Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Facebook vs LinkedIn

Facebook and LinkedIn are popular social network services (SNS) in the United States. Facebook is getting more and more popular recently. Early adapters or people who love new stuff would like Facebook since it is intensively changing and introducing new services. But since it is developing, Facebook usually contains a lot of bugs which annoy you.

Interesting thing is that I usually find friends elder than me on Linkedin and ones younger than me on Facebook. Since LinkedIn is for established and professional people, it is convincing. But these facts indicate that my age is just between young and established people. I do not know if I want to stay young or to get established soon.

These are links to my facebook and LinkedIn pages.

View Takuya Sakaguchi's profile on LinkedIn

Tuesday, December 18, 2007


Like majority of my blog readers, I use the Firefox as a web browser. I like this browser because it is easier to customize than others. However, only one problem I am facing is that this browser takes forever to download pdf files. I do not know what is wrong with my setting, but I always have to lunch the Internet Explorer for pdf download. Since I have to download a lot of pdf files for my work, it is actually frustrating. If anyone knows a good way to resolve this problem, please let me know.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Picture of the day.

A cool picture from photoshop contest 07.

U.S. economy is heading to a recession.

It has been suggested that the U.S. economy is now heading toward a great recession (See this article). Primary problem is subprime lending, which lead the U.S. economy into hosing bubble.

The subprime loan is the high risk lending for people without good credit histories. You can easily see the problem of this system: “Why are the most risky loan products sold to the least sophisticated borrowers?”

Similar hosing bubble actually happened in Japan in the end of 1980s. I was a high school student, therefore I did not actually experienced the bubble phase of Japanese economy. I just watched elder people getting enthusiastic and crazy. They bought unnecessary and expensive brand goods and spent money like water. They just got too much money because their hosing prices were raising too high. And one morning the prices suddenly dropped. They lost everything in one day.

After the blast of the bubble economy, Japan experienced the most severe recession. It took 15 years to fully recover from it.

I just hope that the U.S. economy does not contain such a huge problem. Although this report says U.S. economy is still strong now, I think the U.S. economy will experience the recession soon. I hope the recession will be short and minor.

Friday, December 14, 2007

2008 Presidential Election.

Among candidates for the 2008 presidential election, Barack Obama is my most favorite one. His political vision is very similar to that of mine. Although I do not think that he will get strong enough support to be the Democratic presidential nominee in 2008, I still support him and donated some money for him (Go Obama!).

I personally do not like Hillary Clinton as much as Bill Clinton. I liked Bill Clinton very much but I am bit doubtful that Hillary will be a good president. Although she would be much better president than George W. Bush, I bet.

I usually like the Democratic party more than the Republican party, but I like Rudy Giuliani. I respect the way he acted after the 9/11 incident. He is likely to be the Republican nominee, which is good news for me.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Endless scream.

What a day is it today. Very important good and bad news come together today. My life is like a roller coaster. Endless scream. I cannot write about what is happening to me right now, because I am very confused. The big good news should make me very happy, and the big bad news should make me very sad. But since these two big news come at the same time, I do not know what to feel about them anymore. Not anymore. I really cannot recognize my emotion. It is like an endless scream. I am very confused, and I think I am getting exhausted.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Coffee, strong caffeine-rich drink.

I drink a lot of coffee. It is true that drinking a cup of coffee helps me to concentrate.

However, I think my body is on caffeine too much. In the near future, I will have to decaffeinate my body. I do not want to be like this poor spider who is caffeniated too much.

The picture is from wikipedia.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

I swear.

Last couple of weeks, I was very busy at work. I did not have enough sleep or fun. Under such a stressful condition, my mind seeks Japanese contents. I read Japanese manga and watched Japanese anime DVDs, although I promised myself not to use Japanese for a while.

I swear that I wake up now and concentrate on English again.

Favorite minor web page. Xeno Tactic (game).

I do not play video or online games very much, because I think those are waste of time. For me, time is more important than money, and I do not want to waste it.

But this game, Xeno Tactic, is very interesting. I do play this when I am very tired to refresh my mind. Try this out.

What to write in your blog. V. Keep motivated.

How to keep the motivation in writing a blog. This is the question I am thinking right now.

When you start writing a blog, you are exploring a new world. It is very exciting and you will experience new interesting things that make you easily satisfied. However, eventually, you will find the traffic of your blog does not increase whatever you write, and people leave many offensive comments on your blog. You will be very discouraged in keep writing the blog.

I think this is the turning point. You have to find the bottom line of the entire picture. Very simple truth is that you are writing your blog for you. Keep writing a blog will cultivate your ability. Even if you do not feel the difference, you are getting better and wiser by writing your blog. It just takes time to see the improvements, as you need a lot of trainings to complete a marathon.

From now on, to train myself, I decided to keep writing at least one entry a day as far as possible.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

I will be back.

I was very busy last week. It was too busy to do anything else but work. I feel sad about this situation, but I promise that I will be back here as soon as possible.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Picture of the day

How cute they are... Hope everyone can live life in peace.