Category Archives: Planning

Half-year plan

Items on the agenda for this little site:

1. *7th Dragon 2020*. I’m not sure what I want to do yet — or rather, I’m not sure how involved I want to be, but at least I enjoyed the first game enough, I think it didn’t get enough attention, and it definitely didn’t get a localization! — and I feel like showing a little bit of support. So I’ll try to translate what bits and pieces I can and drum up a little interest. I note, however, that so far it doesn’t seem to be gathering as much interest as its DS precursor did. For now, all this means is that I’ll keep updating the depository with stuff semi-faithfully as more info comes along.
2. *Minor side projects*. TBD. I’ve been working on my Japanese a little bit, and I always need motivation to keep going. Playing a lengthy text-filled RPG is probably not going to cut it. I’ve been doing a little work with kdingo and perhaps we’ll keep the Mirakuru Fansubs name alive for a little longer.
3. *Site reorganization*. This is a maybe, depending on how much time I feel like devoting – I don’t feel that there is enough content on the site to warrant a full-scale reorganization.

Real Life does tend to take precedence, however, and I do plan on doing a lot of traveling, studying, seeing, and learning this year.

I do plan on continuing my little videogame and anime habit, but it’s just a question of how much more focused it has to be. Hanging out on yon internets and in IRC is a pretty surefire way to lose your concentration in six different directions simultaneously, and there’s no way I can make room for everything that I want to do all at once, and still develop my IRL career path and tackle research projects as I would like to.

As for recent habits, I’ve lately been enjoying XSeed’s English port of Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls on PS3, Okamiden on the DS, and oddly enough, I have taken to watching the Oreimo anime, which sounded initially like a premise full of ridiculous but turned out to be a delivery mechanism for an infusion of fuckwin.

Anyway, guess we’ll see how far I get with the above. It’s best to start small, right?

Perfect storm

* Magnitude 9.0 earthquake
* Tsunami
* Threat of nuclear plant failure
* Rolling blackouts
* Aftershocks
* Mudslides
* Trip to Tokyo planned for this week
* Blargh

awash in pixels

bought a 24″ widescreen hdmi monitor. was going to use it for a ps3, but decided to wait a little before splurging on the console/bluray player/whatever.

pixels!!! so many pixels. it’s beautiful. what do i do with all these pixels?


So there’s something I’ve wanted to post on ItL, but very specifically did not want to bring attention to (as it would bump the post up to the top)…

And since this blog is back up and working, I feel like posting it here because I’ve wanted to get it off my chest.

This topic on ItL.


I am Aaron’s sister, and I don’t know where exactly to post this, and I have some difficult things I must say. Aaron, or AppleInject as you know him, got sick quite some time ago. He later began experiencing sharp abdominal aches and pains, but my family all assumed it was part of the flu – we are not terribly rich people and did not take him to a doctor. Aaron was rushed to hospital when he began vomiting blood… but because of our ignorance, we were too late.

Blood loss. Internal bleeding. Ruptured appendix. Aaron passed away in his hospital cot a gut-wrenching 19 hours after he was admitted. I pray that none of you will treat this as an ill-timed joke. Please give Aaron some respect.

I write this here today, weeks after my only brother’s funeral, because of a package that arrived in the mail for him. It contained this game called 世界樹の迷宮III 星海の来訪者, which I am well familiar with because of how much of a fan my brother was of the series. With reluctance, I pulled Aaron’s laptop out and checked his bookmarks and saw this community, by posting I guess I felt I would be doing my brother’s memory a favor and giving myself some sort of closure, I don’t really know. But this feels like the right thing to do.

My brother was a very kind and sharing person, and would never turn down a request for help. While he could be lazy and obnoxious, just like any other guy, but he had a good sense of humor and a strong work ethic when it came down to it. If he were here right now, I’m sure he would laugh and say that his only regret was to not to be able to play this new game. He always stood up for me when I was a little kid, there’s so many little and huge things he did for me that the list would be endless, so I’ll save you all the trouble. Just know that Aaron never did a wrong thing in his life, he never hated anyone, and he never set out to harm anyone.

Rest in peace, dear Aaron.

I don’t know if this is a joke. Well, a quick search on the forums and his last post is here:

I doubt anyone will really mind, but I’ll probably be out for the better part of the week. Had a cold creeping up on me, really hit hard this morning.

I can already tell this one is going to kick and scream all the way until the end. Anyone got any handy remedies that actually work? >_>

As a physician my immediate response is: Fuck. Missed appendicitis and subsequent perf, acute abdomen, fatal.

This kind of story hurts the most because it’s nobody’s fault, and yet it’s everybody’s fault. Everybody makes mistakes, misunderstanding the severity of an illness happens all the time, and yes, it would be unreasonable to expect someone outside of medicine to know the difference between a simple viral enteritis and a fatal appendiceal infection.

And often, people feel a need to minimize their degree of pain in order to avoid being an inconvenience to others.

It’s just that sometimes, this is how it ends.

Rest in peace.