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Dec. 31st, 2019

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A few notes about this journal:

1) All entries are cross-posted from my Dreamwidth account. I'd rather comments were left there, but here is fine too. If you'd like an invite, please ask! :D

2) All entries prior to August 2007 are friends-locked. I mostly just locked them down for the fresh start, since I'd just graduated college and moved to Japan. If you feel a burning need to read them, or want to be able to read the rare locked entries I write now, or just think friends are awesome, leave a comment and I'll friend back.

3) I'm not a terribly interesting person, but I try to do interesting things.

4) I'm a nerd. :D

Feb. 22nd, 2010

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heart attack of the month.

Hello from over a week later! :P I had an actual valid reason for the gap in entries this time. That reason involved my cat, the computer, and a very large glass of water.

Yeah. Panic was had.

HOWEVER! All is well! After about thirty seconds of freaking the hell out and physically tossing the cat out of the room, I got the computer unplugged, took out the battery, toweled off whatever I could get to, and set it up upside down in a large box of rice - and then didn't touch it. For three days.

I now have a fully-recovered laptop. :D


...Well. Mostly fully-recovered. My optical drive doesn't seem to work anymore, but it's always been finicky and has had to be replaced before. I'd rather that than have to pay like $500 for a logic board replacement or something.

I'm considering replacing it myself. I'm still under warranty, but water damage is not exactly a warranty-covered sort of thing, and I think I could do it. Hell, maybe there's just a piece of rice that managed to get itself wedged in there.

Hmm.



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Feb. 15th, 2010

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See, I can update in a timely manner.

Part the Second: In which we spend a week on the mainland.Collapse )
Next update: the rest of my summer.



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Feb. 9th, 2010

okinawa

long time no blog.

It's been ages since I last posted here, and I'm sorry about that. To amend, I'm going to do a series of photo posts recapping my summer and fall. Thus condensed, and minus the TV marathons, Sims sessions, and weekends holed up sketching and knitting, my life will seem twenty times more thrilling than it actually is!

Part The First: In which my sister visits Okinawa.Collapse )




Next update: the mainland.



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Dec. 5th, 2009

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Let’s talk about the minor heart attack I had this morning when I couldn’t find my voucher for the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test). OH MY GOD.

I'm taking 3kyuu again tomorrow, and actually feel less prepared than I did this time last year, even though objectively I know I'm much better. I think last year I was slightly delusional.

Today is Study Day, with occasional breaks for movies or TV.



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Oct. 23rd, 2009

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So I fell asleep last night at 8:30.

I'm not entirely sure what my problem is, as I did the same thing last Saturday - fell asleep by 9:45, and this was after having slept in until nearly noon - and I've been fighting fatigue all week.

I'm losing such huge chunks of time it's disorienting.

I do in fact have other things to write about, but I'm just too out of it to focus right now.


...



:/



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Oct. 19th, 2009

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Okay, because I'm obviously terrible at keeping a blog when I have a lot of large updates to make, I'm going to stick to making single small posts. (Maybe I'd be better off with a Tumblr, but I still prefer this.)

Today's inconsequential update:

I'm getting odd literary spam again!

For those of you who missed the original, back in December 2006 I blogged the following:

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You know what's entertaining? The spam that Gmail catches. See, the thing about Gmail is that it shows you a preview of any email's content in the subject line, so you can see what's in it without even having to click on it. My spammers are starting to send me what appears to be a variety of...novels?

Excerpts:

"He suddenly realized that Annie was doing exactly what he could not: he was-"

"He reached down, but his fingers stopped a clear three inches short-"

"And she heard it - low, painful scraping sounds in the earth-"

"An hour later, full of dope and drifting off to sleep-"

"Annie was in the second row, her face a blank white circle uno-"

"Then he slowly rolled over on his side and began the painful process of getti-"

"When a senator procrastinates, the imaginative bottle of beer flies into a rage."

"A crank case toward a hockey player feverishly throws a mating ritual-"

"Behind it was a narrow space empty save for dust and-"

"She really was an idol, and if she didn't kill him, she might kill what was in him."

"Getting into the chair didn't hurt as much as he had feared, and that was-"

"In spite of them, he saw Hezekiah beginning to swing the potentially dea-"

"Bourka bee-woman work powerful mojo magic, Bwana, fill in all dese hooda-"

"But instead of weeping with exalted grief as she should have done-"

"When another inexorably radioactive sandwich is hardly pr-"

"He put the knife on the night-table, hoisted himself into bed,-"

"Now she stood beside the car, shaking her finger at his cl-"

"The image came to him - Pomeroy's naked body floating in the do-"


I am fascinated.
Intrigued. There is a genuine story to be found here. I think we should rearrange these sentences properly and write it. What is happening with Annie, the mysterious girl who appears twice? Is she the same "she" who appears three additional times? And who is the man so often in pain? Is he, as he appears to be, the main character? What happened to Pomeroy (I'm getting echoes of Gatsby here), and did Hezekiah kill him? Or did the man in pain? And what do mojo-magic and inexorably radioactive sandwiches have to do with anything?

Find out! Next time on
Gmail Theatre.

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Now, almost 3 years later, I think I'm beginning to collect material for a sequel. This month's selection:

"As for the unfortunate Spaniards in Paraguay, the enactments against them became more and more-"

"A secondary court of appeal, though still a superior court to those of Brazil-"

"Perhaps - I gripped the chair more tightly -"

"But though he shouted, What ails you, king's daughter-"

"And she said, It's a fact the whole world knows - something came creeping-"

"Question peers inside the boy. The economic rhythm..."



[I suspect the last belongs to the same surrealist spam author who produced the inexorably radioactive sandwich and the rage-filled imaginative bottle of beer.]



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Sep. 4th, 2009

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[...I have to admit, it is pretty hypocritical of me to make a post wondering where everyone is and then promptly disappear for two months.

I've had a pretty crazy summer, though. More on that soon, but for now...
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my evening today:


1. Strange weather around sunset. Every few minutes we'd get sweeping rain and gusts of wind...lasting for about ten seconds. Then it would die down again, only to do the exact same thing a few minutes later.




2. Dinner! Thrown together based on what I already had in the kitchen. I made chicken, asparagus, and cherry tomatoes, cooked in a little white wine and butter, with salt/pepper, garlic, basil...and a little bit of paprika. Mmmm. I think I'll have the leftovers over rice for lunch tomorrow.





3. And then: eisa outside my apartment. :)


Jun. 22nd, 2009

most frustrating icon ever

unnaturally quiet...

*pokes the internet*
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Travel Journal IV



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