Monthly Archives: August 2012

Job Hunt Log the Sixth: Previous Job Hunts

My first job hunt occurred shortly after I graduated from high school in 1993. I did not get many interviews, but I was eventually able to get a job as a “courtesy clerk” at a grocery store. I do not really remember what I wore or what I said to the manager who eventually hired me. I do remember that I had many disappointing encounters prior to getting the courtesy clerk job, and I did not have good references. (Not having good references is a continuing theme.) Continue reading

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Manga Review: Kamisama Kiss Volume Four, Julietta Suzuki

In this volume, Tomoe is continuing to go to school with Nanami so he can keep her out of trouble. He very much does not care for going to school however, so he spends a lot of time attempting to convince Nanami to quite school. (When Nanami complains about school, Tomoe tells her she should quit if it’s so hard, for instance.) Nanami meanwhile, is beginning to realize that she has a crush on Tomoe (much to his horror when he finds out). Continue reading

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GBE2 Blog On Prompt 67: Thoughts on a Yokohama Shopping Log

This is for GBE2 Prompt 67 Peace

 So, you know that anecdote that you may or may not have heard about the difference between the way men write and women write? The one where a man and a woman in some kind of creative writing course have to collaborate and the woman keeps wanting to do moody thoughtful scenes contemplating her navel or her ex-boyfriend and the man wants to write something with some action or whatever so he starts passive aggressively sniping about the woman’s character within the context of the story? And there’s this Mars/Venus dichotomy that is actually kind of stupid and annoying? (Especially when I can name many (male) characters written by male writers have the moody navel contemplating going on.) Continue reading

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Reading: Daybreak 2250 A.D. by Andre Norton, Part One

This is one of the few non-horrible covers.Daybreak 2250 A.D. (aka Star Man’s Son) is one of the first books I read by Andre Norton. I first read it when I was fifth grade and for some reason, it was in the adult section of the Library. (The novel actually has a “young adult” feel to it, and one of the hard back editions actually has illustrations.) After re-reading it, I found that it had aged very well, even with the “post-apocalyptic neo-barb syntax,” that makes everyone sound like movie-western Indians type “eloquent.” The general message is the importance of cooperation between groups of people and not judging people by how they look. (There is also some commentary about race, presented in a very subtle fashion.) Continue reading

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Prompt: Career Day “Leaf from a Book”

This is for a prompt community on Facebook. I was not really able to follow the prompt.

CAREER DAY. You’ve agreed to give a talk at your child’s school for Career Day. Not only do you hate public speaking, you found out yesterday that you’ve been fired from your job – and you haven’t told your kid yet. Write what happens when you go to the school to present. (500 words or less). Continue reading

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Manga Review: Blue Exorcist Volume One, by Kazue Kato

While I enjoyed the Blue Exorcist anime, my first encounter with the manga (read before the anime came out) did not go very well. I read it in fan translation, and found it to be hard to get into. I initially thought that this was the fault of the fan translator because the translation had been littered with grammar errors, typos and poor word choices. However, I experienced the same difficulties reading the professional translation as I did the fan translation. Comparing the manga to the anime, I realized that the problem was the manga art is much more cramped and cluttered in places. (Also, the anime has better pacing than the manga, which is very “rushed.”)     Continue reading

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Manga Review: Chrono Crusade Volume Two, by Daisuke Moriyama

The second volume of Chrono Crusade opens with a story about a ghost that is haunting the New York branch of the Magdalen Order. At the same time, we see that Rosette is having some problems staying awake. It takes everyone a while to figure out that the two are connected, and that the cause is Rosette’s pocket watch, which has apparently caused her soul to separate from her body. (We are reminded that the watch keeps Chrono from accidentally stealing all of Rosette’s time at once.) While Rosette is out of body, she has a strange dream that she finds very disturbing and decides to blame on Chrono. Continue reading

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