Backlog Intermission

The Backlog series as well as First Impressions are suspended for the time being because I’m knee-deep in Soil Mechanics. My exam is on Friday 21st, so keep your fingers crossed for me.



I want to rectify a misconception about the highest mountain in Japan, Mount Fuji.


Written 富士山, the last character means mountain, which is read yama when stand-alone. When a part of a “word” though (the on-yomi), it is read san. So this san means mountain, it’s not an honorific as someone could have thought — Fuji-san!

Quote from Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

You might understand why I’m quoting this tomorrow, when I publish a review of this one AMV…

You’re a projectionist and you’re tired and angry, but mostly you’re bored so you start by taking a single frame of pornography collected by some other projectionist that you find stashed away in the booth, and you splice this frame of a lunging red penis or a yawning wet vagina closeup into another feature movie.
This is one of those pet adventures, when the dog and cat are left behind by a traveling family and must find their way home. In reel three, just after the dog and cat, who have human voices and talk to each other, have eaten out of a garbage can, there’s the flash of an erection.
Tyler does this.
A single frame in a movie is on the screen for one-sixtieth of a second. Divide a second into sixty equal parts. That’s how long the erection is. Towering four stories tall over the popcorn auditorium, slippery red and terrible, and no one sees it.

from the third chapter of Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Fight Club is a renowned piece of literature for readers with a rather strong stomach. If you’re up to that, I highly recommend it. The movie isn’t half-bad either and is pretty loyal to the original. I mean it. Go read/watch it.

俳句 | Haiku

Whenever I encounter haiku in the Western world, the given definition is always along the lines of unrhymed three-line poem with seventeen syllables (written in a 5-7-5 syllable count), often about nature. Sometimes the theme is omitted. In reality there is much more than that to this traditional Japanese form of poetry. I’ll try to avoid boring you with its history and write mainly about the main principles one should follow when writing haiku.

Kobayashi Issa google doodle

Google doodle for the 250th birthday of Issa, one of the four haiku masters

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I’ve been rather busy with my other projects and responsibilities, both real life and not, hence the lack of new posts. Nevertheless I’ve at least found time to do something I’ve been thinking about for a while.

I had written a couple of guest posts at other blogs in the past and only posted an excerpt and a link here. Since all of those blogs are pretty much inactive nowadays, I’ve finally decided to publish those guest posts here in their entirety to have a safe archive, as those sites might not even be online tomorrow.

The four posts in question are:

The -gatari Series, originally published on July 6th, 2012 here.

Touhou Fandom, originally published on September 13th, 2012 here.

First Impressions: Photo Kano, originally published on April 13th, 2013 here.

Photo Kano 2&3: dropped, originally published on May 25th, 2013 here.

That’s all for today. またね~

弁当 | Bento

In the summer of 2011 we, my girlfriend and I, bought two bright green bento boxes. Since then I have lovingly prepared what the Japanese would perhaps call an aisai bento (“Loving Wife Bento”, basically a boxed lunch that a newlywed Japanese wife would make her beloved husband to take to work) a total of seventeen times for her. I am not the perfect Japanese wife to make it for her every single day after all… *しく しく* Continue reading

ひさしぶり | Long time no see

Dear Reader,

Do you remember me? It’s that perpetually procrastinating writer with a penchant for old-fashioned language.

Looking back I realize I published my last post on the 15th of June. That’s exactly four months ago. What have I been doing all this time? If you’re interested in my day-to-day real life, or the evident lack of, you can follow me on Twitter or read this short recapitulation of the past months. Those impartial to my daily adventures can skip ahead to the emphasized “As for this blog:” subheading.

To put it simply, in June I had school, from July to mid-September I had a more-than-fulltime job and then went back to school. Oh, don’t forget that in-between all that we have been trying to furnish the apartment we moved into in April.

Have you ever read/heard those great speeches on how university students are the bane of society, lazy and worthless bums living off the proper hard-working citizens? Let me tell you, I’m one of the few of my peers who works only in the summer. Others work fulltime alongside school and I feel like a good-for-nothing compared to them, not that speaker. *fumes* /rant

Bottom line, I’m currently still in university and doing a bit of English tutoring on the side. My free time is basically made up of ‘time when I should be sleeping’ and ‘time when I should be studying.’

As for this blog:

Perhaps you have noticed the new headers. Both depict a Genshiken character, Sue Hopkins, in cosplay. In the one with a question mark she is wearing Meruru’s Alchemist outfit (from the JRPG Atelier Meruru); in the other she is dressed as princess Gruier Serenity of Bodacious Pirates. Any feedback of the blog design is welcome!

I hope to steal some time to write more often. Meanwhile I have one real post written and set to publish on Thursday, so look forward to that.


Chekhov’s gun

I was reading the third episodical review of Sasami-san@Ganbaranai over at the glorio blog, when its author, Aquagaze, pointed out something straight out of a literary theory textbook. As my eyes flew about the article dripping with discontent, it kept pulling them and my attention to itself.

One must not put a loaded rifle on the stage if no one is thinking of firing it.

A term originally used by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov in his correspondence and discourse with other famous men of the era means that if you as an author, introduce an object onto the scene it should come to it being used. Continue reading

Exam Rant #5 (Final)

That’s it. I’m free from school until February 18th.

I had two last exams on Wednesday. They didn’t go that well, meaning I failed them both. It made me sad. It also added two more subjects to the already long list of ‘subjects to repeat.’

Most of what I’ll be taking next semester are subjects I already had this semester and didn’t pass. At my university you have two tries/semesters to pass a class, so I have to pass all those classes I’m repeating.

Anyway, no more ‘exam rants’ for you at least until mid-May. ‘Tis time for some REAL posts.

Exam Rant #4

Fourth week has gone by and I’m still here.

Wednesday: I wanted to take a Mathematics exam (8-10AM), but in the end didn’t feel confident enough to bother getting out of bed. Wait a second, haven’t we heard that somewhere recently? Oh right, the same thing happened last week. In the end I did get up and went to take Structural Mechanics. The exam started at 10AM. First a five-minute “easy” problem, that I’ve never gotten right. I guess my studying paid off, since this time I managed to get it right! On the other hand, it is always an easy problem; why I’ve only solved it correctly of my fourth try is a mystery. Anyway, that was just the first hurdle. The exam then continued for 2.5 more hours of problem-solving… Results at 3PM. I know that at some schools the students wait weeks for their results, but it’s still such a long time. The suspense! The prayers for the examiners to find enough points in your messy calculations!

Anyways, I got my results at about 3:45PM and was pleasantly surprised to find I actually had over 60%. I admit it’s not that great, but I passed and consequently am advancing to the next semester~

Friday: I attempted studying for Soil Mechanics on Thursday and took the 4-question exam on Friday afternoon. It was one of those tests where you look at the questions and think to yourself “Oh, yeah. I know some of these words.” I didn’t stand a chance.

Well then, that leaves me six subjects to finish off within the next week, which is impossible. I’ll take Mathematics and maybe Soil Mechanics on Wednesday. I can’t finish History and Loading and Reliability anymore. If I hand in all my Economics and Building Structures papers, I can take the exams on Wednesday and Thursday respectively. Not that I could manage three exams in one day… ぜつぼうした!