I realise I haven’t done a post since last September, which I believe is long enough to declare this blog legally dead. Fortunately I am trained in internet CPR and am able to kickstart the heart of this here blogging enterprise using my natural guile, expert medical training, and the WordPress “add new post” button. In my defense, I have been finishing off my thesis, which has now been submitted, scrutinised, corrected, resubmitted, re-scrutinised, and finally deemed worthy by the Powers That Be, which means I am now officially Dr. Richard Tömsett, PhD.
In more interesting developments, I have moved away from the City of Dreams to the wonderful island of Okinawa to start a 1 year postdoctoral research thingy at OIST (many thanks to the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science for moneys). I’m lucky enough to have been to Okinawa before, in 2011 when I did the Okinawa Computational Neuroscience Course. They have a beer vending machine. Insanity. Anyway, a big attraction of Okinawa is the beaches and sunshine, but of course it’s been raining pretty much since I arrived so far. The university itself is pretty sexy though.
There are already plenty of pictures of how sexy and nice Okinawa is so I thought I’d mainly post pictures of things that tickled me about Japan. Behold, the chewing gum that, when you put it in your mouth, gives you “special breath”:
As I haven’t posted for ages, you get the bonus treat of the magical toilet that has a sink on top of it, so when you flush, you can wash your hands and not waste any water! Ingenious