Feedly native OSX app is now available

Finally Feedly’s native Mac OSX app arrived, and it’s available on App Store. This will save my RSS reading life. Without its native app, my experience with Feedly wasn’t particularly as happy as the one with Reeder. I also use the IFTTT service to post any Favorites on Feedly will saved for later on Pocket. I will share my reviews of this native app later.

This is how I manage RSS feeds for now:

RSS Feeds with Feedly native OSX app

Life of maid worker ~ A movie of “Ilo Ilo (爸妈不在家)”

I got a chance to watch this on my flight back from Singapore. Since my Python friend mentioned this film, I had been looking for a chance during my stay in Singapore. This turned out to be very good material to learn more about life in Singapore and relationship with maid worker. I like these films featuring local cultures and lives. They are Juliet in Love (朱麗葉與梁山伯) for Hong Kong and this for Singapore.

Its Wikipedia entry summarizes the storyline very well and there are lots of reviews posted online. The movie depicts both host family’s life with maid worker and her own life. I found it intriguing to see things from her point of view. It’s new to me. Lucky plaza, unemployed husband back home, leaving baby behind in someone else’s hands, being sent back home at airport.. the pieces of scenery I used to see/hear on the streets of Singapore come together as one picture. Good movie.

 

Founder’s Drinks by e27

I came back from a short extra-leg business trip to KL and was asking on Hackers and Painters Facebook page if any interesting local events that I shouldn’t miss. This was one of the events recommended there and also highlighted on the newsletter from its organizer e27, the event organizer for startups mainly in South East Asia.

クアラルンプールへの出張から帰ってきて、FacebookのHackers and Paintersでシンガポールにいる間に絶対行った方がいいイベントを聞いたところ、こちらのFounder’s Drinksを紹介されました。e27はおもに東南アジアで起業家・投資家向けのイベントを主催している会社です。echelonという年次イベントが一番有名で、東京でもTokyo Satelliteとして2013年はイベントを主催していました。

Founder's Drinks by e27

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Great Meetups at JFDI.Asia Open House

I have just been back from 1-week business trip to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. I had a great meeting with people down there, and I would like to introduce how much exciting things happening there in this entrepreneurship / startup space.

シンガポールとクアラルンプール(マレーシア)への出張から帰ってきました。前回6月のPyConメインの旅行地は違い、今回は仕事メインの旅行でした。いろいろと面白い出会いがあったので紹介したいと思います。

JFDI.Asia Open House

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Tour of Pain 2012 Video – Malaysia Bike Adventure

Last year Jack took me to the grand Tour of Pain as a finale for my stay in Singapore. We took lots of photos and videos along the way, and here’s the final edited version! (I can still taste friend banana in my mouse, slurp)

Event Report: PyCon APAC 2013

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Ryo in action: many of my friends and my wife asked me what I was doing with “Python thing” and here is the one. This is the lightning talk (Python term for the elevator pitch) and closing that I was doing MC.

大勢の友人に、「ぱいそんで何かやっている」と言われていたイベントのビデオです。いっぱい、いっぱいになりながらも一生懸命司会しています!来年も東京でPyCon JPがあるので興味がある方は連絡くださ〜い v(o_o)v

Also lots other of more professional talks than my MC can be found on the PyCon JP Youtube Channel. 他にもいろいろと面白いプレゼンテーションは公式Youtubeチャネルからご覧頂けます。

I have learnt a lot on how to work in more agile way. This was officially my first time working experience on volunteer basis, and, due to that nature, everyone in the group carry out things in the way they believe the best. That was eye-opening experience to someone from enterprise world (the “suits people” they label). To those who used to work with me at UBS and want to complain to me about my inclination to Confluence, we are outdated. The people here is now using the next generation tool (ahhh, this phrase  sounds so outdated itself) of Sphinx with BitBucket. If you are one of those people and have not heard of these, please check out the links.

そして初めてのボランティア体験。ボランティアなので金銭の報酬はない訳ですが、経験やネットワーキングという無形の報酬があったり、PyCon Singaporeに経費で出張させていただいたりなど、2月に東京に来て誰も知らない状況だった僕にとっては、得難いものを頂きました。あと運営で使っているうちに手になじんできた、Sphinxやチケットベースの課題管理も新鮮でした。UBSの時は一生懸命Confluenceを社内で売り込んでもイマイチだったからな、、、チケットはJIRAがあったけど、あくまでMicrosoft Projectのプロジェクトプランやマイルストーンありきだったし。彼らがそう呼ぶ「スーツ組」の方たちにも見ていただきたいね。(耳が痛い・・)

PyCon Singapore 2013 Report

# 日本語はこちらのCodeZineに掲載されています。For Japanese please visit this site. CodeZine | PyCon Singapore 2013 参加レポート

What is PyCon Singapore?
Python Conference (PyCon) is a series of community-based conference where Pythonistas gathers and exchange updates and experience on various topics related to Python programming language. Singapore has been hosting PyCon APAC, PyCon to represent the region until 2012 when Singapore handed over to Tokyo the 2013 event.

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PyCon Singapore 2013 Details

  • Official Site: https://pycon.sg
  • Date: June 13th to 15th, 2013
  • Sessions: Two session tracks with a keynote presentation. All in English.
  • Fees: Early bird – S$150, Standard – S$200, At the Door – S$250
  • Venue: Republic Polytechnic, Singapore
  • Participants: about 150 participants

 

Singapore boasts for its diverse culture, so is its PyCon. Besides the majority of local participants, there were many participants who are originally from other countries. You see many Malaysian, Indonesian, and some from Americas and Europe who live and work there. There are a few flying in from other countries – including me from Japan. The diversity does not mean only their home countries and ethnic groups, but also language. All session tracks are in English, of course – which you find quite unusual in other Asian cities. Participants are speaking in their own languages among themselves during break, but if they see you non-local swinging by, they will immediately switch to English for you. I appreciated this very much during my visit after knowing how lonely it would be to get lost in translation in overseas conference.
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Switching from Google Reader to Feedly

July 1st is not only the last day of freedom of speech in HK with its handover to P.R.C, but also of my beloved Google Reader. It took me more than a week before I settled down with the new tool and feed manager.

RSS Reader Switch

Looking at all discussions prior to the X-day, Feedly seemed the best option to manage RSS feeds. I tested it with the export data from Google Reader via Takeout. it just works well. The real question is with its clients on OSX and iOS.
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Zen and Rhythm in a Day

I stopped posting every run and ride here, but still continue the activities since then. What I have found so far is that doing exercise regularly keeps my mental healthy too. I suppose it doesn’t have to be physical exercise but it can be meditation or writing diary or cleaning desk – but it has to be done regularly and involves my own proactive move.

I tried, and most of other people tried as well, but, say “surfing YouTube regularly” doesn’t help when you want to have inner peace. If you want to bring up motivation and keep some rhythm in your day requires something that you proactively do something at regular basis. Not something you just turn it on and sit there. So the running and riding works for me.
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Kamakura Day Trip

Japan is full of green and ready for summer. We haven’t really been to the must-check spots, instead we spent very relaxing time in the places like Asahina Kiritoshi, etc.