Projects & Works

Collected on this page are several projects and creative works I've done throughout the years.

Micro-aggressions in Japan

This year, at our second Skills Development Conference in Gifu, I gave a quick talk and presentation about micro-aggressions. I quickly talked about what they are, what's the problem, and how to deal with them.

This was part of a session of "micro-panels" which consisted of 4 shorter talks about various subjects. So, I budgeted this at 10-12 minutes.

The following is the intended transcript I wrote for my talk. I also included most slides from the powerpoint, and the time-stamps from when I timed myself speaking.

Writing Lesson Plans

The following is a talk I gave at the Gifu Work Orientation for new ALTs starting this year in our prefecture.

My presentation was about lesson planning, how I plan for lessons, and execute them. To prepare for this, I wrote out the entire transcript of what I planned to say. I changed a few things to read better, but this is what I was working off of during my talk.

This talk assumes the reader (or listener) has no knowledge of lesson planning, or classroom experience at all.

Kendo Exam Question Workbook 剣道学科審査問題集

In Gifu prefecture 岐阜県 when taking a dan level examination for kendo 剣道, one of the components is a written test. The Gifu Kendo Federation provides a book which details all the questions and answers they use for this test.

I will take the test in November, and unfortunately for me, it's all in Japanese. So, I translated the book into English, and then made a few edits with a kendo dictionary after.

Currently, this is a work in progress. I've completely translated the first 3 parts. But for the 4th part of the book, I only translated the shodan 初段 level questions for now. I'll do the rest after November.

Subtitle Fixer

The other day, I downloaded a foreign movie that didn't include English subtitles. It didn't take too long to search around the Internet and find subtitles, but the timings were off. They were based on a different region's DVD timing. For my copy of the movie, they were about 30 seconds off or whatever.

This type of problem is like Computer Science 101. Read in a file, change some values based on a pattern, and output the file. Not one hour later, and I was watching my movie with now reasonably timed subtitles.

It was a simple standalone app, but now I've adapted the code here, so it can be used by anyone. :) Enjoy!

The Secret of Crystania

The Secret of Crystania is a full-length feature fandub project that I, Tony, Zach, Niehaus, and overall 25 members of SPAMM, our college anime club, created and finished almost 8 years ago, now. We completely stripped the audio from the movie, and rewrote it from the ground up with a written script, voice acting, sound effects recording, new music, and a DVD release.

Production started in late 2004, and was completed in Spring 2006. Recently in December 2013, Zach and Tony completed the "Donut of Power Edition" DVD, so feel free to take a look.

TEFL Certified

A couple weeks ago, I completed my online course for TEFL certification. The final assignment for the course was to write an essay about one of many different subjects available.

I choose to write about The Role of a Teacher.

Codejam May 2012 - Branching Stories

At Widen Enterprises, we do bi-annually code jams in which we have a day and a half to write anything we'd like. Sometimes we do themes, most of the time we don't. I always try to write something different and outside of the scope of our company.

This time I tried to write a "choose your own" adventure story, where you could change your decisions at any time, and see their effects in real time. This took me so long to write. :( Almost all my time was spent writing the story, rather than code.

It still lacks a complete ending, but it turned out pretty well.

SPAMM T-Shirt 2012

I drew a new design for this year's SPAMM t-shirt. The theme, as always, was to incorporate the annually elected mascot into the design somehow. The 2012 mascot were two cats from some anime I've never heard of, or care about.

This is the first design I've done since 2006, so take a look!

DJ Promo #3

Last year, I DJed at a friend's party and made a couple of DJ Promos to commemorate and practice for the occassion.

With 2 months spacing my two previous mixes apart, I figured that I would continue to make a new promo every 2 months. That fell through when I didn't have internet for 3 months and wanted to download and use some new favorites, rather than the stuff I already had downloaded. And then I got a new laptop, and had to reinstall and transfer things over to that. And I was playing Skyrim every day for 6 hours in the month of December, too.

So, I skipped December, and here we are in February :)

DJ Promos

I've been a fan of electronic music for well over a decade. And I continue to listen to the music, both new and old, almost all day long. I'm always finding some new tracks, or great new artists I hadn't heard of before. The Internet continues to bring the world of music together, and people can easily display their works, get feedback, and evolve fast.

I have always had the fascination of putting together DJ mixes, and performing in front of a crowd, and for friends. It was too cost prohibitive back in the day. But my friends finally convinced me to give it a go. I already had collected a bunch of my favorite tracks I've heard over the years, and a whole bunch of new ones. I downloaded Traktor, and started mixing them together.

I made two DJ promos leading up to my friends annual end of summer party, where I was in charge of the music.

I love Ramen!

Out of all the foods in the world, Ramen stands as one of my top 5 favorites. I love the stuff. It's an entire full meal in itself. The noodle are the main "meaty" course. The broth provides an excellent complementary base for the noodles. And there's little bits of veggies, eggs or meat for variety.

Here are two things I created to pay my respects to the amazing food. One is a collage made from my experimenting with the many kinds of instant ramen available at my local asian foods store. The second is a rhyming peom I made for my Japanese history class I took while studying abroad.

Cardano's Solution

This is a term paper I wrote for my Math History class in college, which was an optional course offered once every 2 or 3 years. I felt lucky to take it, and it was very interesting going through the building blocks of modern day mathematics from a "math class" point of view, rather than the point of view of a "history class".

The paper answers the question, "Is Cardano's Solution a great theorem?"

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