New Pictures

I uploaded the pictures that were on my Treo to the gallery. They are all small and pretty funny but it’s better than nothing.

I’ve wanted to take so many pictures especially of funny engrish things but I feel bad. I’ll take some time to post the pictures on my cell phone next week.

My Gallery

On the school side of things, the Japanese class is about as intensive as the summer intensive class I took two summers ago. I really wasn’t expecting that. The quizes they give are really hard because they give you the English definition and ask you to give the Japanese word. So even though I’ve already done all the grammar that’s going to be taught in this class, I’m pretty behind on the vocabulary and Kanji. I was thinking about asking to be put in the highest class (E) but I feel comfortable in class D. The quizes are a little harder than I’m used too but it’s good practice for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test I’ll be taking.

Other than Japanese, I’m going to take the Japanese Art History and Japanese Businesss classes because they are more interesting than the Japanese Linguistics and Japanese Society and Law classes. (woo I said Japanese 5 times in one sentence…)

The DVD of Advent Children was sold out practically before it was released. And I was convinced to buy a PSP so I could watch the UMD version. I’m not really satisfied with it though. I think I’ll be selling it in a few months if no really good games come out. Lumines is fun enough for now.

Classes for normal students start tomorrow at Konan, so I hope I’ll be able to make even more friends. Wish me luck on the Kanji quiz tomorrow.

New Phone

Picture of new phone taken with old phoneMy phone

The phones in Japan are seriously awesome. Even the free ones are years ahead of the ones in the USA. Unfortunately AU was out of free phones for guys. (They had plenty of pink phones…) So I had to buy a phone. I can watch TV on it, and the camera is really nice. It also has a dictionary and all the standard phone stuff. It’s sad how much this ($50) phone kicks my ($350) treo’s ass.

I also won an ero game while playing a claw game while I waited for my phone to get activated. I don’t have a computer to play it with unfortunately, I wish I had gotten the clock I was aiming for…

Internet!

I now have a computer account now so I can use the internet at school. Unfortunately I have only 5 minutes for today so I can`t write all the entries I have on my treo. Expect updates on Monday.

In-flight Linux entertainment systems

Today I flew back to Puerto Rico on Song Airlines (part of Delta). Every seat is equipped with a small touch-screen LCD that provides live Dish Network satelite TV, pay-per-view movies, flash games, and a music player with a selection of a couple thousand songs. While we were still on the ground in JFK they where having satelite problems so they restarted the system. It was pretty awesome seeing 170 tuxes on the top left corner of every screen.

From what I can tell every screen is a small computer. They all netboot from a server located behind first class, and mount a couple of NFS shares. The interface seems to just use the framebuffer directly, no X servers or clients. The TV and movies run much smoother than the music player and the games. I don’t know what it could mean though.

I found pictures and more info at engadget.com

When I get a car it’d be fun to try making something similar.