Hee hee

November 30, 2006 at 09:40 (Uncategorized)

On my way to work this morning, I saw a bald guy run out of a hotel and into a waiting car.  He then flattened himself across the back seat as the car took off with some speed. 

But a more entertaining story happened yesterday.  A tubby bergie had fallen asleep in the car park;against a rather comfortable wall.  His legs were stretched out in front of him and nicely shaded by a car.  However, the owner of the car was not amused as he made several attempts to move the bergie including trying to pick him up; his other option was to ride over his legs.  Like I said earlier, he was rather tubby.  After some effort by the driver, he woke and move on.

I need to invest in some baking equipment such as baking trays and tins.  The tin I used for the brownies was too small and too deep – so they are REALLY moist inside but both my mother and sister said they were great so it’s not too bad.  I don’t like brownies.

I received my first flame yesterday.  It was for a one shot fiction that was written on the spur of the moment.  It was a bit disappointing in that she/he didn’t rant on or use bad grammar or any thing like that.  There was nothing for me to pull apart in it.  I wonder who I shall toast with that flame?

One more thing; I am the Flame Alchemist!

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Sushi

November 28, 2006 at 11:52 (Uncategorized)

My sister has invited me to join her at a sushi restaurant tomorrow night.  One thing about Japan I can’t get my head around is sushi – it tastes terrible.  As long as there is ramen and onigiri available on any future visits, I’ll be fine.

I’m actually online looking for a chocolate brownie recipe for Schpat’s brownies.  My mother and sister have a collection of cooking books, which include chocolate lover’s cookbook and family favorites, and none of them had brownies recipes. 

I’m also in the process of moving all the anime I have on my PC to the laptop (that has a DVD writer) so I can put it on DVDs and free up some space on my PC.  I did Naruto yesterday and so far today DNAngel, Grenadier and some Bleach have been copied.  Still to go is Get Backers, GitS SAC and Cowboy Bebop – maybe not today though…

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Sigh…

November 26, 2006 at 10:19 (Uncategorized)

Last night was the FF live music concert in London.  For one day I wished I was still in the UK.  To see my favorite pieces performed live would have been an experience without comparison. 

I am at work this morning, however, the fiction I wished to work on is unavailable to me.  I emailed to myself and now I am unable to access that account.  I shall try again later or maybe read something somewhere.

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Manga and pain

November 25, 2006 at 11:02 (Uncategorized)

This week both Bleach and Naruto had good chapters. Shikamaru once again got to show that he is a great ninja; a true knight (shougi). And Ichigo, at last, used the ‘amazing’ power everyone says he has and with proper effect.

I posted the first chapter of ‘The fight for Spira’ last night – the reception was good. I like that people like my story and that they review but essentially I want to know what makes them read it – plot? Writing style? It has a character they like in it – what? Yesterday was the first time someone actually answered my mental questions.

Over the last couple of days I’ve developed this pain in my hand – well, it more in my wrist. It’s in the heel of my hand, where hand and wrist meet. It’s the bit that rests on the desk when I use the mouse, not that I use the mouse that often. I mostly type and don’t play PC games so I have no idea what is causing the pain. I’ve been using my left hand lately in the hope that it will heal and go away so far no luck. It’s getting to the point where I can’t actually use my right hand anymore; I’m having to employ my knowledge of keyboard shortcuts. It’s a good thing I can use my left hand about as well as my right otherwise I would be having a tough time.

Ambidexterity +5

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Labour Thanksgiving Day

November 24, 2006 at 12:43 (Uncategorized)

Today is Labour Thanksgiving Day in Japan so that means no newspaper for me.  I subscribe to a online paper that sends out bits of information about Japan but not on public holidays.  Recently I’ve been reading about the new heir and whether woman should be allowed to become Emperor.  The same bloodline has been ruling Japan for the last 1500 years, pretty awesome really.

I can’t seem to settle my mind on anything today.  I’ve tried working on ‘The fight for Spira’ and some other bits but nothing is happening.  So far I’ve been listening to music and cleaning the shop (takes no concentration).  And I couldn’t find my hoodie this morning and now the weather is not so great anymore but at least it’s not raining.  It’s not that there is a lack of things to do, it’s just that I don’t want to do anything.  I think I actually want to be at home – having a day off is very disruptive. It breaks the routine.  You develop a pattern, it may be very intricate and gives the outsider a headache to look at but you see the pattern and the steps needed to get there.  From the outside it looks crazy but you’re in the eye of the storm looking out.

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Rant

November 24, 2006 at 11:02 (Uncategorized)

Lots of people are so wrapped in themselves they literally can’t (won’t) see another person’s ideals or opinions.  It’s a common fault among stupid people – I’m serious.  If you are stupid or lack thought for those around you can’t see them.  What happens is that they only see themselves because they lack the conscious mind or intellect to see others.  As I told a friend of mine, it is exhausting dealing with stupid people.  Not just on a frustration level but a mental level as well – you HAVE to dumb down or else they just don’t understand what you are saying.  They may grasp the actual words but the meaning that can only be gained by being aware, is lost to them.  They lack the metal capabilities to grasp concepts that do not involve themselves.  I’m also not excluding people who have degrees or have been to varsity.  An academic is completely different to an intellectual.  An academic can also be a stupid person, so while they are qualified it doesn’t mean they are able to understand things or situations that do not involve themselves.  More often they are more frustrating because they feel they are better thus their opinion is more important than someone else’s.  I sometimes hang out with a group that has a lot of academics in it and by the end of the day my frustration level is reaching critical mass.  They are dismissive in their attitude and behaviour, I’m not sure they are even aware of it; back to previous point – they can not see what they are doing because they belief (falsely) that they are always right and their opinion is the right one.  It’s a stupid person’s problem that the rest of the world has to deal with because they can’t see it.

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Raining … pouring …

November 24, 2006 at 09:58 (Uncategorized)

but no snoring.

It is raining this morning, not a heavy rain but the rain that falls softly for a long period of time.  It slowly soaks the ground (yay for flowers) and seeps through clothing (nay for people).  It’s not the rain that drops from the sky in a few minutes and you can wait it out under a tree/overhang of some kind.  Needless to say I got wet on the way to work.  The sun was shining when I left and on the journey it clouded over and the water fell.  Normally this would not bother me; today, however, I am wearing a somewhat fitted white shirt.

Dinner last night was a success.  The pasta and sauce were tasty and the muffins went down well.  On a happy note Schpat fixed my passage light, it hasn’t work in a year but now it does.  I’m making chocolate brownies for next week’s game – touka kouka.

Today is a double shift: 9-9.  At two different shops so I don’t mind.  Working a double at the same shop is really exhausting.  The day never seems to end and hours go by but you still sit there, people leave for home and you stay.  I don’t do that anymore.

Hagaren ended on such a cliffhanger last week.  It’s not even December yet and I’m waiting for the 12.12.06.  I do have Bleach and Naruto to make the time go but there is no comparison.  I read Stray Dog the other day as well as some Demons in Shanghai.  Stray Dog is really good and Demons is very funny.  Both have amazing artwork (naturally) and good story lines.

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Okay,

November 23, 2006 at 08:50 (Uncategorized)

so the PS3 has arrived (in the States).  However, it’s having a bit of trouble with PSOne games.  More to the point the Final Fantasy series.  Hopefully for the European release all the bugs will be sorted and FF titles can be played.  Though I will confess that while it’s disappointing for some that PSOne titles don’t play properly, all I can see it as is an opportunity for FFVII remake.  One track mind as far as that game is concerned.

Last night I had dinner at a friend’s house, it was a nice evening and although she had no faith in her cooking, I thought it was great.  But that’s how it can be sometimes, for example – I’m cooking dinner this evening for some friends and well, I can cook (plain food) but it’s more the quantities I’m worried about.  Will I make enough food to feed everyone? I can always make too much then take some with me to work tomorrow – an idea.

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Homework

November 21, 2006 at 11:51 (Uncategorized)

I have about 4 hours in which to finish my Japanese homework.  This is usually more than enough time, I mean 1 sentence to translate and a page to read is not going to take an hour let alone four.  However, I’ve got myself involved with a novelization.  I attempted one months ago (FFVII AC) but I didn’t find it particularly enjoyable so I removed it.  I’m not sure what spurred this second attempt but I felt like I should try it again.  I think AC was too long for a first attempt, especially since I enjoy character manipulation.  In a novelization I can’t do that, I have to stick to the existing plot.  This time round I’ve gone for a short 2D animation, FFVII Last Order; it’s only 20 minutes.

I think setting goals for yourself that aren’t all that great is good.  I’m not really keen to write this but I feel I should test my skills.  Make it enjoyable for the reader and not just myself.  If it become a hassle, I’ll drop it but I’ll give a good shot before I do. 

But now that I’ve set my mind to the task, it’s become a little consuming.  As did ‘For those that loved this world’, which I did post not quite as I wanted but I wanted people’s reactions.  I’ll edit it sometime and repost at a later date.  ‘The fight for Spira Day One’ is almost ready for posting but I’m always unsure whether to post if the other chapter aren’t ready or near completion.  I did it with ‘Dark Wings’ and the last chapter seems rushed to me, even though it ends how it should.  ‘Dark Wings’ biggest problem was that I started it 3 years ago and it drifted on 7 chapters till I finished it this year so for me it’s terribly disjointed even though I posted them all at the same time (well, a chapter a week). 

Thinking of Japanese reminds me that I haven’t paid yet… eep!  I wonder if he’ll accept manga.

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Final Fantasy XIII

November 20, 2006 at 13:31 (Uncategorized)

Final Fantasy XIII Fabula Nova Crystallis – all three games will feature in the Jump Festa ’07.  Along with FFXII RW, FFVII DC Lost Episode, FFVII AC Complete and FFVII BC.  No mention of FFVII CC though.  FFXIII Versus is a action title by the guys that did KH but Square know how to tell a good story so while I’m not fond of action titles it may be worth it.  I like KH; the thing with Square titles is that they have good music, great graphics, pretty leads and, as mentioned earlier, good stories.  And their core titles are RPGs.
FFXIII Agito is for the mobile like FFVII BC; there was talk of FFVII BC not being released outside of Japan but seeing as they have decided to create another mobile game, I hope they do release both of them.  It’s probably the only reason I’ll upgrade my phone.

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