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[Sep. 4th, 2005|11:07 am]
Silicon Rose
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Wow, it's been awhile since I last posted. Haven't had much to talk about overall, I guess.

I've decided to actually study Hebrew instead of just study it with my Mom once a week, which requires me to start putting pencil to paper and writing the language. The cursive system is... derivative, to say the least - the hand-written characters often have little resemblance to the printed form of the language.

I finished reading the Sword World RPG Replay Collection I picked up in Japan. It wasn't bad, but difficult beyond my expectations - of course, the players used a lot of slang, and that made it difficult to follow. I was planning on reading the first Mobile Suit Gundam (0079) book, but it seemed to pick up in the middle of the plot, so I decided against it. Instead, I've been watching the TV series. I gave up entirely on the English subtitles. I'm mostly getting the plot, but most of the techno-babble/military-babble is still over my head.

The cataloging is still progressing. I've begun sorting the full series into sections, general sci-fi, general fantasy, roleplaying world based, etc. Still have a lot of boxes to go, but I've cleared a workspace on the desk off more or less, making it more comfortable to work.

Blah, drowsy. Had a hell of a time getting to sleep last night - probably didn't conk out until 5am. Unfortunately, I needed to get up at 10am to study Hebrew. If I didn't start kicking into gear on it, Mom would really think I had no interest in it - when it's been an amount of reluctance mixed with a collection of unfortunate circumstances.

If you're not interested in religious books, Israel produces almost no Hebrew literature. I suppose this is understandable, but I'm not religious, and I don't have much interest in religious books. Given that my approach to attaining fluency in Japanese broke down to "read as much as I can, even if it's too difficult for me," I'm seeing storm clouds on the horizon for Hebrew. Mom has been trying to find non-religious Hebrew literature for me, and been somewhat succeeding, but I'm not sure even with her best efforts that the volume is going to be there.

Argh.

I'm also reading Eats, Shoots, and Leaves and The Fiefdom Syndrome for English books - the first of which is hysterically funny, and the second of which is somewhat plodding, but useful to read.

I should make an LJ icon using some of the quotes from Eats, Shoots, and Leaves, and use it to post in fanficrants. ^^

genedefect and I are thinking of going out to a nice dinner tonight, but I'm not feeling well... I'd hate to have to waste exquisite Bananas Foster on sick-confused taste buds. We'll see how I feel a little later.
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From: umiushi
2005-09-04 07:03 pm (UTC)
This is one of those posts where there's too much to comment on!

The MS Gundam book by Tomino? That guy's crazy!

Have you read Sword World itself? If so, how's the system?

Eats, Shoots, and Leaves sounds awesome. It might not fall into the category of punctuation, but is there any mention of that horrid, backwards practice of spelling "all right" as a single word? It's even crept into the bloody dictionaries, now.

Sorry to hear you're under the weather. I love Bananas Foster. Where around here serves it?
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[User Picture]From: siliconrose
2005-09-04 07:41 pm (UTC)
Is he? I was a little surprised that the book started in some world where Amuro et al. were considered experienced pilots. I figured it was probably a novelization of deeper in the series and shut it quickly. How so, crazy?

I've never actually read anything on Sword World, the system. It appears to be more or less simple, though the character sheets are a little confusing (they have the main characters' character sheets in the front of the book). They appear to perform some weird summing method to generate character stats.

I haven't seen anything on it yet, but I'll let you know. It's good information on punctuation overall.

El Gaucho. ^^;; So good. So expensive.
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From: umiushi
2005-09-05 01:05 am (UTC)
Of course, I mean to say he's somewhat eccentric. There's a series of anecdotes that follow him around such as the rumored origin of the ZZ Gundam's head-mounted beam cannon (he stabbed a pla-model in the head with a pencil), and wandering around AX at night in his pajamas clutching a camcorder (I was there for that one). In terms of his storytelling, the one thing I would point to is that his characters commonly have some serious Oedipal issues. When all the other anime directors in the world are lolicons, that really makes him stand out. However, I'll leave it to you to judge, if you ever go back to the book.

I wouldn't worry about spoilers. In fact, don't rely on the novels to tell you much about the series. Creator's prerogative, I suppose. Everything set in the "original Gundam universe" is based on the TV series and not the novels. The only exceptions I can think of are a couple videogames that have mobile suits from the novel, and use some of the characters to populate their random NPC name databases. I suppose it's possible that one of the SRT games could have used the novel storyline, but I haven't heard of that.

El Gaucho, eh? One of these days, I'll get there...

I've heard of Sword World's summing method. At face value, it sounds cool in its simplicity. One of these days I should find out more about it.
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[User Picture]From: adept
2005-09-04 07:31 pm (UTC)
I'm going through Eats, Shoots and Leaves (the correct title of the book does not have the second comma. My inner Grammar Nazi says Ha!), and it is indeed a very good book. As a matter of fact, it was our corporate gift (meaning what we give to our clients) last christmas (which was before I worked there).

Bananas Foster is indeed too good to waste on feeling bad. I suggest waiting. Or make it yourself. I've got a nice recipe for it that's not too bad. Goes great with homemade vanilla ice cream, too.
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[User Picture]From: siliconrose
2005-09-04 07:33 pm (UTC)
~grins~ Sticklers unite!

Really? I'd love to see the recipe. ^^;; Need to make sure I don't burn down the kitchen doing it, though.
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[User Picture]From: adept
2005-09-04 08:33 pm (UTC)
Unlike most of the recipes I've seen for it, this one doesn't use the flambe technique. This is just a pan fried version, but pretty nice. I'll go dig it up, after I finish my game of Lawn Lawn Revolution.
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[User Picture]From: siliconrose
2005-09-04 08:37 pm (UTC)
...Lawn Lawn Revolution?

Dare I ask?
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[User Picture]From: adept
2005-09-04 08:48 pm (UTC)
That's the battle between myself and the un-mowed jungle that I call my yard. (I stole the term from Jameel - it's properly called Yard Yard Revolution.) Unfortuntately, I've been at it for an hour and a half so far, and it's winning.
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[User Picture]From: froborr
2005-09-04 11:54 pm (UTC)
"If you're not interested in religious books, Israel produces almost no Hebrew literature."

This is very much not the case. However, most of Israel's non-religious literature is to be found in magazines, not books, and is therefore hard to get in other countries.
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[User Picture]From: koshiii
2005-09-07 05:58 pm (UTC)
Printed word aside, does anyone know where I can get Hebrew being spoken in an audio format? And I don't mean beginer tapes ("Shalom, Shmuel. Now repeat after me. Shaloooooom, Shmuuuuueeeeeel...."), I mean like anything spoken at a regular speed, as a normal conversation would go (radio broadcast, book on tape, anyone babbling anything in Hebrew)?
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[User Picture]From: siliconrose
2005-09-08 01:58 am (UTC)
Jewish Bookstores - you can get lectures on tape, I think. If you want, I can ask my Mom. It's going to be mostly religious material, however.
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[User Picture]From: koshiii
2005-09-08 02:57 pm (UTC)
I haven't really noticed any Jewish bookstores in Delaware....

Yeah, lectures on tape sound cool. Let me know what your mom says. I don't mind religious material. It is, after all, my religion (supposedly).
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[User Picture]From: siliconrose
2005-09-09 04:51 am (UTC)
Well, she didn't give me tapes, but she suggested listening to the radio stations on kolisrael.com and another site which I don't remember, and forgot the note I wrote it on at work.

Er. I can ask about tapes more specifically, if you want take it with you sort of material.

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[User Picture]From: siliconrose
2005-09-08 02:00 am (UTC)
My mistake, then. Sounds like they have a publishing system closer to Japan than the United States. It's just that every Hebrew bookstore I went into in Israel didn't seem to have much but translated material, and while that's good for a first book, I don't need to learn Hebrew to re-read the Death Gate Cycle.
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