Yikes. Looks like I left it another month since the last installment of A Week in Tokyo. Have completely lost track of time and find myself regularly looking up the current day of week/date/month ^^; What century is this?
Anyway, been constantly thinking about time management. One of the things I constantly try to do is, not to figure out how to do more with my time but how to do less and achieve more impact with what I decide to do - again its the quality of output over quantity of output. Doing more means that everything else gets less attention but being selective about what one does by choosing things that achieve more impact is the key to help free up more time to enjoy the good things in life like breathing in a breeze on an Autumn evening.
By trying out principles like the Pareto Law, you can try to figure out what 20% of your time produces 80% of the impacting results. Then you can try to figure out what noise and tasks are taking up the remaining 80% of your time leaving you with the decision to drop or continue the task or maybe automate it.
Still analyzing my current situation but it seems that the remaining 80% of my time follows the Long Tail where everything else that I do eventually ends up contributing to the big picture albeit in very small amounts. Am constantly (but need to be doing more of) sacrificing the small contributions to life so that I can take a break more often.
I also try to use technology as much as possible to automate workflows and have introduced many time saving techniques to the TV production process that my team currently use - their time saved also means my time saved. Will talk about and share my leanings more in the future.
Company income is barely covering operating costs and has been like that for a while now. This period of continuous low cashflow however has also helped me learn to focus our time/cash and efforts on the big important stuff that build up to significant changes.
First photo taken yesterday in East Tokyo somewhere between Asakusa and Kappa Bashi - will post photos of the area separately.
Yes even doll clothes need to be washed. Apologies to Saber who I made wear this maid costume for over a year without washing ^^;
Clothes are stuck into a net and plonked into the washing machine. Unlike our washing machine in the UK or US, most Japanese washing machines wash clothes with cold water. Whats the norm in your neck of the woods?
My producer picked up a new 13" MacBookPro to replace my MacBook Air. My MBA is first generation meaning it starts to choke when I start to dabble around with photos. Usually take the MBA on business trips but I found that the machine became unusable for all the photo processing that I needed to do. The new MBP now also enables me to do video editing on Final Cut Pro while abroad too.
This photo taken at the checkout. All the staff are made aware that its raining outside and so proceed to wrap items with a plastic covering...
I love the service level in Japan - its something that you usually dont have to worry about.
Which reminds me of a comrade who used to live in Tokyo for a few years. He recently relocated to the London branch of his company and has been telling me about the nightmares he's been having with the service back there.
Whats the service level back in your neck of the woods?
Some cool looking Vaio with built in WiMax. Remember owning 2 different models of Vaio when I first came to Japan. Also remembering spending most of my time haggling with drivers and resources as the default installation of Windows came with 50 different types of virus software and other useless utilities - the recovery disk would just install Windows + the same stuff.
Have the Vaio series improved over the years or no change?
Yes we do eat at home and wifey makes some lovely noms. I can only cook instant noodles and hot milk. I remember when living back in the UK, I wanted to fry some bacon, eggs and mushroom effectively - so I mixed it all up before frying it with disastrous results. How many of you are a dab hand at cooking?
Time to prepare the MacBookPro 13" Need it to be an exact copy of my MacBookPro 17". All my project and resource files are stored on a 1TB external portable drive which is backed up regularly to another external drive using Chronosync. This means that if my main machine has an outage due to disk failure or wot not, I can just plug in the USB drive into another machine and start working.
Before I used to have *everything* stored on the main machine HD - experienced outages which affected work for a day waiting for a Time Machine restore.
Make sure you have at least 2 copies of your precious data and maybe keep one copy of something that you can download anyway.
Next up is to boot up the destination mac (13" MBP) with the Snow Leopard DVD with the "option" key pressed. This will bring up a boot menu. Once the Snow Leopard installer is up n running, I choose "Disk Utility" from the menu. From here I can just drag and drop the source and destination HD's and hit "Restore." The cloning process is complete after about 40 mins.
Making a clone of my Windows partitions was a painful process many moons ago which involved booting up the machine with a floppy disk. Is the process much easier now?
Up until now, my producer has been working with folks who have been using Mac Pro's whenever using Final Cut Pro. We needed a machine but didn't fancy having a huge Mac Pro in the office so decided to get something a wee bit more slimline instead and went for the iMac. Recently picked it up from Akihabara the other eventing and learned something new.
When new models of Macs come out, most of the stores just sell the new models - the older models are removed from the shelves completely.
The Softmap Apple retailer in Akihabara however tries to get rid of the old models by placing a generous discount on the previous model . Picked up the 27" iMac for 168800 yen instead of 190600 yen and they threw in a 3 year Apple Care pack.
Culture Japan and Mirai-chan gets her own theme song called "Mirai Mechanism." Produced by vividblaze and myself. Mastered by Tom Coyne - the same guy who has mastered tracks for Michael Jackson, Brittney, Beyoncé, Utada Hikaru and more. I was asked to sing the chorus ^^;
Currently working on the PV for Mirai Mechanism. The track can currently be heard on Culture Japan Episodes 3 and 4 and during the show too.
Never thought I would end up being a music producer ^^;
The track sounds a lot like vividblaze's other tune "Tight Rope" below.
We've got 3 HDD cradles between some of the Final Cut Operators now - helps reduce cost buy buying the HDD alone. 2TB's fits about 3 episodes worth of Culture Japan which includes all the media and rendered files.
Average cost of a 2TB 5400rpm drive is about 6000 yen. A 2TB 7200rpm Hitachi costs about 10000 yen but they seem to be like a Maxtor - high failure rate. We went for Western Digital 2TB 7200rpm for about 15000 yen. What are the average costs of a 2TB drive in your neck of the woods and what brand do you prefer? The below list taken from the most popular in Japan.
Now that I'm a certified Ninja, I need to upgrade my Baby Blue Ninja gear.
One of the Greater Ninja's comes down to Tokyo from Edo Wonderland in Nikko and brings with her my new spanking Ninja gear that's been soaked in holy stealth water for a week.
Wearing the Ninja outfit is not straight forward and involves a load of ribbons and belts to be tied up.
With my Rollerblades, I can now enjoy some "High Speed Ninja Action."
October is the month where the first season of Culture Japan went on air. We've done 4 episodes so far and got 9 to go before the second season. Am meeting Animax Asia this week to finalize the Asia broadcast.
This photo was taken in the studios with Shiori Mikami where we filmed episodes 1 and 2 which featured a tour of the Good Smile Company factory in China.
Checking out the Chinese version of the site on the iPhone. iPhone versions of the current 3 languages below:-
Japanese houses are built to last an average of 25 years - many are designed so that they can be put up within a few months and torn down within a few days. Will talk more about this when I rewrite the Tokyo Property Purchase post.