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Random List of Things About Myself

Hi there!

First up, some resources:
My fanfic masterpost is here, and my TV review masterpost is here. I also have a list of some of my favourite fanfics here, though the list is not very updated.

Also, check out my crafts shop here.

Add me if:
You want to read my random updates.
You want to read random translations of random Arashi related stuff.
You are trying to learn Japanese, and would like to read the random Japanese vocabularies that I post.

I won't add back unless we've chatted before or something.

Anyway... Here's the random list of things about myself, last updated on 29th Jan 2015. Anchors away!


[Open the pandora box?]
I'm a crazy/weird person who just so happens to be a girl (I dress and think more like a boy most of the time so yeah) and an Arashi fan.

I'm from Singapore and I'm Chinese so... yeah I speak mandarin and it helps me understand some kanji.

I use twitter - feel free to follow darkillertg. I have tumblr, though I don't use it much. It's mainly just crossposts from my instagram. I just started using weibo. Add me if you want. I mostly post photos (same ones as instagram!), and say randm stuff in Chinese/Japanese. So far I've not posted anything there in English though.

I go by the alias darkiller online most of the time... otherwise its coolohoh or chemanic. Chemanic is the name of my very 1st character in maplestory, and the nickname chem stuck with me ever since (doesn’t help that I named all the rest of the characters ChemXXX).

I love playing games and doing what seems to be rather useless/pointless stuff. Games I play/played include MapleStory (MapleSEA, and KMS), dragon saga, pokemon etc. I also used to play on kongregate - userid coolohoh - add me if you play there too. Currently not playing on Maple and Kongregate due to work and Arashi. Whatever time during weekends/after work when I'm not KO-ed on my bed, I'm busy trying to catch up on watching Arashi shows, or translate stuff etc.

Apart from Arashi... there's no other singer/band that I'm such an avid fan of. I know the names of some singers and I know (maybe even love) probably a few of their songs but that's it. I most likely don't even know how they look like so... you can't count that as being a fan right? I do like a lot of other songs besides arashi, its just that... yeah i dont follow any band/singer.

I listen to (English) POP songs, JPOP (mainly Arashi), Chinese songs, Classical music... and a few other extras. Recently I'm loving songs by ONE OK ROCK and SEKAI NO OWARI.

I'm a science person. Logical, rational... Finished my biological sciences degree now and I'm working as a researcher.. I depend on logical reasoning, and even my instincts... but I hardly 'feel' anything. You can say that in real life I'm not an easily moved/touched person. I would even say that I'm (a bit? a lot?) cold hearted at times.

Related to my Chemanic statement earlier: Chemistry was my 1st love. It was the science that I loved the most in Secondary school... but later on in Junior College somehow I felt that my math was too horrid to survive me through a Uni chem course, so I picked my 2nd love - biology. Math was my no. 1 weakness... really weird for a science person no? I enjoy reading about all the sciences, but that doesn’t mean I'm good in all of them - I don't mind reading about physics stuff though I don't understand everything of quantum mechanics... (and well not TOO deeply into each of the subjects either, I'd just get lost and fall asleep) those long and complicated equations in particular... I wont even ATTEMPT to figure them out. I still like chemistry a lot though - organic chemistry in particular. Not really good at it but I just enjoy the subject. So basically I enjoy a mix of chem and bio...

I have a bad memory. Or rather, a memory that works differently. I can remember details of things that took place, things that interest me... place even... but nothing of what is needed in exams. I can remember the details of all the extra stuff (i.e. not tested in exams) that my bio teacher said in class (years ago), but I can't remember drugs and their effects to save my ass during my pharamco exam. I can remember places that I've been to, I can remember details of conversations/outings with my friends which everyone else at the outing have forgotten... I can remember what comes next in a movie... but memorize stuff for an exam? You kidding me? Hello I can't even remember my times table properly... (I remember a few, and then add etc to get what I want... or something. Now I've done the multiplications enough times for the numbers to be familiar in my head, but sometimes I'll still need to confirm. E.g.: 6 x 7 =? I remember 6 x 6 = 36 cos 3, 6, 9 are my favorite numbers... than 36 + 6 = 42... tada! answer!)

I'm weird. Some times I wonder if i have split personalities or something. I can adapt myself to 'feel' and think different in different circumstances. I also think differently from what other's normally think...

(In view of the above two points) Arashi taught me how to feel (or at least, express my feelings). The showed me how to laugh again. Along my journey growing up I've had a fair share of getting bullied... and added to the fact that I'm kind of a loner and how I think different in the 1st place, I tossed aside this thing called 'feeling' long ago. I've always suppressed my emotions. I don't know how much has changed now, but at least when I'm watching Arashi I enjoy myself and feel alive.

It seems to me that I'm a slow thinker. I'd consider and debate issues in my head for quite some time. Ok, slow thinker isn't the right phrase to use... it should be that I take longer to respond to things. Like if you ask me about some problem that I've never encountered before, I'll think and consider things carefully before giving an answer.

I can't spell! Thank goodness for spell check...

I procrastinate. A LOT. *looks at my pile of half written fanfics*

I'm a quiet person. Online though, I type a lot... so it's almost as if I've become a totally different person.

I'm very long winded - I think you found this out already.

Hmm if you've got this far, thank you for sticking with me. In short I: like science, like to play games, and like Arashi.

I have two other blogs as well... this one is dedicated to gaming stuff (though now I'm gaming lesser and lesser), and this one is for everything else. Except Arashi. That's what this LJ is mostly for. My random rumblings about Arashi and (occasionally) some other random stuff. EDIT: Currently I'm using LJ and pretty much LJ only. The other two blogs are mostly dead though I've vowed to myself that I ought to revive them. Everything goes onto my LJ now...

I'd love to add friends on LJ, especially Arashi friends. Leave a comment here or send me a PM and I'd love to add you back! Just something, anything will do. E.g. How did you actually come across my LJ or why you want to add me, just curious ya know? Since I'm just a random kid trying to... Ok. I don't even know what I'm trying to do. Oh wait... yes. I'm just trying to spread the Arashi love. I took so much from the community - translations, scans, photos, DVD rips, CD rips, show uploads... I just wish to do my little part to spread the Arashi love, hence the reason for my TV reviews and fanfics. Just yesterday I've finally made up my mind to help the subbing community, and hopefully from now on I'll do transcripts for subs on a regular basis.

Currently I'm am working. I've got my degree in biological sciences and am now doing research at an institute in my uni. So far so good, the people and nice and friendly, I'm doing science and learning stuff, work hours are pretty slack... I get to muck around with expensive, really expensive equipment like the TEM (my sis was like 'OMG this is the stuff you only see in textbooks')... Its been six months working here now and I'm happy. I messed up my uni grades pretty badly, so hopefully with some job experience under my belt I'll be able to enroll in a PhD program in the future... yup. That's my goal right now. Learn as much as possible at work, maybe get some kind of recognition like a paper or something if possible, and get my PhD. You need a PhD to move up the science ladder, and I WANT a PhD. Yeah, if only I'd realized that a little sooner and stopped fooling around during my undergrad so I can get slightly better grades and be able to enroll in a PhD program directly but... oh wells. I'll just have to take the longer route. I'm sure I'll get there someday :)

I have also started doing radio broadcasts on mixlr. Please join me during my live broadcasts if the timings suit you (I'm mainly broadcasting on Mondays, 10 pm to 1am JST), otherwise you can listen to a recording of my broadcasts on my mixlr showreel. It'll be great if you can join us live though! You can chat with other Arashi fans, request for songs, and join in our random talk :). You can follow me on mixlr, so you'll get an email notification when I start my broadcasts! I've met many lovely Arashi fans on the broadcast, so I'm glad I started doing it!

Cleared the JLPT N4 and N3. Missed the sign up deadline for last December's. My friend was encouraging me to take the N1 right away... dunnoe... *shrugs*

How did I get into all these Arashi fandom related activities?
I started off writing fanfics because... I'm a science person. I would say that I'm good at doing scientific writing. But scientific writing is scientific writing. Sentences are kept short, and concise. No bombastic words or flowery language. And you get to the point. You don't beat around the bush. And I'm good at that. I guess you can probably still see a lot of the influence in my fiction as well. You can say that it's part of my writing style already? So yeah, I started writing fics because I don't want to just be a good scientific writer. I'd like to write other stuff too. Like fiction. And so I did. I can't say that I'm the best writer, but I'm starting to 'loosen' my style in fiction writing now. No you know... sticking to having short sentences and only 1 idea per sentence sort of thing as you see in science. And I do love it when I have random, fun ideas to write about. At times like these is when writing is most enjoyable.

As for TV reviews, I started out when I saw the arashi_bangumi advert on arashi_on. I got an app called Marsedit and it handles all the screenshot uploading so I thought, hey, why not give it a try? And it just went on from there. And as I did reviews, more and more people asked me (some even in a very accusing tone :( ) to do subs. And I have always refused... eventually though, I liked the idea of doing subs more and more, and it helps that I do actually have a few hours free in the evenings (if I don't waste it playing on my phone) that I could do some transcripts with. It also helps that I've been doing so many reviews and I actually do transcribe quite a lot of their talk already. And it just goes on, like a natural progression kind of thing. First reviews. Then subs. Then translations...


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Just posting because I don't want my LJ account deleted yet. Find me on DW if there's anything...

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Announcement: Moving to DW

This is it. I think this will be my last post on my LJ personal blog. My last post of substance anyway. After hearing about a friend who got her LJ account suddenly suspended for no reason.... I'm worried. Really worried. I have no idea if this is the start of a mass deletion, or just a mistake... Cos honestly I can think of no idea why her account would be suspended. She's not even a fanfic writer so???

And since I have all my posts imported to LJ already in anycase...

It really makes no difference to me if I stop crossposting to LJ.

If you would like to continue reading my random rants, then please come to subscribe to my DW blog. Yes, same username. Posts that would have been public on LJ will still be public on DW. If I find the post a little too sensitive, then I'll friend lock it as I did on LJ. If you are dying to read my friend locked posts... Then I'm afraid you'll have to let me get to know you... Comment on my public posts for a while, then request access. If you know me from elsewhere, then please send me a PM or something and let me know where we met and I'll grant you access.

For the most part, my posts are public anyway, so there isn't that much that you're missing out.

No, I'm not going to delete my LJ. There are still LJ comms to access... And well it has a lot of sentimental value to me, and I'm a very sentimental person.

I'm still hoping that more comms will join in the move to DW. Everyone of you reading this post, do me a favor: Ask your favourite LJ comm if they are moving to DW and encourage them to do so. I've asked a few comms, but the more people who ask, the better it is and the higher the chances of communities moving.

Ok, on second thoughts, I might still use my personal blog to encourage people to move to DW... Then again, how many people actually read my personal LJ? That's something that I'd really like to know... So many silent readers....

So yes, please move to DW, at least create a backup on DW. It's really easy to import your entries to DW after all.... Check out my guide here. And get your friends and favourite communities to move too! We need everyone to move together for this to work!

Yeah. What else did I want to say? Oh yes....

Here are some communities you can join on DW. Yes, it's all self promotion. Partly because there aren't that many comms on DW yet, and partly because not everyone lets you share their comm/site openly so to stay on the safe side and not break any rules... :P

For a DW counterpart to arashi-on or a-ra-shi, we have [community profile] arashi_off .


For a arashrabu counterpart (i.e. fanfic advertisements), we have [community profile] arashics .

I've already moved my arashi bangumi review comm to DW over at [community profile] arashi_bangumi .

Also, [community profile] storm_freaks  @DW is up and running, but we can't keep track of two places at once so game and points still run on LJ till 30 June 2017.

Finally, my personal fic comm [community profile] nutty_arashi  (well together with J and octavia) has been backed up and all to DW already, layout looks nice too... But because I've been lazy, the masterposts have not been updated yet. Otherwise everything else is done... (Ok, the masterpost is like 99% of the work so...)

Yup... That's all I guess. See you at Dreamwidth! 

This entry was originally posted at http://coolohoh.dreamwidth.org/210465.html. Please comment there using OpenID.

Take a deep breath...

Cos the morning/noon rush is finally over.

Woke up rather late this morning... 10:30am, or almost 11? So I stumbled out of bed and went right to my computer... For some reason I didn't start playing games and stuff on my phone in bed... Maybe cos it was late enough already and I'd laid in bed for long enough.

And the first thing I saw? A link to some news about Are You Happy DVD in Japanese... There was something about Japonism Arena too and I was like, what? They released both at the same time? Crap I don't have enough $$$ left???

Turns out that Japonism came with the LE of AYH DVD. So I ordered the LE in blu-ray... and since I'm broke I'll have to wait for my pay to come before I can order the RE in DVD - since the bonus content is the same in DVD for both versions...

So yeah... Then I scrambled to put together my Nihongo Manabu post. My second post in two days thanks to Arashi news... Haven't done a review for that site in like three weeks >< 

Then after putting a basic post together... It was time to pimp the links on FB and stuff... After that I opted to have some lunch before continuing to add information to the post... Then I made the news post to [community profile] storm_freaks ... Together with the jweb updates... And finally I processed some membership applications for SF - both on LJ and DW. And now... I'm done. Kinda. Still have to add more pre-order links to the NM post. But yeah... What a crazy, hectic morning.


The DVD. It's crazy. The sort of bonus it comes with. The LE is basically like... Buy one concert, get one concert free. Only that it's definitely NOT free because the LE is way more expensive than the RE. And the RE? Comes with documentary of the AYH concert... From the time when they were still conceptualizing the concert right till the very end. I heard they filmed rehearsals and all too. GOSH. Rehearsals! Precious precious footage. Must have it... Yes... Need to wait for my pay to come cos I'm broke. Gosh.... I'm totally forced to buy both versions this time... It'll be the first time I'm buying both editions....

Sigh. Second and last week left of my vacation... 

That's all for now I guess...  This entry was originally posted at http://coolohoh.dreamwidth.org/210395.html. Please comment there using OpenID.

2 down, 2 to go

[community profile] storm_freaks  is now open for sign ups!

So that's two comms that are officially open on DW. 

Two more to go... *takes a deep breath*

Next up I'll be looking at the layout and then masterpost on nutty_arashi. And then being busy with the membership stuff for SF.



In other news. Spent last night and this morning binge watching 99.9 and $%!)&%)!&$)! I LOVE IT SO MUCH. It's not that I wasn't willing to watch it last time ok? It's just purely lack of time. I couldn't resist it anymore after watching all the osama no brunch episodes... Esp when they introduce the part about Miyama being arrested. I was like FUCK I NEED TO WATCH IT NOW. And so I did.

It was... Perfect.

Detective work.

Solid script/story.

Great cast.

With the right amount of humor...

Every one of the cast members brought their character to life... And literally gave it character. Whether it's the proud and quirky Miyama, or the equally proud rival Sada... Or the hilarious Akashi...

Love it. Finally there's a Jun drama that I absolutely love.

Even better than kagi heya? Possibly so. You have to give it up to Jun, that guy is a classy actor. And hurrah for him playing in a non-romantic drama for once? (Ok there was Lukcy 7, but it was only so so IMO.)

The kind of crazy/eccentric character that's Miyama... Arghs I just love it. And so adorable too. Despite his attitude and everything he's such an adorable, loveable character. Arghs. Love it.


So...

Half of my staycation is over. And all I've really done is... Watch some arashi shows (ok, at least I finished a drama series. That's a big accomplishment IMO.) And move two communities over to DW. Have not played with my 3D pen yet... And then there's still my personal DW to set up --> the layouts and making a new sticky post...

*sigh*

Alright... That's all for Today's post I guess....  This entry was originally posted at http://coolohoh.dreamwidth.org/209915.html. Please comment there using OpenID.

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Guess who's popular?

I opened up my email to see this from LJ.

 

All I've been doing is advertise my DW guide. Not the livejournal one. That was just a crosspost. (Heck I've not even been to check my LJ post till now) 

That, together with this post... I guess it speaks for itself, the numbers that are leaving LJ. If you are in the 'I won't leave LJ until it dies' camp... Well LJ probably won't 'die' or close down. But it could well end up being rather dead with the hordes that are moving to DW?

Update: Oh! No. 4 now, and apparently that's after it dropped in ranking...



Are you panicking now LJ? :P This entry was originally posted at http://coolohoh.dreamwidth.org/209591.html. Please comment there using OpenID.

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Getting Started on DW

Getting Started on DW
- The LJ users' Guide

Hi all! So you're moving in to Dreamwidth? Hurray! Here's a basic guide to get you started!


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That's all for now!

If there's anything that you strongly feel should be included in this guide, or if there's anything I missed out, let me know in the comments below!

This entry was originally posted at http://coolohoh.dreamwidth.org/209403.html. Please comment there using OpenID.

Things I need to do on DW

- Finish updating [community profile] arashi_bangumi masterpost
- Update [community profile] nutty_arashi  masterposts
- Do layouts for [community profile] nutty_arashi  etc, then open it
- Figure out how to removed the forced small letters for arashi bangumi post titles. Also by the same regard how to remove forced ALL CAPS for arashics... I probably have to write my own custom CSS... Let's see if I remember how to do it...
- Make a new intro post for my own blog. I guess I should start over? My old intro was written years ago and many things don't hold true anymore. For instance, I no longer play maplestory.
- Figure out how to handle the moving of SF to DW properly
- Oh... Making some guides on how to move to DW... Though it feels like a visual guide isn't exactly needed anymore since so many people have moved already but still...
- Finally move that last comm of mine over...
- Oh no... then I have to do the layout for my own blog too? 

Man. DW is gonna keep me sooo busy. Crazy.

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Woots!

Ok. Bad journal title... Not the first but yeah.

So... I have to first thank [personal profile] mmestrange  for helping me find all the links to fix my masterpost. I was absolutely speechless this morning when I opened my DW inbox. Thank you!

In spite of that... After the whole morning (then again, I woke up rather late), I'm only done with half of arashi_bangumi's masterpost. Opps.  Oh wells. I'll continue tackling it later/tmr.

In any case... I HAVE CLOTHES.

Went out for lunch with my family and after that the topic naturally turned to clothes shopping. Since I have no idea what the dress code at my new place is... (HR just said, wear pants and blouse on the first day and see what everyone is wearing, cos each place is different...)

So... I am forced to buy a few blouses and pants in case T-shirts and jeans are not allowed. Considering that I only had like 1 blouse in my entire wardrobe. Ok maybe I can still fit into that blouse that I bought in PH last year. *maybe*

So now I have 3 new blouses, and 1 new pair of pants. I think I'm good for at least the first week. Maybe one or two more blouses would be good, then I'm set. I wonder what the dress code is like though... :X

And so my two weeks of holiday starts... With this move to DW... It seems like I barely have time anymore. DW stuff... Making stuff with my 3D pen, setting up a new 3D pen related blog and youtube channel... Watching Arashi shows -- hoping to catch up with a few months worth of shows these two weeks... Oh and [personal profile] viereedom  is coming to SG next Tues and Wedn and I've volunteered to bring her around (just remember, I'm going bankrupt vivi :X)

That... And I have to adjust my sleeping pattern. I have to wake up at 7am the latest for my new job... So I gotta get used to sleeping and waking up earlier. No more 2am or 3am bedtime for me... :X

Whee. I should be happy that I'm out of that hellhole. But I'm not feeling that sense of relief yet. I guess it won't actually sink in till when I hand in my card at the HR and wake away from that building for the very last time.

And then I'll only feel the excitement of doing science once more when I actually start doing experiments at my new place. I hope that things there are good. That at least my supervisors aren't mean, that at least my hardwork will be acknowledged, that at least all that things I do won't go to waste.

In the past week... So many PhD students came to moan the fact that I'm leaving... Because there is absolutely no one left to do bio related work. Or to teach them. And the A. Prof obviously doesn't care. Doesn't even know all the people I've taught, all the experiments I taught them... Countless really. I sent her the last of my experimental results on Fri morning. Didn't even hear back from her. Like just. Nothing. With her you don't even know what she's thinking. Sometimes she plain doesn't care, other times she seems to keep pressing you, bugging you... As if it's really urgent... As if she really cares... And you really have no idea what's in her mind. She sends a very jarring, angry email reply back, but when you talk with her she doesn't seem the slightest bit angry/upset. So she told me I should take up a more 'leadership role', but after that it was never ever mentioned again. Didn't even mention how I am expected to perform more... It was as if the conversation never happened. And my resignation thing...? She didn't even bother accepting it on the system. Just let it sit there for 5 working days and have the system auto forward it to the relevant people. Like what the heck? We even talked about it, discussed with her my end date, and I gave her a physical copy for my resignation letter. But she just let it rot in the system. Responsible much? Then again, considering how she thinks it's acceptable to divulge the private information of my friend to me, intruding onto others' privacy... Pfft. I'm glad I'm out of that shitty place. All that could be there is to be a slave to others and nothing more. Oh you AP who takes me for granted. Goodbye. Have fun finding someone to teach you PhD students how to do qPCR, or better still, make a qPCR standard. Lol. And have fun watching them spend months to troubleshoot and get a decent RNA extraction done. Oh and confocal? Now who's going to do all the confocal work? Only two PhD students left in the whole institute who can operate the confocal. Enjoy guys and gals. Have fun lol. Goodbye.

All the noob kids and babies... Some don't want to do bio related stuff but you forced them to anyway. Then you don't want to hire any bio staff to teach them Yay. Win win. Moving away from biology instead. Ok sure... But isn't that the future of things, where all the high ranking papers are gonna come from? Whatever you and the director are thinking. I don't care. I'm not interested in that field. Never was. And now I've found a place that'll accept me back into the world of medical biology. Hurrah. Couldn't have been happier. I'm back. Back in the game. Where I'll actually be doing useful research, research that makes a difference. Not just harping on a bacteria that nobody really finds it interesting, trying to do basic science when erm we have neither the equipment nor the expertise... Nope. I'll actually be doing proper experiments. Experiments where I know the results do matter. Not something that's full of unknowns because the culture is so unpure. 

Working directly with patient samples. Gosh. Something that I've been wanting to do for ages.

I wonder if there'll be cell culture. 

Lol.

Man. I still love it. Doing cell culture. Speaking of which... IDK why but my workplace has some cell culture flasks, and the PhD students were like, what's that? Lol. They were commenting about how it's a good vessel for condiments. LOL. Basically they are totally clueless when it comes to biology. They don't even know how a PCR works. The various sets like denaturation, annealing, elongation... Nope, they have absolutely no clue. Sigh. It's like, secondary school stuff you know... But they just aren't bio people... Sigh.

Looking forward to my new job. But also to my short vacation. Staycation, whatever. I have a ton of work to do at home. Starting with all these DW stuff. I see [community profile] arashi_off  already has over 200 members, and [community profile] arashics  has almost a hundred. Still have yet to make the announcement on SF and the rest of my comms. Well, the DW counterparts aren't ready yet... Still got a lot of work to do on them...

But it seems like a lot of people are moving over! And like a snowball going downhill, more and more people will move over for sure! This is great. Quite a few comms have announced their move to DW, and out of all my comms, only 1 has made the announcement... Three more to come. Hoping to see DW Arashi fandom blossom like in LJ. 

Alright. Enough for this entry... Guess I'll go do some other stuff... There's a ton of offline and online stuff to do... I'm BUSY man.

Still crossposting to LJ for now... But maybe someday I'll decide to cut LJ off. For sure, I'm not going to crosspost for my comms (well besides SF?). But not RNA. Arashi_bangumi I've already cut off posting on LJ...

Yeah. Come move to DW everyone! 

I need volunteers!

Ok. I didn't realise how much 'work' involves importing a comm to DW until now. While everything is automatic... There's one thing that's not... --> Updating the masterpost to point to DW links instead of the LJ ones. And I have to do it for nutty-arashi, arashi-bangumi.... my unnamed subbing comm.... 

I'll probably start updating the links for arashi-bangumi first... since that's less work than nutty-arashi... But if there's any kind soul willing to help... That would make me really really grateful! 

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