Recent pages

Reliable Mealtime Friends

10/20/2007

A look at a few of my favorite meals for myself in Japan. Nothing fancy, but dependable friends in times of need.

Grocery Shopping in Japan

10/19/2007

(This entry contains a number of pictures and may load a bit slowly on some connections.) I spend a lot of my day thinking about the next meal. In conjunction with that I do a lot of grocery shopping. Here is an annotated pictorial of my groceries.

Getting Cold in Kamioka

10/18/2007

Its starting to get cold. I am wearing long underwear (thanks Mom!), and its the middle of October. The thought of the approaching winter leaves me in tears.

Teaching Adult English Classes

A collection of my thoughts and advice from my English conversation lessons taught to an adult class. A handful of ideas on topics, and awkwardly generic recommendations.

Getting started with Shoes on OS X

10/15/2007

Shoes is a GUI toolkit worth a look. Simple design, brief code, and Ruby make for a pleasant experience. As long as you can overlook the minimal documentation and unpredictability that comes with young projects.

Expectations and Reality for the lowly ALT

10/14/2007

When you apply to the JET program you have a lot of expectations. Then you talk to a couple of people who participated in the JET program before, and you get a new set of different expectations. A true JET veteran would tell you that Every Situation Is Different and to stop predicting because you're never going to know.

FAQ about JET

10/13/2007

Answers to a bunch of questions about JET that I get asked frequently. If there are any questions that I didn't answer throw me an email and I'll do my best to answer them.

A Few Quick Updates to Site

10/12/2007

I have made a few technical updates to the website. The consequences should be more stability and a better visual appearance for Internet Explorer users.

Back in Action

10/10/2007

My life is finally settling down, so you can look forward to Irrational Exuberance no longer being a ghost ship. It will be, at minimum, a skeleton crew instead. By the way, I apologize for any crappy Halloween humor, I have been teaching elementary kids in Japan about Halloween for a week, and it looks like I have three more weeks to go.

Eating Cornflakes

08/20/2007

Much like an awkward date, sometimes you find yourself talking a lot about a topic that no one actually cares about. If you live long enough, that conversation's topics may be cornflakes.

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