11 March 2010 @ 01:13 pm
Personal Entry No. 47  
When you see this meme, post a poem on your LJ.

A noiseless, patient spider,
I mark’d, where, on a little promontory, it stood, isolated;
Mark’d how, to explore the vacant, vast surrounding,
It launch’d forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself;
Ever unreeling them — ever tirelessly speeding them.

And you, O my Soul, where you stand,
Surrounded, surrounded, in measureless oceans of space,
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing,—seeking the spheres, to connect them;
Till the bridge you will need, be form’d—till the ductile anchor hold;
Till the gossamer thread you fling, catch somewhere, O my Soul.

—Walt Whitman

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08 March 2010 @ 11:58 pm
Personal Entry No. 46  
I have 83 images so far for the upcoming tutorial at [livejournal.com profile] momoizumu--that's the "coloring" section down! I'll work on the background and post-production sections over the break, along with the request images.

Behind Door No. One, tutorial preview with nifty cut-away effect! )

Behind Door No. 2, worthless blocks of text! )
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06 March 2010 @ 01:41 am
Personal Entry No. 45  
Why do I post more often when I have to write papers, go over drills, and practice Russian folk songs?1 Here are the results to that character meme.

1. Hanato Kobato (Kobato.)
2. Genis Sage (Tales of Symphonia)
3. Doraemon (Doraemon)
4. Mihara Shuuko (Angelic Layer)
5. Fei Wong Read (TSUBASA RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE)
6. Kinomoto Sakura (Card Captor Sakura)
7. Sylvette Suede (Tegami Bachi
8. Clow Read (Card Captor Sakura)
9. Ganondorf (The Legend of Zelda)
10. Urdnot Wrex (Mass Effect)
11. Commander Shepard (Mass Effect) 2
12. Dunning Smith (Hotel Dusk) 3
13. Don Paolo (Professor Layton)
14. Dr. Thunderland, Jr. (Tegami Bachi)
15. Flora Reinhold (Professor Layton)

Through the door there came familiar laughter,/I saw your face and heard you call my name. )

This turned out to be such a block of text, it would be best if you added "?style=mine" to the page url. I need to find a wider layout.
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03 March 2010 @ 10:37 pm

[livejournal.com profile] help_chile functions very much like [livejournal.com profile] help_haiti, which will be holding another auction sometime in the future. The mods are looking for people who can translate the FAQ and Userinfo pages into languages other than English, Spanish, and French, and bidding is currently underway--please consider helping them out!

Also, please make threads on the meme below (unless you've decided to join the interesting community [livejournal.com profile] cloverbooks--thank you for the heads up, [livejournal.com profile] lavender88!). Quite a few people on my f-list are having problems, and...well, I fail at writing about personal things at length, especially in this journal. Just know that I appreciate all of you, and worry for all of you, even if I can't make the time to talk to you individually.




One last thing: that other meme is forthcoming. I can't do it tonight, unfortunately, since I need to finish my reading on Russian imperial expansion in the 18th and 19th centuries. Oh, how my eyes ache.
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28 February 2010 @ 02:18 pm
Personal Entry No. 43  
I can't focus on my work. This calls for shutting the laptop down and getting started on my Japanese drills--and possibly the Russian dialogue I have to memorize, which entails me being a helpless American who can't find her friend's house in Saint Petersburg.

It's interesting how the Голоса (Golosa, or "Voices") textbooks are structured: while our grammar studies proceed at a well-designed pace (the simple prepositional and accusative cases came before the more complex genitive plural, for example), it took us a while to learn how to say things necessary for every-day survival. We knew how to say "I study international relations and the Russian language" and "I saw an avant-garde artist at the bookstore" long before we knew how to say "I'm cold" or "Where is the hospital?". We just reached the imperative, so we can finally call for help!

Holy war is on the phone,/Asking to please stay on hold. )

I'll postpone the meme results until I get some more questions, so please consider taking a look at the post below!

More importantly, here's some more information on the recent 8.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile. The death count is in the hundreds, there are many more people wounded or displaced, and damage costs will be anywhere from 15 to 30 billion USD. Thank God the expected tsunami only left minor damage; I'm amazed that the shock of the quake was strong enough to send 2.5-foot waves to the Kuril Islands, well over 10,000 miles (over 16,700 km) away.

Quake, tsunamis kill more than 700 in Chile (Reuters)
"2 Million Displaced After Chile Quake" (The New York Times)
"Officials Breathe Sigh of Relief as Tsunami Passes" (The New York Times)
Photographs of the damage (BBC News)
Eyewitness accounts of the quake (BBC News)
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25 February 2010 @ 10:22 pm
Personal Entry No. 42  
The good news is that mid-term exams have arrived at last! I have an exam on March 11th, a ten-page paper due the same day, and my very first Japanese oral exam on March 3rd. (There's also a Russian test on the 3rd, but it's a normal end-of-chapter review.)

The better news is that my professor got back to me about the major papers, which I'll be submitting tomorrow; I would have done so today, if the people at the Registrar's Office weren't card-carrying bourgeoisie didn't go home for the day at 5:00 P.M. I have to find a good way to thank her--she really went out of her way to help me out.

Those things aside, here's a meme via [livejournal.com profile] rainmage:

➀ Make a list of fifteen characters first, and keep it to yourself for the moment. (That way you're not leading the questions asked to fit the characters.)

➁ Ask your f-list to post questions in the comments. For example:

'One, Nine, Eleven and Fifteen are chosen by a prophecy to save the world from Four. Do they succeed?'
'Under what circumstances might Five and Seven fall in love?'
'Which character on the list would you most want on your side in a zombie invasion?'
'What would Two experience in Silent Hill?'
'What Pokémon would Eight have?'
'Write a drabble in which Two and Twelve FIGHT CRIME.'

➂ After your f-list has asked enough questions, round them up and answer them using the fifteen characters you selected beforehand, then post them.
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22 February 2010 @ 10:30 pm
Personal Entry No. 41  
If ever I have come through on anything, it has been providing carefully-arranged screencaps of works in progress.

«Я вам написала...оперу!» Or, the completely expected yet dramatic entrance. )


Happy birthday, mairenn_k!

I'm so sorry I missed it! I'm glad your birthday turned out well.
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05 February 2010 @ 11:12 pm
Personal Entry No. 38  
All classes are proceeding smoothly, even if I can't speak up in POL 286: Conflict Resolution as much as I'd like to. That said, I wish I knew what went through our Japanese professor's head when one of the students asked her if she would like to drink some homemade cookies.

Speaking of foreign languages: I received financial aid for the Middlebury Summer Language program! The school raised its tuition rate, and the aid I received covers only about a third of it, so I'm currently looking into the FAFSA loan they offered. When all is said and done, there's a good chance that I'll be going to the Russian school this summer. :`)

Some useless information about my current health... )

...a slightly more useful handwriting meme... )

...and some entirely useless thoughts on Fandom Development! )

That aside, how have you been?
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30 January 2010 @ 09:51 pm
Personal Entry No. 37  
Hello, there! I've been absent lately.

My best guess about my lackluster attitude toward posting is that, since I've been feeling much more upbeat lately about my classes and my social contacts, I haven't had that much to write about. (As a rule, my entries have to contain either graphics or problems. I suppose I could write about the problem of not having made any icons since December, but that's better left unsaid, right?) That aside, thank you to everyone who helped bolster my confidence--it meant a lot to me.

Icons aside, I have been able to put my tablet to use since I've come back to school. Not only did I make myself a painfully-speed-painted header, but I've made some progress on the long-overdue sketch requests! [livejournal.com profile] mina_akira's was reworked completely for the third and final time, and [livejournal.com profile] makwui's was accidentally compressed into two layers, but otherwise progress is proceeding smoothly.

Instead of a love letter, I have this poem. )
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21 January 2010 @ 10:43 pm
Personal Entry No. 36  
Above all else, since I've been failing to be a good LJ friend lately:

Birthday greetings moved behind a cut, since HTML can do amazing things sometimes. )

Here's hoping that every birthday you have after this will bring you happiness and good fortune! I will also make you fine gifts if you want me to, even while I'm working on the formerly-Christmas-but-now-Winter requests.

And now for some other things, including a meme and some notes on what I have to do this semester. )
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14 January 2010 @ 06:03 pm
Personal Entry No. 35  
I'm not skilled enough to write about what's going on in Haiti right now, but at least I can help direct other people to information and ways they can help.

A BBC report on the amount of aid that has been pledged and received thus far in Haiti, as well as current death counts. (The Red Cross estimates that 40,000 to 50,000 civilians died, and the UN has stated that 36 of its personnel are confirmed to be dead.) The homeless number in the tens of thousands. It's difficult to estimate how many people are trapped and still alive.

A New York Times article on how survivors are getting increasingly more tense about the slow arrival of aid.

Another BBC report on the situation on the ground in Port-au-Prince. Keep in mind that the article itself, not just the accompanying video, has some disturbing scenes.

Eyewitness accounts of the aftermath of the earthquake.

A short reflection on the international reaction to the Haiti earthquake.

ETA: More via [livejournal.com profile] la_vie_noire, whom I'm cribbing too much: "America's Debt to Haiti." Read her post for more, but be prepared for some rage-inducing history.

And, finally, here are some ways you can help. Note that if you're in the United States, you can donate $10 to the Red Cross by texting "HAITI" to 90999 and having the amount charged to your cell phone bill; the organization has managed to raise over $3 million through text messages alone.

Here on LJ, a fandom auction is being held at [livejournal.com profile] help_haiti to help raise money, and [livejournal.com profile] la_vie_noire linked to a more comprehensive list of trustworthy organizations. It's horrible to think of someone taking advantage of the situation and scamming would-be donators, especially in light of how many people are in dire need of help in Haiti, but it's all too real a possibility.

Also, here's a preview of something that's been long in coming. )
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25 December 2009 @ 02:29 pm

If you want Sakura stuffed behind the cut, please tell me and I'll do so.

Request preview and other seasonal things behind the cut! )
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24 December 2009 @ 05:46 pm
Personal Entry No. 34  
The Internet moves too quickly, especially during those times when one can't take an hour off to look at it. (Seriously, the CLAMP Fanbook was sent off and published already? My stomach churned just looking at the preview photos, since I'm sure the illustrations I submitted are subpar compared to the rest.) I'm sorry I haven't been responding to your posts, everyone.

The bad news is that, since I can't finish the rest of the requests by tomorrow, they'll have to wait until New Year's. I'll make this into a proper Christmas post complete with a shiny graphic and a preview of what I have finished tomorrow, since I only have about five more minutes before we leave for dinner tonight. Again, I'm sorry if you were looking forward to getting them on Christmas Day! I just didn't have enough time this week to do a good job on everything.

That said, I hope that all those who celebrate it will have (or have had) a merry Christmas, and those who do not will have a merry holiday season.
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18 December 2009 @ 05:01 pm
Personal Entry No. 33  
Thank you for your well wishes, everyone! I just emailed the last of my final papers to my professor, so I'm finally done with this semester. Here's looking forward to the next one.

And now for something completely different. )

In other news, I was able to scrounge up an invite code and make a Dreamwidth account. I don't plan on using it extensively, barring any unforeseen tragedies in LiveJournal, but you can see it here.

I never do these memes
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10 December 2009 @ 12:36 pm
Personal Entry No. 32  

Feel free to ignore my whining from the last post.

ETA: Thank you very much for the virtual blue ribbon, Anonymous. Whoever you are, I appreciate it.
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08 December 2009 @ 07:51 pm
Personal Entry No. 31  
I'm sorry for maintaining such a faint presence here, but I have to write four essays (about 4,850 to 5,950 words total) by next Friday. Coincidentally, three of them are for a take-home exam that was given to us earlier today; this confirms my suspicions that my professor in that particular course is either a) confident in our abilities or b) devoid of a sense of time.

Never unperceived, ever understood! )

Also! If you got a virtual snowflake cookie without a message from me, then I apologize--I thought I could send another round with personalized messages yesterday, when I had more time, but LiveJournal apparently takes more than it gives. Thank you to [livejournal.com profile] lady_kikyou, [livejournal.com profile] vegetas, [livejournal.com profile] grprsa, [livejournal.com profile] mairenn_k, [livejournal.com profile] la_vie_noire, [livejournal.com profile] starlady38 and [livejournal.com profile] kencana_kencana for the messages and gifts! I'll have something up for everyone later tonight, before I'm crushed by the competing forces of procrastination and deadlines.
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21 November 2009 @ 07:24 pm
Personal Entry No. 30  
I'm going home for the first time since August next week. My school is stingy with breaks--we almost never get national holidays off, and school always resumes the day immediately after the dormitories reopen after the longer winter and summer vacations--so my bus back here leaves on the 29th, but...

...I'm just so happy I can go home!

And now for a matter of dire consequence. )
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06 November 2009 @ 07:44 pm
Personal Entry No. 28  
I finally finished the last of the essays earlier this afternoon, and they're all handed in! Oh, the feeling of not having a deadline looming over me. (On that note, I'm amazed at some of those here who are participating in National Novel Writing Month and pulling off over 2,000 words a day.)

Having written over 7,000 words in all, I feel that I can't make myself write anymore. )
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31 October 2009 @ 05:21 pm
Personal Entry No. 27  
Note: this isn't actually an excerpt from my memoir, but something I had to write as a result of the Halloween meme. You can thank [livejournal.com profile] technophile for this.

Given the progress I've made on my paper concerning the role of trans-social cooperation in the construction of democratic governing modes, I've decided to share with you all my recent efforts in compiling the memories and shifting identities of my life into a brief memoir. The tentative title is "On the Nature of Sensorineural Hearing Loss and its Transformative Effects on Postnationalist Personal Spheres;" I appreciate any and all constructive criticism.

An excerpt from 'On the Nature of Sensorineural Hearing Loss and its Transformative Effects on Postnationalist Personal Spheres.' )
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