Archive for category General

Mar
15

Some small changes

Posted by on Wednesday, 15 March, 2006

If you notice something different about the layout today, that is because I am currently experimenting with what to put in the right sidebar. I am tired of the one-line movie reviews (it doesn’t generate any value-add to my readers, and I am too lazy to update it in a timely manner).

So for now
First I added the Technorati Favorites widget, displaying the latest three posts from blogs that I have tagged as my favorites on Technorati. After putting in the sidebar though, I was a bit disappointed in the lack of customization. My sidebar bar is 200 pixels wide, and that the Technorati favorites block barely fits in it. Further, the colors and layout of it really doesn’t appeal to me.

Secondly, I made a Flickr badge displaying photos tagged with ‘Japan’. It looks kind of nice, don’t you think?I took away the Flickr badge because it was unreliable for some reason – often not displaying any pictures at all, so the Technorati Widget is back until further notice….

Another idea is to put up my Newsvine Watchlist. I will perhaps tinker a bit with that this coming weekend – it’s a piece of Javascript though, and I don’t know how much it can be customized either.

Then there is this list of things to put in your sidebar over at Listible.com to consider as well.

I’m a bit lost here. I need to put something really cool there but I don’t really know what. I will have to retreat into my Web 2.0-approved home and think really hard. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!

Feb
24

Lost in Japan – now with tags

Posted by on Friday, 24 February, 2006

Well, I fell for the hype, I added tags to the site – or rather, the usability of the site will hopefully increase by introducing them. I didn’t want to litter the site with lots of categories, especially for subjects I might not write so much about. Further, there might be some posts which are totally off-subject too. Just putting them into the “General” Category and relying on the keywords that might be in the actual text, it will be pretty hard for people to find the post through search engines etc.

For this purpose, I installed Ultimate Tag Warrior by Christine Davis which this far seems to be doing an OK job. Next task is for me tol add tags to all archived posts, which I will do when I have some spare time.

[EDIT] Ok, call me a hypocrite if you want (see my old post about tags in cloud format) but I added a tag archive displaying the tags in, you knew it, cloud format. It’s just that there isn’t a better format that I can think of right now. Sure you can have a plain old list, but it wouldn’t be as interested. Reach the tag archive here: http://lostinjapan.groth.hm/taglist/

Feb
24

Finally Olympic Gold for Japan – and Sweden (again)

Posted by on Friday, 24 February, 2006

GOLD

Shizuka Arakawa

Finally Japan got a medal in the Torino olympics! Shizuka Arakawa blew away the competition (Sasha Cohen, and Irina Slutskaya aomng others) to finish on top.

Oh and by the way, we Swedes are getting a bit spoiled with our own athletes. The Swedish women’s Curling team took the gold, beating Switzerland in a very even and exciting match (or so I hear).

Swedish Curling team

Jan
29

Tilt-shift photos seem to be the latest cool thing

Posted by on Sunday, 29 January, 2006

Roy Thomson Hall photographed by Bigdaddyhame

The latest “cool thing” on the Internet seems to be collections of Tilt-Shift photos – especially the trick used when taking photos from a very high point (tall building or helicopter) and focusing on a small area down on the ground, creating an illusion that makes the scenery in the picture look like a model city. It’s pretty cool stuff, and I think the latest Internet craze of this technique, which is not a new one, started with Andy Baio linking to this: The City as an Avatar of itself. Then a flood of information followed; there’s a Flickr group here.

And here is good resource for information and links to nice photos: http://hame.ca/tiltshift.htm (Set up by the guy who took the brilliant photo above.)

The latest I found is a Japanese page featuring photos from Tokyo using this technique, there are some very nice pictures here at the “Bitter Girls” Blog. (via Del.icio.us)

Jan
24

Starting to like my new job

Posted by on Tuesday, 24 January, 2006

Well, after a month of not doing especially much at my new job, part OTJ, part everyone-is-too-busy-to-give-me-work, January has been a huge improvement. Slowly I have been handed over some of my main responsibilities, and slowly I have been getting into the new job and the new company.

It hit me today, wandering through the office, that I finally am starting to like it here. It’s always tough in the beginning at a new job, and you think “why did I come here?”, “I don’t know anything, how can I be of use?”, “boy, this company is different from my previous workplaces” etc. But recently, the place has been bustling with activity, a sort of activity I have never ever seen at any of my previous jobs. There are people having meetings, talking, running around, customers coming and going, consultants en masse brought in, and tons of people from corporate HQ. It just gives the air around here a certain feel of energy and excitement. It makes me want to work, even though some of the individual tasks I do are not that exciting, you get a feeling that you are part of something huge, something that is moving forward, quickly, and that so great.