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Hello world. How are things?

I am now in revision mode for the JLPT N2 exam this December (although my revision plan includes not revising while I'm on holiday in Spain, of course) and I definitely have to thank Arashi for teaching me many N2 grammar points (~に決まっている springs to mind) and for improving my listening comprehension skills a whole lot. Fansubbing... so educational. Maybe my ability to understand Japanese fish puns will not be useful in the exam, though.

It's my first time taking the exam in Cardiff instead of London, and they asked me to email them two identical photos of myself for ID. What? Why? Can't you just use the same file twice? I don't understand.

This weekend was a good one. On Friday evening I went with Adam and Shaney to see Star Trek: First Contact at the planetarium, followed by a recording of the Cosmic Shed podcast. Both parts were good! I hadn't seen that film before, either. I'm trying to watch all the Star Trek in order still, so after we booked tickets for this we ended up having to average one episode of Voyager per day to finish season 2 in time.

I'm quite enjoying Voyager, I guess? It seems to be unpopular, and there have been some bad episodes (mainly episodes with the plot "Neelix is a possessive creep" or "Chakotay does some fake Native American-style nonsense"), but no more so than the early seasons of TNG, I don't think. Next we are back to watching some DS9, though.

Also this weekend... we got our mortgage paperwork at last, Katy came over and we watched more Papadol and I made her watch the "Jun hates coriander" thing, and on Sunday I translated a whole episode of Shiyagare. Productive! At least by some measures. Well, also I did some work and some JLPT revision, so no problem.

After the exam I'm supposed to ("supposed to" according to my own brain) study human biology for a while for work reasons, but I really want to learn Romanian right now instead. I don't know why I keep procrastinating studying with other studying? Could I not do some procrastination that does not use my brain, such as playing video games or cleaning my house?

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Date: 2016-09-19 02:33 pm (UTC)
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I missed the deadline for applying for the JLPT! I don't know whether to cry or celebrate. (Celebrate, I suspect). Only one person in my class managed to be organised enough to get the forms in on time. Basically, we all fail. And probably would have failed!

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Date: 2016-09-19 03:01 pm (UTC)
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Oh no! Think of it as more time to revise?

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Date: 2016-09-19 04:43 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for having me over to watch stuff! I am always up for putting sake in my face and giggling at things. Only two episodes of Papadol! left now and I know Punchy Face Man is in at least one of them! :D

I should watch more Voyager. I've read more Voyager novels than seen episodes - I'm not sure if that's better or worse.

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Date: 2016-09-19 10:38 pm (UTC)
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There's the Papadol SP as well! \o/ I'm looking forward to watching them.

Every time I read a Star Trek book I wish I had read a fanfic instead... although I have only read about three of them. And one was the "how Riker and Troi met" one, which was only different from fanfic in that the sex scenes were like... super vaguely described and involved no mentions of body parts.

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Date: 2016-09-21 06:49 pm (UTC)
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Aaaaaah! I somehow managed to forget about the Papadol! special! I am the worst fan ever.

I'm not sure I even want to think about Riker/Troi sex although I know it's canon. D: And believe it or not I don't like reading sex scenes in books very much! I read an... interesting Star Trek: TNG book where the X-Men showed up once though. That was fun.

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Date: 2016-09-22 09:37 pm (UTC)
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It was the least descriptive sex scene ever. Not a single body part was mentioned, and yet it was still somehow clearly a sex scene. Odd.

X-Men sounds pretty weird as well, though!

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Date: 2016-09-22 07:10 am (UTC)
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Oooh. I really admire your ability and enthusiasm with learning languages. I don't have a bean of it and would love to learn Norwegian as then I could live there with all the blond sporty people! Bit of a contrast with me... ;P

I tried to watch Voyager from the start earlier this year. I had to give up in the end purely because every episode focussed on Chakotay made me so angry. Why does he have to be so smug? Why?!

Hope you enjoy Red Dwarf tonight. BTW, there's an amazing project proposed on the Lego site (just do an online search for Lego Ideas Red Dwarf) - Kryten was just MADE to be a mini-figure...

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Date: 2016-09-22 09:39 pm (UTC)
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Aw, thank you :) Norwegian sounds interesting too.

I know what you mean about Chakotay. I enjoy looking at his face but any time he starts talking about his feelings about his dad or whatever I zone out. I heard that they had a consultant to make his Native American back story more realistic but that the consultant turned out to be a fake, too? No wonder it's so rubbish, haha.

Lego Kryten does sound excellent!

Our TV isn't hooked up so I'm watching the new eps online :) Hope you enjoy them too!

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Date: 2016-09-24 09:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If you can learn Norwegian, it's just a hop, skip and a jump to Danish and Swedish and then you can watch all those pensive Scandinavian crime dramas without subtitles...

Red Dwarf was okay. It had a RD10 vibe and just the one really cracking joke, but there is always next week. :)

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