Suntory Craft Select Pale Ale

I’m happy that the major Japanese breweries are taking a hint from the ever-growing craft beer scene, and try to add styles other than the usual lager to their lineups. Asahi rolled out a pale ale that’s definitely not terrible, and Kirin announced that they’d buy Yo-Ho, the craft brewery behind the Yona Yona ale among others.

Understandably, when I saw a Suntory labeled pale ale at the nearby convenience store, I couldn’t resist picking up a can. Last words first: I shouldn’t have.

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Sankt Gallen Imperial Chocolate Stout

I’m not a big fan of sweet things, and stouts usually fall in that category for me. But I got this bottle exactly for that reason: a late night dessert instead of munching cookies. It kinda works out.

Sankt Gallen Imperial Chocolate Stout

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パズル

最近けっこう本格的にパズドラやるようになった。当初に運よくいろいろな神引けたので、以外と安定したパーティーも作れる。当然300ランカーのスキル・覚醒何もかも考慮して作ったものまではいけてないが、地獄級の降臨はある程度安定して回せる。

そういう役目で主に使ってるのは、ハトホルパで、毎ターン最低限4色プラス回復のコンボが最低限必須。まだまだ完全に安定はしてないけど、ソティスの地獄級の程度の降臨はもうツール使わずに回せるくらいはできるようになってきた。

それで関心したのは、今日ようやく覚醒バステトができて、試に無限回路行ってみたら、ほぼ問題なくヘラまでいけたこと。現状ヘラ越えたことないが、あんだけコンボ数に依存してるバステトパでもそこまでいけるのが以外だった。そしてけっこうヘラ前の神々でスキル使い切っちゃったので、もしかしてスキル温存できてあいつら抜けれるなら、ヘラも突破できるかな、と。まぁそのうち。

KanColle Indian Ocean event

This year’s spring event we had to conquer the Indian ocean. The devs announced beforehand that it’d be a relatively large-scale event, so I made sure I had enough resources this time.

Spring 2015 KanColle event end-screen

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Line on Linux

Naver’s LINE is basically the mobile communication platform in Japan at this point. Teens aren’t sharing email addresses anymore, it’s their LINE usernames. Just a while ago, we had new recruits coming to the studio for training, and they’d all write down their names, phone numbers and LINE names.

Obviously I use it too. Thing is, it’s not so obvious how to use it on a computer. There is an official client for Windows that works, but there’s none for Linux. I hate writing long messages on my phone, so the effort of having to compile a Pidgin plugin for the LINE protocol is worth the effort.

It was quite an effort too, since I purged my system a while back, and I had no dev packages, or even git installed. Needless to say, it took almost an hour to get everything up and running. Most time taken by the Apache Thrift install, that would keep failing with C++ when using the 0.9.1 tarball, no matter what I did.

Luckily the git latest worked fine, and the plugin seems to work okay too at this point.