November 30th, 2005

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Gunkanjima
Off the westernmost coast of Japan, is an island called "Gunkanjima" that is hardly known even to the Japanese. Long ago, the island was nothing more than a small reef. Then in 1810, the chance discovery of coal drastically changed the fate of this reef. As reclamation began, people came to live here, and through coal mining the reef started to expand continuously. Before long, the reef had grown into an artificial island of one kilometer (three quarters of a mile) in perimeter, with a population of 5300. Looming above the ocean, it appeared a concrete labyrinth of many-storied apartment houses and mining structures built closely together. Seen from the ocean, the silhouette of the island closely resembled a battleship - so, the island came to be called Gunkanjima, or Battleship island.

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Last night was the final class for Photography 1: Digital Imaging. I think it went pretty well, but it left me feeling sad. I don't feel like I really bonded much with any of the other students. Mostly that's me, I think. But anyway. Also, there were a couple places I could have challenged myself more.

Now that class is over, I feel like oh my god, I'm going to do nothing but play games and waste all my time. No, I doubt that.

Tonight: a movie with randy_byers. Tomorrow, Riley for the day. Probably cleaning the office would be a good idea. And the rat cage. Hah! And what else...

I offered my family prints of any of my pictures that they wanted, and they all think it's a great idea, but so far only one person has made an actual request. And that was so early in the website I'm tempted to ask if he really did look all the way through it. Oh well.

I just got interruped in a very distracting way. Oh well. More later.