16 Nov 2017, 17:56

new style TS lessons

17:56 Thursday 16 November 2017 JST

Mutsumi introduced a new style lesson format where the guides sit down together with me instead of just having individual lessons. Hopefully this will help them improve listening skills by listening to other people have conversations in English.

I showed mt3s.robnugen.com to Miyako and Ayaka. Miyako showed me pics from her trip to the US with Haruka.

16 Nov 2017, 13:18


13:18 Thursday 16 November 2017 JST

Funny talking to Scotty on Marco Polo; he kept not being able to hear me until I was like “okay bye” or “okay I hope you could hear it that time!”

I am headed to Kawasaki to support the guides in the English versions of their work. Then GG lesson in Akihabara.

Quick online I-group today; everyone checked out so it was just me and my coach near North Zulch, Texas.

15 Nov 2017, 21:11

phone battery low

21:11 Wednesday 15 November 2017 JST

As usual, my phone battery is low after not having charged it today. I charged it at JB the past few weeks but forgot tonight.

My computer battery is charged, so I can read Michael John Grist’s rewrite of Sen’s adventures in The Saint’s Rise.

I am on page 170 or so out of 470 and had hoped to finish by 20 November. hmm.

15 Nov 2017, 14:07

bus 23 left before bus 22

14:07 Wednesday 15 November 2017 JST

Not by much, but a couple of minutes. Not enough to make me late or anything, but I wonder if 23 consistently leaves first.

15 Nov 2017, 14:03

LINE stickers idea

14:03 Wednesday 15 November 2017 JST

Haha someone had a good idea for LINE stickers. I connected with Midori and Tomoko on LINE and Tomoko sent me a sticker with her name on it. Like ハーイ ともこだよ, where the fontsize for Tomoko was a bit larger than the だよ. Anyway, it’s a whole set of stickers, and I guess the artist did a whole bunch of names and pooped them all out at little extra cost beyond writing the names. Or mmmaybe he drew all new images for the different names.

15 Nov 2017, 12:27

playing with AWS for sbs.net

12:27 Wednesday 15 November 2017 JST

Not actually sbs.net, but yes actually AWS. Using Ansible again, thanks to Travis having suggested it to me.

Right now as I write this entry, AWS my wifi in this cafe is being slow to realize that my VPC is already created. Not sure why, as it was fast a moment ago.

Yep it just timed out.

The error was: ssl.SSLError: The read operation timed out

Previously, I was getting

Invalid type for parameter AvailabilityZone, value: None

When actually I was sending no value at all. Someone else reported ec2_vpc_subnet subnet creation fails due to az parameter validation error. Thanks, OP!

Yay, now it works because I specified az: ""

- name: Create subnet
    vpc_id: "{{ vpc.vpcs.0.id }}"
    cidr: "{{ vpc_subnet }}"
    region: "{{ ec2_region }}"
    az: ""
      Name: "{{ vpc_subnet_name }}"

14 Nov 2017, 14:08

mt3: 1.5 hours to add three pieces

14:08 Tuesday 14 November 2017 JST

Funny to put it that way, but yeah today about 30 minutes per glued piece, if I recall correctly. I went to bed early last night and woke up early to get started on MT3.

Right now I am on the train so don’t have the clip ID handy.. oh but Chrome remembered it.

And here is the livestream https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3jQqWMIZFA

I am optimistic that the pieces I glued in place will prove to have been glued in correct enough places to stay put. Oh, and I used the dremel I got from Dad to clean up some pieces. They look nice.

13 Nov 2017, 16:51

late for class near C's place

16:51 Monday 13 November 2017 JST

TL;DR:  Would you like donuts delivered to your place on Monday morning Nov 20th?

details: Story time!  Today I was inexplicably late for class which
happens to be near your place.  I told them I would get donuts before
class next week.  I found a donut place, checked Google Maps to see
how to get to the class... and the track goes right by your house!

I don't want to bother you guys on a work day, but I do want to come
say HI with donuts if it's convenient for you!

The class starts at 12:00 so I would have to leave at 11:30 at the latest.

18:00 Thursday 16 November 2017 JST

Might end up meeting each week before class!

13 Nov 2017, 06:44

The Saint's Rise

06:44 Monday 13 November 2017 JST

I’ve been reading Michael John Grist’s most recent book, The Sant’s Rise. It’s a trimmed-down re-write of his first book, a book I’ve read before, but now he is coming at it with +10 EXP or so.

13 Nov 2017, 06:39

morning train

06:39 Monday 13 November 2017 JST

A local train leaves my station at 6:15 or so. It takes 45 minutes to get to Shinjuku. It seems to always have all of its seats taken, but today I found a seat in the very last car. Only downside is I barely have room to get out my computer, and I am currently typing with one hand. There is dfinitely not enough room to have my elbows at my sides and type with good posture.

06:48 Monday 13 November 2017 JST

Ah here in Yoyogi-Uehara, most people got off the train and now I have room on both sides for elbows.

Brrr but now I’m cold.