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the Trev Report (2004-12-8)

the Trev Report (2004-12-8)

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Hello all and welcome once again to your monthly dose of Trev. Wherein
lies what's up with me and all stuff like that. And now on with the
report!

Trev's Lovelife

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The big news with Signe (http://signerose.org/ ) and I is that we will
be going to Palau (http://visit-palau.com/ ) for winter break! Signe has
always wanted to go there, and I am really excited about going as well.
It will be our first tropical Christmas. I am really looking forward to
visiting some South Pacific islands. I have been fascinated with small
islands since I was a kid, and I can't wait to finally experience one
for real!


Trev's Work

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I couldn't be happier at work. The students I teach are wonderful, the
teachers I work with are polite and understanding. I really lucked out
with this placement in the JET Programme (http://www.jetprogramme.org/
). Our town is merging with the town next to us starting 2005-1-1 and
that will mean a few changes for me. The BoE is being moved to the next
town over, so I probably won't be visiting it as often. In my idle days,
I will be at the JHS instead. I also have to stop writing my monthly
bilingual article for the town communique. I really like writing it, so
I might ask to have it added again, but all the people in the town
office are being shuffled around, so there is a new person in charge of
the communique. Speaking of shuffling, my supervisor, Mr. Osaka, will be
getting a new job as well. I will have a new supervisor. I really like
Mr. Osaka, so I am bummed about that, but I know that the new guy will
be great too. The TV Show is going well, Ms. Kawashima and I are getting
zanier and zanier as the months pass by. She will leave in April, so I
am bummed about that too.


Trev's Japanese

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Well, the CLAIR (http://www.clair.or.jp/ ) Advanced Daily Japanese
Self-Study course is going well for me. The book teaches Japanese IN
Japanese, so it is a challenge, but it is easy to learn from, so I am
enjoying it. I still get the Nihongo Journal
(http://www.alc.co.jp/jpn/learner/index.html ) as well, and it is quite
a blessing. Again, I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone interested in
studying Japanese.
The big thing with my Japanese is that I have started putting up the
diary I write everyday on-line (http://jumex.blogspot.com/ and
http://trevmex.livejournal.com/ for you LJ-lovers) in Japanese and
English. I also put up a daily kanji. Check it out! Actually, I have
been writing in my diary in Japanese for over a year, but have just
recently started putting it on-line.


Trev's Computers

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Again, the biggest news is that I have started blogging in Japanese and
English (http://jumex.blogspot.com/ and http://trevmex.livejournal.com/
for you LJ-lovers). I got annoyed with messing with the formatting
every time to get the posts pretty like I like them, so I spend a day or
so making the HTML+CSS just right, and then I wrote a Perl script to
auto-format my posts from a web form
(http://www.trevreport.org/blogForm.shtml ). I am about half-way done
with writing an auto-poster in Perl (http://www.cpan.org/ ) as well. The
auto-poster I have written works in Blogger (http://www.blogger.com/ ),
but not in LJ (http://www.livejournal.com/ )yet because they don't
support WSSE auth. (http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2003/12/17/dive.html ), so
I have to use HTTP-Digest auth. (http://rfc3310.x42.com/ ). That is the
only code I haven't written yet. I am using ATOM
(http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2003/10/15/dive.html ) and XML
(http://www.xml.com/ ) to post, and it works great.


Trev's Anime

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AniKi (http://trevreport.org/aniki/wiki.pl?AniKi ) keeps on truckin',
thanks to a couple people that are adding context to it. Thank you to
you guys. I have started reading Afternoon (http://www.afternoon.co.jp/
) again. Mainly for Oh! My Goddess!, but there are lots of other good
comics in it as well. I also still subscribe to Newtype, so although I
haven't been watching too much lately, I at least know what is going on.
Although I DID watch "Howl's Moving Castle"
(http://www.nausicaa.net/miyazaki/howl/ ) in it's opening week. The
theater was PACKED on a workday afternoon if that tells you anything. I
loved it, and will be buying it as soon as it comes out on DVD.


Trev's Games

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Zol (Bernie Gonzales of Masuda) has been wanting me to jump back on
Achaea (http://www.achaea.com/ ) as of late, which is a great game, but
I just haven't had the time lately. As for other games, I am am still
really interested in getting a copy of Once Upon A Time
(http://www.atlas-games.com/product_tables/AG1001.html ) because it
looks really fun. I've really been in the board game mood these days.
Although I have been logging some Nethack (http://www.nethack.org/ )
time lately as well. The coolest thing I did was finish playing
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
(http://www.gamefaqs.com/portable/gbadvance/game/35534.html ) which is a
GREAT GBA game! I'm looking for another GBA game as cool as it...


Trev's TV/Movies

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I watched "The Incredibles" and really liked it, as well as a couple
other movies though the power of BitTorrent (http://www.suprnova.org/ ),
but most of our time lately has been consumed with watching Stargate
SG-1 (http://www.gateworld.net/ ). Signe and I are on season 4 right now
and moving fast. REALLY good stuff. I am really enjoying this show, and
if you like SF at all, I highly recommend.


Trev's One-Point Japanese Lesson

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So you want to learn Japanese, huh? Cool! How about numbers!

1 - ichi
2 - ni
3 - san
4 - yon
5 - go
6 - roku
7 - nana
8 - hachi
9 - kyuu
10 - juu

Good luck with your studies!

Well, that is about it for this month's fun filled Trev Report. Until
next month keep having fun, and drop us a line sometime or comment on
the blog (http://jumex.blogspot.com/ or http://trevmex.livejournal.com/
).

Take care,
trv

  • Juu-ni gatsu, hachi nichi, sui-youbi...

    I love your Daily Kanji, though I am only a beginning student. Is there somewhere you are collecting these all permanently, so we (I) can go back over them again at some later date when I (we) am (are) a more advanced student(s)?
    • Re: Juu-ni gatsu, hachi nichi, sui-youbi...

      Well, it is archived on LJ here and at http://jumex.blogspot.com/ as well. I am pretty sure that niether service deletes old posts, so there you go. :) I'm glad you like it!
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