Outou
25 September 2010 @ 12:36 pm
Personal Entry No. 58  
And now for a genuine personal post! There's even a new icon post over at [livejournal.com profile] momoizumu, too, like old times.

About Middlebury... )

...and about school right now. )

Also, a music meme! )

Fortunately, I've gotten myself a Pixiv account! Unfortunately, I've also started uploading things to it, which clearly means that I am going to lose sleep for the next few months over whether or not the (mostly) Japanese fandom likes my digital scribbles. I shall consider myself successful when someone on LJ finds my fanart on Danbooru, crops them, and posts them as artsy icons.

More seriously, though, I'm beginning to regret it, as I now feel obligated to post captions in Japanese...when I still can barely write in Japanese. Our classes are centered around Professor Eleanor Jorden's Japanese: The Spoken Language, which -- as the title suggests -- doesn't focus on the written language at all; as such, while conversationally we're ahead of students studying at the same level with different texts, we're very definitely illiterate.3 That said, I feel that the textbook's grammar explanations are remarkably clear and illustrative based on what I've heard about other people's problems with Japanese. At least everybody seems to fully understand the difference between "wa" and "ga!"

1 No, seriously, Spicy Kimchi Noodles and Spicy Kimchi Noodles alone gave me my first kidney stone. They contain the average human being's daily allowance of sodium, and possibly the average horse's, too. Do not eat these noodles.

2 What's ironic about this is that the weather is not a good subject for small talk in Russia. It's too boring and pointless.

3 Thus far we only know a chunk of the katakana syllabary, which Professor Jorden started off with in JWL (Japanese: The Written Language) on the basis that it would provide us with many more words to read and write off the bat. (I myself was pretty dubious about it at first, but if you think about it, what can we do with hiragana at this point? Write out particles and the copula over and over again? We need kanji to make it work!)
 
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Outou
10 December 2009 @ 12:36 pm
Personal Entry No. 32  
I WAS ACCEPTED INTO THE 2010 SESSION OF THE DAVIS SCHOOL OF RUSSIAN AT MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE!

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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Outou
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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Outou
08 August 2009 @ 10:34 am
Personal Entry No. 12  
Today is...yard-sale day. The front yard has been filled with complete strangers since 7:30 AM, and I still have to go to work at 3:00. Even so, we've apparently sold a lot of things, which is all the better for us, right? I folded seventeen cranes, four luna moths, and two tigerwing butterflies to sell, both to get some more money for textbooks and to note the anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. (The moths and the butterflies are there as a technical accomplishment, since they were designed by the astounding Michael G. LaFosse. Hopefully I'll be able to take pictures, should they not sell by the end of the day.)

On August 9 64 years ago, the second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. )

On a much lighter note, I finished the costume design. )
 
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