Nakaya Fountain pen

My Nakaya Fountain pen has disappeared.
Have no idea how and when, but could not find it in my bag this morning.

Either I lost it while taking out something else in my bag, or stolen.
A strong feeling of loss and disbelief.
If stolen, how possible and where. In a Cafe where I was working ?  Is it possible ?

If lost,  how did it happen?

Anyway, it is gone.

As much I enjoyed it, the loss is strong, so I don’t think I will buy a replacement.

 

Help Megumi

First time to see such an ad in Japan, and obviously not in the most expensive ad spaces in Shinjuku.

Assume it coincides with President Trump visit to Japan and the media interest in the abduction story .

 

Unthinking, Overthinking

A good article by the Economist 1843 Magazine on overthinking .

I think most of us experienced it in our lives and I often see it around me.

It does not mean that research and knowledge are not necessary, but at some point the load and amount of data make it difficult for us to make decisions.  Contrary to Deep Learning/Machine Learning that more data can be helpful (usually), I guess the human brain has limitations on processing.

Can be as simple as deciding “Which coffee machine to use at the office”, researching all options, quality, pricing, or which hotel is the best for a family trip.
Today’s life and data on the internet provides us too much information. Some good, some bad, some intentionally manipulated by marketing companies and we need to find a way to make educated decision but not “overloaded, overthought” decisions .

 

 

Train

One of these mornings that I wish I stayed home.

Rain, umbrellas, busiest hour and maybe some bad luck has totally exhausted me.

Considered going out in the middle, but decided to stay.

No photos, no media. Just words and your imagination.

A bird

Sometimes need luck, or maybe also patience.

The bird in this photo changed it from a very ordinary scenery photo to something more interesting. It feels like it is sharing the view with me, watching and appreciating in a same way.

三渓園

Sebuhiroko live

Went to Blue Note Tokyo last night For Sebuhiroko’s live, Album release tour.

 

 

and from her Instagram account:

 

 

As she said during the concert, difficult to call two shows a tour, but it is still called so by the production company.

I love the Blue Note, the crowd and I love Sebuhiroko. Not really the standard Blue Note music, she rocked in some songs, Alternative in others, Jazzy in some.  Explosion of music, passion on stage. It was great. It was obvious she is having wonderful time on stage and wished she could do it more.

Some songs from the Album were arranged differently, “Night Walk” changed from a loud rock sounds, to one guitar in slower rhythm.

 

Another that caught my attention is Zazen boys’ 本能寺 (Honno-ji) cover, which was excellent, Jazzy, Rocky, Cute, Loud .

Could find this cover on youtube from a concert last year,  the original Zazen Boys is here.

 

 

 

 

 

Nick Drake on Starbucks Japan playing list

Heard it several times, but was not sure.

“Shazam”ed it just in case, and it is true. Nick Drake’s Pink Moon is on Startbucks Japan playing list.
Love the selection but puzzled.

Nick Drake to me is the Melancholy king cool kids listen to. It is a name and Album the Indie group in high school shared, knowing the others do not know and never heard about.

Ambivalence of people recognizing good music as such, but feeling something is stolen from me.

Cray Financial reports

A different subject than usual, and obviously expressing my own opinions.

Cray published their Q4 and 2016 full year results , which gives some insight into the volatility of their business.

 

Quotes:

Actual results for any future periods are subject to large fluctuations given the nature of Cray’s business.

 

Revenue in the first quarter of 2017 is expected to be approximately $55 million.

 

While revenues for Q4 2016 were $346.6M, which are more than half the full year revenues of $629.8M, while Q1 is estimated at $55 million.

As an amateur investor, I would not invest in Cray stock. Volatility and uncertainty are scary.

What I fail to understand is analysts opinion that still rate the stock between Buy to Strong Buy (Closer to Buy). Am I missing something

A Brief History of Seven Killings

Started reading the 2015 Man Booker prize winner, A Brief History of Seven Killings .

Many reviews warn it is difficult to read and follow the different character, but so far I find myself fascinated with the book and flow.
Maybe even more than that, I realize I know nothing about Jamaican recent history, as depicted in the first part of the book.

Will definitely try to read more about it once I finish this book.

Fascinating