06 Jan 2020, 14:16

great meeting with Eriko

Eriko bought me lunch in exchange for checking her English for the lesson materials she put together for my lesson at BP coming up on Thursday. I feel grateful joy that she has put me forward as their IT teacher and has plans to expand the program we offer.

06 Jan 2020, 14:04

Got Ma and Madeleiene to the train in time

We left 15 minutes later than planned due to ママ attempting to make things easier by calling a taxi. We ended up taking a bus because taxis were too busy.

I am glad we left when we did; we had plenty of time and leisurely walked to the bus, then leisurely to 小田急線 train. Leisurely to the ticket gates in 新宿駅, and then a teeny bit less leisurely to the 中央線 and fortunately just made the train at 11:37am in 新宿。

Plenty of time arrival in Tokyo but then I realized I had very limited experience getting on bullet trains in Tokyo station. I scurried down the escalator and found which way to head toward the bullet trains. Got to the area and asked a guy who pointed us in the right direction for the green signs, not the blue signs. (I do not yet know the difference.)

Got to the green sign area and I snuck in the gate as the station guy helped them figure out which tickets to use. I found platform 22 and hauled my backpack and Madeleiene’s suitcase up the stairs. No time to look for an escalator!

Got to the platform and the train was there. Fortunately, unlike the のぞみ trains we were on toward 広島, this train spent a few minutes at the station. We were 6 minutes ahead of the departure by the time they got on the train.

Oh nice plenty of time. Super appreciate the grace and guidance getting them to their train.

Snuck my way back out of the ticket gates as the guy was busy with other travelers. I judge it was not worth their busy time to help me buy a 150 yen entry ticket. I plan to buy the correct ticket next time.

05 Jan 2020, 22:54

SOGO, lunch, invites, Minecraft

SOGO Bootcamp welcome to the new decade with crystal clear sky and great community of people. I met Jason, new to SOGO, but been in Japan (Tokyo?) for 4 years.

After SOGO, Ma, Madeleiene and I met Lin near her workout place and ate lunch at the local grocery store which has an eat-in space.

I invited him and several other peeps on FB to the next Barefoot Walkshop this coming Saturday, my first of the new year!

Saturday Januarty 11th, 1:30pm - 2 or 3pm

Meet as early as 1pm in Hikarie on 2F, behind the escalators on the walkway toward Shibuya.

Just now I got Minecraft installed on my server. Send me your IP address if you want to play on it.

04 Jan 2020, 14:38

getting started on workshops in 2020

Yuna and I were planning to do a workshop, something like bring a bunch of book lovers together to talk about favorite books or parts of books or something.

We got bogged down in those details so today decided to simplify and just meet in a coffee shop and chat in English.

In addition to the above not-yet-planned workshop, I have 3 workshops scheduled.

January 11th, Saturday: Barefoot walkshop (Shibuya) January 13th, Monday: Past Life Memories (Dogenzaka) February 23rd, Sunday: Eye gazing (Jiyugaoka)


Now kinda planned

January 25th, Saturday: English chat and coffee (TBD)

03 Jan 2020, 20:00

Great day in Hiroshima with Lin, Ma, and Madeleiene

Lin and I are on the shinkansen headed home as Ma and Madeleiene have an extra night in Hiroshima. It seems we didn’t plan things too smartly; they barely have time tomorrow to do anything, but we had a big full day today going to Miyajima and the Peace Memorial Museum.

I hadn’t been to Miyajima before, though janette and I had intended to go when we were here some 15 years ago. Our schedule got delayed so we decided to skip it and travel around the city a bit more. Great fun times!

Anyway, this time, the big red gate thing is under renovation so we enjoyed the deer and chilled in a bengal cat cafe.

I bought a ticket for myself to go into the Peace Museum, but bounced out after the first room. All those feels are more than I wanted to feel so I was like “peace out!”

I joined Lin on a park bench overlooking the river.

02 Jan 2020, 11:19

met Sanae and Elena while leaving Naoshima

We had seen Sanae last night, eating alone at dinner. She came up to me while I was drawing on 30 A4s. We talked and boom turns out she lives at the next express station from Lin and I. Nice! I look forward to hanging out with her more once we get back home.

We had seen Elena as well; she and her peeps are in from Spain. I was able to say encantado to her as I gave her my card. Elena and her peeps are on the same ferry as us as we leave Naoshima.

The picture I plan to put here is not of Naoshima, but an adjacent island.

13:15 Thursday 02 January 2020 JST

Yowza what an exciting phone call I got from Sanae, just hours after meeting her. She found Francois on the ferry; I had apparently left him there!!

Magically delicious synchronicity to have him in safe hands. We will meet in Machida sooner than later where I will buy lunch for Sanae and talk with her about eye gazing and art workshops.

02 Jan 2020, 07:40

the point of my art

One of the photographers whose work is here wants to point out that every sea horizon looks the same around the world.

A different artist showed that most of the soldiers forced to cheer about going to war were not actually happy about it.

Another piece showed that we are all connected and all our cultures together make art.

Well, 8 years ago I lost my art mojo because one guy was like, “if you don’t know what your art expresses, you will never be successful.” or some crap like that. Well, I just figured out what my art expresses, and it is in line with the work I do in personal growth through emotional awareness.

Every individual sees things differently

This is a fundamental truth because individual means separate from the whole, and if one is separate, one is distinct, different, and away from the whole. If one is separate, one is elsewhere, and has a different perspective, a different history, a different belief system, a different point of view, a different personal story, a different fear, a different joy, a different sadness, a different way of perceiving things.

Everyone is unique.

From there, it is a tiny leap to realize everyone is precious; every one has their gift or offering to the world around them. Everyone has their own unique connection to the source of life. I here I ought not talk about god and spirit here but that is the point. God is one and each individual is an expression of god in his or her own way.

God dwells in me as me.

31 Dec 2019, 23:10

Francois around town HNY before 2020

2019 dec francois momochari 2019 dec francois gatey art 2019 dec francois curvy art 2019 dec francois on wall 2019 dec francois sharp art 2019 dec francois purple flower 2019 dec francois blurry art 2019 dec francois has fish

30 Dec 2019, 23:13

late on penultimate night of the decade

We are in Okayama tonight, staying in a hotel near the station.

We went shopping for some art supplies for me, and I bought a pad of 30 A4 pages, which I plan to make a series of pieces that bleed into each other, so like the top page will have some lines with dots that bleed through to the next page which will use those dots as guides for lines which subsequently bleed into the next page.

I am not sure how it will go, but sounds fun!

Right now I am at the stage of too tired to write consistently and yet I keep wanting to finish the entry in my head.

I am likely to install Monica, available from https://monicahq.com because I keep thinking I want a way to recall who I have invited to my workshops this coming year.

Oh, so far, so good with https://complice.co; I have been using it for about a week now, I guess.

29 Dec 2019, 22:36

Sorting out the sorting of images of my art


In MediaWiki, I want a gallery of images from a certain category, sorted by most recent first. (I am hoping to use MediaWiki core instead of relying on extensions.)

I tagged images with Category:Art so can now display a “gallery” of the images with the category listing.

I still want to sort the images in this category by most recent first.

Per this answer I tried using the date as sort key for the images in my category, but the images are still in order by oldest first.

One solution would be to reverse the sort order of the category listing.

I see $wgCategoryCollation, but even with Numeric sorting, it cannot sort things in reverse.

Another option would be to filter by category the Gallery of New Files but there is apparently no built-in way to do that.

Is there a built-in way to show a filtered set of images, most recent first?