Touhou Mahjong 東方幻想麻雀

It’s so exciting O.o o.O

Screenshots and such, news and more later… – my laptop clock went super funny XD.

I’mma teach you all how to play Mahjong!!!

Touhou Mahjong – (Touhou Wiki Page)
Anyway – like I said – it’s absolutely amazing! – I can feel my mahjong power – increasing!! It’s over NINE THO- well not that much :3 The game takes quite a bit of strategy actually – especially when you add in the spell system thingy. Even though the spell card system is kind of like soft-core cheating, it adds a nice unique element of strategy, and it doesn’t take away from the mahjong – You hardly ever use spells yourself. The unique rules for each table also throw a nice wrench into the mix, forcing you to adjust your strategy so that it’s more dynamic. One of the bit’s that I really like – ( besides the beautiful artwork for some of the characters ) is that there’s no timer, so if you’re a bit slow still it doesn’t hurt you.

I’ve unlocked 3 extra stages at this point, giving me a grand total of 5 :D – and thus unlocked a good percentage of the 51 characters available. Unlike other mahjong games, I actually like the bgm quite a bit, so I’m listening to it right now ^^.

Earlier this morning / last night – I was planning on getting to sleep early, so that I could easily sleep earlier tonight, and thus not have a hard time staying awake on the job tomorrow (working 8am-9pm) however, when I kept checking my computer clock, it said that it was still between 11pm and 1am – I figured that I was going to go to sleep at 1am. – However, time passed and I noticed another clock say that it was around 3:30 am. In disbelief I checked back at my computer and this is what I saw.

Notice the bottom right hand corner D:

Anyway. Here are a few screenshots (disproportionately displaying Sakuya and Remilia because they are beautiful)

In the next post I can lay out the rules for Japanese Mahjong :D as well as how those rules aren’t exactly set in stone hence the many tables with different rulesets. – I promise I will not abandon you JLPT2 I promise!!


Everybody Loves Weddings

It’s true – well when it’s all said and done – the bride, like at every wedding, was definitely snapping until she got to kiss her man – but that usually solves anyone’s problems right? – Unfortunately I had the task of being little miss sober – whereas my little sister had so much to drink she was definitely silly in the head – I had to drive her home. So only a few martinis at the bar hours earlier orz – and all the older people were handing me their drinks to finish them – I had to stop them at some point ^.^; – since when did I get a reputation for holding drink well? – Our super-jew – my new step brother, was hilarious. It was the sabbath, and he’s orthodox, so he really couldn’t do a thing. For dinner at this fancy restaurant all he could eat and drink was special wine in a paper cup, and cold greasy kosher chicken in a plastic container, with a big bag of sun chips, plus – he had to eat with his hands. "I’m probably the most un-classy thing to ever hit this restaurant." He said something along those lines. We all laughed about it though.

As I may have said before I’m poor on my feet, but the two people that could convince me to dance, my mum and little sister, did – dancing always makes me feel like an invalid and therefore sad ;-; but all in all it was fun. Ah – tomorrow my parents are going to go away on their honeymoon, to Italy, the Vatican and all that – which means I’ve got the house to myself! – Well shared with my sister, but we get along well. Since she’s turning so much more artistic, I feel an itch to do something artistic as well – well we’ll see. It’d be nice to paint something… I haven’t done anything in ages.

Also, I can get back to studying my Japanese \o/ – in peace. New father in law likes TV – unlike any other member of the household. It gets a bit irritating, but I believe it’s normal for the general populace to like TV – so I can’t complain much.

One of these days I’m going to get to the point where I can type something legible to well – anyone else but me. >.<

Heard "Dirty Little Secret" a few minutes ago in the car (via my sister’s iPod as I was taking her to pick up painting supplies) and it reminded me of a certain relationship XD.

Tutor Strikes Back!

Well, I’ve just been to my first day of work. \o/ Which was basically training of sorts – I worked for 5 hours doing half of the coursework for the classes I’ll be monitoring and helping – it’s pretty much college level BCIS. It’s funny though, because I learned a few new tricks with Microsoft Word 2007 – that makes it intensely useful: (in addition to the Japanese functions that I already knew about,) there’s a lot of stuff for works cited, sources, foot notes, and a lot of other cool stuff.

My mum’s wedding is tomorrow – that’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s nice and small, so not too hectic – good food – and I get to be a bride’s maid and all (nope I got knocked down from the maid of honor position by my aunt >.>) But since her father’s not around to walk her for some reason – I’m going to give her away. I told her I might as well just wear a suit and play a guy XD. – Oh and if I’ve not said before, because I don’t think I have, it’s a family of all guys merging into a family of all girls – is it going to balance? – O.o – not really like it’s a "merger" or anything though, everyone except my little sister is "out of the house" at this point. Well, it’s always nice to have new family.

Books to read over the break!

I’m going to try to finish 狼と香辛料 (Spice and Wolf) vol1 and とらドラ (Toradora) vol1 (which honestly like encompasses only the first episode O.O;) – I’m also going to try to take a swing at some other stuff  (Like Kara no Kyoukai ^^) – but well – that’s all I’ve got lined up for now. I’ve ordered my textbooks for Classical Japanese so I’m going to study that when I have free time at work. – I also need to make myself read at least one chapter of Mushishi for at least everyday that I have off.

Tonight I’ll go ahead and go back to those jlpt2 thingys that I’ve not had the chance to finish up – (no I haven’t given up yet) – but first I’m going to make the family watch Eden of the East and then play Mahjong with them :D (I really need to practice up and play more of that online as well… ^^; – I need to find more people willing to play with me.

In other news, I found some of the earlier mini-albums for School Food Punishment – the group that does the ED song for Eden of the East, I recommend their second album – but I haven’t got to listen to them all more than once, so it’s more of an initial recommendation. I’d say the ED for Eden of the East is the best song they’ve done so far – but yeah – like I said the 2nd mini-album: "Air feel, Color Swim" has got some pretty good tracks on it at a glance. (if you… see sound like I do … >.>)

If you want a laugh and you love Touhou like me – youtube "東方M-1" or you can start here (they’re all subtitled – no worries): Cirno-Flandre-Remilia / Ran-Chen / Alice-Marisa

Completely un-related: why the hell did they make a 4th Terminator movie? – They really should have stopped at 2. D:<

Relating to my previous article, we found a way to surgically remove the broken thing on my car, so it really doesn’t bother me anymore. \o/

Yui/Ui Team!

Yeah so my mum so totally broke my car while I was gone. Parents always do things like that. Always. She was flipping the sun blocker thingy back and forth and back and forth because she’s got sensitive eyes or something, and broke it off the hinges, so now it hangs down right in front of my eyes. I had to duct-tape it to the roof because I couldn’t see anything. She had better get it fixed T^T. She paid for most of it so I don’t really have a right to get mad, but I am annoyed (in a cute way). Hopefully the duct tape will cold.

I love K-ON by the way. Everyone’s on about Mio being "moe" this and "moe" that etc. o.O – I think not… She’s pretty and has some cute quirks – but I think everyone only likes her because she’s got big breasts and acts embarassed all the time (a guy’s fantasy? O.o?) – Yui’s my favorite by far though, by FAR – or maybe really the Yui/Ui team. I’ve got to respect Tsumugi because I promote lesbians :3 – and Ritsu’s a nice Tsukkomi XD – but … Yui’s so cute and stupid she reminds me of a puppy. Ui’s like the cat (or duck?) that takes care of it. (Maybe it’s a weird metaphor but that’s the way my mind works)

I’m going to go get my work schedule and what not today. I’m – well I’m not really thrilled, but it’ll be nice to make some money. I’m playing touhoumon – and it’s awesome. I think it might be fun to play Kingdom Hearts – and also finish up reading all my stuff. Ah, but summer’s short – I need to start counting down the days before next semester starts. D:

[Begin geek aside]
I decided not to try out windows 7 because it doesn’t have an update feature – and also because I think that the people that bash windows Vista just don’t know what they’re talking about. I have Vista and I like it :D : Everyone just needs to magically become more computer efficient and everything will be fine. Windows really is the best operating system out there, a lot better than mac – and more practical than linux (for somethings, linux has its wonderful uses) – and I’ve come to the conclusion that the best software for mac is Java, because well even though Java in general sucks – it only sucks compared to the wonderful efficiency of windows and linux, mac programs are just on a whole ‘nother level of bad. :D – I hear about peoples’ mac’s breaking all the time too – and my computer never breaks. It never crashes either, which is mac’s main ad campaign – a computer will crash if you don’t take care of it, in my opinion – an operating system can only take you so far. Another thing people don’t realize that computers nowadays aren’t really meant to last – now I suppose that’s disappointing, but well since technology is still accelerating it doesn’t really make since to keep a computer that’s really old – even though I do. Old computers are so durable! You can like kick them around and they’re fine! – I guess durability is the cost of things weighing a little bit less. Still, even though my computer’s a bit scuffed up shall we say, and has a tiny tear in the screen, (not noticeable to most people, but it does get on my nerves from time to time when I notice it) my computer is absolutely wonderful. Its windows vista and all. I have another really poor on the hardware scale computer that runs ubuntu reasonably well too – nice combination. They never have failures! Only problem I can think of is when one of my programs messed up the direct show/sound configuration for a bit and I had trouble getting my sound to work in that one program – yes it was distressing, but I was able to easily fix it in the end without having to do anything drastic. All I hear from mac people is that if something goes wrong they have to send it to the mac store, pay a couple hundred dollars, and then get it back – I’m WAY too poor for that and I don’t have parents that will pay frivolous expenses.
[End geek aside]
Basically Windows > Mac & Linux > Mac & for completely unrelated reasons in a good number of areas: Windows > Linux :D

Finally Home!

I’m home! I’m finished! – Time to sleep for a month. Apparently I start work the day after tomorrow. I’m going to try to try to install windows 7 tomorrow – it might be fun. Maybe I shouldn’t risk it? Iunno. I’ll continue my Japanese studies and jlpt2 stuffs of course – but now I’m finally free and don’t have any work at all besides clerical stuff and to learn Japanese 24/7 \o/ – and play like… Kingdom Hearts ^.^

Time to sleep – no more updates for now.

Oh and when I say home, I mean it in a nomadic sense, because I don’t even have a room, or a bed. I’ve just got a roof to stay under, internet to use, and food to steal :D

Rush Rush Rush Rush Rush~!

My Asian Studies Project is due in less than 20 hours – dash dash dash dash dash!!!!

My Japanese Project is done – and it’s more important, but … a whole project in less than a day!? Can I do it!? ”Found another Japanese Artist on twitter – actually to be more specific I found them via IOSYS Album Art, but well, I found their twitter account. ”I’ve got 2 jobs lined up for the summer at a community college – should be good :D ”I’ve got to study more Japanese (jlpt2 and such) O.O – I’ll finally get the chance to do so in depth once class ends. Then I can read all those books!! ”Time to use power point… haven’t used that program since junior high o.o;;


Just to give you a small idea of the joy that I have in finishing my Japanese Video Project, here’s the AVS (Avisynth Script) file used to build it.

#Load Plugins
LoadPlugin("C:\Program Files\AviSynth 2.5\optional plugins\awarpsharp\awarpsharp.dll")

#Load Source Audio
aud001=DirectShowSource("opening2.wav") #opening.wav is creepier, opening2.wav is more old soap-opera

#Load Source Video
dv=DirectShowSource("Clip 01-x.mp4")

#Load Source Images (s=simple slide,a=alpha slide)
s001=AudioDubEx(ImageSource("Slides\Slides0001.png",end=195,fps=29.970),sil).converttoyv12() #About an Hour goes By
s002=AudioDubEx(ImageSource("Slides\Slides0002.png",end=90,fps=29.970),sil).converttoyv12() #At 8 in the Library – with a silver knife.
s003=AudioDubEx(ImageSource("Slides\Slides0003.png",end=90,fps=29.970),sil).converttoyv12() #Philosophy is So in a Different Classroom
s004=AudioDubEx(ImageSource("Slides\Slides0004.png",end=90,fps=29.970),sil).converttoyv12() #Math Class
s005=AudioDubEx(ImageSource("Slides\Slides0005.png",end=90,fps=29.970),sil).converttoyv12() #Somewhere at University
s006=AudioDubEx(ImageSource("Slides\Slides0006.png",end=90,fps=29.970),sil).converttoyv12() #A little bit later
s007=AudioDubEx(ImageSource("Slides\Slides0007.png",end=90,fps=29.970),sil).converttoyv12() #Cast!
s008=AudioDubEx(ImageSource("Slides\act-staff0001.png",end=180,fps=29.970),sil).converttoyv12() #Cast (Formal)
s009=AudioDubEx(ImageSource("Slides\act-staff0002.png",end=180,fps=29.970),sil).converttoyv12() #Staff
s010=AudioDubEx(ImageSource("Slides\act-staff0003.png",end=90,fps=29.970),sil).converttoyv12() #Director (None)
s011=AudioDubEx(ImageSource("Slides\act-staff0004.png",end=180,fps=29.970),sil).converttoyv12() #Special Thanks
s012=AudioDubEx(ImageSource("Slides\act-staff0005.png",end=90,fps=29.970),sil).converttoyv12() #And You.
s013=AudioDubEx(ImageSource("Slides\act-staff0006.png",end=100,fps=29.970),sil).converttoyv12() #Preview!
s014=AudioDubEx(ImageSource("Slides\act-staff0007.png",end=100,fps=29.970),sil).converttoyv12() #Next Time!
s015=AudioDubEx(ImageSource("Slides\act-staff0008.png",end=100,fps=29.970),sil).converttoyv12() #NAI
s016=AudioDubEx(ImageSource("Slides\act-staff0009.png",end=420,fps=29.970),sil).converttoyv12() #Hontou ni Arigatai!
s017=AudioDubEx(ImageSource("Slides\act-staff0010.png",end=180,fps=29.970),sil).converttoyv12() #Ongaku

dv=dv.initial_pp() #initial post processing


c013=dv.trim(22152,22919) #note inconsistency with a slide
c013t2=dv.trim(22974,23721) #<- take 01 is better
c014=dv.trim(24087,26150) #end with a slide effect if possible
c023SPECIAL=dv.trim(34223,34300) #<-cleaning lady
c022t2=dv.trim(33826,33950) #<- use frame 33899 specifically for a freeze
c034=dv.trim(46075,46447) #<- note sudden appearance with sub
c035=dv.trim(46585,46710) #Jennifer Introduction!
c036=dv.trim(46755,46881) #Hana Introduction!
c037=dv.trim(46918,47032) #Jordan Introduction!
c038=dv.trim(47050,47157) #Philosophy Teacher Introduction!
c039=dv.trim(47211,47360) #"The other guy" Introduction!
c040=dv.trim(47392,47548) #The magical coat Introduction!
c041=dv.trim(47580,47729) #The girlfriend Introduction!
c042=dv.trim(47748,48070) #Math Teacher Introduction!
c051=dv.trim(53396,53738) #same as 54



#Final Merge

#Final Post Processing

#Return Video

function initial_pp(clip c)
#c=c.Convolution3D(0,6,10,6,8,2.8,0) #(LQ DV)
 c=c.AWarpSharp(16.0,4,0.5,2) #High Processing Version of Default
 return c
function final_pp(clip c)
 c=c.Convolution3D(0,32,128,16,64,10,0) #(VHS)
 return c
function hana_zoom(clip c)
 return c.lanczos4resize(640,480,60,0,580,435)

Angels and Demons

Phew, I’ve survived. I was able to scrape a B for my final paper for one of my classes. Also got a B in one of my other classes, and got an A for my English class.

I watched Angels and Demons in the Cinema today, and I thought it was pretty good – I’m going to have to read the book now ^^.

Ugh – I’m really scared about my Japanese Final Project. I really want to get an A in that class, but my "acting" and "speech" in the film was most definitely sub par. I’m only a borderline A and it’s all too common for my grades to plummet near the end of the semester – ugh I just want it to end T.T

In the end, all I really need is a lot of sugar and a lot of caffeine *munches on coffee beans* – Let’s get this stuff done!! I’ll make up my horrible speech capabilities through my jlpt2 studies while listening to Touhou music!!