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Posted 22 August 2014 - 08:29 PM

Summer School... during Winter



Last week I attended a "Summer" School at RIo de Janeiro, so I had a lot of work and stress on the previous weeks because of that.

It was the 7th IEEE Magnetics Society Summer School!
IEEE is the acronym for Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, claimed to be the largest professional organization in the world. Being that, of course the even was international (and my first really international event!).

However, my results for the master's project have been so... underwhelming. I had a talk with my advisor mid July about it, we planned what we would do for the short/mid-term, and I would only make my poster for the Summer School 1 week before, due to the queue for the equipment...

As if it wasn't stressing enough, the strike of the university staff has gotten more critical... Well, I'll leave the details for another post, the only important thing is that, besides the subsidized restaurant not opening in 3 months, their protests started to close the campus gates once a week, starting on my critical pre-travel week.

Anyway, the Summer School week was so awesome, it's all paid off.

Sunday (the 10th) morning I arrived in RJ with my friend Gary (also master's student with the same advisor, going to the Summer School). We spent the day walking around the hotel neighborhood, the park by the beach, then they took us to the school for the opening lecture and dinner.

Monday and Tuesday were pretty straightforward: breakfast at the hotel with all the people from the event until 8:30, then 2 lectures at the morning, lunch provided by the school, 2 more lectures, poster section with students from Asia & Europe, then North America being judged; dinner also provided by the school and back to the hotel at 21:30.
Most of the lecturers were very didactic, some even dynamic, but 4 lectures are really tiring.

Wednesday morning we went to a group walk to the Sugar Loaf (it's very close to the school).
Regular tourist feelings, but me and Gary decided to hike down the Urca mountain instead of taking the cable car again. There is a trail, but in some areas it was so tenuous that we got a little lost twice. Of course we noticed that when suddenly the path ended in a solid rock slope. We eventually got the right trail (which wasn't much easier to walk on) and finished that adventure well. We even spotted a marmoset there!

Wednesday afternoon was the usual: lunch, lectures... then a thunderstorm caused a blackout. The second lecture still went on, with questions at the end, etc. Then we had the Magnetics Society president with her speech for the 50th anniversary, followed by a celebration with cake and champagne!

Thursday was like Monday and Tuesday, with the Latin American students being judged. I sucked when I explained my poster for the first time, but then got a bit better. Yes, I gagged a lot while speaking English, but I do so for Portuguese, so I guess my English level is acceptable. (Thanks internet, specially XC hangouts!)
One of the lecturers dismissed the main hypothesis I had for an anomaly in my samples, but couldn't suggest anything. Afterwards, a student from southern Brazil recognized the anomaly and suggested something she saw on her lab. This is interesting, I'll test as soon as I get to use the disputed equipment again (in 1~2 weeks).

People were going out on the other nights, and I decided to follow them Thursday night. We (~25 people) went to a samba nightclub, with live music. It was fun, but by 1:30 AM I was bored and wanted to go back to the hotel, which we managed at 3:00...

Friday morning wasn't that bad, we had a regular day with a final group talk with most of the lecturers, then the awards for best posters.

Since the event ended Friday night, we could stay at the hotel until Saturday, which most of us did.
But of course, most of us also went out Friday night.

Many people went to a samba school (like those ones for the Carnival).
Since months ago (when my participation was confirmed), I was planning to meet Fred, an e-friend who lives in RJ.
It went so wrong (not sure if I'll be posting here later, I might tell the whole story via FB chat or Gtalk), so I went drink with Gary and some Argentineans.

Saturday morning, little to no hangover.
Last breakfast in hotel, I met one of the few people I got to talk a bit during the week (a nice Taiwan-born American guy). They were planning to go to the Corcovado mountain soon. Since it was cloudy for beach and Gary wanted to wait with the other Brazilians for a Brazilian girl who still hadn't came back from the samba school, I went with them.
We were 9 people, only me being Brazilian. Haha, that responsibility... but the Taiwan guy was way more prepared than me (I only helped when knowing Portuguese was necessary). It was good to got closer to at least other 4 foreign people that day. =]
We spent the whole morning in order to reach Christ the Redeemer, then had lunch at downtown (we all had açaí too), then half of us went back to the hotel.
Our transport to the airport was scheduled for 16:00, we got back 10 minutes before that. Gary arrived just in time (the Brazilian people spent the day at Copacabana).

Saturday night I was back home, feeling as good as I can't even remember when. Although tiring and with me not talking as much as I would like (before Saturday), it was an amazing experience, and I can't wait for the next international event!
Looking how the other works were so much better than mine actually made me more motivated!

~+~+~

For this week, sad news.
My mom had finally done the magnetic resonance exam. Yesterday she got the result: an edema in her pituitary. (Lotus, my doppelganger, you still there?)
Well, we knew it should be something wrong with some gland because other exams showed anomalies on hormonal levels, now we know what it is.
She still hasn't presented that to any medic (she didn't like her endocrinologist).
I just hope everything go well, she keeps going through the correct proceedings, and all ends well.
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Posted 23 August 2014 - 07:36 AM

TL:DR except last bit

hope your Mother is fine
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Posted 27 August 2014 - 09:53 AM

Ehh, thanks, I guess.

She will take medications for 6 months, then a new exam.
Hopefully the edema won't grow.
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Posted 31 December 2014 - 01:19 PM

The Rest of 2014

 

So, I said I was more motivated after that "Summer" School. Well, I certainly got busier.

Still in August I started to write my master's dissertation. Well, the introduction, talking about the materials I would use, while waiting for my turn to use the labs equipment.

In September, my adviser prof asked for another material covered, then I started that. After re-writing it some weeks later, I see how my previous text is terrible and (still) needs to be re-worked.

October, and my turn to use the sputtering arrives, and is delayed, and I finally make new samples.

November, I rush to measure characterize those samples, also I get priority for the magnetic measurements on other equipment (while my prof. is the responsible one). I still try to write more, about another material.

December, I finish the text for those 2 materials (~40 papers read), starting measurements for another prof from the workgroup.

 

Friday before Christmas break, I realize I should have done my enrollment for doctoral in early November. Not that I thought I could finish my dissertation in early February, but this complete forgetfulness makes me feel bad. It was also my week at an equipment starting, but I don't know how to transfer liquid helium, and my prof (busy until then with his lots of different things) wouldn't be available for it.

 

I started to relax from school stuff only that Monday (22nd)...

 

~+~+~

 

Now about health. Mom's still struggling with bad medics, but she's not giving up!

As I posted on a status update, I twisted my foot early December. Besides being bad as it own, it prevented me from attending to the last parties at the campus that Friday (5th), which would be part of my best birthday celebration ever. Well, let's try again in 2015...

 

Oh, at the 22nd I got less stressed about school, but a bit concerned about health: I realized a couple of lumps in my neck. They are only at the left side.

Once I got a single lump at the base of my neck at the right side. My dermatologist said it was nothing bad, and it even went away some months later. But that one was superficial, this time they are a bit deeper. I'll check those next week.

BTW, this month my health care was dismissed by many hospitals, including the one in this neighborhood. I also need to check where it is accepted this week! u_u

 

~+~+~

 

I was planning this to be my best birthday ever. But Friday was ruined because of my foot. Saturday was usual family stuff. And Sunday should be an awesome day: I called my DS player friends to play at here at home. But it was almost ruined as well.

I called them 3 weeks earlier. Because I wanted the most people, possibly completing 8 players for Mario Kart.

 

Well, that first girl (I don't like so much) said she would be busy because finals week. Oh really? A master's student can be that irresponsible at their 2 term? 1 Sunday afternoon/evening would be that important? Ok then. Too bad she was the only one not living so far from me.

 

That second girl pointed she would do the exam for a public job that day. I know it's true because my aunt would do the same one (that's why family stuff was on Saturday). Well, I can't do anything, I know she really needs a job.

 

That third girl (pretty cool one, living close to campus) pointed how far it is (although I go to the campus everyday...). Then, although she said her last exam would be that Saturday, there could be projects due to the following week. The she said she could go to the Comic Con Experience (1st Comic Con-like event in Brazil ever), because it wasn't she who bought the entrance tickets. 3 different excuses?! Ok, not calling you anymore. You are welcome for the Legos I lent you for a project.

 

That fourth girl... is Val! I kind of convinced her to purchase the 3DS. She was the first one to confirm presence, 1 day after I set the FB event, even though she lives in the far north of the city (while I'm at the far south).

 

That first guy, Viktor (I don't remember if I talked about him over here, he's awesome but so busy), couldn't confirm until few days before because of his demanding job, but promised me I would be the first priority that day.

 

That second guy, Vinnie (still a undergraduate student at our lab group) didn't want to confirm. His birthday was one day before mine (Friday, 5th) and his brother's birthday is the same as mine (6th)! I can see it could mess with plans. But at that Friday, he says he would work at that public job exam. He traded me for less than U$50.

 

I also called Becky. She doesn't play DS, but she always calls me (her birthday was so amusing)... However, she was be on a cruise trip that weekend. o.o

 

Viktor said he could come, but not from the start. Saturday I asked Val if she would come alone, and she said she would be fine.

I was so upset that wouldn't work as I planned, I didn't even want to cancel. Let it be a disaster rather than nothing. Sunday Val wanted to cancel, but mom was preparing the food already. And the fact of me never calling no one to come home s one of her main griefs on me, I couldn't cancel it.

Viktor came straight from a hackathon, without bringing his 3DS. He arrived much earlier than expected (even earlier than Val), and we had I good talk. I played some Mario Party with Val, we ate some good stuff, had good talks and laughs. Val bought me a chocolate mousse cupcake. =]

 

It was a good time after all. Even with the mirror hanging on my bedroom door falling and breaking. >.<

 

~+~+~

 
October was elections time. The ones I followed the most, thanks to Facebook (and well-informed FB friends).
The debates were epic. Most of them had the 7 most important candidates: 3 "main" ones and 4 "noisy" ones, listed below.
  1. Dilma Rousseff (PT ~the Labor Party), president trying re-election;
  2. Aécio Neves (PSDB ~the National-Social-Democrat Party), opposing senator;
  3. Marina Silva (PSD ~the Social-Democrat Party), "third way" candidate, former Green Party candidate 4 years ago;
  4. Luciana Genro (PSOL ~the Liberty-Socialism Party), extreme left;
  5. Eduardo Jorge (PV, the Green Party), eco-libertarian health officer;
  6. Levy Fidelix (PRTB, an irrelevant nationalist party), comic mischief;
  7. Everaldo Dias (PSC ~the Social-Christian Party), a pastor from the religious conservatism polemics.
Number 4 and 5 were the only viable, rational choices. They also were the best speakers in the debates, the best arguments, the best government plans and proposals. If Brazilian people had independent, critical thinking, the second round would be Luciana and Eduardo, any of them a good president (Eduardo wins for the environment <.<).
But the media covered most the first 3 "more of the same" candidates, leading to people's general closedmindness. Dilma acted as the debate was for her propaganda. Aécio attacked the government with fake data. Marina said and un-said things. And they kept away from polemic subjects, fearing to lose the oh so precious scores in the polls.
 
Then suddenly, this happens.
Such reactions on FB...
That episode alone made me decide to not hide from discussions about that anymore. Because an almost friend from my fundamentalist high school posted something on Levy's defense, and I couldn't let it pass. I don't care if high school people find out I'm gay anymore. I kind of would like it to happen now. Now I'll reply on homophobic posts, and sometimes show my support for equality.
 
Haha, thank you, Levy.
Bring it on, 2015.

Edited by Exarion, 31 December 2014 - 01:19 PM.

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Posted 31 December 2014 - 02:03 PM

Sad that your BD wasnt too great, at least we wished you a Happy Birthday!

 

Stupid Foot

 

and that whole Homosexuality thing i honestly have no say in, i dont think its right nor wrong, i don't really want to be involved with all the debate involved, its like posting something pony related on 4chan.


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Posted 31 December 2014 - 04:31 PM

Are people really that homophobic in Brazil?

Over here it's pretty much only some adults.

Sorry yer birthday sucked >.>
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Posted 31 December 2014 - 05:19 PM

over here they hate Homosexuals, Black people, Foriegners in general, anyone not Christian and the English

 

well in Belfast anyway, my hometown and most neighbouring towns are fine, belfast is the real shithole (and to think it's our Capital)


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Posted 01 January 2015 - 01:15 PM

Gotta say, Val and Viktor seem like really cool people. It's cool that Viktor made the effort to come after a seemingly busy day.

Well, sometimes things don't go to plan. It's a shame, but only a problem if you let it be.

And wow. I still don't get the homophobia. What does it matter to you what others like? Ugh. Such primitive behaviour.
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Posted 01 January 2015 - 08:20 PM

<3

 

Are people really that homophobic in Brazil?

Over here it's pretty much only some adults.

Sorry yer birthday sucked >.>

 

Well, for what I know, California is just too awesome. =P

I keep saying we are slowly adopting what USA has of worst: polarized politics and religious fundamentalism.

 

 

over here they hate Homosexuals, Black people, Foriegners in general, anyone not Christian and the English

 

well in Belfast anyway, my hometown and most neighbouring towns are fine, belfast is the real shithole (and to think it's our Capital)

 

That's... weird, considering larger cities use to be more liberal than small towns. o.o

 

 

Gotta say, Val and Viktor seem like really cool people. It's cool that Viktor made the effort to come after a seemingly busy day.

Well, sometimes things don't go to plan. It's a shame, but only a problem if you let it be.

And wow. I still don't get the homophobia. What does it matter to you what others like? Ugh. Such primitive behaviour.

 

IKR?


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Posted 04 February 2015 - 08:25 PM

Desolate Land

 

Before the main post: I checked that lump in my neck. Apparently, it was just my lymph nodes reacting to something. It's weird because I didn't have any sign of infection (haha, their overwork paid well), but since it wasn't hurting nor anything, it's alright.

However, I got a couple of spots in my back that may evolve to melanomas, and I better remove them soon.

~+~+~

 

The irony levels are so damn high. I live in the richest city and state of the country with most fresh water in the world. Yet, the water system is in collapse. Our dams are almost dry right now, midsummer, aka the most rainy season. And no real measures were taken besides asking people to reduce consumption.

 

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Well, it doesn't last forever.

 

I must be honest with you. Technically, we are under a drought since January 2014 (I don'r recall any rainy day on that month, specifically). The rain patterns become more recognizable since past Novermber (right after the hottest October we ever had, with record-breaking temperatures for any month!).

Nevertheless, it's a shame to talk about our drought when I know people from California. Even though January 2015 it rained only 1/3 of the usual, 150 mm still is the double of the monthly average rainfall on Earth.

 

Since 10 years ago, our state government is warned about how one of the dam systems wouldn't be enough to supply water for the whole northern region of my city. This state is governed by the same party since 20 years ago, and our current re-elected governor is the same one from 10 years ago. The warning back then was promptly ignored.

 

Well, I live in the southern portion of the city, and our dam can survive more months, but it doesn't care: the water system is linked so the general pressure must be lowered even if only the north districts are short of water.

Oh, there is another huge dam here in the south. Full of water. But it's heavily contaminated, used only for energy generation. It would take 10 years to clean it... Yeah, not interesting for the part 20 years.

We also have 2 large rivers crossing the city. Contaminated.

Many smaller rivers as well... Nope. They are avenues now.

Don't even think about the woods around headwaters.

 

Denial levels increase 84% during elections.

 

Insanity goes further. The video above is a funny mix for a tragic reality, made with our governor saying there is no water problem in São Paulo.

We should be under a strict water rationing since 1 year ago. We still are not. They started to study a cruel rationing these days (weeks made of 2 days with water, 5 days without), but nothing official yet.

 

Ok, there was an official campaign to reduce the water consumption (which should be running since always). The bad part is: it's useless.

45% of the clean water goes to agriculture. 14% goes to industry. Only the remaining 5% goes to domestic users.

What? The other 30%? That's wasted through the poor-maintained plumbing network.

 

It's raining as I type this entry. A heavy, continuous rain. Most of its water will slide over concrete and asphalt and go straight to the sewers and our sewer rivers.

I am scared. The water levels are so low, there is so much exposed ground in the dams, that the heaviest rain days don't increase the level: just keep it stable for that day and maybe the following one.

The only emergency solution I can see is an emergency drilling for wells. We are over the world's largest aquifer, so that shouldn't be a problem. But again, there shouldn't be a problem right now.


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Posted 04 February 2015 - 08:59 PM

How does this even work CA has been in on and off drought for as long as I can remember and you guys are screwed in one year jaysus D:
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Posted 07 February 2015 - 12:10 AM

When you say "water dim", do you mean "water dam"?

 

This is a really sad blog post. It seems like an incredibly serious topic. I wonder why I haven't seen it anywhere on the news... Two days a week with water? What the hell, it shouldn't be that way.

 

Hopefully they will start drilling. That would be a both a short and long-term solution, but it would at least give enough time for the plumbing services to be repaired. But that's easier said than done, and money is a problem.

 

What do you do in a scenario like this?


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Posted 09 February 2015 - 04:41 PM

When you say "water dim", do you mean "water dam"?

 

This is a really sad blog post. It seems like an incredibly serious topic. I wonder why I haven't seen it anywhere on the news... Two days a week with water? What the hell, it shouldn't be that way.

 

Hopefully they will start drilling. That would be a both a short and long-term solution, but it would at least give enough time for the plumbing services to be repaired. But that's easier said than done, and money is a problem.

 

What do you do in a scenario like this?

 

lol yes, I corrected those, thanks. x)

 

I should have made this search while typing... Here's something (my region's system is the Guarapiranga).

 

I have no idea. I suppose we are going to buy water in bottles and gallons. =/


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Posted 15 March 2015 - 09:47 PM

Sensei!

 

Just a not regarding the previous blog post: it has been raining fairly, people aren't so worried about water yet.

History is about to repeat itself.

~+~+~

I'm coming to the conclusion I planned this semester really poorly. And this last week confirms how busy my days are going to be.

 

As you might remember, I missed the sign ups for doctoral degree, which delayed my masters until June/July. But my scholarship ended this month, and since I need some money, I decided to do this monitor/tutor thing (although the payment is even more shameful than the scholarship). Conveniently, a professor in our department group was in a laboratory discipline that needed 18 monitors, and called us (the graduate students of said group) to join that lab team. Mind you, the lab classes are taught to 36 groups of Engineering students, meaning the monitors/tutors would work as teachers actually.

 

But I accepted that challenge. We have some meetings for training a week before the classes, yet my first class was a disaster. The projector wasn't in the room, and the .ppt had walls and walls of text, and some of that text was wrong... After spending so much time, I forgot about few details about the experiment (well, I didn't even explained the general thing, and there were only 2 slides about it on the presentation).

 

It was a free fall experiment. A plastic egg with a metallic ring falls between 2 threads of a platform, while the threads are charged and spark at 60Hz marking the position of the egg ring on a long strip of wax paper. The velocity at each point is estimated and plotted against their time, and the slope of the linear adjust gives us the gravity.

Simple, right? But the class was dragged until 18:00 (it should have ended 16:40).

All that guilty made me correct their reports more lightly, and it even looks a bit unfair (mainly looking at some poor graphics they did...)

 

WELL, I would have to teach this class again (we need 2 weeks to teach all the 36 groups), so my second chance (this last Monday, March 9th) ran much better. It started in time, I corrected the .ppt and skipped some irrelevant slides, also explained the experiment with more details. This time, everyone used the paquimeter to measure the egg and I observed everyone while they did the graphics. I still haven't corrected their reports, but since we are allowed to use only 3 scores (0, 5 or 10), I think everyone got the top score.

 

~+~+~

 

I also started to take Japanese lessons! First class on Tuesday (10th), with a substitute teacher. And he talked too much in Japanese. That was scary. o.o

But things went well, except we only learned via romanji.

 

Second class on Thursday, with the official teacher. She isn't descendant of Japaneses, but it doesn't forbid anyone of knowing the language, right? It was a balanced class, and we covered the first 15 hiragana (which I should review again).

 

~+~+~

 

Volleyball is so awesome. After spending some evenings with the more experienced people, I was "promoted" this week!

Classes started March 3rd, and the teacher/trainer made everyone play together that week. But on the 10th she split the players again on more and less experienced people, and for the first time she put me on the more experienced group! *-*

Motivation levels have been renewed and increased.

 

~+~+~

 

But please, don't ask me how my master's project is evolving.

I might finish the measurements I need in this month, and I hope finish the first part of my dissertation introduction in this next week. But my days are so full, it's hard to get enough time and concentration to do everything. <.<


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Posted 16 March 2015 - 08:06 AM

sad that your first teachin didnt go so well, hopefully itl improve

 

look at you learning a whole new language

 

and i agree Volleyball is awesome 


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Posted 23 December 2015 - 03:57 PM

The rest of 2015

 

So many things have happened since I wrote that previous entry 9 months ago (that's why I couldn't write this earlier)...
Let's divide it into groups.

 

 

Academics

 

Those lab classes were a mess. Not the classes themselves, but the organization behind.

See, we were 18 monitors for 36 classes and 5 experiments (besides the initial one), so we were split in groups responsible for 2 experiments each. Mine was mainly about 2D collision, where 2 discs slide over a glass platform with a sparker marking the trajectories on a wax paper above. But my group simply didn't respond the emails, and I had to do the whole work by myself (since my classes came first, by Mondays). And I even got it wrong the first 2 times, obviously with no one pointing it out before I realized during my following class. A total disaster, and the profs didn't say a word.

But the teaching thing was nice. Earlier this semester a prof told me I was one of the best-regarded monitors by the students. =]

Yet I'm not planning to come back so soon.

 

Oh boy, my dissertation DID take many efforts! And my supervisor prof spent so much time revising and correcting it, and at least 1 month later than I was re-expecting, finally deposited, by September 9th! Mind you, September 10th was the deadline to apply for a scholarship in this semester.
Then 2 months until the presentation, which again took time and I barely could practice... but on November 4th I did it and got my Master's Degree, hooray!

The presentation was terrifying. I suddenly got a throat infection the weekend before, almost lost my voice the day before! We scheduled the presentation from the usual room to a neat auditorium with a modern sound system so I could use a mic. (And I looked so important! xD)
Yet I talked too monotonically, I felt it was so boring... And after the ~45 min of my presentation, the first judge prof talked for more than 1 hour. I was really uncomfortable, but everything end well in that rainy November 4th: I got my master's degree and the ones who hadn't left yet went to eat my mom's eggplant pie and our chocolate mousse.

The rest of November was pretty much about rushing with the rest of my dissertation's issues for my doctoral's enrollment. I still don't have a project for the doctoral's (must be sent until January 20th), but I'm reading some stuff regarding my new kind of samples. Current advisor prof is next door from my master's supervisor.

 

 

Politics

 

I remember I wanted to post this as soon as I took part of it, but I didn't have the time. My first protest ever: against the closing of our new bike lanes late March. People are so car-dependent, it's sad how they react to this amazing effort to diversify our mobility options.

Talking quickly about the most relevant and recent event: our president's impeachment process. It's totally wrong. She might have made several mistakes these last 2 years, but none of those are a valid reason for the impeachment. She has no formal accusations (unlike of our congress president, who opened the impeachment process as a personal revenge), so all of this is a coup. Thing's like that happen when almost all of our media is like FOX News...

 

 

Fun Stuff

 

My Japanese classes last semester ended well, I got the highest final score of our 12 people classroom. There were 70 kanjis officially covered, plus some extra ones due to other activities. Sadly, this semester many of the language classes weren't available, including the Level 2 for Japanese. =/
We might get them back next semester. Meanwhile, I practiced the hiragana by reading some anime song lyrics. <.<

But I still had some touch with my classmates! We went to a karaoke at the Japanese district in August and last weekend, and both were pretty fun. This last time much more, because we managed to sing in Japanese pretty well.

 

Volleyball kind of went on a downhill last semester after our first loss in the second competition. Well, I also had to drop it like everything else besides Japanese and that lab monitorship in order to focus on the dissertation.

But this semester we restarted fresh and, even losing our last games, managed to keep going and training until the end.

 

 

Romantic Stuff

 

Well, one of my Japanese classmates is very cool and cute and I found out he's gay. I tried to build up courage and ask him out... But I didn't know how.

Late May (after another guy I was going out with broke up via texting) I tried to sit closer to him, talk to him a bit more. I even managed to get him as my partner for the dialogue test. During the last class, after the final test, I waited for him outside the classroom, decided to ask him out. I started the talk about his semester in Ireland (which is almost finishing by now), then when I was about to do it... And his cell phone rings! He picks it up and says goodbye. Well, later that day I tried via texting anyway, just to find out he's dating someone else.

 

At the same day I deposited my dissertation (September 9th), I got a very surprising message via whatsapp. Since that happened, I haven't talked to Fred and he had deleted me from his FB friend list. More than 1 year later, texts me as if nothing had happened.

I was somewhat confused, and disturbed after he asks for nudes (like, wtf?). I mentioned how weird it sounds and he finally apologizes. I forgave him, because of so many talks we had the year before and even since 2008.

We kept talking regularly. We kind of have something even without ever meeting in person. We also had a little discussion, then he came to SP for an academic event (he just graduated on physical education), but he couldn't leave the hostel to see me. I wonder what it might become...

 

 

Family Stuff

 

Dad's debts are almost paid. But we haven't sold his house yet.

My brother was fired early June and is still unemployed. We had an argument back then and mom obviously do nothing to advert him. Basically, he is a piece of egotistical shit who prefers to lose his book-exclusive credit (which he gained while employed only) than let me use it, and all his selfish acts came to my head at once. I spent some weeks without talking to my mom, and I still try to avoid any contact with my brother.

 

 

 

Happy holidays, Merry Christmas, and may 2016 be a better year!


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Posted 27 December 2015 - 10:26 AM

Eesh, that does sound like a mess. Why is it always us who has to do the group project work? But that's a huge compliment if the students enjoyed your monitoring, so congratulations for that :)

 

And congrats on getting your degree!

 

Yay, Japanese! That all sounds pretty fun, especially the karaoke :p, it's a shame that these side-hobbies have to be put far back in the priority list. Hmm, I'm not so keen on trying again with somebody I had feelings with before. Might be a negative outlook, but it's impossible to know if they are even actually interested or not. Usually, it doesn't end well.

 

Man, how do you speak logic to someone who won't hear it? Some people just don't know what it means to give. That sucks. Hope he's happy with himself.


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