I went to GameStop last week and decided to finally purchase a copy of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 for the PlayStation 3. When I went to the cash register to buy the game, I let the sales associates I was talking with know that I would not buy a new game if it were unwrapped. They accepted and followed by explaining the wrapped new copies of that game were out of stock and they could order one online for me and have it shipped to my house with no additional charge. I accepted that offer. Today, I received that game and it was an unsealed copy. I am displeased with GameStop. I bought something specific and I was mailed something different instead. Now, I would be unable to receive a money-refund because GameStop's policy on unsealed new games is game replacement only. I will not be using that purchasing method again with GameStop until they acknowledge and address the inadequacy of selling a new game unsealed.
GameSpot is changing and I got invited to the New GameSpot beta. Along with updated Terms of Service, I have reason to be more active in the forums. Hopefully, some of the unions will be brought to the new site because I am a member of a few of them and I would not like witnessing them being left behind, but that is the responsibility of union leaders. Since I am not one, I leave it to them.
A few days ago, I began working at my new job. It is simple with efficiency being the most important factor in success with it. The other day, I went to GameStop with some change I had around my room to buy a low priced PlayStation 3 game and there was a sale going on offering some pre-owned video games fifty percent off normal prices with no additional stipulations for them. I am unaware of the sale's current status. Anyway, I got Dragon Age: Origins because it has a higher metacritic score than Alpha Protocol: The Espionage RPG which was also part of that same sale. Alpha Protocol is a video game I consider buying when I search for games because I remember the Game Informer feature preview article for it years ago. The concept was interesting to read about, but the reviews dampened that somewhat.
An Interesting Concept, but a Less-than-Stellar Work
I also recieved an email from GameStop telling me how many Power Up Reward points I have accumulated when I did not realize I was accumulating anything of the sort. I have enough to get some free stuff, so I am going to. That Adventure Time hat looks cool.
I was listening to a song in the recent Les Miserables film called "Castle in the Sky" and it reminds me of Final Fantasy IX music. Since the Les Miserables musical was made in 1980, music in Final Fantasy IX might be inspired by it.
I wonder how many people read my blog. Hmm. A vistor counter would be good.
Today is my birthday which makes me twenty-four years old.
My new job starts tomorrow. Pray I do well, please.
That is really all for now. :P
Today is Sunday. I managed to attend the afternoon church service and listen to my pastor preach. One of the things he said was you can choose to sin, but you cannot chose the consequences. I took that as a proclamation of agreement because I know some of what the Bible states about sin and I was hearing my pastor say that which I agree with, but he was the one saying it in his own words. Besides Christianity, I think that statement is true for Hinduism and Buddhism, too, because the cause and effect idea of karma is known, but not exactly what led to one's current state. Basically, every life contains thoughts, decisions, and actions. Every one of those accumulates into a spiritual record. At death, the souls of life forms lose their memories with their former bodies and start a new life with the past life's spiritual record determining the good and bad things life forms experience. The cycle then repeats itself. I heard that some Tibetan monks claim to know everything about their past lives, so their are exceptions to that belief system.
Besides religious meditation, I bought some headphones today. They are not fancy. When I get my new job, I will get save up and buy some professional headphones near Christmas if I have money left after getting gifts for others. I am considering getting some testosterone booster. I would like the lowest row of my abdominals to finally show and a manager at a local GNC said it helps. Using steroids would be going too far because they damage natural testosterone in the human body. I would really like to develop my muscles without unnatural testosterone sources, anyway.
I saw a copy of the PlayStation 3 version of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn at Walmart. I think this is noteworthy because I heard it is sold out everywhere. I did not get it because if I am going to play it, it will be on computer. It is just a decision I made a little while ago.
Japanese for the Day
Nichi youbi (Ne-chi yoobe): Sunday
Inu (e-nu): Dog
The interview process for the job I applied to is over. I took a authorized a drug screen and background check for the business to review. The drug screening is in review right now as well as the background check. After those two things comes an orientation which I read is technically my first day of work there. Basically, I was not told, but I have been considered favorably and might start work this Friday. The background check might take a week to complete, so that is not a certainty.
About the job, I will be working in a retail company stocking the store floor during the day to night. I think the referral by one manager and welcoming words by two others really helped me secure this job. I am grateful for their confidence in me. It is physical labor, so I will thankfully be doing more than sitting around all day. Once I enroll in my new school, I will probably continue to think this.
My laptop and tablet work well, but I need to do something about their battery lives. When I start working, there are going to be days in which I am going to be waiting for my shift to start at the store. There is a Starbucks I can lounge at with a good wi-fi connection in reasonable walking distance from my work after being transported. Until I get vehicle of my own again, that is the best I can hope for. I gave my last two cars to a relative of mine because he needed them for work and I was in high school for the first, then got the second as a graduation present. The first car was pawned by an ex-girlfriend of his. He has a questionable preference for trucks which use gas inefficiently, so I gave him my second car to alleviate the any further consequences of that for the past years and the near future. If there is anything to say from this experience, it is that I am grateful for having a supportive family.
Okay, Japanese for the day
My plan to continue studying particles this week continues to be enacted.
1. made ("mah-deh"): Up to, until
2. kara ("ka-ra"): from, After, because
In a sentence, I think these particles would be placed like so:
Yoru kara asa made suimin shi masu.
Yoru (night) kara (until) asa (morning) made (to) suimin (sleep) shi (next) masu (measure).
As I understand it:
Night until morning to sleep next which one.
I sleep from night until the next morning.
Also, one non-particle word
Oy. Nani shi te neko.
That is it for today.
Today, I went to my second interview at a job I was told I could get two weeks ago. I got there late and had trouble completing an applicant questionnaire because of store errors, but I was still allowed an interview. Thank God for forgiveness. With those out of the way, the biggest issue is my transportation. If hired, I will be getting a ride to and from work from family until I purchase my own car. Once I get my own car, this big issue will be resolved. Until then, my word to come to work each day I am assigned is both a promise and act of faith. I am going in tomorrow for a drug test and background check authorization. Also, I will attempt to get hours I can come to work which will most likely be in the late morning to afternoon and evening to night.
I got a referral from a manager to initially apply and two others are friendly with me. One of them offered to refer me to the hiring manager after we talked about bikes for twenty minutes or so. I think I will enjoy working with them. The manager I spoke with during my second interview said I would actually be better suited to management than the position I applied for based on my personality, but that business is not hiring management right now. If a management position becomes available, I might apply to test that recommendation.
Other than that, a storm suddenly appeared while I was at my volunteer job. There was some thunder that sounded like laughter to me. I know it is weird, but that is what came to mind when hearing it.
I downloaded Star Trek Online, but did not like it, so I deleted it after ten minutes of gameplay. I also downloaded Star Wars: The Old Republic. Supposedly, that game cost five hundred million (US) to make, so I expect an enjoyable experience with it. If not, I will feel sorry for the Bioware and the now-closed LucasArts. I think Electronic Arts would survive without any major damage. I gave Team Fortress 2 one final chance to impress me and I enjoyed it. I had to move to another room to do so, though. My room (Where I was playing the other day)is so far away from the router that there is not a good enough connection to play online in favorable conditions. It is the same with my PlayStation 3 and tablet, but my laptop has the best wireless connection out of the three at that distance. Because I like the comfort of my own room, I may invest in a wifi extender.
I learned some Japanese yesterday. For the rest of the week, I will be focus on them for memorization purposes starting with two.
The structure of Japanese sentences differs from English sentences. English sentences are structured subject-verb-object. Japanese sentences are subject-object-verb. Object-subject-verb is also okay. As long as the verb is at the end of the sentence, the sentence is okay.
English: Luke invited MacLeod.
Japanese: MacLeod Luke invited. Luke MacLeod invited.
The way to know who invited who here is by placing particles after each noun phrase. The particle for the action performer is "ga" and the particle for the action reciever is "o." Both of the following Romaji sentences mean Luke invited MacLeod.
1. Ruuku ga Makuraudo o sasotta.
Taking a look at the structure of the sentence:
Ruuku (Luke) (topic) ga (subject-identifier/action performer) Makuraudo (MacLeod) o (action reciever) sasotta (past-tense of sasou=invited).
2. Makuraudo o Ruuku ga sasotta.
Taking a look at this sentence's structure, too:
Makuraudo (MacLeod) o (action reciever) Ruuku (Luke) ga (subject-identifier/action performer) sasotta (past-tense of sasou=invited).
Just so this is clear, I will say it again.
1. ga: subject-marking particle
2. o: direct object-marking particle
"Ga" and "o" are Japanese grammar. They have no English translation.
That is all for now.
My Japanese studies are going well. The Japanese language has three writing systems. There is Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji. You have to learn all three in order to be fluent and literate because most sentences use a combination of the three systems.
For example, while English has the Latin-Roman characters to form the sentence "How are you?," Japanese uses the three writing systems to say the same thing. It looks like this: EDIT: Gamespot does not allow Japanese characters. Here is a link to some phrases in Japanese with their English translation.
Note: "How are you?" is the fifth phrase on the list for those who are looking to find it fast.
As long as I am writing this blog about the Japanese language, I might as well say some of what I know about it.
Kanji is actually based on Chinese characters because the Japanese people and the Ainu, the natives who lived in Japan before the people we know today migrated to the islands, had no written language. Even though Kanji and Chinese characters may be the same, they have different meanings depending on the language. Next, Hirigana is not an alphabet. It is a phonetic system based on five vowels with consonants used before the vowels. Katakana is the writing system used for non-Chinese foreign words and they are distinguishable because of that. Also, Katakana is used for formal writing like upper-case letters in English.
More information on Katakana: http://www.guidetojapanese.org/learn/grammar/katakana
I memorized most of the kana, so now I can learn words without romaji versions. I still need to learn the meaning of the words, so I use definitions in english to understand. I also started learning kanji. A typical Japanese high school student knows about two-thousand kanji and scholars know about seven-thousand, so I have many to memorize.
In order to become aquainted with the Japanese language in use, I watch and listen to Japanese lessons I find on the internet. They help show how to move the mouth when speaking because the language is unique and not based on Latin like English which happens to be my native language. I also watch anime and listen to Japanese music. So far, it is going well and I hope my studies will continue to be fruitful.
A couple days ago, I watched all of the episodes of Hunter x Hunter 2011 with english subtitles. There were ninety-four, in case you were wondering. Anyway, I started searching around the internet for that anime's soundtrack and I came across some character songs.
Here are a few:
Gon's character song
Killua's character song
Kurapika's character song
Hisoka's character song
The diversity of feelings I experience from each song is a testament to the number of unique personalities in Hunter x Hunter 2011. I think the character songs express each respective character's personality shown in the anime well. I admit I do not understand everything the singers are saying because I am not yet fluent in Japanese (I just started studying seriously two months ago), but I can feel the emotions of the singers which is what I am basing my thoughts about those songs on. Readers, listen to these songs if you like. You might have an experience relatable to mine if you watch the anime first.