07 May 2012

Nerds Unite!

I recently spent a week in Korea with my friend Jessica. As part of the plans, I wanted to spend an evening watching some live Starcraft 2 at the Global Starcraft League (GSL) in Seoul. The line up for the night included two matches between some of the best professional players in the world. I was also lucky enough to get some TV time, which you can see in the videos below.

http://www.gomtv.net/2012gsls2/vod/67128
(because embedding isn't working right)

http://www.gomtv.net/2012gsls2/vod/67129
(skip to just before 5:00 if you don't feel like wating)

And to further the nerdiness, of which I am quite proud thank you very much, here's a comment that some of you might be able to appreciate.

05 March 2012

No Sense of Discipline

I can't believe it's been as long as it has since I last wrote a post. I don't have any good reasons. Just a reason. I didn't have anything that I felt was worth writing about. That sounds kind of ridiculous when I read it. I think the larger issue is that I'm not very good at figuring out how to make regular occurrences interesting. Not yet, anyway.

The title of this post would indicate that I lack discipline, but it's only partly true. I lack discipline in certain aspects of my life. I keep to a regular schedule of exercise, I eat well, and I've been brushing up on my calculus for my hopeful return to college. I tend read everyday, but I don't review the vocabulary list that I've made as much as I should. Sleep is generally well-taken care of, with my body commanding me to take it more than me following a well regulated schedule.

So to catch you up, I'm applying to go back to school this August. I want to be a physicist / aerospace engineer. I've applied to once school so far and will apply to a couple more before the month is out. I'll hear back from them in April and, if the news is good, be heading on to study lots of math and science for a couple years to complete my degree. If, however, applications fall through, I have considered doing some considerable travel, returning to the US eventually, and then continuing my study after my trip. If I can't even get that lucky, and all my plans fall apart, then I will be thankful for my good health, the great opportunities I've had so far, the tremendous support of family and friends, and I will look forward to the continued graciousness of those mutually loved and cared for.

I really hope the school options work out. I think it would be fascinating to work in a field related to making things like this happen:

06 November 2011

Looking Ahead

With just under nine months left on my contract with the Higashi Village Board of Education, I have started putting a lot of thought into what I am going to do next year come August. I have two lists, one full of things I want to do and one full of things I will probably be able to do. I want to use these next nine months to move items from the "want" list to the "be able to" list.

To give you an idea of what I've been thinking, here's a short list:
  • spend some months cycling across Japan, north to south, performing something of a farewell before figuring out what comes next;
  • get back into music, specifically voice;
  • learn to program, because I like computers and want to be able to utilize them more so than I am now;
  • perhaps obtain an English teaching certification in a country where I could also spend time learning that country's language; and
  • most importantly, make sure that whatever I decide to do I enjoy it and look forward to it everyday.
Nine months is such a short amount of time, but it's a great time. Looking ahead to what comes next is exciting, though I do sometimes feel a little trepidation about my uncertain future. A good state of mind helps, though, realizing that no matter what I choose, as long as I work hard at doing what I love, I will enjoy it.

11 June 2011

Four Years Ago

It's been four years since I've been back to the US since coming to Okinawa.

I'm heading back for a combination of reasons. The impetus for the trip came from my friend Dougal who is getting married on June 19th. Before and after the wedding, I will be meeting up with family in a couple of different locations. It's going to be fun!

I leave for the airport in a couple of hours and I can't help but think about how different my hometown will be or what it's going to feel like to be surrounded by English for a full two weeks.

While I'm back, I will be taking lots of photos and video to document the trip. I plan on showing my students a little bit of what it's like in the US through this amateur documentary. Of course, as I get the time, I'll upload some of what I capture for your enjoyment as well.

Alright, off to Naha!

09 June 2011

Akashobin

Today, there was quite a ruckus after fourth period class right before lunch. It turns out a bird (known here as akashobin, or ruddy kingfisher) had flown into the school, smacked against a window, and found itself not so much capable of immediately flying back out. Students and teachers gathered around, nobody willing to take the first step in getting the bird to safety.

I offered to pick the bird up and carry it outside (I have done this before at the same school with a different bird), but the bird kept nipping at my fingers and flying around a bit. He ended up in the entrance to the men's bathroom. I eventually borrowed a student's towel, lightly grasped the bird, and carried him outside to a large platform surrounded by potted plants. I'm not sure if he made it away, but I hope so. It was quite a beautiful bird to see up close (can you see the purple on it's back?)

Here's a shot I took before picking the bird up and getting him out of the men's bathroom.