11 Dec 2017, 15:55

email to fuchan

15:55 Monday 11 December 2017 JST

こんにちは

返事が遅くてすみません!もっと長く遅くちゃうと赤ちゃんは大人になりそう です!お父さんとお母さんも近くよかったです。来週は妻の父に会うのため外 国に行きます。しかし最近朝の5:45出るけど、冬ちゃんのお父さん会えな い。残念。彼ら、元気?

それでは
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10 Dec 2017, 08:20

日本語を勉強しました

08:20 Sunday 10 December 2017 JST

There are probably errors in the Japanese notes below!

イーマックスで日記のポーストを書きます。新しいポースト書きたかったら、 キーボードでC-c nを書くと「日本語を番協しました」のタイトルのポースト を始まります。

I write journal entries with Emacs. When I want to start a new entry, I type C-c n on my keyboard and a new “studied Japanese” post is started (created).

日記のポーストたちはタッグがあります。

Each post has tags.

今日からたくさんタッグを入られます。

Starting today, I can add many (multiple) tags.

前のもらったCオード使って、たくさんタッグを入れます。

Using code I received before, I can add many (multiple) tags.

自入るタッグはまだできない。 I cannot add pre-populated tags to Japanese posts (nor dream posts).

10 Dec 2017, 07:51

headed to last Sunday work this year

07:51 Sunday 10 December 2017 JST

Headed to Ty’s for the last Sunday working this year; he is closing up for the holidays, and may actually have some sort of family thing back in the states. Probably going to hang out with them afterward for dinner.

09 Dec 2017, 09:05

State of Marble Track 3

09:05 Saturday 09 December 2017 JST

  1. The (first?) M-Splitter is complete. The big marbles roll its entire length, and medium sized marbles fall through. They do not yet have a lower track to catch their fall, though, and big marbles roll immediately off the track instead of around the hairpin turns.
  2. I am beginning to develop character traits for each character, and have defined some of their unique characteristics, though I have not settled on names for them.
  3. The small character with white body and green head may become the primary marble pusher. He has just released the big marble from the top of the track and discovered that it rolled right past the hairpin turn. Everyone rushed over to see what happened, but the frames are too quick. As of this writing, I plan to delete the last 7 frames and retake them, giving the characters proper time to react.

During I-group yesterday, I mentioned Marble Track 3. Some of the men asked about it, so I wrote a summary:

TL;DR: this links to a playlist of video clips https://mt3s.robnugen.com/ (5 clips total)

Latest construction details are here https://mt3.robnugen.com

Longer story:

Previously, I had created Marble Track 2 and posted a video of it to Youtube. The youtube link is available at https://mt2.robnugen.com Many people seemed to like the video and some people asked how I made the marble track.

After some thought, I realized it would be ridiculous to literally show people how to make a marble track, and even more ridiculous/amazing to create a stop motion animation of characters making a marble track.

So, that is exactly what I am doing while making Marble Track 3.

Each second of video takes roughly an hour behind the scenes taking photos and moving characters around the set. I estimate 5 more years to go on the project.

Rob

08 Dec 2017, 01:53

lost my FitBit

01:53 Friday 08 December 2017 JST

I cannot understand how I could have lost my fitbit in two days. I received it from Prentiss on Monday night; I charged it the next day; I wore it for two days, and now I cannot find it.

I didn’t put it anywhere specific; it should be clipped to the pants I was wearing. Where did it go?

So sad.

07 Dec 2017, 20:56

oops characters reacted too quickly

20:56 Thursday 07 December 2017 JST

I am quite happy with at least half of the frames I shot today. Fortunately, I am happy with the difficult ones! They were the frames in which the big marble rolled down the M Splitter and then slammed against the wall, driving the white pole all the way into the wall.

After the ball hit the floor, I had the other characters react to the “sound”, but upon playback, they react too quickly. The frames of those characters all moving toward the sound were all pretty easy to take, so I feel good about re-shooting them. I estimate it’s about 15 I need to delete only 7 frames in all, so just the last half second at the very end of the video below:

07 Dec 2017, 18:15

oops schedule

14:30 Thursday 07 December 2017 JST

(written 18:15 Thursday 07 December 2017 JST)

While on the phone with BoA credit card to close my account, I got a call from JB: “hey yeah why aren’t you at work?”

Stomach sank link oh damn are you kidding me?

Turns out they hadn’t sent me the schedule for December, but I certainly could have been more proactive to check. I have set a reminder for the 28th of each month to make sure I have the dates in my calendar for the subsequent month.

06 Dec 2017, 18:00

walkin around barefoot

18:00 Wednesday 06 December 2017 JST

仕事以外どこでも裸足で歩きます。時々誰かが「え、裸足?痛くないの?」その質問聞くと「時々痛いけどしょうがない。」この返事は大丈夫かどか分からない。

Outside work, I walk around barefoot. People sometimes ask if it hurts. I tell them it does sometimes, but it cannot be helped. I wonder if that response is okay.

21:47 Wednesday 06 December 2017 JST

今電車のりながら書きます。南武線の酒店から乗るから次の電車の種はつ待つと座れます。

I am writing while sitting on the train. I take Nambu line from its terminal, so if I wait for the next train, I can get a seat.

明日の朝スカイプで男のグループに会うけど、あ割る予定の30分前終わらないとダメです。

I have a men’s group meeting on Skype tomorrow morning, but I have to quit 30 minutes before it will end.

次は武蔵溝ノ口ですけどまだ乗らないと。うちの駅でつまが車で待てますのでお変える事はあるくないすむです。

The next station is Musashi Mizonokuchi, but I have to keep going. At our station, my wife will pick me up, so I can get home without walking.

06 Dec 2017, 17:47

students leveled up real quick

17:47 Wednesday 06 December 2017 JST

At my third of three kids classes here at JB, we had a new student, 4 or 5 years older than the others. The two previously-oldest girls in the class suddenly stopped messing around and tried significantly harder than usual. Such a nice change of pace! I used a technique I learned from Tariq: keep having them switch conversation partners and repeat the same conversation with a new partner. They gained confidence each time and it went quite well. (It helped that there were 4 students in class today whereas it had always been 3.)

05 Dec 2017, 22:29

bottle under seat on train headed home

22:29 Tuesday 05 December 2017 JST

Though I got a seat so I could use my computer to write on the way home, I got sidetracked by having my hot milk tea bottle fall and roll under the seat as I was getting out my computer. Not wanting to juggle my computer and milk tea, I just ended up using my phone instead of writing. Still got a fair bit done, writing to Emmy and Will. Thanks, gravity!