So anyone that isn’t doing this via RSS has probably noticed a few differences. Those of you who do read via RSS – if you got a bunch of messages telling you my site is unavailable – sorry about that.

It turns out that the disk my VPS was hosted on crashed irrecoverably. Of course, it took my provider 5 days to get back to me with an explanation as to why my site was down. They eventually did give me an explanation, but not before I got sick of my requests for information going unanswered and transferred my site to a new host. I think there is money to be made in seeking out stocks of companies that have awesome customer service and buying that. I have yet to test whether the opposite is true, but if a company has shitty customer service, I just don’t have the patience to deal with it anymore. Moral of this story is – VPSland has shitty customer service, so they get no more of my money. Linode comes highly recommended by people I trust, so I have big expectations of them. Time will tell.

The site is not the only change in my life of late. I went back to Australia last month for final selections for the Australian national kendo team. Unfortunately I was not successful, so I won’t be going to Milan next year to compete. A pity really, I would have loved to have gone. It’s ironic that I came to Japan to do more kendo training, but if anything have ended up doing less over the last 3 years than if I’d stayed in Melbourne. I made a conscious decision to try and strike a better balance between my home life, my work and my passion for kendo. I did that, but it meant that I was not as sharp as I needed to be at selections. I didn’t fight badly, just not well enough. As it stands, I’ve made the Australian team twice. I would have loved to have gone a third time, but it is not to be. Other things in my life are calling. I will not be part of the squad for subsequent campaigns. I thought I’d be more upset about it than I am, but when it’s time, it’s time.

I’m looking forward to spending more time with friends and family. I’m looking forward to spending more time on my Japanese (which is still awful, for the amount of time I’ve spent in the country). I’m looking forward to being more active in the testing community. I’ll still be swinging sticks at people, but I no longer have to drive myself into the ground in order to get ready for competition.  It actually feels pretty good.

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