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/chat/ - Sunset Shenanigans
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97475 No. 97475 watch
What this place needs is a chat thread again!

Shall we?

And remember: your past is not today!
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No. 97476
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Quite so!

What's up?
No. 97477
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IT LIVES!!!!
No. 97478
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Also
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqnbYUG6Bn8
Best Sunset vid <3

>>97476
:D
Boozing a little
Expanded my pony figure collection even further :p
Bought a dumbbell set so I can pretend to be Bulk Biceps
What's up there?

>>97477
The people live too! What's going on!

I bring donuts.
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>>97478
Boozing? What'ya drinking?
I'm currently in my department lab running an experiment. I am beerless.
Oh really? New workout plan?
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>>97479
Banana beer! It's very banana-y
Other than than a 5L can of Adnams Southwold which was half price. Less than £1/pint equivalent, happy days.
Oh what a shame. What's your experiment though?
Yeah I'm following a basic Nerd Fitness thing http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2009/12/09/beginner-body-weight-workout-burn-fat-build-muscle/ but didn't have a heavy enough milk jug :p Don't want to look "ripped", but some basic recomp will do me good!
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>>97480
Nice nice!
£1/pint is pretty good for sure. Nothing here is that cheap.
It's the experiment for my MA thesis. I basically sit here and fuck around whilst participants come in and do the experiment.
Nice nice! Do you think you need to do that?
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>>97478
Best Sunset video.

I wonder if Mikie Pie saw these new shorts. I know he loves EG like I do. :)

Noooo! We don't! Shenanigans live! Not too much!

yaaaay!
No. 97483
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HOME TIME

Back in a bit.
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>>97481
It's rare anything here is that cheap either!
Haha, sitting there fucking around sounds like a nice easy time to me!
Oh yeah. I ended up massively weak and "skinnyfat" losing tons of weight but not keeping the strength up, paying for it now!

>>97482
Absolutely :3
Oh I guess he will soon if not!

Yayyy! *pistol whips*

>>97483
Woohoo! Seeya soon
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>>97484
I return!
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>>97482
loved 80's pinkie too much :3
No. 97488
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おはよう LChan! What's up?
No. 97489
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It seems I have a love-hate relationship with R. Sometimes it is so easy and straightforward. Sometimes it openly ignores everything you do.
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>>97488
Ello again!
I had a dig in the loft space and found some things!

The GG is faulty :c Other things still work! Flutters can look after her new pet :3

What's up there?

>>97489
R?
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>>97490
Ello!
Oh nice find! I used to have a Tamagotchi! That takes me back.
How's you?

R is a statistical programming language. Right now I'm using it to format some CSV files for my experiment.
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>>97491
The things we did for entertainment in 1997 :P I've turned it on, not hatched yet!
All the better with a nice dirty pizza in my belly :3 Yaself?

Oh right, not a pirate language then. :P
So much programming in this
No. 97493
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>>97492
I remember playing mine back in the 90's - it was good fun!
I can remember very little about it though.
Haha, nice!

I've had to spend all day in my lab, so I had to bring lunch with me.

Haha, not quite!
No. 97495
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>I make a thread
>little to no response
>make a thread asking for opinions on merging
>people who never post and haven't posted in ages come out of the woodwork
>others make post
>people come out of the woodwork to participate
just like real life ;~;
No. 97496
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>>97495
life just isn't fair ;_;
No. 97498
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oh hello Lunachan!
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>>97495
>>97497
Hmm? I'm not sure I follow.
I was talking with Cloud before about how I didn't really use LunaChan, but I wanted to. I, perhaps somewhat naively, suggested a chat thread for fun. I assure you that there was no malice behind it.

How are you, anyway?

>>97498
Hello!
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>>97495
>>97497
Disregard that, I was being dumb and emo.
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>>97500
Ha, okay then! ^^;
How are you now?
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>>97502
I see you there.
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>>97501
Pretty alright here. Going back to school now, which is nice.
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>>97504
Cool stuff. Where are you at school?
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>>97493
It's still alive! It evolved into one of the uglier duckfaced creatures because the Japanese apparently think the path to physical cuteness is being yelled at :p (You have to discipline it a lot)

Bad as me. I scoff my lunch at the desk.

>>97495
Dashing and I decided "let's go liven up Lunachan" behind the scenes
I think it's often a case of word getting around rather than everyone just lurking until specific people post, as much as it may look like that!

>>97502
I see a nose. *boops it*
No. 97543
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97543
Guess who's back.. Back again. Tell a friend.

We apologize for the interruption of posting. I will defer the explanation to Luna admin.

Anyways, I've been doing well. Last night I had way too much fun watching a stream of Toy Story 2 for the N64. Today after work I played lots of games with friends and then just finished watching The Silence of the Lambs with them. It was a good movie no doubt, even if some might find it disturbing.
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>>97541
How's it doing now?
Oh likewise - I usually have to with the kind of schedule I have here.
Nearly done though! Back in the UK in a couple of weeks now.

>>97543
Howdy!
Oh cool - I vaguely remember playing that, I think.
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>>97548
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No. 97551
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This is probably the most agonising grading I've ever had to do.

>>97548
>>97549
>>97550
Is this activity I see before me?
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>>97551
>*three days of cricket chirping later*
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>>97561
My thoughts exactly.
How are you?
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>>97564
You can thank my elderly computer for that. I've had to wipe the hard drive twice in three days recently, and it's still throwing a tantrum. So I guess that's how I am.
Yourself?
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>>97551
It just might be.
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>>97569
That name looks familiar...
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>>97570
It's a fairly new name, but there's an old face behind it.

How are you?
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>pic of Easter haul cos why not

>>97543
Well, I guess it's good that there's enough posting going on now for it to be worth mentioning!

>>97546
I left it at work at the weekend. The inevitable happened :p
Such healthy.. {insert Daily Mail alarmist link on the desk having more bacteria than the toilet seat}
Woohoo! Looking forward to proper tea?

>>97548
>>97549
Suddenly, Lunas

>>97550
Suddenly, Questingpones
>>97561
Welcome to the reality of modern day ponying :p Sup? (Get a Mac)
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>>97573
Only one Luna, the previous was a failed tripcode attempt.
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>>97572
Huh. I could've sworn I knew a Lunacy... once. But my memory isn't quite what it used to be.

I'm good, though! Apologies for prying, curiosity got the best of me. Um... how're you?

>>97573
Hullo hullo!

... I can't get a Mac, I'm poor. It's this thing or nothing.
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>>97577
Well, I don't know about a Lunacy, but you knew me once under a different name.

>I'm good, though!
Good to hear. I'm doing all right myself. Kind of dead inside but carrying on as usual.
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>>97583
I knew a lot of people, once. I thiiink I know who you are, but I'm not about to force a game of 'guess that user' on you, don't worry.

Oof, that sounds familiar. Any particular reason for the deadness, or is it just life being life?
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>>97586
Just life being life. Being a student is suffering sometimes.
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>>97567
Oh really? That's certainly a problem. I assume you haven't been able to work out the cause yet?
That's unfortunate. Did you lose much important data?
I cannot complain. More or less finished my MA now - just getting the last bits done before I move back to England at the end of the month.

>>97569
If we wish upon the brightest star in the sky.

>>97573
My condolences.
Quite so! Tea is fairly good here. There is nothing like English tea though.
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>>97590
True that. Do ya have finals coming up?

>>97592
Well... there were various causes. I'm not sure what the current one is, though. Some complication caused by wiping the hard drive, I reckon. But I know nothing about computers.
Well, I was only able to save ~58GB of files, so... I'd say probably.
Oh my, that was... fast. Was it everything you had hoped it would be? What's the next step in your grand adventure, any ideas?
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>>97593
Hmm, that sounds pretty weird. I cannot confess to know what could be happening. It's weird to think that wiping it would cause the problem. Huh.
Oh, that's not much at all. I'm sure you managed to save the most important stuff, right?
Tell me about it. It's weird to think how quickly the last 20 months or so have gone - it's been difficult, but I'm very glad I did it. In some ways it was very different, and a lot of it I'm sure I couldn't have predicted from my prior position. I really feel like a very different person having done it.
So that's been partially planned. I have a job offer to teach sociolinguistics and do research at my undergrad university for a year, which I'll be starting almost as soon as I get back to England. It'll be teaching (obviously), as well as editing a book and running the statistical analyses on a number of experiments. After that I'm not entirely sure, but I'm looking into going somewhere else for a while - currently looking into doing EFL teaching in Japan or Korea for a year or so. That part is fairly up in the air, and no concrete plans have been made.

What about you? How are things since we last spoke?
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>>97593
Not for a month or so, but I'm in a project-heavy major and there's always deadlines to scramble for.
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>>97594
Ehh... it turns on, I can download most programs that I need... I mean, the lack of Word kind of bothers me, but eh, I'll get that sorted out later. It's no concern, really.
Mhm. The only thing I'm really sorry to see go are my 300GB of movies and my video game save files. So... nothing all that important.

I can imagine! You definitely seem like a different person... though that may just be because I've seen you about three times in the last, what, year or so? Sounds like you've had an incredible adventure, though.
Damn though, congratulations on the job! That's incredible. You've earned it, mate. Japan would be an excellent change of pace, I imagine. If you've made it through all of this, I'm sure teaching English over there would be a breeze.

Hmm... well I moved out with Johnny on January 1st, so that happened. Been an adventure in its own right. We're taking classes together, which makes motivating myself to actually attend class a whole lot easier. School's fine, though I'm still at a complete loss as to what I actually want from my schooling. I'm sure I'll figure it out one day, but I'm in no rush.
I guess the main change in my life has been my health, which has been failing for about a year now. I've visited several hospitals and about a dozen different doctors over the past six months, had more tests done than I can count, been pumped so full of radiation that I'm no longer allowed to have x-rays done, and even had an operation about three weeks ago, and still no one knows what's wrong with me. Now I'm stuck on a diet that limits me to basically the bare essentials to survive, and it has done nothing for me. So that's been fun.
Alas, dying doesn't do much for one's ability to function as a person, so I've basically spent a year depressed and anxious and doing fuck-all. Starting to recover, though. Hence the posting, y'know.

>>97596
Ouch. Meanwhile I just had the most relaxed semester of my life... what's your major, if I may ask?
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>>97597
Software engineering.
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>>97597
That certainly meets the definition of being 'functional', but unfortunately not a whole lot else. I'm sorry to hear that though - I've made a point to keep all of my stuff like what (~300GB of shows, movies, and so on) backed up and separate from my main hard drive. I'm sorry to hear that though.

Ha, well that can bring about change! Seriously, though - I feel very different. I remember being back in the UK over summer and christmas, and I remember being surprised about how differently I felt about things. It's been a growing experience like no other - personally and professionally. I finally feel like I've acquired skills that people actually care about. It's been a fantastic adventure, and I can say for sure that I'm not quite sure I'm ready to leave it.

Ha, thank you very much! Even I was surprised about the offer! Nothing has been completely confirmed yet, since there is a bunch of paperwork that goes into it. So long as all of that gets done, it should be fine. It'll be great to go back to Kent - especially going back 'on the other side', as it were. I'm excited.

My thoughts exactly! I'm leaning more towards Japan than Korea (largely because the actual framework for doing that kind of thing is a lot more formal and official there, so I feel like I would be in safer hands with the system). I also know a fair few people who have done similar things, so I can get as much advice and background as necessary. I've still got a while to think about it - sorting it out happens around October - but I'm feeling pretty good about it.

Well that sounds great! Did you move closer to school? How are you finding school so far? I'm sure you'll figure something out.
I'm really sorry man. I had got the impression something was up from Tumblr, but I didn't want to impose by asking. That sounds like a really difficult situation. I couldn't possibly try and recommend anything, but I hope I can be of help or assistance.
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(sorry for the late repliesss... is that all right? On a site as slow as this, I assumed it would be... I hope it is, 'cause I'm gone for the next two days... >.>)

>>97599
Ouch. Are you a full-time student? That sounds so painful... but if you enjoy it, I guess that's what counts. Or... something like that.

>>97601
Aye, and that's what I would have liked to do, but I'm afraid I don't have much in the way of an external hard drive. ~58GB of flashdrives is all that I've got. It's fine, though. It's somewhat liberating to lose everything, really, in a weird sort of way.

I can only imagine. To think, I was intimidated by your professionalism long before all of this... if you weren't posting anime girls, I'd be downright terrified, heh. I am really happy for you, though. Truly. You've come a very long way, mate.

So, since I seem to have missed all of the gritty little details... how'd your MA go, anyway? What was it like, having an army of little Dashing underlings? What did your academic focus wind up as, at the end of things? If I may ask, of course.

So I've heard. That would be an incredible opportunity, surely. Even I've known a few people who spent some time doing exactly that, and I've heard nothing but good things about it. I'm sure it'll be fantastic. Plus, you'll be right at ground zero when China and the US/Japan launch WWIII over a couple of moist rocks. Front row seats, man.

Aye, I did! School is within walking distance, actually. You'd love it, I now live in Surrey, a block away from the oh-so-regal King George Blvd. Except it's also the immigrant center of the city. So it's like some weird, twisted version of ye olde Englande, where all of the streets and places bear names of English kings, assorted rulers, and cities, but all of the stores and people are Punjabi. Its been... interesting.
As for school, eh, it's pretty decent. All of my health issues made me miss far too much of last semester, but I'm sure I'll make up for that with the next one. And my grades are all in the B+ to A range, so I'm not overly worried.

Oh? ... well that makes you about the tenth person to reference seeing my Tumblr without my knowledge. Y'all are goddamn magicians. Yeah, it's been fun. My doctor wants me to see a psychiatrist, but if anything I feel that I'm too stress-free. Could be worse, though. My mother wants me to visit her therapeutic shaman-healer. Probably'll wind up covered in leaches or something. Since the operation proved that I'm not dying outright, I think I'll adopt a policy of deal with it.
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>>97602
Have we already replaced the beginning of these messages with disclaimers? That certainly takes me back.

Also, yes that's no problem. I more-relaxed posting rate suits me quite well actually - I can't really afford to sit on here all day, so replying flexible is pretty convenient.

~58GB is still a fair bit. I can see that - I can imagine it would be more liberating if it actually fixed it though.

Ha! I mean, I could start posting as various scholarly Englishmen of history, or perhaps exclusively as Chomsky. I think I'll stick with anime girls though. Thank you, though - that means a lot.

My MA was quite the adventure, that's for sure. I think the second year of it has been more enjoyable than the first. That is probably due to a number of factors though - having nice roommates, knowing more people, understanding the city more, and so on. It was a challenge the whole way through. Having Dashing underlings has been a bit of a mixed bag. I'm sure that I managed to ignite some degree of interest in the field from some of my students, but the reality is that most people don't care in Intro classes. Good students definitely make teaching worthwhile, though. I particularly enjoyed teaching last semester, when I was teaching topics closer to my heart - the psychology of language, the philosophical problem of language acquisition, sociolinguistics, and so on. I've been teaching theoretical linguistics this semester, which is not nearly as fun.

My research topics have changed a little. My MA thesis stayed fairly close to the topic with which I applied - looking at how speakers interpret and process inflectional morphology. Most of my more fruitful research loosely falls under the terms 'language modelling' or 'quantitative linguistics'. Simply, I've been using various kinds of statistical tools or modelling techniques to capture certain kinds of linguistic behaviour. This normally involves collecting large datasets of naturally-produced speech. For example, I am the lead author on a recently-accepted paper where we examined the deletion/removal of word-final t or d sounds in British English. I'll be sure to send it your way soon. Beyond that, I've also been doing some things in computational linguistics/natural language processing. For example, some other students and I have been building a Lord of the Rings text generator. It's built from a hybrid of the co-occurence frequencies of word combinations and a formal context-free grammar. That project is nearly complete, so I can also show that to you when it's done.

Quite! I'm still looking into it, but right now I'm feeling like that would be want I want to do most. It would be nice to step outside of academia again and have a fun adventure like that - somewhere between traveling and settling. I'm not trying to think too far ahead, but I think it feels pretty natural for me to go to next. All of the stuff for that would begin in the autumn of this year, so it conveniently allows me to get settled back in England before planning the next adventure.
Oh that. That'll be just fantastic. You can't forget Korea's role in this too.

Well that just sounds marvellous. If you think that is weird, you evidently haven't been to England before - or, at the very least, English urban centres. That sounds good though, so long as you accept that that Surrey is the inferior Surrey. I hope the names appeal to your Anglofetish and that you are enjoying it there. That's good to hear about school! Have you enjoyed what parts of it you've been able to attend? Did you decide on a major of any kind?

Well it's not like you don't get notified when someone follows you. I admit I do enjoy seeing your posts every now and then. Ha! I think you should fully embrace your trip to the clinic. You might just walk out with a prescription for some holy water.
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>>97603
Well you know me, ever prone to disappearance without much in the way of warning. I can't imagine I'd be able to easily forgive myself if three days of unexpected social outings nipped our first successful re-contact in over a year in the bud.

Excellent! Casualness it is, then. I'd preemptively apologize for any future instances of prolonged disappearance, but then you would likely use that apologetic preface as evidence to accuse me of having never changed one bit in all that time. We can't be having that much nostalgia, now.

True enough. It seems to be working fine now, though. Except that last night I had to uninstall Norton antivirus, 'cause it was blocking the internet, believing it to be a dangerous program regardless of how I changed its settings. The fun never stops.

Chomsky would suite you remarkably well, I would say! Though I'm not familiar with this particular anime girl. I see her all over the place, but I don't know what she's from. Since you seem to like her, I'll have to assume that she's your personally forcefully grafted onto a fifteen year old girl. Would that be accurate?

Well I'm glad to hear that first years are boring no matter how prestigious the institution... that does sound fantastic, though. I'd love to have heard some of those lectures. I'll admit, in your absence my interest in linguistics - namely sociolinguistics and whatever fancy word you linguists have for what might be described as "how language changes over time," or... whatever - has grown a fair bit. Maybe one day when your fame takes you to a university near me, I'll have to stop by for a class or two.

You had me at Lord of the Rings, heh. I would love to see that, and to read anything that you've written or worked on. It'll be just like old times, sans ponies and tea.

I can see that... that's an incredible opportunity you have before you, mate. You never did seem very content trapped in the British isles... so yeah, I really hope for the best for you. You deserve it.

True, I still haven't left my little neck of the woods. You've had your global, inter-continental adventures, and the biggest adventure in my life has involved moving across a river. Nothing but excitement in my life, lemme tell ya.
It doesn't take much for me to admit that, honestly. This Surrey isn't the best place, but it's cheap to live in, and conveniently located. I do miss the mountains, though. City life doesn't suite me at all. School's fine though, yeah, I've enjoyed it. Took two additional Canadian History classes this past semester with Johnny, to help integrate him into the society - which, in hindsight, might not have been the best idea. Now he knows that Canada is no less racist, corrupt, and generally dickish than the place from whence he came. I'm not complaining, though. It was just great to have classes with a friend again, I haven't had that since high school.

As for a major, er... I'm technically a History major, but I may change it, if possible. I love learning history, but I've found that I'm not exactly keen on the process of doing history. It's a great hobby, but it'd make a terrible job. So I'm back to square one, just taking a wide variety of classes to see what sticks, if anything. Considering something in the sciences, though I'm not sure where I'd begin with that. It's a mess, really.

That's true, but when 95% of your followers never interact with you in any way, and at least 10% of them are porn blogs, it becomes a little bothersome to check such notifications. I had no idea you were on the site, though! Errr... has it been a long time? My sincerest apologies, I'm not very good at this whole "friendship" business. >.>
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>Totally not late answering
>>97503
>>97541
Hullo hullo guys. Sorry I kinda haven't been here.
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>>97602
>something like that
I'll take what I can get, we'll put it that way.

And yep, full time.
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And I'm back.

>>97605
Yep - I certainly remember. I cannot complain however, as I left you in the dark for a good four days now. My friend came to visit for a few days, and I'm only now catching up on things.

Ha, indeed. As much as I imagine you have changed since then, I assume that will remain your life constant.
So, rather than doing it, you'll just disappear without apologising. This is going to be a barrel of laughs, I'm sure.

You are using Norton? I'm not sure I'd recommend that, honestly. Still, I think Norton may have uncovered some deep insight about the internet right there, and is perhaps trying to do you a favour.

I should go about collecting some Chomsky then! He was quite the looker in the 50's, actually, so that would be something.

She is from a show called K-On!, a high school slice of life that ran 2009-2011. I'm not necessarily sure that I would consider some kind of reflection of personality, so 'forceful grafting' might be more appropriate (disregarding how questionable that sounds). I would probably say that I like her in the show in a way not dissimilar from how I liked Rainbow Dash when MLP first came out. If you ever are interested in watching it, I would give it my strongest recommendation - I was completely blown away by the show's quality, and now it's easily my favourite anime (and one of my favourite shows generally).

Oh certainly! Many of them were completely indifferent, and I'll naturally they'll blame me in my evaluations for not making it enthusing enough. Ha, I think you would have liked them! In reality, they ended up being more structured versions of my language-related textwalls from years before. I would have picked on you for answers though.

Oh right? So that's either called 'historical linguistics' or 'diachronic linguistics'. What got you interested in those topics?

Ha, good! It didn't quite come out as polished as we would have liked by the deadline arrived so we just submitted what we had. I'll have to work out a way of showing it to you. Once I've submitted the manuscript for publication I'll send it your way and you can see what kind of work I've been up to. Fortunately the paper is very short, which means you can't even complain about boredom.

Only sans tea for you, I think you'll find.

I'm glad you think so! Right now I'm just trying to sort out my immediate situation (moving back to the UK on Wednesday, finishing my thesis for next Monday, and so on). Once that has all been sorted, I can start to think more concretely about those things. Mmm - I think I agree. The UK is a fantastic place and I'm acutely aware of my luck in having a close tie to it, but I'm definitely at the point where I want to reach out and explore a lot more.

Though not the most different, it sounds pretty enjoyable. How far is Surrey from your university, again? Ha! I'm sure he liked that - pretty much the only historical simplification I know is that pretty much every society has been dickish to some other population. It's a human constant. That sounds like good fun though - how big are these classes normally?

So you are considering changing your major? What to, may I ask?
> linguistics
I can understand that. That is also much of the point of Arts degrees like that - in some sense, they are not supposed to be jobs that one does (outside of academia at least). Sciences, huh? I'd sure like to see you as a scientist.

Ha, understandable. I'm not sure - I found you after Johnny reblogged something you had posted. It must have about January or something.

>>97613
Hello again!
How are things?
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That's a lot of words...
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>>97621
Words are what we do best!
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Hello Lunachan Chat Ponies/People!
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>>97620
Things have been really busy. This week I had to do 7 pages report and 5 pages assignment for homework, so I have had barely time to do much else than school work. Hopefully things will ease up soon though!

>>97623
Hi Flower! Long time no see!
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>>97620
And then I proceeded to leave you in the dark for another couple of days, for almost the same reasons. It really is just like old times.

Pretty much! I mean, unless you would prefer an apology every time we speak. How very Canadian of you. :p
(though truly, I feel I should apologize for the abysmally sub-par wording of this post, I am incredibly exhausted from a weekend of adventures and drinking, forgive me)

Well I had just wiped my hard drive and reset it to factory settings, so yes, I was using the default program, which was Norton. But it's gone now, and I doubt I'll have any troubles. I had no firewall for three years and nothing went wrong until the very end. Ignorance is the best protection, right?

I can only imagine. I don't believe I've seen any images of him before he was in his forties or fifties. Which I feel suites you rather well. :p

Ahh, I've heard that name! Can't say that I know anything about it, though. Slice of life shows aren't particularly appealing to me, alas... but I could make an exception. Maybe. We'll see how bored I get during my three week break from classes, effective immediately.

That sounds like it would've been remarkable to witness. Well we have long futures ahead of us, who knows where we'll end up. Maybe I'll find a chance to hear a lecture properly one day. I imagine you would make a great teacher.

Hmm... the evolution of my interest in general history, I guess. I've kept up with my reading for all the time that we haven't spoken, and I've gotten to the point where singular political entities - specific kingdoms, dynasties, regimes, etc - no longer pique my curiosity as much as the people living under said regimes. It started with me trying to map the evolution of the English language, its various influences, its effects on the native insular Celtic languages, etc. You may remember that I've always had a natural curiosity for cultural anthropology, and from what I've read, it sounds like the evolution of language forms the cornerstone of cultural change. New language reflects new ideas within a community, and such. I later spent some time mapping the spread of the Semetic languages of Arabia, the Mandé languages in sub-Saharan west Africa, as well as the conglomeration of the various post-Roman Germanic languages into modern French and German. And I must say that I've loved it so far. More recently, the almost universal adoption of English Internet slang and the effects of English dominance over all other languages globally have really sparked my interest in the subject. I would love the opportunity to study it properly, but alas, I'm not really in a position to do so. You know how it is.

I look forward to reading it! I'm sure it's fantastic - far more than you would give it credit for, anyway.

Unfortunately so. The doctors have me on a terrible diet that forbids tea. Besides, I don't have a kettle. Life is so hard sometimes.

I can imagine. Well I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors, my friend. You're definitely going places, and I for one can't wait to see where you end up.

My university is in Surrey, actually. So the commute is only half an hour, or twenty minutes at best. It's pretty nice. Erm... well the school I attend has class sizes of only 20-35 students. It's pretty nice, actually.

I haven't the slightest idea. Maybe a science. Maybe linguistics. I might just abandon academia altogether and pursue a practical trade for a while. I'm not looking far beyond this upcoming semester, to be honest. Unfortunately I was born with an intense interest in pretty well everything, so no matter what I pick I'll feel like I'm giving up on a part of myself. I'm sure I'll find something to my liking one day.

Oh goodness, that was quite some time ago... er... wow. I'm very sorry for not noticing! I can be a bit, er... blind. I get that a lot. >.>

>>97621
Words words words!

Hi!

>>97623
Hello Flower! How are you? ♥
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>>97645
All the words...

Never change Dashie.
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Oh hello again Lunachan. I'm really bad at this keeping up with the times thing.

I got a new mouse today, the Logitech G700s. It's pretty awesome.
Otherwise I've just been working. Oh I've also been playing this new Grand Theft Auto V game. It's pretty fun, more so with friends of course. That's about what I've been doing.
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>>97645
That's quite alright! It's now apparent that I did the same to you! It seems like we are developing quite the routine.

So I'm moving back to the UK tomorrow (Wednesday). Now that I've packed the majority of my things, the extent of the situation's peculiarity is started to become apparent to me. It's certainly been quite the two years.

You should definitely give it a go! I found it to be one of these stories where you cannot appreciate the significance of the narrative until you've reached the end of it. It's by far the most narratively-developed show in that genre. The power of the show's theming and narrative is all in the subtlety of its delivery. It's definitely on the 'moe' side of shows, and it can seem that it's just 'cute girls doing cute things' - that's certainly true, but there is underlying character development which is only apparent at the show's climax. I couldn't recommend it enough.

Well that's an interesting way to approach it, and I see where you are coming from. Unfortunately I don't know a lot about the early development of English, so there is little I can contribute. It's a great topic though, with plenty of good resources. You sound like you could be quite the language historian or philologist! That's some pretty good work. Internet slang and the sociolinguistics of the internet is something I've been following a lot, and I have former colleagues in my department that are working on those exact topics. I think you'd like a linguistics class if you took one - it would probably help a lot when it comes to doing that kind of diachronic analysis too. I think that's all great.

So what on Earth do you drink? Why exactly has tea been forbidden, may I ask?

I think that makes some sense. At least, I can understand the frustration. I'm not sure exactly what kind of advice would be useful here, and I'm not sure you necessarily need any. It's hard to know what one wants to do, so I don't think there is any need to fret about it.

Indeed it was! That's quite okay. I just lurk from the shadows anyway, so it's hardly a problem.

>>97658
That sounds nice! What's the new GTA game?
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>>97622
So I've noticed, heh

>>97645
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>>97659
Oh I was just making a commentary on Grand Theft Auto V just now coming to the PC. It's the same GTA V, just better graphics mostly.
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My sleep schedule is completely fucked and I regret nothing.
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>>97649
Actually, these posts couldn't be a less accurate demonstration of who I am these days. Notice the days-long breaks between posts. I used to type a thousand words several times a day tirelessly. Now I get exhausted just thinking about typing ten words. But I can find energy, sometimes.

>>97659
Apparently! But now I'm replying both several days late and at 4am, so don't expect much in the way of quality herein, my friend.

So that would mean you're back in the UK now, right? How's that going? Who are you staying with, if I may ask? Glad to be back?

Hmm... we'll see. Truth be told, I have a veritable mountain of shows, movies, and documentaries lined up for me to watch, so... I'll add it to the list, but I promise nothing in the way of expediency. Does look kind of cute though, I'll give it that.

Oh, probably. But then, I've enjoyed nearly every class I've ever attended. So... yeah. I could look into taking a linguistics class, though. Couldn't hurt. Maybe sometime in the fall, if I haven't found some trades program or other that might suite me better by then.

Because I'm on the worst diet known to man. No tea, no bread, little dairy, no fructose, no processed meat... I have a six page arbitrary list of foods that I can and cannot eat, which gets specific enough to tell me that I can have raspberries but not blackberries, I can have eggs but not egg noodles, and I can have approximately 5cm of celery per day. Yeah. Tea's off the list, so I just drink water. Fuckin' exciting, lemme tell ya.

Well that's fair. I've been doing a lot of shadow-y lurking myself too... >.>
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>>97663
>>97663
Actually, these days I drink nothing but water myself.

Yeah, and I appreciate the times you can find the energy. You're still so much like yourself, it makes me all nostalgic and what not.

It's a good feeling.

I worried when you disappeared you know. Not a huge amount cause I always expected you would. But you were gone for a long time! And I searched, a lot. I looked everywhere, searched everything I could think of. And to hear what you went through in the times I could not find you? That feels a lot better. And a lot worse, cause shit, that sounds like a fucking drag, putting it mildly. I wish I could have been there with a reassuring ear and what not.

But excuse that horribly formatted mess of an outburst.

I'm not dead either Dashie. I have a job now! I don't think I quite had one last time we talked, but now it's pretty much for real and they even pay me officially and stuff!

I sell cards and board games and what not in a hobby store. It's pretty much what I've always wanted to do. I don't play as many games as I used to, cause I spend so much time teaching others how to, but it still feels good. I'm happy when I'm there.

I have a nice flat now, with cool people and no shit people. Money is troubling at times, but I'm like two weeks from sorting that out.

Wow. Seems I have words for the both of us these days.
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>>97664
I've been drinking nothing but water and vodka since I moved out four months ago, and I still haven't developed a proper taste for it. I don't understand water drinkers at all.

I... yeah... yeah, I was. I never meant to disappear like that, you know. It just sort of... happened. Every day I felt less energetic, less enthusiastic, and then I felt like i was letting everyone down with my absence, and the pressure drove me away. I loved the online life that I built for myself, and I daresay I tore the whole thing down quite nicely. That on top of the whole "dying" thing I had going on for half a year, and... I'm not sure that a reassuring ear would've helped much. But I really appreciate it.

Hearing about you does make me feel surprisingly good, though... I remember being a bit concerned about your situation the last time we spoke. That's really awesome, mate. I'm kind of envious of the job, heh. Sounds like my dream job too. Glad one of us gets a happy story, thus far at least.

It's like 5:30 though, I shouuuld go crash... leave you to your thread on the other site. Maybe. Kind of don't feel like sleeping though.
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>>97665
They're not the same without you you know. Not even a lil bit. You know half my heart went with you when you left. I just stopped posting.

It's okay Dashie, really. I understand that sometimes life happens and you can't do shit about it. And my wanting to be there was probably more selfish than selfless tbh, I can admit that.

It's a good job. It's hard tho. Frustrating with all the people I gotta interact with, some of them are real... different, to say the least.

Do your thing Dashie. I'll wait. And if you don't feel like sleeping, whatever it is you have left to relax with could be nice?

Also, I don't know how I get away with just drinking water either tbh. I drank sugary soda for so many years and one day just decided to stop? It was odd.
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>>97663
Apologies for the lateness! I took a break from here so I could finish my thesis. Now that that's done, I'm back!

Indeed I am - left Wednesday; got to London Thursday morning. I'm staying with my parents now until my job things get sorted and I can move to Kent. Little bit of a transition period right now, it seems. I think so - just enough has changed for it to feel different but not entirely now.

Admittedly, I think I see London with a slightly more favourable lens than before. That's not to say I think it's perfect or anything, but I recognise that I was certainly unfair in my impressions of it beforehand. I am now a lot more aware and happy for the fact I get to live someone pretty great.

That's understandable, and I do hope you find the time for it. It is very cute, and the subtle development of characterisation and narrative puts it far above its contemporaries.

You should! I mean, I am very able to help you, should you run into problems with it (though I am sure you would find some way to muddle though it). Do you think you might take up a trades program?

Well that sounds positively horrible. So what exactly can you eat that is at least somewhat enjoyable? Do you have any timeframe for how long you may be required to keep that diet?
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>>97678
That's fine! My only excuse for lateness is that I'm on break, and I've been either drunk or hungover every day all week. Now it's 5am, I can finally reply.

I could see it. I have no real idea what it's like on that side of the pond, but nothing beats the feeling of coming home, wherever that might be. So how long do ya reckon until you move next? I can't imagine that Kent is all that far away, though I do hear that you Europeans have a rather short sense of scale... :p

Lo, this anime you've been recommending me came up in a conversation with Johnny, and he offered his own recommendations for it too, so... I guess I pretty much have to see it now. Sounds stellar, can't wait.

I haven't the slightest idea! Right now my only plan is to get through this upcoming semester. I'll take whatever opportunities I can find along the way, and uh... settle for that, I guess.

Actually, the diet just ended yesterday! I had to endure it for six weeks, but it's finally over. I was living on almost nothing but eggs and rice and potatoes... oh, and sushi of course. My first real diet. Can't say I'd recommend it, food is too fantastic. Eating perogies coated in hot sauce last night was the highlight of my week.
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>>97679
What's a perogy?
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>>97681
Something I can't spell.
No. 97683
Ahahahaha
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>>97683
What did you call me? Fight me 1v1
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>>97682
Well I suppose, but more literally, what is it? Some kinda food stuffs by context, but I've never heard the term before.
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>>97679
Well that worked out somewhat conveniently! I must say that this rate of conversation works pretty well. I can work with this for sure.

London is just a nice place (parts of it, at least). I know that I didn't really appreciate it when I lived here before. I suppose that my time away from here has allowed me to see some of the brighter sides about it. I certainly implore to visit it, should you ever get the chance.

Well I'm hoping to move around the beginning of June, though it remains to be soon. Kent really isn't far at all from London - I'd likely be moving all of about 60 miles away from my current place. Aye, that's true - I don't think I really had a notion of vastness until I lived in North America. It was a little overwhelming to say the least.

Excellent! That's 2 for you now. I would say to give the first episode or two a chance, but the power of the show doesn't come apparent to far later. Just watch it, I guess.

That's fair. What's the upcoming semester? September, or do you have one over the summer as well?

Oh that's pretty great! Now you can have all the tea you want, right? That sounds pretty dire if I'm honest. So things must be going at least somewhat better, health-wise, right?
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>>97686
Food, uhh... some kind of wheat thing with cheese in it or something. I don't know, to be honest. Ukrainian food, I believe.

Sorry for disappearing for ten days only to return to bore you with perogies. How's uh... how's life?

>>97689
And then I vanished for another week, only to return exhausted in the dead of night once more~

Ah, I can imagine. You know I'd love to visit London... as well as most of Europe, truth be told. I'd be an unbearable guest, but I would love every moment of it. Maybe one day I'll get you to show me around, if you haven't fled to another continent by then... again.

Aye, I know. Sounds like you're barely moving farther than I did! It'll be good to have family and friends living relatively close by, I imagine. None of that ocean-sized-disparity nonsense. Good luck on the move!

Will do! I almost watched it this week actually, but then a friend of mine roped me into watching a different anime instead. Soon, though.

I have summer courses, actually. Which means my first week of class was last week. Only three classes, though: Psychology (with Johnny and a high school friend of mine, one of my best friends), Academic Writing (same friend, no Johnny), and then a class on Foreign Relations by myself. My poli-sci professor hails from India, so that should be... new. Looks like it'll be a pretty interesting semester.

Yep! ... Though I have no kettle, or anything of the sort. Er... uh... actually, the diet only really made things worse. Now I'm back to square one - but if nothing else, I gained an immense appreciation for the freedom to eat whatever I choose. I had pizza and Subway and soda today, and lemme tell ya, it was a fantastic occasion.
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>>97700
Ten days is nothing with you Dashie :3

Hmmm. I like cheese, but not wheat, can I just get some that are cheese inside of cheese?

Life is acceptable. I've almost sorted out my money troubles and aside from having a large amount of upcoming MTG events (which I am fully qualified to judge now btw) and being kinda disenchanted with the whole idea of judging said events, that was the only thing I had left to bother me.

These days I'm mostly just... work and time spent recuperating from work I suppose.

But what about you? Sounds like your life is going interesting places! Do you live with Johnny now? Are you still where you were before? Have you managed to figure out exactly why you're the perfect combination of wordy and interesting or are scientists still baffled?
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>>97700
Again, quite alright! I quite enjoy the Questing lottery if I'm honest. Every so on I poke my head in these parts to find a new post. Again, the relaxed posting schedule is convenient for me, so one doesn't need to rush or something (like you even would).

Yes, that would be good! Europe is a lovely place, and it really must be seen to be experienced. I've seen far too little of it for my own liking, and I really should take advantage of my relative closeness to it whilst I still can. Money permitting I might take a weekend trip to Florence or Berlin just for the sake of it, I think. You'd absolutely love London I think - just as stuffy, old, and awkward as you can expect with more than you could ever conceive to do. I know I shouldn't expect you here any time soon, but it would certainly be a treat were you to journey here some time. I mean, I came to you before. :P

So it's looking more like I'll be living in London and commuting to the university only a day or two a week once teaching starts. I'll be able to work on the book from home, and only travel down to teach my classes and do other administrative things. It'll certainly save me money, and the travel time (~2 hours each way) should make for good time to prep. It's also easier and cheaper, since I won't need to go through the hassle of finding an apartment there or anything.

Oh snap! What a close call. You need to fix this immediately, I feel. What did you end up watching?

Well they sound nice! What is in the psychology class? The foreign relations class? I'm sure you'll enjoy those! I must admit that I miss the class-oriented learning. In terms of doing anything like that, I'm planning on taking Japanese classes at a local college to prep for moving, as well as potentially volunteering in a ESL teaching class as practice. I'll be able to keep myself busy.

Well get one! Christ man, how do you live without one?! I suppose that's a fairly useful position to be in. Do you have a plan on how to structure your eating now, or will it be more of a free-for-all? That does sound pretty fantastic, I'll admit.
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>>97744
Shush! Just for that, here's a post... er... only two days late! Ahh... I'm so bad at this.

Wheat is such a bad descriptor word. Just... try it, if you ever have the chance! Or don't. Your call.

Oh wow, that's actually pretty cool. So then, if I may ask, why the disillusionment? I'd have thought that being an MTG judge would be, like, a dream come true for you. Or am I misunderstanding?

There's that cool charm I know so well. You haven't changed a bit, my friend. Aye, I'm living with Johnny now. It's been quite an adventure, to say the least. We're living just across the river from where I grew up, in my home city's immigrant district. That has been another adventure, in its own way. So... not much has changed, but then, everything has changed... y'know?

>>97819
Mine isn't the only lottery around these parts! Sometimes I post quickly, and then end up waiting four or five days for a reply. I'm in no rush either, but it's worth recognizing that I'm not the only inconsistent one here. Hmph. :p

A day trip to Florence or Berlin... gee, how I envy you. The breadth and depth of my historical knowledge has only grown in your absence, and now I know I'd be even more insufferable a traveling companion than ever. Visiting Europe is a dream of mine. Likely won't happen in the near future, but if the tenacity of our correspondence perseveres for another few years, we may just be able to get drinks in London one day.

Well that sounds reasonable. Hopefully the commute doesn't bore you too much. Guess you won't know until you're living it, though. I wish you luck, friend.

RWBY! If you've heard of it. If not, it's a really low-budget anime made by the fellows comprising Rooster Teeth. The animation was a bit off, but the characterization was fantastic, and the fight choreography - something I never pay heed to - was the best I've ever seen. I don't know if I'd recommend it, but I loved it.
Though with that in mind, I'm not sure I'd recommend you any anime. Indeed, I can't recall ever discussing anime with you. I don't think I ever knew you liked it at all. Huh.

The psych class is just a first year intro class, which I'm only taking because a) I dropped out of it the last time I took it, and b) my friend's in it. So it'll be fun credits. The foreign relations class... I just got back from my first real class of it, and I gotta say, it's by far the most promising class of my semester. Today we went over the philosophy of global politics, from Sun Tzu to Machiavelli to Marx and so forth. Next week'll be the history of war and peace, then economics, international treaties, and so forth. It's perfect.</ramble>
Good idea! I wish you luck. I'm sure you'll be a phenomenal teacher, mate.

My friends promised me their old kettle actually, but then they never delivered, and I haven't brought it up with them yet. I'll get around to it. These days my diet is a complete free for all, but I'm on medication. It... appears to be helping? I almost feel healthy, for the first time in a year. So that's a thing.
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>>97936
Wow, I'm like, actually in a good, talkative mood for once. Now that is something... I wonder how long it'll last?
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>>97936
Better than before I suppose :3

Yes, hence the inherent comedy in the statement. But you know I will try it if I ever get a chance I think.

Being a judge is just so... against a lot of things that are pretty central to my being. I don't do well being criticized by strangers, I don't do well having to act better than anyone else and I just... don't fit well into the system.

It's still a dream come true, but the dream could turn nightmare given the right provocation. We'll see after the upcoming events.

Directness is more to the point I find :3 So are you guys together or just bbfsies? Living across from where you grew up sounds kinda cool. I oft wish I had a chance to traverse my old stomping grounds. But like, also having people recognize that it's me while doing so I suppose? I guess I just miss the people I had to leave behind when I did leave.

Yeah, I can understand the contrast between somewhere that is old and simultaneously new to you. That's kinda cool :3
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>>98024
I never claimed to be the best at this friendship business, Tich~

I see. Here I always had this perception of you as a rather, I don't know... confident individual, I suppose. But I can see where you might get that from. So what do you think you'll do, if I may ask? Have you judged before, or is this a fairly new endeavour of yours?

Oh we're just bbfsies, I suppose. By which I mean I sit in my room and he sits in the living room and we don't often talk but somehow it works. But oh? Did you move far recently, or?

Yeahhh, pretty much. It's rather eerie, really. Sometimes I'll see street corners that look vividly similar to ones that I lived on for twenty years - as they all have the same benches, lamps, signs, etc that my home town has - and I'll be pulled back a dozen years in a sudden burst of nostalgic thought. Happens all the time. I think I'm beginning to see why people leave their home towns...
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>>98084
Oh, you know just how to melt me.

While I may be a supremely amazing and awesome individual, I don't like being criticized by strangers on singular activities without any context. What the fuck do they know about me? I resent it is all.

And I don't do well at being above others, because I don't want to be above the average player. I want to be alongside the average player and helping them out.

I'm gonna judge the upcoming competitive events with the L2 judge we're bringing up (another reason I don't like being a judge, at least a low level judge is because I answer to people I don't have any knowledge of and therefore no trust in) And yeah, I've judged before, quite a lot actually. A lot of it wasn't official tho. The official event I did judge was a rather interesting experiment. I had to tie my hair back. Nightmare.

Haha, sounds like my BFFsy, We sit in different rooms and communicate mostly in jokes and gay humour.

Na, I moved when I was like, 12. I did actually move recently, lost my best friend in it too, but in the end the place I am in now is a lot nicer than it was 2 months ago.

I've visited my hometown exactly once since I left it and it was just so... I don't have a very good memory for most things, but I could remember all the streets, all the shops. How I used to walk home from school every day.
Where my friends used to live.

God, it was shattering.
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>>97936
^^;
Guilty as charged, I suppose. In fact, I guess this counts as a specific example. Again, my apologies. I obviously live such a busy life nowadays that I can't get anything done promptly. :P
I truly hope I've not upset the pony posting lord of the Pacific Northwest.

Quite! It's pretty contingent on what my money situation ends up being, but it's something I'd really love to do. Just wander the streets, pop into a cafe, obligatorily make an arse out of myself as a hopeless British tourist - that kind of thing. I can imagine! Would you be the type that would incessantly inform me of various historical and cultural facts, an impromptu tour guide, so to speak? Well I assure you that, should you find yourself in the position to make it over to this relatively small continent, I'm certain I could be your traveling companion/associate straight-man. Europe is so very travelable, so we'd make a grand old time out of it.

I hope not either. As working at the university is only a part-time thing, I'm applying for full-time work in London in my field. Computational linguistics, data analysis, search-engine trend analysis - jobs like that. We'll see what comes out! Really, I'm looking for something that will last until at least January or so, ending in time for me to get myself together for Japan.

I've seen a reasonable amount of it! I watched the first season and about half of the second season. I remember thinking that it could have been okay but the animation was jarring. I felt like I was perhaps a little too old to enjoy much of the humour, but I thought some of the character design - Ruby in particular - was pretty nice.
I've been a fan for a long time, though my interest has waxed and waned. In fact I only found my interest increasing fairly recently, where I'd maybe watch an episode or two a day - upon reflection, however, I noticed it had been something I've been doing for the last couple of years. I've watched a fair few shows, and many quite recently. Have you ever used MyAnimeList? It's quite a fun way to track what you are watching and have watched. I have a (appropriately-titled) list here: http://myanimelist.net/animelist/AnimeBrit
I've found myself enjoying many of the moe-blob slice-of-life shows (i.e., K-On!!), but only really the ones with good animation, solid theming, and great characterisation. There is a lot of garbage in anime, so I'm fairly exacting in what I point my face at.

That's fair - are you enjoying it though? Psychology is great, so long as you have a good teacher. What kind of stuff is it covering? That FR class just sounds like your academic biography - you must be absolutely loving it. I admit, that sounds like the kind of class I would have loved in undergrad. Nowadays I can only try and pick up much of that through my own reading.

You should! I feel that our friendship is effectively on hiatus until you are once again a tea drinker. In all seriousness, though, I'm really happy that you are starting to feel better now. Let's hope it continues!
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>>98115
And then I disappeared for another long amount of time... aren't I just the greatest?

That's fair. I suppose being a judge means you have to be impartial and stuff, so you can't really get back at them... hmm. Well hopefully you find a way to enjoy it, somehow. If you're a judge, are you not allowed to participate in tournaments at all, or?

Hmm. I imagine you'd be much better suited simply running a game shop... you'd be really good at it, I bet. Either way, I hope these upcoming events aren't too hard on ya. Unless they've already passed, in which case uh... woo, they're over?

Yep, that sounds like us, to some extent. If we communicate at all. Apparently even living with me doesn't ensure regular communication. So that's fun.

Oh, I see. Well... it sounds like more was gained than lost, but eh, what do I know. Weirdly, I too lost a lot of people by moving, even though I barely moved at all. Half of my friends have made no effort at all to spend time with me in the half year I've been gone, which is... fun. But eh, such is life.

Oh my. Yeah... I think I know the feeling. It's... rough, to say the least. I'm sorry.

>>98297
Ohh, of course, of course. Naturally I expect nothing in the way of haste from your end, assuming as always that you're just absolutely swamped with work and general busyness.
I, on the other hand, have no excuse. Nor do I try to make one. I hope that doesn't upset the anime girl posting lord of the Atlantic Northeast, tch.

Of course! A part of me feels concerned that it may happen that I know more English history than you do, but then I'm often surprised by how little the locals here know about Canada, so... I suppose that's just how the world is. Suffice it to say, if I have something to say, I'll probably ramble until asked to kindly stop. It would be a fantastic adventure. Perhaps something to carry me through my current troubles... always comforting to have a light on the horizon and such, distant though it may be.

I see. Well I wish you luck! I look forward to hearing about what you may find. Always curious to know what options are available for people who would follow in your footsteps, y'know. Cough cough.

Well then! I wasn't expecting that. Too old, though? You? Come now. You've been trapped in academia so long, you've almost forgotten how young you really are. That's totally fair, though. It's not a show I would recommend to anyone - if only for the sub-par animation quality - but I quite enjoyed it. Ruby's awkwardness reminds me a lot of myself, truth be told. Plus she's cute. What's not to like? :p
I'm impressed, to be honest - I had never thought of you as the sort to indulge in anime, yet here you are, more avid a fan than even I. At least, you've seen far more shows than I have... though I am very picky about the shows I watch, same as you. Personally I find that I tend to enjoy shows that are short and sweet, preferably with strong characterization and an exciting narrative. Story is everything to me.
It looks like the only shows we've both seen are... Madoka, and Sword Art Online. Well then. I see you plan on watching Durarara, though! I watched that ages ago, and it was fantastic... if... interesting. Unique, really. All in all a very impressive list, my friend.

Yeah... unfortunately our teacher is kind of shit, but my friends make it enjoyable, and I'm careful not to let it affect my interest in the subject overall. It's just an intro class, so right now we're just covering the functions of the brain and such, and later we'll discuss memory, intelligence, language, and so forth. It's all very rudimentary. Though speaaaking of psychology... you know, I actually hopped onto Skype today during class in the hopes of finding you online (only to realize, much to my dismay, that it was 1:30am your time). You see, we have to write research papers eventually, and in a move that I'm sure will inspire pride from you, I've decided to write mine on language acquisition. I was wondering if you could help me narrow the topic down to something that might fit on a high quality first year paper. I don't care much for this class, but I'd like to write a paper that i'll actually be interested in, y'know? Only if you cared to assist, of course.

Here's hoping! Maybe I'll ask a friend about giving me a kettle sometime this weekend. We'll see what happens.
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>>98375
It wasn't even that long, don't go self-depreciating on me, I invented that.

It's not so much being impartial as it is just being... there. I have to be there and care all the time and I don't have that in me.

I can participate in events I am not judging. And low REL events I am judging in.

I am alright at it. My boss is much better at it than I am, but he's like 5 years older than me. Plus he's allowed to make mistakes and stuff whereas I don't really get a chance, so I don't get to learn.

Regular communication is overrated. I prefer spontaneous interaction coupled with the occasional giggle and flirt and what not :3

Well, I lost my best friend to a difference over money. It was not a happy ending to a good long friendship. He got a girlfriend and it really changed him.

Sounds like those people let go of a good thing. That's their loss ^_^

It's just so strange to think how little everything has changed and yet how different it all feels.
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>>98375
Ha, well that's very kind. I'm not really sure I can claim such a thing - I'm in a somewhat strange intermediate period of business, where I am in fact waiting for more business to start. Still, I do try to keep busy.
Aye, you needn't worry. You have yet to do perform an upsetting act, so consider yourself safe for the time being.

Oh you certainly do - my knowledge of English history is actually pretty bad. Definitely to the point that you would find most shocking and shameful. History has never been one of strong subjects, but that is definitely more my fault than any of my teachers. Indeed! I assure you that I would be quite happy to deal with your historical factoids. Where would you wish to visit most in England? Whilst I should expect that such a thing shouldn't happen any time soon, I deeply hope to be surprised one day.

Thank you! Nothing yet right now! I'm actually back in Montreal for the next couple of days, attending my McGill graduation convocation. It's in a couple of days, so I am currently an impromptu tour guide for my family. It's actually been quite fun, if a little melancholic, to return. This is likely the last time I'll be in Montreal for a long time, so I've yet to work out how I feel. I'm enjoying it plenty though.

Well that's certainly flattering of you.
I just had a strange feeling whilst I was watching it - so much of the comedy fell flat for me, and I just couldn't quite connect with the story. It was a fun enough way to waste time for me, but, like you said, I wouldn't have recommended it to anybody. As I said, I really liked Ruby's character design, and I think her character was the most interesting (i.e., she actually had the most substance). I felt like most of the show was kind of half-baked, and they just wanted to release something with the strong anime influence.
Ha, well thanks! Yeah, it's something that I've gotten into more recently, but it used to be the case that I'd watch a show every other month or so. Nowadays I watch more regularly for sure. I think I'm fairly similar in that respect - I love watching character-driven shows with really strong theming. With respect to narrative, I don't necessarily need 'exciting' ones, but rather I like well-constructed ones. In fact, my favourite thing about K-On is how powerful the narrative is in its subtlety - it completely catches you off-guard, because the development and interactions are so completely natural and believable.
I mean, I completely love Madoka. I don't believe it's a 'subversion' of the genre (as is commonly stated online), but it's fantastically-constructed interpretation of the genre. I actually hated SAO. To quote Digibro, I found it 'offensively stupid'. Nothing in that show makes sense, and it basically feels like the writer's OC self-insert power-trip. Kirito is basically the character that every 14-year-old wants to be, and he has basically no character to speak of. I do plan on watching that! I saw one episode a little while ago, and it looked very good. A close friend of mine also recommended to me, so soon I'll sit down with it.

Well that's unfortunately - psychology can be a fascinating subject if you have a good and thoughtful teacher. Oh certainly! I'd be more than happy to help. What topic, broadly, where you thinking about? First language acquisition? Second language? Bilingualism? I'd love to help out. What exactly has got you interested in writing about the topic?

Yes, I think you should do that. For the sake of you and our future interactions.
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98634
When one disappears for two and a half weeks, is it proper etiquette to act as though no time has passed, or should one start fresh? I never could figure out the finer points of absenteeism.

By the way, happy birthday mate. Hope you're having a wonderful time.
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>>98634
>start looking for you yesterday
>you appear today
Hn. Fate?

I've a personal favor to ask you, on a mutual friend's behalf
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>>98635
Excellent timing, then! What'dya need?
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>>98636
Would you be willing to ask Drayenn to live?

If anyone could do it, it'd be you.
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>>98637
Oh geez, that's heavy. I'll definitely see what I can do.
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