|December 13, 2013 Mega Update|
Posted on 13 December 2013, 22:00 JST
Here is what you can find in the update:
|First Computer Graphics for My Upcoming Android Game, The Norge|
Posted on 12 November 2013, 23:00 JST
This is the first major thing I have done on this project (a game for Android smartphones in which the player flies the Norge to the North Pole, dealing with hardships Oregon Trail-style) in a long time (aside from rendering some flags from the period, like the old 48-star American flag). I hope to release The Norge next year.
|I Finally Beat Final Fantasy USA: Mystic Quest|
Posted on 3 November 2013, 9:00 JST
|UMUC Tentative Evaluation (TE)|
Posted on 1 November 2013, 19:45 JST
Way back in August, I applied for UMUC (University of Maryland University College), an American college with several mini-campuses all around Japan (in other words, I could attend brick-and-mortar classes right here in Japan, in English, towards a degree in computers). I waited for over two months, and made constant frustrated phone calls, e-mails, etc. in an effort to get some answer to the question of "How many more credits would I need to finish a degree in a computer field with UMUC?" Today, I got my answer, thanks to the adviser Joseph D. Crawford at the Atsugi Naval Air Facility UMUC.
It is much better than I had expected! I will only need 35 more credits, according to his tentative evaluation, which he says is unlikely to vary from the official evaluation since my case is a fairly standard case (someone transferring in who already has a bachelor's degree only needs to complete the major requirements, not the electives or general ed courses).
And here is the best part: that is 35 credit hours more, towards a degree in computer science, not a degree in IT! That is a good thing. Computer science is more closely aligned with my goal (to become a computer programmer in a few years) than a degree in IT would be.
I am not sure whether I should sign up for their program. I have found the service so far (with the notable exception of Mr. Crawford) to be awful. I had to wait two months and make countless phone calls and e-mails before anyone lifted a finger and gave me any information, whatsoever. Maybe, though, once enrolled, I will get better service, I am not sure.
|The Death's-Head Hawkmoth, Taisō Renshū, and Student Diary Entries on the Norwegian Pancakes Lesson (the latest one, in which the parents visited and watched)|
Posted on 25 October 2013, 18:45 JST
|Today, I Went to Tokyo and Passed the DSST Personal Finance Exam|
Posted on 19 October 2013, 22:25 JST
Today, I took the train to Yotsuya Station, met Mr. Binder (he has been in Japan since the 1980s, and also served in the Vietnam War, running supply boats during 1969 and 1970, and runs his own test center). We went to his test center, where I took and passed the DSST Personal Finance exam.
The reason I took the exam was because I wanted to learn to manage my personal finances better. Personal finance used to just mean "budget and pinch pennies" back when I was a tuition-battered teen/early 20-something. I will turn 27 this month, signaling the 40-year countdown to what Social Security currently considers "retirement age" (67 for those born after 1959). I read these books cover-to-cover to learn to manage my new-found cash, including investments:
|Norwegian Pancakes and Other Developments Over the Past Two Weeks|
Posted on 17 October 2013, 20:10 JST
Over the last two weeks, I...:
|Sweet Potato Picking|
Posted on 10 October 2013, 20:30 JST
Today, the students and the teachers at the elementary school where I teach here in Utsunomiya went on field trips! Each grade went on a different field trip (so Alan, the other English teacher on duty today, went strawberry picking with one grade, and I went with the second graders). First, we took a bus to Mōka (真岡). In Mōka, we did an obstacle course and then had a picnic next to a lake. Then we took the bus to Mashiko (益子), where we picked sweet potatoes on a farm. Then we took the bus back to Utsunomiya, and along the way, we watched Tom & Jerry on the bus. This article includes 22 photos and captions under the photos. Click "Read More" to read more.
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© 2013 Charles Henry Wetzel