2014/06/30

[nokonoko journal] Karaoke

A while ago, a new karaoke place has opened in our area.

Looking at its funny signage, I realized I haven't been to karaoke for many years. Last time I went was while I was on a business trip and I sang cheesy duet song. (Karaoke is still quite common after-dinner-activities in Asian countries.)

I remember I used to like karaoke. At highschool we went karaoke place (aka "karaoke box" it's all separate rooms) after exams to celebrate our freedom, and at univ my classmates and I went at least once a week deciding "today's theme" like "songs in 90s" or "only female singers' songs". After all it's chaper than going to cafe, and we can talk or sing whatever we want in private space... I liked them, and I used to enjoy singing too but somehow I started to feel stressed about it in my early 20s and avoided it as much as I can.

...and now I think I'm a bit interested to go visit that new place though I'm not so eager to sing. (And I don't know what to sing.) Maybe because I heard they have fun service and good cakes. 


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2014/06/27

[nokonoko journal] Twice a day

Goma likes to take a bath.

"ok, the water's fine.."

"Yeahooooo!"

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My new blog (noko noko journal)

I’ve just started out a new blog called “noko noko journal”. Here I’m going to focus more on my day to day stuff and write in English.

These days my friends often refer to my blog (this one) as “your geeky blog” (LOL) So I’ll continue to let my geek flag fly in here, and write more personal thing on noko noko :) (Noko noko was my nickname when I lived in Canada)

You can visit from here or from the top menu ("Journal"). Check it when you have a little spare time :)

(Update: Sep16, 2015) 
After trying for a year, I consolidated this blog into this one. (I’m too lazy to handle 2 blogs..) You can check the post by “nokonoko journal” label.

They've grown up!




2014/06/26

[nokonoko journal] That news

About this news.

What came to my mind at first was, "this can be a headline news now?"

I think most of single women over 25 in this country have received this type of comments at least once or twice in the past at workplace. It's absolutely disgusting and we so want to slap their faces with toilet slippers, but we usually just swear and shed our tears in the bathroom and remain silent because we know it won't be taken seriously even if we claim that it's inappropriate. 

Although there may be a certain generation which tends to say things like that, I believe this kind of act or words are totally up to individual, not gender or nationality. But whether we allow to do that or not is the custom, currents or national traits. 

From his apology conference, I can clearly tell that he has no idea what was wrong. Probably this person has been saying these things to many other people in his life but never been accused, or sometimes he succeed to get some laughs even. So why it's suddenly not working?

I don't know. But it's a bit surprising for me too. Could be a game changer, and we now may able to take out the slippers.



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2014/06/25

[nokonoko journal] Hugs

The other day I was asked if hugging is common in Japan.

No. Hugging is not common thing in Japan. I usually don't like to generalize but this is something obvious to us.

Sometimes we do it for fun, and of course we do it with particular meaning and with particular people but we don't hug-greet like people in western countries do. Even with family members it's not so common to hug each other regularly. Let alone kiss-greet. I tried it with my brother just to see how he reacts, and he went "ewwww, stop!" This is not because I'm a bad sister. It's just our custom. (Trust me.)

So be aware of this fact when you try to hug your Japanese friends. If they are not used to your casual hug cultures, they would be surprised or wonder what that means.

I do hug my girlfriends and friends from hug & greet culture, but it took some time and guts to get used to it. At first I was hesitated to give and receive hugs, and then at one point I got used to it but not sure when to do it, and became an excessive hugger. (At peak point I hugged and kissed all the executives after the party.) 

So... if you see somewhat maladroit hugger from our country, please be kind.



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2014/06/23

[nokonoko journal] Introduction

Hello and welcome to my blog.

I've been writing some posts around my work and interests for a while, but here I want to focus more about day to day thing. In other words, "a lot more rambling stuff".

From the beginning I can clearly tell this won't be like a place guide (because I don't go out that often) or domestic goddess life blog either (because I'm just a simple country girl). But if you get the sense of what the ordinary life is like in rural Japan, I'd be happy enough.

Come back during your coffee/tea breaks.


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2014/06/18

haunt me: Lucid Dream





“Gaia Machina” 
by Approximate
(watch it on full screen!)

5 years of huge efforts and memories are packed in tiny 64KB.
(Their Making story is revealed here.)

5年におよぶ製作期間を経て完成したそうです。(メイキングの様子はこちらの記事で紹介されています)
たくさんの汗と涙と思い出が、たった64KBのファイルに凝縮されています。


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This is a computer program-driven art called “demo”. If you want to generate this on your computer, check hereTo know more about what “demo” is, maybe you can start from here.

これは、「デモ」と呼ばれるコンピュータプログラムで生成された作品です。自分のコンピュータで、ファイルから生成してみたい場合は、こちらから。「デモ」について少し詳しく知りたい方は、こちらへ。


2014/06/16

Whisper #46-82

#46
Young geniuses come and go. That's probably not what I want to read about.

#47
I can't believe how stupid I was. And I will definitely look back this very moment and say exactly same thing. 100%. Just move into the new level of stupidity. 
Life goes on.

#48
I was interviewing the prime minister in my dream today. Under the condition of no recording device or notepad, I was allowed to ask anything.

Me: About that decision you recently made. Are you having fun with the power you have from this role?
PM: It’s stimulating.
Me: I asked whether you are having fun or not.
PM: I said it’s stimulating.
Me: Are you having fun?
PM: It’s stimulating.

And it goes on and on like this for 10 minutes or so.

#49
I often read fictional articles in my dream.

#50
Just because you manifest you’re sensitive, that doesn't mean you can say whatever you want to anybody.

#51
I think that shop is playing the music of the owner or his friend... Of the sort one recorded in the room singing with a guitar, nearly sobbing.

#52
I'm sorry but... it wasn't really appropriate for grocery shopping music.

#53
Words fly easily these days. Seems like it’s not necessary to think or feel or even write.

#54
You were measuring people's attention or affection by asking totally selfish things.

#55
And when they do it for you, even though they know how absurd that favor was, you then tried to find a reason why they did that for you.

#56
Like it was because of money, contract, guilt, or think it was easy for them to do, etc.

#57
And you never ever accept the fact that they actually care about you.

#58
And you're always feeling rejected in your own shell.

#59
And you used this weepy life story of yours to get someone else's attention. (Start again from #54)

#60
In fact you weren't moaning it. You were enjoying it.

#61
I used to be in Travel Planning club at school. We just planned the travel with thick train time table books; how to get there and what to see, and made very specific and detailed travel plan every week. But we never traveled to anywhere.

#62
For obvious reasons, this club was discontinued within two year.

#63
At that time, no one in that club room knew there will be Internet in the future.

#64
I really enjoyed it.

#65
Geekness and nerdiness. What I thought I knew was just a ground level.

#66
People will mock if it's on ground level. So go ahead and dig deeper or fly higher.

#67
"Why 6 octaves?"

#68
Finnish requires so much exhalation.

#69
Language of sigh.

#70


#71
The smell of chestnut flower contains humidity.

#72
Milk white rain.

#73
He may be overrated.

#74
--Ring Ring--

#75
Good morning. This is your wake up call.

#76
If you'd like to sleep 3 more minutes, press 1. 
If you'd like to hear encouragement message, press 2.
If you'd like to hear shocking message to open your eyes, press 3.

#77
If you need someone to drag you out of the bed, press zero.
Our staff will be there shortly with a bucket full of ice.

#78
[Recorded voice for N.2]
I'm sorry to hear that you lately got your heart broken. Today will be sunny. So get out the bed immediately and wash your face and see it on the mirror. You don't look so bad. Have a wonderful day.

#79
[Recorded voice for N.3]
Thank you for choosing "shocking message to open your eyes". 
Your wife called in and your assistant has already informed her where you actually were last night. Have a wonderful day.

#80
Good morning. This is your final wake up call.
Stop dreaming about things that are just impossible to happen, and just get on with your life. You are not Angelina Jolie, and you never will be. And that's fine.

#81
[Press zero] 

#82
--Beep--



2014/06/11

Tokyo Demo Fest 2014に行ってきました + Hugi Magazine #38

かなり時間が経ってしまいましたが、今年3月に行われたデモパーティー、「Tokyo Demo Fest 2014」のパーティーレポート記事がHugi#38に掲載されました!


Image from Hugi

Hugi」は、最も長い歴史を持つデモシーンのディスクマガジンの1つで、1996年から発行されています。デモシーナーを対象とした雑誌なので、内容はかなりコアなものになっていますが、リリースされたデモの制作裏話、活躍中のシーナーのインタビューなど、その時代のデモシーンがとてもよく反映された内容になっています。

お話をいただいた時は、愛読者の1人としてとても光栄に思いつつも、正直、「ただのグルーピーでしかないのに大丈夫かしら…」といろいろ悩みましたが、、日本にもデモシーンがあることを伝える役に立てればという気持ちで、、、おこがましい!!ごめんなさい!でも書いちゃった!!(笑)


毎回すごいラインナップではあるのですが、今回は久しぶりの発行ということもあり、かなり内容が盛りだくさん!見出しだけ紹介すると、ASDNavisさんの近況(自宅にコンピュータがないらしい!)や、RevisionのPCデモ部門で優勝Cocoonによる制作裏話、グレーが基調だったのに最近いきなりカラフルになったStillのメイキング記事、みんな大好きPanda Cubeの製作中のスクリーンショットなどなど、、本当にすごい内容が掲載されています。

それから、Hugi#38告知デモも、先日のRevisionでリリースされています。



恐れ多い!でも嬉しい!ひ孫の代まで自慢してやる…!笑 


Hugi#38は、こちらからダウンロードできます。(もちろん無料です。登録も不要です。)



download from:」の下からいずれかのリンクをクリック。ダウンロードが完了したらZipを右クリックですべて展開して、「hugi38」という名前のアプリケーションをダブルクリックして開いてください。(実行ファイルという性質上、開く時に警告が表示される場合もありますが大丈夫です。このファイルは悪いことをしません。) 最初に小さなウィンドウが表示されるので、[START]をクリックするとマガジンが開きます。(注意:音楽が流れます)選択はクリックで、「戻る」は、キーボードの[Esc]キーを押すと前のページに戻れます。終了したいときも、[Esc]を何度か押せば終わりにできます。ぜひダウンロードして、ディスクマガジンの雰囲気をお楽しみください。

Tokyo Demo Festのレポート記事は、下のほうの「Party Reports」セクションに入っています。


(update) オンライン版も出たようです。Windows以外のOSをお使いの方でもだいじょうぶ。

記事自体は英語になります。最初、せっかくマガジンなのだから!と思ってせっせと楽しくレイアウトを組んだのですが、Hugiの体裁に合わなくてボツに…(笑) なので、そのボツったバージョンに日本語で書いたものを入れてこちらで公開します。

クリックして拡大できます

Hugiのバックナンバーは、こちらのサイト(横にスクロール)で公開されています。#1137までオンライン版も公開されていますので、ブラウザからも閲覧できますよ。(いい仕事されていますねぇー)

Magicさんをはじめ、Hugiの編集、執筆者の方、大変お疲れさまでした!(& Thank you) そして、TDFのオーガナイザー、スタッフの方も、お疲れさまでした!そしてありがとうございました!

Tokyo Demo Festの公式ホームページはこちら

それから、記事のなかにも出てくるノルウェーから来日したWkterさんも、自身のブログでTDFのレポートを書いています。


Party Report: Tokyo Demo Fest 2014 (Hugi Magazine #38)

My party report of “Tokyo Demo Fest 2014” was released in Hugi#38!

Image from Hugi
Hugi is one of the longest standing diskmag in demoscene (first edition was released in 1996) and every issue contains interesting article, interview, behind the scene stories… it’s been well portrayed the scene situation and I have enjoyed reading them :D

It’s a purely demoscene-centered magazine; created by demosceners and distributed for demosceners, so I felt intimidated when they asked me to write (though it’s such an honor!), but I hope this will help spread the idea that demoscene does exist in Japan as well. And I’m sorry demosceners, I promise I won’t mess up your playground again…

Anyway, it’s been done and up there :D

Among many other fantastic articles, Hugi#38 is headlining current status of Navis from ASD (swoon), “Making Of” stories and screenshots from Cocoon (who won this year’s Revision PC demo), Still (they’re colorful these days), Panda Cube (Pandaaaa!) etc etc.


They have released announcement & preview demo too.


I’m truly humbled.. (Thank you.) This is something I have to show it to my grand grand children.. (though I don't even have kids)


Hugi#38 can be downloaded from here. (it's free, and no registration required)
You may get warning when you open it, but don’t worry and keep going.

(Update: They released online version.)

Party report of Tokyo Demo Fest is filed under [Party Reports] section. I wanted it to look like my scrapbook, but the layout I made didn’t fit in (LOL) so it becomes like a snapshot album :D (sorry and thank you Magic)

For the past issues of Hugi, you can browse and download them from here, or you can check them on online version (#11-37). 

Greeting and big applause to Magic, Adok and all editors/contributors of Hugi!!


Tokyo Demo Fest's official website is here.
Wkter from Norway (who appears in the article) writes his own TDF report on his blog. And you can see more pictures on Twitter with the hashtag #TokyoDemoFest 


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