Memorizing Kanji

I told one of my Japanese teachers about my strange ability to memorize how to write complex kanji after writing it once. So she gave me a “challenge.” The video is the second time I wrote the kanji and you’ll notice that I wasn’t looking at anything. I already had it memorized just like I told her. (Small note: If you think my handwriting looks different from the image, it is. Handwritten kanji looks different from typed kanji. I essentially converted it over without thinking, out of habit.)

Here’s the strange part, while I can memorize incredibly complex kanji like this with no issues, simple kanji is SUPER HARD to memorize. Like so crazy hard that I couldn’t remember how to write 七 for over a few weeks no matter how many times I kept practicing it. To be honest, my recall for 七 is still bad at best.

On the other hand, this one is stuck in my brain. It’s locked in tight and I probably won’t forget it for some time. Just like with 鬱 which I can also remember without any issues.

Why don’t you try to write this kanji? It’s easy, trust me. I’ve even broken it down into pieces for you: 長, 言, 月, 幺, ⺉, ⻌, 宀, 馬, 心 – Try to write it once in the same order you saw me write it, then write it again without looking. I swear it’s easy, just study the pieces. Make it into a little puzzle in your brain. Then fill in those pieces.

If you’ve never written Chinese characters before, this is not for you. This is more for people who already have at least some experience writing kanji and are familiar with the radicals I broke down above.

Review my software and new design will be revealed soon…

Greetings, as part of my new design I need reviews (positive reviews…) the size of twitter reviews, as in less than 240 characters (just post reviews in the comments here). My site is going to change completely in a little while (front page, among other non-blog pages). I’m also going to be selling software for the first time as well, so this is all a pretty big change for me. Although I’m selling it really cheap because if I were me, which I am, if it was priced too high I’d probably just pirate it.
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All of my currently free software is staying free. So don’t worry about that and also, this doesn’t mean I’m going to stop making open source software. This one program I have, the amount of manual data input I’ve put into it, makes it the only candidate for purchasable software that I have. I’ve also been revising it since 2009, making it the longest software I’ve ever worked on.

Forums are gone, Discord is here

I’ve decided to drop the forums in favor of Discord support. The link to the channel is https://discord.gg/hfWnRqE. So if you need help, go here. If you’re going there to ask me to do something, I’m not going to do whatever it is that you’re asking me to do. In fact, I’ll probably ban you from the Discord without a moments hesitation. I’m opening this up for bug reporting (of completed projects) and support. Keep in mind that I don’t always have a lot of time, so response time is extremely variable.

Well, how’s this?

I know I said I wouldn’t be able to do a WP theme, but, I decided to copy WP’s new theme and made something out of it that didn’t completely suck (but does still suck). I’m not really happy with the way it turned out, but I’m also not inspired to do a design right now so I’m just kinda letting this go for now. There’s kinks here and there and the menu is…interesting. I’ll probably update it within the next few weeks until it’s better than this.

Google complaining to me about lack of mobile support

So Google has now sent me several complaints about my lack of mobile support on my website. To be completely honest I was going to keep ignoring them. However, since I have started to look into developing some of my applications for mobile platforms (really only Android), I think I may have to cave into this one.

So I took a look around at modern web designs. What did I conclude? Blocks. God damn blocks. Everyone is Minecrafting it up. All “modern” mobile supported websites are super blocky. Crisp edges, top of website is a bar menu that follows you, lack of content borders, big images, and big open space. Is this really what people like? That’s fine I guess. I kinda miss some older more unique website designs. Blocks seem a little…well, I’m not gonna say. Point is, I need mobile support and going modern seems like a reasonable approach to the whole thing.

There’s a drawback to all of this though, I don’t know how to write WordPress Themes and frankly I don’t have time to learn right now. So if I make the decision to redesign, WordPress is going out the door and lots of links will be broken. This is a bit of a frustrating decision for me. So if there’s stuff you want to keep, might as well scrape my website right now before I do anything rash.

Also, if a month passes and this message is still here, it means I probably gave up on redesigning for now until next summer.

Linkjacking: Spread the word

Earlier this year I was using Facebook and kept noticing that when I’d click on something, it changed the link before going through (right click a link to see). This link of course was to track you. I found this irritating. Around that same time I visited Google, which I barely do anymore (DuckDuckGo FTW), and also noticed that they were doing the same. I dubbed what they were doing as “linkjacking” (link + hijacking). I even created something in the laziest way possible to block Facebook’s linkjacking: https://gist.github.com/Goodlookinguy/7d2797abcd87e34c4777fd1dab3a9786.

So now, if I may ask, would you please spread this word, “linkjacking,” in regular conversation if this topic is brought up. I’d love to see linkjacking become the term to describe these bastardsjerks and their bullshitcrap. Because understand that what they are doing is getting around tracking blockers which usually come in AdBlock, uBlock, etc. So this sneaky bullcrap needs to be called out and we need a name for it in order to call it out.

Don’t read after this point, SEO needs help sometimes: Linkjacking, link hijacking, link changes, link alteration, link obfuscation, link tracking

A lot of new software

I’ve made A LOT of new software in a relatively short amount of time, as in just the last 2 months.

CheapXMLFormatter (for huge XML files) (command line)
ARKServerManager/ARKServerController + Remote Console (GUI)
ARKLevelGen (GUI)
JMdictTool (command line)
AnkiExtractor (command line)
JPGrammarTool (GUI)
KanjiDictTool (command line)
KanjiWordListLimiter (for KanjiStudyBuddy) (command line)
KanjiStudyBuddy (GUI)
JPStudyBuddy (GUI)

A few of them are up on my potential release block. Specifically the ones for ARK Survival Evolved, ARK Server Manager and it’s buddy ARK Server Controller (shown in below picture). I’m also considering the ARK level curve generator. Although, if you don’t understand how curves are calculated, it might be a little hard to use. All of the other tools require a significant amount of user input to be useful, making them quite a bit less likely to be released.