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16th-Nov-2009 10:31 pm - think about kittens...
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omgwtf Heisig. I'm just getting to the end of lesson 10, I did a whole bunch of kanji today and my head is spinning, especially after the last few which are all ghoulish imagery of graveyards and ghosts and sailors meeting watery deaths, and I come to "seedling." 苗 And when I saw it, my first thought was, "Oh, how nice, flowers sprouting in rice fields! It's like Heisig decided to throw in a much-needed picture of a kitten as relief from the grotesque scenes."

But then I read the story he gave, and he's got the flowers sprouting out of people's zombie brains. wtf. Let's have kittens and puppies, dude, kittens and puppies! Argh!

EDIT: never mind the kitten picture, here's Maru.
10th-Nov-2009 02:38 pm - studying
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Since I got the ipod touch, I've been unexpectedly motivated to try studying Japanese again. There's 2 main things I want to work on:
1. Speech. Particularly speed and flow for common everyday situations.
2. Vocabulary. Generally speaking, when I don't understand something, it's not because of the grammar, it's because I have no idea what the key nouns and verbs in a sentence mean.

I came across the AJATT blog after deciding to focus on these things, and what he said made a lot of sense so I decided to try that approach for a while.

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24th-Oct-2009 11:17 pm - V-rock Day 1
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Finally got home from V-rock at 10:45 PM. I left around 7:30 or 8 AM so this has been a long day, and 4 hours of it was spent traveling.

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18th-Oct-2009 05:06 am - ipod touch
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Yesterday I got an ipod touch, which I've been wanting for a while. It looked like a great handheld device to use for reference, study, and games. After having it for a day, I'm now even more glad I decided to go for the touch instead of an iphone, because using it for flashcards/study is apparently a huge drain on the battery. I think if this stuff was on my phone, I might feel hesitant about using it a lot for fear of using up the battery or missing calls.

I got this dictionary: http://www.codefromtokyo.com/japanese
There's a good flashcard feature not mentioned on the internet site. It reduces the frequency of the cards you know, gives you the ones you don't know more often, throws in old words once in a while and brings them back into heavy rotation if you don't get them right. And you can create your own vocabulary lists (for example, "Versailles blogs" XD) to be tested with the same progressive card system. I've been playing with the JLPT lists tonight and it looks like a really good study tool. Wish I'd had this years ago!

BTW, I'm going through my music collection and re-rating a bunch of stuff, and I rediscovered Kamijo in an unexpected place. That's him doing the backing vocals in the chorus of Metis Gretel's "Kyuuen no inochi," right? Well, I'm sure it is because his voice is unmistakable, I just don't recall him mentioning it anywhere so I was surprised.
27th-Sep-2009 01:39 am - purses + unexpectedly useful merch
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I got a new purse today, and while I was transferring stuff into it, I noticed something strange. The Official XOVER Cigarette Lighter had a mysterious button on the side. Why, it's a penlight! So convenient for finding Kouichi's picks on a dark livehouse floor! XD

By the way, I have a question for anyone who cares to answer. How often do you buy purses/bags? And do you mainly use one at a time, or do you have several to coordinate with your outfits? I'm the type who uses one bag until it starts to become dilapidated and I'm starting to wonder if I shouldn't change this habit.
13th-Sep-2009 11:53 am - apartments?
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Has anybody used this real estate agency? Or heard anything about it? Their properties look good, but I wonder if it's not too good to be true.

Or do you know of another Tokyo real estate agency which will deal with foreigners in English? Someplace which has real apartments, not just studios. I think we need something like a 2-bedroom, in order to have office space for our computers. My S.O. is telecommuting now and we need to make space for him to work.
1st-Jul-2009 03:29 pm - good hair tutorials
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I came across a girl who does awesome hair tutorials on Youtube. She has long one-length hair (around waist to hip length) which she skillfully arranges into a variety of styles that are very fashionable in Japan, even though many of the styles are normally done with shorter and/or layered hair. I often get frustrated trying to arrange my hair because it's really hard to find cute style ideas and instructions for long hair and I guess my friends might have that feeling too sometimes.


Speaking of hair, I think it's time for a trim. Maybe 5 to 8 cm off the bottom. I think I'd like my hair to stay around hip-length for a while as my layers grow out, and it's nice to have a little less hair during summer.
21st-May-2009 04:27 pm - sponge ball curler test
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Today's not an important day so I experimented with sponge ball hair curlers last night. I'm trying to cut back on heat styling to avoid further damage. I got these sponge curlers several years ago when my hair was around armpit length and didn't like the results then, but I thought it was worth seeing how it would work with longer hair. Turns out I'm quite happy!

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12th-May-2009 04:37 am - come to the concert next month!
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I received an application from the Ward Office for a "supplementary income payment" worth 12,000 yen. Has anyone else gotten this? I assume it's some kind of economic stimulus package but don't really know. Not that I'm complaining about free money, of course.

By the way, does everyone who will be in Japan next month know about the concert Versailles is doing for international fans only? (6/17, Rock May Kan) It's going to be interesting to see how many people show up. Presumably they've gotten enough letters from fans in nearby Asian countries to make this seem worthwhile, because there's no way they can be relying on fans coming all the way from Europe or the Americas.

Anyway, you should all think about coming to this concert if you'll be in the area! Even if you haven't really been following Versailles and don't know if you like them or not, this would be a great opportunity to check them out because of the intimacy of the venue. They're making their major debut right after the Rock May Kan shows so this is going to be one of the last chances to see them in a small, comfortable livehouse. And even if it's a little embarrassing to go to a foreigners-only concert, it'll probably be the least crowded so might as well take advantage.
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