Choose My Best Instagram Photos – Round 1, Group 10

With this group, we are at the 100 photo mark. And we’re starting to see some more interesting photos as I get settled into a more established pattern. Enjoy these ones! Also, please don’t just like this post. Vote in the poll, too!

The rules are simple. I post 10 of my Instagram photos every 2 or 3 days, and you get to vote on your favourites. It’s multiple choice, so please vote for 2 to 4 photos (3 is ideal). Leave a comment saying why you voted the way you did.

Here are the photos:

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Shiny Sotetsu train

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So we meet again, Tafuman.

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Curves

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Reflection

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Yes, I'm in Japan.

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Really, I am in Japan!

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Rain!!!

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It's a thunderstorm

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Shonandai Odakyu platform

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HAL?

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Time to vote! Remember to vote for 2 to 4 photos.

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Damn Spoiler!

So, I was reading through my WordPress Reader feed, checking out all the blog posts that interested me, and I quickly went by one that did something I really, really dislike.  It told me the outcome of a character from a popular novel and TV series. Excuse me while I vent.

Why?! Damn damn damn damn! I wanted to find out while I was reading the book! I didn’t want a blog post’s headline to tell me who lived and who died! I’ve seen a news article do the same thing, and they had to apologise for it. So many angry people who lived on the other side of the world and wouldn’t get that episode a few hours or a few days after. Now I read a blog headline that spoiled it for me. Damn it!

I really, really hate spoilers. The blog post and the news article both spoiled Game of Thrones for me. As for the news article, it happened to be talking about the TV show, but the book that it happened in was the one I was reading at the time. I read that very scene a few days later. I knew what was going to happen, so it didn’t give the same kind of impact as it would’ve if I hadn’t seen the spoiler.  And now, this new spoiler is still a couple books away for me.  Sigh.

Retired Canadian Astronaut Sings the Most Canadian Song

Former Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield’s brother Dave wrote a song titled “In Canada.”  It’s very Canadian. So very very Canadian. Chris and his brother played and sang the song, and Chris posted the music video to his YouTube channel.  Watch and listen.

Isn’t that incredibly Canadian?

I like Chris Hadfield. He was the first Canadian commander of the International Space Station, he’s done several EVAs, and has probably become the most popular Canadian astronaut (Marc Garneau was the first, though, and he became a Member of Parliament, as well as ran for Liberal Party leadership, and led the Canadian Space Agency, so he could arguably be the most well-known). Hadfield also wrote a couple books related to his astronaut career. I’d love to read both of them.

So, what did you think of the song?

Immigrating to Canada Update!

Just a quick update. A very important one, too. The UCI for my wife’s visa application has arrived! This means that the application has been received, but it hasn’t started processing yet. It also means that we aren’t missing anything in the application. Processing will take several months. So now it’s just a waiting game.

To celebrate, we had McDonald’s for breakfast.  No, that’s not true. We got the McDonald’s before we found out about the UCI.

I haven’t mentioned before one thing about the difference between living in Japan and Canada for me. In Japan, I have a very specific visa that allows me to work in a handful of industries, including teaching English (which I do), international sales, translation, interpretation, and any other international services. This does not include writing. That’s under a totally different visa. While I’m in Japan, I cannot legally get paid for writing fiction. I may be able to get paid for writing for an English magazine or travel website based in Japan, but targeted toward foreign tourists coming to Japan, though. Something to think about over the next nine months.