国立情報学研究所〔七〕

Month seven — two more to go. Quick review:

This month felt a bit packed. A lot of nice output and interesting input though. So all in all good progress — I only wish there was more time to get hyped about upcoming and let sink in recently experienced stuff.

Anyway, I/O:

  • general
    • saw 琵琶湖 and 近江神宮
    • got out a new chapter of my うぶんちゅ! translation
    • was at ニコニコ超会議2018 — for work, actually; kind of
    • attended ゲームマーケット and COMITIA
    • had a great time at the Tokyo Mechanical Keyboard Meetup Vol. 4
  • at the institute
    • writing businessy e-mails in Japanese gets easier and easier
    • was working on and with two web applications that more or less are the backend for a larger project which had to reach a presentable state until today. The whole thing having several interdependent people, parts and working steps involved and being interdisciplinary is interesting, really. But it's also waaay more draining that just building something on your own.

Hoping for some less I/O heavy times in the coming days.

On to the next month!

国立情報学研究所〔六〕

Month six — two thrids done; one to go.

Going by the initial schedule this would've been my fifth day back in Germany. Glad I still have time to enjoy Japan now that it's finally not cold anymore. Maybe it'll be sick of the heat and humidity in July making it easier to go. ^_^

As always, stuff happened:

  • general
    • bought a 座椅子
    • enjoyed a sunny Saturday in 隅田公園, sitting on a stone wall reading a book, and saw three old ladies looking for somewhere to sit, so moved a bit to the side. Continuing my book I was handed a piece of 唐揚げ, two pieces of sushi and a some 和菓子 — no small talk or questions, just 「はい。昼ご飯です。」. :'D
    • started making my own 弁当 as a change to caffeteria food
    • visited かなまら祭り which was great fun
    • was able to see some of the people that, through their videos, introduced me to Japan before I came here the first time over two years ago, irl at a YouTube hanami
    • lots of nice new people at the share house
    • had my first 馬刺し — tasty :)
  • at the institute
    • started developing a piece of software that interacts with an application being developed by an external developer — both projects being in a prototype phase and the whole thing being orchestrated by my superviser. As a result I'm reading and writing a lot of Japanese e-mails — more 敬語 practice. orz

On to the next month!

国立情報学研究所〔五〕

Month five of six nine!

Anki was not bad; sport very much insufficient; most importantly though my stay got extended by 3 months. :) Time to take a step back, shake off the oh no I'm leaving in a few weeks mindset and take a deep breath. :3

Anyway, here's the listy thing:

  • general
    • went to a meetup for people interested in i18n/l10n innovations and found myself walking up to a nice reception lady in front of a room with classic music playing and not a single person not wearing a suit in it — until I entered, that is. After reassurance of the event's host that this is a casual get-together, an immensely butchered self introduction to the group from my side, free Dr. Pepper and some interesting presentations, the following 懇親会 was great though. Exchanged a lot of 名刺 and had good conversations with the folks there
    • had my frist proper VR experience (as in not just a headset) in the form of a planetarium / VR attraction using a Japanese VR system called ABAL
    • watched Stranger Things, ちはやふる -結び- and way too much AoE2 videos on YouTube
    • finally did some geocaching in the area where I'm living currently
  • at the institute
    • diving deep into linked data stuff lately (if someone knows how to configure a few arbitrary* inference rules for data stored and accessed through a Fuseki 3.6 instance PLEASE tell me)
      *meaning not just RDFS or OWL statements
    • arranged my workspace as a standing desk (very improvised but it works)

On to the not last month!

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