I was deleting some spam comments, this morning, when I realised that it had been a long time since I’d updated. So here goes nothing:

where have you been, jamie?

Basically nowhere, I’ve just been really busy is all.

busy? doing what?


  • Working on translating a novel from Japanese to English
  • Adding more code to my GitHub page
  • Building a new website
  • Implementing a wiki for my projects

github projects?

Yup. I’ve now got 4, on going, projects on Github. Oh, and quite a few Gists (small code blocks). You should check them out [link to github]

new website?

Again, yes. I recently bought some web space and hosting from DreamHost – mainly because the webspace and hosting that I get from Another is very expensive for what I get. This means that I’ve been designing a new web site with several sub-domains. I’ve not implemented the main domain yet, but the sub-domains have been implemented.

You’re reading the sub-domain used for my blog, so I didn’t bother to link that.

translating a novel!?

That’s right. I bought a copy of 日本科学技術大学教授上田次郎のなぜベスト尽くさなきのか? (Japan Technology University’s Professor Ueda Jiro’s “Why Don’t You Do Your Best?”) last year, and had been playing with the idea of translating it to English for a while.

So, in May 2012 (that’s a whole year ago!?) I decided to start work on it. The first few months was spent setting up a LaTeX [link to wikipedia entry on LaTeX typesetting language] document; the translation proper started at the beginning of this year. I’ve managed to translated 14 pages of the Japanese original to English, so far.

a wiki huh?

What’s with all the questions? Also, yes.

I figured that it would be easier to discuss my projects (design decisions, reasons for using certain technologies/frameworks) via a wiki rather than occasional blog posts. That, and it would mean that I could foster two-way discussions on my projects.

Plus, I’ve always like the design used by MediaWiki [link to media wiki]

 Is that all?

Pretty much.

Oh! I decided to start playing Pokemon Leaf Green, in Japanese, as a way of getting daily reading practise. It seems to be going well, so far.

Well, I’d better be off. I’ve got some more translation to do.

Have fun,


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Jamie is a .NET developer specialising in ASP.NET MVC websites and services, with a background in WinForms and Games Development. When not programming using .NET, he is either learning about .NET Core (and usually building something cross platform with it), speaking Japanese to anyone who'll listen, learning about languages, writing for this blog, or writing for a blog about Retro Gaming (which he runs with his brother)