Japanese Language Tools Review: Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary

21 March 2013 japanese
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Often, the progress that you make when studying a foreign language is dependent on the tools that you use to maximize your study time. In Japanese language study, the tools that you use to study kanji are a serious choice.
When I first started studying, my girlfriend’s father gave me a …

Dorama Review #3: Akumu-chan

5 March 2013 japanese
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Akumu-chan is a drama that recently aired on NTV in Japan. If you like paranormal activity & sci-fi mixed with comedy, you’ll definitely love this one. The story is about Mutoi Ayami, an elementary school teacher who presents herself to her class as a caring, smiling and kind-hearted sensei. In …

BerkshireAnime.com Site Is Up…

21 February 2013 life,programming
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I finally released a big piece of software that I’ve been working on for a while. It’s an e-commerce application written in python that you can view here.
Although it doesn’t really look like there’s a lot going on with the app, it’s actually pretty complicated. The shop is combining affiliate …

The Madness in the Method: Discovering a Writing Process

5 February 2013 life,writing
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I have this beat up Microsoft keyboard with the home-row letters worn off. It’s what they call “ergonomic” and I bought it because I was typing so much that my hands were cramping painfully. I try to imagine how my wrists would feel with an ancient mechanical typewriter, the typebars …

MediaCrash & Emacs Stories, Part Two

5 February 2013 programming
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I love Emacs. I use it every day for programming, writing, schoolwork, web stuff, email, news, listening to music, whatever. Sometimes I have to use different Emacs on remote machines and I have to revert to the default setup (tramp mitigates this somewhat). This means that I have to go …

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