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The Adventures of Mr. B

So, I don’t really know if this is relavent to this blog, but I don’t really care.  I was recently in going through RTK, I went through the “pinnacle” primitive section (somewhere around 1280-1320-ish).  Wow.  I couldn’t think of anything to do with the primitive (it looks like the letter B).  Then I remember how someone said they had changed the meaning of the primitive to the name of a person called “B” and made a bunch of stories off of that.  

Well, unfortunately, I found out that this person was also one of those people who start making stories off of a primitive and then abandon you like 4 kanji in with no more stories.  That’s why I decided to make my own stories with this “B” person.  

Yeah, this “B” person developed his own personality really, really fast.  The stories ended up being about his adventures as a recovering “pagan.”  Instead of a recovering alcoholic, he’s a recovering pagan who has occasional relapses.  

I’ll warn you, I have a really weird (and sometimes dry) sense of humor.  So these stories may not be very funny for you.  But I had A LOT of fun making these stories (they were more fun than the Mr. T kanji<—–and that says A LOT if you’ve ever spent any time reading through stories on the Reviewing the Kanji site…).  Anyways, I thought you might enjoy some of these stories, so here they are for your reading pleasure (the format will be “kanji-keyword-story”):

note: I’m sorry that this is so long.  But whatev.

際-occasion-B is a recovering “pagan” attending pagans-anonymous meetings. He tries his best, but on occasion, he’ll fall back to his old ways and perform a ritual or two in his basement…

障-hinder-B got a badge from the police because he used his inside info and hindered the plot of a few local pagans who wanted to perform weird rituals with the local cats.

陪-auxiliary-So, in place of doing weird rituals (cause that’s bad for a recovering pagan, you know), B has been trying to create a time-machine. He has to wear a muzzle when rerouting the auxiliary power to the “flux capacitor” in case he gets zapped.

陽-sunshine-B (the recovering “pagan”) has been keeping sunshine in his piggy bank. Well, what did you expect? Money? That’s too dangerous! He would just go and spend it on pagan paraphernalia and books! No, sunshine is much better.

陳-line up-B has had a relapse to his old “pagan ways”. He lines up facing the east to “meditate” (or whatever else). Or, perhaps, B can’t resist a new exhibit at the pagan museum, so he lines up at the east entrance early in the morning. Whichever.

防-ward off-Though he has supposedly thrown away his old ways, B still tries to ward off evil spirits when he travels by keeping the directions hidden and bound up underneath his top hat.

附-affixed-B (again, the recovering “pagan”) has affixed a set of rules and reminders for himself on the walls all around his house so that he adheres to the rules of his newfound faith and doesn’t fall back into his pagan ways.

院-Inst. (as in, Institution)-B has joined the perfect new institution for recovering pagans. Or, for those of you who used the “family/household perfect in the beginning” story for the other primitive, B has found the perfect new institution for a recovering pagan in the support of his family.

陣-camp-B goes camping with some buddies, but it turns out that they’re really pagans (not a really good environment for a recovering pagan, you know?). They start doing weird pagan stuff, so B is forced to sleep in his car so that he resists temptation.

隊-regiment-B decides to join the army in an attempt to introduce some discipline to his life. However, when he finds members of his regiment sacrificing horned sows in the middle of the night for good luck before a battle, he has to desert the army to keep his morals.

墜-crash-(continued from previous frame) B’s attempt to flee the pagan regiment is thwarted when the pagan horned sow god (who is already angry at B for renouncing his pagan ways) sends lightning and the plane on which B is escaping crashes to the ground.

階-story (as in floor of a building)-As part of his pagan-rehabilitation program, B has to do janitorial work. He has to clean all the rooms on all the stories. (in the end he ends up comparing all the white dust *bunnies to determine which are suitable for rituals–mission failed :(…).

陛-highness-B has another relapse: he falls back into worship of a previous pagan goddess, the “highness” or “queen” of heaven. Now he’s performing some weird type of divination for her where you compare different clumps of dirt.

隣-neighboring-B has been doing well lately. He hasn’t had any relapses. In fact, he’s been doing charitable things like giving rice to the neighboring kids. However, to hide his identity from the kids’ parents (who know about his pagan past) he wears a cool pair of aviator glasses.

隔-isolate-(assuming you are using the “old camera” primitive) B has taken up a new hobby: photography. However, he has to isolate himself out in nature to make sure that he doesn’t get into bad types of photography (you know what I’m talking about) and go back to his pagan ways.

隠-conceal-B has had another relapse and is now in search of a vulture (or crow–those work just as well) to use in a pagan ritual. He has concealed his identity (disguised) himself as a scarecrow (broom with a heart). Or, he has a concealed weapon to kill the vulture.

堕-degenerate-So, B has again degenerated and began service to the “highness” or “queen of heaven” goddess {1310}. He has degenerated so badly that he has become possessed from his divination with the clumps of earth. Poor ol’ B…

陥-collapse-Wow, too easy. B’s life has collapsed since he has become bound up again in the traditions of the olden days.

Okay, so what’d you think?  I had a lot of fun writing them.  The only thing is, since there’s this common theme in all of them, and lots of them are really similar, I kind of forsee (no pun intended…) getting a lot of these kanji mixed up.  Anyways, thanks for reading.  I hope you enjoyed my silly stories.  I really do feel bad for that Mr. B fellow.  That guy needs some serious help…

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Mwahaha.

Mwahaha.  Hahahaha….

MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!  

(starts to roll around on the ground in a fit of maniacal laughter…)

“My takeover will soon be complete!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!…”

Okay, as you probably know, I don’t have school (/college) again till the 26th.  You also probably know that I’m trying to get as much RTK done as I can before school also starts.  Therefore, you have also probably realized by now that…

“…I am going to take over the world!  Ahahaha!  Yes, that’s right!  I will soon complete RTK and my plans will soon be COMPLETE.  Bwahahahaaa….Once I finish RTK, I will join the RTK hall-of-fame with the official rank of Kanji Beast.  Oh, but I’m not stopping there.  No, I plan on conquering the entire Museum (?>_>) of Japanese!  I will exploit my fellow hall-of-famers by stealing the methods that they have used to begin their own quests for mastery! (I actually feel kind of bad about that…but, sshhhh!)  And in the end, people will only tremble in the presence of me, the Kanji Dragon (rank reached after RTK3…).  Haha!”  

(I might even learn kanji after that.  You know, to take those silly tests–what are they called?  Kanken?  You know, the ones with the poopload of kanji?  Yeah, well that’s the next stage of evolution [evolution as in Pokemon, people…] after Kanji Dragon.  I will acheive the final stage of–[drum roll]–Kanji Titan!  Mwahahahahaha!)

Anyways, I have a long ways to go before I get there.  I was going to wait until tonight once I’ve finished todays additions, but I couldn’t wait.  Here’s the latest kanji poster update:  

Psyche.  Gotcha.  You know why there’s no picture here?  Because wordpress is asinine.  And my wireless  internet connection is slower than my brain at 4 in the morning.  For some reason it wouldn’t let me upload the picture.  I guess I’ll just update this later when the entire world isn’t working against me.  Whatev.  No problem.  Just keep your cool.  It’s no big deal.  The fact that I had to retype this paragraph like 8 times is no big deal.  Deep breath.  Woo-saaa…

Edit:  Yes, I finally did it.  Here you go:

 

my kanji poster

my kanji poster

For the record, I am at 1250 as of this writing.  Though, I’ll most likely be further along later today.

Hmm, what else is new…

Oh yeah, so I’m almost finished with RahXephon.  It’s pretty amazing.  (See, I’d really like to buy some dramas, but looks like that’ll have to wait until I win the lottery…)  I’ll probably go back and rewatch the series or my favorite episodes a few times before moving on.  

Edit:  I just finished the series.  Weird, but good.  You might say, weirdly awesome.  Yeah, I have this really strong urge to go check the english subs to find out exactly what happened, but I will resist the urge.  The fact that that urge exists is probably a good sign.  Now I just have to go watch the movie…

Ah, and I also switched my Kanji progress from the RevTK site over to Anki.  It was…quite an ordeal.  The plugin doesn’t work quite as smoothly as my new Ipod, but whatev.  I got it to work after 4 HOURS of trial and error.  Yeah, that sucked.  And the best part is that my brain has to adjust to Anki’s scheduling.  But I’m getting used to it.  

I’ve been eating with chopsticks quite a bit lately.  My new favorite thing that I like to make is egg ramen.  Google it.  It’s pretty good.  Also, my family discovered this new Chinese takeout restaurant in town.  It’s flipping awesome.  The people that work there (no offense to them) don’t speak english at all.  Like, they can’t even say simple numbers correctly.  But I LOVE their food.  I’m going to start going there regularly since they’re in a random corner of town and I can tell they don’t get a lot of business.  They weren’t very nice at first (grumpy–I can sympathize with that.  Stupid americans…), but now that I’ve been going there a bit, they smile :)…I’m hoping to become their best customer.  Maybe I’ll learn some mandarin or cantonese or something in the process.   

Oh yeah, funny story related to that.  I was looking over their menu, and they have the names of the items written in hanzi.  So I was trying to recognize some of the characters.  There was this one where I was like “cow-meat-shishkebab?…Beef Teriyaki!”  Yeah.  Awesome.  Hooray for mad-RTK-skillz.

Umm…okay, I must confess.  I’ve also been planning on dumping the RevTK forums once I finish.  Ouch.  I know.  It’s gonna be tough.  It’s not you (the forums), it’s me!  It’s just that, you know, I’m not very compatible with you now that I’m on this quest for linguistic denomination.  I like learning Japanese.  You like learning about learning  Japanese (in English).  Whatev.  Remember, we’ve got our differences, but I love you.  And I always will.

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Hisashiburi!

Hisashiburi.  It has been quite a long time since I’ve paid any attention to this blog.  And my other blogs?  Hahahahahahaaa.  Don’t make me laugh.  I don’t even remember what they’re about it’s been so long.  Anyways…

So, what’s first? Kanji?

Just another Kanji poster update.

Just another Kanji poster update.

Officially, I’m at 891.  But, some of the newer ones have a few days (or longer) to solidify since I’ve just added them “the system.”  I’m pretty excited.  I have off of school until like the 26th, so I’m looking to get at the very minimum a very large majority of RTK1 finished before school.  I cannot wait for sentences.  Holy cow.  You have no idea; I’m sooooo anxious.

I’ve also recently turned off the subtitles.  In celebration of that, I got the series of this anime called RahXephon when we were at Best Buy.  At first, I was like, “oh, this is just fabulous; giant robots.”  I was really expecting it to be terrible because I hate giant robot anime, but it is actually really amazing.  And you know what?  It actually has a really good story!  Yeah, that’s right.  You weren’t expecting that, were you?!  The only thing is, I found out that the DVDs didn’t have an option of Japanese language for the audio, but no subtitles.  Instead, it just has “english language” and “japanese language w/ english subtitles”.  The whole purpose of buying anime was so that I DIDN’T have to cover up fansubtitles/etc from the internet with post-it notes.  But now, since I don’t have the option of turning off the subs, I have to use post-its anyways.  You see?!  It’s all because the post-its were angry that I forsook them before.  Now, they’ve come back to haunt me.  (In addition to this, I’ve been obsessively watching The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya; pretty awesome).

edit:   I just discovered that I CAN turn off the subtitles.  The DVD itself doesn’t let you, but the VLC media player has a thing where you can manually control all the video and audio tracks, so I finally can turn off the subs.  Take that post-its!!!Bwahahahahahahaha!

Guess what else!  My external usb dvd drive for my computer came in the mail!  I got it to replace my sometimes-works internal dvd drive.  You know what I discovered?!  It’s REGION-FREE.  Flipping awesome.  I love it.  Now I’ll be able to watch the Matrix in Japanese when it comes in the mail.

edit2:It actually isn’t region free :(.  The only reason I can play other region stuff is because I’m using VLC media player.  Apparently that’s region free.  Oh well.  There’s another one for VLC media player!  

Also, my father recently decided that he wants to start learning Hebrew.  So I was like “Dude, I got the hookups whenever you be ready to start learning acquiring a language.”  So now I’m going to help him learn the alphabet and get him started on listening and doing sentences.  It’ll be fun.

Speaking of that, we recently engaged in a wicked(-ly fun/awesome) debate about “religious stuff” over in the RTK forums.  It was a blast.  But…I wasn’t getting anything else done.   So I had to quit.  But it was fun.  You should check it out.

Anyways, that’s about it.  I’ll keep you posted.  I really want to write more, lol, but I’m kinda lazy.  So, I’ll catch y’all later!

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