update: me

Apr. 20th, 2009 11:53 am
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (oniisamae-madworld-me)
1) My conference in Pasadena went OK after all. I have follow-up stuff I need to do, but that's OK. Everything I had to do got done and I only screwed up a little bit. I got to see [livejournal.com profile] nathan_long in person for the first time even though we've known each other online for more than a decade, and we discovered even more random things in common. I saw my friend Ejen for the first time since I moved out of Arkansas and he moved out of Texas (we both moved to California around 2000).

2) Came back on Saturday night and got up early Sunday morning to go to the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. Yes, I saw George Takei. Yes, he was fab. He seems to be quite chummy with the Japanese ambassador to the US and his wife! hee! Met up with not just [livejournal.com profile] ext_4728 and [livejournal.com profile] ext_28177 but also [livejournal.com profile] mingmingcheong. Even bought a couple things from vendors, though...see later point. We had a very nice meal at Juban, the same yakiniku place C. and went on our wedding night (not by design).

3) Went to the allergist; breathing problems not allergies but probably inflammation from being sick last month; have steroid inhaler. eep. Details on health filter (ask to be added if you want to read the boring details).

4) I fear my recently-engaged program of attempting to give more money to creators (writers, jewelry-makers, bands, etc.) by buying things, and of supporting charities and good causes like many of your own various projects, has abruptly come to an end with the end of C.'s full-time job prospects for the year. (No, I'm not kidding. If you're new to academia: that was the entire hiring round for the year. There might be another round in the fall for spring 2010.) This may change if I finish my thesis and return to concentrating on my own business and do get a lot of high-paying clients, but for now it's on the back burner. I'm sorry.

5) We also likely won't be moving in August, or if we do, it may be to a 1-BR apartment (we live in a 2-BR townhouse right now) rather than to a rental house as we'd been hoping. We'll look again at moving out of the Bay Area, but when we've poked at that in the past, we haven't exactly found piles of full-time positions in areas where we wanted to live anyway. :/

6) I wish C. could get info about what went wrong in the interview, but due to the highly restricted nature of academic interviews, I don't think he can.

7) One of my clients' companies has just entered chapter 11 (two clients; one company). I'm done with their contracts anyway, but it's still depressing and I'm worried for them. I don't think anyone is really surprised that it happened, but it's hard when you've uprooted yourself halfway across the globe...I hope the situation can be fixed.

For reading all that, please enjoy the usually-annoying Japanese pop-idol factory Morning Musume redeeming themselves with a surprisingly fun imitation of the Takarazuka all-female song and dance troupe in the swing piece "Mr. Moonlight" (hat-tip [livejournal.com profile] hoshizora). Naturally, it's totally over the top, but what else do you need on an overly warm Monday?

wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (pingfen-eheh-me)
Sometimes I think that I'm losing my memory or am literally getting early-onset Alzheimer's, because I don't remember things like my popover recipe being on e2 or that I had made a gorgonzola sauce when I first started living with C.

The reason is that in my mind, the internet is still kind of new and C. & I being a couple is still kind of recent.

BUT NO.

I've been on the internet for, uh, 13 years. (Not long compared to some of you, I know.) That's also about when I signed up for the Mercedes Lackey mailing list and Tamson House and probably AnimeMUSH and whatnot, give or take a couple years. And I started dating C. a decade ago as of this April. A DECADE.

Next year will mark a decade of living in California, too, and sometimes I still feel like I just moved here. (No wonder I can never remember my age.)

I think I'm allowed to have fuzzy or nonexistent memories of some things, yes?
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] wordweaverlynn linked to this post:

http://copperwise.livejournal.com/666865.html

Food for thought for anyone who's depressive, has invisible health issues, has PTSD, has hidden personality elements, has anything that makes you unexpectedly different. (Which is nearly all of us, I think.)

There were some important things I didn't know about myself until well after C. and I were committed to each other, but I told him everything I knew for sure, and I told him the other things as I faced up to them through therapy and growing up.

I know a lot of people (especially women) feel this pressure to just conceal any differences, but that's the wrong idea from the start. Despite the fear, it's better to get it out there and find out whether both parties can deal with it or not. (And a surprising amount of the time, it CAN be dealt with just fine--if it's brought up early on rather than erupting far too late.) Anyway, [livejournal.com profile] copperwise's thoughts on this are much more thoughtful than mine, so give it a look.
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (Default)
Watch out for your cereal costs--several major manufacturers are quietly reducing the amount per box, but keeping the actual box size and the cost the same. (I usually buy cereal at Trader Joe's, which hasn't done this yet, and where there's an awesome version of Toasted Oatmeal Squares. Target also often has surprisingly good discounts on cereal. And, of course, hot oatmeal is probably a better bet for cost and nutrition anyway.)

I wouldn't mind paying more for produce, cereal, etc., if it meant that that laborers were getting paid more (ala Japan), or if it were going to actual farm owners. But that's just not the case, unfortunately.

However, all this just encourages me to do more shopping at the farmer's markets and so forth. So that's good.

I'm also trying to get a lot more conscientious about driving, something which, like almost everyone else, I've been trying to do for ages. But it's just so easy to not do anything about it. Or at least it was before ... well, check out our local gas prices. (And this is one of the cheaper parts of the Bay Area.)

I'm not sure what all I can do beyond what I'm already doing, though. Even in the relatively cool Bay Area, it's just too warm and sunny for me to walk or bicycle during the bulk of the day. (Seriously, I'll get a migraine.) Meh.

I'm just terrified to try driving 60 on 880. I think I would be flattened by other cars. (The speed limit is 65 and everyone goes 70 at the lowest, if the traffic isn't stop and go like it often is.)

Yes, yes, Europeans, I know you pay more, but your engines are more efficient, your cities less sprawling, and your public transportation more or less works. Sigh. I know these problems are all of our own making, though. We've made our bed and now we'll have to lie in it--or better yet, smash it and build a new one that doesn't suck. If you know what I mean.


By the way, I'm really sorry if you posted good or bad news or questions to your LJ the last 2-3 weeks and I didn't respond. Between travel and other events, I haven't really been able to concentrate on LJ. I've made an effort to skim, so some people got random comments, but I know for sure that I missed stuff. Please let me know if there's something you wanted me to see!
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (potc-sulliedandunusual)
Yep, I felt that.

(EDIT: Ha, I got the first post on my f'list. :p Here's the Did You Feel It? form and the info page. It was a 5.6, located about...10 miles from here? as the crow flies...)
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (Default)
How much does your job actually earn? This is a calculation that I think too few people make. It's why I decided not to apply to a 2-week, $2,000 job in San Francisco this summer. Technically, it looks like more per working hour than teaching a class at the English program on campus would pay. But once I subtracted the cost of BART+bus every day, divided out the salary by the number of working hours plus the number of hours I'd spend commuting, and the fact that I'd have to prepare a lot of my own materials ... I wound up with a wage per hour similar to what I would be making working at the program on campus, re-teaching the class I'm teaching currently. That's five weeks long, but I think it'll be less exhausting and thus I'll be ahead in the end.

OMG

May. 17th, 2007 10:52 am
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (Default)
In a month I'll have graduated!

Holy cow.

AAAGH! I'm not far enough along on my thesis project!
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (yamamoto-bowed-me)
When I left [livejournal.com profile] kikibelle and [livejournal.com profile] dataknife's house yesterday, I wondered why the entire stretch of road approaching "the 8" (as they say down south) was barricaded off, full of evidence collecting folks ... and with one semi-crumpled bicycle. Turns out a local PBS station host was hit by a car while riding his bike, but he's expected to make a full recovery. Which, you know, is better than most of the other news I've read recently.

The Virginia Tech incident is something I don't want to address here, because I have no claim to it, and yet it's still too close to me, because of a much-loved professor of mine who was shot and killed by a disturbed graduate student (pretentious eulogy by my younger self).

(In somewhat more pleasant news, I had no idea about the John Locke Memorial Garden, but now I plan to visit it next time we're in Fayetteville.)
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (Default)
Sorry, lots of posting today.

We don't multi-task as well as we think we do. Yes, even young people. Lesson? Turn off IM when you're programming/writing/doing math/whatever. At least for some of the time.

Yes, this is a hard thing for me to do too, but I'm pretty sure that my perceived productivity when multi-tasking is not nearly as high as I think it is.

Now, I wonder if I can convince my roommate [livejournal.com profile] siderealengine of this. ;)


I must thank [livejournal.com profile] saucernews for informing us all that there is an UglyOverload.com, to restore balance to the universe. Snakes, bugs, mollusks, cephalopods, etc. ahoy.


According to a post on the Shoujo Anime Club ML, a manga publishing company called Vertical is working on publishing more classic shoujo manga/manga by the famous 1970s shoujo manga artists, of which we've previously seen a criminally small amount in English. They have already come out with "To Terra" by Takemiya "Song of Wind and Trees" Keiko. They've mentioned Moto Hagio and others as future projects.

I mean, I'm a little sad because I wanted to be behind the company that did all this, but that was totally a pipe dream so I'm really just thrilled that someone's doing it. I do wish they were based out here rather than in New York City so I could aspire to work for them someday, but hey, [livejournal.com profile] hoshizora: I think this company is definitely a future prospect for you.

They've been around since 2001, but I think they're starting to make their impact known now.


I'm going to make a list of 101 things I want to accomplish over 1001 days. Making the list itself will be time-consuming, but I'm going to do it, I think. I've been thinking about goals the last few days. There was a TESOL session I didn't get to go to, which reported yet more evidence that language learners who set specific goals for themselves accomplish more than those who don't. This is probably true for most things. But currently I flail, with vague notions about the future and little clarity. So list-making time it is.


Okay, I have started to use StumbleUpon.com -- I'm still not sure about it, or how to use it, but I'm there, and you can find me using my standard e-mail address. I tried it out because I noticed [livejournal.com profile] mshades had rated my new project, Readable Blog, on StumbleUpon. Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] mshades! I need lots of promotion and readers and feedback and comments at this point. So I'll be delighted if anyone comments here or there, Diggs posts, rates the site or individual posts on StumbleUpon, or adds the site to their del.icio.us links--or if you send it to an ESL/EFL teacher or learner.

(I think I broke Readable for IE. At least, in the old version of IE that's on this computer for emergency purposes only, there's like a whole page of white space. I think it's not playing nice with the sidebar. If you're on a computer using IE, could you check for me? Geh.)
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (Default)
http://www.jbrowse.com/text/unij.html
"Unicode in Japan: Guide to a technical and psychological struggle."

Looks like geeky good fun!

(via [livejournal.com profile] metafilter)

(MeFi also had an interesting entry on the Indian wedding industry.)


I got a "Booga Booga" entry for [livejournal.com profile] divalea if she's reading this--
the Surgeon General says the obesity epidemic is a worse threat than terrorism! BOOGA BOOGA!


The Site of Reversible Destiny is a real park/art project in Gifu, Japan. It sounds deeply weird for something as ordinary as a garden/park. Make sure you read the Directions for Use, including entries such as " To make a decision or to become more subtle or more daring (or both) in regard to a previous decision, use the Mono no Aware Transformer. "

I think I could get lots of odd story ideas from poking around this website. Honestly, I feel my day has been enriched merely by reading the phrase Mono no Aware Transformer.

I'm not sure how I got to that page, but thank you, whoever posted it.


A collection of 101 eclectic, free web games to waste your time (attention, [livejournal.com profile] kyspaz!). They mention Nanaca Crash, in which you play a schoolgirl on a bike who needs to crash into some guy and send him flying as far as possible ... ... ...


San Francisco's Japantown hotels to be sold. We got married at the Radisson Miyako, so I really don't want to see it become overpriced condos. It's a nice hotel, a bit worn around the edges, but with beautiful Japanese decorative objects, some rooms with sliding paper screens and Japanese-style tubs, and a pretty little garden. It doesn't sound like it'll be around for too much longer, though the article is rather vague.

Mono no aware, what.
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (Default)
things I could do assuming I stay here:
Read more... )

things I was looking forward to if I went:
Read more... )

Why pessimistic? Well, because I made so many bad decisions about and during grad school at Stanford. I don't currently have a lot of faith in my ability to make good decisions.

Anyway. Obviously, if I stay here, I should try to do some of the things I wanted to do there, somehow.

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