Saturday, July 4, 2020

Google Doodles, 2020, Part 1

I'm still collecting the links to the Google Doodle's that I find interesting, for science, math, Japan, animation, and game-related doodles. Not many to work with for this year so far, though.

Sir John Tenniel's 200th Birthday

Girls' Day 2020

Wubbo Ockels’ 74th Birthday

Friday, July 3, 2020

Dr. Signated Smoking

What, doctors put up signs in the smoking room? Do the signs say "smoking is bad for you"?

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Dolphin Port - All Gone

June 25th, and Dolphin Port is all gone. The deconstruction crew has also moved out. Very quick.

Tearing down paradise and putting up a parking lot.
Or, rather, tearing down a parking lot and putting up a new parking lot.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Tully's Tom and Jerry's Card

Found this on the receipt at Tully's coffee shop. If you buy a Tully's prepaid card for getting coffee, you get a TandJ card case. Tom is popular here.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Dolphin Port Tear-Down June 4

"Thank you for the 15 years."

Almost all gone. Sigh.

Bridge to nowhere.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Make-up Mask

"Yes, we like you. We don't like you that way."

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Praying Mantis

Bit of a Small Adventure this time. I'd gotten down to Minami Kagoshima one morning, by streetcar, and was waiting for the barrier rails to go up so I could cross to the other side of the tracks. While I was waiting, this young kid half-runs down the ramp leading to the main train station platform, and calls out someone's name, looking frantic. Both the driver of the streetcar at the platform and I are watching the kid to make sure he doesn't run under the guard arm and in front of the car before it leaves. When the streetcar pulls out and the arms raise, the kid half-runs back up the ramp, then turns and sees me crossing the tracks. He runs back down right in front of me with his arms outstretched, telling me that I can't go past him. I'm confused, so I take a half-step forward, and he jumps back and repeats "you have to stop." We repeat this little game a couple times, until we get near the top of the ramp, and he steps aside, looking a little disappointed. He points back down the ramp at the platform we'd just left, and I try to see what he's talking about. I don't, so he points again, and I realize that there's a little baby praying mantis sitting on part of the iron railing a foot or two from me. The kid's really excited by his find, and tells me that it had crawled close to 10 feet along the railing before stopping. I let him talk a bit more, and then thank him and leave because now I'm getting close to being late.

About 2 hours later, I returned to the platform, half expecting to see the kid still there, but he was gone. I looked around for the mantis, and I couldn't find that, either. As I was about to give up, I spotted it back near the bottom of the ramp, this time hanging upside-down from the bottom of the handhold. I'm told that this is hatching season, and there are lots of baby praying mantises now. It's only the third time I've ever seen one myself.