Thursday, December 30, 2010

Current time waster

http://www.hamienet.com/ .
Oh my god. Such an amusing waste of time....I really like the Urinetown arrangements (Snuff That Girl sounds epiccc) and the Smash stuff. I've spent too much time on this thang.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Kanji

Hmmm. I found out about a series called Remembering the Kanji, which tries to use an alternative method to remember kanji. Example: http://nirc.nanzan-u.ac.jp/publications/miscPublications/pdf/RK1/RK%201%20%286th%20edition%29%20sample.pdf
This seems interesting...maybe I should get it. I've tried to teach myself kanji/hanja/hanzi/whatever before, and it's usually ended in failure...I just don't really know where to start.

Also...
There's a Very Fast Track option for Japanese next semester. It combines Japanese II, III, and IV into one semester. However, it's MTRF 9-11...quite a time commitment, yowch. If I take this, I can't take 7.05 (Biochemistry), which is technically okay, but will probably not go down well with my advisor. Bah. I really want to take it...I don't know what to dooooo D: D: D:

And for readers I know from MIT, if you have not yet awared, Lindsey has a blog now. It confuses and amuses.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Back!

Well, now that the semester's over, I think I have the time/initiative to start blogging again. :D
Overview of this semester:
1. I joined Syncopasian, an a cappella group at MIT that...well...sings Asian songs. And some other songs. It's been a lot of fun trying out something new and learning fake Mandarin, etc. I'm singing bass...yeah. Not so sure about that. And I've been doing some arranging, which is a blast. See below? I and two other people in Syncopasian arranged this (a medley of Sakura, Arirang, and Mo Li Hua).

2. Classes went well! After dropping 18.100B, everything else was fine. I kind of sort of missed the second 5.60 exam (yeah....almost disastrous), but then I took a make-up and it was all good. Grades aren't all in yet, but I think I got all A's?
3. I'm trying my best to spend more time in 3rd West. Kind of.
4. Fire Emblem. Lots of it. I beat FE7 and Path of Radiance, and got about a quarter through Radiant Dawn. Why is this game so boring when others are playing, but so fun when you're playing? The world may never know.
5. Mahjong and Tractor/Tuo La Ji/Ba Shi Fen/Sheng Ji/80 Points/whatever. Perhaps too much of both. :/ I also taught both for Splash with a couple of friends! That was a lot of fun.

All in all, it was a pretty good semester. But now what? I feel like I should be doing something both fun and semi-productive over winter break, but I don't really know what. Ideas, anyone?