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(okay, only mostly the ones called 'Offering Interesting Stuff' ^^).
I'm really surprised (in a good way) at the creativity of the offers there (yeah, postcards/penpals/care packages are popular, but they are almost always from different places). And, with my writings going nowhere, a box of prompt cards (which made me think of home-made flashcards, but getting stuff other people make is usually more fun than making it myself) might come in handy.
Anyway, the main reason I write is it seems Japanese-English translation services are in demand (or maybe the limited number of offers made me think that). Was half-tempted to bid on one (the buy-it-now option), but the translators whom I thought might be interested in working on the manga I kind of want translated already have their spots filled up (well, I check the comm one week after creation, so I shouldn't be surprised...). (As for those who use the regular bid style, I'm afraid I probably won't be able to afford them.)
And almost unrelated to the above, it seems the weekly toku shows will resume airing this week. :) Though I wish they continued to take the time off for as long as they need, I'll take this (and any other sort of return to normalcy) as an indication that the situation has gotten better (and I hope I'm not wrong about this).