About and journal

about the author

welcome to my little corner.

I'm an american dude in my early 20's living on the west coast. east-asian ethnicity. Grew up in a time where new personal sites were uncommon and social media was at its infancy so here I am. Going through neocities is adorable, I wish there were other ways of this sort of personal self-expression. Everyone on reddit and tumblr are faceless and discord is infested with weeaboos.

guess i'll list stuff i like here.

  • [FPS]Red Orchestra 2
  • [FPS]Pre-2014 TF2
  • [FPS]Halo ODST
  • [FPS]Halo:Reach
  • [Strategy]Fire Emblem 8
  • [Strategy]Rimworld
  • [Strategy]MGS3
  • [Adventure]LSD:Dream Emulator
  • [Adventure]Minecraft beta1.7.3
  • [RPG]Maplestory Pre-Big Bang
  • [Narrative-driven]Papers, please
  • [Comfy]Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • [comedy]Warioware
    • music artists
  • [classical] chopin, brahms, vivaldi, faure
  • [rap]milo
  • [rap]open mike eagle
  • [rap]noname
  • [rap]atmosphere
  • [indie/pop]sophie meiers
  • [indie/pop]rex orange county
  • [surf rock]the frights
  • [Power metal]unleash the archers
  • [j]gontiti
  • [jpop]tomggg
  • [jpop]やくしまるえつこ
  • [jpop]ラブリーサマーちゃん
  • [jpop]ゆのみ
  • [jrap]泉まくら
  • [jrock]シュリスペイロフ
  • [jrock]フィッシュライフ
  • [jrock]ecosystem
  • [jmetal]BAND-MAID
  • [swing]julie london
  • [swing]Doris Day
  • [swing]Nat King Cole
    • anime
  • [suspense]Monster
  • [comedy]gintama
  • [comedy]danshikoukousei no nichijou
  • [slice of life]tamayura
  • [suffering]madoka magica
  • [suffering]Clannad: After Story
  • [objectively shit]hayate no gotoku
  • [objectively shit]Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi
  • [objectively shit]highschool of the dead
  • [objectively shit]candy boy
  • [objectively shit]strawberry panic
    • manga
  • too many to list, mainly romance and slife of life
    • books
  • yukio mishima - confessions of a mask
  • mary roach - stiff
  • mary shelley - frankenstein
  • anne bradstreet
  • james baldwin
  • i really need to read more man

    questions? suggestions? death threats? reach me at http://mumblingmasochist.tumblr.com/


    Finals week is something special. The second-hand music in the dorms stop, the study halls and library become engorged with students, it's a unique atmosphere. People on their toes and there's a strange camaraderie between everyone.

    I'm going home after finals. 2 weeks? I have no idea. Bringing fabric so I can make clothes, and the camera so I can take pics. Found a place that develops for around $4 a roll, but I have no idea if I did good enough on the light seals. I will cry if 2 of my rolls are blessed with orange streaks across it. I'll finally be able to eat something green, no more sausages and retort pouches.

    For once I'm appreciative at the hobbies I have at hand, I'm satisfied. All that's left is to figure how the rest of my life is going.


    oh boy, here we go. 2 exams and an essay. No idea what my grades are like atm, probably drifitng around a low B. Did some more uni experiments, made around $50 so far. Makes up for the cost of a month or two's groceries.

    CSGO went free and I got back into assassin's creed:pocket camp. Feels much faster and you have the option to skip dialogue now. Don't know how long it'll stick but it's a sedate, comfy game that's rare for me. Might as well enjoy it.

    Processing film is really fucking expensive. Kinda defeats the point of cheap film. I do enjoy photography


    I watched Yuyushiki and the plot is as schizophrenic as the manga. I really wish it was a tad more comfy like Yuru Yuri, then It could become my go-to background noise show. Couldn't finish Tamayura, I'm not strong enough. I want to finally see Aria too.

    I was also thinking of getting a nendroid, either a Yurucamp or Hayate No Gotoku one. Beats the fuck out of a normal figure which i also own

    Tumblr is banning porn, time to jump ship. Living here has really solidified my hate for trap music. Satire usually requires exaggeration and most rap music doesn't leave much leeway. Walls are also hella thin. I also can't call pinterest "the anus of the internet" anymore because every girl i've spoken to uses it.

    I really do think I've just become acclimated to my roommates. My daily routine and how comfortable I am in my own house could've been better. There's a sensation that I'm in public while living here, not the most comforting.

    I really do sound negative but I feel like I've been blowing through the weeks without much to show for it. Been thinking about nostalgia.

    How I regard nostalgic memories continues to be a cocophany of emotions. Fondness, regrets, yearning. I do my best to avoid ambiguity, yet this aspect of my life has remained indeterminate. I don't know what mindset is right for me when looking back, nor do I have any external references in how others do it. And I don't how it has influenced my behavior today. I'd like to say it hasn't, but there's "zero" days where I choose to isolate myself from anything meaningful. Mind you, this is when I have time to myself. I get my shit done to whatever degree is neccessary, yet I struggle in managing my personal life. Time and time again there's limitless potential on the web, yet I often avoid the things I really enjoy. Research about a next purchase? Headphone forums and Analog photography groups? Easy. Finding new music? Manga? Anime? Movies? I avoid it. Anything that would remain as a lasting, emotional memory has some threshold I just can't get over.

    There's definitely some uncomfortable truth about how I regard life progress, and nostalgia continues to drop convoluted little croutons.

    Might expand my page on it.


    Holy fuck it's been over a week already

    Closing vibes in class, just 3 weeks left. DT770's came in and they are AMAZING. Velour pads disappear on your head, the clamp force is perfect. Soundstage is decent but it'll take a while before I can judge the sound. Got it used for $50USD, pretty much 1/3 of MSRP. The cable cuts in/out so off to the soldering iron. The lavender I planted 19 days ago finally sprouted. 1 out of 60 seeds ain't bad.

    Shot the second roll of Fuji on the broken C35. Fingers crossed for my janky ass night shots. I calculated the cost between $2 24-roll Fuji and $7 36-roll Ektar, 29 cents per shot vs 33. Maybe I'll just give the 2 other rolls away as the Fuji isn't terribly cost-effective. Campus is a great location to shoot still. Earth science building was great with the customized professors' offices. Hesitation and ineluctable dread in sending them off to be developed. I need to know how I did in metering and replacing light seals but that shit is expensive.

    Could do better on food but I'm eating well. Costco Tamales and sausages.


    Killed that exam. Got the Electro 35 working, the C35's light meter is busted, that really sucks. Staying home for thanksgiving, all but one of my roommates are visiting home. Planning to spend that time snapping pictures, journaling, and finally tackling some of my lingering thoughts. Might also get to work on organizing this unreadable mess of a page.

    Will I regret it? Possibly. Should I explore more clubs and places to meet people? Definitely. Should I have met the fam? Absolutely. The $90 round-trip ticket is a bit much and I'm planning to facetime during dinner.


    Went downtown with my roommmate and his gf to the camera store downtown. Seemed to be more focused on digital cameras, but they had a few vintage 35mms and a fridge full of film. Grabbed 2 rolls of Ektar for $7 each, which beats the shit out of Amazon. Their display shelf was also really cool with some Brownies, Yashica TLR's, and is that an Electro 35?

    Turns out shit up there was also up for sale, so this came home with me. How convenient. $20 bucks and it's in pretty great condition. The 45mm lens is gorgeous and the camera itself is substantial, reminds me of full sized-SLRs. It's an automatic aperture-only camera so it's a step forward from the small and light C35. That thing is the definition of point-and-shoot. SLRs should have more options but they're not terribly compelling to me at the moment. Two complaints though. The original and inferior Yashica G had a cooler checkered body, and the light seals on this thing are pretty hard to replace.

    Considering going home for thanksgiving next week. Atleast then I'll get 3 full days with the family. IF I do I'll bring the C35 and Fuji 200 film. Still waiting on those batteries though. Got back into CSGO for a bit. There's a laundry list of unexploited marinating thoughts I have, but this exam tomorrow takes precedence.


    Replaced the light seals on the C35, film in the fridge, all that's left is the batteries to come in.


    Trying to make a tabbed page for this journal à la turd but no dice. See my pitiful progress here.


    Caught up with my canadian buds over discord, played games which I hadn't done for 4+ weeks. 100% OJ, Insurgency, Payday, good stuff. Payday 2 seems like a massive hassle with all the broken mods and Borderlands 2 wasn't particularly compelling to me. The dorm wifi is redick. 30mb/s downloads.

    Really considering buying a graphics card now, a used 750 or 1050 ti. Recontextualizing where gaming stands within my hobbies. I love to emphasize practicality above all else (clothing, headphones) but I wouldn't have met my buds in the first place if it wasn't for gaming. Lots of good memories captured in video and screenshots too. So in that regard games have a potentially high return: I used to just think of them as cathartic timesinks. Wanted to do a mini-ITX Ryzen 2400G build but RAM is still kinda expensive and I'd have to use Windows 10, fuck that noise.

    Bought new light seals and some cheap Fujicolor 400 film. Guess I'm actually getting into photography now. If all goes well I'll move onto Ektar 100. Not too concerned about getting an Electro 35 but i'd be nice if I can snag one for under $20USD. Same goes for DT770 headphones. I also got Lavender seeds, going to plant them in red solo cups. The fact that they take 2+ weeks to germinate is nuts.

    got to episode 5 in Beelzebub.As expected the characters are great and there's enough lusty anime dudes to go around. It managed to translate the softness and detail of the manga's art into literal visual softness.

    Does a decent job considering most anime have very hard lines. I don't care much for the structured drama in every episode but you can't win em all. I also felt like they could've done more to improve the atmosphere of the show, even when adhering closely to the manga. Danshi koukousei did an excellent job and despite the lack of background characters, it never felt empty.

    I'm really glad I started Neocities. Still no idea how to make a non-abhorrent site but it coherently organizes my thoughts on anything, complete with dates and pictures. Plus I get feedback occasionally which is just wonderful. Can't do that shit with Notepad.


    Did alright on my midterms. Was a 3.3ish student in community college but I might actually do better here.

    Sewing machine this weekend? Crossing all my appendages so this happens. Clothing ideas been stewin for 2 months now.

    Still debating whether to get into photography. It's an involved (unsurprisingly) and somewhat expensive (surprisingly) hobby. The documentary on Natgeo photographers was enjoyable. Rangefinders are my jam rn, looking at Electro 35's.

    Costco food runs are paying off, finally pooping solids. Their brie beats the shit out of anything at Trader Joe's too.

    A bunch of manga that I really enjoyed have gotten animated but haven't gotten myself to watch them yet. Surely they can't be as good. Regardless, started on Beelzebub. Fuck animation has gotten good. Also pirated Tamayura for the megacomfy. I'm also the kind of person who cries watching Tamayura so that'll be an occurence quite well into the future.

    Have a gif.


    off to the parents' during the weekend. As always US public transport is hilariously underdeveloped. Ate like a king and brought back some clothes. Didn't have enough time to touch the sewing machine unforunately. Grandad's 35mm cameras emerged from the garage, never seen them before. Olympus OM-10 and a Minolta Hi-Matic F, both in great condition.

    They don't go for much but it's nice having something from my grandad that isn't totally obselete. Decided not to bring them with me, will be using my Konica C35 without a shred of guilt for beating it up. A roll of film is $10+cost to send to a lab, that sucks.

    It was a bit surreal going back home honestly. Packing was depressing enough, strip-mining it for anything worth bringing with me. I can rest easy with no roommates but it felt really insulated honestly. Galvanizes my drive to develop my personal life at the dorms. Really did miss my parents though, which I didn't really expect. Dad is the kind of guy that stays constant but apparently he would close my room's door because he would peek in and get lonely when I'm not there. Huh. Since we don't have a scale at our dorms I found that I lost 4 pounds due to my povertychow. That can't be good.


    Pipebomber got arrested. What a truly bizarrre timeline.

    Fucking killed those 2 exams, what a fantastic feeling. Section right after I was late to, but the TA said "fuck it."

    Going home this weekend apparently. Planned it last minute, 6pm to 12pm for $35. Brutal. IF I'm paying $20 for a haircut might as well meet the folks and have Dad cut it.

    Wondering whether I should bring cloth. 6 more yards should be in the mail for me too. Def bringing my laundry that I'm too lazy to do.

    Got the camera and it seems to function $100. Need to figure out the film and ISO settings, how to properly clean the lens, and maybe getting a UV filter. Very exciting.


    Charm of the school libaray's fashion books are wearing off now, Instagram or /malefashion seems much more condusive to finding novel inspo. Historical background of clothing is still super rad, especially non-western clothing that doesn't get much of the spotlight. I learned that I really don't like collars. Useless, vestigial little things. Really focusing on layers, drapeyness, and eccentuating the neckline for my next projects.

    Camera coming tomorrow, going to be one of those backburner projects. Probably not an off and on thing like embroidery is.


    Stayed up til 4 talking about insulation and interior design with my roommate. Other roommate is in the drunk tank. Shoes indoors will also never not be gross. So inconvenient and disgusting, constantly worrying where you put your shit, whether you're crawling into bed with dirty feet. All so you can just walk inside your home. Ridiculous.

    Sewing machine still not in my hands, getting blue balls now. Still need to get darker fabric but in the meantime, thinking of garments. Probably going to make a Hanten or Anorak.

    I bought a camera. A Konica C35 Auto for $15USD. Guess I have to get into photography now. I'm starting to notice that most of the vintage stuffI accumulate is mostly Japanese, most from the 70's.

    Classes aren't going well. Not feeling too well either.


    Slept from 4am~7PM, nice.

    My throte feels like shit, Tonsil woes for days. My ears are fucked from so much sneezing, hopefully I don't develop tinnitus or something.

    Went to the club BBQ yesterday, was on some kind of rooftop. Good experience talking to people and I got some burgahs. The black guy who's a graduate was a particularly interesting figure. Said he drove 3 hours for it, which is some respectable dedication. Talked about Jojo, gunpla, etc. I really need to cut my hair.

    The mandatory drug/sensitivity training was an experience. Interesting seeing the white guys get belligerent when it came to the diversity /sexual harrassment section.

    My linen and machine pedal got here, all that's left is the machine itself this wednesday. Linen was $15/Yard and is leaps and bounds from that 55/45 linen/cotton blend. Cool to the touch, amazing texture, still very soft. It is cream colored though so I'm pretty limited to making shirts. Looking at chitons and wrap-around collar shirts for inspo. Brown/Blue will be for outerwear.

    Not feeling too hot. Need to spend some time to reassess where I'm at.


    Night on the couch was pretty bad. The beer+coffee shits are going to be bad. I just remember groping my roommate while we were cooking at 2am yesterday. Oh, and staring at ants on the counter because we have a bit of an infestation. Made some wonderful pasta though. Fuck egg noodles are good.

    Every class has a "drop in during office hours so I can give you points" kinda deal. One prof in particular. very eccentric with wide, bulging eyes and silver hair. Looks like he carries some lineage from goblins. Definitely the kind of guy who has gone through a lot but has managed to stay abidingly positive. He's running some sort of uncertified therapist ring apparently, people just open up in front of him. It's all very topical to the class so it's alright that he gets paid for it. I've been kneading my brain to think of something to shoot the shit with but I can't settle on one. Can't organize my emotions properly. Do I talk about neuroticism? I haven't even collated my thoughts into a neocities page yet. Life progress? Probably too predictable for a prof that teaches in a top 10 public school. Going to go out tonight to take a good look at where my life is at rn, haven't done that in a good bit.

    running critically low on food my dude. only vegetables I've eaten are raw carrots and parsley. finna get gout and scurvy in the 21st century.


    On my stereo. The gain booster is actually quite something, bumps up the bass and treble by 4~5db. Really complements the K240 Sextetts.


    fuck me dead i got a second comment on my guestbook. get hype

    Ordered 3 yards of brown linen and got plans to buy a used machine. Thinking of either a kimono or Kapital overshirt clone. I also need to finish my stricharn man-purse. Keys, wallet, and suncreen is a pain to carry around every day. Considering buying a british DPM jacket to dye black and add zippers to. At $15USD it's definitely cheaper in material costs. Can't dye anything here tho. Also took a dip into the library to discover almost a full shelf of books related to historical clothing. By far my favorite was a book published in the 60's decrying the utlitarian merits of modern clothing. Just page after page of denouncing epaluettes, lapels, false pockets, etc. Was a quote that went something like "If savages are entranced with glass beads, the civilized world is infatuated with vestigial additions on their clothing." Another published in 1869 on clothing and armor. Tons of potential inspo in there. So excited to reanimate one of my hobbies.

    Loosely watched "man in the high castle" with a roommate. Alternate reality show where the Axis wins in WWII and colonizes the US. It was alright. Sets were gorgeous, if a bit empty, but the props and clothing was great. None of the characters were particularly likable, which was worrying. The cowboy cosplayer is truly an awful one-dimensional character. Meh.

    Kavanaugh's in. I can feel my life getting successively worse by the day. Begrugingly got Amazon prime for students. bezos can aspirate on biowaste

    Still confused as fuck regarding the class load. Should I be shitting myself raw right now? Or is it not all that different from community college, only 150X more expensive? I really need to find a spot to just chill and think about life. Too much going on at the dorms, and there's no gaps of silence or any semblance of privacy.

    Onto my reserve of frozen ground turkey now. Made some baller pasta and froze some meatballs. Borrowed parsley from my tall roommate. Worried about the amount of sugar I'm eating because it's been rice, frozen pizza, and pasta since I came here. Nutrients come from the odd handful of spinach or oatmeal. Trying to avoid soda. Think i've been overeating too.

    Need to cut my hair, buy the rest of my books, find a way to meet new people. Lots to do. My roommate's going to bring in a girl tomorrow. Same girl that didn't bother remembering my name the last time she came over. Sleeping on the couch is going to fucknig suck. Need to lock my shit down too. This journal makes me sound like some sort of pessimistic incel. How grotesque.


    Yeah, it's just been really odd. Classes are great, roommates are great, I'm just bored. Parties don't interest me and chasing tail seems exhausting. Change comes from within but I'm starting to question whether this is just another vacuum. I need to develop aspects of my life that will carry over when I'm done with this place. Still 2 years go by astonishingly quickly. Can't have any regrets. I really need to create new friendships and reanimate my hobbies.

    It's so hard to meet people though. The obvious vector is clubs, but even they meet once every few weeks. You don't really talk to people in-class and even if you do, it's a very transient experience. Little chance to come by them again.

    As far as hobbies go I'm pretty much done with gaming. Clothesmaking is the obvious one but a sewing machine is on the horizon. Manga and music are pretty difficult considering the wifi. I don't know, amybe a bit more digging.

    But overall it's simple shit. friends and hobbies. Like I'm in middle school again, battling with my neurosis. I don't have finances to worry about yet and there nothing glaringly awful about my day-today. I jsut have to start over, that's all.

    Looking back at my personal journal it's so much more eloquent and pessimistic. Isolation is not good for your health, it seems.


    The shifting, grotesque collage in my mind of what Japan was supposed to be now has occupied an advisory role in my life. And I've lived passively. Imagery of the raft comes to mind. Sunlight beaming across the deck, burning and etching its rays onto my skin, the matrix of water impossibly deep and impenetrable. I've stayed on the raft.

    I think I just don't have a healthy conception of what life is supposed to be like. I'm just not satisfied.


    i've had multiple girls talk shit about me when i'm like 4 feet away at a party

    i'm done with heterosexuality

    Interesting tidbits from class: Americans have differing values on agency and social mobility because we never underwent feudalism. Early people who settled down were faced with waterborne diseases like cholera due to issues with sanitation. The consumption of drinks like small ales inhibited growth of such pathogens, and those who had the gene to process alcohol had an evolutionary advantage. Indigenous and native peoples lack the gene to process alcohol because they were largely hunter-gatherer societies, lacking issues of sanitation. Asian societies made tea, which killed many waterborne pathogens.


    Rain boots today yo

    also finally got my beater chippewas


    Running dangerously low on groceries. oatmeal, rice and frozen meat for me. Went over to Albertsons to cop egg noodles, spinach, yogurt, etc. Got some oreos for the first time in 5+ years. Froze some Costo combo pizza. Fuck, so good. $10 too. Gave a slice to my roommate who shared his sausage pizza with me.

    With 6 guys naturally the conversation gravitates towards genetalia and self-juicing. I believe we've reached the final frontier with talks of a communal fleshlight.

    Coming from community college the lack of homework is a bit jarring. The classes and professors are great but the material isn't particularly dense pacing-wise. Haven't got my textbooks yet so i'm curious as to how supplementary they are. I'm really curious to what the people in the library are doing at the first week, surely they're not studying the syllabus? Also fuck these obscure textbooks man.

    In terms of my own self-preservation it's been odd. Not surreal as what I expected, but a "huh, this is pretty normal," kinda ordeal. One of my criticisms of suburbia was the fact that it felt like living in a vaccum. More rural than I'm used to, overflowing with students, in a location I'm wholly ignorant of, yet I've gotten used to it. My neuroticism has toned down because I have shit to do. Time will tell whether this lifestyle will become agonizingly predictable. I still have shit I want to do, connections to make. I have noticed I've been spending substancially less time with music and manga. Sucks man. Fucking around in youtube doesn't interest me that much anymore.

    I'm still really trying to go out and meet people. I've gotten fairly close with my roommates, but fuck it's still hard to meet new people. Clubs are one option that I'm going for. Work, I don't know how busy I'll be. Parties seem fairly distant and incompatible with the type of conversation I crave.

    I got a pretty bad case of acne my first week, although it's clearing up. I like dressing up but I don't feel particularly attractive anymore. My hair's a mess, my skin's a mess, and my nose has taken on some repulsive dimensions. Looking at pictures my head is very disproportionate. I'm not one to normally criticize how I look, nor am I a raging narcissist, but these past few days especially have been bad.

    So far this experience has been a pleasing surprise. Everything works out in the end, huh? Watch me meltdown in 10 weeks.


    Just applied to be a notetaker! Make money. So much to look forwards to. Visiting clubs, new boots, new classes, new clothing to make.

    Spoke with my sister about her journey dating and we bitched about how awful Japan is. Bonding over complaining is the apogee of kinship.

    Man this school goes hard on weekends.


    Got the infectious diseases class I was waitlisted in. Now I can be a slob on tuesdays and thursdays! Everything is in order for packages and ethernet too. Realized I brought my summer DIY clothing so I'll have to think of something to buy or make. Getting coldish. Getting along better with my roommates. Might head over to the library over the weekend and just lose my mind in there.

    Man this school goes hard on Fridays.


    The agonizing wait is real. Post office still isn't open so I have no idea if my boots made it, don't know what my class load is like so I can't buy fabrics or a machine. But hey, first day of class. The halls are absurdly huge, movie theater-tier. The bus system is super convenient too. The girl at the department had such nice skin, it emboldens my conviction to lather on the Rocher-Posay. Shit was like porcelain. I have an irrational fear that I smell really bad but can't notice so I'll have to be cautious with my moldy ass shower-laundered clothing.

    Was looking at some DT770's to replace my aging Panasonic RP-HTX7s.

    So far I've only spend $8, and I should be good on food for another 2 weeks or so. Cooking never gets old but we'll see how much time I can allocate towards it.

    I have a much more optimistic view of my roommates now. Some felt like they were on a completely different frequency, and that's fine. Everyone is super down to earth so I don't mind if we don't completely mesh.

    Some disturbing school alerts though.


    Weather is getting colder and the sky is flat white. I don't hate it. Should've brought more inner layers, didn't really think about cold weather clothing all that much. Curious as to what kind of fabric I'd use. Is Merino wool even available to buy in rolls? Don't know if I'll have the time to sew but I've found a few used sewing machines on Offerup. 20+ miles away.


    Finally on that povertychow. Jasmine rice beats the shit out of short-grain rice. Never understood why people would buy convenience store onigiri in Japan but it just turns out American rice is fucking horrid. Everyone else doesn't really seem to cook.


    Moved in.

    There is nothing near the campus, and even the surrounding area near the dorms is pretty limited. Prices are also high as shit. Hopefully I can keep occupied or make some friends.

    My dorm is pretty nice honestly. Modern and relatively spacious. Only met two of my six roommates. They seem to be nice guys and three of them were from my city. Crossing my fingers for a LAN party. My main concern right now is commuting and food. Haven't researched the routes yet. A quater is only 12 weeks, but I'm worried about running out. Should've brought much more rice and oats. High hopes for the costco nearby, talking about pooling money together for a membership. Will have to swing by reddit for advice on cheap meals.

    But the ants. Reminds me of our house near Tustin. Curious as to how hungry they are, because we've seen them make feeding circles near spilled water. Maybe Borax would help?

    Really aching to get back into sewing.


    No idea how I'll format this

    Holy fuck Gintama is truly unforgettable. Don't think I went past episode 250 last time (4+ years ago). Animation quality went way the fuck up, backgrounds actually have lighting, and the sound design is very impressive.

    The genderbend arc (275~277) was really something. Holy fuck Tsukuyo's male voice is like inhaling caramel. Gin and Yamazaki were uhhhhhh

    Thoroughly disappointed there was no genderbent Katsura though.

    This arc somehow manages to subvert the subversive theme of Japanese female characters being characterized as combative and physically powerful in order to avoid the trope of the submissive Mary Sue. All the genderbent female characters do (((female))) things like work at cabaret clubs. And yet it maintains a somber tone while the screen pans over the red light district. And then it manages to pull off an ending where it shuns binary gender labels? How the fuck Sorachi. I truly wonder how many Japanese viewers/readers got the message. I should go on a tangent about how it's an allegory for how binary and trope-centric Japan regards gender but nah. I got enough to worry about.

    And this arc was pretty well paced, considering I usually can't tolerate serious-ish 2+ episode arcs. Gin's voice wasn't as convincing unforuteately, the VA seemed to give it her all though.

    Move date is inching closer, debating whether to bring my sewing machine. I can source fabric online but thread and misc items will be a pain in the ass. I still have tons of ideas for jackets and shirts but no real confidence in what my schedule will look like. Also grabbed another pair of Chippewa Apaches, time to teach myself how to resole. Maybe a vibram 430?


    I have a strong tendency to only write negative reports so this will be an attempt at rehabilitation.

    Absolutely shitting myself. Moving into dorms next week, gathering my stuff. Trips to ikea and such, really wished I could grab some glassware. They should already be furnished so I have to careful with particularly large items.

    I think the anxiety stems from campus being around a relatively undeveloped, rural area. Suburbia sucks but there's a lot worse out there. It's still America after all, I guess I need to re-adjust my expectations. It's also 5+ hours away from anyone I know and with no car, that doesn't exactly stem my worries. But man just driving through Irvine was nice. I'd live there again when I'm old as shit and done with life.

    The class load should be fine except for all 4 finals being on the same day. The library was really fucking nice though. 8 floors of old, obscure books. The campus also isn't that large, which was a giant plus. If I start working again that's another time consideration. Temperatures should be lower than I'm used to so I'm excited to be able to wear cold weather clothing again.

    I guess there's just a lot to think about. Classes, commuting, food, tuition costs, keeping sane. Hopefully my roommates are good guys.

    Been watching a ton of Gintama lately. Man were some of the earlier episodes animated badly. The show doesn't really look any better from 480~1080p either, but It's as great as I remember it. At the time I was asking myself how Jump would publish something so thoroughly saturated with dirty jokes but look at the magazine now. One of the recent covers was crowned wih the series title "My husband's cock won't fit in me." No wonder Jump is only read by old salarymen now. I'll probably do a whole page on Gintama later on, but it's still in my top 5 all-time favorites.

    As far as clothing goes I'm still after Red Wing Postmans. Ebay listings for used White's boots also popped up for a staggering $30. They seem to be "uncraftables," or boots that are too far gone to be resoled or remade in any cost-effective way. Lots of wear with usually a hole in the tongue, but should be just fine for fucking around. I'm waiting for a non-steel toe logger to pop up. I also really love my Chippewa Apaches so I'm after another beater pair. Beats the shit out of cheap sneakers.

    Also considering buying more linen for shirtmaking. The Linen/Rayon blend just isn't the same. Also looking for African/Native American print fabrics, although for shirtmaking they would have to be synthetic dyes. NAtural dyes are just fine for outerwear that won't experience many washes.