Puerto Rico

Sep. 24th, 2017 11:48 pm


Sep. 24th, 2017 12:38 am
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jojo's bizarre adventure is really really gay.....

i mean, i kind of knew already. the main character was going around wearing neon pink and everything. but then the evil guy sticks his hand into the other guy's neck, pulls out his artery and starts fondling it and saying how great and soft it feels, and there's a big close-up of it on the screen.

it's an action series but it's... it's... uncomfortable. i didn't know you could make softcore gore this gay.

EDIT: a lot more gay happened after that. one of those "you're the only one in the world for me" and "i only married her because i thought my dead dad would have liked her" things.

the fandom seems pretty bad though. there's TONS of fics but a terrifying amount are stuff like "x reader" and hopping on the transgender trend ("transgender main character" does NOT equal you writing a normal girl character 100%, even one who's fine with their natural body, and then having everyone call them "he" for seemingly no reason).

new layout

Sep. 23rd, 2017 09:46 pm
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layout is 95% complete, unfortunately i can't figure out how to change the text for (or more ideally, remove completely) the "tags" and "memories" header links:

gonna update the english version of my exchange blog then link it to japanese one; i'll try to make an "i'm leaving soon!" vlog post thing too. i'll be attempting to speak / write / etc ONLY in japanese (or esperanto) as much as possible starting from when i get off the plane, so after this the vlogs will be in japanese (or esperanto if i really need a break).

at this point, even some of the (icelandic) books i originally wanted to keep i just feel like... why bother? if i really want to read icelandic i can do it online. what's stopping me is just that one is a 1940's sherlock holmes translation, the other's a vladimir nabokov translation, so they're kinda rare and stuff (everyone reads in english now)... i'll try to scan them and if i can't manage it i guess i'll keep them. i've never read these books so what's the point of owning them? on the other hand if i do get into icelandic again someday, i can't just find them easily again. those are the only two thoughts battling it out in my head.

i was gonna keep my ratty jacket since it's warm/wool and then realized in sendai it's like 24°C (= swedish summer weather), here it's 14°, and sendai doesn't get down to 14 until a month from now so i'll definitely have time to find a secondhand jacket before it starts getting cold. so i'll just bring a normal pullover and my wool cardigan...

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Sep. 22nd, 2017 09:12 pm
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Has anyone else played what is available of The Arcana? Because I've fallen in deep and I need a friend to be going on this adventure with me. I'm already drawing fanart, y'all.

8 days left

Sep. 23rd, 2017 01:56 am
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i'm on ep 8 of jojo's bizarre adventure... the vocabulary is SO varied in this series it's kinda amazing, but it seems like it's calming down a little now. spending most of my time these days attempting to get my files off my phone, helping my wife toss her stuff, etc.

wife's parents are being super freaking annoying about health insurance, vaccinations and all this random shit like "check to make sure you passport and bank cards don't expire, omg it'd be so bad if you had problems with this!". look, ignoring everything else (they've magically forgotten that i got a new bank card like last month + we got new passports like 2 months ago??), i heavily doubt we could get health insurance or a new bank card WITHIN ONE WEEK BEFORE LEAVING FOR JAPAN!! so why the hell are they only bringing this up NOW? btw i as an exchange student get full health insurance automatically and my wife's parents didn't even believe me on this so they ended up calling a ton of places to ask about it and ended up printing out 20 pages of very general info that literally anyone can find online in two seconds.

other annoying thing: wife's sisters. they went to go watch a movie in our room with my wife, and apparently the smell of the TEA BAGS in our room were "giving them an asthma attack". nevermind that dust, mold, clouds of rapeseed oil smoke from dad's cooking etc don't give them asthma attacks; they don't even own inhalers or asthma medicine of any kind. btw my brother had asthma as a kid so i know what a real asthma attack is like.

anyway, because my wife's mom is saying she'll pay for it we're going to go to the walk-in clinic tomorrow and TRY and get vaccinations for this one really rare disease transmitted by mosquitoes in japan (protip: if you don't eat sugar, bugs don't bite you. ever. haven't gotten any ticks either. if you eat coconut oil, bugs don't even fly NEAR you!) which, according to sweden's medical site, 1. only exists in certain times of the year in certain locations of japan, 2. EXTREMELY few people get it, 3. only 30% of those who DO get it get any kind of serious effects, 4. you can just get vaccinated for it in japan anyway and it's unnecessary to do it in sweden.

i linked my japanese exchange blog to the international department lady at my japanese school, the one i've been emailing tons over the past few months — so much so that i'm really worried i'm eating up her time / distracting her at work or something. but the school seems REALLY laid-back and she hasn't said a single thing about being busy (even when i've said "you're probably very busy right now..."), in fact it seems like she's a lot happier if she can talk with the exchange students and get friendly with them (she wants to call me and my wife by our nicknames) and stuff so it's probably fine...

anyway, she read and liked the blog and then linked it to some normal japanese students at the school, so it seems like i might have some people interested in being friends with me before i even ARRIVE entirely thanks to me creating this study abroad blog in advance. all the japanese people just LOVE my blog, and seriously all it is is "lots of photos + me writing in bad japanese". i even made a new japanese twitter friend from it today, he saw my blog and came to message me.

she also told me that there's a neon genesis evangelion exhibit in sendai in october; tickets are only 800 yen if you buy in advance. it's only open for a few days and it's the same weekend as my esperanto club onsen trip so we'll see if i can go... my wife doesn't like evangelion so i wonder if i can go with someone else lol. in japan i want to stop being scared of doing stuff/going somewhere alone or doing stuff i haven't done before. and i want to just "ask" if random strangers want to hang out together, that kind of thing; not wait for people to invite me but me actually invite them.

Oh, Sam!

Sep. 21st, 2017 01:08 pm
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This is the 80th anniversary of The Hobbit!

Elsewhere on my feed:

Britain's Head Gardeners.

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Sep. 21st, 2017 08:54 am
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I dropped my day classes! It is done. My advisor was super understanding while my professors were disappointed but also understanding. Fortunately other people's disappointment runs off me like water off a duck so I'm not worried. :3

I missed the signups for [personal profile] spook_me which is kind of disappointing but I'm not going to worry to much about it. I'm going to focus on Inktober (which I'm still really excited about) and not worry about signing up for other things. Even though Halloween is my favorite holiday and I really like doing fandom things to celebrate it. OH WELL. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Speaking of which, since it's so much easier to post things on instagram and twitter, I'll probably be posting Inktober things there before posting here. [twitter.com profile] nan_the_ghost and [instagram.com profile] heartfelt_ghost. They'll definitely get here! But not with the immediacy that those two platforms get.

I got nuthin'

Sep. 21st, 2017 01:53 am
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This goes way beyond a Lol of the Day. This is a Lol of the Month.

Read more... )

Vagueness seeps...

Sep. 20th, 2017 04:56 pm
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I have to give the HuffPo points for this. Drat.

What Should Have Happened in Hillary Clinton's Useless Book.

I must add his blog to my feed.

Food glorious food

Sep. 19th, 2017 08:12 pm
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I'm roasting cherry tomatoes in Greek olive oil and they smell so gooooooood.

I'm intersectional

Sep. 19th, 2017 05:46 pm
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My lol of the day. It makes a change from Hitler's medical problems which interest no one but me. I might have done this before, or something like it, during the Racefail frenzy on LJ. I won't tell you my score but my result is:

"You're not privileged at all. You grew up with an intersectional, complicated identity, and life never let you forget it. You've had your fair share of struggles, and you've worked hard to overcome them. We do not live in an ideal world and you had to learn that the hard way. It is not your responsibility to educate those with more advantages than you, but if you decide you want to, go ahead and send them this quiz. Hopefully it will help."

The link is here.

I feel a vast relief about not having to educate anyone.

the last days

Sep. 20th, 2017 12:27 am
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11 days left until we leave. went to stockholm, picked up the VISAs. the two embassy guys we met were suuper nice; seems like the mean/grumpy guys actually work in another part of the building. wife's sisters are visiting, i have to empty my phone and give it to them today or tomorrow.

in stockholm when we were walking there were two fat old ladies going in the opposite direction, the one with the bright pink hat stopped with a big smile and said "good day! good day, misses! and good day, mister! this is the mister, right?" and we said "yes" and she said good day again and then we said "thanks, good day" and she left. her friend was silent the whole time.

"good day" is really archaic in swedish, no one says it anymore, my wife was super shocked to hear it. and i don't really know why the lady assumed we were married (i mean, we ARE, but literally every time i get on the bus the drivers assume i'm under 18 years old so??). afterwards my wife said "what's wrong with swedes? it's like that old lady had been locked up in her basement for 50 years and only came out for the first time today or something".

bought a suitcase for my wife (neon pink). she's finally started to get a little excited about going to japan, NOT because "it's japan" but because she's actually realizing that we're going to, if nothing else, at least be out of this house. her complaints about her parents / sisters have been increasing by the day, which i take as a sign that she's getting more and more impatient about us leaving.

some stuff with the parents does seem like it's getting worse, ex. her dad just SMELLS really really bad, every time he comes out of the bathroom it's like someone died in there AND the smell sticks to not only him but to YOU and the ROOM. my wife describes it as him being a "walking corpse". definitely wasn't this bad a year ago. also you can tell that his memory problems are reaching his face now; tonight when he talked to me, throughout the whole time he LOOKED completely lost and confused; even just a couple months ago he'd TALK confused but not LOOK confused.

i've also found out that some stuff in japan is cheaper than i originally thought, ex. someone just told me they bought 8 volumes of (brand-new-looking) used manga for 1,000 yen which is like... $1 USD per book i guess. i know it's super easy to spend all your money away in japan but wow, i'll really have to watch out!!

in "japanese-language" news, i've started watching dramas with japanese subtitles instead of just anime. everyone online says that dramas have "more realistic talking than anime" and uh..... no. not at all. not modern anime, anyway.

Orinoco Flow

Sep. 18th, 2017 10:18 pm
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I'm not sure that I want to hear about Hitler's stool samples while I'm eating supper. I don't know what the background music is but thankfully it's not Enya.

ETA: This is a terrible documentary. I'm done.

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Sep. 18th, 2017 08:07 am
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Just a quick update!

Right now I'm on allegra d, anti-nausea medicine (that I've not been taking very much ohohoho), cough medicine, and I'm developing some kind of ear infection or something (the inside of my ear canal is swollen??? And the lymph node just behind my ear is also swollen, suggesting I'm fighting an infection, although that could just be from all the other sickness I've been dealing with) so yeah, physically I'm doing great haha.

Edit: And then I woke up this morning feeling 100x worse than what I felt like last night, ha ha ha wonderful.

Tonight is my first Spanish test and I'm 100% going to fail and you know, I've come to terms with it. I never do well on the first test of a class anyway. But this class gives me so much anxiety lmao it's ridiculous.

I'm just really unhappy now? And wondering if I can just drop all my classes but Spanish, since it's the only thing I need; all the rest were taken because they sounded interesting but I neither need them or nor their credits. I wonder what that would do for my financial aid. I guess I should check that out.

Edit x2: I did it. I got in touch with my advisor, the financial aid department, and my professors about withdrawing from elective classes. I've made the decision and I'm going to do it.

Return to Innocence

Sep. 17th, 2017 09:05 pm
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Enya is an odd choice of background music for footage of Eva Braun doing gymnastics.


Sep. 17th, 2017 07:01 pm
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ALL my belongings fit into ONE (medium-sized) suitcase!! books, clothes, electronics, everything. my backpack will be for food/entertainment for the plane trip and sensitive stuff like my laptop and important papers, but i could actually fit those things into the suitcase too if i wanted. i'll just have to double-check that i won't be over the weight limit. i wasn't actually aiming for this when i was cleaning (among other things you can actually bring 2 checked bags), it just turned out that way.

it seems like switching from a student/"dependant" VISA to a work VISA is super easy, but getting a work VISA (or any VISA at all really) from scratch is really difficult; so as long as i can still go to all my classes schedule-wise it won't actually be a problem to switch to a work VISA partway through my exchange (which is what i was worried about — in some countries you have to completely leave the country, wait some months and come back). my japanese friend said now is the best time to get full-time jobs in japan since "everyone needs people", and if no normal place will hire me then to try at random American companies.

still have to:
• repair the old Mac i'm taking with me; set it up with programs etc
• remove files from all other comps/phones & put them on the old mac
• sell/send off some old books
• sew slippers and mittens for myself (i have some secondhand leather pants + sheep skin bits for this exact purpose), then toss all the rest of my fabric

i think that's about it for me. my wife still has a bunch to go through but we managed to get through 3 boxes of her stuff today, so we're getting there... she said she's actually been having nightmares about having too much stuff / people randomly giving her tons of extra stuff so yeah, let's clean!!!

updated the page about how my 3-year japanese degree is; i really need to fix up this site a little in general:

i've started re-reading the stories we read in class last semester; i can actually "understand" them now, like all the details, but back then i missed what feels like the majority of the plots except for the easiest story. part of it was how stressed i was during class time, but the other part was just my japanese level. no idea why we were giving such hard stuff to read, it should've been for people a semester or two after us! right now i'm probably two semesters ahead of the basic class expectations.

anime-wise, i'm focusing on jojo's bizarre adventures starting from yesterday because it really has a lot of words i don't know while still overall being easy to understand (as in, there are some series where due to the context, pacing, billions of characters etc even if you DO know the words you're still confused; jojo isn't really like that). read another completely random yaoi manga volume last night and i knew like 99% of everything in it, that's the second time that's happened now and it feels pretty great. if i get depressed about not being able to read novels or something i'll always be able to grab a manga.

AWA is coming

Sep. 17th, 2017 09:38 am
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Just like it's been doing for the past 22 years, AWA is approaching, Atlanta's premier Japanese animation event.

I see people using the term "Atlanta's premier (WHATEVER) event" a lot, and I just want to point out that I was the first person to use that in the context of a fan event. I labeled AWA "the Southeast's premier Japanese animation festival" when other anime conventions started popping up in our territory. When AWA started in 1995 there was nothing within 700 miles of Atlanta that could reasonably be called an anime con. Katsucon started the same year as AWA, but the DC area is more of a "mid-atlantic" than a "southeast". Animazement in Raleigh started in 1998. Now there are anime cons in every middling-sized city everywhere.

Anyways, I see conventions use "premier" as a modifier, and half the time it's used by people that don't know the difference between "premiere" and "premier," and the other half of the time it's used by people who don't know what it means anyway, but are just copying AWA. Which remains the Southeast's number one anime fan event, as far as I'm concerned.

So what am I up to this year at AWA?

The SuperhappyFunSell is AWA's yard sale garage sale used merch event and it's a lot of fun and I floor-manage it.

Anime Hell is the freeform clip show event that I evented and invented. This will be the 20th year of doing Anime Hell at AWA!!

Saturday at 2:30 I'll be talking about the Japanese anime films that made their way into American theaters in the years before Akira finally put anime on the art-house cinema map.

Saturday night the grownups get their own space to socialize and have a few drinks! I'm sort of hosting this, which means I make sure the room opens on time and then I wander around introducing strangers to each other.

Sunday Neil Nadelman and I are talking about what may be the worst Japanese cartoon ever made, a little thing called "Chargeman Ken". And then for me AWA is over and I can relax for a few weeks and then it all starts all over again. Wheeee!

If you want to track me down, your best bet is to find me at one of these events. I don't know if my cell phone is going to work at all - Verizon changed their plans and now they no longer offer pay-as-you-go, so I can't just let it sit idle and only put money on it when I need it, and from here I can't even call into their network to see if I have any time left or put more money into it. There really isn't a good option for me and phones in America that doesn't involve me unlocking this phone and buying a burner sim card every time I cross the border, and I'd do that if I had any free time in Atlanta before AWA, which I do not. Probably get it done at Xmastime.

Goodbye, Fuchsl

Sep. 16th, 2017 11:28 pm
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Oh crap. I was looking forward to Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003) with much scenery-chewing by Robert Carlyle but 25 minutes into this 3 hour epic and I'm done. It's astonishing how many inaccuracies they've managed to cram into it thus far and it's only 1919. Just imagine how inaccurate it will be by 1933. Besides, whoever that is, it's not Hitler.

Heigh-ho, there goes my evening. In the absence of Adolf, I need chocolate.

The Perilous Whiteness of Pumpkins

Sep. 16th, 2017 05:33 pm
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GeoHumanities Vol 1, 2015 Issue 2


This article examines the symbolic whiteness associated with pumpkins in the contemporary United States. Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte, a widely circulated essay in McSweeney’s on “Decorative Gourd Season,” pumpkins in aspirational lifestyle magazines, and the reality television show Punkin Chunkin provide entry points into whiteness–pumpkin connections. Such analysis illuminates how class, gender, place, and especially race are employed in popular media and marketing of food and flavor; it suggests complicated interplay among food, leisure, labor, nostalgia, and race. Pumpkins in popular culture also reveal contemporary racial and class coding of rural versus urban places. Accumulation of critical, relational, and contextual analyses, including things seemingly as innocuous as pumpkins, points the way to a food studies of humanities and geography. When considered vis-à-vis violence and activism that incorporated pumpkins, these analyses point toward the perils of equating pumpkins and whiteness.
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