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Spam / The Mobile Games Thread
« on: 2017-05-14 01:29:52 »
Because I'm mobile game trash and I know some of you are too, I thought I'd make a thread where we can all talk, exchange user IDs, make recommendations, brag about our gacha pulls, etc. We can also talk about the future of mobile gaming, whether RPGs and VisNovs should port to mobile, if mobile will ever be a real platform or if it's doomed to Candy Crush-level inanity forever, etc. I'll make an #effort post with all my games and user IDs later, but I wanted to get the topic started and see who else is interested ^^

P.S. For the record, I actually bought an Nvidia Shield tablet and 120 gig micro SD for playing mobile games (also for lightweight word processing, but w/e) because I spend that much time on them... ^^; It runs very smoothly and the graphics are beautiful compared to my tiny iPhone. Despite this, I'm not a whale! If you spend money on a game even once, it's all over... At least, that's my experience.

INtellectual Exploration / Kumihimo
« on: 2017-05-14 00:53:32 »
The movie Kimi no Na Wa has set off a resurgence of interest in kumihimo, or traditional Japanese braiding, both in Japan and abroad. I dug into this a little bit and I was amazed that it can range from the ridiculously easy to the amazingly complex. I've talked to Franklin about doing a presentation and how-to event next semester, but I thought I might share some thoughts here as well.

You may be surprised to learn that you've probably already made or at least seen a kumihimo bracelet in the past; it's one of the most popular methods of making friendship bracelets in the US and Japan, and I know my friends were all over it in middle school. The bracelets are made using a small wheel with notches in it; this image illustrates the most popular patterns:

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The arrangement of the threads at the beginning determines what the pattern will be; they are all braided the same way regardless. After setting up the wheel (which can be bought at Micheals for $1 or made using cardboard) with thread (embroidery floss, crafting string, or slim crochet thread) measuring 2-3 times the desired finished length, the threads are braided as shown in this tutorial. This page goes into more detail, and additional types of round braids can be found here. It is also possible to make flat braids using this method, though it is considerably more difficult and you will need a square wheel.

These are all modern derivatives of the traditional marudai loom. If you'd like to see someone using a marudai, this video is a good example:

The other method of braiding uses a takadai loom, and I've found it to be more similar to macrame. It's more challenging than marudai braiding, so traditionally apprentices would need to master the former and several other methods before moving on to takadai. In these pictures, you can see that Mizuha is using a marudai loom while her grandmother uses a takadai.

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If you're interested in the kumihimo braid that Mizuha wears as a hair tie, I've found a youtube video with detailed how-to instructions:

Warning: this takes some skill and 30+ hours to complete. It is worked in takadai style. I plan to try it at some point, and if/when I do I will post pictures.

Spam / Terribly-drawn Yaoi (SFW)
« on: 2016-09-07 02:39:55 »
I found an amazing collection of terribly-drawn panels from various BL manga and I wanted to share. The original post is NSFW, but I'll only post non-explicit ones here. The original is definitely worth a look, though; OP's sassy commentary had me literally crying with laughter. (

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INtellectual Exploration / Translation stuff
« on: 2016-01-18 02:10:41 »
It's sad that this section has no posts yet, so I wanted to talk about my new hobby; translating from Japanese to English (cause I'm a huge nerd :P ). I'm working on the Kyoukai no Kanata and Hyouka light novels right now, but I occasionally do songs and I want to try a drama CD. I'm not the best at it or anything--there are a lot of online dictionaries involved--but I've been studying Japanese for 4 years now and I have to practice somehow.

Does anyone else do this? Is there something you desperately want translated? Let's talk about it here~

Spam / OPM quiz
« on: 2016-01-14 20:29:43 »
I said I'd post this on the forums if I could, so here it is: which One Punch Man character are you? (^_~)

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