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Archive for January, 2009


No I didn’t. But it did get your attention.

Actually, it probably didn’t.

Goshers I am one crafty blogger.

But seriously. I have 42 days left (or something like that) untill I leave and nothing seems to be happening.  I did get a new packet yesterday from YFU, but there wasn’t really anything in it.  There was a packing list, but I can’t help but feel that, considering it was intended for kids going for either a summer or a semester, that my packing needs as a year student might differ.  In addition to that, it included some tips on Japan (The most respectable tip being “Get into an aspect of culture other than Anime/Manga. The two aren’t as prelevant in Japanese culture as you might think.” I can’t tell you how many times the anime craze has driven me crazy. Why couldn’t it be from Korea or something instead?) and a small book on Japanese and Japanese helpful phrases.

And the most ironic thing had to be the packing list, which said “Pack according to the climate of where you’re living”.   One of the tips of the tip page was “You may not get your host family until the day before you leave”. How the heck am I supposed to pack according to the climate of where I am going to live if I don’t even know where it is that I am going to live?

They also included a small slip of paper in the packet which they had added at my request saying “Get in contact with Colin” or something like that.  And I guess my mom sent them the wrong e-mail or something because on the bottom of the paper it gave an e-mail that was not my own :/



I dislike my name

One of the main things I’ve been worrying (well, not worrying as much as I’d say its curiousity) about how people will reply to my name in Japan, as it’s not only a rather weird name in English but even weirder in Japanese (Korin, or “コリン”. If you read it too fast it sounds like “corn”. Thankfully, the Japanese word for corn is not taken from the english language).  And my last name, which I’m not going to share, is even weirder in Japanese and I don’t even know how to translate it into Japanese.


Just another interesting post by me

Darn you, dancing corn!

Darn you...

Colininjapan now LIVE

If all is right, you should get something that looks like this.

If all is right, you should get something that looks like this.

I set up a stickAM account and now I can send live streaming video from my website directly. Just go to the link to “Colininjapan LIVE” in the bar at the top of the page and you’ll see live streaming video of my side yard. :)

If you don’t see anything it means I’ve turned my webcam/laptop off and thus there is no video going into the webcam.

I have no clue yet what I’m going to do with it. So many possibilities…

New Website Layout/Theme

I switched my website design to one that’s more clean and white and everything.
I also added some nifty little web graphics. They have no real purpose but i think they look nice :)


So much for Karma….


I thought for sure that if I made a post regarding the fact I don’t have a family I would soon get a family. Because that’s just how things always seem to work out for me.

And of course, because I made this post, I have assured myself I won’t get a family until a few days before I leave.


And yet I post this post anyways…

By the way, I’ve begun work on a new animation. Personally, i think it’s much better and funnier than my first animation. Then again, my first animation was just a test animation where I was just kind of messing around so I didn’t have all that high of expectations for it.
Here’s a little teaser image:

Yeah.  I'll put anyone who can guess what the video is about in the youtube credits

Yeah. I'll put anyone who can guess what the video is about in the youtube credits...

By the way, I’m actually posting this on the 19th, not the 20th.


All the AFSers are getting families.

I’m so anxious.



I want one



I know. Pretty interesting post, right?

New laptop


I got a new laptop today. It’s all shiny and nice and stuff. And thus, I’m going to make an introduction  video!


…Because I’m still figuring out how to use my computer and all that stuff.

Well, It’s a Dell XPS laptop. 

It looks like this:

Except mine doesn’t have all the nifty dramatic lighting. But it IS the same color :)

EDIT: Wow i had a lot of typos…This new keyboard is going to take a bit to get used to

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