Archive for December, 2009

Preemptive New Year’s shrine visit

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Despite what the dates on the photos may say, this shrine visit occurred on December 26.


Is that some morning mist?

On the morning of December 26, my parents and I were on the bus from Everett to Granite Falls, making a pilgrimage to the Tsubaki Shrine. It was the final leg of a two-hour commute. I’d never been to a Shinto shrine before, although my father, who had worked in Japan several times, had visited shrines in Kyoto. The bus driver had no idea what this shrine thing was we were talking about, but we had the intersection and stop number, and that was good enough.

The bus stop, at the corner of Crooked Mile Road, was in the middle of nowhere. There were no signs saying “Shrine this way”, and we just had to trust in the address and walk. Later, 0.4 miles down the frosty road, we learned that the directions were correct after all.


The entrance to the shrine, with the torii. In this context, the triangle, circle, and square symbolize the principles of Aikido, a martial art that is taught at the shrine.

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This is how to teach English

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Speaking as someone who imported both volumes of the moe English wordbook Moetan 2, I can’t help but think that New Hori-ZUN is the best thing ever.


By KirbyM and NForza

Seriously, can you top this?

Lotus Cobra is Evil – Final

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

My most common recurring nightmare (as in, a dream that I have when asleep) is a scene in which the teacher is handing back a test and I find out that I didn’t do nearly as well as I had hoped, and that I had in fact failed like a noob on a Toho extra stage. Then, of course, I wake up and realize that I graduated in 2005 and there’s no way it could have been real.

However, I’m starting an evening degree program in January and that world of tests, projects, homework, and failure will be real once again. I’ll still have time to draw and play games, but not much, at least not until summer break. I definitely won’t be able to commit to a large-scale project. And this time, my parents aren’t paying my tuition. This leaves me with having to free up more time and cut down on spending. I won’t buy any Magic cards, DVDs, manga, or video games until summer, and all continuing projects need to be wrapped up.

After the end of my obligation to lolikit, I really only have one continuing project, which ends today. And how about we end it with a Christmas episode?

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Mind the gap

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

So that’s where the train comes from.


Photo: Miodrag Bogdanovic


Illustration: Yukizen

Journey to Nowhere

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

The plan was for Nissa to get beaten and join Sorin on the Exile farm, and the two would somehow learn to cooperate. But I couldn’t think of a way in which that would happen quickly. So I made the Exile farm owner (aka “Swords to Plowshares Guy”) into a powerful character who could force their cooperation, and changed the story somewhat.

The second strip references the card “Journey to Nowhere”. Yes, I know in the game rules Sorin can’t be affected by Journey to Nowhere, but it’s a better sight gag than Oblivion Ring.

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Joe Satriani is a Cirno fan

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

I mean, seriously, what else could the songs Cool #9 and Ice 9 be named after? Certainly not that world-ending weapon from the Kurt Vonnegut novel.

They are named after the strongest in Gensokyo.

One could argue that Satriani composed these songs in the 80s and 90s, way before Cirno made her debut in The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil. But keep in mind that Satriani, like Eric Johnson, Steve Vai, and Paul Gilbert, is a space alien whose powers could very well include time travel. It’s not uncommon for musicians to journey far and wide in search of inspiration.