Journal of a guy who loves Excel

Not only about Excel, but also daily stuff to kill my boredom.

Roots written by Alex Haley

It's been 30 years since I first read this book which is written in Japanese.

As I was just six years old then, all I could understand was that the young African boy named Kunte Kinte, the lead character of the story, had been treated inhumanly and his toe (probably it was his thumb) was cut by spade or something like that.

Anyway, the story was a little bit difficult for a 6 years old boy but I tried to read it. Because it was a book owned by my aunt who was living together in my boyhood home and I liked her because she was a ten. It's true that this story has not been written for a 6 years old boy, but I'm sure I felt something from this story.

Now in the US, Mr. Obama, an African-American male exists as a President-elect.
In Roots, Kunte Kinte was kidnapped from his homeland and brought to the United States as a slave. It's just 200 years ago.

30 years ago, in Japan, a word Amerikan meant the white race. I'm ashamed to say that we used some discriminatory terms against African-American people with disregard to their human rights. So now I feel that I am living in the world beyond my imagination, in a good sense.

Regardless of what the world thinks, I think all the US citizens did the right thing in the presidential election. I'm sure it's something the world has been waiting for.

The Taking by Dean Koontz

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In 1975, the now defunct Laser Books issued Invasion by Aaron Wolfe, aka Koontz (who later expanded that novel into Winter Moon, 1994), a breakneck tale of alien invasion centered on an isolated farm. Koontz's new novel also concerns alien invasion, and a comparison of the two books offers insight into the evolution of this megaselling author's work. more

If you like Steven King's, I'm sure you must like Koontz's.
The Taking is a story of the end of the world. I won't tell you about story but don't read this book when it's raining!! ;-)

a practical painkiller

To my mortification, this morning I fell pretty hard and suffered slight abrasion to my palms and knees again, in front of my house. Fortunately, now I'm with negligible wound pain. My wife was laughed at for my act dumb then allowed me to drink my favorite Diet Coke instead of taking painkillers. This made me so happy. Here is a photo of the limited version of 2L diet coke bottles.

The Red Crif

Directed by John Woo who's well known as a director of M:I-2, the movie is full of excitement and romance. I went see the movie to a theater in sannomiya last night.

The film was released in Asia as two versions with a total running time of more than five hours. Western audiences will see only a two-and-a-half-hour version in theaters early next year. Included among the extensive cast are Tony Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Shido Nakamura and model Lin Chi Ling.

The story is based on the events during the Three Kingdoms period in Ancient China in which specifically told in the title, The Battle of Red Cliffs.

Speaking of Romance of the Three Kingdoms, I'm sure that most of my contemporaries in Japan watched this story on a tv show as a toy drama.
I loved the show and when I was around 10 years old, I've read it in comics which was written by Mitsuteru Yokoyama. So, I'd been interested in The Red Crif, before watch the movie.

For your information, here is a translation for the NAME of main characters. Englih names sounds totally different from what we know.

I was enchanted with the performance of Takeshi Kaneshiro as Zhuge Liang.
It was great and I cannot wait the two-parter.


Since I'm a Buddhist, I don't celebrate Christmas like Christians do.
But I love Christmas atmosphere, so I tried taking a picture of these photos with using a small Santa clause doll which my friend presented to me the other day.

Those can be used as wallpapers - 1680 x 1050 pixels (for 20 inch wide monitor)

YUMEWO KANAERU ZOU written by Keiya Mizuno

In English, YUMEWO KANAERU ZOU means An elephant helps making your dreams come true.

According to author Keiya, how to learn for the secrets of success as there are many books available in market, but never heard of such kind of news that those who succeeded have increased on the basis of those articles. This book would give you an answer why it happened.

Because it's a reader-friendly book, I could read this book right through in a matter of minutes. This book is organized into very short sections so that readers easily understand what author would like to tell. The style of this book can be sorted as a sort of comedy, but I feel that each suggestion is very practical and easy to give it a try.

The lead characters of the story are a white-collar worker who desires for improvement and a god named Ganesha is one of the best-known and most worshipped deities in the Hindu pantheon. But in this story, Ganesha is described as a funny man has elephant head with a Japanese friendly Kansai accent like a comedian.

All the chapter are as very funny stories, but I think you can find anything worthwhile.

NOTE: To read this book, minimum Kansai accent ability is required

This week's iPod shuffle

P!nk - So What

Just listen this if you don't know :-)


Yesterday, my wife had something to do in Osaka and she tried taking the wheel by herself, I went there with her for helping her driving.
Driving on the Kobe Line of the Hanshin Expressway is no problem, but on the loop line, sometimes I'm paralyzed by fear from their bad safety rule.
Most of the drivers drive recklessly on the loop line of Hanhin Expressway, I'm afraid. So I decided to go with her.

Fortunately, yesterday, we got to our destination.

And then, there was the waiting. So I was hanging around the downtown of Osaka, Shinsai bashi area. I went to Amerikamura for the first time in a few years. Amerikamura (American Village) is usually referred to by locals as "Ame-mura." It is a sizable retail and entertainment area near Shinsaibashi in the Minami district of Osaka, Japan. Amerikamura is identifiable by a small-scale reproduction of the Statue of Liberty that peers down on the streets. It is a well-known haunt of expatriate Westerners, and centres on Triangle Park, a concrete rest area surrounded by retail outlets of Western fashions, bars and nightclubs, some of which are run by Westerners.

I enjoyed my holiday. :-)

A big surprise

First of all, I would say it's very kind of you to the person who gave it to me!

The stuff what I got is "NEO CUBE" that I've written as an article for my journal and I've been thinking I'd like to give it a try when I get a chance.

I know that this article should be posted with some photos of my work, but it is harder than I'd expected. Details will be forthcoming shortly, I guess.

Now discover what is waiting for you!

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Masaru aka Colo- one of an ex-Microsoft MVP for Excel


I'm Masaru from Kobe, Japan. I'm a computer system administrator for an equipment manufacturer. My line is operation AS400 server and Windows2008 server. I sometimes write VBA code for the company.

From 2004 to 2009, I had been nominated as a Microsoft Excel MVP, but now days, I have no opportunities using with excel in my daily life, so I decided to quit being an MVP. But I still love to use Excel.

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