Monday, March 27, 2006

Going for a record

I am going to write a post on this blog, as opposed to my other one. This post will not be in anyway related to my Japan trip. To be honest, I just plain like the way this blog looks.

The record I am going to try to set is Most Boring Post.

So I noticed recently that my oral hygeine habits have gotten pretty lax. I used to brush 3 times a day, and floss before bed. Now, I usually only brush 2 times a day, and only floss about once a week. Sorry teeth and gums. I've been a real jerk, but I swear to you. I will start being a better brusher/flosser.

So did I win? Anyway. I just finished watching the movie Jarhead. I hate television so I have decided to watch more movies. I really liked Jarhead mostly because I am a fan of Jake Gyllenhaal. October Sky is one of my favourite movies, and I think this one was nearly as good, however it did cause me to think, nay, to ponder. Nowadays, we hear swearing in movies and it doesn't even phase us. I was watching the movie and realized how often the characters were using colourful language. I remember a time when it would be riskee to say the word "shit" in a movie. And that was only in the 90's. I don't really think it is a serious issue, it just got me thinking about how much the English language in pop culture has changed in such a short period of time. I don't speak any other languages fluently enough to watch foreign movies from the last 2 decades, so I don't know how far reaching this phenomenon is. If you are reading this blog and watch a lot of movies in another language, leave a comment of your observations. Has this change occured in languages other than English?

There. Not only did I talk about my teeth and gums, but I threw in some socio-linguistics. If I haven't won that Bost Boring Post by now, I should at least have some nominations.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

possible countdown

164 MORE DAYS until I probably go to Japan.

Monday, March 20, 2006

So many steps

Ok, so I think there are only a few more steps before everything is official. There is an orientation on the 4th of April now that all applications are complete. It's mandatory. It happens to interfere with my Japanese civilizations night class. Well, I don't actually think we have class that day, but we might. And I can't afford to miss that class. They better cater it too, because I am always hungry at that time.

Nothing great going on now. I have some assignments coming up which I dread. One due tomorrow actually, but I forgot about it until today. I'm sure I'll get it done, while keeping my calm. You can see the video from my May trip to Japan. There are more parts coming, but the person responsible for producing them is the laziest person I know.

Friday, March 10, 2006

When will it end

It would seem that the universe opposes all who wish to exchange to Japan this year. I got my application on monday, and promptly began to fill it out. On tuesday, Joel told me that we had until next wednesday to hand them in. For me, that meant 9 days. Now there are three main requirements for the exchange. We need to have a passport, a bunch of photos taken, and get a physical. Now I don't know how it works in Japan, but booking a phyical takes a heck of a lot more time than 9 days. Even if you are lucky enough to get an appoinment for one within the first few days, you still have to wait for all your blood and urine tests. This can take longer than a week. This means that I may not get my results in time for the deadline. I have booked an appointment for Monday, which will leave me exactly 2 days to get my blood and urine results. OH BOY. Anyway. I think it will be ok. Even if I miss the deadline, they can damn well UPS my application. It is their fault afterall, since they gave us such little time to do everything. I feel bad for Joel and Calen, because they don't have their passports. Both of theirs expired and now they have to wait to get theirs. It's really crazy how the International office just sprung all these insane requirements on us. They didn't even warn us before hand. I mean, it's not like they didn't know that we needed this stuff. I knew my sister did it last year, but I don't think she was rushed like this. Worse case scenario, I have to beg them to express courier my package after I get all the stuff done. Japan doesn't care when we send the applications, just as long as they get them by April.

As of now, I have very little to do, aside from studying for weekly Japanese tests, and the occasional linguistics assignment. I am going to go get my photos taken tomorrow. I wish I had gotten them while my hair was still short though.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Better intel

Ok, so I found out which univiersity I have been nominated for and how many semesters I am going for. If I get accepted by my Japanese host institution I will be attending the illustrious and religiously superior Seinan Gakuin Daigaku. It is a Christian university located in Fukuoka, Japan which is on the northeast side of Kyushu. This is actually the university my sister is attending this year.
At this point, I am getting really tired of going to school. I think it is because I hate 3 of my classes. I just keep telling myself that it will all be over soon.