Monday, March 13, 2006

Ajax & fresh baked bread

Nothing major to report. Lots of little tidbits instead.

First off, my project at work has been going well, even though it's two weeks behind schedule. I feel like I have most of it under control, and so when my manager asked me for a link that would either generate a CSV file or link to an existing one, I thought it would a good time to learn Ajax. After reading a couple webpages I put together my first basic function and it was almost as cool as the first time I used an Ajax app. Javascript it such a pain to work with, but the wow factor of the asynchronous loading makes it worth it. No going back to "web 1.0" now. Any web programmers reading this who haven't bothered to get into it yet—it's not hard at all. I know you'll love it too.

I've also started doing a little baking in my littler oven/microwave/toaster that I bought used off some Australian guy through the classifieds for about US$25. Naturally our apartment didn't come with an oven, although it did include a stove. I won't be making any pizzas in my standalone oven, but it's fun and satisfying just to be baking again. It's been awhile.

Jeff bought a PS2, which I might have mentioned before. I picked up a copy of Katamari Damashii, a game I'd been reading so much about. The praise is well merited, mainly due to the innovative gameplay. I have to wonder though, so many of the objects in the game are distinctly Japanese— did anyone outside of Japan know what they were rolling up? Perhaps it's not that important.

Lastly, I'm looking forward to next weekend when my ultimate team, Fukahire (prounounced "fook-ah-hee-ray", Japanese for "shark fin") travels to the Dream Cup tournament in Shizuoka prefecture. I was also there two years ago. Lots of fun. I just hope the warm weather holds out. Pictures from that event will definitely be forthcoming.

Now I'm going back to munching on some freshly baked bread. See ya.


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