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|Saturday, March 19th, 2011|
|Monday, January 10th, 2011|
|I've been really busy
Even though I'm making the bills (most of them), it is very tiring having to work 3 part time jobs to make ends meet. Half the time I forget what planet I'm on.
I have had some time off this holiday (if you want to call it that), and have been catching up on sleep, writing, etc.
One thing I whipped up over the past two weeks was my own "History of the Japanese DDR community/scene". It is now a 99 page monster of an essay with pics and all, but feel free to check it out if you have some hours to kill.
*warning* I'm not much of a writer:http://aij.ddruk.com/JDDR.pdf
Other than that, I've got really crappy eyesight, but people already knew that. It kind of peaked in crappiness recently, but I am used to it, so no biggy. (20/200 in left eye, 20/800 in right with correction, cornea thickness 475 and 480 respectively so I can't get Lasik to fix it, but "PRK" is possible, maybe)
My son is getting big and energetic and active and destructive, so yay. Also, AIJ will be 12 years old this year, so yay. I'll need to whip up some shirts or something on cafepress or whatever is hot right now.
|Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010|
|Oh dear. Something silly evolving to death threats
So it seems a video involving a few of my friends that caught a parent/child combo being idiots got onto mixi, then nico douga, then youtube and the J-internet and then Kotaku helped spread this around so much that there are actually death threats against not only the father in the video, but against NOB (the guy playing) as well?
Description from Akudaikan:
ACCIDENT!! The kid that plays planks constantly while somebody playing DDR and his father that lack of moral values
This happened while NOB playing in Odaiba on 10.17 evening.
0'04" The kid appeared nearby(on the right).
0'29" The kid appeared from right side again and played a prank on NOB.
0'51" His father acrossed in front of the camera on purpose(?).
0'56" The kid ran crossed between NOB and armrests from right side just because it's fun.
0'58" His brother also wanted to do that, but was stopped by the worker on the right(The worker noticed him it's dangerous).
1'19" The kids' parents were talking about something while approaching from the left.
1'34" The father acrossed the camera, shouted insult at the worker and started giving trouble.
Notice the left side in the end of the clip, it's obvious that this family just made trouble on purpose.
By the way, the photographer was forced to stop recording in order to conciliate.( Click for full story (Japanese)Collapse )
|Wednesday, September 29th, 2010|
|Dots and more dots
On a whim (and suggestion because of my drastic reduction in eyesight), I looked into braille but I can't "read" it at all. My finger runs over it and all I get is "Ooh, that feels kind of nice".
How do people learn to read this? Just years of conditioning your fingers to be able to distinguish the dot patterns?
|Tuesday, June 15th, 2010|
|Grate Brain Shift
So yeah, job search hasn't been going so well. Pretty awful, actually. Awful to the point I've exhausted all the unemployment the J-gov is going to give me ever, and a recruiter told me I was out of work so long I was unemployable. Yeah, pretty bad.
Anyways, I am applying for a bunch of part time jobs, at least until something in this God-forsaken market turns up for me. You know, the ones like service level, family restaurant, meant-for-high school kids jobs. It can't and won't pay the bills, but it will slow the rapid bleed of the last of the savings. I'm still pissed they don't pay you for giving blood in this country. Crime is looking like a mighty attractive option right now, actually.
I'm not homeless though...yet. Ask again in a month or two.
|Friday, June 11th, 2010|
|The Grate Update
Usually I have just been throwing stuff at Facebook and I have been ignoring my lj, but in brief:
* I put up a bunch of videos of my solving some of my cubes on youtube. Some have music!
- VCube 7 with Yakety Sax - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9R7_2amXAY
- Megaminx with the Big Dog Waltz - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtjhP9h44qs
* Still unemployed. I would use the words "completely desperate" but I think the long term unemployment just makes me not care anymore
* I put on a pedometer and got to 100,000 "steps" in 4 days. Mostly from walking my son great distances.
|Wednesday, April 14th, 2010|
|Next AIJ Meetup (Sat. April 24)
Ah right, never posted this on lj.
Just relaying what Akudaikan confirmed. I'll try to make it, though money is a bit of a problem right now.
Date : Sat. April 24th, 2010
Time : 8PM, Ikebukuro East Exit (near the Seibu Exit)
Where : Dontei (Ikebukuro)
What : Shabu-shabu (because everyone keeps asking for it)
Price : 2000 yen (all you can eat/drink (soft drinks))
So far, 9 people have been confirmed as going. Even mix of Japanese/non so far.
More details as they come. Details subject to change.
|Wednesday, March 17th, 2010|
|No jobs anywhere
Yeah, so this whole long term unemployment thing is really taking a hit at home.
Most every place by word of mouth/friend isn't hiring (or won't hire me anyways), and every place online I seem to find is a recruiter in disguise, they aren't hiring, or they give me an interview to show me how insane their company/environment is and *then* not offer me a job. I study up for the job, nothing, I research the companies and their projects beforehand, nothing, I brush up some skills, still nothing.
It's getting down to the wire here and conbini/photo tasks for Akudaikan aren't really cutting it bill-wise...help? Any kind of work is all right at this point.
|Tuesday, March 16th, 2010|
|Chako's Birthday Party (Akudaikan's GF), Mon Mar. 22
Just letting you know the details. That day is a holiday, and dinner will not start late, so it may be possible for out of towners to still make it with little problem
Place : Sizzler (Shinjuku)
Time : 6PM
Meet at the Shinjuku Eye around 5:45PM
Cost : ~3000 yen with all you can eat/drink everything-bar, but that is up to each person if you want more/something else
There will be a birthday cake and celebration (of sorts), so please feel free to come out if you can
|Monday, March 8th, 2010|
|Warning to those using craigslist to look for IT jobs in Japan
They all are thinly veiled posts from this Foreigner recruitment agency (maybe more accurately outsourcing sweatshop and bodyshopper based on how it reads:)http://www.navix.jp/staff/
I got back replies from the jobs I applied to and they all were the same thing about "we are actually a recruitment agency, mwahahaha" and "please fill out this attached skill sheet and answer the following questions:"
1. Nationality and birth date （in Passport）
2. Visa status and expiration
3. Length of time living in Japan (How long have you been in Japan?)
4. Present location (address) and the nearest station in Japan
5. Desired work location
6. Desired employment type (Full/Contract/Haken/Part-time)
7. Availability (When can you start working?)
8. Your language ability
9. Current & Desired monthly salary (including taxes, insurances, over time allowance and the transportation fee etc.)
10. Are you available for working overtime?
11. Do you agree to be registered as a Navix staff? (If you are registered as a Navix staff, we keep your personal data for the future need when you might need another help from us in the case of job searching.)(It is Free.)"
Nothing wrong if that is what you are looking for, be just be warned that you aren't contacting some HR staff directly at these company job postings
|Me staying in Japan is like New Coke...
...I'll be around forever.
(coming on 12 years ago since I first stepped foot here now)
Also, from the "Signs I am looking in the wrong job field" dept.:
So I was pointed to a "part time" English teaching gig for kids. Nothing too fancy I thought, some decent work possibly. I then did some math...
2700*23 = 62100 ... * 4 = 248400 or so a month...wow, most of the IT gigs I have been introduced to demand 2~3 times the hours and 2/3 the wage.
Yeah, nothing wrong with English teaching.
(though to be honest, raising my son is a full time job on its own so being unemployed right now still feels like working full time)
|Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010|
|Worth of a prize?
Does anyone know how much this would be worth (the CD and the steel plate). It was the IR prize for IIDX 4th mix for placing 1st on a ranking course (the CD itself and all the innards are fine. The plastic case holding the CD has a crack in the back but it didn't affect the inner card/contents):
(D4 Diverse System from "B" 4th style CD + steel plate, signed)
|Friday, February 26th, 2010|
|Monday, February 22nd, 2010|
|Come one, come all (Sat. Feb 27)
Shabu Shabu goodness with unnaturally large foreigner ratio this time. We will be having some combination of shabu-shabu/sukiyaki as per the request of a visitor from Hokkaido. Akudaikan is still fixing the date/place, but we do have a fallback location (the one in Akihabara we went to before) if all else fails...which is still really good with all you can eat/drink (alcohol included).
Oh, and smiling picture of my son:
|Wednesday, February 10th, 2010|
|Thursday, January 28th, 2010|
|Officially the worst/most insane/best interview ever
I had a sudden call to do an interview with a company subcontracted by a telecommunications firm. I didn't know anything about the place until I actually got to the closest station and was led there with a group of 3 others.
*Warning sign #1
We get to a building that is operating like an assembly line where 5 other people in suits are led out and then we are led in, told that the previous 5 were candidates and "they were all terrible";
*Warning sign #2
We were told that if we passed the first interview, the 2nd would be at 1AM (serious) that night, and the company would pay us back our taxi fare. If that interview went well, there would be a 3rd Friday at 7PM, and if that went well, we would start Monday at 6AM sharp.( Read on for the full interviewCollapse )
|Monday, January 11th, 2010|
|Shinnenkai with Akudaikan+friends on 23rd
(Details taken right from Akudaikan's Mixi in moon language)
Shabu-shabu or sukiyaki at this point. 8:15PM, 3000 yen covers all you can eat/drink. It is someplace walkable from Akihabara station I am told, but the link is there below if you want to check.
集合:1月23日(土) 20:15 秋葉原駅昭和通口集合
場所:大地の恵み 楽食家 秋葉原店(http://r.gnavi.co.jp/a513602/
|Saturday, January 2nd, 2010|
|Well well, looks like I have a hacker on my hands
Over the past day or so, someone has been getting in and deleting large quantities of files on my site. I have backups of everything, so nothing is ever permanently lost, and I have mailed my host yesterday asking to change accounts/passwords, etc. but it is really annoying.
I have asked my host to investigate the origin of the other connections to the site, but is this a crime, as in, can I press charges over this?
|Thursday, December 3rd, 2009|
|Monday, November 30th, 2009|