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#nodefest kanpai!
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Awesome event, too bad I live on the other side of the globe :(
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finding just the trick for a surefire "show desktop" gesture: the three-fingered goatse. go ahead, try it.
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right, the 4-finger spread always gets interpreted as "mission control". goatse is more reliable for me.
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pitting the western hills view from mo-an cafe (flic.kr/p/ajKZHc) against the eastern hills view from ace cafe (flic.kr/p/ajL2yT).
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manipulating reflections to box in the kyoto tower: flic.kr/p/ajuctG
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I think the last thing Jed needs is yet another profession...
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back from saihōji, japan's shrine to moss: flic.kr/s/aHsjvVya2i (warning: serious #mossporn ahead)
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you just need to send them an ofuku hagaki a week and change in advance. tours appear to be once a day at 10am.
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well, now that the sun is rising over hawaii, that can only mean one thing: the month-long endurance test known as ramendan has finally finished.

i did better than i thought i would, finishing with a perfect 100-point score. honestly, i thought i'd just give up after the first week, having a bunch of friends take up the challenge too kept me going. specifically, the thought of losing to longtime collegiate rival @peterluizcabral was pretty fierce motivation.

ramendan was inspired by a tweet by @aq last year about how he ate ramen to consecutive days. i told him to raise the bar to one month and call it RAMENDAN. i was only kidding, but bought the ramendan.com domain just in case. (i thought it was clever, but it turns out the pastafarians had coined the word a few years before.)

i forgot about it for almost a year until may, when i got an email from @themitcho asking when i was going to kick off ramendan. since i was looking for a small project to get to know realtime APIs better, i took the challenge and got to work building the 2011 ramendan site.

(some tech details for you nerds you there: the site was my first real app in coffeescript. it listened to the twitter streaming API for @ramendan-related tweets. when anyone "observed" by replying to @ramendan with a geotag and a picture of ramen, i called the geonames.org API to make sure that the time was between sunset and sunrise in the tweeted location, and then the embed.ly API to make sure that the tweet included a photo URL. the geonames API was awesomely stable, the embed.ly API less so (failing often to identify a photo from a link). i then stored all of the information using redistogo's "mini" offering, and created a mobile-friendly calendar for each user rendered using handlebars in expressjs, running on two node.js dynos at heroku. once it ended i used a perl script to suck everything into a directory, and put it on s3. everything was more complicated than i expected, but it came out okay thanks to @minja's awesome design, especially for the fantastic logo.)

i didn't invest much in promoting the project other than a pechakucha presentation, but we got a fairly encouraging following of old friends (like @quanza) and new friends (like @kimtaro). the whole thing was also a great oppotunity to get to know some of the awesome ramen tokyo has to offer, from tabelog's #1 rated ramen joint ittou in shinkoiwa, to my old and still favorite in shibuya, chiccho. it got to be a bit much at times, though having a stash of instant nissin mini-cups made everything easier. i have new respect for instant ramen; it really is the most convenient fast food ever. i also have new respect for @peterluizcabral, who observed every day despite traveling to ramen-poor east coast of the USA, eating instant ramen in airports with hot water from starbucks, and even heating his own water on a gas stove when hurricane irene left him without electricity. he is truly hardcore.

as for next year, now that we have something to show, i'd like to take it to the next level, and talk to some ramen organizations to get the word out. i'd also like to do things a bit differently logistically, such as emphasize creative participation (with badges for prostelytizing your friends, eating in varied locations, etc) over every-day observation. i'd also like to build a phone-gap app instead of using twitter, as the latter proved to be a bit flaky and limits the audience to the intersection of those with a GPS-enabled phone AND twitter account. finally, i'd like to get @kimtaro's help and integrate the foodspotting API to make things more local.

all in all, it was a pretty worthwhile learning experience for such a silly idea. one thing's for sure: i'm not eating ramen again any time soon... well, at least not this week.

btw, here's what 30 nights of ramen looks like: http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6208/6097231352_7aee2e7a25_b.jpg
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I might have to join next year, after having observed first hand @peterluizcabral's drive and motivation to keep up (to maintain a perfect score, despite the travels abroad with the fam is a big accomplishment for sure).
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trying to figure out how chrome hashes a 162-byte public key into a 32-byte lower-case app ID. any ideas?
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wow, that's incredibly helpful, +Vyacheslav Egorov. You just saved me a lot of guesswork!
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yeah, it's like a smaller, more tasteful, more upscale IKEA. love it.
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trading in for a new pair of patricks: flic.kr/p/ajucoC
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learning a neat hack from a berlin musician: throw a 5/4 measure into a 4/4 song to move on-beat-clapping japanese folks onto the off-beats.
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alas, no video alas. met him at a german/japanese wedding last night. we had all beats covered.
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octopus pizza. that's right, pizza with octopus on it.
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We do it all the time. Think of it as Italian takoyaki!
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    Economics, 1995 - 1999
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