Since I started this blog, my life took some unexpected turns, which would eventually result in me living in a country on the other side of the world. It is kind of rare to meet people speaking German around here, and even if I do, it's not like I would to hang out with everybody who's a German, just because he or she is a German. Just walk down a random street in Germany and see how many people you want to be friends with, and you'll get the idea.
Therefor, my daily life is pretty much a mix of English and Japanese, with the only input of my mother tongue being a handful of blogs and news sites I'm reading, and the occasional rudimentary conversation when my fiancee is trying to brush up on her German skills.
Now, I do enjoy using my mother tongue, and I will probably never reach a level of fluency in another language where I would feel as comfortable and sure about the most minute nuances of every word I use, but on the other hand, if I didn't want the people around me to be able to read this, I might as well write a private diary.
Thus, starting from now, I'll switch to English here, which probably isn't a problem for my highly educated German readers anyway, except maybe for my mother (Verzeihung, Mama!).
In other news, while my eyesight didn't really take a turn for the worse, or a turn anywhere for that matter, it seems like I reached an age where I find it more comfortable to read bigger fonts, so I tweaked the fonts and picture sizes here a bit. While the old pictures now look like I scraped them from a Geocities site and scaled them up to fit here, I can render out the new ones at a slightly higher resolution, and the text doesn't look like I'm trying to write a novel on the back side of a postage stamp.
We'll return to our regular programming now.