Category Archives: Technology

Welcome to Mars, Curiosity Rover!

Hi folks, I’ve been avidly following the Curiosity rover’s trip to Mars for the past few weeks, and as I write this, I’ve been watching the landing live on JPL TV. It’s been pretty exciting to watch. Up to eight … Continue reading

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iPhones Apps for Japanese/Korean studies

In a recent post, I showed a screenshot of my iPhone, and I got some interested comments about the apps I use. So, I wanted to post a list of apps I regular use for Japanese and for Korean studies. … Continue reading

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A Time For Retreat

Today I said goodbye to my wife and daughter who are going to Japan a week ahead of me (I have to stay behind for work, etc). As always, it’s hard to say goodbye to my daughter. She is a … Continue reading

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Final Fantasy 7 as social commentary

It’s one of those things I’ve noticed for a while, but couldn’t articulate until recently. I started playing a famous video game named Final Fantasy 7 throughout college, and again in recent months using an old Playstation 1 that I … Continue reading

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Typing Korean (and Japanese) in Linux

A while back, I wrote a post on typing Japanese in FreeBSD, but since I started learning the Korean language too, alongside Japanese, I decided to revisit the subject. The default method these days for inputting Japanese or Korean is … Continue reading

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Japanese Language, Buddhist Sutras and Ruby Programming

A while back, I talked about my efforts to get a full, liturgical version of the Amitabha Sutra, one of my favorite Buddhist texts, online with both Chinese characters and Japanese-romanized reading. Because the sutra is so long, it is … Continue reading

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A Good Day to be a System Administrator

(Warning: a nerdy post) I work as a systems engineer at the “Big Ol’ IT Company” (BOITC) and so I have to know the typical skills of a systems administrator/engineer: Linux/Unix administration – This includes more than just installing systems. … Continue reading

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The Amitabha Sutra, Online

So, one of my personal projects that I’ve had for over 2 years was to print a copy of the Amitabha Sutra (amidakyō 阿弥陀経 in Japanese) in order to complete the “liturgy” section of my Buddhist texts page. I finally … Continue reading

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Chinese Pinyin in HTML Ascii

A long time ago, I wrote a page about how to correctly display Sanskrit, Pali and Buddhist terms with diacritics in HTML. Compared to older methods, using HTML and extended ASCII codes is a much better, more portable method once … Continue reading

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Reliving Final Fantasy Fun

When I was a young lad, about 10, I was a proud owner of the original NES 8-bit system, complete with games like Legend of Zelda, Super Mario and such. But probably my most favorite game was Final Fantasy I, … Continue reading

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