Doug Lerner reports from Tokyo and St. Louis, and points beyond…

Archive for January, 2010

Mon-chan likes being petted

Even though he-or-she has only been here a few days, Mon-chan is very hand-tamed already, and even likes being petted! Take a look at the video.


Mon-chan’s first visit to the computer room!

He-or-she was terrified of the PhotoBooth shutter sound and started flying to different places in the room – the door ledge, the top of the curtains, etc. So I shut off the sound and manage to take a few photos. Then put Mon-chan back in the cage to recover. 🙂

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They’re getting closer to each other!

Hao-chan and Mon-chan are definitely showing curiosity about each other.

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Mon-chan sitting on my hand

Mon-chan now feels comfortable enough to climb onto my finger and sit there. He/she even went to sleep like this!

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Mon-chan eats lunch, and Hao-chan joins in

Mon-chan finally figured out where the food was!

There’s a new bird in town!

I couldn’t resist. I got another Java Sparrow! This time a cinnamon flavored one.

These photos show him on his way home on the train, arriving at home and side by side Hao-chan’s cage. I’m keeping them separate until they get used to each other. The idea is for them to become friends and live together!

His-or-her name is yet to be decided.

I’ll upload some more photos. He/she is quite cute. As soon as it explored around a bit, it hopped on the perch and curled up into a ball and went to sleep.

These photos are from my iPhone but I have some better ones too.


Spiral color illusion

This is one of the best optical illusions I’ve ever seen. Click the image to see it full size.

While there appear to be alternating blue and green spirals, the blues and greens are actually the same color! Go ahead – check the RGB values yourself!


New dieters social network Diet Harbor

Please also visit my new social network for dieters, Diet Harbor (a safe harbor for dieting mutual support).


Tokyo Sky Tree

The Tokyo Sky Tree, when completed, will be the tallest artificial structure in Japan, almost twice the size of the Tokyo Tower.

I noticed I can see the Sky Tree growing from my bedroom window! I think it’s over 300 meters high already – almost half of its final 634 meter height. This photo was taken from my bedroom window.

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