Documentation and playground of projects by interactive developer Devine Lu Linvega, this wiki focuses on support for the linguistic and Interactive projects as well as delivering narrative context for each projects. To see the status of the development, please refer to the Logs page and contact @Aliceffekt to report any issue.
The underlying lexicography of XXIIVV comes from the Neauismetica stories, a collection of glimpses into the world of Dinasith. Some of the content was also created or inspired from discussions held on the #merveilles IRC Channel and the interactive fiction project Paradise.
Welcome to Japan, you made it. It's beautiful, delicious and shiny. It's over, go home.
Knowing that I would have to leave, I wish I didn't have to spend one of the precious remaining days - at the immigration office - of all places. Where heaps of papers, referrals and forms didn’t suffice to convince the country of my plus value in it.
I received a phone call a few days ago, a broken english version of your visa application is done, come and pick it up.. I, unsurprisingly, rushed to get the papers where an unexpected kind of party awaited for me there. By "done", they meant "terminated".
”Your visa is expired, we won’t renew your papers and you need to leave the country.”, is what a got after 6 hours of queue. An extra 3 hours later I had a 3 weeks extension so I can sort out my ..life in Japan. note: My current visa expired in october 2013, now december 2013, my application for a change of status granted me a 2 months extension but for the immigration's bureaucracy to ever address my candidature, 90 days had passed.
I saw my chances of ever getting this visa die in the face of the person interviewing me. The old japanese man did not like my face, my piercings, my tattoos, my english and everything else. Expecting only to have to pick up the updated card and leave, I left my suit, the shiny shoes, the hair gel and my native-level spoken japanese at home for the wave of erudite japanese that was about to be thrown at me only but washed off my face. I apologized for not understanding the questioning mumbles and gestured to be matched with a better interviewer.
After a second long queue, unluckily, I got matched with the same guy and that was it. If I asked why the visa was declined, I would be answered that I failed to prove only 8 and a half year of experience through reference letters and contracts and recommendations when they required between 10 and 15. When I explained that it was very unlikely that the web technologies for my work were even around 15 years ago, the visa would now be declined for some other reason like that there is too many applicants for the IT visa, and we bounced a few ideas to end up with something along the lines of “don’t apply again, it won’t work“.
And that was it!
I bitched about it on twitter because I was angry, sorry. I didn’t expect my time with my newly made friends, my great job, my japanese language studies and our beautiful apartment and our plants to be nipped in a rushed sale of furnitures for christmas.
Thank you for your nice words, I still will be leaving japan with a bitter taste where I wished to leave japanese only once I had done all the things and exhausted all the tsukemen I could have.
The day-to-day projects activity is tracked in the form of commits to the logs archives since December 5th, 2006, totalling 1030 commits over 48 trades. The records are built with the hope to find patterns in the creative process and to exploit this predictability to improve productivity. The bars represent the monthly output logs, or the quantity of creative activity.