Grades don't matter

I've often heard - and said - that grades don't matter. What's interesting about this is that two people can both say 'Grades don't matter' and mean completely different things. What different things could they mean? This comes down to a distinction that I've only recently grasped in terms of …

Things to do in Kyoto at night

Things to do in Kyoto at night

I got a bit 'templed out' in Kyoto - while the many temples and shrines scattered through Kyoto are beautiful, I was craving variety by the end of each day. To top it off, they all close at 5pm, so in a city known for the beautiful temples and shrines, …

Japanimals 3 -The Deer of Nara Park

Japanimals 3 -The Deer of Nara Park

Nara is a city near Osaka and Kyoto. Nara is famous internationally for the deer; they live wild in the city and especially in the huge Nara Park. Nara Deer Once you get off the station, the deer are waiting on the footpath immediately outside, ready to steal your food. …

Japanimals 2 - Arashiyama Monkey Park

Japanimals 2 - Arashiyama Monkey Park

Arashiyama Monkey park is a short hike up a mountain on the western outskirts of Kyoto. If you're in the area, definitely check it out, it was one of my favourite stops in Kyoto and provided a nice break in the endless procession of temples and shrines. Close to 200 …

Design 101

A talk I gave at work on 'Design' - A somewhat vague concept to many, that is actually more concrete and practical than many expect. This is meant to be given as a talk and only has margin notes, so it is somewhat lacking context. If I ever give this …