Christmas Wishlist

Coses que em fan entre falta i gràcia per reis:

Un set de tornavisos que em duri per sempre. O un tornavís dels que se li poden canviar les puntes, que de fet m’agradaria més, però no sé si surten igual de resistents o bons. Si inclou claus hexagonals, millor. Si inclou les de got, excel·lent. Prefereixo menys opcions i millor qualitat que el contrari.

Un llibre de preparació per l’examen B2 de japonès. Ja el tinc, però vull repassar-ne la gramàtica. Els Nihongo Challenge N4 són bons, per exemple. També n’hi ha d’altres, com The Preparatory Course for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test: N4 Read.

Un llibre de preparació per l’examen B1 de japonès. Nihongo Challenge N3 és una opció, n’hi ha d’altres.

El Casio G-Shock GA-2100 en vermell.

Roba d’Uniqlo. Tot acostuma a semblar-me bé en aquella botiga, potser em fan falta uns texans negres. No molt ajustats, a ser possible.

Un llibre que es diu Dune. En anglès. L’autor és Frank Herbert.

Un altre llibre que es diu Essential: Essays by The Minimalists. Els autors són Joshua Fields, Nicodemus, Ryan Millburn.

Un comandament per la PlayStation 4. No la tinc, però és compatible amb la PlayStation 3, que sí que tinc. No vull un altre de la PlayStation 3, perquè es trenquen molt fàcilment i en algun moment tindré la 4. El color més econòmic que hi hagi, m’és absolutament igual.

Hi ha un parell de quadres de l’IKEA que m’agraden. Aquest d’aquí:

I aquest d’aquí:

També m’agradaria un llum pel sostre de l’habitació. Un plafó de llum LED és l’ideal, com més gran millor, suposo.

Una planta per la cantonada de l’habitació. Ha de ser alta, amb tronc, i sòlida, d’aquest estil:

Uns guants de moto. No agafo gaire la moto, però vull poder agafar-la de tant en quant i els meus guants són de broma. És més important la protecció que el que abriguin. Tinc les mans relativament petites.

Modern art

From Reddit:

I once read something that explained modern art in a way that made sense to me, so I’m going to paraphrase it here for y’all.

Once you move beyond direct representational art, you should think of it like you would memes. Early generation memes are simple and easy to read or relate to, like rage faces. Eventually, they get overused and new memes are created. With ever generation you get a little further away from direct representation and you start to develop this entire language of inside jokes and references that only make sense if you know the reference of the reference of the reference you’re referencing, if you get my drift. By the time you reach modern memes, you end up with some truly bizarre and surreal shit that’s only funny to people who are in the know.

Modern art has developed the same way. A lot of stuff that seems simplistic is culturally complex, you just don’t know the language well enough to read and relate to it. While that does mean that modern art can be harder to relate to for those who aren’t interested in the history, it doesn’t mean it has no value. The target audience is just a bit narrower.

As you can see, now all points of view can agree. Indeed, art used to be different. Remember, only a limited amount of people could engage in creation not that long ago. In fact, only a limited amount of people could even enjoy it, as it used to be something to be enjoyed by only a few. However, things have changed. With society, art has changed. Now that a lot of people can enjoy it, meta art is created. The levels of abstraction and references go beyond what most can understand.

Bra sizes

Reddit comment:

The first number is the band size, measured by the circumference of the underbust. To get the cup size via _the most common method_, you measure the loose circumference around the chest at the highest part of the breasts (typically over the nipples but not always) and subtract the underbust measurement, that then conveniently converts to letters in some of the most non-standardized fashion measurements in existence. I’m going to use inches because of convenience, but you can imagine how much worse things get when you have to convert metric measurements as well because fashion doesn’t like SI.

In all but Italy and Japan, less than 1 inch difference is AA-cup. Italy doesn’t have a size for this because apparently Italians don’t think bee stings need bras. Japan calls it A-cup; also Japan is simple because from there for every inch you move the letter up one.

Everywhere but Japan, 1 inch difference is A-cup. 2″ is B, 3″ is C, 4″ is D. At 5 inches we start to see variation. In North America it might be DD or E depending on brand and year, even season. In the UK, Italy, and Oceania, it’s DD. Most of Europe calls it E, and Japan is sitting at F now.

6″ is either DDD or F in NA; E in the UK, IT, and Oceania; F in Europe; and G in Japan.

7″ is DDDD or G in NA; F in the UK, IT, and Oceania; G in Europe; and H in Japan.

Now we get _really_ funky. 8″ is H in NA and Europe; FF in the UK and Italy; in Oceania it’s G, and I in Japan.

9″ is I in NA and Europe; G in the UK and IT; H in Oceania; and J in Japan.

10″ is J in NA and Europe; GG in the UK and Italy; I in Oceania; and K in Japan.

They all follow their patterns for anything larger. NA, Europe, Oceania, and Japan all just move to the next letter for every additional inch; though Oceania is a letter behind NA and Europe, and Japan is a letter ahead. The UK and Italy double the letter before moving on to the next one: H, HH, I, II, etc.

All said and done, it’s no surprise an overwhelming majority of women are wearing the wrong bra size. And that’s not even mentioning the fact that both the underbust and bust can grow and shrink in response to seasons, diet, exercise, medication, sexual activity levels, pregnancy, menopause, hell some women have to have two sets of bras for opposite ends of their menstrual cycles!

Further complicating matters is the fact that metric-focused countries may or may not use 2cm increments for cup sizes instead of 1″ increments, and sometimes this is a problem even within the same _brand_. Even worse is that how any particular bra manufacturer does the sizing during manufacture isn’t standardized either, so one American manufacturer’s 32C might be another’s 34C.

And then there’s so-called “sister sizes”. Basically they’re the sizes of bras with the same cup _volume_ but different band measurement, so if your band size isn’t quite feeling right you can try them out and still have the boobs fit in the cup properly. Basically go down a cup and up a band size, or up a cup and down a band size. This is a thing because bands are typically manufactured in 2″ increments so someone might be a 31B but have to either go 30C or 32B to find a fit that’s comfortable and doesn’t have “gapping” (where the bra is floating away from the skin in a relaxed but upright posture) or “spillage” (I don’t think this needs explanation). Most bras now have multiple clips for adjusting band size within those 2″, but sometimes the best solution is using a sister size.

Lastly, left and right breasts are different sizes. In up to 10% of women, this fact is so drastically true that they have no choice but to have custom bras made as no manufacturer makes a “customize your own padding” bra with a drastic enough difference between the two that they can be comfortable.

In short, using bra sizes is a quick shorthand. Nothing more. Good for a quick idea if you understand the system, terrible for the vast majority of both men and women to use for anything accurate. For the record, plastic surgeons use a _much_ better system that’s actually somewhat standardized and is far more accurate, plus differentiates between left and right – 34-B-C for example is a 34″ underbust with an 8″ “swell” over the left breast and a 9″ swell over the right breast. Women who have issues finding a comfortable bra based on the under-over method may have better luck using the plastic surgeon method.

NOW ON TO THE TUMBLR POST

It’s bullshit from the start. First of all, just from the fact that she goes, in order, DD, DDD, then E when guessing at Pyrrha’s sizing; she doesn’t actually know how bra sizing works. Just as a reminder, in the USA, DD and E are the same size. Secondly, while she’s right that compression is a thing, there’s no way Pyrrha’s tits jut out 5″ from her body. And the compression explanation is also BS. There’s no telltale signs of compression where the flesh is visible (spillage is still a thing, compression really only works as a possibility when the whole package is covered by a shirt or something), and her armor actually shows gapping, which indicates that if anything her breasts are quite comfortably not being squished. It’s possible that Pyrrha _might_ have pulled them down then bound them, but seeing as how this is both extremely uncomfortable and impressively impractical, plus her armor wouldn’t really allow it anyway, I highly doubt that. While I’m out of practice with eyeballing sizes, I’d hesitantly put Pyrrha’s rack at 34D on the large side, more likely 34C. 34 and not 36 because she’s a teenager and she’s really not much wider in the underbust than anyone else. A heavy focus on upper body strength _can_ increase your underbust but comparing her to those around her who have less intense upper body regimens, she’s not significantly larger so I can confidently guess she’s well within the average range for an athletic 17 year old.

I’m not going to go through them all since it’s now 0200 my time, but maybe tomorrow if someone wants it.

If you or anyone else have any further questions about anything I talked about, I can probably answer them.

Source: former employee of Victoria’s Secret.

Choosing a watch

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It should be easier! The amount of options is quite paralyzing though. I do know I want a Japanese watch, even though Timex are excellent makers too. I’m just a huge weeb. I don’t like populated crowns, and spartan, minimalistic dials are a plus. Showing the date is a must, definitely. Pic related is one of my favourites, but which one is going to be the chosen one is something that will probably require quite a longer time to know.

Fun games I’ve played

I’m not by any means saying these are the best games ever. These are simply the games I’ve had more fun playing, the most engrossing and satisfying experiences.

They are not in any specific order.

 

Sim City 4

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A city building and management simulator. Lots of numbers to juggle, really cozy graphics, fun text. There were more Sim Cities, but this one was the best.

 

Lumines

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Lots of people wanted graphically impressive games with their PSPs, but this games was just the best. Absolutely beautiful, great music by Mondo Grosso, gameplay was tight and super fun.

 

Streets of Rage 2

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Oldschool early 90s action with great bassy techno and rather repetitive but fun anyway gameplay. The music really sets this game apart from other inferior and ugly games like Final Fight.

 

Final Fantasy VII

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Damn this game is beautiful. The first hours were one of the best experiences ever. The cyberpunk aesthetics and the ultra charismatic NPCs and the impressive prerendered backgrounds and the crazy magic – everything about this game is legendary. Other Final Fantasy games (such as VI or X) are also super good. This one, however, blew my teenage mind.

 

Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

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My computer being able to run a GBA emulator in the early 2000s was how I mostly played around that time. There were tons of great games for the system, mind you, but Castlevania: AoS was deep, long, graphically detailed, and tons of fun. I adored it. Pixel art is one of my weaknesses since then.

 

Sonic CD

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Sonic used to be so cool. This game, for example, gives you speed, crisp and saturated graphics, catchy electronic music, and technically impressive effects, including animated cutscenes. The timeline concept was also an interesting idea, and the sprites used in this game are the best ever in a Sonic game IMO.

 

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4

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Such an experience. This game had me obsessed until the end. The characters are so likeable, the gameplay is so much fun, the visuals are so appealing. I wanted to live in that small village.

 

WipeOut Pure

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I like racing games for the eternal replayability and the sense of progression, and this game gives you that plus slick futuristic graphics and tight controls. The techno soundtrack is, again, perfect for the game.