Incoherent Thoughts

~意識の流れ~

6/26/09 12:39 am

My sleep cycle is waaaay out of 'normal' again. Woke up closer to 8...that is, PM. If I continue like this, thankfully I'll get it to within 'normal' range by next week, when I kind of need to be up during the day. But figures this would happen right after I get rid of not being able to sleep. Of course it would.
Well, not that it matters any, other than on those rare days when I have stuff to do.

Went shopping today, before going to sleep. Why's it have to be so damn hot here? D: And I read somewhere that it's going to continue until next week, too. Not pleasant. I have no clue what made me think moving this much south was a good idea, it's been hot for ages and it's certainly not helping with the sleep issues.
Anyway. Was quite surprised to notice that a regular book store here sells manga in Japanese. O.o; A few anyway. They only had Loveless volumes 6 and 7. But still! That's..so surprising. There's enough of a market here to have even that much? Well damn. Bought vol 6, since that was towards the end of my trip and I'd already spent most my money. It's really better to have everything in the original language, isn't it. So much more depth in the non-translated version, and you can be sure no translator bound by company rules has gone mucking around with the meanings. That happens more in anime (interesting point, by the way. Are manga fans just more vocal about their likes, or are anime seen in western countries as too much associated with children to avoid overt censorship?) but doesn't mean manga is entirely clear of it.
Also bought The Tales of Beedle the Bard. It was only a couple euro anyway, and I kind of forgot all about it until now. =D;

Played Final Fantasy XI aaaaall of last night. Didn't mean to. But I did some crafting and then got the idea that I want to level Ellanore to 20 and get her subjob unlocked. So I grabbed Kitty and off we went to Valkurm. Used up one Emperor and one Anniversary charge (in fact, I still have the latter in effect, since Kitty's internet went poof and it was late enough that it wasn't worth it to wait for it to maybe come back) and gained two and a half levels (to within a couple hundred exp of level 19) and one of the three subjob items. It actually dropped from the first mob of appropriate type that we killed. xD Gotta love the Treasure Hunter effect.
Not quite high enough level yet to take on Damselflies for the second drop (or maybe we are and are just being overly cautious?), but will be soon. And Kitty will PL me for the last item. So I think next time we can play I'll get that objective done. =D

5/26/09 06:10 pm

Wow, can Susan Boyle sing. I know I know, I always get around to this stuff late. But..damn, can she sing. I regret passing over mentions of her name before. It's kind of an automatic reaction. Something new comes along, gets mentioned at most every blog I mention, and I just let it be. xD

I received my Final Fantasy IV novels last week, been reading the first book when I remember. It's really interesting. It doesn't actually make the main point be the story of the game. It follows various people in the sidelines. When Cecil went to Mysidia, there was Kain!angst over Rosa. When Cecil and Kain left to Mist, there was Rosa!angst, and following the events in Baron. After reaching Kaipo, there was Gilbart and Anna's story, and a bit before that there was a bit about Tellah's feelings and thoughts as he struggled alone towards Damcyan. Basically, it expands on the people and bits of stories that the game didn't concentrate on.
Naturally, they've only been published in Japanese. But if you can read it.. author is Tezuka Ichirou, there's two of the novels, and they were published by Square Enix. There's an introduction by Tokita Takashi at the end of the second book, too, talking about FF4 and the sequel.
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10/20/08 12:56 am

So apparently there's this list of "1001 books you must read before you die"... what do I do? Well, it sounds interesting. I think I might actually start on that list. =D; You know, not that I hadn't read some of them in the first place.

I've bolded the ones I've read...

The list )

Unless I counted wrong, I've read 42 out of the 1001. It seemed like more when I first went through the list. Must be because of the more recent books, I've mostly read older stuff plus fantasy and sci-fi...
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9/19/08 03:07 pm

I just finished reading 1984. I have to admit, the experience was...weird. I didn't expect to see quite that many parallels to the current-day real world, I guess. It's quite unsettling.

Picked up my new glasses today. Very pleased with how this turned out, they fit my current style infinitely better than my old ones, which I'm still half convinced I picked in some momentary bout of madness. *sweatdrop* (oh yes, and it's quite nice to actually see things again too..)
Combine that with some new clothes, and I'm a happy little camper indeed. Suddenly looking at my wardrobe doesn't result in quite so severe an anxiety. This is marked improvement from before. xD;

I'm really liking Devil May Cry 4 so far. The controls (and the moves themselves) are rather familiar from previous installments already, so I'm playing mostly on memory. It's going much better than my first attempts at DMC3, which I remember were total disasters. I still can't clear that game on any higher difficulty than the easiest... The special edition (with Vergil playable...I still want that, even though I have the normal one) has a much easier difficulty too, and made even easier by the addition of Gold Orbs (revival). I can't shake the feeling that using something like Gold Orbs in DMC3 is total cheating. I've managed to avoid getting that feeling in DMC4 though, since they are available right from the start, providing you have enough Red Orbs to buy one.
Looking forward to getting access to Dante's side of the story. While Nero is a nice enough new acquaintance, Dante's still Dante.

8/15/08 12:56 am

Seems that I've...forgotten to update for a couple days. I've felt sort of out of it recently, and the fact that I have so much stuff to read doesn't really help. I start reading and don't remember to stop.. xD;

Haven't even remembered to play more Crisis Core. I'm stuck on that 'sneak around the compound' thing, and by gods do I hope there's no more of those. I hate sequences like that. It doesn't really inspire me to pick up the game again.
And I really should play more of it if I'm intending on finishing it in English. I promised to send it to Kitty, since I'll be getting it in Japanese along with Dissidia. She said I could order those to her address and she'd send them forward, since there's that idiotic thing where online shops refuse to send Japanese PSP/PS3 games to Europe... *sighs and shakes head* I'm sure I could find some smaller place that'd send them here, but I'm not sure I want to trust some shady little online store I've never heard of before.

There was some awesome rain yesterday. Woke up to the sound. =D When I first glanced out of the window, I thought there was fog, but it turned out to be just very heavy rain. It's been long since I've seen rain like that.

Now, I think I'll go add books/manga to my LibraryThing. I've neglected to do that for a while, and the pile of books to be added is growing to alarming heights.. *sweatdrop*
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7/17/08 04:23 pm

It seems that complaining about this month's book order and the Versailles album yesterday was a bit too early. Just hours after writing that entry, I had my hands on FF 20th Anniversary Ultimania File 2 (that'd be Scenario. Summaries and tidbits of all the numbered FF stories) and an email telling me they'd sent the album. =D;
..I forgot that they'd only sent the Ultimania earlier, my order for FFTA2 Official Complete Guide didn't get sent with it. They apparently didn't have it in stock like they promised. *sigh* Ah well, they should be sending it early next week, if all goes well.

The Ultimania is fun, as always. And just as with the last one, I think the section for either FF9 or FF11 is the biggest. Did FF9 really have that much content? I'm not surprised with the FF11 stuff, though, the story's had time to grow and grow and grow, with all the expansions..it even includes some stuff from the beginning of the latest expansion. I can tell you, I was quite surprised to see screenies of FF11!Cait Sith when quickly looking through the book to see what's there... =D; I've only had time to read the introductory parts of the book, though, comparing the bad guys, magic systems, and concepts behind each game.

I'm addicted to this song. (Yume Oboro) It's the opening theme for Touka Gettan. That one, by the way, turned out to be surprisingly good. Very confusing to start with, but good.

7/9/08 12:53 am

Latest news from US: they're now planning ('considering') to make passengers on airplanes carry these wristbands that can send a bolt of electricity through you and make you unable to move. You know, just in case you get unruly.
Every time I hear something like this my decision to never go to that messed up country gets that much stronger, and I'm glad about it. How the mighty fall.

In MLaaK, I've had time to explore a grand total of..one floor. At the Infinity Spire, I mean. And I've taken down two of the legendary foes at that floor, but nothing else. So much to do, so much to do... I did manage to get that third bulletin board, but it's not helping too much, it seems. One's for low-low level behests (information about dungeons, looking for misplaced items, Infinity Spire for now..), one for early to mid 30's (or the only level 20-something dungeon that's left, the Barbair Abyss), and one for higher-level stuff (right now, looking for level 45 ingredients. One more of those left, then I'll move my best team to Isle of Giants. It's a bit (/way too) low-level for them, but they need experience somewhere before taking on a level 40-something dungeon. I think I'm going for the weapon shop then...that should be manageable)
The castle expansion, by the way...it was completely useless. Well, except maybe if you want to have one extra dungeon and a life-bar boss. For a level 39 dungeon! What cheating. I had to pause all operations for two days for what amounted to being..nothing. Well okay, you can rename your adventurers with it. Big deal, not interested. Okay, you can check all family relations from it quite conveniently. Big deal, family relations don't really matter other than if they're at max and you can get medals from that family, but you can't see that particular bit of info from the castle. Okay, so there's a jukebox too. Not useful either (other than for letting me know the titles of those songs) since you can only listen to it at the jukebox menu. *sigh* Wouldn't recommend getting it unless you really want to change the names of your adventurers or are a total completionist like me.

Now that I started playing MLaaK again, this insane urge to write fanfic for it came back. I already caved in before and wrote one short piece, seems that there'll have to be more.

The judge missions in FFTA bother me. Why the heck did I start FFTA2 when I still haven't totally finished FFTA? *sighs and shakes head* Maybe I'll persuade myself to night to finish a couple more of them...

As I mentioned in my last post, L'Épée du Gardien II (part 5 of the FF11 novelization series) was kinda boring. Finished reading it today, and Doug&co really did do almost nothing else but reach Kazham. Well, they went out to the jungle and got attacked. That's it. End of book, to be continued. D: I can't really approve of this dividing one book into three parts. They were released like this originally too, but that doesn't stop the three parts of it being a complete book, and this second part being the boring middle. The same thing happened with the first trilogy in the series...

6/27/08 12:30 pm

Some interview on Dissidia said that there's more dialog in it than in Crisis Core. Wow...for a fighting game? Seriously?

Meme tiem. From several people on the flist.

"The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed."
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them ;-)

Books )

How can...anyone have read only six of these? Let alone less than six? O.o; I counted 32. Umm.

6/14/08 09:47 pm

So the miasma appeared 2000 years ago..? And the first people moved to Alfitaria a bit after. Although the Alfitaria castle wasn't built until 1300 years ago. Oh, and Tipa and Leuda are the newest settlements in the area, a mere 700 years old. Then there's the matter of Tida, who was the original Clavat settlement of the area, but it was famously destroyed 50 years ago (that means 50 years before miasma's disappearance)
...which just confirms that Epitav and Leo's old kingdom wasn't in Tida. Leo certainly isn't over 50 years old, the poor guy is just 10.
...unless they retconned, but I doubt that, considering that the 50-year span was structured well into the original game's story, as well as anything could be bound to that flimsy a one.

Just thinking here. Got my books yesterday, been reading up on FFCC since. =D Although I did take a look at the FFT and FF4 ones, too. They just don't have as much information on their respective worlds as the FFCC World Ultimania, so they're not quite as interesting to me right now.
Did you know that the adventurers from Tipa in the original game have actual default names? They were used in Japanese marketing, although I haven't seen a trace of them in the English marketing of the game. The Ultimania included all of those, too. A nice touch. =D Some of the names were used for Beyond the Boundless Sky, the only difference is that I now know the official way to romanize them. So Sibeag instead of Shiberg, Lu'ghe instead of Lu Zhe, and so on.
There's a pretty long short story in the Ultimania, too. Long as in a full 30 pages, with the writing pretty small. Ouch. Although I guess the length is understandable, I glanced at the chapter headings and I think they went up to 8th year or so.

There was also this part that had all the names for parents of the Tipa adventurers, and their siblings, too. And how they're determined. Now, if I only had those all in English..I hope they didn't change around the names too much in translation, so I can match up the names and make that information actually useful. =D;

The issue of the name of that damn Lilty town still frustrates me. In the original game's translation, it was called Marr (or rather, Marr's Pass. Let's just ignore that last part for now). In My Life as a King translation it is Maar. But in Japanese, it's actually spelled out Marl, as I found out to my annoyance while reading the Ultimania... I'm severely tempted to just go with the Japanese spelling. That's the original, after all, and they seem to be intent on changing the English one with every game that comes out.
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6/10/08 07:26 pm

BLOOD's new sound is quite..enthralling. =D Some very good songs on their latest. Fu-ki's voice fits this perhaps better than the last style.
Although I admit, I don't really care for the look. I hope they change it soon. There is such a thing as 'too much'.

Been reading books these past couple days. Catching up with Tor's free ebook offerings, again. Most of them are quite readable, although I did end up deleting one book having read just a couple dozen pages. That was a real pain to try to read even that much. There's nothing I detest quite as much as the idealized really-I'm-stronger-than-anyone-and-I-know-it heroine who is portrayed as not being able to do nothing wrong, doesn't know or care for the facts, and survives with dumb luck. Or the help of men, even though she is supposedly so very self-sufficient. And of course, let's not forget the stupid ex who dumped her for another (stunningly gorgeous) woman and the over-protective male figure in their lives who not one good word is said of, not to mention the simpering female friend.
It annoys me no end that such things get published under the guise of proper books. Let's just leave them to the trashy romance novels where they belong...
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6/7/08 01:14 am - Ixion is come!

"The raging flame, whose lapping tongues but a moment ago had threatened to scorch the underbelly of the sky, had regressed to wisps of smoke unfurling hypnotically in the cool breeze. An elderly knight, a veteran of countless campaigns, lies half buried in smoldering debris with limbs entangled with those of fallen friends and foes, his pallid complexion masked in the grey and crimson of ash and caking blood. He stares with glazed eyes at clouds drifting lazily across the dusk sky, his head swimming in the mingled smell of rusted metal, burnt foliage, and death. The faint whistling of the wind is a soothing song compared to the horror-filled shrieks that accompanied the sickening sound of flesh and bone giving way to tempered steel."

Awesome. This be a Final Fantasy? =D (you can read the rest of the Ixion introduction here. Link is to the official FF11 US site)
I miss FF11 so much. Want to try out Wings of the Goddess. ;___;

Tor's latest free ebook was Orphans of Chaos by John Wright. Unlike usually, I read it straight away. The cover looked interesting. :P
Anyway, there are no words to describe the excellency of the beginning of that book. Everything in it was just right. It got a bit..weird, later on, but the concept is still very interesting. I'm tempted to go find out more of the series...
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5/2/08 02:06 pm

It's hot it's hot it's hot. Why?! It's only second of May! I went out earlier and it was hot enough that some people were wearing summer clothes. At this time of the year, one could expect to have to wear at least a light jacket to keep warm. x__x Not to mention all the green grass. I have no idea where that came from, as I sure don't remember any from Wednesday.
Looks like it'll be another hot summer. How I detest these.
Not to mention that the warm (/hot) weather makes my life much more unbearable otherwise, too. All the stench in the air multiplies by I don't know how much. As you might remember, I'm allergic to cats and dogs and other furry creatures. As you might also remember, my sister has two dogs and three cats. Life is not very pleasant, I can tell you that.

I've been really bored recently. Can't concentrate at all on my usual stuff. Even got around to reading books again. xD; Some of those ebooks I've got piled up, apparently from the last seven weeks. Managed to finish one of them today, Crystal Rain by Tobias Buckell. While the local speech patterns annoyed me pretty much, the world had some interesting building blocks. The story, too. I couldn't even see where it was going until almost half-way through the book, quite surprising for what amounts to a pretty standard sci-fi book. It managed to disguise itself pretty well through the first half, a commendable feat. I couldn't even recognize it as a sci-fi book, Aztec warriors and blood-thirsty gods aren't exactly common sci-fi material. But it all became clear around the half-way point of the book. A pity, although it still remained rather interesting even after I could see where it was going.
I can't even remember anymore in what order I got these books, so I'm just reading them in alphabetical order (according to the author's last name). *rolls eyes*
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4/28/08 08:42 pm

Meme time. =D

What we have here is the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing’s users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded. Bold the ones you've read, underline the ones you read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish. Here's the twist: add (*) beside the ones you liked and would (or did) read again or recommend. Even if you read 'em for school in the first place.

The Books )

As you can see, we didn't read stuff like these at school. They were always Finnish classics. :P You can also probably see that even if I'm not reading very much at the moment, I used to be a real bookworm. There were times in my life I'd go straight home from school, and read 'till night with only short food and bathroom breaks. Books are fun. =D
This list reminds me that there's still a ton of books that have been sitting on my 'to read' list for years and years...
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4/13/08 09:38 pm

Me wants my Vampire Knight epi 2. .___. It's already almost morning in Japan anyway, and TV Tokyo shows VK at..what was it, 1 AM? On Monday, obviously.
In the meantime, I'm about to watch 魔人探偵脳噛ネウロ epi 24, the second-to-last episode. Boo. Want more Neuro. I used to have hair a bit like his, just with the colors switched. And, you know, the dark parts weren't really dark brown but black. And my hair was much longer than his. (..where's the resemblance again?)

Almost finished reading 遥かなる翼! Only 50-ish pages left, and I thought to leave them for tomorrow. If you think of reading as practice, it's a lot more useful to spread it out on different days than read it all on one go. Well, it isn't really just practice, but still...with shipping costs like Amazon's, I'm not too eager to order stuff from them often.

I thought of this one interesting thing I could do...I'm just not sure if I have enough information to do it, and not too certain if I can easily find comprehensive guides to the parts I know I don't know. If not, it might take rather long to actually do it.. ah well, it's not like it's urgent, or that I wouldn't have anything else to do. Just an interesting thought.

4/10/08 02:10 pm

An interesting thing happened just now. Remember the order I placed at Amazon.co.jp? Well, no wonder the shipping&handling was so expensive.
I was just on my way to buy some food when I got a call from some courier service, saying I had a package from Japan. =D; A special delivery of mail? In Finland? From Japan? In three days? Wow. I shall wonder about that cost no more. (usually I pick a rather cheap option of promised delivery in a week or two and sometimes no tracking even. My games usually cost me around two or three euros in shipping&handling)
Although I'd still prefer if there was a cheaper option available. I couldn't see any other option in the order form, and even the FAQ stated just that one price for international orders. Will just have to make sure to order more stuff in one order in the future. 4,000 yen, really now... x__X

So, what did I order? Two books in the Final Fantasy XI novel series of course. I looked at the French version offerings at Amazon.fr, and noticed that they'd apparently changed the fifth part's release date to...last December. And that it wasn't available at all other than from non-Amazon sellers, and they only shipped within France. So I got bored of this eternal question of what language I should buy the series in and just switched to Japanese.
Although to be honest, I did skip the fifth and sixth parts of the series in the vain hope that I can get them in French sometime soon. You see, there are several different storylines within the series. Parts 4-6 are of one group (and are in fact a trilogy within the series, Sword of Protection Books I-III), and parts 1-3 and 7 are of another. Even though time passes between books 3 and 7 (and one of the group's members appears in 4-6) I figured it should still be understandable enough even if I skip books 5 and 6 for now.
...the only problem is that part 8 starts another trilogy of the second group, the one that appeared in parts 4-6. Oops. Forgot to take that into consideration when ordering these books. =D;;

Talking of the series, its latest part, Happy Gift (..yes, it's really called that. Well, ハッピー­ギフト, but that's the same thing), was released on the 29th of March. It's the 25th part in the series...

Anyway, I'm not too certain how I'll do with reading these books. I've never tried reading something as long as a whole book in Japanese before. It somehow doesn't bode well that I had to resort to a dictionary just to understand the title of the 7th book, 遥かなる翼... I mean, I was familiar with both words, I just didn't know what 'haruka' was in kanji, and didn't remember what 'tsubasa' was (trust me, I can remember it now). Even in the title of the 8th book, 騎士の誇りI, I had to consult a dictionary before understanding the last word (hokori/pride). This does not bode well at all...
I guess I should think of it as a good thing. More practice is always good, right? =D;
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