Rick Cogley Live - Welcome


Thanks for Visiting! This is “Rick Cogley Live”, my blog with short and more frequent posts about my interests.

I decided to blog this way and post links to my content, instead of supplying my content to social networks. Controlling your own content is inherently better than relinquishing control.

~Rick Cogley

Waseneko Waseda U Cat Circle

Tuesday, 30 Jun, 2020

A blast from the past. We have been living in our new house for a month, and the three cats the neighbor who died had been feeding, are now visiting us in expectation. It made me think of this post.

At the Waseda University “Wasesai” festival on 4th Nov 2018, Akiko and I visited some club displays in the classrooms, to kill some time before our daughter’s concerts. One interesting one was the “Waseneko” circle. Here’s why it was cool:

My Favorite Podcasts #TryPod

Thursday, 23 Aug, 2018

I’m late to the party, but the Podcasts I listen to have been asking listeners to share their favorites on Social Media, so here goes.

Having Trouble With Strava Apple Watch App?

Friday, 29 Jun, 2018

Are you having trouble with the Strava Apple Watch app not picking up your heartrate or GPS data? Read on for one way to opt out of this buggy situation…

Do Your Graffiti on an Ema Tablet

Sunday, 17 Jun, 2018

An idiot 19-year-old tourist from America was caught vandalizing store front shutters in Shibuya. Apparently…

Secondhand Smoke Second Priority in Japan

Tuesday, 20 Mar, 2018

Well of course Japan isn’t going to live up to its Health Ministry’s promises to “ban indoor smoking”. Let me rant a little:

Japan PSA: Fall Is Giant Hornet Season

Monday, 1 Jan, 2018

Robert on Strava says he “just takes the stings and calls it free Vespa”, which is funny, but Asian Giant Hornets (Vespa mandarinia) in Japan are no joke. Read on to find out why:

Riding a 50cc Scooter in Japan

Monday, 4 Dec, 2017

Our daughter made her first purchase as an adult - a 50cc Honda Giorno (aka “Metropolitan” in some countries). She let me drive it, and I was smitten, so I bought my own. Read on to find out what I learned:

Ignorant Sengun Joshi

Thursday, 17 Aug, 2017

An article about sengun joshi in the Japan Times got my hackles raised. Here’s why:

Even The Mighty Bullet Train

Tuesday, 27 Jun, 2017

Even the super-reliable “shinkansen” bullet train has a glitch sometimes. Here’s what happened…

What's Up

Wednesday, 21 Jun, 2017

Been super busy. It’s full-on rainy season or “tsuyu” and the hydrangeas are out (beautiful). Here’s what’s been up…