• robo arm

    Ok, it seems like we’re really nearing a point where mechanical objects can replicate human movements more precisely and much faster than humans.  This is a video demonstration of a highly dexterous robotic hand performing some simple tasks but at really high speeds. Read more…

  • Gundam trash
    This is a bit of a sad story.  Apparently the mother of a 29 year old man living in Japan (Kasai City) threw away his prized Gundam collection without his knowledge.  When he got home and couldn’t find his robot army he apparently lost it, poured kerosene in his room and set it on fire.

    It was an attempt at suicide which he couldn’t carry through since he and his 55 year old mother survived.  The house wasn’t so lucky. It burned to the ground.

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  • Technology 17.08.2009 No Comments

    WD-TV
    Western Digital TV may be one of the best, and cheapest alternatives to getting your anime or digital media onto your TV.  For $99, it’s cheaper than Apple TV, and comes with about as many features and decoders.  It’s pretty much plug-and-play, and beats watching your import anime on a little 19″ LCD monitor.

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  • norton
    I was walking through my Best Buy when I saw this on shelf.  So is this supposed to protect me from some kinda virus from Cobra?  Will it protect me against other non-Cobra related threats?  What if I like Cobra?  But really, I’m not sure slapping on a piece of current pop culture hotness is the way to go about conveying how serious you are about blocking malicious viruses. Seems silly… Norton must be silly.

  • ponyo
    Story – A little fish girl comes out of the sea and wants to be a human.  She is rescued and befriended by a boy who vows to protect her.  But they must endure a test if they wish to be together.  It sounds dark, cute, fantastical and will probably carry that Hayao Miyazaki feel.

    Miyazaki films are moving pieces of art.  I’m not sure how else to describe them.  Every story feels like a fable, canvassed with a soft eastern motif.  If I sit in front of a Studio Ghibli film, that’s it, I’m there for the duration.  They are simply wonderful escapes.

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  • Food 07.08.2009 No Comments

    nong-shim-udon
    Didn’t really have time for a proper lunch yesterday so I ran out and grabbed an instant noodle.  It was $2.89 and felt pretty heavy.  The noodle pack is nice and think and not the dehydrated stuff, so it almost taste like it was from a restaurant.
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  • tokyo-gundam
    I’m sure most have heard of the life sized Gundam that was erected in Tokyo, but did you know it could be used as a giant karaoke machine?  Seriously, it puts on a laser light show and everything!

    It’s also part of a project to raise funds for the city of Tokyo to rehabilitate some of the common green areas of the city in time for the 2016 Olympics.  Only the Japanese would prepare for an event that’s still seven years away and do it the only way they know how- by building robots.

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  • FF-X2
    Was rummaging around looking for some cables when I came across my Final Fantasy X-2 game CDs.  Funny thing is, I don’t even have a Playstation 2 anymore so I’m not sure why I still have the CDs.  Maybe, down deep inside I just can’t get rid of Yuna and gang.

    Another reason could be I’m saving the game to finish one day.  I can always get another PS2, but I can’t be guaranteed I’ll find the game again.

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  • Technology 04.08.2009 No Comments

    scope-node-add
    As an Otaku, I have a healthy obsession with technology and all things shiny and new.  I also love industrial design, which I have to say, this new mouse by Elecom is just about the most industrial designy thingy I’ve seen in a while.

    They’ve dubbed it the Scope Node precision mouse.  What Elecom has done is off-set the location of the laser to the side of the mouse, as opposed to the traditional center of the mouse.  They’re claiming that it’s more natural to the user, thus creating greater precision in use.  It’s a unique idea and I’m not sure why no one has thought of it before.

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  • Food 03.08.2009 No Comments

    sogokimyun-noodles
    Sometimes, being an Otaku means easing on a few expenses so you can divert funds towards your hobby.  And sometimes those diversions of funds come from your food budget… which can be bad for a few reasons.

    One, you’re more likely to fill up on the dollar menu or some other fast food alternative- the least healthiest of choices.  Two, fast food isn’t really that cheap, so you’ll actually spend more money.  Three, learning how to make simple meals yourself is an important life skill that any Otaku should know.  Let’s face it, we’re a long way from having a persocom cook our meals.

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kurou: i was in awe when i saw these pics. such exelent focus! i was the guy with the face mask [...]

Otakukon: Argh, stayed up too late watching some K-On, again.

Otakukon: Playing Aion closed beta.

Otakukon: Registered for Zenkaikon! I'll be there both Saturday and Sunday. Should be a great con!

Gaijin Otaku: Fish balls. Yummy.

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