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Hello! I go by Elnu on the internet, and this is my blog, I hope you find something of interest here. I’m 18, I’m interested in programming, GNU/Linux, studying Japanese, watching anime, drawing, and creative writing. I’m horrible at doing things consistently.

For now, I’ll be posting small Linux and programming-related posts explaining how to do various things that I happen to find useful. In the future, I’ll post larger, more interesting posts. Stay tuned! (〃^▽^〃)

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The Decline of Rural Japan

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This is an assignment for my English Composition II class.

Throughout Japan, there have been increasing numbers of abandoned houses, or 空き家 akiya. According to a government count, across Japan there are over eight million vacant homes,[1] and that number is only increasing. Nationally, Japan has a vacancy rate of over 14%, one of the highest in the world.[2] What are the root causes of this issue, and what are its effects?

Root causes

One of the most apparent causes for the number of abandoned …

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Managing Rendering of LaTeX

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Previously I’ve used pdflatex to render my LaTeX documents, but I’ve just come across latexmk, which provides much more powerful options. Here’s a list of the commands I make use of, taken from this guide by Matthias Geier (mgeier).

  • latexmk -pdf [file] Generate a PDF file from a TeX file. The -pdf option prevents the additional generation of DVI files, the machine-readable version of TeX. Omitting the file name will generate all of the files in the current directory.
  • latexmk …
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The Joy of Data Processing

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For a project I’m working on (I’ll make a post about it once it’s done), I needed a large list of Japanese words, with the requirements being that the words be short and without kanji (only in hiragana). In addition, ideally they should be simple words that the average Japanese learner would know, and must be in a machine-readable format that I can use in JavaScript.

Luckily, I found something that matches these criteria! A JLPT N5 vocabulary list from JLPT Matome that covers …

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