Jul. 29th, 2015 04:56 pm
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I've been waiting to update until I finished transcribing my journal from the Baltics trip, but that didn't happen before Otakon, so let's go with that first.

Otakon Otakon Otakon Otakon Otakon~~~! )
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Otakon log I realized I never posted )

I just found this in my mail drafts (where I save writing I do during work hours) and realized I never actually posted it ^^'

I've been taking a bit of a break from lj the past couple months... not that I've moved onto tumblr (though I am now on it! ... haven't posted anything yet though). I still don't really get tumblr and though I like the photoblogs, there's a lot of aspects of it I don't like.

Work is going well - yay monies. Last week was busier than usual as the department was putting on a tech fair, and I actually liked working at it. I was very tempted to just skip my compsci class that day and work through it >->

Compsci, I actually don't like all that much, although I was kind of looking forward to it. One of the problems is that we are using a language I really don't like. It makes programming not fun (in an introductory compsci course!!) and instead frustrating. The professor also tends to get repetitive with the examples. Oh, and last week my partner emailed me the day an update on our monthly project was due, saying he had no idea what to do. I'd done most of the lab for that week already, and then I had to completely rewrite the project :/ When I already had plans. After having work earlier. Yeah, he's doing the lab this week while I finish the project :|

Calc is going okay. The professor has an interesting accent.

Research in psych is interesting. I like reading about how studies get put together and how to tell if it's good or not, and it's reaffirmed my promise to never ever trust a general article on any scientific study ever. Only a few sources get my trust there, like Bad Astronomy. I looked at a Wired article for a paper and compared it to the original study, and they actually did pretty well, so they might get whitelisted too.

Neuroscience is really interesting. The professor did tell me I should drop the course because I'd already taken the equivalent, but I do need both for my major and if it sounds weird, well, he's not my adviser, is he? And we are covering more stuff in a different way... Anyway, brains are really really interesting and I could write poems about neurons, so I like this class, not to mention I'm one of the few people actually getting an A in it.

I still wish I was taking a Japanese class, but between three homework-heavy classes I really shouldn't add another - I'm busy enough between these, work, and all the clubs and activities I do.

I went to Hetalia Day in Philadelphia again this year, but that really deserves its own writeup. And I need to go find that Japan log I have on my netbook...
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Oh wow, May hit me hard. In the beginning I had a lot more schoolwork than I expected - there was one week when literally every single class had something due, and some had more than one thing due... then, finals. Which went okay. My psychology class from hell actually had a not that bad final. (For how bad it was: the averages for the quarter exams were around 65, and we didn't get curved that much.)

Then I got a job! Internship, rather, but I'm being paid, and a little above minimum wage, even. It's at Academic Technology Services at the University. I like it so far. It's nice being able to tech-y stuff and get paid for it. The week after finals were over they had a week-long seminar about technology in the classroom and I helped out with that. Then that weekend I went to Philadelphia, and this week I've been packing for my study abroad, but more flailing about that in a minute...

In-between all that, I got one of those emails that literally had me screaming with excitement; you see, my friend Nico and I had applied to be panelists at Otakon this year. We called it 'Angels in Anime', because the topic we chose was the use of christian symbolism in anime and manga. Angels are the most popular, but there's also crosses and if you're very lucky and go to the right series, even Jesus... anyway, we emphasized several times that this wasn't a religious rant or put-down - hello, made by an atheist and a catholic - and mentioned that there would be discussion of the history of Christianity of Japan (yay Japanese history course!) so it would even be educational. So, we waited and waited while saying 'I hope it gets accepted' and 'Well, there's a lot of panels submitted, they only accept something like one in four...' and 'It's not the deadline for a reply yet'.... and guess what~?

We got it!! So, coming to an Otakon near you this summer~ Angels in Anime! Guess this means I'm making a Haibane Renmei costume, not a Claymore costume... since we're going to talk a bit about it as a series that borrows the imagery of Christianity (the characters all have halos and small wings and there's lots of talk of sin and such) but without the real specifics of the religion. Then there's Sailor Moon and Fullmetal Alchemist and Nico took Bleach and Angel Sanctuary and I need to finish rereading X oh and there's Wish...

Yeah, so excited for this panel.

And as for my study abroad, I'm actually going to be at the airport in twelve hours. (I'm so excited I don't want to go to bed yet; I'll try at eleven.) I'll be staying in Kobe, which is a port city near Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara, except for one weekend I'll be doing a homestay in Nara, and I have to make at least two day trips to Kyoto on my own. I'm thinking of going to Osaka for a day, if only for the aquarium - I'm pretty sure there were some museums there I was interested in too.

Everybody on the trip has a project to do. The topic of mine is... kimono ^^; Well, it's something I'm excited about, I'm going to be wearing kimono in Japan anyway, I already know the words, I'm going to be learning bits of it that you can't get from books... so, it was a pretty obvious choice in the end. I found about a street in Kobe that has a ton of kimono stores, over a dozen, including some that have good bargains, so I'll definitely spend some time down there. I want to find a fukuro obi for the furisode I got in LA - I really want to wear it to Otakon! It comes to my wrists, it's long enough for me, the hip wrap is enough, and it has 110 cm long sleeves!! And it's green with real gold thread embroidery and and and I'm in love with it.

I'll probably get some lolita clothes too while I'm there... oh! And plenty of tea. And postcards for postcrossing and to send to everyone I know (if you want one, let me know! It's not expensive to send one at all.)

So excited. The only things I'm worried about are 1) heat and humidity. Hopefully the breezes from the ocean will moderate it somewhat... 2) not having room for everything on the way back, but that's what post offices are for :p 3) ...I can't remember what I was going to put here... um, walking too much?? idk.

Going to go and try to wind down for bed now so I'm not forced to sleep through the entire 14 hour flight. Good night~
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Under here~ )

Other than that I've been getting ready to move to campus. I've had four doctor's appointments in the past week, nothing really new except that my eyes got a little worse and I have a ganglion cyst on my foot. I have my dorm bedding and today I got my textbooks (all but one of which aren't actually textbooks). Tomorrow we're going to get a rug and a lamp and probably a printer. I have tea supplies ready. I could probably use some new notebooks. Oh, and I need to bring some cups for the tea and get a rice cooker... So many things to do!
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The first two weeks of the month we were in California~ We visited my cousin and went to Anime Expo, saw my grandpa and his wife, went to the house where my mom grew up... I might write about it later.

Right now I'm in Baltimore getting hyped for Otakon. My friend Nico is here too~ Though he's not going to be cosplaying. I spent the last week or so sewing like mad to get my Souryuu costume done in time. I didn't get the crown thing done, oh well, but I'm pretty pleased with most of the rest of it~ I used an actual hanfu pattern that I altered somewhat, it was a bit of a pain with so many pieces (two for the body, four for the sleeves, one for the collar, twelve for the skirt).

Today I wore a yukata and I'm glad we're going out early tomorrow - so hot! And the humidity doesn't help. After dinner and picking up our badges, Nico and I went to explore the waterfront a bit while my parents returned to the hotel. It was a lot nicer with the breeze, and the water is pretty. We talked about various things for a while, then got some ice cream that was so creamy I called it 'a heart attack on a cone'. Then we planned out what we want to do at the convention. There's always so much to do~ I'll be interested in seeing how it compares to Anime Expo...
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...I really need to get back into the habit of updating this.

Let's see. I managed to get an A- in Japanese 401, which took a lot of work. It was really fun, though. My Computer Science class was a lot easier, especially since I already knew some HTML and Python. Now I know how to make a decent web page. I'm almost done with statistics, and I'm going to take my math placement exam for the university either this week or early next week, which means reviewing math I haven't used in two years.

I went to the doctor a few days ago. I told her about my always-cold hands and feet and (as I was half-expecting) got a diagnosis of Raynaud's... either Disease or Syndrome. I had to get some blood drawn to see if it's caused by lupus or something or if it's idiopathic.

My new friend Nico, who I met at a 'Distinguished Scholars' thing at the university, is coming to Otakon with me! It took a bit to figure out how he's getting to Baltimore and back and getting the hotel set up, but he's coming! So excited to have a friend along~~

I have a few embroidery and sewing projects I should work on, and a couple of fics more to write for [livejournal.com profile] queer_fest as well as a couple more knocking around my head. Somehow I haven't really felt creative recently, although I think I'm getting out of it. I'll try to sit down tomorrow and work on that headbow for my cousin that's half-finished. And if my brain decides to keep me up till five for the third night in a row, I can always write.
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Today's excitement... )


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