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It's not bad. It's a tool. There are bad ways to use it, sure. But there are plenty of pretty awesome applications beyond the realm of privacy. Rallying against the cloud seems very silly to me, like complaining about ovens or hammers.
I would do a couple days in Kyoto (half day in Nara) if you can. Or an overnight at an onsen, we went to this one and it was a highlight for most people.
http://www.shinjuku-robot.com/pc/ - this is a must! skip the bento it's terrible
http://www.ghibli-museum.jp/en/ - get tickets in advance, like today
Golden Gai - A tiny neighborhood of bars the size of a large closet. Some only serve 3 people, but it's so you interact and get to know each other. one of my favorite parts of the trip. We made friends with a local who got us in to some of the friendlier bars - some do not allow people who speak english.
Picture from our favorite bar. I don't remember the name, it was 4:00am and I was not sober at all
Karaoke - it's worth it, definitely hit it up at least once. I actually found the place we went because it had this amazing giant toast thing
I would say maybe try different accommodations. Our first night we stayed at a capsule hotel, then a hostel, then a business hotel, then a ryokan. All were really unique experiences in their own way. And if you can stay near the Yamanote line because it will get you just about everywhere you need to go.
Edit: Forgot a super important one! Learn the kanji for shochu. Do not get it confused with sake! Very different beasts.
I highly recommend this podcast for you:
- My issue with any sort of narcotics is that it makes you into a person with less control over yourself.
The psychonauts I know have way, way more control over themselves then just about anyone else I know. The ability to handle your brain radically changing normal function, and not only handle it but derive something of value, takes incredible strength of self and is not to be belittled.
- but I feel like using drugs will rob me of the reasoning skills and the willpower I so treasure
Then don't. No one is making you. But if you aren't willing to take the risk you probably shouldn't pass judgement on those who do, because it's something you don't understand. Most worthwhile experiences in life come with risks, its your call if those risks are worth it for you.
Setting an arbitrary barrier on what you allow yourself to experience seems to me to limit personal growth, not advance it. You are going to change. You're reasoning and willpower are subjected to a million external influences anyway, hunger, tiredness, how much sunshine you've gotten. Who you are will be shaped by what you experience, like it or not. The only choice you have is what those experiences will be.
I feel like almost all of the anti-drug sentiment or fear comes from ignorance. If you think all drugs are bad, and all drug users are addicts, of course your going to be terrified when someone smokes weed around you (for example).
People who paint with broad strokes usually don't know enough or have enough experience to view with more shades of grey.
Better self education and public education would go a long way here. I will say not all drugs are dangerous, but some are. If you are going to experiment, plan ahead, and ffs test your shit. If you can afford drugs you can afford to do it safely.
Have you read Eon by Greg Bear? It's a bit more modern homage to Rama. I loved it, I haven't given the original a try since I feel like it will be the same story but less fun. Hoping for someone who's read both to tell me if it's worth a shot.
Been going strong since I started, personal initiative is not the question :) Books take days to read while songs are a few minutes. If the average hubsker doesn't have anything new to add each week it might be better for me to space it out. I'd rather higher trafficked threads biweeekly then half the interest each week, mostly because I think its cool when people interact and discuss them together / support each other.
But one week doesn't make a pattern, I'll wait a bit before I switch it up. I'm also open to ideas if people have suggestions!