26 January, 2013
I’m back from three and a bit days in Tokyo. Most of it was business, with meetings and stuff, but I got some time off to do some sightseeing. And there are a lot of sights to see in Tokyo. Here’s a photo from each day.
Tuesday I arrived after sunset. This was the view from my hotel room window in Shinagawa.
Wednesday I went to Shimomaruko for business meetings at Canon Inc. headquarters. Shimomaruko has a much smaller “village” feel than skyscraper feel, with detached houses and little fruit stalls and stuff in the streets.
Thursday I had a few hours free before meetings to tour Meiji Jingu, the major Shinto shrine in Tokyo.
Friday I went to the National Museum, and spent some time in Akihabara, which is the major electronics retail area. It’s insane!
Four very different flavours of Tokyo in four days.
18 January, 2013
Friday night, dinner out. We went to Garfish at Crows Nest, a really good seafood place about 15 minutes walk away. The weather was really hot (new record all-time high temperature for Sydney at 45.8°C), so I opted for the beach feel with the simple fish & chips from the menu that includes a lot more fancy stuff than that. It’s really good fish & chips. And the wine was Brindabella Hills 2011 Riesling, from the Canberra wine district. Really nice, lemony, a bit of residual bubble, and a bare hint of the usual riesling stoniness. It went really well with the fish on a hot night.
18 January, 2013
I work for Canon Information Systems Research Australia, a subsidiary R&D company of Canon. It’s usually very difficult for me to say much about what I’m working on beyond “stuff to do with optics and cameras”, because of the need to keep our current research within the corporation. Once the work is patented and published, it becomes more public and I can point and say, “I did that” – but that’s two years or more after I actually did the work.
But I just found some stuff on Canon’s own public website that will give you an idea of what I’m working on right now. This. I’m working on this. Not all of it, just some aspects. But yeah, my work right now feeds directly into this, and more specifically the last section, about health management and safety.
17 January, 2013
The swimming pool at my work, with a view to the main satellite dish which I believe is used by Foxtel to uplink subscription TV broadcasts to their satellite. I went for a swim this morning. The pool is only 12 metres long, so I did 84 laps for a total of 1008 metres.
16 January, 2013
And this is the other end of my daily train commute: Wollstonecraft station near my home. Much nicer than the underground station at Macquarie Park.
Trivia: My suburb, Wollstonecraft, is named after Edward Wollstonecraft, who settled the region after fleeing England to escape from the controversial notoriety of being related to his early 19th century feminist aunt, Mary Wollstonecraft, mother of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.
15 January, 2013
So, I’m going to be in San Francisco (attending Electronic Imaging 2013) from Sunday 3rd February to Friday 8th. Monday to Thursday I’ll be busy at the conference during the day, but I may have evenings free. And I’ll have Sunday afternoon and most of Friday free.
So… who do I know in San Francisco?
(Oh, I’ll also be in Tokyo next week for business, with most of Friday 25 Jan free before I fly home in the evening. But I figure there’s less chance of anyone I know who reads this being in Tokyo…)
15 January, 2013
I catch the train home from work here every (working) day. It’s a fairly new station, opened in 2008. Before that I used to catch a bus to and from work. The train cut about 30 minutes off the trip in each direction.
14 January, 2013
Monday morning, so I thought I’d take a picture at work. I work in the same building as Foxtel has some of its offices. They seem to split them up by channel. So for example the ground floor houses the Weather Channel and Nickelodeon, both of which have signs and other stuff proclaiming them (such as the giant Spongebob Squarepants by the door). On the first floor there is this mysterious door off the lift lobby, with no other labels. I presume that behind it lurks either the BBC or Sci-Fi channel.
I didn’t blog Saturday’s and Sunday’s photos, but if you want you can see them by clicking.
11 January, 2013
My wife and I usually go out for dinner on Friday nights. Tonight we went to El Karim, our favourite Lebanese restaurant. These are the felafels. Delicious as usual! You can see (most of) the rest of the dinner if you wish. (That one omits the fried halloumi, which we’d polished off already.)
10 January, 2013
Lazy today, so I just took a macro of some tomatoes that were sitting in our fruit bowl. (I was going to type “vegetable bowl”, but then I remembered the pedantry of the Internet… We actually have a fruit bowl for apples, bananas, peaches, apricots, etc., and an adjacent tomato bowl, since we always have tomatoes.)