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Billy is alive! Answered

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Our esteemed intern Billy finally departed for Japan a few days ago with nothing but a backpack, toothbrush, change of clothes and camera. Having not heard from him in a few days we were starting to worry, but I am happy to report that he is alive... and taking pictures! Albeit, it is not exactly clear what he is taking pictures of. Perhaps you can make sense of this.

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Goodhart (author)2008-08-02

It appears as though everything in this picture is severely out of focus except the very far left building beyond the tree. I wonder how that happened?

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Looks more like camera shake to me.

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Kiteman (author)jessyratfink2008-08-03

Gah, that anonymous list is so annoying - Billy, please, put some thumbnails up or something!

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Tetranitrate (author)Kiteman2008-08-03

Why? Every picture is like a mystery box waiting to be unwrapped.

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Kiteman (author)Tetranitrate2008-08-04

Hey! It's himself!

Having a good time? Fluent yet?

Have fun, avoid people with baths full of sand.

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Tetranitrate (author)Kiteman2008-08-15

Guess where I put a robot sticker

I am trying to get the pictures all up to date tonight (It is 3 am where I am). The blog may take a bit longer, but I have a paper journal full of entries waiting to be digified. If only there were some god like OCR program to read my chicken scratch. Pictures say a thousand words though, so consider my site to be a novel.

I originally just was using server space to store my photos, and would download them stateside because of the limited storage I have with me. If anyone has a suggestion to make the layout more user friendly without too much work, I am all ears.

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zachninme (author)Tetranitrate2008-08-15

Looks like you're having fun, and you're even alive! I can try to whip something up to display the images, if you want.

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I've just been opening them in separate tabs and then going through them. It's a little easier. :P

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Weissensteinburg (author)2008-08-01

Awesome! Did he get his bike? ...Any word on where he's been sleeping?

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Read his blog: apparently he's couchsurfing for the present...

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Yeah, I knew he was couchsurfing the first night...but as far as I had heard, he had no plans past that. I didn't know that he has an Eee (though it seems like he just got it), cool!

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Yerboogieman (author)2008-08-02

i know what he's looking at here

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Firebert010 (author)2008-08-02

The pictures are certainly interesting. I wish him luck in translating the moonspeak.

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Kiteman (author)Kiteman2008-08-01

But why was he standing in the road?

Presumably the photos will mean more when Billy explains them (steel taco shell?), but for now it looks like he's being a stereotypical American tourist - wandering around taking pictures of everything that is either (a) different to home or (b) the same as home.

(Billy, if you're reading this, we expect a proper slideshow to be published very soon)

Oh! I recognise this one - it's a ticket machine on the Tokyo rail network! It was on Top Gear recently - the train split in two, with a presenter on each half, and no speakers of Japanese in the whole crew... Much hilarity ensued...

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Goodhart (author)Kiteman2008-08-02

Hmm, looks like it is possible, from the glare in the upper potion of the picture, that he is inside a vehicle with a large back window (back of the bus?). In the pic posted here, he appears to be inside either a subway, or a (below ground) garage entrance.

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Goodhart (author)Goodhart2008-08-02

That posted pic may be from the back of a bus also

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killerjackalope (author)Kiteman2008-08-02

That was amusing, even better was the fact the we beat ze germans...

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Kiteman (author)killerjackalope2008-08-02

LOL, only when we cheated!

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killerjackalope (author)Kiteman2008-08-02

Ah but fair enough, considering the driver was their stig... Hammond did a good save after his complete failure to judge heights...

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Goodhart (author)Kiteman2008-08-02

Oh, is that what those are called. Hmm, if we assume this is not early morning, but rather afternoon, this pool then would be situated towards the south-west side of the building, with the spectators looking almost north-west ( W-NW ?) I like analyzing pictures :-)

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jessyratfink (author)2008-08-01

Yay Billy! I was wondering how he was. At least we know he's alive! Now I know to start checking his site. :D

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