Friday, December 31, 2004

A happy New Year for 2005

It's been hard to be positive when I look at those of world news which tells me many people were died or suffered from disasters. I think some sort of negative coincidence happened a lot for last few years, and I hope the year 2005 will be a turning point where things turn to the upward-spiral path.

今年は色んな事が起こりすぎて、世界で起こっている状況に対してポシティブな姿勢を保つことが難しかった。未来は予期せぬものであるけれど、ネガティブな見方が蔓延している状況は次の惨事を起こすトリガーになりかねないような気がします。2005年は身の回りの些細なことであれ、出来うる限り状況をポジティブに変換していける年になればと願いつつ。

I would hope that the next year will be a peaceful one.
そして世界が平和を再び感じられることの出来る2005年となりますように。

Peace on Earth!
地球に平和を!

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Aftermath of X'mas

I bought a new car. It's a Saab 92x Linear model. This car is fantastic. The interesting point is that the platform technology of the car is shared with Japanese car maker Subaru. The base car is the well known WRC winning AWD car, Impreza WRX.

Even though my 92x model doesn't have Turbo, the ride comfort is quite impressive and I love driving this car a lot. I saw several motor review sites which claims the car is just a rebbadge. Well, I don't think so. The car obviously has Subaru character like AWD, but that thing is obviously better technology than Saab currently lacking, and Saab did good job for fine tuning the ride quality and comfort.

The result is: My friend who owns Saab 93 told me that Saab 92x has similar ride feeling with 93. My friend who owns Subaru Impressa/Outback also said similar thing to me. So, I think the car has good mixture of both car makers, and I think it's a win-win combinations. :)

Also, this car reminds me how important I should think about my budgeting. Now I have monthly payments for this car but the car made me think about life in many ways. I'm confident that I made a great choice, and am very motivated to develop myself more in coming years.

Having said that, saving money would be a top priority for 2005. My life style would change quite a bit. ;)


Friday, December 17, 2004

Most Improved Page-Layout Program

Yes, we got the prize from MacWorld UK! This is a beginning of the new face of Quark. :)

ソフトウェアが実際に形になるまで、特にQuarkのような大きなアプリは開発から発表まで2年近くかかります。ようやく、本当に求めていたものが形になりつつある時を体験しているんだなということを実感。

ソフトウェア作りは忍耐なり。

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Japan's sun rises again - CNET

Interesting sets of articles on CNET. I think the point is: Japan is always in a process of tranforming itself, which makes Japan as a unique country and producing comsumer products in global context. It's a sort of cultural remix.

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Ukiyo-e girl



I went to have few drinks with my friends and saw this girl at the bar. Obviously, it's not her normal outfit but she was really enjoying the Japanese Kimono with the makeup.

I asked her why she wears these stuff. She told me that she is hired to do so and works for the bar. I was happy to see many people were talking to her and said that "You look so cool!". I agreed. :)