A is for apple

So nothing exciting has been going on as of late, hence the lack of updates. That and I`m trying to save money to finally buy a computer, so I haven`t been heading over to the internet cafe so often. Ironic, isn`t it?
Random link of the day:
Endings for all those video games you never managed to beat…
Perhaps feeling the need to do something productive with my life, I went and signed up for some Japanese classes at the nearby international center. This has actually introduced a new wrinkle into my life, because I was informed there would be a placement exam this Friday, which leaves me all of one and a half days to review all those kanji I have forgotten in the past two years. This due to the fact that I was informed that “you should have at least a passing familiarity with high school level kanji” (ah, I should have signed up for the beginner class…).
小学校5年生の漢字
基本
basis
略語
abbreviation
基準
standard
略図
outline map
基礎
foundation
省略
to omit
基地
base
侵略
to invade
And so on and so forth…. It`s just like college all over again, cramming a million obscure symbols into my head I will promptly forget after tommorrow`s exam, much to my detriment in future interactions, when I will find myself desperately searching for the word “invade” and will instead come up with something like “to go in meanly” or something. urk.
I have been tearing through books with a passion, now that I discovered that one of the libraries in town has a fairly decent selection. I fear what will happen when I set down the last precious paperback and realize that I have read every single english language book in the entire library (a completely plausible eventuality, given that there are only two (granted, rather long) shelves worth).
Okay, hope someone else`s life is more interesting than mine. Back to studying!
Now reading: “Thomas Friedman – Longitudes and Attitudes; The world in the age of Terrorism”
(I enjoy Friedman`s books, though he is somewhat guilty of being too “catch phrasey”.
It seems some, however, don`t hold him in such high esteem, as this review off of Amazon.com clearly illustrates:
Reviewer: A reader from Richmond, VA United States
Do yourself a favor. Rather than exposing whatever is left of your brain to more of the miasmic amnesia double-speak propaganda spewing from this zionist monopoly-medi sock-puppet, hit yourself in the head right between your eyes with a very large hammer. It will have the same effect.
And so there you have it folks. Point and counterpoint :) ) 1:27 am

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