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Days: 216.8
Mean Score: 7.53
  • Total Entries793
  • Rewatched0
  • Episodes13,096
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
May 3, 12:42 PM
Watching 4/? · Scored 6
Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records
Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records
May 3, 12:41 PM
Watching 5/12 · Scored 7
Renai Boukun
Renai Boukun
May 3, 12:41 PM
Watching 3/12 · Scored 7
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Days: 116.0
Mean Score: 7.72
  • Total Entries289
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  • Chapters20,878
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Tokyo Ghoul:re
Tokyo Ghoul:re
May 9, 3:03 AM
Reading 123/? · Scored 7
Haikyuu!!
Haikyuu!!
May 3, 8:34 PM
Reading 252/? · Scored 9
Dr. Stone
Dr. Stone
May 3, 8:30 PM
Reading 9/? · Scored 6

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vulturs Jul 10, 7:22 PM
...h-hello?
vulturs May 6, 2:34 AM
I suppose its nice having a bit of time between messages as there's a lot more time to consider what to put in a reply. Usually I'm quick to get back to people, but I've been lumped with a whole lot of paperwork that usually comes around this time of year when audits are being done and suddenly management wants data about every little thing they could otherwise care less about.

As annoying as it was for me to go through being a conscript, it wasn't as physically demanding as I imagined it to be - it was mostly boring and the training felt like a sloppy boot camp for delinquent teenagers. I felt that we were simply a waste of time and energy for the Bundeswehr and it didn't surprise me at all when conscription was finally eliminated. I think it was getting too expensive for the government to justify, especially since most German soliders were needed abroad, not at home. There was the option to conscientiously object military conscription and just do civil duties (Zivildienst) instead, but you had to write a letter to the draft office for approval.

World peace is quite a naïve wish, I suppose. Although it does make me think of the way we like to portray utopian societies in fiction - and this reflects what you say about our tendency to seek faults in our peers - I've seen a lot of sci-fi films that portray utopias of the future as dominated by clean lines and without clutter, people dressed similarly and more often than not within the same set of colours. I suppose this tells us a lot about what we think is important in a so-called peaceful setting - uniformity and lack of resistance.

I suppose people might say that North Korea is the polar opposite of a utopia. but I can see the same uniformity there, too. There's odd little parallels I see here and there between utopias and dystopias. I'll save that tangent for another time.

I definitely think submerging yourself in a language by living in a country where it is spoken predominantly is a great help. I myself am trying as much as I can to learn a language my mother speaks that only has around 400+ fluent speakers left (maybe even less). I can understand Danish pretty well, but it's not really as important for me to pursue that. Are you good with any languages other than Korean?

I understand you're leaving for South Korea this month - if I've managed to reply in time, I hope you and your partner travel safely and that you find the inspiration there that will help fuel your drive toward achieving your future plans. Travelling really is the only thing that gives me an unrivalled rush of excitement. Where else in the world have you ventured to?

Citizens here qualify for a myriad of work and study visas in other countries because of agreements made between governments to encourage youth mobility and cultural understanding. I think these are hugely beneficial and definitely see the advantages - which brings the EU to mind, of course. I suppose if it all falls apart such agreements might become commonplace across Europe. I suppose I was a little concerned with Britain leaving the EU - if France left too, that'd leave Germany in a pretty interesting position. When I think of home, I kind of see it as a ship that's sinking slowly.. and its on fire.. hah. Perhaps Germany ought to learn something from Britain's departure.

Indeed, Christmas is just another day. People panic for weeks on end prior to the event, ending in a few hours of fuss on the day itself. I think I'll just adopt the Japanese tradition of eating some KFC on the day and leave it at that. My partner is Japanese, so that's a good enough excuse in the event of any complaints. Such convenience!

I've had a small bit of success taking melatonin to help regulate my sleep - some of my colleagues swear by the stuff, especially when the other option is usually zopiclone (a benzo) to induce sleep. I try to avoid sleep aids like that because they're often addictive and their usefulness wears out in the long run. My partner is a specialist registrar and he will usually offer me general advice if I seek it, but if there's anything he'll nag me about most its that I don't see a general practitioner often enough. I guess I just have this idea that if there's nothing seriously wrong about my health (a broken leg!), I shouldn't have to see a GP. I'm not very proactive about regular check-ups. How ironic. I get to see the fruits of this lazy attitude towards health so often and here I am, being lazy myself. Oops.

Anyway, I hope you're well. Bis später (until later).
vulturs Apr 13, 5:45 AM
No problem, was just a bit concerned. Take your time. I have a stellar memory, so not to worry - whatever you choose to do with previous comments is up to you. I just didn't want to miss out on a decent conversation with someone like yourself and opted to drop you a bit of bait. Now where does the interest in testing memories come from?

I've seen the military transform my peers in both good and bad ways. With conscription, even with the opportunity to conscientiously object and be granted the option to do civilian service, there was always pressure to just go through with it like some sort of coming of age ritual and disregard any negative feelings about the prospect of military life - or at least that's how it went for me. Some men benefit from hyper-masculine bro-culture (though not to the benefit of others hah) and finding their strength in the camaraderie and sense of accomplishment in service to their country that the military can provide, but when it came to me it wasn't what I needed at all - I just wasn't prepared to voice it and face the consequences.

I suppose when I think of the military and its primary role, I think of defence - and perhaps increasingly so given the world at present but having said that, many contentious things have happened in the name of defence that have increased our need for more defence force personnel in the first place. At least the servicemen in the JSF might not have the feeling that they're part-time soldiers of fortune. I'd be happy with just peacekeeping and rebuilding.

I really should have explained what Laugengebäck was. Sometimes I'll mention German things to people in conversation and forget that they might have absolutely no idea what I'm talking about.

Enjoy your trip to S.K. in May. Are you going alone or with company? As for moving there, three years sounds like a good timeline - I think it's great that you're willing to allow yourself that time to learn more about their language and culture. It'll go a long way.

Christian 'converts' getting a free ride to Japan!? I must say that gave me a good laugh. I don't think my conscience could tolerate that kind of deception, and I'd be rather wary of those who could. A friend of mine moved to Japan to teach English with AEON and taught for four years and came back with hardly any skill in the Japanese language - having to speak English all day and then coming back to living quarters surrounded by other English teachers made for very little time to immerse themselves enough to catch on to Japanese. I was rather stunned to hear it, but it made sense.

I suppose working on occasions like Christmas or Easter is a way for me to curb loneliness, yes, but also a way to allow some of my colleagues to enjoy these occasions with their families. I don't mind it as I don't have family here and I don't always like spending so much money flying back to Europe every year. At times where I've not worked during Christmas I've either travelled back to Germany, spent it with the Brits I live with (who are usually completely inebriated) or curled up with a ridiculously large book and a couple of beers. Plus, one nice thing about working during Christmas is the amount of food/gifts/treats we get when visiting homes. Which our boss knows about, but doesn't ;)

What does an Englishman, or you in particular, do for Christmas celebrations?

I think the only health issue that has arisen from my partiality to night shifts is my inability to sleep. It's never bad enough to affect my ability to do my job properly, but I do wonder sometimes what else it might be doing to me. I'd hate for something bad to hit me out of the blue later on.

I also wanted to know - what do you think of the Brexit?