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31  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 31, 2015, 10:30:42 PM
Sitting at a train station in the middle of nowhere, Japan, waiting for a bus that only runs every 3 hours when all the timetables and such are 100% in Japanese is one of the few times I find my ability to read Japanese genuinely useful for something.  I mean, when you're   in Tokyo they have English versions of everything anyway.  But out here, you would be pretty much screwed if you didn't know the language.
32  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 30, 2015, 09:01:06 AM

Not exactly what you're asking for but 金玉 (kintama, literally "gold ball") is slang for, well, balls and it's only one charactet different...
33  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 29, 2015, 11:08:16 PM
I am such a nerd:


What does that mean?

Something to do with Naruto right?

Kancolle, maybe?  (I'm just guessing.)

According to my outdated xjdic:
金剛 (こんごう) (n) (1) vajra (indestructible substance); diamond; adamantine; (2) thunderbolt; Indra's weapon; Buddhist symbol of the indestructible truth


金剛 does indeed mean vajra, a weapon in Hindu/Buddhist mythology.  It's also the name of a mountain I believe, so I guess you could say it's a place.

More importantly, Kongou was the name given to the lead ship of the Kongou-class battlecruisers-turned battleships.  And finally, most important of all, it's the name of the KanColle character based on that ship.  Which is overwhelming the results you would have gotten if you just googled it...
34  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: December 29, 2015, 09:09:05 AM
6am at Comiket:


That... looks kinda nice and fun. Must be a smelly hell on earth during the summer, but this doesn't look so bad.

And those people look a lot more sane than the ones who line up for Tsunacon in the Netherlands. Imagine this: it's January, freezing and still dark out, it will be atleast another hour before the convention opens and some dude dressed as Luffy is not wearing a shirt.


At least an hour, eh?

I did mention I took that picture at 6am, right?  Comiket doesn't open until 10.

Yes, but those people are wearing weather appropriate clothes and seem to possess atleast some common sense. They're not standing around half-naked, risking hypothermia just for the hell of it

I don't know how much of that is personal choice vs how much is just rules.  You're not actually allowed to show up to Comiket in cosplay, believe it or not.  They have changing rooms and you're expected to show up in plain clothes and use them.  I don't know what specifically prompted this rule (I could hazard a guess but that's all it would be), but that's the way it is.
35  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: December 29, 2015, 07:28:25 AM
6am at Comiket:


That... looks kinda nice and fun. Must be a smelly hell on earth during the summer, but this doesn't look so bad.

And those people look a lot more sane than the ones who line up for Tsunacon in the Netherlands. Imagine this: it's January, freezing and still dark out, it will be atleast another hour before the convention opens and some dude dressed as Luffy is not wearing a shirt.


At least an hour, eh?

I did mention I took that picture at 6am, right?  Comiket doesn't open until 10.

I did notice there's this weird duality towards lines in Japan.  When just waiting they're the most polite people in the world.  People would actually leave their spots to go to the bathroom or buy something to drink, come back, and nobody would even have tried to take their spot.  I can't even imagine that happening in the US.

But when the line starts moving all bets are off.  I've also never been in a line with as much pushing and shoving as this (and I've been in a lot of lines...).  Some people try to just barrel through the whole crowd or something.  And these were the same people waiting so patiently a minute earlier.  It's kind of strange.
36  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: December 28, 2015, 04:30:42 PM
6am at Comiket:
37  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 28, 2015, 01:16:42 PM
3am here and I'm wide awake.  Yay jetlag.  At least I'll have no trouble lining up super early for Comiket...though the trains aren't running yet...

edit:
I've been in line at Comiket for almost 4 hours now.  And I've almost made it inside...
Getting the true Comiket experience here.
38  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: December 28, 2015, 01:08:00 PM
The large and diverse cast is not a problem: most characters are optional, and the few truly important ones are some of the most memorable RPG characters of all time (like Kid, Harle, Lynx, and even Fargo).

Wait, who was Fargo?

That's not a joke, I seriously don't remember...
39  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 26, 2015, 04:02:20 PM
I am such a nerd:

40  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 25, 2015, 07:52:24 PM
Got a sous vide machine.  Cooking > gaming, I guess.

Unfortunately I'm supposed to leave for Japan in a day and a half yet I'm feeling quite sick.  Not really the ideal way to kick off a trip...
41  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 19, 2015, 04:36:15 AM
Honestly outside of the obvious sequels there's not much from next season I'm familiar with either.  Which surprises me, because I usually know this crap...

I have read a bit of Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo.  Yet another reincarnation story (seriously, what's up with all of those...).  It's sort of mediocre but does have the distinction of being a comedy first and foremost rather than yet another power fantasy.  So at least that's something a little different...

And that might really be the only insight I have to offer.  Seriously, there's a lot of stuff I don't know next season.  Maybe that's a good thing.  Maybe something will actually surprise me...

...nah.
42  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: December 18, 2015, 09:59:19 PM
I found both card games totally uninteresting and a waste of time...

I'm also of the opinion that FFVIII was seriously not that hard, why is everyone so obsessed with keeping their levels low?   The shit they go through for that sounds far more boring than just playing the game normally...
43  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 18, 2015, 04:26:07 AM
I was mentioning how much I hate dealing with UPS earlier.  Well it just so happens I have a UPS package on the way.  And it's been a disaster (like usual...).  Here the actual text from their tracking:

5:04 A.M.: As requested, the UPS My Choice® delivery change was completed. / Delivery to a UPS Access Point™ location is pending.
OK, this much is true.  I knew I would be at work so I asked them to send it to a UPS Access Point.  I would have asked them to send it to the closest UPS Store except for some reason they've been 'full' for weeks now and can't accept any packages.  An 'Access Point' is just a random business that UPS has an arrangement with to receive their packages.  But still, they're officially endorsed by UPS so it ought to work, right...

1:07 P.M.: Unable to deliver to UPS Access Point™; will reattempt delivery to UPS Access Point™ the next business day
Wait, what?  Why?  Give me a damn reason.  It's an official UPS Access Point (tm)!  They're supposed to accept packages.  Why couldn't you deliver there?

10:29 P.M.:Receiver's address is a rural route. A street has not been assigned. UPS is attempting to establish a delivery location. / The address was corrected.
Wait, what?!  What in god's name are you even talking about.  A rural route?  This is in Seattle for fuck's sake.  How is Seattle rural?  How was a street not assigned?  What does that even mean?  The address was 'corrected'?  To what?!

10:29 P.M.: The receiver refused the delivery. / Delivery will be rescheduled.
Yeah, it's 10:30pm and they're not even open then.  WTF did you expect?  Why were you even trying at 10:30pm?  They're your Access Point (tm), you ought to know their fucking hours...

Now here's the part that made me flip out...next day:

3:21 P.M.: The receiver was not available at the time of the first delivery attempt. A second attempt will be made.
When I first saw this I thought there was a problem with the Access Point (tm) again...but no, I realized the truth when I got home.  They had tried to deliver it to my apartment.  Of course the receiver was not available, I WAS AT WORK WHICH IS THE WHOLE FUCKING REASON I ASKED YOU TO SEND THE PACKAGE TO A FUCKING ACCESS POINT (TM) IN THE FIRST PLACE YOU FUCKERS.  But no, they just randomly decided to send it to my apartment instead with zero notification (even though I'm signed up for all their My Choice (R) BS).  Even the tracking info still listed the Acess Point (tm) as the destination.  Seriously.  I had absolutely no idea they would even try to deliver it to my apartment until I got home and found the notice there.  Why would you change the destination without even telling anyone?!  Why?!

Here's the best part: I'm flying out on Saturday.  This package was supposed to arrive on Wednesday so I figured even if it was a little late things would be OK.  But now there's only one more day left to deliver it and I don't even know where it's going.  Tracking still says the Access Point (tm) but we now know that's not exactly reliable.  If it's going to my apartment...well I still have work so that's not going to work.  I could try changing the destination again but in my past experience it takes UPS a whole day to process that (FedEx does it instantly BTW), and I don't have a day.

I suppose I could try to call UPS but the last time I tried that I spent half an hour (literally) on hold only for them to tell me to use the website, except I was calling because the website wasn't working...so helpful.

I wish I could say that this experience was somehow atypical but this is pretty much how it goes every single time with UPS...I guess I'll have to give up on getting this package and it will be sent back to the store I bought it from and hopefully they'll give me a refund.  Wouldn't be the first time.

Fuck UPS.

Seriously, fuck them.
44  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 17, 2015, 02:50:34 AM
Oh hey e-mail from UPS!

"final delivery is being provided by the U.S. Postal Service."

welp, more stuff i'm never getting.

I would actually feel happy if I got an email like that...

The USPS has never failed to deliver a package for me.  UPS on the other hand...it feels like a miracle when they actually get something right.

I would simply never use UPS if it were up to me, but unfortunately many online retailers these days do not actually give you a choice (or even tell you ahead of time who they're shipping with...).
45  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 16, 2015, 11:40:15 AM
Or like living in a basic Japanese studio apartment. This is a possible layout for a container flat:



Something like this usually costs something like €350-400 a month (including utilities).


I don't think that reallt qualifies as a "tiny bouse" to be honest.  It actually looks pretty reasonable for a studio.  I've seen normal apartments smaller than that.

Just cheap housing using recycled materials.  Nohing wrong with that.
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