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In Germany it’s also a must by law. At the moment I’m at about 80€ (~$110) per month as enrolled student fee. Normal fee…

How much do you pay for the medicine? Because if I’m paying $150 a month, I hope…

I only have one regular prescription, like most woman have, that comes around 50€ (~$70) per 6 month. Under 18 it’s for free, from 18 to 21 I just needed to pay something between 10-20€. When I’m really sick it’s usually just a cold. There it depends what the doctor writes on your prescription. I don’t know how that works exactly but as I said some drugs you pay only partial (subsidized) around 10€. Others you have to pay full but I can’t remember the last time I payed more than 20€ for stuff against cold. Also that’s just what you pay at the pharmacy. It’s not like you pay full up front and get back money from the insurance. The only expensive thing in our system are glasses and dental things. Years ago the insurances covered these areas rather well. But for my glasses I had to pay everything myself (paid glasses are only available in super bland and cheap frames) and for dental you only get paid the cheapest procedures, especially when it comes to the kind of filling for your teeth.


I will never understand the health system in America… But it’s a start. Though, how much a month would you need to pay…

I earn money. Just not enough that they’ll force me to pay a monthly fee at the…

In Germany it’s also a must by law. At the moment I’m at about 80€ (~$110) per month as enrolled student fee. Normal fee would be 150€ (~$200), though I can’t remember how much it was when I was a trainee (fee is payed directly via your employer deducted from your salary). For this you get about the same things for free as everyone, there is not much difference between the (federal) health insurance companies. For example I pay nothing for visiting any doctor. I pay for medicine (some full price, some only partially) and extra procedures like vaccination or dental cleaning. In an emergency I don’t have to be afraid for hospital charges afterwards. You can get a private (voluntary) insurance, apart of the federal, that covers more services but also costs a lot more, especially if you are older.

Sometimes it seems strange to me, that Americans always show that we stick together feeling on the outside, but something like a obligatory health insurance that would help many people is rejected because people don’t want to pay for something they might not “use”.


I wasn’t aware it depends on states if you get care or not. Just plain stupid…

Normally, it doesn’t. But Michigan is a special case. See, Michigan did not vote to expand Medicare to poor people in time…

I will never understand the health system in America… But it’s a start. Though, how much a month would you need to pay if you earn money? And is it true that healthcare is fixed to your job? I never understood this. I must be registered with a health care company and pay it myself (if registered unemployed the job center will pay for you) and it’s totally unrelated to your job. Though your employer pays a bit for you, it’s not like you lose healthcare or get more bad healthcare when you change/lose your job.


A heads up to any of our Japanese 3DS-carrying readers: the Wright Selection is available today on the Japanese eShop for 3,694 yen (~$36) plus tax and will be available physically in stores for 3,990 yen (plus tax)!

As a reminder, the game includes both English and Japanese text, though unfortunately no Western release has been announced.

Damn, Nintendo needs to finally get rid of region locks or Capcom release it in the west. With German localization please (as the original DS games had).



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Mikasa does not mean battleship. Not in any dictionary I’ve ever seen. And I just googled it to check. The character’s name is written in katakana. So there’s no particular meaning meant by the name in Japanese as far as I can tell.

Where does the information on Armin come from?

From Wikipedia: germanisch ermin/irmin bedeutet groß, gewaltig,
zusammen mit altdeutsch arm bedeutet es Adler oder Adlertöter.

So Armin comes from Germanic ermin/irmin and means big or huge and together with medieval German arm means eagle or eagle killer (feel more like eagle hunter).

So not really warrior…






Wendy’s is doing the same thing.

Will wonders never cease.

Reblogging this because it keeps showing up on my dash and I keep not-quite raining on the parade, but it seems like everyone thinks this means something different than it does, so I guess I’ll rain on it a little bit.

I’m afraid this motion has nothing to do with conquering the gender binary or whatever Tumblr is really happy about to be reblogging it so heavily. It’s not about making little children feel like they can get whichever toy they prefer. It’d be nice if it was, but I’d be shocked if that was the case.

No, the girl toy here is a My Little Pony. Which means that the *real* reason for this notice is that a bunch of bronies, as there are bajillions of photos and videos of them doing, are coming into fast food restaurants and buying several happy meals. They threw pissy fits when asked if they wanted the “boy or girl” toy, insisting that My Little Pony isn’t for girls or whatever, again, only saying this because of overwhelming evidence that bronies do this shit. Management eventually has enough of it, asks employees to just ask if people want Skylanders or My Little Pony so they won’t have any more disgusted bronies getting mad that their precious fandom is targeted at crappy dumb little girls.

So the short version is: this little paper unfortunately means the exact opposite of what you think it means, socially speaking. It was put up because grown-ass men get all pissy when it’s suggested that they like a thing for girls.

Proof: <— this was posted on the net’s biggest brony hive on April 10, 2014. So yeah, this is sadly not about anything else but how awful bronies are, sorry.

I agree that this shows how awful Bronies are. But at the same time, I’d argue this also somewhat had a positive effect. The idea of a toy being a “girl toy” or “boy toy” is incredibly sexist and exclusive.

For example, they had Power Rangers Megaforce toys recently. If a little girl was interested in the show and wanted the toys (and why wouldn’t they? Every kid wants to be a Power Ranger), they would have to ask for the “boy toy”. Can’t they just be like “I want the Power Ranger toy”?

Wow, what’s so hard about just asking “which toy do you want?” Is this an American thing to call them boys or girls toys? For me it always just was, which toy?

(Source: scarfetsu)


A collection of FIFA Soccer logos from the 1990s.

The FIFA series started a bit later than the Basketball and Football games from EA - back with a 1994 version without a number. From there it’s been a massive success for EA.

Since there were less than normal, I’ve also added variant logos for FIFA 99

I believe both ‘98 logos refer to the same game, as the German title means World Championship (WM: Weltmeister) Qualification (also only ‘98 game I found on German amazon). Funny though they used different fonts for FIFA and the year numbers. In my memory I only recall playing FIFA WM ‘98 during lunch breaks as fifth or sixth grader (am I that old already…)









Starting todayyour face, name, and personal information could appear in Google ads.

Read more about the new terms here. But most importantly: opt out here

I love that when I unclicked the box, it said ‘Your friends will be less likely to benefit from your recommendations’ as if NOT having my browsing and searching history show up everywhere they look is a negative thing…

I guess my face and name will lend real credibility to the middle aged chronically depressed grossly unhealthy marginal poverty market.


Especially since it’s unlikely that any of us got told about this and it’s just a thing that’s happening without us knowing about it.

Oh for the love of God that makes me uncomfortable. 

All too often, when a service though a large corporation such as Google is free, you are not the customer. You are the product.

—Dionysus (*nopes right out of that*)

Boy, it’s a good thing I don’t have a Google+ account.

I’d recheck that. Once I tried to sign up for YouTube and got google+ as unwanted welcome present as well. I read about others that suddenly got in there when actually signing up/using different google services.








They should pay the trip for you. They want good workers, then they need to invest D:

That’d be nice. I can kind of understand their viewpoint, though: if you are really dedicated to working for them,…

I’d understand if they demand you to pay $50ish to get somewhere by train. But not couple of hundred dollars. If they want to get the not serious people out then just do telephone or heck skype calls… Funny thing is in Germany you can get the money (or parts) you need to travel to interviews back from the job center, when you’re registered unemployed.

Yeah. Well, the train itself would be $120. Then I’d have to have a way to get from the train station to the hotel where I’d be staying (taxi or rental car).

But yeah, I agree with you. In the internet age, why the hell not just do a phone or Skype interview first, rather than potentially wasting my hundreds of dollars when you find someone better suited for the job?

And of course, I’m the crazy one, to my friends. To everyone else “It’s a great opportunity” and I should just drive four hours there (when I’ve got a problem with driving even an hour in this crazy-ass state), pay $160+ for two nights at a hotel and hope I get the job. Because that’s how everyone sees getting a job in this shitty economy.

I just kinda… hate everything right now. I just want to play Yugioh and translate fun stuff and not have to worry about responsibilities for a bit. T_T

When your friends are so supportive then whey don’t they just spend some money to get you there… And I also don’t like driving too much in areas I don’t know. I try to avoid using the Autobahn on weekdays. Luckily I can commute by public transport so I don’t need to drive every day…

And just don’t give up! I’m looking for a job myself too right now (finished my BA a month ago). I was thinking about how you could put your knowledge to use. But so far I couldn’t get past fan translations… I like reading things like Legends of Localization. Maybe you can find something similar to raise your awareness?

None of my friends would actually do that. No, scratch that. One would, but I would feel like I’d be taking advantage of him. He’s the kind of friend who always offers to help me out with monetary issues, but I always turn him down because I know he’s got places that money needs to go.

I hate driving because everyone here drives like complete and total assholes. They don’t follow any of the traffic laws. They’re constantly putting people in danger. I wish we had a better public transportation system. That’s one of the reasons I want to live in Japan. You can go anywhere in Japan as long as you have a bike. Bike to the nearest train station, then walk the rest of the way. Everything is in walking/biking distance unless you live WAY out in the boondocks.

I’ve actually got a blog like that: I’ve been playing through JRPGs and using them to teach myself (and others) Japanese. I also point out weird translations on the way. I haven’t worked on it in a while, though. It’s exhausting. The playing the game part is fun. But along the way I have to stop a billion times to write out vocab lists, then I have to make flash cards, and then I have to split all of that up into tiny posts. I’ve actually got like two months worth of material set up, I just haven’t felt like making the posts. If there were an easier way to set up tumblr posts, I’d be all over it. But as it is, I have to add each image individually and then when I go to type the translations underneath it glitches out and moves upward and all kinds of crap. Ugh. T_T

Oh yes I’m sorry, forgot you manage that blog too. Got too much Japanese language stuff here and can’t remember who runs it…
Then maybe tumblr isn’t the right platform for that in terms of editing posts?

I know how it’s like to make big plans (websites) and then to be overwhelmed at some point, because it’s just too much to handle. Maybe you need some smaller, manageable project first :)

Part of me wants to move it to another platform. But at the same time, I don’t want to lose followers. I also like that Tumblr allows me to keep track of followers (as a sort of feedback to tell me how I’m doing) and allows me to make a queue (so I can do ten posts in one day, instead of having to do two posts every week for five weeks).

So far I only tried serious blogging with Wordpress. And I think you can also schedule ahead, if not then there’s surely plugin for that. Maybe you could try something like this?

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