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05:47 pm: Getting stuff done
I used my laptop practically all day at work. It was slightly annoying that the outlet within range of my desk was already filled up by cords from other teachers' things, but after I ran home and picked up an extension cord I didn't have any problems. I updated my yukata page through the part that I've gotten accomplished so far.

I took several of the requested photos today. I'll have to work on the rest when I have the opportunity.



The new shelf is in the middle, with the preexisting ones on either side. (The shelf on the left has my stuff, while the tiny shelf on the right is the stuff left by my predecessors.)



I don't generally re-read books, unless I've totally forgotten what has happened in them. Sometimes I will go over favorite scenes, but that's about it. However, when it comes to books I use a lot, this one is at the top of the list. It's my kanji dictionary, which I bought back when I first got serious about studying Japanese around 1998.



If I had to pick something "most read," it would probably be this manga. It's a really sweet story with pretty art AND gorgeous Heian Era clothing. That's hard to beat.



I'm pretty sure I bought my deep fryer and food processor the last time wednesday_10_00 visited (...and if I didn't, I thought about it...), so I think this is the only truly new one. (Does the gratuitous bag of chips count as food?)

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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:January 27th, 2005 03:16 am (UTC)
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I know you bought an appliance when I was there...but I can't remember what it was. (I even looked in your archives, but you only mentioned the cake pan.) I think it was the deep fryer (I know we looked at that, anyway), but you never opened the box while I was there. No recollection of the food processor at all.

</i>(Does the gratuitous bag of chips count as food?)</i>
No. But I'll give a half point for trying.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:January 27th, 2005 04:23 am (UTC)
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I think it was the deep fryer (I know we looked at that, anyway), but you never opened the box while I was there. No recollection of the food processor at all.

Hmm...I remember buying two appliances at once...but maybe I'm thinking of a different occasion. Perhaps that was the food processor and blender?

Now that I'm searching my memory, I dimly recall that the purchases were at Lala Port, and I'm pretty sure we didn't go there when you visited because we would have stopped in the ghetto game center.

So I'll have to think of how to get the deep fryer and food processor to pose...
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:January 27th, 2005 04:21 pm (UTC)
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Hmm...I remember buying two appliances at once...but maybe I'm thinking of a different occasion. Perhaps that was the food processor and blender?
You know, maybe it was the blender. For making the five minute cake? I know you showed me a couple things at Heiwado, I just don't remember what you ended up buying. It does seem like it was two things.

This is terrible. What are we, 80?
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:January 27th, 2005 06:16 am (UTC)
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Because I always have to ask everyone this (and I don't think I've asked you yet)... which kanji dictionary is that?

The manga is 王朝春宵ロマンセ (Ouchou Harunoyoi Romance), right? It was a bit hard to read the kanji with the glare, but I guessed the beginning and did a search for the rest. I thought "Heian era clothing" sounded familiar, so that helped.

I think you're the second person to recommend this manga lately. *headdesk* Adding to list...

Ah, an empty bookcase. I haven't seen one of those in a long, long time.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:January 27th, 2005 12:35 pm (UTC)
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which kanji dictionary is that?

The Original Modern Reader's Japanese-English Character Dictionary by Andrew Nathaniel Nelson. (Classic Edition, 1995) It took me a while to figure out how to use it when I first got it, since I didn't know what "radicals" were, nor did I have the faintest clue how to count strokes. But all that is explained in the back, so I picked it up fairly quickly.

The manga is 王朝春宵ロマンセ (Ouchou Harunoyoi Romance), right?

Correct. The characters are tons of fun, and it's really, really sweet. I loved the novels, so it's great to get to see the story completely illustrated. However, it's written with "historical" Japanese, plus the main character speaks in ultra-keigo, so it can be difficult to read if you're not familiar with that style.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:January 27th, 2005 04:26 pm (UTC)
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However, it's written with "historical" Japanese, plus the main character speaks in ultra-keigo, so it can be difficult to read if you're not familiar with that style.
Well, there's the understatement of the year.

(I'm SO bad at non-modern Japanese.)
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:January 27th, 2005 08:53 pm (UTC)
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However, it's written with "historical" Japanese, plus the main character speaks in ultra-keigo, so it can be difficult to read if you're not familiar with that style.

So I hear... that's why it went on my amazon.jp wish list instead of my I HAVE TO HAVE THIS RIGHT NOW CLICK "BUY" list. (I have amazon wish lists on two continents, how scary is that?) Maybe I can work my way up to it.

canis_m has an absolutely hilarious series of squee posts about Ouchou (as well as many other neat-sounding BL manga and novels), but they're flocked. Well worth checking out, although the plastic pony addiction, chotto...

Now, in the category of I HAVE TO HAVE IT RIGHT NOW it's in the mail from Japan is the complete series of Seikimatsu Darling and Shin Seikimatsu. There are scanlations, scanlations! (Of the first two chapters, so far...) So. cute.

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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:January 28th, 2005 12:21 am (UTC)
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Seikimatsu Darling, the first series, is really adorable. I especially like the way it starts out. I was aghast when I realized it just *stopped* without any resolution (back before the second series came out).

The second series (really just a continuation with a different publisher)...is...well...the characters are still cute, but the lack of plot eventually gets to the point where it makes me go, "And what is the point of this?" It starts to focus too much on zany little vignette episodes that TRY to be plot but don't quite succeed. The author either needs to jack up the cuteness of the characters to the point that I don't care if there's a plot, I could just watch them sit around talking to each other and I'd be happy (as in the case of, say, Corseltel no Ryuujutsushi)...or develop the plot to the point that it will hold my interest.

<whisper>...or increase the smut level a notch or two...</whisper>
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:January 28th, 2005 06:50 am (UTC)
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I fell in love with the OVA when I first saw it (I gather now that the OVA covers only the first two chapters, since the two chapters that have now been scanlated match the OVA exactly). From what I'm read of the reviews (http://www.senshigakuen.com/aqua/manga/series/index.html), I'm hoping that its cute plotlessness will give me something reasonably easy to practice my Japanese on.

Major plot lines so far from the new series revolve around movie dates, meeting family, and volleyball tournaments. Seriously, it's that cute.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:January 28th, 2005 05:08 am (UTC)
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I have amazon wish lists on two continents, how scary is that?
*scratches head* Isn't that normal...?

canis_m has an absolutely hilarious series of squee posts about Ouchou (as well as many other neat-sounding BL manga and novels
Her reviews are hysterical. She makes me want to read stuff that I already know I don't like. (And if her Gyousou/Taiki obsession doesn't make you want to watch Juuni Kokki, then I don't know what will.) It's thanks to her that I found Takanaga Hinako, who's one of my favorite BL authors now. *gratuitously uses icon*

although the plastic pony addiction, chotto...
*snerk*
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:January 28th, 2005 05:23 am (UTC)
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Er...That wasn't a nasty snerk or anything. I mean, I still have all the ones I bought when I was a kid. I just don't share the obsession.
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:January 28th, 2005 06:44 am (UTC)
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Aw, I'm not throwing stones either. What with the 25 broken computers in my basement and all. It's sort of endearing, but I just don't get it. ^-^

(And I did NOT have any plastic ponies when I was little. I was too busy building model cars.)
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:January 29th, 2005 04:59 am (UTC)
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Aw, I'm not throwing stones either.
No, I knew you weren't. But I thought I sounded a little catty, and that wasn't what I meant.

And I did NOT have any plastic ponies when I was little. I was too busy building model cars.
Ahahaha...I had it all. Barbies, ponies, Cabbage Patch Kids...I was such a girl. I did always want to play with my brothers toys, but he never let me. (And for good reason. I used to break his stuff all the time. I was such a rotten little sister.)
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:January 28th, 2005 06:42 am (UTC)
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Yeah, the Gyousou-Taiki thing is sucking me in. Slowly but surely. Um, where did I put those downloads of Juuni Kokki again?

What has she reviewed that you KNOW you don't like? Since her reviews really do make everything sound either hilarious or adorable. I'm thinking of getting my hands on Pocket Sentimental now.

I just about died laughing over the whole "obstacle to Buddhist practice" discussion.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:January 29th, 2005 05:09 am (UTC)
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Um, where did I put those downloads of Juuni Kokki again?
You'll thank everyone for pushing you after you get into it. It does start slow, but it gets soooo good.

What has she reviewed that you KNOW you don't like?
Anything by Hoshino Lily. (Remember the one with the catboy sex slaves?) I've yet to read a manga by her that I don't loathe. As for Pocket Sentimental, I thought it was cute, but nothing to write home about.

I just about died laughing over the whole "obstacle to Buddhist practice" discussion.
Funniest translation EVAR.
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