I would not hammer in the morning.
Yesterday morning I woke up early again. I’ve been waking up too early all week. At 6.27a.m. (yeah, a.m.) I start hearing hammering coming from the island. Saturday, 6.27a.m.
This morning, same again. I wake up too early, and at around the same time the banging commences. It’s now over 2½ hours later and only in the past few seconds have the hammers fallen silent.
What are they doing over there? I don’t know. It must be over a week since the planks were taken up. As far as I can guess, the metal plates of the framework underneath might have got warped at the edges and they’re being hammered to make them flat again. But this is just a guess.
Is there a tool for the job? Probably, but the hammer seems to be regarded as a Jack-of-all-trades here. I think I mentioned the day I saw the frame of a shop sign being pulled apart using a combination of twisting and hammering. Ever hear of a hacksaw? (I have no problem imagining a hacksaw blade being used, but not the whole tool which I see in my mind when I think of a hacksaw.)
The result is that whatever they’re doing over on the island, it’s inefficient, labour-intensive, and noisy. It’s probably also being done on the cheap. Why spend the allocated money on the job, when a chunk can be pocketed instead?
No wonder Apple has made such a huge amount of money.
Out of curiosity, I bought a couple of albums from iTunes – selections from Leclair, Op. 5 and Castello and Fontana, Sonate concertate in stil moderno, which are not available via other sources in digital format. But the prices?! Eek! Apple are charging CD-level prices and providing the bare minimum in return. The albums didn’t even come with booklets.
I watched a piece on the Guardian the other day about how Apple avoids paying tax on its profits by sending them through Apple in Ireland, and I regret contributing to Apple’s coffers.
A hole-in-the-wall pizza place has opened in the block of shops outside Jinma, which makes real pizza at ¥8 or ¥9 a slice. There’s only a small range, but it’s nicer than, say, what you get from Pizza Hut.
Pacific Coffee opened in 远东百货 yesterday. I had a look as I passed by, but the mob of people deterred me from stopping and having a look. I was surprised that Daniel T. wasn’t there, fighting everyone else of to be first in line for the first cup of coffee.
My impression of the place was that it’s too exposed. I’ve been to one in Harbour City, which has no walls, but feels as if it has an interior. (So, too, one in Time Square, although that was a little more exposed.) The Pacific Coffee here feels like it’s on a traffic island, and lacked a sense of cosy intimacy with lines of tables next to the aisles because there isn’t the room for an interior.
I’ll pass by again today when I go shopping and have another look.
I haven’t posted anything here for two weeks because I’d largely be posting about the weather, which continues to be fairly awful. I’ve cleaned my bike twice in the past two weeks, and two or three days later, it’s started raining again. The temperature is still showing a wide diurnal range, and quite a bit of variation from day to day. It was 17° to 19° a couple of days ago.
Another, more annoying pattern is when I look out of the window and it’s dry. Two minutes later, I look out again and it’s wet.
So much for flaming June.
A few days ago, I had a message from Google informing me that Buzz was being put down. I told Google to delete what little I’d ever said on Buzz and got sent to my G+ profile page. I thought that was odd, and I tried G+ itself, which was unexpectedly accessible, but the next day, it was blocked again. I tried it yesterday, and again, I could access it; but this morning, it was obviously blocked.
Perhaps Nanny doesn’t care that much about G+ which was refurbished recently, but still feels impersonal to me. (In an aside, I’ve also heard that gmail is going to be refurbished again.)
I went into the supermarket in the basement of Parkson just recently and found the place was having a sale, with the prices of certain wines (Australian and Chilean, for example) being slashed by over 50%. I’ve rather indulged because this has saved me quite a bit of money, and the wines are much nicer than the stuff I usually buy.
Last week was entirely exam free. I gave the AS students classes on the interview text type, but only a double for each because the rest of the week, numbers of them were off in Hong Kong doing SATs. We’re giving them an IB English exam (reading) on Tuesday, and after looking at the form over the next two weeks, I find I probably can’t give them the writing until Friday next week. Ugh. Mind you, it’ll give me something to do in class.
And the hammering continues. It’s lessened over the past hour and a half, but nearly four hours after it started, they’re still going strong. I’m hoping that they’ll stop after lunch because I need a snooze.