'm looking at getting a DSLR so I can stop taking crappy photos all the time because my camera is a retarded point and shoot that's all fall-y apart-y. Oh yeah, and I don't know anything about cameras except point, shoot and maybe select a few settings.

Right now I'm looking at the Canon Rebel series.

The first reason is because my friend is selling his Rebel XT (EOS 350D) for $250 plus shipping, which includes a EF-S 18-55 MM 3.5-5.6 auto focus lens, a case, a memory card and some other basic stuff. That's a really good price for a camera he used to shoot weddings and such. It takes pretty good photos and is arguably one of the best choices for an entry-level DSLR. This is great because I can get it for little more than I'd pay to get a new point and shoot so I wouldn't feel guilty if it didn't get used every single day. It's also from a friend so I know it's in perfect working condition and was well cared for. It does have some wear but only in grip areas and such; not on important working parts. It would also save him from eBay and works in with my love of used/inexpensive items. On the other hand, it uses Compact Flash (CF) cards, which my computer can't read and are becoming less used except in higher-end models. Anything along the lines of "pro" is more expensive. And in order to get the images I'd have to plug the camera in instead of just the card. The compatibility issue is a huge worry for me. It also only has 8.0 MP, which is actually slightly less than my current point and shoot (8.1 isn't that many more though).

The second reason I'm considering the Rebels is because they felt the nicest in my hands at the store. I spent a few hours after work today looking at new and used cameras and by far they feel the best in my hands. It's probably because my hands aren't very strong and the lighter body is better but it's also the size of the camera. Similarly sized cameras from other brands had significantly more "heft" to them, which I don't particularly care for. The ones I priced at in the store were the Rebel Kiss x3 and x4 (EOS 500D and 550D, or Rebel T1i and T2i). These are of course new and more expensive, but they both come with an additional lens and newer editing software. The specs of the newer cameras are obviously better but I worry about whether I need something with 15.1 or 18.0 MP. The ability to record HD video is a nice touch though and I wouldn't have to worry about outgrowing the camera any time soon, or perhaps ever. Although technology changes enough that I would probably need to upgrade in ten years to stay compatible anyway. This camera accepts SD, SDHC and the newer SDXC cards so it should stay relevant for a little while at the very least. The older model (with the EF-S 18-55 MM 3.5-5.6 auto focus lens and a 18-200 lens, all the usual stock attachments, a bonus bag but no memory card) is going for 64,800 yen, and the newer one with the same stuff for 81,800 yen. That's not cheap at 2-3x the cost of the other camera. On the other hand neither requires shipping and I'd have them immediately (and definitely in time for Hong Kong).

What it really comes down to is I don't know anything about these cameras. Will I have trouble finding lenses as I get better? Is it a given that I should try another brand if I don't buy my friend's camera? I've read the reviews and the Kiss x4 (EOS 550D / Rebel T2i) apparently blows the others on the same "level" out of the water. But is it too much for me? Probably. Will it stay that way? I don't know.



A list

A list to be acquired and read. Some I already have, some I've already read but need to reread. I miss intelligent reading...

Thus Spoke Zarathustra (Nietzsche)
The Difference Engine (Sterling)
A Memory of Light (Jordan)
Eragon (Paolini)
Eldest (Paolini)
1984 (Orwell)
Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Twain)
Animal Farm (Orwell)
The Bush Tragedy (Weisberg)
Voltaire's Bastards: The Dictatorship of Reason in the West (Saul)
On Equilibrium (Saul)
The Birds of Prey (Saul)
The Unconscious Civilization (Saul)
The Collapse of Globalism and the Reinvention of the World (Saul)
Anthem (Rand)
The Fountainhead (Rand)
Canterbury Tales
The Old Man and the Sea (Hemingway)
The Invisible Man (Ellison)
Siddhartha (Hesse)
War and Peace (Tolstoy)
Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck)
Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
The Art of War (SunTzu)
Lolita (Nobokov)
Pale Fire (Nobokov)
Maus: A Survivor's Tale (Spiegelman)
History of Madness (Foucault)
Pride & Prejudice (Austen)

Car Rotisseries

This is how the Japanese park cars, even in Hokkaido, which has more space than pretty much anywhere in Japan.

Got sent to Hokkaido on [very] short notice to work an event for a day...then got flown back to work my regular stuff. Been a long two weeks. TGIF soon~!

I missed something...

This seems like a good idea to post. Yay! Except I haven't seen the 6th one yet...