Tokyo Big Sight

Tokyo big sight always looks to me like a pilgrimage place in the morning. People flocking in, the design of the building.

 

Tokyo Big Sight

 

“Israel says”

Not stating any political opinion, but find it odd the way news sites reports about Israel.

CNN has world news:

“Iran’s economy dealt massive blow by trump”

“Rockets fired at Israel from Syria, Israel Says”

The “Israel Says” part is surprising. Wasn’t this verified with independent resources? Has Israel ever lied or fabricated such news ?

Just another reminder that news and history are subjective.

 

Radiohead Lift cover – Kettles

Found the Kettles through their “Heart of Glass” Cover and found an interesting band of two members, Drums and Guitar.

Love their most recent cover, “Lift” by Radiohead.  Actually, “Cover” is a not the fitting word here as the music is copied, but the lyrics are different.

When Radiohead Lyrics are about being in a safe place, isolated when it is time to come home, Kettles Lyrics are about a new start. Similar in a way, but different.

(Translation below is not complete)

 

もう走れない靴で歩いてた

I walked in shoes that cannot run

ずっと曇ってる空が続いてる

Cloudy days continue

 

ついにさよならを告げる時が来た

何もかも捨ててしまえば

朝は来る

Time to say goodbye, throw away
Morning is coming

もう二度と嘘はつかずに生きていたい

そっと休めてた羽を広げて

この空を飛び回ろう

Want to live a life without lies, spread my wings and fly

朝を迎えて そして

新しい日々が始まる

振り向かずに

Facing a new morning, new days are coming.

Not looking back

Hedda Gabler – ヘッダ ガブラー

Saw yesterday the play Hedda Gabler at Bunkamura Cocoon theater.

It has been a while since I went to see a play, especially in Japanese.

Obviously missed a few words here and there, but luckily (?!) actors speak clearly, so it was not that difficult for me to understand.

Terajima Shinobu was great, but also enjoyed the stage design, the See-Through Mirror which is used twice in the play. First Scene and last Suicide Scene. The colors and light coming from the windows.

It is good to remember how a good play is much better than a movie.

Less important to mention, I was the only foreigner in the theater, many people watched me, none approached.

 

 

A Photo a day

Trying to get back to Photography, so will try to take and post a photo per day.

Not only taking a photo, but also editing it and posting it takes time. So I hope this will “make me” put more effort and though into it.

 

First one:

Green

 

Hiring requirements at Preferred Networks

Bumped into this Blog post and wanted to share :

 

Researchers must be seitsu (精通, “familiar with” in Japanese) all aspects of computer science.” We have always had this requirement since the times of PFI because we truly believe in the importance of having a deep knowledge of not just one specific branch but various areas when doing research on computer science.

The field of computer science is making rapid progress and we must always pursue its advancement

 

Information overload

With Facebook, twitter, Instagram, news, Line News and more I feel I have information overload.

It is not only the time spent viewing, skipping, but the amount of Data I am exposed.

Rough estimate, I believe 95% (or more) of it is redundant.

What to do about it?

Disconnect from a source and “risk” missing valuable information (FoMO), or trim the sources.

I am currently trying the second approach. Unfollow/Hide information or sources I feel are less valuable to me.

Obviously, I am sometimes too busy to read/check which means I just ignore all sources for a while. Did not experience any loss or problem with that, so hopefully soon I will be able to disconnect from sources.

ヒヨドリ + Cherry Blossom

ヒヨドリ (Hiyodori) or a “Browned Ear Bulbul” is not that pretty, but I enjoy it, especially during the spring when it visits our garden to drink from the plum flowers.

The photo was taken in Nakameguro area, the Meguro river:

ヒヨドリ

 

 

By the way, the Israeli Bulbul is called White Spectacled Bulbul and is much prettier.

Skin in the Game – last

Previous posts:

Skin in the Game Part 2

Skin in the Game

 

Last post and a summary (?)

It was an interesting book, but I did not enjoy the way it was written. I am guessing I will be holding my breath for the next book by Nassim Taleb.

Collected some notes and quotes:

people need to be equal, at least for the purpose of the conversation, otherwise it fails. It has to be hierarchy-free and equal in contribution.

I fully support this, and also relates to my experience in Japan. While in Israel the hierarchy is there but less strong, it is maybe too strong in Japan. Going to drink or eat with a customer and the conversation feels superficial. That unless there is a strong and long relationship between the members.  I am lucky enough to be a foreigner and able to break these walls of hierarchy.

People who are bred, selected, and compensated to find complicated solutions do not have an incentive to implement simplified ones.

Maybe not directly related, but I am almost allergic to the use of the word “elite” in Japan, the branding of people according to their education. It means nothing to me and it does feel sometimes like “smart” people are acting the act and trying to talk or act in a complex way.

Traders, when they make profits, have short communications; when they lose they drown you in details, theories, and charts.

Same goes for Sales. If all goes well, nobody cares. If not, the excuses, finger pointing and theories prevail:  “Political instability”, “Competition is doing this or that” and more