Japan May 2023, Kyoto day 3, Gion

Walking through Gion Our second full day in Kyoto was walking into the Gion district with walks to the Hōkan-ji Temple, through Sanneizaka and up near Kiyomizu-dera. We then walked over to the Nijō Castle area and back closer to downtown for dinner at Isomatsu. The crowds in Gion near the temples were very significant and there were vehicles trying to get through roads flooded with pedestrians. Restaurant Isomatsu I had researched some restaurants and made a reservation at Isomatsu in downtown Kyoto. This was probably one of our favorite meals, we had a large booth by the bar, the…

Japan May 2023 – Kyoto, Arashiyama

We took the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kyoto, staying in downtown Kyoto. Downtown worked out really well as Kyoto is a big city but spread out with lower buildings so while downtown is a busy area it is not incredibly busy. Arashiyama Our first destination the next day was the bamboo grove in Arashiyama. We took the train from Kyoto-Kawaramachi, changed trains at Sai , and took the train into Arashiyama Station. The train cars on this route were old, very clean, on time (of course) and just charming. There are a variety of train routes which go into Arashiyama…

Japan May 2023 – Tokyo days 2 and 3

After lunch in Tsukiji we went for a walk to teamLabs Planets but it was completely sold out for the day. I ended up ordering tickets a week out, so fair warning just book ahead of time. The area around teamLabs is fairly uninviting, a lot of modern buildings, roads and bridges. The Gas Science Museum is right down the road from teamLabs which seemed to be the one other attraction in the area. Our second full day was bucket list item “fluffy pancakes” which put us in the Shibuya area. We went to ‘A Happy Pancake’ in Shibuya and…

Japan May 2023 – Tokyo first days

This was my first time in Japan, vacationing with our two oldest kids we flew into Tokyo via Narita Airport, took the train to Kyoto, then Osaka and back to Tokyo. We went to Yokohama inside a day from Tokyo. Of course millions of people visit Japan for the first time and nothing here is new. We had an awesome time and if you’re considering going to Japan maybe this will inspire you. The afternoon approach into Narita. Tsukiji Outer Market We visited the Tsukiji outer market on our first day. You may read this is very touristy area but…

Termisaur macOS terminal emulator

I recently acquired the source code to a terminal emulator application for macOS which I had implemented in a past line of work. The source code originated on MacOS 6 as shareware and has undergone a variety of transformations and updates over the last few decades for commercial purposes. First ported to NeXTSTEP using Objective-C, then updated for OpenStep, ported to Windows using YellowBox and eventually MacOS X. I spent some time updating it and will be doing further work with the goal to get it in nice shape for the macOS App Store. My personal interest in the program…

restaurant noma, Copenhagen 2022

My personal connection to Copenhagen, albeit tenuous, goes back to childhood. My father worked for the US government and would travel to Thule Air Force Base in Greenland through Copenhagen during the 1970s. He didn’t stay very long and we didn’t hear much about it but he’d bring back some chocolates, Danish coins and a few photos. I remember reading about the original noma location in an early 2000s cooking magazine, I believe it was the now defunct Fine Cooking, the pictures, the incredibly innovative food gave me the sense of an otherworldly experience. I thought then that if I…

MacBook Pro A2289 repair for dead machine

TLDR; Rossman Repair Group was able to fix an A2289 13” MacBook Pro for less money than Apple and without losing data. I post this in hopes it helps someone else. We purchased a new 2020 13” MacBook Pro in August of 2020 for my wife to use. It was extremely well taken care of, used at home, she used a keyboard protector, only used the Apple provided power adapter and it had generally light use of mostly web browsing and streaming videos. Two years later the laptop went to France for a vacation – we rarely bring laptops on…

What’s old is new

I registered the objc.net domain back in 2000 and set up a blog using the Blogger service. My goal at the time was to establish some sort of Apple developer audience as a prelude to releasing my open source project Cocotron. I don’t know how much the blog achieved of the goal, maybe the audience was only one person, but ultimately the release of Cocotron would successfully alter the course of my professional career in the intended way, i.e. improve it. I largely gave up on blogging when I started using Twitter in 2008, I was able to connect with…