for a while there it was so well done

Tabimatsu: Tokushima Story 2

EP 002: Uzumaki to Ore / 渦巻きと俺
EP 002: The Whirlpool and I

yo yo you know what’s great? I actually unlocked ehime story 2, this one, and hiroshima story 2 all in a row (yes, in that order, and yes, I remembered said order). on the same day. within a couple of hours within each other. yeah. needless to say, my thirst for the 245 trio was quenched that day ;w;

and listen I told you guys this one was coming sooner or later. y’all were getting so happy about iro getting along in tabimatsu and I told you that I was going to end up posting one where uh… that wasn’t necessarily the case. I actually have tons of other skit translations done that involve kara being much more fortunate (not only at the hands of ichi, but the rest of the brothers as well), but I figured that it’s probably best to save those for later while I get a handful of the “kara maltreatment” ones out of the way. just so then those can wash away the bad taste that ones like these might leave for some of you.

this one involves whirlpools. it’s possible that you guys might kind of figure out where this one’s headed before it actually happens.

T/N: In this skit, Karamatsu, Ichimatsu, and Jyushimatsu are at the Naruto Whirlpools, located in the Naruto Strait! And hey, you know what “whirlpool” is in Japanese? “Uzumaki.” Naruto Uzumaki. You know, the main character of Naruto? I mean, I never watched that show, so idk if this is common knowledge amongst its fans, but wow. Learning that Naruto Uzumaki’s name was an allusion to an actual location in Japan was…something else. 

Karamatsu: A large whirlpool born from the waters. The darkness born from the thunderous roar and sea spray is looking to suck us in through its large hole that will take us to a completely different dimension.

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Remote Work & Digital Nomad: Wrap-Up of Year One

My first year of full-time remote work while living abroad is coming to a close!

Besides exploring some new countries, I thought I would share some of the good & bad experiences about the “digital nomad” lifestyle, as well as working remotely.

So some of the boring stuff is I don’t work a traditional “digital nomad” [God, doesn’t the term just sound pretentious?], which are usually IT support staff & SEO marketing positions because they are easily done remotely. I work for an international cloud-based firm, which essentially means we don’t have designated offices. We do have a “headquarters” office in Chicago, which is where I worked before going remote. I do all the communication coordinating between the international branches & I also do the business management “stuff” just so I don’t have to go into too much detail.

It was not difficult for my to transition to full-time remote, but it also wasn’t an overnight venture.

  • I worked for the company for 1.5 years before becoming full-time remote.
  • I hope this doesn’t come off as a humble brag, but it’s important to become invaluable to a company if you want to ultimately make such a big demand of a company. I did some really shit work, I put in some really shit hours, and I still do it occasionally to remind my company how hard I work & I am a valuable asset to my team. I also got a long pretty well with my bosses & co-workers, which is something that’s underrated. It’s easy to just ignore workplace drama if you remember it’s not your job to re-educate ignorant co-workers, like my boss can be pretty sexist & I mastered the resting bitch face glare on the few occasions he directly said something to me. My friends in Chicago used to give me shit about all the work I did, but I did ultimately end up with what I wanted in the end.
  • It’s easier to transition from part-time remote to full-time. I have always enjoyed working remotely even before transitioning to full-time, mostly because I find traditional offices exhausting & paying for the commute to an office of an international firm where clients would literally never come was completely ridiculous in my opinion. Instead of taking a financial pay raise, I asked for 2 days remote work after my first year & they were more than happy to do that. Since I proved I had a track record of being reliable & working well from home, it wasn’t difficult to keep asking for more instead of financial incentives.
  • It’s easier to ask small firms than larger firms for this type of remote work. Larger firms can easily replace you because they have the resources to do it, where it is a financial & resource drain to replace a good worker for a smaller firm.
  • If you know you want to be a digital nomad no matter what, have a backup plan. I was prepared for my firm to deny me full-time remote work, I also had a healthy savings account to quit if needed & support myself by living humbly abroad for a year or two. It was as easy as going to pub & eating takeout less, I didn’t have to make any huge life changes like move to smaller apartment. If you go abroad, you will be surprised how many other digital nomads & small business owners you will meet so there are plenty of future work opportunities if you have the right skill set.

The Good:

I feel like I mostly have written about negative issues this year & I had a temporary depression bout for a few months around May, but this year has been pretty awesome despite everything. I have seen new countries, I met some awesome people & I have done some “cool shit”. I also got myself out of the awful office & career rut I was feeling when I was still in Chicago.

  • Life Goal Setting. I initially became a remote worker just so I could explore, breakup the routine that was giving me the quarter-life crisis blues in Chicago. My new lifestyle helped me realize a type of business I want to start & I also want to buy several small properties abroad where I can bounce between instead of investing in a stand-alone family home in a single place.
  • Self-Acceptance. There were a lot of things I didn’t really acknowledge about myself, but I learned to take a lot of pride in myself over the past year. One of the biggest examples is being Jewish, it’s never been a huge part of my life & the religion definitely still not important to me. However, I have seen a lot adversity faced by Jews  in a few western European countries & it’s made me proud of who I am ethnically. It also motivated me to get involved in some Holocaust survivor charities that need Yiddish translators like me & it also motivated me to volunteer with a refugee program in my area because the adversity made me more conscious of other people facing similar issues.
  • Exploring & Loving the Unknown. I am a very orderly & organized person so this year has really pushed me out of my comfort zone despite being a seasoned traveler. It’s interesting what you will learn about yourself once your pushed into unexplored parts of who you are as a person. There are even so many smaller things, like I completely fell in love with eastern Europe this year: Bosnia, Ukraine, Slovenia, Czech Republic. I could easily live multiple years in any of these countries & love my life, which was also surprising when I found myself falling out of love with countries I admired when I was younger like France & Greece.
  • Learning New Skills. I am honestly not a tech savvy person, I am a bit like Jeremy Clarkson & his hammer when it comes to technology. I always thought IT was important, but I never thought to build my own skills until I went abroad. However, I have had to be by own technical staff & learn some moderate level IT skills to manage my own work space so I am actually pretty proud of this about myself.

The Bad:

  • Language. I consider myself decently well spoken, I speak 3 western European languages fluently & I have “grocery store” level skills of about 2 others. I still have had a hard time in other countries, which falls into different categories. It can be hard to make friends with the people that actually live in the area, practical things like doctor appointments are difficult & there is a particular country I had a rough time in because many locals were giving me shit about my poor pronunciation / didn’t want to deal with a foreigner.
  • Communication. This is very different than speaking the correct language, it’s being able to common irate effectively in your own language. This is more so an issue I deal with in regards to co-workers since I am still a manager, but I have to keep my department motivated to work while I am not snooping over their shoulder & also get them to invest in each other as people. Communication is also about disclosing your faults to build relationship, building trust with other people so they will honestly disclose work issues with me & willing to work with me to solve problems, I also have to find activities we can do together over the web so everything is not just work monotonous. It’s not impossible, again it’s just something that takes more work. I have to invest a lot of time in skyping & phone calls with my department, I cannot just take a co-worker out to a pub to treat them anymore so I have to actually find out more about them as people & plan little activities for us to do online based upon their preferences that I may totally not care about at all coughFuckBasketballcough.
  • Time Zones. I live in CEST time zone, but I have to be available to EST / CST time zones in the US so I work from roughly 1pm - 11pm CEST. I actually like my schedule because I can easily go hiking in the morning then start work around lunch time, I can also take my laptop to a pub & finish up work there before closing my computer to enjoy a night out. However, I have lived in countries where my lifestyle isn’t compatible with local hours. Austria was really hard for me because everything closed around 6-7pm during the week, about 70% of things were closed on Saturdays & 95% of things were closed on Sundays; it’s a similar problem I found in other conservative Catholic countries.
  • Visas, Taxes & Adulting Stuff. Again, living while working abroad isn’t a holiday. You have to comply with your residency & your homeland’s laws. It is not something that should be scary, but it’s research that shouldn’t be taken lightly & it’s not free. I do travel slower because I have to abide by certain immigration laws so I only move every 3 or 4 months. I also have to pay taxes to my state, my country & sometimes my host country depending how long I am there; though I haven’t paid more than I did when I physically lived in Chicago. I also have to pay for a special expat health insurance that will cover me in a large area of the world since I do travel a lot, but it costs me under $500 USD per year for a very extensive policy & much more affordable than what I paid for monthly insurance in the US. I know many European digital nomads that just travel around Schengen or EU free travel zone so they don’t have to deal with this, but I always thought that to be a bit boring to stay so close to home.

The Ugly:

  • Internet Connectivity. This has been one of my biggest struggles, even in developed world countries like Italy. There are 2 completely different issues I regularly have:
    • AirBNB advertised as having wifi does not have stable wifi, people also tend to rate AirBNB better than what they actually are so rarely you know about issues until you arrive. I have probably had about a dozen mental breakdowns this year because my internet went out during a work project & I ended up wandering the streets of a city I didn’t know trying to find a cafe with internet. I have spent at least 9 hours at pubs or cafes before because I didn’t have a choice for work.
    • You need to invest in a good technology because connectivity issues are real, which also forced me to purchase a Macbook that I absolutely hate & I constantly have to babysit the damn thing so it doesn’t get stolen or damaged while traveling. I am a Chromebook loyalist, but they do not connect to 802.11ac routers a.k.a. My laptop was useless in Italy.
  • Social Isolation. I work different hours that most people in the area so that’s an initial barrier to making friends. If I do go out before 11pm CEST during the week then I am having to check my phone regularly for work, which is pretty common in American culture though I’ve had some pretty harsh reactions from people in other countries. It’s also difficult deep friendships if you’re moving every few months & it’s not as easy to maintain friendships you already have. Sites like MeetUp & other stranger social events aren’t as common in some areas as well. It’s not impossible to have a great social life abroad, it just takes more effort.

Personal Anecdotes:

These are just some tid-bits that kept me sane & perked me up if I ever found myself getting down over the last year while working remotely.

  • Schedules or Routines. My week days are pretty scheduled & it really helps me make the most of my experiences. I wake up every morning at 7:30am to have coffee, followed by yoga & then I have some activity planned before work whether it’s sight-seeing, hiking, or errands because being a digital nomad doesn’t mean everyday is a holiday. Before I got myself on a schedule, I was so guilty of falling victim to jet lag or sleeping until 10am & not allowing me to do things in my city. It also makes it so much easier to stay in touch with friends & family.
  • Couchsurfing. I know this site gets a bad reputation, I even have distanced myself from after the controversial monetization of the site. However, people join Couchsurfing because they want to hangout or they are really proud of their city so you will get the best recommendations from this site for restaurants, museums, etc. This site has been particularly vital to me in countries where social gatherings or city events aren’t a common thing.
  • Creative Problem Solving. This is more so a practical what to bring / what not to bring, which is not as obvious as it seems & finding creative alternatives for problems you face abroad. I have two really big regrets in regards to items I didn’t pack: My parka that I didn’t think I would need because I knew I’d be living in warm summer climates & American medicine because it is formulated quite differently in other countries / prescriptions are more commonly needed in other countries. So when you’re preparing to move abroad, think outside the box of what you really need on a daily basis that is more than just clothes. I also have had a really hard time finding my clothing / shoe size in western Europe so this is one thing I always know I will stock up on when I visit the US. Another issue I had to get creative on is I have very curly hair, it was difficult finding a salon & hair products in more countries than I anticipated. However, I discovered I just have to go to salons targeted for African Americans & while I initially felt really awkward at first being the only caucasian going into these shops, no one was obviously making me feel awkward except myself so you just have to get over being your own worst enemy in some cases.
  • Minimal Living. I spent two days before I left the US downsizing my entire apartment to just two suitcases, it was super stressful & unnecessary. If I could do it over again, I would slowly downsize my lifestyle & home over the course of a few months instead of all at once. I do find minimal living to be better for myself than how I was living before, it also gave me a lot of perspective on what I actually consider important. I would never suggest that anyone completely forego comfort & allow a few indulgences or you’ll just make your life a different type of miserable.

Enjoying lunch and a latte while I get some work done from a cafe beside my athletic therapists office. I’ve got an appt to get my snow tires on this afternoon so there was no point going home in between.

AT appointment this morning was good, she’s pleased with how well my knee is coming along, figuring it is likely a grade 2 tear, while last week she was concerned it might have been grade 3 (all the way through). I got more exercises to work on, now I’m up to squats (not full range yet) and small step-ups, enough that feels like i could call it a semi-workout. No running yet, or kicking in the pool, but I can start to work the bike up a bit more, to get some strengthening in of the muscles around the knee. I’m walking basically normally, which is good so I’m allowed to walk as much as I want (as long as it stays pain-free). I might start carving out some ‘walk time’ into my schedule that can later become run time.

This anatomy/body stuff is really interesting, getting me thinking about life/career stuff. I’m thinking of taking an online anatomy/physiology course in the new year, partially for personal interest and partially as a prereq should I choose to pull a 180 on my career and head back to school.

tabularacha  asked:

Who is your favourite Emma: Kate Beckinsale, Gwenyth Paltrow, Romola Garai or Alicia Silverstone? P.s keep up the good work, A+ tumblr well done.

(And for fairness I also threw in Joanna Sotomura’s Emma for consideration.)

This is a tough one, because while some are (in my view) great actresses with terrible cast-mates/direction/scripts, others are terrible actresses with great cast-mates/direction/scripts.

So, overall, on-balance, I’m going to have to say Romola Garai’s Emma gave me the most generally untainted enjoyment.

i’ve said it before but narcissa wright is like the perfect case study of how gamers are absolutely not an inclusive group of people.

she was considered one of the best speedrunners around, was pretty instrumental in the development of the ocarina of time speedrun, holding the world record for a like, a really good length of time, as well as having some really good speedruns of other games like super monkey ball and castlevania 64 (i think she held the record for carrie for a good while), she made several appearances at games done quick marathons and was one of the contestants in the nintendo world championship from last year, getting to second place overall and getting a signed 3ds from miyamoto

and then she came out as a trans women and like 90% of her fanbase fucking turned on her so quick, calling her slurs, calling her mentally deranged (and anyone supporting her as “enabling a fantasy”), saying she was a hack and that their excuse for being so horrendous was that she didn’t do speedruns or play games any more, but thats bullshit cause if you take like, the time to actually look even really briefly into it, she seriously fucked up her hands playing competitive smash too much; i’ll say it again: she caused serious damage to her wrist and hand muscles because she was playing games too much.

its so evil what happened to her and to this day people harass her, and make threads on 4chan mocking her, all her videos on her new youtube channel get tons of dislikes and shitty comments no matter what she uploads (she uploads smash stuff on the regular! she’s been playing through twilight princess hd! is that not enough gaming for you), and i just

whenever i see shit about how gamers are ~so inclusive~ and don’t care whether you’re lgbt or whatever cuz you’re a gamer its like…no, and what happened to narcissa is perfect proof of that, as shitty as it is


Jamie “stupid hockey” Benn [1.15.16]


i’ll protect you ‘til the day i meet my maker

  • Keith: *is injured and unconscious*
  • Lance: *cradles him in his arms*
  • Keith: *wake up from coma* well well well how the turn tables...