What the Oint Meant

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Why does no one ask what the Oint meant?
Yes, it helped heal your sun burn
but was that what it intended to do?
what it really wanted?
Maybe the Oint was trying to teach you Swahili
or maybe eat you
We don’t ask the Oint
So we just don’t know
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More personal goals for 2014

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As much as I prefer not to write about myself here, I’m going to do it again because I know it will put more pressure on me to actually do what I’m planning to do.

I studied the Japanese language in college for two semesters and I think I’ve gotten good at the basics. My biggest obstacle to improving since then is that I can read and understand only a few kanji (the complicated characters borrowed from Chinese that represent whole ideas). Within the next year, I’m going to try to learn enough of them that I can actually read and write Japanese beyond parts of video game options menus.

Supposedly, a really disciplined person can learn all 2,042 kanji considered necessary to read a Japanese newspaper in 3 months. I’m not sure I’m that disciplined at all, so I’m going to aim for that number by the end of the year.

Also, I’ve decided that I think too much, so I’m trying to learn to meditate, which I’m really bad at now. This is not a very clearly defined goal, but we’ll see.

That poetry book I’ve mentioned before is in its finishing stages, so I’m not counting it as a 2014 thing.