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Archive for November, 2009


Widgets and walking

Posted by Leith in News,Play

So, starting today it looks like the NaNoWriMo widgets are finally working. On my main page you’ll now see the proper word counter… I’m actually not that fond of the designs, to be honest.

Walking around today was a bit of a challenge. After some broken sleep, I gave serious thought to skipping school for the day since my leg hurt so much. Not being able to bend it to 90 degrees without it hurting makes even sitting on chairs a bit of a challenge. But, somehow I managed. I felt like I was semi crippled and had to use a lot of handrails, but I managed.

Damn it, this probably means I’m going to need surgery on my knee a lot sooner than I was hoping.

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Endangered idea and English

Posted by Leith in News

Well, today I skimmed a paper that may shoot one of my research ideas to dust. Need to go over it in more detail tomorrow, but I think I’m going to have to be veeeery convincing if I’m to get anything novel of my own after reading it. I know I can publish from different perspectives (e.g. UI vs. underlying algorithm), but it’s still probably going to be a tough sell, so I might have to move on to another idea.

I also did some English checking of a friend’s paper abstract in exchange for white hot chocolate and general goodwill brownie points. I only realised later on the train ride home that it was probably made with cream and milk and not much else and that was probably why my guts felt like I had swallowed a bag of thumb-tacks.

Seriously? I can have cheese and ice cream just fine now, you’d think my body would have learned to deal with the less processed variety of dairy. >_<

NaNoWriMo for the day was a miserable 1657 words. Not only did I not make my 2000 word target, I didn’t even make the 1667 average-per-day-if-you-want-to-finish target. Close, I guess. Will try and do better tomorrow, although it’s looking like a busy day so I’m not hopeful. Might have to do a big push on the weekend.

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Words around and words within

Posted by Leith in News

Walked past a sign today that was only a couple of kanji, and had the realisation that hey, I know those! The first one was the kanji for ‘day’ or ‘sun’, and is a part of tons of words (including ‘Japan’ itself). The second kanji was the one for ‘to stand’. I know that one because it’s pretty simple, and it’s also in the name of the city ward where I live so I have to write it down all the time.

Then I was struck by the realisation that I knew how to read it as well. Knowing the meaning and knowing how to read kanji are two different things, but in this case, the name of the company was “Hitachi” – yay me!

Another day, another NaNoWriMo word count goal met. Chugging along…



Words and nerds

Posted by Leith in News,Thoughts

Another day, another 2000 words written. A little extra actually. As before, you can watch my word count progress here, or friend me on the official NaNoWriMo site – my username is Xandemon. So, my insanity is reaching new levels – when I’m already stressed out from taking on too much, I’m writing a novel this month. Or at least a good chunk of one.

Yes, I’m mental.

Also, today I sat at my dual-screen workstation in the User Interface lab of the Computer Science department at the University of Tokyo, wearing my Google shirt and my NASA polar fleece jacket reading papers about controlling levels of detail for 3D models and I had to wonder – how the hell did I ever get a girlfriend, let alone one that’s going to marry me?

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The writing begins…

Posted by Leith in News

So, today is November first, which marks the beginning of NaNoWriMo. On average you’re supposed to write 1,667 words per day in order to make your total target of 50,000 words. I’m going to see how far I can get by aiming to write 2,000 words a day. Today I managed to meet my goal, and you’ll be able to keep tabs on my progress on the word count on the front page of my site.

For those of you who are participating, here’s a message from the guy in charge!

I also challenged my friend Nik to participate this year, only to write game design(s) instead of a novel. He’s taken up the challenge, and I can’t wait to see what he produces by the end of November!

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