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Which is a whole lot easier said than done. It doesn't help that work is being ridiculous, as in, "What do you mean, you can't grade 250 final exams in one afternoon?" and "What do you mean, it takes more than an hour to read and correct 40 essays?" >_> When I get home, my brain pretty much shuts off. I have so much stuff to catch up on that it's hard to find a place to even get started.

Anyway, to keep myself from feeling overwhelmed, I'll just post about good things for now. And the good things are very good! Since I didn't have time to book a trip to Malaysia for winter break, I promised myself that I would go to Sapporo for Yuki Matsuri instead. I was really worried about getting plane tickets, since I can only fly on the same days as everyone else, but I managed to get the ones I wanted. Not at the cheapest price level, but still pretty cheap. I have to fly in and out of Nagoya, but it saves about ¥40,000.

And the super special awesome bonus? Guess who just happens to be playing at Zepp Sapporo that weekend? So now I have tickets to Sapporo and tickets to see Asian Kung-Fu Generation while I'm there. Now I just need to figure out what else I'll do for those 2 1/2 days (besides visiting the conveniently located Pokémon Center, lol). Almost as exciting, the weekend after that I'll be seeing Straightener in Osaka. I still can't believe I won two pre-request lotteries in a row!
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Six weeks of studying, and I did worse on the second practice test than I did on the first one. I might as well just write off the last six weeks of my life as a complete failure.
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I was checking MangaFox's update page, and saw a series called Neko no Koi listed. Naturally, I'll check out anything that has to do with cats, so I click. Bonus: it's BL. Double bonus: it takes place in Kyoto. I'm pretty excited about that, so I start reading. And.

Well, first of all, the scanlator used Electroharmonix to represent a traditional Japanese storefront sign. In my opinion, fonts like that are pretty offensive to begin with, but I could at least give it a pass if this were some kind of acid neon dystopian future Tokyo. For a traditional Kyoto machiya? Um no, what the hell.

But, I thought, maybe I'm being a little too sensitive.

And then it got so much worse.

"You jez told them that it warn't too sweet."

"'Cawse it is, this 'ere shop has been passed down for six generations." (That first word is supposed to represent "of course", btw.)

"If'n you sit dere, your kimono'll git dirty."

"Imma always be wit'chu, Chii."

WHAT THE FUCKING HELL IS THIS. YOU FAIL. DO NOT PASS GO. DO NOT COLLECT $200. YOU MAY NOT USE YOUR GET OUT OF FAIL FREE CARD. I almost don't know which is more offensive, the idea that all Kansai-jin talk like Cletus the Slack-jawed Yokel trying to teach himself AAVE, or that, even if the analogy were accurate, this is still a complete failure of an attempt to write out a dialect. NO ONE on the entire planet talks like that. Oh, and the extra brain-numbing bonus? All four of those lines come from the same character. Just seriously, I don't even.

In far less ragey news, Shounen Maid broke into the top 500 at MangaFox. It was within the top 200 before OneManga closed, then it got pushed back to like 8000. Anyway, chapter 6 is here or here.
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This is why I pretty much stopped reading manga forums.

"And plus, it would seem silly to tag a story, such as this one, where the main character is a boy working as a maid, as Shoujo. It just wouldn't work that way, nor would it fit. Just plain Shounen, possibly. But Shoujo? I think not."

After I explained Manga Genres and What They Mean:

"But isn't it silly to put what's to be directed for the audience as the genre of the story?
That'd be like putting a yaoi as "Shoujo" if it's directed to female audience, don't you think?
I'm probably misunderstanding your logic, but meh, it happens.

I'd still say this story is leaning more towards Shounen-Ai than it is Shoujo, only because:
I.) The main character is a young boy.
II.) The sub-main character is an older hot guy.
III.) Even though there's no sign of romance, there's a possibility that some might develop in here. So far, only 5 chapters are shown, but we don't know yet.

I'm sticking with my thoughts and opinions, but that's just me. (:"

I don't even know how to respond without being bitchy about it. It doesn't help that this person also thinks little boys being raped is ~*soooooooo kawaii*~.
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I bet you thought I gave up on this, didn't you?

Shounen Maid chapter 05

I wasn't too keen on this chapter at first, but the more deeply I read it, the more I came to like it. And I absolutely LOVE Madoka at the end. XDD The last panel on page 105 is priceless.

Hey, it counts as studying, right?


Oct. 12th, 2010 07:44 pm
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You know what would have been smart? Taking a look at sample JLPT N3 tests before paying $70 to take it.

The good news is, the study books I bought happen to be based on a six-week course, and six weeks is about exactly what I have. Now I just need to find three hours a day to study. x_x Along with, you know, everything else that I need to catch up on. And of course, it coincides with the best time of year to go sightseeing and other stuff. Oh God, stress. ;__;


Sep. 28th, 2010 09:40 pm
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I'm seriously thinking about going to Malaysia for winter break. Was originally thinking Australia, but it would probably be too hot for visiting Uluru then? And according to my students' essays, all people do in Malaysia is: 1. eat, 2. shop, and 3. party. I've spent the past 3 years teaching about Malaysia, and it's driving me crazy not having been there. (Of course, I'm not allowed to go on the school trip, since I'm just a "temporary" teacher. But I'm still in charge of preparing the Malaysia curriculum. Because that makes sense.) Anyone want to join me? And does anyone know a good site for getting airline tickets in Japan? Or a travel agency recommendation?
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I am in such a horrible, lazy, zero motivation slump, and I HATE IT. And what I hate even more is that I can't seem to get out of it. I was really almost going to do stuff last weekend, but then spent most of Saturday and Sunday with bad vertigo. I even had to skip ikebana class, which only comes once a month, and which I already missed the last two times. >:| Having Pokémon White around to waste all my time on doesn't help, either.

The weather has turned lovely recently. Of course, I can't open my windows and enjoy it because they're renovating the building next door to me. And this is Japan, so "next door" means literally less than 6 feet away.

That also means that it's time for Lawson's Aki no Rilakkuma Fair again. Japan peeps, please save your Rilakkuma points for me if you're not saving them up for yourself? (Mandy, I'll trade you my Coke points!)

I'm almost scared to watch the season premiere of Supernatural. If they do what it seemed like they were going to do at the end of S5, it's probably going to ruin the entire series for me. :/

Almost forgot the most important thing! KYOTO KRISPY KREME OPENS OCT. 1!!!!!! I've seen the location, and there's nowhere to put a 2-hour line. I wonder what they're going to do about that.

LJ is still made of fail, in case you weren't aware.
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Still slowly tweaking my DW account. My handle there is chocolate_chip, so add me if you have an account! (I know I said the name was taken, but apparently I'm the one who took it. I swear I don't remember doing it at all.)


Sep. 12th, 2010 12:04 pm
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Test cross-post from dreamwidth.
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Things I learned today: don't ever eat or drink while watching Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series.
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So, I thought stuff like this was common sense, but it seems that facebook and twitter have removed any shred of common sense for some people. So I'm spelling this out.

WHAT HAPPENS ON LJ STAYS ON LJ. If I find that anyone is cross-posting their comments on my journal to their facebook or twitter, I will seriously be re-evaluating whether or not that person and I will be remaining friends. (I can't understand why anyone would want to cross-post comments, anyway. o hay world, here's what I thought about the post of someone that you don't know, which you can't read and don't care about! THE INTERNET DOES NOT CARE.)


*sigh* Right now, the only thing keeping me from moving to Dreamwidth is that someone else took my username. And my laziness.
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Lol the first: Best Westerns in Japan are super-fancy. At least the one in Takayama is. My bathroom/shower is a glass box. (Awesome for a single; probably not so good an idea for a double. XD)

Lol the second: The fancy restaurant in the lobby was playing Pulp Fiction projected onto the wall above the bar.

Not lol: I got something (probably chocolate) all over my shorts, which of course are the only bottoms I brought with me. Luckily, they're camo, so it doesn't really show up much. Makes me glad I gave up on trying to squeeze in doing laundry last night.
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I have to say, the gym is really nice. A million times nicer than the one I tried going to in the States, for significantly less money. (I'm on a reduced plan, though, so I can only go for 90 minutes a day, which is why it's less expensive.) Every time I use a weight machine or an exercise machine, what I do and for how long is recorded via infra-red on my personal gym wristband. Then I can put that info into the Big Computer, which tracks my activity as well as weight, blood pressure, and body fat. The locker room is super nice and clean, there are free foot massagers, and all the exercise machines have their own built-in TV. There's a pool, too, and lots of classes.

However, even though the gym itself is cheaper, I didn't think when I signed up about how much it would cost to go to the gym and back every day. >_> It's almost twice as much as the membership, which is a real kick in the teeth. On the days that are not too hot/cold/rainy/busy, I can probably ride my bike there, but that almost defeats the purpose of going, and I'd probably still have to pay to park my bike.

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*sigh* So many things that I want to post, but can't find the time before I forget about them. (Can't find the time = too lazy.) I've been trying to type up something about my trip, but every time I try, I bore myself too much to keep going. :P

I joined a gym. I haven't started going yet; the orientation is tomorrow. I can't say as I'm really excited about it, since I really don't want something else that's going to eat away at my already poorly-managed time, but I'm so sick of continuing to put on weight and feeling blah all the time. Without a gym, the only exercise I can do is walking, which isn't a really good option for me, since I have foot and knee issues, and I can't be out in strong sunlight for long periods of time. I know that going to the gym is not only going to improve my body, but also make me feel better emotionally, and probably help me use my time better, but I still can't get myself excited about it.

The good part is, I'll have a workout buddy. I'm not sure if I've posted about the new AET at my school other than my initial worries about her, but she turned out to be really cool. We have lots of things in common, but not so many that I feel like I'm in competition with her for my identity. Anyway, we'll be going to the gym together.

But still.... *clings to free time* ;__;

I went and saw The A-Team. I'd heard it was bad, and I already knew from seeing the previews that I wouldn't like it (because in order for me to like it, Murdock would have to be spot-on, and I could already tell he wasn't), but I had to go see it anyway. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, but it definitely wasn't good, either. So much of it was like.... Why is this happening? What does this scene have to do with the plot? Why are they trying to make Face the main character? Why did the van have to get destroyed? Why is Hannibal's hair dyed for only one scene? Why do I feel like the costume designer has never seen the actual show? Why in the name of God are Face and Murdock calling B.A. Bosco?! WHY WAS THERE NO MONEY SHOT OF A CAR FLIPPING OVER???? Not to mention, obvious CGI was painfully obvious. The script and plot should have been re-done entirely. The only time it really felt like The A-Team was when they broke Murdock out of the hospital with the movie set-up. That was a moment of genius. The poor guy who played Murdock tried, but they really should have gotten someone else for him and Face. B.A. was surprisingly good, but Liam Neeson was only barely passable as Hannibal. Mostly, the whole thing was just disappointing. (And the thought of the fic that people are going to write using nu-team characterizations makes me cringe, not that A-Team fic was that great to begin with.) It does make me want to marathon the original series again, though.

(All of this brings up the age-old heartbreaking question: Why was there never an A-Team/Knight Rider crossover? They were on the same network at the same time! It would have been the most epic epicness to ever epic.)
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I finally made my decision: Pokémon White. I was leaning towards Black, but seeing the BW anime previews after the movie changed my mind. In motion, Reshiram's tuft looks even more like a penis. In contrast, Zekrom's tail has an electrical turbine in it! How cool is that? So, as usual, I'm going with the version that has the legendary that I like more.

By the way, the movie was sooooooooo boring. The plot is completely nonsensical, but basically there's a guy who wants to fist the Ass of Time.

Anyway, now I have another decision to make! I still have 4 days left on my Seishun 18, so from August 27th to 29th, should I go to Kanazawa, or Takayama? In either case, I'd go Friday night and come back Sunday night.

[Poll #1607453]

Actually, since the ticket is good until September 10th, I could do both, but I wouldn't be able to take a half day off on the 3rd. It would also mean missing half the Kansai Queer Film Festival. Hmm...

Now to go do chores, and NOT spend the whole evening reading Hourou Musuko, which is >o<.

[edit] Ehehe.. so I went and decided to do both. ^^; Takayama from the 27th to 29th, since it takes longer to get to, and Kanazawa on the 4th and 5th. I just now booked my hotels.

I also ended up reading another 30 chapters of Horou Musuko. >.>
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Okay, so I'm feeling pretty exhausted and crappy today, but at least I managed to do some laundry, right? So, I bring it inside, and I'm about to hang it in my closet, and HUGE FUCKING CICADA clinging to my shirt. >___< WTF, why do those things have to be so ugly~ T__T


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