Category Archives: Random

Gucci’s Delivery Service

Lots of things in Japan are… unusual.  This is why the country is so interesting to many of us.  The picture above, however, surprised me a bit.  It seems like the ladies promoting Gucci’s goods are… witches flying on one … Continue reading

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Cell Phones Are a Menace…

Funny yet relevant warnings observed on the subway in Tokyo.  There are too many folks walking with phones in their hands and playing, texting, reading, etc. while walking. Result:  they are bumping into each other and getting injured in many … Continue reading

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Cheating in Chess (Not again!)

In my previous post, I wrote about how the lichess.org platform can detect and reprimand cheaters who play online by using strong chess programs to win.  When lichess.org detects cheating by comparing moves actually made with the top moves recommended by … Continue reading

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The Future of Cars We Might Not See for a While

This is a series of photos taken by me in Ginza at the Nissan showroom.  This red car is a concept car for 2020.  Like in the case of most “concept cars”, this one will unlikely reach real customers any … Continue reading

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The History of the Top Chess Players Over Time

Watch this beautiful visualization and remember that there is nothing more constant than change.

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The Roman Holiday

Recently, I posted this short story about a train in Japan leaving its station 20 seconds earlier and all of the embarrassment that transpired. Since then, I have spent 10 days in Italy and can report a very different treatment of time in … Continue reading

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The Japanese Tragedy

On November 14, 2017, a terrible event (by Japanese standards) took place on a railroad: a train left Minami-Nagareyama station 20 seconds ahead of schedule! When the company noticed, it began to panic and issued an apology to the offended … Continue reading

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