Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Well, it is rainy season.
I tried to add a little vignetting using the TiltShift Generator featured on Ben Curtis's 'Snapper Talk'. Sadly it refused to save it, telling me that the file must be an image file. I am most confused.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Football (not soccer)

Spent three days last week in Nagano with the school's football club. Together with students from a high school from Kyoto, my students were instructed by two under 18 coaches from Spain.
In Japan as America, football is known as 'Soccer', but the Spanish coach and I agreed that football by any other name...

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Higher Education

From selection of photos of lectures and lessons. See more pics here, and learn more about where it came from here.
It was an education just taking them.

Thursday, July 16, 2009


Shopping at the supermarket today reminded me of the old gag about watching your job or you will be replaced with a computer. Pictured above is the latest addition to the checkout lines in Japan's Jusco chain, the DIY register.
Hook your bag onto the holders (bottom left) and then scan in your items yourself and pay. The holder weighs your bag it seems, and then check for the weight of all that is being scanned to make sure you are not being a cheeky tea-leaf.
The whole operation of about 14 machines is monitored by 2 staff.