deralte: (princess bride (by jackshoegazer))
( Jul. 14th, 2007 09:05 pm)
Typhoon so far has been really boring. It is rather windy though.

I only had to teach two classes today since all the rest cancelled. My last one was with Akina who has way too much energy and thinks I'm her big sister rather than her teacher. After the game of dodge ball, obligatory tickle attacks, and her trying to steal my shoes/book bag her mum showed up and Akina started growling at her. I asked Akina what she was and she said, "Zombie." which cracked me up. I asked her what zombies eat and she pointed to me. I laughed and she was obviously rather annoyed by my not taking her threat of eating me seriously so she explained in Japanese that "zombies eat people". I suggested she eat her mother. Maybe I really am her big sister...

Have decided that X-files could be very boring, but when it's good, it's good. Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose you are a thing of beauty.

Reading Neil Gaiman's Smoke and Mirrors. It's inspired me to start my own short story (not that this is unusual. I have two finished and several unfinished short stories on my comp as befits any writer.) Someday, I might even finish this short story.

Have I mentioned my book lately? (65% complete) I'm writing the epic final scene which should take several chapters and contain many plot twists. Can't decide if I should throw a shapeshifter in there or not. I could easily save that plot for the next book. Choices. Choices. I'm writing it in spurts atm anyway. One day I'll write a page and a half, the next a paragraph. Can't shake the feeling that it's a little boring but I can't tell if that's because I'm too familiar with it, or because it really is boring. Meh. Once it's finished, I need to find someone to read it and rip it to shreds.

Just read the Madrox miniseries. I was amused that I know Peter David's writing style so well I knew he was the author before I checked the title page. Good mini series. Also, Jamie is hot;)

It only took five seasons, but Tom Welling actually learnt to act (occasionally). (Not that I really care. I only watch it for the revelation scenes and 'episodes where he discovers his powers'. I'm amused to note that only came to four episodes in seasons 3 and 4.)

The TWOP recaps of Supernatural are excellent. Suspect the recapper doesn't have a close sibling though since some of the subtext she sees is just what you do when you're siblings *shrugs*

I think people who write long, forty chapter epics about characters you love should be forced to put warnings on their fics for non-happy endings. Geez. What are they trying to do - depress me?

Am I really still reading my comic backlog from March? Dear god, I am.
deralte: (princess bride (by jackshoegazer))
( Jul. 14th, 2007 09:05 pm)
Typhoon so far has been really boring. It is rather windy though.

I only had to teach two classes today since all the rest cancelled. My last one was with Akina who has way too much energy and thinks I'm her big sister rather than her teacher. After the game of dodge ball, obligatory tickle attacks, and her trying to steal my shoes/book bag her mum showed up and Akina started growling at her. I asked Akina what she was and she said, "Zombie." which cracked me up. I asked her what zombies eat and she pointed to me. I laughed and she was obviously rather annoyed by my not taking her threat of eating me seriously so she explained in Japanese that "zombies eat people". I suggested she eat her mother. Maybe I really am her big sister...

Have decided that X-files could be very boring, but when it's good, it's good. Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose you are a thing of beauty.

Reading Neil Gaiman's Smoke and Mirrors. It's inspired me to start my own short story (not that this is unusual. I have two finished and several unfinished short stories on my comp as befits any writer.) Someday, I might even finish this short story.

Have I mentioned my book lately? (65% complete) I'm writing the epic final scene which should take several chapters and contain many plot twists. Can't decide if I should throw a shapeshifter in there or not. I could easily save that plot for the next book. Choices. Choices. I'm writing it in spurts atm anyway. One day I'll write a page and a half, the next a paragraph. Can't shake the feeling that it's a little boring but I can't tell if that's because I'm too familiar with it, or because it really is boring. Meh. Once it's finished, I need to find someone to read it and rip it to shreds.

Just read the Madrox miniseries. I was amused that I know Peter David's writing style so well I knew he was the author before I checked the title page. Good mini series. Also, Jamie is hot;)

It only took five seasons, but Tom Welling actually learnt to act (occasionally). (Not that I really care. I only watch it for the revelation scenes and 'episodes where he discovers his powers'. I'm amused to note that only came to four episodes in seasons 3 and 4.)

The TWOP recaps of Supernatural are excellent. Suspect the recapper doesn't have a close sibling though since some of the subtext she sees is just what you do when you're siblings *shrugs*

I think people who write long, forty chapter epics about characters you love should be forced to put warnings on their fics for non-happy endings. Geez. What are they trying to do - depress me?

Am I really still reading my comic backlog from March? Dear god, I am.
deralte: (supernatural american gods (by me))
( Jul. 1st, 2007 01:15 am)
I'd say GIP here, but I have other things to say too. I really should not be allowed to make weird (but oh so interesting...) crossover icons.

Here's a pic of my hennaed feet. Behind door number 2 )
Much to my surprise, every single person I've shown it to knows that it's a dragonfly on the left foot. Obviously I've passed some sort of Japanese Rorschach test. Also, was told I have a fun life and that I'm "splendid" because I hennaed my feet. *raises eyebrow* Was very amused by the ten year old boy I teach on Sat. mornings spotting it and simply going, "Sensei wa sugoi." (Teacher's great/cool.)

Allergies are killing me despite having medication for them. I'm hacking up specks of phlegm all the time. I wonder if I'm sick and I just don't know how to tell any more.

I watched the movie Shinobi: Heart Under Blade tonight. It was (obviously) about ninja. In fact, I felt much like I was watching a live action crossover between Naruto and Blade of the Immortal. (There were even blood worms that made you immortal!). Not that any of the ideas in either series are new... (Nor would I ever have known it was based on the anime Basilisk since it bears almost no similarity.) The basic plot is that Tokugawa Ieyasu is kinda frightened by the two ninja villages (one of which is on a mountain (Manji... nantoka) and associated with fire and one of which is in a river valley and is associated with water. He's afraid of this special jutsu they have which resides in the eyes of at least one person in each village. In this case, a water lady named Ouburo who upon eye contact can rip someone apart from the inside out, and Gennosuke whose eyes glow red and allow him to see everyone's moves ahead of time, moving fast enough to kill them *cough*Uchiha*cough*. They are, of course, in love. Tokugawa offers the two clans a job but when they send ninja as example fighters he refuses to chose either one and instead suggests they send their five best warriors out to fight each other to the death (as you do). Since the two villages/clans are feuding they agree and of course, there's lot of fights to the death (black sleeves guy is kinda Orochimaru though the guy with the purple lipstick stole his makeup). It was fun to watch and full of cliches, but I tend to mind those less in Japanese simply because a) they're easier for me to understand and b) it takes me so long to translate them they don't bore me like cliches in English, ne? It was kinda cute that it was Gennosuke who came off as the romantic one (why a mullet? why?). Oh, and there could have been more fighting, but it wasn't a bad movie especially if you're a fan of ninja and such.
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deralte: (supernatural american gods (by me))
( Jul. 1st, 2007 01:15 am)
I'd say GIP here, but I have other things to say too. I really should not be allowed to make weird (but oh so interesting...) crossover icons.

Here's a pic of my hennaed feet. Behind door number 2 )
Much to my surprise, every single person I've shown it to knows that it's a dragonfly on the left foot. Obviously I've passed some sort of Japanese Rorschach test. Also, was told I have a fun life and that I'm "splendid" because I hennaed my feet. *raises eyebrow* Was very amused by the ten year old boy I teach on Sat. mornings spotting it and simply going, "Sensei wa sugoi." (Teacher's great/cool.)

Allergies are killing me despite having medication for them. I'm hacking up specks of phlegm all the time. I wonder if I'm sick and I just don't know how to tell any more.

I watched the movie Shinobi: Heart Under Blade tonight. It was (obviously) about ninja. In fact, I felt much like I was watching a live action crossover between Naruto and Blade of the Immortal. (There were even blood worms that made you immortal!). Not that any of the ideas in either series are new... (Nor would I ever have known it was based on the anime Basilisk since it bears almost no similarity.) The basic plot is that Tokugawa Ieyasu is kinda frightened by the two ninja villages (one of which is on a mountain (Manji... nantoka) and associated with fire and one of which is in a river valley and is associated with water. He's afraid of this special jutsu they have which resides in the eyes of at least one person in each village. In this case, a water lady named Ouburo who upon eye contact can rip someone apart from the inside out, and Gennosuke whose eyes glow red and allow him to see everyone's moves ahead of time, moving fast enough to kill them *cough*Uchiha*cough*. They are, of course, in love. Tokugawa offers the two clans a job but when they send ninja as example fighters he refuses to chose either one and instead suggests they send their five best warriors out to fight each other to the death (as you do). Since the two villages/clans are feuding they agree and of course, there's lot of fights to the death (black sleeves guy is kinda Orochimaru though the guy with the purple lipstick stole his makeup). It was fun to watch and full of cliches, but I tend to mind those less in Japanese simply because a) they're easier for me to understand and b) it takes me so long to translate them they don't bore me like cliches in English, ne? It was kinda cute that it was Gennosuke who came off as the romantic one (why a mullet? why?). Oh, and there could have been more fighting, but it wasn't a bad movie especially if you're a fan of ninja and such.
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I've been trying to get some writing done in prep for the weeks I'm going to miss while people visit, but in between I've also somehow been rather sociable, and watched lots of tv. Go figure. I'm still renting Lois and Clark but I doubt I'll bother watching past the first season again. Good show, I'm just not in the mood any more. I tried my luck with Smallville again, and I still think it's a pity that almost no one on that show can act. I've rented Supernatural to watch either tonight or tomorrow.

Rented Swing Girls, a Japanese movie about a bunch of girls and one boy who form a jazz band and then compete in a competition. It was kinda disjointed in places, but largely followed the usual pattern of such movies. The only real differences were spoilers, should you care ) I had fun dancing to the end credits *L*

My student was in the area yesterday, so I invited her and her husband over for a cup of tea. Her husband was hilarious - he straight out asked me how much I was paying for the place, utilities etc. It was refreshingly direct. My student commented rather bemusedly that she didn't know I knew so much Japanese. I pointed out it would be rather unfair to her if I spoke Japanese in her English conversation class, ne? Later, I had a nice dinner with H. and then we hit up the onsen.

Tonight's Japanese so I must get more writing and watching done. I'm worried I've caught a cold, and I have to go see Spider-man with a student tomorrow in between classes. And [livejournal.com profile] rinzei arrives on Wendsday night. And of course it's going to be my busiest work week since last November. Gah.
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I've been trying to get some writing done in prep for the weeks I'm going to miss while people visit, but in between I've also somehow been rather sociable, and watched lots of tv. Go figure. I'm still renting Lois and Clark but I doubt I'll bother watching past the first season again. Good show, I'm just not in the mood any more. I tried my luck with Smallville again, and I still think it's a pity that almost no one on that show can act. I've rented Supernatural to watch either tonight or tomorrow.

Rented Swing Girls, a Japanese movie about a bunch of girls and one boy who form a jazz band and then compete in a competition. It was kinda disjointed in places, but largely followed the usual pattern of such movies. The only real differences were spoilers, should you care ) I had fun dancing to the end credits *L*

My student was in the area yesterday, so I invited her and her husband over for a cup of tea. Her husband was hilarious - he straight out asked me how much I was paying for the place, utilities etc. It was refreshingly direct. My student commented rather bemusedly that she didn't know I knew so much Japanese. I pointed out it would be rather unfair to her if I spoke Japanese in her English conversation class, ne? Later, I had a nice dinner with H. and then we hit up the onsen.

Tonight's Japanese so I must get more writing and watching done. I'm worried I've caught a cold, and I have to go see Spider-man with a student tomorrow in between classes. And [livejournal.com profile] rinzei arrives on Wendsday night. And of course it's going to be my busiest work week since last November. Gah.
My cute little six year old student, Yukina, told me today that I had muscles in my arm like a man. *L* Such is the price you pay for being a martial artist. She also said that I must be Japanese (I guess cause I speak Japanese) but considering she announced very passionately in class that rabbits were not animals, I've decided to take her opinion with a grain of salt;)

Watched Batman Begins again last night with H. and the new office lady whose name has completely slipped my mind. If the movie is decent, I seem to enjoy the second watching of a movie a lot better than my critical first viewing. In this case, I was able to ignore all the little plot holes in the movie and just enjoy the story. It was a nice way to spend the evening.

Restarted my favourite advanced company class today. I love actually talking about various topics in English with those guys so I asked to get the class back a few months ago. Right now, my Wednesday schedule is back to what it was several months ago. My Thursday schedule on the other hand, is crap. I tell myself it's balanced out by teaching only two classes on Friday, but still, I'm going to be dead by tomorrow evening (I start work at 9:45 in Mine (40 min away), and I don't finish until 9:10pm...).
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My cute little six year old student, Yukina, told me today that I had muscles in my arm like a man. *L* Such is the price you pay for being a martial artist. She also said that I must be Japanese (I guess cause I speak Japanese) but considering she announced very passionately in class that rabbits were not animals, I've decided to take her opinion with a grain of salt;)

Watched Batman Begins again last night with H. and the new office lady whose name has completely slipped my mind. If the movie is decent, I seem to enjoy the second watching of a movie a lot better than my critical first viewing. In this case, I was able to ignore all the little plot holes in the movie and just enjoy the story. It was a nice way to spend the evening.

Restarted my favourite advanced company class today. I love actually talking about various topics in English with those guys so I asked to get the class back a few months ago. Right now, my Wednesday schedule is back to what it was several months ago. My Thursday schedule on the other hand, is crap. I tell myself it's balanced out by teaching only two classes on Friday, but still, I'm going to be dead by tomorrow evening (I start work at 9:45 in Mine (40 min away), and I don't finish until 9:10pm...).
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deralte: (spiderman schizo (by me))
( May. 2nd, 2007 05:08 pm)
Yesterday, I asked Kohei, a nine year old student of mine, the eternal question - 'Who is stronger, Superman or Spider-man?'

The answer? Black Spider-man is stronger. lol.

He then turned around and asked me who was stronger "black Spider-man or red Spider-man"? I answered red, but he obviously thought I was insane. *L*

My Mine students still refuse to call Hangman anything other than Gomu ningen ie Rubber Man. If I had any skills, I'd draw Luffy every single time we play it.

Still can't decide on the beetles name's, but I've realized I must wait until they mature so I can figure out their genders.
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deralte: (spiderman schizo (by me))
( May. 2nd, 2007 05:08 pm)
Yesterday, I asked Kohei, a nine year old student of mine, the eternal question - 'Who is stronger, Superman or Spider-man?'

The answer? Black Spider-man is stronger. lol.

He then turned around and asked me who was stronger "black Spider-man or red Spider-man"? I answered red, but he obviously thought I was insane. *L*

My Mine students still refuse to call Hangman anything other than Gomu ningen ie Rubber Man. If I had any skills, I'd draw Luffy every single time we play it.

Still can't decide on the beetles name's, but I've realized I must wait until they mature so I can figure out their genders.
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Rather entertainingly, one of my students who I usually have on Sat. mornings is being forced to do something I enjoy, namely research and teach Japanese history. We ended up spending a lot of time discussing it and writing out time lines on the board and stuff since I know as much as she does about the topic. I found it very interesting that when I asked about the Ainu, I was told they don't teach that until later in the kid's careers (she teaches sixth grade) because it a) would upset the children and b) the Ainu are current events. I had objections to both reasons, but I foresaw many language related misunderstandings just trying to explain so I backed off.

I remember learning about Columbus in elementary school and being disappointed in him when I learnt how he treated the Native Americans, but also relieved that someone told me. Nobody went into great detail at that point, but it made it a lot easier for me to understand when we addressed the subject in depth years later. Just an aside that they mistreated the Ainu people would be easy enough methinks (though I know it won't happen).

The other objection that the Ainu are current events and therefore don't need to be taught in history kinda boggles my mind. It's true they are disappearing and being mistreated now, but that's an issue not history. Even when the background of their people is inextricably bound up in historical issues, by treating them as a modern problem you deprive them of any historical significance. Why not teach about the time period when they were a thriving culture before the numerous excursions by the southern people (who became the modern Japanese)?

Okay, rant finished. Gomen.

Amusingly, that's the class that half speaks Japanese all the time and I think they might have decided I speak enough Japanese for them to feel comfortable with since I have an invitation to a yakiniku party this evening at one of their houses. It should be interesting but I can't help but wish I were suddenly fluent in Japanese.

M. stayed at my apartment Friday night which necessitated getting up at 7:30am when I usually get an extra hour of sleep so I was kinda floating through my day of nearly solid classes from 9:40 to 7. I then ended up going over to B.'s to play D&D for the first time in my life. It kinda figures that my first time would be in Japan with three Japanese guys as the other players. I could see how I might enjoy it if everyone else in the group were fast thinkers, so to speak. As it was, I spent a lot of downtime just staring at the pretty dice. I got more and more out of it as the night went on and started staging DBZ style fights between the leftover D&D figurines. I've never had a lot of luck with dice (but I'm very lucky with cards, oddly enough) so it comes as no surprise that I was the first to die in the kobold attack. I didn't make a lot of effort to survive since I wanted to go home and sleep, and I'm sure they wanted me out of there too before I started staging torrid love affairs for the D&D figurines...

(Edited to add: Thank god for Order of the Stick since without having read it, I'd have had no idea what ze game master was talking about half the time.)

M. told me the other day that they were discussing everyone and saying if they were optimists or pessimists. Apparently, they had a lot of trouble classifying me, and finally decided I'm 'confident' - no matter what happens, I can take care of it. People who know me. Agree or disagree?
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Rather entertainingly, one of my students who I usually have on Sat. mornings is being forced to do something I enjoy, namely research and teach Japanese history. We ended up spending a lot of time discussing it and writing out time lines on the board and stuff since I know as much as she does about the topic. I found it very interesting that when I asked about the Ainu, I was told they don't teach that until later in the kid's careers (she teaches sixth grade) because it a) would upset the children and b) the Ainu are current events. I had objections to both reasons, but I foresaw many language related misunderstandings just trying to explain so I backed off.

I remember learning about Columbus in elementary school and being disappointed in him when I learnt how he treated the Native Americans, but also relieved that someone told me. Nobody went into great detail at that point, but it made it a lot easier for me to understand when we addressed the subject in depth years later. Just an aside that they mistreated the Ainu people would be easy enough methinks (though I know it won't happen).

The other objection that the Ainu are current events and therefore don't need to be taught in history kinda boggles my mind. It's true they are disappearing and being mistreated now, but that's an issue not history. Even when the background of their people is inextricably bound up in historical issues, by treating them as a modern problem you deprive them of any historical significance. Why not teach about the time period when they were a thriving culture before the numerous excursions by the southern people (who became the modern Japanese)?

Okay, rant finished. Gomen.

Amusingly, that's the class that half speaks Japanese all the time and I think they might have decided I speak enough Japanese for them to feel comfortable with since I have an invitation to a yakiniku party this evening at one of their houses. It should be interesting but I can't help but wish I were suddenly fluent in Japanese.

M. stayed at my apartment Friday night which necessitated getting up at 7:30am when I usually get an extra hour of sleep so I was kinda floating through my day of nearly solid classes from 9:40 to 7. I then ended up going over to B.'s to play D&D for the first time in my life. It kinda figures that my first time would be in Japan with three Japanese guys as the other players. I could see how I might enjoy it if everyone else in the group were fast thinkers, so to speak. As it was, I spent a lot of downtime just staring at the pretty dice. I got more and more out of it as the night went on and started staging DBZ style fights between the leftover D&D figurines. I've never had a lot of luck with dice (but I'm very lucky with cards, oddly enough) so it comes as no surprise that I was the first to die in the kobold attack. I didn't make a lot of effort to survive since I wanted to go home and sleep, and I'm sure they wanted me out of there too before I started staging torrid love affairs for the D&D figurines...

(Edited to add: Thank god for Order of the Stick since without having read it, I'd have had no idea what ze game master was talking about half the time.)

M. told me the other day that they were discussing everyone and saying if they were optimists or pessimists. Apparently, they had a lot of trouble classifying me, and finally decided I'm 'confident' - no matter what happens, I can take care of it. People who know me. Agree or disagree?
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Now that I have a picture of it, I thought I'd tell about an amusing incident that happened to me on Wednesday. I had to use the toilet after my Mine class, which is taught in some sort of clinic building. Inside, I went to the bathroom, but when I reached for the toilet paper, there was a slight resistance and a little gecko fell out on the floor. I stared at it, my brain taking a second to go, "hmm, gecko in the toilet paper. weird." I watched it crawl up the wall and try to hide against the window. I washed my hands then came back and picked it up since even if it was living in that bathroom, it probably wasn't the best place for it to make its home (I get the impression that people here don't like them much). I took him outside and showed him to my students and their mothers. One mother didn't care and was happy to pick it up, the rest were freaked (and one woman suggested I let it sit in my cleavage o_O;) I took the time to take a picture of it (ta da!) since it was a cute little thing then found a sunny spot where I could get it off my (apparently very comfy) finger. I love finding cute reptiles and amphibians *L*

Ff.net reviews and notifications from the last week are coming in at the rate of one every ten minutes. This could take awhile...

Book has reached fifty typed pages, which would be more impressive if I didn't know that Uric the Oddball and the Goblin Uprising is already sixty pages. Still, that is over 40% of the book completed.

I have the weirdest schedule today. My first class was from 12-1. Then my next class is from 7:30-8:30, and my final class is from 9-10. I rarely finish that late and of course, it's on the night of M.'s going away party. Oy vey.
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Now that I have a picture of it, I thought I'd tell about an amusing incident that happened to me on Wednesday. I had to use the toilet after my Mine class, which is taught in some sort of clinic building. Inside, I went to the bathroom, but when I reached for the toilet paper, there was a slight resistance and a little gecko fell out on the floor. I stared at it, my brain taking a second to go, "hmm, gecko in the toilet paper. weird." I watched it crawl up the wall and try to hide against the window. I washed my hands then came back and picked it up since even if it was living in that bathroom, it probably wasn't the best place for it to make its home (I get the impression that people here don't like them much). I took him outside and showed him to my students and their mothers. One mother didn't care and was happy to pick it up, the rest were freaked (and one woman suggested I let it sit in my cleavage o_O;) I took the time to take a picture of it (ta da!) since it was a cute little thing then found a sunny spot where I could get it off my (apparently very comfy) finger. I love finding cute reptiles and amphibians *L*

Ff.net reviews and notifications from the last week are coming in at the rate of one every ten minutes. This could take awhile...

Book has reached fifty typed pages, which would be more impressive if I didn't know that Uric the Oddball and the Goblin Uprising is already sixty pages. Still, that is over 40% of the book completed.

I have the weirdest schedule today. My first class was from 12-1. Then my next class is from 7:30-8:30, and my final class is from 9-10. I rarely finish that late and of course, it's on the night of M.'s going away party. Oy vey.
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There's a student at my school who's a well respected re-constructive plastic surgeon who used to be my regular student but now tends to be given to other teachers (due to my schedule changing). On Friday, I taught him again for the first time in months. I look forward to his classes to be honest since he's a great conversationalist and he's funny, though his sense of humour is a bit like a boy who pours salt on slugs to see what happens. He adores bringing in gruesome pictures of his latest surgeries to gross out whichever teacher he has. Of course, I look at them avidly then ask questions (like this time it was a paper he had presented on hand transplants and I was interested to know about success rates and where the hands came from (brain dead coma patients)) so he says I'm no fun. He got me once, I remember, when we talked about drinking turtle blood *L* I had a lovely time talking with him again though. Heh.

My glasses just broke. The arm snapped off and I discovered that I didn't actually bring my extra glasses with me to Japan like I thought I did. Luckily, I can sort of wear them (and I have contacts to fall back on for awhile) and I have the time to get them fixed tomorrow, but still. If you're wondering why I'm watching so many movies this week (I rented two more) it's because I have almost no class this week due to Wednesday being a holiday. Combined with having to stay at home to rest my knee (which is starting to feel better finally), I have copious free time, not to mention, I'm overdue catching up on my movie watching.

Anyway, the third movie I rented yesterday was the new War of the Worlds which was, as is to be expected of Spielberg, excellent. It's kinda fascinating how easily the story can be transferred to modern times (my only complaint being that I find it very hard to imagine creatures evolving without developing thermal imaging and therefore negating the entire basement hunting scene). Though maybe their troops weren't issued proper equipment and were therefore operating under subnormal conditions. As usual, Spielberg cut to the heart of the matter and had me in tears twice. The juxtapositioning with ET was interesting what with two cute, blond girls in red hoodies facing aliens. I'm not sure if it tells us more about Spielberg then and now or about the world then and now.

Back to watching Sherlock Holmes now.
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There's a student at my school who's a well respected re-constructive plastic surgeon who used to be my regular student but now tends to be given to other teachers (due to my schedule changing). On Friday, I taught him again for the first time in months. I look forward to his classes to be honest since he's a great conversationalist and he's funny, though his sense of humour is a bit like a boy who pours salt on slugs to see what happens. He adores bringing in gruesome pictures of his latest surgeries to gross out whichever teacher he has. Of course, I look at them avidly then ask questions (like this time it was a paper he had presented on hand transplants and I was interested to know about success rates and where the hands came from (brain dead coma patients)) so he says I'm no fun. He got me once, I remember, when we talked about drinking turtle blood *L* I had a lovely time talking with him again though. Heh.

My glasses just broke. The arm snapped off and I discovered that I didn't actually bring my extra glasses with me to Japan like I thought I did. Luckily, I can sort of wear them (and I have contacts to fall back on for awhile) and I have the time to get them fixed tomorrow, but still. If you're wondering why I'm watching so many movies this week (I rented two more) it's because I have almost no class this week due to Wednesday being a holiday. Combined with having to stay at home to rest my knee (which is starting to feel better finally), I have copious free time, not to mention, I'm overdue catching up on my movie watching.

Anyway, the third movie I rented yesterday was the new War of the Worlds which was, as is to be expected of Spielberg, excellent. It's kinda fascinating how easily the story can be transferred to modern times (my only complaint being that I find it very hard to imagine creatures evolving without developing thermal imaging and therefore negating the entire basement hunting scene). Though maybe their troops weren't issued proper equipment and were therefore operating under subnormal conditions. As usual, Spielberg cut to the heart of the matter and had me in tears twice. The juxtapositioning with ET was interesting what with two cute, blond girls in red hoodies facing aliens. I'm not sure if it tells us more about Spielberg then and now or about the world then and now.

Back to watching Sherlock Holmes now.
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It's been a long day. I had kindergarten in Mine with the younger kids, so three classes of the little buggers, then a two hour conversation class with a man who barely speaks English. We ended up talking half in Japanese and I drilled him using my own kanji cards and it wasn't so bad, but two hours is a long time. Then an hour long class at home with a young boy who obviously had a cold. Then another hour long class with a grandmother and her granddaughter. I managed to find time to eat a quick lunch and stop off for tea and donuts at some point, but it was still a rather long day.

Next Japanese class were writing haiku - in Japanese (of course). I'm not sure why I find this intimidating, but I do.

Yesterday, one of the kids at the kindergarten went out of his way to give me a hug goodbye. I'm glad he did cause to be honest, I'm getting rather sick of the class. I think they're all quite cute, but their antics are wearing thin. It's only a few more months, or so I keep reassuring myself. At least they gave me some sort of snack made of different flavoured rice balls (like a rice cake, only ball-type) today (it's for Girl's Day or something. There was a set up of Prince and Princess dolls with their attendants in the room where I teach).

I finished listening to Shada earlier this week and I seriously adored it. The ending has always been this confused muddle in my mind due to the lack of imagery to attach to it but now it's quite clear. I've been contemplating it in relation to canon. Would anyone know any good articles on Shada canon-wise?

I also finished Stones of Venice this week as well (the advantage of driving to Mine three times...). I really wanted to like it since Venice has so much potential for a good story, but it was seriously undermined by a weak script. I understand that it's harder to "show rather than tell" in a radio drama, but there was no reason to repeat every.single.point ad nauseum. If you took out all the repetition, the story would have been half as long. Nor was there more than one good line in the entire story. The weak plot could have been ignored if the script had been better, but as it is... Also, the voice actors besides the Doctor and Charlie were uniformly awful (with the possible exception of Churchwell).

What else? Ah yes. I am definately taking the Japanese driving test on Monday. Wish me luck!
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It's been a long day. I had kindergarten in Mine with the younger kids, so three classes of the little buggers, then a two hour conversation class with a man who barely speaks English. We ended up talking half in Japanese and I drilled him using my own kanji cards and it wasn't so bad, but two hours is a long time. Then an hour long class at home with a young boy who obviously had a cold. Then another hour long class with a grandmother and her granddaughter. I managed to find time to eat a quick lunch and stop off for tea and donuts at some point, but it was still a rather long day.

Next Japanese class were writing haiku - in Japanese (of course). I'm not sure why I find this intimidating, but I do.

Yesterday, one of the kids at the kindergarten went out of his way to give me a hug goodbye. I'm glad he did cause to be honest, I'm getting rather sick of the class. I think they're all quite cute, but their antics are wearing thin. It's only a few more months, or so I keep reassuring myself. At least they gave me some sort of snack made of different flavoured rice balls (like a rice cake, only ball-type) today (it's for Girl's Day or something. There was a set up of Prince and Princess dolls with their attendants in the room where I teach).

I finished listening to Shada earlier this week and I seriously adored it. The ending has always been this confused muddle in my mind due to the lack of imagery to attach to it but now it's quite clear. I've been contemplating it in relation to canon. Would anyone know any good articles on Shada canon-wise?

I also finished Stones of Venice this week as well (the advantage of driving to Mine three times...). I really wanted to like it since Venice has so much potential for a good story, but it was seriously undermined by a weak script. I understand that it's harder to "show rather than tell" in a radio drama, but there was no reason to repeat every.single.point ad nauseum. If you took out all the repetition, the story would have been half as long. Nor was there more than one good line in the entire story. The weak plot could have been ignored if the script had been better, but as it is... Also, the voice actors besides the Doctor and Charlie were uniformly awful (with the possible exception of Churchwell).

What else? Ah yes. I am definately taking the Japanese driving test on Monday. Wish me luck!
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I was lamenting to my student earlier today that I had recently gotten back into Sherlock Holmes but I had no access to any Sherlock Holmes videos (I've never seen any before since I was more interested in reading than watching back when I was twelve). She was kind enough to let me borrow one of her tapes, which works perfectly now that I've figured out how to change the language on it (I wasn't aware that video tapes could carry two language tracks). Incidentally, I like the voice actors in the Japanese version *g* I'm going to spend the evening watching and then try to get some of the sleep I seem unable to enjoy recently.

In my first kid's class of the day, the boy likes to go to the toilet, except this time around he left for a good ten minutes. I couldn't continue until he came back so me and the two girls wandered over to the board. They ended up quizzing me first on hiragana and katakana, then on kanji. I got about half of the words they asked me right. They obviously found it fun to be the one asking me questions for a change *L*

I really love this new Dr. Who icon I made today:) (Mostly it's stolen from the cover of Storm Warning, but it's still very pretty.) Also, my students are really feeding me this week. I was taken out to lunch today and will be taken out again tomorrow. Heh.
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I was lamenting to my student earlier today that I had recently gotten back into Sherlock Holmes but I had no access to any Sherlock Holmes videos (I've never seen any before since I was more interested in reading than watching back when I was twelve). She was kind enough to let me borrow one of her tapes, which works perfectly now that I've figured out how to change the language on it (I wasn't aware that video tapes could carry two language tracks). Incidentally, I like the voice actors in the Japanese version *g* I'm going to spend the evening watching and then try to get some of the sleep I seem unable to enjoy recently.

In my first kid's class of the day, the boy likes to go to the toilet, except this time around he left for a good ten minutes. I couldn't continue until he came back so me and the two girls wandered over to the board. They ended up quizzing me first on hiragana and katakana, then on kanji. I got about half of the words they asked me right. They obviously found it fun to be the one asking me questions for a change *L*

I really love this new Dr. Who icon I made today:) (Mostly it's stolen from the cover of Storm Warning, but it's still very pretty.) Also, my students are really feeding me this week. I was taken out to lunch today and will be taken out again tomorrow. Heh.
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