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23 April 2010 @ 05:55 am
My little sister called me at 3:20am in a panic. She was crying and I honestly thought someone had died (though why she'd call me first, I don't know). Turns out her computer locked her out of her profile and forced her into a temporary one. In typical college student fashion, she has a project due next Monday, and now she can't access her profile. Hence the panic. Goodness, my heart almost stopped!

So yeah, all you Windows Vista savvy folks, anyone know what to do? Basically, there's only one profile, which is her's (the administrator's). Windows won't load her profile, and instead takes her to a temporary one. I looked online for solutions, but it seems the problem lies with folks deleting one of multiple profiles, which screws up the registry. I don't see how my sister's problem is the same, since she only has one profile? Any clues?
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12 April 2010 @ 03:21 pm
Soooo...Tenimyu fans. I'm gonna be doing a sales post soon, and I'm selling some of my old CDs (More than Limit, DL1, blah). Unfortunately, I have no idea what CDs go for these days, and my preliminary research over at tenimyu and tenipuri_myu hasn't turned up any useful info. Anyone know, because I'm pretty sure the original 2800Y price tag these CDs have won't fly.

Also selling all of my Gackt CDs. All 12 of them. I have a harder time justifying reasons to keep CDs over books; CDs can be burned, and once you have a digital copy, there's hardly any need for the actual CD anymore (when was the last time YOU used a CD player and not your iPod?). Since my eyes are bad and stuff, I try to stay away from reading scans online all day (though with this new Readability thing recommended by star_keziah, reading fics online has become SO much easier).

Ah, market research. You confound me to no end. Sometimes, there's no information to be found (how much DOES a Pandora Hearts doujinshi go for anyway?). And sometimes, the fandom's so old that you're lucky to give things away (darn you, Prince of Tennis!). I don't know if this means I'd be a good entrepreneur, or a horrible one. @__@
 
 
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20 February 2010 @ 07:12 pm
Hey guys, do you know of good web sites for ESL teaching in Japan? I've got a friend who is looking at Osaka or some other metropolitan town for ESL, but all I know of is GaijinPot and Ohayo Sensei. Any other good ones?
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18 February 2010 @ 10:24 am
I posted this on my Facebook, but...

Why, oh why don't I have $300?! I could be on a jet plane back to Japan, livin' it up with friends and getting a taste of the life before I commit myself to being a normal American once again. Damn you taxes, for had it not being for you, I would have had these funds and then some!

;__; At times like these, I really wish I had a sugar daddy or something. "Hey baby, send me to Japan for a week, will ya?" Oh, if only my morals were loose!
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09 February 2010 @ 11:31 am
Okay, weird question of the day: Has anyone ever owned or used the Action Replay Max or the Gameshark for the PS2? I've got some little cousins who are a product of today's society (as in they don't like to lose and they don't know how to take losing well), and I'm thinking of picking up one for them. It'd be nice if they could just sit and play a video game (or any game, for that matter) without bursting into fits because they died or something. Guh, I have no idea what these kids are gonna do once they hit the real world, but I'll worry about that later.

So, anyone know about these things? I e-mailed the Action Replay folks and they said their disc might not work on older PS2s, and I hear Gameshark is having issues. Any advice would be great, thanks!

Seriously, who breaks into tears about an Uno game? UNO!!
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27 January 2010 @ 06:14 pm

Has anyone ever unfriended you without explanation? Did you ask why? Have you ever deleted someone from your friend list without saying why?

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Yeah, I've had it happen. Usually it's because we don't talk anymore, or because they friended me and I never added them back. I don't think I've ever had an LJ friend with whom I'm in constant contact unfriend me. If that happened, I'd probably send them a PM to ask about it if it was rather sudden.

As for me, I defriend folks who I haven't spoken to, or else I never add people who randomly friend me. I've got a few unlocked posts, so I like it if people at least leave a message and say "Hey, I've friended you, is that cool?" In the past, my journal was unlocked, but I had some crazy drama that was so absolutely pointless that I just locked everything.

I've also defriended people because I wasn't interested in their journal anymore. I strive to be more than just a fandom friend, because I change fandoms every other second (or I leave fandom completely from time to time), and chances are we won't be in the same fandom for more than six months. Thus, all the friends I have are interesting outside of fandom as well. or people I've met in real life. Unless we were really close or spoke often, I don't feel like I owe people an explanation for why I unfriend them. Either I lost interest or we never spoke to each other. Isn't that the same thing that happens with real life relationships? You stop talking to a person and they fade into the background of a past friend.
 
 
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15 January 2010 @ 10:12 am
I'm thinking of offering up my signed copy of Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book for auction at help_haiti. I actually purchased it pre-signed, since the line to see him was seven hours long, and I have another copy of it already. Good idea, bad idea? While I may not get another chance to have something signed by him, I didn't really get it done personally anyway, I just bought the signature. Hmmm...

Not that I can figure out help_haiti's posting rules anyway. Do you make a new comment? A reply comment? I have no idea.

Not much to do today. I'm hoping to get bitten by the inspiration bug and get everything ready for Sweden, but barring that, I hope to at least get my sale organized. The faster I can do it, the faster I can get the money, and the faster I can send 10% to Haiti. I only wish I could do more.
 
 
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01 January 2010 @ 12:14 am
Happy (Official) New Year everyone! It's finally 2010 in America, and once again, being on the East Coast, I'm the first to bring it in. Actually, I kinda missed it (I was chatting with houkouonchi) until I heard all the fireworks going off.

I think 2009 was a very weird year. I realized I didn't like my JET job and I wanted to quit, I went to Thailand and got Thai plague, I got some other random disease that rendered me as helpless as a baby, I moved from Japan to America, I was jobless for three months, and I found a cozy little job in a corner office (which I have currently lost). I mean, when I was up, I was UP, but those downs were really low. Still, I can't say it was a bad year. A year of confusion, regrets, and tough decisions yes, but also good friends, great fun, and some much needed thinking time.

For 2010, I hope to find a satisfying job, peace of mind, and inspiration. Good Lord, I need inspiration. I know I'd like to go to Sweden, but I feel no push to even write anything for it. I need a big ol' kick in the pants. I suppose my next credit card bill will do that for me. :D

So here's to the new year! To big changes, big chances, and new prospects. I wish everyone the best!
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28 December 2009 @ 07:54 pm
So I have written this monster called a Statement of Purpose. This might sound a little weird, but would anyone be willing to read over it for me? It's only about 700 words, give or take a few. I've only seen the random statements I found on the internet, and honestly, those samples make me feel a bit overwhelmed. I know I have been out of academia for going on two years now, and sometimes, I really feel it.

That said, I'm looking for good, honest critique. Like, "Hmm, not bad, but this could be better." Or, "This felt boring and generic." I really want to make a good impression and get into the Swedish program, because I feel getting back into the academic fray would be stimulating. Furthermore, to do it on a Master's Degree level would only help me to decide if I want that PhD or not.

So if you're willing to help me out, comment here and I'll PM it to you. I appreciate anyone who can help out. I feel it lacks a certain sense of finesse, but I can't tell where I'm missing it...

Tonight I will attempt, for the third time, to get the family to watch The Princess and the Frog. I feel I shouldn't get my hopes up until I see that Disney castle on the screen, as the TV show Criminal Minds and my family's penchant dropping everything to watch crime shows has thwarted me twice before. But third time's a charm, right?

Tomorrow, I go back to work, but only for two days. The boss is opening up at 10am, and says we're only staying 'til 4pm. That's only $90 in my pocket after taxes (2 days worth of work for $90, wha?), but I'll be glad for it. I have to figure out how to live on $300 until I can find a new job. Well, probably less than that, since I have credit card bills. At least my loan isn't due until January 23rd. Small blessings! I'll make it, come what may. Sure, I might have to stay in my house all the time, but all my friends are working now, so what else do I have to do? Ha, it's kinda like an evil irony, or something...^^;; Still, staying optimistic is my strong point, so stay optimistic I shall!
 
 
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31 October 2009 @ 04:53 am
I'm making a spreadsheet of all the books that were in that "lost in transit" package that I may or may not receive from Japan (please Jesus, I don't know if you agree with BL, but I'd totally love that package back. *wibbly eyes*). This list doesn't include anything that I didn't take to Japan, and it's not complete (damn you DMP for having a monster list of BL manga and novels!), but it only excludes DMP. So far I am missing: eight series, 46 individual books, and about $505 in book costs. Not to mention the $100 shipping fee. And DMP is gonna murder me, as I know I owned nearly every novel they released. However, I had to stop making my list when I came to them because I did receive a SAL shipment, and I'm praying that some of my favorite novel titles are in there (I have no idea what I packed where, as that whole moving period feels like a blur).

Still, sadness! ;__; I estimate the total loss to be around $700 when I finish tallying everything. I had no idea I spent that much on manga! It's a crazy thought, made even crazier because this is just the BL manga list. I that if I start making a list of all the regular books, I'll burst into tears. I guess this is a very valuable (as in expensive) lesson; next time I ship ANYTHING, my name and address will be plastered in fifty million places on that box, inside and out. People will talk about the insane girl whose address is posted inside regular $0.44 letters, but at least I know it'll get there!

Plus, my favorite blue sweater was in that package for padding. Double sadness! Jesus help me!
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