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09:06 am: Wash your cares away
Not much of consequence has been going on here lately. The students finished up their midterms, with the only "yellow cards" (notices that the student is in danger of failing) being posted not for grades but for absences. (Note, there were still students who scored in the 20's on one test, that just wasn't low enough to be considered failing. You really have to work hard at failing here.)

If you remember Dai-chan the stubborn daikon from Osaka, there have been several more stories about his saga on the news. Scientists succeeded in cloning him and obtaining seeds from the clones. They grew a healthy crop from those seeds and had a taste-testing party, where they made various daikon dishes. (One of the tasters they interviewed stated that the daikon seemed slightly "tougher" than average, as would be expected from a child of Dai-chan.) They are hoping to increase production of Dai-chan's offspring to sell as souvenirs.

Oh, Japan.

The old Morijo campus is being completely torn town. It was mostly gone when I checked it out on Saturday, with only a couple walls left standing.

Now that the weather has heated up, I finally put my kerosene stove back in the closet. (Yes, I procrastinate.) I'm really grateful that the new school has air conditioning.

Yesterday, though, it poured rain all day long. When I ventured out to pick up some essential groceries, the "river" in front of my apartment was full nearly to overflowing. (Some places on side-streets it literally was overflowing and flooding the road.) Along with the rain, the temperature dropped to the point that it was actually comfortable to do some cooking, so I took advantage of the chance to make a batch of tortillas. There are many wonderful flavors in the world, but nothing is quite like freshly made tortillas.

As always, I have been continuing with Warcraft. My shaman character has reached level 70 and is in the process of trying to acquire better gear while getting keyed for Karazhan. At the moment, her talents are aimed toward healing, with enough damage capacity that she can solo some quests reasonably well. (I still wish she could feign death like a hunter...)

My druid has been duoing with megory's character, Opalita. The two have recently turned 40 and acquired their first mounts. Also, this past weekend my guild cleared Karazhan all the way from the basement animal boss to Netherspite. (I died during the Netherspite fight, though. ;_; )

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From:mangaroo
Date:June 25th, 2007 01:53 am (UTC)
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The old Morijo campus is being completely torn town.

How sad. Is it a big mess, being right across the street from you? Or is it sufficiently distant that the noise and remains don't really bother you?

Sorry you died. Yay! for resurrection. It would totally suck if dying meant you had to start all over with a new character.

acquired their first mounts

Pretty kitty! How much do I love it that you game with your mother?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 25th, 2007 02:56 am (UTC)
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Is it a big mess, being right across the street from you? Or is it sufficiently distant that the noise and remains don't really bother you?

They do most of the work while I'm away at the Ritsumeikan campus, so I don't hear much. If anything, I occasionally catch the heavy machinery driving around. It is kind of sad to see hallways where I used to walk reduced to beams and rubble. I'm curious about what they plan to do with it, though.

It would totally suck if dying meant you had to start all over with a new character.

Yes, it would. <shudder> Diablo II (a prior game by the same company) had a setting called "hardcore" in which exactly that happened, but I never tried playing hardcore.
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From:megory
Date:June 25th, 2007 02:08 am (UTC)
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Thanks for showing the picture. I usually only see them from the back.

Those tortillas sound yummy.

I'm glad it cooled down a bit for the cooking. It's really the small pleasures in life that matter.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 25th, 2007 03:00 am (UTC)
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Thanks for showing the picture.

I meant to post it earlier, but I've been lazy.

I'm glad it cooled down a bit for the cooking.

I intended to do more, but again with the lazy. I still plan on making biwa tarts sometime this week if possible.
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From:megory
Date:June 25th, 2007 01:58 pm (UTC)
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What are biwa tarts?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 26th, 2007 02:12 am (UTC)
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The biwa is apparently called "loquat" in English. Tarts are, of course, a type of dessert.

I bought a pack of biwa the other day. I figured it would be nice to try something new.
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From:megory
Date:June 26th, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC)
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It sounds yummy. I've never tasted a loquat before. Can you describe the flavor? I've never met a tart I didn't like, though.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 26th, 2007 11:29 pm (UTC)
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I'll report on it when I actually eat some...
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From:megory
Date:June 27th, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!
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