An obituary to share –Mario

NPR has a feature worth reading.   It is an obituary of a plumber.   He started his own company.   He worked hard and his business grew.   He ended up owning some property, which is how he became the landlord for the Nintendo office in Tukwila, Washington.

https://www.npr.org/2018/11/02/663372770/mario-segale-inspiration-for-nintendos-hero-plumber-has-died

Another friend of Segale’s commented on that story: “My direct understanding and perception is that Mario Segale doesn’t mind at all the fact that his name inspired such an iconic character, and that he shows humble pride in that fact in front of his grandchildren and close-knit adult circles.”

TOTD 2018-9-10: French Comedy

Okay, the title is clickbait for the Francophiles on the site. This is a video of the comedy troupe Yoshimoto. They repeat the same plot in their skits. There is a family run shop, restaurant, or hotel and the Yakuza in loud suits shows up. Different characters in the troupes have running gags. Some of the gags have gone on for decades. This is like Saturday Night Live but with humor.

If you drink Soleil Lemon, you probably won’t get the humor.


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Monday Meals: 18-7-16 Jaga Bata

Be it summertime, I figured I’d talk a bit about on of my favorite matsuri foods. A matsuri (祭) is a festival in Japan.  Most towns from the smallest to the largest have festivals, which are usually during the summertime.  Accompanying the festivities are food booths with various tasty attractions.  One of my favorite happens to by jaga bata. Jaga bata is a deep fried buttered potato.  The name is a portmanteau of jagaimo (potato) and bata (butter).

Jaga bata is often topped with just butter.

Jaga bata
Jaga bata, lightly fried with only butter.

Many people, myself included, like to put mentaikomayo along with the butter on the jaga bata.  Mentaikomayo is mentaiko (spicy, fermented fish roe) and mayonnaise.  It gives the jaga bata a creamy, spicy quality.  So delicious.

Jaga bata with mentaiko
Deep fried jaga bata with mentaiko and a bit of corn.

If you are ever at a Japanese matsuri, I highly recommend you seek out and try jaga bata with mentaikomayo.


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Doshaburi

Google Translate gives “doshaburi” as one of four ways to say “downpour” in Japanese.

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201807080023.html

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201807080035.html

Hey, 10 Cents, are you all right?   High and dry, I hope.   I saw the news about floods, but I think you are about 400 miles from there.


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Japanese MOMO-2 Private Rocket Launch

Interstellar Technologies, Inc. of Hokkaido, Japan is an aspiring private space launch company, hoping to join the ranks of companies such as SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic in providing low cost access to space.  The company was formed by a group of hobbyists who had previously built and launched their own rockets noncommercially.

Their first product, MOMO, is modest.  It is a “sounding rocket” which is intended to launch lightweight payloads into space on up-and-down missions which give them a brief period of weightlessness and access to the space environment.  MOMO is designed to launch small payloads above the Kármán line of 100 km, which is the conventional boundary of space.  The rocket is small and light: just 10 metres tall and one tonne.  For further details, see the Interstellar Technologies Web site, which is also available in Japanese.

The first launch of MOMO in July 2017 became the first privately-funded space launcher to be launched from Japan.  The rocket was functioning normally until telemetry was lost 66 seconds after launch.  This triggered an engine cut-off, which caused the rocket to reach an altitude of only 20 km before falling into the sea.

The second launch attempt was on June 30th, 2018.  Here is what happened.

They did not go to space that day.

The company is developing an orbital launcher for small satellites which is expected to fly in 2020, and has already conducted several tests of engine components for that rocket.


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