Do’h. Smart.fm Is Closing Down And Going Paid (And Stealing All Your Content, Too)

Do’h. Smart.fm is closing down, and taking your content with it (holy crap, I made a lot for them, including a good amount of semi-pro audio, which I paid someone for). Well, they’re only kinda-sorta closing down. The parent company, Cerego is ending the Smart.fm service and rebranding it as “iKnow” (wait… hasn’t this happened before… like twice?) and slapping a monthly fee on there. [Read more…]


Are These The Oldest Photos Of Japan?

I’ve seen some old pictures of Japan… but these are really old. We’re talking like 1860-1861 here. I didn’t know cameras existed at this time (though apparently the first exposure ever was taken in 1827, around 30 years before these pictures were taken). Pictures taken at this time were probably using the daguerreotype method, which, according to Wikipedia, involved coating a copper plate in silver, then treating it with iodine to make it sensitive to light (then you’d have to develop it with mercury vapor and fix it with some strong salt). Either way, it doesn’t sound easy. Also, getting into Japan in 1860 wasn’t all that easy either. The Shogun didn’t like foreigners walking around all that much… [Read more…]


Practicing Japanese In Your Dreams. Can It Work?

For the last few weeks I’ve been pretty fascinated by the idea of “lucid dreaming.” Basically, this is the ability to know when you’re dreaming, then being able to take control of it to do whatever you want. Of course, after being able to fly and performing dentristry on monkeys, my thoughts drifted to studying Japanese… in my dreams. The more I thought about this, the more I thought it could be possible. So, over the next two or three months, I’m going to run an experiment on myself. I’m going to find out if it’s possible to study Japanese in your sleep and then share how I did it (or how I failed at it) with all of you. I think it’s more than possible, though. Here’s why: [Read more…]


Christmas In Japan Is Finger Lickin’ Good (KFC Christmas)

There’s a pretty decent chance that if you’re Japanese, you’re about to head off to pick up your (possibly reserved) Christmas Chicken from KFC… you know, because that’s how the rest of the world celebrates Christmas. Who knew The Colonel’s secret recipe was so… tricky! [Read more…]


Day 5: Jigokudani a.k.a. Hell’s Valley [TofuguTV]

After a quick night in Saitama, I made my way up to Nagano, from which I was able to go to Jigokudani. This place is known for its hot springs and it’s “hellish” landscape. What it’s really known for, though, is its monkeys, which chill warm up in the hot springs. That’s right. Monkeys. Monkeys From Hell… or at the very least, Hell’s Valley. [Read more…]


Days 3 & 4: Sex Museum And Cat Island [TofuguTV]

Whoops, it’s been a while since I’ve done a writeup. Time to catch up. The hard part about these writeups is I can’t give away tooo much info, otherwise the actual TofuguTV video and writeups won’t be as interesting, but hopefully I’ll be able to do something inbetween. Day 3 is where the fun starts, too. P.S. One of the sections below might not be safe for work. Everything is censored very liberally, but, you know, just a quick FYI. [Read more…]


Finding Internet In Japan

Biggest mistake a techie can make when going to Japan: thinking that free, accessible wifi exists anywhere. Not sure why, but I guess I though Japan would have convenient wifi, like in America. Turns out even Starbucks and McDonalds (at least the ones I’ve been to) don’t have free wifi. Here’s a quick article showing you how to solve your internet problem. [Read more…]


Days 1 And 2 [TofuguTV]

Here’s the biggest thing I’ve learned the last couple days… Finding internet is tough. If you want to find internet, you have to make sacrifices. Normally I wouldn’t mind, but having internet is important for doing a good job supporting TextFugu, and for responding to your emails, and to write blog posts like this… [Read more…]


What Do You Want To See On TofuguTV? Here’s How To Vote.

Okay, I don’t have much time. I’m in the Portland International Airport, and my flight is boarding in about 20 minutes. I also need food. Hungry. But, before I go, I need to tell you how to vote for what you want to see on TofuguTV. I’ll be sending out emails, tweets, Facebook updates, etc., and anyone following Tofugu on those things (or all of those things, especially) will receive their God given right to vote for what they watch on YouTube… or something like that. Anyways, here are your options. [Read more…]