Ramsay Ramblings 4/30/2008

I’ve been feeling pretty grotty this last week. First Rikuto “got the byouki”, then Mami “got the byouki”, and now I’ve “got the byouki”. Although I’d love to sing a song about “getting the byouki” (getting sick), I’ll spare you this week, and share some more Ramsay Ramblings instead. Magnitude 7 Earthquake Virtually Hits Gifu Since my net buddy, Mike McKinlay came to visit last week, I took him to […]

Ramsay Ramblings 4/21/2008

Is the weekend over already? Time seems to be flying these days. We are well into spring and the suzumushi (bell crickets) are piercing my brain with their high pitched singing. It must be time for some more Ramsay Ramblings! 5 yen a bag, or take a box for free! Today, my mother-in-law came by for a visit, but before she did, she stopped off to buy some groceries. Now, […]

Do You Read Self-Help Books?

I don’t read many books. I usually prefer to strain my eyes and induce headaches by reading content on the web. Right now, however, I am half way through How to Win Friends and Influence People, a book written by Dale Carnegie in 1936! Disclaimer: The above link is an Amazon affiliate link and yes, I am trying to make a quick buck off my readers. However, at least the […]

Notice: Moving LongCountdown.com

I’ve started to move this blog across to my new web host. It can take up to 72 hours to “propagate” around the internet, so for the time being I’ve closed the comment form. In the meantime, I’ll let you admire my new ultra-skinny blog template! 🙂 If you like, you can find me on Twitter at @nick_ramsay. I’d love to hear from you!

Maru Batsu Survey #1

There’s a popular Japanese website called Kotonoha OX Social, a simple Yes/No survey site, where O (maru) means Yes and X (batsu) means No. The concept is simple and fun, so I thought I’d tie it in with my usual ramblings and ask you to give OX answers to the following topics which have been on my mind lately. 1. Jason is onto a winner with The Carbon Blog – […]

Apologies for “Unscheduled Maintenance”

Let me take a moment to apologize for the 6+ hours of downtime my websites experienced today. When I woke up and switched on my computer at 8:00 am, it was already impossible to connect to any of my sites (of which I have a dozen, serving around 8,000 visitors on a typical Tuesday). The problem wasn’t resolved until mid-afternoon, and a few connection difficulties persist as I write this. […]

Ramsay Ramblings 1/30/2008

Today’s ramblings cover Japan’s desire for foreign workers, a Japanese alternative to Adsense, the latest on JapanSoc, and an unexpected present. Japanese businesses gearing up for foreign workers I’ve just been watching my wife’s favorite TV show – no, not Aura no Izumi! – actually, she turns on the telly every night to watch World Business Satellite News, possibly the only news show I can stomach watching. The first segment […]