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So I dropped my DS Lite today. It seemed to be okay, until I tried it again at the end of the day... and found out that the touch screen isn't working anymore.

Fuck. Fuck. Fuckfuckfuckfuckfuck. I don't know what to do now.

This needs fixing as soon as possible, but I don't have the money to repair or replace the thing.

Nintendo will send you a factory-certified replacement at a reduced price, which looks like the best option for me given all the other things wrong with mine... but even that would set me back $85. $55 less than a normal DS Lite purchase, but still too much for me to afford.

I'm in a bad spot for this right now. I need help. But I'm mature enough to know that there's not much anyone else can do for me at this point.

I just... I wish things would stop breaking. Why does everything have to stop working when money is the tightest?
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Oh dear lord.

So I come home to find out that my mother has adopted a new dog.

So we now have two dogs.

And my god do I hate the new one.

I know I complained about Duncan quite a bit, but the new dog-- Ollie-- puts Duncan in perspective. Harshly. It took this yapping little fiend for me to realize just how well-behaved Duncan is for a dog.

He starts barking his head off and won't stop for anything whenever I so much as think about entering the room. It takes every ounce of self-control I possess not to kick the little shit when he starts going at it, because he just will not stop.

He shits all over the deck and the patio because he doesn't like wet grass so now I have to brave that demon lawn of ours and mow just so this new thing can shit where he's supposed to.

He's also an attention whore of the first degree and can't stand it when Duncan gets attention instead of him. And Duncan is not nearly aggressive enough to take anything, including attention, back that Ollie takes from him. And the little prat is as selfish as they come.

God dammit. I just came back from dealing with an annoying roommate and a bunch of annoying suitemates. Now I come home and have to deal with an annoying permanent resident.

Tomorrow will be better. Tomorrow will be better. Tomorrow will be better.
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Bear in mind this came completely without warning:

"Due to network problem, am unable to tell if all received this already-apologies is this is the case

This Week:

2/18 Tomorrow (Thurs)--EVERYONE ATTENDS

2/19 Friday--EVERYONE ATTENDS
"

There goes my day off tomorrow.
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...So what do you do when your dorm doesn't feel like home, but home doesn't really feel like home anymore either?
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So I actually reinstalled and tried Maple yesterday.

Tried out the Knights of Cygnus and the Aran. It was actually surprisingly enjoyable-- especially the latter, which is surprising since normally I won't touch melee classes with a 40-foot pole.

Quests have, in fact, been balanced out. There are storyline quests now that will actually take you from level 1-17 on quest experience alone, which is a major turnaround from the Maple of my day, where the sole method of leveling up from like level 5 on was just whacking a bunch of monsters for hours on end.

Other quests seem to give better experience now, too. I'm curious to see how far I could get on quests alone, without any aimless grinding. Though the gaps between the storyline quests are getting larger with each successive quest, which may make that difficult.

But I suppose the point is moot anyways. A lot of shit went down last night, and it looks like I may be quitting both Maple and Mabi again.

So it goes.

lolmeme

Jan. 21st, 2010 10:31 pm
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"If there are one or more people on your friends list who make your world a better place just because they exist, and who you would not have met (in real life or not) without the Internet, then post this same sentence in your journal."

Y-yeah
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OKAY so hey I should probably post an actual update here or something. 'Cause stuff has happened and I can go into more detail here than on Twitter.

First-- the problem with my loan was that I hadn't enrolled in enough credit hours to be eligible for the money. So I had to take care of the whole getting into Japanese thing in order for my loan to disburse and my expenses to be paid for.

That worked. I finally managed to get into contact with Deguchi-sensei. Apparently he didn't get my first email back in December. So I am LUCKY that I happened to try emailing him the day before classes began to check if he had gotten it.

He gave me a kanji test, which I passed-- sort of. He was a bit dissatisfied with a few things related to the way I wrote-- minor details like which strokes are supposed to cross and which ones aren't, which is a bigger deal in Japanese than it is in English. He agreed to let me into the class on the condition that I meet with a native speaker to get help with the smaller details in my writing. He fired off an email to someone who he thought may be able to help with that, but neither of us has heard back yet. In the meantime, I've been working on it on my own, and I think I've been improving. With luck, I may not actually need it after all.

Small note: apparently my さs are wrong. (They look like that one does; with the last two strokes connected.) According to him, that form of writing (called Manga-ji, apparently) isn't acceptable in a formal context like school, and it has to be written with three separate strokes. But it's perfectly acceptable for some reason to write ち with the strokes connected. Don't even ask me, I don't know. It hasn't been that hard to adapt to, though.

I also have a sinking feeling that my ふs and ゆs are incorrect for the same reason (I write them each with a single stroke), but if that's the case, then there's no way in hell I'm going to be able to correct myself-- my ふs and ゆs look absolutely idiotic when I try to write them with multiple strokes.

Compared to my other classes, my Japanese class is shockingly small-- about 25ish people, which I'd hazard a guess is barely more than a quarter of the size of my Sociolinguistics class. The class size is even more surprising when you take into account the fact that this is a combination of the 201 and 202 levels.

But enough about that! Let's talk about DORMS.

This is a whole new world. And I don't think I can adequately describe how utterly alien this world is to me. I know I'm not new to the whole college thing, but this dorm thing is a whole different animal.

My dorm room is part of a four-room suite with a single shared bathroom. All of my suitemates (7 in total, including my roommate) know each other already, since they started in fall quarter and lived in the same rooms.

I had a hell of a time trying to keep all their names straight, but of course they all got mine straight away (since they only had one new name to learn this quarter-- mine-- while I had seven, plus the various friends and girlfriends that have came and gone over the past couple days. >.<).

The doors between each room and the bathroom stay open pretty much all the time (save late at night or early in the morning when people are sleeping), so it's almost like a big apartment or something, with people moving from room to room fairly freely. The bathroom may as well be a hallway or something (it's long and narrow like one, anyway)-- unless someone's naked and getting into the shower or something.

Which brings me to another thing-- no privacy period. The only places with any semblance of privacy are the toilet (picture a public bathroom stall, only without the lock on the door) and the inside of the shower, which is only separated from the rest of the bathroom by a flimsy little curtain. The closet (which also serves as the passageway between the room and the bathroom) can afford some limited privacy if a) the door to the bathroom is closed, and b) your roommate is either asleep, out of the room, or has his attention fixed elsewhere. There's no door between the room and the closet.

The shower situation is so awkward I can't even tell you. I can only assume you're expected to wander into the bathroom naked or something? because there's no private space to change before you get in. (I opted to solve this problem by showering while everyone was still asleep, and leaving on my underwear until I'd gotten in and shut the curtain.)

Took me a while to figure out how the shower is supposed to work-- I took a shower the first morning, but couldn't figure out how to adjust the temperature. Cold shower for me. That was not pleasant. I figured it out properly the next day, though, thankfully.

Everyone's pretty friendly, but I have absolutely nothing in common with them! I feel like an alien or something. I'm pretty sure they all drink (I'm also pretty sure they're all underage, but it's not my responsibility to police them), they all work out regularly and do sports, and none of them make a hobby of using the internet like I do.

I brought gaming consoles, but didn't even unpack them for like a week because I've been so busy and it didn't seem so important anymore. And I've still yet to unpack the books I brought. I think I overpacked. >_<;;

On the upside: I have a wireless connection that I can use with my Wii (but not my DS). And I've finally made some progress in Persona 3 for the first time in ages. I'm at the point right after you recruit Fuuka.

SO HAVE I TL;DR'D YOU GUYS ENOUGH YET? :DDD

COLDS

Jan. 14th, 2010 01:16 am
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They suck.

That is all.
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Moved in and got the internet set up in my dorm room.

Roommate's stuff was moved in when I got here, but otherwise he's been a no-show. I can only assume he'll be here later tonight.

(EDIT: Roommate arrived, and I met my suitemates too. Man, I'm gonna have a hard time fitting in with this crowd.)

Dinner in the commons is at 5. I've basically just been killing time till then.

Probably make a more detailed post later, after more stuff has happened. >>;

(P.S.: Taylor, get a twitter! >8U )

EDIT: Augh I completely fucking spaced and forgot to get my student card. No dining hall for me tonight. :c
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Leaving for Bellingham today. Classes start Tuesday.

I would be a whole lot less stressed out about this, though, if my student loans didn't have to be such a federal fucking issue!

The money from my loan for this quarter was supposed to have been credited to my student account on Thursday. It wasn't.

I waited another few days to see if they sent it in late. They didn't.

So now I'm stuck with a $4893.60 outstanding balance on my student account, and the loan I was supposed to use to pay it is MIA.

Weekend won't work for calling the school, so I'm going to have to call them on Monday. Which is one day before the payments are due.

I am so stressed out about this you wouldn't believe. If something goes wrong? If for any reason I can't get that money credited to my account before Tuesday? We'll have to foot the bill out of pocket. Else I could get evicted from student housing.

I am so sick of these games. There is always an issue. ALWAYS. I have not had a snag-free moment since applying for this damn school.

I should be getting sleep right now. There's no way that's happening.
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Oh hey I was gonna do a Christmas post wasn't I.

Well, better late than never!

Spoils:


  • Shirts. One of which is an Avatar shirt, lol. I've never even seen the movie.

  • A kickass jacket.

  • $50 Barnes & Noble gift card. Bought And Another Thing, A Wrinkle In Time, and The Sorceress with it. $8 remaining.

  • $50 in Wal Mart gift cards. Used to buy a prepaid WoW card. $20 remaining.

  • A Classic Controller for the Wii.

  • Socks and underwear. You would not believe how much I actually needed these.

  • A metric fuckton of sweets. They're all gone now.

  • A bunch of hygiene stuff that I'll be needing for the dorm.

  • A microwave! (Okay, it wasn't actually a christmas gift, we got it a few days after christmas. But it's still awesome!)



And technically the laptop and external hard drive were early christmas gifts.

IN OTHER NEWS: I leave on sunday holy shit holy shit holy shit.

Nervous as all hell, but I guess it's going to be alright.

I just wish my fucking loan would disburse so I could have the money to pay the bill and not owe the school just under $5000. >|
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Can't sleep.

Three days.

Aaarrrggghhh.
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Ugh I think I may have come down with something.

It started Christmas Eve, when I was having uncontrollable coughing fits-- to the point where I didn't get to sleep till around four when I had gone to bed closer to midnight.

Then tonight, our stupid dog got into the neighbors' yard, and I spent the better part of an hour trying to coax him into grabbing range while at the same time grappling with the thorn bushes that line the upper fence area of our yard. The coughing fits resurfaced at that point.

When I finally got the dog back, I took him inside and got help from my mom with moving the minifridge upstairs so she could clean it out-- this is a fridge that an old roommate left behind ages ago, and has done nothing but sit there with a bunch of old beer bottles rotting away inside of it; the last few months of which it has been unplugged for. My mom was thinking I could take it to use in my dorm.

Anyways, it wasn't heavy, but I needed help because of its awkward shape-- I couldn't get my arms around it to pick it up without dropping the back end of it.

We got it upstairs and set it on the counter, just to find out that the cabinets didn't leave enough space for it to sit all the way on the counter. I was unusually short of breath by this point. While my mom went to make room for it somewhere else, I suddenly started to feel light-headed, and leaned back against the counter hoping it would blow over.

It didn't; it just kept getting worse, and my mom told me to go sit down. I did, and after sitting for a minute or two and drinking some water, it started to subside.

The coughing has more or less gone away too, but I'm a little worried about what the light-headedness means. :/

Anyways. Christmas post forthcoming, but not right at this moment. Hope everyone else's was awesome! I had a good time, and got some good stuff.
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Uh-oh, looks like it's time for another one of Matt's opinion pieces.

---

Okay, so I'll admit it. My time on World of Warcraft has utterly changed the way I think about MMOs.

Those on my flist may or may not be aware that I've recently gotten back into Mabinogi. To be perfectly honest, the only reason I ever quit was because Alpha had stopped playing, and the game isn't really any fun alone. It's a fun game, and sufficiently removed from the train wreck that was Maple Story.

Between quitting and starting up again, though, a lot of time passed and a lot of things happened. This isn't about the game being different; this is about me being different. Despite all the updates made to it, Mabinogi has stayed the same more than it has changed. The game hasn't stopped being fun, but it has started to feel alien.

Take this announcement on the official Mabinogi forums, for instance. Reading this thread, and the responses to it, has driven home just how much my outlook on MMOs has changed.

Two years ago? I probably would have been singing the praises of this announcement right alongside many of the other posters in there. Things looked much more black and white to me back then.

Now, though, I've had the experience of what a game is like when run by a company that actively supports the modding community. And it could not possibly seem more mystifying to me that these people are so fervently against "modders", and that Nexon would have a blanket ban on all mods, both harmful and harmless.

I'll admit that some the "hacks" that get used in Nexon games are a far cry from the mods enjoyed by the WoW community-- many of them are outright malicious, and these games certainly have their share of cheaters-- a problem not remotely as rampant on WoW as it is in Mabinogi, and on Maple Story especially.

But I have a very big problem with the fact that strictly aesthetic mods are being tarred with the same brush as such hacks. That's what Nexon is doing.

Many of my friends will know that I make a minor hobby out of custom soundtracks. Since the music in Mabinogi is stored externally in .mp3 format, it's a cakewalk to replace the music files with my own in order to customize the soundtrack-- but uh-oh, I guess that makes me a dirty modder. You can get banned for that, can you believe it?

This is one of the reasons that I now feel like I'm nothing more than a guest in the world of Nexon MMOs.

I'm a little dumbfounded that this is what they're focusing their attention on, rather than combating the rampant botting that goes on in this game. It's disgraceful how easy it is to bot in this game, and how difficult it is to go five feet without tripping over a gold-farming bot. And this, while I could get banned for my custom soundtrack? It's almost farcical how out of line their priorities are.

I'm not quitting the game over this, don't get me wrong. I just find it utterly surreal how alien the Nexon MMO culture seems to me now. And it is a culture, make no mistake about that.

I'll just continue in my role as outside observer of the indigenous peoples and their strange folkways.

God dammit

Dec. 19th, 2009 11:39 pm
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My kingdom for a simple way to extract audio from .flv files. >|||||

FML

Dec. 14th, 2009 03:14 pm
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Bahahahah okay so let me tell you guys about the abject failure that was today.

We made the ass-long drive up to Bellingham, and got there about an hour early. So I went up to the library to wait for a while, then headed off to the Humanities building at about 11:40.

I got there and knocked on the professor's office's door, then tried the doorknob. It was locked, which would be odd if he were expecting an appointment. Oh well, I figure, he's probably just not here yet.

So I wait.

12:50 rolls around, still no sign. Then 12:55. Someone who was passing by wound up asking me who I was waiting for; I told him, and he said he hadn't seen him in yet.

12:57. I start to get anxious (well, moreso than before). It occurs to me to check my email, which I can do on my phone. I do so.

There's a message from the professor, having arrived about an hour after we had set out, saying that he would need to move the appointment to Tuesday.

Face, meet palm. I call my ride and let her know of the failure, and she tells me that she won't be able to take me down there two days in a row.

So, now, we're gonna have to do this Thursday or Friday, which is the next time I will be able to get a ride up there. I emailed him back when I got home to be sure this would be okay, and I'm now waiting on his response.

Jeez, I swear, my education is nothing but a never-ending series of Shaggy Dog Stories. orz

!!!!!!EDIT!!!!!!



Him: "Hi Matt,

If you don't mind, can we meet Tuesday?

YT"

Me: "I'm sorry, I didn't get your email until I had already arrived on campus. The drive is about two hours long, so it must have been sent sometime during the drive.

Unfortunately, due to the exact riding arrangements I made, I could only secure a ride up to Bellingham on either Monday or Tuesday; Tuesday will be problematic now.

Could we do it on Thursday or Friday? I will be able to get up there on one of those two days.

--MH"

Him: "I was waiting for you in my office from 12:05 to 2:35 this afternoon. Why don't we meet next year? -YT"

FML FML FML FML FML

EDIT THE SECOND



Me: "When I got the email, due to the way it was worded, I thought you were saying that you would not be able to make it. I was at your office at noon when I got the email, so we must have just missed each other, then. I wasn't able to reply immediately, but did so as soon as I could.

Next year? Is later this week impossible?

--MH"

Him: "I sent you another email at 10:57 am this morning because I thought you already started. Didn't you receive my second email?

By the way, you can also register Deguchi sensei's 202 class out of 201-202 combined course if you don't take any class between 10 till 12 winter term. It will start from sixth week 10 till noon. Because my 202 class has 28 students while his class has only 21 students, I recommend you to register his. If you bring the homework and ask him to give you the final exam of 201, I'm sure he will accept you.

If your schedule conflicts, let me know."

Me: "I only received one email from you, so I'm not sure what happened to the second (or first?). That may have been the source of some of this confusion.

I spoke with Deguchi sensei earlier in the Fall, and it was him that directed me to you. However, I will mention this to him and see if we can do that, since I do have that time available.

Thank you for the suggestion.

--MH"

I fired off an email about this to Deguchi (who, yes, was the one who pointed me to Prof. Kim in the first place, making it sound as if that was my only option). Looks like that's what I'm doing now.

GOD this was a mess.
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Kay, so. Update on the kanji test thing.

Since my mom just got a job, she can't take time off to take me up to Bellhingham. So I have to get a ride from a friend of the family-- who lives up in Bothell, which is an hour drive from here, and is between here and Bellingham. Due to the length of the drive, I'm heading up there tonight to spend the night, then going off in the morning. We're heading off there like right now.

Due to this arrangement, I probably won't have internet until after the test is already done tomorrow afternoon.

Due to the lack of internet, I won't get any of your comments on this until that time, probably. So tweet or text me if you want to talk to me.

Wish me luck holy shit I'm nervous xx;
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"Sponsored by The Official AVATAR Community on TypePad. See AVATAR in theaters December 18, 2009."

Gee, you think there might be a particular answer they're looking for?

Also, tags. Real subtle, guys.

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