The Value of Dorama

10 January 2013 japanese,life
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If you’re studying Japanese and using the Internet to supplement your studies, or even doing most of your study online, Japanese television is invaluable for your listening skills and cultural understanding. Many new Japanese language students have their first introduction to Japanese through anime or manga and they may miss …

Why Japanese Isn’t as Hard as It Looks

3 January 2013 japanese,life
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Simply mention to native English speakers that you study the Japanese language and you’ll receive raised eyebrows, looks of amazement, and remarks of how difficult it is. You’ll also hear stories of how they always wanted to learn Japanese but they quit after they realized how insurmountable it was. Although …

MediaCrash & Emacs Stories, Part One

24 April 2011 programming
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I just spent a day or so setting up Org-Mode inside Emacs. I feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders! All the random junk and ideas that rattle around my head are now firmly in software where they belong. I’ve been messing around with Org for a …

Tales of The Fall Kindle Book…

21 April 2011 writing
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I’m in the process of researching the best way to prepare files for Kindle publishing. Tales of The Fall was painstakingly typeset using the LaTex “memoir” class and Amazon wants files submitted in HTML. The conversion is going to remove much of the effect of the typesetting, especially the verse …

MediaCrash.com site is finally up.

13 April 2011 programming
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It’s taken quite a while to get all the pieces in place, but the MediaCrash.com site is actually online and there is actually some content there! It doesn’t look like much, but there’s a lot lurking under the hood. The site is 100% Python powered, a CherryPy app using Mako …

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