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August 3rd, 2008

BLARGH @ 05:30 pm

Current Location: Pigeon Point
Current Mood: gloomy feh

Just when I think I'm coming along nicely in my studying, I start to come across things like this.

Firstly, they're changing the JLPT. Starting in 2010, a mere two years from now, there are going to be five levels instead of 4. Mainly, they're just putting a new one between 3kyuu and 2kyuu, but they're also revising 1kyuu "to address the need to measure abilities more advanced than those targeted by the current Level 1 test." Oh goody.

Secondly, THEY ARE ADDING TO THE JOUYOU KANJI wtf. The Japanese Ministry of Education is adding 188 characters to the general use kanji. They're also taking 5 away (銑, 錘, 勺, 匁, and 脹, Yomiuri Online sees fit to tell me, but offers no such list of the added characters), but still... now the magic number is 2128. And I, like the Japanese grade-schoolers from 2010 onwards, will just have to cram harder to be considered literate.

Sometimes I wanna just go bury my head in the sand.

July 29th, 2008

using a green magic marker if it's all right @ 09:32 pm

Current Location: Pigeon Point
Current Music: Someone Keeps Moving My Chair - They Might Be Giants

I finally got around to watching Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog and have since had this song continuously stuck in my head. Cool Nerd points if you know why without a hint. It was pretty cool, though I have trouble with Nathan Fillion being the idiot, for some reason...

I got some studying done today, even though I couldn't sleep last night and spent most of today laying about with a stomach ache and headache and feeling generally cruddy. I decided to actually finally sit down and read the book about vegetarianism (in Japanese) that I bought at Crayon House in Omote-sando a year and a half ago, because it's good for learning vocab in context. I'm learning a lot of Japanese words for which I don't know what the English equivalent means, but when I look that up, it turns out it was pretty transparent due to the kanji. Example #1: 高尿酸血症 = hyperuricemia = too much uric acid in the blood. Example #2: 腸管出血性大腸菌 = enterohemorrhagic E. coli. Those are examples of things a vegetarian diet can prevent or treat, in case you were wondering.

Also, according to Kanji Box, I basically know the JLPT 1kyuu kanji. I'm not sure I believe it, but I /am/ having to write down the readings of fewer and fewer kanji when I write new words in my vocab notebook, which is very encouraging.

I work tomorrow 8-4 and then I have the first class of the translation half of my BCC class. I probably work Thursday and Friday too, but Sheri, as usual, is mid-crisis and cannot manage to finish this week's schedule until the week is over. Thursday night is Meetup, but anyone want to hang out with me on Friday (evening) or this weekend?

July 15th, 2008

Andrew Bird & Josh Ritter @ 11:29 am

OK so back when ZooTunes tix first went on sale I bought a ticket to the Josh Ritter/Andrew Bird show on July 23 (next Wednesday), but now I have my class on Wednesday nights and can't go. If anyone wants my ticket, I'd be happy to sell it to you for what I paid ($19 = $17 face value + $2 handling charge).

The details, once again:

Wednesday, July 23, 6pm (gates open at 5) @ the zoo
Andrew Bird headlining, Josh Ritter opening


June 26th, 2008

Can YOU English well? @ 08:57 am

Current Location: Pigeon Point
Current Mood: curious curious

So for my first assignment I have to translate two English idioms to Japanese and write a paper on doing so. One of my idioms I'd never heard before and had to look up in my Oxford Learner's Dictionary (on my denshi jisho). Anyone else?

Poll #1211451 Idiom
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 9

Withoug consulting a dictionary, can you explain the figurative meaning of the following idiom? "To be a hobson's choice"


June 23rd, 2008

Maggie is smarter than the iTunes Music Store @ 05:32 pm

Current Location: Pigeon Point
Current Mood: bouncy victorious
Current Music: さくら - 森山直太郎

So iTunes won't let you buy from iTunes Japan with your American iTunes store account. If you try to make an iTunes Japan account, it won't let you unless you have a credit card with a billing address in Japan.

Even if you happen to have bought an iTunes gift card in Japan, you cannot apply it to your American iTunes account nor can you open a Japanese iTunes account without providing a Japanese address, nor can you open a Japanese iTunes account with the same email you used to create your American iTunes account. It also tries to redirect you to the American iTunes store before giving you a chance to enter your Japanese address. HOWEVER. If you have a Japanese iTunes gift card, and open a new iTunes account with a Japanese address (and using an email address not associated with your American iTunes account), but do not enter a credit card for that account, iTunes Japan will allow you to redeem your Japanese iTunes gift card with no further hoops to jump through.

Maggie: 1
iTunes: 0

May 10th, 2008

My Six-Legged Flying Buffalo @ 03:16 pm

Current Location: Pigeon Point
Current Mood: okay okay
Current Music: 少しだけ坂道 - らんま1/2

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May 6th, 2008

January 31st, 2008

I learned at least one useful thing today @ 10:17 pm

Current Mood: tired tired

There's a drug that, if taken within 2 hours of exposure, can prevent HIV infection.
So, if you are raped... (or otherwise have contact with suspect blood, breast milk, semen, or vaginal fluid) best not wait, get straight to the emergency room.

And if you have a latex allergy, polyurethane is your friend.

January 14th, 2008

One More Thing @ 10:04 pm

Current Location: Pigeon Point
Current Music: "Little Beat Rifle" - 鬼束ちひろ

Re: "Kanji Box," the Facebook app.

Now I can waste time on Facebook and cram JLPT-1 kanji at the same time! SCORE.

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