jona: a failing panda (panda - fail)
So I woke up and my desktop PC couldn't connect to the internet. I'd been having wifi issues for a while even before I went to Japan, timeouts and weird interruptions. When I got back from Japan the wifi didn't work either on my PC or my laptop anymore at all; the O2 guy I talked to the day after I came back from Japan reassured me that nothing was wrong with the router, and told me to do a reset. Stuff was sometimes working after that but still wonky, and at some point I went for the idiot solution and just plugged my long emergency LAN cable. But this morning not even the LAN cable wanted to work anymore. (My mobile phone, weirdly enough, can still connect to the wifi, but after trying a LAN cable and two different wifi adapters on the PC, and resetting everything there, I really don't think the problem is the PC.)

So I called O2. (A riveting start to any story.) )
jona: Jin, of KAT-TUN, joyful (JE - Jin joy)
I got back from Scotland on Monday night, after an okay trip, but the worst march through bloody Frankfurt airport I'd ever had. It literally took me 50 minutes to get from the gate to the train, and there were no queues, meaning most of that was walking. And I'd packed, um, a little heavily.

See, I like to stock up on things while in Scotland. Very important things like tea and drugs and macaroni pie.

Photographic evidence )

There was a bit of frantic repacking at Solo's house when it turned out that in its original state, the suitcase weighed some 35kgs, so I ended up transporting a lot of cheddar via hand luggage. (I half expected someone to claim that 'cheeses are liquid' but was glad to find out that the air safety stuff hasn't gone that insane yet.)

I did appreciate the new development on air safety that lets you keep your electronic devices on during take-off and landing as well. My flight out was the first time I got the 'put them in flight mode, please' announcement, but nobody really dared do anything with it except one woman who kept her Kindle out. On the flight back, though, a girl across from me was working on her laptop and I was crushing candies during landing, and apparently that was fine! \o/

What I did on my vacation )

A very special and singular event! )

~~~

Totally unrelated to anything: the Japanese learners among you might know this website and I'm the only person who only recently came across it, but it's actually interesting whether you learn Japanese or not. Kanjidamage has a somewhat different approach to learning kanji, and while I didn't adopt the method (I'm set in my ways, and those ways work for me) I found the website hilarious, in a good way. I particularly recommend the Introduction, or why most kanji textbooks suck as well as Kanji Facts.
jona: a failing panda (panda - fail)
When I went to Japan in 2011, I went to Dreamboys. (Twice, on ticket prices that broke my brain at the time, and I spent the next two years framing most major purchases in terms of, 'Wow, that's almost a Dream Boys ticket!') There was a DreamBoys pamphlet that at the exchange rate at the time would have cost around €30. So I didn't buy it, because thirty frivolous Euros seemed like too much of a waste. I think I bought three shop pics in Harajuku.

In 2012, when I was in Tokyo for the Chain tour, I bought maybe twenty old shop pics, most of them bargain basement Jin deals for 50 yen*, and hesitated slightly before buying the Chain pamphlet and the penlight, because penlights are kind of silly.** (I did buy both, though, having learned from the Dreamboys experience and my pamphlet regrets.)

This is what I came home with this time:

Read more... )
jona: (GKS - fight-oh!)
So, I have been working out to a new exercise regime for two and a half weeks now. It's a bit early to give substantial verdicts, but the experience so far has been interesting.

I picked up this tip by stalking a conversation between [personal profile] solo and [personal profile] akk about [personal profile] akk's experiences with bodyweight exercises: strength training without the need for a gym.

It sounded appealing, and it sounded like a low-grade investment (you basically buy... the book. nothing else.), and since I've been struggling with weather-and-cramps issues re: running and boredom-and-busy issues re: the stationary bike, I ordered the book.

This is the book. It's been lying around my house; both my mother and my girlfriend have had gigglefits at first sight.

Book )

The book is written by a dude who used to train US special ops military guys. It promotes an idea of fitness that is achievable with a regime of exercises that take nothing but your own body and maybe a bit of household equipment, like, say, a door with door handles. It lists about 120 exercises with generally comprehensible explanations for people who want to build their own exercise regime, but also four 'courses' at four levels of difficulty. The time investment is 20-30 minutes, 4-5 times a week. (When you do the math, you see that's it's closer to around 35 minutes a day, most days.) The author's argument is that strength training is a much more efficient way to both get and stay fit than cardio, and that strength training is much better done using natural movements of the whole body rather than specialised gym equipment.

/nutshell

The rest of this post )
jona: (GKS - fight-oh!)
-- I'm back from Scotland, thought I was getting sick, didn't get sick, am trying to get used to going to the office again. T_____T

-- I came back from Scotland with a Wii that pretends to be Japanese so I can play Joysound Karaoke and apart from the fact that ALL the decent mics in ALL of Germany must have sold out over Xmas (no joke!) it works, and La Paloma and I sang our way through Bryan Adams and U2 one drunken evening. (Then she made the mistake of wanting to check out Madonna songs and I realised they have Don't Cry For Me Argentina and it was DOOOOOOM, heh heh.)

-- I had my first post-new-hairstyle haircut today. Not that much of the perm left, but it still looks okay. I again had to tell the lady after the fact to take off another centimeter, though. What is it with hairdressers afraid to cut off hair?

-- There have been two friending memes on DW that looked interesting to me and I missed the 'reasonable' timeframe for both. GRMPF!

-- I am still undecided over tab vs. new laptop vs. neither. Those of you I haven't bored stupid with my angst yet can loook forward to the longer version soon.

-- La Paloma and I are making mini-holiday plans for Easter. Exciting!

-- Bomb Girls is back! I watched the first episode of the second season and I'm really, really loving it, and sometimes want to babble on about how catnippy it is, but I don't think anybody but me is watching it.

-- Why can I not keep my kitchen clean? Why?
jona: (JE - Jin saluting)
1. We finished writing #RedK. It clocked in at 85,500 and made us *facepalm* at ourselves. It was still interesting, though. That's the first time that we've written something that's real novel-length. At the start, it seemed to go really fast, and after the first six chapters I thought, wow, we'll finish a 60k story in three or four months. But then August was a loss because of holiday, September was almost a loss because of work, and October was half a loss because of Chibicon, and this baby turned out heavy in the butt, and here we are and we spent most of a year writing the same story again. I was quite shocked when I went to [livejournal.com profile] haikusociety to post Solo's unicorn and realised how long it's been that we posted a full-size story.

It was also the first time we edited such a long story in one go, and let me tell you, OOF. Solo is a bit more resilient than I am in this regard and she did the heavy lifting in a lot of places, but there comes a time when you dream about tracked changes.

I'm looking forward to posting it now, and I'm also looking forward to getting back to other business, which is, in that order, charity fic we owe [livejournal.com profile] naricina and [livejournal.com profile] edogawa, the Deep Water ficlets we promised, and then a bunch of other stuff, like maybe getting that Akamepi finished where poor Kame has had a boner now for well over a year.

2. Speaking of which, if you were curious why I kept calling that story the unicorn, which also was the prompt for how [livejournal.com profile] 1002unicorns was called, it comes from a dark, sad time in my past when I did not appreciate the beauty and sparkledom of unicorns. I actually made fun of them. (I was young, Peri! I didn't know any better! *cries*) So when I had started to write that story for Solo's 2010 birthday, and then it stalled, and I admitted to Solo some time after her 2010 birthday that there was an unfinished 500 words for her somewhere on my hard disc, I explained it like, 'You... may be offended that I thought this is what you'd like. It's a bit like showing up with a fugly music box with a unicorn on top and going I saw this and I thought of you. Here, this is your unicorn.'

3. I watched the Chain DVD... a while ago, with Jolli and Heli and Solo and Nari, and it was really interesting to watch it back after I've been there and saw the same show live. The main thing I realised was that I'm really weird about the Jin thing and the 6nin-sung-with-5nin songs. They work really well for me by now, but I think that's only because there is a sort of... dual thing going on. It works really well for me the way the rest of the band stepped up and didn't leave Kame hanging all the time, the way is obvious in some of the more painful performances from Jin's 2006 hiatus. Two of the guys working together to bring Jin's parts really gives me happy band feelings, and I'm just happy that they worked so hard and rallied. BUT. I think this only works for me against the backdrop of also having seen the two non-filmed shows in Tokyo Dome where they fucked up the Jin parts pretty much ALL THE TIME. Somehow, those two things together make it work for me. I wouldn't like it if Jin was perfectly replaceable; I wouldn't like it if the 6nin songs all sucked now, mostly because I would hurt for Kame. This mix really makes it easier, weirdly enough.

4. I'm going to be in London from 16-18 December and I get to meet Mec! That was the latest development in my work travelling; I guess I should make a where-I'll-be-when post after all, when I thought I didn't need it anymore!

5. My haircut is two weeks old and already getting too long. ;__________;

6. I'm watching MONSTERS. It is not a good show, but Shingo is growing on me.

7. My Primark shoes died and today I bought a far more expensive Rieker replacement that I hope will see me through the winter and keep my feet dry, thank you.

Oh, whatevs, have a pic of the shoes! )

0. I'm pretty sure when I started out writing this post, I had some other stuff I wanted to mention, and now it's gone. Oh well!

Plans

Oct. 12th, 2012 11:15 am
jona: a failing panda (panda - fail)
What I want/have to do over the weekend:

-- kidnap mother's laptop, finalize music set-up for Chibicon
-- write Help with Horselords post
-- decide on Yuletide nominations and draft Yuletide letter
-- clean the house
-- deal with Chibicon decorations, part 1
-- spend Saturday with la paloma grasa and go look at a park
-- catch up on several ~communications
-- write with [livejournal.com profile] solo____

What I have accomplished so far:

-- COFFEE
jona: (GKS - fight-oh!)
Previously on Fluttery Wings: A Story of Hate and Flour:

I have food moths in my kitchen. Six weeks ago I threw out all contaminated and suspected food, put up moth traps and kept things under pretty good control. It seemed to work okay and dimished the moth population, but a few days ago I had another upsurge, and I went, OK MOTHS, IT'S ON.

Read more... )

Let's see if this works.

I also dragged out the stove and found, indeed, some moth nests in the little spaces between the stove and the sink and the stove and the dishwasher.

But the real culprit was... a Tupper box that I knew wasn't airtight but that looked FINE to me. IDK how I could have missed it, but I did, and at least now I know that my müsli seems to be very high quality because it did make those worms awfully fat. >.<

So let's see how that goes.
jona: (GKS - fight-oh!)
Hello, I'm back. Arrived at home at 9 last night, only to realise that my plan for energy saving by turning off the heating also meant no hot water #failbunny but eventually I made it into bed. And woke up again around 6.30, when what I really needed was a solid 12 hours of sleep or similar. (I had 4 hours of sleep in the last 48 hours before I got home.)

Stupid jetlag, I guess. So I went into the office earlier than planned and did some admin, figuring that was sufficienly low-brain for my first day back. And I'm sure it was, only doing expense claims when you can't even remember the days you were on your business trips much less the details of what you're supposed to have receipts for is not as low-brain as you may think. Though I am exactly as low-brain as you may think.

All in all, my flight was okay -- the flight attendants were nicer than on the trip to Japan, I had [livejournal.com profile] vc_mel and [livejournal.com profile] karu_chan for company, and I made my connection fine. But Frankfurt airport really had it in for me again. I missed my train by ten seconds (literally; I was there waving at the train lady through the just-closed door) and the next one was delayed and I nearly got sucked under a luggage cart and had my suitcase fall on me and wanted to get into a fistfight over it. (Though on the plus side, all that aggression and adrenaline very effectively killed the headache I'd carried around for nine hours.)

Also all you people who didn't cater to my whims and send me handy files of k_x stories suck, just so you know. Pffffft. #notthatimjudgy #orentitled

My Kame poster got squished in my suitcase, even though I had plenty of space. >.< Poor Kame. When I have BRAINZ back I'll take pictures of the goods I bought -- which will make all you old JE bunnies used to buying tons of stuff laugh, but at least this time I didn't do the 'omg can I really afford another fifteen euro INVESTMENT?' thing I did with Dreamboys. *g*

I also really want to write up what I still remember from the concerts, though that will take me another day or two. And a brain. And sleeeeeep.

***

The other admin thing I dealt with was follow up on interview dates. I just made an appointment for a trip in SEPTEMBER. The travelling, it never stops.

***

LJ admin notice: I have gone and defriended a bunch of people where it's become increasingly clear they have either left Livejournal or we are simply not in each other's orbits anymore. No hard feelings. It's been a good run with some of you, and maybe we'll run into each other sometime in other venues.
jona: (geänderte verkehrsführung)
Because this is a Jo without a brain. I've been at work for 12 hours, seven of which were spent Listening To People About Complicated Shit.

I could never be Kame.
jona: (bunnies incognito)
1. During lunch break, I bought a new phone (for the landline), after the old one got very capricious about charging, showed only half of the display ('hmm, is this an 8 or a 3?'), and eventually started going CLACK -- CLACK -- CLACK during calls. It's amazing how much time you can spend being undecided about phones that all do the same thing and are roughly in the same price range.

2. Also bought new Sennheiser earphones -- or rather swapped the voucher I got for when my old Sennheiser earphones broke before warranty had expired and they didn't have that type anymore for a new set. This is... quite nice.

3. I'm not going to Japan for concerts this spring. I know I've been saying that, but with little caveats in my brain, remembering how I wish I'd just borrowed the money from someone and GONE in 2009. I don't even know if it would work with work; I could swing it financially if I emptied my savings account, especially with the tax refund I'll have coming, and I could even see a scenario where I just make this my 'big' holiday, and in the summer I just stay at home, or see a few friends in Germany.

But today I realised what it was: I'm lacking Fernweh -- desire for travel and new places, roughly translated. I would LOVE to go to the concerts, and I'm sure two weeks in Tokyo wouldn't ever suck, but that feeling of OMGJAPAN!1!!!1 I had before the last trip just hasn't had much time to rebuild. Probably all that work travel, but whatever the causes, I'm currently just not OMG enough to want to blow this much money, so shortly after I've blown that much money.

And I'm feeling quite zen about that.

(I even, god, still quite fancy the idea of just taking three weeks off in summer and spending them largely at home, doing Balkonien. Or maybe go diving for five days and spend the rest at home.)

4. Last night, when I couldn't sleep (I have holiday jetlag; I've been sleeping in until 9.30 for two weeks, going to sleep at half past eleven just isn't on the menu), I dug out my very first Akame WIP. Apologies to those who actually remember me talking about this, but I hadn't looked at that one in ages, so to me that was... interesting. It's the one set in 2018 where KAT-TUN broke up because Jin left the band for a small-potatoes career in the States (...in rock, though) and still based on 2006/07 Kame characterisation (a.k.a neurotic!angstbunny!Kame). It's got various kinds of facepalming moments (people don't take their shoes off! Kame doesn't cook!) and the premise is admittedly jossed to the point of irrelevant, but the style and the snark (and even the kind of angst) struck a chord in my writer brain -- if I had ANY less to do fic-wise, I might actually go back and write The Terrible Irrelevant Angsty AU. But, well. There is only so much time. *sigh*

5. Does anyone know if Dreamwidth has an Android app, or some such?

6. My office is surprisingly busy. I spoke to seven people today. You usually only see these many people when there's a seminar or something.

7. The rest of my day shall contain the following: go on exercise bike, watch The Good Wife (YAY!), cook actual food for dinner, eat it, and write. (Preferably the porny frivolous one over the angsty serious biznes babies, but who knows.)

8. Are there any Pi downloads yet??? (Srsly, people, my squeal when I was informed that show would go on for three months probably scared the cat.)

9. *ignores Solo*
jona: Yamapi of NEWS making a 'um, what?' face (JE - Yamapi knutschig)
I was in Frankfurt today. I always feel like I 'know' Frankfurt somehow because it's so close and I've flown from there and picked people up at the airport, but apart from the airport I really don't have a clue. (Well, inside the airport I don't have a clue either, but that's not due to lack of exposure.)

I had a ~social engagement~ there, and apart from train times being crummy, it was quite cool. We had originally planned to go to the big natural history museum there, mostly because the name rings fond bells from my childhood and because there are DINOSAURS outside. But we decided the weather was too gorgeous to be inside, and decided the zoo was a good alternative in terms of looking at stuff and being out in the sun. (Turned out they even had a big triceratops randomly plonked beside the footpath, but I confess next to real hippos and rhinos, it wasn't quite as cool.)

We also saw the seals being fed, which was adorable, but of which I did not manage to take a picture. Also not of the teenage orangutan who dragged an old blanket all across the outside cage and tried to climb disguised as a potato sack. (It really was very adorable.)

I do have pictures of tiger. zoo pics )
jona: (JE - Yamapi crossed arms)
It's hot here.

Well, not really hot hot. But somehow I'm not coping well with the arrival of summer. (And I wanted the cold to end as much as anybody.) Feeling very groggy and ready-for-siesta here, for no good reason.

I have mostly climbed out of my post-weekend blues and now only occasionally hate on small furry animals, English grammar, and dirty dishes. Also little brothers, printers, [censored], Solo's network connection, [also censored], and sometimes [you don't want to know], but... on the whole, better!

Here's some TV I've been watching that isn't about KAT-TUN and that I would feel moved to talk about more if I still remembered how.

The Good Wife: Hands-down my favourite non-Japanese show at the moment, and in a long while. I find pretty much everyone on it interesting, I find the cases interesting, and who would have thought that I would have a moment of HOLY WOW! over latest ep spoilers )

I'm a bit sorry I don't post about it more; I do love reading commentary on the episodes and I usually have to troll friendsfriends to find any. I'm weirdly unaccustomed to writing about shows where I'm not interested in fic or other creative engagement with the show, just enjoy watching.

In Plain Sight: Still works for me, and some eps Mary just knocks my socks off. They do the abrasiveness just right, where sometimes she's annoying but never so much it feels like writerly indulgence. Though it may be the rare show where I actively hope they won't go shippy with the lead couple.

Parenthood: ...yeah. Not something I necessarily expected to find interesting, either. I checked out the first two eps out of boredom and because of the involvement of some FNL people, and despite it being a show about, well, parenting in the widest sense, it has a surprising number of characters I find very charming and worth my time. The rhythm of the dialog and comedy also generally works well.

I thought I had to kick it off my viewing list a few weeks ago when two episodes in a row it seemed to dip into soap opera, and plot turns only came about because people didn't tell each other things in really stupid ways. (I'm also really not fond of a certain plot strand ) But then it picked up again, and I kinda wanna know how things work out.

Though I also wish that TV didn't constantly treat fathers acting like lunatics over their daughters' dating life as funny and lovable and cute, and instead called them out for being jerks. But again, I don't really expect any different anymore.

Master and Commander is still a fucking awesome movie, BTW. Also the only one I can recall where I've now watched the behind the scenes documentary three times.

Oh, and we posted our [livejournal.com profile] kizuna_exchange story to [livejournal.com profile] haikusociety: Amigo, rated Teen. Thank you again for the beta, [livejournal.com profile] ina!

Final, non-TV word: Ya know, I am pretty uninvested in British politics, to the point where I'm astonished how uninvested I am that not even my usual across-the-globe social democrats-equivalent reflexes are stirring much. But I must say I'd be a little sadface if Gordon Brown lost because he called a bigot a bigot.
jona: Akame looking cute and telling me to cheer up, emo pornographer (JE - cheer up pornographer (cute))
News, of varying degrees of importance:

1. Today I have cut down the time it takes me to do my Japanese homework to four hours. Go me! (Kindly disregard the fact that it was only two exercises this time. They were LONG SENTENCES. So there.)

2. I did not get elected to the mysterious quasi-unimportant thing, which is maybe a good thing given how much fretting I managed to cram into one weekend. While my defeat was crushing and glorious, I did get told by a number of people that I looked much better than the other guy, which I guess is something. (He is bald.)

I did get elected as Person To Look At Cat Pictures, by parties that shall remain nameless, so hey, not like I hold no quasi-unimportant offices at all.

3. I may really go on the really frivolous holiday. I haven't had time to do anything about the booking but... mmmmmmmm. Might even take a scuba diving option. Mmmmmmm.

4. Regarding fannish things and angst and stuff, [livejournal.com profile] solo____ and I have engaged in TheraPorn, and this time even bothered to type it up and remove third knees and -- we hope -- the majority of typos.

Lift me to the sky

Of course Jin will go.

Rated TheraPWP. (We mean it.) Other notes etc. iz over at the fic comm.

5. Is there such a thing as... summer boots? I've grown quite fond of the skirt-and-boots stuff over the winter, but what with the winter lining and all, it's getting kind of... sweaty.

6. I really need to do my laundry. Today was the second day in a row where I was already showered before I realised I had to sneak down to the laundry room in the cellar for a clean pair of panties. Whoops.

Now I must go and humiliate myself in class again.
jona: (tiger-bär)
At last, the flat update with pictures! They're not really pretty pictures, but I am geeking out over the move so much I'm going to share them anyway!

The current schedule: my lease starts on 15 January. I can get the key a few days before that, basically any time in January, which is slightly hampered by the fact that I'll be in Scotland from 31 December to 10 January. I will try to make arrangements for 11 January, and if that doesn't work out, send my mother again, so at least I have a few days for getting the place ready. I aim to move basically as soon as I can; but this is the first time I'm moving into a place where I don't have the pressure of a packed furniture van outside the door, so I actually can take time to pick my own wallpaper and see how I want things to look etc. Which is why this is so exciting!

Note: do bear in mind that this entire thing is a) not a high-ceiling Altbau in Dresden and b) lacking wallpaper, so yeah, it currently looks grubby. But I can make all that pretty!!! Unless, um, there are wallpaper accidents and wallpaper-accident-related murders in the family. It can't be that hard, can it?

The flat. )

Not pictured: cellar compartment, communal laundry room for washing machine.

I also appreciae that it has proper shutters and a tub. YAY TUB! And did you see I have a window in every single room?
jona: Jin, of KAT-TUN, joyful (JE - Jin joy)
So, yo.

I have been lying a little low. The reason is that the thing I would most have liked to post about was a thing I didn't want to post about until I have it in writing in my dirty little hands, but that's not going to happen before December, and maybe it's better not to let the world think I've died.

So there's a black cat crossing from the right side... or left? )

In other news! I'm starting my internship with a local-ish renewable energy firm on 16 November. The thing will last four weeks, pays a little bit but little enough so I don't have to pay my own health insurance again, I got it okay'd by the unemployment agency and they're even helping me out with the commute costs. I'm actually looking forward to this. And not just because they had really nice sushi on their Open Door Day in August. (Though it helps.)

I also got my interview date for the next step in the scholarship application. I've never heard of the guy, though if I'm unlucky, he's part of a program I applied for this spring, where I was rejected. Still, I'll have this week, where I'm not working yet, to prepare for that.

Aaaand for once I'm not going to spend half a day going OMG WHAT WILL I WEAR and fretting over the growth of my ass vs. the tolerance of my one pair of suit trousers, because last weekend I spent most of the Saturday on birthday-money enabled clothes shopping with my mother, and what promised to be an exercise in hair-tearing turned out very successful, with three pairs of office-appropriate trousers, two blouses, one dressy pair of black shoes AND proper winter boots. (After getting through a Dresden winter on a pair of light sneakers and woolen socks I decided... not to do that again.)

State of the collaboration, 22: Kame has to freeze some pasta. Jin has to unfreeze Kame. The authors are making bad puns and drinking wine for the longest sex scene ever. (Well, not quite, but we don't ever want to write that one again anyway.)

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