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+Kira Magrann !!! !!! !!! !!!

Thanks Brianna, you are made of magic.
 
I could never afford these but holy fuck,

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I would totally wear some of these!
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Ahh! How time flies when my head is down crunching numbers at the bit mines. Friends were telling me that they'd like to hear more about life in Japan. I'll try to spit some lines, take some pics, etc as I think about it. Currently 80% of my phone pics are my cats, or books I see to remember to look them up later.

In the interim, any questions? Anything anyone particularly wants to know/see/hear about re living/working/cultureing (its a word!) in Japan/Tokyo? 

Here's a mini thing: So a few weeks ago, it was still pretty damn cold (still is), but a bit of light was out, I was bored, Orie was out meeting friends, so I decided to get dressed and climb a mountain.

Tokyo is basically a "city" (the downtown 23 wards, what you think of when you hear "Tokyo") and a "state" (the blob that spills west of the 23 wards is still "Tokyo" but very different from downtown). The place I live is within the 23 wards, just barely, so there's green and stuff. In this pic from the top of Mt Takao, I'm in Tokyo, looking back East over Tokyo. Those buildings you see there aren't even the downtown-downtown, the real DT is obscured by the clouds.

A map of Tokyo from Wikipedia:
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/63/Tokyo_Metropolis_Map.svg/700px-Tokyo_Metropolis_Map.svg.png

The purple blob on the right is "downtown" (I'm in Suginami), the further you go left the more rural it gets. Mt Takao isn't even the furthest left, it's in that reddish blob "Hachioji".

Anyway, I'll be here until the fall until I move to Kanagawa prefecture, so I plan to make the most of my area until then!
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What are some cool/interesting places in western Tokyo - along the Chuo-honsen from Shinjuku to Takao?
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I'll blog about the experience later: Complicated, exciting, strange, love and respect all around. A great experience, and glad to work with Ross, Toshiya, Tomohisa and team!
 
Check out the results of our hard work! The Fall of Magic Rules are free to download in 4 LANGUAGES!
Public Downloads. Fall of Magic. Rules. Rules - English · Rules - Français (French) · Rules - Italiano (Italian) · Rules - 日本語 (Japanese). Serpent's Tooth. All Printouts · The Kings · Play Aids · Nature Cards · Banners · King Design Template (Illustrator File + Fonts) ...
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Oh, are you part of the Japan localization team? Nifty!

I have a copy of this, but have not made playing happen yet.
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So apparently this comes out tomorrow.

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Pony Islam? 
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ZAZY was the harbinger of my new year. ALL HAIL ZAZY .

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Ah! A tale as old as time...
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This wasn't me or anyone that I know of (I think). If you have the core book, though, it's definitely a find.

Whomever you are, godspeed!

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Thanks, boss! I've decided that merely translating mechanical text isn't gonna improve me any, so instead of moving on to another project, I'm gonna swing back and do all the fluff text, since I'm mostly familiar with NW's ideas already. So, maybe a whole entire book soon!
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Okay, so there's this commercial on hard overplay now in Japan, it's basically the chorus to Escape ("The Pina Colada Song") but with a slightly different key and softer lyrics you can't really hear (but they are stupid), in a total "We wanted to use Escape but didn't want to pay royalties, so we did this instead." 

I was telling Orie about this, and in the telling I played it on the iPad while watching TV (and in fact 30 seconds later the CM came on again and lined up perfectly, it was pretty hilarious).

Thing is, though everyone knows the sound, I'd never listened to the actual lyrics until today. Hey, it came out when I was 4. Wow, though... it's... yeah, there's a lot going on in the song. Sure the chorus pretty much became a legendary drinking anthem, but the whole of the song I didn't catch until now. It's pretty simple lyric-wise too, it's no Bad Religion. It precedes the era when people made lyrics that make you think, but still, it tells a pretty poignant story.

Here's a toast to David Goldstein aka Rupert Holmes: I finally caught the lyrics 36 years later, and damn, great song. To celebrate, here's a video of his music video, which appears to be him singing his own song in a karaoke booth with no one else in it, while dishing out proto-gestures that would be later adopted by Rollins era Black Flag...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLom-87AmO8
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Yep. A reminder that lack of communication is the Relationship Gom Jabbar. 
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Tobie is awesome. Check out his Fiasco Playset!
(also that's like the best pic ever)
 
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I've finally released my first official TAGSESSIONS product entitled, Bad Timing . Inspired by the script I wrote years back for what I felt could be a crazy romantic comedy movie set in Manila, I decided to take the plunge and try transforming this into a ...
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THANK YOU SO MUCH for the support!
I truly am blown away by all the love.

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So I really like Arrow, though Flash came out of nowhere a year and a half ago and totally stole my attention, it's a first rate show.

Also love that the two fathers in the shows have the most memorable, moving lines and parts (holy cow they could create a show called Detective Joe West Is Happy Then Sad and I'd download every ep). 

Anyway, I've not been as happy with Arrow lately, not for any huge reason it's just not as compelling recently. Orie (as big of a fan of it as I am) mentioned a few things that added up to that:

* Aside from Oliver (a given), like so many people have come back from the dead that it doesn't seem to have an edge. Though I explained to her, "Well, that's American comics for ya", it's kind of a given.
* I'm glad Oliver's not as grimdark. But I think that the series needs more light moments to make the darker ones that much darker. While the show Supernatural isn't anywhere near high cinema, it really does do this well (we recently watched an ep that shows "A Day in the Life of Bobby", and it was incredible. Arrow needs more of that).

* Orie mentioned in season three that every main female lead is super brash, headstrong, and emotional; letting emotion override everything to make dumb decisions. The men make dumb decisions based on rational missteps ("I must save everyone by Doing X/Keeping Secret Y/etc") but every guy was super calm and rational. It was okay when it was just Felicity, but S3 we saw Laurel, Felicity, Thea, Nyssa... really? The only women in that season not prone to hysterical emotional overreacting was Amanda Waller and Ms Diggle, though the latter two had very little screen time, and one was a villain.

(this got a bit better in the new season mind)

The new season is interesting, but it doesn't have nearly the amount of twists and "last 90 second mindfucks" of the original season 1 or 2. 

But I was speculating on something based on the most recent episode... what if Damien Darhk has good left in him - and ends up making a sacrifice for the team, and it's Damien who's in the grave? And his sacrifice trying to stop some other mystery man (perhaps the mystical army general guy?) was so great that it has the team sad and aiming to avenge Damien??? 

That would be a class A season 1 style mindfuck. I hope they do something like that. It's cute to speculate which member of Team Arrow is in the grave (especially as they pull the screen back little by little to show us who it Isn't), but I think it'd be a real milestone if the "villain" turns, redeems himself, and dies in a way that greatly affects the team.

It's not worth a damn essay, but something I think would be cool.
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I've been barely hanging on to Arrow for a while now. Felicity keeps being awesome enough to keep me glued though.
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And I leave you with this.

Night night.
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Today was definitely a Me Day (well, Us Day), after recovering from the late night at Igusa Hachimangu shrine for the new year.

In the AM, got up late, drank coffee and watched "Shikujiri Sensei", this show utterly fascinates me. It's basically a show where a washed up talent, ex-hero etc gets in front of a fake classroom of comedians, and basically presents their life and fuckups in the form of a class lecture, complete with schoolbook. It's really incredible in both a language and life-learning way.

For lunch, we gobbled down more osetchi/traditional New Years' food, then went to Nagomi-no-Yu for a few hours for they public hot bath and sauna experience. Man, I so needed that. 

With steam trailing out of our bodies in a post-sento bliss, we wandered Ogikubo before heading back home because I suddenly remembered that there was supposed to be a "pretty good gyoza place" nearby. I found it, it was open, and it was the best gyoza I had in years, holy cow. Got two plates of two different kinds, but their house special was so juicy and solid and sweet and filling. Wow. "Tiger's House of Gyoza". Will add that to my rotation, I think. Also got some great greasy Chinese-style yakisoba; despite lack of 'brown sauce' all over it, it was wonderful.

http://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1319/A131906/13155161/dtlphotolst/

Bus back home, then rest, reading, and now I'm catching up on email (wow, lots) while watching Supernatural. I didn't think I'd like this show, but the dialogue and story is really easy for Orie to follow; it's like being lightly assaulted about the brain with light drama. "Supernatural: The perfect thing to put on while you do other things".
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Now I am hungry. =(
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Um. Happy New Year.
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Mathmatical!
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