Just a few days ago, I was in Sendai attending a seminar on Spintronics research. It was there that I met Nobel Laureate Peter Grünberg. He was among the keynote speakers we had at the seminar.
What do we know about Peter Grünberg?
He is a German physicist and shares the Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of giant magnetoresistance (GMR) with Albert Fert. This discovery brought about a major breakthrough in gigabyte hard disk drives. If you’re using a computer right now, there’s a high probability that the hard disk you have there has a GMR read head.
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On the Shinkansen heading back for Tokyo! To reward ourselves for a hard day’s work, I bought the beer and my junior bought the gyutan stick. A win-win combo!
Shinkansen’s moving right now so I’ll see y’all in Tokyo real soon!
Left rainy Tokyo and am now in sunny Sendai again for a 2 day seminar. Sendai is a very popular city for holding conferences and seminars. It’s not my first time here because of work. I always enjoy being in Sendai though. Located just under 2 hours by Shinkansen north of Tokyo, she’s ranked quite high on my list of favorite cities in Japan. The weather is great, the girls are cute and gyutan yummy. ^^.
Have you been to Sendai?
I wrote about 男前豆腐 (otokomae tofu) a while back. Am such a big fan that I even have their T-shirt and cap, which I proudly don on tofu days.
When these showed up in the supermarket, naturally I could not resist. 一本気豆腐. How cool a name is that?!
Are you having enough tofu? ^^.
Had a chance to drive Toyota’s Prius recently when Nippon Rent-a-Car didn’t have what I wanted. So I though, meh, why not give the “eco car” section a try. There were only 2 cars, Honda Insight and Toyota Prius. Being a frequent customer of Nippon Rent-a-Car, I had in my possession, a ¥4000 discount voucher.
What the heck, I’ll just go with the slightly more expensive Prius.
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To commemorate their quarter pounder’s success in Japan, Mcdonalds Japan has released into the wild (and into my tummy) a commemorative variant with bacon and bbq sauce.
Scrumptious. But there was this one thing that bothered me as I had my way with the quarter pounder. I found her buns a little small. I remembered quarter pounders to have bigger buns when I was living in Sydney.
Food portions differ from country to country. Do Mcdonalds’ burgers differ in sizes too?
Seriously, when did my life become like that. ^^. Is yours like that too? It doesn’t have to be a computer display, TV counts too you know.
In between typing today, I thought I’ll just give trackpad handwriting a go. It’s not enabled for Japanese inputs on Snow Leopard. If you want to use it or give it a whirl, you’ll have to enable chinese inputs. Although there’s a choice between traditional or simplified characters (traditional usually involves more strokes), if you intend to use this for writing Japanese kanji, go with traditional characters.
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As I was walking along the corridor today, my eye caught a glimpse of this logo. I’m sure it must have caught your attention too?
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My cinema display at the office was a little down ever since I got her. So recently, I asked her why.
She told me she needed a facelift.
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