Disneyworld needs to make a rollercoaster based off of the ride Yzma and Kronk take to the lair. When the ride starts, Yzma’s voice yells “pull the lever, Kronk!” and the ride starts to move backwards so she yells “wrong lever!” and it shoots you forward.
Hella stressed out about my presentation today, but in the end the teacher took it pretty lightly. I worried for nothing. I feel so relieved now that it’s over with. It’s like the week is almost at its end, but it’s not even halfway done.
Yesterday in class, we watched a comedy act with a lot of references to various people/things. The teacher linked Google image searches for all the references to show us, but somehow almost all of the links went wrong and we kept getting Super Mario and Wonbin! LOL
“There’s so much more to life than finding someone who will want you, or being sad over someone who doesn’t. There’s a lot of wonderful time to be spent discovering yourself without hoping someone will fall in love with you along the way, and it doesn’t need to be painful or empty. You need to fill yourself up with love. Not anyone else. Become a whole being on your own. Go on adventures, fall asleep in the woods with friends, wander around the city at night, sit in a coffee shop on your own, write on bathroom stalls, leave notes in library books, dress up for yourself, give to others, smile a lot. Do all things with love, but don’t romanticize life like you can’t survive without it. Live for yourself and be happy on your own. It isn’t any less beautiful, I promise.”—Emery Allen
“We praise people for being “naturally” smart, too, “naturally” athletic, and etc. But studies continue to show, as they have for some time now, that it is generally healthier to praise schoolchildren for being hardworking, than for being naturally gifted. We know now that to emphasize a child’s inherent ability places pressure on that child to continue to be accidentally talented, which is something that is hard for anyone to control. When the children who are applauded for their natural skills fail, they are shown to take the failure very personally. After all, the process of their success has always seemed mysterious and basic and inseparable from the rest of their identity, so it must be they who are failing as whole people. When students are instead complimented and rewarded for their effort and improvement, they tend to not be so hard on themselves. When they fail, they reason, “Well, I’ll work harder next time.” They learn that they are capable of success, rather than constantly automatically deserving of it, and they learn simultaneously that they are bigger and more complex than their individual successes or failures.”—Kate of Eat the Damn Cake, The Stupidity of “Natural” Beauty
My mom asked me if I was able to get any Starbucks cards, and if I went to Tokyo over break (because she doesn’t have the Tokyo Starbucks card). I was actually beginning to consider visiting Tokyo again before I leave…
Just rediscovered close-up/macro filters and really want to buy some now. Most of the camera related products I’ve looked up are cheaper in Japan than in the US, but close-up filters are an exception. o-o On US Amazon, a 4-filter set costs about $15, but the same or a similar set in Japan is about $23. Single filters are about $15 each. Hmm..
Have to think about whether I would need a tripod though. And whether I’m going to buy a new lens anytime soon.
Today, one of the newcomers was a UC Berkeley student! Only he and one other guy joined us for dinner. C-san, who I haven’t seen since like November! suddenly showed up while we were headed to dinner. He didn’t join us though.
We talked about train tickets/cards. M-ya-san showed us the card he used in Melbourne. A-san talked about what they have in France. S-san said how there aren’t any of the regular ticket gates in Tokushima, where he’s from. There, you have to show your ticket to a guy when you get off/on the train. We were surprised to hear this, and he said on the other hand that he was surprised when he came to Osaka and saw these electronic ticket gates where you can just tap an IC card. How convenient! he thought. LOL I’d heard of those kind of ticket gates, where you don’t stick a ticket through a machine/tap an IC card, because Kristie mentioned her boyfriend’s hometown was so inaka that they had that at the station. But I saw it for the first time when we went to Kyushu.
“Creative people are confident in only one thing: their own doubt. I think there’s a huge lack of self-confidence in a creative person because, by nature, the definition of a creative person is someone who is trying to make something new. They know, if they are professional creatives, that the likelihood of doing that—making something new and significant—is hugely unlikely, so they build within that city of doubt. From doubt, they get to iterate and work extremely hard, hoping to find something new; it’s all about hope. I’ve never met anyone who is good at what they do creatively and is super-confident. Maybe they pretend to be confident in front of their agent or the media, but I’ve never been confident in that way.”—John Maeda interview on The Great Discontent
“Stop comparing where you’re at with where everyone else is. It doesn’t move you farther ahead, improve your situation, or help you find peace. It just feeds your shame, fuels your feelings of inadequacy, and ultimately, it keeps you stuck. The reality is that there is no one correct path in life. Everyone has their own unique journey.”—Daniell Koepke
“I’m lonely. What kind of loneliness? Every kind. I feel disconnected. Abandoned. As always. Repetition. So what, my love? So what? At first, I just wanted to run away. Now I have no where else to run to, nothing to run from. I don’t belong anywhere, I don’t want to go anywhere, I just want to be happy.”—Daul Kim
“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.”—Roald Dahl
“More and more I found myself at a loss for words and didn’t want to hear other people talking either. Their conversations seemed false and empty. I preferred to look at the sea, which said nothing and never made you feel alone.”—Paula McLain, The Paris Wife
Tried on a “shrunken boyfriend” button-up shirt at Gap, and it actually fit well! I got excited. It was more sheer than I expected though, but it’ll probably be okay. I’ll probably go back and buy it.. 100% cotton though. It’ll probably shrink if I put it in the dryer, right? Should I buy a size up…
Went to the newly opened used clothing store in Onohara. Half of it is still Book Plaza, much to my surprise. Anyway, I found and bought a pair of boots. They look cheaply made but are in pretty good condition and only cost ¥980. My heel comes up when I walk in them, but maybe I just need to tighten the laces…
Circle orientation was yesterday. Woke up at 5:30 because we were meeting at 8:15. Spent a few hours passing out flyers. We actually ended up handing out almost all 1200 of them! It was supposed to rain, but it didn’t at all until the evening, thank goodness. After I came back from lunch, I just sat at our booth and watched the other members explain the club activities. Even when there was an exchange student who didn’t speak Japanese, my fellow club members did their best to explain everything in English. I only came in to help when they didn’t know the word “dark room.”
Cleaned up and went grocery shopping for the party at 5:00. It didn’t start until quite later though. Only 5 people came (all guys), but it’s just as well because there’s no way we could have fit much more than that in the club room, especially because all the fourth years and one OG came as well.