This is placeholder text for another post that isn’t very interesting, but is a necessary step on the road back to regular, productive and engaging otaku blogging. Please bear with the noise as we try to regain the signal…

Once again today’s update seems doomed to become more of a personal diatribe (monotribe?) than a news post, and for that I apologize. I haven’t looked at Moon Phase or any of the other usual suspects for over a week. Most of that was due to NWN2’s icy seductive grip, but this weekend became a far busier animal than I was expecting. So much for catching up on lost sleep…

Saturday morning found me rushing off (late) to an appointment in Isesaki to go apartment hunting. After the initial embarassment of finding out it was a far more formal and high-level affair than I was expecting (apparently punctual means “on time” in Japan) with the help of the new boss and a lawyer friend I found a place that looks pretty nice (aside from the NO GAIJIN policy, which the lawyer says he can get around. Oh racism-kun!).

Assuming all goes as planned and my filthy foreigner aura can be sufficiently cleansed I’ll leave my current job on January 12th, complete the moving process over the subsequent weekend and begin at MYSTERY COMPANY on the 15th. It’s good that these details are finally getting settled, though with my track record I’ll probably ignore the move entirely until the 14th and explode in the process of cramming my room into a small cardboard box.

I’m going to make it a priority to get wired at the new place as quickly as possible, but some interruption in the posting will be inevitable… though at this point irregular posts are more the rule than the exception. I’ve been feeling recently like my grip on my otaku identity – as an information broker, someone who constantly strives to be “in the know”, and to communicate the excitement of new things via HD – has been slipping. And I can’t let that happen. Even if it’s crappy posts with no pictures or real information like this one I’m determined to post regularly now… I need to regain that edge at all costs. Who knows, maybe something interesting will come out amidst the incessant drivel of superfluous personal information.

After the apartment escapade on Saturday I went out with my roommate to look for packing supplies for the move. The biggest challenge is probably going to be figures; I’ve managed to keep the vast majority of the packaging material they originally came in, but for moving purposes that’s just so much extra unnecessary bulk – and putting them one by one back into their cases only to take them out again would be an enormous pain in the ass.

My idea is to pack as many as possible into moderately large cardboard boxes, cushioning them with polyester pillow filling, bubble wrap and newspaper and layering them from large at the bottom progressively smaller filling up each box. I don’t have to pack for an intercontinental move, just a 40-minute car trip, so I think this system should work pretty well.

After picking up some boxes and pillows (for the dismembering) I came home and installed Sengoku Rance. Without a perfect grasp of the Japanese involved in executing various commands it has a bit of a steep learning curve, but after a few hours I figured out most of the system and it quickly became intuitive and very fun. Unlike previous Rance incarnations which you could waltz through with relative ease, the manual states that the player is likely to fail horribly in the first few play-through attempts and I seem to be no exception. I think I’ll be restarting tonight… note to self and other interested parties: don’t try to take the tanuki too early. :(

Operating on very little sleep seems to be the norm these days, as I had another Tokyo trip yesterday that got me home quite late (and staying up well beyond that to hack at Sengoku Rance didn’t help things much). If this is what “having a life” means I’m not sure I want one… oh for the days of blank expanses of unscheduled weekend time. But perservere we must! Further posts coming soon…