I am writing this blog at Boston’s Logan Airport. Yesterday I went to see a Red Sox baseball game for the first time in more than 10 years. A Taiwanese manager who grew up in Japan and is a staff member at Stratus HQ booked a great seat at Fenway Park. The match was won 4–3 by the home team. It was a bit disappointing that the final run came in on an error in the second, but I was happy to see two home runs. One for the lights, one for the left, one for the famous Green Monster. On the field, there is no cheering that sounds instruments during the game, but they watch quietly, but when the pitcher chases down in a pinch, the audience stands up and cheers with applause. The home pitcher is holding back and cheering.
In addition, music is played during the offensive and defensive changes, and the whole stadium enjoys watching the spectators perform dances on the big screen. Both the good dancing of the young people and the awkward figure of the elderly are surrounded by loud cheers, and they dance with more and more enthusiasm. “Take me out to the ball game” in the seventh inning, and at the same time, we will sing “Sweet Caroline” together in a big chorus. I also know that the phrase just spoke up. The hot dogs and pizza tasted reasonably good, the beer was delicious, and I felt that I enjoyed the fun of ordinary people in America. Recently, widening income inequality and regional divisions are often reported in the media, and political and diplomatic turmoil is reported in the United States. However, the economic situation is relatively good, the unemployment rate is low, and the health and proper lifestyle of the common people are still felt as usual, at least in Massachusetts.
Boston is the setting for the Spencer series by a writer named Robert B. Parker, which I started reading when I was just starting out as a member of society. Robert B. Parker, influenced by Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, was a popular author of hardboiled novels. The conversation between Spencer, a private detective, his girlfriend Susan, and his buddy Hawk is very fascinating. I think the first time I read it was “Early Autumn,” but I read it in a translation by Hikaru Kikuchi. However, I wanted to taste the splendor of the conversation firsthand, so I read it in paperback after that. It takes a long time to read it, but I feel like I learned a little English.
Hikaru Kikuchi has translated for Dick Francis’ horse racing series in the UK. I’ve been reading this since I was a student, but I started reading it in paperback in the middle of the series. He was my favorite writer of my life. When Robert B. Parker and Dick Francis passed away in quick succession around 2010, I was stunned that I could no longer read their new works. I felt like I had lost the great pleasures of life. When you come to downtown Boston, some street names still remind you of the Spencer series.
This week, when I watched TV, there was news that Hurricane FLORENCE was going to hit the East Coast. “Monster” storm menaces coast.” That’s the headline in the newspaper. The literal translation is “A monstrous storm poses a threat to the coastline.” It has been reported that damage due to flood damage and strong winds, as well as the blocking of lifelines including electricity, are expected in a wide area, and large-scale evacuation is being carried out. Some people seem to find a rental house inland on Airbnb and move around.
In Japan, just before I went on a business trip to the United States, Typhoon No. 21 and the earthquake in Hokkaido followed. It’s totally incomprehensible that a country’s president would not acknowledge the effects of global climate change, but the sense of helplessness toward natural disasters grows with age. Why is Japan’s second international airport covered in seawater? Why did liquefaction occur in the earthquake, and the lifelines of more than 2 million households are affected at once? There are some media outlets that trumpet it as a man-made disaster as a problem for designers and builders during development, but I prefer the fear of nature and the helplessness of human beings.
Maybe by the time, we receive our email news about this blog being introduced, the new product “ztC Edge I think there will be an announcement. Because Stratus products claim to be non-disruptive, they are often used in mission-critical areas. In the past, sales in the financial-related field, including payment and settlement systems, were the largest, but recently sales in the industrial automation field have become antagonistic. These include energy-related and water supply and sewerage management, and line control of factories that should not be stopped. If we add to that systems related to transportation and systems used in retail sites, we will have the largest sales composition ratio. It’s an area of edge computing, to borrow a phrase that has been widespread lately. We are confident that the newly announced products will continue Stratus’ DNA and contribute to the development of this edge computing space, taking advantage of its small, high-availability, non-disruptive features.” In fact, in the U.S., we have plans to use hundreds of units in a large-scale plant renovation project, combining our ftServer with a server specialized in edge computing that we will announce this time. In addition, in factories where there are no family-run IT specialists, the feature of zero touch (the man-hour of operation management is minimized) is effective and adopted. We can think of adoption cases in a wide range of fields in the future.
“You can’t change the whole world with the servers you sell, and disasters don’t go away, you don’t have an S mark on your chest, you can’t just fly through tall buildings. Still, in the places that hired me, I kept doing it without stopping. That’s what you’re supposed to do.”
I fantasized that Spencer, a private investigator, would say these lines as I drank the last bottle of Samuel Adams at the airport. Speaking of which, there was a line that said, “People who drink beer are not worthy of trust.”