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JayMysteri0

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Tokyo is my home planet.
Kind of wished I had gone to Tokyo and got 'stuck' there during the pandemic.

One food youtuber I watch got so stressed from being in the states during covid, he's temporarily moved to South Korea. He can afford to, and it's added fresh content for his youtube channel.
 

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Kind of wished I had gone to Tokyo and got 'stuck' there during the pandemic.

One food youtuber I watch got so stressed from being in the states during covid, he's temporarily moved to South Korea. He can afford to, and it's added fresh content for his youtube channel.
When we were visiting I read Murakami's Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. So dark, so melancholic and just refreshing. It had such well-written cyberpunk elements I was shocked to read it was written in the 80s. In the USA, sometimes I feel like I should be ashamed of or at least being looked at weird for deeply enjoying melancholic stuff. I love the Shintoist temples. Centuries old wooden dragon carvings and the smell of the rain. The quietness of the world's largest metropolis.
 

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When we were visiting I read Murakami's Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. So dark, so melancholic and just refreshing. It had such well-written cyberpunk elements I was shocked to read it was written in the 80s. In the USA, sometimes I feel like I should be ashamed of or at least being looked at weird for deeply enjoying melancholic stuff. I love the Shintoist temples. Centuries old wooden dragon carvings and the smell of the rain. The quietness of the world's largest metropolis.
I watch stuff like that also. I’ve not been to Japan either and we’re keen to go. Good skiing to be had.
When I'm not watching the walking tour videos of Japan, I've watched this series for personal inspiration. They cover a wide range of creators.


 

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I suspect techies are overrepresented here, we migrated from a tach forum after all. I have smart everything in my home, but after the 4th move, I'm just too lazy to integrate it all. The most milage smart lights get here is that my toddler's nightlights are scheduled to dim gradually and turn off by 10PM. If she has a nightmare, I can just turn the nightlight back on remotely, and it usually saves us from getting up and console her. My lights shift into red hue as the night progresses, and are programmed to turn on at sunset and turn off by 11PM. Alexa is in the most remote corner of the kitchen so it only picks up our sound if we yell at it, and it's mainly used to tell the weather, and preheat the car on cold days. It also gives me reminders when I need to feed the kids, or their nap time...

About all I bother with is having my laptops announce the hour in case I've been stupid enough to sit around that long. Oh, and turn on Do not Disturb and some night shift lighting on my gear.

Short of that at least in winter I do need the exercise of going around to turn lights on or off and raise / lower the shades etc.

And... the way I look at demos of tech-assisted living has turned out to be mostly from standpoint of laughing at the go-wrongs of other people's more advanced cars than I ever owned. Stuff like windows in the rear that automatically roll down when it rains...
 

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I wonder why Alex Jones hasn't started a new theory.. all smart TVs are secretly recording you. You see the camera is embedded, it's got multiple mics like Alexa..
 

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About all I bother with is having my laptops announce the hour in case I've been stupid enough to sit around that long. Oh, and turn on Do not Disturb and some night shift lighting on my gear.

Short of that at least in winter I do need the exercise of going around to turn lights on or off and raise / lower the shades etc.

And... the way I look at demos of tech-assisted living has turned out to be mostly from standpoint of laughing at the go-wrongs of other people's more advanced cars than I ever owned. Stuff like windows in the rear that automatically roll down when it rains...
There's no remote for my kids unfortunately.:/
 

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I wonder why Alex Jones hasn't started a new theory.. all smart TVs are secretly recording you. You see the camera is embedded, it's got multiple mics like Alexa..
Alexa was secretly recording you until somebody proved it and Amazon stopped... but who knows if they just stopped for a while and started again when we stopped paying attention?
 

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Alexa was secretly recording you until somebody proved it and Amazon stopped... but who knows if they just stopped for a while and started again when we stopped paying attention?
Technically, they're "supposed" to show the light when it's recording but it seems obvious that isn't the case. I can't say whether I really trust these devices or not but one thing I do know for sure is that if listening to me tell my dogs to get out of the kitchen all day is the best use of their time, then so be it.
 

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Technically, they're "supposed" to show the light when it's recording but it seems obvious that isn't the case. I can't say whether I really trust these devices or not but one thing I do know for sure is that if listening to me tell my dogs to get out of the kitchen all day is the best use of their time, then so be it.

With me about all they're gonna get from tuning into my studio activity is a clue that maybe someday I'll shift to ordering seam rippers by the case instead of the two-pack.... the recordings would run mostly to me addressing myself out loud in exasperation... like "Gee if you're tired of using the unsewing tool you could try stitching this stuff right the first time once in awhile..."
 

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If I had one the device would hear me instructing Alfred, the geese or the hooded mergansers on the lake not to go away, stick around, I've just gotta grab the camera......
 

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If I had one the device would hear me instructing Alfred, the geese or the hooded mergansers on the lake not to go away, stick around, I've just gotta grab the camera......

Oh yes... that was me whispering through glass of the back door to a fledgie hermit thrush who popped into the interior of my deck outside the kitchen to have a look around. I was so astounded to see that beautiful creature (who definitely is not the type of bird to be investigating people's porches or decks) and so annoyed that my phone didn't happen to be on top the microwave getting charged up. Of course he was gone by time I returned! And good thing what I said then wasn't recorded.
 
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