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01 November 2010 @ 09:27 pm
So, since I didn't really have much better to do than play video games for at least the next couple of weeks (or at least, for a significant portion of the next couple of weeks), I was somewhat tempted to try NaNoWriMo. However, after realizing that actually, I think I'd rather spend time playing video games than writing a bad novel, I've decided to do something different.

So...NaJaStuMo for me. The goal is: study and/or add at least 50,000 Anki cards during November. I'll no doubt periodically post a tally of how many I study distinct from how many I add (which I expect to be somewhere in the 10,000 range at best -- I'm only counting each "fact" once, so even though each vocabulary word I enter adds five cards at the moment, it still only gets counted as one). That means I'll need to study about 1,200 cards a day, which is, uh, rather a high number. I've never maintained more than about 500-600 a day except at full sprint for two or three days before a midterm or something; of course, I spent a fair amount of time studying other things, but that many cards still involves at least a couple hours of concerted mental effort every day. It'll be exhausting.

Well, I suppose it'll be a challenge, at least.

Also, in other news, for the one person who reads this who doesn't know -- we'll be back in America (as in moving) in a couple of weeks, from the 17th of November. I didn't find a (decent) job in Japan, so back we go. I can't decide whether that makes me happy or sad, though -- I don't think I was ready, but honestly, Denver's a way nicer place, and better for me in most ways (physically and financially at least). So, meh.
Dustybigmog on November 1st, 2010 01:55 pm (UTC)
Is there really a National Japanese Study Month or did you just make up NaJaStuMo?

Enjoy your downtime while you can. Working is overrated.
Aifebruaryfour on November 1st, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
Freedom without money is also overrated. ^_^;
Douglas Triggs: bad eggdoubt72 on November 2nd, 2010 07:05 am (UTC)
No, it's totally real! Every American I know who lives in Yoyogi is doing it!
hamanosilencehamanosilence on November 1st, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
I am looking forward to it :)
Studious Doug for a change .. but don't abadon the games ^^ :P
Douglas Triggs: languagedoubt72 on November 2nd, 2010 07:06 am (UTC)
Well, I used to be studious.
Firsaroofshadow on November 1st, 2010 05:51 pm (UTC)
I don't know if that was a reference to me but I am happy to hear I will get a chance to see you and your lovely new wife soon!
Douglas Triggs: sakura 2doubt72 on November 2nd, 2010 07:07 am (UTC)
Maybe? I have no idea who reads this that doesn't already see Ai-chan's blog or FB.
kyleen66kyleen66 on November 1st, 2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
Your comments show you have more than one person that reads your journal.

I may be back in Denver the end of the month (I'm guessing) after my next trip that is the week of the 8th. I'd love to see both you and Ai if it is possible. :-D
Douglas Triggs: taodoubt72 on November 2nd, 2010 07:08 am (UTC)
Well, I meant people who didn't already know from Ai-chan's journal or FB, I knew people read this, but most people (I think) are also there.
....Hitomi wo Tojite....crysaliz on November 2nd, 2010 12:39 am (UTC)
woahh O_O that's heaps....good luck!

How's the packing and stuff going?
Douglas Triggs: sakedoubt72 on November 2nd, 2010 07:09 am (UTC)

Packing's going fine, I guess.
Jenny Rae Rappaporteiriene on November 2nd, 2010 12:58 am (UTC)
It's weird, but I think Tokyo is much nicer to live than where I live in NJ--I am resident in a suburban wasteland and lo, does it suck.
Douglas Triggs: canada goosedoubt72 on November 2nd, 2010 07:12 am (UTC)
Well, there's pretty much zero chance I'd ever end up in NJ.
Allison Steinastein142 on November 2nd, 2010 01:34 am (UTC)
Denver is so much better than some other locales you might have been banished to here stateside. Perhaps we can meet the Mrs. at ConQuesT next May?
Douglas Triggs: matsushimadoubt72 on November 2nd, 2010 07:10 am (UTC)
Well, we'll see. Hard to tell how things will shake out at this point.