In Which I’ve Been Up to No Good Again

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My Good Ol’ Photoshop in Action (Painter tab is minimised there)
Again, it’s a Reborn! fanart. What else do I draw this past few months? Lol.

I’m finally updating this blog after a long while. My inconsistency astounds even myself, and that’s pure sarcasm right there. Hur. I’ve been updating my Livejournal, Dreamwidth and some other logs, but not my main blog. What a shame. Since I’m still lazy to construct proper paragraphs, I’ll just write in bullet points.

  • Rikaichan has been pampering me way too much and now I’m lazier than ever to browse through my dictionary for unfamiliar kanji characters.
  • I just realised that I can now understand 98% of fast Japanese speech in J-Dramas/Anime without looking at the dictionary. This helps when I’m watching (more like listening to, actually) Zetsubou-sensei’s random tales dripping with pure poisonous sarcasm. Who said self-teaching doesn’t pay off, huh?
  • Japanese writing skills have improved at least 50% more now that I have a bilingual Japanese/English fanwork site to maintain. Replying to visitor comments, e-mails and webclap comments helps a lot.
  • My drawing skills are improving steadily although they still suck like there’s no tomorrow.
  • I may need to buy a new tablet before going back to Malaysia. Problem? I’m broke. Broke. BROKE!! *sobs*
  • I think my Linguist 307 assignment was CRAP. Oh well, the subject IS crap anyway.
  • I should be doing my Langtchg 302 assignment, but I’m still procrastinating
  • I’ve been reclaiming all blog posts that I can retrieve from my old domains via Wayback Machine. It’s a great, great help. I’m feeling nostalgic just looking at those old sites. Greymatter, b2, Movable Type and Newspro days! How nostalgic indeed~
  • Services offered by FC2, Ninja Tools and a few other sites ROCK!! I’ll be perusing the web for more similar awesomeness.

Before I forget:

HAPPY RAMADHAN AND HAPPY FASTING TO MYSELF AND ALL MY MUSLIM FRIENDS!

Now I wonder how long it’s going to take until my next update.

The Chill of Winter and Life Updates

– Behind Symond Street S4 – Auckland (02.07.08) –

The chill of winter is finally seeping through even the closed window. I’m suddenly glad that it’s winter break. Even though we don’t get snow in Auckland, its still cold enough to make me shiver every once in a while. And my feet and fingers practically turn to ice every night. I don’t know if it’s associated to the cold, but I’ve been experiencing trouble sleeping at night. Last week, I went without sleeping at night for four straight days. After the fourth day, I crashed. Slept at around 4am and didn’t wake up until 5pm. No wonder my housemates got worried when I didn’t leave the room for that long. I know I’m the type who keeps to her room, but I usually get out of my room to do the cooking and other tasks.

I haven’t been doing much. I wasn’t even able to concentrate on my writings, or any of my projects for that matter. Nothing is proceeding according to plan. I haven’t even started burning some videos in the DVDs for Nisrin even though I promised to mail them to her during the holiday. I guess I need to apologise to her. I’ll still do it, Nisrin, no worries. Just give me some time to overcome this extreme laziness.

The second semester will be starting this 21st, yet I have not yet signed up for my elective. I’m thinking of taking COMPSCI 111 (Computer Science), mainly because I need to do a subject in which I can guarantee to myself that I can score. From what I heard from the seniors, COMPSCI 111 is really easy. They only teach basic stuff about computer parts, the internet, some website making basics, histories pertaining to the computer, etc etc. I think I’ll managa, so next week I’ll proceed to sign up.

As I’m writing this, I’m still waiting for my EDUC283 result for the final exam. I think I screwed up really badly. I desperately hope I won’t fail the paper. God knows what would happen to me I if I do. I’m sure Mama would screech into my ears when she sees the result slip in the mailbox.

Joy…

I passed the other subjects, but most of them were only B+. I really screwed up in some courseworks even though the last EDUC223 (for example) scored me 87 out of 100. That was me writing 15 pages of essay. No wonder I sucked at the others, which I did in only around 6 to 10 pages.

Oh, and I don’t even want to begin to rant about my last ESOL202 assignment. I should be satisfied with the result, but I really expected something more than what I actually got for it.

So, the bottom line is: WORK. HARDER. ADLINA!

On another matter, I’m currently in the process of moving my files to a new server. I’m tired of Hostgator issuing warnings that my site is using up too much processes, so I got myself a VPS where I can at least be the boss for my own website projects. I really need to separate academic entries from personal ones.  I also bought Fantastico license alongside WHM/cPanel to ease my work, and yes, it lessens my workload by almost half. I’m getting better at SSH and MySQL too, so I’m really happy right now.

Also, Geekdom.info, which I originally intended to make my academic journal, will be bought by an SEO company for $2000. Even though I love the domain name, I really could use some extra money especially after buying the two-way tickets to go back to Malaysia for this summer. November couldn’t come fast enough!