Friday, May 29, 2015

Monday, May 25, 2015

Pretty big earthquake today during school; really funny result.

During our "disaster drills," which many of us find pretty comical, we're always first told to gather our things. Really? In the event of a major earthquake that's going to be your first priority? Riiiiight.

Turns out... yeah, that's how it is. At least at Kai.

ibus language management in LibreOffice in Linux

Quick note for tech types struggling with multilingual support via ibus in LibreOffice (a fork of OpenOffice).

A combination of command line flags and environment variables can make the default 'libreoffice' package play nicely with ibus, but apparently only if you open it manually via the command line. Not a particularly good option.

This is, fortunately, unnecessary: You can just install the libreoffice-gtk package, which aside from making LibreOffice look infinitely more palatable (and respect your system display settings, provided you're using a GTK window manager), happily and without hacks allows your ibus hotkeys to work in LO.

Provided, of course, they don't clash with LO's shortcuts, but that's a different problem.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Chashu Gyoza

Don't get too excited. I did and was let down. But then I kind of went nuts on this recipe so it's a bit hard to say whether the idea itself is flawed or whether it was just poor execution. Oh well, pictures.

...and also, a condom update.

Basically: Japanese condoms... bleh. But I successfully imported some good ol' American prophylactics.

Before the recipe deluge starts...

I have a bunch of food posts that need to go up over the next few days, but before that, I'll just say hi from our default after-school hangout...


...and introduce you to my most recent grocery store friend; cleaned, boiled, sliced, and ready to eat, for about $3. It's important to have friends. Tasty, tasty friends.


When life hands you lemons, squeeze them onto seafood.

On a more positive note, back to music!

The shamisen is a traditional Japanese instrument, basically a fretless three-string guitar, usually played fairly gently. So what's exactly the right application for such an instrument? Yes, of course, it's rock music. As proven by The Syamisenist.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A quick note on Kai: Turns out it's not just me.

A friend from my current level (3) has been very informative regarding how things go after this point, since many of her friends are in level 4... and have been more than once... with others who have been... more than once.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Trials and Tribulations involving Condoms in Japan

If you couldn't tell, this one is going to involve sex talk, so if that's not your thing (or if you're related to me), take the blue pill and pretend you were never here.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

How to make an interview test even worse

Despite my own personal problems, Kai has been throwing some really nasty stuff at us lately, the most recent of which is our midterm. More specifically, the part that's spoken in casual Japanese... with another student.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Shiitake mushroom omelette

More like... I don't know, an egg pancake? There's a word for this, I just don't know it. Oh well.

In which I complain a lot about non-Japan-related things (feel free to skip this one)

I didn't realize until recently how utterly burned out I am, and looking back, I never really did get over the burnout I hit probably a year or two ago.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Chicken Mushroom Curry

This is an interesting concoction I whipped up in the wake of my previous batch of curry, a really simple lamb preparation, which turned out to be the best batch I've ever made. This one was just passable, but hey, pictures.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Food Image Dump


As I continue to clean out my camera (read: crappy phone), I bring you a selection of tasty oddities from around Tokyo.

Monday, May 4, 2015

...and a few random events from the last month or two.


Battle of the Bands! A bad picture of a great show. The live music scene in Tokyo is pretty great.


Relaxing at Haneda Airport, watching the planes and eating chocolate banana cookies. Yeah, it's a little random, but it was nice.


In class we have culture lessons once a week, and part of the last one was a bit of origami. It's a hat.


At my favorite little izakaya, I was there a while ago on a very slow night and watched a Japanese historical drama with the proprietor. The American guy and the old Japanese woman, watching an NHK special in a bar. Yes, life is strange, but good.

Adventures in Ginza

Going through the pictures I've taken but been too lazy to upload, I found several that fit this theme, so they get their own entry! These adventures come courtesy of my good friend Phil, the social butterfly.