New LongCountdown Theme

For the first time in ages, I’ve decided to ditch my own homemade WordPress theme and use somebody else’s instead. I chose the Amazing Grace theme by Vladimir Prelovac, and spent most of the day customizing it. I think Vlad’s theme is one of the better free ones, and I chose it because it was WordPress 2.6 compatible, with support for widgets, gravatars and a few other features. Yes, Jason convinced me to upgrade to […]

Smoke Free for 365 Days

July 1st marks one year since I put out my last cigarette, so on this fine occasion I thought I’d interview myself about life after smoking. Were you a heavy smoker? Not really. I smoked a pack a day for about ten years, but the later years were spent puffing on those incredibly light 1mg menthol things. Why did you quit smoking? Good question. It wasn’t for health or financial reasons. I decided to kick […]

My New Office 2008

I previously wrote a post titled, My New Office 2007, in which I showed you a photo of what my home office looked like in January 2007. Here’s quick reminder: Although a bit messy, that layout served me quite well, but things got even more busy when I added an extra desk and a second monitor. Not only was I running out of space, but I couldn’t reach the dead cockroaches and centipedes that were […]

8 Fabbertastic Facts About Nick Ramsay

In an effort to introduce himself to his fellow Japan bloggers, Chris G has written eight random facts about himself, including one about a dangerous Jurassic goose. Chris has tagged me to do the same, so here we go… 8 fabbertastic facts about me I am incredibly forgetful. I wake up at the sound of a pin dropping. My favorite PC game of all-time is the Sim City series. I am incredibly forgetful. I once […]

Launching WritingWorkbooks.com

Since I wrote about my Dot Com Lifestyle, I’ve had people me asking exactly what I do for a living, and I even found my name mentioned along with mega-bloggers Darren Rowse, Steve Pavlina and John Chow, in author A. Dawn’s Personal Finance Journal! 😯 The latest project I promised to keep you all informed about my latest website, Writing Workbooks, which I’ve been building with my mum. It’s full of handwriting practice workbooks which […]

TV Viewing Figures vs. IQ Ranking by Country

Since coming to Japan, the amount of time I spend in front of the television has plummeted. I think it’s fair to say that I watch less than two hours of TV a week now. Some of you will find that hard to imagine, but it’s not surprising when everything on TV is in a foreign language. The internet as an alternative to TV These days I get my entertainment fix from the internet, and […]

My Dot Com Lifestyle in Japan

I was reading John Chow’s article, with accompanying video, The Dot Com Lifestyle, and it prompted me to write a little about my own work-at-home life. My work commitments I was an English teacher for ten years, working six days a week, and thinking I was lucky because I only worked for five or six hours in the evenings and had decent holidays. Still, I was more passionate about the internet than teaching, so two […]

Ramsay Ramblings 4/30/2008

I’ve been feeling pretty grotty this last week. First Rikuto “got the byouki”, then Mami “got the byouki”, and now I’ve “got the byouki”. Although I’d love to sing a song about “getting the byouki” (getting sick), I’ll spare you this week, and share some more Ramsay Ramblings instead. Magnitude 7 Earthquake Virtually Hits Gifu Since my net buddy, Mike McKinlay came to visit last week, I took him to the Gifu Prefecture Regional Disaster […]