Starting the blog over from the ground up. Wordpress gone, Textpattern in its place. I like simplicity.
I had not posted in a really long time, but it’s been on my mind for a bit. While waiting for Excel to process things at work, I often browse a variety of American, English, German, and Japanese news sources and twitter feeds, and sometimes I come across some very interesting things. These are things I would like to share, but the standard platform for sharing things these days – Facebook – is not always hospitable for these things. Most people there just want the occasional picture of my kid and not much else; beyond that, there is much that, were I to share it, would offend/shock/scandalize relatives not quite in the know of all of my personal inclinations.
I imagine what will appear here, then, will be random marvels interspersed with things such as Japanese study progress (taking the JLPT N2 for the third time this December, but really truly studying for it this year), manga reviews, and black-and-white film photography.
Regarding Japanese, I’m working my way through the 1st edition (since that’s what I have) of Kanji in Context. Kanji/Vocabulary was definitely my weak spot when I took the test last year. I started the book at the beginning of February – I add about twenty words a day into Anki with four fields: the headword (the kanji form of the word), the word in kana (this is what I have selected as my tested fill-it-in field), the definition in Japanese from a children’s kokugo dictionary, and the definition in English. Starting around the 25th of February, I started taking screenshots of my progress every day as a motivator, having it display the kanji in the headword field. Here’s the progress made between the 25th of February and March 31: