Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The mechanized magic of japan

Gundam launch tube? Or parking garage?

Monday, May 18, 2009

Angels and Demons

Sometimes I just get flashes of filbert like comic strips flash through my head. This is the most recent one that I just came up with. Two computer geeks are talking at the office. "you up for watching the new movie?" "is that the new mathematical thriller? The sequel to the Pythagoras Code? "no, that was Angles and Demons" "ah, nah, I don't like movies where the sine's are all tangential and incongruent" Drum roll

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

On the coast of shigoku

One of those rare times during this trip where it wasn't raining. I just got back after 4 days of riding and 1500km.

I went through the longest tunnel, and crossed the worlds longest bridge span, spent a grand total of 16000yen for 3 nights stay at inns, and ate Italian food in Kyoto, and Brazilian in Nagoya. Paid over 15000 in tolls and went a top speed of 165kph.

No reservations whatsoever.

Please do not ride the toilet

Quite possibly the funniest public sign in japan. I crapped myself
laughing. Thankfully I was on said toilet.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Total spontaneity

I made a snap decision and jumped onto a boat heading for Shikoku. For those who don't know that's the smallest of the Japanese main islands, with the others being kanto, kyushuu and Hokkaido in the north. Given the prospect of 5 days holiday thanks to golden week, and everyone else being away on their own trips spending 5 days on my bike sounded like a great idea. So like all other things, there is a ferry that will take you straight there on a overnight trip, and even bring your bike or car if you want. The ship is moored at the end of the island beside daiba, and it has a big ramp so that bikes and cars can just drive up. Very organized. There are free area rooms which basically have communal areas with a pillow and blanket. Breakout areas with many vending machines sell everything from instant noodles to beer. They even have a microwave so you can cook your food. They even have an ofuro. Basically it's a cruise without the nice room or a restaurant or a swimming pool. We continue on into the pacific ocean now, with full cell phone coverage heading for the tropical island of Shikoku. My ducati awaits me the deck below.