Black Beauty

 
A Specialized 2006 Crossroads. I've already modified it with a Cateye speed sensor, a Specialized Mini Airforce II pump, and a Blackburn trail rack. The water bottle is also new, a magenta Polar Bottle.A girl has to put her toys somewhere.I've been having a lot of trouble with my Schwinn mountain bike as of late. A lot of blow tires, one after another after another. I named her Ino, after the Naruto character. She was a cheap bike, but did not wear well when I started to bike seriously. My building...

Gardens in Portland

 
Chinese Classical Gardens Tower of Cosmic Reflections The upper floor was where the unmarried women of the family were cloistered. In Chinese society, it is improper for a lady to be seen, unmarried women especially. Now this building serves as the garden's tea house. Bamboo This was the first time I had seen real bamboo. I have had "Lucky Bamboo" before, but that isn't the same type. This kind was growing from the ground, something that seems unimaginable to me. Limestone...

Her name is Rei

 
I have a curious habit. I name my computers. Usually, I name my computer after an character I like after an anime I've recently watched. When I bought my vaio, however, there wasn't any characters that I liked enough. So, it when unnamed for a while. My work laptop was having some troubles, so I decided to bring mine instead. When I'm traveling for work, I only bring my Vaio, since I'm far more comfortable with it. While working in my cube, I looked over my shoulders and found myself looking directly at...

City of Light; Goddess of Water

 
Santa Monica Pier at NightMy feet were wet. The cold water of the Pacific numbed them as I felt the sand beneath my nylon ensconced toes give way as the waves came and went. I had never seen the ocean. I had stood along the shores of Lake Superior before, gazing out at the onyx waves and gray of the Midwestern sky. This, however, wasn't Duluth, Minnesota.This was the Santa Monica Pier, California. The words of my co-worker echoed in my mind: “There's nothing but water between here and Japan.” 5000

NieA

 
Originally, NieA was called "Endohana Spings". She was dual booted with Windows 98 SP2 and Mandriva Linux. I named each after a character in the anime NieA_7 ("NieA Under Seven"). Windows was the formal although stressed Mayuko, and Linux was the eccentric NieA.Eventually, I came to use Linux as a primary OS and dropped the name...