Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Reading Day

Spent almost all day reading "Revolution In The Valley" by Andy Hertzfeld. It consists of a series of anecdotes about the making of the Apple Mac. The reader is given the clear impression that Steve Jobs is a fucking psycho.

I've recently realized that I'm surprisingly poorly read where computer history and culture. In the near future I intend to read "Insanely Great: Life and Times of Macintosh, the Computer That Changed Everything " and "Crypto: Secrecy and Privacy in the New Cold War" by Steven Levy, and "Accidental Empires": How the Boys of Silicon Valley Make Their Millions, Battle Foreign Competition and Still Can't Get a Date" by Robert X. Cringely. Are there any other books on the history and culture of computing that I should read?

Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Jonathan Meades Collection

I received the Jonathan Meades Collection today. It consists of three dvds, containing a total of eleven programmes, every second of which is genius.

Severn Heaven

In Search Of Bohemia

Get High


Remember The Future

The Absentee Landlord

Double Dutch

Fast Food

Father To The Man

Magnetic North

Friday, December 26, 2008

Hacking At Random: Call For Papers

A call for papers has been give for "Hacking At Random".

While trawling YouTube I came across a moving impromptu performance by RATM:

History And Culture

A relative sent me three books on computer history/culture for Christmas. "The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage" by Cliff Stoll, "Revolution In The Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made" by Andy Hertzfeld, and "Hackers: Heroes Of The Computer Revolution" by Steven Levy.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Karamoon's Kristmas Address, 2008

I, Karamoon, condemn the world in the strongest terms possible. I guess that's enough...

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Earthships For Breakfast

Breakfast with Ben and Chi-chan. We talked a lot about Earthships and the possibilities of building them in Japan.

A brief guide to Earthships:
(1) Earthships use passive-solar heating.
(2) Earthships use thermal mass, in the form of very thick walls which hold heat.
(3) Thermal mass is significantly different from insulation.
(4) Earthships do not require any connection to infrastructure.
(5) Earthships are the future and the past.
(6) www.EarthShip.net

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Vincent Van Gough, Vincent Can Cough

Watched a documentary series about the life of Vincent Van Gough. The documentary claimed to be based on letters Vincent wrote to his brother Theo. It made Van Gough out to be a drunk pervert, which he may well have been.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Pinkest Of Cows

Watched "The Corporation" with Alex. In the evening we went to "The Pink Cow", a popular gaijin hangout in Shibuya. It was my first time to The Pink Cow, and I was semi-impressed. It was expensive and a bit smoky, but it was slightly better than I expected.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

All The President's Pen

Watched "All The President's Men" for the first time. Overall it's very good, but it's let down by poor acting. Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman can only be described as lame.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level Three

Took level three of the Japanese Language Proficiency Exam. I hadn't studied much so I didn't have any chance of passing but I was happy to find that the listening section wasn't so tough. The test was held at several sites across Japan. I took it at a campus of Tokyo University. The campus was swarming with French. They were simply everywhere. Being French they were instantly recognizable. They were all wearing blue jeans, brown shoes and leather jackets...

After the text I ate "soup curry" in Shimokitazawa. It was rubbish but as I had walked for two hours in order to find a restaurant that looked inviting, I told myself that it wasn't so bad.

In the evening I borrowed "All The President's Men", "The Conversation", "Take The Money And Run" and "The Front" from the DVD rental shop. I also borrowed the first DVD for Miami Vice.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Keep It Miyashita

Bumped into a friend and her daughter in the local Indian restaurant. This kind of thing never happens in Japan. They joined me and Chichan for lunch. We talked about hard-to-diagnose blood-borne diseases and we ate curry.

Hung out in Shibuya. There was a very small protest against Nike consisting of about 20 protesters and 50 police. Nike have bought a small park in Shibuya and plan to destroy it. Currently there are a bunch of homeless people living there, and poor people like me hang out there drinking cans of tea from vending machines because we can't afford to go to cafes.
More info here, but only in Japanese: minnanokouenn.blogspot.com

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Security Resources

Here are some security resources that I have found to be of the highest quality.


Non-technical Books
"Secrets And Lies" by Bruce Schneiner
If you buy one book on security, get this one.

"Beyond Fear" by Bruce Schneiner
If you buy two books on security, get this along with the above...

"The Art Of Deception" by Kevin Mitnik

"Hackers' Handbook 3.0" By Dr. K

Semi-technical Books
"Security Engineering" by Ross Anderson

"Hacking Exposed Series" by various authors

"The Best of 2600: A Hacker Odyssey" edited by Emmanuel Goldstein

Technical Books
"Applied Cryptography" by Bruce Schneiner

"Hacking: The Art Of Exploitation" by Jon Erickson

I also recommend attending the CCC in Berln and HOPE in New York. See www.ccc.de and www.hope.net for details.

If you are in Tokyo come along to a Tokyo 2600 meeting. www.tokyo2600.net

Monday, December 01, 2008

Learn Japanese Pod

Anyone wanting to learn Japanese should listen to the Learn Japanese Podcast by Alex Brooke.

The main site is here: learnjapanesepod.com
Episodes can be downloaded here: japanese.libsyn.com
The forums are here: learnjapanesepod.com/forums