19th July, 2014

Ok I officially hate moving. Today with the help of a few coworkers I managed to move the big items like my wardrobe and giant printer, etc. Here’s a picture so you can see just how tiny the space I’m working with is. My favorite: how they installed the new heater riiiight in the worst possible spot, leaving juuuust too little space for anything useful to go next to it. 
The only big things I have yet to move in are a sofa (a gift) and a giant fishtank (and it’s inhabitant). I’m worried most about the fish. How the hell do you move a giant goldfish?! And where do I put the goddamn thing. Putting him in the bedroom would just be sad, but the living room is going to be cluttered enough…  SO thankful I don’t have a TV to worry about on top of it all.
But, on the plus side, my coworkers came through and brought me some freebies. They set up a giant fridge, microwave, and washing machine today. It really helps me: if I couldn’t get a washing machine for free, I was going to hand-wash, which is doable but tedious.  And they’re all huge! A little too big really, but I’ll take it! 
Today I put my country sign collection (small, but not bad for someone with no car! haha) and other magnets on the fridge. Just seeing them all lined up makes it feel a little more like home.
bonus pic: this apartment is so old it still has the original heating system…. aka burning stuff to heat water. I found this little thingy, still all soot-y, in the 洗面所. The bath also has the original tiling, which shocked my supervisor (“My grandmother’s bath has the same kind of thing!”)
I need to be fully moved in (more like fully moved OUT of my current place) next weekend, so it’s crunch time. Hopefully I can still make this place cute. I’ll settle for “not suffocating” at this point. Ok I officially hate moving. Today with the help of a few coworkers I managed to move the big items like my wardrobe and giant printer, etc. Here’s a picture so you can see just how tiny the space I’m working with is. My favorite: how they installed the new heater riiiight in the worst possible spot, leaving juuuust too little space for anything useful to go next to it. 
The only big things I have yet to move in are a sofa (a gift) and a giant fishtank (and it’s inhabitant). I’m worried most about the fish. How the hell do you move a giant goldfish?! And where do I put the goddamn thing. Putting him in the bedroom would just be sad, but the living room is going to be cluttered enough…  SO thankful I don’t have a TV to worry about on top of it all.
But, on the plus side, my coworkers came through and brought me some freebies. They set up a giant fridge, microwave, and washing machine today. It really helps me: if I couldn’t get a washing machine for free, I was going to hand-wash, which is doable but tedious.  And they’re all huge! A little too big really, but I’ll take it! 
Today I put my country sign collection (small, but not bad for someone with no car! haha) and other magnets on the fridge. Just seeing them all lined up makes it feel a little more like home.
bonus pic: this apartment is so old it still has the original heating system…. aka burning stuff to heat water. I found this little thingy, still all soot-y, in the 洗面所. The bath also has the original tiling, which shocked my supervisor (“My grandmother’s bath has the same kind of thing!”)
I need to be fully moved in (more like fully moved OUT of my current place) next weekend, so it’s crunch time. Hopefully I can still make this place cute. I’ll settle for “not suffocating” at this point. Ok I officially hate moving. Today with the help of a few coworkers I managed to move the big items like my wardrobe and giant printer, etc. Here’s a picture so you can see just how tiny the space I’m working with is. My favorite: how they installed the new heater riiiight in the worst possible spot, leaving juuuust too little space for anything useful to go next to it. 
The only big things I have yet to move in are a sofa (a gift) and a giant fishtank (and it’s inhabitant). I’m worried most about the fish. How the hell do you move a giant goldfish?! And where do I put the goddamn thing. Putting him in the bedroom would just be sad, but the living room is going to be cluttered enough…  SO thankful I don’t have a TV to worry about on top of it all.
But, on the plus side, my coworkers came through and brought me some freebies. They set up a giant fridge, microwave, and washing machine today. It really helps me: if I couldn’t get a washing machine for free, I was going to hand-wash, which is doable but tedious.  And they’re all huge! A little too big really, but I’ll take it! 
Today I put my country sign collection (small, but not bad for someone with no car! haha) and other magnets on the fridge. Just seeing them all lined up makes it feel a little more like home.
bonus pic: this apartment is so old it still has the original heating system…. aka burning stuff to heat water. I found this little thingy, still all soot-y, in the 洗面所. The bath also has the original tiling, which shocked my supervisor (“My grandmother’s bath has the same kind of thing!”)
I need to be fully moved in (more like fully moved OUT of my current place) next weekend, so it’s crunch time. Hopefully I can still make this place cute. I’ll settle for “not suffocating” at this point.

Ok I officially hate moving. Today with the help of a few coworkers I managed to move the big items like my wardrobe and giant printer, etc. Here’s a picture so you can see just how tiny the space I’m working with is. My favorite: how they installed the new heater riiiight in the worst possible spot, leaving juuuust too little space for anything useful to go next to it. 

The only big things I have yet to move in are a sofa (a gift) and a giant fishtank (and it’s inhabitant). I’m worried most about the fish. How the hell do you move a giant goldfish?! And where do I put the goddamn thing. Putting him in the bedroom would just be sad, but the living room is going to be cluttered enough…  SO thankful I don’t have a TV to worry about on top of it all.

But, on the plus side, my coworkers came through and brought me some freebies. They set up a giant fridge, microwave, and washing machine today. It really helps me: if I couldn’t get a washing machine for free, I was going to hand-wash, which is doable but tedious.  And they’re all huge! A little too big really, but I’ll take it! 

Today I put my country sign collection (small, but not bad for someone with no car! haha) and other magnets on the fridge. Just seeing them all lined up makes it feel a little more like home.

bonus pic: this apartment is so old it still has the original heating system…. aka burning stuff to heat water. I found this little thingy, still all soot-y, in the 洗面所. The bath also has the original tiling, which shocked my supervisor (“My grandmother’s bath has the same kind of thing!”)

I need to be fully moved in (more like fully moved OUT of my current place) next weekend, so it’s crunch time. Hopefully I can still make this place cute. I’ll settle for “not suffocating” at this point.

7th July, 2014

So every summer I seem to get some amazing cold right around festival season. This year is no exception! I never take time off work so I took a rare sick day because I cannot speak!! I just gargle and rasp like a dying vulture.

However I CAN type, so I will use this blog to say that, while I am usually not one to jump in on the ‘Japanese doctors suckkk’ (as an American I’m just happy to have access to health care, haha…. …… ) war cry, doctors do sometimes suck!

Today I went in just to get a doctor’s note, just proof that YES I’m sick, officially, stamped and approved, and left with 4 types of medicine. Now the amount doesn’t bother me— doctors here love to split medicines into separate little pills, so you get tons of pills instead of big combo packages, whatever. 

But then the pharmacist started to explain to me how to use one particular medicine. He was like, ‘wellll you take off the cap, put your mouth on it, and press here to release the powder… then you gurgle etc etc….’ and I was like, wait a minute, this sounds familiar…

I took a nice look and yep, my doctor had described me asthma medicine. For my cough. The doctor had just said he’d give me something ‘for that cough’ and what the hell.

And on top of that, some antibiotics… without testing my throat at all, or literally asking any questions, just looking at my throat. I took a look too— it’s red, but otherwise not so bizarre, no white patches or anything obvious bacterial going on.

So I’m going to sit on the antibiotics today, and ignore the asthma medicine (what the hell, really). I can’t imagine what would happen if I tried to take this thing alongside Advair… wth. I could die!

Always check your meds, is what I’m saying. You can’t always trust your doctors to do it.

5th July, 2014

Totally unrelated to my blog (I’ve never used this program beyond installing it), but if you’re having trouble running Emofuri (えもふり), here is what you need to do to run it:

1. Set your computer’s system locale to Japan (in Windows, this is under Region and Language —> Administrative). Restart.

2. Now install Emofuri. If you’ve already installed it pre-system locale change, reinstall it (just run the install file again).

3, The first wall of text is the end user agreement, so check the box and continue or it will just close the program.

If you’re getting error messages or don’t know what’s going on, here’s what their System Q&A has to say:

Q1. I get the error message, “There is no d3dx9_43.dll, so the program can’t start. (「コンピューターにd3dx9_43.dllがないため、プログラムを開始できません……」)

You might not have Direct X installed properly.

Please install Direct X from the Window’s Download Center.

Q2. The toolkit won’t start. It crashes right on startup.

It’s probably either Direct X not being installed/updated properly, or your antivirus conflicts.

First try to update your direct X, and if that doesn’t work try temporarily stopping your antivirus software.

Q3.I can’t find the SDK or templates!

「m2tools CheeseWare」以下のフォルダに全セット保存されております。
They’re under the ‘m2tools CheeseWare’ folder set.

You can also access these files from the start menu.

Also, SDK functionality is only available after purchase. 

Q4. Can I use motions I made in the Trial Version, in the Paid Version?

You cannot use characters you can made in the Trial Version in the Paid Version.

(psd files and mesh transformation data, however, can be used.)

We can convert mmo files made in the Trial Version to m2 format free of charge. Feel free to fill out our support form.

Q5. How do you request additional option plans? 

You can jump to the request form under Help -> Option Plan Request Form (ヘルプ —> オプションプラン押し込み)

Q6. I want to share my sample movie with the public…

We don’t have any limits to how you share your work with the public.

However, you cannot put characters you have created with the Trial Version into commercial software.

Q7. Tell me about the official SDK.

For the first device’s copy, you can use the optional plan free of charge. However, you will be charged for multiple devices. 

Right now, you can use it in junction with:

  • Windows(DirectX SDK, 吉里吉里2[KiriKiri Visual Novel Engine]/KAG3 )
  • iOS(iOS SDK, Unity Pro)
  • Android(NDK, Native Activity, Unity Pro)
  • PSP
  • PS3
  • PSVITA
  • 3DS

Q9. What sort of games and applications can I use my  Motions with?

With our SDK you can control the finite motions of a character’s face like the mouth, eyebrow, eyes, etc. to show facial expression, and uses pre programmed physics to create effects like the fluttering of a breath, and the swaying of hair.

Thus, by setting the coordinates of the character’s facial features, and using timeline features to control playback, you can create scripts and movement as smooth as any adventure game.

(an image here shows some ways in which a character is brought into a game, by create specific movesets for her on the PC and triggering them in a PSP application)


Now if only I could draw so I could try this crazy thing out

4th July, 2014

Happy birthday America! I might give my country a lot of shit (playfully), but I am still a sap for anything with that nostalgic Americana feeling. 
Today is also the start of my town’s biggest shrine festival. Sadly, tonight I’m performing (hula… in northern hokkaido… one of life’s mysteries) so I won’t be able to dive in until tomorrow. Still, I plan on celebrating with a greasy festival “American Dog” and listening to America’s my queen Lana.

Happy birthday America! I might give my country a lot of shit (playfully), but I am still a sap for anything with that nostalgic Americana feeling. 

Today is also the start of my town’s biggest shrine festival. Sadly, tonight I’m performing (hula… in northern hokkaido… one of life’s mysteries) so I won’t be able to dive in until tomorrow. Still, I plan on celebrating with a greasy festival “American Dog” and listening to America’s my queen Lana.

30th June, 2014

Just some life updates, because I am alive.
- summer has finally come to northern Hokkaido, and it’s so. beautiful. I mean seriously, I get choked up just walking to work. I walked across town the other day because I wanted to go to a convenience store and just… couldn’t stop.
- hot, sunny days, beautiful warm nights, lots of little festivals, I’m dying. The above shrine festival was in an area I stopped going to a few years ago. I got a little emotional when the kids came up to say they remembered me. They were junior high school students now! my babies.
- Dai is doing great. He was pretty much living the World Cup 24/7, to which I said, “So do they do the World Cup every year?” and he instantly regretted ever meeting me.
- I get the keys to my new place next week. Packing is happening slowly… slowly… very slowly. I just don’t want to do it. I have collected so much junk in these 5 years, picking through it is just embarrassing. And since I’m not leaving town, my successor ALT will be able to find me if I leave any crap there………………
- Life is busy and all I do in my free time is sleep and play video games, so now you know everything.
In summation: everyone is alive, well, hot, lame. Just some life updates, because I am alive.
- summer has finally come to northern Hokkaido, and it’s so. beautiful. I mean seriously, I get choked up just walking to work. I walked across town the other day because I wanted to go to a convenience store and just… couldn’t stop.
- hot, sunny days, beautiful warm nights, lots of little festivals, I’m dying. The above shrine festival was in an area I stopped going to a few years ago. I got a little emotional when the kids came up to say they remembered me. They were junior high school students now! my babies.
- Dai is doing great. He was pretty much living the World Cup 24/7, to which I said, “So do they do the World Cup every year?” and he instantly regretted ever meeting me.
- I get the keys to my new place next week. Packing is happening slowly… slowly… very slowly. I just don’t want to do it. I have collected so much junk in these 5 years, picking through it is just embarrassing. And since I’m not leaving town, my successor ALT will be able to find me if I leave any crap there………………
- Life is busy and all I do in my free time is sleep and play video games, so now you know everything.
In summation: everyone is alive, well, hot, lame. Just some life updates, because I am alive.
- summer has finally come to northern Hokkaido, and it’s so. beautiful. I mean seriously, I get choked up just walking to work. I walked across town the other day because I wanted to go to a convenience store and just… couldn’t stop.
- hot, sunny days, beautiful warm nights, lots of little festivals, I’m dying. The above shrine festival was in an area I stopped going to a few years ago. I got a little emotional when the kids came up to say they remembered me. They were junior high school students now! my babies.
- Dai is doing great. He was pretty much living the World Cup 24/7, to which I said, “So do they do the World Cup every year?” and he instantly regretted ever meeting me.
- I get the keys to my new place next week. Packing is happening slowly… slowly… very slowly. I just don’t want to do it. I have collected so much junk in these 5 years, picking through it is just embarrassing. And since I’m not leaving town, my successor ALT will be able to find me if I leave any crap there………………
- Life is busy and all I do in my free time is sleep and play video games, so now you know everything.
In summation: everyone is alive, well, hot, lame.

Just some life updates, because I am alive.

- summer has finally come to northern Hokkaido, and it’s so. beautiful. I mean seriously, I get choked up just walking to work. I walked across town the other day because I wanted to go to a convenience store and just… couldn’t stop.

- hot, sunny days, beautiful warm nights, lots of little festivals, I’m dying. The above shrine festival was in an area I stopped going to a few years ago. I got a little emotional when the kids came up to say they remembered me. They were junior high school students now! my babies.

- Dai is doing great. He was pretty much living the World Cup 24/7, to which I said, “So do they do the World Cup every year?” and he instantly regretted ever meeting me.

- I get the keys to my new place next week. Packing is happening slowly… slowly… very slowly. I just don’t want to do it. I have collected so much junk in these 5 years, picking through it is just embarrassing. And since I’m not leaving town, my successor ALT will be able to find me if I leave any crap there………………

- Life is busy and all I do in my free time is sleep and play video games, so now you know everything.

In summation: everyone is alive, well, hot, lame.