...Prove Their Worth...

"Problems worthy of attack
prove their worth
by hitting back." - Piet Hein

A kind of running diary and rambling pieces on my struggles with assorted books, classes, and other things, as they happen. You must be pretty bored to be reading this...

Saturday, November 22, 2003


Well now. It appears that blogger is doing something amusing with multibyte characters, or something. Or perhaps I'm doing something wrong with encodings/charsets. !$^#^%$#%^&#,!!!!11one!

Oh, sweet. I've learned how to write in Japanese in Windows XP. It's really really cool, but highlights just how pathetic my �ɂق� skills are (�킽���͓�{�ꂪ�킩��܂���?B)?@... Also, turning on Japanese language input crashes Mozilla-based browsers very reliably. I don't know wtf is their problem. But all in all, being able to type in such bon mots as �킽���̓o�J�ł��� blows up the coolness barometer. Hurray!

Oh, and if any of you other pasty white boys ever wondered if Japanese is fun to learn, wonder no more: It's a whole lot of fun. It's also quite challenging, but not horrifically so, and it's a wonderful change of pace from math and physics classes. And yeah, you'll have to deal with a class 60%+ full of anime freaks, but that's really not so bad - they don't bite, much. And at least so far, on the JAPN101 level, it seems that while the language actually has grammar rules that it follows, unlike some languages I could name...

I wonder if this next means what I want it to mean (namely "watasi wa nihongo ga hotondo wakarimasen" - I understand almost no japanese). I'm playing with XP's auto-kanji conversion thingy, at least the nihongo conversion looks right, in that I've seen nihongo written as ��{�� before. Trouble is that I'm taking JAPN101 right now, and in my school's program we don't start learning kanji until JAPN102. Bummer, eh?