Monday, December 28, 2009

100th post :)

Apparently this is my 100th post on this blog.

Yay! Okay.

So, for the first time in about two years, my favorite band L'Arc~en~Ciel is releasing something new. The new single is called 'BLESS,' but I'm actually more excited about their alter ego band's release, which is Route 666 2010!!! Route 666 is one of my favorite songs, so I'm pretty excited. I hope they've been able to make a great remake...P'UNK~EN~CIEL's been going a bit downhill lately. Their last good song (to me, at least) was I Wish 2007, but DUNE 2008...let's not talk about that XD

In other Laruku news, I was wondering about this before, but after checking it's certain. I don't follow Laruku like I used to so I'm kind of late...tetsu has changed his stage name to 'tetsuya'.

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I don't know why he did. 'tetsu' is shorter and kind of more youthful. I guess since my favorite bouncy bass player is 40 now he thought he should change his name :/ It's kind of weird because for almost 20 years, all of his fans have known him and loved him as 'tetsu'. I guess we can still call him 'tet-chan.' I mean, hyde is still hyde and we KNOW that's not his real name!

TETSU69, tetsu, tetsuya, TETSUYA...no matter what his name is, I hope he will always be the same no matter what. I hope his wife didn't put him up to the name change...I can imagine the little brat--err, lady telling him "Only I get to call you 'tetsu'! Everyone else has to call you something else!" Haha...I'm kidding. I hope they're still [happily] married.

JACK IN THE BOX 2009 was on Sunday. I looked at the report and was kind of sad that I couldn't be there. As you might know, I went to JACK IN THE BOX 2008 last year and had a great time there. The great thing about JITB is that it changes every year, so even though I couldn't go this year, I'm still happy about last year's. 2008 had all four members of Laruku (even though they weren't playing together) and I unexpectedly saw Miyavi and T.M.Revolution. Of course 2009's must have been really awesome as well. Who knows, maybe I'll be there in 2010.

EDIT: I should say that "BLESS" is their first in over a year, but not two years. I was thinking about "DRINK IT DOWN" but I completely forgot about "NEXUS 4/SHINE"! I loved being able to see them on the MUSIC STATION Super Live last year on TV...

Monday, December 7, 2009

Jisho.org Sentence examples

Whenever I'm working on something Japanese-related (which is all the time) I use jisho.org to look up words I don't know. It uses the same database as the famous Jim Breen's WWWJDIC, but the interface is more user-friendly. Every once in a while I look up example sentences for certain words and a peculiar example comes up.

The example sentence of the day is this:

米消費者団体がRealPlayerを「バッドウェアと認定している。
American consumer group identifies RealPlayer as 'badware'.

The translations aren't always 100% accurate; neither are the original Japanese sentences. But it's amusing to find such examples in the dictionary, as if we would really use them in real life. Who knows, maybe someone will find themselves in a conversation with a Japanese person about RealPlayer.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Comment Denied.

I woke up this morning to find an inappropriately judgmental, offensive and really amusing comment pending approval on my blog. Twice, by two different IDs.

It kinda went down like this:

"I don't know you, never met you but I'm going to judge you anyway."
"Host clubs are dumb and you're an idiot."
"Hosts probably hate you."
"HAI GAIZ, IF YOU WANNA HEAR ABOUT HOW HOST CLUBS SUCK, EMAIL ME AT IAMDOUCHEBAG@DOUCHEBAGCENTRAL.COM"

The poor thing even tried to comment with two different IDs, first with an AOL ID and then thinking that his/her Blogger ID would be able to bypass comment approval.

Then of course, I got my e-mail notification so I could reject both of them.

But this douch--err, person, is right about one thing: Hosts clubs can be dangerous. Some hosts will try and do whatever they can to make you believe they're in love with you. But guess what else? It's no secret that pursuing relationships with them is pretty much no good. If you spend $5,000 in one night, no one *made* you do that. It's a question of self-control.

That being said, never ever go to a host club alone for the first time.

Like I said in my last post, anyone who has questions can ask me. I'm not going to tell you "OMG YOU SHOULD TOTALLY GO IT'S LIKE SO FUN AND YOU'LL FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE A BOYFRIEND!!!!111" I can't control who goes and who doesn't, but I'm going to give a fair and honest account about my experience and what I know.

If you go to a host club and spend all your money there and go broke, don't come back blaming me. Hosts can't force you to do anything, it's your choice. It takes a lot of logic, self-control, and background knowledge. I'll provide a link to this post in all my other posts about host clubs, but I'm NOT going to say "Yeah hosts are bad people and it's totally their fault for the money that customers spend! And oh yeah customers are stupid!" That's not why I researched the topic at Rikkyo.