How Mario Party ruined our friendships

I just came back from a game night at a local bar. It was a cozy little event the bartender cooked up for St. Patrick's day and he had a friend bring over a Switch and set up Super Mario Party on a large TV facing three couches. Drinks were on the house. Everybody chipped… Continue reading How Mario Party ruined our friendships

Windows Phone’s music player error 8007003 fix

Some people are still getting this in 2017 and myself included. There are a few possible causes to this issue. I have narrowed down the list of likely culprits as follow: The song itself can be corrupted. The song can be in the wrong format. There exists a duplicate of the song somewhere in Phone… Continue reading Windows Phone’s music player error 8007003 fix

America, what have you done?

Like the rest of the world today, I have been shocked by the outcome of U.S. 2016 presidential election. Donald Trump, an outsider among his own party and a man of rotten moral values, was elected the 45th president of the United States of America. America, how did this happen? A friend of mine in the Bay… Continue reading America, what have you done?

The bots of Twitter

I hate social networks! I hate their invasive policies! Can I have some privacy on the Internet? Goddammit people! Rule number five of the Internet: We do not forgive, we do not forget. That's right. No data on the Internet is safe from scrutiny. No mistake is ever forgiven. Everything is indexed, cached, stored several… Continue reading The bots of Twitter

The right to disagree

This is an epilogue to: "A letter for your continuous improvement" I was fired. Of course I would be. I had a long discussion with the HR person and we agreed to disagree on our ideals. She perceives values in human interactions and harmony. I perceive values in measurable results and efficiency. While I believe… Continue reading The right to disagree

To my Scrum Master: A letter for your continuous improvement

I question neither the manifesto nor the methodologies of Agile, I have certainly benefited from your class and I don't intend to disregard of your teachings. Nevertheless, I'm not comfortable with the arguments you provided when I pointed out the flaws in your hand-on exercises. And when you pulled that "Appeal to Authority" fallacy card… Continue reading To my Scrum Master: A letter for your continuous improvement

Judging a book by its cover

I took a break from writing White Destiny and visited a new bookstore nearby in search of inspiration. I headed to the Light Novel section and bought a random book with the nicest cover art without knowing what it is about. Turn out, the book, titled "Bungaku Shoujo" aka "Book Girl", is quite acclaimed. After reading… Continue reading Judging a book by its cover

To my Viking cabin mates at Camp NaNoWriMo

It usually takes a long time for me to finish writing a chapter. It goes without saying that even in a fictional context, I tend to spend a lot of time on researches: the vocabulary existed in the era (estimated 14 to 15 century AD), the clothes people wore in the era, buildings, materials, onomatopoeia… Continue reading To my Viking cabin mates at Camp NaNoWriMo

My daily battle: 1,000 word goal (Day 2)

I hit some logistical nightmare during my research today. It takes forever to get the timing and transportation right. I guess I'm running into deficit again. Fact #1: It takes 6 hours by train to travel from Fukuoka to Chiyoda prefecture, 4 hours by air from Fukuoka Airport to Haneda Airport + 1 hour by train… Continue reading My daily battle: 1,000 word goal (Day 2)

My daily battle: 1,000 words goal

The word count for Sasaki this NaNoWriMo Camp is 30,000. Over 30 days of April, that means 1,000 words per day. I've cranked out more words in a day in blog posts so 1,000 words should mean nothing. Nope. The Pantser Me: This is going to be a piece of cake! Okay, now characters decide to spend… Continue reading My daily battle: 1,000 words goal