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Yesterday heaven touched the Earth.

You'll never guess who we saw when we went for a picnic in the park: The Emperor and Empress of Japan. Yes, that's right, I said the EMPEROR and EMPRESS of Japan! How cool is that?

It was just a regular Sunday afternoon and we decided to go have lunch at Ueno Koen -- a very large park with several museums and a zoo, located a few stations away from our house. Unbeknownst to us, and to anybody else, it was also the day that the royal couple decided to come and do their annual viewing of the lotuses in Ueno pond (quite an impressive sight actually).

When we showed up, we noticed all these suspicious-looking guys with bad haircuts and little microphones in their ears hanging around. They ushered everyone off the roads and laneways because a "VIP was coming through." Being the snoop that she is, Karen insisted that we stay and see who it would be (I wanted to go and eat, figuring it would be the President of Slovenia or some such person).

We ended up standing at a bend in the park road with about fifty other people. All of a sudden police motorcycles started whizzing by. Then came one black limo, and then a second. In the second car were the smiling faces of the royal couple themselves. The crowd let out a chorus of OOOhhhs and AAAAhhhhs -- after all, it's not every day that you're in the company of a descendent of the Sun god.

To make a long story short, the royal couple saw us two giant foreigners towering over the small crowd of black-haired munchkins, holding a waving baby up in the air, and they obviously thought it was cute because the Emperor pulled his wife over to look and wave at Jack.

What a moment...

To my great disappointment I wasn't quick enough with the camera to get a picture of the Emperor himself, but one of the photos posted above is of Jack and Karen just as the royal couple passed.

It just goes to show you. Never stay home when you can go out and do something. You never know when the gods will descend to Earth and bless your child.


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The great thing about mobile computers, if you ask me, is that you can do your work anywhere at anytime.

Take my case, for example. As you read this, probably thousands of miles away from me, and maybe many years in the future, you couldn't possibly know, unless I tell you like I'm doing right now, that as I write these words I am actually sitting on a soft brown upholstered cushion on the greatest commuter train in Tokyo, the Yamanote line.

It's 7:24 p.m., August 24, 2001. The young woman to my right is reading a small book in a hot pink, vinyl dust cover, and the skinny couple across from me really seem to be comfortable in each other's company. Just before I got on the train I ate a ham and cheese burrito that I bought from a Seven-eleven near the station, and I can still taste it in my mouth.

Creepy, don't you think? Mobility combined with instant self-publishing on an international scale. This, to my mind at least, adds a whole new dimension to the written word.


Have you ever, just on a whim, typed your name into the address box of your web browser just to see what would come up?

Well I did,, and oh, the shame!


A friend of mine at work today told me that he thinks there is a big market out there for hybrid magazines: ,i.e., magazines that combine two traditional genres.

You know what I mean, like a women's magazine about guns, or a guitar magazine about traveling. It seems like a good idea to me. I don't know for sure, but if my computer programming magazines looked like this, I'd probably be inclined to buy them more often.