Who today tells the stories of the gods of old? The ones who walked amongst men and women and did all manner of things to them. Who were wraught with jealousy and ire and lust and compassion. We've lost the gods we made of ourselves - the Aeneas's, the Achilles's. Can we not have science and still tell stories?
Japanese learning continues apace. It is nice to have a good chunk of time and a half decent textbook to learn from. I can already consider saying things like ”いぬはテレビのまえあります。” This is an exciting state of affairs to say the least.