Work Sucks (I know).

November 3, 2012

So I am just sitting here after intermission of the show “Fraternity,” written by Jeff Stetson and Directed by Henry Miller. It’s at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center which is run by the Ebony Repertory Theater. So now you all know where I work. The play is great, something that everyone should see once in there lives, but alas this is the last day so if you didn’t see it yet I don’t know where or when this will pop up again and if it does I am sure the cast will change. I think more dollars go into paying for monotony rather than innovation. The majority of work on this earth, done by us “99%” as it were is just boring shit. I come into work, block off the parking lot, clean the theater, seat the patrons, watch the play, then clean up again afterwards.

Now if I had to do this everyday I am not sure I would be a crazier individual than you all know, but I would certainly have more money. I gave up lying on applications that ask how much money you work, even government jobs, I laid it out to them. Now I won’t tell you how much I make, but you can probably figure it out if I tell you I couldn’t afford an apartment of any price, not even a 500 bucks a month one if it existed, while I may make 500 bucks one month who knows what the next month would bring, or wouldn’t bring. Performing Arts Theaters are a dying cultural object in today’s society, well should I say any non-white theater, and that is indeed unfortunate. A lot of theaters run on the help of volunteers, at least ones I am willing to drive to. The only way you can work full-time is if you hop on with one theater one month and to another the next month, unless a show does so well (goes past the break even point) that they keep it around for more time. Oh yeah and you cannot be an Usher because that it not a full-time job, 4 to 5 hours on average, if you work backstage or as a stage hand you’ll get more hours setting up and tearing down the set and taking all the props back, etc. Same goes for electricians, lighting, and sound workers.

I live in a time where many people don’t even look at their University Degrees with pride anymore, you just see that big negative amount of dollars hanging over your head, and while I don’t own as much as the average I still don’t see how I will begin to make a dent in my debt because a full-time job just doesn’t seem attainable, hell even a part time job, and if they are they wouldn’t be in my field. I majored in Japanese because I love the language, and since that love has not faded since I took Japanese 1 when I was 16 then I think I made the right choice. But a major in the language field isn’t a good choice on it’s own, most people were smart and just had a minor in a language and took business, econ, sociology or something along those lines as their majors. Taking a foreign language in a school environment will not help you attain fluency unless you fully dedicate yourself to those golden “10,000” hours they always talk about, which is a bit more than a year if you use all 24 hours of your day and dedicate yourself to that language, even 8 hours a day would be just over a few years. But no teacher will tell you that, most kids go through those classes and think after Japanese 4 of 5 you’ll be fluent, and that just isn’t true.

I really don’t know where I was going with that post, just letting out my random thoughts on a frustrating day. I wrote like this a lot in college, some teachers liked it, some didn’t. I’m still checking in with readthekanji and japaneseclass.jp, and of course anime, I don’t know when I will step up my studies again, I just want to start slow.

Sometimes we need loss.

October 27, 2012

Don’t worry I’m only talking about the loss of information. So apparently iCloud is garbage and doesn’t save the information that’s inside apps. If i knew that I would have been doing manual backups. Lost my salary book info, which was just me keeping track of how many hours I worked and how much money I made. I think I was only keeping track because my work isn’t consistent. Well I wasn’t making much anyway, guess I had nothing better to do than watch myself make a penny every 8 secs (10 bucks an hour). Also lost my Awesome Note notes, but all I did on there were the occasional memo and write down my dreams or the ones I happened to remember. And lastly I logged my workouts on my phone. But I workout a lot, and I know what my max lifts are, it was just nice to look at the pretty graphs.

So I was angry for a bit at work last night but I found a few minutes to mediate and was able to let go. Time to move on and next time I’ll just backup stuff on a regular basis.

As for Japanese…I’m still checking into japaneseclass.jp and readthekanji, and of course watching Anime. I’ll post some recommendations later, time to get into work mode again.

Language Immersion Day 2

October 25, 2012

So I ran into a few problems yesterday but still managed to get a good amount of listening in. My phone decided to flip out and continually respring (iPhone4). Even now I can still hear it doing it. So for my workout I had no Japanese music, I tried to use Pandora but there isn’t any Japanese music on there. Plenty of Korean music though so I just made a Korean music station off the group 2pm. Can you believe that artist Psy (Gangnam Style) has the number one song on iTunes? Even on South Park, Jimmy was “Gangnam-stein” and they played the song during their Halloween episode. For the rest of the day I just listened to podcasts and audio books on my old first gen iPhone.

So I didn’t do much, still frustrated with my phone, thinking of going the Android route before years end. I don’t mind the Apple products just the jail breaking process, which makes the phone more to my liking is annoying to continually set up and then lose every time there is a problem, stock iOS is so boring…

I just watched episode 4 of Zetsuen no Tempest, and now have KeyholeTV as background sound. They have a premium service coming out soon so I donated so I could get some of the benefits. Also another annoyance that occurred yesterday and continues today is the wind. There’s Bamboo outside and the loose and dead leaves blow all over the backyard and into the pool. During windy days the yard has to be cleaned multiple times and it can get turning and frustrating. Well I have to start thinking about work and the arrival of my friend/co-worker. Gonna be hard to keep the immersion up but a little Japanese is better than none. Like I said in my last post gotta cut down on my 30+ hours of American and British TV, it’s not doing anything to help me towards my goal of becoming a polyglot and I just ignore the annoyed faces of people that always ask “Did you see xxxx show or movie?” and my answer is no so they give you that look like you’re lame. I’ll just ask them did they watch NHK news today then give them the same look.

Back again.

October 24, 2012

Okay so I’m writing this on I my tablet. I just changed the language to Japanese and wondering why I didn’t earlier. Anyways its time to start immersing myself in the language again. I’m currently watching the JDrama “Trick.” I remember AJATT recommending it a long time ago. I enjoy the acting of Abe Hiroshi so theres that. Found the show being streamed on a Korean site so the subs are in Korean, as long as its not English its fine, trying to get backed into watching things Raw, been watching a lot of Subbed anime lately as well but a quick press of the S key takes care of that since I always get MKV files of Anime.

Not sure what made me want to get serious again, maybe its because I’m close to getting a full time job and don’t want to waste my free time on non-productive things. Been watching at least 20 hours of non Japanese stuff every week of this year. Or that everyone that asks where I went to school and what I studied and makes a weird face because being an Usher at a Performing Arts theater has almost nothing to do with Japanese, except that one time director Aaron Woolfolk filmed a movie in Japan and screened it there, had a chance to use some Japanese that night. I know I’m gonna have to be more of an asshole to keep my immersion environment. Interestingly enough getting a full-time job, or just a different job will help immensely and a certain someone knows why.

I think this time around I’ll just do what I want but in Japanese. Maybe actually beat FF7, got the whole transcript online if i need to look up words, i even found a strategy guide in Japanese. I also have to stop looking at other peoples methods and materials cause I tend to redo my setup even though what I had was perfectly fine and I was actually making good progress. Okay as Darkwing Duck says “Let’s get dangerous.”

So 多読(Tadoku) seems to have burned me out. I’ve just been relaxing these past two weeks. I’ve tried to stay partially immersed in Japanese but it’s kinda hard; this season of Anime hasn’t caught my interest except for a few shows. Maybe I should look into some new dramas. For the first time in a while I am watching more shows in English than in another language, and that’s no good for a language learner, a serious one anyway.

So starting tomorrow I am going back to some concrete studying. I will be studying Japanese and Korean. I think I might go through Remembering the Kanji (RTK) again. I could probably go through it pretty quickly but let’s start at about 20 kanji a day shall we? I’ll also have an analytical phase of my studying where I do my usual immersion but pay more attention and look up anything I don’t understand or find interesting and put those things into Anki.

I have a few sources for Korean besides dramas. I am currently watching Baby Faced Beauty by the way. It’s a good show with some really cute girls as most K-Dramas tend to have. I will also be listening to this podcast called “ケンチャナヨ韓国語ポッドキャスト”I like them because the lessons are in Japanese so I can “ladder” from Japanese to Korean so to speak. The host 八木早希 (Yagi Saki) has a lovely voice that I can listen to all day if I had the time. The lessons all have little notes to go with the audio. I also have my “Integrated Korean: Beginning 1 and 2,” you can find them on amazon. I used them when I took Korean 1 and 2 at UCLA. Textbooks usually aren’t that fun but I will use it when I feel like it, it will be good for vocab lists.

I’ve been studying the use of Mnemonics for a little while as well and will try to integrate that into my studies.

 

 

So it’s just a few days past the halfway point in the July Tadoku Reading Contest put on by lordsilent. I’ve already passed by previous score of 1307 and am on my way to beating my Round 1 score of 3027 (I currently have 2035 read pages). You can see what I’ve been reading mostly by looking at my score breakdown or at my profile on bookmeter. I’ve read 24 volumes of the 結界師(Kekkaishi) manga and 10 of Deadman Wonderland, the 11th Volume doesn’t come out until October (T . T). I’ve read a few pages from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and from Tokyo Tower by Ekuni Kaori, of which I also have the audiobook for the latter.

This contest I am following the unofficial Tadoku rules I’ve read on a few pages, which is don’t look anything up, skip over words you don’t know and if something bores you move on to something else. While there are words that I don’t understand here and there I understand over 75% of what I am reading so it’s not too much of a headache.

Oh and I’ve also been watching Ghost in the Shell, I still have trouble with the Japanese name for this show which is 「攻殻機動隊」こう・かく・き・どう・たい so let’s break down the Kanji:

攻- aggression

殻- husk

機- mechanism

動-move

隊- regiment

The only compound in this string of Kanji is 機動隊 – which means “riot police, and riot squad.” And the first two Kanji I suppose you just have to make sense out of it yourself, of course the first kanji 攻 has to do with attacks or some kind of offensive while 殻 – has to do with armor and protection of some sort, an outer layer. So I suppose robots are armored things that attack you. You will find similar string of Kanji in Japanese news paper where they don’t equal  compounds but you get the meaning by understanding the Kanji, and it isn’t always clear if you use On-yomi or Kun-yomi, I don’t always read Japanese news articles =P

Anyways on to the second section of this post which is about a workout called the “Spartacus Workout” which is supposedly the workout that got the cast of Spartacus: Blood and Sand all cut for the show. Of course this isn’t true but they did have the cast endorse the workout and had videos of them doing it, but they did many more things to get ready for their roles. Anyways the Men’s Health article is here. I didn’t realize how popular this workout was until I did a bit of searching. Some nice people even had a printout and an MP3 to help you through the workout at The Spartacus Workout Club site. Okay So I did this workout this morning, with a recently recovered ankle, I was pretty anxious to start working out again. This workout was a real wake-up call for my muscles, I overdid it in the first circuit, paced myself through the second and in the last circuit I pushed myself to the limit. Not everyone has a jacuzzi or pool to jump into after a workout so I am very fortunate. =]

Anyways I will do this workout every Mon, Wed, and Fri and do some cardio in between on Tues, Thurs, and Sat and finally sleep all day Sunday cause I’ll be so tired. =P

I wish much luck to all my fellow Tadokuers and workout enthusiasts!

Unlike @BlackDragonHunt , @lordsilent hasn’t been bothering me about what materials I shall use for this upcoming 多読 but I suppose I will write some things here anyway. Just looked at how many pages I read last time, about 1307. I almost forgot it was such a low number, that won’t happen this time around. During that last round I was studying Korean and Spanish and Japanese at the same time, even playing games in Italian and even watched a couple of anime eps that had Italian subs. During this 多読 round I will focus on only Japanese materials, let me put a list together:

ゲームー

エンドオブイタニティ(PS3) called Resonance of Fate in English
龍が如くオブジエンド(PS3) “Like a Dragon” / Yakuza Of The End.
ファイナルファンタジーVII(PSX) Currently on Disc 2, also have the script of the game in Japanese.
龍が如く4(PS3)

小説ー
「東京タワー」作家:江國香織
「ハリー・ポッタとアズカバンの囚人」 作家:J.K.ローリング
「新五はこうして作られる」作家:窪薗晴夫 — always wanted to translate this book, will do some this time.
「東京タワーオカンとボクと、時々、オトン」 作家:リリー・フランキー — kinda wanted to translate this someday too, I’ll just read it first.
「世界の終りとハードボイルド・ワンダーランド」 作家:村上春樹 — Will parallel read in English and Japanese.

漫画 ー
はじめの一歩
フリージング
結界師
ゴシック

映画
13 Assassins

That’s not all the material I have and I probably won’t finish everything but I like to have a variety, keeps things interesting. My goal this time would be to beat my Round 1 score of 3027.97, at least 100 pages a day. I don’t want to put a goal but let’s say 5000 pages *gasp*, that’s a lot of Manga I have to read, I think I’ll start right at midnight when the contest begins.