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And by New Years I mean calendar and Chinese. Like usual it's been a while since I last posted, though I guess not as bad as usual. First semester went pretty well, certainly better than some of my quarters at UCSC, but SJSU's program isn't nearly as intense. Started Spring semester today. Classes are kind of meh so far. Review in Japanese. This sensei is more formal than the previous one, which is a little sad because I liked learning conversational Japanese. My numerical analysis class looks like it'll be interesting. Not quite sure about object-oriented design. I'm interested in the topic, but it's after a 6 hour break so I might feel inclined-- to attend. Tomorrow is algorithms and I'm looking forward to that so we'll see how it goes.

Spent a month at home for winter break. It was awesome. I was a little sad to be away from my butthead cat and Nick, but it worked out okay. I don't think Jake ever wants me to leave again though, lol. Spent a bunch of time at home hanging out with the cats. Helped my parents out with some chores. Hung out and ate tons of noms with Jaimie and Hideo. Got Nick caught up on Dollhouse and Firefly; we'll probably watch V or TSCC next. I also applied to a bunch of internships, got a couple of call backs this week so we'll see what happens.

Finished getting all of my motorcycle gear before I left for break, but didn't get the chance to go riding until I got back. Nick and I just took a short ride from his place to mine to go feed the cat, but it was hella fun. That's right, hella. We're hoping to go for a longer ride this weekend before the semester really starts up and I get swamped with work.

Speaking of, I mainly have morning classes so I should be getting to bed.
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First semester of grad school is this close to being done. I have one week of hell and then finals and I'm finished. It's been going pretty well. I haven't been doing as well in my crypto class as I had hoped, but all the other classes are going great. This is partially due to the fact that I've been putting genuine effort into my studies and partially that SJSU students are kind of DUMB.

Thanksgiving weekend is almost over, but it's been really nice. Wednesday, I threw a Thanksgiving dinner at Nick's with all of our friends. Cooked up a stuffed chicken and a stuffed duck. I would love to say that they were stuffed in one another but sadly I'm not that 1337 and didn't have time to do that. The chicken was tasty noms; perfectly done and uber moist. The duck a little less so; guess I'll be getting my duck from the roast duck shop instead of making it. Stuffing tasted awesome. Same goes for the yams and green beans. Becky amazingly remembered all the ingredients to the pumpkin crunch so that turned out pretty well. She also brought a ham that no one touched sadly. It's chilling in my fridge. I used it for grilled cheese and ham yesterday. Also thinking about cutting some of it up for some tasty mac 'n cheese. :D

Went up to SF on Thursday to have Thanksgiving dinner with Nick's sister, her fiancé, fiancé's mom, and Nick's mom. Food was pretty good. I was most surprised by the sausage stuffed turkey breast the sister made. It was actually pretty moist and tasty. Nick's mom made a really good poppyseed cake, and the fiancé's mom made onolicious mashed potatoes. His family is really nice and friendly, so I wasn't an incredibly awkward panda all night.

Lazed around yesterday, played some Ookami, and then started to marathon Simoun. HOLY CRAP. I forgot how FUCKING AWESOME that anime is. I would say it's on par with Mai HiME for my favorite anime. I love anime that completely fucks with its characters. Loss of innocence and crises of faith themes FTMFW. There's also an amazing amount of character growth and development for such a large cast. The ending is a little meh, but it's a lot better than Mai HiME's cop out. There's one part that is still blowing my mind. I can't believe I forgot about such ZOMGHOLYSHITDIDTHATJUSTHAPPEN epicness. I totally want to watch it again. Maybe I can rope Jake into watching with me.

Also, bought myself a pair of riding gloves and a motorcycle jacket. Am 25% closer to riding a motorcycle.
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So grad school has kept me way busy. Mostly because I have weekly hw for my crypto class that takes a ridiculously long time, which takes up most of my time during the week. The weekends are generally spent working on projects for my UI class and unwinding. The thing is that the work isn't that hard, okay no, some of the crypto questions are hard but the rest is easy stuff, it's just way time consuming. Also, SJSU students, on a whole, my tech writing group in particular, are INCREDIBLY DUMB/LAZY. What the FUCK. Professor Long really had a point when he said that outsourced software is significantly subpar to American made software. [/racism]

Outside of school I've been going back to kempo, which is all kinds of awesome. I really missed it while I was in SF, so I'm happy I can get back into it, just kind of sucks that I have hw due Thursday so I rarely make it to Wednesday practices. I've also been checking out some of the food places in SJ. It makes me a little sad that I'm not in SF every time I get a sushi craving because as Jake's Japanese friend Ryo says, "sushi in SJ is sucks." What tasty nomz I haven't been finding in restaurants I've been making. The Mountain View farmers market is pretty awesome. It's like a mix between the Saratoga and San Mateo markets so I'm all kinds of happy.

I'm also 2% closer to getting a motorcycle (shhh don't tell my parents). Okay not really, but I've started saving up for gear because Nick has one and he wants to give me rides. I'm getting a helmet pretty soon, but the jacket probably won't come until after I get my xmas and bday moneys. Ah the life of a poor college student.

I watch too much TV )
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Wow okay so I haven't posted a real update in ages. Time to remedy that. Haven't been up to much. Got into all three grad schools I applied to. Still haven't decided yet. Waiting to hear back from my boss back in HI. I have to make a decision by the end of this week. Thing is SJSU has the better program and it is my ultimate goal to get a job in CA so staying in the area would help with that, but after spending a year in CA doing nothing I have to admit that I'm kind of tired of the area. It's probably because I haven't really done much in SF. In SJ I'd have more people to call and go do stuff with. I am incredibly sick of cold rain though, OMFG.

Still I can't help but feel like I'd be happier going to UH, but that's only based on the two-three week trips I've been taking over the past couple years. And living with my parents for two-three weeks is vastly different from putting up with them full time. Plus 90% of the time I go back I get to hang with friends and most of them don't live in HI anymore.

Speaking of going back to HI, I'm heading home for just under two weeks tomorrow. My grandfather was asking about me a couple of weeks ago, so my mom checked out flight prices and found a trip back for me that was just over $300. Sweet. Happy to be going home again. Sad to be leaving my butthead cat, who in one of his more adorable moments has started lying on me to wake me up in the morning.

In other news, I'm kind of glad I stopped reading Newsweek years ago. Apparently they posted an article a week or so ago talking about how gay actors can't play straight (http://www.newsweek.com/id/236999). Thankfully, Kristin Chenoweth, my new hero, wrote a really well thought out reply (http://www.autostraddle.com/chenoweth-defends-gay-actors-44570/).

In less serious news, OH. MY. FUCKING. GOD. This past Saturday's Legend of the Seeker was AH-MAY-ZING! I'm so sad that this show is probably going to be canceled.



In addition to that, it's a great show with amazing actors, cinematography and fight choreography.
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Took the GRE today, it went a little worse than I had imagined, but not as bad as it could have gone. Actually, given that I only started studying for it on Tuesday, it went kind of okay. My main beef with the GRE is that you only need to know high school math, but you're expected to know college level vocab words. WTF? How is this not skewed towards lit/philosophy majors? I mean, shit the least they could do was include some trig on the test, but no, not even that. Wait, didn't the SAT have trig on it? Like one or two questions? Point being, if you're a science/engineering major you get screwed. (Unless you study, which I should have started earlier, but shh, let me rant.) I mean really, how many times did I come across the word, obdurate, in my CS classes? Oh that's right, none. Whatever, at least I know what I need to work on. (Side note: some of the vocab words reminded me of the days when I used to RPG, LOL.)

In other news, I get to go home on Wednesday! That's right, two trips home in the span of a month! Sweet! This is, of course, my xmas gift from my mom (this plus the airfare for our trip in February), so between that and the xmas/grad gift my dad shipped to me (14 piece All-Clad set, OMG I was in culinary HEAVEN), there won't be anything under the tree this year for me. But it's totally worth it, I smile every time I think about using those glorious, shiny pots and pans. I need more people to cook for, so hit me up if you're in SF and want an awesome meal. Also, I was back home when we got the tree and since Star got bought out by Times, there aren't any places to get Charlie Brown trees so we only have one tree this year, and it's kind of short compared to our previous trees. Sad panda says boo. I'm actually ridiculously excited to go back home because a bunch of my high school friends are going to be there. It was great seeing the people who live there when I went back for Thanksgiving, but I kind of really love it when everyone gets together and we all hang out and make fun of Jaimie, lol.

Oh so if you guys haven't seen Bitch Slap yet you totally should. It is the most cracktacular movie I have ever seen. I swear it's like someone took an awesome, cracktastic fic and turned it into a movie. It is the B movie to end all B movies. Don't believe me?

Watch the trailer )

I really, really can't wait to get this on DVD because I bet the extras are going to be AMAZING.

Still torn about the grad school vs. culinary school thing. Had to do a programming asg as part of a job interview and I remembered why/how much I love programming. I think I'd be happy doing either so I guess we'll go with the one that will theoretically give me more $$, assuming I ever get a job.

Oh oh, speaking of food, two words: HONEY BEANS. Why yes, those are two of my favorite foods in one dish. I gave my parents beans for xmas last year and they only used a half pound from each bag. Definitely going to be showing them the awesomeness that is beans, sweet and savory.

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