Twitch Plays Pokemon

February 28th, 2014

Twitch Plays Pokemon

If you don’t know what this is, I think it is time to climb from under the rock you have been hiding for the past 2 weeks and start watching & participating! This is not just Pokemon, oh no, this is much more. As Wikipedia put it, Twitch Plays Pokemon (TPP) is a social experiment, I’d say it has become a social phenomenon. Basically what TPP is, it is a stream of a Pokemon Blue game modified to accept the commands typed into the chat of the stream by the people who are watching, thus making them the players. As this idea is new and original, the concept became super popular and thus amassed over 70,000 people to play at a time (though it has died down and only 30,000 are playing at the moment, but still!).

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Preparations for Japan – Part 2 (Packing)

February 27th, 2014

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I had just gotten the present from my girlfriend at the time – Amy, that cute little princess with her 3 penguins (from Mawaru Penguindrum, which I recently finished). And now I have to start packing. Yesterday I started putting away all the figures that have made my shelves their home. Now they are back in their cramped up boxes and those boxes are in another box (Yo DAWG~). Now my shelves are so empty and soon my whole room will be as well. It is sad to leave the place that you called home for over 3 years now, but I must look ahead and welcome my new place in Japan!

Today I must start sorting though my endless pile of clothes to pick what I can give back to my parents to take back to Latvia, what to leave in Sydney and what I need to take with me to Japan for my ICS. This will be tough task, but somebody’s gotta do it!

Birthday 1.11 – You can (not) unwrap

February 23rd, 2014

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Continuing on with my birthday celebrations from the 1st of February, I had 2 more parties. One with my friends from urbanest on the 8th of February, exactly a week after my official birthday and then one more today with my friends Ruben and Clara, who couldn’t make it to my birthday on the 1st. (And Seb was there too) We went to IKEA and had a lot of meatballs! So many that I didn’t even have dinner. Ruben and Clara gave me the amazing Shinobu heroin book and the new Latvian euros, which they had ship from Latvia! Thank you so much! I did however have to go through 6 layers of wrapping…… again……

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my friends from urbanest for their gifts. Especially Anna for the Beautiful World photo book, I must definitely visit all these places! And thanks to Dennis who got the guys together to get me a big chessboard, which me and Amy have already broken in, so to say. Also Darrell, thank you for the newest edition to my hard drive family, it is so small cute and white that I can barely resist myself.

I think I have a few more presents coming soon, so I might expand this post later on. Stay tuned.

Preparations for Japan – Part 1 (Cycling)

February 20th, 2014

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If you want to enjoy living in japan for more then just a few weeks, then you need a bicycle. Bikes are the most popular way of transport in Japan and definitely the most convenient, especially for both Amy and me. Amy will be going to Saga and I will be going to Kagoshima for our In Country Study (ICS) this year. Both of these cities aren’t giant metropolises like Tokyo or Osaka, their population doesn’t even reach a million. So while living in the countryside (as we like to put it), it is essential for us to know how to ride a bike.

And that is exactly what we did. We went cycling! In Bicentennial park (next to Olympic Park) they offer bike hire for $20 per 2 hours, which is a rather good deal for Sydney, I’d say. It was a great afternoon, we had a lot of fun riding around the park. Would recommend to all my friends!

The Wind Rises Review

February 16th, 2014

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When thinking of the works of award winning director – Hayao Miyazaki you would normally think of his amazing fairy tale type movies like My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away or Howls Moving CastleThey are all similar in the sense that they are set out in a somewhat realistic world with elements of magic and mystery and these become the predominant aspects of the story, which create the unforgettable feeling of a Studio Ghibli Movie. The Wind Rises (風立ちぬ), however differs from the tradition fantasy genre and is based on a true story of a Jiro Horikoshi, an aerospace engineer, who’s dream was to create beautiful planes that would surpass the German designs in both speed and power. Even though the setting is in real life World War I and then World War II Japan, this touching story of a young boys dream, dedication to work, search for perfection, love and despair is one of the best works of Director Miyazaki. It really shows us, just how fragile a human life really is.

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Sochi 2014

February 9th, 2014

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The 22nd winter Olympic Games have just begun in Sochi Russia! For any country hosting an Olympic Games is a great honor and Russia hasn’t had a chance since the 1980 summer Olympics in Moscow. Its been tough on Russia, they had to building all the venues and hotels from scratch, spending an amazing 51 billion dollars on infrastructure, new stadiums and hotels. But they managed to get all of it done on time (almost) and they Olympics have officially begun a few days ago with the amazing opening ceremony, which showcased the history of Russia with beautiful ballet and performances.

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My 21st – such Madoka, much Ghibli, wow

February 3rd, 2014

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This year I have officially become an adult (in every country); I turned 21! Every year up until now I got to spend this special day with my 2 most special people – my mommy and my daddy, but this year we did not get the chance to meet up to celebrate it together, but nevertheless I had a great day with my friends – yay!

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Blumenkranz

February 3rd, 2014

Blumenkranz

Blumenkranz – in german it means a wreath of flowers (ring of flowers) and that is what normal german speakers would think if they heard anyone say this word. Well if anime fas, who are watching the show Kill La Kill hears this word, they will undoubtedly think of the second best track from the OST (Original Sound Track) which bears the same name – Blumenkranz.

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