Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Random Japanese Stuff Blog

New blogger on the block... well kind of. He's an internet friend of mine and Japanese Vlogger who goes by the name of jp10IamMeNotU on YouTube. He makes cultural, philosophical, educational, and random videos about Japan/Japanese & other stuff. You guys should check him out. Here's an example of his stuffs:

Japanese Lesson Vlogs:


Just to give you an idea of the kind of words I mean, one word is ベタベタ. It is used to describe the condition of....like when you used glue and it's left on your hands. It's ベタベタ. If something on your hands (not necessarily hands but also body, feet, face, etc.) is oily, it's ヌルヌル.

If you want more make sure to check out his blog by clicking the link below d(^_^o)

Random Japanese Stuff: Japanese Repetitive Words

Thursday, January 12, 2012

今週引っ越すよ・ Moving This Week!

やっと"Finally". You have no idea how long I've been waiting to move into a place where I can have my workspace in "my own room". Currently my desktop computer is in the living room on a desk that has become somewhat shared space, litered with 90% of everyone else's junk mail, documents, and stuff.

Overcrowded desk space

You may be saying why not just clean it off? Well... that hasn't solved the main problem or any of the other problems with this space.

First of all even when it is "clean" there's not enough real-estate to even comfortably place a notebook to take notes or what have you. This is one reason I don't get too much work done, it's just too much of a hassle.

Second... well now that I think about it; it should be first, but the fact that the desk is in the living room right next to the front door. Not only do you get the noise from the T.V. or other people being in the room, you get the random loud ramblings of the other people in the building "the walls are kind of thin". This makes for a severely unpleasant study/work environment.

I would say the chair is the last problem I have with this space, and It kind of ties in with the whole being in the living room situation. After about 30 minutes sitting in that chair it starts to get really uncomfortable. I've been wanting forever to upgrade to a nice big chair with a headrest so I don't have to strain to sit up strait. Though since its right next to the front door, it would just get in the way.

Since my new room is definitely bigger than my current one, I want to get a nice big L shaped desk.
I really like the contemporary style so I'm probably going to get a desk like this:

Totally can see my self vlogging & whatnot about Japanese stuffs at this desk.

This is not me by the way XP.
A couple months back I decided that I really wanted a dry-erase board. It would be amazing for making Japanese lessons, practicing Kanji or just writing out ideas and notes. After a bit of searching I came across this a peel and stick whiteboard from ThinkGeek.

I thought it was the coolest thing everr, but after reading the comments and seeing that some people have a bit of problems I'm still debating on whether or not to get it. Plus when I was thinking of buying it it the large one shown in the picture was already sold out.

Also it kind of stands out a bit too much for my taste, and if you have a white wall it might blend it too much, causing you to accidentally write on your wall.

And speaking of walls, I recently tried my hand at finding a whiteboard once again. One that fits my rooms color scheme and not stand out too much against my new grey walls. Then I found something, something that stood on par with magnetic paint. You know the kind that gives your wall that ability your refrigerator has, and no I don't mean storing food. I mean the ability to stick random things on it using magnets that you'll probably forget about until you knock 'em over.

I'm talking about IdeaPaint. The magical "not really" paint that can turn your whole wall into a whiteboard "or one of the other colors they have"

What's up with that lamp?
So that's pretty much the two of the first things I want in my room. An awesome desk and a whiteboard of some sort. With these tools at my disposal I hope to create a wave of interesting, informative, and fun content. So, look forward to it! お楽しみに!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Looks like this years Jvlogging content just got that much more interesting.

Hikosaemon is one of the Jvlogging communities most influential figures or so it is said. To me he's just this guy that I find interesting, in a I think he's cool but I don't really know him personally kind of way. "To be honest, online It's better off that way most of the time"

Anyways he posted this a bit personal blog post about what's been going on and what he plans to do this year regarding the internets.

Tis a good read you should check it out.

Hiko's Blog: Exciting Times, Big Changes Afoot...: Hey all, a belated Merry Xmas and happy new year to you all. I'm sorry I've been quiet lately - I took the end of the year to take a complet...

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Was almost first.

So I woke up this morning to this video by Victor, Introducing a chain type Christmas collaboration project.

So of course I was super excited. "Seeing that I missed pretty much every other Christmas collab this year".  So pretty my I aimed to be first so I Jumped up, grabbed my broken camera, threw a memory card in it, found my hoodie, and ran outside to my car "with no shoes" and this was the rushed result:

I was happy with it, so I ran back upstairs checked victors video and was like "Yesss no one's responded yet" So I edited as fast as possible, but right as I went to upload it I noticed two people already responded "Insert Noooooo Moment" So I ended up being third lol.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Furigana for Japanese Websites.

I just had one of those epiphanies where you go "Seriously why didn't I think of this before".  So, an internet friend asked me if I could read Japanese manga, and I told him that it depends. Some  I can read about 70% without a dictionary, others I can't even get past the first speech bubble without looking up three words, and others I can't read at all because they have no Furigana "Text above a Japanese Kanji character showing the reading of it". 

Then I thought to myself... I know you can't add Furigana to online manga because they are images, but I wonder if you can add Furigana to online text. So after about 30 seconds of searching I came across this Firefox add-on called Furigana Inserter & Chrome extension called Furigana Injector that does just that:

As you can see it places Furigana over most of the Kanji which is awesome. The only thing is that the lowest ignore setting you can put it on is "Ignore 100 most common Kanji" so things like 日本 will not have Furigana. Then again you can always use Rikai-Chan for Firefox or Rikai-Kun for Chrome to get the reading of the more common Kanji. 

Happy web surfing!