Rick Cogley has been sticking out like a sore thumb in Japan since 1987! 日本語もOK.
CEO & Founder, eSolia. I coding & scripting, calisthenics, jogging & yoga, photography. Yokohama <> Tokyo

Now Professionally

eSolia, 21 years old as of July 2020 also has 10 years in our current location in Toranomon Tokyo. We took the difficult decision to move, after watching the office remain largely unused for months on end. It is simply too expensive to maintain something that people are not using, and, we have discovered we don't need it to be successful. Instead, we are moving into a shared facility run by Mitsui Fudosan (also our client) called "Work Styling". It's a cool modern facility that seems to suit us just right.

As a professional services company, we need to increase our process maturity so our success depends less upon individual quality, rather having that quality built in by default. At the same time, we are polishing our "chatops" to make it easy for team members to access information in our operations db, and starting to try to improve "work management". It's truly a sea change to move from a regular office situation where there are fixed assets, to an all-virtual one, but we are adjusting.

We have been seeing how we can manage work in as friction-free a way as possible. Our ERP system is capable, but it's record-centric, so you need to open, edit, save each record; that's quite different from something like Excel. We are now using Wrike as a work management system. It is not the do all and be all, but, it works for us so far. We have been using the truly excellent webhook.site to seamlessly integrate between Wrike and our ERP system.

Now Personally

Things are going well despite COVID-19 and Trump, and the future just got a little brighter with the election of adults to run the US - congratulations to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, and to the US in general.

The house was finally complete inside and out as of early August 2020. We worked hard on it, and got a great result. Huge shoutout to my tenacious wife, who really got it done. It's so much better than our previous place, but still, when we go back there (actually, across the yard!) we get a strong feeling of nostalgia.

Getting everything in place was a real whirlwind of activity. Since late 2019 we demolished the old house, got a mortgage approved, made arrangements to branch off the gas and water lines from the apartment building we sold, handled all the inheritance tax issues, handled the exterior work, and also did refurbishing on our old house to make it rentable.

I've been doing serious exercise every day and have seen my fitness improve over the last year. I am feeling good, and lost about 12 kg so far. I want to keep it going.

I continue to be impressed with my Ultimate Hacking Keyboard, a split design where one's wrists can be kept straight. It has helped with my wrist pain.

Still, COVID-19 keeps us preoccupied, but, we are not out of the woods yet. I have hope that the US will turn to science again and be able to tamp down its awful march forward; other countries certainly have done it. It's a really terrifying illness, so don't be stupid & tempt fate: stay away from people as much as you can, disinfect, and wash your hands.

Wise Words

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” ― Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

“It’s probably not just by chance that I’m alone. It would be very hard for a man to live with me, unless he’s terribly strong. And if he’s stronger than I, I’m the one who can’t live with him. … I’m neither smart nor stupid, but I don’t think I’m a run-of-the-mill person. I’ve been in business without being a businesswoman, I’ve loved without being a woman made only for love. The two men I’ve loved, I think, will remember me, on earth or in heaven, because men always remember a woman who caused them concern and uneasiness. I’ve done my best, in regard to people and to life, without precepts, but with a taste for justice.” ― Coco Chanel

“The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubt, while the stupid people are full of confidence.” ― Charles Bukowski

Extra Slow Bikes on the Kashio River in Totsuka Yokohama
Snake Eye Sushi near the office in Toranomon Tokyo
Sweet "Sweet King Mikan" tangerines
Kushi Katsu joint next to the office in Toranomon Tokyo
Cats sizing each other up in Yokohama
A very yellow building but you can't know that...
Uh oh, the rent will go up now in Toranomon
A very interesting pudding that comes in a latex sheath
Cute cable bite from my daughter